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Hello, students and parents!  


It's Thursday, April 2, 2020.  Today is Autism Awareness Day!  There is a reading assignment to help everyone understand what this special day is all about.        


I set up a Google classroom!  I will continue to list your daily assignments on my website as we all transition to checking my Google classroom.  I still want students to complete their assignements using paper and pencil.  However, Google classroom may be an easier place to upload to, use assignment links, view a slideshow, mark assignments as done, etc.  


If you are looking for some extra assignments, check out  You can explore all of the subjects in the program, not just math or reading.  Mr. Porowski also sent families indoor and outdoor recess activities to consider.  Let's all keep active!  


If we haven't scheduled a Zoom session for this week yet, please reach out to me!  


Please stay healthy,


Mrs. Smith




Here are your reading, writing, and math assignments for Thursday, April 2, 2020:




1.  Read to yourself or with a partner for 15 minutes.  You can read a book from home or use RAZ Kids (rsmith199).   


RAZKids - Look for assigned books in your reading room.  Record yourself reading one of these books.  That is an option on RAZ Kids.  I will listen to your recording and provide you with feedback.      


2.  Today is April 2nd.  Today is Autism Awareness Day!  Below is a link to further explain Autism and why we all should be celebrating this wonderful day that honors some special people in our lives.  As we so often talk about, we all are special-we all are unique.  This special day celebrates the uniqueness of some of our friends.      


  • Watch this video: 
  • Just as crazy socks symbolizes World Down Syndrome Day, a puzzle piece represents World Autism Day.  The attached document explains in more detail about the puzzle piece.  After a parent reads it to you, you can decorate your own puzzle piece.  Print it, or make your own.  Either way, make it bright.  Make it special! Check my google classroom for attached documents for this assignment.




  1. Before reading:  Yesterday, you listened to the book Shortcut by Donald Crews.  It is an example of a personal narrative.  The events in the story are true and really happened to Donald Crews when he was a boy.  
  2. Today, you will listen to another example of a personal narrative.  It is called Kitchen Dance by Maurie Manning.  While listening to the story, think about the beginning, middle, and end.  You can hear it at:
  3. After reading:  Tell a parent what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of this story.  
  4. Now, think about something fun and memorable you did with your family.  Draw a picture and write about it.  Write 3 sentences that tell the beginning, middle, and end of what you did with your family.  For example, I kayaked in Bermuda with my family.  Sarah and I learned how to paddle together on a two-person kayak.  We saw sea turtles.   




  1. Log on to Extra Math to practice your math facts.  Or, you can get a deck of cards and play Peace with someone in your family.  Or, you can go to  Email me if you want to know your current 3 Minute Math level.  

  2. Practice skip counting by 2, 5, 10, and 100.  Everyone should skip count by 5 and 10 up to 100.  As a challenge, skip count higher!  Let me know how high you can go!  Skip count by 100 starting at 100-1000.  Skip count by 2.  Can you skip count by 2 up to 20?  Up to 50?  Up to 100?  Let me know how high you can go.  Find a video on YouTube if you need some extra support counting by 2 or 5.  
  3. Practice counting up to 20.  Then practice counting down from 20 to 0.  This will help you when you have to add or subtract your basic facts through 20.  
  4. Go to your account.  Complete the Q.5 assignment.
  5. Complete 15 minutes of iReady.


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