Saturday, January 12, 2013

Things Happening This Week

So this week we have been working diligently on our Colonial simulation. Students have been placed into groups and have completed their first assignment. Each assignment will eventually help students in the decisions they will make during the simulation. During these assignments, student learn the reasons why people left Europe to colonize, what life was like on the ships and in the colonies, and what geographical locations for best for colonizing. These assignments are important because they help determine what are called "wealth points." These wealth points are translated to money that each colony will use to supply their ships for their trip to the New World. I will try to post pictures this week.

We also worked for the first time with our reading buddies from Mrs. Klosterman's class. I can't tell you enough how proud I am of these kids. They took their job of working alongside less experienced readers very serious. They understood they were there to model good reading and to work alongside their buddy. At the end of our time together, Mrs. Klosterman or I usually do a read aloud followed by some kind of discussion of the book we read. Once again, these kids did a great job of modeling, specifically how good readers talk about books.

A couple of important things to remember:

  • Curriculum Night is Thursday, January 31 from 7:00 - 7:45 pm.
  • Friday, February 15 is Student Led Conferences for the entire school. Sign up sheets for all teachers are available inside the school beginning Monday. Make sure you sign up early so you can get a time that is convenient.

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