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DNA of Learning and Teaching
This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, February 23, 2015:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - All the staff of the Columbia Elementary are excited for next week’s Dr. Seuss activities. This next Monday will be the National Read Across America day to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s great legacy. Mrs. DeBord has some fun activities lined up for the students and several grades are doing fun crafts to celebrate Dr. Seuss in their classroom. Also, Renaissance Learning, our Accelerated Reader website will be doing its 4th annual Read the Most Coast to Coast this Friday. We will try and surpass last year’s reading tests taken along with the rest of the country. It’s a great way to get our students excited about reading and to join fellow students across the country in this goal.
Pre-School: We are teaching the preschoolers about simple machines. We will read The Three Little Pigs and the Scientific Wolf. The focus this week will be learning how screws work. In the end the children will build simple machines to help get the wolf into the pig’s home. The preschoolers will do activities to learn about the number 5. They will learn to write the letter Q and G and understand how to make two words into one word (sea + shell= seashell).
Kindergarten: The Kindergarten team discussed how their main focus this spring will be to focus on the students they currently have in their classrooms to meet the common core standards. They will also be doing Dr. Seuss activities to lead up to Dr. Seuss week. Tuesday they will be making Green Eggs and then on Thursday they will make Dr. Seuss hat’s and then for Friday’s reading extravaganza they are allowing students to wear pajamas.
First Grade: In reading one of the reading groups is finishing up their animal research reports. The other reading group is working on finishing a reading and writing project that involves Charlotte’s Web. In math, the first graders have just finished up assessing with chapter 7, which involved working on ones and tens place value. Finally, the science classes are currently working on their weather unit.
Second Grade: The second grade team discussed some of the students for guidance team to ensure that they will be getting the best education to fit their needs. They also discussed some of the activities set up for Dr. Seuss week next week. In math the students are finishing up time and temperature and will be starting fractions this week. In reading the students are reading Jamaica Louise James as well as focusing on the long E sound in spelling. The social studies classes are finishing up their Presidents’ Day activities.
Third Grade: The third grade team discussed the exciting field trip to McNary Refuge that they will be having this Friday. They have plenty of chaperones for the field trip and all of the students are excited to observe the different animal classifications in their natural habitats. In science the students are assessing their chemical tests’ notebooks this week and then continuing on with the design process of bridge building. In math the students are working on equivalent and non-equivalent fractions. The reading class is continuing with SBAC practice tests so that they are ready for the upcoming SBAC test.
Fourth/Fifth Grade: The fourth and fifth grade teachers met as a group to discuss their week’s activities. Mr. Dexter will be presenting his robotics unit to the school board this evening. There will be several students joining him to display what they have learned in creating Lego Robotics. The teachers also discussed the preparations for Mid-terms at the end of the week so that progress reports will be ready for parents. The math students are also working on some Greatest Common Factor strategies to help students and the students are making upside down birthday cake diagrams to help with this. The 4th grade students are also working on fact families in order to help with their division skills. Also, the 5th grade students will be going on 3 different field trips this March for each class to have a one on one experience with the refuge.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Report coming soon.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the 2/23 collaboration session, most of the teachers at Columbia High School utilized the time to review student growth goals and the accompanying support documentation for those goals. The main school-wide goal for CHS is increased vocabulary across all curricular areas, specifically the district defined Columbia-terms 360. Additionally, staff members have created student learning goals that are specific to their curricular area.
Beyond the student growth goals, a group of staff reviewed Time to Teach procedures in an effort to ensure consistent applications across grades and areas. Another group of staff joined up mid-way through the morning to work on accommodations for an individual student’s plan.
Columbia School District is working to enhance technology in the classroom. Interactive Whiteboards are our latest addition.
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