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  • This newsletter is written for the week of Jan. 4th.

       Reading Workshop:  All of the anchor charts that I make for class and mini-lessons will be posted on Clever for the students to use at any time.  They can use these at home when they are reading.   

         This week we worked on finding main idea and supporting details.  A strategy that we used to find main idea was to ask ourselves who or what is this section about and what about it.   There also might be a pop out sentence that has the who or what and what about it in it.  We also practiced finding details that fit under the main idea and also using those details to find the main idea.  After break we will shift our focus from nonfiction back to fiction.  Our focus will be on analyzing characters and their development with the plot. 

    No Journey's story this week.

    We also started reading books and discussing in book clubs.  The students concentrated on taking notes and discussing what the characters.  Next week the students will read another short book from Raz Kids at their level and discuss it with their group.  The discussions will revolve around author's craft.

    Mobymax - Mobymax is a great place for students to get extra practice with phonics patterns, sight words, lang. and reading skills.  Mobymax can be accessed through Clever.  

    Myon - We are having a reading competition on the website Myon.  Students can read many great books on Myon.

    Writing workshop: Many students finished their nonfiction books.  They are in book creator on their Ipads.  You can have your child read it and show it you.  When we come back from break we will be practicing how to write nonfiction writing prompts.  

    Word work:    Spelling words the week of Jan. 4th are th words.  The students can study their words and patterns on Spelling City if they want.  It is located in Clever.  

    Math:  This past week, we worked on making lines, line segments, parallel lines, etc.  We also worked on making and identifying angles.
    Mult. facts 2's,5's and 10's. - The students are being asked to memorize their 2's, 5's and 10's facts.  There are many websites they can go to on my Clever page to help study and learn them. 
    Some students have passed the 2's, 5's and 10's time test.  They are now studying the 3's and 9's.  Once students pass a time test over a certain group of facts, they will move on to the next set of facts. 
     Addition and Subtraction Facts:  Students have been given addition and subtraction fact triangles to study at home.  Moby max "fact fluency" and "Xtra Math" are other good places to practice the facts.  There are also websites on my Clever page that students can use to help study their facts.
     Free Apps:    Math cards and math fact master: speed math are free apps that can help students study addition, subtraction, mult., and division facts.
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  •  Important Announcements
     Homework - The week of January 4th
    Reading:  Students are asked to read 20 min. each night M - Th and turn in a                            signed reading log on Friday. Students will receive the reading log on Mon. each                        week.  

    A homelink or a homework sheet will be sent home Mon. - Thurs. 

    Super Reader Program:
    Don't Forget to log your student's Super Reader minutes for the month of November!
    Library:   The students will choose books online and then the librarian will bring them down to the room.  Students should have last week's books turned in on Wednesday.
    Report cards:  Progress reports will be available Jan. 7th.
    E-Learning Day Jan. 4th: Mon. Jan. 4th will be an e-learning day for students.  I will post the directions and assignments on Canvas for students.
     Transportation Changes: If you have any change in transportation, 
    (i.e. - your child normally rides the bus and is a car rider one day for 
    whatever reason).  I need you to please send in a note with your child.  
    I will send this note to the office so that they are aware of the change.
     Clever, Sumdog, Epic, Prodigy and Mobymax:   Students have a yellow sheet that they will always keep in their homework folders.  This sheet has login cards and passwords on it.  Right now logins to Clever, Google Docs, Canvas, Sumdog, Epic and Prodigy are on the sheet.    Mobymax is also a great app for students to use to sharpen all skills.  The students have an automatic login to Mobymax through Clever.
     IPads - Just a reminder to make sure these are charged and brought to school everyday.  


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  • Specials Schedule - We have gym from January 4th - January 15th.  The students will be going outside as much as possible, so please make sure the students have hats, and gloves.




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  • Classroom Schedule

    7:20 - 8:05 Word work/Intervention

    8:05 - 8:15 Community Circle

    8:15 - 9:15 Math
    9:15 - 9:45 Specials

    9:45 - 10:45 Writing
    10:45 - 11:10 Recess

    11:20 - 11:50 lunch

    11:50 - 1:20 Reading

    1:20 - 2:150 Word Work/Intervention
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