ESL News--1st, 3rd, & 5th Graders

Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Dianne Anderson

A Message from the Teacher

Dear Parents,


How does your child feel about reading? Is he or she excited about it, or does your child avoid it? Here are some reasons that students may choose not to read:


  • They are not interested in the book they are reading.
  • The book is too hard for them.
  • The book is too easy for them.
  • They don't have a regular routine for reading each day.
  • They don't have any background knowledge about the topic.


Here are some ideas that may encourage you child to read:


  1. Talk to your child about choosing a "just right" book. This is a book that is not too hard and not to easy. A good rule of thumb is this . . . if there are five or more words on a page that a child cannot read, it is probably too hard.
  2. Make reading a family event. Set aside 15-20 minutes each afternoon or evening when everyone in the family reads.
  3. Have your child read to you and tell you about the book. Most children like having the attention of the important adults in their lives, and this can be a good opportunity to communicate with your child.
  4. If your child doesn't know what the book is about, talk to your child before he/she reads the book. Sometimes, students just need some background information before reading a new book.
  5. Set up a reward system for reading. Some children are very motivated by earning stickers that may lead to a new book or small reward of their choice!


If you have any questions/concerns about your child's reading level, please let me know.


~Mrs. Dianne Anderson

What are we learning this week? November 17-21, 2014

Expanding English 12:25-1:15

Tuesday, November 18th

Assessments Unit 2: Seed to Sandwich

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension


November 19-25, 2014


Resources: www.readworks.org passages "Pilgrims & Puritans-The Pilgrim Home; Pilgrims and Puritans-Who Were the Pilgrims; The First Thanksgiving

www.edhelper.com Thanksgiving vocabulary & writing prompts


I can:

  • read nonfiction text with fluency.
  • read & understand nonfiction text.
  • compare/contrast past celebrations with celebrations today.
  • write in response to what I read.
  • listen to my classmates and comment on what they say.
  • use vocabulary related to the Thanksgiving holiday past and present.

Dates & Reminders

November 26th-28th No School-Thanksgiving Break

Mrs. Dianne Anderson

Teacher of English as a Second Language