Social Times

Week of March 9-13, 2015

Grades K-2nd

Superflex takes on One-Sided Sid, Unwonderer and the Team of Unthinkables

Before we get to the people file, we took a detour to discuss "Social Wonderings" and "World Wonderings". Wondering about others keeps One-Sided Sid and Un-Wonderer from taking over! Pictures of the Wondering Chart next week!


World Wonderings: Wondering about facts and scientific information. Wondering about how the world works. (How does a train engine work? Why are there different types of clouds?)


Social Wonderings: Wondering about people. When we think about what people in our life are interested in or who they feel about something. (What's Grandma's favorite book? What does your sister like to do in her spare time for fun?)


For Home:


  • Help your student come up with World and Social wonders at home.
  • Recognize them for doing something that shows they are thinking about others and their feelings and interests.


Next Week


  • We are going to interview someone to find out their favorite hobbies, who they live with, what they dream of, etc.
  • We will use this information to create a people file.
  • People files will help us start to learn about thinking, asking and socially wondering about others.
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4th + 5th

Self-Esteem Skill #3: Dealing with Embarrassment

Activity Reinforcing Self-Esteem Skill #3: Puppet Pals Video


Yes, we skipped #2, which is Goal Setting. We went in the hall and reviewed our anchor charts and visuals we made in January when we talked about Goal Setting and moved on from there.


The 4th graders were close when creating their video on Dealing with Embarrassment. They had a great plan, but the strategies for the skill aren't quite reflected in the video, so we'll re-create it next week and review the strategies. See the video below.


For Home:


  • Share an embarrassing moment with your student. How did you feel? How did you recover? How do you feel when you reflect on it now?
  • PLEASE encourage/expect your student to use the visuals at home when completing reading and math activities.



Coming up next week:


  • Continue to review Self-Esteem Skill #3: Dealing with Embarrassment
  • Continuing to target STAAR reading and math strategies with visuals. Each student will come home Monday with their own copy. Please encourage/expect your student to use the visuals at home when completing reading and math activities.

5th

STAAR Reading Strategies

Now that student HAVE their strategies, we are practicing USING them. They are still not consistently using them independently in class, so we are continuing to re-look at reading passages done in class and go through the work again showing all of the strategy steps. The most common strategy they are consistently forgetting is going back in the passage after reading it and underlining where they found their answer. It's the best way for students to really be confident that they chose the correct answer and ensure that they choose thoughtfully. When they complete this strategy step, they said they felt more confident in their answer choices.


For Home:

  • Continuing to target STAAR reading and math strategies with visuals. Each student will come home Monday with their own copy. Please encourage/expect your student to use the visuals at home when completing reading and math activities.


Next Week

Self-Esteem Skill #3: Dealing with Embarrassment & #4: Dealing with Failure.


Parent Conference

Saturday, March 28th, 8am

300 SW Dr

Leander, TX

Location: LISD LEO Conference Center

TIME IS STILL TBD

For additional information contact: Debi.McNiff@leanderisd.org