Red Cluster (Grades 1-2)

Welcome to red.clusteratme.com (Red Cluster)

Red Cluster's theme is "From Start to Finish: Learning About Growth and Change in Ourselves and in the World Around Us." We believe the best place to start is with activities that help students internalize the concepts of cycles, processes, and sequencing. Our units and field trips support these ideas.

This theme will extend across the curriculum. Using an excellent book series called "From Start to Finish," from the Lerner Publishing Company, we will be learning to observe, describe, and create change and growth in a variety of ways.

In science, we study the predictable, but fascinating life cycles of animals and plants. Through a variety of hands-on experiences, the students gain a deep appreciation and understanding of these cycles in nature, while learning where many of our common household items and foods come from. One example of a unit in this area is “From Wheat to Bread.”

In social studies, learning about processes helps us understand how people meet their needs using raw materials and changing them into useful items. The units “From Wax to Crayon” and “From Cotton to T-Shirt” are examples of such processes.

In math, we look at the ways in which numbers, shapes, and measurements grow and change. We add, repeat, and subtract numbers, use combinations of shapes to make other shapes, and learn about time passing, money changing from coins into bills, and inches becoming feet.

In language arts, children learn to research through reading, sequence their ideas in oral and written stories, and use transition words in their writing (such as first, next, after that, and finally).

The culminating project is a unit in which we teach the children how authors start with an idea, and finish with a real book. The children will write their own books about something going from start to finish.

Our literature-rich and child-centered environment challenges and encourages students to grow and change as learners, friends, and citizens of Red Cluster, Open School, and the world.

Sincerely, 

Ms. Mesri and Ms. Roth (A + J)

Click Here for important beginning-of-the-year information about Red Cluster

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Day 10 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 27 (last updated Mar 27)

Good Morning Red!

Day 9 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 26 (last updated Mar 26)

Hi Red Cluster!

It was so great seeing so many of you in our zoom class this morning! We love checking in with you to hear how you are doing. It sounds like everyone is busy learning math, making beautiful art projects, spending time with family and more!

Day 8 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 25 (last updated Mar 25)

Happy Wednesday!

Tomorrow we will mail out envelopes that contain the next two spelling lists for your child. You will also receive two blank spelling packets as well as your child’s next two math packets. In class we have several students who have been working on printing and letter formation. We have sent a printing packet to those students as well in case you would like your child to continue this work.

Day 7 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 24 (last updated Mar 24)

Hello Red Cluster!

On Tuesday mornings, Red Cluster has math for about 45 minutes. There are several options for students to choose from to get in their math time today. Children can log on to ST Math and/or continue to work in their math packets. Children can also enjoy some of the math games we have sent home thus far. Before school closed, we were beginning to learn about fractions. There are many ways to explore fractions at home, especially when cooking food or making meals.

Week 2 of At-Home Learning (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 23 (last updated Mar 23)

Hello Red Cluster,

Hopefully everyone had a great weekend. We also hope that YOU, the parents, were able to find a moment to rest and recharge. Today we have included a snapshot of our weekly schedule. Please use this as a reference throughout the week if you find it helpful. You can find a PDF of this document in your email as well.

At-Home Learning Day 5 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 20 (last updated Mar 20)

Hello Red Families,

At-Home Learning Day 4 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 19 (last updated Mar 19)

Good morning, Red Cluster!

How was Day 3 of at-home learning? Today is the first day of Spring! Hopefully you can find a moment today to go outside and find signs of spring, such as blooming flowers, birds chirping, and insects crawling.

Story Time From Space!

On Thursdays, Red Cluster has Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop and science. For reading today, your child can click on the link below to watch an astronaut read the story Ada Twist, Scientist from her space station!

At-Home Learning Day 3 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 18 (last updated Mar 18)

Hello Red Cluster Families,

We hope you had a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day yesterday! It brought so much joy to our hearts to see our students' smiling faces on Padlet. We noticed many of our students wrote supportive and loving comments for each other as well! This is a true testament to the beautiful community we have in Red Cluster and at Open School.

At-Home Learning Day 3 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 18 (last updated Mar 18)

Hello Red Cluster Families,

We hope you had a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day yesterday! It brought so much joy to our hearts to see our students' smiling faces on Padlet. We noticed many of our students wrote supportive and loving comments for each other as well! This is a true testament to the beautiful community we have in Red Cluster and at Open School. 

At-Home Learning Day 2 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 17 (last updated Mar 17)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Hopefully Day 1 of at-home learning went well and everyone is still in positive spirits! We certainly missed everyone. While we are disappointed that we can't be together today to see if our leprechaun traps were a success, we found a way to share the magic of St. Patrick's Day from our homes! 

At-Home Learning Day 2 (Article)

Submitted by Red Teacher on Mar 17 (last updated Mar 18)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Hopefully Day 1 of at-home learning went well and everyone is still in positive spirits! We certainly missed everyone. While we are disappointed that we can't be together today to see if our leprechaun traps were a success, we found a way to share the magic of St. Patrick's Day from our homes!

Extended Home Learning (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Mar 16 (last updated Mar 16)

Dear Red Cluster Parents and Families,

On Friday we sent a folder of work for your child to complete while at home. We know that this can be an uncertain and stressful time and we hope to support your child’s at home learning as best as we can by providing helpful resources and tools for your family to use.

Writing: Please encourage your child to practice writing each day. We have listed a few ideas below on how your child can use the writing journal we sent home.

Respond to one writing prompt/day:

Red Cluster Update (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Mar 16 (last updated Mar 16)

Hello Red Cluster Families,

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