I hope everyone enjoyed Homecoming weekend! We had a lot of fun last week taking part in the fun out of uniform days and the school pep parade!
On Tuesday, we will be completing the first IReady Math diagnostic. All students will need to have ear buds with them and their Chromebooks fully charged that day. Once the Math and Reading diagnostics have been completed, students will be able to begin working on IReady practice each week.
Here is some important information for Language Arts this week:
Reading: Our story this week is the fable, “Kitoto the Mighty.” We will work on the skills of summarizing and theme. We will not have a test on the story at the end of this week, since we have a shortened week. Our test will instead be on Wednesday, the 29th. All tests will concentrate on the week’s vocabulary words, some multiple choice questions about the story, and two short answer questions based on this week’s skills. We will also learn a lot more about the fable genre and read some additional examples of well-known fables. We may even do some Reader’s Theater with some of the fables!
After finishing “Kitoto the Mighty”, we will have completed the first module of our reading book. We will have our Module 1 Assessment on Monday, October 4th. Students do not need to study specific stories for this assessment. It will consist of two reading selections that the students will read and answer comprehension questions on. The skills covered in the previous weeks: author’s purpose, author’s point of view, theme, and imagery will be covered through the test selections.
*September Book Reports can be turned in this week if they are completed. The last day to turn in book reports is Tuesday, September 28th.
Spelling-This week we will be working with our Week 3 words (long i and short i sounds). We will have our Spelling test this Thursday, the 23rd.
Writing: *Final copies of last week's"Name Jar" paragraphs are due on Tuesday.
Going along with the theme of last week’s story, we will continue to work on our Chinese zodiac calendar writing pieces. Students have been researching about the year they were born and what traits they have in common with their Chinese zodiac calendar animal. They may also be asking you about your animal match! We will also continue learning about the parts of a strong paragraph and how to organize expository writing pieces.
Please reach out with any questions! Have an awesome week! Don’t forget to follow us at @funin4thsjf on Instagram to see all of the fun we have each week!
Reminders: Reading Homework Information: Each week the students will receive a short article/story and will have a few, short questions to answer each day. We will go over these questions daily and the students will get credit for completing their assignments each week. Each week’s homework will concentrate on a specific reading skill, and we will also be able to use these articles to help us practice our written responses to texts. Students should also read for 20 minutes each night. Over the course of this trimester, the students will also need to take Accelerated Reader tests. The students will need to accumulate at least 8 AR points by the end of the first trimester. Finally, we will again be utilizing the IReady program this year. Students will need to complete 45 minutes of lessons each week. Students will receive credit for completing all of their minutes each week. *We will begin working on IReady after the initial diagnostics have been completed.