Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Scholastic Books

Ordering Scholastic books?  They are always due 2 weeks from the date they are sent out, on the Friday.

What can I do with a Scholastic order form, even if I'm not planning on buying any books?  Why does the teacher keep sending them out all the time?
Browsing through a Scholastic book order is like browsing through a catalog for a young child.  Books are exciting!  Even if you do not plan to order books, there are lots of activities that can be done to promote literacy.

Some examples include:
1. Finding books you would want to read
2. Finding non-fiction books, vs. fiction books
3. Write down the titles of the books
4. Find books with a girl as the main character

We strongly suggest that you do these activities at home with your child.

New Addition to 1-103!

We wish Ms. Freehill all the best on her new adventures teaching as she bids farewell to PS 89...

1-103 is gaining a fabulously fun new teacher, Ms. Murphy!
We are so excited to meet her, and know that we are going to have so much fun together!  We can't wait!

Ms. Platt and Ms. Garcia will remain in the classroom, and we will welcome Ms. Murphy on Monday!

Girls Club Registration

The last day to sign up for Girls Club is this Friday, January, 25th. 

You will be notified when the program begins.  The program runs until 3:30 PM.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Learn More About Martin Luther King Jr

Reminder: There is no school on Monday in honor of, Martin Luther King Jr.  We will continue to talk about him next week!

Check out this Brain Pop on Martin Luther King Jr.  


Frog and Toad do fun things too, like reading and fishing.
This month we are learning all about the characters in our books: Henry and Mudge, Fly Guy, Katie Woo, and Biscuit, just to name a few.

This week we are going to be listening to many stories from Frog and ToadOur first chapter book, read aloud, how exciting!

Frog and Toad ride bicycles, just like us!

Raz Kids

Check out Raz Kids to see your child's updated reading level.

The reading benchmark for this point in the school year is level G.

Username: jplattk

Monday, January 14, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

This Week's Homework

Let's Add!

Practice adding online, using pictures at this website, click here!

Practice adding online by using pictures to solve which number story matches at this website, click here!

Practice counting pennies, nickels and dimes at this website, click here!

For the websites above, make sure to wait a few seconds.  It takes time for the graphics to load, but it's worth it, and very helpful!

Martin Luther King Jr.

This week we are going to be learning about Martin Luther King Jr.

Next week, on Monday we have off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Why do we honor him?  What did he do that was so important and influential?

Book Orders

Scholastic Book orders are due by Friday, January 18, 2013. 

Please place the book list in an envelope with cash or a check.  Write your child's name and make sure you are clear on what item your child is ordering.  If you spend $5, you may use the coupon to get an item for up to $5.  Make sure you include this coupon so I can include the coupon code.

If you prefer to order by credit card online please visit: Scholastic Book Club.

Click on "Parent".  Our class activation code is: LKCQD

We love books!

Donors Choose

We are so lucky!

We received a CD player that will allow us to listen to read aloud stories, and listen to music in our classroom and now...

wait for it...

we are getting colorful soccer seat cushions for Ms. Platt's small group work


colorful fun number lines to help us count and play math games with


puppets for our puppet theater including all the characters from:
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

I am so excited to share all these things with you!
Meeting the characters in our books is going to be so exciting as we bring them to life in our theater!

Soon we'll be taking photos and sending thank you cards to all the wonderful donors that helped bring these wonderful resources to our classroom.  We are so lucky!

Persuasive Writing Unit

Sometimes there are things we just have to have.  It may be books, clothes, jewelry, toys, food, candy, and the list goes on...  We've all been guilty of this!  We might beg, we might cry, we might pout.

In writer's workshop we are busy looking at collections.  Thank you to everyone that brought theirs in!  We are using our senses: seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, (except for tasting!) and collecting lots of facts.  We are also comparing items inside of collections.  We can't wait to review our collections and explain reasons why we like something over another.  Just like the girl in Earrings!  we are trying to be very convincing!

Monday, January 7, 2013


We are getting a special visit from NYC's Fire Department from a REAL firefighter.  Be sure to ask your child what they learned.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

This Week's Homework

We can't wait to read your stories from winter vacation!