Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sept. 28- Oct. 2

I sure hope everyone has enjoyed the fall break and are re-energized!

We will be continuing our informational writing assessment. Students have been researching and collecting information about severe weather disasters. They have developed 3 paragraphs to support their topic. Our next step is to develop an introduction and a conclusion  paragraph. They have worked on composing an introduction sentence for each subtopic paragraph. Each subtopic is a "seed" for their "watermelon" weather disaster topic.
Before writing their final presentation , they will revisit their writing goals from our previous assessment.

SLT reminder :
 If your child is running for our class representative position , please remember that starting Monday, Sept. 28th posters may be placed in our classroom.
 Speeches will be presented to our class on Thursday , Oct.1 and Friday, Oct. 2.

Reflections reminder:
If your child is interested in participating in the PTA's Reflection Contest , they can  pick up a packet for further information on the categories, rules and entry forms. Don’t delay-projects are due by October 14th. 
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Sunday, September 13, 2015


We continue to be very busy building our close reading strategies and developing writing. This week , the students compared their pre and post narrative writing scores. They developed goals for their future assessment.

The classes are now moving on to informational writing. The students have chosen a natural disaster to research and write about. They will be reading and collecting data from websites and books. This will be about a two week process.

Post it notes were the greatest invention! How do students close read using think marks in books? They write them on post it notes. The students partner read, or in guided reading groups, our leveled science books about weather. They discussed vocabulary, text evidence to support the main idea and cause and effect.

Reminders-   Tuesday, 9/15 –      Picture Day!
                                    Munch and Mingles
                                    Stevi B’s Night
                       Friday, 9/18 -   Reading comprehension test
                                                 Spelling Test
Students, Be Proactive and Be Responsible- Come to class prepared!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Aug.31- Sept. 4

I'm sure that the most exciting event this week was meeting our second grade buddies. Our class is partnered with Ms. Burdett's class and Mrs. Tansill's is partnered with Mr. Williams. 

Most students have completed their post narrative writing seed story. I will be meeting with each student to compare their pre and post scores. Every student will develop a goal/ focus they wish to improve upon . Most of these standards apply to all writing genres and their independent goal will be applicable to the upcoming informational writing assessment.
PIE, sounds delicious!Unfortunately this is not a dessert. This acronym relates to the author's purpose. As our reading is focused on informational text and locating evidence, we will transition on to informational writing. Students will learn how authors support their topic with subtopics and facts/evidence/details. Then apply these elements in their own writing.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

Correction !!      Wednesday, September 9th at 7:30 A.M. in room 211 is where the parent information meeting will be held for all those interested in knowing more about qualifying for the ALP program.

New reading homework:
To support your child's reading fluency and comprehension  your child will be bringing home a leveled reading passage today. Their task for tonight is to do a cold read and use " think marks" from close reading book mark. This is the yellow book mark that your child will have.

Wednesday's homework is to reread the passage and answer the questions. They must highlight the text evidence that supports their answer. Written responses must be in complete sentences.

You don't need to worry about explaining this, we have been learning and applying this in class. 

Reading assessment this Friday!!