Quinn was our super hero this week. I loved it! He wore his own cape with his name on it, and he chose to read to us a funny Christmas book. Thanks, Quinn! Remember weekly super heroes, you can read a book to the class on Wednesdays!
I have so enjoyed these super hero posters so far. We are learning so much about each other. Ella did s fabulous job on hers!
We have a student in our class whose mom is currently serving in the Navy. We made her Christmas cards today, thanking her for her bravery and for protecting our freedom and country. The students worked so hard on them and were very sincere.
On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to walk to the high school to watch the 5th grader's run through their Christmas performance. It was wonderful to watch our siblings, friends, and cousins perform. Such talent!
Third graders already start wondering which dance or act they are going to be a part of in 5 grade.
Mrs. Woller's class earned a frisbee fight. Everyone wrote their names on the spelling test last week. Even though I remind them to write their names and I have them put a finger on their name, there always seems to be a few who weren't listening, but not this week. Every test had a name on it! Congrats!!
I turned some celebration music on and we got busy throwing the foam frisbees around the room and watched them fly around.
Clayton was our brave superhero last week! He is such a polite and good friend to everyone! His poster seemed to have a zombie theme. . . hmmmmm.
Last week I didn't get a chance during our short week to post a picture of our Super hero Jacy. So here she is with her very colorful, rainbow poster.
Did you ever wonder how your child was placed in a group for word study (spelling)? Today, students took their spelling inventory. They take this every 8 weeks to show me what spelling patterns they may need help with and which ones they have already mastered. The words start out easy with the word "bed" and get more difficult by ending with the word "opposition." Students know to just do their best and I also warn them not to give up on a word because it sounds difficult. They get points for getting chunks of the words correct. For example, if they spell the word "float" as "flote" they would still get credit for the "fl" and the "t," but it shows me that they may need help with long vowel spelling patterns.
I use the paper below to check over each child's paper. The check marks mean they got that part of the word correct. Once they miss two or more in one column, that means that is the spelling patterns they need help with. It begins with initial and final consonants sounds, goes to short and long vowels, digraphs (sh, wh, ch), blends (mp, fl, tr, etc.) and then on to inflected endings, syllable junctures, and finally suffixes and bases or roots. This paper gives me so much information about what students know and what would be best to focus on. If your child's weekly words seem easy, it may mean he/she is memorizing the words instead of understanding the spelling pattern. Your child needs to be able to transfer their knowledge of spelling patterns to their written work, not just on weekly tests. This inventory shows me what patterns your child has internalized and which ones are still a struggle.
We had a fabulous morning getting cozy and sharing books and snacks with friends. During our morning together, I read aloud Tale of Despereaux. Students also buddy read and, of course, read to themselves. They did a wonderful job getting lost in their books!
Ty (with Wolfie) is our superhero this week. He could be seen in the hallway with his cape flowing behind him!