• This FB page has been created as a closed group for our classrooms. It is named "Pier 36". The only people that will see our posts are the people we allow in our group such as parents, guardians, students, teachers, and school administrators. 
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    The purpose of the page is to strengthen the connection between home and school. Our hope is that when you check the page it will create discussions at home about what is taking place at school.
     
    If you choose to comment on posts, please practice good digital citizenship modeling positive feedback. As always, should a question or concern arise, feel free to contact Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Graig or myself via email or phone.
     
    Regular communcation will also be posted here, as well as through Remind. Please find Remind join information below to receive text messages or access through a computer:
     
     
    Week 21 Jan 14-18
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    Zoos, water parks, and circuses are places that people like to visit because they provide entertainment and a chance to see various animals up close. However, there are groups that are against establishments that place animals in captivity because they believe that the only place animals should be is in their natural habitat. Are these types of establishments really doing more harm to animals than good?
    Skill: thesis/claim, argumentative writing, subordinate clauses and conjunctions
    Quizizz quiz: 1/13
    Assessment:1/14
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Aquire and use accurately...words, gather vocabulary important to comprehension.
    Self-Created word list: Students will gather words from their research readings when preparing for their argument essays.
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer and Quizlet Due Friday: 1/18
    Vocabulary Test: Next week, Friday: 1/25
     
    Reading:
    Argumentative Writing Unit: We will explore mentor essays as we analyze arguments and the validity of claims to prepare to write our own argument essay. Gather research for supporting our reasons for argument essays.

    Week 20 Jan 7-11

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    Zoos, water parks, and circuses are places that people like to visit because they provide entertainment and a chance to see various animals up close. However, there are groups that are against establishments that place animals in captivity because they believe that the only place animals should be is in their natural habitat. Are these types of establishments really doing more harm to animals than good? 
    Skill: thesis/claim, argumentative writing
    Quizizz quiz: 1/10
    Assessment:1/11

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
    Argument Writing terms:
    argument, bandwagon, claim, distinguish, emotional, reason, relevant, clarify, cohesion, conclusion, establish, evidence, formal, generalization, testimonial

    Reading: 
    Argumentative Writing Unit: We will explore many mentor essays as we analyze arguments and the validity of claims as we prepare to write our own argument essay.

     

    Week 19 January 3-4, 2019

    I hope all enjoyed a peaceful break. I was happy to see nearly everyone back at school today. This week are doing some fun stuff to ease back into a routine. On Monday we will get back to a regular routine of vocabulary and unit of study in ELA.

     

    Week 17 Dec 10-14

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: 

    “If I could pop all the corns on my toes,” she said, “I could feed a famine.” p.76
    Skill: Figurative Language-similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, assonance
    Text Evidence scavenger hunt on 12/10-13
    Assessment on 12/13.

    Vocabulary Sentence: 

    “You done paid her before she worked out her day?” Miz Eubanks was confounded. “A fool and her money is soon parted.”
    Dialect-author's word choice  & characterization
    There is no words list this week. We will be finding text evidence of dialect for characterization.

    Reading: 
    We are beginning one of my FAVORITE novel studies; A Long Way From Chicago. This book is historical fiction and is a great catalyst for The Great Depression studies coming in history. Grandma Dowdel is busting with personality, so she's quite the character to get to know. The nuance of figurative language is at its best in this book. We will analyze how Grandma's character is revealed through figurative language. This will also lead to an informative writing research activity on elements of the era.

    Week 16 Dec 3-7

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: (Continued from last week.)
    In our first visits we were still just kids, so we could hardly see her town because of Grandma. She was so big, and her town was so small.
    Skill: Figurative Language-idioms and hyperboles
    Text Evidence scavenger hunt on 12/3-5
    Assessment on 12/7.

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    I'm taking my grandkids to visit my cousin Leota Shrewsbury.
    Grandma off on a jaunt and us with her?
    Vivid Words-author's word choice 
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide. 
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 12/7

    Reading: 
    We are beginning one of my FAVORITE novel studies; A Long Way From Chicago. This book is historical fiction and is a great catalyst for The Great Depression studies coming in history. Grandma Dowdel is busting with personality, so she's quite the character to get to know. The nuance of figurative language is at its best in this book. We will analyze how Grandma's character is revealed through figurative language. This will also lead to an informative writing research activity on elements of the era.

     
    Week 15 Nov 26-30
     
    I trust you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday! I sure did. My apologies for not posting Week 14 activities. Time simply escaped me. Hopefully I am back on track now, at least for the remainder of the semester.
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    In our first visits we were still just kids, so we could hardly see her town because of Grandma. She was so big, and her town was so small.
    Skill: Figurative Language-idioms and hyperboles
    Text Evidence scavenger hunt on 11/27-28
    Assessment on 11/29.
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    When she heard the town was apt to fill up with newspaper reporters, her jaw clenched.
    Prohibition was on in those days, which meant that selling liquor was against the law.
    Roots: hibit (hold) habit (have)
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 11/30
     
    Reading:
    We are beginning one of my FAVORITE novel studies; A Long Way From Chicago. This book is historical fiction and is a great catalyst for The Great Depression studies coming in history. Grandma Dowdel is busting with personality, so she's quite the character to get to know. The nuance of figurative language is at it's best in this book as well. We will analyze how Grandma's character is revealed through figurative language. This will also lead to an informative writing research activity on elements of the era.
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
     
    Week 13 Nov 5-9
     
    Boosterthon Fun Run is Thursday on the GSMS field at 11:15. Students should wear their Friday shirt for the fun run, or a blue shirt, and athletic shorts with tennis shoes. Please join us and cheer on the runners. The pledge drive continues through Wednesday, 11/7.
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    Over the years, I have seen the remains of many...animals,...emerge from the permafrost--a deep layer of soil that has been frozen for thousands of years.
    Skill: nonrestrictive clauses using a dash
    Text Evidence scavenger hunt on 11/6 and Assessment on 11/9.
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Like many archaeologist, they are interested in learning more about the earliest people to reach North America.
    Suffixes: -ian, -ist, -ant/-ent
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Wednesday 11/7 (Rescheduled due to Halloween, pep rally, and field trip.)
     
    Reading:
    Nonfiction Surface Text Features Unit: Using nonfiction books that correlate with the current Science standards, we will exam these books to identify and read these features to determine how they support the central idea of the text.
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
     
    Week 12 October 29-Nov 2
     
    Boosterthon Fun Run FUNdraiser Kick-off! Student Pep-Rally on Tuesday, Pledge drive begins Wednesday.
     
    With Halloween being smack dab in the middle of the week, PLEASE police your child's consumption of candy and confiscate any they attempt to smuggle into school via snacks and lunches on Thursday and Friday. My soapbox is making healthy choices and seriously y'all, sugar is the devil!
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    Over the years, I have seen the remains of many...animals,...emerge from the permafrost--a deep layer of soil that has been frozen for thousands of years.
    Skill: nonrestrictive clauses using a dash
    Quiz on Thursday 11/1
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Like many archaeologist, they are interested in learning more about the earliest people to reach North America.
    Suffixes: -ian, -ist, -ant/-ent
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Thursday 11/1
     
    Reading: Complete "How Big is a Norway Rat?" Activity to culminate novel study for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
    Nonfiction Surface Text Features Unit: Using nonfiction books that correlate with the current Science standards, we will exam these books to identify and read these features to determine how they support the central idea of the text.
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
     
    Friday is our 5 Rivers Field Trip. Students should wear uniform bottoms or jeans with their Friday shirt. No need to send extra money as we will have a need.

     

    Week 11 October 22-26

    Red Ribbon Week: see the previous post and handout sent home for daily dress.

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    none this week

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    none this week

    Reading: This is our FOCUS this week!
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    We MUST finish reading the book early in the week. Then, we will read a few nonfiction articles on rats and compare and contrast the text to the novel. We relate the article central ideas to the theme of the book.
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Theme quiz on Thursday 10/25
    Character quiz on Friday 10/26

     
    Week 10 October 16-19
     
    Yes, this is a repeat of last week's post aside from a few tweaks. After a weather day and an already short week, we didn't complete these activities.
     
    This week does begin the 2nd 9 weeks of school. So all grades from 10/16 through December will count towards the second grading period.
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. That's a $20 per student value. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 1 Mrs. Frisby and her family were especially lucky in the house itself.
    Quizizz Wednesday 10/17 on Reflexive Pronouns
    Quizizz Thursday 10/18 on Intensive Pronouns
    Assessment using Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns Friday 10/19
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Language Standard 6.6 Acquire and use accurately...appropriate...words; gather vocabulary knowledge...important to comprehension.
     
    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Students will compile a list of 6 unfamiliar words from the novel readings, complete a graphic organizer, and make a Quizlet list for their new words.
     
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 10/19
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Character quiz on Wednesday 10/17
     

    Week 9 October 8-11

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    P. 1 Mrs. Frisby and her family were especially lucky in the house itself.
    Quizizz Thursday 10/10 on Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
    Assessment using Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns Friday 10/11

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    Language Standard 6.6 Acquire and use accurately...appropriate...words; gather vocabulary knowledge...important to comprehension.

    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Students will compile a list of 6 unfamiliar words from the novel readings, complete a graphic organizer, and make a Quizlet list for their new words.

    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide. 
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 10/11

    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Theme quiz on Tuesday 10/9
    Character quiz on Wednesday 10/10

     
    Week 8 October 1-5
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.
     
    Mentor Sentence: continued from last week
    P. 39 This mild breeze...caused a dead leaf to flutter here and there, and across the garden ...it moved something that sparkled in the sunlight.
    Quizizz Thursday 10/4 on Demonstrative and Indefinite Pronouns
    Assessment using Demonstrative and Indefinite Pronouns Friday 10/05
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P. 82 When she looked at the blackboard and, rather laboriously, read what was written on it, she saw that it was not.
     
    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    laboriously (in a _ way), writhing, elaborate, tension, wielded, anticipated, yield, solitude
     
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 10/05
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Chapters 14-23
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Theme quiz on Friday 10/5

    October Events and Information:

    Oct. 9 (Tues.)- Chic-fil-A Sprit Night- attend and receive an out-of-uniform pass the next day
    Oct 12 (Fri.) and 15 (Mon.)- Fall break- No school for students. Return on Oct. 16
    Oct. 17 (Wed.)- PTO Meeting at 8:15 in the cafeteria. Everyone invited!
    Oct. 18 (Thurs.)- Fall Pictures. Students may be out of uniform for pictures.
    Oct. 19 (Fri.)- REPORT CARDS GO HOME.
    Oct. 19 (Fri.)- Pizza Day. You may send money Oct. 18 for a slice of pizza during snack.
    Oct. 23 (Tues.)- K-Kids Installation Ceremony
    Oct. 25 (Thurs.)- Zaxby’s Spirit Night- attend and receive an out-of-uniform pass the next day
    Oct. 26 (Fri.)- Leader in Me Student-Led Parent Conferences. Please come so your child can share his/her LIM Notebooks with goals for the year. Look for information from your child’s teacher regarding the time for your child’s class.
    Oct. 31 (Wed.)- Kindergarten will hold their pumpkin parade.

    Save the Date

    What: Student Led Conferences/GSES Parent Visitation Day 

    When: Friday, October 26, 2018 at grade level time

    Why: Students will share their beginning of the year leadership binder, how they will monitor their goals, track their progress and learn more about the classroom. 

    Week 7 September 24-28

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.

    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 39 This mild breeze...caused a dead leaf to flutter here and there, and across the garden ...it moved something that sparkled in the sunlight.
    Quizizz Thursday 9/27 on Demonstrative and Indefinite Pronouns
    Assessment using Demonstrative and Indefinite Pronouns Friday 9/28

    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P.158 The common rat is highly valued for its...toughness, intelligence, versatility...and similarity to man.

    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    versatility (turn), glumly, futile, baffled, puny, scarcely, manipulated, confer

    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 9/28

    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Chapters 7-16
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Theme quiz on Friday 9/28

     
    Announcement: 9/19/18
    Weekly Vocabulary Graphic Organizers in Reading
     
    The students are aware that I expect them to complete the weekly graphic organizer in class no later than Tuesday each week. I allow adequate time in class, and they have "enrichment" time from 9:40-10:15 to work as well, unless they are in band.
     
    If the VGO is not complete by end of the day Tuesday, they must complete it for homework. This is the tool I expect them to use to study nightly in order to prepare for Friday's tests.
     
    I also assign an online vocabulary assignment on Wednesdays. The completed VGO helps them prepare for this activity as well.
     
    I take up the VGO on Friday just before testing. I wait until then because, again, they should have used it nightly to study. This is a 5 point completion grade each week, so there is no reason it should be turned in on Friday incomplete. If it is not turned in on Friday, I will take it late, but for a late grade.
     
    Please ask your kiddo to see their vocabulary graphic organizer regularly. This way you will know just how prepared they are for the weekly tests.
     
    Week 6 September 17-21
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 5 ...there was a wide sward of shrubs and grass, some of it grown up quite tall. Cat territory.
    Complete Sentence vs. Fragments
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P.32 What the shrew said was meant to be sympathetic, but it was not helpful.
     
    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    sympathetic (together/same), abruptly, crude, loped, protruded, rancid, subdued, timidly
     
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 9/21
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Chapters 1-8
    Literary Elements: theme and character
     
    Scantron Beginning of the Year Reading and Math Assessments are complete. Walk to Intervention begins this week. Students with reading and math needs will meet in small groups during this time for skill specific instruction. Other students will complete online guided activities, novel studies, etc.
     
    Week 5 September 10-14
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Nightly reading homework has begun. You are asked to sign their planner nightly to validate they are reading independently for at least 20 minutes.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 123 But today, during vocabulary, Mr. Daniels brings up two words: alone and lonely.
    Coordinating Conjunctions
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P.__ When Mr. Daniels talks about books, it reminds me of Max or Oliver. Like he's ready to launch a giant party.
     
    Vocabulary List: Fish in a Tree Chp 10-16
    launch, delirious, pathetic, contrary, severe, squelch, dangle, flail
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Wednesday 9/12
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue. This week's assessments will be individualized as I will pull many students to complete readings to determine their current reading level.
    We will begin exploring Literary Elements, specifically theme.
     
    Scantron Beginning of the Year Reading and Math Assessments will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. These assessments are important as they give us a good picture of each child's strengths and weaknesses in these subjects.
     
    Week 4 Sept 4-7

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Nightly reading homework will begin this week. You are asked to sign their planner nightly to validate they are reading independently for at least 20 minutes.

    Mentor Sentence:
    Due to the short week, we will not have a new sentence. If time allows we will continue practice activities for 
    Subject/Object Pronouns.

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    P.__ When Mr. Daniels talks about books, it reminds me of Max or Oliver. Like he's ready to launch a giant party.

    Vocabulary List: Fish in a Tree Chp 10-16
    launch, delirious, pathetic, contrary, severe, squelch, dangle, flail
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 9/7

    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue. This week's assessments will be individualized as I will pull many students to complete readings to determine their current reading level.

     
    Week 3 August 27-31
     
    Welcome to week 3 of school. Weekly ELA lesson information will be updated here. Students will also be recording homework and announcements in their student planners, so be sure you ask to see it.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 36 I'm hoping he'll spend a lot of time straightening his bow tie and telling us about the good ol' days and not giving us much work.
    Subject/Object Pronouns
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P. 8 Everyone is all riled up and I don’t even know how this all happened.
    Vocabulary List: Fish in a Tree Chp 1-9
    stall, rile, deploy, deflate, churn, trudge
    Test Friday 8/31
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue. This week's assessments will be individualized as I will pull many students to complete readings to determine their current reading level.
     
    This week's homework will be to study vocabulary nightly using the graphic organizer we will be working on in class. Next week, after Labor Day, we will begin nightly reading with a signature from the parent in the planner to validate. The signatures will be checked on Fridays.

    Week 2 August 20-24

    Welcome to week 2 of school. Weekly ELA lesson information will be updated here. Students will also be recording homework and announcements in their student planners, so be sure you ask to see it.

    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 20 I think back to one of our apartments where the landlord kept llamas in a field.
    Review parts of speech.
    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    P. 8 Everyone is all riled up and I don’t even know how this all happened.
    Vocabulary List: Fish in a Tree Chp 1-9
    stall, rile, deploy, deflate, churn, trudge
    Test Friday 8/24
    Reading:
    Read aloud Fish in a Tree
    Guided Reading Assessments will be administered throughout the week. These assessments will help me determine strengths and weaknesses in order to plan small group and whole instruction.