QUEST Bell Schedule:
M, Tu, Th, F
First bell: 8:00am, Tardy bell: 8:05am, Dismissal: 2:26pm
First bell: 7:50am, Tardy bell: 7:55am, Dismissal: 11:31am
A little bit about me!
Welcome to 3/4 QUEST! My name is Kayla Alston and I am very excited to be your teacher for this year! I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. I have a wonderful husband, Adrian. We have a beautiful 2 year old daughter, Hailey, and a 6 month old son, Blake. I finished my Master's in Education and my Professional Certification in June 2011 from the University of Washington, Tacoma. Some of my favorite things to do are spend time with my family, read, play board games, travel, and teach. This will be my sixth year working at Zeiger. I have taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade before joining the QUEST team last year. I was in the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program from 2nd-8th grade in Las Vegas, where I grew up. I believe in constant communication between school and home, so please don’t be surprised to hear from me frequently via email, notes, and letters. If you ever need to contact me, I may be reached by email or phone. My email address is email@example.com and our school’s phone number is 253-841-8663. I absolutely cannot wait to get to know all of you. I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you! This is going to be a fabulous year!
What We're Studying (5/20/13-5/23/13)...
**No school May 24-27**
CMP Investigation 4 - Working with Percents
Monday: Lesson 4.3 - Develop strategies for expressing data in percent form (HW: ACE 4.3)
Tuesday: Lesson 4.4 - Moving between fractions, decimals, and percents (HW: ACE 4.4)
Wednesday: 2-Minute Timings (Homework: Review packet)
Thursday: UNIT 4 FINAL TEST
HW: ACE assignments nightly, due the following day
~~Remember to practice your multiplication facts and work on IXL as much as possible.~~
Jacob's Ladder Reading Comprehension Program (2 Days a week)
(Imbedded scaffolding that allows students to "traverse easily from basic comprehension skills to higher level critical reading skills" within the same stimulus)
*Mary Poppins' Secret - short story - Ladder C and Ladder D
Ladder A: Implications and Consequences
Ladder B: Generalizations
Ladder C: Theme
Ladder D: Creative Synthesis
Literature Circles: Book Clubs (2 Days a week)
Having read the novels “Call It Courage” and “The Secret Garden” students have practiced using vocabulary webs, literature webs, and change matrices. They will now have the opportunity to read another novel as a “Book Club”. Students will apply the use of these tools as they read, reflect, and create products individually and as a group.
Novels: The Sign of the Beaver; Words by Heart; Year of Impossible Goodbyes
Groups: There will be 3 groups of 8 (with smaller subgroups of 4). Each book is approximately 150 pages in length requiring about 10-20 pages of reading per session.
A reading and reflection day will alternate with a discussion day. At the conclusion of the reading, students pairs will develop a poster for the book. Each individual will select a “choice” assignment to complete as well.
*~~Homework: 1) No Wordly Wise this week
2)RAH Logs due every Monday 3) Catch up on daily Book Club requirements, as needed
Summaries integrated in Book Clubs
Spelling & Vocab:
-Wordly Wise Book 5: Lesson 19 Beginning May 28
**Please use the Wordly Wise website link in the LINKS section for interactive practice
Daily practice activities completed as homework for the remainder of the year!
Tests on Friday (The same words will be used to test spelling and vocabulary understanding)
"Rocks and Minerals"
-Reports: See "Announcements" section for more information. These reports are due May 17 and presentations are 30 minutes each day.
Early Northwest Coast Native Americans
-Learn about extended families and the roles of each family member
-Create in-class families
-Develop character biographies
-Begin creative character model