September 17th

This week in ELA:

Reading: We are studying…

  1. Character traits and how characters evolve and change over time.
  2. Theme: Identifying theme or lessons from a story.
  3. RAZ KIDS IS NOW OFFERED FOR YOUR CHILD. THIS IS A READING PROGRAM THAT IS A GREAT WAY TO PRACTICE COMPREHENSION AND CONTINUE TO GROW YOUR CHILD TO READ WITH STAMINA. The username is your child’s first name and the password is read. example: username: Amanda    password:read  Go to Razkids.com and click on member login. THIS SITE NEEDS TO BE USED IN GOOGLE CHROME.
  4. STUDENTS ARE ALSO SUPPOSE TO LOG IN A DAILY 20 MINUTES OF READING EACH NIGHT IN THEIR READING LOGS. LOGS ARE DUE EACH FRIDAY. I DO TAKE A COMPLETION LOG GRADE EACH WEEK. THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO HELP YOUR CHILD’S GRADE AND PROMOTE A GOOD READING ROUTINE EACH NIGHT. IT IS MANDATORY BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY HOMEWORK I GIVE EACH DAY. 

Writing: PLOT: Students are learning the parts of a good fiction story. (Arc of the Story) aka (Story Mountain)

Each day we discuss, identify, and analyze a good arc of the story. This month it has been focused on the novel TIGER RISING.  They are generating ideas for each section of the Arc of a Story. They will be writing the story based on their own story arc idea and the story will be a 9 weeks narrative writing assessment grade. All the work will be done in class.

We are also writing constructed responses each week using the RACE strategy. I will take a weekly grade on this as well.

Mentor Sentence: (Grammar) Quiz this week on these two skills will be each Thursday.  STUDENTS ARE OFTEN ENCOURAGE TO STUDY THEIR GRAMMAR NOTEBOOKS EACH WEEK TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE WEEKLY QUIZ.

 

  1. Proper Nouns and Vivid Verbs. Vivid Verbs are just verbs that are more exciting and strong. example: stirred—-vivid verb: scrambled

September 4th

More News from BSI:

Important dates:

September 11
Patriots Day at 1:00
Chick Fil A Night 6-8 (at Chastain Meadow)

September 14
Jamboree – 6-8 pm

 

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.

This week at BSI.

Wednesday 9/5–Friday 9/7 3rd grade and 5th grade testing.

Every Friday is Social Studies and Science day. This is a big day for the students. It’s really important the students are present on Fridays.

Fridays: Reading Logs are due and Thursday folders.

Wednesday 9/5: Progress reports will be sent home.

This week students will be getting a RAZ Kids Reading username and password. I encourage your students to log in each night and read stories from this excellent source.

This week in ELA:

Writing: 1. Developing a believable character in a fiction story as students learn about the Story Arc.

Writing:  2. Students will be also using the RACE strategy to construct responses when asked to write a short paragraph to a question.

Grammar: No mentor sentence quiz. BUT we are focusing on capitalization of all proper nouns and reviewing period and question mark usage.

 

 

August 27th

Reminders:

  • Thursday is Picture day. This day is also Chic-fil-A day.
  • Friday is Stem day.
  • Monday is Labor Day, no school. Enjoy!
  • Remember to turn in your reading logs on Fridays. REMEMBER it is so important for them to be reading to you or someone for 20 minute a night.

This week in ELA:

Reading: Students should be reading FICTION only.

Chapter books on their level is highly encouraged. I do not want Comic or Graphic novels during Reading Workshop.

 

Novel: Tiger Rising

Strategies:

  • Envisionment
  • Making connections as we read.
  • Rereading confusing parts
  • Reading with intensity and stamina

Writing: RACE strategy

Students are reading a passage and writing a constructed response paragraph to answer a questions.

Students are also developing characters and learning how to choose story ideas and create characters that are believable for a good fiction story.

Grammar: This week is a review week. We do not have a mentor sentence quiz.

Focus: Capitalization ( I, days of the week, all proper nouns, and beginning of the sentence.)

We are also just beginning to focus on our Narrative writing unit. Students will learn about the story arc and begin writing their own narratives based on this model.

August 20th

Hello Parents:

Agendas just went home. Please take the time to read the letter explaining our PBIS system we are implementing in place of Eagle Bucks.

This week in ELA: Reading: Students learn reading strategies to read intensely.

  • Rereading
  • Read like you are in the story or book
  • reread confusing parts
  • Post it notes: Write a connection, question, opinion or feeling of what is going on in your story.

EACH STUDENT HAS BEEN TO THE LIBRARY AND SHOULD HAVE A CHAPTER BOOK OR INTENSE BOOK ON THEIR LEVEL AT ALL TIMES. THEY MUST TURN IN THEIR READING LOGS EACH FRIDAY FOR A GRADE AND SHOW ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THEIR NIGHTLY READING HOMEWORK. I ONLY HAD 12 STUDENTS TURN THIS IN LAST FRIDAY. 

WRITING:Students are generating ideas and writing about good story ideas they may want to elaborate on. They will also write or imagine stories they wish existed (fiction) from a real life moment they had in life.

Grammar: 

  • capitalization rules for pronoun I, proper names, and our focus this week is countries.
  • identifying proper nouns vs. common nouns
  • TEST FRIDAY MORNING OVER THEIR MENTOR SENTENCE. THEY HAVE TO CIRCLE CAPITALIZATON MISTAKES WITH PEOPLE’S NAMES, TITLES, DAYS OF THE WEEK, AND MONTHS.
  • ADJECTIVES: STUDENTS WILL HAVE TO IDENTIFY A BASIC ADJECTIVE IN THE SENTENCE.

SOCIAL STUDIES: 

  • IDENTIFY LAND FEATURES IN THE U.S.
  • IDENTIFY MAN MADE FEATURES IN THE U.S.

 

August 13th

Writing:

  • comparing big ideas to small ideas. (Watermelon ideas vs. Small Seed ideas
  • Grammar: Adjective review (quiz Friday morning on finding adjectives and circling capitalization mistakes within a sentence. We focused on capitalizing all proper nouns and the letter I and the first word in the sentence this week.

 

Social Studies: Identifying the 8 physical features of the United States:

Reading: Reading logs were sent home and they should be reading 20 minutes and logging their time and titles in each night. Please initial and return these each Friday.

Students are learning how to choose a  book Just Right for them and using the 5 finger strategy. Each Tuesday they should come home with a book they can read. I want to build their independent reading stamina up to 35 minutes a day so they really need to be able to stay hooked and commit to a book they like and can follow the story line. I want them to have chapter books. No comic books allowed in my reading workshop time.

FunRun is this THursday at 10:15. Pop ices will be available for a dollar that day.

We will be on regular schedule. Lunch will be in our rooms.

Have a wonderful week.

 

August 6th

Parents,

We have had a wonderful start! I love you children and I appreciate you all so much.

Just a few things:

  • Please return and take out the Thursday folder materials each week.
  • Homework for me will be Reading 30 minutes a night. Please remind students to take ownership in their reading logs to log minutes and title. You sign them each night. I will check them on Friday mornings.
  • Math homework will be FIRST in MATH each night. Log in codes will be coming home soon from Mr. Desin.
  • Sign Agendas each Thursday and have your student to turn it in to me each Friday morning.
  • Please check my blog at least once a week.
  • THANKS SO MUCH TO THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED IN TO FUNRUN.COM. I APPRECIATE ALL CLASS DONTATIONS. PLEASE CONTINUE TO ASK FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND BUSINESS FRIENDS TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD FOR OUR FUN RUN AT THE BOOSTERTHON DAY HERE. ALL DONTATIONS WILL GO BACK TO THE CLASSROOMS.
  • I will have a pizza party for the class if we generate the most donations. Dr. Luscre will let the students have a Forte Nite dance at lunch if our school has donations from all 50 states.
  • More information to come.

ELA:

Reading: RI inventory and Narrative introductions.

Mentor Sentences: Grammar time. Students will begin to identify parts of speech and write about a certain sentence found in a certain book each week. This starts next week.

Writing: Finding a seed. (Ideas)