• Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Today we had a lockdown/safety drill. We discussed the importance of practicing safety in the same way that we were a helmet for biking and look both ways before crossing the street. We use the acronym PAL (pause, adult, listen) to remember what to do when there is an emergency drill.
  • 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 Alice Walker and wrote and illustrated verses inspired by her book There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling 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 in the short u word families 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 read Why War is Never Good by Alice Walker.

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  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Report cards and NWEA test results went home last 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. Please use card making as an opportunity to practice writing. We love homemade cards. 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 coming up on the 16th. 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. Information regarding this project went home today in a ziplock bag.

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 review words in the short i and o word families, brainstorm words with s blends (sn, sw, sc) and learn about long o words with the silent e and vowel pair oa.

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 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 and conclusions

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 5 assessment and do a follow-up lesson for the open response prompt from last week. Students will refine their responses by explaining how and why they added certain numbers. 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 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 Alice Walker this week.

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  • Thanks to the families that attended Raise a Glass for Ray! I believe I saw 6 families from our class! WOW!
  • Students will be permitted to play outdoors on Mondays and Fridays until 8:55am. Students will be escorted in shortly before 9am.
  • Report cards and NWEA test results 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. Please use card making as an opportunity to practice writing. We love homemade cards. 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 coming up on the 16th. 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 review words in the short u family, brainstorm words with s blends (sp, sm, sk) and learn about long I words with the silent e.

Sight Words: way, find, use, may, water

Vocabulary: Cholent, waff, hurl, tantalizing, 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. 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 Alice Walker this week.

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Couple of Notes

29 Jan 2018

 

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  • 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, 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, She Persisted, Life in the Ocean, Lizard from the Park, Cinnemon. 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 work on the short o word family. We will also differentiate between long and short sounds for a.

Sight Words: review

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.

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.

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  • Consider sending in fresh fruits or veggies for class snacks: carrots, grapes, apples, cuties, bananas, etc.
  • 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.

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 mind set and perseverance.. We will review ABC order and antonyms. We will work on the short e word family. We will also review syllables.

Vocabulary: mighty, assistant, pounce, admire, nudge

Sight Words: made, over, did, down, only

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Last week we started our unit on All About Writing. We brainstormed a list of ideas of topics we know a lot about and began planning using a planning web. We will discuss the difference between opinions and facts.

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 and 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.

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  • Consider sending in fresh fruits or veggies for class snacks: carrots, grapes, apples, cuties, bananas, etc.
  • 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.

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

Last week we concluded the unit on How-To writing. This 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 use a tuning fork to see sound vibrations in action. We will discuss high and low pitches.

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  • Happy New Year 2018! Welcome back. I hope you had a very restful and relaxing holiday. I am so excited to see all my first graders and their families too J!
  • 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.
  • This week I will send home a piece of writing with an attached rubric. Please review and help your child improve and finish if needed! Return the piece of writing and rubric in the green folder!
  • 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 Thursday. 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.

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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.
  • 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 we are encouraging students to do and record random acts of kindness. Please use the paper in your child’s folder to record acts of kindness through out 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.

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  • Please send a healthy snack in 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. The kids LOVED the red grapes that Jonathan’s mom sent last week J!
  • 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?) Thank you to Nicolai’s mom for volunteering to come in this Wednesday!
  • 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 a table fiddle and use a tuning fork to see sound vibrations in action. We will watch Magic School Bus Haunted House, which focuses on sound vibrations, high and low sounds and loud and soft sounds.

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  • Please send a healthy snack in 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.
  • 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?)
  • Thanks to Jacobi’s mom and Khloe’s dad for attending the CSO trip. We had a great time.
  • Please send your child’s writing sample back to school if you kept it at home. We will be using the student friendly rubric in class to evaluate the writing in class.

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 later in the week.

Sight Words: were, when, there, an, your

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 a Time for Kids: Animal Helpers. 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.

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This is Chicago Men’s A Cappella’s (CMAC) eleventh annual Christmas concert featuring festive Christmas music, awe-inspiring international pieces in a variety of languages and jovial songs. We will also include a couple of short skits into the performances to add even more variety to the program. This year we will be holding 2 concerts on December 2nd. The first will be for the Ray School in Hyde Park where the proceeds will be going to the school. And the second will be CMAC’s standard concert. The first concert will be at 6:00pm and the second will be at 8:30pm. During the break between these concerts (approximately 8pm to 8:30pm) we will be serving Christmas themed snacks. So come along for the snacks, skits and singing.

Also here is the link for the online tickets.
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