Archive for November 2011

Week of November 28th   Leave a comment

imageThis week we are studying:

Phonics – IP word family

Reading – summarizing (telling the events of a story students have read or heard)

Writing – narrative writing (telling a story)

Math – addition & subtraction fact families, basic subtraction (one digit by one digit)

Social Studies – Muslim stories & holidays

imageSpelling Words

We have three spelling groups in our classroom. Check with your child to find out which group they are in. If they do not remember, you can email me to ask and I will respond only to you. Students will have a test on Friday on writing AND reading these words.

Group 1 – can, is, to, and, like, rip, sip, zip, lip, hip

Group 2 – for, his, her, my, your, slip, sip, lip, hip, zip

Group 3 – first, from, had, but, were, slip, grip, trip, hip, zip

imageShow and Tell

Please send show and tell items on Friday morning. Remember, please do not send expensive or dangerous items.

This week’s show and tell will be items which start with sh or ch.  Some examples might be:  shells, cheese, shirt, choo choo

imageWebsite of the Week

Each week I spotlight a website that you can use at home to help your children with what we are working on in class. All websites can be found on our class sqworl.

Starfall – Learn to Read – Starfall is a great website overall.  It’s huge and covers lots of elements of reading.  This particular section, however, focuses on word families, which is a focus for our class right now.

Video of the Week

Each week I spotlight a YouTube video that you can use at home to help your children with what we are working on in class.

This is one of our class’ favorite videos. It reviews how to make a short vowel into a long vowel with a silent e.

imageAnnouncements & Reminders:

– Please do not allow students to bring toys to school(with the exception of show and tell items).  Many students are bringing toys and they are becoming a distraction, as students do not wait until recess to bring them out of their bookbags.  Toys that are brought out of bookbags will be taken by the teacher, and must be picked up by the parent.  One exception to this rule is the soccer balls that are often sent in for use during recess. 

– Folders will be coming home every Monday with completed & graded work.  Please review these papers with your child.  If you are seeing a lot of work marked “Not Finished”, that often means a student is playing when they should be working.

– We have been working on learning our addition and subtraction facts.  Currently, we are testing on each level of facts, with no timer.  After the winter holiday, students will begin working on timed tests – with just one minute to answer 20 fact questions.  Please begin practicing these facts with your child to help them build automaticity.

– The community service club is collecting new and gently used toys for charity. Please send in toys to donate. This is a great time to talk about charity and how it connects to Muslim Holidays (one of our Social Studies topics).

– Please continue working with your children on tying their shoes. This is an important self help skill that also aids in fine motor skill development.

– If you are planning extended vacations surrounding the holiday break, please let me know ASAP. I WILL be sending home a homework packet for the holiday, and would like every child to receive it.

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Posted 28/11/2011 by rakisradresources in Uncategorized

Announcements for the week of November 21st   Leave a comment

This week we are studying:

Phonics – IT word family

Reading – summarizing (telling the events of a story students have read or heard)

Writing – narrative writing (telling a story)

Math – addition & subtraction fact families, basic subtraction (one digit by one digit)

Social Studies – Muslim stories & holidays

Spelling Words

We have three spelling groups in our classroom. Check with your child to find out which group they are in. If they do not remember, you can email me to ask and I will respond only to you. Students will have a test on Friday on writing AND reading these words.

Group 1 – can, is, the, and, like, sit, pit, lit, bit, hit

Group 2 – said, they, one, by, on, sit, bit, hit, slit, spit

Group 3 – when, what, after, first, then, knit, slit, spit, sit, hit

Show and Tell

Please send show and tell items on Friday morning. Remember, please do not send expensive or dangerous items.

This week’s show and tell will be items with a long or short U in them.

Website of the Week

Each week I spotlight a website that you can use at home to help your children with what we are working on in class. All websites can be found on our class sqworl.

Find the Dog’s Bone – On this game, students use a 100’s chart to find the hidden bone. Students work on understanding numbers and number relationships with this game.

Video of the Week

Each week I spotlight a YouTube video that you can use at home to help your children with what we are working on in class.

Short Vowel Song – This song goes over the sounds made by the short vowels.

Announcements & Reminders:

– The community service club is collecting new and gently used toys for charity. Please send in toys to donate. This is a great time to talk about charity and how it connects to Muslim Holidays (one of our Social Studies topics).

– Please continue working with your children on tying their shoes. This is an important self help skill that also aids in fine motor skill development.

– If you are planning extended vacations surrounding the holiday break, please let me know ASAP. I WILL be sending home a homework packet for the holiday, and would like every child to receive it.

Posted 21/11/2011 by rakisradresources in Uncategorized