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 PLEASE have your children come to school with pencils. Thank you.

BUFFALO BASKET AUCTION- 1ST PERIOD ONLY---  the theme of our basket is going to be "Relax and Read."  Please send in donations to help with our school's fundraiser.

Ideas for donations: chapter books, picture books, bookmarks, oversize pillows, gift cards for book stores, Kindle/Nook/eReader, gift cards for e-books, lamps for reading at night, magazines, magazine subscriptions,.... 

Items are Due by Oct. 23rd.  But don't wait... send them in today. :-)


AR update- students should make a daily plan to reach their goal (8 points). You may use the form I will give them in class to help your child decide how many books they should read (for example, 3 3-point books) and set a completion date for each book (for example, complete each book in 2 weeks). Then divide and find out how many pages they need to read each night in order to meet their goal. (For example, 220 pages in 14 days = 16 pages per night.)

Goal setting:  8 points by ____Dec. 19th________

1st & 2nd Period Block- Language! Book C

Theme for Unit 21: Join the Family. 

Skills/Learning Goals: schwa vowel sound, affixes & root words, identifying nouns and adjectives, explaining how character traits influence the plot of a story, writing an expository essay using text evidence.

Each unit consists of 10 lessons. Assessments are given as follows: (1) phonemic awareness- lesson 5, (2) spelling- lessons 5 & 10, (3) Vocabulary- lesson 8, (4) Grammar- lesson 8, 9 or 10, (5) Comprehension- lesson 10 in Units 15 & 18, (6) writing- no tests.

Your child may also get additional practice by going online to and use the user name & password I gave them to log in. They can compete for points against their fellow classmates & other students across the country. Each Friday, during class, we will be working in this program.

3rd - 7th Periods- our curriculum is titled Journeys II.

3rd period: Exp. 8 "The Environment"   Learning Goals: Persuasive Text & writing, connotative meanings & antonyms

4th - 6th periods: Exp. 3  "Space"  Learning Goals: How to figure out what an unknown word means, identifying the main idea

 The units are called 'Expeditions'; each one contains 10 lessons. Comprehension & vocabulary tests will occur in Lesson 9. Each Friday we will be utilizing our online program, SOLO.

Your child may also get additional practice by going online to and use the user name & password I gave them to log in. They can compete for points against their fellow classmates & other students across the country.

I do not let my students use pens. Pencils only, please.  :-)

ABSENT? The student simply needs to take home the workbook pages that were done in class on the day(s) they missed. If a textbook is needed, they may check one out from me. Please refer to the handbook in the student agenda for our school-wide absent work policies.

The A.R. reading program will be maintained in intensive reading. My students will need to earn 8 points each 9 weeks and their score will account for 20% of their intensive reading grade.

AR home connect:

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Feel free to contact me, via email, at any time.


Mrs. Claire M. Brooks


**Wish List**   Crayola Twistables or colored pencils (in red, blue, black & green), paper towels, small items for my treasure box (stickers, gel pens, erasers...), headphones to use with the computers, tissues

Any items purchased will count towards meeting your PI goal, provided you supply the receipt. Thank you!!


PDF documents
A.R. Goal Setting Log - set a goal for completion
I.R. Points Chart - chart to document student participation & grades
Lexile Conversion Chart - convert lexile to student's reading grade level
PMP information (power point presentation) -
PMP information between parent/school/student - documentation for Intensive Reading students

 August 2014
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Intensive Reading - AR testing - for summer reading only

Intensive Reading - AR testing - for summer reading only



Intensive Reading - AR testing - points begin counting for the 1st 9 weeks


Intensive Reading - Assignments

Intensive Reading - Assignments

Intensive Reading - Assignment



Intensive Reading - Assignment

Intensive Reading - Assignment

Intensive Reading - 1st period spelling test
Intensive Reading - Summer A.R. 100% dress down day
Intensive Reading - Assignment


Intensive Reading - Assignment



Intensive Reading - Assignment

Intensive Reading - Assignment

Intensive Reading - Assignment

Intensive Reading - OPEN HOUSE 6 - 8 pm
Intensive Reading - Test Day

Intensive Reading - Assignment



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