Friday, October 4, 2013

Theme work
Week 5

Happy Weekend!                  

     We started our week with our first Spelling packet. This was an introduction to what the packets will look like and the format. Each Monday of a spelling week, all of the students will take a pre-test with group 1 words. If they score 100%, then they will move to the group 2 words for that week. If they miss one or more, they will stay with the group 1 words for that week. Remember, Spelling and Wordly Wise vocabulary switch every other week.
     We continued our study of "Theme" this week while working in groups to find the theme of different picture books. Once the students were identifying the theme in picture books, we moved on to talk about the theme in novels. Many students started to see how an author can build his entire plot based on a theme and yet that theme can develop and change as the story and characters change.
Students then took their new knowledge and applied it to writing about the theme in their book review reports. We will continue to discuss theme throughout the year with each book we read. This will be a constant practice as we grow as a reading group.
     We also had a chance to check out our next book report books so we could get started on the reading. The Dolphins are starting with an Adventure Survival genre while the Geese are starting with Historical Fiction. Please continue to check in each night with your reader to be sure they are moving along in their books.
"NECAP thinking"

      As you know at home, we are in the thick of NECAP testing. The students have been so concentrated on doing their best effort. I am so proud of them! This years test is long and new to them with a large part of the testing on writing. They will surely need to relax and enjoy their weekend before we head into the second half next Wednesday and Thursday.
     After our NECAPS are complete, We will begin having students from alternate classes, writing our blog each Friday to fill you in on our learning.
   Also, please look for a conference sign-up email to be coming your way next week. We will be doing a short goal setting and check-in conference with our homeroom classes during the last week of October. During this check-in, your child's homeroom teacher will discuss academic goals that your child has set for him/herself with the help of both teachers. This will be a Parent and Student check-in. In February, we will set up a conference with Parents and both Teachers to discuss your child's academic progress.

Enjoy your weekend! 

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