Ms. Ellison

April Showers Bring May Flowers, Welcome to May 2020!!

Hey Students and Families!
I'm just hoping that everyone has a chance to keep up with your teachers' pages and are having fun while doing activities off their lesson plans! I also hope that everyone is taking at least a minimum of 30 minutes a day to keep up with your reading! Reading is not only directly from a book, or an e-book! You can also read recipes while helping a parent cook, ingredients on your cereal boxes and other food items, instruction manuals for games, ect. There are all kinds of types of reading! Try to get in at least 30 minutes a day to keep up your reading stamina! 
Have a great day and a great weekend!
Ms. Ellison

Today is Thursday, April 9, 2020: Nature Studies! Plant a plant cutting or a seed! Keep a journal with pictures (if possible) or simply have a great discussion with your family about the changes you see taking place! **If you have no plant cuttings or seeds, adopt a little wild plant outside and continue to observe the changes in the growth**

This is just an idea for your little ones at home. With my students, my plan was to plant a cutting of a Spider Plant, but we haven't been able to do that with closure of schools. I have an idea for my students and anyone's children! 
Assignment A:
1: Take a cutting of a plant you may have at home, put it in a bit of water, fresh water daily in the bowl or glass. 
2. If your children have a notebook or can journal on a tablet or something, keep a daily journal of the changes your plant goes through, from the day you have placed it in the water, and then, when the roots start showing. They can even keep an illustrated journal of their plant's progress. 
3. Once the plant starts to root, place it in a pot of soil and keep track of that progress!
4. Good luck growing and enjoy your new plant!
Assignment B:
1. Take a seed, whether it is a vegetable seed or flower seed.
2. Give it a little soak, depending on what the instructions state on the seed packet, or give it a few hours soak if it's fresh from a food. 
3. If you have a little soil, a flower pot, plant this seed.
4. Give it good light.
5. Water the soil lightly when the soil looks dry. 
6. Check it daily. 
7. Keep a journal either every day or every so many days when you've noticed a change or draw pictures of it, OR simply discuss with your parents or guardians, the changes that are taking place with your seed!
8. When you see the seed beginning to sprout, keep sprinkling it with water, love and sunshine!
Enjoy the process! 

Read between 15 and 30 minutes if you have a chance today or over the weekend!! Reading daily builds stamina, teaches you new words and takes you into a whole new world!! 
Ms. Ellison

Due Date: 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Posted: April 2, 2020

NB Public Library System: TUMBLEBOOKS!!

NOW!! You've received your NBPLS Number, time to hit the Tumblebooks section of the library! You help them to log in (for those who do not know how to do it, you simply type in your library card number into the section provided.) Log your children in and let them do the rest! Trust them to help you navigate and access all the fun stories in here!! 
Have fun and read a LOT!
Thank you!
Ms. Ellison

Posted: April 2, 2020

New Brunswick Public Library System Online Children's Resources.

Once you've received your library numbers for your children, and you as well, please go to the online resources for children and allow your children to explore the different links for the NB Public Library System that are provided. 
Also, please allow them to access Tumblebooks through the next link I am providing.
Thank you
Ms. Ellison

Posted: April 2, 2020

New Brunswick Public Library System: Link to request a Library Card Number.

I am requesting that all families who have internet access from your homes, please access this link and sign your children (and yourselves) up for a free New Brunswick Public Library Card and Number. I will include the Children's Library Links and Tumblebook access in the next notes. 
Please have your children read a MINIMUM of 30 minutes per day to build daily reading stamina. 

Posted: April 2, 2020

Note for Parents and Students: 
Please ensure that your children are continuing to practice their learning at home. Our goal is reading for 30 minutes per day to build up reading stamina. 

Why Your Child Should Read for 20 Minutes Every Day

“Why can’t I skip my 20 minutes of reading tonight?”
Let’s figure it out —MATHEMATICALLY!

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night…or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:
Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school….and in life?

 

WHY READ 30 MINUTES A DAY?

*If daily reading begins in infancy, by the time the child is five years old, he or she has been fed roughly 900 hours of brain food!

*Reduce that experience to just 30 minutes a week, and the child’s hungry mind lose 770 hours of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and stories.

*A kindergarten student who has not been read aloud to could enter school with less than 60 hours of literacy nutrition. No teacher, no matter how talented, can make up for those lost hours of mental nourishment.

 

*Therefore…30 minutes daily = 900 hours
30 minutes weekly = 130 hours
Less than 30 minutes weekly = 60 hours
Guess you now understand why reading daily is so very important. Why not have family night reading? It is great to just shut off the television for 20-30 minutes and read… and share.

Homework from Ms. Ellison
Thursday, January 30, 2020!
Please check at your homes for any books that may need to be returned to my classroom on Monday, February 3, 2020!
Have a great long weekend! 
Happy February and see you on Monday, February 3, 2020!

Due Date: 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

To the Students of each of my grades: Please be sure to read your book or assigned section of reading to an adult (parent or guardian) tonight.
**If you have a book that needs to be returned, please be sure to pack it in your homework folders tonight and return it to me tomorrow! 

Thank you!
Ms. Ellison

Due Date: 

Monday, January 14, 2019

January Book Orders!! Middle School-Due: Monday, January 21, 2019
Hey Middle School! 
I have sent home the January book orders.
The orders will be due on Monday, January 21, 2019 with the order filled out and the money for your order. 
Please use the GREEN PRE-TAX SECTION PRICE of each book order!
Thank you and it is a pleasure to know that you are enjoying the treasures of reading!
Ms. Ellison

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