Today was the final day of the schedule that we had since the beginning of the school year. Today was the final day of me teaching a self-contained class in which I cover all of the subjects. Tomorrow, Ms. Carpenter begins with her new homeroom class and the two-block schedule. How will this affect my current students who remain in my homeroom?
They will still come to me in the morning and work on IXL or other activities. After the announcements, usually around 9:30, they will line up and walk down the hall to Ms. Carpenter's class while I greet her homeroom students. The first block lasts until 12:00 pm in which the students switch back to their homerooms for the remainder of the day, excluding specials.
This morning from 8:45 to 9:45, Ms. Carpenter and I hosted an informal meet-and-greet in her room. We had a pretty decent turnout considering it is during a workday. I appreciate all of the parents who came out and if you are the parent of one of my new students who is visiting this blog for the first time, welcome!
For my final day of literacy I did some Caesar's English and some reading comprehension. I still had the students spend at lest 40 minutes doing independent reading before the read-aloud.
I will TRY to continue the read-aloud for my homeroom at the end of the day as they get packed up or if there are a few minutes before going to specials.
In math, we continued with one fundamental question: to multiply or divide? I shared with my class a trick to help make the determination easier.
If the number of groups and the number in each group is known, you multiply.
If the number of groups is unknown OR the number in each group is unknown, you divide.
It is very simple but then again, the most profound wisdom in life is found in simplicity.
For science, I had them go onto STEMscopes and do an enrichment activity which is called Post Assessment. It is basically five questions that covers what they had already learned.