November 4, 2019

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Notes for the week:

  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Wednesday is spirit day.  If your child does not have Ray spirit gear t-shirts can be purchase online.  Visit the Ray School website for other options.  If you email me with what you would like and send in money I can deliver any in stock items that day.
  • A message was sent out today with information about about parent-teacher conferences.  Please sign up for a time slot.  If you are not able to meet on this day please email me.
  • An email from CPS went out today regarding make up days for the strike.  Two days are being added to the end of the school year and three vacation days have become student attendance days.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Pumpkin Town and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

Sight Words- of, was, are, for that  (optional homework in folders)

Vocabulary- dull, delicate, sag, distant, marvel

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write narrative stories.  This week we will focus on transition words and using details to describe what our characters did or felt.  We will also add more detail to the setting.

MATH

This week, we will complete with unit 2, with the assessment on Wednesday.   We will begin unit 3, focusing on more number stories.

SCIENCE

We will begin our study on animals.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We continue our discussion about wants and needs.  We will also compare different animal families.

October 15, 2019

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  • Please join us for international night tomorrow.  The homework calendar incorrectly has the event listed on Thursday night.  Our class will be making salsa to share at the event.
  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • If any families have old Magna-Tiles they are no longer using please consider donating to Room 114.  We use them during math centers and most of my collection has diminished over the years.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Stellaluna and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will compare and contrast bats to birds and add some bat art during Daily 5.

Sight Words- they, as, be, with, he.

Vocabulary- clutched, clambered, swoop, clumsy, perched

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We select a piece of writing for publication this week. Students will make sure the story has three parts, beginning, middle, end, at least one sentence, and corresponding picture on each page. We will celebrate our writing on Friday at our first Writing Celebration.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will explore change to more, change to less diagrams, and work with mystery numbers (missing addends) in number stories.

SCIENCE

We will continue to learn about plants.  We will continue to observe out seeds.  The students are having lots of fun planting seeds they find.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want.

October 7, 2019

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October 7, 2019

Notes for the week:

  • Please pay the $85 school fee. A huge thank you to the families that have paid in Room 114.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • International Night is next Wednesday, October 16th.
  • Please return signed progress reports. Student work was sent home on Friday.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

WORD STUDY

Vocabulary=       crumb, crook, speck, squish, mates

Sight Words=        this, have, from, or, one

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Hey Little Ant.  We will discuss the author’s purpose for writing the story, the story lesson and character emotions.  We will continue to add counting poems to our poetry notebook.

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write 3-page narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation.  We will also form partnerships to edit our work.  Please remind your child to practice spacing, proper letter formation and punctuation at home.

 

MATH

In math we will continue to learn about addition and subtraction strategies.  We will play Roll and Total, also reviewing Turn Around Facts.  Students will continue to compare various ways to show a number and work with Ten Frames.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will continue our study of plants.  We will be focusing on growing plants in different settings and starting roots from cuttings. In Social Science we will discuss family wants and needs.

Have a great week!

September 30, 2019

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September 30, 2018

-Students have a new homework folder today.  Please sign the calendar nightly to show that you have gone over the work and looked at all the information inside.  The old green folders will now be used in science.

-Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
-Please pay the $85 student fee.

-Birthday reminders:  We celebrate student birthdays on the last day of that month.  On this day, students are allowed to bring in a healthy snack or a little treat for the students (pencils, stickers).  We do not allow cupcakes.  In October, we have seven birthdays.  We will celebrate them all on October 31st

-School picture day in Tuesday, October 8th.

WORD STUDY
I will group the students according to our first Words their Way spelling assessment. Students will begin to work on a targeted spelling skill.
Sight Words: with, his, they, at, be
Children will be assessed monthly on word recognition only. Please have your child practice spelling these words if they can already read the words.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Mr. Peabody’s Apples and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: dedicated, curious, judge, diamond and thief.

The vocabulary booklets can be kept at home and studied during the week.  Your child should also be studying their sight words.  They should be able to read and spell all the words.  Students will be assessed on these words every other Friday.  At this time, there will be no formal assessment with vocabulary.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
The students will continue to write narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation. We will work on listening to a partner share and using the ABC chart and word wall for spelling.

MATH
This week, we will begin unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10. We will have an exploration day on Wednesday and will play subtraction BINGO, rock, paper, scissors and tally items in the classroom.

SCIENCE
We will continue to observe our grass.  We will also experiment with growing seeds in different environments.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share what we like to do with our families and where our families live.

 

September 23, 2019

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September 23, 2019

  • The first PTO meeting is this Tuesday, 9/24 at 5:00pm. Pizza and childcare provided. Please attend.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • School picture forms went home last week.  Please bring in the form or complete the form online.
  • I have quiet hours set on Dojo from 5pm to 8:45 am.  If you send me a message during those times, I will not see it until quiet hours are off.
  • Thank you to all the families that have donated snack this month.  If September is your month and you have not yet donated snack I will be reaching out to you.  If you do not plan to provide snack for the class please send me an email.

WORD STUDY

I will group the students according to our first Words their Way spelling assessment. Students will begin to work on a targeted spelling skill next week.  This week we will focus on the short a sound.

Sight Words: was, for, on, are, as

 READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Rainbow Fish and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: glide, admire, wise, shimmer, shocked

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write narrative pieces focusing on stretching out unknown words, work spacing and punctuation.

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 1 assessment. The assessment will deal with counting, number stories, tally marks and reading graphs.

SCIENCE

We will plant lawns and grow clippings from other plants around ray school.  We will go on a nature walk and identify all the living things we see.

 SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss different types of families and the people who make them up. We will share the roles of the different members on the family.

 

September 16, 2019

Monday, 16 September 2019, 11:28 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               September 16, 2019

 

It was very nice to meet many of you at open house.  This will be the last hard copy of the newsletter I send home.  If you have not provided your email address, please do so immediately.

Note for the week:

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Wednesday and Friday
  • The year’s first PTO meeting is scheduled for September 24th beginning at 5 pm.
  • School begins promptly at 8:45 am and ends at 3:45 pm. If you anticipate being late, please call the school.
  • Thank you to the four families that have provided snack.  Thirteen students should provide snack this month.  We are currently out of snack until additional snack is provided.
  • If you know that you are an approved volunteer at Ray, please let me know.  I have heard from five parents that are already in our volunteer system.  As a reminder, parents cannot volunteer for any events if they are not on the approved list.
  • Please remember to meet your child on our class number at dismissal time to avoid congestion around the school doors. Please remind your child to say good-bye before leaving.
  • Please return all forms that have been sent home: emergency contact, student information and lunch form.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Thank you to all the families that have logged on to class dojo.  I will use this to send out class reminders.  Other teachers the students see may use if for additional communication or to reward students points.  I will not use it for this. If you have a quick note to send me feel free to use Dojo.  If I can respond with a one-sentence response, it is Dojo appropriate.  If the context of the message requires a longer response, please use email.  My preferred communication is email.

WORD STUDY

In Phonics, we will work on recognizing rhymes, building words using the alphabet chart, hearing sounds in sequence and saying words slowly to predict letter sequence. We will focus on the short sound of /i/.

Vocabulary=       enemy, recipe, squint, mumble

Sight Words=        is, you, that, it, he

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will continue to read a collection of books about friendship and being unique. We will read the books “How to Lose All Your Friends”, “Recess Queen”, and “Enemy Pie”.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue to write narratives in Writing Workshop. We will work on telling the stories of our lives using illustrations and focusing on small moment rather than an entire day.

MATH

In Math, we will learn all about tally marks, collecting data and writing number stories.  We will also learn more about appropriate use of math tools.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science, we will continue our unit on living things.  We plan to plant grass this week.  We will continue out unit on families.

Have a great week!

 

class schedule

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 19:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8:45-9:05 Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting
9:05-10:45 Reading- Writing

Workshop

-Read to Someone

-Read to Self

-Working with Words

-Listen to Reading

-Writing

-Guided Reading

Small Groups

Reading- Writing

Workshop

-Read to Someone

-Read to Self

-Working with Words

-Listen to Reading

-Writing

-Guided Reading

Small Groups

Reading- Writing

Workshop

-Read to Someone

-Read to Self

-Working with Words

-Listen to Reading

-Writing

-Guided Reading

Small Groups

Reading- Writing

Workshop

-Read to Someone

-Read to Self

-Working with Words

-Listen to Reading

-Writing

-Guided Reading

Small Groups

Reading- Writing

Workshop

-Read to Someone

-Read to Self

-Working with Words

-Listen to Reading

-Writing

-Guided Reading

Small Groups

10:45-11:07 RECESS RECESS RECESS RECESS RECESS
11:07-11:30 LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
11:30-1:30 Math Centers

Meet w/ Teacher

Appy Skills

Technology

Hands-On

Math Centers

Meet w/ Teacher

Appy Skills

Technology

Hands-On

Math Centers

Meet w/ Teacher

Appy Skills

Technology

Hands-On

Math Centers

Meet w/ Teacher

Appy Skills

Technology

Hands-On

Math Centers

Meet w/ Teacher

Appy Skills

Technology

Hands-On

1:30-1:45 Movement/

Snack

Movement/

Snack

Movement/

Snack

Movement/

Snack

Movement/

Snack

1:45-2:15 Science/

Social Studies

Science/

Social Studies

Science/

Social Studies

Science/

Social Studies

Science/

Social Studies

2:15-2:45 Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing
2:45-3:40 Spanish Art Gym Music Gym
3:40-3:45 Pack-Up

Dismissal

Pack-Up

Dismissal

Pack-Up

Dismissal

Pack-Up

Dismissal

Pack-Up

Dismissal

September 9, 2019

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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               September 9, 2019

I am so glad to be back at school. Thank you for your help in making the first week of school a smooth transition for the students and myself. I am very impressed with the progress I saw in just four days.

Notes for the week:

  • This Thursday is Open House from 4:00-6:00pm.  The classroom will be open until 5 and then a general meeting will take place in the auditorium.
  • Please return the green homework EVERY day with your 1st grader. Please initial the calendar inside the folder and assist your 1st grader in completing the nightly homework. The folders are very durable and should last the school year.
  • Please return your email information sheet.  I will send home a hard copy of the newsletter the first few weeks and then I will only be sending an electronic copy.
  • We have Gym on Wednesday and Friday. Please have your child wear/bring gym shoes on those days.  We are on a five week rotating schedule so we only have gym and Spanish for the next five weeks.
  • If you have not returned the school forms, such as lunch, emergency, etc., please do so as soon as possible. Please complete the lunch form even if your child does not eat school lunch. School lunch is free for all students this year.
  • We will make time for a daily snack in the afternoon. I provided a snack schedule last week.  This month all students with last names beginning with A-K should provide snack to share. Please send enough snack for 26 students. Please send healthy, nut-free snacks.
  • Free breakfast is served in the lunchroom from 8:20-8:40 am. Please enter through the southern most glass doors off Kimbark.
  • Please remember to meet your child on our class number at dismissal timeto avoid congestion around the school doors. Please remind your child to say good-bye before leaving. I .will walk the students out beginning at 3:40 pm. Any students who remain at 3:45 pm will be escorted to room 306.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles at school. Feel free to send water with your child.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in the school and/or on field trips, you must fill out a volunteer packet from the main office.

This week we will continue to reinforce routines and procedures with daily practice. I will be using several word lists to begin to determine each student’s current reading level. The levels will assist in grouping the students for guided reading. This week I will also start to introduce the Reading Workshop by allowing students to practice read to self and read to someone.

WORD STUDY

In Phonics we will work on recognizing rhymes, building words using the alphabet chart, hearing sounds in sequence and saying words slowly to predict letter sequence. We will focus on the short sound of /a/.

Sight Words=        the, and, in, to, of

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read a collection of books about friendship and being unique. We will read the books “Big Al”, “A Bargain for Frances”, and “A Bad Case of the Stripes”.

Vocabulary=       fret, ointment, sob, contagious

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will start Writing Workshop. We will work on telling the stories of our lives using illustrations. I will assess students’ spelling using a spelling inventory

MATH

In math we will learn several new games that focus on number order and comparing numbers. We will learn about tally marks and use dice to investigate equally likely outcomes. We will continue to use the math tools, including slates, pattern templates, pennies and dice.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will discuss what a scientist does and how they look, recognizing that we are all scientists.  We will also being our unit on families.

 

Welcome to 1st Grade!!

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Dear Parents and Families,

 

Welcome to an exciting year at Ray.  We hope everyone is having a relaxing and fun-filled summer.  We are looking forward to the upcoming school year and can’t wait to get to know all of our new students and families!

 

We are eager to begin working with each student and their family to create an awesome learning environment that attends to the needs of the 1st grade student.  Students will be encouraged to participate fully in class projects, field trips and cooperative grouping/discussions.  In addition, this milestone year will provide opportunities for each student to become a more responsible, organized and independent individual.

 

Parents–starting on the first day of school please help your child get organized.  Each day, set aside a time to encourage your child to unpack his/her backpack and take-home folder. Students will have homework nightly Monday-Thursday and are encouraged to read or be read to daily.  Please check for important notices and updates from the school and teachers. Beginning the first week of school, you will receive a weekly overview describing areas of study and upcoming events.  You can also visit the individual classroom blogs for weekly updates and helpful resources.  Communication is essential.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher by email or phone.  We welcome your thoughts and questions and look forward to making first grade a successful year for your child.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

The First Grade Team

Summer Bucket List

Friday, 21 June 2019, 14:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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In Lieu of the 1st Grade Summer Packet- adapted from Betsy Eggart
Please Read! And have a GREAT Summer!

-Teach your child to tie their shoes. Find a fun trick! Watch a video! Give an incentive! Be persistent! Just make sure your child isn’t the one dragging their laces through the bathroom and cafeteria then asking the teacher to tie it.

-Keep bedtime in the routine. It may be a little later and there will be nights that bedtime doesn’t apply. But overall, if we keep our bodies in a routine with sleep, September won’t hit quite so hard.
-Choose a few family members and friends to write a letter to this summer. Ask your child to write in full sentences, ask questions and give details. Writing with a purpose makes it relevant and real for your child. Maybe someone will write them back! Include an envelope with return address and stamp to encourage that!

-Sit at the table and eat together. Really watch your child. Is he sitting on his knees, mouth wide open, food everywhere? This is how he looks in the cafeteria. Work on that.

-Encourage kindness. Find someone or several others that your child can do something simple to bring a smile. Deliver cookies, make a card, flowers, chores, a song…something simply for a smile.

-Don’t rush to the rescue. Hear me out. Our children need us. But they need us to let them learn to problem solve. If your child is in a situation that is frustrating, but not harmful (example: can’t put together a new toy, can’t open a lunchable, can’t decide which color shirt to wear) let them work it out! It saves time and our nerves to just do it! But in the long run, it’s crippling our children of the basic and necessary skill to problem solve and think through an issue…for themselves. Hang back…just a bit. They’ll be ok!

-Read TO your child. I can’t encourage reading enough! Please visit the library and make books a part of your summer days. Most importantly, let your child see you read- to yourself and to them. Let them hear your silly voices. Let them tell you the best parts and predict how it will end. We tell them all the time they must read, but are we showing them WE read?

-Put down your phone. Spend an hour at the park together without any technology. Leave your phone at home, it will be there when you get back. We must look up from our screens and look at our children. They are growing so incredibly fast. We could spend this summer scrolling through strangers’ vacation pictures wishing we had their reality or we could be chasing our reality through the sprinkler in our own backyard.

-Rest. Be ok with not constantly going somewhere. Society, media, Facebook all have us believing we must seize the day and do it all. Our children have worked hard and they need to rest. If we keep them in perpetual motion through the summer, it will feel like a continuation of the chaos with less homework. Squeeze in the fun, but allow the time to rest. Boredom gives way to creativity. Rest renews our bodies and our minds for all the next school year has in store.

-Give a hug – get a hug. Enjoy your family time. See you in the fall!!
Love from Ms. Hall, Ms. Horgan and Ms. Sheridan

June 3, 2019

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  • Thursday is Pajama and Puzzle Day.  Please have your child bring in a puzzle from home.
  • This week we are taking the End of Year NWEA test.  If you child has headphones they can bring in from home please allow them to do so.  Summaries will be sent home next week.
  • We are almost out of dry erase markers. Please consider donating as we use them throughout the day and still have 13 days left of school.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read variations of Jack and the Beanstalk. We will read Waynetta and the Cornstalk and Kate and the Beanstalk. After reading each version, we will focus on questions the kids have for Jack or the Giant. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that come author or genre studies. We will explore the writing of other authors including Janell Cannon and Tomie dePaola. We will also explore variations of some traditional fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the BeanstalkThe Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will practice spelling words with –ture at the end.

Sight Words: Off, those, read, pull, don’t, your

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will begin our final writing unit on poetry. Students will hear two poems this week that focus on reinventing a regular object- a pencil sharpener and overhead lights. Students will begin to play with their own ideas for poems and sign a poetry promise that gives them freedom to break the rules of writing.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 9 in math. This unit is a year-end review of the topics we have covered. This week we will spend more time using number grids for counting 10 more and 10 less. We will also solve 2 digit addition problems. Encourage your child to share how they are solving problems involving 2 digits. Please so not teach “carrying the 1 and regrouping”, it may hinder your child’s conceptual understanding of this mathematical topic.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will record observations of the rye and alfalfa seeds after the mowing.  We will also observe our outdoor garden.   We will learn about more families around the world and how objects have changed over time (then and now). We will begin to work on creating summer journals using magazine clipping to make collage covers.

May 12, 2019

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Notes and Reminders:

The Ray School Walk-A-Thon is this Friday!!!
This event is a very important fundraiser as it provides us with recess monitors. This extra support is very necessary and unfortunately very difficult without these funds. So far we have 18 of our 24 students fundraising and I would love to see 100% participation. Room 114 has raised $1, 737 so far, the highest in the school! Let’s keep the fundraising going with one last push. Reach out the family and friends through all social outlets.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will compare and contrast the various texts and look at common themes in multiple texts. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that come author or genre studies. We will practice spelling words with vowels pairs.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week will begin our unit on persuasive writing. Students will learn about what persuasive writing is, how to plan for persuasive writing, brainstorming ideas and drafting a letter. We will read The Perfect Pet and I Wanna Iguana.

MATH

This week, we will finish unit 8 in math. Students will learn a new game called Make My Design. Students will make a fraction book and complete and create some number grid puzzles. Students will take a timed test on basic addition facts up to 10. Has your child been practicing facts with the fact triangles?

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will plant grass and beans. In social science we will continue our study on the past and present. The family history reports turned out great!