Playing Outside

Playing Outside

April 1, 2011

Week of April 11, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet…

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful spring break.  I will be glad to get back into the swing of things.  We have an exciting week planned with the North Oldham Firefighters visiting us on Friday and Ms. Hammons teaching us about good and inappropriate touching.

As the weather is getting warmer, make sure you dress your child in layers.  Often it is chilly in our classroom but warm outside.  Packing a light jacket for the classroom would be great. 

Important Dates this Month:
April 15: Firefighters Visit

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
We will learn how and why good readers create mental images in their head while reading.  Visualizing is a skill required when students begin reading book without pictures.  When readers create mental images, they engage with text in ways that make it personal and memorable to them alone.  Anchored in prior knowledge, images come from the emotions and all five senses, enhancing understanding and immersing the reader in rich detail.   

Writing Workshop
In writing, we are continuing our authors as mentors unit.  Students will be writing small moments just like Angela Johnson.  We are focusing on adding comeback lines to our stories.  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 the word families: -ick, -ack, -uck, -ock.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: play, who, made.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we are learning about place value, greater than and less than, patterns, and name collections.  
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Using toothpicks and miniature marshmallows or gumdrops as building materials helps children develop their understanding of 2- and 3-demensional shapes.  Your child may use the materials to build structures (buildings, vehicles, 3-D designs) that are made up of common geometric shapes.  You can help your child learn more about shapes and numbers by talking about his or her project.  You might ask questions such as:
-      Are their any squares in the structure?
-      How many triangles did you make?  How many rectangles?
-      Which shapes keep their shape the best?
-      Do any shapes have more toothpicks than marshmallows or gumdrops?

Build shapes and structures with toothpicks and marshmallows or gumdrops.  Begin with flat 2-D shapes, and then try building 3-D shapes such as cubes, pyramids, and rectangular prisms.      

Social Studies
The children loved exploring maps and learning about the oceans two weeks ago.  Be sure to check out Our Ocean Song video in the previous post.  This week the students are making their own map and will learn about the 7 continents.  Ms. Hammons will also visit to teach us about good touch and bad touch.
*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                     Art
Wednesday               Art
Thursday                   Art
Friday                         Art

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