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Week of January 15th, 2018

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures – Ray school is changing the arrival and dismissal procedures this week.  The great news is that nothing will be changing for second grade!  Please continue with our existing arrival and dismissal procedures.

 

Math – This week we will continue working in Unit 5.  Unit 5 focuses on counting up with money and making change.  We will also continue to practice adding multiple digit numbers.  Students will also continue with their individualized small group math instruction and Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.   

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading our new novel The Hundred Dresses. We will also continue to focus on inferring meaning of new words in a story using context clues.  In addition, students will learn about using prefixes, suffixes, and root words to help them in determining the meaning of new words.  In writing, students will finish the final drafts of their snowflake poems.

 

Social StudiesThis week we will continue our African American history studies.  Specifically we will begin learning about Harriet Tubman and her life as a young girl.

 

Science – This week students will continue working in our new science unit Land and Water.  This week students will begin learning about the ways that land resources have shaped human development.

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work No Classes – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday. Homework Sheet #59 Graphing and Writing Homework Sheet #60 Review and Vocabulary Homework Sheet #61 Phonics and Place Value None
Reading Comprehension Sheet Read this week’s Reading Comprehension sheet. Re-read this week’s Reading Comprehension sheet. Answer all of the questions on this week’s sheet, and turn it in tomorrow.
Writing: Write a story this week about anything you want. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Read for a minimum of 30 minutes

 

 

Week of January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!!

 

Snacks – We are in need of snacks.  Please consider sending some in.  Our classroom membership is currently 25 students, so if you send in a snack please send in enough for 25 students.

 

Math – This week we will begin working in Unit 5.  Unit 5 focuses on counting up with money and making change.  We will also continue to practice adding multiple digit numbers.  Students will also continue with their individualized small group math instruction and Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.   

 

Language Arts – This week we will begin reading our new novel The Hundred Dresses. We will also read the story Schools Around the World and focus on inferring meaning of new words in a story using context clues.   

Target Vocabulary: culture, community, languages, transportation, subjects, lessons, special, wear  

 

Social StudiesThis week we will begin our African American history studies.  Specifically we will begin learning about life in West Africa before Europeans arrived.

 

Science – This week students will begin working in our new science unit Land and Water.  This week students will begin learning about the ways that land resources have shaped human development.

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #55 Vocabulary and Review Homework Sheet #56 Phonics and Place Value Homework Sheet #57 Comprehension and Fast Facts Homework Sheet #58 Grammar and Problem Solving None
Reading Comprehension Sheet Read this week’s Reading Comprehension sheet. Re-read this week’s Reading Comprehension sheet. Re-read this week’s Reading Comprehension sheet. Answer all of the questions on this week’s sheet, and turn it in tomorrow.
Writing: Write a story this week about anything you want. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

 

Week of December 18th, 2017

Winter Assembly – Students will perform Feliz Navidad in this year’s Winter Assembly.  The assembly is Friday morning at 9:15am.  Students may wear dark colored bottoms, and red, green, white, or blue tops or sweaters.  Little girls may also wear holiday dresses.  Students may also wear a holiday hat, or antlers if they wish.   

 

Pizza Party – Students have earned a pizza party on Friday.  As my holiday gift to my class, I will be buying the pizza.  The pizza is NOT their lunch.  Students should still bring a lunch to school on Friday.  In addition, students will be watching the movie Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.  If you do not wish for your student to view this movie, please let me know.

 

Attendance Challenge – All students who are on time and present each day this week will receive an invitation to a staff versus students basketball game.

 

Week Long School wide Project – Random Acts of Kindness at Ray

Monday – Student to student in the same class.  Tuesday, Student to teacher and/or support staff.  Wednesday, Student to clinician, resource teacher, office staff, safe passage, custodian, lunchroom staff or bus driver.  Thursday – Student to family member.  Friday – Student to student not in the same class, or free choice.  Students are encouraged to write a note, give a compliment, and help keep our school clean.  These are suggestions, but all random acts of kindness are encouraged.

 

Math – This week we will continue working on double-digit addition with and without regrouping, story problems with double-digit regrouping and measurement. Students will also continue their individualized learning on Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.   

 

Language Arts – This week we will focus on comparing and contrasting as we finish our novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Students will also be viewing the movie on Friday and compare and contrast it to the novel.  In addition, students will be writing snowflake poems, and reading the story The Polar Express.

 

Social StudiesThis week students will continue learning about landforms, and how they impact life on our planet.

 

Science – This week students will continue working with solids and liquids.  This week students will explore chemical change.    

 

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #51 Phonics and Place Value Homework Sheet #52 Comprehension and Fast Facts Homework Sheet #53 Grammar and Problem Solving Homework Sheet #54 Writing and Graphing None
Writing: Write a story this week about anything you want. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

 

Week of December 11th, 2017

 

NWEA Testing – Students will take their middle of the year NWEA reading and math tests on Monday and Tuesday (December 11th, and 12th).

 

Ray School Spirit Week – This week is also spirit week.  The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday –  Crazy colorful day:  Students can express their colors with socks, hair, and colorful clothing.

Tuesday – Pajamas and stuffed animal and movie (3:00 – 3:45) day.

Wednesday – Education T-shirt day:  Wear any school t-shirt or hoodie.

Thursday – Ugly/Beautiful winter sweater contest day

Friday – Twin or jeans day.  Student may dress like another student in the classroom, or wear their favorite jeans.

Math – This week we will finish working in Unit 4.  Students will focus on learning about feet, inches, and centimeters.  We will also review the rest of the unit in preparation for Friday’s math test.  We will plan on taking the unit 4 math test on Friday of this week. Students will also continue their individualized learning on Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.   

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  We will also continue working with informational texts as students work to identify the main idea and details of a text by organizing them into a graphic organizer like a web.  Students will be assessed this week on their ability to identify the main idea and details of the informational text. Vocabulary words: beware, damage, bend, flash, pounding, prevent, reach, equal  

 

Social StudiesThis week students will continue learning about landforms, and how they impact life on our planet.

 

Science – This week students will continue working with solids and liquids.  This week students will explore chemical change.    

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #48 Grammar and Problem Solving Homework Sheet #49 Writing and Graphing Homework Sheet #50 Vocabulary and Review Homework Sheet #51 Phonics and Place Value None
Vocabulary:

beware, damage, bend, flash, pounding, prevent, reach, equal

Write a story using as many of the vocabulary words as possible.
Writing: Write a story this week about anything you want. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

Week of December 4, 2017

Math – This week we will continue working in Unit 4.  Students will focus on measuring objects with a foot-long foot. Students will also begin working with place value in preparation for adding multi-digit numbers. Students will be introduced to the inch and centimeter as a standard unit length.  Students will take a brief quiz on Friday reviewing what we’ve covered so far in Unit 4.  Students will also continue their individualized learning on Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.   

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  We will also continue working with informational texts as students work to identify reasons to support the main ideas in our reading and writing. Students will be assessed this week on their ability to identify the main idea in informational texts.

 

Social StudiesThis week students will finish learning about life in early America.  In addition, they will begin learning about landforms.

 

Science – This week students will continue working with solids and liquids.  This week students will continue learning about physical change, and explore what happens when solids are mixed with liquids.    

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is on the reverse of this overview.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #45 Review and Vocabulary Homework Sheet #46 Place Value and Phonics Homework Sheet #47 Comprehension and Fast Facts Homework Sheet #48 Grammar and Problem Solving None
Writing: Write a story this week about anything you want. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

November 27th, 2017

 

Picture Retakes – Tuesday is picture retake day.  If you would like to have your child’s picture taken again, please send the original packet of photos back to school tomorrow.  If your child never had their picture taken, they may have them taken tomorrow.  Please send a note letting me know that you would like to have your child’s picture taken on Tuesday.

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra –  We will be attending the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this Friday, December 1st.  Please send your child’s lunch to school in a disposable bag for the trip.

 

Math – This week we will begin working in Unit 4.  Students will focus on telling time on analog clocks to the quarter hour. Students will also begin working with place value in preparation for adding multi-digit numbers.  Students will also continue their individualized learning on Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.   

 

Language Arts – This week we will begin reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  We will also read the story Animals Building Homes.  Our vocabulary words this week are: shaped, branches, pond, beaks, deepest, break, hang, and winding.  Students will take a reading and vocabulary test this Friday.

 

Social StudiesThis week students will begin exploring the world around us. Students will learn about various landforms.  

 

Science – This week students will continue working with solids and liquids.  This week students will continue learning about physical change.    

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is on the reverse of this overview.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #40 Place value and Phonics Homework Sheet #41 Place Value and Phonics Homework Sheet #42 Comprehension and Fast Facts Homework Sheet #43 Problem Solving and Grammar None
Vocabulary:

shaped, branches, pond, beaks, deepest, break, hang, and winding

Write a story using as many of the vocabulary words as possible. None
Writing: Write a story using this week’s vocabulary words. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

 

Week of November 20th, 2017

 

Pow Wow Field Trip – We are going to a Pow Wow on Tuesday.  Students should bring a disposable bagged lunch to school with them.

 

Thanksgiving Holiday – Due to our field trip, and the Thanksgiving holiday we have a very short week.  As a result, we will focus on our Native American studies as we prepare for our Pow Wow on Tuesday. I am giving all students a homework pass for tonight.  We wish all of our families a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

Week of November 13, 2017

Report Card Pickup Conferences – Parent teacher conferences are this Wednesday.  I will be meeting with parents between 11:00am and 6:00pm (with the exception of the 3:00 hour).  I have scheduled conferences with most of you already.  If we have not yet scheduled a conference I may not have your email address, so please email me at mmwebb@cps.edu.  I look forward to seeing you all this Wednesday.

 

Math – This week we will wrap up Unit 3 and review for the unit test Friday. Students will learn the going-back-through-10 strategy and going-up-through-10 strategy this week. We will send home a review packet for the students on Tuesday night. They will get them back on Thursday and we will give the Unit 3 assessment on Friday. Students will also continue their individualized learning on Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.   

 

Language Arts – This week we will finish reading  Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.  We will also finish up our Native American unit.  This week we will listen to one another’s Diorama presentations.  We will also read the story Teacher’s Pets.  Our vocabulary words are: wonderful, noises, quiet, sprinkled, share, noticed, bursting, and suddenly.  There will NOT be a reading or vocabulary test this week as students will focus on completing our Native American unit.

 

Social StudiesAll students should have completed their Native American Diorama projects which were do at school this morning, November 13th.  In class, we will finish up our Native American studies as we listen to one another’s diorama presentations.  

 

Science – This week students will continue working with solids and liquids.  This week students will continue learning about physical change.    

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #37 Fast Facts and Comprehension Homework Sheet #38 Problem Solving and Grammar No Classes – Parent Teacher Conferences Homework Sheet #39 Writing and Graphing None
Vocabulary:

wonderful, noises, quiet, sprinkled, share, noticed, bursting, suddenly

Write a story using as many of the vocabulary words as possible. None
Writing: Write a story using this week’s vocabulary words. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

Week of November 6th, 2017

Field Trip- We have a special opportunity to go to a Pow Wow on November 21st.  If you have not returned your field trip form and payment yet, please do so as soon as possible to reserve your child’s space.

 

Math – This week we will continue Unit 3, which will focus on more fact strategies. Students will play the game Salute! to find missing addends, use the counting-up and counting-back strategy for subtraction, explore the -0 and -1 fact strategies and play Subtraction Top-It. Lastly students will find the missing numbers in “What’s My Rule?” problems. Students will also continue their individualized learning on Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading  Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.  We will take a break from our Journey’s stories as we continue our Native American unit.  This week, we will be reading informational text about the Southwest Coast tribes  Our vocabulary words are: towns, adobe houses, hogan houses, pottery, kachinas, code, desert, and sacred.  There will NOT be a reading or vocabulary test this week as students will be working on their Southwest Coast Native American packets. In addition students will continue working on their opinion/persuasive writing. This week students will begin their rough draft and start their final drafts at the end of the week.

 

Social StudiesAll students should be working on their Native American Diorama projects at home.  Dioramas are due at school on November 13th.  Directions for this special project were sent home last week, and are posted on our web page.  In class, we will continue our Native American unit.  This week we will learn about our final group – Southwest Coast Native American tribes.  

 

Science – This week students will continue working with solids and liquids.  This week students will continue learning about physical change.    

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #33 Problem Solving and Grammar Homework Sheet #34 Graphing and Writing Homework Sheet #35 Review and Vocabulary Homework Sheet #36 Place Value and Phonics None
Vocabulary:

towns, adobe houses, hogan houses, pottery, kachinas, code, desert, and sacred

Write a story using as many of the vocabulary words as possible. None
Writing: Write a story using this week’s vocabulary words. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

Week of October 30, 2017

Field Trip- We are going to the Children’s Farm on Tuesday which is also Halloween.  We will be outside all day, so please dress your child warmly.  Students will also need a brown paper bag lunch and drink for the day.  Finally, since we will be spending the day at the farm please do NOT send your students to school with costumes.

 

Math – This week we will start Unit 3, which will focus on more fact strategies. Students will solve open response problems using their own fact strategies, write number subtraction stories, generate fact families using related numbers on Fact Triangles, and lastly play the game Salute! to find missing addends. Students will also continue their individualized learning on Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading our first novel of the year, Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.  We will take a break from our Journey’s stories as we continue our Native American unit.  This week, we will be reading informational text about the Northwest Coast tribes  Our vocabulary words are: longhouses, generation, thrive, totem poles, potlatch, symbols, carving, and treaties.  This week, students will finish writing a story about something they know how to make or do.  There will NOT be a reading or vocabulary test this week as students will be working on their Northwest Coast Native American packets. In addition students will being an opinion/persuasive writing, which will be taught over the next two weeks. This week I will read the book One Word from Sophia, which models opinion writing, and students will brainstorm topic ideas and complete their graphic organizer.

 

Social StudiesThis week students will continue our Native American unit.  This week we will learn about Northwest Coast Native American tribes.  Students should also begin thinking about their dioramas.  I am sending home directions for this very special project today.

 

Science – This week students will continue working with solids and liquids.  This week students will begin learning about physical change.    

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #30 Vocabulary and Review Homework Sheet #31 Phonics and Place Value Homework Sheet #32 Comprehension and Fast Facts Homework Sheet #33 Problem Solving and Grammar None
Vocabulary:

longhouses, generation, thrive, totem poles, potlatch, symbols, carving, and treaties

Write a story using as many of the vocabulary words as possible. None
Writing: Write a story using this week’s vocabulary words. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

Week of October 23, 2017

Picture Day – Tuesday is picture day.  If you’d like to order your child’s photos online please visit www.ordervgil.com, and use our school code of  20013101.

 

Math – This week students will finish working in Unit 2. Students will explore fact families, and even and odd number patterns.  In addition, we will review all of Unit 2 and plan to take the Unit 2 test on Friday.  I will send home a review packet on Wednesday.  Please complete the review packet with your student.  Students will also continue their individualized learning on Mobymax.  Students may work on their Mobymax at home as well as at school.

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading our first novel of the year, Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.  We will take a break from our Journey’s stories as we continue our Native American unit.  This week, we will be reading informational text about the Eastern Woodland tribes  Our vocabulary words are: wampum shells, trade, spirituality, germs, reservations, transportation, migration, and heritage.  This week, students will finish writing a story about something they know how to make or do.  There will NOT be a reading or vocabulary test this week as students will be working on their Eastern Woodland Native American packets.

 

Social StudiesThis week students will continue our Native American unit.  This week we will learn about Eastern Woodland tribes.

 

Science – This week students will continue our first unit of the year – solids and liquids.  This week students will continue observing liquids with different consistencies using properties to describe these differences, and discuss how solids stay together and liquids splash.    

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #26 Phonics and Place value Homework Sheet #27 Fast facts and Comprehension Homework Sheet #28 Problem Solving and Grammar Homework Sheet #29 Writing and Graphing None
Vocabulary:

wampum shells, trade, spirituality, germs, reservations, transportation, migration, and heritage

Write a story using as many of the vocabulary words as possible. None
Writing: Write a story using this week’s vocabulary words. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

 

Week of October 16th, 2017

 

Math – This week students will continue working in Unit 2. Students will explore doubles and  combinations of 10, place value to add within 20, using the near doubles strategy to solve addition facts, and use dominos to explore the turn-around rule for addition  

 

Language Arts – This week we will continue reading our first novel of the year, Zeely by Virginia Hamilton.  We will take a break from our Journey’s stories as we begin our Native American unit.  This week, we will be reading informational text about the People of the Plains.  Our vocabulary words are:  tradition, teepee, parfleche, nomadic, respect, travois, earth lodge, and settlers.  This week, students will continue writing a story about something they know how to make or do.  There will NOT be a reading or vocabulary test this week as students will be working on their People of the Plains packets.

 

Social StudiesThis week students will begin our Native American unit.  This week we will learn about the people of the plains.

 

Science – This week students will continue our first unit of the year – solids and liquids.  This week students will observe liquids with different consistencies and use properties to describe these differences.  

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is below.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb & Ms. Schuch

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math and Reading Comprehension Work Homework Sheet #22 Comprehension and Fast Facts Homework Sheet #23 Grammar and Problem Solving Homework Sheet #24 Writing and Graphing Homework Sheet #25 Vocabulary and Review None
Vocabulary:

tradition, teepee, parfleche, nomadic, respect, travois, earth lodge, settlers.

Write a story using as many of the vocabulary words as possible. None
Writing: Write a story using this week’s vocabulary words. None
 Reading Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes Read for a minimum of 15 minutes

 

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