Wallace Weekly

November 16th - November 20th

Weekly Recap

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Differentiation with Text Features in Maddie Price's Room

Maddie was using several different strategies for differentiation with her text features lesson this week. Student who mastered the skill the day prior were given an opportunity to begin the guided practice, rather than having to sit through the whole group lesson. Students in the class reviewed text features as Maddie added to the interactive text features anchor chart. As she read examples of different purposes for text features, students were asked to identify the specific text feature that matched the description. Once the students matched each description with the different text features, they were given an opportunity to work on a manipulative activity to match examples of text features with the title and a description of the purpose. Students in the higher groups were not given the descriptions of the purposes to match, they had to identify the purpose without the support. Great job Maddie!

DeCosta's Students were Seamlessly Integrating Reading and Writing

Students in Lizzy's class were taking an interesting approach to descriptive writing. Lizzy turned this research project into an opportunity to make meaningful connections to non-fiction text structure. Rather than simply writing a descriptive paper, students were collecting facts, and turning their research into a non-fiction article, which included student generated subheadings and text features. Most importantly, the students were so engaged and excited about this wonderful learning opportunity!

Integration of Math Facts into Music Instruction

Third grade students have been singing some catchy songs about their multiplication facts. The teachers asked the students where they learned the songs, and the students shared that they have been singing the songs in music class. Way to go Mr. U and Ms. Davis! Thanks for helping our students learn their math facts!

The Gift of Time

Feel free to come casual on your data/planning day. To maximize your time, I took into account your conference period so the day below may be different than the original date given. Room 17B will be reserved for you. Please have enough work to keep your class busy for the entire time.

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Monday, 11/30:

  • 8:00-11:15~Tegt, Waters, Ricker, McCowan, Dunham
  • 11:45-3:00~Nick, Solomon; M. Price, DeCosta, Hermosillo

Tuesday, 12/1:

  • 8:00-11:15~Smith, Gonzalez, Caudillo, Hunnicutt, Whitaker
  • 11:45-3:00~Ginn, Williams, Pinedo, Raine, Carranza

Wednesday, 12/2:

  • 8:00-11:15~Lamberth, Markussen, Hoyt, B. Price, Edwards
  • 11:45-3:00~Kellum, Johnson, Drewry, Skipwith, Balmer

Thursday, 12/3:

  • 8:00-11:15~Woods, Lewis, Auld
  • 11:45-3:00~Trostel, Pittman, Jackson

Friday, 12/4:

  • 8:00-11:15~Brezel
  • 11:45-3:00~McCoy, Stafford

IStation Tip of the Week

The “Assessment Completion” Report shows which students have completed the assessment for the reporting period. This will help you make any scheduling adjustments, if needed.

What is SCRATCH and how can I use it in my classroom?

Scratch is designed with learning and education in mind. A wide variety of educators have been supporting Scratch creators since 2007, in both formal and informal learning environments – K-12 classroom teachers, educational and computer science researchers, librarians, museum educators, and parents.

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code

SCRATCH Computer Coding Professional Development

Monday, Dec. 7th, 3:15-4:45pm

9921 Kirkhaven Drive

Dallas, TX

Dr. Jey Veerasamy, Director, Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach at the University of Texas at Dallas, has agreed to come to our school to facilitate a staff development of SCRATCH, the computer program described above. It is a great resource for higher level thinking, especially in math. My son was part of the after school SCRATCH club at Dartmouth, directed by UTD, and he loved it! I think I have convinced him to facilitate an enrichment cluster this fall, and they want to lead an after school computer coding club at Wallace in the spring. If you are interested in learning more about SCRATCH, and how you can use it in your classroom, come join us on December 7th!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Duty Reminders

Week of November 16th - November 20th

Cafeteria- Brezel, Dunham, Gonzalez

Gym- C. Smith, Lewis

AM Circle Drive-

5th & 6th Grade Hall- Abaid, Nick

Safety Patrol Morning Duty-Masters

On the Horizon

Saturday, November 14th

  • ESL Saturday School Session #4

Monday, November 16th

  • Newspaper sales before school
  • Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 17th

  • Newspaper sales before school
  • K, 1, 2, 5, 6 Math MOY Test
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Emergency Response Team AED Drill @ 3:15 in the library
  • Late Night Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 18th

  • K, 1, 2, 3, 4 Math MOY Test
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 6th grade opera field trip

Thursday, November 19th

  • Math MOY Make-ups
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Turkey Trot
  • DI with Emily Jarvis

Friday, November 20th

  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Popcorn Friday

Happy Birthday to...

November Birthdays

  • Dana Masters 11/8
  • Mary Waters 11/30