Wow! What a week full of assessments! This week, Mrs. Winn was out of the classroom for two whole days pulling students one at a time to do reading assessments and writing conferences. Students have also been working on their first online math assessment, they took a science i-check about the moon, and they took a district spelling assessment today. Such hard work! I’ve been so impressed with their stamina through it all! I will have all of these assessments when we meet for conferences starting next Thursday.
The students completed their publishing of their Small Moment Narrative stories. On Tuesday we had our first Author’s Celebration. The students go together and shored stories over popcorn. Then, they shared with the class the part of their writing that they were most proud of. When we met for the reading assessments, we looked over those stories, looked at what was going well, and made goals for our next story that we will begin work on next week.
In science, the students have been doing a lot to understand the phases of the moon. We have completed a foldable for our notebooks, done a demonstration in which the students acted as the earth as the moon orbited around them, and completed a diagram for the rotation.
In math, most students completed the chapter one math assessment. As this is the first math assessment they’re taken and the first computer based assessment they’ve taken, the results were a bit rough. The more the students get used to the platform and the multistep problems they will be asked, the more accurate the results will be. So… don’t panic when you see the results! Many students are not yet used to the level of analyzing that they are being asked to do. It will come with time and practice. You can see your student’s results by logging into their Think Central account and clicking on “My Scores.” There are also several resources available in the library section if your student would like an extra challenge or some more practice.
The students were finally able to meet in their book groups this morning to have a weekly book talk. I was impressed with some of the groups. Many students are coming prepared with thinking notes and are focused in on having a real conversation about their reading. A few students are still struggling to remember to bring their agenda and to write in it nightly. Their agenda should be coming back and forth to school each day.
Next week, we start the Global Read Aloud (GRA). It is one of my favorite times of the year. It always promises deep discussion and connections made with classrooms all over the world! If you haven’t returned the App permission form that was sent in the MESH yesterday, please do ASAP. We will be getting our Blogs up and running for the GRA. When we are using Kidblog, the only people that can see our work are people that I approve. Their work will not be public. In addition, I approve all comments made on student’s posts before they are visible. There is no way for inappropriate or unkind posts to be published. This is also true for their blog posts. I approve them before they are posted. So, it’s a very safe platform for us to connect with students globally about this shared reading. I can’t wait for it to start!
Until then… Have a WINNing weekend!