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Solar Eclipse Week preview and Recap Week 3

August21

Happy Eclipse Day!

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Absences due to viewing the solar eclipse WILL BE EXCUSED by CCSD with a note from home.

Here is the link for NASA’s live stream:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream

Solar Eclipse of the heart, 80’s day on Friday was a blast. I channeled my inner Martha McFly for the day. What memories. 🙂

Even during Fun Friday behavior reward we do some learning. Lots of the kiddos in class love to play chess. It is such a great game for logic and thinking skills. Plus we work on social skills and chess finesse. We will have the Chess Club folks come in and do an in house field trip in the next few weeks. I think the students will really enjoy this.

MATH: This week we worked on place value with multiplying by multiples of 10 and dividing by multiples of 10. We did addition with and with regrouping. Problems contained decimals as well. Math journals were collected for a grade. The grade book is still being set up and I am working with admin to get this resolved. I will have grades inputted as soon as possible.

MATH PREVIEW: We will continue working with addition and subtraction with and with out regrouping as well as with and without decimals. We will move on to rounding. I am also trying to get the new Conceptua math program up and running which will provide the students a way to practice their skills using technology.

SCIENCE: We worked on The Water Cycle this week and introduced clouds.  I have a plethora of videos on my symbaloo that we used during instruction. Students are taking notes in their science journals.

SCIENCE PREVIEW: This week will start off with the eclipse excitement. Due to the CCSD’s announcement that the glasses ordered may not be ISO certified, ALL classes will be watching the live stream together. We will continue studying clouds and move in to weather instruments. A study guide will come home before the test on September 1st over this first unit.

READING: This week was a mixture of baseline data and close reading. Students did the San Diego quick list of words and I was very impressed with their progress from last year. We also did close reading which is when we read a passage together, number the paragraphs, read the passage a second time and get up close and personal with the reading. Students are required to read the question, go back into the text to find the answer and then highlight or underline the answer. Before they move on to the next question they must write the number of the answer next to the highlighted text. This is standard procedure in my class and is expected on all reading passages. I am unable to read passages to them during assessments, so I need to know that they are able to locate and cite the answer within the text.

READING PREVIEW: We will continue with close reading on the eclipse and those will be collected as a grade as we modeled the first two passages together last week. We will continue to work in the reading lab on DRA baseline data.

Reading along with the book on CD is a great strategy to work on fluency. I have a few programs on my symbaloo that will do this. Audible is another program that has books on tape but there is a fee. I also find CDs and books at the thrift store. This counts as reading optional homework since it helps with reading accuracy.

Word lists are more fun to read with a friend. 😉

WRITING: Since students are coming to me from so many locations we have adjusted our classroom procedures to include a quick prompt each day. As students come in they are to get their journals, read the three prompt choices on the board and begin silently planning/ writing on the prompt of their choice. This is all done in the journal so that we can gain experience and build stamina for writing longer pieces. These will also be graded using the rubric we developed together as a class. We started a squiggle writing prompt that will be completed over the next week. For ELA II we do the W.O.D Word Of the Day. This helps with parts of speech and expand vocabulary (one of the CAFE strategies).

WRITING PREVIEW: We will continue with daily quick prompts for the first part of class. Squiggle prompts will be written and re-written using all of our senses.  We will start on Monday with sight and continue on through the week with sound, smell, touch and finally taste. Friday is my favorite day as we get to devour a treat and describe it in detail. 😉

GLOWS & GROWS

Each week I try and reach out to parents about student performance. Most of the time this is behavioral and if I have minor academic concerns. If I have more pressing concerns that need to be addressed before the Friday folders, I will most definitely contact you. So far, this class is amazing and I am really proud of them. This will be a great year!

As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions, comments or concerns. I can be reached at: [email protected]

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