December 17, 2018

Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 0:01 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friday will be Ms. Gutwein’s last day in Room 114.  We have all loved having her in class and will miss her greatly.  We will continue to see her at Ray while she completes the second half of her internship with another lucky teacher.

  • Would you like to come in and share your family’s holiday tradition? Please send me an email if you are interested in sharing artifacts or foods that are unique to your family during the winter season. I would like to schedule families to share at the end of the day (3pm).
  • Please return the photos for our family timeline project.
  • Please send in $2 for our Gingerbread House project. 1st grade teachers will use the $ to buy the supplies needed for the project.
  • Students will be performing in the Holiday Assembly on December 21st at 9:30am. Please have your child wear dark (black or dark denim) bottoms and a white or solid top.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Gingerbread Pirates. 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 be reading a variety of other Gingerbread stories, as we compare and contrast story elements.

Sight Words: has, any, her, two, him

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will be finishing our unit on small moments.  We will begin How To writing after break.

MATH

This week, we will finish up unit 4 in math. We will review finding 10 more and 10 less and adding 3 numbers to find the sum. Students will also review ways to make an accurate measurement.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will continue to discuss family traditions. In science we will use a tuning fork to see sound vibrations in action. We will discuss loud and soft sounds and go on a Listening Walk outside.

Tuesday– Candy Cane Day, Bring to share with classmates and/or dress like one
Wednesday– Best Green and/or Red Outfit
Thursday– Pajama, Stuff Animal DAY
I HOPE EVERY FAMILY HAS A WONDERFUL, RELAXING WINTER BREAK.  SEE YOU IN 2019!!!!

December 10, 2018

Monday, 10 December 2018, 14:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Don’t forget to turn in your family timeline project.  They are due on Friday and we will put them together next Monday.
  • Would you like to come in and share a family tradition? Please send me an email if you are interested in sharing artifacts or foods that are unique to your family during the winter season. I would like to schedule families to share at the end of the day (3pm?).
  • Next week we will be making Gingerbread Houses.  This year we are asking families to donate $2 toward materials.  In the past we have asked families to donate the supplies but we figured we can save everyone a trip to the store!  If you would like to join us please be there December 20th at 1:45 in the cafeteria.
  • Next week is spirit week.
    Monday– Ugly/Beautiful Sweater Day
    Tuesday– Candy Cane Day, Bring to share with classmates and/or dress like one
    Wednesday– Best Green and/or Red Gear
    Thursday– Pajama, Stuff Animal

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. 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: had, not, but, what, all

MATH

This week, we will complete an Open Response prompt that focuses on the right way to measure a marker. Students will have an exploration day that includes building with base 10 blocks, collecting data on a tally chart and displaying on a bar graph and drawing and naming 2-D geometric shapes.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

This week we will continue our focus on maps and discuss timelines.  Students turning in their timelines early will begin to put them together and share with the class.  In science we will continue our unit on sound.  Students will make musical instruments.

 

December 3, 2018

Monday, 3 December 2018, 14:44 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Please send a healthy snackin for 25 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!!
  • Would you like to come in and share your family’s tradition? Please send me an email if you are interested in sharing artifacts or foods that are unique to your family during the winter season. I would like to schedule families to share at the end of the day (3pm?)
  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 20th @ 2.  We will be making gingerbread houses.  We will need lots of volunteers for this activity.  A letter will go home next week asking for donations to the project.

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: quivered, drifted, pungent, rattled gawk

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will be focusing on zooming in on moments and adding more detail.  Ask your child to explain a watermelon vs. a seed idea.

MATH

We will learn about creating bar graphs while using tally marks.  Students will also focus on more strategies for sums of ten and learn about doubles.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will continue to discuss family traditions. We will read Some Birthday and discuss birthday traditions . In science we will make a table fiddle and book fiddle and learn more about how vibrations create sound. We will make a drop chamber and practice identifying sounds of various objects.

November 26, 2018

Monday, 26 November 2018, 10:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Please submit the $5 payment and field trip form for our trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory, scheduled on November 29th.  Students will  need to bring a lunch from home.
  • I encourage all families to leave an extra pair of pants and socks in their child’s backpack.  With the snow comes a lot of wet pants and feet.  It is nice for students to not have to sit with wet items all day.
  • Please send a healthy snack in for 25 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes. Please send peanut free snacks to accommodate our students with allergies.
  • Would you like to come in and share your family’s holiday tradition? Please send me an email if you are interested in sharing artifacts or foods that are unique to your family during the winter season.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Dot. 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: which, if, their, each, about

Vocabulary Words: swirly, studied, glued, ruler, blank

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. We are still working on small moment writing, focusing on one moment during an event.   Students will finish up their narrative stories with attention on adding feelings and making sure the reader can answer who, what, where, why and when. At the end of the week, students will publish and submit a piece of writing to turn in as an assessment.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 4 with a focus on measurement.  We will measure with non-standard units of measurement.  We will also begin to compare numbers.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will discuss family traditions, learning about tooth traditions.   In science we will make a table fiddle and book fiddle and learn more about how vibrations create sound. We will make a drop chamber and practice identifying sounds of various objects.

November 13, 2018

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:43 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Please check your time slot for report card pickup.  Please be timely and I will do my best to keep to the schedule. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me prior to Wednesday. Also, your child’s grades are always available to check on parent portal. If you need to sign up, please contact the office for your child’s ID number.
  • Please provide a healthy snack for 24 students if you have not done so…or it’s been a while. Thank you to all of the families that have contributed.
  • Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.  Students go out for recess twice a day.
  • We will begin out next special class this week- library.
  • Please have your child practice tying their shoes.  This is an age appropriate skill that students are very capable of mastering.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Giraffes Can’t Dance. 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 be assessed on their understanding of these concepts using a 3 prompt open response assessment at the end of the week. This quarter our books of the week will focus on the growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: how, out, them, then, many

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Last week we planned our writing and this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end. Students will use this process to write at least three stories before the unit’s end.

MATH

This week, we will do more counting on the number line to add and subtract. We will revisit using the number grid to skip count and add and subtract. Your child should be comfortable with counting by 5s and 10s to 100. We will learn a new routine called frames and arrows. This routine asks children to find the “rule” or pattern in a set of numbers.

SCIENCE

We will continue to work on Sound and Light.  We will look at sound cards and practice making those sounds.  We will also watch a video on sound.  We will discuss what makes sound and what causes sound.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions and begin our unit on maps and where we live in the world.

November 5, 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018, 12:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Report card pick up is scheduled Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 12pm-6pm. If you cannot make any of the times listed, please contact me and we can schedule an alternative time.
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  • Please provide a healthy snack for 25 students if you have not done so…or it’s been a while. Thank you to all of the families that have contributed.
  • There is no school fo students Monday, November 12th and Wendesday, November 14th.  
  • Please help us create a Ray School 2018-2019 Directory so that students and parents can
    communicate more easily with each other. There are paper forms in the main office, or the online form
    via Ray’s website (https://tinyurl.com/y8985qbo).

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. 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 be assessed on their understanding of these concepts using a 3 prompt open response assessment at the end of the week. This quarter our books of the week will focus on the growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: of, was, or, are, for, from, that, one, have, this

Vocubulary: fumble, glee, proudly, foolish

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Last week we planned our writing and this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end. Students will use this process to write at least three stories before the unit’s end.

MATH

This week, we will continue to work on number stories. Students will use the number line to practice adding and subtracting and skip counting. We will play Roll and Total, Domino Top-It and High Roller.

SCIENCE

We will begin our next unit on Sound and Light.  Students will begin by identifying sources of sound and light.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will read our first edition of Time Magazine and learn about Veterans Day. We will start to discuss family traditions.

October 29, 2018

Monday, 29 October 2018, 16:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Our field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st.  Don’t forget to pack a bagged lunch for your child.  
  • Please do not send your child to school in costume on Wednesday.
  • Consider keeping a spare set of clothes for your child in his/her book bag or at school on the closet hook. Accidents can happen on the playground…think mud and sometimes children can have accidents if they don’t make it to the washroom.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read several books written by Leo Lionni in preparation for our trip to the Children’s Theater. We will read Swimmy, Inch by Inch, Fredrick, A Color of HIs Own, The Alphabet Tree and Fish is Fish.  

Sight Words: what, all, ,were, we, when, had, by, word, but, not

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will have our writing celebration on Thursday.  We will be sharing our 3 page recess adventure stories.  

MATH

This week, we will continue to work on number stories. Students will play domino top-it to practice using the part-part-total diagram. We will create our own stories using the school carnival posters in the math journal. We will have exploration day where we focus on matching pairs, length and exploring counting a collection of pennies.

SCIENCE

We will begin to wrap up our unit on Patterns in the Sky. We will learn The Earth’s Hokey Pokey and read How Many Stars in the Sky?

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

October 23, 2018

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 13:34 | Category : Uncategorized
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Notes for the week:

  • Our first field trip is coming up on October 31st.  The fee is $18.  Students will need to bring a lunch.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Wednesday is spirit day.  If your child does not have Ray spirit gear t-shirts can be purchase for $20.  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 instock items that day.
  • We need donations of black dry erase markers.  We use them every day and our supply is running low.

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 Tuesday.   We will begin unit 3, more number stories.

SCIENCE

We will continue to look closely at patterns in the sky.  We had to postpone our moon experiment so we will complete it today.

SOCIAL STUDIES

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

October 15, 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018, 13:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Thank you to all of the families that participated in the first PTO fundraiser!
  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!

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, gracefully, clumsy

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 look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means. We will read a nonfiction book about stars and find out what students already know using a KWL chart.

SOCIAL STUDIES

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

October 9, 2018

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 13:30 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               October 9, 2018

Notes for the week:

  • Please pay the $85 school fee. A huge thank you to the 7 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 17th.
  • Please remember to pay the $18 field trip fee. If you are interested in being a chaperone please contact me.  The trip is on October 31st.
  • We being our next five week rotation. Students will have Art for the next five weeks.
  • Please return signed progress reports. Student work was sent home on Friday.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

WORD STUDY

Vocabulary=       mammoth, dawn, chat, borrow, lapel

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

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Scarecrow.  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 learn about the moon in preparation for next week’s moon observations. In Social Science we will discuss the responsibilities of family members.

Have a great week!

October 1, 2018

Monday, 1 October 2018, 13:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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October 1, 2018

Thank you for all the parents volunteers that came to help with tamales and our visit to the farmers market.  The students’ reactions when eating tamales was very entertaining!

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

-School picture day in Tuesday, October 9, 2018
-Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
-Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

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: usual, rumor, judge, reply

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 continue with 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 look closely at patterns of the sun (if we can get some sunshine).  We will also begin to discuss moon phases and changes of season.

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 24, 2018

Monday, 24 September 2018, 12:57 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                                                      September 24, 2018

  • Please remember to have your child wear gym shoes on Monday and Thursday.
  • The first PTO meeting is this Tuesday, 9/25 at 5:30pm. Pizza and childcare provided. Please attend.
  • Children are permitted to have “pop top” water bottles in the classroom.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee
  • School picture forms went home last week.  Please bring in the form or complete the form online.
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

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 look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun.

 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.