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    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.