Week of October 7th

  Weekly Newsletter October 7th-11th

Notes for Families

  • School Eye Exams is October 9th
  • No School October 14th for Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Picture day is October 8th. 
  • International Night is October 16th.
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts. 

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will continue unit 2 that focuses on fact strategies using addition.  Students will practice doubles, combinations of 10, and the turn-around strategy.  Please practice counting money at home using a combination of coins and bills.   

Reading – This week we will focus on character, setting, problem and solution.  We will read books together, independently, and in small guided reading groups discussing these characteristics.  

Writing – We will begin publishing our first narrative!  

Social Studies – Last week we discussed what it means to be a classroom citizen.  This week learn/discuss what it means to be a global citizen.  

Science –  We will learn about fossils and how rocks moved to different parts of the world over time.  This will lead us into plate tectonics and convection currents.  

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Homelinks 2.3 Homelinks 2.4 Homelink 2.5 Homelink 2.6 None
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

Week of September 30th

 Weekly Newsletter September 30th  

Volunteer Application:  Please fill out the volunteer form online if you have not already. 

Field Trip Information: We will be going to the Field Museum 10/31.  Please let me know if you can be a chaperone. 

Math- We will review for Unit 1 on Monday and take the test on Tuesday.  We will begin Unit 2 on Wednesday. 

Reading –  We have started literacy centers and guided reading.  We also have started a new objective when reading which is “authors have intentions, so pay attention.”  We are looking at books as both readers and writers and noticing the writing moves that authors do so that we can understand what makes a book powerful. 

Writing – We are starting the second bend of our narratives unit and digging deeper into our stories.  We will also be introduced to our revision checklists and read our stories with different lenses.  

Social Studies – Last week we discussed what it means to be a classroom citizen.  This week learn/discuss what it means to be a global citizen.  

Science –  We will make a model with clay of the continental and oceanic crusts.  We will dig deeper into the different types of rocks that make up the crust.  

If you have any questions, please email me at  emsweeney@cps.edu 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Math Review No Math Homework due to test Homelink 2.1 Homelink 2.2 None
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

Week of September 23-27

 September 23rd – 27th 

Please turn in Field Trip forms if you have not already!

Volunteer Application:  Please  make sure you have filled out the volunteer application online.  

Field Trip Information: We will be going to the Field Museum on October 31st!

Math- Students will continue reviewing concepts from 1st grade that include using patterns to solve open response problems, writing equivalent names for numbers, place value, building fact fluency with combinations of 10, and introducing their reference book. 

Reading –  We are working on using multiple word solving strategies to solve tricky words. 

Writing -We will continue our writing routines this week with personal narratives. We are studying mentor texts to see what makes strong leads and endings.  We also are revising!

Social Studies – We are studying about what it means to be a citizen and how we can impact out community.  

Science –  We looked at models of hard boiled and discussed how it was similar to layers of the Earth.  We then made a construction paper model of the layers as well.  Next week we will study the oceanic and continental crust. 

If you have any questions, please email me at  emsweeney@cps.edu

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Links sheet #1 Math 

Half Sheet

Math 

Half Sheet

More Practice with Math Boxes sheet None
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes

Math:  Turn in Math Practice in take home folder each day 

Reading Log:  Please make sure your child reads each night and dill out their reading logs!

Room 215 Supply List

2019/2020 School Year Supply List 

*please note most materials will be shared

3 black marble notebooks, wide ruled

5 plastic folders (blue, red, yellow, green, (extra color))

3 dozen #2 pencils, sharpened

1 box crayons

1 box markers

1 box colored pencils

1 ream wide ruled lined paper

1 ream copy paper

2 packs of post it notes

4 dry erase markers

1 box kleenex

1 roll of paper towels

1 tub of disinfectant wipes

1 box of large plastic baggies

1 pack of glue sticks

1 pair of scissors

1 sock to use as an eraser for personal white boards

Wish List

Black Sharpie Markers

Water color paint set

Construction paper

scotch or masking tape

 

 

Week of June 10th

News/Announcements:

  • Hopefully we will be holding a farm stand this Friday at Ray.  More details to come!
  • Friday June 14th will be the Ray School Talent Show.  I will continue auditions on Monday and choose the final 3 on Tuesday.
  • All school picnic and movie:  Thursday, June 20th
  • Insect projects were due Friday June 7th.

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop:  We wrapped up nonfiction last week.  This week we will return to fiction and dig deeper as we wrap up the year!

Writing Workshop: we finished our nonfiction books last week.  This week we will return to personal narratives as we end the year.

Math: We will continue learning about equal groups and finish the year by reviewing and preparing for 3rd grade

Science/Social Studies:  we will be working in our garden, learning about pollinators and presenting our beautiful insect projects.

Week of May 28th

News/Announcements

  • Snack!  Still running low. If you are able to donate, we would appreciate it!  if you have already, thank you so much!

Reading Workshop:  We will be learning more about biographies and also working on making opinions and supporting our opinions with evidence.

Writing Workshop:  We will be publishing our informational books this week.  Students will be creating illustrations, glossaries, indexes that mimic the mentor texts they have been using. New words to go home Tuesday!

Math:  We will continue on with our 3rd grade lessons from Engage NY, modeling equal groups to understand multiplication and division. We will also continue to review in our centers.  Please practice telling time at home!

Social Studies/Science:  We will begin planning our Ray market.  More news to come!

Week of May 20th

News/Annoucements

  • Insect projects will be due June 7th.
  • We are in need of snack- if your last name begins with letters A-N please bring in food for 27 students.
  • We are also in need of pencils and Kleenex if anyone is able to donate a box.

What is happening in the classroom…

Reading Workshop:  We will continue our study of informational texts.  Last week we looked at main idea and details.  This week we will

Writing Workshop:  Students are writing informational books about an animal.  Last week we did research and took notes, wrote an introduction, and table of contents.  This week we will begin writing our chapters.  Word Work words will go home Monday.

Math:  We will be reviewing all concepts taught since we finished our everyday math curriculum.  Homework will revolve around subtraction/addition.

Social Studies/Science:  We will finish learning about the Ring of Fire.  We will also be looking at our aquaponics and tending to our garden.

 

Week of May 13th

News/Announcements: 

Walk-a-thon is this Friday.  If you have not had a chance to donate to your child’s page please consider doing so.  You can find the link on Ray’s website: https://rayschool.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/ba309d4/reg-pages/home

Garden is up and running. If you would be able to help water our garden one day a week, please let me know!

Progress reports go home this Friday.

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Reading Workshop:  We are back to nonfiction.  Last week we asked questions and read to find answers.  We also wrote about facts and opinions from our books. This week we will find the main idea and details. 

Writing Workshop:  We wrapped up our poetry unit last week.  This week we will return to informational writing. We will choose a topic and write books practicing all the strategies and nonfiction text features that we learn through our reading.

Math:  We will review for Unit 9 on Monday and then take our Unit 9 test on Tuesday.  Then we review fractions for the rest of the week.

Social Studies/Science: Last week we released our butterflies into the butterfly garden.  This week we will finish learning about the ring of fire, continue studying our silk worms, and observe our aquaponics.

Week of May 6th

Notes and Reminders:
-Walk-a-Thon Please register at http://rayschool.dojiggy.comand begin fundraising.

-We are running low on Kleenex and pencils. Any donations are greatly appreciated.

-If your last name begins with A-M please bring snack for 27 students this month.

-We are looking for one volunteer to help water our garden once a week.  If you are able, we have three watering cans in the classroom and would appreciate your help!

What is happening in class this week 

Readers Workshop:  We will be returning to nonfiction for the next few weeks.  We will be studying biography and reviewing nonfiction features.

Writing Workshop:  We will be wrapping up poetry this week and studying haikus. All kids will have a published poem by Friday. Word work will be sent home Monday.

Math:  We will continue to practice subtraction and begin looking at multiplication.

Science/Social Studies:  We will be finishing our volcanos this week. We will also be studying our silkworms, butterflies, and gardening!   Monday kids will be introduced to aquaponics.

Week of April 29th

It looks like it is going to be a rainy week, but that will be good for our garden. Thank you again to Charis, Jonathan’s mom for all of her help. A note went home for the walk-a-thon last week and you can register on the Ray website.

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop: We will be finishing up our book clubs this week.  We will be focusing on inferences and literary language.

Writing Workshop:  We will continue our poetry study this week adding different examples of literary language into our work.

Math: We will go over units 9.5-9.8 this week.  We will continue to study fractions while we review place value and learn about trade and expand subtraction.

Social Studies/Science:  We will finish our volcanoes on Monday and set them off (weather depending) on Tuesday.  Our butterflies have formed cocoons and are ready to be places into our  butterfly cage.  We are still waiting for our silkworms to hatch!  Students will have a end of unit assessment for our Earth Movements unit.

Week of April 22nd

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a restful spring break and were able to enjoy the weather yesterday.  Please find some pictures posted from the week before we left.  Town halls have resumed on Fridays.  Often the younger grades will be given extra recess outside if they are not in the auditorium. The walk-a-thon will be Friday, May 17th.  You can register on the Ray website.

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop:  We will continue reading in our series book clubs and pay extra special attention to authors craft.

Writing Workshop:  We will be writing poetry all week and incorporating figurative language. We will be using Gwendolyn Brooks book of poetry, Bronzeville, as a mentor text.  Students will get new words this week!

Math:  We will begin our final unit of the year.  Today we will be creating and naming equal parts and for the rest of the week studying fractions.

Science/Social Studies: Our insects arrived!  We will be studying how they grow and adapt to our environment…  We will be watering and weeding our garden and at some point, make volcanos.

 

 

April 8th

Happy 4th quarter!  The 4th quarter has officially started… I can’t believe how fast the year has gone.  This week will be report card pick up on Wednesday April 10th.  Please make sure to send home a form with your time preferences and I will do my best to accommodate.

Reading Workshop:  We have been reading The Stories that Julian Tells and analyzing the story structure and characters.  We are connecting this to the work we are doing in our series book clubs.

Writing Workshop:  We have started our poetry unit!  Last week we launched by looking at regular objects through “poets eyes.”

Math:  We will have our Unit 8 review on Monday and our test on our Unit Test on Tuesday.  Thursday and Friday we will review all we have learned so far this year.

Science: We will study how mountains are formed and create a model volcano.

Social Studies:  We will do our first planting this week for our classroom garden!  We will have “seed” day where we analyze the seeds, make a planting strong for accurate measurement, and make mosaics.