Reading
Supplies needed:  Silent reading book.

**Every child must have a silent reading book with them in school daily. 
  • There is reading homework Monday through Thursday.
  • Students must have a silent reading book with them everyday.  Quiet reading will take place after lunch every day. This is also when students can take an test. 
  • A monthly reading log will be given out each month.  Students are to read every night Monday- Thursday. The guidelines are for the students to read at home every night for 20 minutes.  Reading log must be signed by a parent/guardian before handing it in.  If the student has read on each day indicated on the log, he/she will be given a "reward pass," which counts towards an assessment in my classes only.  May’s reading log is due May 31st.
  • There is no longer AIS English where students are pulled from the classroom. All students are receiving extra help in reading twice a week.  Mrs. Cowan and I are team teaching "Close Reading" where students will be taught how to anazlyze a passage, look for new vocabulary words and highlight important information.  
  • Students will take STAR reading assessment in computer class a few times during the school year and all information will be sent home to parents/guardians.  The STAR assessment is a wonderful way to know the student's reading level and the areas of weaknesses if there are any.  Students will also have the change twice a week to take quizzes on books they read during silent reading time.  If a student scores 80% or higher, the student will receive a "reward pass." Students will learn the correct novels to read in their reading range, which is now located in the back cover of their ELA notebook.  I was very happy to see most of the students improve their reading levels since September.  Keep on reading and working hard. 
  • Each month, the students will be assigned a book report "theme" and a fun project to do. Once the students are aware of their reading level, finding a book will be easy. I need to approve all books before the students begin reading their book report choice.  The new book report theme for this month is reading either a fantasy or science fiction book.  The assignment is to create a haiku poem.  Please follow the guidelines that were given out to complete this book report asssignment.  Book choice is due Friday, May 4th.  Book report is due May 24th. 
  • Our new book study is “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg.  Students will love this storyline that includes realistic characters, crazy adventures to NY City, humor and what it means in keeping a secret.