January 29, 2018

Monday, 29 January 2018, 19:03 | Category : Uncategorized
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I want to welcome Sayu and her family to our classroom and the Ray community. They have recently moved to Chicago from Japan. I am also very sad to say that this Thursday is Meral’s last day at Ray. I wish her family the best in Evanston.

Notes/ Reminders:

• Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on February 1st. Please visit the Ray School website to learn more. This is a super fun event with childcare provided at HPNC for a low price! Please join us.
• Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
• There is no school for students this Friday, February 2, 2017. It is a Professional Development day for staff. If you are interested in helping with some simple classroom projects on Friday (cleaning, organizing the library, replacing nametags, etc.) let me know by email.

This week we will read several books that focus on growth mindset in including Firebird, Brave Girl, Life in the Ocean, Lizard from the Park, Cinnamon. 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 discuss synonyms and homophones. We will focus on -ck at the end of one syllable words.
Sight Words: review
We will begin our unit on All About Writing and have a writing celebration on Thursday. We will decide as a class what our reward should be.
This week, we will continue with unit 5 in math. We will practice finding the length of a crooked path using non-standard measurement tools. We will have an exploration day on Tuesday. Students will practice making exchanges with base 10 blocks, comparing heights of objects in the classroom and finding the distance of several paths that lead to a treasure. Students will practice using the comparison symbols <, > and =. Students will play the digit game and create comparison number stories.
In science we will use a kalimba to observe pitch. We will read Strings in Motion. We will read Time for Kids: Hot Spots and Scholastic News: Only in America.

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