This was our first full week, and it was filled with lots of assessments.
I usually complete the Reading Street Baseline Test. But I also do a couple of the Clay Assessments: the Writing Vocabulary and Hearing Sounds in Words. This year I also completed the Words Their Way Spelling Inventory.
I’ve been pouring over the results this weekend….so I stuck all three Twilight Movies into my DVD player and had myself a little vampire marathon as I perused the results.
Next week is when I conduct individual reading assessments using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. I went a year without buying not one professional book, or magazine, or fancy coffee drink, or cookbook, or new clothes to save for this baby. I love it!
Okay, now on to math
I love love love my district’s new Math Pacing Guide. It’s all Common Core and Addition and Subtraction to 20 is the first goal each nine weeks….which means I can take my time to really make sure my students gain number sense knowledge. I’m feeling so great about it…and they’ve also instituted Number Talks…which I love. If you haven’t read the book you really should.
Here is a little of what we accomplished this week.
How Many Am I Hiding
This is a quick assessment I did whole group. I hid five counters behind my back, then showed the students a few of them. They had to tell me how many I ‘d hidden. It was a quick way to see who really knew five. Then they paired up and did the activity with each other. The ones who didn’t quite master it….worked with me on separating and joining groups of five counters.
Spill and Record for Five
We also completed this activity with five counters. The students shook their five counters and dropped them gently onto the blue felt (got those at Michaels). They recorded how many red and yellow sides were showing, and completed a recording sheet. I asked those that were able to write the addition sentence that matched their chips.
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Fives Number Sense Books
We completed our Fives Number Sense books. The students paired up to find all the different combinations of five using two colored counters.
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Each year we always graph M&M’s as a beginning of the year graphing activity. My students love it!
This week we worked on Short a. The students came up with a list of at chunk words. Here is a picture of our completed chart. I’m putting my Cricut to good use.
Have a great week!!!! If you’re starting back on Monday, my prayer is that you have a wonderful new school year!