It was definitely strange coming back after having a teacher workday in the middle of the week! It felt like Monday morning again though in reality it is Thursday, or Friday Eve as I like to call it.
It was also the day after the unit test. Again, all-in-all I am very pleased with the results. While it can be time consuming for me to create and post things on Discovery Education, it is truly worthwhile when students log in and practice multiple times.
What we did today was to review the test and the important concepts learned so far. I also mentioned that Monday we will begin the new unit (Matter: Properties and Change) a day earlier. Besides, I would rather start fresh on a Monday rather than stretch out material that has been clearly mastered just to keep on schedule. For the students who did not show mastery (>80%) they will re-take the test tomorrow to allow them one more opportunity.
While the students copied important dates into their agendas back in August, it never hurts to remind them. The following dates are quiz or test days: October 8th, 22nd, and 30th are quiz days. The 22nd is also the final day of the first quarter. Friday, November 20th is the unit test. There are four formal assessments for this unit since it is a larger unit that covers more material and is six weeks in duration. All of this information is on the calendar page on this Weebly.
Also, the unit test will be longer too because 4-5 questions will review concepts from the Forces and Motion Unit (magnetism and static electricity). The reasoning behind it is twofold:
After reviewing the test we did a reading passage using nonfiction text. I went over some of the things that good readers do (make a prediction, read carefully, go back and re-read the text if uncertain, mark/highlight/circle/underline/etc. important information in the text, number the paragraphs, etc.). Then the students were able to work together as long as the noise level was similar to what we refer to as "restaurant voices."
When that was finished, we continued with JA Biztown and the skill of check writing and using the register (withdrawals and deposits). Tomorrow we will move on to another concept: citizenship and its rights and responsibilities along with communities and their make-up
Now that we are at mid-quarter (already!), it is time to mention the upcoming parent-teacher conferences that begin towards the end of October, which is when the first quarter ends. This year there are three of us on the team and though we haven't yet met to discuss it, we will likely use a Survey Monday sign-up form. As soon as it is ready and everything is planned out, we will be emailing all of the parents as well as posting the link on all of our Weebly pages. As soon as we know more, we will be sure to inform you.