Camp Can Do News

September 25, 2015

Non-Fiction Features are Fabulous!

We added one more tool to our reading toolbox this week: drawing conclusions with story details. The campers had a chance to practice this with our story The Ugly Vegetables in a large group setting and then on their own during workshop. We practiced stopping to think about what we read, think what do I know? or what do I think will happen?, and then why? Looking through the story we gathered details to discover what caused us to come to come to these thoughts or conclusions. We realized that our thinking voice does this almost automatically as we read and this helps us understand our story so much better!

Our reading clubs worked on a new story and during their reading circle discussions worked together to create a summary to share with the class. They took turns reading their summary, sharing favorite sections and illustrations, and answering questions from the class. Just two clubs left to share! Great teamwork and sharing of ideas by our reading clubs! They are getting more confident at taking charge of their own discussion and working together! We are readers!

A big thanks to Mr. Harvey for coming in and getting the campers started on their non-fiction Seesaw entries! He will begin next week to finish this with the rest of the campers!

You will receive the Weekend News next week from your author! Our work in writer's workshop has been focused on personal narratives and recalling the events of the weekend. This helps us 'tell our own stories'. Our work this week: brainstorm, choose an idea, write, revise with a partner, edit, make a final or library copy. We are writers!

Check out your camper's SeeSaw portfolio! We have new items added!

All About Math

Unit 1 is in the Books!

Great mathematical thinking this week on our Unit 1 assessment! I am so very proud of the campers and their concentration, careful work, and attention to details! A little explanation about this first unit check and the next ten like it that will come home throughout the year!

Page 1: Self Assessment: The kiddos think about the key concepts we worked on and rate themselves on their level of understanding.

Part A: This section of the assessment covers the mastery skills in each unit. These skills should be pretty 'solid' at the end of the unit.

Part B: This section of the assessment covers items that were introduced but mastery is not expected. This section gives me some ideas for what we will be working on next. It helps inform my instruction as we go into the next unit.

Open Response: A problem is presented that can be solved using skills we have learned in our unit. It usually requires guessing and checking to find the solution. The last requirement is to write how we went about solving this. We will tackle these as a class for a while. You will see 2 smiley faces on this page as our key for "done together".

We begin our Unit 2 Monday which covers adding and subtracting of whole numbers.

We spent about 30 minutes in computer lab today to work on the Everyday Math website. The campers checked to make sure their login and password worked. They also had a chance to work on some of the activities. From our end everything is working! Hope your camper gets a chance to challenge you to a game of Top It or Baseball! Be careful though, they've had some practice!

Everyday Math website for great practice in fact fluency and math skills. Usernames and passwords are inside your camper's binder.

Congratulations Corner

Lots to celebrate this week!

*Cougar Crew Member: Addison is our responsibility expert! Congratulations!

*Great teamwork in our new teams! Gold ticket times!

*Tremendous concentration and serious attitude for our Alice drill today! Great job!