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Kim McDonald, Fourth Grade Teacher
Falls Elementary School
ISD #361
1515 11th Street
International Falls, MN, 56649
218.283.2219 ext. 145
Room 115 - The Mermaid



     Welcome to Mrs. McDonald's Fourth Grade Class Website!


Meet my family...       


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Michele, Sarge and I (2011 Michele at college working towards becoming a special education teacher k-12
and Elementary Teacher grades k-6)




                                                                                         







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My son, Jonathan, The Bass Fisherman, The Fire Fighter and The Forester and Tylyn Nault, 1st Grade teacher International Falls, MN



Many families know that over the past 10 years have been using modified versions of The Daily Five. I am including the basics below for you:

The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.
        
Daily 5:

•     Read to Self
•     Work on Writing
•     Read to Someone
•     Listen to Reading
•     Word Work  

Daily 3 Math:

  • Math with a Partner
  • Math by Myself
  • Math with the Teacher
Choosing good fit books can be tricky.  Watch for information coming home about choosing a good fit book!!

There are very specific behavior expectations that go with each Daily 5 component.  We will spend our first weeks working intensely on building our reading, writing and math stamina, learning the behaviors of Daily 5Daily 3 Math and fostering our classroom community.  I will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader and mathematicia  in order to best plan for each student’s instruction.

I am excited about giving your 4th grader the opportunity to be involved in a structure that will have a positive effect on their education.  We will also are implementing a district wide positive behavior incentive plan called PBIS.  Chat with your child after the first day of school to see what they learned and think about this exciting change our district is embarking upon!

Please think of our classroom as you visit garage sales or clean your own child’s bookcase.  It is my goal to make our classroom library as appealing as your favorite bookstore for browsing.   



Sincerely,

Kim McDonald




We keep a copy the family student information form for each student in the district to be filed under your classroom teacher’s name in the office.  I will also keep a copy in my emergency kit.  Our secretaries enter the information into the computer~ but a physical copy is imperative for back-up.  Please contact Jamie or Barb at the FES office immediately if any contact information changes.  

**If your child is ill or we need to contact please provide current phone numbers!

Thank you for sharing your child with me!

Mrs.  McDonald        







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