AIG Language Arts and Science Class Information

Curriculum 

Students will be taught Communication Skills and Science during a 2 hour and 15 minute block each day.  Language arts, including reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, speaking and listening, will be accelerated and enriched for our AIG students.

AIG Requirements

Lexington City School AIG criteria is based on Aptitude test scores, IQ test scores, benchmark assessments, grades from class work, and observations.  According to our district AIG Plan, students placed in an AIG classroom must exhibit strong academic skills, positive behavior toward learning, and a solid work ethic.  If the accelerated pace and enrichment opportunities prevent your child from maintaining high standards and from being successful, it may be necessary to place him or her in a classroom that better fits his or her academic needs.  He or she will still receive differentiated instruction, but the pace and curriculum will be more appropriate for his or her needs.  If at any time you feel your child is not doing well or if this is not the right placement, please schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, and then you may request in writing for your child to change placements.

Communication

I feel it is extremely important to keep an open line of communication.  Please do not hesitate to contact me about any questions or concerns.  The quickest way to get in touch with me is through email.  My email address is efrazier@lexcs.org.  You may also call me at school at 242-1546.  However, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. you will probably be asked to leave a message.  Please do.  I will return your call as soon as possible.  Both the Friday folder and weekly homework agenda will include upcoming events as well as topics we are covering in class.  I also maintain a class website, www.mrsfraziersclass.org that includes links to the weekly homework agendas, class events, announcements, and at-home supplemental materials. 

This year we are going to send notices and announcements via Remind101.  Remind101 is an app for your iOS device. It allows teachers to send secure, free message reminders to students and parents. The message reminders can be in the form of text messages or emails. You can even receive both! The app is super easy to use, and setting it up literally takes 2 minutes.  To sign up for my class:

Fifth grade parents text @efraz to the number 81010.  You should receive a welcome text from Remind.  Or, go to 

https://www.remind.com/join/efraz

Fourth grade parents text @efrazier to the number 81010.  You should receive a welcome text from Remind.  Or, go to 

https://www.remind.com/join/efrazier 

Homework

This year students will NOT receive a printed homework sheet for the week. Reading homework will always be to read at least 30 minutes each night.  This may sound like easy or trivial homework, but it is one of the most valuable activities any person can do.  Reading just a few minutes each day is mentally stimulating and improves stamina and concentration.  It expands vocabulary, builds background knowledge and improves memory.  It also promotes critical thinking and makes better writers.  Please make sure your student has a book and reads as much as possible.

There will also be times students will need to finish classwork as homework.  On occasion there may be an additional assignment.  If there is an assignment that needs to be finished or done at home, you will receive a notice from Remind101. 

Friday Folder

Almost every Friday your child will bring home a Friday Folder with notes, information, and completed work.  Please take time to look through your child’s folder.  The Friday report and the folder need to be returned the following Monday.

 Reading Counts

Each child will be assessed to determine their reading Lexile level.  He or she will be required to read and take Reading Counts test on books within his or her reading range.  Reading within this range is important because it ensures students are being properly challenged in order for reading skills to grow and mature.  Reading Counts is an important tool I will use to monitor each child’s reading, especially his or her independent reading.  I will periodically print reports and conference with each child.  Each nine weeks your child’s Reading Counts average will be used as a test grade.  Reading Counts tests for specific books will also be included as grades. 

I will be encouraging students to read chapter books.  We will try to match books to students’ lexile level, however when a student has a level above 800, it can be difficult to find chapter books that have a high lexile level and content appropriate for their age.  The important thing is for students to choose a book that is enjoyable, impressionable and stimulating. 

Schedule

7:10 – 7:50                  5th Grade Homeroom – eat breakfast, prepare for the day, and do morning work

7:50 – 10:00                5th Grade Language Arts and Science with Mrs. Frazier

10:00 – 10:45              Encore Classes

10:45 – 11:15              5th Grade Language Arts and Science with Mrs. Frazier (cont.)

11:15 – 11:45              4th Grade Language Arts and Science with Mrs. Frazier

11:45 – 12:25              Lunch/Recess

12:25 – 12:10              4th Grade Language Arts and Science with Mrs. Frazier (cont.)

2:10 – 2:20                  Switch classes and prepare for dismissal

Elementary Battle of the Books 

As part of the AIG Curriculum students will participate in the Elementary Battle of the Books.  To help students prepare for this year’s competition we have planned for some novels to be read in class as units of study.  Most novels will be read independently. 

Students were asked to read three books this summer and complete a project on one book.  This project is due by September 9th.  Details for the project can be found on our class website.

 

2016-17 Elementary Battle of the Books Book List

TITLE

AUTHOR

A Long Walk to Water

Linda Sue Park

A Nest for Celeste

Henry Cole

Crenshaw

Katherine Applegate

Fish in a Tree

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Greetings From Nowhere (summer read)

Barbara O’Connor

Jake (summer read)

Audrey Couloumbis

Love, Ruby Lavender

Deborah Wiles

Savvy

Ingrid Law

Smells Like Dog

Suzanne Selfors

The Homework Machine (summer read)

Dan Gutman

The Key to Extraordinary

Natalie Lloyd

The League of Seven

Alan Gratz

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Rodman Philbrick

The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo

The Year of the Dog

Grace Lin

Tuesdays at the Castle

Jessica Day George

Ungifted

Gordon Korman

Woods Runner

Gary Paulsen