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Liberty
Junior High School
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Mr. Cutright
7th and 8th Grade Special Education
Liberty Jr. High
jcutright@nlsd122.org
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Hello.  Welcome to Mr. Cutright's class website!  

2017-2018 Start of the Year Information Sheets

Welcome to Liberty PowerPoint/Social Story:

Welcome_to_Liberty_PowerPoint.pptx

Hello parents!  Please see the link below regarding our program.

Liberty_SI_2016-2017.docx

Expectation Night:

2016_2017_Welcome_Letter.docx

The link below for class rules during the 2017/2018 school year.  We will devote the first few weeks of school reviewing the rules and rewarding those that follow them.

Classroom_Rules_20162017.docx

Please see the link below regarding our class reward system.  We utilize Cutright Cash as the primary motivator.  Kids can cash in their money daily to obtain prizes listed.

Reward_Menu.docx

Cutright_Cash_Permission_2015.docx

Getting to Know Me Test:

Getting_to_know_me_2015.docx

Current Events, Plans, and Study Guides for January 16th-19th

Hello parents,

Welcome to Mr. Cutright's site hub.

Happy New Year to all students, parents, and families!  We have an exciting month of January planned.  We have our Bowling informational meeting on January 16th.  Kids do not need to attend this as I will fill the class in closer to the start of bowling.  We will visit the New Lenox Police Station for a tour hosted by Officer Mike Jurka on January 18th.  Also on January 18th, our final Spirit Squad sporting event will be held as we root the girls volleyball team to victory.  

We will look to hold a Spirit Squad even in our room with the students and peer assistants.  We will watch a movie and eat popcorn during this time.  More details to come.

 Current Events August (As of 1/16)     

Science:   We will finish our unit on habitats in various climates and parts of the world.  We also utilize Scholastic Magazine, Science Spin, and Time-For-Kids to supplement the curriculum this week. 

In Social Studies, we will continue learning about Africa .   We will supplement with map activities and chronological sequencing (timelines), main idea, and compare/contrast skills will be targeted during our units.  

MATH-

We will continue unit 5 and unit 3, 7, and 8, which includes a variety of topics and skills. We will count backwards from 20, order #'s 11-20. state one more or less than a given #, match patterns, extend patterns, days of the week, reading a calendar, naming the months, seasons, describing size attributes, Venn diagrams, bar graphs, pictographs, making predictions about data, tally charts, counting, identifying, and writing numerals to 100, identifying 10 more or ten less from 51-99, estimating,  using methods to subtract or add totals of 16-20, word problems, of basic addition and subtractions, associative property of addition, place value ones, tens, and hundreds, add and subtract 100 from a 3-digit number, rounding, using a calculator, and writing 4, 5, and 6 digit numbers.  Also, we began counting pennies, nickels, and dimes (Skip Counting via Touch Points/Touch Math).   Our Math Equals group continues reviewing Touch Math concepts and completing addition worksheets.  We will begin several grocery store/clothing store type activities.  This includes using a calculator to add and subtract money amounts (including decimals).  We have also begun working on "carrying the one" when adding change.  We are practicing "sending the one to the neighbor".  Some children will use manipulatives if Touch Math is not working at this time.  During the year, we continue counting money and telling time.  As part of our grocery store activities, we are looking at grocery store ads and will be cutting coupons in the future.  Eventually, we will begin learning bout check-writing and use this for "depositing" Cutright Cash and making purchases within the classroom.  For telling time, some children will work on telling time to the nearest minute and others in 5-minute intervals.  Paper money will be introduced and we are combining bills and coins at your child's level.  We will continue to work on sorting fraction pieces (including halves, thirds, and fourths), defining numerators and denominators, writing fractions and mixed numbers, and proper terminology (thirds, fourths, fifths, etc.).  We will continue to learn about basic measurements used in cooking and see their relation to fractions (e.g. four 1/4 cups is 1 cup).  We are supplementing with addition and subtracting practice (mostly single-digit) and utilize Touch Math, manipulative, and other strategies that work best for your child.  We are also utilizing educational apps for time and money practice, along with play money and clock flash cards.  

Language Arts

In grammar, we will work on my, their, his, her, its, nobody, anyone, everybody, nothing, anything, and everything.  Also, we will spend several days reviewing action words (verbs).  If time permits, we will also review am, is, are, was, were, see, come, run, go, and went.

In writing, we will work on choosing the proper words to complete a sentence.

We have been actively utilizing the ReadLive (Read Naturally) website to complete reading activities.  We are trying to complete at least two stories per week.  There is a reading component as well as comprehension questions, a retell, and a description section with each story.  Students complete a "cold read" without any practice.  Next, they practice the story (the program reads the story along with the kids for additional practice) until they meet their personal goal (minimum 3 attempts) and then read the story again for a "hot read".

Group A RED MILESTONES: We will be reading and completing worksheets for the following stories:

We will begin Book 1.  Book 1 introduces intransitive  verbs (verbs that do not permit direct objects).  Present tense verbs with the regular "s" marker and singular nouns.

We will read The Girl.  The Boy.  Reinforced words:  This story reinforces most new words and syntax.  If time permits, we will continue reading The Frog.  Reinforced words: the, jump, cat, sits, end The skills addressed in these stories include: Identifying a word based on the picture, identifying the correctly spelled word, circling the correct phrase, identifying an action based on a picture, writing a correct word to fill in a blank, sequencing, fluency, and comprehension.  We continue to supplement the reading materials with educational apps (Razz Kids, Sight Words, etc.), Read Naturally, and tiles (both single letter and letter blends).  We also utilize Level 1 for Scholastic and Level 1 in Time for Kids.

Group B YELLOW READING MILESTONES:  We will continue book 5.  We will read The Paper Mask.  If time permits, we will also read In the Cookie House if time permits. The skills addressed in these stories include: Identifying a word based on the picture, identifying the correctly spelled word, circling the correct phrase, identifying an action based on a picture, writing a correct word to fill in a blank, sequencing, fluency, and comprehension.  We continue to supplement the reading materials with educational apps (Razz Kids, Sight Words, etc.), and Read Naturally.  We also utilize Level 1 for Scholastic and Level 1 in Time for Kids.

Spelling words for the week:    Flashcards will come home during the week for study and review.   

The test over the following words will be on Monday, January 22nd.  14th test of the year!  Second test after Winter Break!

(Group A Red Book Sight Words): but, ate, eat, new, ran

(Group B Yellow Book): The Paper Mask and In the Cookie House: mouth, poor, oven, sandman, push, pushed, added

Please continue to have your child practice skills in IXL math.  You should all have your IXL login and password These may include counting money, telling time, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and adding or subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  A majority of the skills we work on during the year for all students are on IXL.

 

Please have your child complete a story per week on KidsA-Z (Razz-Kids) and complete the questions.  Your child can also read educational magazines such as Highlights and earn Cutright Cash for completed work.