Vocabulary. Students have been learning 7-10 vocabulary words each week so far this year. They are responsible for knowing a basic definition, properly spelling, and being able to use each word in their writing assignments. We have learned the words from lessons 1-8. Feel free to quiz your students using the Quizlet website or just informally using the lists found on the vocabulary page.
Writing Prompts. Students have been writing journal prompts each day. These stories are in the rough draft phase of the writing process and are used to build writing fluency and practice basic grammar and writing skills. Students will be publishing a few of their favorite writing prompts before conferences to their blogs.
Writing assignments. Students are finishing up their first persuasive essay addressing the issue of using cell phones in school for learning purposes. Check out your student’s essay and look for the “play” button so you can hear them read it aloud. Our next project will be writing a mystery story in late October followed by their NaNoWriMo novels in November.
Story Town. Each week the students read a short story together in class and we dissect the story to learn various reading and writing skills. We will begin Smokejumpers - Lesson 9 when we return from fall break.
Independent Reading. Each students goes to the PRMS library on Monday afternoons to check out a novel to read throughout the week. We spend 15-20 minutes reading independently each day and students are expected to also be reading 20-30 minutes at home each day. This time is crucial to reading success - please try to make it a priority at home if possible.
Manga Math. Our class has been using this online tool to assess our math progress throughout the year. The site has two purposes for the students. The “Prodigi” assignments I assign to the students directly cover the math skills we are learning each week. These are similar to quizzes or tests and show whether a student has mastered the material at that point in time. The site also contains a multitude of math practice games that we use as a form of independent practice. This site is accessible from any computer with a web browser and can be used from home as independent practice.
Khan Academy. Each student has an account for Khan Academy. This tool provide another option for learning math online. There are short informational video clips followed by quizzes for the students. This is a great tool to utilize at home as it allows students to move at their own learning pace.
Study Island. Study Island is an online practice website provided by the district. There are tutorials, flashcards, and practice assignments for each of the skills we will be learning throughout the year.
Math Class Wiki. These are a collection of the skills we will be learning throughout the school year. These practice activities are used to introduce and reinforce skills as we learn them.
We are currently wrapping up our study of ancient Egypt. We have learned about the geography, pharaohs, pyramids, hieroglyphics, and mummies of Egypt. Your students can show you in more detail what we have been exploring. After fall break we will begin our first science unit.
The Personal Learning Plan is a class that your student has designed. These projects are what the students are encouraged to work on when they finish an assignment early or on Friday afternoons. Your students are exploring a wide array of topics and concepts. Ask them what they’ve been learning and ask them to show you their progress so far this year. Each student will present their project to the class during the months of November and December.