Pre-Internship: Pre-Test

Social Studies Pre-Test
In April, I will be teaching the second grade class a week long Social Studies unit. In order to assist me in creating my plan, I gave them a pre-assessment of the vocabulary words we will be discussing throughout the lessons: citizen, law, suburb, rural area, etc. I used Google Forms to complete the pre-assessment with the students. This allowed me to create the multiple choice questions for them to complete and I did not have any papers to correct! I also am quite impressed with the spreadsheet that I was provided with each students responses to each question and the number they received correct. The form also provided me with the frequently missed questions in the class and I can see what percentage of each question was answered. This is extremely beneficial data to help me in planning my unit.

When giving the assessment, I gave them a link to type into the address bar. This was a
bad decision on our end, the students were not ready for such a task. Even though they type in their names and passwords daily and use the computer for various activities they were not ready for a tinyurl I created. After getting all the students onto the right page it went very smoothly. We were able to do each question one as a time as a group. I read them aloud so that this was an assessment of the content not of their reading ability. We we completed the assessment, my CT and I were in agreement that I would be able to send an email to them with a link.

Prep Time
My CT and I spent some time discussing the unit plan and the official dates that I will be completing it. Since we have extra time on Tuesdays and not any time on Wednesdays, I will be doing Monday, Tuesday & Thursday one week and then Tuesday, Thursday & Friday the next. I have begun to complete my layout of what topics and I CAN statements will be discussed on each day.
I have also have approval from both CT and my professor of what the summative assessment will be. I am so very excited about the idea! We will be completing activities everyday relating to the Essential Questions: How do we live with one another? The standards have them understand:
  • Why rules are necessary at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
  • Identify people at home, school and in the neighborhood who create & enforce rules and laws. 
  • Explain consequences for breaking rules and benefits to obeying rules at home, school and in the neighborhood.
  • Identify characteristics of a good citizen. 
Each day, students will apply the lesson learned of that day to their own lives: home, school, neighborhood, and citizenship. Then on the final day they will place each one of the activities on a single sheet. I will have them hang them up around the room and allow the students to complete an art walk, so they can see what their classmates have completed. The layout of the idea is pictured here:


Then I will compile all of the sheets and create a scrapbook for my own keeping to add to my portfolio of things I have done in the classroom.

CapEd Grant

My CT won a grant from CapEd Idaho! The principal and the representative from CapEd came in and surprised her with a check that will allow her to purchase 2 magnet engineering kits and instruction book from iStem. This will be a great learning activity to accompany the Wonders program unit that discusses magnets. The principal asked me to join in with him, the assistant principal and my CT with the giant check! After we turned the giant check to the stack of items to be laminated, I had my CT show me how to request grants from CapEd and was able to read her proposal of the grant she just had won. 

Have you applied for a grant? What was the process like?

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