1/30/17

Monday, 30 January 2017, 14:37 | Category : January 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               January 30, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Please, please, please join us for Raise a Glass for Ray at the Promontory on February 2nd at 6pm. This was an awesome event last year and all proceeds go to Ray School. It’s a great opportunity to meet other families and have a night out. More information is found on the Ray School website.
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home.  Students have ten minutes in the morning to begin them but many do not finish in this time.  Encourage them to write with lots of details and ask them questions about their week if they are stuck.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.

Sight Words: Way, could, people, my, than

Vocabulary:     Frazzled, spree, havoc, quest, gawk

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Ada Twist Scientist.  We will be reading books that celebrate uniqueness and perseverance.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will have a writing celebration to end How-To writing.  We will begin writing all about books.  The final project for this unit will be a black history report.

MATH
In Math, we will practice measuring crooked lines.  We will also continue to compare objects using greater than, less than and equal to.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we complete the sound portion of the unit and move on to light next week.  Students will make instruments and identify high and low pitch.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will finish our family traditions unit.  We will put together our family traditions books.  Thank you for helping with this activity at home.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Music Music

Homelink 5.7

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 5.8

P.E.

Homelink 5.9

No SCHOOL

 

1/23/17

Monday, 23 January 2017, 14:21 | Category : January 2017
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Room 114 News

Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               January 23, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Please have your child bring an extra set of clothes and shoes if you have them. It’s great to have an extra set for muddy days like today.
  • Thank you for your snack donations. Please keep them coming. I believe January’s donation should come from students with the last names A-K.  However, I have misplaced the list so please correct me if I am wrong.
  • Please, please, please join us for Raise a Glass for Ray at the Promontory on February 2nd at 6pm. This was an awesome event last year and all proceeds go to Ray School. It’s a great opportunity to meet other families and have a night out. More information is found on the Ray School website.
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home.  Students have ten minutes in the morning to begin them but many do not finish in this time.  Encourage them to write with lots of details and ask them questions about their week if they are stuck.
  • Students should have homework every night.  If they do not have homework it is because they did not go to their cubby at the end of the day to collect their belongings.  They can make up the homework the following night.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students will not receive their individualized spelling list this week.  I am assessing them on their growth and will modify the lessons as needed.

Vocabulary:     shallow, artificial, quilt, crowded, coin

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read The Keeping Quilt.  Students will dig deeper into the text through each reading. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. Most importantly, we will discuss character actions and how they affect the story’s outcome.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will continue Unit 3:  Writing How-To books with a focus on listing materials, adding more details, putting it in a book and using transition words. We will also work on introductions and conclusions.  This week we will finish our unit.

MATH
In Math, we are working on unit 5-place value. We will learn about greater and less than symbols and play penny dice exchange.  We will also measure objects using paper clips.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we are continuing KLEWS (science version of CLUES) to find out what we Know, want to L, what Evidence we want to gather, and Science terms learned from our Sound and Light unit. We will discuss volume of sounds and pitch.  We will make one string guitars, xylophones and megaphones.  We are learning about vibrations and sound relationship.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will read Lightning Comes In a Jar.  We will continue to discuss traditions and send home a family timeline

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Music

Homelink 5.4

Music

Homelink 5.5

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 5.6

P.E.

Homelink 5.7

Music

Friday Letter

1/17/17

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 14:19 | Category : January 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               January 17, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Please have your child bring an extra set of clothes and shoes if you have them. It’s great to have an extra set for muddy days like today.
  • Thank you for your snack donations. Please keep them coming. I believe January’s donation should come from students with the last names A-K.  However, I have misplaced the list so please correct me if I am wrong.
  • Please, please, please join us for Raise a Glass for Ray at the Promontory on February 2nd at 6pm. This was an awesome event last year and all proceeds go to Ray School. It’s a great opportunity to meet other families and have a night out. More information is found on the Ray School website.
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home.  Students have ten minutes in the morning to begin them but many do not finish in this time.  Encourage them to write with lots of details and ask them questions about their week if they are stuck.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Sort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.

Sight Words: has, look, two, more, write, see

Vocabulary:     Important, nervous, serious, budge, tucked

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Ron’s Big Missiont.  Students will dig deeper into the text through each reading. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. Most importantly, we will discuss character actions and how they affect the story’s outcome.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will continue Unit 3:  Writing How-To books with a focus on listing materials, adding more details, putting it in a book and using transition words. We will also work on introductions and conclusions.

MATH
In Math, we are working on unit 5-place value. Students are modeling numbers using base ten blocks, noticing patterns in the ones and tens place and practicing making exchanges. We will learn about greater and less than symbols and play penny dice exchange.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we are continuing KLEWS (science version of CLUES) to find out what we Know, want to L, what Evidence we want to gather, and Science terms learned from our Sound and Light unit. We will discuss volume of sounds and pitch. We will talk about how sounds provide information.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will read How to Ride a Bicycle and Flying.  We are working on growth mindset and creating goals from our NOT YET lists.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Music Musci

Homelink 5.1

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

 

P.E.

Homelink 5.2 and 5.3

Music

Friday Letter

Homelink 5.4

 

1/9/17

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 14:38 | Category : January 2017, Uncategorized
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January 9, 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back. I hope that your break was restful and filled with lots of fun times.  We have three new additions to our class.  Akihisa Masaki and Thomas Turner are both joining room 114.  Ms. Nair will also be completing her internship with our class.  She will be with us until the end of April.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students are reviewing words from before break and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. Monday – Write In Sort, Tuesday – Speed Sort, Wednesday – Word Hunt, Thursday – Blind Sort, Friday – Glue Sort & Test.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read The Snowy Day.  Students will dig deeper into the text through each reading. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text. Most importantly, we will discuss character actions and how they affect the story’s outcome.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: firm, pretend, sank, path, pile

SIGHT WORDS OF THE WEEK:  would, make, like, him, into

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We will continue Unit 3:  Writing How-To books with a focus on listing materials, adding more details, putting it in a book and using transition words.

MATH
In Math, we are finishing up unit 4 with a unit assessment and cumulative assessment. We practiced adding 3 addends and also discussed “10 friends” (10 more and 10 less using the number grid). We will start unit 5, which focuses on place value. Students will learn the digit game and practice identifying numbers in the ones and tens place. We will also work with base 10 blocks to model numbers.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we are continuing KLEWS (science version of CLUES) to find out what we Know, want to L, what Evidence we want to gather, and Science terms learned from our Sound and Light unit. We will discuss volume of sounds and listen for sounds outdoors.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will read one more Patricia Polacco book, Some Birthday. We will also read Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle. We will discuss the importance of perseverance, setting goals and having determination.

Have a great week!

12/19/16

Tuesday, 20 December 2016, 18:13 | Category : December 2016
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                           December 19, 2016

This Friday will be Ms. Fullett’s last day in our class. We have all truly enjoyed having her with us. Luckily, she will still be at Ray working with Ms. Chapman. When we return from break Ms. Anjana Nair will be working with our room. The students have met Ms. Nair and are excited to have another friendly face in the room.

 Notes and Reminders:

– Please welcome Akihisa Masaki to our class. He comes to Ray from Japan.

-Please make sure your child is dressed in white for Friday’s assembly. Also make sure they are wearing a hat and gloves if they have some.

-Please make sure to dress your child for the cold weather. Per Ray’s handbook we can go outside as long as the wind chill is not below 15. Many students are without gloves and complaining of cold hands.

-We will make gingerbread houses on Thursday, December 22nd at 1:45. We need lots of volunteers for this activity so please considering coming to Ray and joining all the messy fun. Please donate materials by Wednesday.

-Students are now responsible for finishing their Friday letter at home. I will be sending home their Friday letter journals this week. I am asking that all students write at least two entries over the break.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read a variety of gingerbread books. Students will come up with an action plan to capture a gingerbread friend.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue with How-To writing. Students will be writing how-to build a gingerbread house.

MATH

This week we will continue to solve addition problems with three addends. We will also work on writing number stories.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will continue to work with sounds. In Social Science we are learning about Hanukkah.

Have a great week!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Art

Homelink 4.9

Art

Homelink 4.10

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 4.11

P.E.

 

Art

Friday Letter/ winter break journal

 

12/12/16

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 14:39 | Category : December 2016
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               December 12, 2016

 

Notes and Reminders:

-Please make sure to dress your child for the cold weather.  Per Ray’s handbook we can go outside as long as the wind chill is not below 15.  Many students are without gloves and complaining of cold hands.

-We will make gingerbread houses on Thursday, December 22nd at 1:45.  We need lots of volunteers for this activity so please considering coming to Ray and joining all the messy fun.

-Last week students were to finish their Friday letter at home.  Please make sure your child does this.  Also discuss with them handwriting, sentence structure and sounding out words.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Gingerbread Pirates.  Students will come up with an action plan to save the characters and discuss perseverance.

WORD STUDY

Sight Words: them, these, so, some, her

Vocabulary: captain, swish, nibble, astonish, enormous

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue with How-To writing.   They will focus on adding more detail to their steps and acting out their books to identify missing components.

MATH

This week we will work with sums of 10 focusing on +0, +1 and doubles.  We will also begin to add 3 numbers together, learning different strategies to do so.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will continue a unit on Light and Sound. We will make Kazoos and continue to practice with vibrations.  In Social Science we will continue with our family traditions unit.   We are reading Festival of Lights  and learning about the different winter celebrations around the world.  We are still working on putting together the family traditions book.

Have a great week!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Art

Homelink 4.7

Art

Math worksheet

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 4.8

P.E.

Homelink 4.9

Art

Friday Letter

 

 

Book Order Information

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 16:42 | Category : December 2016
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Dear Families,

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You’ll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me.

I’d also love some help growing our classroom Reading Club. If you’d like to help out, please let me know! I’m excited to get our class reading!

Thank you for your support,

  •  VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
  •  ENTER the one-time Class Activation Class Code – LTNCK
  •  SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  •  SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  •  All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

12/5/16

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 11:38 | Category : December 2016
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               December 6, 2016

 

Notes and Reminders:

-School Picture Re-Takes are this Friday.  If you did not like your child’s picture please return the original.  If you missed photo day your child can have their picture taken this Friday.

-We will make gingerbread houses on Thursday, December 22nd at 1:45.  We need lots of volunteers for this activity so please considering coming to Ray and joining all the messy fun.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  We will discuss the author’s purpose for writing the story and the lesson the main character learns. We will continue to discuss character traits.  This week we will also discuss cause and effect.

WORD STUDY

Sight Words: because, was, use, our, said

Vocabulary: mistake, invisible, forgot, cavity, plain, Australia

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue with How-To writing.   We will add transition words and supply lists to our writing.

MATH

This week we will continue to learn about measurement using non-stand units of measure (pencil, paperclip, toothpick, blocks, and a thumb).  We will also begin to work with base-ten blocks.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will continue a unit on Light and Sound. We still need toilet paper rolls.  We will work with vibration forks and hopefully make kazoos.  In Social Science we will continue with our family traditions unit.   We are reading Thunder Cake and learning about how families have different ways of helping us when we are scared.  We are still working on putting together the family traditions book.

Have a great week!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Art

Homelink 4.3

Art

Homelink 4.4

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 4.5

P.E.

Homelink 4.6

Art

Friday Letter

 

11/28/16

Monday, 28 November 2016, 14:36 | Category : November 2016
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               November 28, 2016,

We hope everyone had a wonderful break!  After so many days off in November it will be nice to get into a normal routine.  There are 4 full weeks of school until our next break.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read One Dog Canoe.  We will discuss the author’s purpose for writing the story and the lesson the main character learns. We will continue to discuss character traits.  This week we will also discuss cause and effect.

WORD STUDY

Sight Words: other, about, out, many, then

Vocabulary: Glide, peer, bound, crew, dew               

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will begin a unit on How-To writing.  They will work together to create a book about making trail mix and create a list of things they know how to do well.

MATH

We will take the unit 3 assessment and begin Unit 4, all about measurement.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will begin a unit on Light and Sound. Please bring in empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls for this unit.   In Social Science we will continue with our family traditions unit.    Homework will go home throughout the unit to create a family traditions book.

Have a great week! Glide, peer, bound, crew, dew

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Art

Homelink 3.11

Art

Unit 3 Review

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

 

P.E.

Homelink 4.1

Art

Friday Letter

Homelink 4.2

11/14/16

Monday, 14 November 2016, 14:31 | Category : November 2016
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               November 14, 2016,

Thank you to all the parents that made it to report card conferences.  If you were unable to make it please contact me to set up a meeting.  A HUGE THANK YOU to Ann (Aka Betty’s mom) for the beautiful art project she did with the students.  It really brings life to the room and we all love it.

  • There is no school next Wednesday-Friday.  Please get your child to school on time each and every day
  • Today we begin our next five week rotation.  Students will have Art Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

WORD STUDY

Sight Words: How, their, if, will, up

Vocabulary: pinecone, spicy, sauce

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Duck for Turkey Day.  We will discuss the author’s purpose for writing the story and the lesson the main character learns. We will begin to focus on character traits.  This book is the perfect lead into 2nd quarter theme of family traditions.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to work on small moment stories.  Students will complete this unit next week.  We are focusing on zooming in moments and “show don’t tell”.  Instead of saying you are happy tell us what you did to show you are happy.

MATH

We will practice using the number line for addition and subtraction.  We will also use the number line to check our answers.  Students will be introduced to frames and arrows.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will discuss stars.  In Social Science we will begin our unit on family traditions.

Have a great week!

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Art

 

Homelink 3.6

Art

 

Homelink 3.7

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

 

Homelink 3.8

P.E.

 

 

Homelink 3.9

Art

 

Friday Letter

 

11/7/16

Monday, 7 November 2016, 14:43 | Category : November 2016, Uncategorized
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               November 7, 2016,

There are quite a few reminders for this week:

  • Continue to work on high frequency words weekly. Please make sure your child can read and correctly spell each of these words. Students have their own personal word wall and the class word wall where these words can be found. If students can read these words they will be able to find them on word walls and spell them correctly.
  • Mark your calendars for Report Card Pick-Up. It is Wednesday, November 9th from 11:45a-6p. Please email me if you do not have a time.
  • Words their Way spelling assessment is this Thursday. The words are the same as last week. We will not have a new set of sight words, due to the shortened week.
  • There is no school on Friday, November 11, 2016. 

WORD STUDY

Sight Words: an, each, which, she, do

Vocabulary: glad, exactly, accidently, whisper, march

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Jessica.  We will discuss the author’s purpose for writing the story and the lesson the main character learns. We will begin to focus on character traits.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to work on small moment stories.  Students will focus on adding more detail through character emotion.  We will also work on using transition words to show story sequence.

MATH

We will continue to write number stories and create pictures to go along with problems in our math journal.  We will also begin to practice skip counting on the number line.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

In Science we will continue our observation of the moon and moon phases.  In Social Science we will learn about voting and our president elect.

Have a great week!

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Spanish

 

Homelink 3.4

P.E

 

Homelink 3.5

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

NO SCHOOL

P.E.

 

 

Homelink 3.6

Friday Letter

Spanish

NO SCHOOL

 

10/31/16

Tuesday, 1 November 2016, 13:18 | Category : October 2016
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               October 31, 2016

We had an awesome trip to the farm today! Thanks to all of our wonderful chaperones for spending the day with us. If you have any pictures to share please send them to me.  I have lots that I will put on a class website when I have a moment to do so.

I apologize for all the craziness that has happened in October.  We are hoping to be placed in a temporary home this weekend as well as get all of our belongings out of the old place.  Once I have a “home” I will be more on top of things.  Thank goodness for Ms. Fullett!!!

There are quite a few reminders for this week:

  • Continue to work on high frequency words weekly. Please make sure your child can read and correctly spell each of these words. Students have their own personal word wall and the class word wall where these words can be found. If students can read these words they will be able to find them on word walls and spell them correctly.
  • Mark your calendars for Report Card Pick-Up. It is Wednesday, November 9th from 11:45a-6p. I will send home a sign up sheet on Wednesday. Please return the sign up sheet with your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice time slots.
  • We are taking a trip to The Logan Center on Wednesday. We will be walking about 5-6 blocks. Please make sure your child wear comfortable shoes and dresses appropriately for the weather. We will eat lunch when we return.
  • Words their Way spelling assessment is next Friday. The words are the same as last week. We will not have a new set of sight words, due to the shortened week.
  • There is no school for students on Friday. It is a professional development day for teachers.

Last week we finished reading Charlotte’s Web and watched the movie. We will compare and contrast the two versions. We will write about our trip to the Children’s Farm and reflect on how the far was similar to the farm in the book. We will review all word work from quarter 1 and take an assessment.  In math we will have an exploration day. We will review counting strategies, count large numbers, match pairs and order objects by length. We will play High Roller and Domino Top-It and work on an extended response prompt called Birds in a Tree. In science we will learn about phases of the moon. In social science we will discuss the roles we have (this was a tricky concept) and talk about our responsibilities.  We will finish our warm and cool collages.

Have a great week.

Sight Words: review

Vocabulary: review

Have a great week!

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Spanish

 

P.E

 

Homelink 3.1

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

 

Homelink 3.2

P.E.

 

 

Homelink 3.3

Spanish