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.

 

January 16, 2018

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 14:42 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Progress Reports were sent home on Friday before break. Please return the signed progress report to verify you have received it. As always, please email me if you have questions/concerns. I am happy to schedule a meeting as well.
  • 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.
  • Please bring in empty paper towel rolls. We will need these for our next math unit.

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 mind set 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 concluded the unit on How-To writing. Next week we will start All About writing. We will focus on brainstorming topics we know a lot about and use word webs to record facts about our topics.

MATH

This week, we will start unit 5 in math. We will begin learning more about place value using base ten blocks and by playing the digit game. We will also use pennies and dimes to represent numbers and discuss place value.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will learn about animals in winter. We will read Scholastic News Go Team Go! and Time for Kids Animals in Winter. In science we will go on a sound walk. We will discuss high and low pitches.

January 8, 2018

Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 14:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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Happy New Year 2018! Welcome back.   We will have a student teacher, Lindsay Jefferson,  working with us from now until the end of February.

  • Progress Reports were sent home on Friday before break. Please return the signed progress report to verify you have received it. As always, please email me if you have questions/concerns. I am happy to schedule a meeting as well.
  • There is no school next Monday 1/15 in observance of MLK Jr.’s birthday.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Whistle for Willie. 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 enjoy additional Ezra Jack Keats’ books this week including The Snowy Day and Peter’s Chair.

Sight Words: time, could, make, than, first

Students will be assessed on sight word knowledge this week. I will notify you with words missed if your child scores <90%.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are well into How-To writing. Students brainstormed things they knew how to do. This week we will put our writing into booklets. We will focus on adding details, writing good conclusions and using transition words.

MATH

This week, we will finish up unit 4. We will practice adding 3 numbers and making a 10 to make adding easier. Students will practice writing their own number stories and finding 10 friends (10 more or 10 less) using the number grid. Students will take the unit assessment on Friday. Please assist you child in completing the unit review and go over any topics that are challenging.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will learn about MLK Jr. We will read a Scholastic News: Dr. King’s Wise Words. 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.

December 18, 2017

Sunday, 17 December 2017, 14:38 | Category : Uncategorized
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•    Please send your gingerbread house donations in by Wednesday at the very latest. We will purchase items we are missing. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the activity, join us in the classroom on Thursday at 1:30 pm.
•    Beginning in January we will have a student teacher from DePaul.  In your child’s folder is a video permission form, many of her lessons are required to be videoed as part of her program.  Please return the form by the end of the week.
•    Our winter assembly has been changed to Friday at 9:15am. K-4th parents are welcome to attend.

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 enjoy additional gingerbread themed books this week.
Sight Words: has, any, her, two, him

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are well into How-To writing. Students brainstormed things they knew how to do. This week we will work on writing what materials are needed and detailed step-by-step instructions. We will put our writing in booklets at the end of the week.

MATH
This week, we will focus on easy facts like +0 and +1 facts. We will learn about doubles facts and facts with a sum of 10. We will play fishing for 10 and domino top-it.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE
We will continue to discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: It’s Party Time. 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

December 11, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 14:15 | Category : Uncategorized
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I am glad that we are all back and healthy.  Last week was a rough one with lots for upset stomachs.  We didn’t get a lot of our goals accomplished on Thursday or Friday because of all the illness.

  • Please collect Box Tops for Education clippings. A sheet is being sent home in your child’s folder to collect the clippings on.
  • 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?)
  • This week is Spirit Week…. Monday– Crazy Day, Crazy Colorful Clothes, Crazy Socks Crazy Hair Tuesday – Pajama & Stuff Animal and Movie (3-3:45) Day Wednesday – Education T-Shirt Day, Wear any school t-shirt or hoodie Thursday– Ugly/Beautiful Winter Sweater Contest Day (Prizes awarded in class) Friday – Twin or Jean Day

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

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We began How-To writing last week. Students brainstormed things they knew how to do. This week we will work on writing what materials are needed and detailed step-by-step instructions. We will put our writing in booklets at the end of the week. I am sending home a list of goals for the unit.

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

We will continue to discuss family traditions. We will read a Time for Kids: Money Matters. In science we will make use drop chambers to identify sounds and use tuning forks to watch sound in action. We will watch Magic School Bus Haunted House, which focuses on sound vibrations, high and low sounds and loud and soft sounds.

 

Spirit Week

Friday, 8 December 2017, 15:51 | Category : Uncategorized
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Winter Spirit Days

December 11-15, 2017

Monday – Crazy Day🌈

Crazy Colorful Clothes 👚👖

Crazy Socks

Crazy Hair🎩

Tuesday – Pajama & Stuff Animal and Movie (3-3:45) Day🎬

Wednesday – Education T-Shirt Day 🎒

Wear any school t-shirt or hoodie

Thursday – Ugly/Beautiful Winter❄ Sweater Contest Day (Prizes awarded in class)

Friday – Twin or Jean Day👬

December 4, 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:28 | Category : Uncategorized
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  • Please send a healthy snackin for 25 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes. Please try to send gluten free and peanut free snacks to accommodate our students with allergies.  This month last names with K-Z should donate.  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 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?)
  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 21st @ 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.
  • The students will perform in a holiday assembly on Thursday, December 21st. We included it on the calendar but I am not sure this is open to families.  Last year it was just for the students but I will let you know as I learn more.

 

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 start How-To writing this week. Students will assist in a shared writing activity to write about making trail mix. In the coming weeks students will write step by step directions for things they know how to do.

MATH

This week, we will start unit 4 and take the unit 3 assessment. Students will begin to learn about measurement and how objects compare in length. Students will learn about using a common object for measurement, starting at the end of an object to measure and making estimations about measuring.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will 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.