Week of 1-16-18

Hope everyone enjoyed MLK holiday. This week we continue using the RACE strategy in ELA. In Reading180 our focus is making connections to the text. Students have been given a set of vocabulary words that go with this lesson. Our first vocabulary test will be 1/25. Please review words every day for 10 mins.


Week of 1/8/18 – 1/12/18

This week in ELA we are working on citing text evidence using the RACES strategy.

R-Restate the question

A- Answer the question

C- Cite text evidence

E- Explain how the evidence supports your inference

S- Sum it all up by restating the question as a conclusion

In reading we are implementing our new Reading 180 Series that Lovinggood is piloting. The focus is the same with reading and writing strategies, however the layout of the books are easier to follow. Each student is now able to have their own book to write in. As the program becomes more familiar to us, we will share more information with you. This is very exciting for all of us as we work towards increasing reading lexiles. Have a great week!!

Week of 12-18-17

This week we will focus on closing the semester. Fluency Assessments, Reading inventory, and  Extended Writing Summative will be finalized. January starts a new aspect of the Reading 180 program. More information to come.

Don’t forget EARLY RELEASE TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY at 1:30. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Have a SAFE  and WONDERFUL holiday season and I will see you back next year!!

Week of 12/11/17

Hello Everyone!! Hope you were safe and had power during the snow storm. We lost a day at school but our learning continues. This week in Writing our focus will be writing using the RACE strategy (Restate the Question, Answer the question, Cite text evidence, Explain the Cite). This strategy is all based on using text evidence to answer a prompt.

In Reading we will continue with Story Elements, main idea, and inferences with Reading 180. Please see student agendas for specific homework assignments. Have an awesome week as we get closer to another break!!

Week of 11/26/ 17 to 12/1/ 17

Welcome back everyone from Thanksgiving break!! Hope everyone had some wonderful family bonding time. We continue this week with the  focus on Story Elements and writing a good summary.  Please look for specific homework assignments written in agendas. Tutoring continues to be Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:15 – 8:50. Any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to email me. TGIM and have a great week!!

Week of 11-6-17

Students continue to make progress… writing comparison/ contrast summaries. They have become familiar with specific transition words used in good writing pieces. This week they will write their own as a final piece comparing/contrasting two stories they have read and summarized independently as well as discussed as a class. Individual writing conferences will continue as well, to highlight students “Glows and Grows.”

In Reading, rotations will be in full effect as students work on differentiated skills in Reading 180/ System 44.

If there are any questions please feel free to email me. I DO NOT have access to a phone until the end of the day.

Make it a Great week!!!

Week 10-30-17

Students are coming along well with writing a summary using the Framed paragraph graphic organizer. We will continue to practice using a topic sentence, transitions and writing a concluding sentence. As time goes on the length of the reading passages will increase to identify the main idea in fiction as well as nonfiction text.

Please continue to read everyday for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also access the reading program (Reading 180) from Lovinggood’s home page. This can also be added to the reading log which is due every Friday. The reading log is not for a grade, but to encourage reading at home. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns. Tutoring is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:15.

Have an Awesome week!!

Week of 10/23/17 – 10/27/17

This week the focus will be writing a compare/ contrast summary. Students will be taught to use specific transition words to make the reader clear as to whether they are comparing or contrasting (see list below of some examples). They will also continue with their Reading 180 Rotations to focus on Identifying main idea. It’s going to be a busy week. Please check agenda’s for specific homework assignments.


  • In the same way
  • By the same token
  • Similarly
  • In like manner
  • Likewise
  • In similar fashion


  • A clear difference
  • But
  • Conflicting viewpoint
  • Despite
  • Even so
  • For all that
  • However
  • In another way


Week of 10/16/17 to 10/20/17

Conference week is here!! Students will be dismissed at 1:30. The academic focus will be writing a comparison/ contrast summary, as well as identifying the main idea in nonfiction text. Please use some of the extra time at home to utilize the reading 180 program and practice timed fluency. Don’t hesitate to ask if I can assist you in any way. Have an AWESOME week!!