• Homework and News!
     
     Spring of 2020
     
    Distance Learning       
      
     
    Dear Students,
    I hope you are doing well!  I miss you a lot!  I hope you are using this time to be helpful to your parents, and to take charge of your own learning!  Remember, you can grow your brain by challenging yourself!  Make sure you do some math, reading and writing every day!  Go to Seesaw every day to complete distance learning activities.    
    Love,
    Mrs. Palkovic
     
    Parents, please encourage your child to continue their learning.  My classroom will be conducted via Seesaw.  I have sent individual student codes to each family via email. 
    Your child is at a critical time for growth in reading and writing right now!  Here are some other ways that you can guide their growth!
     
    DreamBox:  Please complete 30 minutes of math each day on Dreambox.  I have added assignments for students to complete.  They will show up in the program with stars.
     
    Reading:  Please read 30 minutes a day.  Some of this should be on Kids A-Z.  Students should listen to the book, read the book out loud and then answer the quiz questions.  *** I have updated their levels, so the "Level Up" room should have better fits for them.  Try it out, and if it is still too easy, they can level up to the next one!  If they listen, read, and do the quiz for each book in the level, Kids A-Z with automatically bump them up to the next level!  Grow those brains!!
     
    I can monitor student activity through these online tools!  More information will be coming next week about student expectations!
     
    Writing:  Please write your own books!  You can choose to write about anything!  Write a personal story of something that you did.  Make up a fun story with fantasy characters!  Write information about something you know!  We will figure out a way you can share your writing with me and the class sometime soon!
     
     
    Reflex math is now available to help increase automaticity in math facts.  Please go to LCPSGO  Enter the username as Palkovic.  Choose your name, type your short four digit password.   This should only be done up to 15 minutes a day.
     
     
    GREAT PHONICS SITE
    Teach your Monster to Read is available to students now!  This is a great website that supports phonics knowledge and reading skills!  Star code: 2023561   Their logon name is their first name.  Their password is the same as used for logging in.   Use this free link on a computer:  http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/u/2023561    If you choose to download the app instead, ($4.99 I believe?), use this star code: 2023561  and their first name and four digit password!
     
    SIGHT WORDS
    Please make sure to continue to practice sight words. Flashcards are available here to print:  (coming soon).  Students should practice whatever words they do not yet know starting with the first quarter, but moving on if they are ready!  Try these:  50 Playful Sight Word Games
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Homework:  None, focus on At Home Learning, above!    
     

    Monday: 

    Reading:  Read for 10 minutes and write the title(s) in your reading log. 
    Math:  Do Dreambox for up to 20 minutes.   LCPSGO 
    Word Study:  Look for new words in the green folder.  Take them out for Tuesday and Thursday's homework.
     

    Tuesday:  

    Optional Reading:  Read for 15 minutes and write the title(s) in your reading log.
    Word Study:  Practice spelling and sorting your word study words.  For fun ideas, click here:  Word Study Bingo  
    Responsibility:  Put your library books in your backpack to return them to school tomorrow
     
     
    Wednesday:  

    Reading:  Read for 10 minutes and write the title(s) in your reading log. 

    Math:  

    M.Place values

     for up to 20 minutes.   LCPSGO  

    Thursday:

    Reading:  Read for 15 minutes and write the title(s) in your reading log.

    Word Study: Do a pretest with the word study words.  Practice any words missed.

     
    Friday:  Word Study Test
    No Homework

     

      

    Reminders:   
      
    Dreambox Logon
    New directions for logging into Dreambox on a tablet:   Dreambox Logon
     
    Word Study & New Homework Routine
    Word Study Started this month.  Our spelling program is called Word Study.  Every Monday on regular 5-day weeks, look in the green folder and pull out the word list. It will be pictures or words on a colored piece of paper. Save this paper for Tuesday and Thursday's homework.  Every Tuesday, students may do a simple word sort, or they may pick an activity that would be fun to do with their words.  Every Thursday, students will need to do a pretest with a parent to make sure they are ready for the spelling test on Friday. Thank you for your support with this new homework procedure!  I will not be collecting Word Study homework.  It is "on your honor", but the additional spelling and writing practice your child will get is valuable and worth it. 
     
     
    Book Clubs Orders!
    We will be participating with Scholastic Book Clubs and Usborne Books & More this year.  Both companies have great book selection and are valuable assets to allowing your child choose their own books and learn to love to read!  Giving your child a choice in getting new books is the number one motivator for reading!  Scholastic will have a due date each month and I will be submitting the orders after the 10th of the month.  Usborne will ship directly to you and will also earn us free books for our classroom!
    Scholastic link:  scholastic.com/readingclub   Class Activation Code:  H98FT

    GREAT PHONICS SITE
    Teach your Monster to Read is available to students now!  This is a great website that supports phonics knowledge and reading skills!  I will be creating logons for each student.  Their logon name is their first name.  Their password is the same as used for logging in.   Use this free link on a computer:  http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/u/2023561    If you choose to download the app instead, ($4.99 I believe?), use this star code: 2023561  and their first name and four digit password!
     
    SIGHT WORDS
    Please make sure to continue to practice sight words. Flashcards are available here to print:  (coming soon).  Students should practice whatever words they do not yet know starting with the first quarter, but moving on if they are ready!  Try these:  50 Playful Sight Word Games
      
    Labels
    Please write your child's name on all containers and water bottles.  Reminders:  Snack must be nut and peanut free! 
     
    Wednesday is Library Day!  Please make sure to return library books on Wednesday!
     
    RazKids ("Kids A-Z" through LCPS GO) can be used for reading homework.  Please see website directions below the Homework assignments.
     
    For school-wide events, please make sure to read the emails sent from the PTA and our Principal! 

    NEW Directions to use our homework sites from a mobile device:

    Dreambox Logon Directions

    Computer Log-on Instructions 

    Dreambox:   https://launchpad.classlink.com/loudoun      (Monday Math Homework)

    1.  Students will now log on to Dreambox through the LCPS GO site.  Follow the link above.

    2.  Click on Dreambox.  Click "Continue to Website".

    2. USERNAME:  It is your child's lunch #(student ID number).  There is a label inside the green FISH folder with this number.  If it looks like you are supposed to enter an email, just type in the student number.

    3.Password:  It is your child's birthday. (For example, an April 7th birthday would be 0407.)  This number is also inside the green FISH folder.

    4. If a window pops up, just click on "continue to website."  Click on Dreambox.   Once in Dreambox, sign in again.  Then select any of the four "worlds" (dinosaur, pixie, pirate, animal).  There will be math activities circled in yellow and green.  Your child may complete either the green or yellow labeled selections in the Dream Box program at home.  The green ones will practice skills they have mastered, and the yellow ones are new skills they need to master.   

    IMPORTANT for Dreambox: All work must be completed by the students at home. No parent support should be given.  This program is  designed around the needs and knowledge of your child's  math skills.  Aiding your child could ultimately change some outcomes with the advancement of problems being provided.  Students need to work by themselves to solve all necessary problems.  They can use pencil and paper to solve their math problems.

    Below you will see the “Learning Environment” that your child sees when they log-in to Dreambox.  At school they only see the bottom 4 circles and at home they see all 6 circles.  The bottom 4 are the actual learning environments where they learn math skills and as they learn they can earn coins.  The top two circles are places they go to play games and spend their coins.  When completing DreamBox homework, they are to be working in the bottom 4 circles.  After their allotted time is up they can then proceed to the games and spend their coins.  Please make sure your child is doing their homework before going to spend their coins in the top circles!

    Dreambox

     

    Raz-Kids: 

    Go to https://www.raz-kids.com/ and use the information below:

    Click on the GREEN rectangle in the upper right corner: KIDS LOGIN

    Teacher Username: ppalkovic1

    The student will select their name from a list.

    Their password is their birthdate example: April 7th birthday would be 0407)

    Students will click on the Level Up space ship.

    To progress to the next level, students will need to listen AND read all the books on that level and answer the quiz questions. (All 3 icons should have a check for each book} I control their reading level from the assessments I do at school.

     
    Not set up yet: Prodigy
    I will not be having students use prodigy in school this year.  It is a fun math game though that is free to use, so you may choose to use it at home.

    IXL:   (Not available for first grade yet.)       http://www.ixl.com/signin/arcola  (Possible Wednesday Math Homework)

    Math homework will be online.  All homework will be assigned under First Grade tab in IXL.  IXL and Dreambox will use the same number and password that are used in school. The username is your child's lunch number/student ID number.  The password is a 4-digit representation of your child's birthday month and day.  (For example, September 1 would be 0901.)  I have affixed these numbers to the inside pocket of each fish folder.  

     
     Math:  Do Dreambox for 15 minutes.  https://launchpad.classlink.com/loudoun  
     
     
     
     
     Later for 
     Math:  Do Dreambox for 20 minutes.  LCPSGO   If you are using a tablet, please use the directions below!
    Word Study:  Do an activity with your words!  Try one from this list:  Word Study Bingo 
     
    Word Study:  Use the colored paper that came home on Monday.  Choose an activity to do with the words that will help you practice them!  It could be to just cut out the words and sort them according to the topic cards (sort in colomns), or you can choose which fun activity you want to do with the words! Try one from this list:  Word Study Bingo 
     Do a pretest to see if you know your words!  Write the topic words at the top of your paper and try to write them in the correct column.  The topic words should help with the spelling, too!  There is a test tomorrow!
     
    Monday Word Study: Pull the colored piece of paper out of your green folder.  You will need to use these for the rest of the week.  Please do not leave them in the folder, as they fall out of the folders and we do not know who they belong to.
     
    Tuesday: Word Study:  Do a practice activity with your word study words.  It could be to simply cut them apart and sort them according to feature, spelling them out loud, writing them, or any way you learn best!  Click here for more Ideas:  Word Study Bingo  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For my former students....   

    Your homework is to love to read the rest of your life!!  Enjoy what books can bring you!  Learn, empathise, and expand your horizons!

    You can sign up for the summer reading program at the library, but enjoy books for their own worth!  

    Summer notes....

     Parents, I would love it if you could take a moment to read this article! I love what it has to say!

    Four Guidelines for Summer Reading

     

     Oh!  And all of our fun learning websites should still be active through the end of the summer!!