Mrs. Walldorf's Reading Class

September 12, 2017

We Are Off To a Good Start

We have had a busy two weeks 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 be successful in middle school. So far, we have been learning how to choose books, annotate, and focus on our fluency. We are well into our first classroom novel, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. We will spend the rest of this month focusing on reading strategies, beginning book clubs, and identifying different genres of literature.



Wordly Wise and Spelling

We have Wordly Wise tests every other Thursday. Our first Wordly Wise test will be Sept. 21, on Chapter 1. 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 so that students have two weeks with their words to practice. Our first spelling test will be Thursday, Sept. 28th. 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 a week. Each student will be creating a "reading timeline" (also in their notebooks) of the books they read this year. This will also help students track what genres they tend to gravitate towards and what genres they may need to spend more time reading.


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