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Mrs. Maltz’s Kindergarteners Present…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Dear Parents,

We are excited to end the school year with a fun filled performance from our kindergarten class.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar performance will be held on June 18th at 10:30 in the Ray School auditorium.  Over the next few weeks we will be creating the backdrop, practicing our lines and songs in preparation for our performance to our families and friends.

We need a little help from home so here is where you come in…

Each child will be assigned a role in our play (roles were randomly assigned when picked out of a hat).  Please create a costume for your child to represent their part in the play.  You can purchase a giant posterboard/foamcore board and decorate it for their costume.  Don’t forget to cut out a hole in the middle so their head can pop out. You can also create the costume from other materials too.  All costumes are due June 10th.  Have fun and look for more info about the play on our blog and reminders that will be sent home in the upcoming weeks.

If you are interested in helping during the performance or rehearsal, please let me know.

The paper with assigned roles is coming home today in folders.

Room 104 Families,

Donors Choose

  • I have two projects up on Donor’s Choose. Tell your friends and families and share the links on your Facebook and social media pages! Check them out and thanks! –
  • http://www.donorschoose.org/project/magic-carpet-time/1534274/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-04-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118
  • http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-enhance-our-learning-through-dramat/1559232/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-05-account_projects_teacher-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

Fish and Snails

 

  • Our fish and snails are going to need new homes as our school year starts to wind down. If you would like one or more of the fish or snails, please let me know. There are five fish and two snails.

 

 

Sight Words: had, very, or

    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, of, was, as, from, his, her, out, this, what, get, went, they, not, where, got, make, find, but, eat, funny, help, good, please, who, under, so, pretty

 

Letter of the Week: Review

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Simon Says
  • Activity – Parts of an Insect Song
  • Sharing – Students will share their favorite part of thing from kindergarten and why

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Build Words, Rhyming Houses
    • Writing – Free Write, My Favorite Insect is…
    • 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 Frogs then write a fact from the book and draw a picture
    • Teacher Time – Sight Word, Weekly Story, Phonics Game
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Read alouds
  • Phonemic Awareness

Writing:

  • Our writing this week will be directly related to our theme work

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Insects

  • Read many books about insects
  • Parts of an Insect
  • Ants
  • Bees
  • Read In The Tall, Tall Grass and create our own insect scenes

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers
  • Fractions (Halves, Thirds, and Fourths)

Beach Day

  • Thursday, June 4
  • Students may dress in beach clothes (no swimsuits) and bring beach accessories
  • We will be doing many beach related activities
  • Please let me know if you would like to donate anything from the Beach Day wish list

Family Insect Project

 

  • Turn this in by Friday, June 12

 

  • We will be having a mini kindergarten science fair
  • Specific information is on the blog and has been sent home in folders

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.

 

  • Assessments are complete!

 

  • I will be gone for ONLY the morning of Tuesday, June 2. I will be attending a kindergarten panel and at pre-k center answering questions about kindergarten. I will be back in the afternoon.
  • A form has been sent home asking you to indicate if your child will be returning to Ray next year. This information is very important in properly planning for next year. I still have not received all the forms and it has been sent home twice to some students. If you need a new one, let me know!
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Kindergarten classrooms are a great place to donate things you do not need anymore. We can find a use for almost anything!
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, June 3rd. This will be the last book order and will arrive before the end of the school year. You may order by going online (https://clubs2.scholastic .com), directions have been given, or handing the order and check to me.
  • 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.
  • 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

3rd Annual Family Science Project

Dear Parents,

Over the next 2 weeks we will be learning about insects/butterflies.  We are really excited to get this unit kicked off on Monday.  For the first part of the week we will be looking at the structure of different insects and compare and contrast their body structures.  For the rest of the week we will specifically be studying the ant and bee.  We will be discussing habitat, insect job, predator, diet, etc.  We also have some fun insect math activities and great writing prompts planned too.  On Friday, June 12th all the kindergarten classes will be holding a small science fair for each of the other kindergarten classes.  The other classes will be walking around viewing each other’s chosen insect.  Your child will have a chance to talk about their research and findings.  So here is where you come in…you and your child research 1 insect (not spider) and create a small poster board showing and describing his/her insect.  Here is what you need to include:

– Picture or drawing of insect

– habitat

– diet

– prey and predator

– job of insect

– 2 interesting facts

 

Have FUN with this science project!  Get creative with what the presentation will look like.  Also, we ask that your child write everything.  (Remember that we spell phonetically in kindergarten) ☺

 

The Kindergarten Team

Beach Day!

Who: All of Kindergarten

When: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Where: Ray Elementary Kindergarten Rooms

What: Beach day- students will be able to wear beach clothes, read on beach towels, and complete fun summer beach activities

*Things you need- beach clothes (NO SWIMSUITS), beach towel

*Things our class would like- 2 beach balls, popsicles for snack!

End of the Year Dibels results are coming home today in folders. Take some time and look them over and email me if you have any questions.

As a reminder I will not be at school tomorrow and the students will have a substitute. The students know I will not be at school.

Continue to check this blog for updates about some of the fun and exciting things we have planned for the last few weeks of kindergarten!

Check out the Ray Facebook page and you will see a picture of me from when I was little. It was a Guess the Teacher Post. I look the same so a parent from last year had no trouble figuring out it was me.

Room 104 Families,

 

Volunteers Needed

  • I will be assessing students for end of the year dibels and REACH during both literacy and math centers this week. Since this is an individual or small group assessment, all the other students will be working on their own. It would be very beneficial to the students to have an extra pair of eyes and assistance during those times (9:30 am – 10:30 am and 2:20 pm – 3:30 pm). If you would like to help out please send me an email!

Donors Choose

  • I have two projects up on Donor’s Choose. Tell your friends and families and share the links on your Facebook and social media pages! Check them out and thanks! –
  • http://www.donorschoose.org/project/magic-carpet-time/1534274/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-04-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118
  • http://www.donorschoose.org/project/help-enhance-our-learning-through-dramat/1559232/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-05-account_projects_teacher-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

Fish and Snails

 

  • Our fish and snails are going to need new homes as our school year starts to wind down. If you would like one or more of the fish or snails, please let me know. There are five fish and two snails.

 

 

Sight Words: under, so, pretty

    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, of, was, as, from, his, her, out, this, what, get, went, they, not, where, got, make, find, but, eat, funny, help, good, please, who

Letter of the Week: Review

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Baby Greeting
  • Activity – Dime Poem
  • Sharing – Students will pair share with their carpet partners

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Roll a Sight Word, Color by Sight Word
    • Writing – There will be different writing papers and pick-a-prompts for the students to choose from for writing
    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – focus on identifying sight words
      • Read with our Third Grade Buddies
    • Computer – ABCMouse
    • Listening- Students will listen to Dinosaurs then write a fact from the book and draw a picture
    • Teacher Time – Sight Word and Phonics Games, REACH Assessment
  • Final blend and short vowel sort
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Read alouds
  • Phonemic Awareness

Writing:

  • Independent Writing Folders
  • Letter Writing
  • Responses to read alouds

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers
  • REACH Assessment

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.

 

  • Chances are good we will be done with all testing (dibels and REACH) this week!

 

  • I will not be at school on Thursday, May 28th. I have many great things planned for the students to do with the substitute.
  • A form has been sent home asking you to indicate if your child will be returning to Ray next year. This information is very important in properly planning for next year. I still have not received all the forms and it has been sent home twice to some students. If you need a new one, let me know!
  • The students are very excited to be seeing the Third Grade Chicago Play on Friday, May 29th.
  • Please let me know if you would like to present or send something in for Asian Pacific Heritage Month
  • There is no school Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Kindergarten classrooms are a great place to donate things you do not need anymore. We can find a use for almost anything!
  • Scholastic Book orders have been submitted and should be arriving shortly. New orders are due Wednesday, June 3rd. This will be the last book order and will arrive before the end of the school year. 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.
  • 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,

Volunteers Needed

  • I will be assessing students for end of the year dibels during both literacy and math centers this week. Since this is an individual assessment, all the other students will be working on their own. It would be very beneficial to the students to have an extra pair of eyes and assistance during those times (9:30 am – 10:30 am and 2:20 pm – 3:30 pm). If you would like to help out please send me an email!

Donors Choose

  • I have one project up on Donor’s Choose. Tell your friends and families and share the link on your Facebook and social media pages! Check it out and thanks! –
  • http://www.donorschoose.org/project/magic-carpet-time/1534274/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-04-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

Fish and Snails

 

  • Our fish and snails are going to need new homes as our school year starts to wind down. If you would like one or more of the fish or snails, please let me know. There are five fish and three snails.

 

 

Sight Words: good, please, who

    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, of, was, as, from,

his, her, out, this, what, get, went, they, not, where, got, make, find, but, eat, funny, help

 

Letter of the Week: Review

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Greet five other students like any animal they choose
  • Activity – Nickel Poem
  • Sharing – Students will share their Animal Research Projects

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room Number Words, Building Sight Words, Sight Word Search
    • Writing – Students can write about anything they would like
    • 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 If You Give a Dog a Donut then draw something that happened at each the beginning, middle, and end
    • Teacher Time – End of the Year Dibels assessment
  • Beginning blends and short vowel sort
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Read alouds
  • Phonemic Awareness

Writing:

  • Independent Writing Folders

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Dinosaurs

  • We will read many fiction and nonfiction books about dinosaurs
  • Baby Dinosaurs
  • Today I Was a Paleontologist and This is What I Discovered…
  • I Dreamed About a Dinosaur!
  • Dinomite Dinosaurs

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers
  • Dibels Assessment

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link on the blog.
  • Our field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo went wonderfully! The students had an amazing time. Thank you so much to all the chaperones who made it such a great field trip!
  • Please let me know if you would like to present or send something in for Asian Pacific Heritage Month
  • There is no school Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day
  • Library books are due every Friday.
  • Kindergarten classrooms are a great place to donate things you do not need anymore. We can find a use for almost anything!
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, May 20th. 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.
  • 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

We will also get a chance to have a guided tour of the Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House soon after we arrive at the zoo! Students will get an up close and personal look at the animals and will learn about them from one of the zoo keepers.

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip

  • Thursday, May 14th
  • Students need to arrive on time!
  • Students must pack a COMPLETELY DISPOSABLE lunch
  • NO MONEY – students will not be able to make purchases
  • Dress for the weather and wear shoes for walking
  • Thank you in advance to our chaperones!

 

This will be a great field trip!

May is Asian Pacific Heritage month we would like to learn about different countries from the region. We would love to hear from people from those countries. If you would like to come in and speak to us about a tradition, travel, clothing, food, etc please let me know. You can bring in a book (good for kindergartners!), pictures, or store bought food. We would like to do this around 1:15 any day next week but I am flexible on time if need be. Email me as soon as you can if you would like to come in and enhance in our study of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip

 

  • Thursday, May 14th
  • Students need to arrive on time!
  • Students must pack a COMPLETELY DISPOSABLE lunch
  • NO MONEY – students will not be able to make purchases
  • Dress for the weather and wear shoes for walking
  • Thank you in advance to our chaperones!

 


This will be a great field trip!

Room 104 Families,

Field Trip

  • Our field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo is on Thursday, May 14th. Please send in permission slips ASAP.
  • We can have a lot of chaperones, so please let me know if you would like to attend. More chaperones mean smaller groups, which is very good for the zoo.
  • Students MUST bring a COMPLETELY DISPOSABLE lunch that day to eat at the zoo.
  • Students are NOT to bring money.
  • Please make sure that your child dresses for the weather and a lot of walking.

Donors Choose

  • I have one project up on DonorsChoose. Tell your friends and families and share the link on your Facebook and social media pages! Check it out –
  • http://www.donorschoose.org/project/magic-carpet-time/1534274/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-04-teacher_account-teacher_2480453&challengeid=20460118

 

  • The easel project got funded! Thanks so much for your help and donations.

 

Fish and Snails

 

  • Our fish and snails are going to need new homes as our school year starts to wind down. If you would like one or more of the fish or snails, please let me know. There are five fish and three snails.

 

 

Sight Words: eat, funny, help

    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, of, was, as, from,

his, her, out, this, what, get, went, they, not, where, got, make, find, but

 

Letter of the Week: Review

Morning Meeting:

  • Greeting – Greet five people
  • Activity – Penny Poem
  • Sharing – Zoo animal fact

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Centers
    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, Read Around the Room Rhyming, Word Detective, Sight Word Search
    • Writing – Animal Mix-Up, My favorite zoo animal is…
    • 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 If You Give a Dog a Donut then draw one cause and effect from the story
    • Teacher Time – Sight Word Practice, Weekly Story, POP for Phonics
  • Our focus comprehension skill this week is cause and effect
  • Sight Word Songs
  • Read alouds
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • I am going to slowly start the end of the year dibels assessments

Writing:

  • Our writing will directly deal with our theme this week

Theme (Science/Social Studies): Zoo Animals (specifically elephants, monkeys and giraffes)

  • Watch videos, look at pictures, and read books to learn all about the animals then complete different “All About” activities

 

  • Things to Remember
  • 5/12 (Tuesday): Zoo research projects due
  • 5/14 (Thursday): FIELD TRIP to the zoo
  • 5/15 (Friday): Dress like a zoo keeper
  • Wish List: Large container of animal crackers (for a graphing activity), face paint crayons, zoo pal paper plates

 

Math:

  • Math Survey
  • Math Journals
  • ST Math
  • Math Centers
  • We will focus on time to the hour and half hour all week

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.
  • Kindergarten classrooms are a great place to donate things you do not need anymore. We can find a use for almost anything!
  • Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, May 20th. 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.
  • 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

Last week (Tuesday), we made and planted our greenhouses. Take a look:

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Inside the greenhouses are lima beans and some students also used seeds they found outside at recess. Students placed their seeds inside a paper towel then into a plastic bag. We then put water in the bag. We are lucky to have the best classroom for greenhouses! Our windows get great sun exposure for most of the day. I took a look this morning and some seeds have already begun to sprout and have roots. The students will get a chance to take a better look and spend some time observing the greenhouses tomorrow.

Reminders:

  • Tomorrow (Tuesday) is dress like your favorite zoo animal day.
  • Field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo is next Thursday, May 14th. Please turn in permission slips and $5 ASAP. We are able to have a good amount of chaperones, so just mark on the permission slip if you would like to chaperone. I will be contacting chaperones soon. Students are to dress for the weather and walking on this day. They are also to bring a completely disposable lunch.
  • The Donors Choose for a new easel expires on Sunday and has not yet been funded. There is nearly $166 left on the project. Please help to get the word out so this very important classroom need gets funded.
  • Happy Mother’s Day in advance to all the Room 104 mothers! Thanks for all you do!