Issaquah School District
Cascade Ridge Site Council 2018-2019
Cascade Ridge Elementary
Monday, January 7th, 2019
Call to Order:
Welcome: In Attendance
Not in attendance: Donna Cleary, staff
Pat Corra – LAP presentation
Reading and Approval of Minutes: November 5th, 2018
Amy made motion to approve the minutes and Demetra 2nd the motion.
Reading – I can sequence fictional story pictures. I can describe the relationship between illustration and story. I can describe the relationship between illustration and non-fiction text.
Writing – I can write about a true event in sequential order. I can add details through illustrations, speech bubbles and labels. I can use a checklist to edit my story. I can edit and publish my story.
Math – I can compare objects using “the same as”. I can compare classroom objects using “heavier than” and “lighter than” and the same as with balance scales. I can observe conservation of weight on a balance scale.
Science – I can learn about polar weather. I can learn about the characteristics of snow and ice.
Social – I can use my hands to do my Coyote Code and classroom jobs.
Reading – Building good reading habits, adding to phonics foundation, and strengthening comprehension with strategies like retelling, asking questions, making connections, etc.
Writing – We are moving into our first non-fiction writing unit in which students will be creating teaching books.
Math – We are midway through module 2 which emphasizes addition and subtraction of numbers through 19 with base 10 strategies.
Science/Social studies – We are finishing up our exploration of living and non-living things and moving into unit 2 of social studies – our world.
Reading: Guided reading groups and Benchmark Assessment stories to support comprehension. Continuing with Making Meaning Stories and Retelling Responses.
Writing – We are starting Informational writing and will be writing a lab report based on our first controlled experiment, deciding what materials pick up pollen.
Math: Next week we will finish Module 4 and then will begin Module 5. We are taking assessments on exit tickets and application problems that we select as a team.
Science – We are starting our unit on Hand Pollinators. We just finished with Organisms. We will be testing materials to see what picks up pollen the best and designing hand pollinators using simulated flowers. We are also learning about Integrated Pest Management from reading a Narrative Input called Marian’s Butterfly. The students will be put in groups and work on their reading fluency with the Reader’s Theater called The Little Pollinators.
We’re wrapping up our first unit of social studies which has focused on different perspectives/points of view as Europeans settled in North America. We’ll then switch to science for a little while and learn about heredity and adaptation. In math, we’re adding and subtracting fractions. In reading, we’re doing a mini study on figurative language. Then we’ll start our third Lucy reading unit which will match our third Lucy writing unit on argument writing.
We completed our 2nd unit in writing which was opinion writing. We have started our 3rd unit on informational writing, which will be supported by our Reading Units of Study which is focused on reading non-fiction text and creating a team project centered around natural disasters. We are starting our new Science unit on Earth’s Changing Surfaces, and have just moved into our second SS unit on earliest explorers to the NW. We loved learning about our students’ cultural celebrations and traditions before the break, and were so impressed with their presentations. 2019 is off to a great start!
We completed our 1st social studies unit learning about U.S. regions. It was exciting for the students to make connections to different states/regions where they have lived or visited. We are now starting a rocks and minerals science unit. The students really enjoyed the fossils lab by Kate Poaster as a kick off to the unit. The lab had 35 different fossil stations. Students were able to search for information and learn how different types of fossils were formed. In Units of Study, we are working on informational report writing on topics of interest. Students are excited for Eager Reader and earning prizes for their reading.
*Demetra noted that one of the issues for the new social studies curriculum is providing access to the research and material. There is a move from textbooks towards computers and online programs and there is a need for more computer access to be able to fully implement these programs. The students are required to work on presentations, complete research, etc.
Principal’s Report: Tia Kleinkopf
PTSA Report: Amy Hayes
Share out Kindness ideas, examples
Adjourn: Next meeting March 4, 2019