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.

February 11, 2019

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 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!

• 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.

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 4, 2019

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 13:33 | 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.  I hope everyone stayed warm last week.  Unfortunately I had to deal with burst pipes in my 120 year old home, not how I envisioned the cold days.

• Report cards will go home this week. 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. Candy/treats are not permitted.
• The 100th day of school is coming up on the 20th. 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 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 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 28, 2019

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 14:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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Thank you to all the families that sent in items for our most magnificent thing project.  I will probably be finding google eyes and glitter in the classroom for the next year.  It was a giant mess but they had a lot of fun.
-I have received several emails regarding school being canceled due to cold weather.  I have not yet heard any news but will let you know as soon as I do.
-Please send a healthy snack in for 24 children.
-Are you still interested in helping out in the classroom? Please send me an email if you have a weekly window of time and would like to come in to work with students or prep materials. You must fill out a volunteer application prior to volunteering.
-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 in the snow but it’s challenging when they do not have snow pants or warm gloves.  This time of year we need as much outdoor play as possible.
READER’S WORKSHOP:
This week we will read I Am Enough and All Are Welcome. 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: review
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 explore various spellings of the long a sound including a_silent e, ai and ay. We will use our planning sheets to make How-To booklets.
MATH:
This week we will use pennies to compare numbers. Students will be introduces to the quantity, quantity difference diagrams. Students will continue to practice using the <, > and = symbols. We will practice adding two digit numbers using various tools including the number grid, base ten blocks and pictures.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE:
We will learn more about maps and look at maps of our state, country and earth. We will start to explore light in science using mirrors and flashlights.

January 14, 2019

Monday, 14 January 2019, 14:11 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • We have a field trip tomorrow, January 15th.  All students should bring a lunch from home. We will be eating when we return to school.

  • Have you bought your tickets for “Raise a Glass for Ray” at The Promontory on January 31st? 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 read Brave Irene by William Steig. 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 enjoy additional William Steig books this week including Dr. DeSoto and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. We will review ABC order and antonyms.

Vocabulary: Advise, aristocrat, ceased, cherish, meddle, radiant, pounce

Sight Words: Been, who, now, people

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

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

MATH

This week, we will continue working on  unit 5 in math. We will learn more about place value and discuss true and false.  We will continue to focus on what the equal sign means when comparing groups on numbers and equations.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will learn about map keys and create maps of our classroom and playground.  In science we will learn about pitch. We will also read books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 9, 2019

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 14:12 | Category : Uncategorized
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Raise a Glass for Ray School!

The band is back!  Join us for a night out at The Promontory on Thursday January 31, 2019 from 6-8 pm featuring a performance by We, Unity Candle, Ray parent Nate Bakkum’s incredible band!

Child care (for ages 5+) provided by Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) from 5:45-8:30 pm for $20/child + $10/sibling, including dinner and fun!  Please note that the day following the event, Friday Feb 1, is a non-attendance day for students.  All children must be registered with HPNC by 5 pm on January 31st.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Ray School PTO, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the students and staff of Ray Elementary.

$40 advance ticket price 
$25 Ray staff only
http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-for-ray.html

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.