Friday, September 20, 2019

News from Room 105

FROM THE TEACHER: We have been very busy here in our classroom working to complete the required academics for this first nine weeks. We have 2 weeks after we come back until the end of this nine week period. Just a reminder that there will be no school next week as it is our Fall break.

FIELD TRIP: Just a reminder that the permission slip and money for our upcoming field trip to see Peter Rabbit is on Oct 24th is due after the break. Thank you to all of the families who have send in their forms.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

We have spent the week reviewing the letters “b” and “m”. We will be repeating the alphabet over the next few months out of alphabetical order. Next week we will practice the letters “r” & “s”.  Please continue to work with your child at home if they don’t know all of the letters or sounds yet.  Knowing the letters and sounds plays a very important role as we learn to read.

We are working to get all of our students on blue or above on our sight word rainbow.  As of today 7 students are on blue, 5 are on green and 1 is on yellow. Their goal is to move up the rainbow to the top and then reach for the stars by learning 75 sight words. Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. The word list is on the back of your child’s folder.

 MATH: We have been working on 3D shapes in our classroom this week. We sorted different 2D and 3D shaped snacks today to share for snack. When we return we will be reviewing our numbers to 10 until the end of this nine weeks. We will then start working on the numbers 11 – 20.  We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students on reach their long term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We are working on properties of matter here in our classroom. The key to this unit is to teach the children how to use their five senses in discovery. We have talked about the attributes of different objects and sorted them using our five senses.  We will use our five senses to discover some of the changes in our outdoors (fall) when we return from the break.

Have a great break!

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs.  Perry and Mrs. Palmer

Friday, September 13, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER

The heat has returned, and we are back to having shortened time outside to ensure that our students don’t suffer from heat exhaustion.  I am really looking forward to some cooler weather in the coming weeks.

We are working to get all of our students on blue on our sight word rainbow.  Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. We try to go slowly so that the children will remember all of the words, so this process will take a couple of weeks. For those of you who have moved beyond blue and know more sight words, please continue to work on them until you know all 75. Learning the sight words will help your child learn to read fluently.

Congratulations to Alyssa who knows all of the Kindergarten sight words and is working on her first-grade words. Congratulations to Omar, Harper and Oksana who made it to the top of the rainbow.

BOX TOPS: Thank you to all of the parents who filled the box top paper and sent it in. Our school receives $2.50 for every filled page we send it. Please continue to save those box tops.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We completed our unit on Zoophonics this week and will start reviewing our letters and sounds next week.  We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner on Friday, October 4th to celebrate the completion of the unit. Each class/student will be asked to dress up in a simple costume to represent an assigned Zoophonics letter animal.  The information is in your child’s folder so please look it over. Our class is the letters A, B, C, and D. To be fair we had the students draw paper with a letter on it.

 MATH: We have been working on our 2D and 3D shapes this week and will continue with this unit for another week. We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students on reach their long term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We continued to work on our unit about maps and globe this week. We also started a unit on properties of matter. This unit teaches students how to use their senses to look at and analyse the world around them. We will do a boat experiment after learning about sink and float. We will sort items by shape, size, texture and color.

Friday, September 6, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER

We have been in school for 36 days. During the school year we count the days and add a paper clip to create groups of tens till we get to 180 days. This helps the students learn how to count by 1’s and by 10”s.

We are working to get all of our students on blue on our sight word rainbow.  Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. We try to go slowly so that the children will remember all of the words, so this process will take a couple of weeks. For those of you who have moved beyond blue and know more sight words, please continue to work on them until you know all 75. Learning the sight words will help your child learn to read fluently.

BOX TOPS: Thank you to all of the parents who are scanning box tops to support our school. I know that there is now a phone app to help you collect. Please continue to save those box tops.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We will complete our unit on Zoophonics next week. We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner on Friday, October 4th to celebrate the completion of the unit. Each class/student will be asked to dress up in a simple costume to represent an assigned Zoophonics letter animal.  The information on what letter your child has been assigned will be sent home at the end of next week.

 MATH: We have been working on a unit on shapes for the past week and we will continue with this unit for another 2 weeks. We are currently learning about 2D shapes and will start learning about 3D shapes at the end of next week. We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students reach their long-term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We have been learning about maps and globes this week. This unit is continuous throughout the year. We will learn about our continent, country, state and city during the next two quarters and we will learn our home address in the spring. I did let students who already knew their address tell it to me, but it is not on the report card until next spring. Next week we will start a unit on properties of matter.

This is the community that we build last week.