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May 21st

We had so much fun at the Walk-a-thon and next week we will continue on with our A-Z countdown!

In class this week….

Math:  We have finished our Everyday Math Curriculum for the year.  We will simultaneously be reviewing past concepts taught and practicing multiplication and other 3rd grade concepts. Many of the kids still need practicing with subtraction and addition so please keep working at home.

Reading Workshop: This week we will return to nonfiction to review nonfiction concepts and skills.  This will revolve a lot around main idea and detail.

Writing Workshop:  We are publishing our poems!  We will continue working on literary language and then transition back to personal narratives to wrap up the year.

Social Studies:  We do not have any passport presentations for this week so if you or anyone you know would like to come in and present please let me know. We will continue working on chess and our map skills.

Science:  We have been observing our silkworms behavior and are now waiting for them to produce silk.  Hopefully it will happen before the end of the year!  We are also studying the life cycle of plants.



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May 14th

It is the ABC 26 day countdown!  Please find it below.   The walkathon is next Friday and we are in the lead!!  Thank you! Please continue the great work of spreading the word!

5/14 A Animal Day (Bring a stuffed animal to school day) or Alma Mater Day (College Gear)
5/15 B Bright Colors & Book Day
5/16 C Crazy Sock  & Camouflage Day
5/17 D Doodle Day (Get a Big Poster and Pass it around so everyone can add a doodle to the poster) Display it outside your door
5/18 E Exercise Day at 9am and 3PM school wide 5 minute exercises
5/21 F Fruit Day (Bring your favorite fruit for lunch)
5/22 G Game Day (Bring and play your favorite board game during lunch/recess time)
5/23 H Hat and Heritage Day
5/24 I Identical Day ( Dress Identical to Another Person)
5/25 J Joke Day (Students-Tell a joke in class  Staff- Stick a funny joke in someone’s mailbox)
5/29 K Kicks Day (Wear your favorite KICKS-gym shoes, sandals, etc)
5/30 L Love day (Show your love with a handshake, hug, note, or with words)
5/31 M Music Day (Music can be played by your teacher at 3:20PM)
6/1 N No you didn’t Day (Wear a unique outfit to school)
6/4 O Opposite Day
6/5 P Pajama Day
6/6 Q Question Day
6/7 R Races at Recess Day
6/8 S Super hero Day
6/11 T Thank you Day (Write thank you notes to room parents, volunteers, retirees)
6/12 U USA Day (Wear red, white and blue)
6/13 V Vice Versa Day
6/14 W Walk Day (Take a walk with your class)
6/15 X X & O Day (Play Tic-tac-toe)
6/18 Y Year End Cleaning Day (Clean Everything! Students take belongings home)
6/19 Z Zoom Out of School Day (Have a wonderful summer break)


What is happening in class this week…

Math:  We will wrap up Unit 9 this week and test on Friday.  Students did an end of the year 2nd grade practice test today so I can see what skills they still need practice with.  We are also doing math facts test for addition/subtraction/and multiplication.

Reading:  We wrapped up our series book clubs.  Next week students will choose one book to a complete a book report on- they will need to think about literary language, the lesson, story elements, and summary.

Writing: This last week we looked at three different poem structures- list, conversation, and story.  We also talked a lot about how to pull a metaphor through a whole poem and how to convey feeling. We hope you like the poems the kids took home on Friday!

Social Studies:  This past week we had an excellent presentation on Egypt.  We played chess with Mr. Flynn and made an “anywhere” garden and discussed the importance of planting in a home and neighborhood.

Science:  Our silk worms hatched!  We learned that they LOVE mulberry leaves.  A bunch of our mealworms changed from the pupa stage to a darkling beetle adult.  We will listened to fantastic presentations about insects from students and gardened!  Next week we will dig deeper into silkworms and plants.


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May 7th!

Happy May Room 214 Families!

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop:  We are going to wrap up book clubs this week.  Students have been working in their groups to discuss characters.  This week we will continue to look at characters and they will need to provide evidence to support traits.

Writing Workshop:  In poetry this week we will look at personification and alliteration.  Students will also learn about structure and will study mentor texts by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater and Kristine O’Connell George.

Math: This week we will be going doing lessons 9-5 through 9-8.  We will be reviewing place values,  subtraction, and money.  We will continue to practice fractions as well.

Social Studies:  We will continue to practice map skills .  This past week we looked at North America.  We also had a presentation about Meixco from Ms. Ana who is part of Ava’s family.  Mr. Flynn came in this week to help with Chess!

Science:  We are waiting for our silkworms and praying mantis to hatich

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April 30th

Hi 214 Families!  Hopefully this week actually starts to feel like spring- especially because we have planted our vegetables in the garden containers on the front playground.  We will also be planting zinnias and chives for our butterflies that we released last week.  We hope that they will come back and visit us in our butterfly garden that we will begin to grow.

Wednesday May 2nd is International Night from 5:30-8:00 in the gym.  Travel around the world, try new foods and have fun!

What else is happening this week…

Reading Workshop:  we are still working in our series/author book clubs. We are focusing on word work and using context clues.  We are also studying story structure and patterns in how our characters behave when facing obstacles.   We are on the 3rd book of My Father’s Dragon series and will be finishing up this week.

Writing Workshop: Last week we studied repetition and patterns in poetry. This week we will continue to do so but will also bring in more literary language and study couplets and stanzas.  Students will receive new words on Monday for word work, but also will take the test from last week.  We ran out of time in the afternoon because we had two (wonderful) presentations for our passport series.

Math:  We will continue to work on fractions this week.  We will work on 9.2-9.5. Please continue to practice adding, subtracting and counting money at home.

Social Studies: We will continue to have great lessons about countries in our passport series.  Thank you to Ms. Gruber, Brendan’s mom, who came and talked to us about Russia!  We will also try to get some chess and map skills practice in too!

Science:  We will begin to study silkworms this week, in addition to watching our mealworms go from the larva to pupa stage!  Insect Research Projects are due at the end of the week!

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April 23rd

Happy Earth Day Week!  This week the kids will participate in a school wide Earth Day activity.  We will also be discussing how our actions help or harm the environment and what we can do to improve it.

If you have lived or visited a country outside the U.S. and would like to come in and talk about it with the kids for our passport series please let us know!

Walk-a-Thon incentive:  win a $500 mattress
Any student or Ray staff member who is registered at and has begun fundraising by midnight on Friday April 27th will be entered in a raffle to win a Simmons queen mattress set worth $500.  The winning student or staff member can come to our mattress sale on May 6th to try out the mattress set and have it delivered for free to their home! While exercise is important for health, a good night’s sleep is also important – make sure you’re getting quality sleep with a new mattress thanks to Just Get Sleep, our mattress sale fundraising partner!  Register your student(s) for the Walk-a-Thon today.

In class this week we will..

Reading Workshop:  We will be continuing our series book clubs!  We are learning how to discuss and build on each others ideas in book club discussion. Using prompts we are asking questions, sharing opinions, elaborating, and clarifying.   We are also studying our characters- looking how they respond to problems, their relationships to other characters, and noting what is the same across the series.

Writing Workshop:  We will be working on using precise language in our poems.  We will also discuss repetition, mood comparisons (metaphor, simile) and personification.

Math:  We will have our unit 8 math test on Tuesday.  We will review Monday to prepare.  On Wednesday we will begin Unit 9 and start our work with fractions!

Social Studies:  This week will continue studying the globe by learning about Thailand and Russia in our passport series.  We will also keep practicing our map skills and chess!

Science:  Two of our butterflies came out of their cocoons!  We used magnifying glasses to study and write about them on Friday.  We will be observing our meal worms entering the pupa stage this week and begin learning about plants.  Hopefully we will be able to start planting in our garden by Tuesday!

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April 16th

Hi 214 Families!  I hope everyone is having a nice April- DESPITE the weather.  On Monday a new handout for conference times will go home with your chosen time (or time close to).  If you have not had a chance to fill out the form or the time slot you have been given does not work, please let me know.

The book fair will be April 17th-20th.  Please stop by during report card pick up or send money with your student to shop at the book fair.

May 18th will be the Walk-a-Thon-  Register your student for the walk-a-thon at and begin fundraising to be entered into weekly drawings for cool stuff- museum memberships, gift cards, sports tickets and more!  Every student who raises at least $50 gets a chance to sink a teacher in the dunk tank on the last day of school.

On May 6th we will have a Just Get Sleep Fundraiser- you will have an opportunity to buy a new mattress in the Ray lunchroom at up to 50% of retail, with 20% of every sale donated back to Ray.

This week we will be….

Math:  We will be working on lessons 8.8-8.11 and will review and have our Unit 8 test the following Tuesday.  This week we will be focusing on arrays and geometry!

Reading Workshop:  We have started our realistic book clubs! We are focusing in on character traits and evidence and story elements.  We are also spending time looking at vocabulary and words and determining their meaning through context clues.  As a read aloud we are reading My Father’s Dragon series and talking a lot about our main character and how they respond to problems!

Writing Workshop:  We will start our unit on Poetry!  Kids have already been getting deep into identifying literary language and we will apply this to our poems.  All published writing should be turned in by Tuesday.

Science:  We are studying our insects (meal worms and caterpillars) and began digging in the dirt in our garden plot.  We will work with a professional gardener next week to plant seeds in our garden plot.   Students will also be expected to do a research project about an insect to be completed at home and due May 3rd.

Social Studies: This past week we had the first presentation for our passport series about Japan.  If you would like to speak about a country that you are from, studied, or spent a lot of time in please let me know!  We would love to have you come in and speak with the kids.  On Tuesday we will be learning about Belgium.  We have also started our First Move Chess Curriculum.  So far we have oriented ourselves to the board and learned all about the pawn.  Kids who know how to play are helping me teach the other kids which is very helpful 😉

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April 9th

Good morning 214 Families- this week a sign up will go home for parent teacher conferences which will be next week Wednesday April 18th.  I will try my best to accommodate everyone’s availability.  Tomorrow we will have a volunteer with us for the morning from Kenwood High School and in the afternoon working with a team of middle school students to film positive hallway procedures to support school-wide PBIS.

Reading Workshop:  We will begin series book clubs!  This will enable to students to dig deeper into characters to identify character traits, make predictions and connections, and understand the author’s writing style and purpose.  We will also be focusing on context clues and prefixes and suffixes.

Writing Workshop:  We are publishing our opinion writing this week (some may go home for extra help) and then starting our unit on poetry.

Science:  We started our unit on plants and insects.  We launched the unit by observing meal worms and creating a habitat with food for our caterpillars.  This week we will work with Big Green Chicago to prep garden beds for planting.

Social Studies:  We will begin our next unit on map skills and geography and also our passport series!

Math:  We have been learning about geometry- thank you for bringing geometrical objects from home!  This week we will dig deep into quadrilaterals and 3 dimensional shapes.   Continued practice with addition and subtraction at home (borrowing and regrouping) is helpful.  We learned several different strategies in class and children were able to use whatever method was best for them.  Students were also given a login for Khan Academy.  If you would like that information for further practice at home, please let me know.

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April 2nd

Happy April 214 Families- welcome back and I hope you had a nice spring break!

This week we will be…

Reading Workshop:


Writing Workshop:  Choosing an opinion writing piece to publish.  We will look at 2/3rd grade examples and go over checklists before writing our final draft.

Math:  We are going to begin unit 8 (there are only two more units before the end of the school year).  We will start the week by learning about lines, angles, and attributes of polygons.

Social Studies:  We will wrap up our unit on Women’s History month when we get back.  This past week we learned about Georgia O’Keefe and how she made large scale abstract drawings of nature- we modeled her large scale paintings of poppies.  When we get back from break we will also start learning chess.

Science:  We finished our unit on matter!  We will begin our new unit on insects this week.  We will also be following a curriculum on gardening simultaneously as we will be learning how to grow vegetables on the north playground.  We also hope to make a butterfly garden on the Northeast playground as well.

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March 19th

Hi 214 families!  There is one more week before spring break.   The time is flying by.

Reading Workshop:  We have started book clubs!  Kids have chosen a goal to work on- fluency, literary language, or keeping track of longer books- and are working on their goals with their club.  Students will read books mostly in class, unless they choose to assign book club reading for home reading.

Writing Workshop–  Kids are doing a great job moving from writing piece to writing piece- building more writing skills as they go on. This week specifically,  we worked on putting exact quotations into our text.

Math–  We finished up Unit 7!  Next week we will review math concepts before spring break and will begin unit 8 in April.

Science–  This week talked about physical and chemical changes in matter.  Next week we will talk about the changing states of matter before we wrap up this unit.

Social Studies– this week we learned about the amazing lives of Helen Keller and Michelle Obama and discussed their contributions.  Next week we will continue to learn about impressive accomplishments of women.

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March 12th

Hi 214 Families!  Progress reports should have gone home on Friday.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Below is a picture of our projects from Black History Month- opinion essays about civil rights leaders we learned about.  Also collages inspired and drawn from William H. Johnson.


What is happening this week…

Reading Workshop-  We will continue working on inference in mini lessons, independent reading and guided reading.  We will also begin to study cause and effect relationships in our stories.  The kids are enjoying making inferences and looking for literary language in our read aloud, The Stories Julian Tells.

Writing Workshop- We are continuing our opinion essays.  Students are working really well independently moving from one essay to another when they are finished.  We will focus especially on topic sentences next week.

Math-  this week we will be measuring jumps and finding the difference between jumps while also calculating class data. We will also explore geometry.

Social Studies-  Last week we learned about two daring aviators- Amelia Earhart and Bessie Coleman.  We will continue to learn and talk about important contributions women have made!


This week we continued to look at how molecules are different in solids, liquids and gases and made a model with cheerios to show closely or loosely they are connected.  This week we will look at the chemical changes between the states of matter.

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March 5th

Happy March 214 Families!  Please read below to find out what is happening this week.

Reading Workshop:  We will continue our work with inference.  Kids will be focusing in on what action, thought, and words help us infer.   We have been using a rubric to score our post-its 1star to 4star.

Writing Workshop:  We are writing opinion pieces about our favorite read alouds from this year.  Kids are needing to think hard about the strongest reasons and evidence to support their opinion.

Math:  We will complete lessons 7-3 to 7-6 this week.  We will explore customary units of length and measure to the nearest yard, explore the metric system, and add with more than three addends.  In addition groups will continue their own personal math study in their groups (geometry, multiplication, and division).

Social Studies:  We will be starting a unit for Women’s History month- learning about amazing women past and current.  We will be making another Encylopedia and Opinion pieces.

Science:  We will continue to study viscosity in non-newtonian fluids.  We will also study how atoms are different in solid, liquids, and gases.

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February 26th

Hi 214 Families!  Please find the weeks objectives/plans below!

Reading Workshop: After having a lot of fun finding literary language, we have moved on to learning about inference.  Students are using schema (what they know) + text clues to make inferences about what they are reading.  Students are practicing speaking and writing with the prompt ” I can infer______ because______”. To push themselves and to get 4 star post-its (we will create a rubric this week) they will include ” In the text it says….” and include text evidence.  We will circle back to literary language again- the kids are still finding lots of examples in their texts and having the most fun with onomatopoeia (of course!).

Writing Workshop: The kids wrote fantastic opinion pieces about various Civil Rights Leaders we learned about in Social Studies.  We have returned to writing about our favorite books and will continue learning about opinion writing for the next month.  Students will be challenged to find different ways to support their opinions and gather strong evidence.

They will receive new spelling words on Monday!

Math:  We will have a math review for Unit 6 tomorrow and take the test on Tuesday.  We will begin Unit 7 on Wednesday!

Social Studies:  We will wrap up our unit on the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights Leaders this week and will begin our unit on Women’s History Month on Thursday (for march)!

Science:  We had quite the experience making ooblek!  Kids were challenged with trying to figure out what makes something a non-newtonian fluid.  We will discuss it in greater detail this week.

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