2 Communication Voice Mail: (708) 524-3060 ext. 8120 op97.org (preferred) *Please let me know if you did not receive an from me.Notes in assignment notebookFamily Letters (reading, social studies, math)Webpage will include nightly assignments and dates on calendar in addition to other pertinent informationBlog: mrslorenzi.blogspot.com –will be converted to webpage soonUnsatisfactory progress reports- distributed at conferencesReport CardsFamily Conferences
3 Assignment NotebooksHomework log -signed by Mrs. L and parent/guardianParent signature means all assignments are completeGoes home every night along with take home folder and chapter bookReading Log (monthly chapter books recorded here independently- minimum 2 books per month)Various other pages in the back(writing, reading, etc….)
4 HomeworkRoutine—same time, same place every night (organized, quiet—possibly play classical music?)Check backpacks before bed to ensure everything is ready to goAssignments are due next day unless noted otherwiseUse time wisely in class—get signed off quickly—get homework done!Incomplete assignments are marked late and done at recess-watch for “Oops Slips”Signatures and corrections required on 1’s and 2’s“While you were Out Folders”Sunrise Study Hall and Academic Study Hall availableWe will ease in to homework load through September15-45 minutes of homework per night plus 20 mins. of reading aloud (varies per child)
5 Post Office Mail comes home daily in the take home folder Check folders daily—Bring Right Back and Left at Home (students are responsible for checking their personal mail box)Please reflect over graded assignments
6 Mrs. Lorenzi’s Top Twenty “The whole point of Ms. Martin’s Top Twenty is to be respectful to others. We like the Top Twenty because they are like rules but they are very specific so we know exactly how to act. It also helps people stay civilized. It stops people from going wild and crazy. It keeps people in line figuratively. It also takes respect to a whole different level.”-Caleb Purham-Rogers and Adrien Kenig
7 Morning Meeting/Afternoon Wrap Up Interactive morning message—incorporates daily oral language using editing marksSpecial announcementsOverview of the daySharing time (current events, etc….)Read Alouds/Book Hooks/Book ReviewsIt’s against the law to say you did nothing at school today!
8 Behavior Modification Behavior Cards (for individual behavior)Green-Good BehaviorYellow-WarningPurple-Loss of Recess(exercise….teacher’s choice)Red-Note home/Office ReferralStar Chart (for class behavior)100 stars—class party!!Team Points ChartPoints added for being readyon time, working well together, etc…
9 Positive Reinforcement Bear Necessity Slips and Raffle-kids can nominate othersStar Chart/Reward PartyGroup Points/Rewards“Clap-offs”Sportsmanship Ribbons“Job Well Done” plantIndividual notes/cards/lunch with studentsWeekly Awards, etc……We celebrate small successes to keep children enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work.
10 Mathematics Homework given each night Pre-tests given prior to each unit and kids can “test out” of lessons (will be used as study guide at end of unit along with an additional study guide)Rocket Math for computation (multiplication and division)Hands on approach to learning—manipulatives“Math Take Out” availableWhole group, small groups, pairs, individuals“Walking Math” for some students
11 Science Taught by Mrs. Flowers—see Welcome Letter Earth: phases of the moon, day/night, solar and lunar eclipsePhysical: Newton’s Laws of Motion/Simple MachinesLife: Plant growth and DevelopmentNo textbook—lots of science literature to take home“Geared Up” Lego programGlobal Village Scientist
12 Social Studies Lesson quizzes and chapter tests We will explore the various kinds of communities and cultures which exist within our nation and beyond. A focus on geography of our land and how the early Native American tribes adapted to their environment will be key. Early settlements along the east coast will be learned. The development of the west will also be studied. Our government and the branches which make up our nation’s authority will be taught.Lesson quizzes and chapter testsRead Unit Family Letters-extra credit opportunitiesTime for Kids will address current events
13 Technology Research projects conducted on the Internet Ipod Touch Sessions, Laptop CartsElmo Document Readers?Q wicki videos to introduce new concepts, United Streaming, etc……
14 Assessments ISATs—math and reading Fluency checks (Dibels) MAP Testing (Measure of Academic Progress ) Reading and Math tests taken on the computer -Fall, Winter, and SpringSign and return all major tests that are stampedLanguage arts, math, social studies tests and quizzesInformal assessments (clipboard crusing)
15 Grading System 4: Above Grade Level 3: At Grade Level 2: Below Grade Level1: Academic WarningSubjective/No Percentages
16 Odds and Ends Water Bottles (take home each night) Healthy snacks for morning recessStore bought, healthy birthday treats (with ingredients listed) and supplies *please let me know in advance when you will be sending in treatsAnswering in complete sentences (do not start with….)Rephrase question in your answerEncourage writing in cursive (second half of year)School supplies should be replenished throughout the year…..look for “I Need Slips”Checks for Scholastic Book ordersParty Fund moneyProject fee (Time for Kids magazines)
17 Parent VolunteersRoom Parent (plan and run class parties, organize snacks, etc….)Photographer (take pictures and possibly make photo slideshows for our webpage)Weekly Paper GraderHelping HandsPersonal VisitI can use parental help inside and outside of the classroom! Thank you! (Please be sure to sign in at the office if you are coming into the classroom.)