25 Days of Instruction

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We finished our 25th day of school and we can point to a number of successes. Students continue to work with the Open Up the Textbooks (OUT) developed by Nevada educators to ensure that children are working with complex reading materials and the Nevada Academic Content Standards. Currently, we are reading Spirit Cave Mummy about the discovery in Fallon and I would encourage you to look over what your child is reading. This is not easy content and they are doing a masterful job with it! You can download the OUT here.




We spent the first 20 days of school focusing on place value. This work has allowed us to move to addition and subtraction using the standard algorithm. Soon we will move onto measurement and all of these mathematical experiences will ensure greater success for all of the students.

Naturally we continue to do a lot of student choice reading—some students even doing it on our visit to Marvin Picollo—and of course, we like to have fun!

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A Review of Week 3—Exploring an OUT

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Students worked with some pretty rigorous outcomes this week including their first exposure to an OUT—Outside the Textbook. An OUT seeks to complicated, enlarge, vivify, and/or contest something students have read in a traditional textbook. Moreover, an OUT borrows from strategies you typically see in high school Advanced Placement (AP) classes where students are citing evidence from multiple sources. You can read the OUT we used by clicking here.

We continued our work with place value and students are now rounding numbers through the hundred thousands. To help with this, we are using number lines like the example you will see in the picture below.

We made our first trip to Marvin Picollo and will likely return six more times this year. The focus of the first trip was to get a tour of the building and to start thinking of the students who attend as “people first.” That is, letting the personality define the person rather than the disability.

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