Thursday Folders were sent home with students today. Two items of particular note: a copy of your child's EOG scores from last year and the car rider dismissal cards that will soon be put to use in our new system. Once we receive the training, we will be sharing it with though though I am sure that you will be receiving information in other ways as well (Parent Square, ConnectEd, etc.).
Today's Caring School Community lesson was on the importance of being a good listener, such as making eye contact with the speaker and listening. We practiced this by pairing students up and having them share one thing they learned yesterday and then repeating it back a few minutes later. Then, the class got out of their seats to pair up with a random classmate to mix things up for variety.
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Literacy today was a review of theme vs. main idea in reading. In writing, students added some strategies and ideas into their notebooks on crafting good leads.
Crafting Good Leads Example:
Onomatopoeia - sound effects such as BAM!
Question - asking a wild question to hook the reader. For example, "Did you ever try to swim across a river filled with snakes?"
I used today's WIN time, in which we kept our homerooms, to work on independent reading stamina and some cursive handwriting. Students traced and mastered the letter a, upper and lower case. I admit that it has been a very long time since I have learned this but it isn't difficult at all with practice.
In science, we resumed working on the projects since most of the Chromebooks were returned. The first grade teacher still needed to keep two for retests and make-ups so some students needed to share.