BIA English Language Arts Ms. Cheng

Monthy Calendar

Weekly Updates

5/28: Students will be getting Spelling Homework # 28 this week. Homework and Spelling Test is due on June 4. In class students are working on reviewing the important skills needed for their upcoming grades. We are also spending a lot of time on writing (paragraphs for 2nd graders and essays for 3rd graders).  

5/21: 2nd and 3rd grade classes will resume the normal schedule. We have completed all PARCC testing!

5/14: Students in the 3C, 3A and 3R classes will be taking their ELA PARCC test this week. No Spelling Homework this week! Have a good night’s rest and come to school on time. Our students are ready to ROCK the test !!!

5/7: Third Grade students in FRENCH and SPANISH will be taking their ELA PARCC TEST this upcoming week!


ELA Testing is for 3 sessions throughout 3 days ~ 75 minutes per session (make up sessions on Thursday and Friday)

3S: 8:30-9:45AM on Mon 5/7, Tue 5/8, Wed 5/9

3F: 8:30-9:45AM on Mon 5/7, Tue 5/8, Wed 5/9

3C: 8:30-9:45AM on Mon 5/14, Tue 5/15, Wed 5/16

3A: 10:00-11:15AM on Mon 5/14, Tue 5/15, Wed 5/16

3R: 11:45-1:00PM on Mon 5/14, Tue 5/15, Wed 5/16


4/30: Students in the 3rd grade are preparing for the upcoming PARCC by engaging in daily reviews on foundational third grade skills and standards.


ELA Testing is for 3 sessions throughout 3 days ~ 75 minutes per session (make up sessions on Thursday and Friday)

3S: 8:30-9:45AM on Mon 5/7, Tue 5/8, Wed 5/9

3C: 8:30-9:45AM on Mon 5/14, Tue 5/15, Wed 5/16

3A: 10:00-11:15AM on Mon 5/14, Tue 5/15, Wed 5/16

3R: 11:45-1:00PM on Mon 5/14, Tue 5/15, Wed 5/16

3F: 8:30-9:45AM on Mon 5/14, Tue 5/15, Wed 5/16

4/17: Students continue to review the necessary skills needed to excel on the PARRC ELA Test. Rececommended Resources:

Study Island is for grade level Reading Comprehension Practice

Typing Club is for students to practice typing and keyboarding

PARCC Pearson Practice Test

4/16: This week students are working on Homework # 22 (react, rewrite...) Spelling Test on Fiday. Happy Arabic Week!

4/9: Students will be recieving their Quarter 4 Project Information on Monday. The project is due on Tuesday 5/8. Project information can also be found at the bottom of this website.

4/8: Spelling Homework # 21 was scheduled to be due on Tuesday 4/10. The due date will be changed to Friday 4/13 to give new students (merged classes) the time to complete the assignment. The spelling list is the same for Ms. Cheng and Ms. Featherston's class.

4/6: This week there has been changes in the 2nd and 3rd grade ELA classes. I will be working with only the 3rd graders for the next 4 weeks until Mid-May to prepare them for the upcoming ELA PARCC test. All 2nd graders will be recieving ELA instruction from Ms. Featherston, 2nd grade parents can reach out to Ms. Featherston with any questions on upcoming assignments.

4/2: Welcome Back to School! Students will have their Spelling Test for Spelling List # 20 (which was suppose to be taken on 3/23 before Spring Break) on Friday 4/6 instead and Spelling List # 21 on Tuesday 4/10. Spelling List # 21 homework will be given to the students this week due on 4/10.  Additionally, Spring Packets should be turned in by the end of this week Friday 4/6 for grading. Thank you!

3/19: Students will be recieving Spelling LIst # 20 or Week # 23 spelling words on Monday 3/19. Spelling Test on Friday. On Tuesday 3/20, students will be bringing home their Spring Packet Homework, which is due on 4/2.

3/16: 1/2 Day Early Dismissal for Students. Students in the 2nd and 3rd grade are done with their IREADY testing. We are currently in the process of doing makeup tests. Next week, we will have a nomal schedule.

3/12-3/15: This upcoming week (3/12-3/16), students will not have spelling homework.  Due to the testing schedule, I will be out of the classroom to proctor exams in the computer lab/library room throughout the week.

3/12: This week students in the 2nd and 3rd grade will be taking their READING IREADY TEST. Please prepare your students by providing them with a pair of earphones or headphones. If you dont have any at home, the school will have some available to lend to the students. Please also make sure your child gets enough rest and attend school on time to avoid making up parts of the test. Addtionally, in class we have reviewed some tips (these tips were shared by the students) on how to do well on the test:

1. Take your time to read and answer all the questions.

2. Think and Check your answers before moving on to the next question.

3. Think about your goals and why you want to do well on this test

4. Ignore the classroom distractions especially if someone else is talking

5. Do not randomly click answers so you can finish early

6. Try Your Best and Good Luck!

3/9: In class we are currently readiing a folktale: The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz. Students understand that sometimes the author does not provide the reader with all the information/details and we need to use our imagination to fill in th gaps in the text. Addtionally we have been doing daily comprehension review to prepare for the IREADY and PARCC test.

3/8: Students had their IREADY pre-conferences with me today. We reviewed the first two scores from the BOY and the MOY and set a new goal for their upcoming EOY test. Every student's expected growth is different, but the goal is for them to reach grade level performance.

Study Island Login Directions: Study Island is a wonderful online resource paid by BIA for all attending students to use. Study Island provides computerized reading and math assignments that are grade level appropriate and aligned with state wide standards. How to use Study Island?

1. Each student has a special username and password. I have posted all student logins and passwords at the bottom of this website.

2. If you would like, you may opt to change the password (optional).

3. On the left sidebar go to MD Programs, select grade level and subject area (ELA or Math).

4. Select the first available diagnostic test, as students progress and earn more points, other topics will become available to them. Lessons and practice work become available as students work through each module.

Upcoming in April: Students in the 3rd Grade will be taking the Reading PARCC (Nationwide test-Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) in April for the first time. The final testing dates have not been posted. It is recommended that students, who are already using Study Island with their target language teachers, log in to check out the ELA resources. Additionally, parents can also visit the following website to get a preview of the sample test. The test is computerized and will follow the same format as the sample text. Please visit the website for more information. Math practice test is also available. Students in 3rd grade will start PARCC prep in March.

Upcoming March: Students in the 2nd and 3rd grade will be taking their End of Year IREADY- Reading Test, the final schedule for the testing has not been posted.

2/26: Students will be given Spelling List # 19  (on the website we are on homework week # 22)

2/13: Throughout this week, students will continue to explore the various components of poetry. We will focus 2 more lessons on identifying figurative language in poetry (personification, exaggeration) in poetry. We will end this unit with students composing their own poems related to nature.

2/12: Students are currently working on paraphrasing in ELA class. Paraphrasing is using your own words to retell you what read. How do you paraphrase? 1. Read the text 2. Understand the text and 3.Use your own words to retell the main message. Paraphrasing is important because it helps us understand and remember what we read.

** Spelling Homework # 18 is due on Tuesday 2/20. Spelling Test # 19 will also be on Tuesday 2/20 due to Professional Development Day on Friday 2/16 and Presidents Day on Monday 2/19.

2/9: Students are reading Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. Reading poetry is different from reading a story book because the text is alot shorter and most of the time there are no pictures. However, through close reading, students can find hints about the character, setting and theme of the text. Students can also elaborate on the text by asking and answering questions and drawing an image of the picture that comes to mind, when reading poetry.

2/8: Due to multiple delays this week and morning assemblies, students are currently catching up on their poetry unit.

1/31: We are currently working on Week # 19 or Spelling Homework # 16 (I apologize that the numbers don't match) on our Spelling Words. Please make sure that your child is studying his/her words weekly. This week the spelling test will be Friday 2/2. Additionally, starting with Week # 20, students in the 2nd grade will be required to know 15 spelling words instead of 10 words, and the bolded words will be extra credit. Third graders will be required to know all 20 spelling words, and the 5 sentences will be extra credit.

1/30: In class we are starting our new unit on Poetry. Student will be able to identify different parts of a poem (verse, stanza, figurative language, rhyme, rhythm, and imagery). Addtionally, students will be reading various poems about nature. Our first poem will be Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. During Mid-February student will explore various infomational texts involving important African Americans in the U.S. history, in celebration of Black History Month.

1/29: The 2nd Marking Period has ended on Wednesday 1/23, all grades have been updated on the Parent Portal, please login to check your student's grades. Students also had their final grade conferences in the classroom. We spoke about areas to improve and how to be successful in the classroom. Report cards will be distributed the week of February 5th.

1/27: The President Body Biography Project is Due on 1/29. Students will be doing their presentations in the class on Thursday 2/1/18. The presentation is optional for the student.

1/26: No School for Students- Professional Development Day

1/25: 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

1/24: 2nd Grade Field Trip to the American Visionary Art Museum

1/18: In class we will continue to read So you want to be President? by Judith St. George. From this text  we are working on different strategies we can use to explore unknown words, without having to ask a teacher or use a dictionary. We are also looking at how the illustration and words from the text can help us better understand what we read and identify the main ideas/events. Families can practice these vocabulary strategies at home.

•Use context clues or clues from the text•Reread the sentence•Skip the word •Replace the unknown word with a word you know•Read around the word•Look at text features (ex. glossary)•What kind of word is it? Noun, adjective, or verb?•Guess the meaning of the word… does it make sense?•Use pictures or illustrations from the text•Find hints by looking at the prefixes and suffixes

1/17: The 3rd grade field trip to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum will be rescheduled due to inclement weather. I will update the students and the parents once I have a new date. If you are interested in chaperoning, please reach out to the target language teachers.

1/16: Students received their Spelling Homework # 15 today in school. The spelling test and homework is due on Tuesday 1/23 to give students enough time to review, study and complete the homework assignment.

1/12: The 2nd graders had an amazing time at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum. This was definitely a hands-on trip, students were able to explore and touch many of the old trains. This was my first time visiting the museum and I had a great time as well. Families could consider visiting the museum in the spring or summer time to participate in the train ride.

1/9: Spelling Homework # 14, which is posted on this website as week # 17 words, the homework is due on Tuesday January 16th instead of Friday January 12th due to upcoming field trip.

1/4: Happy Snow Day! The Biography Body- Reseach Project directions have been updated. Please scroll to the bottom of the website for more information. Students will be receiving the project paper on Monday 1/8. The due date for the project is Monday January 29th. Details will be discussed with the students in class.

1/3: Due to technical issues the website is currently being restored and updated.

Starting in January for Spelling Homework # 14, 2nd grade students will be required to know 15 words for the spelling test, the bolded words are extra credit. We will postpone this until February. All spelling test


12/18: Students will be receiving their winter packet-homework on Monday 12/18. Make sure the packet is completed and returned to school on Tuesday January 2, 2018.  The directions for the packet are posted below. Please be on a look out for the packet, I will have extra copies for students who lose or misplace their homework. The homework will be graded for completion.

12/17: The AUTOBIOGRAPHY MOBILES are due on Monday December 18, 2018. Points will be deducted for late submission. Students will be presenting their projects in class starting on Tuesday.

12/12-12/15: Due to IREADY testing I was not able to meet with my students on a normal schedule. We will resume our normal instructional day on Monday 12/18. Students who were absent when the IREADY was administered will make up their test this week. I will try to send out the IREADY parent reports before Friday 12/22. Please understand that teachers and parents should use IREADY scores as an evaluative tool to understand the student's reading level and skill deficits. When students are not reading on grade level, there is a reading gap ( Example: the student is in 3rd grade, but reads at a 1st grade level, there is a 2 year reading gap). The goal is for the students to close this reading gap. Studies have shown that as this reading gap gets larger (Example:  the student in in 6th grade, but reads at a 2nd grade level, 4 year gap), it becomes harder for the student to learn  skills they need to become a competent reades.  IREADY scores are not posted on the report cards.

12/11: IREADY Testing in reading and math will start this week. For reading third graders will be testing with me in the classroom. Second graders will be testing with their homeroom teachers. Please be advised that students cannot study for this test. IREADY is an adaptive Diagnostic test that pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level. The purpose of this test is to monitor students to make sure they are on track to achieve end-of-year targets. Every student has different questions on the test and even I am not aware of what questions will be asked.

This week week our focus lesson will be on main idea and supporting details. We will explore a variety of fiction and nonfiction textsREMINDER: The Autobiography Project is due on Monday 12/18 (9 more days). This project was assigned to the students a little before Thanksgiving, which gives them around 4 weeks to complete. Please do not wait until the last minute, points will be deducted for late projects.

12/6-12/8: In class, students are learning how to compare and contrast fiction and nonfiction text by using a venn diagram. Compare is to look for things that are the same, alike, similar, or in common. Contrast is to look for things that are different or not the same. Students are able to organize similarities and differences by using a venn diagram (a graphic organizer with two overlapping circles). It is important to understand compare and contrast because it helps students summarize and comprehend what they read. This skill will help students become better readers. You can help your child practice compare and contrast, by reading two stories and listing all the similiarities and differences using a venn diagram.

12/5/17: Students will begin the Middle of the Year (MOY) IREADY testing in Math and Reading, next week starting on Monday. Please make sure your child comes to school well rested and ready for the challenge. Students who miss the test will make it up at a later time. BIA is hoping to finish all IREADY testing by December 15, 2017. School attendance is extremely important in ensuring your child's school success.

12/4/17: Students continued their lesson on text features in informational Text or nonfiction text. Text features help us understand the important information in nonfiction reading. Students are able to identify the different text features and explain the purpose of each one. We focused on 8 main text features (title, subtitle, photograph, caption, glossary, special texts, table of contents, and the index). Students will continue to explore text features in our future reading lessons.

11/30/17: Today students learned about the differences between fiction and nonfiction text. The purpose of this lesson is to prepare our students for our lesson on nonfiction text- text features. Students understand that as we get older, we start to read more nonfiction text, because nonfiction text helps us learn new knowledge. Students will begin to explore more informational text. Text features (title, glossary, table of contents, index, bolded words, photographs, charts and graphs) can help us make sense of what we're reading and navigate (find the information we want) the text was ease. Please continue to encourage your child to read nonfiction text to help us transition from learning to reading to reading to learn.

11/29/17: There is currently a wonderful opportunity for 3rd grade students. BIA is currently offering a free program aka Extended Learning Opportunity in Reading and Language Arts. The purpose of the program is to provide additional academic support for your child in English Language Arts. The program will held on Tuesdays from 3:15PM-5:15PM. The program will begin on Tuesday December 5, 2017. This program is open to all 3rd graders and permssion slips have been sent home. If you are interested, complete the permission slip and have your student return it to me (ELA teacher). A copy of the permission slip is also available on this website.

Update: In class students worked on coverting singular nouns to plural nouns. Students are aware of the various rules that apply to certain words. For example, words that end in -y, you drop the -y and add -ies, words that end in -x, -ch, -sh, and -s, you need to add -es and then we have a handful of irregular nouns. Example candy--> candies, dress--> dresses, brush--> brushes, branch--> branches. Irregular noun: child--> children, goose--> geese, mouse--> mice

11/28/17: Today students learned about alliteration. Alliteration is another type of figurative language. Alliteration is when you repeat the beginning sound in a group of words. Alliteration is commonly used in poetry. For example, Sally sells seashells by the seashore. Authors and writers can use alliteration to make their writing funny, make something stand out, grab your attention and to create rhyme. Students should be able to define, identify and produce examples of alliteration. This will help students become better readers and writers.

11/27/17: Dear Families, our classroom is currently short of pencils. If you would like to donate to our classroom, please send in a pack of pencils (please label for ELA) with your student. Thank you!

11/22/17: Students will be working on a book report for their Thanksgiving Break Homework. A template of the book report is on this website¬. Please write it on a separate sheet of paper if your student did not receive the book report in class.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Safe Travels !!!

11/20/17: There is no spelling homework/spelling test this week. Students received their homework (worksheet) today in class. The homework is due on Wednesday 11/23. Quarter 2 Project # 1 directions/grading rubric were also given to the students. Please scroll to the bottom of the website for the same information. Today we learned about contractions (can't, wont, isn't), please use the following youtube link to review contractions with your child. For Thanksgiving Break, students will be required to read a book and complete a book report. Sample book report is posted on the website. The book report can be written on sheet of paper.

11/16/17: Students continue to learn different types of figurative language, with a focus on hyperboles and personification. Hyperboles are exaggerations that help authors/writers send a strong message. Ex: I have a million things to do. I'm so hungry, I can eat a whole cow. I waited for an eternity. I love you for a thousand years. Students were able to explore hyperboles in reading and in music. Personification plays an important role in fiction stories. Personification is when you give human qualities or abilities to an object or animal. It is a literary tool that adds interest and fun to a poem or story. A lot of the movies, TV shows and books we read use personification. Students are able to define and identify examples of personification.  Ex. Beauty and the Beast etc.

11/14/17: On Tuesday, students will bring home any work that I kept in their folders. This includes graded and non-graded assignments: spelling test, homework and any classwork. Suggested Reading LIsts for 2nd and 3rd graders posted on the website.

11/13/17: Students will be taking home their diorama projects. Thank you for all your hard word! Please take a look at some of the pictures I posted. Students who did not complete a diorama project will have an opportunity to complete a remedial assignment to make up for the grade. Parents of students, who did not complete the project should have received an email from me with a book report assignment attached. I will accept email assignments, due no later than Tuesday, Novemeber 14, 2017. Students will be taking their spelling test on Monday 11/13. Homework is also due on Monday 11/13. I know a lot of students turned it in already. Good Job and Make sure you Study!

11/10/17: Today we started our first lesson of many on figurative language, with a focus on similes (and future lessons on metaphors, hyperboles, personification, alliterations, and idioms). Authors use figurative language in their writing to create a special meaning for the readers. Figurative language can paint an image in your head of whats happening in the story and makes the readers feel more involved, while reading. This lesson will help us become better readers. Students need to understand the difference between literal language ( you mean what you say)  and figurative language (what you say is not actually what you mean). Example: I have a million things to do. -hyperbole, She is as sweet as sugar.-simile

11/9/17: Students learned about the importance of making predictions, while reading. A prediction is a guess based on clues. Making good predictions will help students reach their big goal of becoming a better reader. Students can make predictions by looking at pictures (clues from the picture), citing evidence from the text (information provided by the author) and using prior knowledge or background knowledge (information you know from your experience). Predictions can change throughout the story as the author drops new hints. It is okay to make wrong predictions, so long as the predictions make sense. By making a prediction about a book before reading, you are more likely to read until the end to find out if your prediction is correct.

11/7/17: Just a reminder that spelling homework/spelling test this week will be postponed until Monday 11/13 due to a short week.

11/6/17: Students did a great job completing their diorama project. Keep up the good work! Quarter # 1 will be ending on Friday. Parents can look up student grades on Infinite Campus.

11/3/17: Parent Teacher Conference is on Monday 11/6/17 from 12PM-3PM. Please check Infinite Campus for student grades. I am still in the process of putting in the DIorama Project grade and final homework grade. Parents of students who received a grade lower than a satisfactory should get an email from me requesting for a conference.

11/2/17: The Diorama Project is due on 11/3/17, many students and parents are requesting for extra time. To be fair, students who turn in in their project on time will receive a 5 point bonus. Students who choose to turn it in on Tuesday 11/7/17, will get a 5 point deduction. We spoke about how this project will impact our grades in class. Please make sure your child turns in a project.

11/1/17: Students are learning about the cause and effect relationship. Sometimes one thing in a story causes another thing to happen. By understanding the cause and effect relationship, students can better make inferences and understand the story. The cause is telling why it happens. The effect is telling what happens. Cause: If I do well in school --> Effect: I will get a good grade on the report card.

10/31/17: In class, students learned how to distinguish between facts and opinions. A fact is something that is always true. Facts can be proven by research (searching the internet or reading a book). An opinion is what you think or feel. Opinions can also change over time. Students are able to tell the difference between facts and opinions. This is an important skill to have when it comes to reading, because it allows the student to evaluate/assess the validity of the text.

10/30/17: Students are learning about homophones and homographs in class. Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different meanings (blue/blew). Homographs are words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings (watch-to look at and watch- the object that tells time and you wear it on your wrist). Please review these words with your child. Spelling Homework is due on Tuesday 11/7, but the Spelling Test will be on Friday 11/3/17. Diorama projects are due in 5 days on 11/3/17, please make sure your child is working on his or her project.

There is no school on Monday due to Professional Development/Parent Teacher Conference from 12-3PM.

10/26/17: Students are currently learning about the 5 elements of a plot (character, setting, plot, problem and solution), creating a story map and character map. Our focus today, was on the character map. Students understand that a character's feelings, actions and thoughts can change (beginning of the story to the end of the story). For example, at the beginning of the story a character is scared, but becomes brave. (unkind, but becomes friendly), (sad, but becomes happy). Good readers think about how the characters feel so that they can understand the story better. Please make sure your students are reading at home.

10/24/17: Students should continue to work on their diorama project due on Nov 3, 2017 (10 more days). Students should have a book, shoebox and some materials gathered to start the project. Please do not wait until the last minute, this project will be worth 50% of the students final report grade for Quarter # 1. On Monday, we started our acrostic poems using AUTUMN as the theme. We are currently in the process of finishing up the poems and displaying them outside our classroom. On Tuesday (with the exception of the french students, who went on the field trip), students learned about compound words. Please continue to review these activities at home.

10/18/17: This week students were able to work on identifying the different parts of a plot in preparation for their diorama project. Students understand a good plot has 5 parts: conflict, rising actions, climax, falling actions and resolution. Have your child identify different parts of the plot, when they read. 2nd Graders worked on completing a Story Map- which is a chart/graphic organizer that can be used to help students better understand what they're reading/summarize what they read.  There is no school on Thursday and Friday, students should be studying their spelling words and working on their diorama project. Have a Great Weekend!

10/16/17: Students will not have spelling homework this week. Instead students will choose their book for their Diorama Project and start gathering/planning the materials needed for the project. Students also received their Diorama grading rubric and directions for the project. Project information is also listed on the bottom of this website. Families that need access to books can try out This is my favorite website, students can choose from an array of books, read by teachers and librarians across the US. Any qiestions about the project feel free to email me. YouTube also has plenty of diorama tutorials.

9/28/17: We are currently working on using and identifying the various punctuation marks and how it can help us improve our reading and writing fluency. We specifically focused on: periods, question marks, quotation marks, commas and exclamation marks. At home have your child identify the different punctuations, while they read and encourage them to write using punctuation marks. as well.

9/27/2017: READING IREADY reports are printed, I will be giving them to the 2nd and 3rd homeroom teachers to distribute to the students. Please be on the look out for the report and emali me if you dont receive it. Some students are still in the process of completing their test. Thank you!** Students have been split into their classrooms. Students in the 2nd grade should have brought home a family questionnaire and information about this website. I will be sending home an introductory letter tomorrow for your students new placement.

9/26/2017: Quarter # 1 Reading Project Information has been posted, please scroll to the bottom of the website for more information. Students will get more information on the project in October. Please help your child select a book of their choice and reading level. Starting early is always better than starting late :) The purpose of this project to give parents and family an opportunity to work with their child on school related projects, parent involvement is crucial in student success!

9/25/2017: In an effort to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, BIA is donating all proceeds from Dress Down Day to United for Puerto Rico. For this Dress Down Day only, we are asking for a donation of $2 per student dressing out of uniform. Families are free to donate more as they desire.Dress Down Day is this Friday, September 29th.

9/24/2017: Hello Families :) spelling list # 3 will be going home tomorrow! Please help your students study their spelling words at home. It is crucial that students learn good studying/reviewing habits when they are young, so we can prepare them for future and long term success. Students at this age are not familiar with ways to study, parents should set time away to review the words by using flash cards, word searches, trial spelling tests, writing them down or have them teach it to you. Once students understand the routines of studying they can study themselves. Help your students understand that studying is important, when students study they are confident when they take their test!

9/21/2017: I would like to thank the parents who took the time out of their busy schedule to do Back to School Night! Your support and investment is directly connected to your child's school success. I am super excited to be working with so many parents who show their support and involvement in our school. If there are any suggestions or feedback that you would like to provide me, please feel free to email me.

* Students are finishing up with IREADY testing in math and reading. Once the reading data is received, I will be planning instruction around areas of deficit.

9/11/17-9/15/17: Students are in the process of taking their Beginning of the Year IREADY assessment. IREADY is a district wide diagnostic test used by teacher to understand your child's best instructional level. Please refer to the BIA IREADY letter for more information. The 3rd graders took their first spelling test. I am pleased to say the majority of the students did a very good job studying their words and took the test with confidence. Students who have not brought in their two composition notebooks, please bring them in, we are about to start our writing and reading notebooks. I am stlll reviewing classroom rules, procedures, expectations and big goals with my 2nd grade students, this is the first week I've met them.

9/5/17-9/8/17: Students reviewed classroom rules, procedures, expectations and big goals for the school year. Students also worked on identifying common and proper nouns.


 Dear Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Families,

    Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at the Baltimore International Academy! I will be your child’s third grade reading teacher, and I look forward to working with you in the coming year. I have taught 3rd and 4th grade in the Baltimore City School District for the past 4 years. I am extremely excited to teach reading to the entire 3rd grade. BIA is a unique school, a hidden gem in Baltimore City. I am truly honored to have this amazing opportunity to work with our diverse staff members and talented students. Third grade is an important year for all students. In third grade, students are shifting their focus from word decoding and basic comprehension to deeper comprehension and analysis of text. Which means students are reading to learn as oppose to learning to read. This is a fundamental skill needed to prepare our students for college and career readiness. 

 While I know that this group of students are talented and motivated by nature, I would like my students to be invested in our Big Goal, which is broken down as follows: students will grow at least a year and a half in reading comprehension, students will be able to learn new writing strategies and construct paragraphs, and students will be able to show proficiency on their IREADY and PARCC assessments. I know all of the students in this third grade will meet these goals and I am so excited to see their growth over the course of the year. 

I also want to use this letter as an opportunity to explain my management system. As the students are growing older and more responsible we are expecting students to manage themselves and know the difference between acceptable and unacceptable. To help students learn and monitor their behavior, I will be using various classroom incentives and consequences. Students who behave well in class will be rewarded for their behavior with BIA Bucks, which can be redeemed for prizes at the International Store. Additionally, for the different classes they will have an opportunity to earn class points toward a class party. As for consequences, depending on the severity of the behavior, students will be getting verbal warnings, a phone call home about the behavior, detention and possible office referral. However, I know this class will be wonderful and do not expect that a large amount of misbehavior will occur. If you have any questions feel free to email me!

IREADY Reading Data Scores

2nd Graders Study Island Logins and Passwords

(Listed in alphabetical order) 

3rd Graders Study Island Logins and Passwords 

 (Listed in alphabetical order)

Suggested Reading List for 2nd and 3rd Graders 

 2nd Grade Resources:


3rd Grade Resources:


School Wide Grading Policy 

 50% Assessments and Projects

 20% Quizzes and Exit Tickets 

 20% Classwork and Participation 

 10% Homework


 Your child will be required to read and complete spelling homework everyday. Homework needs to be checked by a family member every night. Updates, letters, and announcements will also be sent home with your child. I cannot stress enough how much better students do in class when they read at home. Please to explain to your child that not all words have Antonyms. 

 Weekly Homework 

 Students will recieve spelling homework on Monday. All spelling activities will be on one worksheet. Students can work on the homework at their own pacing.  Spelling homework will be turned in on Friday. Homework will be graded as 10% of the students' final grade

 Spelling Homework (15-20 minutes daily) 

Monday: Choose 8 spelling words and write the definition of the words. 

Tuesday: Choose 10 spelling words and write a Synonym and Antonym for each word.

Wednesday: Choose 10 spelling words and write a sentence for each word.

Thursday: Write each spelling word 3 times each and Study!!!!

Friday: Students will be quizzed on 15 spelling words, the remainder of the 5 words will be for extra points on the quiz. 

UPDATE: Starting in January for Spelling Homework # 14, 2nd grade students will be required to know 15 words for the spelling test, the bolded words are extra credit. 

 ****­ 2nd Graders will ONLY be tested on the first 10 WORDS on the spelling list, this is to help students gradually learn the spelling word process (this is the first year 2nd graders have ELA so I do understand the challenges they have), students will be required to know 15 words in January**** 

 Read at Home (30 minutes daily)  Don’t have a book at home? Borrow a book from the school or classroom library Go to the local library and check out a book Go to

In class students will work hard to.... 

 Become better Readers 

 Become better Writers 

 Become better Speakers 

 Learn new vocabulary words 

 Prepare for our IREADY and PARCC Assessments

 Prepare for the 4th and 5th grade 

 Prepare to become college and career ready

Weekly Spelling Words

Week # 1 (9/11-9/15): Each of this week's words has a short-e (ě) orlong-e (ē) vowel sound.The /ě/ sound is the vowel you hear at the beginning of the words egg and every.The /ē/ sound is the vowel you hear at the beginning of the word eat and eel.

Week # 2 (9/18-9/22): Each of this week's words has a short-a (ă) orlong-a (ā) vowel sound.The /ă/ sound is the vowel you hear at the beginning of the words apple and ant. The /ā/ sound is the vowel you hear at the beginning of the word age and eight.

Week # 3 (9/25-9/29): Each of this week's words has a short-i (ĭ) or long-i (ī) vowel sound.The /ĭ/ sound is the vowel you hear at the beginning of the words itch and into.

Week # 4 Spelling Test on Monday 10/23/17

Week # 5 (10/23-10/27/17) Each of this week's words has the long-oo (ōō)or long-u (ū) vowel sound.The /ōō/ sound is the vowel you hear in the middleof the word tune.The /ū/ sound is the vowel you hear at thebeginning of the word universe. Spelling Test on Friday 10/27/17

Week # 6 (10/16-10/20) There will be no spelling words due to Professional Development.

Week # 7 (10/30-11/3) Each of this week's words ends with a silent-e. Oftentimes, a silent-e is used to convert a short vowel sound into a long vowel sound. 

Homework is due on Tuesday 11/7. Spelling Test will be given on Friday 11/3.

Week # 8 (11/7-11/10) Each of this week's words has the /oi/ sound. This is the sound you hear in the middle of the word spoil. 

Spelling Test on Monday 11/13 

Homework due on Monday 11/13 due to 3-day weekend

Week # 9 (11/13-11/17) Each of this week's words has the /ow/ sound. This is the vowel sound you hear in the middle of the word tower.

Week # 10 (11/20-11/24) Thanksgiving Break- No Spelling Words

Week # 11 (11/27-12/1) Each of this week's spelling words has the /f/ sound. You can hear this sound at the beginning of the word friend.

Week # 12 (12/4-12/8) This week's spelling words include months of the year and days of the week.

 January February March April May June July August September October November December Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Week # 13 (12/11-12/15) Each of this week's spelling words has a double consonant.

Week # 14 (12/18-12/22) The /s/ sound is the sound you hear in the middle of the word horse. The /z/ sound is the sound you hear in the middle of the word reason.The /s/ sound can be spelled with the letters s or ss, as in sell and pass. It can also be spelled with the letter c, as is city.The /z/ sound can be spelled with the letter z, as in zoo. It can also be spelled with the letter s, as is use.

Week # 15 (12/25-12/29) Winter Holiday Break- No Spelling Words

Week # 16 (1/2-1/8) Each of this week's spelling words has an -ed or -ing suffix. The root word is the word that is left when you remove the prefixes an suffixes.

Week # 17 (1/8-1/12) The spelling words on this week's list often confuse people. Pay close attention to the spelling of these words because they may look similar, but they have different meanings. They are likely to be pronounced differently as well.

Week # 18 (1/16-1/22) Each of this week's spelling words has the /k/ sound. This is the sound you hear at the end of the word duck.

­The homework and spelling test is due on Tuesday 1/23.­ 

Students will not have Spelling Homework from 1/23-1/26. Students should be using this time to work on their PRESIDENT BODY PROJECT due on January 29th.  

Week # 19 (1/29-2/2) The /j/, /ch/, and /tch/ sounds are all very similar. However, if you listen carefully, you can hear the difference between them.The /j/ sound is heard at the beginning of the word journey.The /ch/ sound is heard at the end of the word church.The /tch/ sound is heard at the end of the word patch.

Week # 20 (2/5-2/9) Each of this week's spelling words has the sounds /th/, /sh/, or /wh/.Sometimes /sh/ is spelled with the letters sh, as in the words shell and dish. Other times, /sh/ can be spelled with the letters -cian, -ion, or -tion.

Week # 21 (2/12-2/16) Sometimes, you simply add the letter s to a word to make the plural. Add an s to pencil to get pencils.When a word ends with ch, s, sh, x, or z, then you add the letters es to make a plural. Add es to fox to make foxes.Sometimes, when a word ends in y, sometimes you change the y to an i and add es. The plural of penny is pennies.

Week # 22  (3/5-3/9) A contraction is a way of combining two words together into one word. An apostrophe takes the place of missing letters.

Week # 23 (3/19-3/23) Each of this week's spelling words has the /ôr/ or/är/ sound.The /ôr/ sound is what you hear in the word warm.The /är/ sound is what you hear in the word garlic.

Week # 24 (4/9-4/13) This week's spelling words end with the letters -ar, -er, and -or. All of these endings make the same sound. You'll need to memorize the final two letters of each word.

Week # 25 (4/16-4/20) A prefix is a couple letters added to the beginning of a word to slightly change its meaning.• The prefix re- means again. In you replay a video, you are playing it again.• The prefix un- means not. If something is unknown, it is not known.• The prefix dis- means not. If someone is dishonest, she is not being honest.

Week # 26 (4/23-4/27) The suffix -ful means “full of.” Powerful means “full of power.” Thankful means “full of thanks.”The suffix -less means “without.” Flawless means “without flaws.” Fearless means “without fear.”The suffix -ly is used to change adjectives into adverbs. Look at the two sentences below.

Week # 27 (4/30-5/4) Each of this week's spelling words have the /d/ or /t/ sound. When you speak quickly, these two letters make almost the same sound.You can hear the /d/ sound in the middle of the word muddy. You can hear the /t/ sound in the middle of the word winter.

Week # 28 A syllable is part of a word that contains exactly one vowel sound. Each of this week's spelling words has two syllables. Spelling Test and Homework Due June 4

Week # 29 Each of this week's spelling words contains three syllables.

Quarter 4

2nd and 3rd Grade: Book and Book Jacket Project

April 9, 2018

Dear 2nd and 3rd Grade Families,

For the 4th quarter in English Language Arts, students will be required to write a book with a genre (mystery, fable, fiction, or fairytales) of his or her choice and design a book jacket for the book.

Ø Mystery: The characters are usually fictional but they behave in realistic ways. There is a problem that needs to be solved. A mystery may have a detective or a spy as a main character. Characters need to find a solution to the mystery using clues.

Ø Fables: Fables are short stories with animal characters that act like humans. There is a lesson or moral to be learned from each story.

Ø Fiction: The story is made up and can involve talking animals or objects. Fiction stories have characters, setting, plot, conflict and solution.

Ø Fairy Tales: The characters in fairy tales are make believe. Fairy tales may involve magic. They often begin with "Once upon a time" and end with "they lived happily ever after."

Directions: The Book Projects are due on Tuesday, May 8th.

Points/ Requirements:


Write a story that includes   at least 10 (or more) pages. This book can be handwritten or typed. The story   must be the student’s own work and not a story he or she has read.


The story must have a   beginning, middle and end with characters, setting, plot, conflict and   solution.


On each page of the book,   there must be an illustration that goes with the writing.


Book Jacket: For the book   jacket use a larger piece of paper. Fold the paper in half. Then fold each   end of the paper in about 3 inches to make the inside flaps of the book   jacket.


Front Cover: On the front   cover, write the title and the author of your book. Draw and color a picture   that is appropriate for your book.


Front Cover: On the front   inside flap, write a summary of the story in your own words. Include what   kind of book this is, who the main characters are, the setting, and the main   events of the story.


Back Cover: On the back   inside flap, write a short paragraph about you, the author. Include where the   author lives, the author's interests, and other books the author is writing.


Back Cover: Draw a picture   that relates to the book.


Give an oral summary of your   storybook (2-3 minutes). Please practice at home so you know what you are   going to say for your oral presentation. Books will be displayed in the   classroom and students will conduct a walk through to read other students’   books.


Timely Submission of Project

Have Fun Working on the Project!

Quarter 3

2nd and 3rd Grade President Biography (Body) Research Project

Dear 2nd and 3rd Grade Families,

For the month of January, students in the 2nd and 3rd grade ELA classes will be reading various informational text with an emphasis of using informational text to conduct research.  Students understand that as we get older, we start to read more informational/nonfiction text because informational text helps us learn new information. We are currently reading, “So you want to be President?” By Judith St. George. After reading this book, students will conduct a research-Biography Body Project.  This project is due on Monday January 29th. Please use your time wisely and do not wait until the last minute to complete the project. Projects are worth 50% of your students’ overall grade. Incomplete projects will impact your child’s grade. Projects encourage students to be creative and allow family members to play a part in their learning. The directions for the project are posted below:

Best Regards,

Ms. Cheng

Directions: Using multiple sheets of (color or white) paper, students will create the body template for the biography project. The student will choose the president of his or her choice. They will conduct research either by looking up information on the Internet or by reading a biography on the president. Students will respond to the six prompts and write the report on the inside of the vest area and on the outside of the clothes. The size of the project can vary, depending on the size of the paper you use. Presentation is optional for the student.

15 points: Include a picture of the president for the head. This can be drawn or printed.

10 points: On time submission on Monday January 29th

15 points: The project includes the various body parts and includes all the elements mentioned (hands, feet,                  head, clothing and the

middle section. In general, does it look like the sample project? Is the project                   complete? Is it neat and presentable? Be


12 points: In one of the squares, write about the date, place of birth/death and family of the president.

12 points: In one of the squares, write about some of the obstacles the president encountered during his term.

12 points: In one of the squares, write about his major achievements and what makes the person significant.

12 points: In one of the squares, write about his education and hobbies (things he likes to do).

12 points: In one of the squares, write about what YOU and this president have in common.

Total: 100 Points

Quarter 2

2nd and 3rd Grade Autobiography Project

Dear 2nd and 3rd Grade Families,

Students will be completing two projects in the 2nd marking period of this school year.  Quarter 2 spans across 4 months (November, December, January and February). In order to prepare our students for informational (non-fiction) text, students will be creating an autobiography (book) mobile of themselves. Pictures are included below. The project is due on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Quarter 1 

2nd and 3rd Grade Reading Project 

 ( We will have more classroom discussions about this project in October) 

Dear 2nd and 3rd Grade Families, 

     For every marking quarter, students will be required to complete a Reading Project. For Quarter # 1, each student will create a book diorama (a scenic representation in which sculpted figures and lifelike details are displayed) examples are shown below. To create the book diorama project, a shoebox or other small box may be used as the space for the book’s setting. Student must use a fiction text, so that they will have a plot. Students may use construction paper, card stock, paint, crayon or color pencils to create the diorama. Creativity is encouraged. Students will also have an opportunity to present the project in class. This Project is due on November 3, 2017 and a rubric has been included to further explain the expectations. Please help your child select a fiction book of their choice. 

Thanks,  Ms. Cheng

Learning Resources for Students 

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 Storyline Online 

General ELA:ABCya! Arranged by grade level, this site contains a great set of computer based activities for grades K-5th. K & 1st grade have oral direction options. Holiday-oriented choices are included ineach grade level.