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Kinder/Third English Language Arts Teacher

Hello- My name is Kim Stoecker and this is my first year teaching at Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School. I am super excited to be here, and excited to get to work with your children.  I have been an educator for 21 years, and I love teaching English Language Arts.  Please see below for what my classes will be doing in both kindergarten and third grade in ELA. 
I meet with kindergarten students every school day for 60 minutes to deliver English language instruction. 
Behavior Expectations-
Sitting quietly at the carpet and table groups
Listening when the teacher is talking
Keeping hands to themselves
Sharing supplies when needed
Saying kind words to peers
Transitioning from one activity to the next quietly and efficiently
Following teacher directions
Oregon Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts-Kindergarten
Foundational Skills 
Print Concepts-
Understand organization and features of print
-left to right/top to bottom
-recognize that words have a specific sequences of letters
-understand that words are separated by spaces in print
-recognize and name all upper/lowercase letters 
Phonological Awareness-
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
-recognize and produce rhyming words
-segment sounds in words dog- /d/ /o/ /g/
-isolate and produce the beginning, middle and ending sounds in words
-add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple one-syllable words to make new words
Phonics and Word Recognition-
-know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
-associate the long and short sounds with common spelling for the five major vowels (a,e,i,o,u)
-read common high-frequency words by sight (the, of, to, you, she, my, like, the, is)
-distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.
Read texts with purpose and understanding.
Kindergarten students will also work on appropriate pencil grip, and being able to form their upper and lowercase letters. 
Students will work towards being able to write simple sentences using vocabulary and sight words. 
                                                                                     Third Grade
In third grade I meet with students for 75 minutes a day, and 60 minutes on Wednesdays to deliver English language instruction. I am developing my curriculum based on the Oregon Common Core State Standards and your child's individual reading and writing needs. I will be teaching essential skills and strategies in both reading and writing, working with students to provide instruction based on assessment results both formal and informal. I will work to provide opportunities for students to apply reading/writing skills and strategies using meaningful texts. This will occur within the weekly time frame that is allotted for ELA at Arco Iris School. 
The reading curriculum will cover the foundational skills of phonics, word recognition, vocabulary building and fluency. Students will be exposed to a range of texts and tasks in literature covering different genres. As well as getting opportunities to read various fiction and non-fiction/informational texts.
In writing I will be working with students to gain adequate mastery of a range of writing skills. They will learn about the 3 major different types of writing; opinion, informative/explanatory and narrative. The goal is that students will learn about the different aspects of language use, from syntax, word meaning (vocabulary) and the development of their ideas. We work daily on the convention of standard English grammar and usage when writing, Along with capitalization, punctuation and spelling in student writing. Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to plan, revise,edit and share their writing with others. I will adjust my planning and the curriculum as based on the academic needs of my students.
I am looking forward to a great year working with your students!  If you have any questions or concerns regarding ELA class please get in touch with me.