Marie Rourke
       Welcome to Mrs. Rourke's Class!
    In Reading Workshop we are working on test-taking strategies.  This week we will also learn about tone and mood in literature.
    In Writing Workshop we are journaling each day.  The purpose of this is to give students practice responding to a prompt in a set amount of time and building writing endurance.  We are also working on writing on-demand essays.
    In Social Studies we are reviewing what we have learned so far this year including ancient civilizations, early North American tribes, European exploration and settlement, colonization, and Westward Expansion.
    On Friday afternoon we will have a read-a-thon.  Students may bring blankets and pillows in addition to reading material.
    If you are leaving early for spring break, it is advisable to let the office know ahead of time.  It gets quite busy in there and advanced notice helps things go much more smoothly!  
    *Students do not need to complete reading responses for this, but need to read for 35 minutes each evening!*
     If you would like to see updates from the classroom, please follow me on Twitter @Zipfan.  You can also see happenings from East Woods @EastWoodsPride. 
    We send team communications via Remind 101.  In order to connect, use your cell phone to text the message "@rourkeb" to the number 81010.  PARENTS IN BOTH HOMEROOMS SHOULD CONNECT TO THIS AS COMMUNICATION IS FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM!
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