April 16, 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 9:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,

Parent teacher conferences are this Wednesday (4/18/18, 12-6 pm). Here is the sign-up link:http://signup.com/go/zHVaRuO

If you are not able to attend, please contact me to schedule an alternative conference date.

  • We need snacks! Please consider sending in 26 healthy snacks (gluten free, peanut-free snacks are appreciated!)
  • The Book Fair is this week. Visit the book fair with your child on Wednesday, when you come for report card pick up or send in money with your child to visit during school hours.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg. This quarter first graders will hear weekly books that compare 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 BeanstalkThe Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Sight Words: review

Vocabulary: litter, future, dump, waste, destruction, pollution

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are beginning our unit on Persuasive writing.  Students will learn what it means to persuade and come up with a list of ideas.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 8 in math. This unit focuses more on shapes, including 3-D shapes and also exposes students to equal parts (halves and fourths) and the whole. This week we will begin to look at the importance of determining the size of the whole when comparing fractions. We will also discuss names for equal parts.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will start a new unit on living things. Students will begin to identify what all living things need and ways living things can differ, specifically plants and animals. We will read several books about Earth Day, recycling and reducing waste.

April 9, 2018

Monday, 9 April 2018, 13:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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April 9, 2018

  • There is no school for students this Friday, April 13th, 2018.
  • Parent teacher conferences are around the corner (4/18/18, 12-6 pm). Here is the sign-up link: http://signup.com/go/zHVaRuO
  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Please submit the field trip money ($17) and form if you have not. We must give our final head count on Thursday. The trip is May 24th.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read One Green Apple. 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 ABC order, antonyms and words with the ng sound/spelling.

Sight Words: made, over, did, down, only- SPELLING TEST ON THURSDAY

Vocabulary: shepherd, graze, cider

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are continuing  on with our unit on Opinion writing. Students will work on writing a complete paragraph and combing sentences using conjunctions. Students will continue working on ongoing pieces with partners to edit and revise.

MATH

This week, we will finish with unit 7 in math. Students will continue to practice the routine called “What’s My Rule”. Students will apply strategies for finding unknowns in this routine. Students will identify the rule and unknown input numbers. Students will learn about the minute hand and digital representations of time. Students will play the games Tric-Trac, Salute and Penny, Dime, Exchange.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science we will conduct an experiment that focuses on how our eyes adapt in darkness. We will read Scholastic News: Sunflower Snack and Drip, Drop.

March 19, 2018

Monday, 19 March 2018, 13:17 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Permission slips went home last week for a field trip to Children’s Theater. The cost of the field trip is $17.  Please try and give exact change as there is often not change to be made in the office.

We will be seeing Last Stop on Market Street on May 24th.  We were waiting to get final confirmation for the date, which is why it was not included on the slip.

  • Next week is spring break. There will be no school 3/26-3/30. Please work on sight words and math facts (using READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

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 continuing with our unit on Opinion 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 up 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 finish our unit on Sound and LightIn social science we will learn about Georgia O’Keefe and read Time for Kids What’s the Buzz and Only In America.

March 12, 2018

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 20:27 | Category : Uncategorized
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• I would like to welcome Katy Liu and her family to our class. We now have 26 students in class. Please keep this in mind when sharing snacks.

  • Save-the-Date: 
Ray School’s Annual Walk-A-Thon will take place Friday, May 18th! Our fundraising goal is $30,000 and we can do it! If you’d like to help with the planning, please email annerenna@mac.com.
    • Lost & Found: Every Friday after school, the Lost & Found bins by the cafeteria will be emptied in order to keep the school clean. If your child is missing an item, please direct him/her to check the bins weekly!
    • Parent Portal: If you are interested in having access to Parent Portal, please call the main office and they will provide you with your pin and login information.

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 mind set 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 -ar controlled words. We will review ABC order.
Sight Words: went, mother, goes, around, through
Vocabulary: useless, disability, insult, astounding, boarded, fetch

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing opinion writing this week. Our focus this week will be using transition words, learning about common and proper nouns and writing a complete paragraph.

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. We will learn about Misty Copeland, Malala Yousafzai and Helen Delaney Martini.

March 5, 2018

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 19:48 | Category : Uncategorized
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• Room 114 will be performing in RockFest this Friday at 9:15. This is an end of term project for music class.
• Save-the-Date: Ray School Walk-A-Thon
Ray School’s Annual Walk-A-Thon will take place Friday, May 18th! Our fundraising goal is $30,000 and we can do it! If you’d like to help with the planning, please email annerenna@mac.com.
• Parent Portal: If you are interested in having access to Parent Portal, please call the main office and they will provide you with your pin and login information.

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 mind set and perseverance. We will learn about words with the -or sound.
Sight Words: saw, play, because, through, before
Vocabulary: spoiled, tips, savings
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are starting a new unit of non-fiction writing this week called Opinion writing. Our focus this week will be thinking of as many reasons as we can and writing strong introductions.
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, 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 Stevie Wonder and discuss how different families live around the world.

February 26, 2018

Monday, 26 February 2018, 14:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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Thank you to all the families that came out to celebrate our Black History event.

 

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.
  • Friday, March 9th at 9:15, our class will participate in Rock Fest. This is the end of term project for music class and I know the students have been working very hard on their melody of songs.  Parents are invited to attend.

 

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 20, 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 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.
• Tomorrow evening is the Black History Night Celebration from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Our class learned a little about Maya Angelou and wrote and illustrated verses inspired by her book Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.

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.

February 12, 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018, 19:23 | Category : Uncategorized
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Friends and Families

• Please send an extra pair of pants to school if your child is not coming to school with snow pants. Also every child should keep an extra pair of socks in the backpack. Today we had lots of wet pants and feet. We also had lots of fun in the snow. I guess “snow swimming” is the reason behind all the wet bottoms!
• Report cards went home today. Please contact me if you have questions about either report. I am happy to meet on Mondays or Fridays at 8:45am.
• 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. Candy/treats are not permitted.
• The 100th day of school is now on Friday, February 16th. The project I had originally planned I am canceling because I was unable to get everything out last Friday allowing the weekend to finish.

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. We will learn about words with a Y at the end sounding like an E. Words went home in the homework folder.
Sight Words: long, very, little, words, after
Vocabulary: tackle, bait, callous, lure, trespass
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing on with our unit on All About Writing. Students will begin working on an All About Me book with table of contents, introduction, conclusion and cover page.
MATH
This week, we will take the unit 5 assessment, originally planned for last Friday. We will begin unit 6 in math. 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 Abraham Lincoln, Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquiat this week.

February 5, 2018

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 21:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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I can’t believe the school year is half over!   I love seeing all the changes that occur throughout the year.    This week and next Ms. Jefferson will be doing her lead teaching time in our class before moving on to another placement in Chicago.   In addition, I would like to welcome Travis Howard and family to Room 114.

• Thanks to the families that attended Raise a Glass for Ray!
• Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
• Report cards will go home this week. Please contact me if you have questions about either report. I am happy to meet on Mondays or Fridays at 8:45am.
• 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. Candy/treats are not permitted.
• The 100th day of school is coming up on the 15th. Please begin to think about a collection of 100 small items. Students will complete a set of clues describing their object and will present to the class. More to come on this project in the coming days.

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.
We will learn about long vowel words with an e at the end. I am going to begin sending home a copy of the words we work on in class. Students are tested on some of these words, as well as other words with a similar pattern.
Sight Words: way, find, use, may, water
Vocabulary: Cholent, waff, hurl, shabbat

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are continuing on with our unit on 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 use begin the second part of the science unit on sound and light. We will learn about Maya Angelou, Effa Manley and Jackie Robinson this week.

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.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5
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
WRITER’S WORKSHOP
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.
MATH
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.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
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.

2018-2019 school year

Monday, 29 January 2018, 18:49 | Category : Uncategorized
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On Wednesday, 1/24, the Chicago Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year.  Below are important dates:

First Day of School9/4/18, Last Day of School6/18/19
Academic QuartersQ111/1/18, Q21/31/19, Q3 4/4/19, Q46/18/19
Parent Teacher Conference Days11/14/18 (ES), , 4/10/19 (ES),
Winter Vacation12/24/18 – 1/4/19,

Spring Vacation4/15/18 – 4/19/18
School Improvement Days11/2/18, 2/1/19, 4/5/19, 6/19/19

Please note: Veterans Day will be observed on Monday, 11/12/18.

January 21, 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 16:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Consider sending in fresh fruits or veggies for class snacks: carrots, grapes, apples, cuties, bananas, etc.
  • Please send your child to school with an empty paper towel roll. We need them for number scrolls.
  • Consider donating to the new Donors Choose I have created. The focus is guided math.  I am trying to update many of our worn out materials as well as replace lost items.
  • 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! Please join us.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. 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 review antonyms. We will work on the short wh word family. We will also review syllables.

Vocabulary: mighty, assistant, pounce, admire, nudge

Sight Words: made, over, did, down, only

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will conclude How To writing.  Writing samples, along with rubrics, will be sent home at the end of next week.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 5 in math. We will use pennies and dimes to represent numbers and discuss place value. We will learn about the symbols for greater than, less than, equal to, and use them to compare numbers. We will start number scrolls and talk more about patterns in place value.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

In science, we will read “Listen to This” and “Animal Ears and Hearing.” We will discuss volume and pitch. We will read Time for Kids: Wheelchair Racer.