# Kraft Class Update

## Top Dog

Our Top Dog for the week was Savannah. Savannah likes to walk her neighbor's dogs. She enjoys making arts and crafts, and throughout the school year she has brought some in to share with the class! One of her favorite songs is "Can't Touch This" and one of her favorite places is her family farm. Thanks for sharing with us, Savannah!

## SuperKids Reading

The memory words are boy, girl, over, two, about, before. Please practice spelling these words correctly, as well as reading these words with ease at home. The sound spelling pattern is adding "ing" or "ed" to words with the “sneaky e”... We found out the sneak e is SO sneaky, the e disappears! (rake to raking, bite to biting...) While reading with your children every night, please discuss/point out memory words, spelling patterns, and ask them questions about the book they read.

## Math: 3D shapes

This week we explored 3D shapes and described their attributes. Go on a shape hunt around the house looking for spheres, cylinders, cubes, cones, pyramids, and rectangular prisms. Check out this video, the kids love singing the 3D shapes song!

## Writing: Stories in a series

This week each student chose their main character that they will continue to write about in many different stories... “Stories in a Series”! We are already having a great time sharing our new stories. This week we worked on having a problem and a solution in our writing.

## Scholastic News: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This we learned some great information about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He helped make America a better place to live! Ask your child what else he/she learned.

## DEB Block

This week during DEB block, Mrs. Sayre came to let the students explore an awesome application on the ipads called OSMO. Thanks Mrs. Sayre!

## PLANNED EXPERIENCE

Today Mrs. Wise, the gifted education specialist, visited our classroom for an engaging activity. This activity helps Mrs. Wise collect data about the students. She will continue to do this as the students travel to 2nd grade. This is one factor that will help determine whether students will participate in the gifted programs with Mrs. Wise in the future.

## WINTER GEAR

Even though we have had a very mild December, we know that winter weather will be on its way shortly. As your child is bringing in boots, snow pants, etc. please make sure that they are labeled with your child's name. Also, we go to PE, Music and Art first thing almost every morning. If your child does not need to wear snow pants to school in the morning, it would be appreciated if they could be brought in a bag instead of your child wearing them. The same will be done at the end of the day. This will allow us to save that time for academic purposes. However, we willgive them time to put on snow pants before recess so that they are warm and ready to play in the snow at that time!

## Weekly Reminders

Please send box tops to school. Thank you for your support!

A new reading log went home today (inside Friday Folder). If your child forgot to turn their log in, please send it to school on Monday.

Scholastic Books orders can be placed online. These orders are due January29 . To order online, click here. The classroom code is PCVG8.

Check out the selection of animated books at TumbleBooks, provided by the Woodridge Public Library. (*A library card is needed to access this awesome website.)

Practice Math Facts at home by logging into XtraMath. (They need to know their 4 digit pin. Email if they don’t, and I will send home.)

Practice math skills using IXL. (This login is the same as Scootpad, which is taped inside their binder.)

Reward your child for working hard on their math facts by playing math games on SumDog.

Use Scootpad to practice English Language Arts skills at home. (their login is taped inside their binder)

Practice weekly sound patters and memory words on the Super Kids interactive website.

Use typing club to practice typing at home.

Need a new login sheet for any of the websites listed above? Email me and I will send home a new form!

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In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.