- Our first Math Assessments were completed this week. Scores ranged from 50% to 97%. I consider mastery to be 90% and above, with mastery meaning that students could solve problems about each concept AND explain how they did it. Students can retake the test next week if they would like. I'll offer some extra help during our Band/Extra period on Tuesday.
- I finally finished formal reading assessments. I now have a strong sense of where each student is with regards to his/her reading skills.
- Students have been working on drafting personal narratives. We discussed how to make them extra personal by focusing on moments that mean a lot.
- To demonstrate that students will be held accountable for the readings and discussion we engage in, I made students study for and retake questions that they missed on their Social Studies quizzes about government. Most students were able to significantly improve their scores, though I can see that some students need explicit instructions in how to study.
- Students earned some extra recess for receiving 5 teacher compliments for their behavior outside of our classroom. We celebrated with an invigorating game of "Giants, Wizards, and Elves" on Friday at the end of the day.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- In Writing, it's the same story as last week! I didn't get very far in personal narrative lessons because reading and assessing students' aspirations essays with them is very time consuming.
- In Math, we only just started exponential notation. Students needed longer than I anticipated to finish their assessments on Tuesday.
- In Social Studies, we just started the US Constitution because I made a big deal out of retaking our first quiz.
- We still haven't set up portfolios!
Upcoming Special Events
Monday, October 16th:
- Guest Speaker Katie Greer --discusses internet safety with grades 3-5, 1:30pm here at Pine Hill. She'll speak to parents in the Mudge auditorium at 6:30pm.
- Early Release Day
- Parent Teacher Conferences --Sign up for a time on my Sign Up Sheet.
- Early Release Day
- School "Spirit" Day --Wear black and orange to celebrate Halloween (if you would like to!)
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
- Elements of a Story --what makes up a story; i.e. character, setting, plot, beginning, middle, climax, end.
- Orienting Yourself to the Story Elements --how to figure out the who, what, where, and when of a story, especially in a confusing beginning.
- The Importance of Setting --what is it and how does it influence characters and plot.
- Continue to Model Good Reading --with teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
- Planning with a Sequence List –plan ahead by making a bulleted list of what happens in order from beginning to end.
- Telling a Story Step by Step –learn how to storytell in a way that brings readers along for the ride.
- Stay in Your Point of View --learn techniques to avoid an outer body experience for your readers.
Begin Unit 2: Whole Number Place Value and Operations
- Exponents and Powers of 10 --explain patterns in the number of zeros when multiplying by powers of 10. They use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
- Applying Powers of 10 --estimate with powers of 10 to solve multiplication problems and check the reasonableness of products.
- US Traditional Multiplication --use U.S. traditional multiplication to multiply multi-digit numbers (2 days).
- Measurement Conversions --use unit conversions within the U.S. customary system to solve multistep problems.
Unit: US Government and Civics
- The U.S. Constitution –examine the Constitution and how it set up our US government.
- Note-taking Skills --how to read and take notes on the important topics and main ideas.
- Branches of Government –explore the responsibilities of each branch and learn about the meaning of “checks and balances.”
- Elections –how they work and which government officials get elected.
Here are some non-academic focus areas for the week:
- Set Up a Portfolio --will we ever accomplish this?? I hope so!
Please see the Homework Page for more details. Students will need to do the following at home this week:
- Homework Project: What If...? Students use their imaginations to write a story about a bizarre scenario, then create some artwork, then plan a movie trailer. Use the What If Planner to plan out each part of the project. Project due Wednesday, October 25th.
- Reading Response Blog: Students will write back to their partners on Blog #1 by Friday. See the Reading Response Rubric for expectations.
- Independent Reading: Read 20 minutes each day (or 140 minutes per week -120 this week) and log the title, author, and time spent reading in your Planner.
- Math: There will be a math page each night.
How to Help Your Child
Parents, here are some things you can do at home to help your child succeed with school life this week:
- Encourage Your Child to Manage His/Her Time on the What If Homework Project. It's easy to procrastinate on long term projects. Help your child budge his/her time to fit in regular periods of chipping away on the What If project requirements.
- Ask Your Child to Tell You a Story. The story could be about an experience at school or something made up, but ask them to tell it like a story, with a beginning, middle, and end, in a step-by-step way. This will help him/her with sequencing and storytelling for our narrative unit.
Thanks for Reading!
So that's the plan for the week! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or feedback. Have a great week!