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This week's homework is called, "What is a Totem Pole? Please have your child turn it in on Friday March 20th.
Standard information about the class:
At the beginning of every week, your child will be sent home with a Reading folder. In that folder, there will be a reading passage for the week. Along with the passage are 3 text-dependent questions per day, Monday-Thursday (12 questions per week) Also in the folder will be a "More of my Thinking" paper if they need more space to write their answers to the questions.
Students will receive a "My Progress" section at the bottom of their thinking paper, in their reading folder. Parents, PLEASE FILL THIS SECTION OUT TO LET ME KNOW HOW THEY ARE DOING AT HOME WITH THEIR READING. I will provide an answer key for all 12 questions so you may help them if they are struggling. Please have your child follow the directions for each day of the week and TURN IN THEIR READING FOLDER WITH THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON FRIDAY'S. They will receive a grade based on how many times they turn in their answered questions and reading folder.
There is a wealth of research supporting daily reading with your child for AT LEAST 20 minutes a day. If your child wants to read more then the passage I provide, always encourage them to do so! Our brains develop as we “feed” them with experiences. The experience of reading (whether you’re the reader or the one being read to) activates and exercises many of the areas of the brain. Because we are busy, it can be difficult to have “quality” one-on-one time. However, building at least 20 minutes into each day for reading together provides this important bonding time and helps tremendously with developing the skills your child needs to be successful. So keep up the good work!
We will have spelling tests every Friday, unless it is a short week. Students will take a pre-test on Monday's to see what spelling words they need to focus on. Students will learn 15 new spelling words and 5 new challenge words each week. We will practice these words in class but students are expected to practice at home, however they choose, for 5-10 minutes Monday-Thursday. Students do not need to turn in their spelling work from home. They will be graded on their weekly spelling test. Please see the following for a variety of educational ways to practice spelling words that kids love!
Create a set of flashcards. Write the spelling word in pencil on one side an index card. Trace the word in pen or marker to reinforce knowing the letters and shape the word makes when it’s spelled correctly. Read the word, turn the card over, write it again and flip to check for accuracy.
Parents, sit down with your child, two pencils and a piece of paper. Tell your child the spelling word they'll be practicing and write the first letter of the word. Pass the paper to them so they can add the next letter or next few letters. Parents add the letter after that, passing the paper back and forth, until the word is spelt.
Use old magazines or newspapers to find spelling words and cut them out. It can be an interesting demonstration of how many times words are used in everyday writing.
Have fun while practicing spelling! If you come up with other awesome ways to practice, feel free to give them a try and let me know how it goes! If you need more resources for practicing spelling words at home, please let me know!