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Dear Students and Parents,
      I am very excited for another great year at Oakcrest Intermediate. This year
marks the start of my 26th year in TISD. I spent my first year at Decker
Praire Elementary teaching 5th grade. The following 16 years I taught at
Beckendorf Intermediate teaching both 5th and 6th grade students. From 2009-2016, I taught fifth and sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Creekside Forest Elementary.  I was so excited to transfer to Oakcrest  and be closer to home.
      I am orginally from Sac City, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University
in 1992 (GO CYCLONES!!). I grew up with both parents as teachers, so I guess
you could say that I inherited the "teaching gene". You've probably heard
that I'm the "teacher who sneezes loud", but there are other cool things
about me too. I have the best dog in the world!! Ruby was found at BIS in
January of 2009. She's been a great addition to my family and a constant
source of entertainment for me. I also love to bake and started a Cookie Camp this summer in my home.
I look forward to a great year full of exciting learning.
Love,
Ms Broughton
 
 

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Spelling week of Jan. 29th

Spelling List

Plurals

Week of Jan. 29

  1. addresses
  2. armies
  3. communities
  4. wrenches
  5. photos
  6. leaves
  7. families
  8. buses
  9. videos
  10. echoes
  11. tomatoes
  12. opportunities
  13. halves
  14. knives
  15. taxes

Vocabulary Words...quiz on Thursday, Jan. 25th

 

 

Poetry Vocabulary

Simile-a comparison of 2 unlike things using “like” or “as”

Metaphor- comparing 2 unlike things

Imagery- uses figurative language to create mental pictures to represent objects, actions, or ideas.

Personification-gives human characteristics to non-human things

Sensory language- language that connects to the 5 senses (see, hear, smell, taste, touch)

Symbolism- using objects to represent an idea or quality

Mood- the feelings of the reader from reading the poem

Rhyme- the repetition of the same or similar sound, usually at the end of the line of the poem

Alliteration- the repetition of the initial consonant or beginning sounds in 2 or more words close together.  

Free Verse- poetry that does not rhyme or follow a certain rhythm

Lyrical- poetry that expresses feelings or emotions and can be sung

Limerick- a humorous poem with 5 lines

Narrative- poetry that tells a story of an event from beginning to end                                               

Figurative language- language that uses meanings that are different from the literal interpretation

 

Welcome Back....again!!!

Dear Parents,
Welcome Back...again!!  I hope you all stayed dry and warm after our ice storm.  All the cold weather has me really homesick for Iowa...but I'm so happy that temps will be in the 70's by this weekend!!
 
Just wanted to pass along a couple of reminders:
 
1.  Report Cards were sent home today.  All you need to do is sign and return the envelope to your child's homeroom teacher ASAP.
 
2.  Tomball Reads One Book started today and all kids were given a copy of the book, The One and Only Ivan.  I have the link to the guest readers and other district information in Google Classroom.  I started reading it today to all classes.  I'm inviting students to take over for me tomorrow.  Let me know if you would like to be a guest reader in your child's class one day...we can definitely make that happen!!  It is my expectation that students bring this book (and other library books) to class each day.
 
3. Next Wednesday, students will have a Poetry/Nonfiction assessment for a MAJOR GRADE in Reading.  Students are currently working on writing different types of poetry for a WRITING major grade.  Due date on this TBA.  I'm looking for a total of four quality polished poems for their mini poetry anthology.  Specific guidelines on the way!!
 
5.  No Spelling or Vocabulary this week since it's already Thursday!!  Next week will be a Vocabulary week.
 
6.  Artrageous forms went home today...mark your calendars for Friday, Feb. 2nd!!. Please read for information about dinner tickets and auction items!!  Fifth grade ELA teachers will be displaying some poetry and I hope I can convince some of my Smart Cookies to read some their poetry aloud...tentative poetry reading possible...we shall wait and see on that!!
 
And finally, as soon as my Early Morning Reading Tutoring passes have been printed, I will give a pass to each student.  I'm now available for before school tutoring Mon- Thursday starting at 7:20 am!! 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,
Ms Broughton

ELA News Week of Dec. 11th

Dear Parent,

Hold on...only 9 more wake ups before a much needed (on my part) Christmas vacation!!  These are going to be a busy 9 days at that!!

 

Magazine Projects are due on Friday.  We will have technology in class all week, but many kids didn't draft a second article over the weekend, so there will be some work that  needs to be completed at home.  I told my Smart Cookies today that an article is a series of paragraphs and they needed to have at least three paragraphs per article.  For example, for a Problem/Solution structured article:  one paragraph as an introduction, the second paragraph explaining the problems, and the third paragraph offering a solution. 

 

Please see my homework board that I've attached for deadlines on how to manage this assignment.  Students were told to copy the whole week down in their planner or a separate sheet of paper, in case their planner has been lost or is missing.  Reminder:  Parents get to help 10%...that includes encouraging them to meet their deadline and help with spelling. 

 

We had a mini lesson today on how to paraphrase information using Who, What, Where, When, and How.  Students SHOULD NOT be copying pasting information from websites for their articles!!  That is academic dishonesty and will result in a zero for a grade.  (I don't mean to scare you, I mean to prepare you).

 

 

Here is the spelling AND vocabulary words this week:  TEST ON MONDAY, DEC. 18th

Spelling/Vocab Week of 12/11: Greek root, tele-

tele-

Over a distance; far off

1.  telephone    

(n.), a device for sending and receiving sounds over long distances

2. teleport

(v.), instant travel between two distant locations

3. telegram

(n.),  communication, (like a letter),  sent by a telegraph machine

4. television

(n.), an electronic system of sending images with sound over a wire or through space by devices that change light and sound into electrical waves and then change these back into light and sound

5. telescope

(n.), a tube-like instrument for viewing distant objects

6. telephoto

(adj.) a camera lens designed to give a large image of a distant object

7. telegraph

(n.) a machine for sending messages by a code over wires

8. televise

(v.), to broadcast (something, such as a baseball game) by television

9. telepathic

(adj.), communication from one mind to another without speech or signs

10. telecaster

(n.), a person who broadcasts by television

 


Magazine Project: Checkpoint #1

Checkpoint #1:

Students should be well on their way to becoming informed about their magazine topic.  They have had 25 minutes a day in class to research as well as reading homework at night to read about their topics.

 

Today I had students pitch their ideas for the three articles they plan to write. For homework tonight, they should DRAFT one of those articles.  We will work on adding text features to this tomorrow in class.  To help write their articles, students should be using some of the signal words for the text structure they plan to use.  Many students discovered today that they need to find out more information on their topic. 

Students also participated in the Hour of Code at the library and had a blast!!  Mrs. Doss told us about the book for the Tomball reads one book event this year:  The One and Only Ivan.  Here is the link to order a tee shirt.  E store closes on December 22nd

http://bluewaveapparel.com/TomballReads

 

 

 



ELA News Week of Dec. 4th

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!!  I can't believe it's already December! The school year seems to be zooming past us.

  We are starting a mini project in class today to showcase our learning on nonfiction text structure, main idea/supporting details and text features.  Kids will be creating a mini magazine on a topic of their choice.  I stressed to students to pick a topic that they were curious about and wanted to learn more about versus a topic that they already know a lot about.  We had a big brainstorming session in class today and about 25 minutes to start researching and reading about their topics. Students will then write 3 articles on their topic and chose three different text structure to organize their information for an article.  For example:  I gave the example using the topic of Leukemia.  I could read about this blood cancer and write an article describing what it is, another one about the cause and effects of Leukemia and a third article comparing and contrasting it to a second type of cancer.  This project will be mainly done in class with mini check points each day.  Today, kids needed to pick their topic. The students can choice to organize their magazine using Google Draw or Google Slides.  It will be a major grade in both Reading and Writing and is due next Friday, Dec. 15th.  Please see attached instruction paper.  You child also has this paper. (hopefully).

 

Grade recovery opportunity for Main Idea/Supporting details and Text Features will be on Wednesday of this week  It is one passage with ten questions.  It will be weighted as .50 and the Frozen Frog assessment (taken before Thanksgiving will be weighted .50).

 

This week is Vocabulary.  Here are the words:

 

Vocabulary Words – Week of 12/4-8

 

Vocabulary Word List: de-

de-

down, out

decay (v)

to break down; to rot

decline (v)

to go down; to droop; to slope downward

decode (v)

to break down words or sentences to read

decrease (v)

to lower or break down into a smaller amount

deduct (v)

to take out; to remove; to take away from another (usually related to money)

dejected (adj)

feeling down; sad

depress (v)

to press down

deport (v)

to send out of the country; to expel from the country

 

 

 

Academic Vocabulary

 

  • Author’s purpose: the author’s reason or desired outcome for writing a text
  • Influence: the author is persuading the reader to agree with them
  • Inform: the author is giving information
  • Entertain: the author is providing amusing and/or an enjoyable experience
  • Express: the author is sharing thoughts or feelings

 

 

 

Vocabulary Test: Friday, December 8th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vocabulary Words Week of Dec. 4th

Vocabulary Words – Week of 12/4-8

Vocabulary Word List: de-

de-

down, out

decay (v)

to break down; to rot

decline (v)

to go down; to droop; to slope downward

decode (v)

to break down words or sentences to read

decrease (v)

to lower or break down into a smaller amount

deduct (v)

to take out; to remove; to take away from another (usually related to money)

dejected (adj)

feeling down; sad

depress (v)

to press down

deport (v)

to send out of the country; to expel from the country

 

Academic Vocabulary

  • Author’s purpose: the author’s reason or desired outcome for writing a text
  • Influence: the author is persuading the reader to agree with them
  • Inform: the author is giving information
  • Entertain: the author is providing amusing and/or an enjoyable experience
  • Express: the author is sharing thoughts or feelings

 

Vocabulary Test: Friday, December 8th

 

 

 

ELA News Week of Nov. 13th

Dear Parents,

This is a busy week in ELA. Wednesday is the nonfiction main idea/text features common assessment.  Students have homework tonight (Rattlesnake Rustler article and questions) as well as tomorrow night (Playing a Musical Instrument and comprehension questions) to help them prepare.  These two homework assignments will take the place of a reading response this week, although students will still be held accountable for responding to our read aloud, Red Dog.  We went over a nonfiction article on cookies in class today, discussing the importance of paying attention to text features.  This is a major grade.   

 

Thursday is our classroom spelling bee for those who returned the permission form to participate.  THERE ARE NO SPELLING OR VOCABULARY WORDS THIS WEEK!!

 

Expository essays are due on Friday.   This is a major grade.Students have already brainstormed on a topic of their choice and have worked on adding details on their graphic organizer I chart.  Students should have at least four paragraphs with transition words and details to support their main idea of each paragraph.  We will have chrome books on Wednesday-Friday.  Most of Thursday will be devoted to this, but students may have to complete at home.  

 

I gave the students my recipe for delicious  Cake Cookies.  Here is it:

 

Cake Cookies

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil (I like to use canola oil)

1 box yellow cake mix (any brand is fine)

1 package of milk chocolate chips

Mix together.

Preheat oven at 325 degrees.  Place spoon full of cookie dough on parchment paper or LIGHTLY greased cookie sheet

Bake for 8-10 minutes (depending on oven).  Let cool for up to 2 minutes before removing cookies. 

 

You can substitute any flavor cake mix with any chip you want (although semi sweet chips don't taste very good).  There are a lot of fun holiday baking chips at the store right now.  Chocolate cake mix with peppermint chips would be a fun holiday combination.

 

I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break.  Enjoy time with your family and squeeze in any reading time you can!!

 

Ms Broughton

 

ELA News Nov. 7th

Dear Parents,

My apologies for sending out a weekly update sooner, but we have had difficulties with grade book.  Grades for progress reports are due by Thursday at noon and progress reports will be sent home on Friday.   Hopefully, you all have access to your child's grades online and are monitoring them weekly. 

 

We are well into our nonfiction study and are currently working on identifying main idea and supporting details and how text features can aid in our comprehension of nonfiction texts.  Students will have  an assessment over these skills next Wednesday for a major grade.  

 

We are also starting our expository writing unit.  Students wrote a pre assessment piece on last Friday explaining why pets are an important part of the family.  Today they wrote an opinion paragraph about homework (can't wait to read these).  Tomorrow, we will be selecting topics for their expository essays.  These will be due next Friday, Nov. 17th. 

 

Reading response this week will be done in class over the book the students are reading at home as well as our read aloud book, Red Dog.  

 

Attached please find the nonfiction text features chart I gave kids on Monday.  I've posted some quizlets to help them study in my google classroom as well as some fun text features games.  Test is on Friday. Kids need to be able to tell the importance of each text feature.

 

Classroom spelling bees will be held next Thursday.  I've given out a study sheet to all the students that have returned the permission form to me.

 

Hope you have all recovered from the World Series and get out to vote today!!

 

Ms Broughton

Spelling words week of Oct. 30th

Spelling words

Week of Oct. 30th

Drop the final e


  1. shaping
  2. skated
  3. shaded
  4. using
  5. writer
  6. loving
  7. changed
  8. managing
  9. taping
  10. making
  11. famous
  12. caring
  13. amazing
  14. preparing
  15. decided
  16. central
  17. although
  18. difference
  19. information
  20. neither