Week 2 (August 23 – 27, 2010)

Student, Mr. T's Science class, May 2010

Hello, parents and students.  We begin another year at Legacy Academy.  Let’s get started.

Volunteer needed:

  • Someone to administer spelling tests every Friday.

Communication from Mr. T. Everything you need to know about what’s happening in our classroom on a weekly basis (e.g., assignments, study guides, worksheets; answer keys) can be found on:

  • teacherman.wordpress.com (it is the blog you are reading right now). Weekly homework assignments for my classes (e.g., Saxon Math 5 and science), and, whenever possible, requirements from Mrs. Waide and your student’s specials teachers (i.e., art, music; physical education) will be listed here.

For the latest news throughout the day about Mr. T’s classroom (e.g., early dismissal due to adverse weather), follow us at:

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While homework is unlikely this week, please check the blog and their planners each night.

In a nutshell, what is my student doing this week? Mrs. Waide and I will be simulating what a typical week will look like in the classroom including daily tasks, organization, and mock tests in spelling, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.  Next week, it will be the real thing including homework:

  • Saxon Math 5–Testing will be conducted this week to decide where to begin in the textbook.  Students may have homework later in the week.
  • Open Court–Our first selection is realistic fiction, “Toto,” (a copy of the story can be downloaded).  Students will take a practice test on their understanding of the story this Friday. The test will be both short answer and multiple-choice. Per the Open Court curriculum, it will be an “open book” exam.
  • Spelling and vocabulary–I use “decks” in my classroom and will explain how they are created and used this week.  Students will take practice tests this Friday.
  • Daily Oral Language (DOL)–Punctuation editing marks will be reviewed throughout the week. A practice test will be given this Friday.
  • Shurley Grammar–Students will review Unit 1, Group A and B sentences this week (no testing).
  • Workshop–The workshop “centers” will be explained. During workshop, students will work on a variety of assignments including Spalding (spelling), writing, independent and guided reading, and book report preparation.
  • Science–We’re preparing our “copy books” for the coming year.
  • History–Please see Mrs. Waide’s newsletter
    for details.
  • Tutorials–None this week.

What do I as a parent need to do this week? Have patience and:

  • Go through today’s Monday Folder, and
  • Download the printable study guides under “Week 2” (in the sidebar on the right).  Assist your student as needed throughout the week.