News for the Week

Dear Parents,

I loved getting to meet so many of you at conferences last week, and I enjoyed seeing so many of my students at the PTA Fall Festival on Friday!  I’m thankful the weather is cooling down!

Here’s what we’ve been working on in EIP:

  • First Grade Writing and Phonics with Mrs. Becker:  We started learning all about “how to” writing.  I brought in an Instant Pot and Mrs. Becker and I made homemade applesauce with the class, documented our experience with photographs, and then we wrote a BIG “How to Make Applesauce” Book together.  This week, we’ll continue how to writing and we are working on blends in phonics!
  • Second Grade Phonics with Ms. Taylor and Ms. Brown:  Last week, we worked on the hard and soft G and C sounds during our phonics lessons.  We learned that the letters e, i, and y make G and C say their soft sounds (g says “j” and c says “s”).  This week, we’re learning all about the “j” rule, which says:  at the end of a one syllable word, after one short vowel use –dge to spell the “j” sound.  

  

  • Second Grade Math:  In math, we’ve been reviewing place value of three digit numbers.  We have been reviewing different ways to represent numbers and working on skip, or pattern counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s.  This week, we made skip counting spiders to display our understanding of pattern or skip counting.
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  • Second Grade Writing and Phonics with Mrs. Edmondson:  In Mrs. Edmondson’s class, we worked on reviewing grammar concepts related to using apostrophes to show possessive nouns and contractions.  We made scarecrows and wrote contraction sentences to describe our scarecrows.  In phonics last week, we worked on spelling Wild Old Words– which are words ending in long vowel sound patterns -ild, -ind, -old, -olt, and -ost.  This week, we’re learning about other glued sounds ending in -ng (ang, ing, ong, ung) and -nk (ank, ink, onk, unk).  These glued sounds get stuck together, and often the vowel sound changes.

  • Third Grade Phonics and Reading:  In third grade last week, we learned about the “CH” Rulewhich says at the end of a one syllable word, after one short vowel, use -tch to spell “ch”.  We worked on adding common suffixes to -tch/-ch words to make our reading and spelling more challenging.  This week, we’re learning about hard and soft g and c.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions about what we’re learning in EIP!

Love,

Mrs. Kidd

News for the Week of October 8, 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents!

I am working with classroom teachers to coordinate coming to as many of my EIP students’ conferences next week, so I hope to meet and speak with many of you next week!

Did you know that the East Side Foundation not only supports classroom teachers, the new turf project on the field, and specialists, but it also helps support ongoing training for EIP teachers!  All of the Orton-Gillingham training I have completed, was funded by our AMAZING Foundation!  In August of this year, the Foundation paid for a substitute for my classroom, so that I could attend a Phonemic Awareness training at the Schenck School!  I have already worked with Mrs. Sahadevan and Mrs. Meynard to redeliver our training to the whole first grade team~thank you FOUNDATION!  If you have not had a chance to contribute to the Foundation Capital Campaign, please do so today!

What we’re working on in EIP:

  • First Grade Writing/Phonics:  With Mrs. Becker’s class, we’ve been working on glued sounds (am, an, and all) and the FLOSS Rule in phonics.  The FLOSS Rule says that at the end of a one syllable word, after one short vowel, double the final f, l, s,  and sometimes, z. (Examples:  puff, hill, toss, and buzz).  In writing, we’ve been working on editing and revising our personal narratives, so that we are ready to publish this week!

 

  • Second Grade Phonics:  In Ms. Brown and Ms. Taylor’s classes, we’ve been working on the Magic E Rule and Wild Old Words.  This week we’ll be learning about hard and soft C & G and Gentle Cindy can remind us of the soft sounds for c and g!

 

  • Second Grade Math:  In math, we’ve been working on counting combinations of coins (pennies, nickels and dimes) to $1.00 and solving word problems involving money using the CUBES Strategy!  To help us count money, we’ve been using manipulatives and drawing “touch points” on each coin~ask your student how to draw and use touch points for coins!

 

  • Second Grade Writing/Phonics:  In Mrs. Edmondson’s class, we’ve been working on editing, revising, and publishing our personal narratives, so that they are ready to share with you during conferences!  In phonics, we’ve been working on the Magic E Rule and this week, we’ll begin learning about Wild Old Words.

 

  • Third Grade Phonics:   In third grade we’ve been reviewing the FLOSS and CK rules.  We have made reading words with these words more challenging by adding common suffixes to the words!

 

I hope to see many of you next week!  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions!

~Mrs. Kidd

EIP Happenings

Dear Parents and Students,

I began seeing your amazing EIP students a few weeks ago, and we are all getting into the swing of things.  Here’s what we have been working on in each grade level:

  • First Grade with Mrs. Becker:  We have been working on writing complete sentences with capital letters, finger spaces, and ending punctuation.  We have also started writing small moment stories that tell one snapshot of a memory across the pages of a book.  Our writers are LOVING getting to write books in first grade!  In phonics time, we’ve been working on open and closed syllables, digraphs, and now glued sounds!

 

  • Second Grade Phonics:  I am lucky to push-in to several second grade classes for phonics this year.  This means, that I may help co-teach a lesson to a whole class and then pull small groups within the classroom, or I may work with a small group and then a student individually.  In Ms. Taylor and Ms. Brown’s classrooms we have been working on the /k/ spelling rule and the FLOSS rule!  In Ms. Brown’s room this week we are working on glued sounds (ang, ank, ong, onk, ung, unk, ing, ink) and in Ms. Taylor’s room we are working on the /ch/ rule!  In Mrs. Edmondson’s room we have worked on open and closed syllables and the /k/ and FLOSS rules!

 

  • Second Grade Writing:  I work with Mrs. Edmondson’s class for EIP writing.  In her class we’ve been working on writing personal narratives, or small moment stories, and reviewing grammar like collective nouns, irregular plural nouns, and proper nouns.

 

  • Second Grade Math:  In second grade math we have been working on basic addition and subtraction facts and solving single step word problems.  We use the CUBES strategy for problem solving.  C-Circle the numbers U-Underline the question B-Box in key words E-Evaluate and make a plan S-Solve.  With repeated practice, the CUBES strategy is a great method for solving complicated word problems!

 

  • Third Grade Reading:  In third grade reading we have been talking about the AU and AW vowel teams.  AU is often found in the beginning or middle of a word or syllable and AW is found at the end of a word or syllable, except when followed by a single l, n, or k.  We have been decoding words with these vowel patterns, reading sentences and stories with AU/AW words and retelling the story structure of the stories!

 

I have enjoyed getting to know your students over the past few weeks, and I’m sure we’re going to have a GREAT year in EIP.  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me!

~Mrs. Kidd

 

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Hello East Side Eagles and WELCOME to the new school year!

I’m so excited to be working on the EIP team again this year.  Our team is busy finalizing EIP schedules for 2018-2019, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of my new students very soon.  As we finalize schedules, the EIP team will send home a little more information about our program and how each child is being served this school year!

I hope to see some familiar faces at Eagle Day!

Love,

Mrs. Kidd

Happy Spring!

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy first few weeks of SPRING!  I hope you all enjoy a relaxing Spring Break.  Here’s what we’ve been working on in EIP for the past few weeks!

First Grade Math

We ended the 3rd Quarter by reviewing addition and subtraction word problems, and I saw your children making so much progress with a challenging skill.  We have started the fourth nine weeks by learning about 2D and 3D shapes and how to partition, or divide, shapes into equal parts.

Second Grade Reading

In second grade reading we have been working on reading AND spelling two-syllable words.  We have learned about how to read ostrich words (VCCCV pattern)tiger words (V/CV pattern), and camel words (VC/V pattern).  The students have been so excited to learn to read and spell so many new, challenging word types!

Second Grade Math

In math, we finished the 3rd quarter by reviewing 3-digit addition and subtraction.  We will continue to work on this standard during this last quarter of school as well.  We started the last quarter, by reviewing place value through 999.  This week, we have been learning about the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes.

Fourth Grade Math

In fourth grade, we’ve been reviewing computation and word problem skills from the beginning of the year.  We’ve worked on place value, rounding, addition and subtraction using the standard algorithm, multiplication, and division.  I know our students are going to ROCK the Milestones when we return in April!

Have a WONDERFUL Spring Break!  See you all in April!

~Mrs. Kidd

Welcome March 2018!

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful February break!  I LOVED being outside enjoying the warm weather with my family, and I enjoyed hearing about all of your adventures from your children last week.  Here’s what we worked on last week, and what we’re moving into this week!

First Grade Math:

In first grade we are working on solving word problems.  We’ve been using problem solving mats with manipulatives to help model word problems involving unknowns in various positions.  Last week we worked on change unknown problems and this week we’ll be reviewing comparison problems that involve an unknown difference and problems where the bigger number is unknown.

Second Grade Reading:

In second grade we are continuing to work on syllable division rules for two syllable words that have a VCCV pattern in the middle of the word.  So far we’ve learned about rabbit words (two closed syllables), reptile words (one closed syllable and one magic e syllable), and hornet words (at least one r-controlled syllable).  This week, we’ll be learning about candy words (words with one closed syllable and one open syllable ending in a y).  I’m seeing a lot of progress with decoding skills, by teaching students how to spot these patterns, divide the words into syllables, read the syllables, and then blend them into a complete word.  EIP Reading homework for the week of March 5th will focus on CANDY WORDS!

Second Grade Math:

In second grade math, we’ve been reviewing problem solving and focusing our time on solving 3-digit addition and subtraction using a variety of strategies.  This requires a lot of practice!

Fourth Grade Math:

In fourth grade we’ve been working so hard identifying improper fractions and mixed numbers, multiplying fractions, and solving fraction word problems  using visual models and number sentences.  This week, we’ll begin relating fractions and decimals!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

The EIP classroom is in need of a few supplies!  We would LOVE donations of paper towel rolls, tissues, and Clorox wipes.  If you are able to donate any of the supplies, we would be so appreciative!

Thank you so much!

~Mrs. Kidd

 

What’s We’ve Been Up To!

Dear Parents,

Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to in Mrs. Kidd’s EIP Classes!  I hope everyone has a wonderful February Break!  🙂

First Grade Math:

We’ve been working on addition and subtraction strategies and how to add 2-digit and 1-digit numbers together.  We’ve been using an Orton-Gillingham Math approach for this standard.  We start by building a model of each problem, then draw the problem, and finally, we solve.  This hands-on approach to math has helped students solidify their understanding of the skill!

 

Second Grade Reading:

In second grade, we’ve been working on syllable division rules, to help us spell and read multi-syllabic words.  We are working on VCCV words–with 2 different patterns: rabbit words and reptile words.  Rabbit words have two closed syllables and reptile words have one closed syllable and one magic e syllable.  For homework, students should be coding and dividing their list of reptile words this week, before they practice reading the list of words three times each.  This week we’re working on an “Unlock” or “Breakout” Valentine’s Phonics challenge.  Students are working on dividing words into syllable, sorting words, and reading fluency passages with rabbit and reptile words in them!

 

Second Grade Math:

In second grade math, we finished working on money word problems last week. We are working on adding three-digit numbers using the Orton-Gillingham Math approach.  The steps include: 1.) Build a model of the problem with blocks.  2.)  Draw a picture of the problem.  3.) Solve!  We’re also working on reviewing problem solving strategies as a warm-up each day.

Fourth Grade Math:

In fourth grade, we’ve been learning all about fractions.  We’ve learned different ways to show equivalent fractions, how to compare and order fractions, and we’re just starting to learn all about mixed numbers and improper fractions.  The fourth graders are having so much fun with fractions!

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and February Break!

Love,

Mrs. Kidd

Week of January 22nd News

Dear Parents,

I feel like I have barely seen my awesome EIP students since returning from the winter holidays!  Here’s what we’ve been working on in EIP class!

First Grade Math

We’ve been working on comparing numbers and reviewing how to solve addition and subtraction problems with a variety of strategies.  We’re working on counting on, making a ten, and mentally adding and subtracting 10 from a number!

Second Grade Reading

In reading, we’ve been working on reading and spelling words that follow The “CH” Rule.  This is another short vowel rule, similar to the FLOSS Rule and “K” Rule, but it has proven to be a bit challenging!  We’ll continue to review/revisit this rule throughout the year!  Please don’t forget to help your child complete his/her EIP Reading homework each week!

  

Second Grade Math

In math, we’ve been reviewing place value and have also started working on counting combinations of money, including quarters!  We are using “touch points” to help us count money, which has helped many of my students feel more comfortable counting large combinations of coins.

Fourth Grade Math

We reviewed division strategies for the first few days back to school.  Then, we’ve moved into learning about fractions.  We have learned different ways to represent fractions, vocabulary terms like numerator, denominator, and equal parts, and we’re beginning to learn about equivalent fractions.

Looking forward to a great ending to the month of January!

~Mrs. Kidd

December 2017

We are wrapping up the first half of the school year with a flurry of activities!  Thanks always for all you do at home to help your students.  Here’s a quick overview of what we’re working on before the break!

First Grade Math

We’ve been working on addition and subtraction word problems.  For each problem, students should be able to write an equation (number sentence), show a strategy to solve, and write and label their answer!  Students are making great progress with this skill!

Second Grade Reading

We’ve been working on learning the sounds/rules for hard and soft c and g.  Students have learned that when a c or a g is followed by an e, i, or y, then the c or g makes its soft sound.

Second Grade Math

In second grade math, we’ve been reviewing addition and subtraction, and applying what we’ve learned to solving one and two-step word problems.  Second graders are also expected to create a number sentence to solve each word problem, show their work, and label their answers!

Fourth Grade Math

In 4th grade, we’ve been working on learning how to divide numbers by a 1-digit divisor with and without remainders.  We’ve worked on using repeated subtraction, partial quotients, and column division as strategies for solving division problems.

Mrs. Kidd

Week of November 13th News

Dear Parents,

I am so thankful for each of my wonderful students and all of you parents!  I’m wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving Break!  Here’s what we’ve been working on this week in EIP:

First Grade Math

We’ve been using bar manipulatives to model addition and subtraction problems 0-20.  We have also been working on writing number sentences (equations) to help us solve for the missing number in a number bond model!

Second Grade Reading

In reading, we’ve continued to work on spelling and decoding words that follow the Magic E Rule!  We even made Thanksgiving Magic E turkeys!  Don’t forget about the weekly Fluency Practice that is coming home as homework each week!  These practice sheets will really help solidify the work we are doing in class!

Second Grade Math

We have continued to work on using an Orton-Gillingham approach for math computation, while working to solve 2-digit addition and subtraction problems.  I have seen many students progress with these difficult skills, through use of the multi-sensory approach.  Students love getting their hands on the math bars to “build” their problem, before trying to draw and solve it!

Fourth Grade Math

We have finished up multiplying using the area models with the math integer bars.  We have started to learn about multiplicative comparisons, which are helping us to break down the language used in many multiplication word problems.  We will continue to practice this through the end of the week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Mrs. Kidd