Families gathered for our first Brown Bag Lunch that included a short look at word study. Parents ate lunch with their kids and then did a word sort with the suffixes –able and –ible. This was followed by a description of morphology and then a chance to see how they could help their scholars at home. It was a terrific day and I am glad so many chose to attend—including three grandparents!!
On Tuesday the Superintendent of Schools, Traci Davis, visited the classroom and got to see the students involved in Word Study. It was an unplanned visit—or at least I did not know about it—and it was great to see the kids engage Ms. Davis and be able to outline classroom goals and procedures without any advanced preparation on my part.
We finished our first OUT and students are currently working on their culminating assignment, which involves writing a poem—a poem with a lot of evidence from some really complex text. When they are done, I’ll be posting in our hallway and I encourage you to take a look. Based on the drafts I’ve seen, the work is outstanding and it demonstrates the amazing aptitude of your children.
We are 10 days into the school year and the class continues to prove that they are an exceptional group of children. We have most of our routines in place and students are taking ownership of a lot of their learning. Word Study is the best example of this and children now know how to work with each other to complete closed sorts, play word games, and quiz each other in preparation for small group instruction.
We did our first session of PE with Mr. Farnsworth and had our first music classes following Mrs. James’ departure. We finished the week with work around visual patterns and numbers. Be sure to ask your children about this experience.
What a great first week of instruction. Week one of school was really about establishing routines and procedures and getting to know each other. We built graphs around student interests and commonalities, students were met with their Confidence Buddies (a strategy to promote Social Emotional Learning), and all students signed our classroom pledge: Be Nice, Work Hard. That said, we got into some content with our first work with place value, math “sprints,” word study, and text-dependent questions. Students learned about text features and the difference between primary and secondary sources.
Students got their job assignments and learned how to earn bonus cash by volunteering to help and completing “Affirmation Rings.” What a terrific group of students.