Turner's Learners Power On
Ways to Promote Learning Growth this Summer and Beyond
Thank You, Parents, for a Great Learning Partnership
Your child is fortunate to be a learner at an exciting time in history. Technology affords many opportunities. Some of our classmates created a video to thank our school's foundation, which has worked tirelessly to integrate technology into our learning experiences. The video provides a splendid summary of ways that we have been using technology to strengthen our learning. While the video is not embedded into this newsletter, it is being sent to you via Email. Enjoy!
Challenge Your Child to Explore Hoagies!
Personalize Learning with Technology
Compass Learning (math activities are tied to spring MAPS score)
Lexia Core5 (try to finish all of the levels)
Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science Take Us to Exciting Places, Both Virtual and Live!
Read! Read! Read!
Adolescent Literacy Site (resources for grades 4-12; summer book list; author interviews)
www.justonemorebook.com (get podcasts that review books; tips on selecting books)
www.rif.org (parent resources and booklist)
Since vocabulary development is crucial in the upper grades, encourage your child to keep a list of unfamiliar words that he or she encounters while reading. Have your child use a dictionary to learn the meanings of these words. On-line dictionaries like www.dictionary.com work well. This site has a "word of the day" that your child might enjoy discovering, too. When reading "paper" books, your child may want to read with an electronic device next to him or her, so that words can be quickly defined and pronounced through the use of a dictionary app or site.
Remember, Lexia Core5 helps build reading skills, too.
Write! Write! Write!
Some children like to explore writing in the world of apps. Book Creator is a favorite one. Other fun storytelling technology tools are Puppet Pals and Videolicious. Some apps do have to be purchased.
Solve! Solve! Solve!
Stay Connected with Happenings in Our Ever-changing World Via Twitter Searches
Social media is a part of our children's world. By using it responsibly, such as described above, we model acceptable usage of it. Please do know that I have told all of the students that they cannot use this research tool at home unless they have parent permission.
It is always difficult to say good-bye to a class of great students and caring parents. Teaching your wonderful and amazing children has been an honor. I will miss each and every one of them! I offer you my sincerest thanks for a terrific year!