Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary
October 22, 2015
Writing and Rubrics
This week we dug out the narrative writing rubrics that will be used to score any narrative writing pieces. The rubric grades four criteria:
- Reading and Research (using text evidence and credible sources)
- Development (DETAILS, DETAILS, AND MORE DETAILS that are showing, not just telling)
- Organization (introduction, paragraphs in the body, and conclusion
- Language and Conventions (spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation)
We discussed the writing expectations for narrative pieces, reviewing the rubric together. Then the students practice scoring two writing pieces using the rubric. After they scored their pieces, then I scored it too. The rubrics should be coming home tomorrow and the students can show you their writing pieces.
Throughout the year, the students will write narrative, informative, and argumentative pieces.
Endangered Animals and a Trip to the Libary
Students are completing an independent project about an endangered animal. They have chosen their animal and are researching during reading RtI time. I would like students to use at least one book and one website for their research. Some students have been able to find books in our school library, but some have not. If there is anyway you may be able to take your child to the public library to look for a book that would be wonderful! I told them that if they could not get there by next week to let me know and I would see about ordering them a book to use.
Skype in the Classroom
We've been practicing our writing skills as we started our blogs. Check them out! www.kidblog.org/class/mrsuttlescapclass
Multiplication & Minecraft
So we did not get quite as far as I hoped with our multiplication this week! We will continue working with arrays a strategy to help us with multiplication and division. I'm also hoping to get Minecraft on our iPads because there are many ways students can create arrays within the game. Feel free to check out the movie below for a quick example of how students could use the game they love to practice math too!
I will be using this app to share Thursday notes about your individual child's behavior for the week. If you are not receiving any messages and want to, let me know and we can troubleshoot together. I have never used this program before, but have heard only positive things about it so thought I would give it a try. The students seem to be enjoying it in class.
Hopefully we will get our reward system set up soon so we can begin turning in points for some fun rewards!