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January 13, 2020- January 17, 2020 – MOY NWEA TEST and Wax Museum

Weekly Objectives: 

Literacy

Students will identify supporting details in their biographies. All personal biographies due 1/15/2020

Math

Students will continue to solve multiplication problems using a variety of strategies

Social Studies

Students will study the states in the Midwest Region of the U.S

NWEA The fourth graders will be taking the NWEA middle of the year (MOY) assessment on Wednesday and Thursday.

The fourth grade wax museum will take place on Thursday,January 31 @ 9 a.m.. All parents are invited to attend.  Please make certain students have their biographies this week.


 

Posted on 13th January 2020
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Spirit Week December 16, 2019- December 20, 2019

12/16/19, Monday – Ugly, Beautiful Sweater Day

12/17/19, Tuesday – Character & Role Play Day or Crazy Mix Match/ backward clothes day

12/18/19, Wednesday – Floor Color War Day & Ray Warrior Family Community Night, Winter Wonderland

12/19/19, Thursday – Pajama, Story, Movie & Stuffed Animal Day

12/20/19, Friday – Dance Party, Sports, Snowball Day

*Sweater Day – Take class photos and present fun awards (write categories on the board or project from a screen)

*Character Day – Students can wear like their favorite book or movie character (must be school appropriate). Set aside for students play charades or role-play. Staff, you can play in the teacher’s during your lunch break.

*Floor Color Wars

Annex – Yellow

1st Floor – Green

2nd Floor – Red

3rd Floor – Blue

*Ray Warrior Community Night: story time, cookie decorating, choir performance and arts & crafts

*PJ Day – Onesie Fun, movies in class and/or auditorium on the big screen. Hopefully, our popcorn machine will be available. Grade Level Story time in the library (schedule forthcoming)

*Friday – AM Sports/PM Dance Parties/Make paper snowballs & enjoy!

Posted on 13th December 2019
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December 9- December 13, 2019 Ms. Garza Takes Over!!!!

Greetings Parents!

This week, December 9th  through December 13th, Ms. Garza the student-intern from the University of Chicago – Urban Teacher Education Program, will be fully responsible for all instruction. She is completely responsible for the planning, implementation, assignments, and grading for this week.

Here is an overview of the student’s week:

In English Language Arts, students are currently exploring biographies. Students will learn how to identify the theme, main idea, character traits, and summarize nonfiction biographical texts.

This week in Math, students will be introduced to the relationship between fraction and decimals.  On Friday, students will play relevant math games that allow them to have more exposure to fractions with different denominators, equivalent fractions, and decimals to the tenths and hundredths place.

In Social Science, students will describe the physical geography of the southwest region. They will read and identify physical landmarks on a map of the southwest region.

If you have any questions, encouragements, concerns, or comments at all, please feel welcomed to e-mail me at mrtoney@cps.edu with the subject Ms. Garza’s takeover.

Ms. Garza and Dr. Toney- James

Posted on 9th December 2019
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Thanksgiving Break Project – Due Tuesday 12/03/19

Dr. James Social Science

PowerPoint/ Poster board presentation on your Thanksgiving Break

The PowerPoint (Google Slide)/ Poster board should include the following:

  • The presentation should have a title for your project, name, date and room number
  • 2-3 photographs (poster) 3-5 slides w/ photo (slide show presentation)
  • Summary of what is taking place in the photos

An oral presentation

  • You will also be required to present your project to your classmates.
  • You can include videos in your slides. But keep the video to under 60 seconds.
  • Your oral presentation should be well-prepared and well-rehearsed.
  • Be prepared to answer any questions that me or classmates might have.
  • Be creative and Have Fun!
  • Due Tuesday December 3, 2019

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November 25, 2019- November 29, 2019

Weekly Objectives – All Homework is Due Monday 12/01/19 

Literacy

The students will meet in guided reading groups to identify the main idea of the biography that each group is reading.

Homework:

Thanksgiving Break Photograph Assignment (H)

Book Log (H)

Math

The students will continue to learn about equivalent fractions using number lines and fraction piece

Monday- HomeLinks  3.3.(H)

Study Multiplication

*Write facts 5  times each

Due the next day

Tuesday- HomeLinks  3.4.(H)

Study Multiplication

*Write facts 5  times each

 

 

 

 

Posted on 25th November 2019
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November 4, 2019- November 8, 2019-Welcome Back!!!!!!!

Welcome back!!!! Friendly Reminder there is No School:

Friday, November 8, 2019 – Teacher Professional Development

Monday, November 11, 2019- Veteran’s Day

Wednesday November 13, 2019- Report

Weekly Learning Objectives:  

Literacy- Revisited

Students will  demonstrate their knowledge of inference, main idea, summary, theme and character trait by creating a book cover for the “Whipping Boy”

Math

Students will classifying quadrilaterals by their properties.  In their classification of quadrilaterals, the fourth graders should be able to identify parallel lines, right angles, and congruent sides as possible attributes.  The fourth graders will also explore symmetry

 

Social Studies

Culminating Art Activity : Guitar making is a tradition passed down from generation to generation students will complete a guitar making activity for Hispanic heritage

 

Posted on 5th November 2019
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Report Card Pickup Wednesday November 13, 2019

Report Card Pickup Schedule Request Form

Report card Pickup:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12:00p.m- 6:00p.m.

                                                                                 Dr. Toney- James Room 206

Child’s Name__________________________________

Parent’s Name________________________________

Parent Email__________________________________

Please choose 3 time slots and indicate your preference by writing the time next to 1st,  2nd  or 3rd. Appointments are given in 10 minute increments.  You may also email me at mrtoney@cps.edu.

Note: Time slots are given on a first come first served basis.

1st choice:_______________

2nd choice:_______________

3rd choice:_______________

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Toney-James

 

 

Posted on 5th November 2019
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September 23, 2019 – September 27, 2019

Congratulations to Jacari Williams he was last weeks Student of the Week

Reading- In  Reading, students will determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. students will investigate the differences between main idea and theme in their stories.

Math- In Math students will continue working on Unit 1-Place Value: Multi-digit Addition and SubtractionStudents will practice adding and subtracting using the traditional method.  We will also explore and learn properties of lines segments, rays, angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals. In addition, students will solve problems converting units involving yards, feet, and inches.

Social Science- Students will be able to:

  • define key terms
  • list the five themes of geography
  • identify characteristics of the five themes of geography
  • Student will create a 5 themes of geography flip book in class.

 

Homework Chart September 23, 2019 

SUBJECT MONDAY

9/23/19

TUESDAY

9/24/19

WEDNESDAY

9/25/19

THURSDAY

9/26/19

FRIDAY

9/27 /19- “Fix it Friday” 

Literacy

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

 

Group A: How Tia Lola Came to Stay pg 73,

 

Group B: Off and Running pg 72

Tic-Tac- Toe (H)

 

Work on Cereal Box

Projects Due this week.

 Tic-Tac- Toe (H)

 

Work on Cereal Box Project (H)

Due this week.

 

 

Tic-Tac- Toe (H)

 

Work on Cereal Box Project (H) Due this week.

All Tic-Tac-Toe Homework Due

 

 

Weekly Literacy Assessment

Math

.Generalize place value understanding multi-digit whole numbers; Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

Homelinks

1.9 (H)

Study 4 times tables (H)

Homelinks

1.10 (H)

Study 4 times tables (H)

Homelinks

1.11 (H)

Study 4  times tables (H)

Homelinks

1.12 (H)

Timed test Thursday

60 second timed test on the 4 times tables

All Homework Due

Math Game Day

 

Weekly Math Review (C)

 

Social Studies

Students will learn about the 5 themes of geography

 

 

5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

5 themes of Geography info (C)

Flip book

Due Today!

 Relative and Absolute location Scavenger Hunt (C) Scholastic Current Events Activity

Posted on 23rd September 2019
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September 16, 2019 – September 20, 2019

Congratulations to Ruby Anderson for Student of the Week! 

Dear Parents,

Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week. Also make certain that you register for class dojo if you have not. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Thursday timed test. This week students should be practicing  their 3 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due The Week of September 23, 2019 

Weekly Objectives 

Reading- Students will continue to read The Whipping Boy. Students will work to identify the theme  of the text.   We will practice finding the theme  throughout the week. Earbuds due this week!

Math-Students will be taught to use the U.S. traditional method of addition. We will also review strategies for solving word problems.

Social Studies-  Students will begin to explore the Continents and Oceans of the World.

 

Congratulations to Ruby Anderson for Student of the Week! 

Dear Parents,

Please make certain that your child returns their CPS packet back this week. Also make certain that you register for class dojo if you have not. Lastly, make certain your child is completing homework daily and studying for Thursday timed test. This week students should be practicing  their 3 multiplication facts. Cereal Box Projects due The Week of September 23, 2019 

Homework 

 Monday: Homelinks 1.6

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Tuesday: Homelinks 1.7

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Wednesday: Homelinks 1.8

Study Math Facts (3’s)

Thursday: Homelinks 1.7- Timed Test 

All homelinks Due Friday: 

Reading Group A: Read “My Brother Martin” pg 47   Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities in homework notebook

Reading Group B: Blasting Off to Space Academy” pg. 46. Complete three Tic Tac Toe activities in homework notebook

Work on Cereal Box Projects due the Week of 9/23/19

Posted on 17th September 2019
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2019- 2020 Fourth Grade Grading Rubric

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the rubric that is used for daily assignments and homework. Please Click the link below.

Fourth-Grade-Grading-Rubric Room 206

Posted on 4th September 2019
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2019- 2020 Class Schedule Room 206

Our Class Schedule

Arrival: 8:45 a.m.    Math: 8:45 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Science 10:30- 11:15 (Lemberis)   Writing: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Wejman)

Recess/ Lunch: 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.   12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Classroom Meeting

Literacy: 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.             Social Science 2:00p.m- 2:45p.m (Toney-James)

2:45p.m- 3:45 p.m.  (Specials)

Specials

Monday– Art

Tuesday –Dance

Wednesday–Music

Thursday- P.E.

Friday– Spanish

Posted on 4th September 2019
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Welcome for Ms. Garza (Student Intern)

To the families of room 206, 

My name is Avery Garza and I am very excited to join Ray Elementary as a student teacher in the 4th grade! I am a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) pursuing my masters in teaching. At the end of this school year I will be endorsed to teach 1st-6th grade in all subjects. This year I will be a resident student teacher working in Dr. James’ classroom. As a student teacher I will be working closely with Dr. James to observe and participate in classroom activities and will be involved in co-planning and leading instruction.     

 

I came to Chicago to pursue a career in education. After working as an assistant teacher in a sixth grade classroom in Milwaukee I heard about the UTEP program and decided to get my masters in teaching. My experiences in Milwaukee opened my eyes to how much I love to work with young people in supporting  their curiosity and helping to guide their explorations. I believe that building strong relationships with students and families is at the core of a successful classroom and I look forward to learning more about your student over the coming months. 

 

I would like to share a little bit about myself. I grew up in Austin, Texas where I lived with my parents and one younger brother until leaving for undergrad in Arkansas at Hendrix College. At Hendrix I got my bachelor’s in Marketing and Communication while exploring my passion for education through tutoring and volunteering at a local elementary school. This will be my third year in Chicago as a Hyde Park resident, and I am still learning how to adjust to the winters here! In the summer I enjoy spending time at Promontory Point and riding my bike as much as possible. 

 

In addition to building strong relationships in the classroom, I am excited to work to build community in and around Hyde Park and especially here with everyone who makes up the wonderful community here at Ray! 

 

I look forward to an excellent school year,

-Avery Garza

Posted on 4th September 2019
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