Week of May 13, 2011

Sunday, 15 May 2011, 10:56 | Category : Uncategorized
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Room 101 News

 Friday, May 13, 2011        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A special thanks to all our parent volunteers that were such great help at the Brookfield Zoo! Also, I would like to thank everyone for the beautiful flowers and card for teacher appreciation day. I am so appreciative of all the supportive and caring families that I have this year! Thank-you!

Literacy: We are continuing to read various nonfiction and fiction books about life cycles. We are going to begin working on the frog lifecycle. We will be reading various books to help us gather information to learn facts. So far, we have gathered many interesting facts about frogs! Please ask your child to share them with you. In addition, we will work with fictional books and identify characters, setting, and main idea. We will also practice sequencing. In addition, we are working on sentence reading and matching the sentence to the corresponding picture. This helps us practice our comprehension and reading fluency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing: In writing, we are working on applying everything we have learned into our sentence writing. The children should be able to write their first and last name with a capital letter and lowercase letters. Also, children are encouraged to write a complete sentence with correct capitalization, spacing, and punctuation. The words should be spelled in “kid writing;” therefore, the words should have a beginning, middle, and ending sound. For example, if your child wanted to write the sunny, they may write it as “sune” and this would be acceptable because they are hearing the sounds in the word. The children are asked to segment the word to help hear the sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math: In Everyday Math, we played the game, Monster Squeeze, which we used the number line to have students guess the targeted number set by the other player. The other child provides clues to the number by stating that it is too low, too high, smaller, bigger, greater or less. Even at an early age, games provide opportunities for kindergartners to improve their memory and concentration skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Graphing Money was another math station that was incorporated during center time. Students were able to collect and record information, as well as make comparisons with their peers.

 

 

 

 

 

Science: In Science, we read the big book, From Seed to Sunflower, then discussed the life cycle of the sunflower and planted sunflower seeds.  We made our own paper sunflowers and labeled the seeds, petals, roots, leaf and flower

The Morton Arboretum and Ms. Garcia provided us with pine seedlings in celebration of Arbor Day.  We were also given a few pine trunks to investigate and we counted the rings to determine the trees’ age. 

Next week, we will study Van Gogh’s series of Sunflower paintings and paint our own version. 

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)

* Do some research on frogs and write 1-2 facts and draw a picture of a frog.

*Write your numbers to 100, counting by 5’s.

*Practice writing a complete sentence and draw a picture for it.

*Ask your child to tell you the time, focus on the hour and half hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few reminders:
1. Kyan is Star of the Week and he will share his poster with us on Monday!

2. This week, we will make Grassy Caterpillars, please send in a knee high stocking for this project

3. On Wednesday, we will make Dirt Cake, so I am asking for donations of Oreo cookies (4 packages), Vanilla/Chocolate Pudding (3-4 instant boxes), 2 bags of shredded coconut and 3 bags of gummy worms. If you are able to make a donation, please send it in..it is greatly appreciated!

4. Click Clack Moo/Museum of Science/Industry field trip is on Friday, May 20. Please send a disposable lunch with your child’s name on it.

Since we only have a set number of tickets for this play, we are only permitted to bring one parent to see the play. We will draw straws that morning. I will ask the other parent to wait for us upstairs in the museum. The performance of the play is one hour and then we will explore the museum in small groups. Please let me know if you are interested, we need 6 parent chaperones.

 

Best Regards,

Mrs. Piscitelli

Saturday, 14 May 2011, 16:02 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday, May 6, 2011        

It’s starting to feel like springtime. So we decided to go outside and truly enjoy this wonderful sunny weather. We made a list of all the things that happen in Spring and all the things we can do with the weather change in Spring. 

Enjoying a sunny day...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy: During Literacy, we started our writing unit on poems. In the beginning, we write list poems and then move onto other types of poems. So this week, we composed “ In the Spring”  list poems with illustrations.

 We read, The Very Ugly Bug and did a character analysis. They labeled the parts of the ugly bug  using the vocabulary from the story. The pink heart tells how the bug felt at the beginning of the story.The other side of the heart tells how she felt at the end. After discussing the story we decided that theme was, Just bee yourself!

 

Sight Words: little, what, said, make, here, that

We played some new sight word games..

 “Vrroom.Reading Cars” with our new sight words.

 

 

 

 

 

Math: We used pattern blocks to create an insect. After the students created their own insect, they constructed a graph to show how many of each block they used. Then they added the number of two kinds of blocks together to solve addition problems.

 Social Studies: Communities  We discussed about the different types of communities that there are – town, city, and country. Our essential question: What kind of community do you live in? Students made small houses/apartment buildings from our milk cartons(from our morning breakfast on the go).  They also wrote their address on their homes and on their maps they labeled the streets and added stores, parks and Lake Michigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)

* Practice counting backwards from 20 to 0. Write out the numbers counting down on the paper.

* Write a list of zoo animals—See how many you can think of!

*Mother’s Day is this Sunday, Write 1-2 sentences telling what you like to do with Mom.

*Ask your child to tell you the time, focus on the hour and half hour.

 

 

Just a few reminders:

1. The Star of the Week is Kai and he will share his poster with us on Monday.

2. Please send in your field trip form/money for the Brookfield Zoo.  I still have six students that have not paid.

3. Brookfield Zoo Field trip is on Wednesday, May 11. Please send a disposable lunch with your child’s name on it.

3. The chaperones for the field trip, should bring a backpack or a tote bag to carry 3-4 student lunches. I will send more information on Monday for this Field trip.

 

Happy Mother’s Day and have a great weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

Writing in Kindergarten!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011, 1:40 | Category : Uncategorized
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Whew!!! Our class has been very busy writing, writing and writing! We have made some wonderful strides this year in Kindergarten. We can all read and sound out words and now we are writing complete sentences.

Writing--Beginning of the year...

Writing-Middle of the year!

At the end of Kindergarten--Writing stories, writing to inform and making lists!

Story Web

 

Week of April 29, 2011

Friday, 29 April 2011, 18:37 | Category : Uncategorized
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Room 101 News

Friday, April 29, 2011

 Thank you, Mr. Walter for the piñata. Feliz Dia de los ninos!

  

Literacy: During Literacy we read two of David Shannon’s great books, “Good Boy Fergus” and “Duck on a Bike”, to practice distinguishing between “fantasy and reality”. As a whole group, we made a T-Chart with  specific events that were either fantasy or reality. Then each student created their own book cover and we sorted them into groups (fantasy or reality?).   

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Visualizing: We focused on creating mental pictures or a movie in our brain when a poem was read aloud. This gives readers a chance to interact with the text in a way that’s personal to them. We begin our unit with very simple poems and stories and gradually add stories which require them to use their schema and background knowledge to conjure up an image. ”My Neighbor’s Dog is Purple” is a great poem to use to begin this unit. Not only is it very simple and fun, but it also shows readers that Mental Images can change as you read.

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

Sight Words: little, what, said, make, here, that

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math: Subtraction Train, What’s My Rule-In and Out Boxes and Fractions. During our math stations, students focused on subtraction trains by rolling a dice and subtracting from 20 connected unifix cubes. Students also were introduced to “What is my Rule?”, and the In and Out Boxes from the Everyday Math curriculum.  At this time, we are adding numbers as a rule. For fractions, we discussed whole and equal parts and identified ½, 1/3, and ¼.  We used fabric, graham crackers, apples and pizza for further investigations.

 

Science: Our mealworms have now become darkling beetles and we have made observations using our bug magnifier boxes—since they are very active ground beetles. The beetles usually live in dark, cool, moist places, like under rocks and log.We will continue our Insect Unit with the arrival of the pill bugs or roly poly bugs in a few weeks

 
 

Beetles are here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)

* Draw a silly bug and write what your bug looks like and what it can do.

* Write your numbers, counting by 2’s to 40.

*Make a list of things that we do or see in the summer.

* Read a story and identify things that are real or fantasy.

 

 
 
 

 

1. The Star of the Week is Lily and she will share her poster with us on Monday.

2. Please send in your field trip form/money for the Brookfield Zoo.  I need six to seven chaperones for this trip on May 11th.

3. Room 101 Wish list: Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer and glue sticks.

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mrs. Piscitelli

 
 

Finally a sunny day! Enjoy!

 

  
Just a few reminders:

Week of March 25, 2011

Sunday, 27 March 2011, 10:01 | Category : Uncategorized
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Room 101 News Friday, March 25, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy: Roar!!! We have had so much fun learning about Dinosaurs! The week before our unit started my dog found (wink, wink) an egg in my backyard. We made inferences about what we thought was inside it based on its appearance.  We did record our  guesses on a chart. Next, I gave three clues to what was in the egg and the children had to write their new inferences based on the clues they were given. Of course, it was a dinosaur!

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our literacy time, we have incorporated new centers, one that was very popular was the Spin to Read game, with a top and sight words. Students had to graph each time the top landed on a word and record it on their chart. Once they reach the top with a word the game is over and they count up their totals. They could also write the word in each box. Our kids love to graph! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math: We are still working on counting money and singing a song Penny, Nickel, Dime and have introduced the Quarter and Half-Dollar.  Also we had an eggs-cellent time with our new math center. Roly Poly Eggs which included plastic eggs with two flat marbles inside them with numbers that students had to add.

  

Sight Words: is, how, find, this, will, go, be, for

 

 Science: Tenebrio Molitor, also known as a mealworm or darkling beetle are here in Room 101.  We will watch them go through metamorphosis during its life cycle.  Watching the life cycle of a mealworm can be a very educational experience for kindergarten or better yet, our eager budding entomologists! So far, we have made observations, labeled the lifecycle and anatomy. We had mealworm races, (which were quite funny and exciting) and also charted the mealworms’ favorite color(s).











 

 

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)

* Make a list of short o words, hop, stop, dog, dot.

* Go on a word hunt in magazines and newspapers, have children cut out all the words they can read.

 

 

Just a few reminders:

1. No School for students on Friday, April 1s. Professional Development Day.

2. The Star of the Week is Kebron and he will share his poster with us on Monday.

3.Field Trip to Click Clack, Moo/Museum of Science and Industry-Please turn in the permission slip and money by Thursday, March 31.   We must have the payment in early in order to reserve the tickets for the play.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

 

 
 

 
 

Meditation to help us relax and have a wonderful time in Kindergarten!

 

 

 

 

Week of March 11, 2011

Saturday, 12 March 2011, 17:03 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday, March 11, 2011

It has been such a busy time in Room 101 and it is wonderful to see all the progress that we have made since September. We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with some many fun activities that were tied to our favorite books.

 
 
 

We drew our favorite character-Cat in the Hat..they came out wonderful!

 

 

 

 
 

Students design their own Silly Glasses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading: In our Journey series, we read stories about the deep blue sea, which was a wonderful connection to our field trip to the Shedd Aquarium. We focused on analyzing and evaluating informational text to determine the Author’s Purpose.  We sang Dolphin, Dolphin,, Ten Little Fishes and A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our guided reading groups, our focus has been to begin to read with expression, fluency and accuracy. Please continue to practice reading at home with your child. Help your child to read in phrases using some expression. A great way to do this is to take turns reading pages. Above all, make reading fun! 

Sight Words: is, how, find, this, will, be, there, for.Read Across America/PJ Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing: In our Reading Response Journals, we continued to focus on writing a specific subject, ie. Dolphins and then writing 4 facts/details that pertain to the subject in complete sentences. Also, room 101 is bursting with avid authors writing and publishing books with a focus on personal narratives, fairy tales and even poetry!  I am so proud of their creativity, dedication and watching them become more and more confident in their writing ability. I will be sending an “All about Me”, Author page that I am asking parents to help fill out.  Please return them by next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math: Counting money-Penny, Nickel, Dime and Quarters. We sang songs to identify the coins and their value and have started to count different coins.

 

Field Trips: We have two additional field trips that are scheduled for May and I will need at least 5-6 chaperones for each trip  . So please let me know if you are interested.  May 11th-Brookfield Zoo-cost $5.00 for the bus.

May 20th– Click Clack Moo Play/ Museum of  Science & Industry-cost $13.00 for bus/admission to the theatrical performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)

*Practice writing sentences using ai ,ay words..or the writing prompt , On a Rainy Day.

* Practice counting pennies and trading 5 for a nickel. Also counting nickels- 2 nickels and trade them for a dime.

* Read a story and have your child identify the Beginning, Middle and Ending..illustrate and write sentences.

Just a few reminders:

1. Please send in an empty plastic container with a lid-small—butter/sour cream for our Mealworms.

2. The Star of the Week is Johnson and he will share his poster with us on Monday.

3. Room 101 Wish list-Paper towels and Clorox Wipes.

4. March 13-Daylight Saving Time- 1 hr ahead

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

Week of February 21-25, 2011

Sunday, 27 February 2011, 16:37 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Hip, hip, Hurray! We celebrated our 100th day of School! We were busy collecting 100 items to bring to school, making our 100 crown and glasses and our 100 Snack Mix.

 Reading: Bugs, bugs, bugs everywhere! We read about the Pill bug and the Mealworms and gathered more information about bugs.  We made an anchor chart with Bugs can, bugs have, bugs are.. We also rotated our guided reading groups and focused on fluency and reading with expression. We also read the book ‘The 100th day of School”, and came up with 100 things that we like in Kindergarten.

Math: We made a 100 Counting Mat with 100 stickers and then counted out our items that we bought in.  We also played a game, “Rolling to 100” with a 100 chart and dice and built something with 100 blocks, shapes, legos.

 Writing: We wrote about 100 things we would want and our students came up with some interesting ideas.  Horses, Harry Potter spells, Nail Polishes, Barbie’s and Diamonds to name a few.

 Social Studies: We continued our President Unit and made a time-line for our president, Barack Obama.  We also played a few  games from the George Washington Era, Fox and Geese and The Mill.  I would like to thank, Mrs. Claudia Giles, who made these for our classroom! Thank-you! Our students really loved playing these games.

 SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)

*Make a booklet about what we may see at the aquarium with pictures and sentences.

* Make a list of short u words, bug, rug, sun, duck.

*Practice writing Alliteration, which is the repetition of an initial sound at the beginning of several words in close succession. Help your child make one up..

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers..

Lily likes to leap a lot by the lake..Just a few reminders:

1. Dr. Seuss Celebration next week, Monday-wear black and white, Tuesday-Silly socks, Wednesday-Pajama Day, Thursday-Crazy glasses.

2. The Star of the Week is Tong and she will share her poster with us on Monday.

3. Field Trip to the Shedd Aquarium on Friday, please send a disposable lunch and wear a green shirt.  

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

100th day- Reminder

Monday, 21 February 2011, 19:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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100 Day Trail Mix

Our 100th day of school is approaching this week!  Our class will be celebrating this day by making a 100 snack mix. Please try to make a donation by this Wednesday, so that I can make sure that we have 10 different items. I will then purchase anything else that we need.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

 Class favorites include pretzels, chocolate chips, M&Ms, mini marshmallows, cheerios, gummy bears, Kix, Cheez-Its, raisins, and Goldfish crackers. 

 

Week of February 18, 2011

Monday, 21 February 2011, 19:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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Room 101 News                                                                                                                                                  Friday, February 18, 2011

What an exciting and fun-filled week! We celebrated Valentine’s day and had a field trip to the Field Museum. Many thanks to Mr. Pious, Mrs. Yoo, Mrs. Ye, Mrs. Lockaby and Mrs. Machuca for chaperoning our trip

 Reading: Bugs, bugs, bugs everywhere! We read the big book “I love Bugs” about a boy who collected bugs and focused on drawing conclusions.  We also learned about Spider Facts and made paper spiders with eyes, fangs and bouncy legs.  We sang the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” song and acted out the story, Anansi and the Grasshopper.

 The Sound of the Week was “sn” sound and the children shared their items from home.

 Math: We have incorporated an Afternoon Meeting/Message during our calendar time.” We spend the time figuring out what today, tomorrow, and yesterday is on the calendar and we identify the numbers. We also play mystery number, where I take a number off the calendar and the children have to figure out what the missing number. At the end we sing the days of the week and the months of the year songs.

 

We also used eye droppers to see how many drops of water can be put on a penny. Some students reached over 35 drops of water on top of  the penny!

 Social Studies: We started learning a little about Presidents this week. First up, we learned about George Washington. We read the perfect little biography that kept the kids really engaged.  They were fascinated by the fact that George Washington didn’t go to school! We created a circle map and gathered tons of facts about our first President and then carried over our new learning into a little writing piece. 

 

 

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)

* Make a story web about what you did this weekend. Ask your child to draw their reading response web.

 * Practice your sight words- how, is, with, this, that, they–by chanting them—they , they, t-h-e-y!   Play Pass the Word, where you take turns saying a sentence aloud with a sight word.

 * Please come up with 5 “wh” words and write sentences for them and illustrate.

 

Just a few reminders:                                                                                                                                                                                                     1.No School on Monday-President’s Day.

2. On Thursday, we will celebrate the 100th day of School. Please send in 100 items in a Ziploc bag wih your child’s name. Some ideas…buttons, cheerios, beans, skittles.

3. The Star of the Week is Matthew and he will share his poster with us on Tuesday.

4. Sound of the week is “wh” please send in items in a brown bag for Tuesday.

           

 

Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

Week of February 11, 2011

Saturday, 12 February 2011, 21:36 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Well, it just may be that Valentine’s Day is the most wonderful, most loving, most pure of all of the classroom celebrations that take place in Kindergarten!  The children are genuinely excited about giving their cards and gifts to each other, no matter how small, this upcoming Monday.  Also, they simply adore listening to the letters that their friends have written to them.

 

Reading: Our theme this week was “What is Science?   We read and discuss what Science is and made concept webs about Science with details. We practice “Word Work” centers, which had students making short I and short u words.  We also read an informational book about Benjamin Franklin, the inventor and discussed how inventions have changed our lives.

 The Sound of the Week was “th” digraph and students learned two new songs, “The Thump and Thud Dinosaur Stomp” and “The Tooth Fairy”. A Valentine heart worksheet, with certain sight words such as “they,” “that,” “this,” and “with” became visible with a crayon resist wash and was a big hit! 

 Writing:  During our Writing Workshop, the students are focusing on writing sentences with proper nouns.  We wrote postcards to our parents to tell them what we are learning in Room 101.

 Math: In Everyday Math, we practiced counting to 100’s, by counting by 2’s, 5’s & 10’s.  We learned about even and odd numbers and worked on finding pairs for all the even numbers. Please continue to work on this at home and on writing our numbers correctly.

 Chinese New Year Celebration!

Social Studies:: There was quite a bit of excitement learning about the Chinese New Year! We learned about different customs that families follow and about their special foods. We discussed about China’s population, well known landmarks and counted 1-10 in Chinese.  

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)

*Practice writing your numbers by counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

* Practice your sight words- how, is, with, this, that, they–by chanting them—they , they, t-h-e-y!   Play Pass the Word, where you take turns saying a sentence aloud with a sight word.

*Investigate all the inventions that China has contributed to our everyday life. Make a list of them and be ready to share with our class.

Just a few reminders:

1.  Our field trip to the Field Museum is this Thursday, Feb. 17th. Please turn in your permission slip and money by this Monday.  Students must bring a disposable lunch that day. Please label your child’s lunch with their name and room number.

2. On Monday-Valentine’s Party-please send in a snacks/treats and valentine cards. We will play a few games and distribute snacks/cards.

3. The Star of the Week is Rebecca and she will share her poster with us on Monday.

 4. Sound of the week is “Sn” please send in items.

Enjoy your  weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

 

Week of February 4, 2011

Friday, 4 February 2011, 17:58 | Category : Uncategorized
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February 4, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Everyone!

I hope that everyone recovered from this blizzard and remained safe in their warm homes.  On Tuesday, our students in Room 101 were mesmerized by the snowy blizzard conditions.  As one student exclaimed, “It feels like we’re in a snow-globe!”  Everyone agreed! 🙂

 Reading: This week we focused on the big idea of “there is so much to see outside” and read the story, “What a Beautiful Sky”.  We practiced writing statements about what one sees in the sky. As our Kindergarten classroom begins implementing features of The Daily 5, I will try to capture them next week with photos.  Students are working on the following areas; Read to Self, Read to Someone,Listen to Reading, Working on Writing, Word Work.

Writing: Writing Friendly letters is in full swing in Room 101, as well as decorating our mailboxes.  Students continued to write their friends simple letters that includes the date, greeting, body, closing and our signature.  Students are encouraged to write a few sentences using our sight words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics: Sound of the week “gr” digraph and the children brought in all things that started with the gr sound. 

 Sight Words:  come, me, with, my, you, what, are , now

Math: We continued working on our number scrolls and a few more students reached up to 500!  Please continue to practice writing our numbers the correct way.

 

 

Science: We read about Groundhog Day in our Scholastic Readers and discussed Punxsutawney Phil the most famous groundhog and whether he would see his shadow or not.  Students each voted on whether he would see his shadow or not.  We also made groundhog puppets and sang a song about the groundhog. 

 FOSS Science: Fabrics…Students were introduced to a wide variety of fabrics in a systematic way, so that they become familiar with fabrics’ properties, discover what happens when they are tested, and discover how they interact with other materials, including water. We utilized microscopes to investigate the fibers that make up a particular fabric and we also made a fabric collage.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)                      

* Practice writing your numbers from 1-100 and beyond.                                                                                                                       

 *Practice the Morning Show Announcement dialogue. Our class is responsible for this, the week of February 7th. 

* Start collecting 100 items for our 100th day celebration on February 23rd. Send in a ziploc bag with your child’s name.  Some ideas are buttons, m&m’s, cheerios, coins, skittles or marbles. Whatever your child can find and must be 100 of them!

Just a few reminders:

1. Report Cards and DIBELS reports will go out on Monday,  Feb. 7th. The report cards are for you to keep.

2. We will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Wednesday, so if you would like to send something in to share.  We would appreciate it!

3. Our field trip to the Field Museum is on February 17th and the permission slips will be sent out on Monday.

4. A class list will be sent home for our Valentine Day’s Party.

5. Our sound of the week is the “th” digraph, please collect items that start with the “th” sound and send them in.

 Best Regards,

Mrs. Piscitelli

  

 

Week of January 24, 2011

Wednesday, 2 February 2011, 6:08 | Category : Uncategorized
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Room 101 News              

Thursday 27, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading: We read the story “Turtle Splash” and “What a Beautiful Sky” and focused on why is important to know what happens first, next, and last in a selection.  Students then had chance to demonstrate a sequence of events through pictures and sentences.

 

 

 

Writing: During Shared-Writing time, we wrote a simple story about going camping and focused on having a beginning, middle and ending.  We used a graphic organizer to complete our own stories that had to have a beginning, middle and ending and added details to make our story better.

In our Writing center, we played sentence in a bag, where children pulled out a sentence and copied it onto paper and made an illustration to go with it.  This game incorporated our sight words and emphasized spelling

Phonics: Sound of the week “Sh” digraph and the children brought in all things that started with the sh sound. 

 Sight Words:  are, now,  come, me, with, my, you, what.  Please practice reading and writing our sight words. Students should be able to write a sentence for each word. 

Math:  In Everyday Math, we worked on writing our numbers 1-100 and then onto the 200’s, 300’s..   We will continue working on our number charts with a goal of writing up to 500 and to 1,000.  Please practice this at home, we still have a few students writing their numbers backwards.  We also worked on reading 2 digit numbers and making tens and ones with straws.  

1,000 Club!! Congratulations!!

Paul & Nathan

 

 

 

 

Science: Investigating snow and snowflake formation was our theme this week.  We discussed snowflake formation and  we then acted it out – pretending to be little ice crystal friends attracting more and more friends until… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made a huge snowflake  and started to fall into the sky.  Next week, we will make snow- ice crystals through a simple science experiment.  Since we had so many students out this week, I wanted to wait so that everyone could be there. I will send home the recipe as well!

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:
Homework Ideas: (Please send it in to share after it is complete, so we can celebrate your child’s hard work!)     

   * Write sentences for your sight words. Encourage your child to sound out words and to use upper and lowercase letters.                                                        

 * Practice writing your numbers from 1-100 and beyond.                                                            

  *Practice the Morning Show Announcement dialogue. Our class is responsible for this, the week of February 7.

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that have the “Gr” sound for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. We will be celebrating Groundhog Day on Tuesday.

3. Kevin is the Student of the Week and will

share his poster with us on Monday.

4. A class list will be sent home for our Valentine Day’s Party.

 Best Regards,

Mrs. Piscitelli

 Star of the Week!!

We really enjoy learning about our friends during this time!