• ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 12/5-12/9

    We have several interruptions to our routine this week. On Tuesday, 12/6, we'll be going to the BPAC for "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." On Wednesday, we'll have middle-of-the-year iReady benchmark testing in math, and reading will be on Thursday. Please check with your child to be sure they have functioning headphones at school. Mark your calendars for May 15-17, our new field trip days! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    Students completed their poetry projects on Google Classroom, and I look forward to evaluating them! For the time we have left in this nine weeks, we are going to be reading some narrative nonfiction and autobiography. Students will be working on their own personal narrative at the same time. The story we'll focus on this week is in the myView reading book and is written by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. It's called "Reaching for the Moon."  

    Our AR deadline of December 16 is quickly approaching! Please ask your child about their progress. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website.

    English

    Our current chapter in Shurley English is introducing helping verbs and sentences in inverted order. We will also be learning about how to punctuate dialogue in this chapter. The vocabulary words for this chapter are biography and hesitate.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have kw, ng, and k sounds. The words are risky, track, topic, blank, question, pocket, monkey, junk, equal, ache, public, attack, struck, earthquake, picnic, banker, electric, blanket, mistake.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. Sentence 1 should have a compound subject, sentence 2 a compound verb, sentence 3 should be a compound sentence, and  sentence 4 should be a complex sentence. We'll have the dictation test Thursday and the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Although we do have two full weeks left before our break, our regular routine is going to be disrupted frequently. Therefore, we are not going to have a new vocabulary unit until January. Instead, we'll review the words from Units 1-8 this week and next week as time permits.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 11/28-12/2

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break the week of 11/21-11/25! Please check with your child to be sure they have functioning headphones at school. We need them almost every day. We'll have middle-of-the-year iReady benchmark testing on December 6 and 7. Mark your calendars for May 15-17, our new field trip days! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    This week, we'll be looking at poetry. We'll learn about the vocabulary and elements of poetry and will read several poems of different kinds together. The students will complete a project that allows them to respond to, illustrate, and demonstrate comprehension of several additional poems. 

    Our AR deadline of December 16 is quickly approaching! Please ask your child about their progress. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website.

    English

    Our current chapter in Shurley English is introducing helping verbs and sentences in inverted order. We will also be learning about how to punctuate dialogue in this chapter. The vocabulary words for this chapter are biography and hesitate.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week, we changing final y to i before adding an ending. The words are tiniest, hobbies, copied, countries, pitied, easier, laziest, families, spied, happiest, ladies, friendlier, studied, busier, breezier, prettiest, noisier, healthier, butterflies, funniest.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. Sentence 1 should have a compound subject, sentence 2 a compound verb, sentence 3 should be a compound sentence, and  sentence 4 should be a complex sentence. We'll have the dictation test Thursday and the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. (For this unit, we'll have one week before Thanksgiving and one week after Thanksgiving.) We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 8 words are awkward, clatter, gallant, lukewarm, plentiful, ration, reserve, scholar, smolder, trudge, volunteer, weary. You can find them here.

    Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 12/1. The Unit 8 Test will be on Friday, 12/2.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 11/14-11/18

    Thanksgiving Break will be for the week of 11/21-11/25. Please check with your child to be sure they have functioning headphones at school. We need them almost every day. Mark your calendars for May 15-17, our new field trip days! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We have finished Clayton Byrd Goes UndergroundI Students received their harmonicas to take home and use to make their own music. We're going to do a few more activities with Clayton Byrd this week, including creating and performing short skits in groups. To prepare for this, we'll introduce the elements of drama and read a few other (very short) plays. 

    We have taken the STAR reading test and set new goals for the new nine weeks. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website. The deadline for this nine weeks is December 16.

    English

    We have reached the end of Chapter 7 in Shurley English. We'll review the skills on Monday and have our chapter test on Tuesday, November 15. The chapter includes independent and dependent clauses, and compound and complex sentences. The vocabulary words for this new chapter are career and inquire.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week, we have words with a final long e sound. They are turkey, lonely, colony, steady, hungry, valley, hockey, starry, melody, movie, duty, drowsy, chimney, plenty, daily, alley, fifty, empty, injury, prairie.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. Sentence 1 should have a compound subject, sentence 2 a compound verb, sentence 3 should be a compound sentence, and  sentence 4 should be a complex sentence. We'll have the dictation test Thursday and the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. (For this unit, we'll have one week before Thanksgiving and one week after Thanksgiving.) We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 8 words are awkward, clatter, gallant, lukewarm, plentiful, ration, reserve, scholar, smolder, trudge, volunteer, weary. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, November 18. Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 12/1. The Unit 8 Test will be on Friday, 12/2.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 11/7-11/11

    Progress reports will go home on Wednesday, November 9. Please check with your child to be sure they have functioning headphones at school. We need them almost every day. Mark your calendars for May 15-17, our new field trip days! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are nearing the climax of Clayton Byrd Goes UndergroundI We will finish the book at the end of this week or beginning of next week. We are paying close attention to the way details show what characters are like and how they are feeling. Students are continuing to answer questions about the chapters we read for minor grades, and we are also reading informational articles about sound and music.

    We have taken the STAR reading test and set new goals for the new nine weeks. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website. The deadline for this nine weeks is December 16.

    English

    The students have done a beautiful job in Shurley English this week! They are learning independent and dependent clauses, and compound and complex sentences, and they are making wonderful progress. We'll spend one more week on these skills and then be ready for our chapter test the week of 11/14.  The vocabulary words for the new chapter are career and inquire.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week, we have more words with -ed and -ing endings. They are wiped, covered, mapped, pleasing, slipped, putting, traveled, seeking, visiting, mixed, shipped, phoning, offered, smelling, hiking, checking, fainted, landed, becoming, wandering.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We have new requirements for the spelling sentences this week! Sentence 1 should have a compound subject, sentence 2 a compound verb, sentence 3 should be a compound sentence, and  sentence 4 should be a complex sentence. We'll have the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 7 words are accurate, alert, ancestor, disaster, elementary, envy, epidemic, feeble, penetrate, romp, staple, survive. You can find them here.

    Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 11/10. The Unit 7 Test will be on Friday, 11/11.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 10/31-11/4

    Thanks to everyone who sent in items and/or helped with our Halloween party!! We have a regular, five-day week with no extra testing! We do have a special presentation from Banking in the Classroom on Wednesday morning to help the children learn about personal finance. Please mark your calendars for May 15-17, our new field trip days! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are continuing to enjoy Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, which is the story of a boy who is learning how to be a blues musician. Mrs. Braswell has completed her unit, but she will continue working with the children on informational texts as I focus in on the novel. We'll be noticing the story arc and exploring theme this week.

    We have taken the STAR reading test and set new goals for the new nine weeks. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website. The deadline for this nine weeks is December 16.

    English

    We have just barely begun Chapter 7, introducing conjunctions and compound parts of a sentence. We are garteful to have a new, fully-functioning Promethean panel! We'll make some good progress this week, learning about clauses, compound sentences, and complex sentences. These are challenging, but we will keep practicing until we can write and identify them easily! The vocabulary words for the new chapter are career and inquire.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have -ed and -ing endings. They are rising, traced, stripped, slammed, dancing, striped, winning, snapping, bragging, handled, dripped, begged, dared, skipped, hitting, spotted, raced, dimmed, spinning, escaped.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 7 words are accurate, alert, ancestor, disaster, elementary, envy, epidemic, feeble, penetrate, romp, staple, survive. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, 11/4. Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 11/10. The Unit 7 Test will be on Friday, 11/11.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 10/24-10/28

    We have ELS Benchmark tests on 10/26 and 10/27. On 10/25, we have been invited to attend a special art workshop at the Delta Arts Alliance, taught by Mrs. Allyson Hardy! And our Halloween party will be on Friday, 10/28, starting at 1:45. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are continuing to enjoy Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, which is the story of a boy who is learning how to be a blues musician. Mrs. Braswell is teaching her unit, and we are listening to some blues, writing songs, learning about sequence, and making tons of fun connections to the Delta. 

    We have taken the STAR reading test and set new goals for the new nine weeks. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website. The deadline for this nine weeks is December 16.

    English

    Students did a nice job on their chapter test last week. The next chapter introduces conjunctions and compound parts to a sentence. This will be followed by clauses, compound sentences, and complex sentences. These are challenging, but we will keep practicing until we can write and identify them easily! The vocabulary words for the new chapter are career and inquire.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words are compound. They are somebody, fireplace, nearby, toothbrush, homesick, make-believe, anything, all right, goodbye, forehead, classmate, flashlight, haircut, twenty-two, driveway, alarm clock, baby-sit, airport, forever, mailbox.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 6 words are blossom, collide, constant, content, distract, drought, foul, noble, policy, quiver, slight, tidy. You can find them here.

    Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 10/27. The Unit 6 Test will be on Friday, 10/28.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 10/18-10/21

    Fall Break is October 14-17. We have ELS Benchmark tests on 10/26 and 10/27. On 10/25, we have been invited to attend a special art workshop at the Delta Arts Alliance, taught by Mrs. Allyson Hardy! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are going strong in Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, which is the story of a boy who is learning how to be a blues musician. Mrs. Braswell, our intern, will do her five-day teaching time  this week, so we will have lots of fun activities in store!

    We have taken the STAR reading test and set new goals for the new nine weeks. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website.

    English

    We are nearing the end of Chapter 5 in the English book, which has included pronouns (subject and possessive) and subject/verb agreement. We will finish up our lessons early in the week so that we will be prepared for the Chapter Test on Thursday, 10/20 The vocabulary words for this new chapter are trail and industry. 

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have vowel + r again. They are learn, dirty, worn, sore, thirst, burn, record, cure, board, course, worth, early, return, pure, world, search, worse, thirteen, sport, current.

    Here's the homework: On Tuesday, write the words three times each. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the dictation test Thursday and the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 6 words are blossom, collide, constant, content, distract, drought, foul, noble, policy, quiver, slight, tidy. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, 10/21. Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 10/27. The Unit 6 Test will be on Friday, 10/28.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 10/10-10/13

    We are about to head into two short weeks of school in a row, because Fall Break is October 14-17.  Report cards will go home on October 13. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are going to begin a new novel this week! We'll be reading Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, which is the story of a boy who is learning how to be a blues musician. This is a really fun unit which includes a little bit about the history of the blues, a little bit about the science of sound, and a little bit of playing our own music! In addition, the story is very engaging and not very long. Mrs. Braswell, our intern, will do her five-day teaching time during this novel as well.

    We will take the STAR reading test and set new goals for the new nine weeks. Some students are already prepared to take some tests on books they read after they met their goals! AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website.

    English

    This week, we'll be continuing with subject pronouns and imperative sentences, adding possessive pronouns, and practicing with subject/verb agreement. This is a hard skill that we will continue to revisit all year long. The vocabulary words for this new chapter are trail and industry. 

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week, we have a "homemade" spelling list made of words that I have seen students misspell in their writing. Since they don't follow a pattern, and since it's a short week, we only have ten words on our list. They are restaurant, favorite, certain, special, beautiful, mountain, really, friend, Cleveland, Wednesday.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete the enrichment paper. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the word test Thursday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 5 words are antique, baggage, digest, establish, eternal, haste, humid, lash, oppose, pioneer, sensible, worthy. You can find them here.

    We are on a tight schedule this week because of Fall Break. Completing the Sentence will be on Wednesday, 10/12. The Unit 5 Test will be on Thursday, 10/13.