Mrs. Laura Thompson

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Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics with a Minor in Education from UC Berkeley

Mrs. Laura Thompson

Hello! I am the Mild to Moderate Special Needs teacher at Hillview Jr. High School. I have been working with Special Needs students in the Pittsburg Unified School Districtit for almost five years. I was an aide for four years prior to becoming a teacher. I have an Associate Degree in Arts and Humanities from Los Medanos College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, along with a minor in Education from UC. Berkeley. I love coming to work each day and interacting with my students. Together we have fun, explore the world around us, and most of all, we help each other grow into outstanding individuals. I like reminding my students that in a world where we can be anything, we should all strive to be kind!

  • April 6, 2020 – April 9, 2020

     

    ELA

    1. Spelling Enrichment

     

                I recommend that students continue spending about 15 to 20 minutes a day working on their Spelling Enrichments Packets. I suggest that the students complete each worksheet in their packet and if they want/need extra practice, they can copy the words on a separate piece of paper. At the end of the week, you can give your child a spelling test for the first ten words to see how well they did.

                Each student is on a different Team and each Team will work on a different spelling packet. The teams and their spelling packets are as follows:

     

    TEAM 1

    C-26 Spelling

    TEAM 2

    C-2 Spelling

    TEAM 3

    B-22 Spelling

    1. Jordan A.

    1. Jonathan

    1. Jamie A.

    2. Nehemiah B.

    2. Luis Angel B.

    2. Cristopher C.

    3. Miguel D.

    3. Esmeralda G.

    3. James H.

    4. Troy P.

    4. Montre L.

    4. Xavier O.

    5. Drelin S.

     

     

     

    NOTE TO PARENTS: Each worksheet in the spelling packet comes with an answer sheet. I advise that you keep them away from the students and only use them in case they get stuck.

     

    1. iReady Reading Lessons

                In addition, I recommend that each student continue to spend from 15 to 20 minutes a day on his or her iReady Reading lessons. Each student should remember his or her login information. To access their iReady accounts you can go to www.clever.com.

     

    1. Writing (20 to 30 minutes this week)

                I would like students to continue working on their writing skills. This week I would like them to work on the following writing activity:

    1. With Spring break coming up next week, ask students to think about the things they plan to do on their break.
    2. Have them write down three things the plan to do and why they like to do them.
    3. Help students get started on writing a paragraph about those reasons by following the template below.

               

                On my Spring break I plan to ______________________,___________ ___________________________, and________________. I will__________________ __________________________ because______________________________________.

    I also plan to_________________________because_____________________________.

    Last but not least, I will ____________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________.

     

    ( Example:

                On my Spring Break I plan to read a book, watch my favorite Netflix show, and play my favorite game. I will start by reading a book because I know reading is important. I also plan to watch my favorite Netflix show, “Miraculous, The Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir” because it is full of action and adventures. Last but not least, I will play my favorite game, ”Ladybug” because I am trying to get better at it. )

     

    NOTE:            Students DO NOT have to stick to the template above, they can use their own. They do however need to have a topic sentence, followed by at least one supporting sentence for each detail. Please make sure that students pay attention to punctuation and capitalization. Also make sure the sentences are written in a paragraph format.

     

    1. Once students finish writing their paragraphs, please have them type it on a computer, if they have access to one. You can use WORD or any writing program available.

     

    1. Reading Comprehension (15 to 20 minutes this week)

                1.Have students go to www.readworks.org/student 

                2.And enter their class code: M4TK4S

                3.Have students select their name from the list.

                4. Password was sent by email.

     

               Students can then go ahead and click on the article they were assigned to read for the week. I would like them to first attempt to read it themselves before playing the audio of the text. They will also have to answer some reading comprehension questions based on the text. There will be a mix of multiple choice, in which students simply pick the answer they think is correct, as well as a short written answer questions, in which students type in their own answer. Their assignments will be available Sunday Evening and due by the following Sunday Evening. For this week they will also only have to complete one Assignment!

     

    MATH

    1. iReady Math Lesson

                For math I recommend that the students log into their iReady accounts following the same steps listed above. Each student should spend from 15 minutes a day working on the math lessons.

     

    1. MobyMax

                Have students go to https://www.mobymax.com/ca3906. Once the students login, have them click on the Math, icon for this week. If they have not completed a diagnostic tests, they will be prompted to take on. Let them complete it on their own as much as possible.

                For this week, have students spend the recommended 15 minutes of the Math lesson. I continue to recommend that the workload be spread throughout the day to make it easier on both you the parents, and the students.

     

    1. Money Review

                            For this week I would like students to continue working on money. I will provide you with samples of food ads from a Grocery Store. Students will work on practicing reading those ads and on identifying the correct pricing of different items. Have students work on one worksheets a day. Their teams are slightly different than the ELA teams, and they are listed below. I will attach the correct worksheets for your student in the email.

     

     TEAM 1

     

    TEAM 2

     

    TEAM 3

     

    1. Jordan A.

    1.Jonathan A.

     1. Jamie A.

    2. Nehemiah B.

     2. Luis Angel B.

    2. James H.

    3. Cristopher C.

     3. Esmeralda G.

    3. Montre L.

    4. Miguel D.

     4. Drelin S.

     

    5. Troy P.

     5. Xavier O.

     

     

     

    HISTORY (20 minutes a day)

     

                For History, I recommend that students continue to go to www.cnn10.com and watch the 10 Minute News Show they have each day. You can then encourage them to write 1 to 2 sentences about the thing that stood out to them the most from the show. Remember to have them write the date on their paper. Below are examples of sentence starters:

     

    Date: 04/06/2020

    Example A: What stood out to me the most from today’s video was_______ ___________________________________________________________________.

     

    Example B: I really liked learning more about_______________________________

    ____________________________________.

      

    LIFE SKILLS (15 to 20 minutes a day) 

     

                For Life Skills this week, I recommend that students continue to work on their typing skills. Have students go on www.typing.com. Once there, have them go to the “Student login” icon located in the top right hand corner, and have them log in. In case they have forgotten their login information here are a few helpful reminders:

    username: p11(then type students first name in all lowercase letters)

    password: students’ id number.

                 Please encourage students to spend at least 15 minutes a day working on their typing lessons before they go ahead and play typing games.

    Please do not hesitate to write me an email if you have any questions. I will be available Monday through Thursday from 10am to 12pm.

  • MARCH 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020

     

    ELA

     

    1. Spelling Enrichment

                I recommend that students continue spending about 15 to 20 minutes a day working on their Spelling Enrichments Packets. I suggest that the students complete each worksheet in their packet and if they want/need extra practice, they can copy the words on a separate piece of paper. At the end of the week, you can give your child a spelling test for the first ten words to see how well they did.

                Each student is on a different Team and each Team will work on a different spelling packet. The teams and their spelling packets are as follows:

    Each student is on a different Team and each Team will work on a different spelling packet. The teams and their spelling packets are as follows:

     

     

    TEAM 1

    C-25 Spelling

     

    TEAM 2

    C-1 Spelling

    TEAM 3

    B-21 Spelling

     

    1. Jordan A.

    1.Jonathan A.

     

    1. Jamie A.

     

     

    2 Nehemiah B.

     

    2. Luis Angel B.

     

    2. Cristopher C.

     

    3. Miguel D.

     

    3. Esmeralda G.

     

    3. James H.

     

    4. Troy P.

     

    4. Montre L.

     

    4. Xavier O.

     

    5. Drelin S.

     

     

     

     

     

    NOTE TO PARENTS: Each worksheet in the spelling packet comes with an answer sheet. I advise that you keep them away from the students and only use them in case they get stuck.

     

    1. iReady Reading Lessons

                In addition, I recommend that each student continue to spend from 15 to 20 minutes a day on his or her iReady Reading lessons. Each student should remember his or her login information. To access their iReady accounts you can go to www.clever.com.

    1. Writing (15 to 20 minutes this week)

                In order to continue strengthening their writing skills, I would like students to work on the following writing activity:

    1. Ask students to think about the things they like best about their home.
    2. Have them write down three reasons or things they like about their home.
    3. Help students get started on writing a paragraph about those reasons by following the template below.

               

                            I like many things about my home, but the things I like the most are ______________________, ___________________________, and________________.

    My home is __________________________ because___________________________.

    I also like that it is ­­______________________________________________________.

    Last but not least, I like that my home is ______________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________.

     

    NOTE:   Students DO NOT have to stick to the template above, they can use their own. They do however need to have a topic sentence, followed by at least one supporting sentence for each detail. Please make sure that students pay attention to punctuation and capitalization. Also make sure the sentences are written in a paragraph format.

     

    1. Reading Comprehension (15 to 20 minutes this week)

                1.Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

                2.And enter their class code: M4TK4S

     NOTE TO PARENTS: I have sent the password login information by email. 

    Students can then go ahead and click on the article they were assigned to read for the week. I would like them to first attempt to read it themselves before playing the audio of the text. They will also have to answer some reading comprehension questions based on the text. There will be a mix of multiple choice, in which students simply pick the answer they think is correct, as well as a short written answer questions, in which students type in their own answer. Their assignments will be available Sunday Evening and due by the following Sunday Evening. For this week they will only have to complete one Assignment!

    MATH

     

    1. iReady Math Lesson

                 For math I recommend that the students log into their iReady accounts following the same steps listed above. Each student should spend from 15 to 20 minutes a day working on the math lessons.

     

    1. MobyMax

                   Have students go to https://www.mobymax.com/ca3906. I have sent the login information by email. Once the students login, have them click on any of the three top icons, Math, Fact Fluency, or Number. The students will be prompted to take a diagnostic test. Let them complete it on their own as much as possible.

    Have students spend the recommended time on each app. I advise that students do not complete all the lessons in one sitting. For example have them work on Math for 15 minutes, let them have a 5 minute break before going on to Numbers or to Fact Fluency.

    I recommend that the workload be spread throughout the day to make it easier on both you the parents, and the students.

    1. Money Review

                            Have students work on the three money worksheets assigned to their team. Their teams are slightly different than the ELA teams, and they are listed below.

     

    TEAM 1

     

     

    TEAM 2

     

    TEAM 3

    1. Jordan A.

    1.Jonathan A.

     

    1. Jamie A.

     

    2. Nehemiah B.

     

    2. Luis Angel B.

     

    2. James H.

    3. Cristopher C.

     

    3. Esmeralda G.

     

    3. Montre L.

    4. Miguel D.

     

    4. Drelin S.

     

     

    5. Troy P.

     

    5. Xavier O.

     

     

     

    NOTE TO PARENTS:

                The worksheets come with answer worksheets as well, so make sure you keep them away from the students. Use them as needed.

     

    HISTORY (20 minutes a day)

                For History, I recommend that students continue to go to www.cnn10.com and watch the 10 Minute News Show they have each day. You can then encourage them to write 1 to 2 sentences about the thing that stood out to them the most from the show. Remember to have them write the date on their paper. Below are examples of sentence starters:

     

    Date: 03/30/2020

     

    Example A: What stood out to me the most from today’s video was__________________________________________________________________________.

     

    Example B: I really liked learning more about___________________________________________________________________________________________.

     

    LIFE SKILLS (15 to 20 minutes a day) 

                For Life Skills this week, I recommend that students continue to work on their typing skills. Have students go on www.typing.com. Once there, have them go to the “Student login” icon located in the top right hand corner, and have them log in. Please encourage students to spend at least 15 minutes a day working on their typing lessons before they go ahead and play typing games.

                Please do not hesitate to write me an email if you have any questions. I will be available Monday thru Friday from 10am to 12pm.

     

    Sincerely,

    Laura Thompson

  • Hello Parents and Students of P-11!

     

    I hope you are all doing well in the midst of these uncertain times, and that you are getting plenty of rest and exercise. Until we can resume our normal schedule, I will use this site to post suggested weekly assignments and activities. Please complete them to the best of your ability and do not worry if you are unable to finish all of them in a week's time.  Below are my recommendations for the upcoming week. 

    MARCH 23, 2020 - MARCH 27, 2020

    ELA

    1. Spelling Enrichment

                For this week, I recommend that students start spending about 15 to 20 minutes a day working on their Spelling Enrichments Packets. I suggest that the students complete each worksheet in their packet and if they want/need extra practice, they can copy the words on a separate piece of paper. Each student is on a different Team and each Team will work on a different spelling packet. The teams and their spelling packets are as follows: 

     

    TEAM 1

    C-24 Spelling

     

    TEAM 2

    B-30 Spelling

    TEAM 3

    B-20 Spelling

    1. Jordan A.

    1.Jonathan A.

     

    1. Jamie A.

     

    2 Nehemiah B.

     

    2. Luis Angel B.

     

    2. Cristopher C.

    3. Miguel D.

    3. Esmeralda G. 

    3. James H.

    4. Troy P.

     

    4. Montre L.

     

    4. Xavier O.

    5. Drelin S.

     

     

     

     

    NOTE TO PARENTS: Each worksheet in the spelling packet comes with an answer sheet. I advise that you keep them away from the students and only use them in case they get stuck. You can find the Spelling Packets in the FILES folder. 

    1. iReady Reading Lessons

                 In addition, I recommend that each student spend from 15 to 20 minutes a day on his or her iReady Reading lessons. Each student should remember his or her login information. To access their iReady accounts you can go to www.clever.com.

     

    MATH

    1. iReady Math Lessons

                 For math I recommend that the students log into their iReady accounts following the same steps listed above. Each student should spend from 15 to 20 minutes working on the math lessons.

    1. Reviewing Multiplication

                 I also suggest that students spent some time working on the multiplication worksheets I have attached. Students are in the same teams they are for ELA, and their math worksheets are located in their teams folder along with their Spelling worksheets. 

    NOTE TO PARENTS: Each worksheet comes with an answer sheet. I advise that you keep those away from the students and only use them in case they get stuck.

     

    HISTORY

                 For History, I recommend that students go to www.cnn10.com and watch the 10 Minute News Show they have each day. You can then encourage them to write 1 to 2 sentences about the thing that stood out to them the most from the show. Remember to have them write the date on their paper. Below are examples of sentence starters:

    Date: 03/23/2020

    Example A: What stood out to me the most from today’s video was__________________________________________________________________________.

    Example B: I really liked learning more about___________________________________________________________________.

     

    LIFE SKILLS

                For Life Skills this week, I recommend that students work on their typing skills. Have students go on www.typing.com. Once there, have them go to the “Student login” icon located in the top right hand corner, and have them log in. In case they have forgotten their login information here are a few helpful reminders:

     

    username: p11(then type students first name in all lowercase letters)

    password: students’ id number.

     

                Please encourage students to spend at least 15 minutes a day working on their typing lessons before they go ahead and play typing games.

                Please do not hesitate to write me an email if you have any questions. I will be available Monday thru Friday from 10am to 12pm.

     

    Sincerely,

    Laura Thompson