Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Website Wednesday–Kentucky Derby

Website Wednesday is showcasing information and activities to help you celebrate ‘the greatest two minutes in sports” – the Kentucky Derby.

There are many derby-related activities planned in and around Lousiville throughout the spring.  

KY Derby Festival Main Page

Visit the Derby Festival web site to find out about activities near you.  Look for information about the Chow Wagon, balloon events, Pegasus pins, and even free health screenings.  This site is always being updated so it is a great place to find up-to-date information about all the upcoming events.


KY Derby Celebrations has a section to help you plan your own derby party at your house.  Look here for ideas for child-friendly horse races, hat contests, and even derby treats!


Happy celebrating,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Website Wednesday—Shark Pool Place Value

We’ve been practicing our place value skills and working on our understanding of tens and ones.  This game will help your child practice this important skill at home.

Place Value Shark Pool

To play, count the green blocks on the surfboard and find the bubble that matches the number.  As your child gains experience and a solid understanding of tens and ones, he should be able to look at a ‘rod’ and know there are ten blocks there.  This will make counting the total number of blocks easier as your child will soon not need to count each block individually, but rather will be able to ‘see’ the number of blocks based on the arrangement.

This game also helps your child practice identifying two digit numbers.

Happy counting,

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Here are some shots of students creating their own maps.  Your child will bring his or her map, along with the rubric for creating it, home next week.


When you look at your child’s map, be sure to ask:

1. Is this a real city/town or a made-up one?

2. What symbols did you use?

3. What does each symbol represent?

4. How do you know which direction is north?

5.  Can you explain the map key?

These are all skills we’ve been working on in class during the last few weeks.  Students have enjoyed looking at maps of Louisville, the United States, and imaginary places, as we have studied the importance of maps.

What does your family use maps for?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Website Wednesday—Construct A Word

Construct a Word


Here’s a fun literacy game that you can play at home.  Construct A Word is found on the ReadWriteThink website. 

To play, your child will first pick a word ending (rime) and then use the provided letters or letter clusters to add onsets (the beginnings of words).  If the word your child makes is a ‘real word,’ then the constructor character will accept it and ask for another.  If the word is not a real word, the constructor will ask your child to try again.

This game will help your child see real and not real words, as well as gain  a vocabulary of rimes and rhymes.

Happy learning,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Some of Ms. Fasciotto’s students came to visit us again today and they brought chicks!

We learned about the life cycle of a chicken, body structure, and how to handle them carefully.

Look at the fun we had!


What animals do you know about?