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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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Current Events, Plans, and Study Guides for April 3rd-7th

Current Events April (As of 4/3)  

I hope all of you have a fun and relaxing spring break week with your family and friends.  Hopefully, you can find time to relax and perhaps do something fun.

Students that did not take DLM before break will take PARCC tests on April 5th, 6th, and 7th.  Have you child eat a full breakfast and bring a snack for testing.  Testing will take up 2 hours each day (minimum) so we will complete as much academic work as possible,  There will be no homework sent home this week for students taking PARCC.

 Science:    Chapter 7 is all about rocks and soil.    Lesson 1:  How do rocks form?, Lesson 2:  What are minerals?, and Lesson 3:  Why is soil so important?  We will also discuss how much water soil can hold in addition to discussing the various layers of rock in the ground.   We also utilize Scholastic Magazine, Science Spin, and Time-For-Kids to supplement the curriculum this week.  

In Social Studies,   we will continue chapter 5:  Lesson 2:  Taking Action for our Rights, and Lesson 3:  Taking Action for a Cause.  We will also incorporate aspects of the argumentative/persuasive writing topics as they relate to politics and government.  Students can utilize the notes from these lessons should they choose a topic of political nature for their writing.  We will supplement with map activities and chronological sequencing (timelines), main idea, and compare/contrast skills will be targeted during our units.  

Our Pre-Algebra and Geometry Equals will work on real life math skills including tax, tip, and discounts with percentages/decimals.  We will also tie-in with our grocery/restaurant unit for these exercises We are also supplementing with multiplication Touch Math (Skip Counting) and practice work sheets.  Our levels range from 2-digit-by-2-digit multiplication to basic facts.  Several students are utilizing Turbo Math for additional practice. 

Our Basic Equals group will review decimals and fractions and complete worksheets requiring kids to say and/or identify the fraction/decimals.  We tie decimals in with money (change) and fractions with cooking (measuring cups).  We will also continue "Touch Money"  It is a form of Touch Math that has touch points on each coin to assist your child with counting money.  There are also worksheets that require kids to apply these skills in a variety of scenarios.  Kids will also continue writing checks and balancing their ledgers.  We continue counting money and telling time.  Some children will work on telling time to the nearest minute and others in 5-minute intervals.  Paper money is now 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

We have also begun reading smaller (one page or less) informational articles and are answering 5 questions which can be answered with direct supporting text.  Therefore, we will also look to have the kids utilize a portion of the question in their answers.

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

The Mouse Steals Some Cheese:  cheese, on, shelf, big, cat, hides, near, chair, room, runs, climbs, smells, jumps, scares, moves, fast, into, bumps, a, milk, spills, sad, has, no, is, glad, mouse, feels, end

The Bad Witch:  a, gets, broom, the, wants, some, fun, flies, on, in, sky, Oh no, looks, see, sees, brown, dog, makes, frog, frogs, near, Dee, laughs, hard, fast, tall, tree, two, hits, falls, noise, one, end

Single word Why? questions are introduced in thought bubbles.  The constituent structure of the sentence is expanded to include more than one prepositional phrase.  Place and time phrases are used ("to the house at 12 o'clock"); two place phrases are used ("through the hole in the wall").

Your child will complete a 5 question comprehension test with who, what, when, where, and why questions for each story.  If we complete all of the work from both of these stories, we will begin the next book in the series and accompanying materials will be sent home.  Level 2, Book 6:  New Syntax: Yes/No questions are introduced.  The following answer types were used: 1.) Simple yes/no responses and 2.) full-sentence answers with new information (e.g. "is the clown dry? No, the clown is wet").  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:  All students will read the story and complete their packets for "Seasons of the Year". We will complete "It's Not My Day" if time permits.   We will also work on the following skills:  Using context clues, literal comprehension, completing a plot coaster for each story (characters, setting, problem statement, problem solution, and main idea), sequencing, writing a brief letter.   There is also an inferential thinking piece to each set of worksheets.  We also supplement the reading materials with educational apps, Read Naturally, Scholastic Level 3, and Time for Kids Level 3

Group C:  We will read "The Big Beanstalk" and the "Giant" if time permits.   These stories will focus on pronouns used in speech bubbles and as part of the story line.  Subject positional personal pronouns are introduced in the following order:  Story 1: I, Story 2: he, she, Story 3: it, Story 4: they, Story 5: you.  We will also work on the supplemental materials discussed that additional time permits in conjunction with outside tutoring.  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:  This Test will be on Monday, April 10th.

(Group A)  The Mouse Steals Some Cheese and The Bad Witch (combined):  good, safe, steals, bad, ground, loud

(Group B)  Seasons of the Year:  barbecue, climate, foliage, gradually, humid, rake, seasons, shade, shiver, sparkle, tropical, equator

(Group C)  The Big Beanstalk:  bean, beans, beanstalk, gold, Jack, you

Please continue to have your child practice skills in IXL math.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

2016-2017 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 2016/2017 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