Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

Mission Statement

We, the SHIELDS CAPtains, will participate in advanced learning, continuously grow, and move on to the next grade level, by being responsible, doing our best, working together, and learning from our mistakes.

October 8, 2015


Literature Webs

Literature Webs are an advanced organizer that was created by our Literary Reflections Curriculum. The 5 sections on the web require students to think critically of the text in order to successfully complete each section. On the back of the web are specific questions to be asked when completing the web. As we progress through the year, I'm excited to see the depth of responses grow.

The first set of graded Literature Webs are coming home this week. The rubric that was used to grade the webs is attached. These rubrics will be used consistently so students understand what is expected and will know what they need to do when they improve the next time they TRY! There is definitely room for improvement for everybody. We have discussed each section in class and are completing some webs together for continued practice. My goal is to grade one Literature Web every 1-2 weeks so we can track our progress.
Class Blogs

We've been practicing our writing skills as we started our blogs. Check them out!


Number Talks

This week we participated in a Number Talk with Mrs. Gray, our new math specialist. It was amazing to hear the mat thoughts of all the students. Throughout the year we will do many Number Talks so we can share math strategies with each other. I'm hoping to record some of our talks this year so you can talk about them at home. Check out the video to learn more about Number Talks.
From Stanford Online's "How To Learn Math for Teachers and Parents": Number Talks

Service Learning Project

October is Bullying Prevention Month

The CAP students are creating campaigns to share with Shields students on how they can help to stop bullying in our school community. We have groups creating iMovies, raps, skits, comics, acrostic poems and more. The goal is to teach people who to be positive so that bullying will become obsolete! The groups will be posting our presentations on our YouTube class page to share. They will also be creating posters to display through the school.

Fish in a Tree

We are participating in Global Read Aloud, which kicked off Monday. PTO was amazing and bought each CAP student their own copy of the book, "Fish in a Tree" and we will be reading this book together with other students around the globe. We will be connecting with other classes through Skype, Twitter, Blogs, and As we read this book we will still be participating in Socratic Seminars, but will also be learning about signposts. Stay tuned to find out what those are!! Feel free to buy your own copy of the book and read along with us!


Our class is using VolunteerSpot to organize classroom volunteers. We are also using it for Parent Conferences sign ups!!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Conference Night

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 3:30-6:30pm

910 Shields Avenue

Lewes, DE

We will be conducting student led conferences this year. Letters will be coming home next week with more explanation and giving directions for how you can sign up on Volunteerspot for a time. I'm excited about this new format and know the students are going to be thrilled to share their work with you.
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Classroom Needs

We have a couple classroom supplies that we could use. If you could donate any of the following it would be much appreciated:

  • gallon baggies
  • snack size baggies
  • quart size baggies
  • small sticky notes (the small squares or rectangles)

Class Website