Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Almost to the Finish Line

Welcome Back Message  Welcome back form Spring Break! I hope you had a fun and relaxing time and are feeling rejuvenated as we begin the final sprint towards the end of the school year. We are almost to the finish line! Let's finish strong! 

Warm Up: Newsela  Let's get the day started with a little nonfiction literacy practice at Newsela. Log in, check your 'Binder,' and locate the article entitled "Teacher ditches grades to help students." Set the reading level to 920L (Grade Level: 6), read the article carefully, and then take the quiz. Be prepared to discuss the article with the class. Do you agree or disagree with this approach to teaching and learning? Why or why not?  

The Smarter Balanced Field Test: An Introduction Next week you will be taking the "Smarter Balanced Field Test." Learn more about what this new test is all about by watching the video below.  

The Smarter Balanced Field Test: Exploring the Test  Now that we have a general idea about what to expect, let's explore the online practice test here. Follow along with Mr. McGinty as he familiarizes you with the test format and guides you through some of the different types of questions you should expect to see.  

Homework  30 minutes of silent reading at home.  Make sure to record your reading on one of the digital reading logs available.  Our weekly Google Form reading log is here and the Google Spreadsheet reading log can be found here