The last two weeks have been fun as we welcomed the Boosterthon team to RB Hunt to help us raise money for our school! Our class worked hard and I’m proud to say that we raised over $50 per lap! The students have enjoyed the incentives along the way, and we still have three more to enjoy!
Today I showed the students how to check their grades using Home Access Center. I added a link to the homepage that you can access easily, as well. Each week, starting tomorrow, students will fill out a weekly progress report. They will be responsible for reflecting on their choices, grades, and progress toward their reading goal. As a teacher, one of my major goals is to create responsible, reflective individuals. The students need to know that they have the power to get the outcomes they desire, and it’s up to you and me to give them guidance and support in getting there. Grades aren’t everything, but they are something. It’s important for students to see the relationship between their effort and grades.
Here’s what we’re doing in class this week:
Science: The kids are enjoying learning about the properties of rocks and minerals. We’ve done some explorations using technology, and we will do a fun STEM activity in which kids analyze rock data to help choose the best rock for a gemstone necklace.
Math: We are studying multiplication, and I’m pleased in the progress the class has made in learning their math facts with fluency. In a week’s time, we went from 2 students with 80% or better to about half the class. That’s good, but there is still room for growth. We need to get all students mastering those facts to have success. Look for half sheets of math facts coming home. Those are drills we do daily. Each night, students should complete the ones they missed and practice them. Thank you for your support!
Reading: Students are studying how to read scientific texts this week and next. They did a great job overall on reading technical texts (reading non-fiction pays off!). We are also doing our first book report together. Students are learning about protagonists, antagonists, conflicts, themes, plot and more. We’ll finish the book report together (on The Cay) and students will bring it home to have as a resource for when they begin doing the reports independently.
Social Studies: We are learning about weather and climate this week, and next week we’ll study the early Native Americans of Florida.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you ever have a question or need. Class Dojo has been a great resource for me to receive messages and respond quickly if you have a question.
Have a great day!