Hour of Code-5th Grade
5th grade students participated in the Hour of Code this December. Students went to Code.org and were given the choice of a code challenge. They watched a short video about coding and how to complete the challenge. Students then learn to enter code by using buttons on the keyboards that command the avatars to move in a certain direction. Once students complete the code challenge they are given a certificate of completion they can hang proudly. My classroom enjoyed collaborating with each other and learning the technical terms of coding. Since my 5th grade classroom is one-to-one with the iPads, many students chose to code during recess where they would get younger students engaged in coding.
On January 31, we learned how to view data on Reflex and use the data to make changes in our classroom.
All teachers attending PD have implemented Reflex into the classroom.
Reflex offers detailed information for each student on the facts that they have mastered. This helps teachers to provide students and parents with the facts that students still need to master. Students are then able to set goals.
Friday Morning Meeting Celebrations-Teachers print off individual achievement certificates and celebrate students at morning meeting including number of facts completed,number of facts mastered and % of facts fluent. Class achievements are also celebrated.
Green Light-Teachers are able to monitor when students have obtained the green light and how much time was spent to reach the green light. Students should reach a green light 3 times a week.
On February 9, we discussed a couple of websites/resources that will provide some support when planning for math RTI or differentiation related to math.
Math websites included: Quantiles.com (achievement level related to math) and Illustrative Mathmatics. Organizational websites included: symbaloo, tackk, bit.ly, google slides and google docs.
RtI-Math differentiation provides students additional support and strategies to solve a variety of problems. For an example with my 4th grade math students, we are focusing on multiplication. We use a calculator, multiplication charts, cubes, the lattice method, arrays, and the associate property.