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1 Curriculum Night Presentation

2 About Mrs. McGrane… Grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Attended the University of Iowa Received my Bachelors of arts Degree in Communication studies (emphasis on journalism/mass communications) and a minor in Dance in 2005 Worked as an assistant loan trader in Lake Forest, IL Returned to school to pursue my Master’s in Education, and Special Education Roosevelt University (graduated in 2011) Worked as a 5th Grade parapro last year at DuJardin Live in Palatine, IL with my husband of 3 years and bulldog named Elwood

3 Teachers Working With Students:
Tina Kolzow, Kathryn McGrane, Dina Tenerelli (5th grade teachers) Danielle Fishleigh, Sue Hanneman, Lisa Thompson (paraprofessionals) Karen Patelle and Betsy Jannush (supportive reading services/interventions) Charla Treanor (Social Worker)


5 MAP Testing What is MAP testing? Results determine…
Computerized test in the areas of Reading and Mathematics for students k-5 Allows for immediate feedback on areas of strength and weakness Adaptively branched/questions differentiated Results show what students are ready to begin learning, not what they have mastered. Fall (Aug. 20th) Group goals for reading and math Discussed at PT conferences Winter (Nov. 26th) Individual goals for reading Sent home to review with your child Spring (April 8th) Analyze growth targets for reading and math As a school we believe that 70% of our students should meet their growth targets.

6 MAP Testing Cont… *** After the fall MAP test is given, students will be given individual goals in literacy and group goals in mathematics. These goals will be discussed with parents at the November conferences. ***

7 Additional Testing ECRA testing – Week of April 1st
OLSAT testing – First week in February ISAt testing – Week of March 4th

8 Daily Literacy Block – (90 minutes):
Reading Grammar Work Spelling Handwriting

9 Pearson Scott Foresman’s Reading Street
Reading Part #1 Balanced Literacy Model Pearson Scott Foresman’s Reading Street Shared Reading Teacher model skill and strategy Direct vocabulary instruction Building background knowledge Guided reading Small groups based on guided reading level, and skill knowledge Skill and strategy revisited Vocabulary revisited (except for advanced readers – new vocab. Integrated) Independent Reading Application of skill and strategy on your own Graphic organizer to show understanding Exit tickets to gauge comprehension On-line test to show comprehension of skill and strategy Literature is more nonfiction based to give readers as much experience with real world texts Students progress is monitored to provide remediation and/or needs for greater challenge and differentiation Baseline test: reading placement given at the beginning of the school year Formative assessment: weekly selection test with online results for students, teachers, and parents Summative assessment: given at the end of the reading unit (usually after a 5 week interval) My Sidewalks: Alternative program from struggling readers/Tier III intervention

10 Reading Part #2 The Reading Street series provides explicit, systematic, high quality instruction focusing on five critical elements of reading that have been identified by research: Phonemic Awareness Phonics Fluency Vocabulary Text Comprehension

11 Common Core Extensions
Reading Part #3 Common Core Extensions Extension Breakdown With the development and adaptation of the new common core state standards, students will be asked to complete weekly writing and mini-research inquiries in addition to reading work during the reading block. Mini writing assignments and research projects will be completed on a weekly basis in relation to the weekly reading theme and/or skill During the unit period students will also gain exposure to 3-5 informational texts as well as 3-5 works of poetry Mini-Research Students will be asked to develop their own inquiry questions pertaining to a given subject, and research the answers to their questions. Mini-Writing Students will be asked to compare multiple texts with a common theme in writing pieces to support and clarify their knowledge of a given topic Informational Texts Students will be exposed to numerous informational text pieces, familiarizing themselves with the look and purpose for such texts. They will be asked to use what they know and have read to formulate responses and deeper thinking Poetry Works Students will read poetry relating to the weekly theme/topic. They will then write their own poetry to expand upon what they have learned

12 READING FLUENCY The National Reading Panel has noted that 80% of reading comprehension problems result from a lack of reading fluency Students will be given grade level benchmark tests 3x/year (fall, winter, spring) If the target is not met on one of the 3 the benchmark test given, computer based interventions and/or PMM’s will be given and monitored throughout the year (Tier II) INTERVENTION PROGRAMS: Tier II interventions PMM’s Read Naturally (oral fluency) Reading Plus (silent fluency)

13 Spelling & Handwriting
Cursive letter formation Spelling Structure: Practice Test at beginning of week Workbook pages due at the end of the week Challenge activity for those who have tested out of the spelling list for a particular week Mastery test at the end of the week In order to help with cursive mastery, students will complete their spelling tests in cursive

14 Language Arts (45 minute block)
Three Modes of Writing Expository (analysis) Grades 3-5 12 structured mini-lessons to create a common vocabulary and structure/framework for writing Research through inquiry Persuasive/Opinion Narrative Personal narrative Grammar Skills taught based on academic standards Pre-assessments given each unit

15 Science and Social Studies (4 ½ weeks of each grading quarter)
Science – Mrs. McGrane Social Studies – Mrs. McGrane Order of Units: Unit C: Chapters 7-8 Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Unit D: Chapter 13 Solar System: Seasons, Earth, Moon Unit A: Chapter 3 Cells to Body Systems Unit A: Chapter 1 Plant growth Unit E: Chapter 14 Properties of Matter Tests and projects Order of Units: The Colonial and Revolutionary War time period Our government and the westward expansion time period The Civil War time period Growth of our country – industrialization and immigration Tests and projects

16 Trailblazers: Mathematics (Kolzow, McGrane, Tenerelli)
Emphasis in math is on concepts and thinking process. Pictures, acting out, models, and hands-on materials are used for the understanding of concepts and problem solving Daily homework WILL be given and supported with examples in math logs/notes Assessments vary per quarter (not all homework will be graded but is expected to be completed) Common core had changed the way we use the series. We pull lessons from trailblazers and supplement materials to cover a wider range and difficulty of concepts Rocket Math: supplemental curriculum to support the acquisition of basic facts automatically, which is critical in order for students to apply higher order thinking in math

17 Technology In the Classroom
With the advancement of technology, as well as the accessibility of it to many children, I feel as though technology is something that needs to be explored and utilized within the classroom. Therefore, we will be working with technology as much as possible! Projects and assignments will be typed Students will use desktop computers, laptops, and netbooks Technology programs may include: MS Word Excel PowerPoint (with and without hyper-linking) Blogging PhotoStory Audacity Wiki Pages

18 Common Core State Standards
Common Core will be gradually introduced into the curriculum throughout the school year. Students will be exposed to difficult texts for analysis and response Students will also be expected to complete more rigorous assignments in all areas that require higher-level thinking Preparing students for college readiness *** Please see pamphlet for more information! ***

19 Homework!!! Homework is an extension of the work we are doing in class
Completed homework may or may not be graded Students can expect between 45 minutes – 1 hour each night Seek extra help if needed – set up a time with me! Absent class work and homework will be received upon returning to school (student responsibility) Late work coupons – 2/quarter If students fail to complete their homework, you will be notified via “late-work slip” Please note: ANY class work that is missed due to band, service worker duties, or bathroom breaks remain the STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY to find out what he/she missed.

20 *** check your child’s backpack and plan book daily ***
Late Work Policy Students will be given TWO days to turn in any late assignment If handed in within the two days, a grade of “3” and no higher than a 70% is given on the assignment If the student does NOT have the assignment finished on the 2nd day, a grade of “2” and no higher than a 50% is given on the assignment A “late-work” slip notice will be sent home the day of the missed assignment, and will need to be signed by an ADULT Notification of the late work policy (after day three) will be made by the child via phone so the home-school connection is upheld *** check your child’s backpack and plan book daily ***

21 ~ remember to mark YOUR calendars ~
School Improvement DATE: The 1st Wednesday of each month, except for the month of March TIME: 1:40pm dismissal for grades 1-5 PURPOSE: Used for staff development and school improvement opportunities ~ remember to mark YOUR calendars ~

22 SIP Goals (School Improvement Planning)
The school improvement goals for this year are to maintain student growth rates in both reading and math as measured by the MAP fall to spring assessment at 70% or greater. A second goal is to continue a composite ISAT score of 90% + in grades An additional goal will have to do with the common core and writing in grades K-5.

23 Special Events: Mark Your Calendars!
Parent Teacher Conferences Please sign up for conferences online at: Sign-up starts September 13th Dates: November 19th and 20th Loredo Taft Outdoor Education Trip Parent information meeting: TBD Dates of trip: January 23rd-25th, 2013 Robert Crown Health Center Field Trip Date: April 2013 Lifetime Fitness Date: ??? Portfolio Night Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

24 Contact… Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments! The best way to reach me is through at: Thanks for your support in making this a great school year!

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