Monclova Primary

Weekly Bulletin

Events for Week of May 7 - May 13


Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 7

1st Grade Field Trip - County Farm 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tornado Drill - 10:00 am

LPDC - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, May 8

Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

See Shared Agenda - Monclova Primary - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday, May 9

Tornado Drill - 10:00 am

Thursday, May 10

Fire Drill - 10:00 am

Friday, May 11

Saturday, May 12

Generals 5K and Health Expo - Campus


Thank you:

Mr. Sabo for a great Field day. It was very organized, the kids were highly engaged and having fun. Thank you teachers for helping to make this a great day with your class!

Fay for our last Wellness Wednesday activity. You have out done yourself all year with these great activities for the kids and staff!


Teacher Appreciation Celebration. Please send a note of thanks to MAPS.

Monday-Granite City

Wednesday-Pizza Aroma

Thursday- City BBQ

Friday- assortment of desserts

Last week to check out books from the library.

The link to sign up for the CREATE! conference is now available. I highly recommend attending this conference. It's free to AW employees and is hosted at the AW high school. There are many great presentations available and worth your time. You will definitely walk away with some new ideas to implement immediately.

The document to sign up for a summer book was shared this week, please enter your choice as soon as possible so I can them ordered.

Generals 5K and health expo is Saturday. Those running/walking will be entered into a drawing for a free pair of shoes from Dave's Running Shop. Anybody registered for the race and participates will get a lunch on The Wellness Committee and Mrs. Murry!

Professional Development Day - May 8

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 7 - May 11

Generals 5K/ Health Expo - May 12

Right to Read Week - May 14 - 18

Family Fun Night - May 18

Scoops for Schools - May 24 - 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Last Day Blast and LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS! - May 31

Words of Wisdom and Action..............................

Guided reading can look different in classrooms and can be part of a solid balanced literacy classroom. It is a tool to meet the needs of the students and not focus a majority of your time on whole group teaching. Small chunks of whole group are important and should be incorporated.

Quick FAQ:

What is guided reading?

Guided reading is a instructional approach that involves a teacher working with a small group of readers. During the lesson, the teacher provides a text that students can read with support, coaching the learners as they use problem-solving strategies to read the text. The ultimate goal is independent reading.

What are some features of guided reading?

  • The teacher meets with groups of 3-6 students.
  • The groups are flexible and fluid; they change based on ongoing assessment.
  • Children are grouped according to reading level.
  • During the lesson, the students read a text that is slightly harder than what they can read without support.
  • The teacher coaches students as they read.

What does a guided reading lesson look like?

It varies based on reading level, but here’s a general structure for a 15-20 minute lesson.

  • Students re-read familiar texts for several minutes. This is a great way to promote fluency!
  • For just a minute or so, the students practice previously learned sight words.
  • The teacher introduces the text.
  • The students read the text out loud or silently while the teacher coaches. They do not take turns reading; instead, each child reads the text in its entirety.
  • The teacher leads a discussion of the text.
  • The teacher makes 1-2 teaching points.
  • If time allows, students do a few minutes of word work or guided writing.

What is the rest of the class doing?

Ah, yes – the million dollar question! Teachers handle this different ways. Here are some possibilities:

  • Have the students do independent reading or partner reading.
  • Let students choose from the Daily 5 options.
  • Have children work at literacy centers.

How are guided reading and strategy groups different?

Both types of instruction allow you to meet with small groups for focused teaching. The difference is that strategy groups can be groups of children at different reading levels. You’ve grouped them for work toward a particular goal – such as fluency, comprehension, or word solving. You might have each of them bring their own text to the table when you meet.