Archive for November, 2012

November 30th Talking Points

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Ask your child about:
-Reading Snow by Cynthia Rylant (on the day it snowed) and painting our own snow scenes to decorate the classroom
-The youtube songs on the sight words “The” and “It”
-Their weekly word study sort and the word work activities to go with it (room write, train sort, whiteboard sort, memory game)
-Introducing new writing activities during reading workshop such as writing a letter, recipe, post card, and list
-Writing pattern books in writing workshop such as “The… The…” or a sea-saw pattern such as “When I was like… Now I…. When I was little… Now I…”
-Adding periods
-Writing with spaces using a “spaceman”
-Sorting shapes in math by various attributes such as size, color, shape, thickness

November 21st Talking Points

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Ask your child about…

-Reading The Little Red Hen and having them sequence the story by explaining the steps the hen took to make bread
-How we made bread dough!
-Our bread feast…ask what countries/kinds of bread they tried
-Meeting our 3rd grade buddies from Mrs. Plebani’s class
-Thanksgiving math (roll dice to make a turkey the fastest and making a Turkey Teens book using 10 frames)
-Writing a list of items needed for their Thanksgiving feast

November 16th Talking Points

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Ask your child about…

-Making a Thanksgiving bulletin board (what they are thankful for and what it feels like to be thankful)
-Ordering numbers (with a partner, choosing 4 playing cards and putting them in order by starting with the smallest number)
-Reading Pinkalicious and creating our own book covers
-Learning about Diwali using YouTube and creating rangolis
-Discussing Veteran’s Day
-Reading Workshop (our usual read to self, read to someone, word work, writing, listening, and teacher time)

November 9th Talking Points

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Ask your child about:

-The read alouds “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie,” “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat,” and “The Biggest Pumpkin Ever”
-Playing the game of Compare and Race to Trace in math
-How reading workshop is going (read to self, read to someone, word work, writing, listening to reading)
-Gluing our weekly word sort today
-The “Going to Kentucky” song/dance
-Celebrating Shiyona’s birthday