February 1st Talking Points

February 1st, 2013

Ask your child about…
-Mystery reader
-Playing Tug of War in math (moving back and forth on a number line and determining what the number is)
-1 more/1less and 2 more/less than a given number (you can do this at home using a 100s chart)
-Sight word work on “like” and “on”
-Identifying the setting and characters when reading to help comprehension
-Writing more “All About Books” in writing workshop making sure to leave spaces and write in lower case letters
-Learning about Groundhog’s Day

January 25th Talking Points

January 25th, 2013

Ask your child about:

-Music concert
-Mystery reader
-Reading many books about Martin Luther King Jr.
-Writing facts about Martin Luther King Jr.
-Brainstorming our own dreams for a peaceful world
-Using a number line to show less and more (playing math games to demonstrate this)
-Sight word tower game
-Roll a sight word game
-Playing the Super Why app in reading workshop to support children in spelling words and to remind them that when reading books, the pictures and words have to make sense together.
-Writing “All About” books and what the common features All About books have: subheadings, labeled pictures, page numbers, facts, etc.

January 18th Talking Points

January 18th, 2013

Ask your child about…

-The music assembly about Beethoven and Mozart
-The mystery reader on Wed and Fri!
-Learning new strategies in reading workshop such as solving words using the beginning and ending sounds, solving words by chunking, asking questions during reading, and sequencing a story by telling the beginning, middle, and end
-Word study sorts (sorts will be getting harder next week!)
-Using a number line in math
-Determining 1 less/1 more and 2 less/2 more than a number…and explaining HOW they know
-Starting All About Books in writing workshop
-Learning many facts about Penguins
-Reading Snowmen at Night and using pastels to create our own snow scene
-Reading digital books on wegivebooks.org

January 11th Talking Points

January 11th, 2013

Ask your child about:

-Yesterday’s day in Mrs. Ruina’s classroom because the preschool children needed our classroom (sewer fixes were being done in the preschool building)
-The mystery reader
-Moving the SMARTboard permanently to the front of our room to use on a regular basis! Ask your child how we do morning meeting and calendar using it.
-Continuing the use 10 frames to show and represent groups of tens and ones
-Counting backward (you can practice this at home)
-Counting on from a random number (You can practice this with your child at home too)
-Making predictions before and during reading
-Comparing and contrasting two read alouds (The Mitten and The Napping House)
-Creating a CAFÉ bulletin board to keep track of all of our reading strategies (CAFÉ stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Expand vocabulary). Currently we have predictions and check for understanding under Comprehension and identifying sight words under Expand vocabulary. These are strategies you can reinforce when reading with your child at home too.
-Reading fiction and nonfiction books about hibernation. We made a craft with cotton balls to represent a bear hibernating in winter, hanging up in the room.

January 4th Talking Points

January 4th, 2013

Happy New Year!

Ask your child about:

-Going over classroom rules, procedures, and expectations
-Making a school-based new year’s resolution (updating our hopes and dreams from September)
-Ordering the numbers 2013 and decorating them with glitter
-Using “10 frames” to show numbers over 20 and reviewing tens and ones place.
-How to pick a “just fit” book during reading workshop (I PICK: I look at the book, Purpose – I have a reason for reading this book, Interest – does it excite me, Comprehend-do I understand it, Know-do I know most of the words on a page)
-Continuing in our handwriting book (you can review with your child writing in lower case letters and forming their letters starting from top to bottom)
-Re-reading Have You Filled A Bucket Today? to remind students about the importance of being “bucket fillers” as one of our resolutions

iMovie…click below!

December 21st, 2012

The Gift of a Memory

December 21st Talking Points

December 21st, 2012

Ask your child about:

-The winter party!
-The Cougar Studios Movie called A Cambridge Carol
-Science assembly
-Learning about Christmas traditions including decorating and tasting gingerbread cookies
-Comparing and contrasting different versions of The Gingerbread Man.
-Making winter handprint trees with paint and sugar
-Understanding the meaning of tens and ones place (ex – 64 is made up of 6 ten frames and 4 ones).
-Using a checklist to revise our writing stories
-Publishing our “How To” stories in writing workshop

December 14th Talking Points

December 14th, 2012

Ask your child about:

-Hanukkah facts (menorah, 8 days, the “helper candle”, Star of David, latkes)
-Reading Hanukkah books such as The Magic Dreidel, Runaway Latkes, and The Chanukkah Guest
-Trying Peyton’s grandmother’s delicious latkes with applesauce!
-Singing the dreidel song from YouTube
-Playing the dreidel game
-Retelling The Gingerbread Boy book
-Measuring ourselves to see how many gingerbread men/women tall we are
-Creating patterns in math and converting them to letters/numbers
-Using colored cubes to make pattern “trains” and identifying how many “cars” are in each train
-When reading books, students learned they can solve an unknown word by looking at the picture and the first letter of a word
-Mystery reader!
-Holiday shop

December 7th Talking Points

December 10th, 2012

Ask your child about…

-Making “book to self connections” during reading workshop
-Adding surprise endings to our pattern books in writing workshop
-Using a checklist to edit and publish one of our pattern books
-Adding spaces next to our words using a “spaceman”
-Adding a period or exclamation point to the end of our sentences
-Learning about Kwanzaa through books, YouTube videos, memory game, and more
-Making patterns in math and labeling with letters and numbers such as (155155 or JKLJKL)

November 30th Talking Points

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