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Mrs. Isabel Velasco
Special Education Teacher
Phone, 815-744-6166 ext. 2507

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Note to Parents/Guardians: Welcome Back! I am excited to be your child's teacher and look forward to meeting you! In order to ensure a smooth school year, please check your child's planner daily for notes home, school correspondence and assigned daily homework. Daily Math and Language Arts assignments and homework are individualized and noted in each student's planner. Also, please feel free to call me at 815-744-6166, extension 2507, email ivelasco@d88a.org or leave a note in your child's planner. I will respond at the earliest possible time.

Classroom Rules and Expectations:
Be prepared for class.
Respect yourself, others and their property.
Listen when others are talking.
Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
Follow directions the first time they are given.
Follow Eagle Traits: Be Respectful
                                Be Responsible
                                Be Resourceful
We are a class but we are also a team!

Current Social Studies Unit - 2nd Quarter                                                       
7th and 8th grade: Book: America's Story (adapted book), Units 2-3
Students are instructed in a small group with a modified/adapted curriculum that closely matches the content in the 7th and 8th grade curriculum. CNN 10 (video) is used weekly for current events.
www.sheppardsoftware.com is an excellent resource for reinforcing geography skills. Students can play games and view tutorials on US Presidents, US Government and USA Map skills.

Current Science Unit - 2nd Quarter
7th and 8th grade: Book, Science Explorer: Animals, Chapter 2 and 3
Each chapter has 4-6 sections and guided reading and study guides are used for each section. Students are provided with a guided study skills packet for each section.
Students are instructed in a small group with a modified/adapted curriculum that closely matches the content in the 7th and 8th grade curriculum.

Current Mathematics Unit - 2nd Quarter
Students are instructed in a small group with a modified/adapted curriculum. 
-Review of skills previously learned (ongoing)
-Understanding Fractions (comparing, identifying equivalent fractions, converting proper fractions to mixed numbers and mixed numbers to proper fractions
-Math instruction is individualized for each student using the IReady Mathematics program that is aligned with Common Core Mathematics Standards
-Daily math fluency drills using MobyMax's online Math Fluency program
-Progress monitoring of Math skills at each student's instructional level using the Iready Math program will occur monthly. These individual results will be presented during the student's IEP meeting.
-Remediation of skills:Students complete modules that deliver 10-45 minute lessons with an instructional design that builds conceptual understanding. Each student has their own personal ID and username to complete these individualized modules.
IReady Math Remediation Program includes a technology based adaptive diagnostic and growth monitoring component. Online lessons are adapted and personalized based on student needs. Progress monitoring of Math skills occurs monthly. This program complements and correlates with the Common Core Math program we currently use.

Current Language Arts Unit - 2nd Quarter
Students are instructed in a small group with a modified/adapted curriculum.
Lesson 3: Time and Sequence; Lesson 4:Cause and Effect
*Reading instruction is individualized for each student using the IReady Reading program that is aligned with the Common Core Reading Standards.
-Progress monitoring of Reading skills at each student's instructional level using the Iready program occurs monthly. These individual results will be presented during the student's IEP meeting.
-Daily Oral Language (revising and editing for word choice, capitalization, and punctuation)
-Rewards Writing Program, Lessons 1-15 (Sharpening word choices, sentence combining, writing and editing paragraphs)
-Novel Studies: Current Book=Esperanza Rising, whole class activities with guided reading and discussion
-Remediation of skills:Students complete modules that deliver 10-45 minute lessons with an instructional design that builds conceptual understanding. Each student has their own personal ID and username to complete these individualized modules.
IReady Reading Program includes a technology based adaptive diagnostic and growth monitoring component. Online lessons are adapted and personalized based on student needs. Progress monitoring of Reading skills occurs monthly. This program complements and correlates with the Common Core Reading Program we currently use.

Technology Lessons on Digital Citizenship:
Lesson 1 - Internet Safety Rules, 1st quarter
Lesson 2 - Digital Footprints, 2nd quarter
Lesson 3 - Digital Footprints, continued, 3rd quarter
Lesson 4 - Google programs, maximizing use of the chromebooks, 4th quarter

Note: We are fortunate to have chromebooks and 2 ipads available for our students during all of our classes. Technology is integrated into our lessons. 

Parent/Student Web Resources-

IReady Math and Reading Remediation Program - Engaging modules deliver 10-45 minute lessons with an instructional design that builds conceptual understanding. Each student has their own personal ID and username to complete these individualized modules.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com is an excellent resource for students. It is a learning website that provides tutorials and games to make learning fun! Students can sharpen Social Studies, Science, Math and Language Arts skills while engaging in "fun" activities. Everyone has access to this website.

http://www.isbe.net/nclb/, This NCLB page includes "Hot Topics for Parents"