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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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February 20th

Hi 214 Families!  I hope that you have had a nice 3 day weekend.  Wednesday is the Black History Month Assembly- thank you to Betty’s mom Ann for helping us with our art projects!

Please let me know if you have not been added to our class list email chain and we will make sure to get you on there.  We have been sending spelling words in case any child forgets them at school and needs to study ..amongst other news!

What is happening this week…

Reading Workshop– we will continue our study of literary language.  We have been studying poetry by Langston Hughes and analyzing the comparisons in his writing.  Kids have also been looking for examples of literary language in their own books.

Writing Workshop– we have been practicing opinion writing and will be publishing writing pieces this week about civil rights leaders we have studied.  Kids are working on finding evidence that supports their opinion and starting to write in paragraphs.

Math- We have been practicing partial sums addition and will continue studying adding and subtracting with two and three digit numbers.

Social Studies– We will continue our study of civil rights leaders and also art that came from the Harlem Renaissance.  We have been learning how the artists that came from that time period helped inspire the civil rights movement.  Last week kids seemed to be especially interested in learning about Ida B. Wells and learning that she lived right down the street!

Science– last week we made slime with the preK and needed to answer the question- is Slime a liquid or solid?!  Stay tuned for Ooblek and more investigation into non-newtonian fluids!

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Week of February 12th

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and the kids were able to have some fun in all of the snow.  This week we will have a Valentines Day party on Wednesday.  If your child is bringing in valentines, please make sure they bring one in for everyone.  Also, it is preferred if snacks are a bit on the healthier side… all treats for valentines can head home with the kids at the end of the day!

We will also celebrate the 100th day of school this week and please mark the 21st for a Black History Month Assembly in the evening!

What is happening this week…

Reading Workshop:   Please make sure your child is reading at home for at least 20 minutes and that the book is not too hard.  We have talked a lot about fluency and pacing so kids should be thinking about how there voice sounds when they read it out loud- is it choppy or smooth?  Do they read with emotion when characters speak?  Do they get the mood of the story and does their tone of voice match it?  We also discussed that when we read too fast, we may forget the story.  If we read too slow we might not be able to comprehend everything so it is really important that we are reading at ‘just right’ pace and we can retell what has happened in the story.  This week we will be studying literary elements.

Writing Workshop:  We are working on opinion writing.  We have been writing letters, expressing opinions about our favorite books.  This week we will work on including strong reasons and evidence.  We will also talk about when to make a new paragraph.  Due to missing school on Friday, we will take our spelling test on Friday.

Math:  We are continuing with unit 6!  We have been practicing using different diagrams to model number sentences.

Science:  We will continue our investigation of solids and liquids and how they interact.  Last week we observed how small and large solids function when being put in different canisters and given different movements.

Social Studies:  Last week we learned about the contributions and heroism of Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall while making our Civil Rights Encyclopedias.  This week we will learn about Ida B. Wells and John Lewis.

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Week of February 5th

Hi 214 Families!  We have started a class email with the help of Ned’s mom, Erin!  Thank you for your help!  If you have not been added to the list please let me know and we will add you right away.  I feel like this is a good way to have an extra line of communication for extra things going on.

What is happening this week…

Reading Workshop:  This past week we worked fluency.  We thought about dialogue tags, mood, and pacing and practiced rereading in our heads and reading with the characters voice in mind. This week we will work on reading at a just right pace and explore literary language.

Math:  We wrapped up Unit 5 last week and will begin Unit 6.  This week we will practice representing data, comparing number story, and interpreting number stories.

Writing Workshop: We have started our unit on Opinion writing.  This past week we started writing letters about our favorite books.  We included information about our favorite character, part, and big ideas.  This week we will work with partners to retell our books to make our letters better and include text evidence.  We will also write with our audience in mind and use a checklist.

Science:  This week we will study solid materials ad notice the behavior of solid materials in various settings.  We will combine and separate solid materials of different particle sizes.  We will also compare the behavior of solids and liquids in similar settings.

Social Studies:  Last week we started an Encyclopedia of the Civil Rights Movement.  We began by learning about  Ruby Bridges and this week will study Rosa Parks and Thurgood Marshall.

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Week of January 29th…

Hi 214 Families!  This Thursday will be the last day of quarter 2.  February 3rd is a school improvement day, therefore students will have not have school on Friday.

Thank you to the parents who have brought in snack this past month.  We are in need of snack for February. Any healthy, peanut free food will be appreciated.

What is happening this week…

Math:  We will be working on wrapping up the unit this week.  On Monday we will study the temperature and practice reading thermometers.  Please practice this at home, in addition to counting money.

Reading Workshop: Last week we did a shared reading of Happy Like Soccer and studied literary language, pacing, and context clues.  We will continue this work as well as exploring inference.  Students will receive a new reading log on Monday and are expected to turn in on Friday morning.

Writing Worksop:  We made catapults with spoons, rubber bands, rulers, and tape.  We then tested whether a ping pong or a cotton ball would travel farther.  We wrote up our data and created a lab report following the scientific process. Students enjoyed this and did great job.  We have now wrapped up our nonfiction writing unit and are moving on to opinion writing.

Science:  We are going to continue our investigation of liquids on Monday and then will move onto gases the rest of the week.

Social Studies:  We will begin our celebration of black history month on Thursday.  Students will study famous contributions and achievements made by famous African Americans and will do biography projects.

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Week of January 22nd

Hi Room 214 Families-  Please find information about the PTO’s fundraiser below!
Join us for a night out at The Promontory on Thursday February 1, 2018 from 6-8 pm featuring a performance by Bethany Pickens Trio!  Your $40 advance ticket includes beer, wine and light appetizers.
Child care will be provided by Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) from 5:45-8:30 pm for $20/child + $10/sibling, including dinner and fun!  Please note that the day following the event, Friday Feb 2, is a non-attendance day for students.
Can’t attend the event but still want to support Ray School, enter our Raise a Glass raffle at:
What is happening this week…
Reading Workshop:  We wrapped our unit on nonfiction and have moved back to fiction!  We are going to work a lot on fluency and making sure that we are comprehending what we are reading- keeping track of the story and thinking about the dialogue of our characters.  We are also going to work on making inferences and study metaphors, similes and other ways authors add details and voice to their writing.  Please make sure your child is filling out their reading log every night.  Everyone should be reading for 20 minutes every night.
Writing Workshop:  Kids should be finishing up publishing their nonfiction stories.  We have returned to science writing and are making catapults.  We are focusing on writing questions, hypothesis, procedure, results, and conclusions.  Spelling Test on Friday!
Math:  Last week we focused on exact change and making change.  This week we will work on 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, and 5.9.
Science:  We continued our investigation of solids.. we made towers out of solid objects and examined what properties made materials work for a base and a top.  We also put solids in categories and found that they share many of the same properties.  This week we are going to investigate liquids.
Social Studies:  We discussed a lot about Martin Luther King Jr. and are discussing what social justice means to our classroom, community and greater world.  This topic will lead us into our next unit study for African American History month.
Spelling Words
Group 1
  1. Families with ck

back sick lock duck neck

sack lick rock suck peck

tack pick sock tuck deck

jack tick dock truck speck

pack kick clock

Group 2
  1. Less Common Long e

greed chief these *

speech field scene vein

greet brief theme friend

creek grief eve seize

fleet    geese piece

cheese thief   niece

Group 3

Open and Closed VCV

meter petal *

human rapid water

secret punish busy

paper magic

lazy shiver

even comet

major river

climate clever

crater proper

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Week of January 16th

Please find a message from administration about arrival and dismissal procedures.

Dear Ray Families:
The purpose of this new plan to reduce heavy hallway traffic as students enter and exit the building. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Start Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

· Pre-K students will enter through the glass annex door.
· Kindergarten will line up outside the auditorium doors.
· First, Second and Fifth Grades will continue to follow the same procedure.
· Third & Fourth Grades will enter through the Main Entrance Door.

· Pre-K students will exit through the glass annex door.
· Kindergarten will be dismissed outside auditorium doors.
· First, Second and Fifth Grades will continue to follow the same procedure.
· Third Grade will exit through the main entrance door and walk to their numbers on the North playground.
· Fourth Grade will be dismissed from the main entrance door.

Thank you Ray Families!


What is happening this week in Room 214

Reading Workshop:  Last week we read multiple books on one topic.  We looked at how we can add on to a topic and also how we could find things that related in texts, even if it was not glaringly obvious.  How can you relate a  section of how lions mark their territories to how they hunt for food.  We will continue this work- building on our partners post-its and also practicing retelling nonfiction text.


Writing Workshop:  We are continuing to publish our expository books.  We are writing through an editing lens and making sure we are remembering our grammar, punctuation and spelling.  Students will receive new spelling words on Monday as well. We will return to scientific writing once we finish with our expository books.

Math:  This week we will cover lessons 5.3-5.6.  We will be working with money and practicing making exact change and also giving change.  Extra practice giving and receiving money at home is very helpful.

Science:  Last week we started our states of matter science unit.  We did an investigation of solid objects and discussed properties. This week we will investigate liquids and gases.


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Week of January 8th!

Welcome back!  I hope all of you had a wonderful break- I sure did.  This week we will spend a lot of time on setting goals, reviewing expectations and talking about what makes a good community member.  We will begin by reading the book The Curious Garden and will reflect on how we have grown in 2nd grade and discuss how we can continue to work and grow together as a class, friend, teammate, student.

We will also…

Math- review center expectations and telling time, measuring, base tens, addition and subtraction facts.  We will review and correct our mid year, Unit 4 assessment and begin Unit 5 mid week.

Writing Workshop- on Monday we will write about our goals for the new year.  For the rest of the week we will continue publishing our informational books.  Students will receive new spelling words on Monday as well.

Reading Workshop- we will review independent reading expectations and dive back into our books.  We will also start tying up our informational reading unit these next couple of weeks.

Social Studies- we are focusing on social emotional skills this week and will work on a super hero art project too. Kids will ask themselves- what make me a super friend, student, classmate, kid?

Science- we will begin our unit on Solids and Liquids!  More to come!

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