We reached our goal of 10 class points last week! Such a great accomplishment as our class community continues to grow and gel as a group. On Monday, the students will decide if they are working toward 10 more class point, or a greater goal of 20 points.
This week in the Wonders program we will study the question, “How can a pet be a friend?” Students will read about a pet goldfish named Norman, and a pet dog who helps his owner. Students will understand the benefits of pets, as well as the responsibilities needed to be a pet owner. We will work on two letter blends in spelling this week (tr as in tree, or sp as in spot).
We will take our first end of the unit assessment in Mathematics this week. Students will answer computation questions, open-ended math problems, and word problems on this assessment. They will also be asked to explain their thinking in writing. We have practiced all of these concepts throughout this first unit, and I am excited for them to share their learning. We will spend two days following the end of the unit assessment both reviewing key concepts and enriching mastered concepts in a small group setting, based off of student need.
We continue our writing process this week, focusing our efforts on editing and revising. We continue to learn how to work with writing partners- asking questions, providing feedback, and sharing ideas. The students are making strong progress in this area.
In addition to our normal routine this week, we will take two NWEA assessments. Mobile labs will come into the classroom, as this is a computer based assessment. NWEA is a nationally normed assessment, and this is your child’s first exposure to the assessment. Dr. Stokes came into each second grade classroom to demonstrate what the test will look like and answer any student questions. This is what is called a “smart test” in that it adjusts the level of difficulty based on the student’s responses. If the student is performing well, it will give the child a greater challenge. If the questions become too hard, the difficulty will decrease. Through multiple attempts of questions focused around the same learning area, the test will hone in on a student’s current learning zone. Students will take one assessment on Monday morning, and a second assessment on Tuesday morning. As this is your child’s first exposure, our goal is to acquaint them to the assessment and help them feel successful. I have provided a link to the assessment website if you would like additional information.