Room 322 News
A weekly review
January 4-8, 2016
I hope you all had a wonderful 2 weeks with your families celebrating the holidays.
With the new year, we have begun new interventions/enrichments in all DragonTime groups to continue giving your students extra work in the skill areas they need most to grow their reading
This week in math has been split between reviewing material covered before break (2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shape attributes, partitioning shapes, etc.) and expanding on partitioning shapes by introducing the concept of equal shares and fractions (halves, thirds, and fourths are the focus of this stage). Students are doing a great job with remembering our math workshop procedures, and have enjoyed the new material. We will be taking our geometry post-test next week then transitioning into our new unit: Measurement.
- Suggestion: During the day, ask your child to read a clock and say what time it is. During checkouts at the store, or if your child gets an allowance, ask your child to help you count the correct amount of money they'll need. These tasks take about a minute to do but will benefit your child so much!
Before break, students took the Words Their Way Spelling Inventory again (the same test is administered at the beginning, middle, and near the end of the year) and I have switched around groups to make sure they are getting instruction where they will benefit most from. I was very pleased with how they did on their inventory and all groups are making great progress--their hard work is paying off! I was able to start small group instruction with groups on Friday so the test on their new words will take place near the end of next week.
To recognize the beginning of the new year, we have been focusing a lot of our discussions and writings on reflecting on 2015 and creating resolutions for 2016. Students chose a goal they wanted to accomplish in the 2016 year and we created a banner in the hallway to show our goals! We also brainstormed and wrote a journal entry reflecting on 2015 (either something fun, something memorable, something with their families, or something done in school).
- Ask your child: What resolution did you want to work towards in 2016? (There were some...creative ones ;) ) Talk with your family about resolutions!
Early on in the week we focused on some comprehension activities to get students back into that scholarly mindset as it is Reading3D testing season again! Students will take 3 tests: Word recognition (do they know sight words?), DORF (oral reading fluency), and TRC (text reading comprehension--oral and written). The window for these tests opened up Wednesday and closes at the end of the month, and it very well might take that long to get the whole class tested. iReady diagnostic 2 will be taken this month as well. Phew! Our nonfiction unit will continue about 2 more weeks and students were introduced to a file folder project on Friday that they will be working on in the coming weeks.
Starting next week, we will begin doing our science-social studies split classes with Mrs. Barber again (I know students are very happy to hear that!) Mrs. Barber will be taking over social studies and I'll be doing science. Our first science unit is going to be Matter and Energy and I am very excited because science is one of my favorite subjects to teach--expect lots of fun there!
Using a roll and chat game to discuss key details, deeper thinking and comprehension questions from the text.
ENCORE Next Week
Early Dismissal Forms
Class Dojo Reward- Crazy/Mismatch Day!
CRAZY/MISMATCH DAY on FRIDAY, 15th.
So your child should feel free to wear crazy and colorful socks and shoes, mismatched clothes, etc. Should be fun :) Next week we will return to our normal 30 points in a week dojo system.