Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New School Year

The first two weeks of school have flown by! Students have been involved in team building skills with both grades 4 and 6 which concluded with students writing a common behavior expectation contract. A top priority of our classroom is to provide a safe, working environment where everyone is valued and respected.

In reading students have been reviewing and practicing comprehension strategies using different texts. Students are keeping individual Reading Logs and I have set an expectation for students to read a minimum of 20 books this year from a variety of genres! Books that we read in our literature groups will be included in the tally. My goal in doing this is to increase students' reading as well as broaden their exposure to different genres. Please encourage your child to read every night so they will reach this goal or even better exceed it!

Fall writing prompts have just been completed. Once these prompts have been scored by two teachers students will use the prompt to set an individual writing goal for the first quarter.

Constitution Day is September 17th. Both fifth and sixth graders will be studying the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Three Branches of Government as their first unit of study. Although the topic of these lessons will be the same the lesson itself may vary according to the classes' needs.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 20th at 5:30. This will be a time for your child to show you around our classroom and explain what a typical school day looks like. Parent conferences will take place at a later date where you, your child and I will discuss goals for the upcoming year.

See you on the 20th!

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