Archive for March 2015

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: of, was, as

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also sing our sight word songs.

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to, a, is, look, at, my, here, yes, no, day, come, run, have, go, me, you, said, in, are, zero, do, that, one, up, down, two, he, she, three, four, with, play, five, love, by, six, because, will, seven, away, want, fun, eight, all, did, blue, black, brown, red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, green, white, gray, nine, ten, for, us

 

Letter of the Week: Review

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Pass the Mask Greeting
  • Activity – Spring Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite type of weather and why. Please help them to prepare.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Blends, Rainbow Word Families, Sight Word Search
    • Writing – Favorite Season, Favorite Type of Weather
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
      • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
    • Computer – GameGoo
    • Listening- Students will listen to What Do You Do with a Kangaroo?
    • Teacher Time – Sight Word Practice, Weekly Story, Word Endings
  • Our focus comprehension skill this week will be to compare and contrast characters
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Read alouds
  • Phonemic Awareness

Writing:

  • Weather Journals
    • Students will keep weather journals for the entire week. They will get to pick which type of weather they would like to draw and write about each day. They will also graph the type of weather happening during that time in the back of their journals.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Weather

  • Read about various types of weather, like: rainy, cloudy, windy, and thunder and lightning then work in their weather journals
  • Read It Looked Like Spilt Milk then create their own page with a cotton ball
    • Observe the clouds (if there are any!)
  • Read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs then create their own version
  • Shaving Cream Weather Science Experiment

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Marshmallow and Toothpick 3D Shapes
  • Weather Number Stories
  • Raindrop Addition
  • Favorite Weather Graph
  • Division of Whole Objects into Halves
    • Half Cookie activity

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • The last day of third quarter is Thursday, April 2nd. Keep a look out for report card conference time requests and please return the sheet ASAP. Report Card Conferences are Thursday, April 16th.
  • All for Books bags need to be returned by Thursday, April 2nd. Some people have already turned them in; thanks!
  • No school for students on Friday, April 3rd for a teacher professional development day.
  • Spring Break is April 6th – April 10th.
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, April 22nd. You may order by going online (https://clubs2.scholastic.com), directions have been given, or handing the order and check to me. Please consider ordering books from Scholastic. Not only are the books priced cheap but all books bought earn the classrooms bonus points. With those points I am able to get resources and books for the classroom!
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
  • Each student has their own Bob Book (http://bobbooks.com/) in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.

 

  • I have a DonorsChoose project up. Tell your friends and families! Check it out – http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-01-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

 

  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. You may turn them in to me. Each Box Top earns money for the school. http://www.boxtopsforeducation.info

Ms. Maltz

rmaltz@cps.edu

The Scholastic Book Fair at Ray will be taking place during the end of April. Today in student home folders you will see little bags and a note. The note says:

Our class is collecting funds for our All for Books program. By donating $1 or loose change in this baggie, you help us to:

  • purchase books for Ray’s classroom libraries and the school library
  • give more children greater access to books
  • help get more kids reading and kids reading more

The All for Books money we collect also helps readers beyond our school and community, Scholastic Book Fairs matches monetary donations with a donations of up to one million books to the Kids In Need Foundation and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc.

Please send your donations and the attached signed book slip back to school with your child by Thursday, April 2nd. Your act of kindness helps to bring more knowledge, imagination, and love for reading into the lives of our students.

THANK YOU!

 

Not only is it a great cause and good thing to do but the class that donates the most money will get to choose between a prize of a homework pass or an extra recess.

I don’t feel the need to stress the importance of high quality books in our classrooms and school libraries. Let’s all take part in this however we can.

On that note, I also recently applied for and won a grant from our network within CPS for $500 worth of books for our classroom library! I am very excited about this and I know the students will be too when the books arrive. I will mostly be getting books that relate to our science and social studies themes. Nonfiction books are really popular in Room 104.

 

Today we decided to see what would happen if we placed gummy worms in cups of water. Students had to make observations of what the gummy worms looked like right after we put it in the water and predictions of what it would look like later. Each table had their own cup, along with one for the whole class but we decided the results would be pretty similar.

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With real worms in the background!

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The students did a great job of using their knowledge from previous science experiments to make predictions.

Here is a picture after the gummy worms had been in the water for almost two hours. As we were leaving many students noticed how big the gummy worms have already gotten.

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Wish List

Please let me know if you would be willing to donate the following by Thursday of this week:

shaving cream

bag (or two) of small marshmallows

box (or two) of toothpicks

 

Thanks!

We have some more new creatures in the classroom. All students got an up close look today at some of the worms that are in the room (in a clear and safe container!). After observing the worms in small groups, students drew what they saw and labeled some of the parts. The white/yellow things you see are oatmeal; apparently they like that!

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Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: nine, ten, for, us

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also sing our sight word songs.

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to, a, is, look, at, my, here, yes, no, day, come, run, have, go, me, you, said, in, are, zero, do, that, one, up, down, two, he, she, three, four, with, play, five, love, by, six, because, will, seven, away, want, fun, eight, all, did, blue, black, brown, red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, green, white, gray

Letter of the Week: Review

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Compliment Greeting
  • Activity – Spring Poem
  • Sharing – Students will get to bring in anything they’d like to share. For example, students can bring in something they made, something they recently got, or something related to our learning. Please refer to the sharing schedule on blog.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Number Word Read Around the Room, Stamping out Sight Words, Connect Words to Pictures/Match Rhyming Words/Build Words
    • Writing – Free Write – Students may pick a topic card to help
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
      • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
    • Computer – Starfall
    • Listening- Students will listen to Clark the Shark then draw a picture of a character from the story
    • Teacher Time – Third Quarter Assessment
  • Our focus comprehension skill this week will be to compare and contrast characters
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Read alouds
  • Phonemic Awareness

 

  • Wish List – If anyone would like to donate shaving cream, let me know. Writing sight words in shaving cream at our tables is a fun and great way to practice!

 

Writing:

  • We will focus a lot on our independent journals this week and making sure we have all the components of a sentence or more.

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Worms

  • Draw and label a worm
  • Worm observation
  • Students will read Diary of a Worm then make their own version

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Comparison Number Stories
  • Count by 2’s
  • Evens and Odds
  • Divide Groups in Half
  • Read My Mind Game
  • Tools for Measuring Time
  • Math Centers
    • Just a note about math centers. They usually consist of four different centers the students rotate to. One center is working with me on our current skill or reinforcement of a past skill, another is working on our current skill or reinforcement of a past one, and the other two are bins from our math center. These two are more play based where the students get to create using the objects.
  • 3D Shape Song – You may have heard your child singing this as we were learning about 3D Shapes. Here is a link to the video, beware it stays stuck in your head. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cg-Uc556-Q

StoryBus

  • The students had a wonderful time on the StoryBus. Some painted their faces as wolves and pigs while others role played different parts of the story. It was great hearing and watching the students be the characters.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • The last day of third quarter is Thursday, April 2nd. Look for report card conference time requests to be sent home soon. Report Card Conferences are Thursday, April 16th.
  • No school for students on Friday, April 3rd for a teacher professional development day.
  • Spring Break is April 6th – April 10th.
  • March Scholastic Books Orders have been placed and should be arriving shortly. A lot of books were ordered this time which really helps the class earn bonus points to get books and resources. Among other things I was able to get non fiction books for our listening center which I am really excited about and I am sure the students will be too. Look for new flyers soon!
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
  • Each student has their own Bob Book (http://bobbooks.com/) in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.

 

  • I have a DonorsChoose project up. Tell your friends and families! Check it out – http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-01-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

 

  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. You may turn them in to me. Each Box Top earns money for the school. http://www.boxtopsforeducation.info

Ms. Maltz

rmaltz@cps.edu

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: Color Words – blue, black, brown, red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, green, white, gray

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also sing our sight word songs.

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to, a, is, look, at, my, here, yes, no, day, come, run, have, go, me, you, said, in, are, zero, do, that, one, up, down, two, he, she, three, four, with, play, five, love, by, six, because, will, seven, away, want, fun, eight, all, did

 

Letter of the Week: Review

Please have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that begin with our letter of the week so we can make a letter collage book. Students may bring in the images any day throughout the week.

Previous Letters: Mm, Aa, Ff, Cc, Pp, Bb, Hh, Ll, Tt, Gg, Ii, Ss, Zz, Dd, Ww, Rr, Jj, Oo, Qq, Uu

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Snail Greeting
  • Activity – Fish Poem
  • Sharing – Students will get to share about anything, for example; what they had for breakfast, what they did after school

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Glue It/Write It/Color It, Roll a Color Word, Lucky Word Families, Rhyming Houses
    • Writing – Sticker Stories, If I Were a Leprechaun…
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
      • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
    • Computer – GameGoo
    • Listening- Students will listen to Clark the Shark then draw a picture of their favorite part
    • Teacher Time – Practice Sight Words, weekly story, Compound Words
  • Our focus comprehension skill this week will be compare and contrast
  • Complete a venn diagram about two versions of The Three Little Pigs
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Read different versions of The Three Little Pigs
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? We sing the song out of order and while doing that I try to spell as many sight words as possible that the students identify after the song. There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Writing:

  • Independent Journals
  • Read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover and write “I am lucky because…”

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Snails

 

  • Read about snails and create an anchor chart
  • All About Snails

 

  • Parts of a Snail
  • Snail Observation
  • Students will get many opportunities to observe our snails

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • 3-D Shapes
  • Counts to Measure Time
  • I Spy with Shapes
  • Coin Exchange
  • Math Centers
    • Just a note about math centers. They usually consist of four different centers the students rotate to. One center is working with me on our current skill or reinforcement of a past skill, another is working on our current skill or reinforcement of a past one, and the other two are bins from our math center. These two are more play based where the students get to create using the objects.

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • We are out of snack once again. If you have recently gotten a snack letter but did not donate, please do so.
  • The StoryBus will be here Friday, March 20th. The theme this year is Three Little Pigs. The bus is decorated like The Three Little Pigs and has many themed activities for the kids. We will get to spend about 30 minutes on the bus which will be parked at school. That whole week we will read different versions of The Three Little Pigs.
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, March 18th. You may order by going online (https://clubs2.scholastic.com), directions have been given, or handing the order and check to me. Please consider ordering books from Scholastic. Not only are the books priced cheap but all books bought earn the classrooms bonus points. With those points I am able to get resources and books for the classroom!
  • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
  • Each student has their own Bob Book (http://bobbooks.com/) in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.

 

  • I have a new DonorsChoose project up. Tell your friends and families! Check it out – http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-01-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

 

  • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. Turn them into me or by the security desk on the first floor. Each Box Top earns money for the school. http://www.boxtopsforeducation.info

Ms. Maltz

rmaltz@cps.edu

Room 104 Families,

 

Sight Words: eight, did, all

    We will use and write them in sentences. We will also sing our sight word songs.

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, we, see, the, can, and, be, big, little, on, it, to, a, is, look, at, my, here, yes, no, day, come, run, have, go, me, you, said, in, are, zero, do, that, one, up, down, two, he, she, three, four, with, play, five, love, by, six, because, will, seven, away, want, fun

 

Letter of the Week: Bb

Please have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that begin with our letter of the week so we can make a letter collage book. Students may bring in the images any day throughout the week.

Previous Letters: Mm, Aa, Ff, Cc, Pp, Bb, Hh, Ll, Tt, Gg, Ii, Ss, Zz, Dd, Ww, Rr, Jj, Oo, Qq, Uu

 

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Fish Greeting
  • Activity – Fish Poem
  • Sharing – Pair share with carpet partners

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room, Build Sight Words with wikki stix, sticks, and magnets, Picture Sequence
    • Writing – Free Writing – Students may pick a topic card to help
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
    • Computer – ABCMouse
    • Listening- Students will listen to Miss Nelson is Missing then draw a picture and write a sentence about the story
    • Teacher Time – Practice Sight Words and Letter, weekly story, ABC Order
    • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
  • Our focus comprehension skill this week will be story elements
  • Long Vowel Sort
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Fish Books Books
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sing Who Let the Letters Out? We sing the song out of order and while doing that I try to spell as many sight words as possible that the students identify after the song. There is a link to it on the Things to be Working on at Home page on the blog.

Writing:

  • Independent Journals

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Fish

 

  • Students will work in their fish journals all week. Each day we will work on a different page.

 

  • Parts of a Fish
  • Fish Habitat and Fish Care
  • Fish can, have, are
  • First, Then, Next, Last How to Care for a Fish
  • All About Fish
  • Students will get many opportunities to observe our fish and fish tank
  • Math:

    • Math Survey
    • Math Journals
    • ST Math
    • Coins – Each day we will:
      • Read a book about the coin
      • Explore the coin
      • Create an anchor chart with pictures of the front and back, worth, and a fact
      • Complete an activity with the coin

    Things to Know:

    • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
    • Over the past few weeks I have only received snack from one, maybe two students whom I have sent the note home with. We are out of snacks. If you have received a letter in the past few weeks and did not donate a snack please send one to school as soon as possible.
    • The StoryBus will be here Friday, March 20th. The theme this year is Three Little Pigs. The bus is decorated like The Three Little Pigs and has many themed activities for the kids. We will get to spend about 30 minutes on the bus which will be parked at school. That whole week we will read different versions of The Three Little Pigs.
    • Thanks you for all the donations and volunteers over the last few weeks!
    • Library books are due every Friday.
    • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, March 18th. You may order by going online (https://clubs2.scholastic.com), directions have been given, or handing the order and check to me. Please consider ordering books from Scholastic. Not only are the books priced cheap but all books bought earn the classrooms bonus points. With those points I am able to get resources and books for the classroom!
    • Continue to work on ST Math (JiJi) and ABCMouse at home.
    • Each student has their own Bob Book (http://bobbooks.com/) in their read to self bags. Students are able to practice their books during centers (usually with the third grade buddies) and read them correctly to me to pass on to the next book. These are great books! Please refer to the link with any questions.

     

    • I have a new DonorsChoose project up. Tell your friends and families! Check it out – http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-01-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

     

    • Consider collecting Box Tops. They are on many of the everyday items that you buy. Turn them into me or by the security desk on the first floor. Each Box Top earns money for the school. http://www.boxtopsforeducation.info

    Ms. Maltz

    rmaltz@cps.edu

    Ray School is participating in a Book Trade. There is a box outside my classroom where students can place books from home that they no longer need. All the collected books will be put out at the PTA meeting on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm. More details to come.

    We now have all the items we need for Dr. Seuss Week. Thanks!

    Thank you to everyone that has donated items off the wish list for Dr. Seuss week. The only thing I am still looking for is vanilla pudding. Please let me know as soon as possible if you can donate that by Friday.

    I have added a Donors Choose page to the pages on the top.

    You can learn all about Donors Choose here:

    http://www.donorschoose.org/about

    Donors Choose is a great way to help out the classroom for the current and future students. Please tell your friends and families about the projects that we have up!

    Current Project(s):

    Easel

    http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-us-learn-with-the-best-resources/1466438/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-03-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118