During the 15 minute lesson we write in our math notebooks together. I keep one and complete it the same time the students do. This way if someone is absent, they can borrow mine to catch up AND I can take a picture of the notes and insert here on the blog for parents to see that night to help with homework. Hopefully the notes will be easy to follow and give a better understanding of the step by step process. I apologize for being behind on this, but would like to insert our last 3 lessons now.
Spelling has been another complicated issue! We work on spelling words for two weeks at a time. Your students will be divided up into multiple spelling groups based on their individual needs. For this first routine we are all starting with the same rules "oi" and "oy." We have a routine in class that we will practice every day - the schedule of IN CLASS work is on the back of this week's spelling homework. Again, this is IN CLASS work, not additional homework. They do have homework, however. The homework went home yesterday for the first time. They must pick one activity from box A, one from box B and one from box C. These three activities are to be completed using their spelling words from the week and turned in on the 2nd Friday of each spelling cycle. The students will be tested every other Friday on 12 words randomly from their list. They will be required to sort the words into the correct column on the test. (Example, joy should be spelled correctly under the "oy" category/rule.)
Lastly, reading logs. I have put a reading log (pink) in each student's binder. This is to be completed 5 out of the 7 nights a week. Whichever days is up to them. Each entry should be a different date though, even if they are still reading the same book. I'll be looking for the number of entries, and dates read, not the number of books completed. I will NOT be requiring AR tests this year. As a personal preference, I don't think they are important for the growth of the students. I do know that some students still enjoy taking them so the option is open if they would like to.
I hope this information has been helpful. Again, if you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the classroom. I've taken the students to the computer lab today and showed them how to explore around on this blog a little more - please take time to have them show you how to leave a comment tonight and please leave one! (Even if it's a simple hello - we love to hear from you!)
Have a great Tuesday!