1.1 Classroom News!!!
From Ms. Jordan Week of 9-16-13
*All the kids have done an amazing job with MAP testing! They have been trying their very best and I am so proud of them. Thank you for sending them with a good breakfast and enough sleep every day. MAP testing will be done on Monday. Currently, we are halfway through. Math is now coming up.
*Please remember to send calculators. We will be using them during the coming week!
*Please send a healthy snack with your child every day.
*Homework packets are due on Friday. However, I have had some parents communicate to me that it is difficult for their child to finish it by Friday. Therefore, feel free to turn the homework packet in the FOLLOWING MONDAY if you feel your child needs more time. There is no late penalty for homework. At the end of the day, I just want your child getting the extra practice.
*Please make sure your child is practicing the popcorn words every night. This is one of the ways they will improve their reading. Make sure to keep the popcorn words at home. It is very important for the kids to keep the cards at home so they have a chance to practice. We have our own word wall that we use in the classroom to practice these words.
*Please make sure your child brings their library books back to school by Friday of each week or they WILL NOT be able to check out a new library book on Friday.
*Also, make sure students return the books they take home from our classroom library. Some of these books are my library books and I want to make sure they get to back to the right place.
*PODS information: This is what the 5th grade team has sent out regarding PODS merchandise: T-shirts ($5), socks($2.50), bags($2), etc. will be sold in front of the library during lunch recess on Thursday, Sept. 19. When you give the SRC members money, they will give you the merchandise. Disclaimer: We may not have your size, but we are in the process of ordering more. There will be more selling dates (TBD). Request: Please bring small bills and/or coins so making change is easier.
*LAST REMINDER! If your child is taking a different bus than usual or you are picking your child up, please contact the elementary office. I CANNOT send your child to a different location without a note from the office. THANK YOU!
Targets for Next Week (Our Goals):
As we continue to practice our independence through Daily 5 we expand our literacy by retelling the stories we read and write. Our stamina is continually being built with Daily 5, however now students can do a station for 15 minutes! That was our goal and they have reached it.
Oral Language/Listening Skills
I can speak in a complete sentence.
I can respectfully listen to others.
I can identify letter names and sounds.
I can read and write high frequency words.
I can choose a good fit book.
I know the three ways to read a book.
I can read to self.
I can read to someone.
I can retell a story.
I can complete word work.
I can listen to reading.
I can recognize and write capital and lowercase letters.
I can capitalize dates and names of people.
We are focusing on healthy habits in our unit on people.
I can identify and practice healthy habits.
I can identify ways that people change as they grow.
We are continuing unit 2 focusing on telling time.
I can tell time on an analog clock.
I can tell time to the hour.
I can compare lengths.
I can draw straight lines.
I can identify a penny.
Words, Words, Words Oh My!
Here is a list of the new things that will be implemented in the next few months:
*Small Writing Groups
*Guided Reading Groups (Starts on Monday!)
*Math enrichment Packet as a homework option
*Spelling City: An online computer account where your child can play games on the computer with their spelling words! This will be spelling homework instead of worksheets
*Handwriting homework sent home to students who need it
*Personalized goals based on students MAP results
Keep looking for the Coming Soon! portion to see what else will be implemented in your child's classroom in the following months!
The Four PODS
Here are the boxes where your child can put their POD tokens depending on which POD they are!
Word Work Center
Word Work began last week and this is where our materials are kept!
Math Boxes and Word Work Center
Here are student Math boxes for Math groups and where they do word work!
Unfortunately, YouTube is not working this week at school due to MAP testing so I cannot embed a link to a video this week. However, here are a few websites that would be fun for your child to use at home:
www.quizlet.com (you can make an account and practice popcorn words!)
These are for math and literacy. Have a great weekend! As always, let me know if you need anything or have any questions. Feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org