- On Friday, we welcomed DS Alumni working in the arts for the DS Arts Homecoming. 5K hosted two very talented singer/songwriters: Chad Urstrom, also known as Chad Stokes, formerly the lead signer of Dispatch, and DS Visual Arts teacher and performer in many local bands, Darren Buck. Check out a video of them performing together here.
- We just about wrapped up our first unit in Math. Students learned how to find the area of rectangular surfaces that have a fractional side length. Students also learned how to find the volume of rectangular prisms using cubes and formulas. Students took the Unit 1 assessment on Friday, and we'll correct it together on Tuesday. Assessments will be going home for your signature later this week.
- Students had a surprise quiz on the purpose and forms of government. I wanted to learn how much of the readings and class discussions students were retaining. Grades ranged from 37% to 100%, so students are on a wide spectrum of their understanding of the material. I'm going to be rethinking our approach to better serve all students.
- For our school-wide fundraiser pairing Get Up & Move Day with hurricane relief, we raised over $6,500! Thank you to everyone who donated to the One America Appeal to help hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.
- We set up Google Classroom this week. Students now have a forum to share and submit work, received feedback from me, and monitor assignments.
- Check out our work on our Math Project from last week!
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- In Writing, I didn't get very far in personal narrative lessons because my one-on-one with students to assess their aspirations essays have been taking a lot longer than I anticipated.
- A few students still need to finish their Unit 1 Math Assessment.
- I still have a few more reading assessments to complete this week.
- We went nowhere in Social Studies this week. Instead, we reviewed previously learned material and I gave a pop-quiz to see how much students retained.
- We still haven't set up portfolios!
Upcoming Special Events
Monday, October 9th:
- No School –Columbus Day
- Vision screening with the nurse --2:00pm.
- Early Release Day
- Parent Teacher Conferences Begin --Conferences end Thursday, October 19th. Sign up for a time on my Sign Up Sheet.
- Guest Speaker Katie Greer --discusses internet safety with grades 3-5, 1:30pm. 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
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
Unit: Launching Reading Workshop
- Reading Assessments –I will be finishing formal reading assessments this week to determine students’ reading skills using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark System.
- Building Stamina –continue to learn strategies for staying focused on reading and monitor progress.
- Continue to Model Good Reading --with teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
- Review Aspirations Essay with the Teacher –I will finish up meeting one on one with students to assess their essays with them so they can learn how to best use a rubric.
- Overview of Personal Narrative –read examples of personal narratives.
- Brainstorming Strategies –coming up with ideas for a personal narrative, such as listing good and bad times, times you felt a strong emotion, and times you realized something.
- 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.
Finish Unit 1: Area and Volume
- Unit 1 Assessment --a handful of students still need to finish. We'll correct assessments together as a class, then I will review them to give a percentage grade.
- Understanding Place Value --explore the multiplicative relationships between places in multidigit numbers.
- 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.
Unit: US Government and Civics
- The U.S. Constitution –examine the Constitution and how it set up our US government.
- 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 --where we'll collect completed work throughout the year.
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 receive a partner and must comment on their partner's Blog Response #1 by Friday. Check the Partner 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:
- Check in on the What If Homework Project. Encourage your child to plan out the project using the What If Planner. Read through the project description and expectations so you have an idea of what your child will be working on.
- Be on the lookout for the Unit 1 Math Assessment on Wednesday or Thursday. Review the assessment with your child and sign it. Ask him/her what he/she thinks went well and what he/she thinks needed improvement. Make sure the assessment goes back into his/her backpack to be returned to school.
- Review the Unit 2 Family Letter for our next unit in Math.
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!