This week, students will be receiving their Read to Succeed Logs. This is an optional reading challenge where the students are requested to read for 6 hours/360 minutes. This will be due for 4th grade by January 21st 2017. The 25 minutes we read a day or the time spent in class does note count towards the required minutes. Those who complete the challenge and turn in the log, will receive a ticket for Six Flags to use this summer! The log must be filled out and turned in to receive the ticket. Happy Reading!
Recorders were handed out in music today. A letter was sent home with them about care and maintenance. The letter is attached below for reference in case it misses you. Please make sure to have the recorders on Mondays and Thursdays, as those are our music days.
As we go into the second quarter, we set new reading goals. I will conference with each student this week on their AR goal as well as how to attain that goal for the quarter.
As many of you know, AR is a comprehension reading development program. As students complete books, they take a quiz and their reading levels grow. The books do not have to be from school. Almost all books have an AR level and points. It is important that students read books that are at their independent reading level (listed at the back of their reading notebook), as this independent reading helps to grow their skills. If you would like to look up the AR information for a book that does not have it in it, please go to http://www.arbookfind.com. Once there, select parent or student. Then you can enter the author or title to find the book information. Though you can read almost any book, the quizzes can only be taken at school. We have a 15-25 minute block for students to work on AR by either silently reading or taking a quiz.
I also require students to read at least one informational book a month. I make these available for many reading levels in the classroom. The "Who Was . . ." series is a very popular nonfiction series that students enjoy. Another popular information series is the "You wouldn't want to be . . ." series.
To make homework more effective for both the students and myself, we will start having weekly math check points. The packet will still be due on the day of the test, but every Friday I will look over 3 out of the 4 pages that should be completed. A few of the problems that show that deepest understanding will be graded for correctness. This will help make sure that the homework is successfully working to cement the skills learned in class, and will also provide another way to check understanding. These weekly check points will also help make sure students are on a successful schedule to complete the packet. Please make sure to have our students bring in their packets every Friday.
Today, we received our math packets for unit 4. If your student doesn't have theirs yet, they were finishing their test and will receive it tomorrow. This packet takes us through November and connects to the last unit. We will be working on double digit multiplication. Attached is the cover page that outlines when each page should be done. The test will be on Tuesday, November 29th, which is when the packet is due. This gives the students the opportunity to use the packet and work to study. If a student is having troubles, circle the area and Ms. Price or I am happy to help them before or after school from 8 am to 4 pm. The packet is for a grade, both a completion grade as well as spot checked on certain problems for correctness. The packets help practice skills and ensure that the math skill learned that day is retained.
I'm excited to begin my 8th year teaching at Coonley School. I've been teaching for over 20 years. I love creating projects and lessons that challenge my students.