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
This month, we will begin a unit on theme, point of view, and citing evidence to support answers. 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 new novel, Missing from Haymarket Square (1886).
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CHICAGO, 1886. Twelve-year-old Dinah Bell is too young to be working twelve-hour days. But to the factory and mill owners, age doesn't matter. In fact nothing seems to matter to them except how much work gets done. But Dinah and workers like her have many concerns: Food is scarce, wages are small, and hope seems out of reach.
Dinah's father knows there must be a better way -- that's why he and eight thousand others are planning to march for an eight-hour day. But when her father is taken prisoner for helping to plan the march, Dinah is desperate to rescue him. As the march gives way to a terrifying riot, Dinah faces constant danger and a persistent question: What will become of her family if she does not set her father free?
We are continuing to practice the double vowel syllable, including vowel digraphs and dipthongs for our spelling unit. Our words this week are: steam, sheep, hockey, indeed, vein, veil, donkey, prey, queen, cheap. We also have two trick or sight words: beautiful, Wednesday, trouble, example, and could. The sound alike words for the next few weeks are: lead, led, break, brake, sail, sale, pail, and pale. 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 the last few quarters, we are focused on writing opinion pieces and research papers.
In math, we are covering two- dimensional shapes. Students will need to demonstrate understanding of polygons, describing polygons (intersecting, perpendicular, or parallel), classifying quadrilaterals, and describing triangles 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. Please check out the website below and click on your child's lesson for a brief overview of the concept.
In the area of science, we are constructing arguments that some animals form groups to help members to survive. We are hoping to perform experiments weekly. Students need to know the steps to the scientific method: Question, Hypothesis, Observe, Record, Conclusion. Students are also excited to begin a STEM project on creating a building that will sustain a hurricane.
One of the most exciting parts of our science class is learning about our scientist of the week. Ask your child about Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Marie and Pierre Curie and Jonas Salk.