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This week we have been focusing on making Connections with the Exemplars Assessment Rubric.
The Practitioner (meets the standard) level of the Exemplars Assessment Rubric defines connections as “Proper contexts are identified that link both the mathematics and the situation in the task.” Examples a student might make at this level include:
We have been really focusing on how to recreate the problem by substituting different numbers, as well using what we know about our fluency facts and thinking about it as an addition or subtraction problem.
Scroll down below for some possible solutions to the problem:
3/22/14 Marked World Water Day! We have been learning and doing so much around this special day!
On World Water Day, people everywhere show that they care and that they have the power to make a difference. We were inspired by information from a local author Christine Ieronimo and her story, book, and experiences! We took action and learned how to change things- starting with washing our hands and brushing our teeth.
This year many will focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives. Nearly all jobs are related to water and those that ensure its safe delivery. But today, millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or even protected by basic labour rights. This needs to change. We uploaded a picture of us on water.org and for every picture and message we create the site donates $1.00 to water funds! To us water is life and water is inspiration!
This week we have been reviewing that as we read harder books, and when we come across harder words, we need to slow down and look at all the parts of a word and read it part by part. One of our class mini-lessons started off with a story about building with legos. I illustrated the idea of how it can be difficult to build a little house, or even a big castle! It can be too hard! But then we discussed the importance of how we build pieces of a castle or house, part by part!
The class was able to see that at times we can be so busy looking at the whole castle, and look over the smaller parts. We broke it down. We may build the walls, and then add the towers, and then the bridge. Perhaps, at the end even taking a step back and look at it altogether! We then made a connection to building a lego castle to reading tricky words in our books. We may at times feel like this is "too hard" and we just can't read these words! We made a connection to just reading the words part by part using our open and closed syllable strategies! We chose some words out of our Zelda and Ivy text and worked on breaking them up part by part!
We have some exciting events happening at GCS... be sure to mark these down!
Friday, March 18th- Multicultural district-wide Spanish day at Goshen Center School from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.!!!
Friday, March 18th- 2:15-3:15- My Plate Performance
Tuesday, March 22nd- World Water Day & Author Visit by Christine Ieronimo
We have been working so hard doing really important jobs during our reading time. We know that whenever he notice trouble, he have to stop, try something, and keep on trying! When we have fixed the problem, we have to do a quick check to make sure we have gotten in right. We each made our own plans and with our reading partner we have been working on getting better as a reader!
We know strategies of READING LIKE A BOSS and we have been singing the song- "Be a Reading Boss!" Look for the song in your child's reading folder!
We added a new verse at the end of this week:
As you may have heard On March 22nd, World Water Day, GCS will be experiencing a local author visit from Christine Ieronimo. Christine adopted her daughter from the country of Ethiopia, and is passionate about the right of all people to have access to clean drinking water.
We have read her story and explored some of her real-life videos about her journey back to Ethiopia. We have been reading articles about water scarcity and the issues people have getting clean water, and it has been very eye-opening.
We have been discussing the following issues:
The Problem: Students will explore issues including water scarcity, the effects of dirty and unsafe water, and the lack of proper sanitation and hygiene in a community. Using multiple websites as a research tool, we'll be led to a deeper understanding of these issues. Down below is some of the research and inquiry lessons we will be conducting. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more pictures, as well as checking in weekly on our blog!
Today we revised our “Good Habits for Solving Hard Words” chart, creating this one! This NEW AND IMPROVED chat is going to help us use the strategies that we already know and reorganize them!
WE KNOW AS Readers- that when a word gets tricky we need to try something!
We have been doing the following:
I can STOP at the first sign of trouble and say, “I can solve this! I can try something, using all that I know!”
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.