Mrs. Ward’s March Newsletter
March 4, 2019
Here it is almost spring - how fast the school year is going! Hopefully, the groundhog was correct and spring will be here before we know it!
In Schoolwide, we will soon begin a nonfiction unit. We will be focusing on nonfiction elements including text structure, inferencing, summarizing, central ideas, tone, cause and effect and identifying textual evidence. Our curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards.
We will continue with Daily Language Review (DOL) and begin our class everyday with these skills. This covers all the sixth grade common core state standards for language. You should see your child studying his/her review sheet every Thursday. Also, you should see his/her test coming home weekly. Every week we graph our results.
Your child is doing a great job with the expectation to always bring a book to class and to read at least twenty minutes a day at home. We went to the library and your child should have checked out a nonfiction book. I love seeing students reading and discussing their books! I do not usually assign a lot of homework nightly because your child should be reading the book. However, I will check in with them every Thursday and they are getting used to explaining something different every week that is going on in their book –W.A.I. T. - Write About It Thursday. However, at least twice a week, please ask your child to share with you something he/she learned when reading the book. Please remind your child about The Tower of Book Reading Challenge and to show you the paperwork that has gone home about that. We will periodically have Challenge Checks.
Upcoming events include the state test (IAR) the 12th 13th and 14th early release on Friday, the 15th and spring break begins the 23rd and back to school on April 1st.
Please call me anytime if you have any questions. Have a wonderful month!