Scholarly News

Room 314

January 13, 2014

It was great to work with all the scholars last week. I missed seeing each of them. This week, we have a half-day on Tuesday and I will be testing so I won't be seeing any of my classes.


Some exciting news: Mrs. Ekstrom and I will both have student teachers for this semester. My student teacher is Susan Hweimel. Mrs. Ekstrom's student teacher is Stephanie Amaton. Since Mrs. Ekstrom is only here in the morning, Stephanie will join our classroom after her morning with Mrs. Ekstrom. I met both of them last week and they are already very dedicated to teaching. We are very lucky to have these two wonderful student teachers with us.


Just a reminder, if your child sees me for reading, he/she received information before winter vacation about RAZ Kids. It will be homework each week to read books on RAZ Kids. Your child can read books on RAZ Kids on a computer or iPad. I will be able to view what your child reads and how he/she does on quizzes. Remember that if your child takes a quiz on a RAZ Kids book, he/she will earn "AR" points. Most of the RAZ Kids books will be worth half a point. I will let each of the teachers know how many "points" your child earns each week. YOUR CHILD MUST READ THE BOOK, NOT JUST LISTEN TO THE BOOK, IN ORDER TO EARN POINTS.


If you haven't heard, our Little Free Library is now open in the school lobby. You can check out our website for more information. We hope the school district puts it in its permanent location soon!


Have a great week!


3rd and 4th Grade Math

On Monday, we will finish our dot multiplication chart. On Wednesday, we will move on to seeing the relationship between multiplication and division with dot fact families. It's a simple, yet powerful activity.

6th Grade Math

This week, we will learn about least common multiple (LCM). For example, multiples of 6 are 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, . . . . The multiples of 5 are 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 . . . . The multiple that is the lowest number that is the same is 30, so the LCM for 6 and 5 is 30.


5th Grade Reading 1

On Monday and Wednesday, we will do Read Naturally and fluency charting. On Thursday and Friday, we are moving on to substep 1.4, which introduces the bonus letter rule. Please continue working on the fluency packet that was sent home a couple of weeks ago. Directions are on my website. Please practice the fluency packets at least twice a week. The more your child practices this packet, the more quickly your child will progress.

5th Grade Wilson Reading 2

On Monday and Wednesday, we will begin substep 6.1. This substep introduces suffixes: er, est, en, es, able, ish, y, ive, ly, ty, less, ness, ment, ful. On Thursday and Friday, we will do Read Naturally.

6th Grade Reading

This week we will begin working with the book The Golden Goblet. They are going to be reading this in social studies. This is a difficult book. We will be spending time helping them understand the book.

1st Grade Reading

We will continue unit 6. This unit focuses on the adding suffix s to words. For example, dog + s = dogs. When reading a word in isolation with a suffix, we first read the baseword (dog) and then read the word with the suffix (dogs). Our goal is to be charting the students’ fluency 2-3 times per week. Be sure to be working on the assigned probe each week. We will continue with fluency probes this quarter. We have moved on to different probes. This week's probe is 2.

4th Grade Reading

Monday we will read a story called "Snow Art." This is a really neat story about a man that creates amazing art with snow and his shoe. On Wednesday, we will read a story about the history of the Macintosh computer. On Thursday and Friday, we will do Read Naturally.

6th Grade Writing

This week, we will continue working on writing great introductions. There are many ways to have a Bold Beginning. On Friday, the students will do their first journal writing. Each day we will continue to work with Four Level Grammar. This is a program that is being used throughout the school to immerse children in grammar. I have used this program for years and it is very effective and carries over to reading. We will spend 5-10 minutes a day on grammar.

2nd and 1st Grade Reading

On Monday, we will do fluency charting. We are continuing with substep 1.4, which introduces the bonus letter rule. Please continue working on the fluency packet that was sent home a couple of weeks ago. Directions are on my website. Please practice the fluency packets at least twice a week. The more your child practices this packet, the more quickly your child will progress. Please do not skip this important part of homework.