Friday, October 26, 2018

October News

OCTOBER has been a busy month here at OCS.

Mathematics
We have been working in the Grade 5 Go Math text exploring Math Vocabulary, exponents, and multiplication and division patterns.

It is important to recognize that the words used in math must be mastered in order for students to know what to do.  If instructions are not understood, accurate responses are not possible. 

Words/phrases to know include:  sum, addend, product, difference divisor, dividend, quotient, numerical expression, commutative property, associative property, identity property, distributive property, place value, standard form, expanded form, whole number, exponent, base of exponent, parentheses, order of operations, numerical pattern, greater than, less than, equal to, comparisons, factor, and more. 

Math as well as other subjects is cumulative.  Words and phrases are added each year.  Students need to become competent and confident with these to be successful.  They must understand "the language!"

Now more than ever students are also realizing why memorizing their math facts is important!  It is important that they practice, practice, practice!!! These facts must become automatic.

English Language Arts
Lot's of review has taken place during the first few months of school.  We are working hard at sharpening our comprehension skills by using context clues, and citing textual evidence.  
We have been working on short reading selections from our Journey's text and Scholastics Storyworks Magazine.  We have explored both fiction, non-fiction, and drama.

We will be continuing with the Wilson Reading Program to assist with decoding.  Have your child share how they can determine whether a vowel is pronounced long or short by determining syllable type with you.  Closed syllable= short vowel.  Open syllable= long vowel

November will find us reading Louis Sachar's Holes.  Students are sure to enjoy this book!!

Paragraph of the Week:  We are exploring different thought-provoking topics each week.  To date, we have targeted "IDEAS" as our goal for writing.  Coming up with a clear focus for our writing has been challenging.  We are addressing this using author Lisa Funeri-Willover's writing directions as to avoiding topics that are just too big (she calls them fuzzy) and topics that change so many times that the reader becomes confused (zig-zag writing).

Please contact me with any questions or concerns!  Welcome to November and the holidays:))


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Welcome to the 2018- 2019 School Year!!!

Hello and welcome to all!

The 2018- 2019 school year promises to be fantastic!  The school looks great.   Teachers and staff are ready to help students learn exciting new facets of this wonderful world we live in.

This year, in my classroom, I will be working with fifth/sixth graders in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.  After reviewing our texts and related curriculum I can assure you there will be materials and activities to help each student do their best. Work may be challenging at times, which is a good way to test our stick-to-itiveness!  Perseverance is key!

Remember.....

I will always be available to help with anything classroom or school related.
Students, please do not hesitate to see me before or after class with any concerns.
Parents, I am a strong believer in open communication.  If you have a question or concern, please email or call. No problem is too big or small.

Welcome!
Mrs. Carr
M.Special Education
M.Reading Specialist
pcarr@oxfordcentral.org
908-453-4101 extension 

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS!!
     September finds our Math Classroom adjusting to new surroundings, new texts, and new expectations.  We have set-up our math binders complete with sections for fast facts, problem of the day, math motivators, handouts, homework, and tests/quizzes. Our goal is to stay organized!  Binders will be graded for neatness and completeness. These should serve as a valuable resource throughout the school year.

    Our English Language Arts class will also stay organized with personal classroom binders. Binder sections will include Bell Work, Grammar, Reading Log, Reading Notes, Spelling, Vocabulary, Word Ladders, and Tests/Quizzes.   Writing will be completed both in our writing journals and on student Chromebooks.  The Wilson Reading Program and Rebecca Sitton Spelling program will be incorporated in our classroom activities.

It is going to be a GREAT YEAR!!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy 2018!

It's so hard to believe we are embarking on a new year, 2018.  Time sure does fly.  It is the perfect time to reflect on the goals we set in September and move forward setting our sights even higher.

As we move into 2018, we need to remember each step of our educational journey builds a foundation for even more challenges.  We need to remember each of us has so many talents and gifts to share.  That said..... time to get to work.

Coming up this month... Mrs. Carr's 100 Word Spelling Challenge, the all-school spelling bee, the next segment of CORRECT's "Help a Hero, Be a Hero" campaign, and so much more.

January:  ELA 3/4/5:  Finishing "Garden State Adventure"
                                   Wilson Work:  How can you decode words by their syllable type?
                                    Writing:  Writing to compare and contrast.

                ELA 6/7:    Finishing "Lily's Crossing"
                                   Writing in cursive
                                   Writing:  Writing to compare and contrast

Happy New Year All!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

New students, teachers, and classes; new books, new activities, and new friends, demand our attention and capture our interest.  Each year in school provides new challenges, adventures and so much to learn.  It's an exciting time of the year. This is the perfect time to remember our CORRECT value COURAGE.  We must remember to have COURAGE to try, COURAGE to succeed, and COURAGE to learn.

My 3/4/5 grade ELA  class will be learning about the different parts of speech.  This will help us write better sentences.  We will begin working the next few weeks on nouns.  Homework will include daily spelling activities and finishing any noun practice sheets leftover from class.

The 6/7 grade ELA  class will be working on a new vocabulary curriculum called "Wordly-Wise".  Advanced vocabulary skills will assist in all areas of language arts.  Throughout the year we will be using My Access to improve our writing.  Learning Ally will assist us in reading books including "Tuck Everlasting", "Wonder", "The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse", and more.

Homework week of September 18-22:

3/4/5:  Daily spelling activities- Check homework folder each day.
           Incomplete classwork-  All students will have ample time to complete their classwork in class.            Unfinished work will be reviewed by Mrs. Carr and reassigned for homework if necessary.

6/7:  Daily vocabulary activities-  Vocabulary Units will take two weeks to cover.  A study guide will
        be provided for each unit of study 2-3 days prior to each scheduled Vocabulary tests. Daily                 homework assignments will reinforce each units words.  Tests will be announced.

       Incomplete classwork-         All students will have ample time to complete their classwork in              class. Unfinished work will be reviewed by Mrs. Carr and reassigned for homework if necessary.

        My Access-  My Access prompts will be assigned each week.  Students may continue working
        on these prompts at home to improve their scores.
New students, teachers, and classes; new books, new activities, and new friends, demand our attention and capture our interest.  Each year in school provides new challenges, adventures and so much to learn.  It's an exciting time of the year. This is the perfect time to remember our CORRECT value COURAGE.  We must remember to have COURAGE to try, COURAGE to succeed, and COURAGE to learn.

My 3/4/5 grade ELA  class will be learning about the different parts of speech.  This will help us write better sentences.  We will begin working the next few weeks on nouns.  Homework will include daily spelling activities and finishing any noun practice sheets leftover from class.

The 6/7 grade ELA  class will be working on a new vocabulary curriculum called "Wordly-Wise".  Advanced vocabulary skills will assist in all areas of language arts.  Throughout the year we will be using My Access to improve our writing.  Learning Ally will assist us in reading books including "Tuck Everlasting", "Wonder", "The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse", and more.

Homework week of September 18-22:

3/4/5:  Daily spelling activities- Check homework folder each day.

           Incomplete classwork-  All students will have ample time to complete their classwork in class.

           Unfinished work will be reviewed by Mrs. Carr and reassigned for homework if necessary.

6/7:  Daily vocabulary activities-  Vocabulary Units will take two weeks to cover.  A study guide will

          be provided for each unit of study 2-3 days prior to each scheduled Vocabulary tests. Daily
       
          homework assignments will reinforce each units words.  Tests will be announced.

       Incomplete classwork- All students will have ample time to complete their classwork in class.

       Unfinished work will be reviewed by Mrs. Carr and reassigned for homework if necessary.

        My Access-  My Access prompts will be assigned each week.  Students may continue working

        on these prompts at home to improve their scores.

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.