How was your week? Mine was busy, as always.

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Reflections on last week

We were able to get through most of what I had planned, except the Stellaluna project. So, we'll continue that into this week.

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This week

This week has a teacher professional development day on Monday. It is also the start of our assessment window. Luckily, our district doesn't make us do too many assessments. They actually have a good balance. We have to give a writing assessment, a math automaticity assessment and STAR reading and STAR math, which are both computer based.

I choose to give additional assessments to my lower students to target their reading during guided reading groups. They're basic sight words, phonics, and one-on-one reading assessments. Although not required, I find them very helpful in targeting instruction. I basically assess all my kiddos on some of the assessments at the beginning of the year and then only assess those who need it as the year progresses.

Anyway . . . here is this week. As always, click on the picture to download the PDF with clickable links.

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Reading Comprehension

We're in the middle of our Stellaluna close reading project. This is the second time I've done close reading with my students, where they've had to read a text over and over. Actually, I'm reading it to them. I plan on doing more work with nonfiction texts on bats next week, as a follow-up. That also transitions us to working with nonfiction text, which we will start doing more and more throughout the winter.

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Math

Last week, I was met with a lack of planning time, so I'm pulling some math worksheets from our program. I generally don't like our math program as it doesn't promote conceptual learning. However, now that students have a good grasp of two-digit addition, I feel comfortable using the worksheets for practice.

I've changed out most of my math stations for more complicated addition problems. I finally finished my

Two-Digit Addition Games and Activities product.

This is full of math station activities that teaches students how to think about two-digit addition. Except for one activity, it's not about students generating numbers and adding them together. The activities give students directions on how to use a number line, how to break apart numbers and how to add tens to tens and ones to ones for each problem. The activities are also repeated throughout each of the four levels so that students understand the process and can apply it to more complex problems. Also included are a pre-assessment and quick assessments so you can target instruction based on what a student needs to work on.

Here are two of our math stations, one using a number line and the other breaking apart (ungrouping or expanding) the addends. Answer cards are given so students can check their work.

My students have enjoyed using these activities this past week and they are so easy to print, laminate, and cut apart. I was able to prep a new station during our lunch recess time this week!

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Writing

Our writing time this week is full of our district writing assessment.

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Science

We are also switching over to science this week. Our grade level chose to focus on Physical science this trimester. We'll use our textbook, a few resources I got from TpT and some wonderful STEM Science stations from Lakeshore.

So, how is your week shaping up? Want to see more lessons? Head on over to

Mrs. Willis' Kindergarten for more plans!