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Lexia Reading Program

Your child´s reading grade for this week is simply a completion grade for taking the Lexia reading placement test.  It is EXTREMELY important that you DO NOT HELP them in any way.  They reason for this is because the program will find their deficits and try to correct them.  If you help with the placement test, the program will be ineffective.
 
It is already assigned in google classroom and I think they should be able to navigate it easily.  If not, I wanted you to have the instructions, as well.
 

April 27, 2020

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your child has been given access to Lexia Core5 Reading--a fun, computer-based program that has helped millions of students improve their literacy skills.  The activities in Core5 support and build on your child's classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  

The program will begin with a short placement test of approximately 15-20 minutes.  This test is designed to access students' current knowledge and place them where they are ready for instruction.  It is important that you do NOT help them with this.  We want to make sure that students are placed into learning that will be most beneficial for them. 

The Lexia computer program will work on all devices that have Clever. If you have an iPad or tablet that can access Clever, you most certainly can use the iPad to do Lexia.  There is a clever app that you must download in order to log-in.  You will need to download the Clever app and Lexia Core 5 app on your iPad. 

You will be able to access Lexia through your child's Clever account.  If you need help with their Clever login, please email me at crystalshort@tomballisd.net or call/text me at 281-849-7374. 

Clever Username:  Lunchnumber@elem.tomballschools.net

               Password: tisd and 8-digit birthday (for example tisd01012012)

A short video on how to log-in and take the short placement test and use the program can be found by clicking the link below.

Logging in to Lexia: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rpiD7NE6a85uM-FeK3NztyGrUv5M0GTo/view

 

 

Sincerely,

Crystal Short

Remote Learning

Please have your child log into Google Classroom for updates and instruction.
 
I miss all of your children.
💖  Mrs. Short

Week of March 2

*If your child has not brought pictures for the timeline project, please send them ASAP.  They will have to draw pictures, if they are not available for tomorrow.

 

Reading: We will be comparing different types of nonfiction text. 

*Please make sure your child reads for at least 15 minutes each night!

Writing: We will begin writing another how-to.

Math: We will start learning about 3D shapes and their attributes. 

*Please continue working on addition and subtraction facts up to 20!

Vocabulary: two-dimensional, plane figures, attributes, side(s), vertex/vertices, polygons, compose, decompose, triangle, quadrilateral, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, do-decagon, solid figure, sphere, triangular prism, cube, rectangular prism, cylinder, face, edge, base. 

Science: We will continue learning about objects in the sky.  Test on 3/5

Vocabulary: sun, moon, stars, constellations, rotate, revolve, axis, solar system, Earth, day, night, pattern, appear, sunrise, sunset, horizon, telescope, position, sky, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, moon phase

Social Studies: We will begin working on our timeline project. 

Vocabulary: timeline, order, events, past, present, future, historical, chronology, cause, effect, flight, passenger, inventions, steamboat

Important Dates

3/5  Dessert with Dear Ones and Parent/Student Workshop 5:45-6:45 pm

3/6  Vocabulary Parade - Students can come to school dressed as a vocabulary word!  Each costume or poster will need to clearly display the word your child is modeling. 

3/6  End of 3rd Nine Weeks

3/7-3/16  Spring Break

Reminders from Mrs. Blackmon

Tuesday, March 3rd         

  • Voting – No lunch visitors

Thursday, March 5th-    

  • Dessert with Dear Ones 5:45 – 7:00 pm desserts with dear ones flyer.pdf 
    • Come have a sweet treat and learn more about how to keep you and your dear ones safe. Presented by FBI Agent Amanda Culver. 
  • DPES Battle of the Book Team competes in the district's competition from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday, March 6th-         

  • End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  •  PTO meeting
  •  Your student does not want to miss! Vocabulary Word Day (see note that went home in last Wednesday's folder for details)

UPCOMING:

March 9-13 – Spring Break

March 16th - No School

March 23rd-    ​Birthday Book Club during lunch for those signed up with birthdays in February, March, and April

March 27th – Color Run (During the school day) & Touch a Truck 5:30-7:30

April 23rd - PreK & Kinder Registration will be here soon! Spread the word! Click here for more details -.Kinder reg flyer.pdf 

  • Need more information? Contact our registrar – Doris Torres.

This Week

***Flyer sent home yesterday about social studies timeline project.

Reading: We will be learning about text features in nonfiction informational texts. 

*Please make sure your child reads for at least 15 minutes each night!

Writing: We will revise, edit, and publish our how-to.

Math: We will learn the names and attributes of 2D polygons. 

*Please continue working on addition and subtraction facts up to 20!

Vocabulary: two-dimensional, plane figures, attributes, side(s), vertex/vertices, polygons, compose, decompose, triangle, quadrilateral, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, undecagon, dodecagon

Science: We will start learning about objects in the sky.

Vocabulary: sun, moon, stars, constellations, rotate, revolve, axis, solar system, Earth, day, night, pattern, appear, sunrise, sunset, horizon, telescope, position, sky, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, moon phase

Social Studies: We will begin learning about changes over time and historical innovations. This unit will include time lines, and cause/effect relationships.

Vocabulary: timeline, order, events, past, present, future, historical, chronology, cause, effect, flight, passenger, inventions, steamboat

Important Dates

2/25-3/2  Book Fair - Students may only go from 8:10-8:40 with a parent!

2/28  Go Texan Day - Dress in your western best!

3/6  End of 3rd Nine Weeks

3/7-3/16  Spring Break

Reward Day

Students will be able to bring a stuffed animal to school tomorrow.  Please make sure it fits inside his/her backpack.  We will be enjoying our stuffed animals while drawing as an incentive for attendance.  Thank you for having your child here at school!!
 
Mrs. Short

Pictures Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, is picture day.  Your child will be taking 2 photos.  One will be a class photo.  If you want to purchase a class photo, order forms went home in today's folder, as well as last week's folder.  The 2nd picture is an individual picture.  There is not an order form for that picture.  I believe they send the photos home later and then you decide if you want to purchase them or not.
 
Thanks,
Crystal Short

Call to Excellence

Our class will be leading the Call to Excellence next Monday morning at 8:30.  Please make sure your child is here on time.  I will send scripts to practice later this week.  Thank you.

Week of Feb. 18

Important Dates:

2/17 Monday: Student Holiday (No School!)
2/18-19 Tues and Wed: Math Test (please continue practice at home!)
2/18-2/20 Tues-Thurs: Social Studies Major Project on Symbols
2/20 Thurs: School Pictures (Class and Individual)
2/21 Fri: Author Visit (David Biedrzycki)
 
Upcoming Dates:
2/25-3/2 - Book Fair
2/25 - Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
2/26 - Progress Reports
2/27 - Sonic Night
2/28 - Fire Marshall Program

Important Information:

Thank you for continuously reminding your child to wash hands and cover mouths when coughing and sneezing. CELEBRATION...we are working hard to complete our 2nd ATTENDANCE incentive.

  • Please send jackets to school EVERY DAY. The weather changes daily.
  • Please continue practice adding and subtracting with regrouping. This is a difficult skill that requires many steps to be successful!

 

What We Are Doing This Week

Writing:  We will continue our unit on procedural texts. This type of text tells you HOW to do something.

Vocabulary: Informational text, procedure, directions, how-to, demonstrate, specific, order, materials, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, facts, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Make a meal/desert together using a cook book.
  • Play a game after reading the directions.
  • Build a Lego set/model car/toy while reading the directions.
  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on the central (or main) idea and supporting details. We will also begin looking at text features, such as title, subtitles, graphics (photographs and illustrations), captions, and bold words.

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
      • As a class, we can improve on our Reading Stamina (reading for longer periods of time) and Fluency (reading longer phrases and sentences to read more words per minute).
    • When reading, point out text features and discuss how they help you understand the book or section.
    • When reading discuss the central (or main idea) of a book or section. Point out the details that helped you determine the central idea.
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Main Idea and Details:
  •  

Math: This week, we will take our test on word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. (Please continue to practice this weekend, Monday, and Tuesday to keep regrouping fresh on their minds)

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Things you can do at home: 

  • Check your child's Math Review (sent home in Wednesday Folder last week). Recreate new word problems similar to the ones he/she missed to provide extra practice. Help your child understand WHY the problem was missed and HOW to solve it correctly.
  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards
    • first in math
We will also begin our next unit of study: GEOMETRY! We will begin by understanding polygons and learning about two dimensional, or plane, shapes.
Vocabulary: two-dimensional, plane figures, attributes, side(s), vertex/vertices, polygons, compose, decompose, triangle, quadrilateral, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, undecagon, dodecagon
 
Things you can do at home:

Science: We will be learning about the sun.

The sun is a ball of gas.  It is the closest start to the Earth and therefore appears larger than other stars.  The sun creates shadows.  A million Earths could fit inside the sun.  The sun doesn't move; we rotate around it.

Things you can do at home:

Social Studies: We will identify and explain the significance of state (TX) and nation (USA) symbols, landmarks, and government buildings. We will complete a major project on symbols this week.

Vocabulary: state, national, symbol, landmark, heritage, customs, celebrations, freedom, monument, patriotic, cultural

Things you can do at home:

  • Have your child tell you his/her favorite Texas or US symbol. Start looking up interesting facts about that symbol.
  • MyOn: Projects: American Symbols and Landmarks (this can be part of your child's daily reading to practice fluency!)
  • Read about American Landmarks, including The White House, Mount Rushmore, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Mesa Verde, Crazy Horse Memorial, Liberty Bell, etc.
  • Research state and country symbols and landmarks.
  • Go visit a Texas landmark or government building. Ex: The State Capitol, The Governor's Mansion, The Alamo, The San Jacinto Monument, etc.

This Week - Reminders

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will learn how to find the central idea. 

Writing: We will start our unit on procedural text.

Math: We will continue to read and visualize word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. 

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, algorithm, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Science: We will continue learning about the weather and seasons. 

Vocabulary:  weather, weather forecast, wind, rain, hail, clouds, thunderstorm, sleet, snow,  humidity, temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, cloud coverage, cloudy, partly cloudy, sunny, thermometer, rain gauge, anemometer, Autumn, Spring, Winter, Summer, data, record, measure

Social Studies: We will identify and explain the significance of state (TX) and nation (USA) symbols, landmarks, and government buildings.

Vocabulary: state, national, symbol, landmark, heritage, customs, celebrations, freedom, monument, patriotic, cultural

Important Dates

2/13  Valentines Exchange

2/14-2/17 Student Holiday

2/20  Class and Spring Pictures - order form for class picture in Wednesday folders, today (2-12)
 

Valentine's Exchange - No Party

I just wanted to let you all know that we will be making Valentine's bags at school today for our Valentine's exchange on Thursday. There will not be a designated party time. If your child plans on bringing valentines or other treats for the class, please make sure they have 21! I would also suggest leaving other students' names off the valentines and just have your child sign them to make the exchange easier! If your child has their heart set on writing everyone's name on each one, the list is below.

Thank,

Crystal Short

Kaelynn

Sophia A.

Gavin

Nolan

Riggs

Amari

Ezri

Caelin

Waylon

Preston

Joel

Sara

Holden

Levi

Naseena

Tripp

Alexis

Abby

Sophia S.

Hayden

Kyrie

Week of Jan. 27

Important Dates:

1/28 Thurs: Library (please return library books)

1/31 Fri: Bus Evacuation Drill (Please try to have your child present on this day!) 

Important Information:

  • Please read and practice math daily. I provide ideas, including interactive computer games, that you can do with your child at home under each subject.
  • Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.

 

What We Are Doing This Week

Writing: We will continue writing informational texts. We will write about someone one we know well. This week, we will focus on the details, or proofs, of our truth statement. We will also begin to edit and revise our papers to make them better. 

Example.

Truth: My mom is helpful.

Details (proof): She helps me take care of Shawn. My mom plays board games with him while I grade papers. She takes him bike riding to get exercise. She will take him to the playground to play. My mom enjoys helping me care for Shawn.

Vocabulary: Informational text, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, fact, paragraph, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

 

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will continue reading biographies. We will focus on facts and opinions. Remember, facts are sentences that are proven true. (Ex: Irma Rangel was the first Mexican American woman legislature in Texas.) Opinions are feeling sentences that use clue words such as, I feel, I think, I believe, The best, The worst, etc. Sometimes opinions end with an exclamation point. (I believe Irma Rangel was the best person to ever be elected for legislature!)  

 

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact, opinion

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
    • Read biographies of people your child is interested in. Ex: Sports stars, movie stars, historical figures, etc.
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Fact and Opinion:
    • Have your child determine facts and opinions around your house.

    • Example: 
      • Fact: There is a stove and refrigerator in the kitchen. 
      • Opinion: I love to bake! 
      • Fact: There are 2 cars in the driveway.  
      • Opinion: I like the blue car better! 

Math:  Celebration: We rocked the Place Value test! Thanks for all of your support from home! 

This week, we will read and visualize word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. 

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Things you can do at home: 

  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards
    • First in Math

Science: We will continue learning about the weather and seasons. 

Vocabulary:  weather, weather forecast, wind, rain, hail, clouds, thunderstorm, sleet, snow,  humidity, temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, cloud coverage, cloudy, partly cloudy, sunny, thermometer, rain gauge, anemometer, Autumn, Spring, Winter, Summer, data, record, measure

Things you can do at home:

    • Check the weather report together.
    • Look at different weather tools you may have around your house: thermometer, rain gauge, etc. 
    • Look at pictures of the family in different seasons. Notice what clothes you are wearing in each. Have your child speak in complete sentences about what they notice.
    • Make a collage of different clothes in each season.
    • Talk about different activities you can do in each season. 

Social Studies: We will continue reading biographies of important people that have exemplified good citizenship.

Vocabulary: significance, influence, contribution, historical figures, justice, represent, independence

Things you can do at home:

  • Use MyOn to research people such as Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, etc. 
  • Visit downtown Tomball and learn about Tomball's history. 
  • Discuss ways to be a good citizen. 
  • Practice being good citizens in public and at home. 

Scholastic Order

Your children have been  asking me to send home another Scholastic book order form.  I sent it home today.  It is very easy to order online, plus you save money.  I think this is the link, if not go to scholastic and our class code is K2WH3.  It is due Jan. 24th.  Thanks.  Order here

Week of Jan. 13

Important Dates:

1/15 Wed: Report Cards Sent Home
1/15 Wed: Texas Reads One T-shirt orders due. https://bluewaveapparel.com/TomballReads
1/17 Fri: Science Test
 
Next Week:
1/20 Mon: Staff Development/Student Holiday (no school)
 
Important Information:
  • Please read and practice math daily. I provide ideas, including interactive computer games, that you can do with your child at home under each subject.
  • Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.
 
What We Are Doing This Week
Writing: We will begin writing informational texts. We will write about someone one we know well.
 
Vocabulary: Informational text, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, fact
 
Things you can do at home: 
  • Ask your child who he or she is writing about.
  • Discuss what he or she knows about this person and help your child elaborate on what he or she knows.
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.
 
Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on biographies. 
  • We will learn about characteristics of biographies, including titles, photographs/illustrations, captions, and chronological order of the person's life. 
  • We will review facts and opinions.
  • We will learn about cause and effect.
Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact
 
Things you can do at home:
 
Math:  We will continue learning about Place Value to 1,200! We will review placing numbers on number lines and learn how to position numbers on open number lines. We will also compare and order numbers.
 
Vocabulary: base ten, numeral, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, digit, compose, decompose, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, whole number, place value, compare, greater than, less than, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), order, position, open number line, even, odd, reasonable, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest, increase, decrease, comparison, fewer, benchmark numbers, midpoint, value
 
Things you can do at home:
 
Science: We will continue learning about natural versus man-made resources. We will learn about taking care of our natural resources through the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  Test on Friday.
 
Vocabulary:  natural resources, conservation, man-made resources, fossil fuels, timber, reduce, recycle, reuse, deplete, limited, renewable, nonrenewable
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Make a web to show man-made products that can be made out of natural resources. Ex: Draw a circle and write fossil fuels in the middle. Then, around the circle, have your child write and draw pictures (or cut pictures from a magazine) to show what man-made products can be made from fossil fuels (electricity, gasoline, jet fuel, cooking on a gas stove, etc.). Do the same for animals, plants, and rocks/minerals.
  • Collect natural and man-made resources and have your child sort them into categories. 
  • Go to a park:
    • Go on a scavenger hunt for natural and man-made resources. 
    • Take pictures of natural and man-made resources and make a collage. 
  • Discuss the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 
  • Practice Recycling at home. 
  • Read PebbleGo Books about Natural Resources (your child should know the user name and password.)
Social Studies: We will read biographies of important people that have exemplified good citizenship.
 
Vocabulary: significance, influence, contribution, historical figures, justice, represent, independence
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Use MyOn to research people such as, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, etc. 
  • Visit downtown Tomball and learn about Tomball's history. 
  • Discuss ways to be a good citizen. 
  • Practice being good citizens in public and at home.