Playing Outside

Playing Outside

January 17, 2011

January 17, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and spent a little time talking about the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.  Due to the snow days last week, our new 100th day of school will be February 2nd (depending on no more snow days)!  Please have your child wear their 100th day of school shirt to school on the 2nd (see below for more information).

100th Day Project

Our class has been adding one number for each school day to our Growing Number Line.  The 100th day of school is coming up soon, and it will be a major celebration!

One of the things we will do to celebrate is to hold a “100th Day Fashion Show.”  Please help your child glue, safety pin, or sew 100 things on a plain t-shirt.  Children have been thinking about things they could glue to their shirt including buttons, beads, pennies, paper clips, cereal, etc.  Be as creative as possible!  We have been talking about ways to count the collections without losing track of the numbers.  Making groups of 10 is a good way to count and display the objects. 

Children may need a little help gathering materials, but they should be able to do most of the counting themselves. 

Please have your child wear their 100th day t-shirt to school on February 2nd (may change if we have any snow days)!


If you haven’t been able to sign up to be a mystery reader yet or have a family member coming into town the following dates are still available:
-      February 25th at 9:10am
-      March 25th at 9:10am
-      April 22nd at 9:10am

Important Dates this Month:
January 26th: Early Release Day
January 29th: MegaSkills Assembly

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
The kids are keyed up over the nonfiction books we have been exploring.  They have learned all about bees, pumpkins, sharks, spiders, France, and even penguins while searching nonfiction text features (table of contents, labels, diagrams, maps, charts, fun facts, etc).  We will continue investigating nonfiction text features this week. 

Writing Workshop
This week we will continue working on our All About Me books.  The kids are so excited about writing a book all about themselves and their family!  They cannot wait for you to read them.  Family journals will be sent home on Friday.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore short vowels, focusing on CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant words; examples- cat, hot, wet, hum).  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: would, me, will. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we practice reading and writing two-digit numbers, identify objects by attributes, practice using pan balances, and learn how to count forwards and backwards on a calculator.
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Children love to play guessing games.  Guess my Number is a great way to help your child solve problems and develop number sense.  It is a good game to play in the car, on the bus, or while waiting in line at the grocery store. To play, give different types of clues that describe a number and see if your child can guess the correct number.  Let your child choose a number and give you clues, too!


Guess my Number
 Use clues to guess the correct number.  For example:
-      What number is 1 more than 5?
-      What number is between 6 and 8?
-      What number is 1 less than 7?
-      What number is 2 more than 8?
-      What number is in the teens and has a 3 in it?
-      What number tells how many legs a dog has?
-      What two-digit number has a 2 on the left and a 4 on the right?

Can you think of clues for other numbers?

Social Studies
For the next couple of weeks we will be learning all about the five senses and associated body parts (sight-eyes, hearing-eyes, smell-nose, taste-tongue, touch-skin) and how to take care of your body through exercise, cleanliness, healthy foods, and rest.  On Wednesday, Nurse Green will even come to class and teach use proper hand washing techniques.

*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                      Art
Tuesday                     Art
Wednesday               Art
Thursday                   Art
Friday                         Art                                                                                                                                                   

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