I am posting one of the sample 4th grade ELA writing tasks from PARCC. Let's all read the passage and the poem and then think about all of the skills that will be needed for our students to develop an essay answer. From kindergarten to 4th grade, we are all teaching literacy skills that are building off of each other. Everything we are doing is helping prepare our students to think critically about their reading and then respond in writing. Even though your current students might not be doing the PARCC assessment this year, your teaching has had an impact on the students who are taking it. So try it out for yourself. Read the two pieces and then see what you would come up with for an answer to the following question:
Just Like Home
Did you know that November is Picture Book Month? In honor of this, I have been checking out lots of picture books from my town library to read. Plus, I only have two months left to reach my goal of reading 200 books! So far, I have read 135 books...still hoping I can reach my goal.
Great book by Peter Reynolds all about the importance of imagination
This is a lovely book about a boy who wants to make the world a greener place, one garden at a time.
A giraffe who loves to count? This is a definite book for Florence Roche!
Beautiful illustrations and a modern day Giving Tree story about life cycles.
And of course I had to read this book as I anxiously await the arrival of my little one!
Events this week:
Monday - Latin Class @ 3:30
Tuesday - 4th grade field trip to Lowell Mills, Latin Class @ 3:30, Spanish Class @ 3:15
Wednesday - 4th grade field trip to Lowell Mills, Kindergarten Chorus Practice @ 2:25, Staff Meeting @ 3:30 in the library
Thursday - Student Council Meeting @ 8:30, 3rd grade literacy work @ SU in the am, 4th grade literacy work @ SU in the pm, Spanish/French Class @ 3:15
Great things I noticed last week:
- We were excited to see all of the members of the tech team in our building on Tuesday, helping anyone who needed some tech tutorials! I told Luke that they are welcome back to FloRo anytime!
- At Wednesday's School Committee meeting, the Middlemiss family and their Big Heart Foundation generously donated a buddy bench to the Florence Roche playground. Scott and I are regularly communicating and collaborating and this is just one more way to stay connected to him, and for him to be able to give back to all of you. He is truly grateful for the support that you all have provided to his family. Check out the foundation website to learn more about what it is and what they do: http://www.jmbigheart.org/. We are still working on making literacy collaboration connections with our schools. I am excited to announce that Scott and I have been selected to present together at the MA Reading Association conference in April. I am submitting a grant to GDEF to try to bring several staff members with us!
- We had lots of great book character costumes on Thursday!
Interesting blog post about using assessment to teach transference between the different writing genres: http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/using-assessment-tools-to-teach-transference/
This is the story of the "buddy bench" that was developed by a student: http://buddybench.org/
Designing a growth-minded school: http://schoolbydesign.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/how-to-design-a-growth-minded-school/