September 23, 2013
Yeah! We have a full week of school :) We will be busy so please make sure that your child is prepared for class everyday.
There seems to be some confusion about the Reading Log. Your child is expected to read or be read to everyday K-3 for 15 minutes a day and 4-6 for 30 minutes per day. Please ensure that your child completes this. Just like in a sport, you can't improve unless you are actually practicing your skills. Reading is a skill. Reading only at school is not enough! Even if you are reading to your child, please have him/her read part a book that is on-level for part of the reading time. This will improve your child's own reading fluency. After your child reads, please sign the reading log.
3rd and 4th Grade Math
This week we will continue working with the associative property, commutative property, and the identity property of addition. Monday students will have a worksheet for homework. We will be working with cubes, manipulatives, and games to increase understanding of the properties. This week's math game is called Addition War. It focuses on comparing numbers and addition skills that help support the work we will be doing with the properties this week. Please be sure that your child plays the new math game and returns the math game folder on Friday. As always, you can find a copy of this week's game under Math Games on my website.
6th Grade Math
5th Grade Wilson Reading
On Monday and Tuesday we will be working to complete and put the finishing touches on the scholars’ Little Free Library presentations. On Wednesday we will read a story called Frog Listens with it’s Mouth. For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. We have moved on to substep 5.2 week, which is reading and spelling words with open syllables and the other syllable types.
5th and 6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Reading
There was a change in plans last week and we started watching the movie "Island of the Blue Dolphins." Students have been watching it in their homeroom during reading, so we adjusted our plans to give our scholars the same opportunity. We will be doing this on Monday and probably into Tuesday. On Wednesday we will read a story called "Frog Listens with It’s Mouth. "For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. Due to the change with the movie, we did not complete the story from Six Way Paragraphs last week called "Collectable Cars." We will begin working on it on Thursday of this week. We will focus on the vocabulary and the questions. For homework they are to read the story and answer the questions. On Friday they will discuss the story and their answers in a group. They need to be prepared to support their answers from the story.
4th Grade Reading
We will be doing Read Naturally on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we will read a story called "Frog Listens with It’s Mouth." For homework students will need to read the story with a parent and have them sign off on the story that they did so. Thursday and Friday we will be doing an activities to work on main idea and supporting details.
1st Grade Reading
This week we will continue to review letters and sounds. We will be working on using tapping for reading and spelling three letter words. We are also charting each scholar's fluency daily. Be sure to be working on the assigned probe each week. This week's probe is 6.
6th Grade Writing
This week we will begin Four Level Grammar. This is a program that is being used throughout the school to immerse children in grammar. I have used this program for years and it is very effective and carries over to reading. We will spend 5-10 minutes a day on grammar. This week we will focus on writing about the Catalina trip and for those students that did not attend the trip, they will be writing about the activities that they did at school last week.