Mrs. Pecosky's Literacy Blog - ARCHIVE


May 15th Team P Literacy

posted May 15, 2017, 6:58 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated May 15, 2017, 6:58 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Don't forget to put the POETRY CAFE on your calendar on May 19th during Literacy. ALL PARENTS and SIBLINGS ARE INVITED! I SENT A FLYER HOME IN MONDAY FOLDERS. COME TO HEAR YOUR STUDENT READ THEIR FAVORITE POEMS THEY HAVE WRITTEN. IT WILL BE ON FRIDAY, MAY 19TH AT 8:45. THEIR WILL BE A EMAIL WITH A SIGNUP GENIUS TO HELP WITH SUPPLIES FROM OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS, THERESA GRZEBINSKI, AND HEIDI KANE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO RESPOND TO THEM BY THE EMAIL THAT IS SENT TO YOU. 


This week- We will continue our final unit of the year- Poetry. During this unit, students will learn, observe, read and create poems on Rhyme, Rhythm, Repetition, Alliteration, Acrostic, Haiku, Onomatopoeia, Similes and Shape poems. Of their 10 final draft poems written during this unit, students will choose their 2-3 favorite poems to share with the class.


Next, we will be revisiting the Step up to Writing information outline with the colors (red, yellow, and green). Be sure to ask your students what the colors mean! You can remind them it is like a stop light. 


Grammar/DOL- pronouns

 

Spelling words- Spelling review for last test: will be a cumulative of past spelling tests. We will practice and take together as a class before the end of the year. You do not need to study at home. 

 

Homework- none

May 8th Team P Literacy

posted May 9, 2017, 8:30 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated May 10, 2017, 2:05 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

Don't forget to put the POETRY CAFE on your calendar on May 19th during Literacy. ALL PARENTS and SIBLINGS ARE INVITED! I SENT A FLYER HOME IN MONDAY FOLDERS. COME TO HEAR YOUR STUDENT READ THEIR FAVORITE POEMS THEY HAVE WRITTEN. IT WILL BE ON FRIDAY, MAY 19TH AT 8:45. THEIR WILL BE A EMAIL WITH A SIGNUP GENIUS TO HELP WITH SUPPLIES FROM OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS, THERESA GRZEBINSKI, AND HEIDI KANE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO RESPOND TO THEM BY THE EMAIL THAT IS SENT TO YOU. 


This week- We will continue our final unit of the year- Poetry. During this unit, students will learn, observe, read and create poems on Rhyme, Rhythm, Repetition, Alliteration, Acrostic, Haiku, Onomatopoeia, Similes and Shape poems. Of their 10 final draft poems written during this unit, students will choose their 2-3 favorite poems to share with the class.


Grammar-This week we will start pronouns

 

Spelling words- Spelling review for last test: will be a cumulative of past spelling tests. We will practice and take together as a class before the end of the year. You do not need to study at home. 

 

Homework- none

April 30th Team P Literacy

posted May 1, 2017, 9:34 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated May 1, 2017, 9:34 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

POETRY CAFE IS COMING TO TEAM P! ALL PARENTS ARE INVITED! I WILL BE SENDING A FLYER HOME IN NEXT WEEKS MONDAY FOLDERS. COME TO HEAR YOUR STUDENT READ THEIR FAVORITE POEMS THEY HAVE WRITTEN. IT WILL BE ON FRIDAY, MAY 19TH AT 8:45. THEIR WILL BE A EMAIL WITH A SIGNUP GENIUS TO HELP WITH SUPPLIES FROM OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS, THERESA GRZEBINSKI, AND HEIDI KANE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO RESPOND TO THEM BY THE EMAIL THAT IS SENT TO YOU. 

Last week- Last week students learned about: Rhythm, Repetition, Alliteration, and Acrostic poetry.

This week: We will be taking a writing test and our reading test. We will be reviewing how to write stories with our Step up to Writing program. Student will learn how to fold their paper into 3 sections to be able to complete their pre-write on. This week will be a short week with DRA testing this Thursday. Please have your student get a good night of sleep the night before. Please have student read each night and have them do a retell at the end. A retell is when your student tells you what happens at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. I like at least 3 or more details for each part of the story.  

Reading club- Students will choose a chapter book to read in their groups. Each time they meet they will pull a comprehension card to discuss as a group after they have read the chapter. The cards are made to ask high level questioning to help challenge the students to investigate deeper into the story. 


DOL- We will practice grammar, and find errors in sentences. We will also be starting antonyms and synonyms soon. 


Spelling words- No spelling this week! 


Reading Log- No more reading logs for the rest of the year! Please keep reading with your student each school night for approx. 10 min. a night. 



April 24th Team P Literacy

posted Apr 24, 2017, 8:21 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 8:21 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

POETRY CAFE IS COMING TO TEAM P! ALL PARENTS ARE INVITED! I WILL BE SENDING A FLYER HOME IN NEXT WEEKS MONDAY FOLDERS. COME TO HEAR YOUR STUDENT READ THEIR FAVORITE POEMS THEY HAVE WRITTEN. IT WILL BE ON FRIDAY, MAY 19TH AT 8:45. THEIR WILL BE A EMAIL WITH A SIGNUP GENIUS TO HELP WITH SUPPLIES FROM OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS, THERESA GRZEBINSKI, AND HEIDI KANE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO RESPOND TO THEM BY THE EMAIL THAT IS SENT TO YOU. 

Last week- Last week students began writing their own poems. I was so impressed! They learned how in depth and detailed they were. We read poems from the book, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein. This is a great book for students to start reading poems at home if you are looking for a good one to have at home. We also did a think map, imagery, rhyming, and focused on similes. 


This week: This week we will focus in Poetry on: Rhythm, Repetition, Alliteration, and Acrostic poetry.

Reading club- Students will choose a chapter book to read in their groups. Each time they meet they will pull a comprehension card to discuss as a group after they have read the chapter. The cards are made to ask high level questioning to help challenge the students to investigate deeper into the story. 

Grammar: Antonyms and Synonyms 


DOL- We will practice grammar, and find errors in sentences. We will also be starting antonyms and synonyms soon. 


Spelling words- invited, played, really, princess, before, where, although, picture


Reading Log- Students will need to record the total number of minutes they spent practicing their reading.  Attached to the reading log will be questions of the week. I will ask that parents sign the log at the end of the month next to the total number of minutes read. Thank you for listening to your child read!

Please remember to have your child read out loud for at least 10 minutes to practice fluency and follow up with some comprehension questions about their reading.

 

Homework- Reading log due THIS WEEK! - Thursday April 27th (new reading logs were given on Monday, April 3rd)


April 17 Team P Literacy

posted Apr 17, 2017, 8:44 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 8:44 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

Last week- Last week students finished writing their outline for Realistic fiction paper. Students went in depth to describe their character, their likes and dislikes, the problem and solution, and the setting. This week they will begin writing the story. They will be focusing on separating the story into 3 parts with the beginning (setting, and characters), middle, and end. Each part will include 3 details. Once we are done writing the story students will do a student edit, and then a teacher edit. Then they will write their final draft. 

This week: We are starting our new unit in Poetry! I will be reading poems from the book, "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein. This is a great book for students to start reading poems at home if you are looking for a good one to have at home. In Poetry this week we will be doing a think map, imagery, rhyming, and similes. 

Here is a list of realistic fiction books if your child is interested in checking some out this month:

http://www.cowetaschools.org/ees/images/Content/EIP/Realisticgr3.pdf

Reading club- Students will choose a chapter book to read in their groups. Each time they meet they will pull a comprehension card to discuss as a group after they have read the chapter. The cards are made to ask high level questioning to help challenge the students to investigate deeper into the story. 

Grammar: Antonyms and Synonyms 


DOL- We will practice grammar, and find errors in sentences. We will also be starting antonyms and synonyms soon. 


Spelling words- Contractions/ ea-word family: I'll, can't, won't, couldn't, haven't, really, leave, treat, wheat, least


Reading Log- Students will need to record the total number of minutes they spent practicing their reading.  Attached to the reading log will be questions of the week. I will ask that parents sign the log at the end of the month next to the total number of minutes read. Thank you for listening to your child read!

Please remember to have your child read out loud for at least 10 minutes to practice fluency and follow up with some comprehension questions about their reading.

 

Homework- Reading log due- Thursday April 27th (new reading logs were given on Monday, April 3rd)


April 10th Team P Literacy

posted Apr 7, 2017, 8:35 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 8:35 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week- Last week students began writing their outline for Realistic fiction paper. Students went in depth to describe their character, their likes and dislikes, the problem and solution, and the setting. This week they will begin writing the story. They will be focusing on separating the story into 3 parts with the beginning (setting, and characters), middle, and end. Each part will include 3 details. Once we are done writing the story students will do a student edit, and then a teacher edit. Then they will write their final draft. 

Here is a list of realistic fiction books if your child is interested in checking some out this month:

http://www.cowetaschools.org/ees/images/Content/EIP/Realisticgr3.pdf

Reading club- Students will choose a chapter book to read in their groups. Each time they meet they will pull a comprehension card to discuss as a group after they have read the chapter. The cards are made to ask high level questioning to help challenge the students to investigate deeper into the story. 


DOL- We will practice grammar, and find errors in sentences. We will also be starting antonyms and synonyms soon. 


Spelling words- colors/ transition words: white, black, purple, yellow, violet, blue, orange, first, second, lastly

 

Reading Log- Students will need to record the total number of minutes they spent practicing their reading.  Attached to the reading log will be questions of the week. I will ask that parents sign the log at the end of the month next to the total number of minutes read. Thank you for listening to your child read!

Please remember to have your child read out loud for at least 10 minutes to practice fluency and follow up with some comprehension questions about their reading.

 

Homework- Reading log due- Thursday April 27th (new reading logs were given on Monday, April 3rd)

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April 3rd Team P Literacy

posted Apr 3, 2017, 7:57 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 7:57 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! It's hard to believe that we only have a couple months left of school. 

This week- This week we will start our realistic fiction unit. I will be reading a realistic fiction book aloud, and doing a class discussion to find realistic fiction elements, and comprehension questions as we read. Students will learn that realistic fiction is a story using made-up or real characters and the story itself could happen in real life (ie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). Realistic fiction has a setting that is real, there is a believable problem and solution and the story takes place in modern times. Students will begin to write their own Realistic fiction story. 

Here is a list of realistic fiction books if your child is interested in checking some out this month:

http://www.cowetaschools.org/ees/images/Content/EIP/Realisticgr3.pdf

Reading club- Students will choose a chapter book to read in their groups. Each time they meet they will pull a comprehension card to discuss as a group after they have read the chapter. The cards are made to ask high level questioning to help challenge the students to investigate deeper into the story. 


DOL- We will practice grammar, and find errors in sentences.


Spelling words- alk word family/ tricky words: sign, taught, been, climb, being, talk, chalk, stalk

 

Reading Log- Students will need to record the total number of minutes they spent practicing their reading.  Attached to the reading log will be questions of the week. I will ask that parents sign the log at the end of the month next to the total number of minutes read. Thank you for listening to your child read!

Please remember to have your child read out loud for at least 10 minutes to practice fluency and follow up with some comprehension questions about their reading.

 

Homework- Reading log due- Thursday April 27th (new reading logs were given on Monday, April 3rd)

March 20th Team P Literacy

posted Mar 20, 2017, 9:19 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 9:19 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week-

Reading Log due on the 24th this week!

Last week we finished our letters to leprechaun. They were so adorable. We even built a trap and tried to catch the leprechaun. We didn't get him this time, but he left us a yummy treat to share :) 

This week we will continue to keep reading our Flat Stanley books. Students are taking notes in colorful pens on each chapter we read. We are examining setting, characters, character traits, conflict, resolution, and key events. We also began to learn the parts of the letter. We will be learned the parts with a song that is to the Adam's family show song. Here is the link to practice with your student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNKy4hV6WnA

In Reading Book Clubs, students will be picking a Flat Stanley chapter book to read in groups and choose a driving questions to answer in book clubs. If are not familiar with Flat Stanley books they are about a little boy that is flattened accidently and is able to travel by mail around the world as a letter. There are a variety of different Flat Stanley books, so if your student enjoys the series, it might be a great idea for your student to read at home. 


This month we our comprehension focus is Determining Importance. Readers can distinguish between fiction and nonfiction as well as information that is/isn't as important. Think facts, questions, and responses to write down as you read. Remember that Non Fiction reading is reading to learn true information about something. 

Grammar: We are practicing using commas in our writing: in a series, in a date, letter closure, and to add in a sentence to complete a thought. 

DOL (Daily Oral Language)- DOL is our warm-up that focuses on conventions and grammar


Spelling words- Spelling word tricky words/each word family: character, board, field, each, teach, leach, peach, beach. 

Reading Log- Homework- Reading log due this week!- March 24th 

March 13th Team P Literacy

posted Mar 13, 2017, 11:57 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 11:57 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week-

Last week we started reading our Flat Stanley books and I am so proud of how well the class is doing! Students are taking notes in colorful pens on each chapter we read, and examining setting, characters, character traits, conflict, resolution, and key events. We also began to learn the parts of the letter. We will be learned the parts with a song that is to the Adam's family show song. Here is the link to practice with your student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNKy4hV6WnA

Students will use their body to remember the parts, so ask them to show you! Our goal for this unit is to write a letter to a leprechaun to see if he will come to visit our class on St. Patrick's Day! 

In Reading Book Clubs, students will be picking a Flat Stanley chapter book to read in groups and choose a driving questions to answer in book clubs. If are not familiar with Flat Stanley books they are about a little boy that is flattened accidently and is able to travel by mail around the world as a letter. There are a variety of different Flat Stanley books, so if your student enjoys the series, it might be a great idea for your student to read at home. 


This month we our comprehension focus is Determining Importance. Readers can distinguish between fiction and nonfiction as well as information that is/isn't as important. Think facts, questions, and responses to write down as you read. Remember that Non Fiction reading is reading to learn true information about something. 

Grammar: We are practicing using commas in our writing: in a series, in a date, letter closure, and to add in a sentence to complete a thought. 

DOL (Daily Oral Language)- DOL is our warm-up that focuses on conventions and grammar


Spelling words- Spelling word tricky words/ wh- word family: nearby, music, every, whale, wheat, when, which, wheel (I will be starting to examine the students writing and pulling words that I am seeing misspelled often). There is no pattern to each word so I recommend practice writing them in a sentence or spelling city games for practice. 


Reading Log- Homework- Reading log due- March 24th 

March 6th Team P Literacy

posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:18 AM by deborah.pecosky@stargateschool.org   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 9:43 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

This week-

Last week we finished our non fiction sandwich reports! This week we are starting our letter writing unit. We will first learn parts of a letter. We will be learning a song that is to the Adam's family show song. Here is the link to practice with your student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNKy4hV6WnA

Students will use their body to remember the parts, so ask them to show you! Our goal for this unit is to write a letter to a leprechaun to see if he will come to visit our class on St. Patrick's Day! 

In Reading Book Clubs, students will be picking a Flat Stanley chapter book to read in groups and choose a driving questions to answer in book clubs. If are not familiar with Flat Stanley books they are about a little boy that is flattened accidently and is able to travel by mail around the world as a letter. There are a variety of different Flat Stanley books, so if your student enjoys the series, it might be a great idea for your student to read at home. 


This month we our comprehension focus is Determining Importance. Readers can distinguish between fiction and nonfiction as well as information that is/isn't as important. Think facts, questions, and responses to write down as you read. Remember that Non Fiction reading is reading to learn true information about something. 

Grammar: We are practicing using commas in our writing: in a series, in a date, letter closure, and to add in a sentence to complete a thought. 

DOL (Daily Oral Language)- DOL is our warm-up that focuses on conventions and grammar


Spelling words- Spelling word tricky words: bought, better, school, through, wait. (I will be starting to examine the students writing and pulling words that I am seeing misspelled often). There is no pattern to each word so I recommend practice writing them in a sentence or spelling city games for practice. 


Reading Log- Homework- Reading log due- March 24th 

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