Bi- Weekly Updates:

I will be working with students in 4 and 5th grade only this year. I will continue small group instruction both in the resource room as well as by pushing into students general education classrooms!

January 17, 2020

Push- In: Working within the general education classroom 

5th Grade Reading:

Mrs. Woodbury's Class: We have been reading short non-fiction passages and using text evidence to answer comprehension questions. This week the class also started a mystery activity to get kids excited about their upcoming mystery unit.  

Mrs. Fernandez's Class: Mrs. Fernandez is reading The Cay to the class, during which time we turn and talk in a small group about what is being read. We discuss vocabulary words, make predictions etc, to enhance their comprehension of the text. On Fridays we meet and do our jobs. This week we worked together to write a summary of chapters 1-4.

Mrs. Brennen's Class: Students in these 5th grade classes are receiving reading instruction during their science/social studies time. Monday-Thursday we read passages from the textbook or in actively learn and on Fridays we do puzzle wise. We recently began learning about the 13 colonies and will be focusing on Jamestown.

Pull Out: Students coming to LRC I Classroom

Writing: 

4th Grade: We are working on opinion writing use the acronym OREO.

O- state your opinion

R-give a reason

E-give an example

O- restate your opinion

On our first opinion paper students were asked to give 2 reasons and 2 examples. Beginning next week they will be asked to give 3 reasons and examples to enhance their writing stamina.

5th Grade: We have been reading about the colonies, specifically New York. We are taking notes on what we read as a group, with the plan of using those notes to write a few paragraphs about what we learned.

4th/5th Math: 

5th Grade: We are transitioning into using Zearn online. This program teaches through short videos that allows students to stop and talk or work on a problem and is very interactive. They also have packets aligning with the videos to give them extra guided practice. The units they are working on are polygons as well as graphs.

4th Grade: We are transitioning into using Zearn online. This program teaches through short videos that allows students to stop and talk or work on a problem and is very interactive. They also have packets aligning with the videos to give them extra guided practice. The unit they are working on pertains to multiplication and how it relates to division as well.  

4th/5th Social/Behavior/Adaptive: This week we will have Mrs. Buck is going to come in and do a breakout EDU group work activity with us. Next week will be our game day! We are really focusing on group work, disagreeing respectfully and compromising with others as we work together!

December 11, 2019:

Push- In: Working within the general education classroom 

5th Grade Reading:

Mrs. Woodbury's class: We just finished Rules, great book! From now until break we will be focusing on non-fiction text features, which will help when we begin writing non-fiction writing about the colonies in the next week and continues after break. 

Mrs. Fernandez's Class: We have been focusing on non-fiction text features as well. We are reading non-fiction books and watching videos pertaining to their science units. For example we learned about gravity, force and motion, and this week and into next week we will be focusing on electricity and circuits. We will be pre-reading their science text book and diving into deeper conversations to enhance the their prior knowledge before reading in Mrs. Fernandez's classroom.

Mrs. Brennen's Class: Students in these 5th grade classes are receiving reading instruction during their science/social studies time. During science we have followed instructions to create cars, read from their science text book, and I am available to read assessments to students as well. 

Pull Out: Students coming to LRC I Classroom

4th/5th Grade Writing: We just finished our turkey stories and we are now revisiting the components of a complete sentence. We will be sorting example sentences into complete sentence, run on sentence and sentence fragments. Next week 4th graders will begin a writing unit on opinions and 5th grade will begin working on note taking and non-fiction writing. 

5th Grade Math: Recently we have been focusing on time, specifically the terms quarter after, half past, quarter to. This week they will also revisit single digit by double digit multiplication then next week how to use both of those skills within word problems.

4th Grade Math: Students are working classifying 2D and 3D shapes and noticing everyday 3D shapes. We have also been working on ways to multiply, for example arrays, and drawing pictures. Students also have multiplication charts they can use daily when working on fact fluency, but are asked to use other ways they have learned during assessments. 

4th/5th Social/Behavior/Adaptive: This week both groups will be reading books by Julia Cook. 

4th Grade will be reading I Don't Like The Sound of No, and focusing on what we can do if we don't get what we want. We will discuss why adults (or kids) might tell us no, what to do if that upsets us, and how to ask our parents, teachers and/or peers why they said no, once we are calm enough to do so.

5th grade will be reading I Just Want to Do It My Way. This book discusses how we can stay on task and get our work done. The character RJ has specific ways he wants to complete his work that aren't working, so talking with his teacher and parents learns a few new steps on how he can keep himself focused and on task in the class.

Next week both groups will have GAME DAY! :) We got a new game, Clue, last month and the students really enjoyed it. Sorry, Angry Birds, and Trouble always seem to be favorites too!