Quiz Alert!

Fourth & Fifth grade have some reading quizzes coming up (Friday for 4th; Monday for 5th)!  To help students study, I’m attaching some “quick codes” students can use to review the lessons online.  Simply go to www.learnzillion.com and enter the quick code to see the lessons we’ve been working on the last two weeks.

4th Grade (Reading Poetry)

  • LZ1252
  • LZ621
  • LZ622
  • LZ623
  • LZ625
  • LZ626

5th Grade (Reading Informational Texts)

  • LZ1777
  • LZ1778
  • LZ1779
  • LZ1780
  • LZ1781
  • LZ1782



Spelling Words

Spelling words are now updated on SpellingCity. Simply click on the green “Spelling” button to view the spelling lists. Due to the short week next week the spelling test will be next Friday, Jan. 24th.


Vocabulary HW

Today I introduced our new vocabulary words by having students write down each word and what they thought it meant.  Tables then worked together using dictionaries to look up and write down the actual definitions.  This was student’s “ticket out the door” for both classes – any students not done took their papers home to complete tonight using either a dictionary at home or online.  Here’s a sample:



Vocabulary words for lesson 10 for both fourth and fifth grade can be found by click on the vocabulary button below:

Vocab & Spelling

Just a quick note to let you know the new spelling and vocabulary words are up for next week!

Advanced Reading Challenge

I am so thrilled to be emailing about the Advanced Reading Challenge! Students should have come home with a packet this week for this awesome reading event! If your child decides to participate (it is NOT mandatory), he or she will work towards reading 25 chapter books by May 1. I know this sounds a bit daunting, especially if you feel as though your child struggles with reading, but this event is actually more about having the students enjoy reading, and introducing them to some of the classics and books that they may not have normally given a chance. Once a student has read a chapter book, he or she creates a project that represents the book’s theme, etc.  The projects do not have to be huge, but they should be neat and well thought out.

Again, ARC is not mandatory, but it is a fun way to connect with reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. If your child is choosing to participate, please sign the ARC contract which they brought home with their packet, and send it back to school.
Thank you for all that you do!

Scholastic Reading Club

If you’re anything like me, getting those scholastic book orders in on time for your child is a bit of a battle.  As the deadline for orders draws closer, the order form mysteriously disappears!  The checkbook is empty!  Somehow chocolate milk has been spilled on the flyer and you can’t read the book titles anymore!

The good news is you don’t have to bother with any of that, if you’d like to order scholastic books for your child (while at the same time earning points for our class) you can do it all online.  No more lost flyers.  No more checks.  No more tears.  Simply follow the link below to create a free parent account, enter the one-time class activation code, and peruse the huge list of available books.

Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code:

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You’ll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:

  •  REGISTER at scholastic.com/readingclub
  •  ENTER the Class Activation Code at the top of this letter
  •  CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  •  SUBMIT the order to me by the due date listed on the website
  •  EARN FREE Books for our classroom too!

Misspelling City

I’ve just realized that the 5th grade week 3 list actually has the week 2 words in it on spelling city.  Aargh!  The words written in student’s agendas are correct, and now the week 3 list in spelling city has been fixed.  Apologies for the confusion.