Week of January 17-21,2011

Sunday, 23 January 2011, 13:39 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday, January 21, 2011

 Reading: We read The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and explored/discussed characters from well-known stories.  We also examined different parts of a letter or postcard.  We also composed a letter to one of our favorite characters,The Cat in the Hat. Please send in an empty box (tissue box, cereael box) so that the students can make mail boxes for our Friendship/Letter writing theme.

 Writing: As part of our Winter/Seasons unit, I had the kids complete a writing project with the prompt ‘In the Winter, and they either wrote or dictated simple sentences.  Thank-you for submitting personal pictures of the children enjoying snow activities, they can be seen on our bulletin board in the hallway. We also wrote letters to our friends and letters to Haocheng, who is returning to Japan and will be missed dearly.

 Phonics: Sound of the week “CH” digraph and the children brought in all things that started with the ch sound.  We also ate different snacks with the “ch” sound, Cheddar Chex mix, Chocolate goldfish crackers, Cherries and chocolate chip cookies.   

Math:  In Everyday Math, we were introduced to the calculator and had some free time to explore.  The children were introduced to certain keys on the calculator and practice entering 2 digit numbers and addition/subtraction problems. 

 

 

 

 

We also made snowflakes with pattern block shapes on white paper.  Some students were able to make symmetrical snowflakes, which was a bit challenging.                                                                                     

 

 

 

 Social Studies:  We discussed important leaders from the past, Dr. Martin Luther King, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We discussed qualities of what makes a good leader.  We watched “Our Friend Martin” and learned more about humanity and the civil rights movement.

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 an order of daily events-fold a paper into thirds and use words: morning, afternoon, evening, first, second, third, next, last, before, after.

* Write a letter to Mrs. Piscitelli or to Room 101  about your weekend.

* Practice identifying penny, nickel and dime and make some coin rubbings.

Just a few reminders:

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

2. DIBELS report will be sent home the week of 02/01.

3. Marisa is the Student of the Week and will share her poster with us on Monday.

4. Our next field trip is to the Field Museum on February 17th.  I will send out the permission slip with the information by next week.

 

Best Regards,

Mrs. Piscitelli

 

Week of January 10-14, 2011

Saturday, 15 January 2011, 8:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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 Friday, January 14, 2011

 Reading: In Journeys, we read several different leveled readers, The Storm, The Desert and Swimmy and focused on Author’s Purpose and Visualization.

 We have been working on CVC words now since about the beginning of November, and by now the students  “should” all be able to sound out -at, -an, -it, and -in family words.  I would say that about 80% of my students are doing this fairly well, but there is still a small group of children that only sound out certain words well.  So I will be sending home a CVC mat that has about 30 words. You can practice at home with your child by playing games with them using counters and taking turns sounding out the words.

 

Sight Words: New sight words:  come, with, what, are, you

 

Phonics: Letter of the week was Z and we chanted the Zipper poem and buzzzzzz like bees for the z sound.  For next week, I will ask children to look for items or words with the digraph “CH” and to bring them in. I.e. –Cheese, chicken, checkers, cherry, chain and so forth.. 

We also played the “Rhyming Bag”, where a student picked out a card with a picture, named the word and gave a rhyming word.  If the student didn’t know a rhyming word, they were able to phone a friend for help.   

Math:  We measured ourselves by inches and cut out a piece of yarn to our exact height.  Students were able to place their measurement from shortest to tallest and we identified the average height in Room 101. Please take a look at our bulletin board outside in the hallway.  We have continued to practice Word Story problems and addition problems.  Next week, we will start counting money using penny, nickel and dime. Please work with naming the coins and having your child identify the value.  I will send home a hand-out with our coin poems so that the children can practice at home.

 

Here is a copy of the Money Poems that we chant during Calendar time.

 

 Science:  Brrrr!! We are still learning about Penguins and completed a Penguin booklet with 5 facts that we learned.  We read Penguin Chick (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science), by Betty Tatham and discussed the penguin life cycle. We also discussed how harsh weather makes survival difficult for penguins and even practice how penguins keep one penguin and egg warm by huddling in a circle. 

 

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 your CVC mat and write at least 5 sentences and illustrate them.

* Write a book with our sight words and be ready to read it to our class.

* Practice identifying penny, nickel and dime and make some coin rubbings.

*Practice counting coins with nickels and pennies.

Just a few reminders:

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

2. DIBELS and ACCESS testing will continue next week.

3. Nathan is the Student of the Week and will

share his poster with us on Tuesday.

4. There is no school on Monday, January 17th– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

 

 

Week of January 3rd-7th, 2011

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 Friday, January 7, 2011

 Happy  2011 and welcome back! We have been very busy this past week. 

 

Reading: Our Winter and Snow Theme is under way  and we have read several books.  In Sadie’s Snowman, we focused on words that show order—First, Second, Third, Then and Last. We focused on painting a snowman melting in sequential order and used our sequential and sight words.   In the story, Snowmen at Night, we read about some snowmen’s wintry pursuits and we focused on identifying details in the story.  Our students made some wonderful snowmen and wrote about their snowman’s silly adventure. Please check out our bulletin board” What Can Your Snowmen Do at Night? in our classroom .  Phonics: Letter of the Week: was V/sound— We focused on singing the V song.  We also reviewed Short a words, and learned phonics digraphs, Ch & Sh. We included Chaeyoon and HaoCheng in our list! Heart Words: In the classroom, we are up to reading 40 words—keep practicing them at home. List #3 will be sent in your red folder..soon! 

Math: We focused on addition problems up to 12 and played several games with dice and spinners.  Students were also introduced to word story problems and it will be assigned next week as our daily homework.

Science:  Brrrr!! We are starting our Penguin Unit and have read several Non-fiction books and completed “Our Schema” anchor chart filled with background knowledge and new information that we have learned about s ix different types of penguins. Emperor, Fairy, Chinstrap and Macaroni are our top favorites. Ask your child to name more! There were new vocabulary words that were introduced: insulation, regurgitate, rookery, blubber and environment.  Please have students find more information on penguins through the internet. 

 

 

 

We conducted two simple experiments, to show how penguins stay warm. We made a blubber (polar bear mitt ) and an oil-petroleum jelly(penguin mitt) and submerge our hands in ice cold water to learn about insulation and blubber. The children were amazed to be able to feel how the blubber helps heat the penguin and keep them warm!  We made several observations and recorded our data. 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, the Great Melting Ice Experiment was done in cooperative groups.  The students worked together and used salt, hand sanitizer, paper towels and their hands to melt the ice the fastest!

 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 small booklet about penguins that include our heart words or our vocabulary words .

* Help your child write two addition word story problems that include their classmates and use the + and = signs. Illustrate them with pictures.

* Write a list with as many “ch” and  “sh” words.

 

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter Z/sound for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. DIBELS and ACCESS testing will continue next week. A report will be sent home on Feb. 2nd with our Report Cards.

3. Nathan  is the Student of the Week and willshare his poster with us on Monday.

4. Please send in a picture of your child in the snow. I have only received 5!

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

Winter Break

Monday, 27 December 2010, 17:03 | Category : Uncategorized
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Winter Break Update- December 27, 2010

I hope that everyone is enjoying their winter break, I know that I am!

After winter break we will be reading various snow/winter stories. In conjunction with this unit in reading, we will be doing some writing of what we can do in the snow. If you have pictures of your child playing in the snow, standing in the snow, etc. please send them in. We are going to use them for a book. If you want you can email me the picture  at mepiscitelli@cps.edu and I can take care of the printing or if you want to send it in that is fine. The pictures will not be returned because they will be in our class book.

The Letter of the Week for January 3, 2011 will be the Letter V. So please send in any items that start with the v or v sound in a paper bag. 

In January, we will start having “Star of the Week“, where a child will be highlighted on our bulletin board right outside of Room 101.  The Star of the Week poster will go home on Friday and will have to be returned on Monday with a few pictures of the child and family. 

Room 101’s wishlist:  Glue sticks, glitter, cotton balls  and Clorox wipes! Thank-you for your donations, they really do help!

See you in 2011!!

Mrs. Piscitelli

 

 

Weekly Overview: Dec. 6th-10th, 2010

Saturday, 11 December 2010, 14:48 | Category : Uncategorized
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 Friday, December 10, 2010

 Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the crisp, chilly air and the snow, of course! However, this past week we had 10 students that were sick with fever and the stomach flu. Please remember that your child must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. At school, we will continue to sanitize and wash our hands every chance we get 

Literacy/Reading: This week we continued, “ The Gingerbread Man” Literacy Unit  and have enjoyed several different versions of the story.  Here is an anchor chart that we made, where we compared Characters, Ending and learned what a Refrain is.  

 

 

 After reading the first story I asked them what the Gingerbread Man could have done differently.  They came up with some really good answers.  Some examples were, “He could have ran around the river,”  “He could have ran back the way he came and went under their legs.”  and “He should have just swam across the river by himself!”   The last answer is the one I always hope for because it leads right into our Science Experiment.  The kids made a hypothesis about what they think would have happened to the Gingerbread Man if he had swam across by himself.  Then, we put a gingerbread boy cookie in a little tub of water to observe and record what happens.  Ask your child to explain what happened to our little gingerbread boy cookie in the tub of water. 

 

 

Letter of the Week: was I—  We worked on identifying short I sounds in CVC words.  We also measured in inches different classroom items.We sang the “I song” and dance to the Freeze Song, and froze into “icicles”.

 Math: The children had the chance to explore 3-D shapes and then had the opportunity to build 3-D shapes.The children had a great time using marshmallows to build these shapes. The children had great discussion on the difference between 2-D and 3-D.  

We also took a bite of our gingerbread man cookie and made a graph to show which part we bit first- legs 12, head-5, arms 2. 

 Art: On December 16th, we will have an Art Gallery walk, craft fair and a Holiday Assembly. Our classroom worked on Oil Pastel Poinsettias with glitter highlights that are on display.  I am so proud of our students who remained very focused and patient during this project. They are simply beautiful works of art! 

 Recess: Since we had such cold, frigid weather, we did have to stay indoors all this week. For our second recess time, we did utilize the tricycles, gymnastic mats and bouncy balls in the lower level of the building.  We really did enjoy this much needed exercise time.

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:

1. Practice counting coins with pennies and nickels.  We are incorporating this during our calendar time on a daily basis.

2. Practice your 20 “Heart” sight words that are in your red folder. Once your child can read these words, send in a note so that they can read them to me.  Students will then receive the next remaining lists of words throughout the year.

 

Just a few reminders: 

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter R for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. We will be making Reindeer snacks next week, so if you can donate chex mix, peanuts, raisins,  plain m&m’s or small pretzels, please let me know. 

Mrs. Piscitelli

 

Weekly Overview-December 2, 2010

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

 

Brr…it’s starting to feel a lot like Winter is finally here! 

Literacy/Reading: This week we started “ The Gingerbread Man” Literacy Unit and have enjoyed several different versions of the story.  We worked on identifying the problem and solution of the story, plus comparing the various different characters in the Gingerbread Man stories.  We will continue this unit  as we read and compare many different versions, we  will discuss comprehension strategies such as retelling, summarizing, character traits, questioning, and making connections. 

  

 

Letter of the Week: was G—  We worked on Grrreat activities  with the letter G and connected it to our Gingerbread Man Unit.

 

 

 

Reader’s Response Journals/Writing: During our Literacy block, we read with our partners various stories at each child’s reading level.  Please note that your child is at a particular reading level that is focused on developing reading comprehension skills and strategies. The children chose their favorite parts from the story and write why it was their favorite.  This is a great way to incorporate standard of responding to literature.   

 

 

 

 

 

Math: We worked on measuring the perimeter of many items found in our classroom with paperclips, beans, unifix cubes and teddy bear counters. We also measured the perimeter of a gingerbread pattern and really helped students counting  on their own.  

 

 

 

 

Science: We started discussing Winter Animals and identifying them as well as their habitats and how they prepare for the Winter. 

We also enjoyed a Holiday/Thanksgiving Science experiment of making our own butter. We used the butter for our crackers and enjoyed them with our Friendship Salad that we made. 

 

 

 

SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:

1. Practice writing, “How to..stories”, so that  your child focuses on writing steps to complete a task.  Some ideas may be, How to Make a Snowman,  or How to Decorate a Tree”

2. Practice counting by 5’s, using nickels. Also practice making A, B, C patterns with colors or shapes. Ask your child to explain this type of pattern.

3.Read a story to your child and have them identify the setting, characters, problem and solution.

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter I for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. International Night is December 9th, more information will be available by next week.

3. Next week, I will send out your child’s Reading Profile and a progress report.

 

Keep Warm,

Mrs. Piscitelli

 

 

 

 

Nov. 15th-19th, 2010

Saturday, 20 November 2010, 7:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday, November 18, 2010

It was wonderful to see everyone at our first Parent Teacher Conference.  Thank you for all your help, without your support at home, then the growth would not be occurring. I just continue to ask you to work through letters, sounds, and numbers. Please continue to work on these skills at home.

Literacy/Reading: This week we reviewed elements of a story, by reviewing/identifying Characters and Settings in our stories, “The Legend of the Paintbrush”, “If You Sailed on the Mayflower” and “Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks”.  We also learned about a story’s Plot. As you read with your child, have your child identify these elements and add more to the plot of the story.   We also read decodable and leveled books, with the –at, -an, -it and –ig Word families.  Please have your child make a list of the word families and practice reading them.   -it, bit, fit, hit, kit, pit, sit.  Here is a website, where you may be able to download worksheets and activities.

http://www.kidzone.ws/phonics/index.htm

 

Letter of the Week: was B—  We worked on Word/Sound Sorts with the letter Bb and other letters that we have covered in the past.  We had our students share their Teddy “Bear” journal entries with their pictures. 

      

WritingWe continued learning to write sentences—distinguishing between letters and words, starting each sentence with a capital letter and ending it with a period, and putting spaces between words. Some students have started to write their own stories, with characters and a simple plot. During our free-choice time, many of our students opted to remain at our Writing Table, working on their own books.  We really have some dedicated authors in Room 101!

 

Math: I mentioned to some of you some of the key skills we are approaching in 2nd quarter. Children must be able to count to 50 with one to one correspondence and write at least numbers 1-30. 

 Some students will continue writing to 100 or 150. We will start our 50’s star club, 100’s star club and 150’s star club. Depending on where your child is at, his name will appear there to celebrate their accomplishment. Students will also focus in on counting backward from 20 to 0.

Math stories with addition were also introduced and students had a chance to create a turkey math problem with our color words and the addition symbol.

 SCHOOL TO HOME CONNECTION:

 Reading:   During the next week, your child will be assessed in the following areas:

 Comprehension, in the areas of fantasy/realism, plot, categorizing and classifying from a story and story structure—beginning, middle and ending. 

Phonics: Initial consonants sounds: p, g, f, l, k and q

Reading: Stories with the –at, -an, -it and -ig word families.  Practice rhyming with these word families..i.e dig-wig, sit-bit, can-fan.

Once all students are assessed, you will receive a copy of the Student Profile for your records.   The next assessment will not occur until another 5 weeks.

 

Please remember that Kindergarten is a time for children to expand their love of learning through hands-on active learning, exploration and enhancing their self esteem. So after our Thanksgiving break, we will continue our active learning through discovery,creativity and play!

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter F/sound  for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. As the weather gets colder, please remind your child that they must bundle up and wear their coats, scarves and gloves when we go outside for recess.

3. Next week, we will have a Friendship Feast for the letter F and the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving. Each child is asked to bring in a fruit for our Fruit Salad for Wednesday, November 24th. I will be providing rolled up turkey and ham, cheese and crackers for our celebration of Families & Friends..Students will also be making their own butter!

Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Piscitelli

Week of Nov. 8th-12th, 2010

Friday, 12 November 2010, 22:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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 Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Well we made it through our first 10 weeks of Kindergarten!! Our classroom is truly becoming a wonderful learning community!
 Parent-Teacher conference will be on Wednesday, November 17th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please sign up for an appointment, on the green bulletin board near the main entrance of the school

 

Reading: During  our Reading/Literacy block, we focused on making connections to self  with the stories, My Friend and I and Ira Sleeps Over.  We discussed how  to become friends with someone new. Students drew beautiful pictures along with words and sentences of their new friendship.

 Also, we read the book Red is a Dragon, by Grace Lin.   Each student then chose a color to write about in their writing notebooks and had to think of four things of that color and then label the items. We had some very creative work! 

 

Letter of the Week: was W  /sound— We focused on singing the W Food song and mentioned, waffles, watermelon and walnuts in the song.  We also made Wacky Waffles on Wednesday…yum! Thank-you for the donations of bananas, strawberries, raisins and whipped cream..  We enjoyed discussing symmetry in regards to the Waffle shape and then had the chance to make a Symmetrical design on our waffles.  Our students really made some silly symmetrical Wacky Waffles!

      

 

Math: In math this week we had fun learning about Symmetry.  We used a string and pattern blocks to make some intricate shapes that were symmetrical. I was very impressed with our students’ creativity. We learned about symmetry in nature, architecture, and letters.

Social Studies: We have started our second unit, which is America and learned about the U.S. Flag, American symbols and Washington D.C.  We discussed what voting was and walked through the lower level where some of the voting booths remained from Election Day. 

 

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 small booklet with a story that includes our sight words, I, like, the, see, all, and, we, can.

* Make a shape collage with the four shapes, circle, square, triangle and square. Find pictures in magazines.

* Write one color word and draw four things that are that color. Name the items.

 

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter B/sound  for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. Parent-Teacher Conference/Report Card Pick-up on Wednesday.Please sign up for an appointment.

3. Today the green homework folders are going home  and will be due on Monday, Nov. 15th.

 Welcome Amy and Kyan to Room 101! We are so delighted to have you in our classroom!!

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli 

Our Writers' at Work....

Week of November 1st-5th, 2010

Saturday, 6 November 2010, 4:55 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Reading:   During  our Reading/Literacy block, we focused on making connections to self and text with the story, Jonathan and his Mother. We read the Big Book, Move and discussed what a verb is.  We pantomime various verbs and animals, such as waddle-penguin, slithering-snake, swinging-gibbon, diving-dolphin and leap-frog. 

You may have heard your child coming home singing various songs and chants we do in class. These songs and chants help your child associate letters and their sounds in a catchy way. You can help us at home by asking your child what the sounds of various letters.

 Letter of the Week: was C -/K/ Hard C sound— We focused on a poem about a Clicking Camera and made the /k/ sound with the items that children bought to school.   

Math: In math this week we have been concentrating on counting objects and recognizing a set. We have been working really hard tagging and making sure we touch each item we count. We also been lining up the objects so we do not count an object twice.  The children worked in pairs to allow for children to begin to develop sharing and teamwork skills. Counting is a key skill to be successful in math. Children need to be able to count a certain number of objects.

Furthermore, we want children to be able to recognize a number on the dice without counting it. Any type of game using a dice will help with this skill. We will be working on other “dot” arrangements for these numbers. We want the children to be able to able to take their knowledge and apply it in other formats.

 We also worked on the Tricky Teen numbers, 11-19 and recognizing the numbers out of sequential order.   This is a very difficult concept for some students, so I do recommend that students practice at home.  Make a teen card set, from 11-19 and have your child arrange them in order and then name them.  Then mix up the cards and place them out of order and have your child identify them.  You may also want to have students find small objects to make a set with the teen numbers.

 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 identifying the numbers 0-20 out of sequential order…ie. 7, 12, 14, 9, 13, 6

* Ask your child to tell you the –at, -an Word Family and have them write them out..at, cat, bat, sat, mat,…an, can, Dan, fan,

*Practice simple addition facts 0-9. Use beans as counters to help solve the problems. i.e. 2+3=

*Practice reading your 2 reading books in your red folder and your decodable books.

 

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter W/sound  for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. On Wednesday, we will be making Wacky Waffles to celebrate the W sound. I will provide the waffles and I am requesting if donations of strawberries, bananas and whipped cream can be made. Thank-you!

3. No School on November 11th &12th for Veteran’s Day and Professional Development day for Teachers.

4. K.C.  our Traveling Teddy Bear will start going home with one student per week.  Please see the attached letter.

5. As the weather is getting much colder, please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately.  Coats, hats, gloves and scarves should be labeled with your child’s name.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Piscitelli

Each child in the class will succeed to their greatest potential!
 

Weekly Overview for Oct.25th-29th…

Saturday, 30 October 2010, 15:56 | Category : Uncategorized
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Room 101 News                                                                                                                                                                                                Friday, October 29, 2010

Room 101 performed a wonderful dance in our Spanish Assembly! Que Magnifico! Many thanks to Mr. Walter and the parents that helped in getting our students ready in costume!

 

Reading:   During  our Reading/Literacy block, we read the big book,  A Visit to the Forth Worth Zoo and discussed different animals with descriptive words.  We worked in a cooperative group setting to make “informational bubbles” about different animals with pictures cut from magazines, written words and sentences.

I am also sending home two reading books that are at your child’s reading level on a nightly basis. Please have your child read these books  to you and also practice the sight words that are in a Ziploc bag. I am requesting that parents purchase a plastic pouch to hold our sight words

 

Letter of the Week: was O—  OH, what a fun week we had studying the letter “O”! We learned all about octopuses and owls, and created information webs to share the interesting facts we learned about each animal. Each student created an edible octopus during cooking Friday…please be sure to ask your child about our yummy treat.

WritingWe were busy learning to write sentences—distinguishing between letters and words, starting each sentence with a capital letter and ending it with a period, and putting spaces between words. We will continue to work on this next week as well!

 

Math: We are practicing writing our numbers correctly from 0-20.  Please practice this at home with your child.  Some of the students have started writing their numbers up to 100 using a number grid. We also practice our numbers aloud during circle time up to 100.  We are looking forward to our 100th day in school and are counting the days !  We are at day 32!!

 

Science: We read about Owls and Octopus and learned interesting facts about these animals.  We discussed what a predator, hunter and prey is. 

We also wrapped up our Pumpkin life cycle unit and students were able to take home their pumpkin plants in their Ziploc bags.    

 

 

 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!) 

 * Cut out pictures of animals and write sentences to describe your animal. Use color and sight words.

*Practice skip counting by 5’s 10’s to 100.

*Make a list of words that begin with “C” at the grocery store.

*Practice simple addition facts 0-9. Use beans as counters to help solve the problems. i.e. 2+3=

 

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter C /sound  for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. As the weather gets colder, please remind your child that they must bundle up and wear their coats, scarves and gloves when we go outside for recess.

 

 

Have a Wonderful Weekend!!

 Mrs. Piscitelli

Weekly Overview for Oct.18th-22nd, 2010

Sunday, 24 October 2010, 11:03 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Important Dates:

October 26th– Spanish Assembly at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Our room will be dancing and singing during this time. Please plan to attend!! Also, I need a few volunteers to help get the students dressed. Please let me know on Monday if you would like to help. 

***Boys: Need to wear a white long sleeve shirt with collar and black pants.

October 29th-Literacy Parade– Students may come in costume and bring in special treats for our Literacy Character Party in the afternoon.

 

Reading:   During  our Reading/Literacy block, we read the big book, My Senses by Aliki and filled out a visual Senses chart.  We discussed what ” informational text” is and gather information about our body parts, eyes, ears, nose and mouth.  We also started to create our first booklet,  My 5 Senses and utilized our sight words, I, see & the.  We also tied in this book to our Fall/Fall harvest thematic unit.  We will continue to study about Pumpkins and the seasons and how our senses can fully observe this wonderful change of time.   As a real life experience we did visit the Eden Nature center to accompany this Fall unit.

 

Letter of the Week: was A and students learned one new song, “Hurray for A “ and bought in aaawesome items for this letter.  We also learned that A is a very important letter—as a vowel.  We read/and sounded out 3 letter short a words.  Children held the letter cards and we sounded out words such as, car -/c/–/a/–/r/–car!  I will send out a list of 3 letter words that you may practice with your child.  Please emphasize each letter sound and then blending the sounds to read the word. 

 

Writing:  We have continued launching our Writer’s Workshop and introducing Small Moments.  For the introduction of what is a “Small Moment”, we read the story, Owl Moon as a model and had students make connections.  We will continue to work on this for the next week.

 

Math: We made a graphed to accompany our Pumpkin tasting party. Students had to choose whether they enjoy their pumpkin as a pie or doughnuts.  Our Pumpkin doughnuts were very good and received the most votes from Room 101.  I also introduced simple addition problems for our students to solve by using beans,  and the dots from our dominoes during center time. 

 

Science: We made pumpkin observations by working with large pumpkin that I bought in.  We estimated how much it weighed and how many seeds it had.  We also counted the seeds by tens and counted the creases as well.  In shared writing: we used adjectives and details to describe our pumpkins from the inside and outside.  Lastly, we had a Pumpkin Tasting party and tried pumpkin pie, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin bread and pumpkin butter!

 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!)

 * Collect fall leaves and make a collage. Have your child identify and write the colors.

* Make a booklet of changes that occur during the Fall.

*Ask your child to draw a Fall picture and write a sentence with our sight words “I see the…”

* Have your child cut out pictures of Owls and octopus for next week.

 

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter O /sound  for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. We are in need of paper towels, Clorox wipes and small paper cups.  Please donate these items if you can!

3. For our Literacy Character Party on 10/29, please send it some treats such as cookies, fruit, juice boxes and other treats.  We will be playing literacy games, singing our favorite reading/sound songs and listening to our first chapter book.  

4. Don’t forget your costume for our Literacy Parade/Party….I will be wearing mine!

Mrs. Piscitelli

Weekly Overview for Oct. 11-15, 2010

Saturday, 16 October 2010, 5:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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Room 101 News

Friday, October 15, 2010

 Autumn has finally arrived with its cool, crisp air, fabulous foliage and with its sweet smells of baked pumpkin pie!  Our kindergarteners have been busy learning about Pumpkins!  Our field trip to Eden’s Place will be on Thursday, October 21st.  Please remember there is no school on Friday, October 22nd. 

We are also performing in the Spanish Assembly on October 26th, so please make sure to come and see our dance performance.

 Reading:  During  our Reading/Literacy block, we are learning to work in small groups and to read independently.  Independent reading is a time when students self-select and independently read appropriate books. Each child has a reading box that is filled with books at their reading level and of their own interests.  During this time, I work with a group of students for guided reading instruction. This enables me to work with children that need help learning their letters, beginning sounds, etc. while introducing emergent reading text to children who are ready to begin reading in small group situations.

 This week, I introduced our Whisper Phones, that are PVC pipes that allow students to readtheir leveled reader at the teacher table to themselves.  While students are reading, I am observing what reading cue strategies and systems they are using. 

 Reading to Self using our Whisper Phones

Letter of the Week was P and students learned two new songs, “The P Food Song “and “The Popcorn Song” We read the nursery rhyme, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.

 

Our Fourth grade Reading Buddies from Room 310

Every morning we have 5-6 students from 4th grade, reading to their kindergarten buddy.  The students read a story and then assist their buddy in completing their Reading Response Journal. This week we focused on identifying the Beginning, Middle and Ending of a story. Our kindergartners usually draw, label or dictate a sentence with assistance from the 4th graders. 

 Math: We focused on identifying the penny, nickel and dime and counting by 5s and 10s.  The students also played “Flip the Coin” and marked tallies of how many heads and how many tails and discussed probability. We also counted backwards from 12-0. Please practice this at home.

 Social Studies:  We had a visitor from the Red Cross, Ms. Victoria that discussed Fire Safety with our students.  Since we covered Fire Prevention the week before, our students had a plethora of information to share!  Last week , we also had two fire drills and I must compliment our kindergarten class on following our procedures and making safe choices. 

 Science: In order to prepare for our field trip to the pumpkin patch, we have started a Pumpkin theme.  Students worked on different projects with pumpkins—Sink/Float, measuring the width of a pumpkins, Life cycle of a pumpkin and so much more!  The main objective of these projects is: to collect, describe and learn to collect information through discussion, drawings and charts, exploring the natural process of growing and then creatively presenting or expressing what we learned.

 

 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!)

 * Skip count by 10s and 5s to 100- look for the Hundreds Chart in the red folder  for this.

* Create a Fire Escape Plan for your home.

* Have your child find as many nickels at home and count by 5s.

  Please visit Mrs. Zivko’s blog, for reading and math  websites at  http://zivko.cuipblogs.net/.

 Just a few reminders:

 1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the A  letter/sound  for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

 2. Please remember to pay our school fee of $85.00.  This fee helps us to purchase workbooks and materials that assist us in our learning instruction.

 3.  Our Literacy block Sign-up sheet is outside of Room 101, if you are interested in reading to a small group of students.

 4. Snacks for next week: Jeremie, Johnson, Torin, Kai and Yiding.        

 October Birthdays     

 October 3rd-Paul

October 4th-Rebecca

October 9th-Kai   

 A special thanks to all the parents that have made a donation to our cooking projects, volunteered during recess or lunch time or have cut out materials for us! I really appreciate this!

 

 Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Piscitelli