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    Welcome to our class webpage families and students! It has been a thrilling year, full of new learning and adventures in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies.  Your children have impressed me with their curiosity, strong work ethic, eagerness to learn, and empathy.  It is these exact attributes that will carry us through this journey of remote learning in this challenging time.  Please know that this is unchartered territory for us all.  There will sure to be mishaps and miscommunication, however, knowing that everyone is working towards a common goal is key.  Your children's safety and well-being is paramount right now.  How you choose to support your child's learning at home is at your discretion. What works for some families will not work for others.  For this reason, I will include our daily suggested class schedule on this webpage as well as in Google classroom.  Google classroom is set up very differently, however, it is very user friendly and quite fun to navigate as you learn about its features.  I will also be sending home family emails every Monday and Friday to touch base with you about any common issues that you are facing and just to reiterate that I am here for your child and will support them in every way possible. 


    As you navigate Google classroom, you will see assignments listed under daily topic areas (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). I have also kept topic categories such as REACH/Reading, math, reading of our Holes book, science, social studies, art, fun/inspirational, digital resources, and General Specialists.  I will create assignments and you will see these listed on the Google calendar in Google classroom.  Please note that due dates listed are suggested.  The reason for giving due dates is so that the assignment pops up on the calendar and you can see it clearly.  I have randomly assigned most due dates to be on Monday. For this extended break, I will review work that is submitted and provide student feedback.  I recognize that as families, you will be choosing your own educational/learning opportunities that are equally as important as completing all assigned work through Google classroom.  Having your child learn organizational skills by sorting their clothes or toys is a great skill.  Teaching your child to prepare a dish for dinner or learn how to bake would be fantastic too.  Maybe this is the time to try to learn how to play that piano that is in your basement or try journaling.  Yoga, dance, art, and science; these are all super learning opportunities.  We will continue to provide learning opportunities that review and enhance your child's learning this year.  My goal is to include fun links and some art and science activities.  Please enhance your child's learning in any way possible during this time. 


    I am super excited to see all 22 students engaged in learning through Google Classroom and our Zoom meetings.  Please check the Classroom daily for assignments and student feedback.  Please remember that although there is now a daily suggesed classwork schedule, you and your student can decide when to complete the work.  All work that is past the due date can and still should be completed/submitted as your time and schedule allows. 

    Week of 5/18-5/22 Classwork/Suggested Learning Activities:

    Math:  I-Ready, 45 minutes per week in lessons.  Learning games are great and a special incentive if your child needs a break or gets all of their minutes.  Students were instructed to log into Khan Academy and join our classroom.  Khan Academy lessons will be assigned from there so that I can monitor progress and assign specialized lessons if needed.  This is a general review of what the take home packets have covered. On Monday, log into I-Ready math and get at least 45 minutes of math.  You should be able to complete at least 2 lessons in this time.  On Tuesday, log into Khan Academy for math review.  Complete the lesson about Types of plane figures.  Watch all videos and answer all practice questions.  Then, see link in Google classroom for lines/angles/rays review quiz.  Please share quiz with me when complete.  On Wednesday, complete Angle introduction lesson in Khan Academy and take quiz #1.  On Thursday, complete lessons: Parallel and perpendicular lines/Classifying triangles.  Watch all videos/answer practice questions, and complete quiz #2.  No school on Friday. 
    Reading:  Continue AR reading at home, 125 minutes per week of a "just right" book.  In addition, make sure to complete 45 minutes of I-Ready in reading as well.  Please do not do close reads, just the main lessons. On Monday, see assignment in Google classroom titled, "Holes final written response."  You will choose one of the three prompts to answer.  Begin writing your rough draft on the Google document.  On Tuesday, log into I-Ready and complete at least 45 minutes of I-Ready reading.  You should be able to complete one lesson.  On Wednesday, revise and edit your Holes written response.  After you have checked your writing for organization, grammar, and spelling, be sure to share it with me.  On Thursday, read the REACH story, "The Moon Over Star" on pages 460-474.  You can have this story read out loud to you if you access REACH online.  Then, see the link to review what a plot diagram is.  Next, you will be opening up a Google slideshow and writing about the story's problem, main events, turning point, and solution.  See page 477 in your REACH textbook for assistance if needed.  
    Holes Reading: Log into AR and complete the AR test on the book, Holes.  Make sure you are reading 25 minutes of a "just right" book each weekday (5 times each week).  
    Social Studies:  Please see the social studies topic in Google classroom and complete Mrs. Slaven's research about the Lewis and Clark Journey.  There is now a quiz posted.
    Science: This week, you will be reading an article about lunar and solar eclipes.  Post a fact that you learned from the reading as your response.  Also, check out the Gallery Images assignment where you will select a few images to describe using sensory details. 
    Art: See the NASA coloring pages to print out/color and learn some interesting facts.
    Helpful websites:  Check out my Interesting Web Resources page for many fun and engaging sites involving art, social studies, science, and health. Also, remember to practice your typing with the typing club resource.  There are so many amazing learning resources now available for free!  
    ***This week, there will be no school on Friday or the following Monday to observe Memorial Day.  Also, there will be no Zoom meetings on Wednesday, 5/20 so that I can return to the school building to pack up your child's personal belongings. ***

    Thank you for your continued patience and support.  It is truly wonderful to know that our class community is supportive of one another.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me during this time.  I welcome all emails, day or night. I will be checking my email frequently and will get back to you within 24 hours.  Please check Google classroom for a schedule of all Zoom meetings.  Small group Zoom sessions (focused on reading) are now scheduled on Tuesday/Thursday.  Your child will be assigned a group and will meet on one of those days.  Office hours to check in with me about questions or concerns are also listed under Zoom.  Drop in with a question or just say hello!  As always, stay safe!

    Best Regards,

    Laurel Fortney


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