Math resources.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 9:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-1-mathematics

Engage NY compliments Everyday Math and is a great at home resource.  We were finishing up module 4 and would have been moving into module 5.  Review previous modules if your students needs the practice and check out the 2nd grade resources for a challenge.  The modules are available in several different languages and each unit has an assessment at the end.
ST Math is free for parents until June 30th.  We do not currently have a class account so each family would need to create their own.  If you child attended Kindergarten at Ray they will be familiar with ST Math and their favorite penguin JiJI.

Online resources

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 9:08 | Category : Uncategorized
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HI,

Just a quick reminder of some of the many free resources that are available from home.  These are resources students in Room 114 are familiar with.  I will be assigning books and quizzes on Epic.  All other websites are students choice.  I am missing all of you and hope everyone is healthy.

Free Science lessons

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 21:06 | Category : Uncategorized
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https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

March 16, 2020

Monday, 16 March 2020, 13:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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Room 114 families,

I have already emailed families a packet created by fellow 1st grade teacher Ms. Webb, as well as units created by CPS.  You can find links to both of those in your class dojo account and via email.  These suggested activities can be printed and completed at home.

 When we return to school, I will be collecting every students writing journal.  Information regarding student journals is found below.  This activity should be done during our break. 

Activities to do while at home:

  • Practice sight words.  I will be emailing a sight word list.  We have practiced words from list one and two.  At this time, your child should be able to read all of these words.  I also have the expectation that they will be able to write all of these words by the end of the year.
  • Journal Daily, please make sure we use our best hand- writing and proper punctuation.

o   Every day your child should tell me about their day.  They should write at least 5 sentences.

o   Students should also write about at least one book they have read, or are reading.  Talk about the main characters, setting, etc.  I will be emailing a great list of questions to focus on and answer.

o   In addition to the above writing, I will be emailing a daily writing prompt.

  • Math

o   Practice your addition and subtraction facts.  At this time of the year students are on fact fluency of addition/subtraction facts up to 10.  .  We have learned lots of strategies/game for addition and subtraction.

o   Time- We are learning to tell time to the hour and half hour.  If students  are ready,

o    practice telling time beyond this.

o   Money- We are working with pennies, dimes and dollars.

o   You will receive a PDF with instructions on many of the games we play.  All these games can be done with a deck of cards and dice.  If you do not have a deck of cards create some using the numbers 0-10 (4 copies of each).

o   Volume 1 math journals were sent home last week.  Complete any work from this journal.  All of these lessons have been taught.

  • Reading

o   Raz-Kids.  Every student in Room 114 has a username and password.  Information was sent home at the beginning of the year. If you no longer have this information please email me and I will provide you with our child’s specific information.

o   Information was emailed regarding an online scholastic resource.  Please follow the daily activities.  So far 5 days of activities have been provided.  We will discuss these lessons when we return.

o   Storyline Online has lots of great read alouds.

  • Science

o   I am emailing information from our sound and light unit.  While at home study natural sources of light.  See how the sun moves in the sky by studying our shadows.  Record what the moon looks like each night.  Use artificial light sources to reflect and create shadow.

  • Social Science

o   Talk about all the important women in history.  YouTube and School Tube have many kid friendly, videos on women in history.  I will be sending home reminders of fantastic women to study.  This week see what you can learn about Malala Yousafzai, Althea Gibson and Beatrix Potter.

  • Physical Activity

o   Our wonderful PE team has shared some activities that can be done during this time.   That resource will be shared in a future email.

 

Ray School will not be open to any visitors during break.  I will be available via email and Dojo during this time.  I hope that everyone remains healthy and  I look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces on March 31st.

Best,

Stacy Horgan

March 9, 2020

Monday, 9 March 2020, 19:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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March 9, 2020
-Progress reports were sent home on Friday. Please email me with any questions.
-Please continue to support me in talking with your child about proper hygiene. Today we again practiced the correct way to sneeze and cough into our sleeves. We will be doing a fun experiment showing how fast germs spread.
-Thank you to all the families that have provided snack. If you have not provided snack this year please make sure to share.  Students have snack every day.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Tia Isa’s Wants a Car and A Chair for My Mother. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mindset and perseverance.

Sight Words: saw, play, because, though, before

Vocabulary: spoiled, tips, savings, and block

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing our All About Me books.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 6 in math. We will practice telling time, auditing two digit numbers and focus on a greater understanding of finding the difference between two numbers.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will continue with the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will explore light and mirrors and discuss how light can be reflected to a new position. We will also learn about Malala Yousafzai and discuss how different families live around the world.

March 2, 2020

Monday, 2 March 2020, 20:54 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes and Reminders:
-Thank you to all the families that have brought in snacks to share.

-Please return the field trip form and $11. The field trip is not until April 30th but final payment is due next week.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read The Sandwich Swap. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance. We will review words with the long e spelled (y) and the long I sound spelled (y).

Sight Words: called, just, where, more, know
Vocabulary: swap, heavenly, revolting, pesky, ashamed

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing on with our unit on All About Writing. Students will work on organizing facts and writing strong introductions and conclusions. We will publish a piece of writing and share our All About Books with our peers.

MATH
This week, we will (finally) finish unit 5. Math journals will be sent home and can remain at home. Use these to review concepts as needed.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will use begin the second part of the science unit on sound and light. Students will use flashlights to make shadows and will explore what happens when we move the light source closer to the object. We will learn about Dr. Seuss, Nelson Mandela and Billie Holiday.

February 24, 2020

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 22:04 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friends and Families
-We are out of snack. Please provide snack if it is your month to do so.
-Please make sure you child has a hat and gloves. We go outside as often as possible and there are often complaints of cold hands and ears.
-There is a Black History assembly on Friday at 9:30. Families are welcome to attend but our class will not be performing.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5


This week we will read A Different Pond. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: long, very, little, words, after


Vocabulary: tackle, bait, callous, lure, trespass

WRITER’S WORKSHOP


We will complete our unit on How-To writing. After reviewing student samples I recognized that we needed to spend more time on this unit. I will also be putting more emphasis on handwriting and spelling words correctly.

MATH


This week, we will take the unit 5 assessment, originally planned for last Friday. We will begin unit 6 in math next week. The unit focuses on time using the hour hand only, more double digit number stories, doubles facts and near doubles.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE


In science we will complete an alternative STEM unit while we wait for our necessary supplies to arrive. We will learn about the accomplishments of Katherine Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Muhammad Ali and Steph Curry.

February 10, 2020

Monday, 10 February 2020, 21:36 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes:

•Attendance is very important and so is being on time.  Our tardy rate is one of the highest in the school.  Please work on getting your child to school on time.  Please let me know if there is anything preventing your child from getting to school on time and I will see what Ray School can do to help.

-Please donate empty paper towel rolls, egg cartons and toilet paper rolls to our class.

-Report cards went home today. Please contact me if you have questions about either report. I am happy to meet most mornings..
• We will exchange Valentine’s Day cards on February 14th at the end of the day. It is not necessary for your child to bring cards, but if they do, please ensure that every classmate receives a card (25 students). Please do not address the cards, it is much easier to pass them out without a name. We are not having a Valentine’s Day party but will learn about the valentine traditions.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Chik Chak Shabbat. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: way, find, use, may, water
Vocabulary: Cholent, waff, hurl, shabbat

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will complete How-To writing and begin All About Writing. Students have now began to write their facts in booklets and are adding details, as well as important vocabulary that pertain to their topic. Students will add diagrams, table of contents and other non-fiction text features this week. Students will work on organizing facts and writing strong introductions.

MATH
This week, we will continue with unit 5 in math. Students will practice creating comparison number stories. We will play the difference game. We will work more with the animal cards to compare weights and heights and add double digit numbers using the number grid and base 10 blocks. Students will also find the difference in animal weights. Students will take the unit 5 assessment at the end of the week.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will catch up on our sound and light unit.  We will learn about Presidents Day, Jackie Robinson, Abraham Lincoln and Molly Williams.

January 27, 2020

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 20:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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-We have a field trip tomorrow, January 29th .  All students should bring a lunch from home.

-I will be out recovering from surgery February 4th- 11th. There is a chance I will be able to return on the 10th but have sub coverage for the full week. I will be checking in with Ms. Begum to see how the students are doing. I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful class so I don’t anticipate many disruptions. I am sending home a homework pack to be completed during the time I am gone. All packets will go home next Monday and can be returned on February 12th. I want to keep the homework routine in place but do not want to add extra work for the sub.

-Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on January 30th? Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a great even supporting Ray School.  Please join us.

-Please make sure your child is dressed for winter weather.  Many students are coming to school without boots or gloves.
READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will complete an author study on Ezra Jack Keats. We will discuss character traits and themes in his writing.
Vocabulary: whirled, scrambled, raced, errand, carton
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will continue How To writing.  They will also create other how to books on topics they are an “expert” on. We are putting more emphasis on spelling words correctly, punctuation and improving our handwriting.
MATH
This week, we will continue working on  unit 5 in math. We will learn more about place value and discuss true and false.  Place value can be very challenging so I am slowing down the pace of this unit.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will compare sounds in our environment. We are studying Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquait. We will focus on their collaboration in the book Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. The students work from this study will be on display outside our room during the Black History event on February 12th.

January 21, 2020

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 21:53 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes:
-Please send a healthy snack in for 27 children.
-If you have not yet purchased a ticket for the event “Raise a Glass for Ray”, please do so. It is a wonderful event and all proceeds benefit Ray School.
-Please send your child to school prepared to play outside.  The students love playing outside but it’s challenging when they do not have warm gloves, etc.  This time of year we need as much outdoor play as possible.
READER’S WORKSHOP:
This week we will read The Most Magnificent Thing. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP:
We will continue How-To writing this week. Students will independently and with partners write step-by-step directions for things they know how to do.  We will use our planning sheets to make How-To booklets.
MATH:
This week will complete the unit 4 assessment.  We will also begin to look at place value and do more work with bar graphs.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE:
We will learn more about maps and look at maps of our state, country and earth. We will create musical instruments as part of our sound unit.

January 12, 2020

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 22:00 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • We have a field trip planned for January 29th.  Permission slips will go home on on Friday.  Due to limited seating this field trip does not have a need for chaperones.

  • Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on January 30th? Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a great even supporting Ray School.  Please join us!

  • Please make sure your child is dressed for winter weather.  Many students are coming to school without proper winter attire.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose.  Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mindset and perseverance.  We will review ABC order and antonyms.

Vocabulary: adventure, moat, rescue, fortress

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will continue How To writing.  Students will complete their trail mix writing.  They will also create other how to books on topics they are an “expert” on.

MATH

This week, we will complete unit 4.  Students will continue to work with sums of 10, understanding graphs and writing story problems.  Please continue to work on sums of 10 at home.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will learn about map keys and create maps of our classroom and bedroom.  In science we will identify sounds in nature.. We will also read books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 6, 2020

Monday, 6 January 2020, 22:37 | Category : Uncategorized
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I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break!

-I would like to welcome Ella Dong and her family to Room 114
-Please send a healthy snack for 27 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes. Please send peanut free snacks to accommodate our students with allergies.  A special thanks to the families that donate every month to snack, even when it is not their month!

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Ada Twist Scientist. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will continue to identify character traits that support a growth mind set and perseverance. We will read the companion book Rosie Revere Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect later in the week.
Sight Words: how, out, them, then, many
Vocabulary Words: queried, quest, chaos, frazzled
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will continue to work on How-To books. We will create trail mix and make hot chocolate, writing how to books after each activity.
MATH
We will learn about creating bar graphs while using tally marks.  Students will also focus on more strategies for sums of ten and revisit doubles.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
We will work on our sound unit, coming up with different sound sources and going on a sound walk. In social science we will begin our autobiography study.