Saturday, March 26, 2011

Week 29

I hope everyone had a great break. Hopefully we are rested and ready to finish up this school year.

We will be starting our last book of the year. Can you believe that??? The first story is called "The Story of a Bluebird." It is a fiction story about a little bird who is afraid to fly. The phonics focus for this story is long i made by igh. The new vocabulary words are:

Questions of the Week:
Monday - Tell me three things you did over spring break?
Tuesday - What season came while we were on break? What is going to happen in this season?
Wednesday - It is National Goof Off Day. Tell me 5 things you like to do for fun.
Thursday - List 4 ways we can communicate with people who live far away.
Friday - List 5 words that have the long i sound made by 'igh'.

In math we will be continuing our geometry section, with more polygons and naming 3 dimensional shapes. We will also review counting money.

AR continues to roll. I hope we didn't lose the enthusiasm over break. We are becoming so much better readers because we are reading more. It is just amazing to see the growth in reading fluency.

Our music program will be on April 8th at 1:30 in the cafeteria. You might want to put this on your calendar.

If things go as planned, we will be walking to the Forest Service to look at the mural on April 21st. If anyone can go with us, let me know. We will go after lunch. This is a tentative plan at this point.

Have a great week!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Week 28

This week we will be reading 'Busy Buzzy Bee." It is a non fiction story that will give us lots of information about bees. The phonics focus is long o made by o-e. The new vocabulary words are:

Questions of the Week
Monday - Tell me 5 things that make noise.
Tuesday - It is Nutrition Month. Tell me 5 things that are good for you to eat.
Wednesday - Tell me 5 words that have the long o sound made by o-e.
Thursday - It is St. Patrick's Day. What did you wear that is green?
Friday - It is Youth Art Month. What do you like best. . .paints, crayons, watercolors, etc?

We will spend this week on geometric shapes, both 2 and 3 dimensional. We will continue to do timed tests to build automaticity. Time and money are always something that we work on.

Congratulations to Kayden. He earned his AR shirt this week. Kids seem to be reading all the time. What a difference it has made for the fluency of those who do this. It is so exciting to watch the light bulb go off. Watching children become fluent readers is the highlight of my job!!!

Have a great week!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Congratulations to all.

It was a VERY busy Friday. Five children received AR awards. . .Caden, Tae, Felicity, Trevor, and Jessica!!!

Congratulations Gage!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Week 27

This week we are reading "Little Bear's Friend." It is a fantasy story where animals talk and take on human qualities. The sound for the week is the long i sound made by the letter y at the end of a word as in why. The new vocabulary words are:

Questions of the Week:
Monday - Today is Save Your Vision Day. List things you can do to have healthy eyes.
Tuesday - "Remember the Alamo." Where is this famous fort? Name someone who fought there?
Wednesday - Happy birthday, cornflakes, 1897. What is your favorite cereal?
Thursday - Alexander Graham Bell's first phone message, 1876. List some good phone manners. Do you know your phone number?
Friday - List 4 words where the y is making the long i sound.

In math we will be doing attributes, pattern blocks, and polygons.

This will be a crazy week with two early release days on Wednesday and Friday. I have scheduled conferences on both days. If you have forgotten your conference time please call me.

Congratulations to Felicity for earning a zipper pull. Trevor earned his shirt, Taelynn and Caden earned watches, and Jessica got a Sonic card. I am so pleased with everyone's enthusiasm and reading growth.

Have a great week.