Hello Wildcat Families,
I know , I know it has been a while. However, our Reading Connections class has been hard at work with the following practices:
Reading, Reading and Writing. We have finished part 1 of Unit 1 and have taken the Unit 1 Interim Assessment on Central Idea & Details, Summarizing, Affixes, Context Clues, Vocabulary and Writing (Summaries and Informative Paragraphs) which will be displayed on the boards of our classroom and hallway. The theme of this unit is Social Activism – “Stand-Up,” and we will continue this theme in Part 2 with two non-fiction texts about Child Slavery and a Langston Hughes Poem called, “I Dream A World,” which we will analyze and dig deeper into the meaning of the words and phrases in the poem, In addition, we will compare and contrast the Poem with the activist articles we read in Part 1.
We will continue the unit with writing a 5 paragraph essay utilizing the elements of an Informative paragraph and summarizing strategies we have learned. Finally we will take an end of the unit assessment and if time permits create a project.
Note: This is an overview of what we will be doing in the intervention reading program called, Read 180 Universal in the 7th and 8th grades. Our Rotations- Whole group, Small group , Independent reading, and Computer Software is ongoing.
All of my sixth grade students are in the intervention phonics program called, System 44 and the focus is on computer phonics software with correlating practice pages and System 44 books and digital E-books. Students spend 15 to 20 minutes a day on the computer reviewing sight words, word families, and decoding. They also record the sounds and words they learn in the topic segments to increase their fluency. Practice is the key in this program, and these students are working hard to increase their Lexile scores.
Please remember that Tuesday, November 6th is a Professional work day for the teachers and students are out of school.
Please remember that the Homework in this class is to have your child to read something they enjoy for 30 minutes each day. Also feel free to read to them as well. I look forward to communicating with you again after the Thanksgiving break.
Enjoy the Holidays . Feel free to contact me by e-mail if you have any concerns.
Mrs. Aaron, Read 180/System 44