Morton's Musings

Communication for the week of August 31, 2015

Class Information


Comprehension Strategy - When reading with your child this week, ask questions about the characters and the setting of the fiction stories you or they read.

Phonics Strategy - Thinking about words with the short /a/ and /ck/ sounds. Have your child find words in books with these sounds. Talk about where the sounds are located in the word. Help them recognize /ck/ is always after a short vowel sound and never found at the beginning of a word.


The students will have a weekly spelling test. The words will be sent home on Monday. They can take the test on Tuesday or Wednesday if they ask me. They have to take the test on Thursday. If they master all the spelling words (do not have to master the "words to read", just know how to read those) on Thursday, they will not have to do the post test on Friday. If they still need practice on the words, a list will be sent home Thursday. Please help them practice and they will retake the test on Friday.

This weeks words are: can, cat, back, dad, am, bat, mad, ran, sack, at.

Words to Read

Each week the students will learn 5 or 6 high frequency words. These are words which are found a lot in our language and many can not be sounded out. Please help your child to learn to read these words both in isolation and in sentences.

The words this week are: come, in, on, my, way.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights

  • Nightly math homework sheet, due the next day.
  • Practice spelling words, due whenever they would like to take the test. If they do not master the test, please keep practicing nightly until the post test on Friday
  • Practice the weekly Words to Read.
  • Read or be read to at least 20 minutes a night working on our weekly comprehension and phonics strategies as reading.

During the week

  • Fresh Reads - a reading sheet will be sent home weekly. This sheet will have a short story (or pictures of a story at the beginning the year). Please have your child read the story independently. With your help, please have them answer the comprehension question on the back of the sheet. Due on Fridays.
  • Decodable story - at times, some student may be sent home a decodable story to read at home. If they bring one home, please read it with them. Please sign and date the front, sending the story back to school the next day.

Snack - Please send some this week. Thank you in advance.

We do have a daily snack time. I do request parents donate a snack which can be shared with the class. At any time you can send a healthy snack to school with your child. These snacks can be fresh fruit, veggies, yogurt or cheese because we do have a refrigerator in the class. Crackers or other healthy snacks are welcomed, too. Thanks for helping the students keep their brains fueled for all the amazing learning they will be doing this year!


To make our writing and creation workstation engaging I do ask for donations. I am looking for letter stickers, ink pads, scrap paper, foam stickers, pipe cleaners, plastic beads, TP rolls, post cards, thank you card, etc. Keep the donations rolling in throughout the school year. Thanks!
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