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Kilgore Intermediate School, Week of March 21-24

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Looking Ahead

STAAR Testing

  • Tuesday, March 29th 4th grade writing
  • Wednesday, March 30th 5th grade math
  • Thursday, March 31st 5th grade reading

Planning Agenda

5th Grade Math:

  • STAAR Review
  • Focus TEKS 5.3K, 5.3L, 5.4B, 5.4C, 5.4F, 5.5A, and 5.9C
  • Problem Solving
  • This is the time for fun, engaging activities that will build students' confidence.
  • Plan for your "Target" students.


5th Grade Reading:

  • STAAR Review
  • Focus TEKS 5.6, 5.11A, 5.11C, 5.11E, and Fig. 19F
  • This is the time for fun, engaging activities that will build students' confidence. Use literature of high student interest. Do not over use worksheets and STAAR formatted passages during this time.
  • Plan for your "Target" students.


5th Grade Science: Review Scope & Sequence

  • Week of March 14 - Interactions and Ecosystems, Food Chains and Food Webs, Nutritional Labels TEKS 5.9A,-D, 4.9A-B, and 3.9A-B
  • Week of March 21 - Structures and Functions of Organisms TEKS 5.10A, 4.10A, and 3.10A
  • Week of March 28th - Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors TEKS 5.10B, 4.10B, 3.10B (*This is also the week of STAAR Testing for 4th grade Writing and 5th grade Reading and Math.)


4th Grade ELAR:

  • STAAR Review
  • Focus on STAAR format prompt examples and writing a thesis statement, using a graphic organizer to chunk thoughts after brainstorming and before pre-writing a rough draft.
  • This is the time for fun, engaging activities that will build students' confidence.
  • Plan for your "Target" students.


4th Grade Math/Science:

  • A week behind on scope and sequence in math
  • Geometry - Measuring Angles TEKS 4.7C-E (4.7C is our "Hotspot")
  • Incorporate expository writing into lesson, focus on "Target" students
  • Discuss science scope and sequence and make sure we are all "on the same page."

Target Students

How do I IDENTIFY my “Target” students?

  • ECD AND AA/HISP
  • Did not pass Spring benchmark
  • I BELIEVE the student can pass.


THINK about each “Target” student.

  • Is the student receiving any support outside of my classroom? If so, what kind? With who? When? Where? Frequency? Have I collaborated with the special teacher(s) to discuss this student’s progress? If not, do I need to seek consultation from the intervention team for this student?
  • What are the student’s strengths? (Be specific…what skills? TEKS?)
  • What are the student’s challenges? (Be specific…what skills? TEKS?)


CREATE a plan of ACTION for each “Target” student.

  • Who, if not me, will provide the intervention?
  • What specific skills/TEKS will we focus on for the student?
  • How will I provide intensive remediation for the student? What’s my strategy?
  • When will the intervention take place? How often? How long?
  • Where will the intervention take place?

Start a Fire

I recently heard this song and just wanted to share it with you. It reminds me of the work we do and how we can get in a groove of the routine and get buried in all of the challenges we face as educators. I believe we have to be that spark that starts the fire for our students. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Unspoken - Start A Fire

Just for Fun

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What can I do for you?

Please let me know if I can help you in any way. I am here to support you and will do whatever I can to assist you in achieving success for all students.

Christy McElyea, KIS Instructional Specialist

I believe in you.

I believe in our students.

I believe in KIS.


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