PLC Newsletter

Kilgore Intermediate School, Week of February 1-5

"A diamond is merely a chunk of coal that did well under pressure." Henry Kissinger

Planning Day Agenda

5th Grade Math

  • Expressions and Equations

5th Grade ELAR/SS

  • Biographies
  • Black History Inventor Research Project

5th Grade Science

  • Landforms

4th Grade ELAR/SS

  • Revising and Editing
  • Expository Writing

4th Grade Math/Science

  • Fractions (Equivalent and Comparing)
  • How Do Scientists Use Tools

Data Day Agenda

5th Grade Math

  • Review Envision Math
  • List Available Resources

5th Grade ELAR/SS

  • Review Common Grade Data
  • List Available Resources

5th Grade Science

  • Review Common Grade Data
  • Review Online Resource
  • List Available Resources

4th Grade ELAR/SS

  • Review Common Grade Data
  • List Available Resources

4th Grade Math/Science

  • Review Common Grade Data
  • Review Envision Math
  • List Available Resources

Available Resources

Please be thinking about all of the resources we have available to us for teaching our content area. Brainstorm all of the different places you pull ideas, activities, lessons, etc. from and bring a list with you to our data day meeting. Mrs. Slayter has requested that we compile a list of what resources we have available and what we are using.

PLC Norms Reminder

1. We will be prepared and on-time to meetings. We will stay fully engaged and on-task throughout each meeting.


2. We will contribute equally to the workload and share ideas. We will listen respectfully and consider matters from another’s perspective.


3. We will maintain a positive, professional tone at our meetings. We will support and encourage one another and have open, honest conversations.

Common Grades this Week

5th Grade Math (moved from last Friday to Tuesday due to AR party and LEAP)

4th Grade Writing (Wednesday?)

High Yield Instructional Strategy of the Week

Fact or Fib Showdown

Adapted from Kagan Cooperative Learning

Instructional Steps:

  1. Students write "fact" on one notecard or post-it note and "fib" on another notecard or post-it note.
  2. Teacher presents a statement associated with the content.
  3. Teacher allows 3-5 seconds for student processing to decide if the statement is a fact or fib.
  4. Teacher says, "1, 2, 3, Showdown!"
  5. Students slap their response in the middle of their desk/table.
  6. Students justify their response with a partner or small group.
  7. Teacher clarifies/verifies correct response and dispels misconceptions.


Thinking (Process TEKS Rigor):

Analyze/Interpret

Draw Conclusions

Infer

Predict/Estimate

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.


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