Friday, March 1, 2013


MSA testing begins MONDAY!!!  Please be sure your child gets a full night's sleep, eats a big breakfast and arrives on time.  Once testing begins, students are not allowed to enter the classroom...they will have to wait in the office!

This morning, I went to a training about assessing and selecting students for the compacted (accelerated) math curriculum in 4th grade.  I returned to school in time for math.

While I was there the children went to music.  Then they listened to the realistic fiction book, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, by Patricia Polacco, and identified elements of realistic fiction, including the problem and solution.  After that they briefly reviewed using dialogue in their writing and received two handouts, that will be used as resources and stored in the writing section of their binder.  WE will go over these, more in depth, next week.

In math, the children took a quiz.  These quizzes have been scored and returned.  They are expected to be stored in the math section of their binder.

Following lunch and outdoor recess, we divided into two groups.  One group, sat with me and shared their realistic fiction rough draft.  For each student who shared, we (the class and I) explained what we thought the author did well and then we checked to be sure each piece included an identifiable main character, setting and problem.

The other group worked with Mrs. Benson to catch up...meaning, finishing up their story map and beginning their rough draft (setting up the situation and introducing the problem).

After that, I gathered the students on the carpet and constructed a chart displaying our schedule for the next two weeks.  (See below.) Due to MSA testing, there will be many changes.    Then, the students organized their desks and we moved them into rows, again, preparing for testing.

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