Archive for January, 2012

January 27th Talking Points

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Ask your child about:

-The mystery reader
-Marshmallow melt science experiment
-Activities with letters V and I
-Playing War in math to strengthen less than and greater than skills
-Writing and reading the sight word “can”
-Chinese New Year facts from the books we’ve read
-Making a Chinese New Year Dragon and red money envelope
-Getting a spaceman (astronaut craft stick) to guide students in leaving spaces between each word.
-Reading the book “Roller Coaster” to learn how the author writes with detail about one small moment (going on 1 ride instead of writing about the entire day at the amusement park).

January 20th Talking Points

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Ask your child about:

-How to write and say the sounds of “U” and “Qu”
-Reading Umbrella by Jan Brett and retelling the story using pictures.  Ask your child how this book is similar to Jan Brett’s book The Mitten.
-Reading The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco and making our own quilt for the letter Qq.
-Brainstorming a list of ideas to write our Small Moment stories
-Thinking our Small Moment story aloud before writing it by telling it across 3 fingers and touching each page before sketching/writing.
-Playing the less than/more than game in Math
-How to spell our sight word “in”
-Mystery Reader

January 13 Talking Points

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Ask your child about:

-Game Board morning (for the letter G)
-The letter C and G book, buddy reading, handwriting, sorts
-Making cozy campires with a parent volunteer for the letter C
-Playing Futaba on the iPad to recognize words
-Reading The Mitten (students first drew their predication on one mitten and by the end of the book, they drew what really happened on the other mitten).  Before reading books with your child at home, you can ask them to predict what they think will happen based on the cover.
-Sorting snowmen in math and what their “rule” for sorting was
-Reading The Little Red Sled and creating a sled out of a candycane
-Making a snowman from our footprint with a parent volunteer
-Starting a new writing unit called Small Moments where we worked on listening to stories to see how authors stretch out a small moment.  Ask your child about the book A Chair For My Mother and what words the author used to describe the chair.

Watch Our Second iMovie!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Click the link below to watch our iMovie:

Gift of A Memory

January 6th Talking Points

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Ask your child about:
-The assembly about Mozart
-Mystery reader
-Using new “apps” on the iPad such as reading digital books and spelling sight words.
-After revisiting our classroom rules (to take care of yourself, others, things, and try your best), we reread the book Have You Filled A Bucket Today? Then we created our own buckets of happiness hanging on our bulletin board.  Ask your child how he/she will “fill” other people’s buckets with happiness this New Year.
-The letter Y (Y book, buddy reading, how to write a Yy, making a Yy person).
-Reading Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and using pastels to illustrate and write what our snowmen would do at night if he/she came alive (hanging up in our classroom).
-New Year’s activities such as making party hats, 2012 signs, writing New Year’s Resolutions (hanging up in our classroom).