Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary
February 11, 2016
NO SCHOOL on FRIDAY (2/12) or MONDAY (2/15)!!!
Mindfulness Parent Manual
We have really enjoyed our time with the Minds Over Matter presenters. Every day the visitors come in we begin by ringing our singing bowl and getting into our mindful bodies.
Some of the topics we have learned about and practiced are Mindful Bodies, Mindful Breathing, Heartfulness, Body Scans, and Mindful Seeing. We also discussed Generosity and were challenged to find ways we can be generous and to watch for others being generous too.
Don't forget you can check out the Parent Manual that was shared to learn more about what your child is learning and how you may be able to connect it at home. When you follow the link you will find a downloadable link to a pdf file.
President Research Projects and Biography Bottles DUE TUESDAY!
Reading, Reading, and Reading
"Esperanza Rising" is the book we are using for a novel study during ELA time. We are practicing our reading strategies and skills with the book as we complete a variety of activities. We are annotating as we read and then participating in Socratic Seminars to talk about the book.
Then "Ungifted" is a book ALL CAP students are reading and then once a week we are connecting over Skype. So far we have met ALL CAP classes in the district. It has been fun seeing the other students who are completing the program too. The students have came up with some higher thinking questions to ask their peers and have participated in some great discussions.
- common numerators
- missing parts
- common denominators
To find common denominators we first learned how to find the least common multiple and then create equivalent fractions with like denominators.
The important thing for the students to remember is that finding common denominators is not the only strategy that can be used to compare fractions. They should consider other strategies before finding the common denominator to see if there is a more efficient way to compare fractions.
Checking Grades on Schoology
As of now, parents do not have their own access to Schoology although the goal is to get there one day! For now, you will need to log in with your child's log in information to check their work. They should be able to share with you where you can find their grades and check out the feedback. If you have any questions about work, grades, feedback, etc please let me know!
NOTE! Submitted items in the 3rd marking period will all be graded this weekend! You can see all the graded work from 2nd marking period.
Notability ~ Our New Favorite App
The great thing about this app is that it also allow students to download pdf files from Schoology, open them in the app, and then use writing tools to complete them. We were having difficulty opening graphic organizers and other worksheets that needed to be completed making it hard to go paperless. With Notability, students can download the files, complete them, and then it integrates with Schoology so the students can then upload to submit to the assignment. This app is a wonderful tool to help us utilize our 1:1 iPads!
Notability is also used in the middle and high school so they will also have experience to make the transition even easier.
If your child has an iPad at home you may want to see about purchasing Notability ($5.99) on the device as some of our common organizers like the vocabulary web and literature web can be found in the resources on Schoology. They could then choose to submit digitally rather than completing a paper.