January 31, 2011

Wise’s Newsletter

January 31, 2011

Writing

We are learning where to write capital letters in our sentences.  Capital letters come at the beginning of each sentence, in names of people and places, titles of books and movies as well as other places that we are not working on quite yet.  If you are keeping a journal at home, please have your child highlight all the capital letters in it.  Help them!  It does take a while to understand and to put it into practice.

Reading

I am assessing each child individually the next couple of weeks in reading.  One thing your child and I always talk about are the reading strategies.  You should have a copy at home in a safe place to use whenever your child reads with you.  There is so much more to reading that just “sounding it out”.  What makes sense, skipping the word, coming back to reread, using your finger to make the word smaller (chunking) are some strategies that your child uses quite a bit here at school.  Have them show you!  You show them if they do not know!  Once I have read individually with each child, they are given a reading strategy sheet to keep in their brown manila envelope and to use whenever they are reading.

Math and Homework

We are working on solving math story problems, using penguins as our “story”.  What is a story problem?  It is a math problem in the form of a story.  The answer is NOT the key, but HOW you got the answer.  Knowing this, how can you explain to a peer how you solved the story problem?  You can write out your explanation with words, draw a picture, use a chart or grid, write the equation, etc.  We are also working on solving the problem 2 different ways.  If you solved it one way, try and solve it a different way.  There are many ways to solve a problem!  I am including story problems for the children to do at home.  Remember, just the answer is NOT what I am looking for, but your thoughts on HOW you solved it.

Word Work Homework

Make sure and write the word wall words on your at home word wall.  We are practicing spelling the word wall words with parent helpers each day.  You might want to practice at home!  Play` concentration, hangman, bingo, etc.  Have fun with the spelling!

boy                   as

good         I’m

made

Needed:

Please send in your old shoeboxes! We need them for a Valentine day project!  Also, there is a list of everyone’s name on the back of this newsletter.  If you are making valentines, everyone needs one.  Thank you!

 

Play on Feb. 9

We will be leaving promptly at 8:45 on Feb. 9th for the play.  The parents who are going with us are:

Tara Brown, Shelly Ellett, Sunny Keller, Dawn Bott, and Vicki Pleimann.  Please send a check for $7.75 made out to Stafford school to pay for your ticket.  We will be going to the zoo on March 17 and anyone who wants to come, can! 

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 9:  Play “A Spider, A Worm, and a Fly” at the Newmark Theater in Portland.

Feb. 14:  Valentine’s Day Party. 

Feb. 18:  No school

Feb. 21:  President’s Day.  No School

Feb.  22:  No school

March 4:  No school due

March 17:  Zoo  Fieldtrip.  A letter will be sent separately about asking for chaperones.  We will ask for chaperones that did not go with us other fieldtrips.

March 18:  No School

March 19-March 27:  Spring Break

Newsletter Jan. 24, 2011

Wise’s Newsletter

January 24, 2011

Art Literacy

Hello Ms Wise’s Class!

This month we will be learning about Grandma Moses and creating masterpieces in her style! As always, I would love some help!  Please check your calendar and see if you are available Wednesday, January 26th 9:10-10:45 am. If so, please let me know. If not, don’t sweat it – we call do what we can when we can, right?!

Thanks and have a great day – I hear that a few sunny ones are on the way!!!

Anne Zoormajian (Michael’s mom)

Scientific Experiment:  Ice and Temperature

We did a scientific experiment last week and this is what we learned!

 

Question:  How can we change water temperature?

 

Research:  We have been learning about penguins in class.  We know that the water in Antarctica, where lots of penguins live, is around 30 degrees right now and the water at the coast of Oregon is 50 degrees.

 

Hypothesis:                             

We could mix water and ice. Luke H.                                       

Put a little bit of cold water, ice and hot water together.  Kai                                  

Take cold and hot water and put a cube or two of ice in it.  Makenzie                                     

Mix the two waters together. Jacob                          

Mix lots of cold water and one cube of ice and a little bit of hot water.  Rachel                                       

Add a little bit of ice and cold water.  Claire                           

Put in lots of hot and a few cubes of ice.  Luke O.

                                               

 

Experiment:  We had a tub with a cup of hot tap water, a cup of regular tap water, and a cup of ice in it.  We had a thermometer to measure the temperature.  The regular tap water was our “constant”.  We added cold water and ice to make the temperature drop from 70 degrees to 60, 50, then finally 30 degrees.  (The Pacific ocean January water temperature is 50 degrees and the January water temperature in Antarctica is 30 degrees.)  If time, we made other temperatures of water from around the globe, using our penguin booklets as a guide.

 

Conclusion:  The temperature of water can be changed by adding ice and by adding hot water.  With time we can also change the temperature of water using other methods.

Word Work Homework

Make sure and write the word wall words on your at home word wall.  We are practicing spelling the word wall words with parent helpers each day.  You might want to practice at home!  Play concentration, hangman, bingo, etc.  Have fun with the spelling!

bug                   what

come                six

has

Needed:

Please send in your old shoeboxes! We need them for a Valentine day project!  Also, there is a list of everyone’s name on the back of this newsletter.  If you are making valentines, everyone needs one.  Thank you!

 

Scholastic News

Scholastic book orders are due Jan. 28. If you wish to order books, please follow directions on the back or attached to this newsletter!

Theater Fieldtrip

Please read the attached paper about our upcoming fieldtrip! 

 

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 9:  Play “A Spider, A Worm, and a Fly” at the Newmark Theater in Portland.

Feb. 14:  Valentine’s Day Party. 

Feb. 18:  No school

Feb. 21:  President’s Day.  No School

Feb.  22:  No school

March 4:  No school due

March 17:  Zoo  Fieldtrip.  A letter will be sent separately about asking for chaperones.  We will ask for chaperones that did not go with us other fieldtrips.

March 18:  No School

March 19-March 27:  Spring Break

Newsletter Jan. 18, 2011

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January 18, 2011

Math and Science

In math and science we are learning about measuring by studying penguins!  We are learning about height and weight and comparing and contrasting these to different types of penguins.  We are learning about Antarctica and how it is extremely cold, it is summer there now, and light all day long in the Winter!  Talk to your child about the differences between the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.  Also, quiz them on some penguin facts.  So far, we have learned about 2 penguins:

           Rockhopper        King

Height:      18 in.                    36 in.

Weight       6 pounds            30 pounds

For homework this week, please measure the height of people in your family and compare.  This would also be a great time to go on-line and do some Penguin Research together!

Science/Library/Computer

We are so lucky to have access to such wonderful computer sites in our District!  These are paid sites, so you will need a Login and Password.  The WorldBook Online site is AMAZING!  Go to World Book Kids, then Early World of Learning at the bottom.  There are tons of games and books that are age appropriate.  The books will even READ to the kids!  Check it out and put it under your “favorites” so that your child can access this site easily!

Word Work Homework

On the back of this newsletter is a current list of all the word wall words we have had this year thus far.  Please check your word wall at home and make sure you have all of the words on it. Thank you.

big                    old

when                        girl

made

Family Homework

Please send in your snowman you decorated at home. We have them on our bulletin board along with poems we wrote in class.  Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 9:  Play “A Spider, A Worm, and a Fly” at the Newmark Theater in Portland.

A letter will be sent separately about asking for chaperones.  We will ask for chaperones that did not go with us to the pumpkin patch or Magness Memorial Tree Farm.

Feb. 14:  Valentine’s Day Party. 

Feb. 18:  No school

Feb. 21:  President’s Day.  No School

Feb.  22:  No school

March 4:  No school due

March 17:  Zoo  Fieldtrip.  A letter will be sent separately about asking for chaperones.  We will ask for chaperones that did not go with us other fieldtrips.

March 18:  No School

March 19-March 27:  Spring Break

Newsletter Jan. 10, 2011

Wise’s Newsletter

January 10, 2011

Math and Science

In math and science we are learning about measuring by studying penguins!  We weighed and measured ourselves last week.  Throughout the next few weeks, we will be learning about the height and weight of penguins.  We will compare and contrast our weight and height with penguins…yes…some penguins are the same height as the kids!  We also made measuring strips in class. We are measuring things around the room.  The measuring strip is coming home today.  Please measure items around your house.  Ask your kids how to Reuse paper and write what it is they are measuring and the measurement.  I have attached a measurement homework sheet to this newsletter.  Please send it in by Friday!  You may keep the measuring strip at home and use it to measure things around your house!

During our study of penguins, we are going to learn about Antarctica, the weather and the animals that live there. We will learn that it is summer in Antarctica now, and light all day long!  Talk with your child about the differences between the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.  This would be a great time to go on-line and do some Penguin Research together.

Word Work Homework

A new game the children are learning is word wall bingo.  We played it with last week’s words and will play it with this weeks words too.  Please make a game board for yourself out of plain paper and play it with him/her!

see                   that

fun                    so

very

Family Homework

A family snowman art project was sent home last week.  Please send it in when you are finished so that everyone has one to display.  We are writing poems about the snowman at school.

Upcoming Dates

 

Jan. 14:  No school.

 

Jan. 17:  MLK Day.  No school

Feb. 9:  Play “A Spider, A Worm, and a Fly” at the Newmark Theater in Portland.

A letter will be sent separately about asking for chaperones.  We will ask for chaperones that did not go with us to the pumpkin patch or Magness Memorial Tree Farm.

Feb. 14:  Valentine’s Day Party. 

Feb. 18:  No school

Feb. 21:  President’s Day.  No School

Feb.  22:  No school

March 4:  No school due

March 17:  Zoo  Fieldtrip.  A letter will be sent separately about asking for chaperones.  We will ask for chaperones that did not go with us other fieldtrips.

March 18:  No School

March 19-March 27:  Spring Break

Newsletter Jan. 4, 2011

Wise’s Newsletter

January 4, 2011

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for the gift cards you gave me from Scrip!  It is one of the best gifts ever because I got to choose where the gift cards came from!  Thank you for lattes at Starbucks, dinner at McMenamin’s, outdoor stuff from REI, and general items from Fred Meyer!  You guys are awesome!

Fondly,

Angie Wise

 

Reading

We are back into the swing of things with reading workshop.  Remember, each child will bring a book home from my classroom library each day.  This should be a “just right” book that your child can read pretty well by themselves.  They may need a bit of help with reading strategies.  I’ve attached a copy of the reading strategies to the back of this newsletter.  Please encourage your child to pull it out and use it when they are reading.  Write the title of the book, date and initial the paper inside the brown manila envelope.

Your child will also be bringing home a second book that they checked out with the parent helper.  Again, this should be “just right” to “too easy”….this is for practicing fluency and reading with expression!

Send both books back in the next day.  If you need to keep a book a second day because you did not have time to finish, that is totally ok.

Parent Helpers

When you volunteer this week, you will be doing a second job with the kids…you will be giving them spelling tests of their current word wall words!  I’ve got it all explained in the reading box.  At home, you can have your kids practice spelling their word wall words.  Thank you!

Word Work Homework

Word work is a very important part of your child’s homework.  Please make sure to write your words onto your “Portable Word Wall” at home and practice writing and recognizing them!  Play games such as “Hangman” and “Concentration” and “Word Wall Bingo” with the words your child is learning!  They will become great spellers before you know it!  Thank you.

her                make

are                got

if

Upcoming Dates

 

Jan. 14:  No school.

 

Jan. 17:  MLK Day.  No school

Feb. 9:  Play “A Spider, A Worm, and a Fly” at the Newmark Theater in Portland.

A letter will be sent separately about asking for chaperones.  We will ask for chaperones that did not go with us to the pumpkin patch or Magness Memorial Tree Farm.

Feb. 11:  Valentine’s Day Party. 

Feb. 21:  President’s Day.  No School

Feb.  22:  No school

March 4:  No school due

March 17:  Zoo  Fieldtrip.  A letter will be sent separately about asking for chaperones.  We will ask for chaperones that did not go with us other fieldtrips.

March 18:  No School

March 19-March 27:  Spring Break