Reminders, Announcements, Upcoming Events, and Homework
Announcements & Reminders
- April 3: Report Cards go home.
- April 11: TIMSS Testing
- April 24-28: ACT Aspire Testing
Announcements & Reminders
- Please be checking and signing your child's agenda each night!
- Sign up for text message reminders by texting @4hged7 to 81010. Receive email reminders by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homework (April 3-7)
- Students should be reading for at least 30 minutes each night (about 20 pages)! Be sure your child is recording his/her reading in their reading log! Additional nightly reading homework is below. These assignments will also be recorded in your child's agenda.
- Monday: choose a scene from your reading that is important to the story. Re-read that scene intensely several times and envision (make a mental movie as you read). Picture what is happening and how the charaters are reacting. In your reader's notebook, write, "I'm picturing..." then retell the scene, including what you're envisioning.
- Tuesday: Show your parents your hard work on strengthening your envisionment skills. Think about new goals for reading as we enter the next section of our unit. Write your new reading goals in your reader's notebook.
- Wednesday: As you read, put your characters under a microscope. Observe their patterns, actions, and personalities, then analyze them. Write notes about your thoughts. Let your ideas grow and take interesting turns and connections. Write about these ideas in your reader's notebook. Thought prompts that might help you are below:
- My character often...for example...this makes me think...
- I used to think my character was...because in the text...but now I'm thinking...because...
- I'm realizing...about my character...
- My character is changing. He used to...but now...I think the change is caused by...
- Thursday: As you are reading, think deeply about the main character. Figure out your character's wants, struggles, or obstacles that stand in the way. Think about how the responds to those obstacles. Does your character have a hidden strength? Develop a solid idea about your character that is supported by evidence in the text. Then, record your thinking in your reader's notebook. Be sure to write long and include lots of details. As you continue to read, gather more evidence to support and develop your idea. You'll use these ideas for a discussion tomorrow.
- Friday: Continue improving your ideas about characters. Use some of the tools from class today. Choose a theory you assessed today. Use the learning progression and other tools to help you figure out how to strengthen that idea. Reread part of your book, rethink your theory, and then revise it. Finally, check your revised theory using the learning progression. Keep reading as much as you can; try to read at least 25 pages. Continue thinking and jotting ideas as read. Remember to keep going back to find evidence in the text to support your theories.
- Study Multiplication