Weekly Updates

Rocky River Elementary School

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Week of February 8-12

Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb. 8 - Day 5

  • Love the Bus Week. Please take a minute to thank a bus driver or have the kids show their appreciation! We have something planned each day for our drivers!!
  • Chick-fil-A Night 5:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Day 6

  • MTSS meeting @ 8:00
  • 3rd Grade InView Assessment
  • Leadership meeting @ 3:30

Wednesday, Feb. 10- Day 7

  • 9:30 - 2nd Grade Rocket Ryan In-House Field Trip

Thursday, Feb. 11 - Day 1

  • 9:30 - 2nd Grade Rocket Ryan In-House Field Trip

Friday, Feb. 12 - Day 2

  • Tarradiddle Players


Chuck and Lani


A focus for ALL students in ALL grades. Below are tons of engaging activities/resources I hope you can use to strengthen your balanced literacy program. Some would be perfect as stations, Daily 5 rotations, or to use with a volunteer/tutor. Remember to challenge and meet the needs of each child. These resources can be used in all of our Kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms! Readers theatre provides an entertaining, yet productive way for students to practice and master fluency. Check out some of our now 3rd Graders from a play last year!

Chutes & Ladders Fry Phrases #1

Chutes & Ladders Fry Phrases #2

I Can Read Simple Sentences

Partner Play Script

Reading Comprehension Packet

Readers Theatre Scripts

Readers Theatre Scripts

Readers Theatre Scripts

Sample Play Tacky the Penguin 1

Sample Play Tacky the Penguin 2

Let's JIVE

Who remembers learning something to a song? I remember learning my multiplication tables and historical articles to common tunes. There is a lot of research associating a direct correlation between retention and music. Have fun exploring these videos and sample lessons from Lyrics 2 Learn. I KNOW there are tons of videos available for Kindergarten - 3rd Grade, it's just up to us to find some that work!

Story Element song

Adding Doubles

Odd/Even Song

Phases of the Moon

Telling Time - primary

Place Value - made by a kiddo

Order of Operations

Pintrest board

Lyrics2Learn Sample

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and Higher Order Thinking

As you create you lesson plans for the next few weeks, think about explicit ways that you can increase higher order and critical thinking for your students. Try to focus on limiting the questions that are on the surface ("touch questions")? Instead focus on frequently asking students to dig deeper? This DOK wheel provides verbs to access various difficulty levels to meet the needs of each of our students. Just like most of our activities, there should be a variety of DOK questions we pose. Similarly, when planning activities focus on those that will develop critical thinking and deep understanding. Use the chart below to challenge yourself to think of ways to change a Level 1 or 2 activity to a Level 3 or 4 activity. Students need the continuum, but the more we ask kids to extend their thinking the more independent and effective learners they will be!! Your kids will thank you!!
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Third Grade Living Museum

Classes are invited to attend the 3rd Grade Living Museum. The museum will be open for visitors February 18, 19, 25, and 26. Click on the GoogleDoc to sign up!

3rd Grade Living Museum

Happy Birthday to You!!!

Feb. 12 - Morgan Ferguson

Read Across America Week

Read Across America Week is February 29 - March 4. Rocky River will celebrate reading and the talented Dr. Seuss throughout the week. View the schedule of events below:

Monday, Feb. 29

  • Dr. LaRusso will make an official proclamation on the Morning Pit Stop.
  • School wide DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time 9:45-10:05 will be announced.

Tuesday, Mar. 1

  • Red, White, & Black Day - Dress in the Cat and the Hat's favorite colors!
  • Author, Amazing Steve Somers will be our special guest visitor!
  • Family Reading Night 5:30-6:30pm
  • Cake will be served in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, yum!

Wednesday, Mar. 2

  • Wacky Wednesday - Dress up in your favorite Dr. Seuss character or in another wacky way! (mix & match clothes, crazy hair, etc.)

Thursday, Mar. 3

  • Hats off to reading! Wear your favorite hat!

Friday, Mar. 4

  • Book Parade provided by 1st & 2nd Graders dressed in their favorite book characters
  • PreK, Kindergarteners, and 3rd Graders will line up to view parade and wear silly socks!

This Week's Winner's Circle!

mClass scores and EOQ results are important indicators on where we are in the process but remember the final scorecard is yet to be determined...

“It's not just about students' literacies; it's about their lives.” ~Alfred Tatum, 2005.

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