Mrs. Walldorf's Reading Class

September 5, 2018

We Are Off To a Good Start

We have had a busy several days in our classroom, getting to know each other, learning new routines, and diving into our reading. My goal this year is for each of your students to find joy in reading, and be equipped with the skills needed to excel in middle school. We are well into our first classroom novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

This week we are learning how to have meaningful book conversations and the language to do that. Students are beginning their first group novels. Students chose from five different historical fiction books which are all set in Colonial America. These books are being read in the classroom. (Students should all have a book that they are reading at home for homework). We will use both our novel and our research on a historical artifact from the books to write an informational paper and create a project. More detailed information on this project and the paper can be found on my PowerSchool Learning page. Rubrics for the project are also located there. I encourage you to look at the information on my PowerSchool Learning page if you have not already. If you are having trouble accessing it, please let me know. All students know how to find it.



Wordly Wise and Spelling/Latin and Greek Roots

We have Wordly Wise tests every other Thursday. (Our Wordly Wise books have not come in yet, but we will begin using them as soon as we get them). Occasionally we will do some of the Wordly Wise exercises in class, but most will be assigned for homework. I know that some nights are busier than others, so although I will assign Wordly Wise for homework, I do not check their workbooks until the day of the test. Please help your child by checking their workbooks to make sure it is getting done if they seem to struggle with this!


Spelling lists will be given out the day after spelling tests and glued into their planner. Spelling tests will alternate with Wordly Wise Tests so that students have two weeks with their words to practice. Our spelling words will be Latin/Greek roots, so they will be learning how to spell the words as well as learning their meaning. Our first spelling list will be handed out this Thursday and our first Spelling Test will be on Thursday, Sept. 20th. Again, students are expected to study these words as part of their homework.


Homework

Students will have 30 minutes of reading homework each night. Sometimes this will be assigned from our classroom novel, but often it will be in a book of their choosing. We are very intentional about talking about and sharing books we have read. We all keep a "Book List" of books we are interested in reading in the future (in our notebooks). We also do "book commercials" on a regular basis so that students always have something they are reading or planning to read. I do not require reading logs, but students will have a prompt that they will respond to in their notebooks a couple times each week. One of the best things you can do as a parent to help your child be successful this year is to encourage your child in their nightly reading. We are participating in a 40 Book Challenge this year. Students have the tracking chart in the "Book List" section of their notebooks. The chart requires that they read a certain amount of books from each genre.


It is a treat to be with your children each day! They are wonderful and smart, and I look forward to watching them grow this year. Thank you for all of the support you are giving at home to help our students be successful! Please don't hesitate to contact me:

jfwalldorf@wsfcs.k12.nc.us


- Mrs. Walldorf