Friday, September 15, 2017

Map Testers



The blog title was not for the MAP test that we'll have in a couple weeks. These Map Testers were in social studies and used real (hand drawn) maps and compasses. It was serious a treasure hunt! 

 The much coveted super ball was their quest. The kids learned to value and follow maps, too, in addition to using a compass. 

Fours are better than two.
Have compass... will find super ball.

Divvying Up the Loot

Top navigator eventually found three!

This week we did our official Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments to determine your child's independent reading level. In short, the independent level is where reading is fluently smooth and comprehension becomes reliable. This diagnostic assessment, in the process of building literacy skills, helps teachers and students avoid texts that would be too easy or very difficult read.

We also opened the Chrome Books to do "Flight Checks" on RAZ-Kids.

 This formative or ongoing assessment can be especially useful for literacy instruction. 

The Flight Check is an audio recording of a reader's fluency and includes a story summary section plus a comprehension quiz. When I conference with readers, as you might imagine, the ability to sit together, listen, discuss and analyze the reading is priceless. 

I'm not a huge fan of "screens" but RAZ-Kids can be a valuable tool at this age, and one of several strategies we'll use to improve your child's reading skills. 

When we meet for a parent teacher conference, you will be able to listen in on your reader's Flight Checks.  And by all means, please use RAZ-Kids as a general reading resource at home. There are loads of fun titles within your child's range of understanding. Comprehensible reading is what's key. 

Dr. Seuss provided our week's spelling list and the opportunity to discuss greed and desire along with personal responsibility for one's actions. 

The book Bartholomew and the Oobleck also prompted the making of oobleck for scientific fun now and in the future. The excitement overwhelmed the experimentation, but the kids now have a sense of this gooey matter that changes from a solid to a liquid and back again. 

Oobleck washes away easily so have no fear when your child asks to buy corn starch. 

Here's a look at Friday's soccer After School Activity.

Clever agility training.

One happy player!
Yet another birthday. I think we've had one each week so far.

Happy Birthday Doc!


This Thursday morning will be our first Grade 3 assembly. We hope you can attend. We've been practicing some funky dance moves. You'll smile, guaranteed. And if you can't make it, you'll smile at the photos that result. So until soon...

Enjoy your weekend! 


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