Every week, students receive a "morning work" paper. It has math on one side and language on the other. Students complete a small section each day, Monday through Thursday. We correct it together, so when we are finished, each student's paper should have the correct answers (if they were focused and correcting along with the class). I do not grade this paper; it is strictly for the students and families to use for practice.
Each Thursday, students will bring the completed and self-corrected morning work paper home. It is a good idea to review this with your student, because we have a quiz on the material each Friday. The quiz items are directly correlated to the morning work practice and to the state standards. The quiz IS graded.
We use the Daily 5 as a way to structure our daily literacy block. Students practice Read to Self, Word Work, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, and Listen to Reading, while I work with a group of students, check in with students, and/or observe students. Some of the students are familiar with the Daily 5 from first grade.
In order for this method to work, students must build their reading STAMINA. Our goal is to be able to Read to Self for 20 minutes without getting tired or giving up. We are still working on meeting this goal as a class--as soon as someone talks, is off task, or distracts someone else, our Read to Self time is over for the day.
During Read to Self, students must pick a good spot in the classroom where they will be able to read the entire time and stick with it, bring "good fit" books with them (generally their AR books), stay focused, and read "in their head."
I will explain the other parts of the Daily 5 in future blog posts--no need to be overwhelmed with info!
If you have read this far, please send in a note with your student's name and their favorite color!
This month's awards assembly is scheduled for Friday, September 25 at 8:55 a.m. in the MPR. Congratulations to Sebastian, Brian, and Sonia for receiving special recognitions this month.
PTA Family Fun Night
You are invited to support our PTA this Tuesday evening from 5-9 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Ranch Family Fun Night at Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, 19401 Soledad Canyon Rd. It's in the TJ Maxx parking lot next to Camp Plenty Rd.
If you turn in your receipt dated 9/29/15 from 5-9 p.m., your student will get a free homework pass from me! Be sure to put your student's name on the receipt.