Homework: Monday, November 28, 2016

Welcome back!

Please encourage your child to read Patricia Newman’s Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators that Saved an Ecosystem. This book is not yet published, yet it can be found on our class blog. We were asked to create a book trailer for Ms. Newman which ties in nicely with our Wonders unit of writing a book review!

The webpage is password protected. Students know the password. PLEASE do not share this document with anyone else. Ms. Newman has given us exclusive rights to use this manuscript for the book trailer process.

Also, we will ramp up working on another book trailer for Connie Goldsmith for her soon-to-be-published text Military War Dogs. This manuscript can also be found on the same password protected page.

Homework: Thursday, January 7, 2016

Math: My small group that I worked with needs to finish ODDS for lesson 6.7. You are strongly encouraged to log onto Khan Academy to continue working on your mission tonight as well if you have reliable internet.

The independent group working on math writing today need to log onto Khan Academy to work on your mission tonight.

Reading: Read 30 minutes.

Writing: Please start-if you can at home-the reflection activity related to Khan Activity found on our Google Classroom page. Remember, we are reflecting on the questions posed in the assignment. They are also listed in the Google Form. If you have questions, ask a parent first before asking me. We reviewed this in class, but I get this is new and there might be some confusion. You do NOT have to finish this all at home tonight. We will give time to finish in class tomorrow.

Reading Progress!

Close reading is a term used when a student reads a text multiple times for different features each time.

We’re using Newsela as a nonfiction source of text that’s available at different Lexiles (text complexity levels). I assign Newsela articles and recommend a Lexile for students.

We are using the Odell Education Close Reading Guidelines to focus students’ reading.

We’ve been annotating text looking for ideas that stood out during a first read and words or phrases that stood out. As we annotate, we underline or highlight text and then make a note in the margin why the text seemed significant. We discuss these and make sense of any confusion we have.

Your students have been doing this more and more the past week and will continue to do so over the next two years. 🙂

The results?

It’s working!!!!

Here’s a pre-test and post-test snapshot. The lower class average score was before using the close reading guidelines. the higher class average score was after using and learning the guidelines.

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