The Learning Letter

September 25th, 2015

The Chat-n-Chew

Erin came up with the brilliant idea to have a looping slideshow in the cafeteria for the students to chat about during lunch. Together, we designed open-ended questions to spark conversation! Each week, Melissa (responsible for the awesome name) will have her Chat-n-Chew Crew design future weekly slideshows! Pop in and check them out one day!

Illustrative Math Learning Progressions

Illustrative Mathematics has created a Fractions Progression Module consisting of videos paired with illustrative tasks to help teachers better understand the development of concepts and skills around fractions from grades 3-5. This is not only a great resource for teachers but could be something parents would benefit from watching.

ELA Learning Progressions

Meet your kids at their instructional level and take them through the progressions. Here is DOE's link to all Literary and Informational Standards. Stay tuned! Writing will be posted soon!

Art & Math

Denise, we can design a great math lesson around this origami!

The Common Core Check

"Common Core isn’t the problem here. The problem is all the parents who immediately dismiss better, more effective ways of teaching math because it’s “different” from what they learned. If Herrmann doesn’t understand what his son is doing, then they should sit down together and work through it. Read the textbook. Go to Google. Ask the teacher for help. Any of those things would have helped and none of them would have taken very long. Instead, Herrmann wasted everyone’s time by writing a useless check and putting it on Facebook." Full text here.


One stop resource for teachers and parents to view our standards and interpret SMARTER scores.

Should We Teach Spelling?

They can read! Do we need to incorporate word study into our ELA block? Reading Hall of Fame Inductee, Tim Shanahan, gives his perspective.

Science - NGSS Engineering Lessons

Ten pairs of Boeing engineers were matched to ten teachers (grades 4-8) in the Puget Sound, WA, and Houston, TX, to create 10 science units. Each unit is designed to be delivered in classrooms over a 2-week period.