Due to today's 'snow' day, students will not begin their P.E. rotation until Friday. Tomorrow, students will go to music. Please remember to send in your signed report card envelop to school for tomorrow. Also, mark your calendars: Red Pepper Day is on Tuesday, March 12th.
There have been some minor changes to ScootPad that I'd like to inform you about. First, students can no longer practice spelling using ScootPad. I have honestly had more negative feedback about this aspect of the site, so I am hoping this will not be too much of a disappointment to anyone. However, to encourage the memorization of sight words, I have added another page to our class website titled: Word Wall. Here, students and families can view the same words students have on the word wall at school. On Mondays, students will take a word wall quiz where they will be asked to write 5 complete sentences using a randomly selected word wall word in each sentence. Details on how this will be scored can be found on the Word Wall page. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Another change from ScootPad is that students will have to answer 30 of the same question type with 80% accuracy before moving on to new types of questions. Previously, I was able to adjust this to where students only had to answer 15 of the same question type. Basically, this means that students will have more of the same type of question to answer, and this will cause them to move through the ScootPad units at a slower rate. Other than these two changes, the rest of ScootPad should look and feel the same as it always has for everyone. Please let me know if you come across any other differences that need to be addressed to our families.
The final change is that I have renamed the WONDEROPOLIS page of our site. The name of this page is now Inquiring Minds. Students can still access the Wonder of the Day from this page, but I have also added two internet search engines that are 'ad free' and considered to be 'safe' for children. Please consider having your student use these when conducting internet research at home.