Third quarter ends this Wednesday! Report cards will be coming home at the end of next week. That means we are now in the ‘home stretch’ of the school year! We have SO MUCH left to do! It will be a very busy 2.5 months. We still have new content to learn and many, many fun activities and events to participate in.
Friday’s Sweet Shoppe was a great success! The kids enjoyed choosing items off the menu and from the ‘daily specials’ board. It was hard to pick because there were SO MANY delicious options! Once choices were selected, each student had to find the total of his/her bill. So many good strategies were used! Some kids recognized :doubles facts and extended facts (regular facts with a zero at the end: 7 becomes 70). Other kids drew base ten blocks and counted them up. A few kids chose to use our newest strategy, an open number line to figure out the sum.
Our two Sweet Shoppe assistants delivered orders and collected each amount due. Students with extra money to spend were able to add to their order as long as they could cover the cost of each new item purchased. Many students went home with a lunchbox full of extra treats! I hope they shared some with you! Principal Underwood and Superintendent Balke even stopped by the Sweet Shoppe. Unfortunately they did not bring their plastic coins so they were unable to purchase any yummy treats.
THANK YOU very much for the contributions of baked goods. The variety helped make this store extra special. THANK YOU also to our two assistants who were very giving of their time.
Our last day to total books for the Reading Challenge is also this Wednesday. When we counted up books read as of last Wednesday we were already over 500 books! Our goal was 'broken!' The class decided to keep reading until the end of the challenge to see if we could 'shatter' our goal by reading 100 books over goal. I'll let you know how it turns out after we count tomorrow. If you happen to have any slips for books read at home, make sure to send them in!
This Thursday is the home opener for the Red Sox. To celebrate, all students and staff are invited to wear baseball shirts and other baseball garb to school that day. It will be fun to see how many different baseball teams are represented. Also on Thursday, we will be attending the third quarter's community meeting. The kids really enjoy seeing other students present their work. Me too! Our class has submitted a request to the Joe's English Editorial Board to perform in the last community meeting of the year. We have learned how to say the Pledge of Allegiance in sign language and would like to show the rest of the school. First, we need to audition. If we get in, I'll let you know and when we will be performing. In the meantime, ask you child to show you how to do the Pledge!
We have been very busy with our FABULOUS geographic terms projects. We hosted all four first grade classes who came by to see our work. Those first graders asked good questions and we answered every single one - without assistance. These kids know their stuff! Each student was able to do a practice presentation for his/her reading buddy before having to present to our class. In class, our students have been super respectful and appreciative of the work done by their peers. There are lots of compliments being shared. We have had some of our best 'respectful audience' times during individual project presentations. It is wonderful! Graded rubrics will be sent home on Friday and projects can also go home that day, April 6th. Please be in touch if you need to make arrangements to pick up your child's project.
In reading groups, we have steered away from the Wonders leveled readers and have been reading trade books. Along with the new selections, we are able to take 'Reading Counts' quizzes on the computer. We typically spend 3-4 days reading and discussing a book. Then we take another 2-3 to work on responding in writing by answering comprehension questions. Once that is done, each student takes a 10 question Reading Counts quiz. A score of 70% or better is required to pass. For scores less than 70%, students need to reread the text and retake the quiz. Each student is allowed three tries to pass each book. So far, everyone has passed their quizzes within the three tries. Hooray! The kids like taking the quizzes so much that they are asking to take quizzes on books they are reading just for fun! "Of course!" Most books published by Scholastic have a quiz available. If your child has independently read a book at home, he/she is welcome to bring it in to see if a quiz is available!