Thursday, April 23, 2015

STAR Testing (End of Year)

Please remember to STAR Test in May.  Here are a few tips:

Student Steps to Test (use the Renaissance Learning icon on school desktops or the link on the FHSA Symbaloo)
  1. Start the web browser and go to the address provided by your school network or school. The Renaissance Place Welcome page opens.
  2. Click I'm a Student.
  3. The student enters his or her user name and password, and then clicks Log In.

    If the student does not know his or her user name or password, search for the students you need user names and passwords for (click Users on the Home page, then click View Students); click the Passwords tab once the correct students have been found.

    • If students know their passwords but not their user names, you can search for the user name by clicking Forgot Your User Name? The software will ask the student to choose the school and search for his or her name; then the program will fill in the user name. You cannot search for student passwords this way.

Reports (Teacher info)

  1. Click STAR Reading on the Home page, then click Reports to begin printing the report.
  2. Select your school from the School drop-down list, if necessary.
  3. Click Growth on the Select Report page.
  4. Select the options you want to customize for this report on the Report Options page. When you customize this report, you can choose options....
  5. Click View Report when you are finished choosing options.
  6. STAR Reading will generate the report. When it's ready, the report will open in a browser window or a separate window.
There are other reports to consider:

Please report any problems with the student or teacher instructions.

Gallery Walk

National Writing Project and Gallery Walk Resources

Gallery Walk Rationale and Procedures

Gallery Walk (Using Photographs) (great tips: Teacher Modeling, Students Practice, and Assignment Sheet front (I notice) and back (questions I have)

LMS Note:  Consider inviting students from your grade level or other grade levels to showcase student work as well as inform students about a topic.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Theorem

Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Theorem

Discovery Education Video

What the Anicent Greeks Knew
      Pythagoras (1:51)


History for Kids 

 Lesson Plans


Grade 8 Lesson Plan  

Common Core Aligned


Suggested Reading:  

What's Your Angle Pythagoras  
(Book that may be found in class sets at FHSA in the Title I  Resources)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

920 Lin LIN Fahrenheit, Celsius, and their temperature scales Lin, Yoming S.

Kid's Search Biography

Other Related Resources 

On Myon
Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down (K-4)

Lesson Plan: Weather (1st Grade)

Lesson Plan (Ages 8-14)

Reading and Questions (4th Grade) 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Reading Incentives


As of April 9, 2015
Highest AR Points  = 667.8
Highest Student Word Count = 4, 635, 676
Highest Myon Books Read (Classes K-5)  = 3533
Highest Myon Books Average (Classes K-5) = 753
Highest Myon Books Read (Classes 6-8 = 115)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lessons Resources for the Industrial Revolution and Child Labor

Child Labor in America (Lesson Plan)

Activity Ideas

(1) Giving Voice to Child Laborers Through Monologues

Lesson Plan

(2) Individually or with a partner, students could create a one or two minute spoken word poem about the social issue.

Example Spoken Word Activity

Child Labor, Selections from Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg

Poetry Writing Resources