Playing Outside

Playing Outside

October 10, 2010

October 11, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet

Wow, we had the perfect day for our field trip to Gallrein Farms last week.  The kids had a terrific time playing on the straw pyramid, going on the hayride, picking a pumpkin, going to the petting zoo, and getting lost in the corn maze.  Thanks so much for the chaperones who volunteered to attend the field trip (Ms. Roberts, Ms. Esterle, Ms. Edward, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Kastman, Ms. Middleton, Ms. Monarch, and Ms. Zimmerman- even though you weren’t able to make it)!  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Check out our pictures below on the previous post (click on the play button). 

Thanks to all of the parents who ordered from the Scholastic Book Club.  Our class received 24 free books! 

Mark your calendars for Picture Day on October 28th.  Students will take their picture for the yearbook.  Picture order forms will come home shortly after wards, if you are interested. 

I would like to thank the Prospect Kroger for donating brown paper grocery bags to our class!

In an effort to maximize instructional time, please have your child eat breakfast at home if at all possible.  Many students are not arriving until after 7:40 and are asking to go get breakfast.  By the time these students come back, they only have a few minutes to eat breakfast and complete their morning work (concepts are reviewed at this time).  Ms. Theresa also pulls several students before school to receive additional word wall word review, handwriting practice, reading instruction, and letter sound review.  Students cannot fully focus on their learning while eating breakfast. Thanks for your understanding!

I hope everyone enjoys some quality family time next week!  I cannot wait to come back and here everyone’s stories.  When we come back we will start working on our Thanksgiving Play!

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
This week we will wrap up our unit on Reading Strategies by completing a Reading Strategies Writing to Demonstrate Learning (look for a copy of this assessment to come home with a rubric soon).  We will kick off our Comprehension Strategies Unit by learning about metacognition (thinking about our thinking).  During your nightly reading, encourage your child to tell you what they are thinking about the book using Metacognition Thinking stems (I’m thinking, I’m noticing, I’m wondering, I’m seeing, and I’m feeling). We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
This week we are focusing on choosing topics we know and care about, adding labels, and organizing our writing.  On Friday, we are writing in our Family Journals.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  Y, y, Z, z, V, v, X, and x

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Yy, Zz, Vv, and Xx. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for both.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: look, is, there. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

On Monday, we will complete our Patterns Writing to Demonstrate Learning Assessment (look for this assessment and rubric to come home soon).  The rest of the week we will focus on correctly writing and recognizing numbers. 

This week we are continuing our Native Americans- Past, Present, and Future Unit.  We will learn about the Eastern Woodland Native American clothing, food, and what they are doing today.  We also will learn about the Pacific Northwest Native Americans lifestyle, clothing, food, and homes.  On Friday we will compare the Eastern Woodland and Pacific Northwest Native American regions.

*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Our classroom gets very chilly sometimes.  Please send in a light jacket or sweater for your child to keep in their back pack. 
* Sign your child’s weekly planner every night!
* Library book due every Friday!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday         PE
Tuesday        PE
Wednesday    PE
Thursday       Art
Friday          Art

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