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Welcome to Mrs. Wilt's Class!

Reading & Science

2017-2018

 

 
Breaking news:
In order to provide the best education possible for your child, we have decided to tweak our schedule a bit. I will be teaching Reading beginning January 10th. Mrs. Turner will continue teaching Writing but will add Social Studies to her schedule. We are very excited about this change as it gives our students the time they need to read and write successfully!
Mrs. Race- Math
Mrs. Turner- Writing & Social Studies
Mrs. Wilt- Reading & Science
 
A little bit about me...

This is my 27th year in education. I'm beginning my 3rd year at Decker Prairie and I absolutely love the people & the community we have here!  Before Tomball, I taught for 16 years in Magnolia ISD and 8 years in Aldine ISD. I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and from Lamar University in 2013 where I received my Master's degree in Educational Administration.

At home I live with my husband and our 3 dogs.  I am a huge football fan and root for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Texans every week during football season.  My favorite things begin with the letter s: Starbucks, Steelers & School! I am looking forward to a fantastic year of learning with you!

 
 
 

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Memory Work

     Earlier in the year, we memorized the Preamble.  This related to Constitution Day and our Social Studies content. Memory Work is a structure in Great Expectations.  Memory work, recitations, and/or writing occur daily. These enhance character development and effective communication skills while extending curriculaWe will be able to recite one of the poems below.
     We just finished our unit on Poetry.  One of the poems we studied was "I'm Nobody" by Emily Dickinson.  Here it is:
  
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
 
Or you may like Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost
 
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
 
Please choose a poem and be ready to recite it by March 2nd. Who will be ready first? Have fun!

What are we doing this week?

The Week of February 20th:
 
Reading-We are deep into our non-fiction unit.  We've talked about text features in non-fiction and the 5 main text structures: Sequencing, Compare & Contrast, Descriptive, Cause & Effect and Problem & Solution.  Ask your child to tell you about each one. We will be reading articles about severe weather to connect to our science unit. 
     We read some funny articles about onions last week!  Did you know they were once used as wedding gifts?  "Congratulations!  Here's a bag of onions!" Lol
 
Science- We are learning about weather patterns, severe weather and the water cycle.  We have been recording the weather since August.  I will be looking at their weather data and grading it for a daily grade.  We have been recording the high & low temperature, chance of precipitation, moon phase and high & low tide for the day.  This weather log is in Google Classroom.  If you want to view it, your child can log into their google account with their username & password.  Let me know if you have any questions.  

Need Books?

A fantastic way to build your child's library is to order books through our book club, Scholastic.  Here's the link to order books.  I also posted the link on the right side of my web page. This month's due date is February 23rd.
 
I'm so excited to be teaching reading again!  If you'd like to help me build my classroom library, I posted a wish list. Thank you so much!
 

What are we doing this week?

The week of January 29th:
 
In Reading we will begin our unit on nonfiction.  We will also review what we missed on the Poetry test.
 
In Science, we will continue renewable & nonrenewable resources.  We will also study the water cycle.
Remember to record your plant's growth on flipgrid.  The code is b87c74  I can't wait to see what's happening! 
 
 

What are we doing this week?

Week of January 22nd:
 
Reading- We will continue our unit on poetry.  This week, focusing on the poem's theme.  There is a test on Friday.
 
Science- We are learning about the earth's natural resources.  The focus is on renewable and nonrenewable resources.
Your son/daughter will be bringing home a flower or vegetable seed that they'll care for and document the growth on flipgrid. 

What are we doing this week?

The week of December 11th:
In science we will begin our unit on Natural Resources with a focus on soil and its properties.  
In social studies, we will discuss the Texas Revolution, its causes and important historical figures during that time such as Stephen F. Austin, William Barrett Travis, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and Santa Anna.

What are we doing this week?

The week of November 27th:
In Science we will continue force & motion, types of energy and circuits.
In Social Studies we will continue our unit on Explorers.  Our test will be Monday, December 4th.

Where can I find my child's work & grades?

All three teachers use Google Classroom for various assignments and projects throughout the year.  Many are taken, graded, and returned digitally via your student's gmail account that is managed by Tomball ISD.  Your student has been shown how to access their email and returned assignments can also be viewed by parents at home.  The user name for their email is their lunch#@elem.tomballschools.net and their password is tisd followed by their birthday with a two digit month/day and the full year.  For example, if their birthday was January 1st it might look like this:
 
Password: tisd01012009

Native American shelter project

This is an optional project.  You may choose a specific Native American shelter such as a teepee, adobe home or wigwam.  Label the tribe that lives in your structure and any information you think is important.  This is a project purely for learning, enjoyment and sharing with our classmates.  
You may begin bringing in projects from now until December 15th.  Have fun working together as a family!

What are we doing this week?

The week of November 13th:
In Science we are working on forces and motion & effects of friction and gravity on an object.  We will be building and testing an experiment that resembles a catapult.
 
In Social studies we will continue our unit on European Explorers.  

Science test on Mixtures & Solutions Thursday, November 9th.

Study your INBs for our test.

Thank you for all the items you've brought in for upcoming labs & other goodies for our classroom.  I appreciate you!! 

What are we doing this week?

The week of October 30st:
 
Test on Native American tribes in Texas Wednesday, November 1st 
 
In Science:
We are identifying different kinds forces, such as a push or pull.  We will also be able to describe the effect of friction on a moving object.  
 
In Social Studies:
We will begin our unit on European Explorers.