Playing Outside

Playing Outside

January 23, 2011

January 24, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

Wow, the last couple of weeks have been crazy.  We haven’t had a normal 5 day week since the week of December 13th.  This week we even have an Early Release Day on Wednesday.  I don’t know how we are going to make it next week when actually get to go to school 5 full days in row (hopefully). 

Due to the snow days last week, our new 100th day of school will be February 4th (depending on no more snow days)!  Please have your child wear their 100th day of school shirt to school on the 4th (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)!


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. Yes, these are the same words form last week.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we will practice using pan balances, learn how to count forwards and backwards on a calculator, measure objects with our foot (a nonstandard unit of measurement), and begin learning how to use a ruler (a standard unit of measurement).   
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Before children learn to measure with standard measuring tools, they can learn to measure with body parts, such as feet.  When they notice that this method produces different measurement- depending on whose foot is used- they begin to understand why standard measurement units are important.  As your child measures with foot cutouts at home, reinforce good measurement techniques, especially by:
-      Lining up the measuring tool with the end of the object being measured
-      Laying the tool end-to-end (without overlaps or gaps) as they measure. 

Trace around two different people’s feet.  Cut out both feet.  Whose foot is longer?  Use both cutout feet to measure things around your house. 

Social Studies
For the next couple of weeks we will be learning all about the five senses and associated body parts (sight-eyes, hearing-ears, smell-nose, taste-tongue, touch-skin).  This week we are going to focus on our nose and ears.  

*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               Music
Thursday                   Music
Friday                         Music

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