Mrs. Smith’s ESL Class
Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! I am happy to have you in my class this year and I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you and your families. I am planning for and anticipating a year filled with challenge, learning and excitement. The following outline is intended to supply you and your parents concerning the program and our classroom.
This year we will focus on the following curriculum areas:
- Oral and Visual Communication (Beginners)
- Reading Comprehension
- Study Skills
We will do a lot of reading, writing, oral and visual communication (Beginners), but we will have a lot of fun learning through interactive activities with the curriculum topics above. Students will be using the iReady, Lexia Strategies and Rosetta Stone online programs along with Escalate English and the Access Book Series.
School Supplies In addition to the school’s supply list, students will need:
- (5) Black and White Composition Notebooks
- Pens should be Erasable pens
- Colored Pencils
Mission for the Class
This class will work together as a team. Our team goal is to further student learning in all curriculum areas. Each student is a member of the team. Each team member (this means no talking while one of your peers is discussing something with the class). Each member of this team has the right to speak and voice his/her ideas and opinions as long as the voice is heard in an orderly manner (this means raise your hand). Each member of the team will take responsibility for his/her actions. If you take responsibility for your successes you must also take responsibility for your failures. This means, if you start to struggle in your studies seek ways to find help (you should speak to Mrs. Smith, Ms. Ruiz, or Ms. Levia, ask your friends, or a parent for assistance).
You must respect yourself, me and the class by arriving to school on time and coming to class organized with all your materials daily. You must show effort in all of your assignments and be an active member in class by participating (in other words, working in co-operative groups, asking questions, etc.). You must turn your work in on time and the work you turn in must be well thought out, organized, and well written. You must treat teachers, yourself and your classmates with respect and consideration. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
As your teacher, I promise to work hard to ensure that your time spent in my class is optimized. I will try to make the subjects interesting by relating them to your own lives. I promise to be consistent and fair with each of you. I want each of you to SUCCEED!
CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR POLICY” For a team to be successful there must be well-defined team policies (RULES). The policies, if followed, will ensure a positive and rewarding experience for each student, and the class as a whole.
We will be using the Class Dojo Behavior Management point system this year. A parent letter will be sent home for you to read and sign. You should send back the bottom part of the letter. Our class Expectations are:
- Follow directions the first time they are given
- Be in class and seated when the tardy bell rings.
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
- Use appropriate language; No put-downs, teasing, or other inappropriate words.
Consequences for not meeting classroom Expectations:
- Verbal or Visual Warning
- Lose 1 Class Dojo point
- 15 minutes lunch meeting with Mrs. Smith
- Lose 2 Class Dojo points and 15 minutes lunch meeting with Mrs. Smith.
- Call Home
- Behavior Referral
Homework Roles and Responsibilites (Homework and study time is very important to your success in school) A positive and open school-home partnership will have a positive impact on student success in the homework process.
For any additional homework help you can go to : www.homeworkla.org
Week of October 31 – November 4, 2016
Monday- (Beg) Write vocabulary words
Access Student Activity Book pg. 24
(Int/Adv) Escalate Student Book pg. 22
Tuesday- (Beg) True Stories, pp. 4-5 Answer Comprehension questions/Writing
(Int/Adv) Student Activity Book – Watch TV show and fill in the plot diagram.
Wednesday-(Beg) Study sight words, Write sentences using action verbs
Access (Red) read pp 62-67, Student Activity Book pg. 22-23 (Study for Test)
Thursday- Weekly Test
(Beg) Sight Word Test, Story “Cold Read” Reading Test
(Int/Adv) Cold Read Test “Common Formative Assessment”
Friday – No Homework