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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
2019-2020 Start of the Year Information Sheets

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

Hello.  Welcome to Mr. Cutright's class website!  

 

 

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Current Events, Plans, and Study Guides for March 16-????

Hello parents,

Welcome to Mr. Cutright's site hub.

Thanks for your support during these unique times.  Please recall the e-Learning information that I sent out months ago.  It is based on your child's academic level (not their grade level).  If you are unsure, start with grade 1.

 

 Current Events March (As of 03/16/2020)

We have many trips and excursions planned for the new year.    We visit the Mokena branch of the Old Plank Trail Bank in February.  We visit the Fire Station in early March.  We will visit Chicago Dough buffet in April.

We are continuing our First Author Writing Program. This exciting program has kids write on their own with assistance from their teachers!  Please send in pictures of things that are interesting to your child (maybe a vacation location, favorite foods, restaurants, movies, etc.). We have cut out hundreds of pictures already and practiced categorizing them.  We will work for 15-30 minutes each day on writing.

 

 Science:  We began our unit on Ocean and Sea life.  We are learning about adaptations, food chains, habitats,   Vocabulary discussed and introduced include migration, hibernation, instinct, learned behavior, camouflage, mimicry, shelter, physical adaptation, behavioral adaptation, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, consumer, producer, decomposer, terrestrial, aquatic, population, community, ecosystem, organism.  Habitats covered include pond, marsh, lake, stream, river, ocean, desert, grassland, rain forest, mountain, tundra, We also utilize Scholastic Magazine, Science Spin, and Time-For-Kids to supplement the curriculum this week. 

 

In Social Studies, we will learn about community skills and life skills.  We also read Scholastic Magazines and read the Unique Learning newspapers and accompanying worksheets.  We will also begin our new series on Safety.  We will learn about bicycle safety, getting lost, work safety, fire safety, bathroom safety, mealtime, medicine cabinet safety, kitchen/dining room safety, putting away food and dishes, doing dishes by hand, dishwasher safety, washer/dryer safety, garbage disposal safety, strangers at home, hand/power tool safety, and electrical safety..   We will supplement with map activities and chronological sequencing (timelines), main idea, and compare/contrast skills will be targeted during our units.  

MATH-

We are working on a new unit learning about skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.  We continue to review other skills from earlier in the year.

We will continue to learn about adding using Touch Points, Counting Money, and Identifying Values of Coins.  We are also working on Skip Counting numbers 2-10 with a focus on 2, 3, 5, and 10.   There will also be some components of addition and subtraction utilizing visuals and manipulatives.  Each child will have a Touch Math binder.  This unit will take up most of January.   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

We will actively utilize the ReadLive (Read Naturally) website to complete reading activities.  We are trying to complete at least one story 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".  We have not yet received our log-in information from District Office but I expect them soon.  

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

We will begin Book 3.  Book 3 introduces indefinite articles "a" and "an".

We will read An Ant   If time permits, we will begin The Cat.  We will complete the accompanying spelling and reading worksheets for these stories.  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 BLUE MILESTONESWe will be reading and completing worksheets for the following stories: 

We will begin Book 3.  Book 3 focuses on present tense to be verbs.  Predicate adjectives and prepositional phrases are used following the to be verbs..

We will read The Girl Skates.  If time permits, we will begin The Tall Clown.  We will complete the accompanying spelling and reading worksheets for these stories.  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 C GREEN READING MILESTONES: We are on Level 4, Book 6.  We will complete the worksheets for Bears in the Woods.  If time permits, we will complete Cardboard Robots and the accompanying worksheets.  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.

The Spelling test will be on Friday, February 14th.  Your child will bring home flashcards to help him or her study.   

Red Book Spelling Words:  must, too, their, to, two, there, they're (must know context)

Blue Book Spelling Words:  must, too, their, to, two, there, they're (must know context)

Green Book Spelling words for the week:  California, American,  Japanese, encyclopedia, lettuce, lemons

Grammar:  We will begin plurals, adding "s" and "es", ownership, verb and noun review, "is", "are", and "am", and past tense.  We will then move on to "was" and "were", "give", "gives", and "gave", and "see", "sees", and "saw".  This will take up most of February.

In grammar, we will also work on writing statement sentences, question sentences, rearranging words to form a sentence, more noun practice, and plurals.

Please continue to have your child practice skills in IXL math.  Their log-in is 122 first name last name (no spaces).  Their password is nlsd and their id# (no spaces).

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.

Razz-Kids

I am teacher jcutright2

Their password is their first name. 

News from the Speech Teacher:

Next week in Community Skills we will be discussing our field trip to the aquarium.  We will complete a field trip review worksheet and will review pictures taken from that day and speak/write sentences regarding those pictures using our best speech/aac use/ writing.  

 

News from the Social Worker:

We will begin exploring how our body feels to a range of emotions using the Zones of Regulation.

 

 

Mrs. Tiffy

News from the OT:

 
The class worked on a functional skills group with our Build a Pizza and Build a Burger fine motor crafts!  Each student followed specific recipe cards telling them how many toppings to cut out and put on their pizza or what ingredients to cut out and build their burger with!  The group did great staying on task and some students were able to make both a pizza and a burger!