Woah! Way to go Room 115! Thanks to your family and friends, our class alone reached and exceeded our goal of raising over $2,000! We celebrated with a pizza and movie party last Friday. Great work everyone! The walk-a-thon happened while rainy and windy outside so teachers did not get to take many pictures. If any of our parents who attended were able to take pics, please share with me via email.

 

Reminders:

  • We hope your Flat Stanley is on his adventure! He can be returned to school by mail or in person after Memorial Day weekend.
  • Game Day tomorrow- bring your favorite board game or card game to share.
  • Field Trip on Thursday, 5/25 (bring a bagged lunch)
  • Wear a red shirt and jean pants/shorts/skirt this Thursday, 5/25 for Identical Day!
  • Wear a crazy hat to school this Wednesday, 5/24!
  • Olympics are moved to next week- more ifo to come!

THIS WEEK IN:

 

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their Daily 5 folders, as well as practicing sight word spellings we have learned this year.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. 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.

 

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: gooey, pesky, insults, ashamed, rowdy

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are publishing our animal poems and creating animal handprint art for display.

MATH

We are in Unit 9. It is our last math unit. This unit focuses on two-digit addition and subtraction and a review.

 

SCIENCE

We are recording our observations on our wheat and we are exploring stems in depth. We will begin to look for animals for our classroom terrarium.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

We continue to learn about families around the world.

 

Monday, 5/22 Tuesday, 5/23 Wednesday, 5/24 Thursday, 5/25 Friday, 5/26
PE

Fruit Day

Art

Game Day

PE

Hat & Hula Hoop Day

FIELD TRIP!

Art

Identical Day

(all wear a red shirt and jean pants/shorts/skirt)

Art

Joke Day

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional 10 class dojo points!!!

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Dear Room 115 Families,

Our second recess fundraiser, the Ray School Walk-A-Thon, is this Friday, May 19th from 10:15 – 10:45.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to allow us to have full staff for recess this school year. Without full recess staff, we would have even less (and less consistent) recess coverage.  Please come prepared to be outside and active (hat, sunscreen, water bottle, loose/cool clothing)

Reminders:

  • Send out your Flat Stanleys this week, if you haven’t already!
  • Walk-A-Thon, Friday 5/19
  • Field Trip  on Thursday, 5/25

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY
Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their Daily 5 folders.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco. 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.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: fancy, plain, shunned, miracle, gossiped

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
We are moving into persuasive writing this week.  Be prepared for your child to be more vocal, provide reasons, and try to persuade you in different ways;) We are also finishing up our poetry unit with poems about favorite animals.
MATH
We are in Unit 9. It is our last math unit.  This unit focuses on two-digit addition and subtraction and a review.

SCIENCE
We are recording our observations on our wheat and we are exploring what happens we we mow our grass and alfalfa. Will it grow back? We will collect various stems from the schoolyard and sort them.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We continue to learn about families around the world. This week we will learn about how a family in India lives.

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Well, our class is in 3rd place in raising money for the Walk-A-Thon, and students are turning in their field trip forms/money in record time!  Please sign your child up for the walk-a-thon and encourage him/her to raise at least $1 for Ray School.

Reminders:

  • Field Trip Permission Slip & $16 due Friday, 5/11
  • Walk-A-Thon, Friday 5/19
  • Please provide a healthy snack for 23 students.

THIS WEEK IN:
WORD STUDY
Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their daily 5 packets to prepare for their spelling test on Friday.  Monday/Tuesday- regular sort,  Wednesday/Thursday- Word Hunt, Friday- Glue Sort & Test.

READER’S WORKSHOP
This week we will read Maya is Grumpy by Courtney Pippin-Mather. 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.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK:  grumpy, mood, snarled, giggle, escape

WRITER’S WORKSHOP
As our unit on poetry comes to a close, we will be learning about haiku poems, acrostic poems and using descriptive language in poetry.
MATH
We will finish unit 8 this week. We will do more data collections and graphing, as well as making up our own questions to go with the bar graphs. We will solve number grid problems, looking carefully at place value and we will take the unit 8 assessment and cumulative assessment.

SCIENCE
We are recording our observations on our wheat and lawn growth.  Also, we will explore stems in depth and begin to look for animals for our classroom terrarium. Please send in any plant clippings you can from plants at home. Can we start new plants from old plants or do we need seeds to start a new plant?

SOCIAL STUDIES
We continue to learn about families around the world.  Flat Stanley will also make an appearance this week!

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Happy May Day! PLEASE NOTE: On May 19th, we will host our second recess fundraiser! Please register your child. The $25,000 raised allows us to have full staff for recess. Without the fundraiser, we would have even less (and less consistent) coverage. This could negatively impact your child’s cherished time of the school day. Raise $50 this week, and be in a drawing to earn White Sox tickets with a parking pass!

 

We are officially down to our last bag of raisins and need snack. If it has been a while since you have donated, please donate a healthy snack for 23 lovely first graders.

 

Please submit payment for our upcoming field trip in cash or money order. The cost is $16.

 

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their word study notebooks to prepare for their spelling test next Friday. Monday- regular sort, Tuesday- Speed sort, Wednesday- Word Hunt, Thursday- Blind sort, Friday- Glue Sort & Test.

 

SIGHT WORDS: time, make, first, could, than

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Just a Dream. 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.

 

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: smog, haze, future, revved, enormous

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will be continuing our unit on poetry! This week we will be exploring and learning to write color, -ING, and cinquain poems.

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.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

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

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Welcome back! We are in the home stretch! Lots of wonderful things happening in Ray this month and next. Our book fair is in full swing. The sale dates are 4/17 – 21 and the fair will be held in the Family Engagement Room. It will be open during Report Card pick – up from 11:30am – 6:00pm. If your child brings money to spend on the book fair, we will let them visit the fair during school hours.

 

Reminders:

  • NO SCHOOL, this Wednesday, 4/19.
  • Report Card Pick – Up Parent Teacher Conference, Wednesday 4/19
  • We need snack!!
  • Don’t forget to send your book donation for Ms. Salome on Thursday, signed by your child with a special note or message inside.

 

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week during Daily 5 to prepare for their spelling test on NEXT Friday.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. 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. It also goes nicely with our Writer’s Workshop unit on poetry and our Science unit on plants.

 

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: half, gather, sighed, stump

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

April is Poetry month in First Grade. We are exploring the elements of poetry. It’s a great unit to explore unconventional writing. The kids love it!

MATH

This week, we began Unit 8 on geometry. We will discuss defining and non-defining attributes and also identify polygons and non-polygons. We ill investigate fractions and learn about halves and fourths.

 

SCIENCE

Our unit this quarter will be plants and animals. We assessed the children with a pre-assessment identifying the parts of a plant and the jobs they do. We will begin growing brassica plants this week. Just in time for Spring!

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

We begin our unit of families around the world.

 

Monday, 4/17 Tuesday, 4/18 Wednesday, 4/19 Thursday, 4/20 Friday, 4/21
PE

Home Link 8.1

Spanish

Home Link 8.2

 

NO SCHOOL!

Report Card Pick-Up Parent Teacher Conferences

Spanish

Home Link 8.3

Spanish

Friday Journals

Home Link 8.4

 

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional 10 class dojo points!!!

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Report Card Pick-Up 4/19/17

11:50-12:00 Cori

12:00 – 12:10 Esme

12:10 – 12:20 Cyan

12:20 – 12:30 Miles

12:30 – 12:40

12:40 – 12:50 Gavin

 

1:00 – 1:10 Freddie

1:10 – 1:20 Nour

1:20 – 1:30 Derrick

1:30 – 1:40 Charlie

1:40 – 1:50 Sean

 

2:00 – 2:10 Garren

2:10 – 2:20 J’Ayanna

2:20 – 2:30 Owen

2:30 – 2:40 Alaysia

2:40 – 2:50 Fox

 

3:00 – 3:10

3:10 – 3:20

3:20 – 3:30

3:30 – 3:40

3:40 – 3:50

 

4:00 – 4:10

4:10 – 4:20 Kawthar

4:20 – 4:30

4:30 – 4:40 Langston

 

4:50 – 5:00   Heaven

5:00 – 5:10 Milan

5:10 – 5:20 Alliona

5:20 – 5:30 Kylie

5:30 – 5:40 Cris

5:40 – 5:50 Hannah

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  • 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

 

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. There are no spelling words this week.

 

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. Thank you for helping your child complete the opinion writing web over the weekend.

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.

 

 

Monday, 4/3 Tuesday, 4/4 Wednesday, 4/5 Thursday, 4/6 Friday, 4/7
PE

 

Library PE

Warrior Wednesday! Wear Green!

 

Library

 

NO SCHOOL

Forced Furlough Day for StaffL

 

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional

10 class dojo points!!!

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Please indicate three possible time slots (first, second, and third) to pick up your child’s report card on Wednesday, April 19th. Email me with your preferences.

 

12:00 – 12:10 Esme

12:10 – 12:20 Cyan

12:20 – 12:30 Miles

12:30 – 12:40 Cori

12:40 – 12:50 Gavin

 

1:00 – 1:10 Freddie

1:10 – 1:20 Nour

1:20 – 1:30 Fox

1:30 – 1:40 Charlie

1:40 – 1:50 ____________________________

 

2:00 – 2:10 ____________________________

2:10 – 2:20 ____________________________

2:20 – 2:30 ____________________________

2:30 – 2:40 ____________________________

2:40 – 2:50 ____________________________

 

3:00 – 3:10 ____________________________

3:10 – 3:20 ____________________________

3:20 – 3:30 ____________________________

3:30 – 3:40 ____________________________

3:40 – 3:50 ____________________________

 

4:00 – 4:10 ____________________________

4:10 – 4:20 ____________________________

4:20 – 4:30 ____________________________

4:30 – 4:40 ____________________________

4:40 – 4:50 ____________________________

 

5:00 – 5:10 ____________________________

5:10 – 5:20 ____________________________

5:20 – 5:30 Kylie

5:30 – 5:40 ____________________________

5:40 – 5:50 Hannah

 

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I hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend. It is with a heavy heart that I say good-bye to Alex and Ava this week. Both students are moving on to new cities and new schools and this week will be their last week at Ray School. We will miss having them in our class and hope to keep in touch through email. The children are working on letters as part of a memory book we will present.

 

  • Please send a note or email if your child’s afterschool plans Teachers AND children become confused without a clear directive.
  • Please send a note if your child is absent.
  • Please send an extra set of clothes for your child to keep at school J
  • We have begun using class DOJO as an incentive for good behavior. I have 21 parents who are active. Email me at hahall.cps.edu if you would like an invitation to join.

 

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week to learn new spelling patterns. The words we will use are new this week. Please complete the word study homework and return it on Friday.

 

SIGHT WORDS: part, may, made, come, get, did

 

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read The Day the Crayons Quit. 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. We will identify author’s purpose and problem and solution. Students will be writing their own letters from a chosen crayon. We will learn about voice and point of view.

 

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: overworked, stubby, career, brilliant, whiner, embarrassed

 

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We finished our All About Writing on Friday and are sending it home today for a final opportunity to “fix it up” before our celebration tomorrow. Please return the writing tomorrow.

We will be starting a new unit of Opinion Writing! Students will learn about the contents of opinion writing, read other children’s opinion writing from the book The Best Part of Me, begin brainstorming for their own opinion books, and begin writing.

MATH

We will continue Unit 7 this week! Students will learn and engage with fact families, learn about special addition/subtraction facts, and learn various fact strategies.

 

SCIENCE

In Science, we will be exploring reflections and light. We will work specifically with mirrors

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students are learning about their family’s past and how it is different from today. Please submit the interview questions sent home last week. They are due tomorrow. This homework assignment will count as a grade.

 

Monday, 3/20 Tuesday, 3/14 Wednesday, 3/15 Thursday3/16 Friday, 3/17
P.E.

Home Link 7.3

Interview Questions

Library

Home Link 7.4

P.E.

Home Link 7.5

Wear Green!

Library

Home Link 7.6

Library

Friday Letter Journal

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional

10 class dojo points!!!

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Looks like winter is back! Please make sure your child wears snow pants, bots, hat, gloves, etc. We WILL go outside and enjoy the snow.

  • Please send a note or email if your child’s afterschool plans Teachers AND children become confused without a clear directive.
  • We have library starting this week- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Please send an extra set of clothes for your child to keep at school J
  • We have begun using class DOJO as an incentive for good behavior. I have 21 parents who are active. Email me at hahall.cps.edu if you would like an invitation to join.

THIS WEEK IN:

WORD STUDY

Students will be doing sorting activities throughout the week in their word study notebooks to prepare for their spelling test on Friday. The words we will use are the same as last week. Continue to practice the spelling rule using the words cards you caught out last week.

SIGHT WORDS: before, after, use, old, new

 READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Giraffes Can’t Dance. 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. We will identify author’s purpose and problem and solution.

VOCABULARY OF THE WEEK: unique, crooked, buckled, elegant, entranced

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will finish our All About writing this week. Students will be pre-writing, putting their facts into a booklet, making a table of contents and adding pictures that teach. We will celebrate our writing at the end of the week.

Next week, we will be starting a new unit of Opinion Writing! Students will learn about the contents of opinion writing, read other children’s opinion writing from the book The Best Part of Me, begin brainstorming for their own opinion books, and begin writing.

MATH

We will begin Unit 7 this week! Students will learn and engage with fact families, learn about special addition/subtraction facts, and learn various fact strategies.

SCIENCE

In Science, we will be exploring reflections and light.

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.

 

Monday, 3/13 Tuesday, 3/14 Wednesday, 3/15 Thursday3/16 Friday, 3/17
P.E.

 

Library P.E.

Warrior Wednesday! Wear Green!

Library Library

Friday Letter Journal

 

If you read until the end, remind your child to whisper in my ear “newsletter” for an additional

10 class dojo points!!!

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Welcome March, it sure came in like a lion! Please note, I typically allow the children to choose their outwear if the temperatures are above 50 degrees. Let me know if you want your child to wear ALL of the layers they came to school in. There are quite a few reminders for this week:

  • 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. I will assess the students this week on the words we have learned so far.
  • Progress Reports will be sent home this week. Email me if you have questions or would like to meet.
  • Thank you to all of the families that have donated snack. The following children should donate a snack for March: EVEN NUMBERS- your child should know their classroom number.
  • Words their Way spelling assessment is next Friday. I have sent home a new spelling practice sheet that is due on Friday. The words cards are to be cut out and kept at home for practice. Your child will be tested on the spelling strategy only, not the entire word. 10 words will be selected from the word cards.
  • We have begun to use DOJO to track behavior. Students will use weekly points to buy coupons at the end of each week.

This week we will read Mr. Peopbody’s Apples. We will talk about the power of our words and learn about how characters can develop through a text. Students will identify positive and negative character traits. In writing we will begin to wrap up our All About writing. Students have been working on drawing diagrams and writing strong introductions. Writing will be collected on Wednesday for an assessment grade. We will add strong conclusions today and tomorrow. In math we are working on problem solving and making sense of a problem. Today we worked on identifying what is being asked and how to use various strategies to solve unknowns. We will take the unit 6 assessment on Friday. In science this week we will look at our shadows outdoors and learn about different solids that are transparent, translucent and opaque. In social studies we will compare everyday objects from then and now.

Have a great week.

Sight Words: thing, our, just, name, good

Vocabulary: dedicated, admire, confused, rumor, judge

 

  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
READING Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more Read to your child 20 min. or more
MATH Home Link 6.8 Science/Math Extension Home Link 6.10 Home Link 6.11 Unit 6 Review
OTHER     Light and Shadows   Friday Letter Journal

 

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