Here's what I have planned for this week...TEST PREP! (yuck!) We are testing next week, so this is our last push. I'll be spending most of my days this week on math and reading. My sister's county created an awesome 9 Day Countdown for reading for grades 3-5. Click HERE to see Day 1. I really like the format because it's how I teach my mini lessons normally, so it's not so different for my kids. I have very good readers in my class, but they are not very good test takers. They just don't want to take the time to check their work. UGHH! I am teaching test taking as a genre. I teach my kids that reading for a test is different than reading for pleasure. On a test, they are reading to answer questions, so they have to approach the reading differently. I created this anchor chart today from the countdown lesson. I was able to relate some parts to CAFE which is just perfect for us. I love this chart!!
After I modeled the strategy (which was topic), I had the kids work in partners to read and discuss a passage. Then we came back together as a group to check the answers. They had to be ready with text-based evidence. I was pleased with their discussion.
Believe or not our county decided to make Thursday Take Your Child to Work Day....really? The week before testing? Who comes up with these plans? I will probably have quite a few kids out, but review will go on! I can't waste the day. Can you believe that my son's middle school is giving the kids extra credit if they go to work with a parent? Can you say "don't come to school"? My son said the teachers said no one comes anyway. Just blows me away! ANYWAY...rant done!
Tonight at Walmart I found something that calmed my soul and made me VERY happy!
Well, this is my week so far! Hope yours is wonderful!