Several of you have asked where I get my fun t-shirts. Many of them I purchase from a site called shirt.woot.com. They have a different shirt every day, but you can purchase any of the old shirts, too. All the shirts come in sizes for children as well as adults. The shirts are on many different themes; not all are appropriate for children (or teachers). I tend to like the ones with an ABC theme. The latest one that the Cool Kids are interested in is called Now I Nerd My ABCs.
Read Across America
Monday, March 2, is Read Across America Day. We have many guest readers coming to campus on that day to read books to the students. While we will still be doing academics like math and social studies, we will spend the bulk of the day participating in various reading activities. We will listen to at least two guest readers, possibly more.
Students may bring favorite books from home and a comfy blanket or sleeping bag. It's always a special and fun day.
This week we will have assessments on Math, Unit 4 and on the Social Studies unit on heroes, as well as a Reading Comprehension test.
If your student has been able to do the math homework independently, they won't have difficulty with the assessment. They need to be able to add and subtract two- and three-digit numbers up to 200, as well as read, understand, and solve story problems involving these numbers, including two step story problems. They need to be able to solve problems involving coins; they should be able to look at a list of coins and tell the total amount. They should be able to round a two-digit number to the nearest ten. Students should be able to explain the steps they use to subtract with ungrouping.
If you have been reading and discussing the weekly fluency passages, as well as reviewing the social studies "text" I sent home, then your student will do well on the assessment. Students should be able to tell what character traits make a hero. They should know a little something about the heroes we have discussed in class. From the "text," they should a little bit about Louis Pasteur, Sitting Bull, Jackie Robinson, Golda Meir, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie. They should be able to identify what makes a person a hero. They should be able to identify people from the past and the present who are heroes and/or leaders and tell why that person is a hero and/or leader. From our classroom explorations, they should be able to tell something about Martin Luther King, Jr., Sally Ride, Jane Goodall, Thurgood Marshall, Amelia Earhart, Ruby Bridges, and Rosa Parks. They should be able to tell something about everyday heroes in our community, such as fire fighters, police officers, and so forth.
Our reading comprehension assessment asks students to be able to read a passage written at the second grade level. They should be able to answer who, what, when, where, and why questions about these passages. They should be able to compare and contrast two similar fiction passages and two similar non-fiction passages. These are skills we have been practicing and working on since the beginning of the school year.
Students should be able to identify common vowel teams (ea, oi, oy, ai, etc.) and the sounds they make. They should be able to read an unfamiliar compound word and determine its meaning. Students should be able to make correct plurals and know when to add -s, -es, -ies, etc. They should be able to make plurals from words ending in the sound f (knife, knives). They should be able to make identify common irregular plurals, such as child/children, man/men, deer/deer, mouse/mice, etc. Students should have a good command of present and past tense forms of common verbs. They should know when to use I/me, we/us, etc. (Examples: My friends and I went to the movies. My friend gave me a book.) They should know common reflexive pronouns such as myself, ourselves, yourself, himself, themselves. Once again, we have been practicing and building these skills slowly since the beginning of the year.
Congratulations to all of you who met your AR goals for Trimester 2! Meeting their goals are: Alex, Jeremiah, Brandon, Christian, Ryan, Josh, Oscar, Justin, Mareia, Nick, Makenna, Kailani, Christine, Aden, Lukas, Sebastian, Mia, Sabrina, Daniela, Genesis, and Alan.
50 Point Club members:
- Brandon (60.9)
- Alan (60.2)
- Justin (57.2)
25 Point Club members:
- Sebastian (40.4)
- Christine (34.6)
- Nick (28.9)
- Mareia (27.8)
- Josh (26.7)
- Kailani (25.2)