I know you received a lot of information in a short amount of time at Open House, so I've attached a copy of my presentation here as a .pdf document called Open House Notes.
Class Motto: We read closely, think deeply, and write completely!
Textbooks: Our textbooks have arrived, and I've given my students the choice of bringing one home or using the online version if they have access to the Internet.
Supplies: Students should have a 3-Subject Notebook to leave in the classroom, a 2-pocket folder to keep in their backpack for Lang. Arts and their AR log. Students should also have a pencil, red pen, and a highlighter each day. Any extra supplies should be left at home to replenish their backpack when needed.
Classroom Wish List: I would like i-tunes, Barnes & Nobles, ice cream shop, Walmart, or Target gift cards to raffle at the end of each marking period for my classes. You receive Parent Involvement Time for donations like this. The gift card amounts can be in any amount ($5 - $25). Students will have to earn an entry into the drawing by turning in exceptional work or tests. I think the students would be very motivated to work for the extra reward.
AR Reading: 1st 9 Weeks testing begins August 11th. Students should have two books checked out. Students are
given opportunity most days of the week to read and AR test as well as check
out books when they have finished testing. Students should try to achieve their
point goal by earning a few points each week. Students are assigned points
according to their Reading FCAT scores. The point chart is listed in the
planner on page 20. Deadline days are posted on an attached .pdf document. If your child is reading a large book, then they should be sure
to get approval by me. If a student waits until the last week to test on a "big book" and fails the
test, he or she is in jeopardy of not making their goal and earning a poor
grade for the marking period.
is due the following day unless otherwise specified. Failing to turn in
homework, on time, will result in a maximum grade of 60% if turned in one day
late. Two or more days late will result in a zero for the assignment. Although I plan to give students enough time to work in class on assignments, it may be necessary for some students to finish assignments at home if not completed in class.
Students may also want to revisit some of the lessons from class at home. They can do this through LearnZillion, an online tutorial of the new Florida Standards for English Language Arts.