June 3, 2019

Monday, 3 June 2019, 20:40 | Category : Uncategorized
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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

Monday, 13 May 2019, 21:42 | Category : Uncategorized
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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!

April 29, 2019

Monday, 29 April 2019, 21:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes and Reminders:

-Walk-a-Thon Please register at http://rayschool.dojiggy.comand begin fundraising.  Students that have raised $5 by Thursday evening will have a special treat on Friday
-We are running low on glue stick, paper towel and black dry erase markers.  Any donation are greatly appreciated.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read versions of Little Red Riding Hood. 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 explore the writing of other authors including Jannell Cannon and Tomie dePaola. We will also explore variations of some traditional fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Sight Words: We will be reviewing ar, er, ir and or words
MATH
This week, we will continue unit 8 in math. This unit focuses more on shapes, including 3-D shapes and exposes students to equal parts (halves and fourths) and the whole. This week we will begin to look at the 3-D shapes, tell time to the half hour and collect data on a bar graph.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In social science we will work on our history reports. In science we will continue to learn about living things.

April 22, 2019

Monday, 22 April 2019, 20:47 | Category : Uncategorized
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I hope you all had a lovely spring break! The students seem rested and relaxed and happy to be back.  I could use another week off!

  • Please send a snack for 25 students.
  • Information went home today regarding our history project.  After sending the information home I realized there was an error.   There will be no form ot order a copy of the finished project.  Also all interviews must be turned in by next Monday.  We will spend the week working on the project and share it in class by Friday.
  • This week we will begin Library as our next specials rotation.
  • Please sign up for the Ray School Walk-a-Thon.  The money raised goes toward providing recess support.   Special thanks to Oliver, Sam, Edie and Sayira for already creating their fundraising page.  On Friday I will have a special treat for all students that have created a page by Thursday night. 

 READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read several books by Chris Van Allsburg. We will continue to discuss elements that make Van Allsburg’s books unique and interesting. Students will write about their favorite book and give supporting reasons why.

I will assess students using the “words their way” assessment that I used at the start of the year. I will be identifying spelling strategies that individual students need to work on.

Vocabulary Words: smog, traffic, dump, smokestack, factory– these words come from the weekly read aloud text, please discuss these words at home

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will continue with our unit on opinion writing. Students will develop their understanding of opinions vs. facts. Students will begin working on their favorite neighborhood place opinion writing.

MATH: This week we will start unit 8 in math. We will play I Spy with shapes using shapes defining and non-defining attributes as clues. Students will make shapes using straws and twist ties and will learn about characteristics of polygons and non-polygons. We will learn about equal shares and practice dividing shapes into halves and fourths.

Please use the fact triangles from the home links to practice addition and subtraction facts

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will talk about characteristics of all living things. We will sort items into living and non living categories.  We will learn more about how we can care for the Earth. Students will assist in collecting trash around the schoolyard. We will also learn about the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling.

Ray School Walk-A-Thon

Monday, 8 April 2019, 13:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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https://rayschool.dojiggy.com

Fun and Fitness:  During the Walk-a-Thon, our students reach for their personal best distance during their walk-skip-run around our school playground, while family and volunteers cheer them on.  Creative GREEN costumes are encouraged!

Fundraising:  The Walk-a-Thon is also a fundraiser.  Whether it’s $5, $25 or $100, we hope that each family will financially participate in the Walk-a-Thon to the best of their ability.

Our Fundraising Goal: Ray School is committed to keeping students moving, especially in our beautiful outdoor campus, with recess and gardening activities.  Active bodies contribute to active minds.  Research shows that the more our students can move during the day, the more they can stay on task during class.  Funds from this Walk-a-Thon will create more opportunities for movement for our students: new recess equipment and wonderful indoor/outdoor recess staff.  Additionally, this year we want to install a secondnew water fountain for filling water bottles, encouraging our students to drink water instead of sugary juices and soda.  Let’s help our children’s bodies and brains stay fit and sharp!

Parent-Teacher Conference Day- April 10th

Monday, 8 April 2019, 13:28 | Category : Uncategorized
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Just a reminder that we’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/nxmdwug
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

March 25, 2019

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 10:00 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • This Friday our town hall meetings resume in the auditorium, Students will come to the classroom at 9:15am.
  • The students are bringing home completed/graded work this week. Please look over the work and let me know if you have questions. I am holding the students more accountable for finishing work within the allotted time, as this will be an expectation in 2nd grade.
  • A field trip permission slip went home today.  This is a free field trip and takes place next week.   Please return the form no later than Wednesday.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read Under the Same Sun by Sharon Robinson. This is a great story about a family that returns to Tanzania to visit relatives. We will be exploring cultural differences, as well as discussing why people sometimes leave their home countries. This book is one of the texts with diverse characters that we are focusing on this quarter. We will learn about the sounds of hard and soft g and inflectional endings –s, -ed and –ing.

Sight Words: brother, sister, says, always, think- students are assessed weekly on the spelling of these words. They have access to the words on the word wall, but should study the words weekly and be able to read the words without sounding them out.

Vocabulary Words: terminal, greet, bustle, safari, ruins- these words come from the weekly read aloud text, please discuss these words at home

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will start opinion writing this week. We will read the book The Best Part of Me.  Students will share their favorite thing about themselves.  

MATH: This week we will continue unit 7 in math. This unit will focus on the relationships between facts. We will use fact triangles and dominoes to look closely at fact families. The students are avidly working on their number scrolls. It is a great activity that highlights the patterns in numbers and allows children to look closely at place value to check for accuracy. Please use the fact triangles from the home links to practice addition and subtraction facts

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will continue our unit on light and conduct experiments about refraction and reflection. We will learn about materials that reflect light (such as mirrors) and why certain objects look bent in water. We will continue to learn about women who have made a difference in history. We will read and discuss books about Katherine Johnson, Beatrix Potter and Brave Girl.

March 18, 2019

Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 11:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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March 20, 2019

  • Please consider donating to our yoga, mindful based Donor’s Choose project.    https://donorschoo.se/e/xEUhGSAl5U
  • I have added photos from our field trip and some pilot light activities to our class album.  If you are not receiving these photos, please let me know.

READING

This week we will read Big Red Lollipop. 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 perseveranceWe will review ABC order, antonyms and soft c and hard c sounds.

Sight Words: while, place, under, always, father

Vocabulary: invited, fair, plead, scurries, aside

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are beginning our unit on Persuasive writing. This week we are starting a new book that will feature our favorite places in the neighborhood. Students will work on writing a complete paragraph and combing sentences using conjunctions.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 7 in math. Students will start to identify addition facts that can be used to solve subtraction facts. We will learn a new game called Salute. Students will work on counting and back to solve subtraction facts. Students will use attribute blocks this week and identify various attributes of the blocks including color, thickness, size and shape.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science, we will continue our light; we will be focusing on reflectionsIn social science, we will learn about Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo and Beatrix Potter.

March 11, 2019

Monday, 11 March 2019, 11:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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March 11, 2019

  • We have our field trip tomorrow.  The students will be outside for a good portion of the day.  Please dress accordingly.
  • If any parent has time to volunteer this week please let me know. I have some classroom organization I need assistance with; you would not be working with students.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Emmanuel’s Dream. 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. This week students will compare themselves to the main character in the story and focus on things they CAN do. We will learn about words with the long a sound. We will review ABC order.
Sight Words: went, mother, goes, around, through
Vocabulary: useless, disability, insult, astounding, boarded, fetch

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are finish our units on All About Me writing and will have a writing celebration on Friday.

MATH
This week, we will finish the unit 6 assessment. We will start unit 7, which focuses on fact families (relationships between addition and subtraction facts). We will use fact triangles and dominoes to identify fact families. We will practice more with base 10 blocks and place value.

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. Unfortunately, our flashlights have gone missing.  Please let us borrow a flashlight for the week if you have any at home.  They will be labeled and returned by Thursday.

March 5, 2019

Tuesday, 5 March 2019, 11:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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March 4, 2019

-We have a field trip next Tuesday, March 12th.  If you have not yet paid the fee, please so by Friday.  I will send home a field trip permission slip to all students missing the fee.

-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. We will learn about words with the -or sound.
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 and take the assessment on Friday. We will learn about equivalent numbers with a new routine called name collection boxes. Students will practice more exchanges with a new game called penny, dime, and dollar exchange. We will play fishing for 10 and the difference game.

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. In Social studies, we will learn more about Dr. Seuss. We will also learn about Malala Yousafzai and discuss how different families live around the world.

February 25, 2019

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 14:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes and Reminders:

  • Please remember to check your child’s Friday letter and write a response. If the work does not seem done, have your child tell you more.  As the weeks go on fewer families are responding to the letters.
  • Please send in a snack for 25 students. We have a few snacks remaining, but are getting low. Please consider sending in fruits and veggies.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
This week we will read Last Stop On Market Street. This quarter first graders will hear many stories that feature diverse characters. We will spend another week reviewing words with the long e spelled (y) and the long I sound spelled (y).
Sight Words: right, back, came, away, our
Vocabulary: stray, surround, soup kitchen
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing with our unit on All About Writing. We hope to have a writing celebration this Friday to end the unit and share our All About Me pieces.
MATH
This week, we will continue with unit 6 in math. We will continue to work on helper facts and finding the difference between two numbers.  Students will also learn about number equivalence.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
In science we will learn more about light and shadows.  Students will work to make their own shadows and identify objects by just a shadow.  In social studies, we will read Time For Kids about Rosa Parks.

February 19, 2019

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 19:44 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes and Reminders:

• Please send in a snack for 25 students. We have a few snacks remaining, but are getting low. Please consider sending in fruits and veggies.

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 continue with unit 6 in math. Please note, your child brought home their Everyday Math journal volume 1. Please review taught concepts by completing unfinished pages. We will discuss doubles and near doubles this week, as well as reviewing telling time to the hour. Students will add more animal weights and practice comparing double digit numbers.
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 George Washington and other Presidents. We will also learn about Nelson Mandela and Billie Holiday.