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Copy of the March Reading Log (students received copy on March 2, 2020) 2020 Southern Belle Riverboat Field Trip Permission Slip (Due March 20):

Parents may attend this trip. The student cost is $16 and the adult cost is $20. Adult seats are limited to 13 per homeroom and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Payment must be received in order to secure a spot. 

Week of March 9, 2020

*This week in literacy, we’ll be working on identifying major events of a story and showing our understanding using a 5-finger retell, thinking about the reasons behind a character’s actions, and explaining how a character’s actions contribute to the sequence of events in a story.


*A pink note went home today about a change to our fever/illness policy for Hamilton County. (Some homerooms did not bring it home yet but will tomorrow.) The first line of the note says “Your child has a fever.” Obviously this is a typo and your child most likely did NOT come home today with a fever. Please see a black and white copy of the note below.

HCDE Updated Fever Policy

*Spelling tests will be given on Thursday this week. Words are on the website under the Spelling Words link on the left.


*Students may be logging in to iReady at home for extra practice in math and reading. Time spent working on reading lessons can be documented for minutes on the reading log. 


*Our candy bar fundraiser continues this week.


Week of March 2, 2020


*This week we will be completing benchmark testing for reading, writing, math, and science. We will meet with every class every day as we typically do, but it will be for a shorter amount of time.


*Spelling tests will be given on Friday this week. Words will be posted on the Spelling Words link on the left this afternoon.


*Students may be logging in to iReady at home for extra practice in math and reading. Time spent working on reading lessons can be documented for minutes on the reading log. 


*February reading logs were due on2/28/2020. Please remind your child to bring them tomorrow if they have not already.


*Our candy bar fundraiser officially kicks off today. If you would like to participate, please fill out the form that your child brought home Friday and send it back in tomorrow. 


*Car riders need a poncho or umbrella (or perhaps a canoe or raft) for walking the car line on rainy days.

Copy of February Reading Log

Week of February 24, 2020


*This week the students will be working on a research project to showcase their learning over the past several weeks about inventors and entrepreneurs. All work will be completed in class by Friday and we will display them in the hallway.


*February reading logs are due on Friday. Additional copies may be printed from the top of the “This Week in Our Classroom” page.


*Our monthly birthday celebration will be this Friday, February 28. If your child has a February birthday and would like to bring a treat to school to celebrate with his/her friends, please contact the homeroom teacher to make arrangements about what to bring.


*Car riders need a poncho or umbrella (or perhaps a canoe or raft) for walking the car line on rainy days.


Week of February 18, 2020


*Mr. Bevil and I will be out of the building on Tuesday and Wednesday to attend a training for Project Lead the Way. While I am out, the students will continue to practice sequencing, writing responses to their reading, and working on their spelling words. I will be unavailable except by Class Dojo and email until I return on Thursday.

Week of February 10, 2020

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  • In reading this week, we’ll be reading Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum to finish out our unit on inventors. Next week, we’ll begin a final project to showcase our learning from the unit. The timing for these activities are dependent on the weather and school schedule for this and next week.
  • Our Valentine’s Party is scheduled for Friday at 2:00. Students may bring cards and/or treats to share with their classmates during this time. We will not have class time available for writing names on cards, so please make sure they do that at home. Your child may also bring a box or bag to collect their treats. This can be decorated at home and brought to school on Friday.
  • If you are planning to attend the party (or think there’s a possibility that you might), please fill out the red RSVP that came home last week. They are due first thing Wednesday morning. If you need an additional copy, they are available in the front office OR you can print a copy of it HERE.

  • If you ever need an additional copy of the February reading log, it is at the top of the “This Week in Our Classroom” section on my page on the Apison website. You can also get one here.
  • If you need a copy of the spelling words at any time, they can be found on my page on the Apison website under the “Spelling Words” link on the left. You can also access it here.

Week of February 3, 2020


**REMINDER: Wednesday is a half-day for students. Buses will run and SACC will be open.**


In reading this week we are finishing The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by thinking about how a character’s actions contribute to the sequence of events in a story by drawing inferences as we read. During independent workstations, students will be expected to complete 2 spelling activities, a written response to their reading, and read independently. They will have a week to finish these activities to turn in next week. 

Everyone received a copy of the February Reading Log on Monday. If you ever need an additional copy, it is at the top of the “This Week in Literacy” section on my page on the Apison website.

We wrote down our spelling words for this week on Friday of last week. If you need a copy of the spelling words at any time, they can be found on my page on the Apison website under the “Spelling Words” link on the left. You can also access it here: https://apison.hcde.org/directory/teacher_websites/taryn_painter/spelling_words

Copy of January Reading Log

Week of January 27, 2020


In reading this week we are finishing The Water Princess by thinking about how a character’s actions contribute to the sequence of events in a story using a “who-what-why” chart.  We will also begin reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. During independent workstations, students will be expected to complete 2 spelling activities, a written response to their reading, and read independently. They will have a week to finish these activities to turn in next week.

Your child should be writing a message in their agenda in the Language Arts section each day. We wrote down our spelling words for this week on Friday of last week. If you need a copy of the spelling words at any time, they can be found on my page on the Apison website under the “Spelling Words” link on the left. You can also access it HERE.

The January reading log is due on Monday, February 3rd. Additional copies can be found HERE.

Our monthly celebration for January birthdays will be held on Friday during the last 20 minutes of the day. If you would like to send something for your child to share with their classmates, please contact his/her homeroom teacher to make arrangements. All items may be sent to school or dropped off in the office during the day. 


Week of January 21, 2020


In reading this week we are reading The Water Princess by Susan Verde.  The students will be creating “right there questions” (beginning with words like who, what, when, where, how, and which) to show their understanding of the story. During independent workstations, students will be reading independently and working on written responses to what they have read.

The Apex Fun Run dates depend on the weather. It is scheduled for outdoors on Thursday during related arts. No siblings may attend. If it is raining, it will be held on Thursday AND Friday (depending on the homeroom) in the gym and parents will unfortunately not be able to attend due to limited space. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the dates, but you will need to call the office with any other concerns or questions regarding the race.

Our monthly celebration for January birthdays will be held on January 31 during the last 20 minute of the day. If you would like to send something for your child to share with their classmates, please contact his/her homeroom teacher to make arrangements. All items may be sent to school or dropped off in the office during the day. 


Week of January 13, 2020


Happy Monday! 


In reading this week we are working on a book about Alfred Nobel. We will be working on using illustrations to help our understanding of a text, discussing the relationship between historical events and scientific ideas, looking at sequence and cause and effect relationships, and asking/answering questions to demonstrate our understanding of the story using text evidence. During independent workstations, students will be reading independently and working on written responses to what they have read.

The Apex Fun Run kicks off today! We had our kickoff pep rally this afternoon and the kids will begin collecting pledges right away. The run itself will be held on January 24th during our related arts time.

Only tennis shoes should be worn to school. Refer to our dress code here for more information.  https://apison.hcde.org/for_parents/uniform_information

Our monthly celebration for January birthdays will be held on January 31 during the last 20 minute of the day. If you would like to send something for your child to share with their classmates, please contact his/her homeroom teacher to make arrangements. All items may be sent to school or dropped off in the office during the day. 

Week of January 6, 2020


Welcome back! There’s much to share to keep everyone up to speed.

This week in reading we are reintroducing and practicing classroom routines and expectations. This quarter, students will be doing a lot of independent reading and writing about their reading during workstation time. They should also be writing a message in their agenda under “Language Arts” on a daily basis to let you know what we are doing in class.

Don’t forget that reading logs for December are due tomorrow. Please remind your child to bring them to class. If you have misplaced the document, please record their December reading on another sheet of paper. 

Everyone received new spelling words today. Before the break, we reassessed everyone’s spelling needs and rearranged our groups based on the spelling patterns and skills each child needs to work on. Even though children may find success memorizing a list of words each week, the goal is to use those words and apply the patterns to new words in their reading and writing. The groups are fluid...students may move from group to group based on their needs. Group changes won’t be made on a weekly basis but will be based on the students’ performance over time.

It is time to refresh our pencil boxes! The next time you are at the store, ask your child if he/she needs glue sticks, colored pencils, or markers. We use each of these things pretty frequently in reading and the kids are running low or are completely out these items in their personal pencil boxes.

The Apex Fun Run is coming up! We will have a kickoff pep rally early next week and the kids will begin collecting pledges at that time. The run itself will be held on January 24th during our related arts time.

Finally, this is just a reminder that as the weather gets colder, your child needs to bring a coat to school to wear for recess. Also remind them that only tennis shoes should be worn to school. You may review our dress code here: https://apison.hcde.org/for_parents/uniform_information


Week of December 9, 2019

This week we are finishing up our novel study of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The students are completing interactive notebook activities to answer questions to demonstrate their understanding of what we are reading.

Today we administered the literacy benchmark test. The schedule for the remainder of the week is as follows: Tuesday-Math; Wednesday-Science; Thursday-Writing. Makeup tests will be completed Friday and Monday. I will be completing mid-year reading level benchmarks this week and next.

Students are shopping in the Santa Shop this week. Painter and Putnam students will be shopping on Tuesday and Thursday, Bevil and Johns shop on Monday and Wednesday. 

As the weather gets colder, please remind your child to bring a coat to school to wear for recess. Also remind them that only tennis shoes should be worn to school. You may review our dress code here.

 

Week of December 2, 2019


This week we are beginning a short novel study of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. We will be thinking about character traits, vocabulary, retell, asking and answering questions, and several other literacy topics and standards. There will be no vocabulary quiz this week.


Next week we will be administering our 2nd quarter benchmarks each morning in literacy, math, science, and writing. If at all possible, please try to schedule any necessary appointments in the afternoon.


Also next week, the students in my homeroom will be shopping in the PTA Santa Shop on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-12:50. Items are $2 and the Apison Cookbooks are $10. Students may bring a shopping list and money to shop for loved ones on either of these days.

Week of November 18, 2019

Tall Tales Vocabulary Examples and NonExamples

This week we are wrapping up our study of traditional literature by looking at tall tales. The students have studied what makes a tall tale...often humorous stories with exaggerated details that are told as if they are true. We’ve been working on character traits, drawing inferences, and literal and figurative language. 


Our vocabulary words for the week are glimpse, scurried, boulder, dynamite, commotion, and pulverized. Definitions for these are available on my portaportal at www.portaportal.com (guest access password is painterpeople). Our Kahoot! Challenge to study the words can be found HERE and the PIN number is 0271517. Due to our field trip, we will review these words as a class on Thursday and have our quiz on Friday. (I try to avoid Friday quizzes as much as I can but this week it is unavoidable.)


Our field trip is Wednesday, November 20. We will arrive at Audubon Acres around 9:40 and our program starts at 10:00. We will have two hours to rotate through the Pioneer Day stations and 30 minutes to each lunch before returning to school. Anyone interested in joining us can meet us at Audubon Acres and the cost is $5 for chaperones. You will pay once you arrive.


Next Monday, November 25, all interested students will take part in our class spelling bee. Students who wished to participate received a list of study words a few weeks ago. Each homeroom will have their own bee during literacy time and the top 2 spellers from each group will represent their class in the school spelling bee to be held on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in our gym.

Week of November 4, 2019

Print a copy of the November Reading Log HERE

This week in reading we are studying myths… stories that attempt to explain something in nature or how something came to be. On Monday we read How the Moon Regained Her Shape, a legend influenced by Native American folktales that explains why the moon changes shape as well as how to deal with people who aren’t very nice. Tuesday, we read Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, a West African folk tale that attempts to explain why mosquitoes are constantly buzzing in our ears. Wednesday we will look at a variety of Greek and Roman myths. We will look at a nonfiction book about Ancient Greece on Thursday and practice main ideas and details, practice our vocabulary words on Friday by playing VOCABO, our own version of Bingo, and will take our vocabulary quiz on Monday. This week's vocabulary Kahoot! Challenge can be found at https://kahoot.it/challenge/0222876. The PIN is 0222876.


Yesterday all students received a copy of the November Reading Log. It is due on December 2. October logs were due this past Friday. Please remind your child to turn it in ASAP if they have not already.


Finally, yesterday everyone received a permission slip for our field trip to Audubon Acres for Pioneer Days. The cost of the trip is $10 and covers admission and transportation. Parents MAY attend this trip if they choose. The cost is $5 and you will pay when you arrive. Parking is somewhat limited so plan to carpool if at all possible. 

Week of October 28, 2019


This week in reading we are continuing our study of traditional literature, moving from fairy tales into fables. The students learned today that fables typically have talking animals and a moral/lesson/central message. We will be spending this week reading a number of fables to determine the lesson the author intended for the reader to learn from the story. In language we are still learning about verbs and in writing, we are working on nonfiction research essays about animals. 


I’ve also created a Kahoot Challenge for any student interested in practicing this week’s vocabulary words: victory, perseverance, noticed, flashy, bolted, and measly. Click HERE to access the challenge! The PIN number is 0370430.


Week of October 21, 2019


This week in reading we are starting our unit on traditional literature, which includes fairy tales, fables, tall tales, myths, and legends. We will be reading several stories from each of these genres and talking about what characteristics the stories have that make them unique. During each week of the unit, the students will have 6 vocabulary words that will be introduced and used in whole group and small group activities. They will have a short quiz over this week’s 6 words on Friday, October 25. The words are distorted, ornate, boasted, piercing, decreed, and protest. 


Mr. Bevil’s and Mrs. Johns’ classes received a copy of the October reading log today. I did not realize that Mrs. Ellis had not given one out for this month before she left and I apologize for the oversight. If you have kept up with a log on a separate sheet of paper, you are welcome to transfer that information over to the new log in the grayed out boxes. If you do NOT have that information recorded, do not worry! It will not be counted against the students’ grades but WILL go towards the Probasco Reading Program minutes.


Each month I submit a Scholastic Book Order. I will be submitting this month’s order on Friday, October 25. If anyone would like to place an order, please do so by going to scholastic.com/bookclubs and use our class code M6KYM to ensure the books reach our classroom. All orders earn free books for our classroom library!


Lastly, I have a few more conference times available for this Wednesday afternoon, Thursday evening, and Wednesday of next week. If you would like to schedule a meeting with me, please do so at this link: https://signup.com/go/BavwsHJ




Week of October 15, 2019


Reading: This week we are learning about character traits and the difference between traits and feelings. Character traits describe a character's personality while feelings may describe an emotion felt over a short period of time. We will also look at how character traits drive the action in a story.

Language: We are reviewing sentences, nouns, and beginning our study on verbs.

Writing: We are starting our unit on expository/informational writing.

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