News From the Nest
Whooo's Ready for a Great Year!
Launching the Reading Workshop
We will begin the year reading and responding to literature in our Reading Workshop. Throughout the week we will be listening to reading, responding in our journals, and reading independently. The first few weeks of reading will be spent establishing routines, practicing appropriate behaviors, and getting to know ourselves as readers.
Students were able to borrow one of my books this week as we become accustomed to current reading levels. We will be going to the LRC next week for an orientation and to each check out three books. After next week, students will be returning books when they've finished reading them and then go to the LRC on their own to check out new books. We will no longer have a weekly library time.
We will also be taking STAR tests next week. This will allow us to set AR goals and students can then begin taking AR tests.
Our personal narrative pre-assesment will be given next Tuesday. Students will be given 45 minutes to write this true story. This weekend would be a great time to discuss some memorable times your child has experienced to help prepare them for Tuesday's writing.
We will also be decorating our writer's notebooks on Wednesday - so be sure your child has pictures to glue on the cover to make this notebook personal and important for them. The rest of the week will be spent discussing and practicing routines of Writer's Workshop.
Next week we will begin Unit 1 - Place Value, Estimating, and Extending Addition and Subtraction. We will take a pre-assessment and then start our first topic - rounding to the nearest tens and hundreds. The Unit 1 Math Letter will come home in next week's Friday Folder. We will also get students started on xtramath.org for math fact practice here in the classroom. An introduction parent letter was sent home today. Your child can also get started practicing some skills on IXL.com. (UN: firstinitial lastname@wsd68 PW: same as computer login)