Archive for December, 2011

December 23rd Talking Points

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Ask your child about -
-Our winter party making sock snowmen, snowmen bagels, playing games, etc.
-School assembly to watch the Cougar Studios movie (put on by older Cambridge students)
-Building a class gingerbread house
-A parent volunteer reading a Kwanzaa story and trying a traditional banana bake dish.
-A parent volunteer reading a Hanukkah story and trying latkes with applesauce and sour cream.
-The read alouds: The Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Friends, and The Runaway Latkes
-The letter K activities
-The sight word “Is”

December 16th Talking Points

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Ask your child about:

-Hanukkah symbols/traditions
-Making a handprint menorah

-Listening to the story The Magic Dreidels.  Ask your child what the dreidels spun out

-Making our own magic dreidel.  Ask your child what their dreidel spun out (hanging in our classroom)
-How to play the dreidel game and what each symbol on the dreidel means.
-Parent volunteer reading a Christmas story and tasting a candy cane Christmas cookie
-Tracing, cutting, and decorating a gingerbread person out of cardstock after reading the story and poem “The Gingerbread Man”
-Letter S
-Letter W
-Representing numbers 10 – 20 with unifix cubes on the “20 frame”
-Writing the pattern book “When I Was Little”


Friday, December 16th, 2011

My first games:  find the difference  (Lite or $1.99)…identifying what’s the same and different in pictures

Coin toss (Free)…students can see all heads and tails side of all coins and flip the coin to keep a tally

Jar of Marbles (free)…matching same colored marbles

Highlights Hidden Pictures ($1.99)…critical thinking

FourinARow (Free)…identical to the board game Connect 4

123 Domino (Lite of $1.99)…critical thinking puzzles

Candy Count (free)… Sorting, basic counting, review of terms

fewest & greatest

Dot To Dot Numbers & Letters (Lite or $1.99)…connect the dots by following numbers or letters to create a picture

Addition undersea adventures (Lite or $1.99)

Eye math subtraction (lite or $1.99)

Dino Math (lite or $1.99)…addition and subtraction practice

Magnetic ABC (Lite or $1.99)…use during Guided Reading to have the students spell words and identify letters

ShowMe (free)…works as a whiteboard that I use this during Guided Reading to have students draw/write a response activity

ABC Tracer (Lite or $1.99)…Students practice tracing uppercase, lowercase, and numbers

Futaba (Lite or $1.99)…individual or group game where students identify a word by looking at a picture

Build A Word (free)…students listen to the word and drag the tile letters to spell it

Little Speller Sight Words (Lite or $1.99)…students match tile letters onto the word and then hear it read aloud

Pop Words (free)… Word finding game. Drag your finger to select letter tiles to make words.

Free Choice

Checkers (free)

Mancala (free)

Touch Hockey (free)

FlickFootball (free)

Find the Ball (free)

Coloring (free)

December 9th Talking Points

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Ask your child about:

-The holiday Kwanzaa
-Making a Mkeka (placemat) currently being displayed in our classroom
-Making a Kinara (candles) for the 7 nights out of a paper plate and craft sticks
-Playing Kwanzaa Memory (ask what some of the traditions/symbols are such as the unity cup, 3 red candles, 3 green candles, 1 black candle, corn, bananas…)
-Read alouds about Kwanzaa such as Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa
-Hand washing lesson/demonstration with nurse Mrs. Guidice
-Making patterns in math using various manipulatives
-Writing pattern stories from books we are inspired by such as “I Love My Family”
-The letters R and Z (letter book, buddy reading, rainbow write)
-Reading “Skyfire” for the letter R and creating our own rainbow with tissue paper, currently being displayed in our classroom.
-The order of colors in a rainbow
-For the letter Z, graphing how many zippers we have on our clothing and backpack

Watch Our First iMovie!

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

We Are Special – Medium

December 2nd Talking Points

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Ask your child about:

-How to make an iMovie!!!! (After reading It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr, the children used computer programs Photo Booth and iMovie to take a picture of their self-portrait drawing.  Then, they typed two words to describe how they are different.  Last, they recorded their voice saying their two words.  I downloaded the movie to our iPads for the children to watch).

-Using a “10 frame” to show numbers up to 20 (Getting students to understand that 15 is one group of ten plus 5 more).

-Writing pattern books in Writing Workshop (Ask your child about The OK Book).

-Letters N and L

-Our first sight word “The”

-Math game called Dice Rice