FHSD Elementary ELA News

January 2015

Kindergarten Information

Kindergarten Unit 6: Our Great Big World Changes

· Revised unit is similar to year one and aligned to Science GLE's

· Changes align with Kindergarten Science & Social Studies GLE’s

· Vertical alignment was necessary to keep focus on Kindergarten content standards vs. other grade level content standards


Mastery Connect optional data entries for third quarter

· Unit 5 Formative Assessment: Community Helper Informational Writing

· Unit 6 Formative Assessment: Phonics Dictation Day 5 of Week 23

· Kindergarten 3rd Qtr. Summative Assessment: Informational writing

First Grade Information

Mastery Connect optional data entries for third quarter
  • Unit 5 Opinion Writing about why their meal is healthy
  • Unit 6 Opinion Writing about who made the greatest contribution in U.S. history
  • Unit 6 First Grade Third Quarter Writing Summative about what makes a great leader

Second Grade Information

Mastery Connect optional data entries for third quarter
  • Unit 5 Writing Formative-Fruit/Vegetable Opinion Writing
  • Unit 6 Second Grade Third Quarter Summative Writing-Personal Narrative

Mastery Connect required data entries for third quarter

  • Unit 5 Sending Messages Reading Formative
  • Second Grade Third Quarter Reading Summative

Third Grade Information

Mastery Connect optional data entries for third quarter
  • Unit 4 Formative Writing-Monument Writing
  • Unit 5 Third Grade Third Quarter Writing Summative-Persuasive Public Service Announcement

Mastery Connect required data entries for third quarter

  • Unit 4 Reading Formative Clues to the Past (compare/contrast)
  • Unit 5 Third Grade Third Quarter Reading Summative

Fourth Grade Information

Mastery Connect optional data entries for third quarter
  • Unit 4 Formative Exit Card RI.4.3
  • Unit 5 Formative Prompt about Percy responding to challenges RL.4.3
  • Unit 5-Fourth Grade Third Quarter Writing Summative Hero's Quest

Mastery Connect required data entries for third quarter

  • Fourth Grade Third Quarter Reading Summative

Professional Development

Looking for breakout session ideas and leaders, please contact Carrie Hepburn.

Fifth Grade Information

Mastery Connect optional data entries for third quarter
  • Fifth Grade Food Chain Formative
  • Fifth Grade Socratic Circle Assessment
  • Fifth Grade Third Quarter Writing Summative-Opinion piece related to the importance of funding the space program

Mastery Connect required data entries for third quarter

  • Fifth Grade Third Quarter Reading Summative

Professional Development

Looking for breakout session ideas and leaders, please contact Carrie Hepburn.

Update Assessments within Mastery Connect

When a revision is made to an assessment that is located within a tracker, it is important to apply the update to the assessment. It is a simple three-step process:

  1. Click on Common Assessments
  2. Click on Updates
  3. Update assessment in tracker


Third Quarter Units of Study Data will be generated on April 2, 2015.

FHSD Teacher Tips

I have the awesome opportunity to collaborate and problem solve with a great number of teachers. I hear amazing ideas on a regular basis and thought it might be helpful to share some of those ideas. Therefore I created a Teacher Tip section with tips from our very own teachers. I hope you find it helpful.


  • A fifth grade teacher uses BYOD in her classroom and averages 4-6 more devices daily for student use. For the students who do not participate daily, a letter is send home regarding heavy technology usage days and the number of devices on those days increases. ~5th Grade Harvest Ridge Teacher
  • Spent a portion of a planning day to incorporate grammar lessons into units of study optional daily lesson plans. ~1st Grade John Weldon Teachers
  • Creates Lesson Paths for students to follow while researching. ~3rd Grade Teacher(s) Central Elementary
  • Creates Thinglinks for students to access websites while researching. ~Castlio LMS

Professional Development Opportunities

There are a multitude of professional development opportunities available this semester. Check out the 2014-2015 PD catalog for the following opportunities and more...


  • Cooperative Learning 2.0
  • PLC Leader Facilitation Training
  • PLC Data Analysis & Next Steps
  • PLC Process 101
  • Transforming Instruction with Mobile Learning (BYOD)
  • Google Tools for Schools
  • Rethink Research Using Info Graphics
  • Beginning SMART board
  • Adding Interactivity with Advanced SMART board Techniques
  • Creative Multimedia Projects using the I Pad to Support Classroom Instruction

http://howellnet.sharpschool.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_2671240/File/PD%20Catalog/FHSD%2014-15%20PD%20Catalog.pdf