24 February 2011
23 February 2011
Chase, Natalie, Ethan, Lindy, and Will (not pictured) wrote a play of Henry's Freedom Box.
Last Monday, I missed the Valentine's Party for our doctor's appointment and ultrasound where Scott and I found out our baby's gender. We found out we are having a baby girl and are really excited. What a great Valentine's Day present! At the party, everyone voted on whether they thought I was having a boy or girl. There were 18 votes for a girl and 23 votes for a boy. On Tuesday, I revealed the results and we made a chart to count the votes. Everyone in the class cheered when I told them our fun news, "She's a girl!" It has been a joy to share in this experience with our class. I'll be sure to post updates in the future. Thank you all for the support and warm wishes. Scott and I are counting down (only 19 more weeks) until we can meet our little one.
- Rachel Johnson
Also, our SCCS birthday t-shirts will be here today! Please show your school spirit and wear them tomorrow!
18 February 2011
Alex presented on the current event of the floods in Australia. He shared this interesting, yet shocking video:
Molly also presented on a current event: the earthquake in Haiti. She shared some shocking information about the tragedy and how it was worsened by the weak building structures. Molly also shared some positive efforts volunteer groups are making to help the people in Haiti.
17 February 2011
- meaning and purpose of standardized testing
- become familiar with a variety of text structures
- ways to be successful before, during, and after the test
- what to expect when testing
- helps teachers decide what to teach
- a way for parents to see how child is progressing
- scores compared with other children
Next week, we will move into two new topics. First, learning ways of being successful on the test. I'll call this BDA! Before-During-After strategies. Then, students will learn what to expect in a testing environment.
As part of this study, students have been given spelling words with spelling tests on Thursdays. Thursday, February 17th has been their second test. I have been working out the details, so here are some of the expectations we as a group have decided on.
- 20 words
- tests will be every Thursday during work time
- before taking test, students must turn in their practice spelling-handwriting sheet
- any words missed on test will continue to be spelling word for the following week
- words spelled correctly are highlighted and child is held accountable
*Spelling tests are saved on the last page of the draft book.
14 February 2011
How to Play:
You play by rolling a die. The amount shows you the amount of money you collect on each turn. As you roll, you collect coins that represent the face value on the die. As you collect, you trade in for different coins. For example: Six pennies = 1 penny and 1 nickel. You continue play until a player reaches one hundred cents; equaling a dollar.
What Fun We Had!
11 February 2011
Here are a few of the books we've read this week:
Mrs. Johnson's group worked to find out how much 100 meters would be
Ms. Park's group used string to measure each other and discussed growth over time.