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My email : mbillingsley@eagle-heights.org School phone: 281-485-6330

Blessings

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Meet the Teacher

Hello!  My name is Melody Billingsley and I am THRILLED to be your child’s teacher!  I’m looking forward to partnering with you this year to help your child learn and grow.  I believe that our children are one of the greatest treasures that God has given to us.  The time we invest in these little ones will reap eternal rewards unlike the earthly treasures that will someday rust, fall apart, and fade away.  Thank you for entrusting your “treasure” with me!  I am looking forward to getting to know your child. Here are a few things about me.


I was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  I have a bachelor’s degree from U of H Clear Lake in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree from U of H Clear Lake in Reading.  I have taught for 16 years in both public and private schools grades pre-k thru 3rd grade.  10 of those years have been served here at Eagle Heights Christian Academy.


I have been married 29 years and my husband and I  have two sons. We have a cock-a- poo named Rusty.  My hobbies include spending time with my family, reading, sewing, crocheting, and teaching!


Please pray for us as you go about your day.  It’s my hope that our students will learn much, grow closer to the Lord and each other ,acquire a love for learning and that we will be a reflection of Christ’s love each and every day.

 

                                                                                In His Service,

                                                                                Mrs.Billingsley

 

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Eagle Heights Website

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Class Schedule

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Our Schedule

Spanish 1:45-2:10 Mon. Music 12:50-1:20 Mon./Tues./Fri. Library 12:50-1:20 Thurs. Computer 12:45-1:15 Wed. Lunch 11:45-12:15 P.E 11:05-11:35 Daily Recess 12:20-12:45 as time permits

Chapel

Chapel will be every Wednesday at 8:30. Please wear chapel dress - a white shirt and navy bottoms.

Phonics

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K and C Rule

K comes before i and e; C comes before the other three- a, o, u. cat kitten

when to use oy or oi

Use oy at the end of a root word. Use oi in the middle of a root word. joy toy point join

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Marking Vowels

Short vowels are marked with a smile:

ă  ĕ  ĭ  ŏ  ŭ


Long vowels are marked with a straight stick, and the silent second vowel is crossed out:

ā ɇ,   ē ɇ,   ī ɇ,  ō ɇ,  ū ɇ

Vowel Rules

One-Vowel Rule: When there is one vowel in a word it usually says its short sound.


Two-Vowel Rule: When there are two vowels in a word the first one says its long sound (name) and the second one is silent.


Three-Vowel Rule: There is no rule, however it is just like when there are two vowels.  The first vowel says its long sound, the second one is silent, and so is the third.


Reading

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Visualizing

Visualizing – Create Mental Images!

The following are thinking stems that you can use while reading with your child:

*I’m picturing…

*My mental images include…

*I can feel…

*I can see…

*I can smell…

*I can taste…

*I can touch…

* I can hear…

*I can imagine…

Making Connections

Making Connections – Connecting what you already know (background knowledge) to what you are reading

Text to Self: You make connections between something you’ve read to something from your personal life.

*This is like my life because…

*This character reminds me of myself because…

*I agree/disagree with what I read because in my own life…

*I understand what I just read because in my own life…

 

Text to Text: You make connections between what you’re reading and something you’ve read or seen or heard, such as another book, a painting, movie, television program or song.

*This reminds me of _______ I read because…

*This character is like _________ in the book ________ because…

*This character has the same problem as _________ in the book _________ because…

 

Text to World: You make connections between what you’ve read and the broader world.  These oare often bigger “idea” connections.

*I saw something like this when I watched _________, what I know is…

*What I just read reminds me of _______ that happened in history because…

*I know this because…

 

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Comprehension Strategies:

 

.  *Visualizing

2*  Making Connections

3*  Questioning

4*  Drawing Inferences

5*  Determining Importance

6* Synthesizing

7*Summarizing

 

**Scroll down to see individual charts that will help you and your child with each strategy.

Determining Importance

Determining Importance – What matters most?

The following are thinking stems that you can use while reading with your child. Always have them back up from the text the reason for their answer:

*What’s important here…

*What matters to me…

*One thing we should notice…

*I want to remember…

*It’s interesting that…

 

 

Summarizing

Summarizing – Retelling the important events of a story in a shortened version

The following are thinking stems that you can use while reading with your child. Always have them retell the following order.

1.     Characters…

2.     Setting…

3.     Problem…

4.     In the Beginning…

5.     Next…

6.     Then…

7.     Finally…

8.     The Problem was solved by…

Questioning

Questioning – Before, During and After Reading

The following are thinking stems that you can use while reading with your child:

*I don’t understand…

*It confused me when…

*How could…

*I wonder why…

 

Inference (Drawing Conclusions)

Drawing Inferences (Conclusions) –

Schema + Evidence = Inference

The following are thinking stems that you can use while reading with your child. Always have them back up from the text the reason for their answer:

*My guess is…

*Maybe…

*Perhaps…

*It could be that…

*I infer…

*This could mean…

 

Synthesizing

Synthesis – Changing your Thinking Along the Way

The following are thinking stems that you can use while reading with your child. Always have them back up from the text the reason for their answer:

*Now I understand why…

*I’m changing my mind about…

*I used to think… but now I think…

*My new thinking is…

*I’m beginning to think...

 

Spelling

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Spelling Lists

I will be entering our weekly spelling lists on VocabularySpellingCity.com .  Vocabulary Spelling City is a website that helps students learn their weekly spelling and vocabulary words while having fun at the same time.  Your child can review the words, and play spelling and vocabulary games with their words to reinforce the learning process.  Here’s how to help your child master his or her spelling and vocabulary words:

Simply go to the bookmark on the side of this page and click on this week's spelling list.  Your child may choose any free activity to practice their spelling words.  

Please encourage your child to spend about twenty minutes, two nights in a row before their weekly test on Fri.  Let’s work together as a team to ensure that your child becomes an independent, lifelong learner.

 

In His Service,

Melody Billingsley

English

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Sentences

Use S.C.E.N.S. to write 5 star sentences! S pacing C apitals E ndmarks N eatness S pelling

The Writing Process

The Writing Process is the steps that a writer follows as he writes. The steps are: 1. Planning: Getting ready to write 2. Drafting: Writing your ideas in sentences 3. Revising Improving your writing 4. Proofreading: Finding and correcting mistakes in your writing 5. Publishing: Sharing your writing with someone

Bible

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Memory Verse for the Week

Verses for August and September 8/23 Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 8/30 Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:22- Noah did everything just as God commanded him. 9/6 Deuteronomy 6:5 – Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 9/13 Genesis 15:6 – Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 9/20 Exodus 14:31- And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

Social Studies

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Science

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We will begin Science the 2nd Semester.

Accelerated Readers AR

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AR

This year the students will be taking AR tests in the classroom.  It works really well for young students if you keep a small notebook with their login ID and Password, and a list of books read, with AR quiz #s (if you have them).  That way we can find them quickly so that they can make the most use of AR  time.  Then simply cross off each book as the test is complete.

 

If you have a book and want to know what reading level it is, use the bookmark for AR Bookfinder and type the title into the box under the "Quick Search" tab.  It will bring up all the information you need, including book level, quiz #, etc.  Write down the quiz # in your notebook if you decide to read the book.

 

If you want to look up titles of books that are in the appropriate reading level range for your child, use the advanced search tab.  You do not need to fill in most of the blanks.  Just choose the interest level (LG K-3) and enter the lowest to highest level you want to search for.  Narrowing down by topics will help you choose from a smaller list of books, but is not necessary.  You will be given a list of all AR books within that level range.  You can click "add to AR bookbag" for the books you are interested in, and when finished, print your list from the bookbag.  Then when you go to the library or bookstore, you know what to look for rather than being overwhelmed and trying to figure it out while you are there.

 

Math

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Moby Max

YOUR CHILD'S USERNAME IS: the first letter of their first name AND the first four letters of their last name YOUR CHILD'S PASSWORD IS: their initials

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Field Trips/ Parties

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Field Trips

Nutcracker at UHCL coming up in December. Stay tuned for more Information.

Scholastic Book Club

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Scholastic Book Club

Get reasonably priced books and earn free books for our classroom by ordering from Scholastic online! 

 

Go to http://clubs.scholastic.com/, click on register (unless you already have a parent page), get your own user name and password and then enter our class activation code: NBGCX.

 

More titles are available online than in the paper flyers, and you can search according to reading levels, but feel free to send your orders to me also.  Checks must be made payable to Scholastic.  No cash please.