Organizational Tool for keeping track of practice at home.
Have you ever realized how similar a child's brain is to a sponge? When they are in elementary school they soak up ALL the basic knowledge they need to get them through middle school and high school.
** In my class we refer to our brains as "sponges." This is where the inspiration for my Sponge poem came from. My students love to refer to their brain as a sponge. This packet was found to be VERY helpful during at home test preparations. My parents are a fan!
Since the state assessments are approaching and are following new standards, I felt I needed to assess my standards of monitoring test prep. In my class, we have a variety of resources that the students can use for test preparations. However, I found that although I WAS reminding my students to practice and review on their own at home, a recent poll proved otherwise! I came up with the second page of this document as the graphic organizer for my students to keep at home so they can record which skills they’ve focused on, what resource they’ve used, and how long they’ve spent reviewing. My rule for review is: Students should be reviewing 3 days out of a 5 day week. If there are 4 days of school then it would be 2 of the 4. I took away 1 review day for each missing school day of that week. I also instructed them to keep their review time down to 10 minutes at most for ELA and 10 minutes at most for Math.
These are the resources available for them to review and practice:
Guided Reading notebook
My Teacher Webpage
My Portaportal Webpage
Math Vocabulary cards
Math program website
Positive Encouragement and silly poems go a long way!
I’ve created the following poem based on my lovely students this year! They are such hard working children and they put too much stress on themselves! In my class we’re constantly discussing how their elementary school years are some of their most important because this is when they “soak,” up all of the basics they need for math, reading, and writing. From that, we realized together our brains are like sponges! My students inspired me to write this poem that I’d like to share with you. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you’re students benefit from it as mine did!