Bacon's Weekly Bit
Friday, February 12, 2016
If I met with you at conferences, thank you. It was wonderful to have ample time to really discuss our students and their needs as we become closer to 5th grade. If I didn't get to see you face-to-face, I missed seeing you and I will be checking in with you. I'm so blessed to share this year with each and every one of your kiddos!
Spelling - Unit 21
Reading - Main Idea, Key Details, and Conclusions using Civil War
Writing - Revising, Editing, and Publishing their Opinion Writing
Grammar - Prefixes/Roots/Suffixes practice
Science - Review Rocks, Rock Cycles, and learn "What is Soil?"
Math - Comparing and Ordering Fractions
It's all about the units. Yes, minutes are technically the goal, but the real goal is learning and it is measured by units! Using data in a meaningful way looks at units more than minutes.
This is collaboration. Learning when we can talk about it helps understanding it.
Working solo to determine the meaning of a word using a graphic organizer. The parts of the meaning include the definition, a picture, examples and non-examples. (Notice his checklist for work out.)
Your child will be taking an online test this week called the CDT (Classroom Diagnostic Tool) in Reading and Math. The state has released this test to allow schools to experience a test that will be similar to the state MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) test. The benefits of this test are that students will receive feedback about performance when the testing window closes, it allows us to provide feedback on specific test taking skills, and it helps build working stamina. Our working stamina definitely needs work, so this will allow us to practice. I laughed when a student was getting a pencil the other day and under her breath said something like, "This is the most work I've ever done. I've never written this much." Another student and I laughed and she realized we heard her. Funny, because all they were doing was brainstorming and drafting their opinion writing. I would think the narrative and informational writing was much more, but hey...what do I know?! ;)
This online assessment will give our students and staff an opportunity to sharpen the saw before our MAP test in April. It is a great opportunity to see where we are performing. I am excited to see how much growth they have made this year!