Important Notes for the Month:
- Mrs. Blackmon is excited to introduce a brand new opportunity for 3-5th grade TD/Catalyst students to have an online book club over school breaks! If your child would be interested in participating, please click on the main (home) page of this site and scroll down to the post entitled "Introducing Book Blogging @Bain Over Break." There you will find more information about what it is and how to join us! Our first book will be read over Thanksgiving Break.
- If you are interested in being added to my new email distribution list, click on the main (home) page of this site and scroll down to the post entitled "Are You Interested?" for more information.
CogAT scores (our universal screener for 2nd grade students) will be available later this month. Parents will be notified of the results as soon as possible. Some students may become identified immediately based on their CogAT score. If a student does not immediately qualify through this first round of testing, they MAY be eligible to take the ITBS assessment next. If your child is eligible for this opportunity, I will contact you directly with more information!
Co-Teaching Lessons in 3rd grade for this month have focused on building strategies as readers. We have explored "climbing the hurdle" of difficult language and working to clarify unfamiliar words while reading. We have also discussed how figurative language is used by authors on purpose and must be noticed and mined for meaning within the text.
Co-teaching lessons in fourth grade for this month have focused on learning about characters and character traits while reading fiction. We have practiced "living alongside" the characters in our books and learning all we can about what motivates and challenges them. We have learned that characters have thoughts, behaviors and interactions that reveal important things about them and as readers we must "do the mental work that is required" of each book we read.
TED Talks @Bain-Phases 2, 3, and 4
During phase 1 of our TED Talk unit, students learned about the history and purpose of the TED organization. During phase 2 we have learned about the 7 kinds of Ted Talks, watched and analyzed exemplars of each type, and learned the importance of delivery, organization, and technology when composing a speech. During phase 3, we will move beyond "brainstorming TED talk ideas" and actually select a topic which we will research. The final phase of the unit, will entail delivering and recording our TED talks in front of an audience of our peers.
Co-teaching lessons in 5th grade have focused on the idea that characters are complicated, Their feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and interactions do not remain static. They bend, flex and change depending on their experiences and the decisions they make. Over the course of an entire book, we must know our characters well as they change and analyze the changing relationships they have with others in their world. We have also found "golden lines" in our texts that are extremely significant and important to us and defended our choices to others.