On February 11, we will be having a Valentine's Exchange. This is an optional activity for the students. If you choose to participate, please be sure to have enough valentines to include all students in the class. We have 25 students. You may send them in with or without names on them. Earlier in the week, I sent home a list of student names to help with this.
Scholastic Book Orders
Please place your orders by February 11. Our class code is GLNHN.
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Presidents' Day Holidays
Please remember that there is no school on Friday, February 12 and on Monday, February 15 in honor of Presidents' Day.
The class is practicing like crazy to learn our dance for the talent show. Girls: you will be wearing a cute skirt made from tulle by our very talented room mom. Boys: you should wear jeans and a button down shirt. Instead of cowboy hats, the boys will be wearing a bandana. Everyone: if you have shoes with a hard sole, it would be best for dancing. Cowboy style boots would be great, or any shoe with a hard sole.
In class, we practice correct ways to answer questions about a passage. We practice every day. The methods we teach will help your student perform better on any assessment AND help with their reading comprehension. Here are my expectations for every single time students complete an assessment:
We teach an acronym, RACE. When answering a question, you must:
- Restate the question in your answer.
- Answer in a complete sentence.
- Cite evidence from the passage.
- Explain all parts of the question.
Q: Who are the main characters in the passage?
A: The main characters in the story are Tom and Bill.
Q: What is the focus of the first paragraph?
A: The most important part of the first paragraph is to tell readers about which sports are in the Winter Games.
Students must show me evidence (proof) of where they found the answer. That means that they need to circle or color-code the sentence or phrase in the passage that contains the answer. If you have read this far, please send in a slip of paper with your student's name and their favorite restaurant.
Students must follow simple grade-level appropriate language conventions. That is, they must start each sentence with a capital letter and end each sentence with a period, question mark, or exclamation point. Proper nouns must be capitalized.
This month, we are asking the students to memorize a poem to recite. I sent the poems home yesterday. If you have not done so yet, please review with your student and send back the signed acknowledgment page. Help your child choose an appropriate poem. Students must bring some sort of prop (poster or other homemade item) to hold while they recite the poem.
Congratulations to Sidney, Luke, Benson, Sonia, Bridget, Brian, Carissa, Grace, and Darin for making their AR accuracy goal (85% or better) and personalized point goal!
Come on, everyone, I know you can do it!! The last day this trimester to take AR quizzes is March 4, so you still have time!