Ms. Cleckler's Class… Where Learning Happens Naturally

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Blabberize Biographies

Hello!

 

The kiddos did a FANTASTIC job on their biography projects.  We have spent the past month reading, researching, and writing biographies, and have spent the past several days doing a fun project with our writing.  The students created talking pictures using the “Blabberize” website.  If you would like to see your child’s Blabberize Biography, please follow the steps below.

 

Try this direct link: http://blabberize.com/view?madeBy=clecklers@uwa.edu

 

 

If that doesn’t work, go to www.blabberize.com.

 

Then, click the “Browse” button.

 

Then, click the “Users” button.

 

There will be a search bar at the top of the page.  Type in the username: clecklers@uwa.edu.  Then, click the arrow to change “Blabbers” to “users.”  Click “search.”  This will allow you to search by user.

 

Scroll through the Blabberize Biographies and your child will be able to tell you which is his or hers.  Feel free to check them all out!  They did a wonderful job so thank you for sharing in their success with me!

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Week of April 20, 2015

Hello families!

We have an exciting week ahead!  This week in reading, we are learning how to compare and contrast the firsthand and secondhand accounts of informational (nonfiction) text.  We are also learning about the genre of biographies, and students have chosen a person whom to learn about so that students can write their own biographies.  Due to the hectic schedule this week (see below), both of these units will also flow into next week.

I wanted to remind you of a few important bits of information for this week.

  • Wednesday 4/22 (tomorrow): Kona Ice and sack lunch (hamburger); OMIS Art show in the afternoon from 2-6
  • Thursday 4/23: Field Day – Our session is from 12:15 – 1:45; sack lunch (deli sandwich)
  • Friday 4/24: Shrek musical at OMHS (teachers walk students over to OMHS auditorium to watch the dress rehearsal); Tug-of-War competition from 10:40-12:10; sack lunch (hot dog)

*Hopefully the weather will hold out for our outdoor activities.  If there is a case of bad weather, we will reschedule Field Day and Tug-of-War.

 

Students NEED to have for Field Day:

Tennis shoes

Appropriate clothing for the weather

You may want to apply sunscreen before the student gets to school

 

Students MAY BRING for Field Day:

Hat and sunglasses

Water bottle with name on it

Money to purchase a water bottle ($1)

Thank you!

Shannon Cleckler

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Update 4/15/15

Hello!

Whew!  We are finally done with ACT Aspire testing!  The kids did a fabulous job of focusing and taking their time on their tests.  Please join me in celebrating their success.  They worked very hard and have been incredibly respectful of other students in the building who are testing at different times than us.  They’ve almost earned a whole cotton ball jar worth of compliments in one week!  This normally takes us several weeks.  We were complimented by Dr. L twice this week, and that is a special compliment worth double cotton balls.

I love each and every one of these kiddos and am sad that our year seems to be disappearing so quickly!  We have lots of events coming up over the next several weeks.  I’ll update my blog with current events and what to expect in the classroom over the weekend, so that we are ready to go with a fresh new week next week.

Wednesday folders aren’t coming home again this week since Mrs. Scharding’s class tests on Thursdays.  We will resume Wednesday folders next week, and you can expect plenty of graded papers from me.

Last week and this week we have been focusing on skill review with skills we learned earlier in the year: setting, characters, problem and solution, capitalization, punctuation, etc.  This has been a great way to review while working quietly and respecting the other students testing at school.  We have also enjoyed some extended recess time and some free time in class to have “brain breaks” after all of our testing.

Next week we will resume back to normal style schedule with rotation stations and learning new standards.

Thank you for your support and flexibility these past two week as we have endured the testing sessions.  I am so lucky to have such a wonderful class of students and their supportive parents!

Have a great day – happy tax day and hump day!

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Week of March 16, 2015

Good afternoon!

This week in:

Reading:  We are continuing our work on Figurative Language.  We did not move through this as quickly as I had anticipated, so I will assess the students’ independent mastery of these skills on this Friday (instead of last Friday).  Also, this week’s vocabulary words are centered around Figurative Language and Poetry terms.  The words this week are simile, metaphor, personification, idiom, hyperbole, alliteration, stanza, verse, rhyme scheme, and onomatopoeia.  We have a vocabulary quiz this Friday.

Writing: We are continuing our Photojournal narrative writing project.  The students are LOVING this project, and are really producing some high quality work.  I can’t wait for you to read them!

History: Ms. Cleckler’s class is working on Alabama Dailies Week 27 and Alabama History Newspaper Week 9.  Quizzes for both will be Friday this week.  As always, students will be allowed to use the newspaper on the quiz.  Please encourage your child to try their best on this and read carefully!  They have the skills they need to succeed on these quizzes… it’s up to them to use them well!

Extras:

Ms. Cleckler could use a classroom volunteer to help with a class craft.  If you have time to donate, please email me and I’ll touch base with you about details!

This Friday is Digital Learning Day.  I have scheduled a fun lesson in the library for both Cleckler and Scharding classes.

Thank you and have a great week!

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Week of 3/9/15

Good afternoon!

This week in:

Reading:  We are learning all about the various forms of figurative language, including similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, and alliteration.  Students are practicing with identifying the types of figurative language as well as writing their own examples of these types of figurative language.  Later in the week, we will learn about idioms and students will illustrate common idioms.  There will be an assessment on Friday to see if students can master this standard independently; however, there will not be vocabulary words or a vocabulary quiz this week.  Instead, we will focus on learning the important terms related to figurative language and learn what each type of figurative language looks like.

Writing: With the start of the 4th nine weeks, we are revisiting narrative writing.  The students began a photojournal project today, wherein each day we have a “picture of the day” and students spend a few minutes thinking of a story and then writing a narrative to match the picture.  This is an excellent way for the kids to get their creative juices flowing while practicing important components of narrative writing, including creating meaningful characters, a detailed setting, and an interesting problem and solution.  The students did a fantastic job with our first day of photojournaling today, and I can’t wait to see what else they will come up with as we continue this project.

History: Ms. Cleckler’s class is working on Alabama Dailies Week 26 and Alabama History Newspaper Week 8.  Quizzes for both will be Friday this week.  As always, students will be allowed to use the newspaper on the quiz.  Please encourage your child to try their best on this and read carefully!  They have the skills they need to succeed on these quizzes… it’s up to them to use them well!

Extras: 

Ms. Cleckler’s class will visit the Book Fair again Friday morning to do our final shopping of the Spring Book Fair.

I have started test prep skills with the students to help them get prepared for upcoming state testing.  Hopefully you will notice a difference!  Ask your child about our “Following Directions” test that we took today.  🙂

 

Thank you and have a great week!

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Week of February 23, 2015

Happy Monday!

This week in:

Reading: 

  • We are working on standard RI4.9, which is integrating information from two texts.  We will be working on this skill for the next two weeks.  This skill will allow us to use a blend of fiction and non-fiction works.
  • We  have vocabulary words this week and a vocabulary quiz on Friday.  This week’s words are submerged, luxurious, humility, arrogance, ancestors, unreliable, and unsanitary.  The students will have time during rotation stations to complete vocabulary charts and make flash study cards.
  • We have been using the Odyssey program to practice important comprehension skills.  Your child is able to access the Odyssey program at home for extra practice.  The website is http://odyssey.shelbyed.k12.al.us.  Students have their login information located inside their blue rotation station folders, but they have been using this program for a couple of weeks now, so most of them have the information memorized.  This is a fun, engaging, and meaningful way for your child to practice their reading and language skills at home.  Students are allowed to work on their “Reading” prescription, which is individualized based on each student’s Global Scholars score, or they are allowed to work on their Language Arts prescription, which is work assigned specifically by me.  If you would like your child to have extra practice, please allow them to utilize this site.  Thank you for your support!

Writing: 

  • We are working on opinion writing and have started our new opinion writing unit: If I could have any super power, what would it be?  The students are doing an excellent job so far!

Cleckler History:

  • We are completing Alabama Dailies Week 24 this week.
  • We will take the quiz for Week 24 on Friday.
  • We will begin reading History Newspaper 7 this week.  We will complete an activity and quiz on the same.

Extras:

  • Spring pictures are tomorrow!  Tuesday 2-24/15
  • Scholastic book orders are due Friday 2/27!
  • Order forms are coming home today for books from our author visit next week.  See the flyer sent home today for information on this!
  • Mrs. Sears, our librarian, has purchased LOTS of e-books that your child can read at home.  Simply visit the OMIS website, click on “Library Media Center,” click on “Destiny,” click on “Oak Mountain Intermediate School,” and then login with the username and password OMIS.  There are tons of great ebooks on that site.  Also, Mrs. Sears has purchased 2,000 more ebooks that will be coming to us soon!  Stay tuned for more information!
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Week of February 2, 2015

Hello!

This week in:

Reading: 

  • We are working on a variety of skills, including compare and contrast, drawing conclusions, and interpreting information presented visually.   Compare and contrast means to find the similarities and differences between two things – two texts, two pictures, etc.  Drawing conclusions means using text clues to make an inference and uncover a mystery presented in the text.  Interpreting information presented visually means using a visual representation of information, such as charts, maps, diagrams, etc., and being able to pull information from the visual to answer questions about the visual.
  • Due to my absence yesterday, we will not have formal vocabulary words this week.  The students are making flash cards to practice the meaning of the skill words we have this week, such as compare and contrast, adjectives, visual information, etc.  There will not be a traditional vocabulary quiz this week.
  • This week we will learn how to use Odyssey software to help us meet individual and class learning goals.  The students will start using Odyssey during rotation stations next week.

Writing: 

  • We are working on opinion writing and will begin the new opinion writing unit.  Thus far, students have created mini-book reviews for their opinion writing pieces.  They presented these to the class and did a WONDERFUL job!

Cleckler History:

  • We are completing Alabama Dailies Week 21 this week.
  • We will take the quiz for Week 21 on Friday.

Extras:

  • Mrs. Sears, our librarian, has purchased LOTS of e-books that your child can read at home.  Simply visit the OMIS website, click on “Library Media Center,” click on “Destiny,” click on “Oak Mountain Intermediate School,” and then login with the username and password OMIS.  There are tons of great ebooks on that site.  Also, Mrs. Sears has purchased 2,000 more ebooks that will be coming to us soon!  Stay tuned for more information!
  • 4th grade class Valentine’s parties will be held next Thursday, February 12.  Information will be coming home about Ms. Cleckler’s class party later this week!

 

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Week of January 26, 2015

Hello!

This week in:

Reading: 

  • We are continuing our work on the comprehension skill of Point of View and Perspective.  Being able to identify the narrator’s point of view and perspective helps us understand the text.  This week we are working on this skill during small group rotation stations.
  • We are doing a new spin on vocabulary words this week.  Each student is reading his or her chapter book and identifying five words that they are unfamiliar with.  These will be your child’s personal vocabulary words for the week.  Today, they are being given time to choose the words and look up definitions.  They are also working on creating flash cards during Vocab Station today and tomorrow.  The idea is to help the students understand that as they come across words they don’t know in a text, they should take ownership and spend time looking up some of the unknown words.  I can’t wait to see
  • This nine weeks is a blend of fiction and non-fiction texts.  This week and next week, we will primarily focus on fiction texts, as fiction texts are typically where you find point of view and perspective.
  • Nightly reading requirements have increased to 30 minutes per night starting this nine weeks.  Thank you for encouraging your child to read and helping cement a foundation of lifetime reading!

Writing: 

  • We are beginning our study of opinion writing, which is our primary focus for this nine weeks.

Cleckler History:

  • We are completing Alabama Dailies Week 20 this week.
  • We will take the quiz for Week 20 on Friday.

Extras:

  • Mrs. Sears, our librarian, has purchased LOTS of e-books that your child can read at home.  Simply visit the OMIS website, click on “Library Media Center,” click on “Destiny,” click on “Oak Mountain Intermediate School,” and then login with the username and password OMIS.  There are tons of great ebooks on that site.  Also, Mrs. Sears has purchased 2,000 more ebooks that will be coming to us soon!  Stay tuned for more information!
  • Thank you for supporting our service project drive for Two-by-Two Animal Rescue.  We will be collecting items through this Friday, January 30!

Also, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the parents who have sent in supplies!  We are so very appreciative of your unending support!

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Additional Information for the week of January 19, 2015

Hello!  What another beautiful day we’ve been given!

Capitalization Test

I forgot to mention in my post yesterday about the students’ capitalization test coming up on Friday, January 23.  The students have been aware of this test since last week, but I didn’t mention it in my post yesterday so wanted to be sure that you were updated.  It’s really just a check for their ability to use correct capitalization, which corresponds directly with a section on the report card.

I have noticed that some of the students are struggling with “writing like 4th graders,” which means using correct capitalization and punctuation, so this is a skill I’m really trying to enforce as we continue throughout the year.  The students have been working on a capitalization packet full of various capitalization rules and are going to work on another one today and tomorrow.  This is not new information, but it is information that I feel really needs to be stressed as the students progress toward 5th grade.

We will then carry our capitalization rules with us as we proceed throughout the remainder of the school year, with grades reflecting students’ use of capital letters.

Service Project

I also forgot to mention that the students are involved in a service project with the OMIS Student Council.  Student Council is sponsoring a donation drive to support Two-by-Two Animal Rescue.  The items being asked to donate include:

  • treats
  • chew toys
  • collars
  • leashes
  • bowls
  • towels and blankets.

The 4th grade class with the most items will win a soda and pizza party!

Two-by-Two Animal Rescue strives to save the lives of unwanted, abused, and abandoned animals.  Their goal is to care for these rescues until they can find their forever homes, and educate the public about responsible pet care.  Two-by-Two receives no state funding or government assistance.  The organization survives by the donations of caring people, fund raising, and adopting fees.

Thanks for supporting our students in this service project!

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Week of January 19, 2015

Hello!  I hope you have enjoyed this BEAUTIFUL day as much as we have!

This week in:

Reading: 

  • We are working on the comprehension skill of Point of View and Perspective.  Being able to identify the narrator’s point of view and perspective helps us understand the text.  This is a bit of a difficult skill, so we will be working on it this week and next week.  We will work on this skill in a whole group fashion this week, and will break down into our Rotation Stations to practice this skill in small groups next week.
  • Due to the short week, we will not have vocabulary words that will be tested on Friday.  Instead, we will receive words centered on this and next week’s comprehension skill next week.  Stay tuned for more information on those words.
  • This nine weeks is a blend of fiction and non-fiction texts.  This week and next week, we will primarily focus on fiction texts, as fiction texts are typically where you find point of view and perspective.
  • Nightly reading requirements have increased to 30 minutes per night starting this nine weeks.  Thank you for encouraging your child to read and helping cement a foundation of lifetime reading!

Writing: 

  • This week we will do a mini-study on specialty poetry types.  The students are going to have so much fun with this new type of poetry!

Cleckler History:

  • We are completing Alabama Dailies Week 19 this week.
  • We will take the quiz for Week 19 on Friday.
  • We are working on the Week 5 newspaper and will begin the open-paper quiz on the same.  We are really using our knowledge of non-fiction text features to help us with this quiz!  This quiz will not be due until next Friday, January 23.

Extras:

  • Mrs. Sears, our librarian, has purchased LOTS of e-books that your child can read at home.  Simply visit the OMIS website, click on “Library Media Center,” click on “Destiny,” click on “Oak Mountain Intermediate School,” and then login with the username and password OMIS.  There are tons of great ebooks on that site.  Also, Mrs. Sears has purchased 2,000 more ebooks that will be coming to us soon!  Stay tuned for more information!
  • Character Ed assemblies are this Thursday, January 22.
  • Ms. Cleckler’s Scholastic book orders are due Friday, January 23!

Also, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the parents who have sent in supplies!  We are so very appreciative of your unending support!

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