September 6, 2013


PGD: Short Term Goals

  • Each day, students write a daily goal and then write an evaluation whether the goal was met. Students also rate their individual progress on a scale of 1- 5 in four areas: math, topic study, theme study, and science. The areas rated are: persistence, on-task behavior and good thinking. We will share these goal sheets at conferences. I meet with each student at the end of the day to look over their goal sheet and provide feedback. Today student’s wrote goals but next week we will begin meeting to keep ourselves accountable.
  • We had one picture turned in for our class contest --next week is the drawing for "Learning Strikes Here." Complete the drawing on a 12x18 piece of white paper.

Critical Thinking: We were introduced to the word –accuracy! I love the definition – free from error! We could all relate to the desire to be accurate in our work and free from error! We also reviewed our first critical thinking word: Clarity. We watched an accuracy video and used the word throughout the day!

Creativity: Today we figured out the words we would be filming and the transitions between the words. We also picked partners and drew our word. Next week will be planning day and the following week we will film!


  • We reviewed how to use online encyclopedias. Students practiced finding information using key words.
  • We reviewed databases vs. the world wide web ---ask your child if he/she remembers the analogy we used! (Hint –ocean). We also discussed questions we need to ask to protect ourselves in the world wide web.
  • Students took a note-taking quiz. I have included a short "screen cast" on our note taking process so you can better understand our objective and purpose.
  • Today we built background knowledge on possible humanitarians to study --- students looked at websites and books and took notes highlighting the impact on humanity.

Enrichment Centers:

  • Topic Study: Today we added to our Padlet. This tool will help the students take notes in topic study. Your child can access his/her pad from home. Students did a great job taking notes on their topic. Everyone is so focused!
  • Math: We solved math problems! Everyone worked hard! We have a great math group!
  • Science: Lesson 2 in Snap Circuit (Electricity). We learned the difference between an open and closed circuit. Ask your child to explain the difference. We also started lesson 3 -- parallel and series circuits.



  • Find an Inspirational Quote – I would like each student to bring in an inspirational quote by Friday, September 13th. The student should type the quote and mount it on construction or scrapbook paper. I will laminate the quote and hang it in our stairwell…we call our walk upstairs: “an inspirational walk to the learning loft!”

  • If you child would like to draw the symbol and slogan for our class --- he/she should complete a drawing on a 12x18 sheet of white paper. We will vote on our class picture in the next few weeks. The picture should include the symbol and the slogan.