Getting Organized: Google Classroom, Powerschool and Homework

This week on Thursday and Friday (days 1 and 2), we’ll review Google Classroom and Powerschool to see if there’s anything we are missing. Then we’ll set goals for the next week for things related to Homework Completion, study skills, etc. 

We’ll also get into the routine of doing our individual math warmups, and we’ll spend time reading–so bring your independent reading book please!

Reading Strategy Review

Good readers think as we read; that’s why we say ‘Reading is Thinking.’ There are many ways to think about what we read, but most good readers use a mix of strategies. On days 1 and 2 this week, (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll review some of the ways good readers think about what we read. You’ve probably been hearing about this in Humanities, but a little review is always a good thing, since effective reading is one of the most important ‘study skills’ there is.

I’ll demonstrate these a quick read aloud from a book I like. Then when we meet individually on day 5 and 6 to talk about your reading goals,  I’ll check in with you about what strategies you are currently using the most.

Below are some strategies good readers use when reading.

Good readers:

Connect: Good readers use what they know to better understand what they read.

  • ‘This reminds me of something that happened to me.’Reading is thinking
  • ‘This reminds me of something I know from school.’
  • This reminds me of another book I read.

Question: Good readers ask questions as they read.

  • ‘I wonder….
  • ‘Who, what, where, when, why?’

Predict: Good readers use clues to think what might happen next.

  • ‘I predict ____ will happen…’
  • ‘I think this character will____ because….’

Infer: Good readers use clues and what they know to understand things that are not directly stated in a book.

  • ‘I think this means that…’
  • ‘This clue makes me think the character is nervous/sad/happy.’

Visualize and use sensory images: Good readers imagine what a story looks, smells, sounds like…

  • ‘In my mind I see…’
  • ‘In my mind, I hear…’

Determine what is important: Good readers use what is important in what I read so they can summarize it or find answers to what they want to know.

  • ‘This was mainly about….
  • ‘I found answers to what I wanted to know in chapter 5 of this book….’

Synthesize: Good readers pull together many ideas to find the big ideas or themes in what they read.

  • ‘The theme of this book is….’
  • ‘One big idea I see here is that…’

Use evidence: Good readers support my thinking about what they read with evidence or clues.

  • ‘I think this because it says…’
  • Because I know____, and it says ____, I think….’
  • ‘I can tell____, because it says_____’

Welcome (back)!

For new students (and their parents) welcome! For returning students, welcome back!

This week we’re settling into a routine where we do a balance of math, reading/writing and homework from other classes. This week on days 5 and 6 (Monday/Tuesday), Ms. Khanna and I will meet with students and set reading and writing goals. Remember to bring the book you are reading independently in Humanities and/or at home! 

Welcome back!

It’s great to be back, and I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday break!

This Monday and Tuesday (days 5 and 6) we’ll talk about the reading we’ve been doing over the break and you’ll set new reading and writing goals for the coming week.