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, identifying character traits, 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, Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night. Students will compare and contrast the setting and plots of various plays written by Shakespeare. Also, we will continue to discuss character traits, motivations, and feelings and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. Students will be able to answer a variety of questions pertaining to William Shakespeare, The Globe, and his achievements as one of the world's greatest playwrights.
Review from Amazon:
Spurred on by another mysterious rhyme from Morgan le Fay, the magical librarian of Camelot, siblings Jack and Annie climb into their magic traveling tree house once again, this time on a journey to Merry Olde England--and Shakespeare's theater. Their quest? To find "a special magic" that will, "without wand, spell, or charm / turn daytime into night." Armed only with their backpacks and a book about 16th-century England, Jack and Annie manage to solve the riddle, save a bear from a cruel fate, and make their stage debut in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
We are continuing to practice contractions for our spelling unit. Our words this week are:
lamb, knee, knob, ghost, know, wriggle, write, wrist, wrong, crumb
We also have two trick or sight words: learn, ocean, change, house, neighbor, picture, says, and special. The sound alike words for the next few weeks are: Knew, new, knight, night, knows, nose. 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 revisiting multiplication and division. 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 also designing buildings that will withstand natural disasters such as - hurricanes. 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 Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Marie and Pierre Curie and Jonas Salk.
*** Ask your child about the Theory of Relativity or ask how long it takes a beam of light to travel from the sun to Earth.
4th Quarter Units of Study:
We will end the year with a focus on Shakespeare's poetry and plays. Our next novel study will be: Magic Tree House: Stage Freight on a Summer Night. I am in the process of confirming a special guest to talk with us about the life of William Shakespeare.
We will also be creating a timeline of Shakespeare's life.
In the area of math, we will be covering more numbers and operations, geometry, and data and measurement before taking the end of the year NWEA.