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COVID 19 Remote Learning
Hello Families and Students,
I first want to tell you all how much I miss each and every one of you! I truly miss all the fun we have in class and I am super proud of all the progress you have made throughout the year! I am confident that I will see all your smiling faces soon and our fun will continue. In the meantime, I hope you are all taking the time to spend quality time with your families and making the best of our current situation.
In the next few days, I am going to upload more reading passages for you to continue to work on. If you do not have a printer, you can use kamiapp.com. this app allows you to write directly into PDF documents or google docs from a google drive/google classroom. As you are doing them, please remember the format we have been implementing in the classroom--read each passage 3 times. The first time is to get a general gist of what the passage is about. The second time is to get a deeper understanding of what the passage is saying by asking questions, making inferences, evaluating, connecting, summarizing, and monitoring/clarifying. The third time is when you go back to find the answers for the questions. Our main goal is for you to continue reading while applying reading strategies and skills we have already learned. In addition, please, Please, PLEASE continue to read nightly and take the AR tests. During the summer, students usually regress in their reading ability due to not reading and we truly do not want to see this happen during this time, so read, read, read! If you are running out of books at home, you can access tunble book library at http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Default.aspx?returnUrl=%2f or simply type tumble books. The username is riversideelem and password is ebooks. Another resource is Sebco books. The username is keepreading and the password is sebco with ID number 1. In addition to reading and completing work from your other teachers, get up, get out in your yards and play and be kids!
In addition to the passages I will be uploading, please remember you can utilize ConnectEd. Every student has a username and password. I have assigned leveled readers, practice games, and practice with data reporting for each student. This is a great resource to use as it directly covers the material they have already learned. Two other reading resources you can access online are Readworks and Newslea. These two sites offer nonfiction passages and multiple choice and open ended questions related to the passages. You do have to sign up, but it is free. What is great about these sites, are they offer articles on a variety of different reading interests (sports, animals, arts, science, etc).
One last thing Mrs. Talerico and I are in the works trying to figure out how we could do it, is to read a chapter book with the kids. This would be considered an enrichment opportunity. We would have to do it on a platform like Zoom, or something similar, in which you would have to create an account for them. By doing it on a platform like this, it will be in real time, thus as I am reading it, we could discuss, we will get to see each other, and students will be able to be in touch with one another. We will come up with a time that is compatabile and whoever would like to participate will log in at this time. We also each have 25 copies of the book, so if there are some students that would like to read along as we read aloud, we can get those books to you on a first come first serve basis. However, with or without a book, they could still participate. Fingers crossed we can figure this out because I really miss my kids and I really miss teaching. Here is an attachment of questions they can work on about Hatchet after we read each chapter if they would like. Hatchet
***In addition to these activities, Mrs. Talerico and I are going to try and set up a time everyday when we will be reading a novel online. Please check the "Classroom New" page for links and directions.***
I'm so very excited to be teaching 4th grade ELA! This year will be our best year yet!
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 570-342-7171.
Please go to the "Contact Mrs. Penn" page to sign up for my REMIND APP if you have not. I will send out updates on that.