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Happenings in Mrs. Paluch's Class!

January 4, 2016

Welcome Back!! I hope everyone had a fun, relaxing break.

Thank you Mrs. Auten, Mrs. Aviles, Mrs. Bonesz, Mrs. Kelty and Mrs. Misek for a FUN winter party!!

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Curriculum Information

ELA- (English/Language Arts)

We are starting Unit 2 Module A this week.

We will read the story, The Athabascans: Old Ways and New Ways.

Starting Wednesday we will begin the chapter book, The Year of Miss Agnes.

Reading Essential Question: How do readers use evidence from texts to understand what they read?

Writing Essential Question: How do writers include character dialogue and actions to affect the events in a story?

Focus This Week:

  • Determine the main idea of a text and recount the key details.
  • Look how main idea and supporting details help readers understand the text.
  • Understand how authors choose words for a particular effect.
  • Understand that a central message is conveyed through character actions.
  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text.

Foundational Skills: Compound Words


  • Research and gather information to assist in writing a narrative.
  • I will teach kids how to take notes from an informational story and then use those notes to write a narrative.
  • Talk about the genre of narrative writing. The elements of narrative writing are: a strong narrator and characters, clear sequence of events, temporal words/phrases that signal the order of events, dialogue and character actions that impact events and a conclusion.


  • Capitalization rules in titles and Proper Nouns
  • Adverbs- words that modify, or describe verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. Ex., slowly, heavily, badly.


Lessons this week:

  • On Monday we will review the distributive property and add information into our Math Notebook. We will play some fun New Year's themed math games!
  • Associative Property of Multiplication
  • Write and evaluate expressions

This Week's Homework:

Tuesday 1/5- 9.4

Wednesday 1/6- 9.5

Thursday 1/7- 9.6


While we are waiting for our next science unit to arrive, kids will research different organs such as kidneys, liver, heart, skin, small/large intestines, etc... They will then present all that they have learned to the class.

Social Studies

  • The children will finish up learning about exploration and colonization of Illinois.

Important Dates

  • Jan. 14 2nd Quarter Grades Available online after 4:00
  • Jan. 18 No School Martin Luther King Day