Caryl Witt

(630) 834-5562 x4539 

 READING WORKSHOP has begun! Developing a love for reading and focusing on comprehension skills will promote better readers.  Students are guided through interactive read alouds to grow as readers. Our focus will be on these Common Core Standards:

R.L.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

R.F.1.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

R.L.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message/main topic or lesson.            

R.F.1.3 Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

In addition to these standards, high frequency words will be introduced each week. Students are expected to read the words quickly and write them accurately in their daily writing. Words include:

9/16   me, we, go, on
9/23  the, all, how, than
9/30  like, be, if, she
10/7  my, big, don't, put
10/13  you, as, not, for
10/20  am, has, day, I'm
10/27  one, out, him, there


EUREKA MATH, a progressive sequenced program connects math to the real world. Students are expected to persevere to solve problems and explain their thinking to build deeper understanding of the  mathematical  process. Each day we will work together on a focused skill.

the mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

- plutarch

Our year long unit in science is on animals and habitats. Students will be
responsible for knowing the five animal classes and identifying their characteristics. These include:
1. Mammals- warm blooded, babies are born alive, drink milk from their mother, have hair or fur
2. Birds- warm blooded, lay eggs, have feathers
3. Reptiles- cold blooded, born on land, have scales
4. Amphibians- cold blooded, born in water, have gills then lungs
5. Fish- cold blooded, lay eggs, have gills, scales, and fins
Discovering our world's diverse habitats is also another area of focus. Our first
habitat we explored was the savanna.

Students are discovering that they are part of many broader communities including their families, class, school, and
neighborhood. They realize that as group members they have to follow rules in order to be good citizens. The students will 
identify people and places in the neighborhood and get a simple
introduction to economics with needs and wants. Finally, they will realize that neighborhoods have rules and laws and that
neighborhoods change over time.

Specials Schedule

Monday - Music, PE

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - Music, PE

Thursday - Library



District 205 supports "snack breaks" as an important part of a student's day.  A nutritional snack provides essential nutrients for the brain and also additional energy to stay attentive in class.  I am asking for your support by providing your child with a daily nutritious snack. Snacks should be small, non messy, and ready to eat.  Items such as fresh fruit, pretzels, crackers, and vegetables are appropriate choices. Please do not send cookies, candy, "fruit snacks", or chips as they will not be permitted.  We are a nut free classroom!

Water bottles may be kept in the classroom as well.  Please ensure they only contain water.




Your child's birthday is a special event in your child's life.  While birthday treats are not expected, District 205 has instituted a non-edible treat policy for birthdays.  If you wish to send  a treat, some suggestions might include: a pencil, stickers, or erasers.