Portable 7 News

August 22 - 26

First week of school

Wow! It has been an intense first week of school. Students are starting to learn procedures and expectations while forming new bonds of friendship in our classroom. We began our lessons on digital citizenship and students have been assigned their laptops. Excitement was in the air that day. Students have already started their daily math fluency practice on xtramath.org as well as their initial assessment on Think Through Math. Flyers were sent home in Wednesday's folders with instructions on how to create a parent accounts for Xtramath, Istation, and Think Through Math. Creating parent accounts allows you to monitor progress and set up home access. I encourage students to take advantage of the online resources and practice at home or in a public library if possible.


7:40 - 7:50 - Morning Assembly

7:55 - 8:05 - Run Track

8:05 - 9:25 - Math

9:25 - 9:35 - Brain Break / Snack

9:35 - 10:35 - Writing

10:35 - 11:55 - Reading

12:00 - 12:30 - Lunch

12:30 - 1:00 - Recess

1:00 - 1:40 - SEL/Science/Afternoon Block

1:45 - 2:30 - Specials (Music/Art/PE)

2:30 - 2:52 - Read Aloud/Agendas/Pack-up

2:52 - Bus Riders/Safety Patrol dismissal

2:57 - Car riders and after school care dismissal

3:00 - Remaining car riders check into office

Library time is on Thursdays from 10:30 - 11:00

Reading Buddies with Ms. Maldonado's kindergarten class on Fridays 9:30 - 10:00

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) on Mondays from 1:00-1:40

Ms. Kirk's lessons are every other Thursday from 1:00-1:40

Snacks and supplies

Each day at 9:30 the students are provided a snack during our brain break. I have found that students do get hungry around that time and will start to get distracted from their work if not re-energized. Please send a healthy snack with your child and/or sign up for our snack list to contribute to our classroom supply. Some suggestions include:

  • Cheez-its
  • Goldfish
  • Crackers
  • Cuties or Clementines
  • Apples
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Granola bars
  • Cereal (Cinnamon Toast, Apple Jacks, and Chex are popular)
  • Animal crackers

In addition to the standard school supplies our classroom goes through a large amount of tissues and Clorox wipes. If you are able please send some of each with your child.

Technology Connection

My classroom is a 1:1 setting where each student is assigned their own chromebook. They will have their own personal login for numerous websites and will be completing a large portion of their learning online. Austin ISD utilizes Google drive and apps for our technology needs. Students will be submitting work using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms.


The next few weeks will focus on:

Number and operations. The student applies mathematical process standards to represent, compare, and order whole numbers and decimals and understand relationships related to place value.

We will be answering these essential questions:

  • How do you read, write, and represent decimals through the hundredths?

  • How is the value of a digit related to its place value position?

  • How can you use place value to compare and order whole numbers/decimals?

  • How can you use place value to round whole numbers to a given place?

  • How can a decimal be represented?

  • How can expanded notation be used to represent whole numbers and decimals?

  • How can whole numbers and decimals be represented on a number line?

Our focus this week was:

interpreting the value of each place-value position as 10 times the position to the right and as one-tenth of the value of the place to its left

Video Walkthrough: Place Value x 10 to the left x 1/10 to the right 5.NBT.1

representing the value of the digit in whole numbers through 1,000,000,000 using expanded notation and numerals

Understanding multi-digit whole number place value concepts—Lesson 1 of 5 (Common Core 4.NBT.1)
Recognizing the value of digits in a multi-digit number--Lesson 1 of 5 (Common Core 5.NBT.1)
Expanded Notation
Place Value Chart

Printable place value chart - billions to hundredths

Graph Paper

STAAR approved graph paper


In writing this week students worked on a heart map to help establish connections with personal experiences. Next week we will be decorating our writing composition books with personal photos, magazine cut-outs, and printed images to help retrieve memories that we can use in our writing. Please help by copying or printing photos that they can use. We will begin on personal narratives and photos and images help students

Spelling tests will begin next week. I am currently in a beta testing group for spellingcity.com and will be utilizing the site for spelling assessments this year. My students enjoyed it last year but we only used it for a short period of time. I will send home flyers with student logins so you can view their progress. Spellingcity also has 35+ games that students can play using their word lists. Twenty five minutes of activity on spellingcity at home counts for the spelling portion of the homework that week.

Labor day - No school

Our first holiday is scheduled for September 5th. I hope everyone gets to enjoy the last of the beautiful summer weather!


Digital Citizenship

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Technology Packet

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I've included the May lunch menu as well as the weight watcher's point chart. So much food gets wasted each day. Please talk to your kids about making smart healthy choices while at school. As a frequent diner at Maplewood I would have to say the food is not that bad
May Menu

May Elementary lunch menu