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Kilgore Intermediate School October 9, 2015

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Next Week...


8:15 5th Grade Math
  • Review Common Grade 2 Data and Discuss Target
9:15 5th Grade ELAR - Planning Day
  • Reading: Text Organization 5.11C
  • Writing: Expository Writing 5.15A-E, 5.15C, 5.18Ai-iv, 5.18C
  • Social Studies: 5.15C, 5.16A, 5.20A
10:15 5th Grade Science - No PLC Today
12:15 4th Grade ELAR - Planning Day
  • Reading: Finish Character Analysis 4.6B, Begin Drama: Rough Faced Girl 4.5A
  • Writing: Mrs. Nicholson is currently revising the writing scope and sequence due to the changes in STAAR testing.
  • Social Studies: Early History Ch3 L3-4 4.1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 8A, 9B, 10A, 14A, Indian Projects 4.21A, 4.22C

1:15 4th Grade Math - No PLC Today


8:15 5th Grade Math - Planning Day
  • Prime & Composite, Equivalent Fractions 5.4A, 5.3H
9:15 5th Grade ELAR - Review Common Grade 2 Data and view leveled reader library
10:15 5th Grade Science - Planning Day
  • Force and Motion 5.6D*, 3.6B, 3.6C, 4.6D
12:15 4th Grade ELAR - Review Common Grade 1 Data and view leveled reader library
1:15 4th Grade Math - Planning Day
  • Math: Multiplication (2 digit X 2 digit arrays then partial product) 4.4D, 4.4C
  • Science: Food Chains/Food Webs (Unit D Ch 8 Lesson 3) 4.9A, 4.9B

Planning Day:

Please review ahead of time for the TEKS listed, your lead4ward

  • field guide,
  • scaffolding document,
  • academic vocabulary, and
  • IQ released tests document.
Come to your PLC meeting prepared to share activities and ideas for the TEKS listed.

Data Day:

I will print your DMAC reports for you.

Did you know?

Lead4ward has an app where you can see:
  • Instructional Strategies,
  • Thinking Stems, and
  • Resources (Snapshots, Scaffold, Released Tests, Academic Vocabulary)

It also has a Check for Understanding component where you can set a timer to alert you to stop instruction and check for understanding. It will randomly provide you with a different instructional strategy to use. is FREE!!!

Click on the link below to learn more!

Writing Critically

What is Critical Writing?

Critical Writing is purposeful and intentional writing.

  • The writing solidifies the learning for students.
  • Critical writing is defined as: writing for the purpose of organizing, clarifying, defending, refuting, analyzing, dissecting, connecting, and/or expanding on ideas or concepts.

It is content writing based on objectives (TEKS).

It is NOT copying from a book. Neither is it a fill in the blank activity nor free writing.
It can consist of:

  1. a simple list
  2. a short comparison paragraph
  3. a quick summary
  4. a mind map
  5. a written exit ticket
  6. a formal essay

Why have students critically write?

Critically writing is the most natural and authentic way to increase rigor and relevance.

Give students time to do it (5-10 minutes)!!!

Here are some examples:

A teacher might try to make something relevant by saying, “This is how you use it in the real world. Baking Soda can also be used as a toothpaste substitute.” This is interesting, but will probably be forgotten, as it might not be relevant to students. Extend to say: “Write down what other uses for baking soda you’re aware of.” This allows students to connect the concept to other areas of their world.

20 Word Summary - Using exactly 20 words, students summarize what they learned during the lesson.

Minute Paper - Students write short written responses to one or two questions provided by the teacher regarding the learning.

Muddiest Point - Students write down the most confusing or least clear part of what they just heard or saw. Teacher collects responses, which provides immediate feedback on student understanding of presented material.

Having trouble getting students to write?

Have students express themselves orally first. Oral expression must come before written expression!

Relationship Building Through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management

What can I do for you?

Please let me know if I can help you in any way. I am here to support you and will do whatever I can to assist you in achieving success for all students.

Christy McElyea, KIS Instructional Specialist

I believe in you.

I believe in our students.

I believe in KIS.

KISD...where every student counts!