Mrs. Niemi's Classroom

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Schedule for the 2017/18 School Year:

Period 1 - IEP Planning/Language Arts
Period 2 - Language Arts
Period 3 - Math  
Period 4 - Planning
Period 5 - Math 
Period 6 - Social Skills/Study Skills  

Month of February:

Periods 1 and 2: 

Language Arts:

We are using the READ 180 curriculum. The Workshop we are currently on is called "Stand Up". This workshop is about 3 young people who overcame extreme hardship, prejudice, and abuse when they were children and now fight of the rights of other children. We have just started Part 2 of the Workshop. Important vocabulary words include: activist, charity, donor, motivation, resources, responsibility, desperate, struggle, pursue, and establish. Students are working on finding important details in text and summarizing in their own words. The read aloud is The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. Students learn vocabulary and answer comprehension questions about the story. 

Students have daily grammar practice with "Write Rights" in which they learn about parts of speech and fix spelling, verb tense, and punctuation errors. They also use tools from the Step Up to Writing program to improve their writing skills.

Period 3

Students are working from the Transitional Mathematics program: Understanding Algebraic Expressions. They are on Unit 6: Multiplication and Division of Negative Numbers. Students are learning to multiply and divide positive and negative numbers, to graph lines on a coordinate graph using X/Y tables, and to determine where the Y intercept is.

Internet Math Games Involving Integers and Coordinate Planes:

Period 5:

Students are working from the Math Mammoth math program. They will be working on Chapter 3: Problem Solving.
The Lessons cover Balance Problems and Equations and Problem Solving with Bar Models.

Internet Math Games Involving Problem Solving:

Period 6: 

Study Skills:
Students need to come to class prepared to work. This is a class to get extra help and time to finish assignments. It is not a free time class. If a student refuses to work, parents will be notified for a meeting. Students who are not in this class as an elective may come as needed after checking in with their elective teacher.

Social Skills:
This is class is designed to improve the social, emotional, and academic skills of students and strengthen relationships between students, peers, and teachers. The curriculum "School Connect" is built upon 5 social and emotional competency areas: social awareness, self awareness, self management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. This is a semester class. If after the semester students are showing growth in behavior skills they can then either move to an elective class or they can go to study skills if they are failing classes.