I attended Saint Xavier University for my bachelors degree and graduated in 1998. I attended Governors State University for a masters degree in multi-categorical special education and Concordia University for a masters degree in educational leadership. I am certified in the Orton- Gillingham multi-sensory approach to language.
Weekly and Monthly Assignments/ Units of Study
January 8th- 31st, 2018
This month, we will begin a unit on point of view and author's purpose. Of course, we will continue to practice being able to ask and answer questions during our read aloud period and refer to passages to support answers to questions. We will also begin a unit on the American Revolution.
We are continuing to practice the schwa sound and the open syllable for our spelling unit. The schwa sound is when a vowel has an unexpected sound. Open syllables have only one vowel which is the last letter in the syllable (Irish, raven). Our words this week are: duty,
duties, puppy, puppies, galaxy, galaxies, tomato, tomatoes, years and tomorrow. We also have two trick or sight words: who and any. The sound alike words for the next few weeks are: hi, high, by, buy, oh, owe, flower, flour. Students have a practice test on spelling words Thursday and a final test on Friday.
Students should read aloud from a favorite book at least 3 times per week for 15-20 minutes to improve their fluency. Research shows that repeated practice with an adult modeling appropriate rate and fluency increases your child's fluency.
In the area of writing, students are expected to self-edit their work through the use of COPS (capitalization, organization, punctuation, and spelling). Whenever students hand in writing assignments, they should include the COPS checklist on their papers.
In math, we are continuing to memorize multiplication facts to 12. We will begin division (equal sharing) and then move into perimeter and area. As always, our daily math talks include number and operations practice. If you would like to see what our “math talks” look like, you can find them on my website. We are also focusing on becoming more comfortable and confident with word problems by working with partners on a one a day. Students should practice these skills on Khan Academy at least 3 times per week in 15 minute sessions. If you have any trouble logging in with your child's password, please send me an email or message in his/ her planner.
In the area of science, we are continuing to learn about force and motion. This unit covers Isaac Newton's three Laws of Motion including balanced and unbalanced forces. We are hoping to perform experiments weekly. Students need to know the steps to the scientific method: Question, Hypothesis, Observe, Record, Conclusion.