February 24, 2020

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

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5


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

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


Vocabulary: tackle, bait, callous, lure, trespass

WRITER’S WORKSHOP


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

MATH


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

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE


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

February 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 27, 2020

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

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

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

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

January 21, 2020

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

January 12, 2020

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

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

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

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

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

Vocabulary: adventure, moat, rescue, fortress

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

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

MATH

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

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

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

January 6, 2020

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

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

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

December 9, 2019

Monday, 9 December 2019, 20:17 | Category : Uncategorized
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-Wednesday, December 18, we will be creating small gingerbread houses. The activity will take place at 2:45 in the lunchroom. We are asking that all students donate $1 to help with the purchase of supplies for the project. Please arrive early if you would like join your child. You must be on the approved volunteer list in order to join us.

-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 and ISH by Peter Reynolds. 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: gallery, jab, crumple, experiment, gazing
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will finish unit 2 in writing. Next week we will create fictional holiday stories.
MATH
This week, we will begin unit 4 with a focus on measurement.  We will measure with non-standard units of measurement such as pencils, toothpicks and paperclips.  We will also begin to compare numbers.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
We will discuss family traditions and winter celebrations.   In science we will finally complete out unit on living things. We have had lots of fun learning about unique animals the last few days.

December 2, 2019

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 21:48 | Category : Uncategorized
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-Please have your child practice tying their shoes.  This is an age appropriate skill that students are very capable of mastering.
-Please send a healthy snack in for 26 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes.
-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 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. 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 take out unit 3 assessment.  The unit focused on different strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems.  Please practice math facts at home.  At this time of year students should have strong fact fluency for sums of 10 or less.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
We will discuss family traditions, learning about tooth traditions.   In science we will complete our living things unit.

November 18, 2019

Monday, 18 November 2019, 20:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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Thank you to all the families that attended parent-teacher conferences.  If you have not received your child’s report card please contact me regarding a time to meet with me to discuss you child’s progress.

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.

Vocabulary: fumble, glee, proudly, foolish, reveal

Please remember to review vocabulary terms and student reading and spelling sight words.

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 continue our unit on living things.  We will be creating an aquarium and learning about different ways animals adapt to their environment.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will review wants vs. needs.  We will start to discuss family traditions.

November 4, 2019

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 21:19 | Category : Uncategorized
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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

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 19:51 | Category : Uncategorized
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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

Monday, 7 October 2019, 19:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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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!