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Classroom News and Assignments

 

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  Weekly Class News

November 17 - 21,  2008

 
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Highlights

“Give me a fish, and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish, and I eat for a lifetime.” This a popular expression that can be applied to education.

Reading is a tool for learning. To study any topic or subject, students will need to also study language.

For example, “Biology is not plants and animals. It is language about plants and animals.”

Students need to read newspapers, magazine articles, textbooks, brochures, library books, and other printed material so that they can think about and learn their subjects.

Teachers, parents, and students themselves are responsible for helping individuals in the classroom become independent lifelong learners. The way to do this is to develop strong readers and writers.

--Source: Developing Readers and Writers in the Content Areas K-12.

T H I S   W E E K 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday More News
 

Reading:  Unit Wrap-up

Spelling: -Review

Writing: 
Final Draft due

Geography: -- Five Themes

Reading:  Unit Wrap-up

Spelling: -Review

Writing: 
Activity

Geography: --

 

Reading:  "Justin ..."

Spelling: -Words 1 to 5

Grammar: -Nouns      

Geography: --

 

Reading:  "Justin ..."

Spelling: -Words 6 to 10

Grammar: -Nouns

Geography: --

 

Reading:  "Justin ..."

Spelling: -Words 11 to 15

Grammar: -Nouns  

Geography: --

 

Reading tip of the week...

Spice up your reading log. Choose a theme that goes along with your child's interests, for example: a Reading Olympics, where the child “goes for the gold” by reading a certain number of books.

   ~~By ReadingRocket.org

 Print a reading log to use at home http://www.abcteach.com/summer/readlog.htm

 




Highlights

November 10 - 14,  2008

Thinking, Learning, and Reading Strategies

Successful learners use self-monitoring when they are reading, learning, and thinking. They ask themselves, "Am I understanding this?" Am I getting what I need? Does this make sense?"

Self-monitoring is checking in with one's self about what is going on inside the mind to be able to see how learning and/or thinking is going.

The other part of self-monitoring is repair work. This means that if a person senses that he/she is not understanding something, then
they need to do something about it.

When learning breaks down, good thinkers STOP! AFter that, they IDENTIFY the source of the problem. Then they find a SOLUTION for the problem before going on to the next section.

To find a solution, successful learners ask themselves, "Now, what do I need from this information? What is important?" and study it carefully before learning anything new.

Source: Developing Readers and Writers in the Content Areas K-12.

T H I S   W E E K

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday More News
 

Reading :  "Open Wide, Don't Bite"        

Spelling -workbook page --clap and snap --laptop

Social Studies : --5 Themes of Geography

Writing: Personal Narrative Revise

Reading :   "Open Wide, Don't Bite"

Spelling  --workbook page --clap and snap --laptop

Social Studies --5 Themes of Geography

Writing: Personal Narrative Edit/Proofread

 Test 

"Open Wide, Don't Bite" 

Reading :      Unit Wrap Up  

Spelling  Unit Wrap Up  

Social Studies :

 Writing: Personal Narrative   Writing Process Foldable

 

Reading : Unit Wrap Up   

Spelling  Unit Wrap Up  

Social Studies --Review

Writing: Personal Narrative Proof/Edit


Reading : Unit Wrap Up   

Spelling  Unit Wrap Up  

Social Studies --

WritingPersonal Narrative    Final Draft

 

 

 Test this Wednesday: Reading, and Spelling for "Open Wide, Don't Bite" 

Reading tip of the week...

Look at what I did!” Keeping a chart or graph that illustrates the number of books a child has read can bring a sense of accomplishment.

   ~~By ReadingRocket.org

 Print a reading log to use at home http://www.abcteach.com/summer/readlog.htm

 

 

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27 - 31 Oct 2008

Highlights

Motivating Students

Students who are not motivated present parents and teachers with two challenges: thinking that needs to be changed, and finding out what will interest the student. Teachers can adjust the amount of work until a student gains confidence. And they can offer several ways to do the same assignment such as an art project, or a book report, or presentation.

However, parents must be involved also. Parents can provide a well-lit and quiet place to study. They can also set aside a certain time each day for homework and have supplies ready. Try to answer questions if your child has them. And communicate on a regular basis with your child's teacher. And finally do not compare one student with someone who is doing better than he is. Instead, focus on how much a student has improved with his own work.

Source:

  • 1. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
  • 2. Education World
T H I S   W E E K

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday More News
 

Reading --  "Sarah, Plain and Tall"           --Book on Tape --Art

Spelling  --workbook page --clap and snap --laptop

Social Studies --Geo Terms

Grammar-Sent. --Jeopardy Review

Reading --  "Sarah, Plain and Tall"           --Book on Tape --Art

Spelling  --workbook page --clap and snap --laptop

Social Studies --USA Maine, Plains States

Grammar-Sent. --Test

 Test 

Reading -      "Seal Journey" 

Spelling  --workbook page --clap and snap --laptop

Social Studies --Review

 Writing--Personal Narrative   Model

See Homework page

 

 Reading --  " Seal Journey"   

Spelling  --workbook   --clap and snap --laptop

Social Studies --Review

Writing --Personal Narrative Prewrite

See Homework page

Reading

Highlights

I plan to introduce "Learning Choice" activities this week. Students choose the LC activities that they are interested in. Some of the activities are required, but many are optional. Students may listen to a book on tape, play a learning skills game, or choose from a menu of other activities. This week's LC activities are: USA map puzzle; dry erase work find puzzles; 50 states flash cards.

Students should start thinking about a book they want to read for their daily reading. This is a daily homework assignment and grades are given for this.

** Reading and Spelling Test on Wednesday over Amelia's Road. The new story this week is Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Each Wednesday, there is a spelling test and a reading test over the current story the class is studying. Students should take their folders home on Tuesday so that they can do some extra studying at home. 

                              This Week  Oct. 20 - 24                                  More News!
Monday Tuesday

Wednesday

 Reading and SpellingTest

Thursday   Friday  
  
Students are practicing how to label their papers. They should be experts by the end of the week!

RR:ReRead for Fluency and Questions

SP: Words 10-15 Clap-and-Snap Laptop        

GR: Review as verbal quiz

SS: Discuss Farm Products

RR: Review story Problem/Solution Inference

SP: Words 16-20 Clap-and-Snap      Laptop              

GR: Mixed Review as quiz

 SS: Finish Product Map

RR:  New Story Sarah Plain & Tall  Problem/Solution

SP: Words 1 - 5 Clap-and-Snap   Laptop

GR: Complete Subjects/Predicates

SS: Introduction Maps Skills

 

RR: Story Background. New Vocabulary.  Read.

SP: Words 6 - 10   Clap-and-Snap Laptop        

GR:Simple Subjects/Predicate

SS: Map Skills - Vocabulary

 

RR:Introduction Antonyms & Synonyms.  Art.

SP: Words 11-15 Clap-and-Snap Laptop

GR: Compound Subjects   

SS: Map Skills review       

 

 Reading tip of the week...

Read me a story! Whether snuggled under the covers with peanut-butter sandwiches, or following along with a book on tape while on a road trip, reading together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read.

 ~~By ReadingRocket.org

 

RR=Reading, SP=Spelling, GR=Grammar, SS=Social Studies

 

 



 

13 Oct 2008

Highlights

Students should be settling into the routine of school by the end of this week.

Everyone did a great job learning the classroom rules. They also learned the procedures for asking to get a drink of water and asking to use the bathroom. Great job class!

Each Wednesday, there is a spelling test and a reading test over the current story the class is studying. Students should take their folders home on Tuesday so that they can do some extra studying at home. 

Insha'Allah, in the upcoming week, students will be expected to read for 20 minutes a day. This is a daily homework assignment and grades are given for this.

                              This Week  Oct. 13 - 17                                  More News!

Monday Tuesday

Wednesday

 Reading/Spelling Test

 ThursdayFriday
  
"Practice week" is over. Students know the class rules and are expected to follow them.

RR: Parts of a book Multiple word meanings

SP: Words 10-15,   Clap-and-Snap Laptop        

GR:Sentences Fragments

SS: Learning Grids for directions

RR: Review story elements-character and setting

SP: Words 16-20 Clap-and-Snap      Laptop              

GR: Exclamatory and Declarative Sentence

 SS: Review cardinal directions

RR: New Amelia's Road     Problem and Solution Intro to T-charts

SP: Words 1 - 5 Clap-and-Snap Laptop

GR: Exclamatory and Declarative Sentence

SS: Introduction to Product Maps

Field Trip to Farm            

 

 

 

 

RR: Read Story in class

SP: Words 6-10 Clap-and-Snap Laptop

GR: Review           

SS: Quick review            

 

 

 ** Reading and Spelling Test on Wednesday over The Lost Lake.

 New story this week is Amelia's Road

Reading tip of the week...

 Something to talk about. Reading doesn’t have to stop when you put the book down. Talk to your child about books you’ve read and books you think he or she might enjoy. By ReadingRocket.org

RR=Reading, SP=Spelling, GR=Grammar, SS=Social Studies

 



 7 Oct 2008

Highlights

Welcome Back: I hope everyone enjoyed their summer break!

This week is the first week of school. Everybody is getting used to each other and getting used to new routines. 

As students move up the education ladder, work gets more a little challenging and quantity of work increases. However, I will be working with students throughout the year to help them adjust to 4th grade.

                              This Week  Oct. 6                                      More News!

Monday Tuesday
Wednesday  ThursdayFriday
  
This is "practice week" which means students are learning new classroom procedures. So they have an entire week to practice what they learned before they are expected to master the new procedures.

Welcome Back! Learning new rules and routines.

We will be setting up our notebooks throughout the week.

 

 

  • Intro to Reading and Grammar
  • Learning new procedures
  • Grammar: sentences and fragments

 

 

 

  • Intro to Graphic Organizers
  • Read Aloud
  • Introduction to Social Studies(SS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Reading
  • Spelling Words 1-6
  • SS-Cardinal Dirctions
  • Grammar

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Reading
  • Spelling Words 7-14
  • Grammar Review

 

 

 

 

 

  

RR=Reading, SP=Spelling, GR=Grammar, SS=Social Studies

Reading tip of the week...

Something to talk about. Reading doesn’t have to stop when you put the book down. Talk to your child about books you’ve read and books you think he or she might enjoy. By ReadingRocket.org

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