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Good evening class,
Today, in class, students took the K1GP Mid-Term Exam. The class average was relatively high. Great job! The highest score was a 116/102 (114%). The test had a total of 120 points possible, but it was curved to 102 points based on the third highest score. The third highest score was the curve, meaning that the third highest score was 100%. All of the tests have been graded and I have entered them into Teacherease if you would like to see your student's score. If you have any questions regarding the score or the test, feel free to email me and let me know. The test was designed to be hard, so if your child's score is low, do not be too concerned. The material is much harder than the gifted program test, so that students are prepared for it. Since many students still have missing assignments, I will still accept them through email. If you make up an assignment, please take pictures and send it to me.
Reminder that there is no class next week (4/7) due to spring break. We will resume class on 4/14, the beginning of the second half of the spring semester.
The top 3 highest grades in the class will receive recognition next class as well as a gift card in reward of their accomplishment.
Furthermore, I would like to ask again about class donations. Class donations are for class prizes, parties, awards, technology ,etc. to support better and enhanced learning. If you would like to make a donation to our class via check, cash, or company match, please do so soon! Much appreciated!
March 31 2018
Enjoy your spring break!
Thank you again for all of your support!
NWCS K1GP Teacher
Just a reminder that next week's class (3/31/2018 - Week 8), is the mid-term exam! We are almost halfway through the semester! If you are going to miss next week's class, please let me know ASAP before hand. We will schedule a time to make it up. The mid-term test will cover EVERYTHING that we have learned so far since week 1 (2/3/2018). Topics include, but not limited to, Number Rounding, Clocks & Telling Time, Pattern Completion, Parts of speech (Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs, Action Verbs), Application of Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication 1-3, Contractions, Homophones, Rhyming, Punctuation, and Baby Animals. Please visit Teacherease to check grades and view all the assignments so far. The best material for studying are the in class quizzes and lecture notes. Just a reminder, after the mid-term test next week, the grades on Teacherease will be finalized for the current term and I will be providing a report card the following class (4/14). If you have any missing assignments, TURN THEM IN ASAP because next class will be the last time that I will accept late work to grade for this term. Most work up until today have been entered into the garbed and are updated.
1) Clock and Verbs Project Presentations
2) Rhyming and Punctuation Lecture + Practice
1) Sentence Completion Worksheets
2) Mid-Term Test Review Worksheet
3) Students will write a 4-5 page long essay utilizing all the english language techniques taught so far. The essay prompt is: If you could travel to any place in the world, where would it be and why? Students should respond to this question with extreme detail and show their mastery of english language writing skills.
4) STUDY FOR THE TEST!
My class website, mrhansondai.weebly.com is also a great resource for studying. Please visit it, especially the handouts page!
Have an amazing week and if you have any questions feel free to let me know anytime!
NWCS K1GP Teacher
Good evening class!
In class (3/17/2018):
1) Identifying Adjectives POP Partner Quiz
2) Multiplication (1-3) Review
3) Pattern Completion, Addition & Subtraction Application Problems, Contractions, Homophones Lectures and Practice
Grades for last week's homework and today's in class work have been entered into the Teacher ease gradebook.
Homework: There are TWO options for this week. CHOOSE ONE or do both for extra credit.
Students will make a very neat and organized book that displays EVERYTHING they have learned up until now. The book should be in the format of a textbook. Students are basically teaching what they learned in their own textbook. Please keep in mind to create a creative title for the textbook. Also, make sure to make it very organized by including a table of contents and page numbers. The book should also have nice drawings with color.
Students will write their own test that covers everything that they have learned so far up until now. This can be handwritten or typed, but preferably typed. Please have 20-30 questions in the test and ALSO include an answer key. The test should have a variety of questions in true/false form, multiple choice, and short response.
Possible Points: 150
DUE: Next class (3/24/2018)
Lastly, class, please keep in mind that the mid-term test is on 3/31. Next class will rap up the content that will be on the mid-term and serve as a review class. A review packet will also be handed out next class as well.
Have a terrific week!
NWCS K1GP Teacher
I hope everyone is having a terrific weekend so far. Today in K1GP we began to learn multiplication and introduced the concept of basic nouns and basic adjectives. Students took a partner quiz on nouns to test what they learned. Scores for the partner quiz and the lecture notes on multiplication and nouns and adjectives have been entered into the gradebook and are now available for viewing. The behavior of students in class today was excellent! Everyone gave participation and their effort. I have also finished grading the homework project assignment project from last week, which was for verbs and action verbs. Scores are looking good, but seven students failed to turn in the project to me. Completing the homework that I assign is definitely optional, but not doing it takes away practice and learning opportunities. Not doing it also has a large impact on the student's course grade because I will give a 0. Students who did complete the project will be presenting them, along with their clock projects from week 2 starting next week. Looking at the projects turned in, the effort is looking very good.
Many parents have asked me to provide an overall schedule for the class for the whole semester. I did not include it in the syllabus, but I have it in the gradebook. Everything that students will learn up until the mid-term is in the gradebook's calendar if you would like to see.
As for the course textbook, several students still have not purchased one yet. The plan is to begin rigorous COGAT preparation after the mid-term test, and having the textbook is critical for that. Details about the textbook were sent out in every update email since week 2. Here is the link to purchase it on Amazon, if you haven't done so yet.
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Test-CogAT-Grade-Level/dp/1939777119/ref=sr_1_cc_5?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1520218252&sr=1-5-catcorr&keywords=cogat+practice+test
Amazon.com: Practice Test 1 for the CogAT - Form 7 - Grade ...
Amazon.com: Practice Test 1 for the CogAT - Form 7 - Grade 1 (Level 7): CogAT - Grade 1 (Practice Test for the CogAT - Form 7 - Grade 1) (9781939777119): Smart Cookie ...
I would prefer that every student has a textbook by the mid-term test so that I
can stay on schedule with the course material. If you have issues with purchasing one, please let me know ASAP, so that we can work something out.
Next, a few reminders. First, there is a class website if you aren't already aware. mrhansondai.weebly.com. Secondly, I would like to introduce a new system in my class. Starting from today (3/10), I will be available after class for a little while to provide students with extra help if they need it, answer questions, or if a student needs to make up work that they missed. Since I started this today, I won't be available next week, but the following week. Third, I have scheduled the mid-term test for March 31st, which is exactly three weeks from today (week 8). More details about it will be sent out in a later email.
HOMEWORK: For this week's homework assignment, I have attached five worksheets for students to complete. Print the worksheets out and staple them together. Remember to have your child write their first & last name on each paper that they turn into me. That is a rule in my class because their are multiple similar names. These worksheets are good practice for what we learned today. Topics in the worksheet include Multiplication, Nouns, and Adjectives. All FIVE worksheets are due next class (3/17).
That is it for this week's email. Thank you very much for your support and for taking your time to read this email. Remember to stay involved in your child's learning by checking your child's grades on teacherease.com often. I update the class gradebook often so that you can check your child's scores for recent assignments as fast as possible. Teacherease.com also shows your child's attendance. If you or your student have any questions regarding the course, please do not hesitate to ask!
Have a great week and see you all next week!
Good afternoon class!
I hope you all had a great week back in school after the break! Anyways, today in K1GP we were able to do a lot and have fun at the same time! After reviewing and grading the clock projects, I noticed a very common mistake among students. Students did not understand the concept that times like 1:55 look like 2:55 on the clock as the hour hand moves closer to the next hour. Next, if you haven’t already purchased a textbook please do so ASAP! We will begin intense CogAt preparation in the 2nd midterm. Furthermore, most students turned in and successfully submitted their online action verbs test via teacher ease. There are a few students that I saw did it but did not press submit. If you got a 50% on the test that’s why. By the way, check your grades and track your progress regularly in my class! If you see that you have any missing assignments, do them and turn them into me as soon as possible! Lastly, I would like to request for parents to donate some funds for prizes and parties in our class. You can do so through company match funds, check, or cash. Any amount is much appreciated! If you would like to donate to our class, please do so at the NWCS admin table.
3/3 (Week 4)
1: Clocks Project Review and Mini Lecture
2: Regular Verbs Lecture
3: Regular Verbs Partner Quiz
4: Alphabet Review Quiz
5: Number Rounding Lecture and Practice
6: Clock Project Presentations
7: Class Game
Action Verbs and Verbs Essay and Picture
For this week’s homework, I would like for students to write a 2-3 page essay utilizing verbs and action verbs. Also, I would like students to draw a picture for their essay. Color please! In the essay, please indicate the verbs and action verbs by underlining them.
Have a great week and see you all again next Saturday!
By the way, if you missed a class or any assignments, please remember to check my website or review my weekly emails to check what you missed. You can print out the handouts you missed by visiting the calendar page on my website.
NWCS K1GP Teacher
Today we worked on our English language grammatical and biological science skills by learning about action verbs and baby animals. Remember, that action verbs are used to describe the action of a direct object or noun. In regards to baby animals, if you have problems, please refer to the class study guide handout. Next, reminder about the class textbook. It is preferred that every student has one by next week’s class. Details about the textbook was sent out in last week’s email. If you have any questions regarding the textbook, by all means ask! I would like every student to succeed and the textbook is critical in this process. The textbook will provide the course with intensive preparation for the CogAT test. Also, if there are any homework or class work assignments that you have not turned in and is marked as a 0 and missing in the gradebook, do it! Missing assignments can have a large impact negatively on your student’s final grade in this class, which does count. Assignments that many rodents failed to complete include the online website assessment and personal introductory essay, which are both worth a lot of points! If you see that either or both of these are marked as a 0 and missing, do them ASAP to earn some credit! Furthermore, I also focus on the public speaking skills of every student, which is an important skill for the gifted program, so students presented their clock projects that was assigned last class today. The clock project grades and presentation grades are posted in the gradebook.
February 24th, 2018
1: Continued reviewing the K1GP Knowledge Check which was taken during the first class session
2: Clocks review
3: Action Verbs lecture
4: Action Verbs practice
5: Baby animals handout study and practice time
6: Baby animals team test
7: Clocks project presentations
8: NWCS Gifted Program Math Placement Test
9: Class game: Trivia #2
For this week’s homework, I would like students to log onto Teacherease.com to check their grades and to complete the online unit test for action verbs that is already avaliable for access on Teacherease.com. Every student should be able to log on by now, but if there still are problems, please let me know ASAP because this week’s homework requires being able to log onto Teacherease.com. Once you have logged onto Teacherease.com, there are several ways to access the test. The easier way is to access it on the homepage. Right when you log on, there should be an update about it and a start button. Press to the start button to begin the test. There is no time limit for the test. Just complete it by the next class. There are 50 points possible on the test but it counts for 75 points towards student’s class grade, which is what all major assessments are worth. If you have any questions or problems on accessing this online test homework assignment, please let me know ASAP, so that I can help with directions.
That is it for this week’s email. Thank you very much for taking your time to read this email.
Have a terrific week everyone!
NWCS Gifted Program Level 1 Teacher
Today, in class, we all had fun learning new things! The goal of today’s class was to understand how to read clocks and tell time. At the end of class, students were expected to know how to tell time and read Analog clocks. In addition, students were introduced to basic adding and subtracting of time. During class, some of the knowledge check from last week’s class was also reviewed. Time and clocks is part of the pattern completion section of the CogAt test. The CogAt is a test to assess a child’s ability and proficiency of gifted program material. In order to be accepted into a gifted program, students must take the CogAt and pass it, which is the whole goal of this class. At the end of this semester, it is my goal that all students can pass the CogAt, if they wish to enter a gifted program. In my class, students will be taught CogAt material, advanced early elementary school material in all subject fields and also public speaking. I believe that public speaking is a skill that all students need to learn in order for their success in the future. At times, students will be assigned to present various things.
Next, many students failed to complete last week’s homework. As of now, anybody who did not turn in last week’s homework, which was to explore the class website and take the website assessment (10 points), plus writing a short narrative essay introducing themselves to me (30 points), they have received 0 points out of 40 which is a lot towards the end of this course. Students who failed to complete the homework can turn it in late, but can only recieve partial credit of what they would have earned. Remember that every single assignment in my class counts towards the overall percentage of the student, which will help me determine their readiness for the Gifted Program and provide a grade. Also, the points will be redeemed for prizes and decide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the end of the term. Students who did complete the homework and turned it into me, I have graded all of them and the scores have been posted to teacher.ease.com. Remember, directions on how to log on to check grades and points in this class were sent in an email last week. All papers that students turned in to me have been entered into the grade book, so please check your grades everyone!
Furthermore, this class has a textbook. The textbook is named “Practice Test 1 For The COGAT”. It is pink and available on Amazon. Please search it up on Amazon and purchase it. If you are unable to find it, please let me know. The textbook will be used consistently in this class for class work and homework so having it is necessary.
Also, if you would like your student to have even more practice, I would recommend the textbook “Gifted and Talented CogAr Test Prep” which is yellow. This second book is not necessary but is recommended.
1. Continued reviewing Semester 1 Knowledge Check
2. Clocks and Time Lecture
3. Clocks and Time Practice Worksheets
4. Trivia Game
THIS WEEK’S HOMEWORK ( PLEASE DO IT EVERYONE! )
For this week’s homework, students are going to do a small mini project. Students will make a small poster, or small book, or advertisement about their regular day. I would like that students draw clocks from morning to night (multiple clocks) that are complete and tell me what they are doing during that time of the day. Drawings and written explanations is required. This is a big homework assignment, but remember that there is no class next Saturday, (2/17) due to second winter break. This homework project will be worth 75 points.
Thank you everyone for taking your time to read this email.
I hope that everyone has a great week and enjoys their break. Happy Chinese New Year!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this class, please feel free to ask me!
Also, if you find that your child has missing assignments, I strongly recommend that they complete them. Just email me and I will send you the assignment.