5/8/17

Monday, 8 May 2017, 15:33 | Category : May 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               May 8, 2017

Thanks you to all the families that attended International Night.  It was a huge success.

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

-Please provide a snack if you have not yet done so.  We have 24 students in our class.

-Don’t forget to sign up for the Walk-a-Thon.  All students that raise money will take part in a pizza party.  Register at  rayschool.dojiggy.com

-All field trip money is due not later than this Thursday, May 11th.

 

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
This week students are working on words with –er.  Last week we focused on –ar words.  I will try and email out a copy of the lists students are working from later.

Vocabulary:     shun, elder, frolic, fancy

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Just Plain Fancy.  Students will compare their life to the characters in the story.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will complete our poetry unit.  We will be writing feeling poems.

MATH
In Math, we will learn about time to the half hour, graphing and solving number grid puzzles.  On Friday we will have our Unit 8 assessment.

SCIENCE
This week we will observe our grass (let’s hope it grows) and planting wheat.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we work on our Flat Stanley projects.   Information will go home tomorrow.   We will also continue our study of families around the world.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Ray Spirit Day

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Math review P.E.

Friday Letter

5/1/17

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 21:12 | Category : May 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                                                               May 3, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week:

  • Ray is having a Walk-a-Thon. Register your student(s) at http://rayschool.dojiggy.com .  Every student that raises money will take part in 1st grade party.
  • We are down to our last box of graham crackers. Please donate snack.
  • We have a field trip to see the musical The Wiz on May 25th. The cost of the trip is $16.  We have very limited seating for the field trip which only allows for one chaperone.  However if you want to join us you can try and purchase individual tickets at Emerald City Theater.   
  • Please make sure your child completes their Friday letter at home and someone responds. This week almost half the class did not have responses in their journal.  They really love reading them and motivates them to write to you.  

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words and are completing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5.  I am trying something new and all students will be working on words with r-controlled, -ar words.  While the difficulty of the words vary by level all the words have this common sound.  Lists were not sent home as I am trying to see what activities are most effective in the classroom. 

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Koala Lou.  We will be coming back to this text each day as we read and learn something new from it during the week. We will discuss the meanings of the vocabulary words, identify the setting, characters and story parts in the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will continue our poetry unit.  Students are finishing up all the poems they have been working on and putting together a poetry book. 

MATH

We are coming to a close on our second to last unit, unit 8! This week, we are focusing on composing shapes he students will continue working with halves and fourths; then, move into exploring 2D and 3D shapes.

SCIENCE

In Science, we will plant, ryegrass seeds, alfalfa seeds and wheat. We will learn about what seeds need for germination.  Our last set of seeds died so we are giving it another try. 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students are learning about culture and how geography affects families around the world.

 

4/17/17

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 12:03 | Category : April 2017
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April 17, 2017

 Friends of Room 114,

 We hope everyone had an amazing spring break, filled with lots of fun and relaxation! We are starting a few new units this week, and have a very exciting few weeks to come. Just some reminders for the week.

  • No school Wednesday, April 19
  • Report Card Pick-Up Parent / Teacher Conference on Wednesday, 4/19.
    • If you have not had the chance to send in the sheet, please send us your preferred time.
  • Book Fair: Students will be previewing books Tuesday, April 18 during school. We recommend checking out the fair during Report Card Pick up which is in the Family Engagement Room.
  • Information regarding Ray Olympics will be sent home this week. Optional order forms for spirit ware will also be included. 

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 FridaySort and Write, Word Hunt and Speed Sort.

  • VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: gather, weak, stump, sighed
  • SIGHT WORDS OF THE WEEK:  called, just, where, more, know

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read The Giving Tree. Students will learn more about authors purpose and theme. We will read this text multiple times, providing opportunities to learn new vocabulary, dig deeper into comprehension and write responses to the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are starting our new unit on Poetry! Students will learn about different types of poetry, and practice writing many kinds of poems.

MATH

We will begin Unit 8 this week! Unit 8 is all about geometry and shapes. Sounds simple, but with vocabulary like faces, vertices, edges, whole, it can be a wonderful challenge!

 SCIENCE

This week we also be starting our new unit on plants! We will be visiting the school garden and checking out all the different kinds of plants growing.

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week we will be starting Families Around the World. We will be learning more what life looks like for people in different parts of the world.

See you all Wednesday,

Ms. Horgan and Ms. Nair

4/3/17

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 21:04 | Category : April 2017
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April 3, 2017

Friends of Room 114,

I hope everyone has a wonderful spring break. I will be leaving Thursday night for a long weekend with my sister and her family in Lake Tahoe. I am looking forward to long days on the mountain!
When we return from break Ms. Nair will be begin her lead teaching for two weeks before her time at Ray ends.
I have uploaded new photos to the class Shutterfly account. Please make sure to check them out.

• No School, Friday 4/7
• Spring Break Monday 4/10-Friday 4/14
• School is back in session on Monday, April 17th
• Report Card Pick-Up Parent / Teacher Conference on Wednesday, 4/19. Preferences were sent home today

THIS WEEK IN:
WORD STUDY
Students are reviewing long vowel pairs such as ai/ay, ee/ea, oa/o_e, r controlled words –ir,-er,-ur. We will take our word assessment this Thursday.
READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Hey Little Ant. Students will learn more about perspective and voice. We will read this text multiple times, providing opportunities to learn new vocabulary, dig deeper into comprehension and write responses to the text.
VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: squish, crook, crumb, speck, mates
SIGHT WORDS OF THE WEEK: because, play, saw, before, through

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are working on a favorite places book to conclude our unit on Opinion writing.

MATH
We will take the unit 7 assessment on Wednesday and Thursday and play some favorite games including Salute, Time Match, Attribute Train Game and Stop and Go. We will begin Unit 8 after break! Unit 8 is all about geometry and shapes. Sounds simple, but with vocabulary like faces, vertices, edges, whole, it can be a wonderful challenge! Our STEM project this Wednesday will focus on creating 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, as well.

SCIENCE
We are in STEM week. Our week will culminate with a building challenge this Wednesday, April 5th.

SOCIAL STUDIES
Students are learning about the past and how people’s friendly acts and acts of courage have contributed / impacted families today. Also, they are learning about their family’s past and how it is different from today.

3/26/17

Monday, 27 March 2017, 13:44 | Category : March 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               March 26, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

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:  too, mean, any, same, tell

Vocabulary:     mature, sensitive, compassionate, adorable

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read I Wanna Iguana.  Students will write opinion pieces deciding if the character should get an iguana.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we continue to work on opinion writing.  Students will write introductions and give at least three reasons that support their opinion.

MATH
In Math, we will learn about digital clocks and continue our work with shape attributes and function machines.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will continue to learn about light.  We will complete our light unit, learning out light waves.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we continue to work on then and now.   We will focus on games and choices.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Spanish

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Spanish

 

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 7.10

Spanish

Homelink 7.11

P.E.

Friday Letter

 

3/20/2017

Monday, 20 March 2017, 15:04 | Category : March 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               March 20, 2017

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Ray is doing a food drive.  Please send in any non-perishable food you would like to donate.
  • 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.

Vocabulary:     stubby, reason, occasional, settle

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read The Days the Crayons Quit.  Students will write opinion pieces on their favorite crayon.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we begin opinion writing.  Students will do their first piece, The Best Part of Me.  They will also begin working on their own opinion selection.

MATH
In Math, we will learn about shape attributes and continue to work with fact families.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will continue to learn about light.  We will do more with reflections and look at light boxes.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we continue to work on then and now.   We will focus on clothing and food.  If you are interested in coming in for a quick then and now interview please let me know.  This week information will be sent home on our women in history project.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Spanish

Homelink 7.5

Spanish

Homelink 7.6

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

Homelink 7.7

Spanish

Homelink 7.8

P.E.

Friday Letter

 

2/27/17

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 14:43 | Category : February 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               February 27, 2017

Reminders for the week.

-Please let me know if you did not receive your email invitation from shutterfly for the class photos.  The email was sent to every family so make sure to check your junk folder as well.

THIS WEEK IN: 
WORD STUDY
Students received a new list of words this week 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:  who, what, where, why, when

Vocabulary:    bargain, spoiled, savings, hardship

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read A Chair for My Mother.  Students will discuss the small moments found in the story and learn about how one family continued to work hard through difficult times.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we work on adding introductions and a table of contents to our all about books.

MATH
In Math, we will continue to add sums of 10.  Students really enjoyed playing Go Fishing for 10.  Just like Go Fish except instead of asking for a match you ask for a match to your card that would equal 10.  For example if I have a three I would ask someone for a 7.  We played this using the 0-10 cards.  Students will also learn about all the different ways we can represent a number, discussing equivalences.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will continue natural and man-made sources of light.   We will watch a video on Light.  Our next experiment requires a sunny day so hopefully these clouds clear up.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will be sharing our black history reports.  The students did a great job and are having a lot of fun reading the reports and learning more about these important people.

 

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Homelink 6.8 Math Journal pages Ray Spirit Day

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Homelink 6.10 Friday Letter

 

2/20/17

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 10:59 | Category : February 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,                                                                               February 21, 2017

Reminders for the week.

  • Thank you to all the families that donated items to our 100th day trial mix.  We had a blast.  I have a very large photo album I have been creating all year so look for an invite to that this week. 
  • 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 last week 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.  The assessment will be this Friday.

Sight Words:  Work, know, place, year, live

Vocabulary:    Streetlamp, skyline, department, dazzling, steady,  

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read How Many Stars in the Sky?  Students will discuss character traits and make predictions.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will continue to work on All About writing.  Many students are doing All About Me books.  We will also continue to focus on fact vs opinion and learn about adjective

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 will continue natural and man-made sources of light.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we will work on another part of our growth mindset goals.  Students will learn today about their black history project.  My goal was to send it home last week but with Valentine’s Day and the 100th day we barely got through the week!  Students may come home with a book of mine to borrow for the project tomorrow along with details.  This is a very simple project and goes along with our All About writing unit.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Homelink 6.4 Ray Spirit Day

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Homelink 6.6 Friday Letter

 

2/13/17

Monday, 13 February 2017, 21:43 | Category : February 2017
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Dear Room 114 Families,

There are several notes/reminders for the week.

  • Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. If your child is choosing to hand out cards please make sure they have enough for all 24 students.
  • Friday is the 100th day of school. Directions went home last week for the 100th day project. Today students were told they could dress like they were 100 on Friday.       We discussed what that may look like. Many of us thought we would wear pajamas all day, while others thought we might be a superhero. One students said she would wear prom dresses every day!! Please let your child participate however you feel appropriate.
  • This Thursday is our Black History Celebration.   The event is from 5 to 8 at night. Additional information was sent home last week.

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: Now, find, long, down, did

Vocabulary:     anticipate, optimist, pessimist, vivid, descend

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Come On, Rain.  We will be reading books that celebrate uniqueness and perseverance.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This week we continue our All About writing. I have attached the goals and rubric for this unit. The final project for this unit will be a black history report. More information about this will go home next week.

MATH
In Math, we will begin unit 6. We will practice telling time and continue to work on place value.

SCIENCE
Sound and Light, Oh My!  This week we will begin the light portion of our unit. Last week we finished up some activities I had hoped to complete the week before.

SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we began our unit on Then and Now. Students will be questioning family members throughout the unit. Today we had a hilarious conversation about what they thought life was like when their parents were in first grade.

2/6/17

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 20:26 | Category : February 2017
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Room 114 Weekly Overview

February 6, 2017

Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you to all of the families that came to the Promontory on Thursday for Raise a Glass for Ray. We raised $6,000- almost double of what we raised last year.

  • Continue to work on high frequency words weekly. Please make sure your child can read all of these words. Students are also encouraged to 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. Our assessment will be this Friday.
  • Report Cards will be sent home this week. The Report Card should be signed and returned to verify that you have reviewed your child’s progress. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a conference.
  • Thank you to all of the families that have donated snack. Please donate a healthy snack for the month of February.
  • This week we will have library! We will continue to have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child wears/brings gym shoes on those days.
  • Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. We will not have a party but students are allowed to bring 24 cards to pass out to the class if they wish. Please do not have your child address the card as it takes a long time to pass out. It is much easier when they just sign them.
  • Next Friday will be the 100th day of school. We will have some fun activities planned for this day. More information will come next week.

This week we will read Amazing Grace. We will do several comprehension activities as a group and independently to deepen our comprehension. Students will discuss problem and solution and imagine the story told from various characters’ perspectives. In math we will start learning about double-digit addition. Please refrain from teaching your child “to carry the one.” It is important to establish an understanding of place value using modeling before children are taught this procedure. In science we will investigate sound further by making a telephone. We will continue with informational writing this week by starting an “All About” non-fiction unit. In social studies we will begin our next unit on Families Then and Now.

Have a great week.

Sight Words: saw, who, think, write, read

Vocabulary: Battle, wicked, fortune, audition, companion

 

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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

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P.E.

Homelink 5.9

No SCHOOL

 

1/23/17

Monday, 23 January 2017, 14:21 | Category : January 2017
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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

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Music

Homelink 5.5

P.E.

Ray Spirit Day

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P.E.

Homelink 5.7

Music

Friday Letter