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                   WELCOME TO MCKENZIE'S KIDS!!!
 
Calendar:
 Monday, January 21st  Student Holiday
Friday and Monday, Feb. 15th, 18th Student Holidays
March 11-15  Spring Break

Making Meaning: We are focusing on Main Idea & Key Details as well as summarizing. Students are listening,discussing, and writing about these reading skills in class with books I read to them and that they are reading independently.

          Literature Circles/Book Club- students chose a partner and chose a book to read from my classroom library   Students are given time to read and answer questions daily. If students need more time to complete the questions, this is done for homework. Completed questions are checked by me each Friday and discussed in their Book Club. A grade will be taken on their questions periodically. Students are aware of this and should be answering their questions accordingly.I AM ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO ANSWER BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES BEGINNING NOW.

 

         Vocabulary: Students have 12 vocabulary words/definitions every 2 weeks. Our next test is Thursday, January 17.  If a student loses any of their vocabulary it is their responsibility to copy down the definition and word from a classmate. Our current  words are- alternative, dazed, dense, desperate, feat, hazard, plunge, precarious, raises eyebrows, reputation, uniform, vigilant

Spelling: Each student has a list of words put in a page protector in their binder. This is their list of words for the year. We have 20 words and 1 bonus word for each list. Week 9  list will be tested on Thursday, January 17. (each list will be tested every 2 weeks throughout the school year)

Grammar: Each student has a folder that is labeled 'Mountain Language Grammar'  We do grammar daily in this folder. Tests will be given periodically.

Being a Writer: Students have a writer's journal that we write in daily.  Students are beginning a unit on informative writing. They are choosing a country to research with a partner. Time will be given each day to research in class. At the end of the 4 week unit, the students will have a completed research packet and an essay that will be completed all during classtime. A project will also be due with their essay (note being sent home soon).

Social Studies: Scholastic News  is used in our classroom weekly.

        Current Event: due January 24th . It will be due once a month. Each student has received instructions. Students must also bring in the article itself or a note from a parent excuse if not able to print. Thanks!