¡Hemos Terminado!

¡Hemos Terminado! = We have finished!   Woo hoo!  We finished whole-class MAP testing today and boy, are we excited about it!  There are a few children finishing up due to absences, however, as a whole group – we are finished.  Yay!  The kids worked H-A-R-D and definitely used their grit.  This is NOT an easy test.  And, it’s really long.  It took us 6 days to complete everything!  The children did a wonderful job and they deserve a break to celebrate.    Check out the photo below to see how we celebrated when we finished!  And, of course, thanks for supporting our standardized testing!

class.photoIt has been a jam-packed week with testing.  In addition to working diligently on testing, we have done a few other things too.  Read on to find out what we’ve been up to lately.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Pizza Math
  • Persuasive Writing – Post-Assessment
  • Babushka Dolls . . . and Synthesizing
  • The Unwanteds – Part 2
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What did you enjoy most about the Pizza Math division game last week?  Why did you like this part?
  • You looked at Russian Dolls this week and discussed how it reminded you of your thinking.  How did you connect your thinking to the dolls?
  • How are you enjoying the second book in The Unwanteds series?  What do you like about this book?  What do you dislike about this book?

Pizza Math: Last Friday, we played a new math game that included division and pizza.  Fun, right?!?  It was a blast – the kids really had a good time playing with one another.  The goal of the game was to complete division problems and be the first player to completely color in the Pizza Picasso coloring sheet thereby winning the game.  It was a race among partnerships to solve the problem correctly and then to check one another’s work.  It was a silly game and a great way to practice division skills.  Check out the photos below to see how much fun we can have in math! 🙂

Here are the game boards we used during our Pizza Division game.
Here are the game boards we used during our Pizza Division game.
Hard working mathematicians trying to quickly find the quotient for their game!
Hard working mathematicians trying to quickly find the quotient for their game!
MORE hard-working mathematicians!
MORE hard-working mathematicians!
And - two more hard-working mathematicians during our division game.
And – two more hard-working mathematicians during our division game.

Persuasive Writing – Post Assessment: As you know, we had an incredible Writing Celebration last Monday.  In order for me to see what the children learned during the persuasive writing unit, they each wrote an on-demand writing assessment.  They were given the task to write a persuasive piece about the same topic they wrote about at the beginning of the unit.  This way, I can clearly see their growth (and they can too) and see what they have learned during the unit.  Look below to see what the topic was for our assessment and then you can look at a couple of photos to see the kiddos writing in action. Enjoy.

Here was the prompt we used to write our post-assessment.  We also use a timer, which you can see in this photo too.
Here was the prompt we used to write our post-assessment. We also use a timer, which you can see in this photo too.

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Babushka Dolls . . . and Synthesizing: This past Wednesday, we used Babushka Dolls (a.k.a. Russian Dolls) to discuss connections with our thinking and ultimately, to make a connection to synthesizing during reading.  The important reading skill of synthesizing  is when readers change their thinking as they read.  Readers work to put together all of the strategies they have been taught to form thoughts, opinions and conclusions.  (All of the reading strategy “pieces” are represented by the gradually increasing dolls, which fit inside one another to become one, big doll, representing synthesis.)  We will continue to discuss synthesizing over the coming weeks, as this was just the beginning of our discussion.  I’m excited to see what comes next through our conversations about synthesizing.

Here are the dolls we used as a concrete model to discuss our thinking.
Here are the dolls we used as a concrete model to discuss our thinking.
Look at the amazing conversation we had about the dolls.
Look at some of the things we said during our amazing conversation about the dolls.

The Unwanteds – Part 2: During our chapter book time, we have returned to The Unwanteds series.  The first book was incredible, so we got back to the series and are just getting into this story.  It is amazing . . . like the first book.  As we read, we will be working on synthesizing, so feel free to ask your fifth grader about his/her synthesis during our read aloud time.  In the meantime, have your child give you a summary of the book series (so far).  And when you have the time – you should read the book too.  You would LOVE it like we do.

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A Smile for You!   How much fun can food really be?  Well . . . look below and we hope it will make you smile and feel happy this week.  Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “¡Hemos Terminado!

  1. Hi Ms. Turken,

    I’m having a little difficulty with the comment section today, so I apologize if it is out of alignment!

    Congratulations to you and the entire class for making it through MAP Testing!!! That’s huge! And, even during such a busy week, the class was still able to learn so many new things! I really liked your post-assessment subject about the bike helmets – it amazes me as to how many children in our district don’t wear them! Jadyn’s Uncle Mark suffered serious injuries last year when he fell off of his bike just a few miles from his home. Luckily, he was wearing a helmet and didn’t suffer any head injuries.

    Enjoy your week!

    Ms. Waters

    1. Thank you Mrs. Waters for the wonderful, detailed comment! We love knowing that you are reading our blog weekly. Thanks for sticking with us!
      Sincerely,
      Ms. Turken

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