Jan. 30, 2017

Homework Next Week!


Next week we will begin Reading homework.  Each week a passage will go home on Monday and be due on Friday.  Students know the following strategies to help them work their way through each passage:

U – Underline the title and write what genre it belongs to

N – Number the paragraphs

W – Walk through the questions first before reading the passage

R- Read the passage and jot notes in the margins

A – Answer the questions

P – Prove your answers

If they will use these strategies on each passage, they will be successful.  Please encourage and support them as they are working on this homework.  Some of the passages are difficult.


December 6, 2016

Remember next Friday, Dec. 16th,  is the last day for Reading logs to be turned in.  So,  be sure your child is reading and you are signing their logs.

Also, if they are participating in the Book It program, they must read 12 days and record on their Book It calendar.  The last day for this is Dec. 16th also.

Next week is very busy!  All of my Reading students were asked to write all activities in their planners and the information is on the Intermediate website, so check one of those places for all information.

Merry Christmas!!

Nov. 14, 2016

New Vocabulary words for the week:

  1. social – living together in groups
  2. exchange – the giving of one thing to another
  3. storage – a place for storing things
  4. transport – to move from one place to another
  5. chamber – an enclosed space or compartment
  6. excess- more than is needed
  7. reinforce – to make stronger with support or help
  8. scarce – not enough
  9. obstacles – something that blocks the way
  10. transfer – to cause to move from one place to another

Nov. 14, 2016

Things to know:

Friday is a D.E.A.R. Day in my Reading classes.  Students may bring beach towels, small pillows and books to read.

Choir students have a busy day on Friday.  Please check with your child if they are in choir for more info.

Career Projects are due on Friday.

Reading Logs are due Dec. 16th for a grade in the grade book.  Make sure your child is completing the log as they read each night.

Next week we are off due to Thanksgiving holidays!!!



Nov. 7, 2016

Vocabulary words for the week:

  1. politics – the working of the government
  2. intelligent – having the ability to learn, think, understand or know
  3. disorderly – not behaving according to the rule
  4. approve – to give permission for something to happen
  5. polls – a place where people vote
  6. legislature – a group of people with the power  to change make or change laws
  7. amendment – a change made to improve, correct, or add something
  8. candidate- a person who seeks an office or is put in office
  9. informed – having or showing knowledge of a subject or situation
  10. deny- to refuse to give

Nov. 1, 2016

Remember tomorrow is an early release day for students.  Teachers will be having training in the afternoon.

Also, our Food Drive begins Nov. 7th and ends on Nov. 11.

Remind students to record on their Reading Log each time they read.  That log will be due by Dec. 16th for a grade in the grade book and for tickets.



Oct. 20, 2016

Thank you to those that helped your student get those Reading Logs turned in on time today!!

Way to go!

Remember next week is Red Ribbon Week:

Monday-Wear Red

Tuesday-Dress like a genius

Wednesday-Dress like a super hero

Thursday-Wear a Crazy Hat

Friday-Wear appropriate pajamas

Sept. 29, 2016

Remember there is no Pep Rally tomorrow!!! It is a regular day for us.

Also, please make sure your child is recording the times they read on the Reading Log.  That will be due

October 20th.

Our class is almost finished with our first novel, Because of Winn Dixie.  We have enjoyed this book and are looking forward to watching the movie in a couple of weeks.  Please ask your child to talk to you about the book and characters.

September 7, 2016

Students have been given a Reading Log (stapled in planners)  this week that will be due on October 20th, which is the end of the nine weeks.  They have the option of turning it in early and receiving a new log.

They are to record the time they read each day and have a parent sign the log.

When the log is complete, they are to return it to me and exchange for tickets.

Please encourage/remind your child to read as much as possible.  I know some days are busy, but it will greatly increase their vocabulary.  The vocabulary on the STAAR is difficult so they need to be prepared.

Thank you for your support at home!

Susan Wiley