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Curriculum, Homework and Other Class Info

Readers Workshop - The Daily 5 and The CAFE

Read Aloud and Shared Reading

Whole-Group Focus Lessons

Small Guided Groups

Partner Reading

Independent Reading

Individual Conferring

Word Work:  phonics, spelling

Vocabulary Development



Writers Workshop - Lucy Calkins

Opinion Writing:  Writing Reviews

Poetry:  Big Thoughts in Small Packages

Narrative:  From Scenes to Series, Writing Fiction

Handwriting Without Tears


Math - Investigations (MPS Math curriculum; modified)

Additional lessons to meet Minnesota State standards

Developing problem solving strategies

Mental math strategies


Social Studies – Minneapolis District Curriculum

Citizenship and Government (Hopes & Dreams, Classroom Rules)


History - Mill City Museum

Current events (Time for Kids)


Science – FOSS Science Kits

Rocks, Sand, & Soil


Solids & Liquids

Plants & Animals Life Cycles & Needs


Homework Assignments (Optional)

The students in Room 108 will have a few regular homework assignments.  These assignments are meant to supplement classroom work, improve student skills, and assist children in becoming more responsible learners.  They are not meant to be a student’s sole evening activity or to take away from extra-curricular or family activities.



Students should read daily, even if for only 10 minutes

Monthly calendar sent home to record minutes read (beginning Oct 1)

Monthly reading response activity

(calendar and response activity to be returned at the end of the month)



Math Packet corrections/weekly (sent home Mon., due following Mon.)

Fact practice on specified math operation/weekly

(flashcards, online games, practice sheets)

Math pages from workbook and math games from workbook as they arise



Children are encouraged to keep a writing journal at home


Special Projects

 I view projects as an opportunity for me to teach the skills of note taking, formatting, presenting, etc.  Therefore, most of the work will be completed at school.  There might be occasions when a small portion of a project will come home as homework.


Classroom Book Check-Out

      Students will be invited to check-out books from the classroom library.  When they return their book, they can exchange it for a new one.


Media Book Check-Out

Room 108 will visit Barton's Media Center following Angie's Classroom Library Book Check-Out.  Fall dates include:  Sept 15 & 30, Oct 17, Nov 8 & 28, Dec 13.


Classroom Buddies

Our classroom buddies this year will once again be Sara’s 7th and 8th graders.  They will come once a week to read or do other activities with us.  Also, they will escort us to all-school assemblies and Lake Day in June.


Parent Communication

I encourage parent communication and support to ensure a happy and successful school year.  I plan on writing a weekly update that I will normally e-mail (or send home on paper if you prefer) at the beginning of each week.  You, too, should feel free to call and write notes regarding your child. 


Field Experiences & Special Events

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) (Oct 6)

Lowry Nature Center - What Makes Weather? (Dec 8)

Portfolio Sharing (Dec and May)

Mill City Museum (Feb 9)

Children's Theatre Company - Frog & Toad (May 9)

Ordway Performance (Barton student body - date unknown at this time)

End of Year Class Picnic - Hyland Park (late May)

First and Second Grade MoSAiC Arts Night (May 25)

Midwest Food Connections at Barton (unsure of dates)

Lake Day (Jun 9)

(Please see the Barton School Calendar for many additional school wide events.)


Best ways to contact me:

1. Send a note with your child

2. Leave a message with the office (612-668-3580)

3. E-mail me (

4. Leave a message on my school voicemail 612-692-0965

(I check my e-mail and voicemail before and after school each day.)