We are down to our last few weeks of school. I will continue to teach new material, but I have MANY assessments to complete. Thank you for your support and patience throughout the year.
We took the Math NWEA on Thursday. EVERYONE’S score made a nice big jump from the fall to spring. This is a first for me. I think the school subscription to IXL in February really helped. I put in all of their subscores from the fall. The IXL program adjusted to their learning needs. We used IXL as our morning bellwork. I was able to walk around and answer questions. If it was a really good question like, “What’s the perimeter of this shape?” I made sure to share how to solve this question with the entire class.
We WILL take the reading NWEA on Monday. Please have your child get some good rest tonight. I will stress the importance of going SLOW.
Once all of the students have taken the NWEA, I will print out the individual reports and send them home. I request that you give me an opportunity to catch up on all the students who might have missed an assessment. The reports are available for me to print 24 hours after the last person takes an NWEA assessment.
Library Book Check-Out
The last day for library book checkouts will be Monday, May 23rd. All books must be returned before June 3rd.
Dates to Remember
- Monday, May 23 – Taking the Reading NWEA
- Tuesday-Wednesday – NWEA make-ups for absences
- Thursday, May 26 – Clean up parade around the track at the back of the school at 10 am.
- Friday, May 27 – No School
- Monday, May 30 – No School
Clean Up Parade
The Clean Up Parade has a new theme. Due to all of the rain and flooding that has occurred in the past few years, the State of Michigan is promoting rain gardens. Rain gardens direct the water away from the house or building, they have deep-rooted plants, and promote pollinators like butterflies and bumblebees.
The First Grades are the pollinators. We made headbands with butterflies and bumblebees. If your child has butterfly wings from a Halloween costume or dress-up, or a yellow tee-shirt that you want to put black bumblebee lines around it, that would be great. This is not a requirement. It is only an “if you want”.
As mentioned above, we are in our final weeks of school. I have many assessments to administer.
We annotate, read, and discuss every day.
I am halfway through the Developmental Reading Assessment. It takes a long time because it is administered 1 to 1.
We are currently working on an informational writing piece about apples with Mrs. Abu-Rus.
We will take our test on Thursday.
We will continue to double up on math. We work on Module 6 for bellwork in the morning. We have our lessons in Module 4 in the afternoon. (Module 6 is a review and extension of concepts throughout the year.)
We finished our family trees for social studies. The kids did a great job. They are currently hanging in the hallway.
We also completed our history unit for Social Studies. We will finish off the year with our economic unit, which matches what we are learning in our ELA Benchmark.
We are learning about light now. The kids learned that transparent objects are completely see through, translucent objects are kind of see through, and opaque objects are not see through. We learned that translucent and opaque objects create shadows because some light or all of the light is blocked.
Thank you for your support! Have a great week.