Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 28-October 31

Can you believe that we have reached the end of the first quarter!?!?! It seems like just yesterday your children were walking through the doorway on the first day of school. Well, they have come a long way since then. Since this week is full of fun activities and a short week (no school Friday), this week will be used as a review week. We will be reviewing reading skills that we have learned like: 3 ways to read a book (pictures, words, retell), parts of a book, author, illustrator and setting. We will review writing skills such as: labeling our illustrations, using resources to help us write, brainstorming writing ideas and "turtle talking" (saying a word slow to hear the individual sounds). We will review math skills like: numbers 0-9, same/different, spotting differences, patterns, colors and shapes. We will be reading some fun Halloween books as well as preparing for our field trip to the farm on Wednesday.


  • Send homework notebook to school this week to be checked. I will send it back home when I have checked it over.
  • Farm chaperones please arrive at school at 8:30 AM on Wednesday. The bus leaves at 9 AM and we will do a quick debrief and bathroom break prior to leaving. If it is easier you may come in the classroom at the start of school and volunteer during writing until it is time to go. Let me know if you will be doing this. You will have to check-in at the front desk with security (you can't come in the back doors).
  • Please pack a small snack that can be eaten on the bus to the farm. Students will eat their snack on the bus and then they will eat lunch at the farm before we leave for school. Please pack a SIMPLE snack that is not messy.
  • Children may wear costumes to school Thursday and bring a treat to share (not mandatory). Students MAY NOT WEAR MASKS to school. 
  • Halloween party volunteers please contact the room parents with any questions.

  • All the students did a great job on their community worker family projects. We had a great variety. All videos should be up on my youtube channel: Blees2
  • Thank you for all the donations off the wish list. It is greatly appreciated by me and (without them knowing it) by your children too!
  • If anyone would like to come in and share about Dia de los muertos or Veteran's Day let me know.

Signing out,
Mr. E

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October 21-25

We are reading If you could go to Antarctica. It is a non-fiction book about the continent of Antarctica. We will be exploring Antarctica with all our senses. We are beginning to learn about key details of a story and this week we will be focusing on SETTING and MAIN IDEA. Please use this vocabulary with your child a lot so they get used to hearing/using it. Have them identify these details in books they read or hear at home.

Science (Five Senses Week!!!)
We are reviewing our five senses and doing fun activities using our senses. We will focus on one sense each day of the week.

Social studies
This week we are sharing our family projects for community workers/helpers. Your child has been assigned a day and will have approximately 5 minutes to share. Can't wait to see the students present. I will try to video tape them and email them to you.

Pairing items that go together and one-to-one corresponding. We will have our unit assessment on Friday for chapters 1 and 2 which covered numbers 1-9, same and different and other skills.

Students will be writing about things that are different shapes. We are still learning how to label our pictures to tell more and the students are beginning to use different resources (word wall, word book, writing center, the room, etc.) to help them write. Please encourage them to use resources at home to spell words and if all else fails, sound it out (turtle talk). I will be teaching them to turtle talk which means saying the word slowly to hear the different sounds in the word. This is fun to do and you can model it for them!

Remember to keep using Raz-kids and IXL and keep your students excited about learning.

Mr. E

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 15-18

We are reading On the Move this week and discussing transportation and how people around the world use different modes of transportation. We will be reviewing parts of a book and organization of a book one last week. I will start meeting with small groups during reading time this week. This happens during our Daily 5 time. We do this every morning Mon-Thurs. from 10:10-11:10. How it works is I meet with a group of four students while the other students choose an activity between word work, work on writing, listen to reading, read to someone, read to self or computers. The kids have been training to do this for 30 some days now and have done a great job. This week will be the first week that I am not available to them because I am working with a small group. My room parents are working on getting volunteers for this time to help Daily 5 run smooth. If you are available and willing to help you would simply just be another adult in the room and help where necessary. Please think about volunteering!

Letters R and D (and lots of fun call and responses during our "blue book" time)

Numbers to 9. PATTERNS! We are doing a fun end of the week project. Keeping it a secret though. We need volunteers Friday though.

Labeling, labeling, labeling. Your student should start labeling their illustrations at home. If they draw a picture of them at the park then they should label (by sounding out or just with the first letter) them, their friends, the monkey bars, etc. They are also learning to use resources to help them write. Instead of asking how to spell "the", they should find the word somewhere (word wall). If they are writing at home and want to spell the dog's name, they should look at his collar. Students should be starting to spell a few sight words correctly as well as trying to sound out non-sight words (table=tbl)<--- this is age appropriate.

Using primary colors to make secondary colors.

Thank you to everyone who purchased something off the wish list. I/my kiddos are grateful for it.

Mr. E

Sunday, October 6, 2013

October 7-11

Messenger, Messenger is a book about a messenger that bikes around New York City delivering messages.Since the messenger rides a bike, we will also be reading Ride Right, which is a book about a young boy learning the rules and laws for riding a bike safely. We will be learning about the organization and basic features of print. (spacing, where to start reading, illustration) We will also be reviewing parts of a book (cover page, title page, author, illustrator) and introducing new parts. (characters, setting)
This will be the last week the students will be training/learning how to do Daily 5 choices. (read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, word work, work on writing) Next week the students will be put in their groups and we will have regular Daily 5 time daily from 10-11. (volunteers wanted)

We are learning to label this week. This is a great lesson and you should see your child start to label their illustrations. (using initial letters or sounding out the word) Students are also learning hot to use the word wall when they are writing. Our word wall is full of sight words that can't be sounded out. The words are velcroed to the wall and the students can take a word to their seat to spell it. (a fun home activity might be to make a word wall at your home)

We are continuing to learn/review numbers to ten. We will be learning numbers 7 and 8 this week. Please make sure your child is writing their numbers correctly. Many students are writing their numbers wrong or backwards. They should always be writing their numbers and letters starting from the top. Please make sure they are working in their handwriting notebook weekly to improve handwriting. I will also be discussing patterns and hopefully doing a fun pattern project with them. Please continue to use vocabulary same and different with your child in everyday.

Social Studies/Science
We are focusing on community and community helpers this week. Thursday we are going on a neighborhood field trip to a firehouse and bakery. We are also having community worker interviews.
For science we will be learning and exploring our five senses!

Thursday looks like nicer weather but please check the weather in the morning because we will be walking to our destinations at 10 AM.

Mr. E