Mrs. Rader's Literacy Blog - ARCHIVE


Rader's Report 5-15-17

posted May 16, 2017, 10:49 AM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated May 16, 2017, 10:49 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

We will end the year working through our Jr. Great Books. Students voted to study, OUT OF THIS WORLD WEATHER. We will answer comprehension questions, have group discussions, study new vocabulary, and formulate a well-constructed response to the related prompt.

Homework
Reading assignments will be given as necessary. Students will have time in class to work on their reading assignments and written responses.

Assessment
There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday (5-19-17).

Rader's Report 5-8-17

posted May 10, 2017, 8:03 PM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated May 10, 2017, 8:03 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

Please see the Theme blog for Science Fair information. We will resume to a normal class schedule on Thursday. Students will finish composing their essay responses to our Jr. Great Books passage, Home Sweet Homestead. 

Rader's Report5-1-17

posted May 2, 2017, 3:34 PM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated May 2, 2017, 3:34 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

Writing
Topics
  • Topic Sentences
  • Writing Checklist
  • Informative Organization
  • Vocabulary 
    • Root Words
  • Jr. Great Books
    • Responses to Home Sweet Homestead
    Homework
    • Unfinished classwork 
    Assessment
    • Writing assessment 
      • May 4th
    • Class work and participation
    • Jr. Great Book 
      • workbook activities
    Reading
    Topics
    • Jr. Great Books
      • Home Sweet Homestead
    Homework
    • reading assignments, if unfinished in class
    • Students will begin bringing in articles to share on Fridays. Topics can range from sports, to the environment, to economics. 
      • non-fiction
      • extra credit
    Assessments
    • in-class discussion 
    • comprehension questions in student workbook
      • related to reading passages in Jr. Great Books
      • essay response
        • outline

    Rader's Report 4-24-17

    posted Apr 24, 2017, 3:24 PM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 3:24 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

    Writing
    Topics
    • Topic Sentences
    • Writing Checklist
    • Informative Organization
    • Vocabulary 
      • Root Words
    • Jr. Great Books
      • Responses to Home Sweet Homestead
      Homework
      • Unfinished classwork 
      • Mission to Mars
        • Due Tuesday
      Assessment
      • Class work and participation
      • Jr. Great Book 
        • workbook activities
      • Vocabulary Quiz
        • Friday, April 28th
      Reading
      Topics
      • Jr. Great Books
        • Home Sweet Homestead
      • Current events - Friday
        • Extra Credit
      Homework
      • reading assignments, if unfinished in class
      • Students will begin bringing in articles to share on Fridays. Topics can range from sports, to the environment, to economics. 
        • non-fiction
        • extra credit
      Assessments
      • in-class discussion 
      • comprehension questions in student workbook
        • related to reading passages in Jr. Great Books
      *We will not have reading due to MAPS, on Monday and Tuesday

      Rader's Report 4-17-17

      posted Apr 18, 2017, 11:59 AM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 12:36 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

      Writing
      Topics
      • Self-Evaluation
        • Informative rubric
          • writing structure
          • topic sentences
      • Jr. Great Books
        • Responses 
        Homework
        • Unfinished classwork 
        Assessment
        • Class work and participation
        Reading
        Topics
        • Jr. Great Books
          • Home Sweet Homestead
        • Current events - Friday
          • Extra Credit
        Homework
        • reading assignments, if unfinished in class
        • we will begin another vocabulary unit 
          • words will relate to our non-fiction reading assignments
          • we will resume weekly vocabulary quizzes
        • Students will begin bringing in articles to share on Fridays. Topics can range from sports, to the environment, to economics. 
          • non-fiction
          • extra credit
        Assessments
        • in-class discussion 
        • comprehension questions in student workbook
          • related to reading passages in Jr. Great Books
          • vocabulary quiz 4-21-17

        Rader's Report

        posted Apr 11, 2017, 3:12 PM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 3:12 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

        Writing
        Topics
        • Self-Evaluation
          • Informative rubric
          • Opinion rubric
          • Narrative rubric
        • Reports and Responses
          • Jr. Great Books
        • Main Idea
        • Context Clues
        • Parts of Speech
        • Non-fiction 
          • Book Report
            • Final Drafts were collected on 4-10-17 at the end of writing class
        Homework
        • There will be limited homework due to CMAS testing this week. 
          • Homework will be assigned in work does not get finished during class.
        Assessment
        • Class work and participation
        • Book reports
          • non-fiction text
        Reading
        Topics
        • There is no afternoon class this week due to CMAS testing. 
        • Jr. Great Books
        • Current events
        Homework
        • reading assignments, if unfinished in class
        • we will begin another vocabulary unit next week
          • words will relate to our non-fiction reading assignments
          • we will resume weekly vocabulary quizzes
        • Students will begin bringing in articles to share on Fridays. Topics can range from sports, to the environment, to economics. We will begin doing this next week.
          • non-fiction
        Assessments
        • in-class discussion 
        • comprehension questions in student workbook
          • related to reading passages in Jr. Great Books
          • limited assignments with reading this week, due to CMAS

        Rader's Report 4-3-17

        posted Apr 5, 2017, 9:06 AM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 9:06 AM by Lisa Griffin ]


        Writing
        Topics
          • Non-fiction 
            • Book Report
              • Outlines
              • Draft/Edit
            • Reports vs. Essays
        Homework
        • writing assignments as necessary
          • including unfinished classwork 
          • Jacob's Ladder
            • "Common Sense"
        Assessment
        • Final book report
          • In-class writing assignment
          • Finish 4-7-17
        • Jacob's Ladder, in-class demonstration of understanding
          • students explain their prospective of writing, using leveled thinking
        Reading
        Topics
        • We will be starting a Non-fiction unit, which was kicked off by reading a non-fiction text and responding to a pamphlet of questions.
          • book reports - discussion of reading assignment
            • question pamphlet collected Monday, April 3rd
            • creating final book reports in class
          • Introduce Jr. Great Books
        Homework
        • reading assignments, if unfinished in class
        Assessments
        • in-class discussion 
        • comprehension questions in student workbook
          • related to reading passages in Jr. Great Books 
        • Jacob's Ladder
          • 'Common Sense"
            • responses to reading


        ***Poetry Night was a wonderful experience for students! Thank you for all of the help and support.

        Rader's Report 3-20-17

        posted Mar 21, 2017, 7:14 PM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 7:14 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

        Poetry Night

        Please join us for Stargate's 5th Grade Poetry Night on 3-22-17 @ 6:30 p.m. Students should arrive at 6:15, and check-in with their literacy teacher. If students signed up to sell their Passion Project items, they should be to the school by 6:00 p.m.



        PARCC/CMAS Testing Dates

        It’s almost time for testing season. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) will start on March 14.


        Here are the dates for all of the assessments:


        PARCC for all 3rd through 5th grade students  - March 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, and 24

        We will start with four math assessments and then complete three english language assessments (ELA). All the math assessments are 60 minutes long and the time reflects setup and time to read the instructions. The ELA assessments are all approximately 90 minutes long with time to read the directions.



        Testing times for March 14, 6, 17, and 18

        Testing times for March 21, 23, and 24

        • 8:15 - 9:30 3rd grade math

        • 9:30 - 10:45 4th grade math

        • 12:30 - 1:45 5th grade math

        • 8:15 - 10:00 3rd grade ELA

        • 10:00 - 11:45 4th grade ELA

        • 12:30 - 2:15 5th grade ELA




        Testing times for April 10, 11, and 13

        • 8:15 - 9:50 4th grade social studies

        • 12:30 - 2:05 5th grade science



        Every year we complete an infrastructure trial with the 3rd grade students to make sure they are knowledgeable on how to use the online tools that the assessments provide. This will take place this week on Thursday, March 9.


        A few parents have expressed a desire to review the test with their student at home and here is a link that will be helpful with practice problems and a tutorial on how to use all the tools the test has to offer.

        https://parcc.pearson.com/tutorial/


        I recommend going through the TestNav 8 Tutorial and the Online Student Tutorials for ELA and Math. The ELA will cover reading and writing and the other section covers Math. Select the 3-5 released materials.


        At Stargate, we like to have a healthy approach to standardized assessments and we strive to keep stress at a minimum. There is so much more to our children than the results of a standardized assessment.

        Rader's Report 3-13-17

        posted Mar 13, 2017, 7:50 PM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 7:51 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

        PARCC/CMAS Testing Dates

        It’s almost time for testing season. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) will start on March 14.


        Here are the dates for all of the assessments:


        PARCC for all 3rd through 5th grade students  - March 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, and 24

        We will start with four math assessments and then complete three english language assessments (ELA). All the math assessments are 60 minutes long and the time reflects setup and time to read the instructions. The ELA assessments are all approximately 90 minutes long with time to read the directions.



        Testing times for March 14, 6, 17, and 18

        Testing times for March 21, 23, and 24

        • 8:15 - 9:30 3rd grade math

        • 9:30 - 10:45 4th grade math

        • 12:30 - 1:45 5th grade math

        • 8:15 - 10:00 3rd grade ELA

        • 10:00 - 11:45 4th grade ELA

        • 12:30 - 2:15 5th grade ELA




        Testing times for April 10, 11, and 13

        • 8:15 - 9:50 4th grade social studies

        • 12:30 - 2:05 5th grade science



        Every year we complete an infrastructure trial with the 3rd grade students to make sure they are knowledgeable on how to use the online tools that the assessments provide. This will take place this week on Thursday, March 9.


        A few parents have expressed a desire to review the test with their student at home and here is a link that will be helpful with practice problems and a tutorial on how to use all the tools the test has to offer.

        https://parcc.pearson.com/tutorial/


        I recommend going through the TestNav 8 Tutorial and the Online Student Tutorials for ELA and Math. The ELA will cover reading and writing and the other section covers Math. Select the 3-5 released materials.


        At Stargate, we like to have a healthy approach to standardized assessments and we strive to keep stress at a minimum. There is so much more to our children than the results of a standardized assessment.


        *We will continue preparing for Poetry Night. Students are learning about the elements of poetry, and different types of poems. There will no quiz this week, and homework will be kept to a minimum.

        Rader's Report 3-6-17

        posted Mar 6, 2017, 8:26 PM by anna.rader@stargateschool.org   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 12:51 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

        Writing
        Topics
        • poetry
          • elements of poetry
          • Author biographies
          • types of poems
          • analysis
            • meaning
        Homework
        • writing assignments as necessary
          • including unfinished classwork 
          • Jacob's Ladder
            • "Common Sense"
        Assessment
        • Jacob's Ladder, in-class demonstration of understanding
          • students explain their prospective of writing, using leveled thinking
        Reading
        Topics
        • We will be starting a Non-fiction unit
          • book reports
          • Introduce Jr. Great Books
        Homework
        • Book report
          • Due April 3rd
        Assessments
        • in-class discussion 
        • comprehension questions in student workbook
          • related to reading passages in Jr. Great Books 
        • Jacob's Ladder
          • "The Competition"
          • 'Common Sense"
            • responses to reading



        ***Poetry Night is March 22nd @ 6:30 p.m. Students should have received a brochure of information in their weekly folders. This event is required. Please discuss any scheduling conflicts with one of the 5th grade teachers.

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