• Please send a healthy snack in for 24 children.
  • Are you still interested in helping out in the classroom? Please send me an email if you have a weekly window of time and would like to come in to work with students or prep materials. You must fill out a volunteer application prior to volunteering. Thanks to Bobby’s grandma, Nia’s mom and Kendall R.’s mom for expressing interest and helping out!
  • Please send in empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls.
  • If you have not yet purchased a ticket for the event “Raise a Glass for Ray”, please do so. It is a wonderful event and all proceeds benefit Ray School.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read The Most Magnificent Thing. 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: made, over, did, down, only

Vocabulary Words: admire, gather, pounce, unwanted, toss

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will continue How-To writing this week. Students will independently and with partners write step-by-step directions for things they know how to do. We will explore various spellings of the long a sound including a_silent e, ai and ay.

MATH:

This week, we will continue to explore place value. Students will play base 10 exchange, comparing heights and lengths of objects, measuring various paths, play the digit game and use animal cards to compare the weights of animals. Students will also practice subtraction by playing the difference game.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE:

We will learn more about pitch and volume. Students will use a kalimba to explore pitch, sound vibration and volume. We will continue our study of maps.

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  • Happy New Year 2019! 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!
  • Progress Reports were sent home 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.
  • Next week we have our field trip to Lifeline Theater to see We Found a Hat. Please send a lunch on Tuesday. We will eat when we return from the performance.
  • Please send in snacks. We are completely out of snacks. I would appreciate donations of cheerios, raisins, crasins, chex, pretzels, chocolate chips or popcorn so that we can make a trail mix as part of our unit on How-To writing.
  • Welcome to Ms. Jones, our student teacher from DePaul. She will be with us for the next 12 weeks.

READER’S WORKSHOP: 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

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 start unit 5 in math. In this unit students are introduced to place value. We will use pennies and dimes, as well as base 10 blocks to demonstrate the value of digits in the tens and ones place.

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 a healthy snack in for 24 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes.
  • 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 (2pm?)
  • Please return the photos for our family timeline project.
  • Please send in $2 for our Gingerbread House project. 1st grade teachers will use the $ to buy the supplies needed for the project.
  • Students will be performing in the Holiday Assembly on December 21st at 9:30am. Please have your child wear dark (black or dark denim) bottoms and a white or solid top.

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 be reading a variety of other Gingerbread stories, as we compare and contrast story elements.

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 finish up unit 4 in math. We will review finding 10 more and 10 less and adding 3 numbers to find the sum. Students will also review ways to make an accurate measurement.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will continue to discuss family traditions. 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. We are almost out of snack. Has your child donated a snack yet?
  • 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 (2pm?)
  • Please submit field trip money and form by the end of the week for our January field trip, so that we can secure seats. So far, I have one parent volunteer. I can use one more. You musy fill out a volunteer application in order to come along.

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 explore data, shapes and base 10 blocks. Students will survey their classmates and create a bar graph to match their data. We will learn about doubles facts and review facts with a sum of 10, as well as +1 and +0 facts.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will discuss family traditions. In science we will make a table fiddle and book fiddle and learn more about how vibrations create sound. We will make a drop chamber and practice identifying sounds of various objects.

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  • Please send a healthy snack in for 25 children. We welcome donations of bananas, cuties, apples and grapes.
  • 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 (2:15pm?)

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read The Dot. 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: which, if, their, each, about

Vocabulary Words: swirly, studied, glued, ruler, blank

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Students will finish up their narrative stories with attention on adding feelings and close end endings. At the end of next week, students will publish and submit a piece of writing to turn in as an assessment.

MATH

This week, we will learn about measurement. Students will use strips of paper to find objects longer and shorter. We will start our math message mini-books. These books will provide a warm-up and entry point into the daily lesson. Students will also practice subtracting using the number grid. Students will measure objects with paper clips and pencils.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

We will discuss family traditions. We will read a Scholastic News: Winter Animals. 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.

 

Monday, 11/26 Tuesday, 11/27 Wednesday, 11/28 Thursday, 11/29 Friday, 11/30
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Friday Letter Notebooks

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Report Card Pick-Up

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 

11:40-11:50 Steven

11:50-12:00________________________________________

12:00-12:10 Kendall R.

12:10-12:20 Journey

12:20-12:30 Aaqilah

12:30-12:40 Brock

12:40-12:50 Zoey

 

1:00-1:10 Cameron

1:10-1:20 Nia

1:20-1:30__________________________________________

1:30-1:40 _________________________________________

1:40-1:50__________________________________________

 

2:00-2:10 Bobby

2:10-2:20__________________________________________

2:20-2:30 Aleshia

2:30-2:40__________________________________________

2:40-2:50__________________________________________

 

3:00-3:10__________________________________________

3:10-3:20 Jackson

3:20-3:30__________________________________________

3:30-3:40 Melrose

3:40-3:50__________________________________________

 

4:00-4:10 Mohanad

4:10-4:20 Kendall D.

4:20-4:30 Naharia

4:30-4:40 Dominic

4:40-4:50 John

5:00-5:10 __________________________________________

 

5:00-5:10 Serenity

 

Thursday, 11/15/18, 3:30-3:40 Tony

Phone Conference Sofia

 

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  • Please check your time slot for report card pickup on the classroom blog and weekly email Please be timely and I will do my best to keep to the schedule. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me prior to Wednesday. Also, your child’s grades are always available to check on parent portal. If you need to sign up, please contact the office for your child’s ID number.
  • Please provide a healthy snack for 24 students if you have not done so…or it’s been a while. Thank you to all of the families that have contributed.
  • We will begin out next special class this week- art.

READER’S WORKSHOP/Daily 5

This week we will read Giraffes Can’t Dance. 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 be assessed on their understanding of these concepts using a 3 prompt open response assessment at the end of the week. This quarter our books of the week will focus on the growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: how, out, them, then, many

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will continue working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. Last week we planned our writing and this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end. Students will use this process to write at least three stories before the unit’s end.

MATH

This week, we will do more counting on the number line to add and subtract. We will revisit using the number grid to skip count and add and subtract. Your child should be comfortable with counting by 5s and 10s to 100. We will practice the routine called frames and arrows. This routine asks children to find the “rule” or pattern in a set of numbers.

SCIENCE

We will begin our next unit on Sound and Light.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions.

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  • Please sign up for a slot at report card pickup by designating your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice on the sign-up sheet found in your child’s BEE folder. Report card pick up is scheduled Wednesday, November 14, 2017, from 12pm-6pm. If you cannot make any of the times listed, please contact me and we can schedule an alternative time.
  • Please provide a healthy snack for 25 students if you have not done so…or it’s been a while. Thank you to all of the families that have contributed.
  • As a reminder, we celebrate birthdays with healthy snacks or treat bags students can take home. If you are interested in having your child celebrate their birthday at school, please contact me in advance.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. 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 be assessed on their understanding of these concepts using a multiple choice and extended response question at the end of the week. This quarter our books of the week will focus on the growth mind set and perseverance.

Sight Words: some, these, would, other, into

Students are responsible for reading and spelling these words.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will begin working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. We will plan our writing and this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end. Students will use this process to write at least three stories before the unit’s end.

MATH

This week, we will continue to work on number stories. Students will use the number line and number grid to practice adding and subtracting and skip counting. We will play Roll and Total, Domino Top-It, Subtraction BINGO, Penny Plate and High Roller.

SCIENCE

We will wrap up our unit on Patterns in the Sky. We will read How Many Stars in the Sky? We will begin our next unit on Sound and Light.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will read our first edition of Scholastic News and learn about Veterans Day. We will start to discuss family traditions.

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  • Please send in a reproduction of a photo of a family member or pet that has passed away for our Day of the Dead altar.
  • Our trip to the Children’s Theater is scheduled for Wednesday. Don’t forget to pack a bagged lunch for your child.
  • Please do not send your child to school in costume on Wednesday.
  • Consider keeping a spare set of clothes for your child in his/her book bag or at school on the closet hook. Accidents can happen on the playground…think mud and sometimes children can have accidents if they don’t make it to the washroom.
  • There is not school on Friday, November 2, 2018.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read several Leo Lionni books in preparation for our trip to the Children’s Theater. We will read Frederick, Fish is Fish, The Extraordinary Egg, Inch by Inch, and A Color of His Own. We will identify common themes and lessons.   Sight Words: review of first quarter words

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will start working on unit 2 in writing. This unit continues to focus on narrative writing with an emphasis on the writing process. We will plan our writing this week we will add details to the beginning, middle and end.

MATH

This week, we will continue to work on number stories. Students will complete an Open Response prompt called “Birds in a Tree.” We will revisit the prompt over two days. The students will practice supporting their answer and sharing strategies.

SCIENCE

We will begin to wrap up our unit on Patterns in the Sky. We will learn The Earth’s Hokey Pokey and read How Many Stars in the Sky?

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. We will read our first edition of Scholastic News and learn about Veterans Day.

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  • Please send in a reproduction of a photo of a family member or pet that has passed away for our Day of the Dead altar. We will begin displaying photos this week.
  • Our trip to the Chicago Children’s Theater is scheduled next Wednesday. Don’t forget to pack a bagged lunch for your child. Thanks in advance to Dominic’s dad and John’s mom for coming along with us.
  • Please do not send your child to school in costume on Wednesday.
  • Consider keeping a spare set of clothes for your child in his/her book bag or at school on the closet hook. Accidents can happen on the playground…think mud and sometimes children can have accidents if they don’t make it to the washroom.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Pumpkin Town and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We will celebrate our writing on Friday at our first Writing Celebration. We will start our second unit of writing that continues in the theme of narrative texts, but asks students to dig deeper into the small moments of their stories by adding details and feelings.

SIGHT WORDS: what, all, were, we, when

MATH

This week, we will take the unit 2 assessment. We will start unit 3 and work on more number stories. I will introduce the parts and totals diagram. We will play Domino Top-It, High Roller and Rolling to 50.

SCIENCE

We will review the phases of the moon using oreo cookies! We will discuss the four seasons and read two non-fiction books about the seasons and the sun.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want. We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

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  • Thank you to all of the families that participated in the first PTO Affy Tapple fundraiser!
  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Let me know if you would like to chaperone. Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Stellaluna and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will compare and contrast bats to birds and add some bat art during our afternoon center time.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  This week we are working more with the ABC chart and word wall as tools for spelling. We will also begin to identify finished pieces, as well as pieces of writing we are still working on. I will introduce booklets to students and they will work on developing a beginning, middle and ending in each or their narrative stories.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will explore change to more and change to less diagrams and also work with mystery numbers (missing addends) in number stories. We will review unit 2 concepts on Thursday and take the assessment on Friday.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means. We will read a non-fiction book about stars and find out what students already know using a KWL chart.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will continue with our discussion of what families need and want. We will discuss family traditions and celebrations including a comparison of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

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  • Snack donations are welcome all the time.  Thanks to those of you who have already contributed.
  • Our first field trip is coming up.  Please return the payment and trip slip as soon as possible.
  • Please pay the $85 student fee.
  • Please join the PTO for $20 per family. The PTO supports our school in so many ways!
  • Please remind your child to return the Friday Letter Journal each Monday. It has been wonderful to see the children communicating with you around what happens weekly in the classroom.

WORD STUDY
this, have, from, or, one

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read Scarecrow and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

The students will continue to write daily.  We will begin a brief “author’s chair share” as time allows in which students will read their writing to the group voluntarily. Students enjoy acting out the stories of their peers.

MATH

This week, we will continue with unit 2. Students will use 10 frames and play two-fisted penny to identify facts with sums of 10. We will learn about change to more number stories and labeling counts using unit boxes.

SCIENCE

We will look closely at patterns in the sky, specifically the movement of the sun. We will explore what the word “orbit” means.

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week we will discuss family needs and wants and how this varies from family to family with some things in common.

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