We have made it a month!! This Friday marks 4 1/2 weeks of the semester :) This first progress report cycle will be less on number grades but on the areas we are needing to work in. These reports will come home next Monday in the red folder. Today the red folder will come home with your students papers in them. Last week we spent time in class correcting their papers to make sure they knew what we expected. This week I have written "please correct and return" on papers that need some extra attention. These papers will not be due back until Wednesday of this week. Please spend some time correcting your students work on a separate sheet of paper and send all papers back in with the extra sheet stapled to it. If there is no note on your students paper then you do not have to correct or return this work.
This week I have also changed my procedure for the paragraph writing. There has been a lot of confusion with this so I have made it an assignment for tonight, Monday the 22nd. Your student had time today in class to brain storm and write their rough draft. Tonight please edit these papers for spelling, grammar and punctuation ONLY. They will not rewrite anything at home. Some students had a hard time getting started this morning and you might see that they did not completely finish their rough draft. They will need to finish this first and then edit with you. Again this is due back tomorrow.
This week we will be focusing on Story elements in reading and really focusing on analyzing the characters in stories. In math we will continue to work on place value and really begin digging into different strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems with large numbers. In Science we are working through inquiry stations and focusing on rocks and minerals. We will still be looking at Greece and their influence on us today. We also are starting our CAFE/daily 5 rotations for reading and our daily 5 math centers. This is when we will start working with individual students and really focusing on their individual needs. I can't wait to see their growth :) One more area we are really working on and will become a source of point reduction on papers is using our strategies. We have taught the students many reading and math strategies and at this time all students are required to use these. We were pretty lax with them last week BUT points will start being deducted with strategies are not used and shown.
Homework remains pretty much the same with book bag activities due Friday. The writing is the same BUT the due date is Tuesday. Correct and return is new but is not due until Wednesday. I have also told the students they can begin bring their devices tomorrow to use during our rotations. Please make sure you have downloaded all the suggested apps/websites. These are on the eBook.
I want to also clarify "check marks" on papers. If there is a check mark that means it was graded for completion and most likely completed as a class or gone over as a class. These will not be in the grade book.
I hope you all have a great week :)