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March

It should be Spring!  No more winter!  Snow, go away!

 

Another busy month!  My first graders, in ELA, are learning more word families and sight words through flashcards, short books/stories, worksheets, and writing individually and/or in a small group.  In Math, they have been focusing on learning to recognize and write the “teens” through practice, count/write, hidden puzzles, sequencing numbers (11-20), and worksheets.  They will be working on missing numbers before moving onto higher numbers

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My third and fourth graders, in ELA, have been learning the welded/glued sounds of –ang, -ing, -ong, -ung, -ank, -ink, -onk, and –unk, Trick words, and Words of the Day through flashcards, daily review, worksheets, stories with fluency, and dictations. In Math, they have been focused on Problem Solving as a group.  Great teamwork!

 

My fifth graders, in ELA, have been working on various figurative language/ literary elements such as similes, metaphors, idioms, and personifications.  The whole class enjoyed these fun activities while actually learning the differences of each.  They will be incorporating these in an upcoming writing assignment.  In Math, they have been learning adding and subtracting fractions with like/unlike denominators, as well as Adding and subtraction mixed numbers. Simplifying fractions in lowest terms was a challenge for many; better with practice.

 

In ELA, grades 6-8 are still reading “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and “Bud, Not Buddy”; discussing each chapter as they read orally, working on worksheets in groups or individually, and writing short assignment on the book (gr.6 & 7) or a Social Studies topic (gr. 8). They are also continuing to learn weekly Spelling words, completing workbook pages, and taking weekly tests.  The students are staying very busy! In Math, the seventh graders have been learning about fractions, decimals, and percents, while all of the grades have been practicing for a “three-school” Math March Madness competition.  Good luck, SCS!

 

Think Spring!

 

Miss Miller

Special Educator




Wow!  Where did January and February go?  Wasn’t it just Christmas Break?

 

During February, all of us in the Resource Room battled the cold and/or flu.  My students from Grade 1 have been working on the word family –at in words, sentences, and stories, as well as worksheets and games.  While reading the stories, they have been also increasing their sight word vocabulary.  In Math, they have been identifying and writing the teen numbers through oral counting, number sequencing sheets & pictures, and practice.

 

My students in Grades 3 and 4 have been increasing their Trick Word and Words of the Day vocabulary, as well as the /z/ and /s/ sounds of the suffix –s in words, such as bugs and cats.  They will be reading and writing more words and mastering more skills through practice, stories, worksheets, and tests.  They are doing great!

 

In the classroom, my two fifth graders have just finished reading “Riding Freedom”, a historical fiction which started in New Hampshire.  What a great book!  I also helped them with their opinion writing.  In Math, I assisted them with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals, as well as Order of Operations.  My students loved working on Order of Operation and PEMDAS.  Ask them!  I am impressed with their stamina and perseverance.  Keep it up!

 

In Grades 6-8, my students in ELA have finished their writing assignment and started new chapter books, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and “Bud, Not Buddy”.  They continue to learn new Spelling words through workbook pages, weekly tests, and other related activities.  In Math 6/7, my students worked on the skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions, as well as GCF and LCM.  Even with assistance and resources, the students had much difficulty on these skill areas.

 

All of the students, especially in Grades 5-8, at SCS have the opportunity to receive extra help on homework or review for quizzes/tests every morning from 7:30-8:00 at my Homework Club in my room. Hope more students will take advantage of this small group assistance!

 

Have a great, relaxing February vacation.  It’s a good time to get some fresh air and become healthier!






I’m back!  I’m glad to be back!  In the four weeks since my arrival, my students in Grades 1-8 have been busy.  My First Graders have reviewed the upper/lower case letters and sounds, and beginning sounds.  Now they are increasing their sight word vocabulary and word families through worksheets, games, books, and hands-on activities.  In Math, they have reviewed 1-1 correspondence to 20, counting items and identifying corresponding numbers, writing randomly given numbers to 20, and oral counting.  Wow!  Very busy!

In Grades 3 and 4, my students in ELA have strengthened their knowledge of Trick Words, Words of the Day, words containing bonus letters at the end (puff, kiss, call), and welded/glued sounds of –all, -am, -an in words, phrase, and sentences , using flashcard drill, board work, worksheets, and dictations.  In Math, they have increased their multiplication facts through 11, and mastered the deficit areas found on the Diagnostic Math Test, such as measurement, chronological order, seasons/days/months of the year.  Great job!  Keep it up!

In Grade 5, we are reading the chapter book, “Riding Freedom” while working on specific reading skills, writing various types of writing (opinion, narrative, persuasive), and learning/spelling weekly words with various patterns and sounds.  What innovative activities they’re completing!

In Grades 6-8, my ELA students are busy with weekly Spelling words in various formats, reading Scholastic newspapers and chapter books, and writing/editing various types of writing (opinion, persuasive, narrative) while being pulled out when needed for individualized or small group assistance/instruction. My Math students have been working on various projects along with different skill areas.  Again, they get pulled out when needed for individualized or small group assistance/instruction. Nice job!  Keep it up!

Wow!  What a productive month!  Now I’m back in the swing of it again, enjoying my students!

Meg Miller

Special Educator




September is almost over!  Where did the time go?! The students should be used to their routines after a month of classes, homework, and tests.  Heads up:  Quarter 1 Progress Reports go out on Friday, 9/28.

 

In my recent “Teachervision” newsletter, there were many articles in which parents may be interested.  One in particular, “Ten Top Test-taking Strategies” sounded great. Here they are:


1. Have a Positive Attitude
Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.
2. Make a Plan
The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you use your calculator? If you've been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.
3. The Night Before
Cramming doesn't work. If you've followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don't stay up late!
4. The Morning of the Test
Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don't skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early and do a ten-minute power study right before the test, so your brain is turned on and tuned up.
5. Test Time
Before the test begins, make sure you have everything you'll need - scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator (if you're allowed to use it). Understand how the test is scored: Do you lose points for incorrect answers? Or is it better to make guesses when you're not sure of the answer? Read the instructions! You want to make sure you are marking answers correctly.
6. Manage Your Time
Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.
7. I'm Stuck!
Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don't get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you're still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make the best guess you can, but only if you don't lose points for wrong answers.

8. Multiple-Choice Questions

The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn't be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.
9. Neatness Counts
If your 4s look like 9s, it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.
10. I'm Done!
Not so fast - when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you're not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn't make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.

 

If I can help with other subject ideas such as Study Skills, or Homework Completion, please email me at mmiller@scs.sau7.org or call me at 246-7082.

 

Have a great Fall.  Enjoy the upcoming beautiful foliage.

 

Miss Miller

Special Educator


 
 
August 30, 2018
 
Welcome back, Students and Parents! Nice to see so many smiling faces!  Looks like many students grew a foot during the summer months!  Luckily we were able to ease into the start of school, with only 3 scorching days, then 4 hopefully cooler days, before getting back into the normal routine.
 
This year, I will be continuing to service Kindergarten through Grade 8 students with Special Needs in their deficit areas such as ELA, Math, and Early Intervention in my Resource Room, as well as in the regular classroom for Grades 5-8. I will also be incorporating Responsive Classroom and Growth Mindset language into my curriculum as much as possible. If any parent has educational and/or social-emotional concerns about their child, please feel free to contact me at SCS at 246-7082 or Mandie Hibbard, Special Services Coordinator, at 237-4104 ext. 17.
 
Have a great start of the year! Enjoy the Labor Day weekend and the Lancaster Fair! 
 
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

Meg Miller, Special Educator