ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Pam Allyn Core Reading Series - Four Doors to the Core
These Four Doors organize the "Common Core meets Common Sense" into the curriculum that include: skills, understanding and strategies for reading, writing, speaking, and listening across subject areas.
SPELLING WORDS: Each month your child will be assigned a group of spelling words to study. This month's spelling list can be found here.
Our spelling words are based on words that writers use frequently. Writing, math answers, reading answers, and many other writing assignments are checked to see that these words are being spelled correctly.
Your child needs to memorize a poem that is a certain long each month, not including the title and the author.
December: week of Dec. 8 10 lines
January: week of Jan. 26 12 lines
February: week of Feb. 16 14 lines
March: week of March 23 16 lines
April: week of April 27 18 lines
May/June: week of June 1 20 lines
If a longer poem is learned, the extra lines will be "banked", or saved, to be used later. Then the amount of lines will increase by two lines each month. The calendar will let you know the date it is due. Your child needs to bring the book or a copy of the poem on his/her day to share.
Each month, students will be required to read a grade level appropriate book and complete a book report sheet. Please see the calendar for the due date each month.
The April/May Book Report is to create a Cereal Box Book Report. You will need to cover and decorate a real cereal box with illustrations, information, and other interesting facts about your teacher-approved book. Think about what you will name your cereal. Choose a name that sounds enticing and that relates to the story in some way. Then, choose a shape for the cereal, as well as, colors and ingredients that also relate to the book. For example, for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you might invent a cereal called Wizard Wands, a toasted oat cereal in the shape of miniature lightning bolts. Click here for instructions.
Cover an empty cereal box with paper. The next step is to make a rough draft or practice copy of your cover, written information, sketches, and drawings before moving to your final copy on the cereal box. You don’t have to draw on the cereal box, you could use paper and then glue them onto the box.
The May/June is the Paper Bag Book Report. As you read, collect six objects in a small brown paper bag that connect to people and events from the beginning, middle, and end of the book. Click here for instructions.
You will share your book report and the objects to the class. Practice your presentation so we can easily hear you and understand how your objects relate to the book.
READING: Students read at least 15-20 minutes Monday-Thursday night. A reading log activity sheet will be given out once a month and can be found here. Please choose a different activity to respond to the nightly reading. Students will record their responses on the reading log and share their activity during our daily "AIR (Accountable Independent Reading) Time."
Click here for the Reading Activities
Click here for the Daily Reading Log.
SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND GEOGRAPHY
Science and Social Studies are integrated into the core curriculum, and supplemented with texts, workbooks, and other materials. Additionally, students will be guided through geography lessons together in class.
Students will be required to study for geography tests, in which they will have one week to study. Check the calendar for our Geography test. The facts for our tests will be sent home and can be found here the week before. Below are the test questions available.
Pearson Envision is one of the main resources we are using for Math instruction. On the Pearson site, your child can find a digital copy of their book, the homework sheets, and other resources. Students will have a lesson nearly every day followed by in-class practice. To ensure mastery, students will also have homework to practice their skills. We will be using MobyMax for math fact practice.
Math Facts are practiced Monday-Thursday using the MobyMax website. MobyMax is tailored to your child's individual needs, and I think you will be very impressed by how fast your child will excel while using Moby. Click on the highlighted MobyMax text to access the link. Every Friday, I will be checking online to ensure that your child has been doing this assignment daily.
Weekend homework is limited to special projects and assignments we may be having. Reading and math fact practice is always encouraged.
We have been practicing our cursive letters. Many assignments are being required to be done in cursive, so it is important to have your child do some penmanship practice at home.
P.E. AND MUSIC
Students will participate in P.E. activities through regular instruction, Zumba on Fridays usually four weeks on and four weeks off, and periodic outdoor activities.
Students have music instruction on Tues and Thurs.
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