Liberty Jr. High
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Current Events April (As of 4/24)
Mrs. Clark is looking for students to help with the banner during the May 7th parade in New Lenox. Look for more information in your child's take-home folder.
We are looking at going to a movie theater at the end of May. We are not sure which movie we will see yet and more details will emerge soon. Also, we are looking to attend Haunted Trails as an end-of-year field trip with the 7th grade students at Liberty. Again, we are working on finalizing details and costs for these final trips of the year.
Science: We will also complete a packet about rocks and minerals that will allow the kids to do a mini-webquest to search for different structures and formations. We also utilize Scholastic Magazine, Science Spin, and Time-For-Kids to supplement the curriculum this week.
In Social Studies, we will begin chapter 6: A Growing Nation. Lesson 1: New Ways to Travel. Lesson 2: A New Home in America. Lesson 3: New Ways to Communicate. Lesson 4: New Ideas 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. They will be completing worksheets in their packets including Ordering From Infomercials, Saving Up for Big Purchases, Correct Change, and Classified Ads. We will also continue working on finding mean, median, and mode. 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 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. Worksheets include reading a sales ad or a flyer and matching the corresponding prices. Also, kids will add the cost of two, three, and eventually 4 items from the ads/flyers. 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.
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:
A New Leaf: (reinforced words)- the, girl, girls, dig, in, ground, boy, boys, make, some, hole, holes, dirt, one, two, drops, into, a, puts, on, where, are, see, sees, black, clouds, falls, stops, sun, shines, wet, runs, green, is, glad, new, end
What Smells Good: (reinforced words)- the, sun, is, hot, corn, grows, in, yard, small, girl, brings, into, house, Mom, scrubs, where, big, puts, on, stove, fills, boils, sees, steam, gets, what, good, pot, shelf, smells, this, end, two
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 9: New Syntax: Who? questions are expanded to full-sentence form Who? and What? questions are used in subject position (e.g.) "What smells good?"). Where? questions are reinforced. All questions occur in speech bubbles or in the picture. For example, where? questions might be answered by someone pointing to the appropriate place.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 "The Donkey Tale". We will complete "Poetry" 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 "Giant" and the "Big Beanstalk" to complete the packet work. This concludes Book 4. We will begin Book 5 if time permits by reading and completing packet work for "Robin". These stories introduce the future tense verb "will". The subject personal pronoun "we" is introduced in story 3. 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, May 1st.
(Group A) All stories from book 9 (combined): street, grows, tastes, four, thank, you, rope
(Group B) My Mom, the Mechanic: chuckled, grease, in case, maintenance, mechanic, sleeves, tires, windshield, wiper
(Group C) The Paper Mask: bag, cut, mouth, nose, paper, we
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.
Welcome to Liberty PowerPoint/Social Story:
Hello parents! Please see the link below regarding our program.
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.
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.
Getting to Know Me Test:
World Cultures Notes:
World Cultures and U.S. History Web quests and Projects:
Christmas Carol Materials:
Comparative and Superlative: