Archive for March, 2012

March 30th Talking Points

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Ask your child about:
-The sense of touch…feeling sandpaper letters and trying to figure out what the letter is.
-The sense of touch…tasting and trying to figure out the difference between salt and sugar, and flour and confectioner’s sugar
-The taste test…students tasted something bitter, sweet, salty, and sour. Ask them what they tried! The best reaction was them eating the bittersweet chocolate!
-Sight word “it”
-Making spring flowers with soda bottles
-Making spring flowers with cupcake wrappers
-Handwriting book
-New Spanish video about Little Red Riding Hood
-Addition games “Toss the Chips” and “Rainbow Bears”
-Using colored tiles to represent a given number in more than one way (introduction to addition). For example, using 6 tiles, students showed 3 and 3, 2 and 5, 6 and 0, etc.
-Beginning a new writing genre, “How To”

March 16th Talking Points

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Ask your child about:

-The leprechaun that left our classroom messy. He left his green footprints, a letter, and a box of Lucky Charms. The children were searching for him all day!
-Our Saint Patrick’s Day celebration thanks to room parent Mrs. Chang who brought in gold coins and pots of gold (yellow jello). We also made shamrocks with our handprints, a leprechaun hat, graphed Lucky Charms marshmallows, and more.
-Who is worth more to them than gold (writing activity came home today)
-How they would catch a leprechaun (writings and illustrations are hanging up in the classroom)
-What they learned from the dental hygienist that visited our class
-The names and values of the coins penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
-Playing money bingo
-Playing a money game that required students to spin a spinner and graph what coin it landed on
-Publishing one of our small moment stories into a book and sharing/celebrating it with our writing partner

March 9th Talking Points

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Ask your child about:
-Our class trip to see Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Ask what was the same and different from the book.
-Using a checklist to edit our Small Moment stories (capital letters, spaces, rereading…)
-Creating a title/cover page for one of our Small Moment stories
-Penny and nickel activities
-Identifying and sorting pictures that are good for your teeth and sometimes good
-Continuing with Spanish videos and activities (learning how to say I like, bear, book)
-Ongoing reading and word study

March 2nd Talking Points

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

We had a very fun-filled, busy week! Ask your child about:

READ ACROSS AMERICA
-Cougar Studios movie assembly (movie acted by older Cambridge students)
-Taking a walking tour of the school to see how each class decorated their classroom door with a theme from the district-wide story Alice in Wonderland
-Reading Dr. Seuss books such as Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, My Many Colored Days, The Cat and the Hat, ABC, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
-Doing activities for each Dr. Seuss book such as making our own class books for Green Eggs and Ham and Dr. Seuss’s ABC, eating green deviled eggs, finger painting green eggs, designing the Lorax and trees out of tissue paper, and more (all crafts are hanging up in our classroom)
-Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration consisting of reading The Cat in the Hat, decorating bookmarks, eating layered jello and whipped cream cups to resemble the cat’s hat (thanks Mrs. Chang!), playing Dr. Seuss bingo, and creating Thing 1 and Thing 2 with our hand prints (hanging up in our classroom)

DENTAL HEALTH
-Reading many books about keeping our teeth and gums healthy
-How many times a day they should brush their teeth and after how many months they should get a new tooth brush
-Looking at pictures of teeth on animals and discussing why animals have different teeth from people
-Taking a picture of their mouth so their classmates can guess whose mouth is whose!
-Using marshmallows as teeth to create our own mouth (hanging up in our classroom)

MATH AND WRITING
-Playing a penny game where students flipped a penny and graphed if it was heads or tails.
-Writing small moment stories and specifically working on making our endings more exciting rather than saying, “Then I went home.”
-Sight word work on the word “my”
-Handwriting books
-Our continuous reading books and word study sorts