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DeWys Declares & Harvey Hollers Volume 11, Issue 15
Winter Assessments... Last spring the Board of Education adopted the Skills 4 Success. Local businesses collaborated to gather a set of skills they would like their future employees to have. Our hope is to integrate these skills into our daily instruction. One of these skills is the ability to understand and use technology. We develop this skill in our classroom by using CD players to listen to books, using iPads for reading, spelling, or math games, as well as using computers for writing and communicating with other students or teachers. Another Skill 4 Success we are developing in our room is the ability to collaborate and work as a member of a team toward a goal. In our room we are reaching this goal through group work, student-to-student feedback and conferences, partner reading, and group sensory breaks. We are excited to continue to integrate these skills into our room!
What’s New in Resource Room? Wow! It was another busy week in our room! We worked hard on our usual guided reading groups, writing projects, word study lessons, and math units, but we also added our winter assessments to the mix with SRI testing, DIBELs assessments, and Delta Math screeners. It was a busy week! We also had Bible Release time on Wednesday, and we had Mrs. Randall in the general education classrooms doing her monthly class social work lessons! All these things made for some changes in routine, but the students transitioned well and worked hard throughout the week. As we enter into the long winter stretch here at school, we just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to keep practicing reading, spelling words, and math facts at home. Sometimes, it can be hard to fit those little things into the evening routine, but with less opportunities to be outside when it’s dark so early, this can be an ideal time to practice some key skills. Have a great weekend! Mrs. DeWys, Mrs. Harvey
Save the Date! No School
HMS Parent Meeting
January 27, 2012
February 13/14, 2012
No school for students on this day! The staff has professional development.
This is our winter break weekend. We’ll have no school for students on these days.
Mrs. Dobb, the 6th grade resource room teacher, will be hosting a parent meeting for parents of incoming 6th graders. More info. to follow!
MRS. DE WYS DECLARES & MRS. HARVEY HOLLERS-VOLUME 11, ISSUE 15
JANUARY 13, 2012
Fourth Grade Reading : This week, we worked on two learning targets: I can check for understanding, and I can reread for fluency. We read the books Ralph S. Mouse and Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion.
Reading: This week, we worked on the learning targets of: I can check for understanding as I read and I can read c-v-c words. We read the books Cookie’s Week, and The Weather Chart.
Writing: This week we continued writing our New Year’s resolutions. During this writing we focused on the learning target: I can add details to my writing.
Writing: This week, we worked on the learning target: I can add details to my writing. We continued to work on New Year’s resolution writing with drafting, editing, and revising.
Word Study: This week, we learned that the letters k and ck at the end of a word or syllable sound exactly the same. This supported our learning target: I can spell frequently encountered words.
Math: Our learning targets this week were: I can count dimes, nickels and pennies, and I can add single digits to the number 3 and the number 4.
Math: This week, we worked on the learning targets of: I can multiply two digit numbers with regrouping, I can multiply three digit numbers with regrouping, and I can divide two digit numbers with remainders.
Second Grade Reading: This week, our learning target was: I can check for understanding while I read. We read the book My Brother Martin.
Writing: This week, we worked on the learning target: I can add details to my writing. We worked on drafting, editing, and revising our New Year’s resolution writings.
Reading: We worked on the learning targets: I can check for understanding and I can cross check for accuracy as I read. We started reading The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. During reading we are working on making predications and asking questions while we read.
Word Study: This week, we worked on the learning target: I can spell words that are spelled the way they sound, and words that are not spelled the way they sound. We practiced changing words from only one, to more than one.
Writing: This week, we were back in our regular writing schedule, and we continued to publish our Castaway writings. This was in support of our learning target: I can add details to my writing. Word Study: This week, we worked on the learning target: I can spel words with soft-syllable endings spelled er, or, and ar. Some of these words include ever, color, and dollar.
Reading: This week, we worked on the learning targets: I can check for understanding and I can cross check as I read. We read the books The Carrot Seed, Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion and Mr Brother Martin.
Math: We continued our unit on place value in math. We practiced adding and subtracting numbers with decimals. Our learning target is: I can add and subtract multi-digit numbers containing decimals.
Writing: This week, we continued working on the learning target: I can add details to my writing. We continued our New Year’s resolution writings with prewriting and drafting activities. Word Study: We worked on the learning target: I can spell words with silent letters. We looked especially at words with double letters, and words with a silent e. Math: This week, we worked on the learning targets: I can subtract two and three digit numbers with regrouping. We practiced this skill in a variety of ways. 2