In reader's workshop, we are building our routines. We have been especially focused on quiet reading, where students read independently, and the routine of coming to the "rainbow table" (based on the table's shape) to read with the teacher. I am hoping to begin reading with guided reading groups, and to send home books with students, next week. I will keep you posted!
Our district math curriculum emphasizes the importance of what will be asked of students regarding the Common Core State Standards, depth over breadth. I hope to have a link to the Smarter Balanced Assessment sample questions posted soon. Smarter Balanced will be the State's new standardized test in upcoming years. First graders will not take the test, but it is nice to get a sense of where we are headed!
We have also started our first social studies unit. Our vocabulary words for the first lesson are vote, rule, and citizen.
In non-curriculum related news, I am happy to welcome our student teacher, Rachel Schaffer, to our class! She comes to us from San Jose State, having already completed her first round of student teaching in Cupertino. We are thrilled to have her!
Thanks for reading! I hope to post similar, casual updates at least once a week to keep you informed of the happenings within our classroom!