We enjoyed another four day week at BES! This was a strange week, but it included a lot of fun opportunities. On Tuesday, we administered the CogAT assessment to all second graders. It was our focus for the entire day with scheduled breaks for play and rest. The students worked hard. Results aren’t immediate with the CogAT – we typically receive them back sometime in April.
We also spent time this week finishing up our MAP requirements for the year. Students took the reading MAP on Wednesday and the math MAP on Thursday. We were very impressed with the effort and the growth in scores. When our third quarter report cards are ready, we’ll again provide a print-out with the updated MAP data.
To help us with the MAP testing, we spent the afternoons focused on learning about volcanoes. It led to some fun science where every second grader mixed, and scultped their own volcano. They also painted it, and then we simulated an eruption with a baking soda-vinegar reaction. The students enjoyed the hands-on nature of the project, and it led to a fun moment with all erupted! Please take a look at the pictures.
In addition to testing and fun with volcanoes, students have been hard at work practicing for their “February Frolic!”
The Week to Come
We’ll be very focused on our music performance for Monday and Tuesday. Students will be practicing, and then performing dress rehearsals each day. Our red shirts are in. Mrs. Bolender prefers them to stay here through our Tuesday evening performance. Please remember that our show is at 7 PM on Tuesday, and students are asked to report to our rooms at 6:30 PM.
Once we get through our show and stage successes, we’ll get back to our routine on Wednesday! We’ll resume where we’ve paused in our current units in math, reading, and writing. Our focused text will be about earthquakes, and we’ll continue our practice on informative writing. We’ll be able to resume and wrap-up our unit in math on place value and number sense. Please look for homework coming home today. We’ll return to the homework and word study work for next week.