IP Newsletter

Wilmer Elementary January 2016

Welcome Back!

Thanks for helping make the first half of the year great! Let's keep this quote in mind as we all continue with the remainder of the year! Our attitude can make all the difference!! :)
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Formative Assessment: Formative assessment is a process that uses informal assessment strategies to gather information

Three Facts and a Fib - The three facts and a fib activity is a great strategy to find out what

students have learned about a unit of study. Students write down three facts and one fib about a topic. They take turn sharing their three facts and a fib with a partner, in a small group, or with the entire class. Students enjoy trying to identify the “fib.” Circulate throughout the class as the students are writing and sharing what they have written.

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Making Connections/Asking Questions

MAKING CONNECTIONS: The first type of connection is a text to self connection. When a reader makes a text to self connection, they compare the characters or events in the book to their own lives. This helps the reader to understand how a character might be feeling or what they might be thinking. This also helps the reader to better understand the events, problems and solutions within a book.

The second type of connection readers make is a text to text connection. When a reader makes a text to text connection, they compare the characters and events in a book to another book that they have read. This helps the reader to predict what might happen next in the book based on what they know about other books.

The third type of connection readers make is a text to world connection. When a reader makes a text to world connection, they compare the characters and events in the book to something that has happened in the real world. This helps the reader to understand the characters actions or the sequence of events within a book.

ASKING QUESTIONS:

When readers ask questions, they set a purpose for reading a book, which can make reading much more interesting. Sometimes readers stop to ask a question in the middle of a book to help them think about and understand the story.

It is often helpful for readers to jot down their questions in a reader’s notebook. As a result of doing so readers will be able to review their questions before, during and after reading in order to determine whether or not they have discovered information that answers their questions.

STAR Early/STAR Winter Screening

Thursday, Jan. 7th, 8:30am

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

STAR Early/STAR Winter school wide screening begins today. Please refer to the schedule that was sent out on teacher work day to make sure you are on time for your assessment.

PST Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 8:30am

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

If you have anyone to refer, or follow up on, you will need to bring all needed paper and documentation. Go ahead and bring copies of work samples as well as updated grades based on the end of the quarter. If you have questions on what you need you can ask Mrs. Browning or your grade level members. Be ready to discuss what you have already done for this child and as a PST team we will come up with new ideas.

CFA 3.1 Administration

Monday, Jan. 18th, 8:30am

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

CFA 3.1 must be given this week.

CFA Training

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 8:30am

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

We will continue CFA training. Remember all teachers need to bring reading or math standards with you to the meeting that you were working with last meeting. We will continue working with priority standards for the CFA unit we will create together and begin unwrapping those standards. As time permits, we will also work on Essential Questions and Big Ideas for those standards.

Grade Level Planning

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 8:30am

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

We will meet in the conference room. You should come prepared to plan with your grade level on this day. Everyone on the grade level is expected to help plan for the upcoming weeks lessons, assessments, and etc.

Extended Planning Time

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 8:30am

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

Please refer to the schedule that was sent out January 6th as to what day and time you will have your extended planning time with your grade level members. Remember, you are responsible for coming to the meeting prepared with materials and ready to work as a TEAM!

Item Analysis Due

Friday, Jan. 29th, 2pm

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

A copy of your CFA 3.1 item analysis due in my box today by 2:00.