What an honor it is for me to put my dad’s marine corps jacket to great use! I know he is smiling down from heaven when he sees these students wearing his jacket!
Next Wednesday, February 21st, the students will take a reading common assessment over text features, text structure, and inferencing. Please encourage them to study and practice these skills using their journals and/or computer/iPad (Symbaloo Reading Skills Review Webmix).
Text Features Terminology:
Text Structure Terminology:
It is hard to believe that half of this school year is behind us! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and excited about this new year! Because it is now the second semester, we will hit our reading skills pretty hard and heavy. Please encourage your child to do his/her independent reading at home at least four days a week for at least 20 minutes each time. We are continuing with reading incentives; Book It (Pizza Hut), Menchie’s (yogurt), and Read to Succeed (Six Flags).
Here are some important upcoming benchmark testing dates:
We will treat these benchmark tests like practice STAAR tests. These benchmarks help the students to build endurance, have an idea of what the real STAAR tests will be like, and identify strengths and weaknesses to guide classroom instruction. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and gets to school on time for benchmark days.
Here are a few things your child can do to help them be more prepared for the reading benchmark and reading STAAR test:
Thank you so much for your continued support in your child’s education!
2018 is going to be a great year!
This week we will look into Wonder before going to see the movie. We will focus on the characters, the book’s theme, and vocabulary using some excerpts from the book. We will also look into the author and her motivation to write the book.
catastrophe – a disaster or misfortune
mutation – an alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality
probability – the condition of being probable; very likely to occur
phobia – a strong fear of something
aversion – a strong feeling of dislike, repugnance, or antipathy toward something and a desire to
November calendars are due Friday, December 1st, for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut or Moe’s in White Oak. December calendars will be passed out to the students Friday for the month of December, in which they will be responsible for 160 minutes of reading and due Monday, December 18th.
Please don’t forget the Menchie’s Bookmark and Six Flags Read to Succeed reading incentives as options as well.
In reading class, we are focusing on poetry with an emphasis on verse, stanzas, free verse, meter, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia. We will have a common assessment over poetry Wednesday, December 6th.
Intermediate students and parents are invited to attend the Reading Fair on Thursday, November 30, from 5:30 pm-6:15 pm. The Gallery Walk will be housed in the elementary library and will feature the reading projects of those students who chose to enter the competition. Please plan to attend and help us acknowledge the creativity of our students.
Over the last few weeks, I have offered and sent home some different reading incentives to encourage and reward independent reading at home. Please note that if your child chooses to participate in more than one of these, the reading minutes for each incentive are not transferable! Your child must complete separate reading minutes for EACH incentive in which he/she chooses to participate. Just in case you missed any, below are descriptions of each incentive offered at this time.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – 100 minutes of reading for a free 8 oz frozen yogurt, recorded on a Menchies bookmark, sent home October 30, 2017 (offer expires Dec. 25, 2017, so completed bookmarks must be returned to Mrs. Owens by Dec. 20, 2017). Please note: the next Menchie’s Bookmark your child receives, each line will represent 1 hour, not 10 minutes, but it does not have an expiration date.
Book It – November goal is 280 minutes of reading for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut OR Moe’s Pizza (in White Oak), recorded on November calendar reading log, sent home October 31, 2017 (reading must be completed by the last day of the month and returned to Mrs. Owens the first school day of the next month).
Six Flags Read to Succeed – 360 minutes of reading for a Six Flags ticket, recorded on the Six Flags Read to Succeed Student Reading Log, sent home November 6, 2017 (completed and returned to Mrs. Owens by February 9, 2018).
Please know that these are all optional. Your child’s reading for 20 minutes 4 days is week is not optional, however. So, why not choose at least one of these to be rewarded for the required reading? Thank you for your encouragement and support in your child’s education!
Click on the link below to access a copy of the Reading Fair letter. If your child chooses to participate in the reading fair, they need to complete the bottom portion of this letter and return it to Mrs. Owens by Wednesday, November 8th. By November 10th, Mrs. Owens will give your child an informational packet that will guide them through the project process. Projects will be due Monday, November 27th, which is the week we return after Thanksgiving. All 5th grade students that participate in the Reading Fair will receive a free 100 in reading for this second marking period.