Staying In-the-Know

with Mrs. Drayton

Dutch Fork Elementary The Academy of Environmental Sciences, Title I

10.5.17

VIP Folder & Reminders

  • weekly work
  • Gifted Education Program Brochure
  • Book Fair Flyer


  • Affixes Quiz 3 & Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow 10/6
  • Camp Gravatt Field Trip Money due tomorrow 10/6
  • Literacy Night, Thursday 10/12 @ 6 pm
  • Camp Gravatt Field Trip Friday 10/20
  • Tag of Honor Friday 11/3 @ 10:05-10:55

Bee Week

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Book Fair Next Week

Monday: 7:30-3:00

Tuesday: 7:30-3:00

Wednesday: 7:30-3:00

Thursday: 7:30-7:30 (Literacy Night)

Friday: 7:30-3:00

Literacy Corner

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Book Clubs

We are so excited about beginning book clubs next week. This week we spent time:


  • identifying the purpose of book club
  • establishing norms (how we will behave and expectations for book club)
  • discussing language (how to agree and disagree respectfully)
  • explaining the importance of text evidence and how to use it in a conversation


This week our focus was to focus on how to have productive and engaging conversations. Most of these conversations were centered around our class read aloud, Home of the Brave.


We have had conversations around the following reading skills we are growing in to:


  • I can understand and explain characters by focusing on traits, how they change over time, how they handle difficult situations, how they are on the inside versus the outside, and other details we have read.
  • I can use story elements like plot, repeating ideas, setting, and character development to understand the story better.
  • I can identify a theme and explain how the theme unfolds throughout the story.


Ask your reader about the responses that have gone into his or her reading notebook. Ask your reader which response they are most proud of and why? This may be a great time to do a before and after. What does the first response look like compared to the response they are most proud of? Let's be certain to celebrate progress!

Reader's Theater

Your kiddos are performers! We had our first reader's theater this year. I was able to record their performance of "The Mighty Hercules" in small snippets. The purpose of our reader's theater was to improve our fluency. Fluency is more than just sounding good as a reader. Strong fluency demonstrates your reader's ability to understand the text. If we understand how the character feels and what is happening in the story we can use our voices to show our understanding. We will continue to incorporate reader's theaters and improve our fluency.
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Narrative Writings

Seed ideas from our Top 10 lists and stories that matter to us have allowed us to choose one memory to grow into a narrative story. Some questions to guide our narrative unit have been:


  • How do we hook our reader to want to read more?
  • How does dialogue help us understand our character better?
  • What strategies can we use to paint a picture for our reader?
  • Why do we use transitional phrases and how do they impact our writing?
  • Why are revisions necessary to a growing piece of writing?
  • Why is self-assessment and reflection helpful for our growth as writers?

U.S. History Unit of Study

Coming up...

We have completed our Reconstruction Unit.


Our next unit of study is Westward Expansion. Stay tuned for guiding questions and experiences to help us understand this time period and its impact on America.

Green Apple Day of Service

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Our environmentalists worked very hard to clean up our Nature Trail!! Thank you for all of your support.