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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Crew News September 4, 2012

Reading for Enjoyment

On Friday we had a chance to just read for fun. We got out some of our favorite book collections: Elephant and Piggie books, Fly Guy books, Bear books, Dr. Seuss books, Henry and Mudge books, Little Critter books, Fancy Nancy books, Pinkalicious books, books about bugs and insects. We read and read and read. We shared our favorites with our friends. I have posted 2 videos below for you to see what it looked like and hear what it sounds like - reading time at the beginning of the year in first grade is not very quiet but it is fun. Just look at how engaged they are in their books. (If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to our crew blog to be able to view the videos.)

More on the Math Test
 Last Friday's math test came home today in the blue homework folder. The test consists of two parts. Part A includes those concepts that your child should have mastered at this point and Part B includes concepts that have been introduced but do not need to be mastered at this point. Everyday Math is a spiraling curriculum which means that we are constantly reviewing and using concepts that we have previously learned.

When marking your child's test, I simply circled items that were incorrect, underlined directions that weren't followed and wrote a letter "B" by numbers that were written backwards. Students also completed a self-assessment and an open response problem. I did not make any marks on the self-assessment page.

The open response lets me know who is already able to apply skills we have been learning and if they are able to express their thinking in drawings and in words. This is typically very challenging for all students at this point in the year. As we move through the year the goal is for all students to be able to explain their mathematical thinking and reasoning orally and in written form - either drawings or words.

I use the results of each test to help me determine who needs more help with certain concepts and who may need some enrichment around certain concepts. I am sure that you can see those same things as you look at your child's test.

Finally, you may be able to see that simply taking a test by filling in blanks was a challenge to some students. As I mentioned last week, this is probably the very first written test that most of the crew has ever taken. Taking a test will become easier as we go through the year.  When I look at a student's test I am looking for understanding of a concept rather than test-taking skills. So please don't worry if filling in blanks was a challenge for your child. I can see if they understand a skill and they will get better at test-taking.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 1.14 Unit 2 Family Letter (keep at home) and Home Link 2.1 Telephone Numbers (return this one to school)

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