Elephant Classroom News
September 16, 2016
What We're Learning in Room 9-103:
Phonics: This week we working on short a words. We practiced building simple CVC and CVCC words that have short a (ex: back, rat, sad, etc.) We are reviewing all of our letter sounds and working on short vowels. We are working on identifying initial and final sounds as well as blending and segmenting. I am teaching the students body codes for all of their sounds which makes learning and reviewing sounds more fun!
Reading: We reviewed how to pick a just-right book and are working on our stamina for read to self. I am beginning to do one on one reading assessments with the students to identify their individual reading levels.
Writing: We are still focusing on not being afraid to write and being able to get our ideas down on paper! Students are being given sentence frames to help them formulate a complete sentence from their ideas. Students write almost daily in their journal to practice.
Thematic Unit/ Social Studies/Science: Our big theme right now is Apples. The students have been learning all about John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed). We have been doing Apple themed literacy and math centers. We will celebrate all of our learning about apples at the end of September during our Apple Fest event (more info to come!)
Thank You and Classroom Items Still Needed:
Items that we are still in need of:
-Charging station and cords for classroom iPads (like this)
-Used/unwanted or new iPad minis (we have 4, but our small groups are groups of 5)
Donations to my PTO account are always appreciated as well. These help reimburse me for things that I pay for out of my own pocket such as our Spelling City membership, supplies for special activities, materials from learning stores such as Lakeshore, etc.)
Updated Specialist Schedule:
Miss Rowen Out of the Classroom
Those of you who know me better than others know I get major anxiety just thinking about leaving my class for any length of time. Please be assured that I will be leaving detailed sub plans and ask my grade-level teammates to check in as well while I am out! Homework will still be due next Friday and new homework will still go out next Friday as usual!
I do plan on transitioning to my married name (Mrs. Sarich, pronounced Sar like "sorry"-itch) after my wedding. I know that this is not ideal as some of the students are just now getting the hang of my name, but such is the life of a teacher crazy enough to choose to get married in late September :). My e-mail address will eventually be changed as well but IT has assured me that we can have my current e-mail forwarded to the new account.