We will wrap up some loose ends this week before April Vacation.
This week in our reading program, Wonders, we will take our Unit 5 reading assessment. This will be the second full reading assessment the students will take. In the assessment, students will be asked to read two stories and answer questions, both multiple choice and written response. As well, they will be asked to compare the two stories, and use evidence from the text to support their thinking. Finally, we will check in on their vocabulary and phonics skills. I have broken up the assessment into smaller parts, and we will complete a small amount each day.
Due to our assessment, there will not be a spelling test next week.
The rulers, tape measures, and meter sticks are out in our classroom. We have been busy measuring all sorts of things in the classroom and comparing actual measurements to our estimates. As well, we have identified personal references for an inch, foot, and yard. Next week we will look more heavily at data, as the students compare a bar graph to a line plot, using data they collect from their arm span length and standing jump lengths. It is a nice tie between measurement and data.
As we move further into our research, we will begin to shift our writing focus from opinion writing to informational writing. Students are hard at work creating a salt dough island that showcases three of the landforms they have been researching. Accompanying the islands will be an informational writing piece that highlights the important features of the landforms. As well, they will have the chance to showcase their work to the first-grade students, which is always so much fun. You will have a chance to see their work at the open house coming up in about a month.
April 13th – Report Cards go home
April 18th – School Board Meeting 6:30
April 20th- School spirit day, crazy outfit/hair
April 23-27 – Spring Recess, no school