Today has been both exciting and exhausting! I am so amazed at the creativity, the collaboration, and dedication most student brought to class. The first few days of school are typically hard to get into when our brains are wanting to stay on summer vacation. However, some students have proven triumph over this. I can't say enough how excited I am for this school year!
Below you will find the Power Point that reviews classroom expectations and rules. Students are responsible for this information and must demonstrate expectations each day.
Students will rotate through five stations over the course of several days. Each station is curated to provide a better insight on each student's current abilities and interests. Below is a description of each station and the files that go along with it.
In this station students are learning what the Reading Inventory assesses, Lexile measure, and how to apply this information to their independent reading. Students are given their last R.I score from the previous school year as well as their targeted text complexity is. This station is designed so students can understand the purpose of the R.I assessment, how they can improve their already high Lexile score, and what books are appropriate for their level and comprehension.
Students are provided time to set-up their binder and Reader's Response journal (comp. notebook) for this class. In addition, students will completed their first R.R journal response. The prompt asks to reflect on a time that you remained hopeful in a difficult situation and write a personal narrative. This will be used as a writing diagnostic to provide information on their strengths and weaknesses in narrative writing. This information will be given to their ELA teacher to help guide their instruction as they move towards writing a full narrative. In reading, we will work on the elements of narratives and apply the understanding to a short story.
In this station, students are able to express themselves and what represents them by decorating a pennant in any way they choose. Students are encouraged to write words or draw pictures that describe their interests as well as write one goal they have for the year. The pennants will be displayed around 7B pod for all to see!
Students will complete a syllabus scavenger hunt in order to fully understand the course requirements and class expectations. Additionally, students will create their student portfolio by decorating the front cover however they wish. Portfolios are designed to showcase student work and presented to parents/guardians at the end-of-the-school-year ceremony!!!
Students use their observation, analysis, and summarizing skills to determine what they know about me based on their surroundings and interactions with one another. This is a unique activity for students to demonstrate skills while learning about their teacher. If a student is absent, the student will have to ask for a paper copy of this assignment.