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Monday, September 29, 2014

ShowMes

We will use technology in a variety of ways throughout the year. One way we are currently using it is with the ShowMe app on our iPads. This is a presentation app that allows students to record their voice while writing, drawing or sharing a picture. We use this to share our learning with each other. I also use it to assess what student know and can do. It is so valuable to me to be able to listen to a child explain his or her thinking while watching them write or draw. To help this process along, I give the students a Learning Target Checklist. As they create a ShowMe demonstrating that they know a topic, they can check off that target on their list. They can always go above and beyond and do ShowMes on topics that aren't on the list. Periodically throughout the year, I give them new checklists to use as we learn new things. Here are some of the things on our current checklist:

______ Reading: I can retell the story of a book that I have read.
______ Reading: I can recommend good books that I have read.
______ Writing: I can spell some sight words correctly: and, for, like, her, day, want, going, of, little, saw
______ Math: I can make tally marks for numbers.
______ Math: I can count by 2s.
______ Math: I can count by 5s.
______ Math: I can use a number grid to count.
______ Math: I can tell time to the hour.
______ Math: I can count a collection of pennies and nickels.

We add the ShowMes to our Kidblogs so you can visit those to see any ShowMes that your child has created so far. Below are a few samples for you to enjoy, too. (If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the ShowMes.)

Simeon shows us how to count a collection of nickels and pennies.

 Lexi shows us how to tell time to the half hour. (A skill that is coming up soon in first grade.)

Eizaiah shows us how to count using tally marks.

Gavin shows us how to count by 5s on a Hundreds Chart.

Taylor shows us how to count by 2s.

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.1 Patterns

Important Dates
10/1 Student-Led Conferences
10/3 Boot Camp
10/20 No School for Students - Teacher Work Day
10/21 First Day back after Fall Break

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