3/20/2017

Monday, 20 March 2017, 15:04 | Category : March 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               March 20, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Ray is doing a food drive.  Please send in any non-perishable food you would like to donate.
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home.  Students have ten minutes in the morning to begin them but many do not finish in this time.  Encourage them to write with lots of details and ask them questions about their week if they are stuck.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.

Vocabulary:     stubby, reason, occasional, settle

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read The Days the Crayons Quit.  Students will write opinion pieces on their favorite crayon.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we begin opinion writing.  Students will do their first piece, The Best Part of Me.  They will also begin working on their own opinion selection.

MATH
In Math, we will learn about shape attributes and continue to work with fact families.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will continue to learn about light.  We will do more with reflections and look at light boxes.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we continue to work on then and now.   We will focus on clothing and food.  If you are interested in coming in for a quick then and now interview please let me know.  This week information will be sent home on our women in history project.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Spanish

Homelink 7.5

Spanish

Homelink 7.6

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 7.7

Spanish

Homelink 7.8

P.E.

Friday Letter

 

2/27/17

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 14:43 | Category : February 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               February 27, 2017

Reminders for the week.

-Please let me know if you did not receive your email invitation from shutterfly for the class photos.  The email was sent to every family so make sure to check your junk folder as well.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words this week and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort. 

Sight Words:  who, what, where, why, when

Vocabulary:    bargain, spoiled, savings, hardship

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read A Chair for My Mother.  Students will discuss the small moments found in the story and learn about how one family continued to work hard through difficult times.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we work on adding introductions and a table of contents to our all about books.

MATH
In Math, we will continue to add sums of 10.  Students really enjoyed playing Go Fishing for 10.  Just like Go Fish except instead of asking for a match you ask for a match to your card that would equal 10.  For example if I have a three I would ask someone for a 7.  We played this using the 0-10 cards.  Students will also learn about all the different ways we can represent a number, discussing equivalences.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will continue natural and man-made sources of light.   We will watch a video on Light.  Our next experiment requires a sunny day so hopefully these clouds clear up.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will be sharing our black history reports.  The students did a great job and are having a lot of fun reading the reports and learning more about these important people.

 

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Homelink 6.8 Math Journal pages Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 6.9

Homelink 6.10 Friday Letter

 

2/20/17

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:59 | Category : February 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               February 21, 2017

Reminders for the week.

  • Thank you to all the families that donated items to our 100th day trial mix.  We had a blast.  I have a very large photo album I have been creating all year so look for an invite to that this week. 
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home.  Students have ten minutes in the morning to begin them but many do not finish in this time.  Encourage them to write with lots of details and ask them questions about their week if they are stuck.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words last week and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.  The assessment will be this Friday.

Sight Words:  Work, know, place, year, live

Vocabulary:    Streetlamp, skyline, department, dazzling, steady,  

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read How Many Stars in the Sky?  Students will discuss character traits and make predictions.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will continue to work on All About writing.  Many students are doing All About Me books.  We will also continue to focus on fact vs opinion and learn about adjective

MATH
In Math, we will practice measuring crooked lines.  We will also continue to compare objects using greater than, less than and equal to.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will continue natural and man-made sources of light.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will work on another part of our growth mindset goals.  Students will learn today about their black history project.  My goal was to send it home last week but with Valentine’s Day and the 100th day we barely got through the week!  Students may come home with a book of mine to borrow for the project tomorrow along with details.  This is a very simple project and goes along with our All About writing unit.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Homelink 6.4 Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 6.5

Homelink 6.6 Friday Letter

 

2/13/17

Monday, 13 February 2017, 21:43 | Category : February 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. If your child is choosing to hand out cards please make sure they have enough for all 24 students.
  • Friday is the 100th day of school. Directions went home last week for the 100th day project. Today students were told they could dress like they were 100 on Friday.       We discussed what that may look like. Many of us thought we would wear pajamas all day, while others thought we might be a superhero. One students said she would wear prom dresses every day!! Please let your child participate however you feel appropriate.
  • This Thursday is our Black History Celebration.   The event is from 5 to 8 at night. Additional information was sent home last week.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.

Sight Words: Now, find, long, down, did

Vocabulary:     anticipate, optimist, pessimist, vivid, descend

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Come On, Rain.  We will be reading books that celebrate uniqueness and perseverance.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we continue our All About writing. I have attached the goals and rubric for this unit. The final project for this unit will be a black history report. More information about this will go home next week.

MATH
In Math, we will begin unit 6. We will practice telling time and continue to work on place value.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will begin the light portion of our unit. Last week we finished up some activities I had hoped to complete the week before.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we began our unit on Then and Now. Students will be questioning family members throughout the unit. Today we had a hilarious conversation about what they thought life was like when their parents were in first grade.

2/6/17

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 20:26 | Category : February 2017
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Room 114 Weekly Overview

February 6, 2017

Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you to all of the families that came to the Promontory on Thursday for Raise a Glass for Ray. We raised $6,000- almost double of what we raised last year.

  • Continue to work on high frequency words weekly. Please make sure your child can read all of these words. Students are also encouraged to correctly spell each of these words. Students have their own personal word wall and the class word wall where these words can be found. If students can read these words they will be able to find them on word walls and spell them correctly. Our assessment will be this Friday.
  • Report Cards will be sent home this week. The Report Card should be signed and returned to verify that you have reviewed your child’s progress. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a conference.
  • Thank you to all of the families that have donated snack. Please donate a healthy snack for the month of February.
  • This week we will have library! We will continue to have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child wears/brings gym shoes on those days.
  • Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. We will not have a party but students are allowed to bring 24 cards to pass out to the class if they wish. Please do not have your child address the card as it takes a long time to pass out. It is much easier when they just sign them.
  • Next Friday will be the 100th day of school. We will have some fun activities planned for this day. More information will come next week.

This week we will read Amazing Grace. We will do several comprehension activities as a group and independently to deepen our comprehension. Students will discuss problem and solution and imagine the story told from various characters’ perspectives. In math we will start learning about double-digit addition. Please refrain from teaching your child “to carry the one.” It is important to establish an understanding of place value using modeling before children are taught this procedure. In science we will investigate sound further by making a telephone. We will continue with informational writing this week by starting an “All About” non-fiction unit. In social studies we will begin our next unit on Families Then and Now.

Have a great week.

Sight Words: saw, who, think, write, read

Vocabulary: Battle, wicked, fortune, audition, companion

 

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READING Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more
MATH Home Link 5.10 Home Link 5.11 Home Link 5.12 Home Link 5.7  
OTHER         Friday Letters

 

1/30/17

Monday, 30 January 2017, 14:37 | Category : January 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               January 30, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Please, please, please join us for Raise a Glass for Ray at the Promontory on February 2nd at 6pm. This was an awesome event last year and all proceeds go to Ray School. It’s a great opportunity to meet other families and have a night out. More information is found on the Ray School website.
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home.  Students have ten minutes in the morning to begin them but many do not finish in this time.  Encourage them to write with lots of details and ask them questions about their week if they are stuck.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.

Sight Words: Way, could, people, my, than

Vocabulary:     Frazzled, spree, havoc, quest, gawk

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Ada Twist Scientist.  We will be reading books that celebrate uniqueness and perseverance.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will have a writing celebration to end How-To writing.  We will begin writing all about books.  The final project for this unit will be a black history report.

MATH
In Math, we will practice measuring crooked lines.  We will also continue to compare objects using greater than, less than and equal to.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we complete the sound portion of the unit and move on to light next week.  Students will make instruments and identify high and low pitch.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will finish our family traditions unit.  We will put together our family traditions books.  Thank you for helping with this activity at home.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Music Music

Homelink 5.7

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 5.8

P.E.

Homelink 5.9

No SCHOOL

 

1/23/17

Monday, 23 January 2017, 14:21 | Category : January 2017
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Room 114 News

Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               January 23, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Please have your child bring an extra set of clothes and shoes if you have them. It’s great to have an extra set for muddy days like today.
  • Thank you for your snack donations. Please keep them coming. I believe January’s donation should come from students with the last names A-K.  However, I have misplaced the list so please correct me if I am wrong.
  • Please, please, please join us for Raise a Glass for Ray at the Promontory on February 2nd at 6pm. This was an awesome event last year and all proceeds go to Ray School. It’s a great opportunity to meet other families and have a night out. More information is found on the Ray School website.
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home.  Students have ten minutes in the morning to begin them but many do not finish in this time.  Encourage them to write with lots of details and ask them questions about their week if they are stuck.
  • Students should have homework every night.  If they do not have homework it is because they did not go to their cubby at the end of the day to collect their belongings.  They can make up the homework the following night.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students will not receive their individualized spelling list this week.  I am assessing them on their growth and will modify the lessons as needed.

Vocabulary:     shallow, artificial, quilt, crowded, coin

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read The Keeping Quilt.  Students will dig deeper into the text through each reading. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. Most importantly, we will discuss character actions and how they affect the story’s outcome.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will continue Unit 3:  Writing How-To books with a focus on listing materials, adding more details, putting it in a book and using transition words. We will also work on introductions and conclusions.  This week we will finish our unit.

MATH
In Math, we are working on unit 5-place value. We will learn about greater and less than symbols and play penny dice exchange.  We will also measure objects using paper clips.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we are continuing KLEWS (science version of CLUES) to find out what we Know, want to L, what Evidence we want to gather, and Science terms learned from our Sound and Light unit. We will discuss volume of sounds and pitch.  We will make one string guitars, xylophones and megaphones.  We are learning about vibrations and sound relationship.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will read Lightning Comes In a Jar.  We will continue to discuss traditions and send home a family timeline

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Music

Homelink 5.4

Music

Homelink 5.5

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 5.6

P.E.

Homelink 5.7

Music

Friday Letter

1/17/17

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 14:19 | Category : January 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               January 17, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Please have your child bring an extra set of clothes and shoes if you have them. It’s great to have an extra set for muddy days like today.
  • Thank you for your snack donations. Please keep them coming. I believe January’s donation should come from students with the last names A-K.  However, I have misplaced the list so please correct me if I am wrong.
  • Please, please, please join us for Raise a Glass for Ray at the Promontory on February 2nd at 6pm. This was an awesome event last year and all proceeds go to Ray School. It’s a great opportunity to meet other families and have a night out. More information is found on the Ray School website.
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home.  Students have ten minutes in the morning to begin them but many do not finish in this time.  Encourage them to write with lots of details and ask them questions about their week if they are stuck.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.

Sight Words: has, look, two, more, write, see

Vocabulary:     Important, nervous, serious, budge, tucked

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Ron’s Big Missiont.  Students will dig deeper into the text through each reading. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. Most importantly, we will discuss character actions and how they affect the story’s outcome.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will continue Unit 3:  Writing How-To books with a focus on listing materials, adding more details, putting it in a book and using transition words. We will also work on introductions and conclusions.

MATH
In Math, we are working on unit 5-place value. Students are modeling numbers using base ten blocks, noticing patterns in the ones and tens place and practicing making exchanges. We will learn about greater and less than symbols and play penny dice exchange.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we are continuing KLEWS (science version of CLUES) to find out what we Know, want to L, what Evidence we want to gather, and Science terms learned from our Sound and Light unit. We will discuss volume of sounds and pitch. We will talk about how sounds provide information.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will read How to Ride a Bicycle and Flying.  We are working on growth mindset and creating goals from our NOT YET lists.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Music Musci

Homelink 5.1

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

 

P.E.

Homelink 5.2 and 5.3

Music

Friday Letter

Homelink 5.4

 

1/9/17

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 14:38 | Category : January 2017, Uncategorized
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January 9, 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back. I hope that your break was restful and filled with lots of fun times.  We have three new additions to our class.  Akihisa Masaki and Thomas Turner are both joining room 114.  Ms. Nair will also be completing her internship with our class.  She will be with us until the end of April.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students are reviewing words from before break and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Monday – Write In Sort, Tuesday – Speed Sort, Wednesday – Word Hunt, Thursday – Blind Sort, Friday – Glue Sort & Test.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read The Snowy Day.  Students will dig deeper into the text through each reading. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. Most importantly, we will discuss character actions and how they affect the story’s outcome.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: firm, pretend, sank, path, pile

SIGHT WORDS OF THE WEEK:  would, make, like, him, into

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will continue Unit 3:  Writing How-To books with a focus on listing materials, adding more details, putting it in a book and using transition words.

MATH
In Math, we are finishing up unit 4 with a unit assessment and cumulative assessment. We practiced adding 3 addends and also discussed “10 friends” (10 more and 10 less using the number grid). We will start unit 5, which focuses on place value. Students will learn the digit game and practice identifying numbers in the ones and tens place. We will also work with base 10 blocks to model numbers.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we are continuing KLEWS (science version of CLUES) to find out what we Know, want to L, what Evidence we want to gather, and Science terms learned from our Sound and Light unit. We will discuss volume of sounds and listen for sounds outdoors.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will read one more Patricia Polacco book, Some Birthday. We will also read Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle. We will discuss the importance of perseverance, setting goals and having determination.

Have a great week!

12/19/16

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 18:13 | Category : December 2016
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                           December 19, 2016

This Friday will be Ms. Fullett’s last day in our class. We have all truly enjoyed having her with us. Luckily, she will still be at Ray working with Ms. Chapman. When we return from break Ms. Anjana Nair will be working with our room. The students have met Ms. Nair and are excited to have another friendly face in the room.

 Notes and Reminders:

– Please welcome Akihisa Masaki to our class. He comes to Ray from Japan.

-Please make sure your child is dressed in white for Friday’s assembly. Also make sure they are wearing a hat and gloves if they have some.

-Please make sure to dress your child for the cold weather. Per Ray’s handbook we can go outside as long as the wind chill is not below 15. Many students are without gloves and complaining of cold hands.

-We will make gingerbread houses on Thursday, December 22nd at 1:45. We need lots of volunteers for this activity so please considering coming to Ray and joining all the messy fun. Please donate materials by Wednesday.

-Students are now responsible for finishing their Friday letter at home. I will be sending home their Friday letter journals this week. I am asking that all students write at least two entries over the break.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read a variety of gingerbread books. Students will come up with an action plan to capture a gingerbread friend.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue with How-To writing. Students will be writing how-to build a gingerbread house.

MATH

This week we will continue to solve addition problems with three addends. We will also work on writing number stories.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will continue to work with sounds. In Social Science we are learning about Hanukkah.

Have a great week!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Art

Homelink 4.9

Art

Homelink 4.10

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 4.11

P.E.

 

Art

Friday Letter/ winter break journal

 

12/12/16

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 14:39 | Category : December 2016
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               December 12, 2016

 

Notes and Reminders:

-Please make sure to dress your child for the cold weather.  Per Ray’s handbook we can go outside as long as the wind chill is not below 15.  Many students are without gloves and complaining of cold hands.

-We will make gingerbread houses on Thursday, December 22nd at 1:45.  We need lots of volunteers for this activity so please considering coming to Ray and joining all the messy fun.

-Last week students were to finish their Friday letter at home.  Please make sure your child does this.  Also discuss with them handwriting, sentence structure and sounding out words.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Gingerbread Pirates.  Students will come up with an action plan to save the characters and discuss perseverance.

WORD STUDY

Sight Words: them, these, so, some, her

Vocabulary: captain, swish, nibble, astonish, enormous

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue with How-To writing.   They will focus on adding more detail to their steps and acting out their books to identify missing components.

MATH

This week we will work with sums of 10 focusing on +0, +1 and doubles.  We will also begin to add 3 numbers together, learning different strategies to do so.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will continue a unit on Light and Sound. We will make Kazoos and continue to practice with vibrations.  In Social Science we will continue with our family traditions unit.   We are reading Festival of Lights  and learning about the different winter celebrations around the world.  We are still working on putting together the family traditions book.

Have a great week!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Art

Homelink 4.7

Art

Math worksheet

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 4.8

P.E.

Homelink 4.9

Art

Friday Letter

 

 

Book Order Information

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 16:42 | Category : December 2016
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Dear Families,

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You’ll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me.

I’d also love some help growing our classroom Reading Club. If you’d like to help out, please let me know! I’m excited to get our class reading!

Thank you for your support,

  •  VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
  •  ENTER the one-time Class Activation Class Code – LTNCK
  •  SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  •  SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  •  All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!