Friday, April 6, 2018

The Smidgen


Greetings!



SKILLS NAVIGATORS

We have been using a new assessment tool called Skills Navigator (SN). 

 


SN assesses reading, writing, and math skills at a micro-level; meaning, the program can show a range of individual capabilities, from mastery to needs more work. 

 

SN is a welcomed tool that you’ll hear more about in the near future.

HOMEWORK CHALLENGE

Our Spring Break books were a hit! 

And the kids returned fresh and ready to keep learning. No long break derailments! 

Maybe a smidgen of thought-provoking and sparing work helped? 


As a result, I have proposed a Homework 10-Day Challenge. 

                         


Participation is purely elective. A lot of kids signed on. Super! The content will cover various third grade skills in math and language arts. Same deal as Spring Break: just a few questions a day. 

IMAGINATIVE TALE





We shared the epic tale of Don Quixote! And then we summed it up in 20 words or less. 





Concise summation is an important exercise for third graders. Please be asking about stories you know your third grader read. 





Also, ask why she or he thinks the “author” wrote the story. What was the point?

BRAINY BOOK




Here's a brainy gift a student brought in and shared. Very cool! So much return for such a small price, right? 

SPRING SPRUCING








Spring Break afforded some time to spruce up the room. 



We love the sofa!

INSPIRED THINGS

We had an impromptu visit from a nurse working with the Muso project here in Mali. 



Muso has made a significant impact on improved healthcare in Bamako. 




Here's an article about the project. Click here to read.


GAMIN' ON YA!

The kids turned me on to this fun website for educational games. 


I so approve!  Notice that it's leveled for third grade skills. Nice, eh? Click here to have a go.


That's all for now folks!  

Enjoy your weekend! 
Don

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