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Classroom Newsletter 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
 

 

Writing: 5-Step Writing Process 
Final Draft due

Grammar: -Verbs

Vocabulary Lesson 5

Literature:  "from Homesick"        

Geography: -- 5 Themes of Geo

Writing: 5-Step Writing Process 
Final Draft due

Grammar: -Verbs

Vocabulary Lesson 5

Literature:  "from Homesick"       

Geography: --

Writing: 5-Step Writing  Process 
Action

Grammar: -Verbs

Vocabulary -Lesson 5

Literature:  "from Homesick"      

Geography: --

Writing: 5-Step Writing Process 
Lit. Model

Grammar: -Verbs

Vocabulary -Lesson 5

Literature:  "from Homesick" 

Geography: --

Writing: 5-Step Writing Process 
Lit. Model

Grammar: -Verbs

Vocabulary -Lesson 5 -Quiz

Literature:  "from Homesick"     

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

 


 
 


 
 
 
 

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 Test 

Writing: 5-Step Writing Process 
Step 3: Revise by Peer Review

Vocabulary -Greek/Latin roots

Literature:  "from the Lost Garden"        

Geography: --

Writing: 5-Step Writing Process  Foldable

Vocabulary -Greek/Latin roots

Literature:  "from the Lost Garden"        

Geography: --

Writing: 5-Step Writing  Process 
Step 4: Edit/ Proofread

Vocabulary -Context

Literature:  "from the Lost Garden"        

Geography: --

Writing: 5-Step Writing Process 
Step 5: Publish 

Vocabulary -Context

Literature:  "from the Lost Garden"        

Geography: --5 Themes of Geo

Writing: 5-Step Writing Process 
Step 5: Publish

Vocabulary -Context  -Quiz

Literature:  "from the Lost Garden"        

Geography: -- 5 Themes of Geo

Test this Monday: Lit., Geo., Nouns

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

 



Highlights

 

27 - 31 Oct 2008

 

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

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 Literature --  "The Land of Red Apples"   --Background

Geography  --Lands of Sioux

Vocab -- --Review #3

Collective

Writing  --Unit 2 Writing Process 

See "Homework" page
 

 Literature --  "The Land of Red Apples"   --Review

Geography  --Lands of Sioux  --Review

Vocab -- --Lesson 4 Suffixes Preixes

Grammar-Nouns  --Lesson 10 Collective

Writing  --Unit 2 Writing Process 

See "Homework" page

 Test This Friday: Literature "The Land of Red Apples,"  

Test Mon 11/3: Geography

 Test Wed 11/5: Vocab

Reading tip of the week...

Keep it fun, for everyone. Keep your kids involved by asking questions about the story, and let them fill in the blanks. You can also create activities related to the stories you're reading.

  ~~By ReadingRocket.org

 

 


 

20 - 24 Oct 2008

Highlights

Class participation is important to student learning. When a student participates in classroom discussions, they learn how to express their ideas in a way that their classmates and teacher can understand them. The also learn how to get information that will help their own understanding.

Class participation helps teachers also. When students ask and answer questions, teachers can help students understand better. Teachers also know how to adjust what they are teaching to increase student learning.

Teachers can help by not allowing students to make fun of each other. Teachers can also be patient while student's answer. And they can keep track of who is participating and who is not.

What Can Parents do? Parents can encourage their child to speak up in class. Parents can also let their child "practice" what they want to say at home with a parent.

                      This Week  Oct. 20 - 24                                      More News!

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Wednesday

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Students are practicing how to set up their papers using the Cornell Note Taking Method. They should be experts by the end of the week!

LT: Test     New Story: To Young Readers and Arithmetic Background

VC: Define and Picture

GR: Review as verbal quiz no grade

WR: 1.3 Letter

SS: Map Skills      

LT: Discussion Analyze Literature Literary Elements Workbook 

VC: Sentences Workbook            

GR: Sentence Fragments and Run-ons

WR: 1.3 Letter  Writing review

SS: Map Skills

LT:  New Story The All American Slurp    Background

 VC: Test over Lesson 2

GR: Unit 1 Review

 

WR: Responding to a Poem

SS: Map Skills

 

LT: Discussion Analyze Literature Literary Elements Workbook.

VC: Lesson 3 Words Parts

GR: Unit 1 Review

 

WR: Literature Model and Review

SS: Map Skills

 

LT: Test over poems and story.

VC: Sentences Workbook

GR: Unit 1 Test

 

WR: Test

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

2 Shawwal 1429 – 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. 

6th grade is not like the previous grades. At this level of school, work gets more challenging and quantity of work increases. Because of this, in the first few weeks of school, I will be working with students to help them make the transition from "elementary" school to "junior high school". 

                              This Week  Oct. 6                                      More News!

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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 Literature and Grammar
  • How to study for a quiz
  • Gram 1/2

 

 

  • Intro to Graphic Organizers
 
  • Lit Quiz
  • Read Aloud
  • Gram 3/4
  • Geo Calif.

 

  •  Intro to Geography and Vocabulary
  • The Weekly Report explained
  • Lit- Analyze
  • 5 Themes of Geography
  • Gram 5/6
  • Freewriting
  • Vocab 1
  • Putting it together
  • Gram Review
  • Personal Narrative
  • Vocab Quiz

 

 

 The transition to "middle school" is not easy for some students. The level of academic difficulty increases from 5th grade to 6th grade. Textbook writers use more difficult language, include a greater quantity of work, and expand the areas where students are expected to apply what they have learned. 

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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