Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Is Here!

Spring has sprung, temperatures are rising and everyone is anxiously anticipating sunshine and flowers!  Although the winter was not an especially harsh one, everyone is looking forward to the next chapter of our OCS 2016-17 school year---- the fourth and final marking period!  What a busy marking period it is.  We have assemblies, PARCC testing, Battle of the Books competitions, the Archery trip to Kentucky, the 7th grade trip to LBI and 8th grade trip to DC!  It gives new meaning to the phrase "so much to do, so little time."

The fifth grade ELA class has finished reading Holes and is now working on our LEAD essays.  Our grammar work with pronouns has given them the title of  "nouns in disguise,"certainly an interesting way of thinking.  We will be returning to our Journey's text after spring break.

Sixth grade is all but finished reading "Al Capone Does My Shirts."  We will be taking our book test and writing expository essays about the book.  This book has helped our students to understand more about autism and children with special needs.  We are also working on test-taking strategies and the vocabulary connected with taking "the test."

Spelling will continue weekly as will grammar assessments and reading.  Short weeks will incorporate "Storyworks" as reading text.

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

      Another whirlwind week has just flown by.  The year 2017 promises to be an exciting one.  The Spelling Bee crowned a new champion and next week our 2017 archery team will be announced.  The school-year is almost half over.  Where has the time gone?

     With that said, it's time to make a new commitment to making the 2nd half of our school year be even better and more productive than the first.  There are so many new things to do and learn!  With C.O.R.R.E.C.T. as our guide, there's no limit to what we can accomplish! 

     5th grade is working on how making connections can make us better readers and writers.  We are starting from discovering strategies to help us decode, analyze, and connect to unfamiliar vocabulary.  Context clues?  No problem.... just another clue to comprehension.  We will continue with our fluency practice and understanding the facets of "close" reading.  Homework will be assigned daily from our Readers' Notebook.

     6th grade continues with using "My Access" to help with our writing.  We are also exploring the purposes of why we need to become good writers.  Our reading studies continue with "Al Capone Does My Shirts."  We are exploring connections to life in the 1930's and the progress we have made in assisting people with disabilities.  Homework will be assigned daily from our Readers' Notebook.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016

December is passing faster than ever.  You can feel the excitement building around the school.  Our school play was an amazing success, as was the winter concert!  The students are buzzing with anticipation for the holidays.

But wait you might hear me say.... There's still 10 days to go till our Christmas break!  There's just so much to do and so much to learn!!!

5th grade will be finishing up a phenomenal book, "The One and Only Ivan", written by Catherine Applegate.  Looking for a thought-provoking book to read!  Our class is sure to recommend this one. The students found themselves analyzing the treatment of animals, conservation, and the preservation of our environment.  Who ever said animals can't think or that they don't have feelings.

6th grade is reading "Al Capone Does My Shirts."  We have been exploring the different themes of the book.  Set on Alcatraz Island in the 1930's, this book is providing our class with a look at a time period very unfamiliar to them.  No cell phones, computers, or even televisions back then!  We are learning time reflective vocabulary as well.  As we "closely" read each chapter we learn that an underlining theme is the power and love of family.  As Moose struggles to understand what's best for his "special" sister, Natalie, we become aware of the advances that have been made in understanding disabilities such as autism.  We even went on a mini-field trip to Mrs. Pettinelli's classroom, to view first-hand the program and classroom we have right here at OCS to support students with autism. Mrs. Pettinelli added much background information to the questions of the class.  The class has now decided they want to give up free-time to lend a helping hand when needed.

Grammar finds us continuing our study of nouns.  From proper and common to singular, plural, and possessive, they're keeping us busy right up until the holiday break.

Reading tests will continue for the next two weeks on the books we are reading (Fridays).  The final test will be scheduled depending on progress of pages read.

Mrs. Carr's infamous "100 Word Spelling Test" is scheduled for December 21st.  Will your name find its way to our "Wall of Fame?"

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the OCS families.  Have a happy (and CORRECT) holiday season.  Just had to throw that in:)  Mrs. Carr

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 12 - 16, 2016

The new school year is up and running.  Excitement is running high about new classes, new teachers, new friends, and first-time ever Chromebooks!  We are working hard to become familiar with all things new.

5th Grade ELA:  This week we continued to explore the many resources available to us this year. Our "Family Leaf" projects are hanging on the tree in the classroom, while the "Superhero" essays are displayed in the halls. We will be having our first spelling test of the year on Friday.

Just a reminder:  Summer reading books and projects can still be turned in through September 23rd. Please remember to bring back the book.

6th Grade ELA:  Our week has been packed full of discussing new procedures and practices, reviewing our new materials, and learning about our Chromebooks.  I have every confidence that these new tools will help us soar to new heights in language, reading and writing.  Our first spelling test is this Friday.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Week of April 18, 2016

As I look out the window and see the sunny skies and trees ready to burst into flowers its hard to believe we are about to wrap up another school year.  

This week will have our schedule reworked to accommodate the different grade-level PARCC testing.  6th grade began last week and will finish up this week; 5th grade began today and will also be finishing up this Friday.  Today's testing went well and this year the students are approaching "the PARCC" with optimism and confidence.

I will not see the 6th grade Math class at all this week and have left them with a packet of assorted material that we have covered.  My ELA class will meet only for one class period this week.  We will be finishing "Holes" and working "review" spelling words.  Hopefully, if time permits we will be able to view the movie and complete a compare/contrast activity.
Friday's assessments will include spelling and a reading test on Chapters 43-50 in Holes.  

Spelling words:  knowledge, plumbing, ghost, against, accident, possible, column, steady, daily, alley, mystery, busier, breezier, prettiest, noisier, categories. 

Holes vocabulary:  summoned, precarious, scurried, flinch, strenuous, legitimate, incarcerated, jurisdiction, evicted, and tedious.

Until next time, 
Mrs. Carr

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Is Spring Finally Here???

     Can you believe it?  It is the fourth marking period.  The year has certainly gone by quickly.  We are now approaching one of our even busier times of the year.  Spring Break is over and fast approaching is PARCC, year-end field trips, and all our other traditional activities as well.

     We have just begun a unit where we are analyzing division.  We will be learning about vocabulary that we need to know when talking about division; we will learn 1-digit, 2-digit division.  We will learn about real-life situations where we will be called upon to use division.  Class and homework will come from both our practice and textbooks.  We will continue to work on division throughout PARCC.

     English Language Arts:
     We have had to step up our spelling words this week.  Our class is made up of many "Super-Spellers".  Students are excited to being responsible for more "challenging" words.

Words include:  colony, steady, hockey, starry, movie, duty, drowsy, daily, alley, injury, prairie, fiery, mercy, discover, mystery, single, build, among, faces, friends, grades, missiles, benches, speeches, dresses, Bonus:  lightning, depriving, unconscious

     Our "Holes" reading has become very exciting.  Author Louis Sachar is very clever in connecting Stanley and Camp Green Lake to his ancestor's past.  We have begun reading Part 2.  Assisting us is our "Learning Ally" program.  Learning Ally is truly our friend by providing us with a reading tool that helps us read and reread selections.  Each student in the class has their own personal account set up on Learning Ally and may use this program free of charge at home as well to access over 80,000 titles of digital books (trade books and text books).  Please avail yourselves of this resource.  If you have any questions, please either call Learning Ally or me at the school to help you get set up.

Holes test this week:  Friday, Chapters 29-35
Vocabulary:  delirious, feeble, horizon, refuge and mirage

ELA homework will be coming from many sources; Readers' Notebook, Scott Foresman Spelling & Grammar workbooks.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Week

     This week we will be very busy in both ELA and MATH.

6th Grade Mathematics
     We continue our work with fractions.  Noticeable improvement has been realized.  We will have a "fraction test" on Thursday covering addition, subtraction, improper fractions, mixed numbers, regrouping and writing number sentences for finding parts of a whole.

5th Grade ELA
     We are continuing "Holes" from chapter 6 and will begin working in "Literature Circle" format next week.  Students have reviewed their responsibilities me and each other.  We will have an illustrator, a literary luminary, an illustrator, a vocabulary detective, and the discussion director. With each day of reading comes a new job.  Homework will continue in our grammar and spelling workbooks

Spelling test on Wednesday.

Mrs. Carr.