Dear Room 105 Families,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing winter break.
We had a great first week back in the classroom!
We are in the midst of a nonfiction unit for both reading and writing workshop! We are learning that non-fiction books teach us facts and information; they have no characters, and no plot. We are identifying text features in the nonfiction books we’re reading. While reading nonfiction books at home, go on a text-feature hunt. Help your student recognize the text features in non-fiction books. Does your nonfiction book have a table of contents, glossary, bold words, and/or labels and captions?
In Reader's Workshop, we are working on reading aloud like an expert. We'll be celebrating our work by reading aloud "like experts" to the Kindergarteners. Ask your child to show you some of the strategies/habits they're practicing to read aloud like an expert. A few include marking important parts, explaining key words, and adding feeling to our reading.
Because we're learning a LOT of information about our nonfiction topics, we're also writing our very own nonfiction All About Chapter Books! In Room 105 we have experts on bikes, snakes, gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming, whales, weather, trees, owls, and many, many, more things. Students are writing a chapter book with a table of contents and chapters that teach about the topic. We’re learning how to organize all of our information into chapters, then create catchy chapter titles. You can help your child by talking things out with him/her. Ask them questions about their topic; have them explain the facts they've learned. We're learning what readers might ask-- who, what, where, why, when, how, about the topic, so practice role playing with your child. Ask them to explain, who, what, where, why, when about their topic. Talking over things will help their writing as they orally story-tell to plan then write.
Be on the look-out for some published books about these topics in the coming weeks.
In math, we just completed our unit on addition facts to 20 and will be moving on to subtraction facts to 20. We have learned lots of strategies (beyond finger counting) to add 2 numbers and 3 numbers. We have learned to try and use doubles facts, near-doubles facts, and the make-a-ten strategy to add. We have also learned the "think addition" strategy and fact families to help us with subtraction. Please encourage your student to use these strategies rather than just counting on or back with their fingers.
Students should begin using the xtramath program to help them with their math facts.
Here are a couple of other fun math games students can practice at home on the computer or ipad (apps available):
Ten Frame Mania
On the Computer try abcya.com
Balloon Pop Subtraction
Math Lines Addition
In Science this month we're continuing our study of plants. We’re learning that not all plants need to start from a seed. Our cuttings have sprouted roots, we will replant these in soil and continue to watch them grow. Next week we will begin growing bulbs and spuds. Want to bring some science home? Try your own "kitchen scraps science experiment" at home with leftover potato pieces, carrot tops, garlic cloves and onions. We've had a lot of questions about seeds, bulbs, roots, and stems. How plants can grow without soil, and why some plants reproduce from cuttings but others don't? Who knew not all plants grow the same way?! Exciting stuff!
Spelling homework will continue every two weeks. Math homework will be sent home once per week and will be due Fridays. Please continue to use xtramath and raz-kids at home.
Hello 105 Families,
It's hard to believe that we're half way through the month of October!
We have been busy learning and having fun in Room 105! We dove into our curriculum in math, reading and writing this month. Here are a few things we've been working on:
In reading we're both reading "just right books" during reader's workshop, and listening to read alouds.
-I can choose a book that's just right for me.
We're working on counting by 2's and 10's. We're also looking at the plus sign, subtraction sign and the equal sign as we're solving addition and subtraction math problems. Make sure your student is reading their math sentences, just like they would a normal sentence, and asking, hmm does this make sense?
-I can add numbers to ten using different strategies.
We're working on writing 3+ page stories with a beginning, middle, and end. We're really trying to make sure we're choosing ONE event to focus on. Rather than writing about our WHOLE vacation, or the WHOLE school day we're choosing one event that happened-- going out to dinner, a funny game we played sometimes even something silly that happened in the classroom!
- I can tell when to use a capital letter and when to use a lowercase letter.
-I can stretch a word out to hear all the sounds then spell it.
-I can touch the pages of my book, tell a story, draw a quick sketch, then write my story.
We've learned how to give compliments and are continuing to practice Habit 1: Be proactive. This week we talked about how being proactive means taking initiative-- doing things without being asked because you know it's the right thing to do. Ask your student how they're proactive at home and in the classroom.
Keep up the great work Room 105!
A note about homework…
Hello Parents & Families in 105,
Spelling homework went home this past Friday and will be due Friday, October 7th. Hopefully everyone received a spelling word list (stapled to a piece of notebook paper) and a separate tic-tac-toe activity sheet. I have kept the list and activity sheet separate so that you can keep the activity sheet at home with you and turn in the list and notebook paper on Friday. This saves on printing and paper every two weeks. The activity sheet is posted at the bottom of this post, and on the parent notes page on the classroom website in case you misplace it and need a new copy.
This week, there isn’t a designated reading or math homework assignment, so please continue reading 15-20 minutes a night to your child or have them practice on RAZ kids. Practice math on FrontrowEd for 10-15 minutes about 2-3 nights this week. A monthly recording log will go home in October to document your reading and math work. Please email me if you have any questions regarding homework.
Hello Parents and Families,
We've had a GREAT first few weeks of school. We're learning lots of routines, reading great stories, practicing our counting, building our number sense, and writing, writing, writing! We've learned a lot about each other over the past couple of weeks and continue to build relationships and a strong community of learners.
Here are a few updates:
South Loop Open House (Meet the Teacher & our Classroom Curriculum) is Tuesday, September 20th from 6:15-7:15pm. We'll be going over important classroom information that will help ensure a successful school year, so please try to attend. Unfortunately, childcare will not be provided, so please make other arrangements for your children. If you cannot make the open house, please email me and I will gladly make a time to meet with you. Our open house documents will be posted to the website later this week.
Our First Annual South Loop ECC Farm Stand will be held prior to open house Tuesday, September 20th from 5:15-6:15. Please stop by for fresh, organic produce. Proceeds and donations will go directly back into the Organic Produce and Butterfly Garden (something our First Graders will help maintain and plant in the coming year).
Scholastic Book Orders will be submitted September 30th. Check out the Scholastic section of our website for more information.
Please pay your $75 school fee asap! Pay online HERE
Check out our Donors Choose:
Our Classroom is looking for multi sensory word work activities. Help us get our "Hands On Word Work" by donating to our donors choose HERE.
Check out the South Loop Budget Update:
January 17th: Boosterthon Fun Run Fundraiser Begins
January 26th: Fun Run
February 3rd: No School
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Gym is Wednesdays- wear gym shoes
Library is Friday- return books
Send an email for an early dismissal