Autumn is most certainly being felt in Jamestown this weekend! The squirrels in by backyard are fighting over the black walnuts. It's fun to watch them.
I wanted to send you an email to keep you up to date on what's going on in our class.
1. I have sent home your child's math assessment from our first unit. I score the assessments by using a point system. Kids get points for showing their work correctly. The first 2 pages of the assessment packet is the "scoring guide." I have to tell you that it was very difficult for me to correct #4 (I think it was #4 anyway). The question that asked who has more balls. Circle the name of the person who has more. Draw AND write how you know that they number is more. Well that is easy enough to understand, I suppose. But, for me, it was not so easy. Some kids wrote "Bob has 3 tens and Bill has 1 ten." According to the scoring guide, I am supposed to look for words like, "Bob has 3 tens. Bill has only 1 ten. I know that Bob has more balls because 3 tens is greater than 1 ten." Also, on the scoring guide, it says that the students could use a drawing OR words. All in all, I guess I didn't really like the way that #4 was worded and scored. I did my best!
2. It was so great to see so many of you at Open House last week! The kids had a blast correcting your scavenger hunt papers, so check them out! I sent them home as well. Also, the kids loved the notes that you wrote for them. Thank you!
I am looking over the volunteer forms and will be in touch soon. I try to be very organized, so if I "over-organize you" into volunteering, let me know! I am very flexible, too (as long as I can get re-organized! ;) )
At Open House, many of you were able to sign up for parent/teacher conferences. If you were not able to do so, I will send home or email a note with available dates and times from which to choose.
3. This week we will start unit 2 in math. I will send home the Unit 2 Newsletter on Monday so you can better understand the concepts of the unit. The unit is 4 weeks long, which will take us into November!
4. Our phonics program, called SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words), will begin this week. We have been working hard on assessing all the first graders to see if they can benefit from starting at a "beginning level," "extension level," or the "challenge level." We teach SIPPS in 1/2 hour lessons, 4 days a week.
5. Also starting up this week will be our Junior Great Books Read-Aloud program. This program uses original folktales, fairy-tales, and poems which are read aloud to the students. The program involves inquiry and discussion in order for students to become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens. Students will take their story books home and listen to the story again and think of a question that they have about it. The next day we collect all the questions and try to answer them in our discussion group.
6. I have scheduled our class to use the Makerspace every week on Wednesday afternoons. Each week, I will give them a problem to solve by using the materials provided. I've noticed that I need to set clear time restrictions so that we can reflect at the end of our time together.
I think that is all for now!
Enjoy the weekend!