Mrs. Weinberg

First grade- Room 112

Weekly Update 6/15/15

June 15, 2015

Dear 1st Grade Families,

A huge thank you for all your support in making this year another great year at Ray. If you have any questions or comments over the summer please feel free to email me. I will be checking my email daily until the 24th. After that I check it every Monday.

Notes and Reminders:

  • Please do a quick check through your home library for any Ray library books.  All books must be returned by Wednesday.
  • Don’t forget to bring in a plain white or lightly colored shirt for you child to decorate. We will decorate our shirts on Thursday and wear them to the school picnic on Friday.
  • Thursday, the 18th, is our class party.  Students may bring in treats from home to share with the class.  They may also bring in any games or toys they would like to play with.  I am asking that no electronic games be brought to school.  We will also be celebrating all of our June, July and August birthdays on this day.
  • Mark your calendar.  The last day of school is Friday, June 19th.  The students will attend school for a full day.  We will have the school wide picnic on that day.  We will be outside in the morning and watching a movie in the afternoon.
  • There is no homework for the rest of the year.  However, please have your child bring their homework folders all week for important information being sent home.  We will be cleaning out the classroom on Thursday so your child will be coming home with all of the school materials.  Please make sure they backpack is cleaned out and ready for the materials.
  • I need parent volunteers to come in on Thursday and Friday to help start closing down the classroom.  Please email me if you are interested.
  • A summer activity packet will go home later this week. This packet is coming from the 2nd grade teachers.

Stacy Horgan

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Weekly Update 4/27/15

Friends and Families of Room 112,

Notes and Reminders:

-Our field trip to see Rock and Roll Alice in Wonderland is this Thursday. Please have your child bring a lunch from home. We will eat in the classroom when we return to school. If you are interested in volunteering, please email me at hahall@cps.edu. I still need two volunteers.

-April is boys’ month for snacks.  Please send in some if you have not already. We are officially out of snack.

-Thank you to the many families that supported the book fair by purchasing books and volunteering. Thank you for all of your donations. We received some good books for the classroom library. Thank you to the book fair coordinator Jennifer Williams. She did an awesome job.

 

-We take a spelling test on the weekly sight words every other week. Please make sure that your child is practicing reading and spelling the words correctly.

 

-Please send in objects for our shape museum.

 

-Thursday is International Night. Please contact Sabine Charles if you are interested in helping out. See you there!

 

 

READING

This week we will read Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. We will focus on cause and effect and the strategy monitor/clarify.   We will learn about the vowel digraph oo and review the CVC syllable pattern. We will continue working on non-fiction texts in writing. We have looked at several non-fiction books and identifies features on non-fiction books like labels, diagrams, headings and facts. We have done several pre-writing activities including brainstorming what we know a lot about and making a web of facts that connect to our topics. This week we will focus more on adding and organizing information. We will also proofread and edit several sentences focusing on capitulation and punctuation.

 

MATH

In math we will continue with unit 7. We will review what a polygon is and make shapes using straws and twist ties. We will identify several three dimensional shapes and play coin exchange and the attribute train game. In science we will observe two aquatic plants and build aquariums. In social studies we will make a family traditions book.

Have a great week!

 

 

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Friends and Families of Room 112,

Notes and Reminders:

-Please sign up for a time slot for report card pick-up. Available spots are listed on the blog. Report Card Pick-Up and conferences are schedule for Thursday, April 16thfrom noon to 6pm.

-April is boys’ month for snacks.  Please send in some if you have not already.

-I hope everyone was able to rest and relax for Spring Break.

-Many children have been complaining about illness right when they arrive at school. It is difficult on my end to gauge when a child is truly sick and what the circumstances are around the illness. Please check in with your child on what they can do proactively to feel better: drink water, eat a healthy breakfast, etc.

 

READING

This week we will reread The Dot by Peter Reynolds. We will focus on story structure and the strategy analyze/evaluate.   We will learn about r controlled vowels like ar, or and ore. We will also focus on compound words. We will learn about the prefix re-. We will finish our class book on our favorite places, using what we have learned about opinion writing. We will review some missed concepts and skills from quarter three, including contractions, digraphs and blends.

MATH

In math we will finish Unit 6. We will review telling time in 5 minute increments. Students will practice using the Student Reference book. We will review frames and arrows and name collection boxes. We will have a data day and make a bar graph. We will also learn a new game called Beat the Calculator. In science we will observe two aquatic plants and animals and build aquariums. In social studies we will make a family traditions book.

Have a great week!

 

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Weekly update 3/23/15

March 23, 2015

 

Friends and Families of Room 112,

  • This Thursday, March 26th is our monthly PTA meeting. If you have any books you would like to donate for that evenings book drive please to do by Wednesday.
  • Please remind your child that toys should not be brought to school. This continues to be a problem in 1st
  • I have a project on Donorschoose.org. I am trying to get a new teaching easel for the classroom. Check it out!
  • I am looking for a parent to come one afternoon a week to help take students to the school store. Please email me at rgraham2@cps.edu if you are interested.

 

Reading

 

This week we will read My Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Casteneda. We will focus on Cause and Effect and Predict/Infer.   We will review the short e sound with the vowel paid ea. We will also focus on compound words. We will complete edit and publish one of our opinion pieces.

 

Math

 

In math we will continue working in Unit 6. We will learn about measuring with a centimeter, play more What’s My Rule? and use the fact table to practice subtraction facts. In science we will build a terrarium and finish our plant books. In social science will continue our unit on family traditions and share our family stars.

 

Sight Words:

 little, work, place, know, they

 

 

Vocabulary:

abuela, weave, tapestry, ancestor,

 

MATH READING
MONDAY Homelink 6.6 Read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
TUESDAY Homelink 6.7 Read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
WEDNESDAY Homelink 6.8 Read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
THURSDAY Homelink 6.9 Read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.

 

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Weekly Update 3/17/15

I hope you had a great weekend! A few notes for the week.

  • I have changed the book log.  Each week I will send home one page with the homework, book log and sight word practice.
  • ST Math Home is now available. Please take time to play ST Math at home.  If you are having any trouble please let me know and I will send an email by Thursday to the administrators of the site with all of the problems.  
  • Starting today I will post the weekly overview only on the classroom blog. The blog is available on the Ray School website through the classrooms link.Please email me at rgraham2@cps.edu if you would like a weekly hard copy.
  • Please send a note with your child following a day of absence. We are starting an incentive program for students who have good attendance.
  • Library is on Fridays. Please return library books on Fridays.

READING

This week we will continue to do close reading activities. We will read and analyze the story My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. We will focus specifically on conclustions. We will learn about the vowel pairs -oa and -ow and learn about the contractions ‘ve and ‘re. We will also focus on words with the phonograms -ow and -oat. We will continue a writing unit on opinion writing.

MATH

In math we will work on fact families and learn about fact tables.  In science we will continue with our unit on living things. We will plant a seed and record predictions about what we will observe. We will compare plants and animals and discuss how their needs are similar and different. We will continue to observe our plants. In social studies we will learn about family traditions.

Have a great week!

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I hope you had a great weekend! A few notes for the week.

  • Complete the book log weekly.
  • ST Math Home is now available. Please take time to play ST Math at home.  If you are having any trouble please let me know and I will send an email by Thursday to the administrators of the site with all of the problems.  
  • Starting today I will post the weekly overview only on the classroom blog. The blog is available on the Ray School website through the classrooms link.Please email me at rgraham2@cps.edu if you would like a weekly hard copy.
  • Please return the Family Heritage homework.
  • Please send a note with your child following a day of absence. We are starting an incentive program for students who have good attendance.
  • Library is on Fridays. Please return library books on Fridays.

READING

This week we will continue to do close reading activities. We will read and analyze the story The Keeping Qulit. We will focus specifically on visualizing and comparing and contrasting. We will learn about the long sound e (spelled ee and ea) and brainstorm words with the digraphs ng and nk. We will also focus on words with the phonograms -ean and -ink. We will start a new unit on opinion writing.

MATH

In math we will work on adding 2 digit numbers using base 10 blocks for modeling. We will play several math games that focus on practicing the easy facts. We will work on +0, +1, doubles facts and facts with a sum of 10. In science we will continue with our unit on living things. We will plant a seed and record predictions about what we will observe. We will compare plants and animals and discuss how their needs are similar and different. We will read The Tiny Seed. In social studies we will learn about family traditions.

Have a great week!

 

 

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Weekly Update 3/2/15

March 2, 2015

 

Notes and Reminders:

 

  • This Friday we will celebrate February birthdays (A bit late..sorry).
  • Please email me once you review the volunteer schedule. I will fill out the volunteer form as I hear from interested families.
  • ST Math Home is now available. Please take time to play ST Math at home.
  • Information on my classroom Donors Choose account is available on my blog. You can also check out other Donors Choose projects on the Ray School website under Parent Involvement. All donations will be matched if SPARK is entered at checkout from now until March 4. These projects are to fund new library bins, browsing bins and a new classroom easel.
  • Please send me your correct email address to be connected to the classroom DOJO. The students will participate in free choice on Fridays if they have 70% positive behavior for the week. Students will be informed if they are in danger of losing their free choice throughout the week.
  • Do not send your child to school with toys. They are distracting and tend to get lost.

 

READING

This week we will continue to do close reading activities. We will read and analyze the story The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywaly. We will learn about the long E sound and revisit words with the digraphs kn, gn, wr, and mb. We will also focus on suffixes –y and –ly. We will focus on the comprehension skill compare and contrast. In writing we will work on revising our How-To books and have a writing celebration

 

MATH

In math we will continue to learn about number stories number stories and comparing numbers. We will continue to practice math facts. In science we will continue our unit on living things. We will plant seeds and begin our seed journal.

Have a great week!

 

Sight Words: who, now, first, color, goes

Vocabulary:

Stack, creative, occasional, career

MATH READING
MONDAY Homelink 5.10 Read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
TUESDAY Homelink 5.11 Read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
WEDNESDAY Math worksheet Read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
THURSDAY Math worksheet Read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.

 

 

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Exciting news from our 1st grade classroom… I have two donor’s choose grants up! This school year (and for years to come), I want to ensure that my students have what they need to succeed, so I’ve created a request on a 501(c)3 charity website called DonorsChoose.org.

I’m writing to ask for any donations possible for our students – no matter the size (seriously, every little bit counts). This week only, any donation you make to my project will be doubled!

If you can’t donate anything at this time, no worries… just share this information with anyone who you know is passionate about education. Your donation will have a direct impact on 27 students this year and you’ll hear back from our class about your impact!

Here’s our classroom requests:

http://www.donorschoose.org/bweinberg
To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, enter the promo code SPARK on the payment screen. IMPORTANT: The SPARK promo code will only double your donation for the next 7 days.

Please feel free to send me any questions you may have, and know that our students and I greatly appreciate your support.

Thank you again!

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Weekly Update 2/23

I hope you had a great weekend! A few notes for the week.

  • Do not send toys to school.  They must be placed in the toy bin for the entire day and items tend to be lost or taken.
  • Please send in snacks- it is the girls’ month for snacks.
  • ST Math Home is now available. Please take time to play ST Math at home.
  • I will continue making a hard copy of the weekly overview through the middle of March. Starting on March 16, I will post the weekly overview only on the classroom blog. The blog is available on the Ray School website through the classrooms link. Please email me at rgraham2@cps.edu if you would like a weekly hard copy.
  • Please send a note with your child following a day of absence. We are starting an incentive program for students who have good attendance.
  • Library is on Fridays. Please return library books on Friday.

READING

This week we will continue to do close reading activities. We will read and analyze the story Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. We will focus specifically on main idea and questioning. We will learn about the long sound o and u and brainstorm words with the digraphs kn, gn, wr, and mb. We will also focus on words with the phonograms –ine and –ite. We will learn about word endings –est and –er.  During writing we will work on revising our How-To books and learn about writing good conclusions.

MATH

In math we will focus on comparison number stories and place value. Please practice identifying the number in the ones place and tens place with your child. For example: write the number 54 and ask your child to tell you the digit in the ones place (4) and the digit in the tens place (5). We will continue to practice math facts using dice to generate numbers and find their sums. In science we will start a new unit on living things. We will learn about what all living things need and observe several seeds using four of our five senses. In social studies we will learn about family traditions.

Have a great week!

 

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Weekly Update 2/17

Dear 112 families and friends,

 

Reminders for the week:

  • Please send in snacks- it is the girls’ month for snacks.
  • Please donate white card stock
  • School starts at 8:45 am. As the weather becomes chillier, I will collect the children in the auditorium promptly at 8:45 am on these days. Children arriving after this time will be marked tardy.
  • Please donate wet wipes. Wet wipes are great following science and art projects, as well an occasional sticky treat! We also could use donations of tissues.
  • Please make sure your child is dressing appropriately for the weather.
  • Perez has asked that I remind families that students should wear/bring gym shoes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students are not allowed to participate if they do not have the proper shoes.
  • ST Math Home is now available. Please take time to play ST Math at home.
  • Please do not send toys to school.

 

READING

This week we will continue to do close reading activities. We will read and analyze the story Koala Lou by Mem Fox. We will learn about the long sound i and brainstorm words with the digraphs kn, gn, wr, and mb. We will also focus on words with the phonograms –ine and –ite. We will learn about word endings –est and –er. We will focus on the comprehension skill compare and contrast. In writing we will work on revising our How-To books and learn about introductions and conclusions. We will do a special writing activity tomorrow for the 100th day of school.

 

MATH

In math we will learn about number stories, with a focus on comparison number stories. We will continue to practice math facts using dice to generate numbers and finding their sums. In science we will start a new unit on living things. We will learn about what all living things need and observe several seeds using four of our five senses.

 

Have a great week!

 

 

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Weekly Update 2/9/15

February 9, 2015

Friends and Families in Room 112

 

Notes and Reminders:

 

  • Information on Class Dojo will be available this week. This is a behavior management system we will be using in class.
  • Please send in snacks- It is the girls’ month for snacks.
  • Please donate copy paper.
  • School starts at 8:45 am. I will collect the children in the auditorium promptly at 8:45 am on these days. Children arriving after this time will be marked tardy.
  • ST Math Home will be available later this week. Please take time to play ST Math at home.
  • Black History Night/Gallery Walk is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11th.

 

READING

 

This week we will take time to review and catch up in reading. Please review the sight words we have learned so far. Students should be spelling these words correctly in writing, or at least locating them on the word wall and spelling them correctly. We will review character analysis, sequence of events and author’s purpose. We will also review word endings. We will work more on how-to books and use our pre-writing to make booklets. Ask your child to tell you what they are writing about in class. We will read books by Faith Ringgold and create our own quilts for our black history project. We will resume Walk to Read this week.

 

MATH

 

In math we will work more with base 10 blocks to name numbers and learn about greater and equal to. Students will complete an open response prompt for math and take a 2nd day to analyze their mistakes and correct. In science we will continue to look at river rocks and sort them by size suing several screens. We will look at the smallest rock particle silt and learn how to separate silt from sand.

 

Have a wonderful week,

Becky

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Weekly Update 2/2/15

February 2, 2015

Weekly Update

 

 

Dear Families of Room 112,

 

I hope everyone has had a great weekend and a wonderful January. I am so excited to be back with the students this week! I want to thank everyone from their kind words and thoughts while my family was been healing. As I transition back into the classroom we will be going over rules and routines and establishing some consistency for the first graders. I want to thank you all for the patience and understanding these past couple of weeks. Report cards will be distributed next week and I will be happy to discuss and questions or concerns you have then.

 

Here are a few reminders for this week:

  • Please send in snacks- February is the girls’ month for snacks..
  • Please donate tissue, hand sanitizer and wet wipes
  • School starts at 8:45 am. I will collect the children in the auditorium promptly at 8:45 am on these days. Children arriving after this time will be marked tardy.
  • Please make sure your child is dressing appropriately for the weather.
  • Perez has asked that I remind families that students should wear/bring gym shoes on Tuesdays and Wednesday. Students are not allowed to participate if they do not have the proper shoes.

 

READING

 

This week in reading we will continue using multiple reads of a text to dig deeper into understanding and critical thinking. We will read the book Jessica by Kevin Henkes. We will discuss and define vocabulary in the text, using context and person experiences. I will assess the students word knowledge using our regular dictation assessment (having students spell words using the taught digraph/cluster and short vowel sounds), as well as assess students on the correct spelling of sight words.

 

MATH

 

In math we will take the unit 4 assessment and begin unit 5. The students are working diligently on number scrolls, which builds number sense and helps the children recognize the many patterns in out base 10 system. In science we will continue to look at river rocks and sort them by size suing several screens. We will look at the smallest rock particle silt and learn how to separate silt from sand.

 

Have a great week!

Becky

 

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