This week, students finished reading through chapter 18 of Lyddie. We are pausing our reading to write an argumentative essay over a decision Lyddie has to make (and we don't want students to know what she actually decides). Today we talked about argumentative essays and students were able to see an example and had to identify the different parts. Next week students will begin the writing process for their essays.
I will soon be sending out emails to families whose student is missing three or more assignments from me. There has been an increase of missing work this semester, and I think a large part of that has to do with our morning work. I am now grading cursive for responsibility because I noticed towards the end of the first semester that it just wasn't getting done. Students are given a new cursive sheet at the beginning of the week and are to work on it throughout the week. It consists of responding to a prompt in cursive. I am only accepting work that has the front and back page filled. Many students are not using their time wisely in the morning, so it is not getting completed.
Spelling packets are another assignment that also often do not get turned in on time. Students are given new spelling packets every Monday and need to complete one page of it each day, and then turn it all in on Friday. This is to be completed as homework. I also have them write their words usually 2-4 times each night, which I also expect to see in their packet (there are blank pages for them to write). I will now be including their spelling words in my weekly updates so that you are able to help your student study. :)
Many students have several missing assignments and it is continuing to snowball. If students ever need help getting caught up, I am always available during break, and most Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays after school until 4:00. If your student would like to stay after school, please have them check in with me ahead of time or please shoot me an email. I can also arrange before school times if students are not available after school. Just let me know if they need help! I also hand out missing work reports every Monday so students always know what they are missing at the beginning of the week.
Here are some important upcoming dates to remember:
Friday, February 9th: Ms. Kelty gone at conference. Ms. Courtney will be teaching
Friday, February 16th: No school-teacher training
Monday, February 19th: No school- President's Day
Wednesday, February 21st: Our crew leads mega crew!
We are hoping to put on a skit for Mega Crew that shows part of Lyddie. If any girls in our classroom have old dresses they would be able to wear to dress up as mill girls, please let me know! :) We hope you can all make it!
Next week's spelling words (Unit 14: Six, Seven, Eight)
6. Septuagenarian (this is a weird one! It means, "a person who is between 70 & 79 years old")
If you have any questions over the work we are doing, missing work, or any of those upcoming dates, please feel free to email me anytime! Have a great weekend!