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Reading & Science

2017-2018

 

  
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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What are we doing this week?

The week of April 23rd:
 
Reading-We are continuing to look at what great readers do while taking a test.  What strategies do we use for distinguishing between facts and opinions?  How do we know how to summarize a selection?  How can I use context clues to find the meaning of an unfamiliar word?
 
 
Science-We will continue our unit on mealworms!  Do they prefer dark or light?  What do they like to eat?  How long will they be in the larval stage?  These questions and more will be answered.  Don't miss a day!

What are we doing this Week?

The week of March 20th:
 
In Reading, we will be studying biographies.  We will identify the differences between a biography and literary non-fiction. Literary non-fiction is told like a story.  It could be told in first person or by a narrator.  
 
 

Party on the Prairie t-shirt sales extended

PTO is extending shirt sales until March 9th.  

What are we doing this week?

The Week of February 26th:
 
Reading: We are summarizing nonfiction text this week.  There is a unit test on Friday.  
 
Continue learning your poem.  Recitations are due by this Friday, March 2nd.
 
"I'm Nobody" by Emily Dickinson
  
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!
 
 
"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.
 
Science: We are continuing our unit on weather and the water cycle. Then, we will begin learning about erosion & weathering.  

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.