Staying In-the-Know

with Mrs. Drayton

Dutch Fork Elementary the Academy of Environmental Sciences, Title I


VIP Folders & Reminders

  • book fair flyer
  • see your child's ELA binder for reading responses
  • graded work

  • Fall Festival, Friday 10/5
  • Affixes Quiz 3, Friday 10/5
  • Book Fair Monday-Friday 10/8-10/12
  • Affixes Quiz 4, Friday 10/12

Literacy Corner

Guiding Questions & Ideas for our Analyzing Themes Reading Unit

  • What goals do you have for yourself as a reader this year?
  • What will we do to have a successful reading workshop?
  • What are good qualities of writing about reading?
  • What will I include in my journal responses to write well about my reading?
  • How does a rubric/checklist help us understand our progress as a reader?
  • What new insights can I bring to the text? How did I put all of this together?
  • What perspective is the story told from and how does this effect my understanding?
  • Which characters' perspectives may be missing & what can I figure out about them to deepen my understanding of the story?

Thinking & Responding to Texts in New Ways

We have been working really hard as readers and writers to think in new ways and to search for small wonders in our books. We have been reading with new purposes! This will be very beneficial to our conversations as we engage in book clubs. Please read some sample responses below to see how we have been growing ourselves. Also, look in your child's ELA binder to read his or her responses in the Reading Responses section.

Sofia's Response:

I think one important detail is that whenever Kek shares his thoughts on something he sees or does, he uses a simile to connect it to something. For example, when he says it is hard to walk through the snow he compares it to wading up a river with rain.

Also, when Kek talks so thoughtfully and deep about the cow, I think it is because in his country, cows a are a sacred animal. But he says the cow is all beat up. That doesn’t even affect how he feels about it. He notices the small details about things around him, like the cow’s eyes and the purpose of things like the mirror and seat belt.

I think this matters because it shows more about who Kek is as a person and what he has been through.

Aiden's Response:

I realize that Kek sees moments in his mind that make him feel emotional about how his culture is and how it’s different from a life where he feels insecure and has only his moments to love him. He also is stuck in his feelings and doesn’t WANT to listen to whatever is going on because he thinks too much about the past than the future.

Library Visits

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Poet's Showcase & Gallery Walk

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Google thinks my name means "youthful"

My mom thinks my name means "nicest son in the world"

My grandma thinks my name means "sweetest grandson"

My friend thinks my name means "always available to play"

Mrs. Ybarra thinks my name means "scientist"

Mrs. Drayton thinks my name means "bookworm"

I think my name means "always here to help my mom, addicted to my phone too much"

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My sisters think my name means "likes to talk at night."

My 2nd grade teacher thinks my name means "guiding light."

My mom thinks my name means "love to stay up late, and is always in the mood for a taco."

My name means "outside!" to my dog named Rocco.

My close friend thinks my name means "love to smile."

Some of my friends that don't know me that well think my name means "little sister is three, and birthday is February 23."

But I think my name means "love to make bracelets, wants to be a nurse when I grow up, and ice cream and Christmas make me so happy."

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My sister thinks my name means lets me play in his room and bother him but he is a good big brother.

My mom thinks my name means a good kid and funny to but needs work with finding things, and is really good with back massages.

My dad thinks my name means a good kid and is really helpful to, but takes a long time cleaning.

Cairo thinks my name means the best friend ever and is really helpful.

Mrs. Drayton thinks my name means good kid but has to answer more questions.

Mrs. Ybarra thinks my name means good with math and science and trys to make things fair for his group.

Myles thinks my name means good at soccer but not that good at basketball.

Amir thinks my name means focused, a good reader and good at soccer.

I think my name means being the best at soccer and tennis player ever.

The people "deeply loving my family and friends."

My fear are leaving my family.

The people that I deeply care about is my family.

I know that this is what you think of me, but I am so glad that I am your friend, family member, student. I am glad to be them all.

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My mom thinks my name means "helpful" and "likes to clean"

My uncle thinks my name means "loves to work"

My brother thinks my name means "loves to talk" and "has alot of clothes and shoes"

My friend thinks my name means "loves to skate"

Mrs. A thinks my name means hard working'

Mrs. P thinks my name means "try not to break a string"

Mrs. Debbie thinks my name means quite all the time"

I think my name means "always talking and playing, not as quite as people think"

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Green Apple Day of Service

Reconstruction Unit of Study: Traveling Trunk & Sharecropping Simulation

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Westward Expansion Unit of Study Guiding Questions

What does change mean to you?
Do you view changes as positive or negative?
What are some changes that you have observed in your life?
What are changes that you have observed in America?
How have these changes impacted America socially, economically, and politically?
What are reasons people would travel west?
What will these groups of people want to achieve by settling in the west?
What situations and conditions in geography, technology, and laws will affect travel west positively or negatively?
Will different groups of people traveling west promote conflict or cooperation while striving to achieve their goals?
How did travel west change the values, traditions, and lives of groups traveling west?
Were all groups who traveled west affected in the same ways by changes embraced by or imposed on them?
Do changes made in American society benefit everyone?
Who benefits from social, economic, and political changes and who's life changes for the worse?
Are there patterns that can be observed in changes in America?
How can I encourage and foster positive change in my life? My community? My country?

Curriculum Night

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