Mrs. Flynn's Reading/Writing & Math Page

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Mrs. Flynn Folder of Resources during Remote Learning
 
Extensions from Chrome that can help students complete assignments:

Read&Write for Google Chrome™

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?hl=en-US 


This extension appears as a purple puzzle piece on the right-hand corner of your child’s screen. This extension will allow your child to highlight reading material and have it read to them.  For example, in science, Mr. Prior will often assign articles from Readworks.   A student can highlight the whole passage, hit the play button and have the passage and questions read to them.  




Speech to Text Google 

https://support.google.com/docs/answer/4492226?hl=en   

Students are able to speak into a microphone and write text into a doc or google slide presentation.  




Grammarly:  The free version offers word prediction, spelling, grammar, style, and tone. 


https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/grammarly-for-chrome/kbfnbcaeplbcioakkpcpgfkobkghlhen?hl=en



Reading Objectives include (but are not limited to) : 
 *Establishing a purpose for reading
*Making Connections
*Making Predictions
*Asking Questions
*Analyzing Cause and Effect Relationships
*Compare and Contrast
*Sequencing
*Problem-Solution 
*Finding the Main Idea
*Understanding the Plot Line Diagram 
*Increasing reading fluency 
*Understanding Nonfiction Text Features 
(Title, Headings, Table of Contents, Pictures, Captions, Graphics, Glossary, and Index) 

Resources Utilized in Class
*Reading A-Z Benchmark Books
*NewsELA
*Readworks.org 
*Fountas and Pinnell 
*Action Magazine (Scholastic)  

Reading Strategies Practiced in Class that can also be done at home:
Before Reading a novel 
*Look at the picture on the front cover.
*Read the back of the book.
*What questions do you have and what are your predictions? 
*Preview new vocabulary ahead of time or make predictions based on context clues.

During Reading
*Write down questions that you have along with answers (predictions)
*Use post-it notes 
*What connections can you make to the characters or situations in the book?
*Draw pictures to encode important scenes from the book in your mind.  


After Reading
*Were your questions answered?
*Were your predictions correct?  

Additional Resources:

Reading Informational and Practice Sites: 
 http://www.readingrockets.org/books
 http://www.readworks.org 
https://newsela.com/
    
Math Practice Sites
http://www.math-drills.com/
http://www.funbrain.com/

http://www.khanacademy.org/

Homework:  Please read for 20 minutes a night.  

Extra Help: It is available on Wednesdays until the late bus.  

Contact Information:
 lflynn@ashland.k12.ma.us 

August 2019



Dear Parents,


       I hope that everyone had a restful and relaxing summer vacation.  I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome families to Ashland Middle School and to Team Orange.  This is my twelfth year at AMS as a Special Education Teacher and I am looking forward to a happy and productive school year.   Before working at AMS, I taught at Cotting School as a Special Education teacher in Lexington, MA. Over the summer I spent some time at the Cape with my husband, 11-year-old son, and 8-year-old daughter.   


       As your child’s liaison, I am responsible for collaborating with your child’s team of teachers to ensure their success in all academic areas.  I co-teach English Language Arts with MsStanton and mathematics with Mrs. Sadana. I directly teach reading as well as an academic support class that focuses on organization, literacy, writing, and math skills.  Calvin Himmelberger is the Educational Support Professional assigned to Team Orange who works with students in science, social studies, reading, and during Academic Support.  


Homework:  The Middle School website is a wonderful tool that parents can use to find out about upcoming homework assignments and projects.  The AMS website is http://ams.ashland.k12.ma.us/. http://ams.ashland.k12.ma.us/Teachers/ is the teacher's directory.  Teachers often post homework on Google Classroom.  Students can access google classroom by logging in through their email.


Agendas: Each student has received a school agenda this year to help them record and keep track of their assignments.  Students are encouraged to place their agendas into a homework binder and bring this binder back and forth to school each day.  We are flexible. If writing in their agendas is tedious, we encourage students to take a picture of the homework board with their phones.  Another method is utilizing their school email and emailing homework assignments to themselves as a reminder.


After School Help:  After school help is available in my classroom on Wednesdays until the late bus arrives.   Students are encouraged to check in with the teacher that they are staying after with before lunch to make arrangements.  Please note that core content teachers (ELA, math, science, and social studies) may offer other additional days that they stay after school.

 

      Please do not hesitate to contact me to share important information about your child or to address any questions or concerns you may have.  I welcome and encourage your input. My email is lflynn@ashland.k12.ma.us in which I check daily.  I can also be contacted by calling the school at (508) 881-0167 ext. 8303 after 2:45p.m. Arrangements can also be made to speak with me before school.  


     I look forward to meeting you all at our 6th grade Open House and to a wonderful year of learning and growing.



Lauren M. Flynn _________

Lauren M. Flynn             M.Ed.