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Vocabulary Goals in Special Education

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

This year, the Special Education Department is working toward a district goal of improving students’ vocabulary.  The goal that the district has set is “By 2017, 70% of students in grades 2-10 will demonstrate improvement in vocabulary skills by one point as measured by the MAPs assessment.  This goal will be an ongoing goal until 2020.”  

The following list contains the words that all elementary resource teachers are introducing and teaching our students that are currently on IEPs for academic assistance.  One word is taught and reviewed each week.  Students take both a pretest at the beginning of the quarter, and take a posttest at the end of the quarter over those same words, to see if they have been able to learn and understand those vocabulary words for that quarter.  

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1. gentle 1. alert 1. aware 1. analyze
2. fewer 2. angle 2. difference 2. acute angle
3. soon 3. classify 3. boast 3. atlas
4. near 4. area 4. digit 4. obtuse angle
5. behind 5. enough 5. weary 5. barter
6. subtraction 6. closest 6. division 6. capacity
7. blame 7. rare 7. amuse 7. glimpse
8. addition 8. congruent 8. fact 8. equivalent
9. chance 9. wander 9. churn 9. quiver
10. minus 10. dozen 10. intersect 10. expanded form
11. fancy 11. brook 11. mutter 11. contrast
12. ordinal number 12. estimate 12. operation 12. multiple
13. rush 13. cellar 13. gulp 13. array
14. prediction 14. foot 14. parallel 14. negative
15. stare 15. bandit 15. creep 15. diminish
16. similarity 16. height 16. percent 16. pentagon
17. tattle 17. fowl 17. indicate 17. absolutely
18. sum 18. odd 18. perpendicular 18. probability
19. fewer 19. annoy 19. buoy 19. ajar
20. coins 20. even 20. product 20. volume
21. near 21. blot 21. seize 21. condense
22. distance 22. solve 22. weight 22. statement
23. over 23. corral 23. babble 23. cringe
24. graph 24. yard 24. vertical 24. standard form
25. edge 25. desire 25. approximate 25. cease
26. group 26. round 26. symbol 26. trapezoid
27. center 27. dread 27. tether 27. coax
28. length 28. order 28. surface 28. persuade
29. flap 29. errand 29. chant 29. flimsy
30. pattern 30. mile 30. prism 30. mode
31. limit 31. fib 31. almanac 31. linger
32. direction 32. meter 32. ray 32. random
33. soak 33. heap 33. cinder 33. ornate
34. temperature 34. liter 34. prime number 34. quadrilateral
35. trot 35. limb 35. interpret 35. merit
36. decrease 36. data 36. polygon 36. origin

The method of instruction for these vocabulary words is Marzano’s Six Step Process to Teaching Academic Vocabulary.   The process is as follows:

  1. Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term. (Include a non-linguistic representation of the term for ESL kids.)
  1. Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words. (Allow students whose primary existing knowledge base is still in their native language to write in it.)
  1. Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic representing the word.
  1. Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms in their notebooks.
  1. Periodically ask students to discuss the terms with one another. (Allow in native language when appropriate)

      6. Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play    

          with terms.

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Hour of Code at Grant Elementary

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Grant students took part in the national Hour of Code, giving students of taste of computer science and skills for 21st century success.  Students in kindergarten through 4th grade completed activities to provide them with an understanding of how computer programming works.  Early introduction to these skills invites children to explore a much-needed career path.  Kindergarten through 2nd grade completed the fun and engaging Kodable, teaching students to think like a programer by focusing on the importance of sequence and order and introducing students to algorithmic operations.   Third and fourth grade students used MIT’s Scratch program to animate the letters of their names by correctly applying computer programming language.  Using Scratch encourages students to think creatively while organizing programming instructions to complete the tasks they need to accomplish.

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First Graders Decorate Goody Bags

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Grant Elementary First Graders in Mrs. Baker’s and Mrs. Morgan’s classes were busy decorating sacks for the Morning Optimist Club to fill with goodies that go to children connected to the Salvation Army.  They enjoyed helping with this wonderful community service project.

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Science Experiments in Kindergarten

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Kinders in Mrs. Commerford’s class are becoming true scientists!  Dressed in ” lab coats”
they have performed several real experiments.
They put parts of an apple in various jars of different liquids like; vinegar, water, oil and then just plain air. This experiment was to check which jar would preserve the apple the best. Can you guess which jar’s apple still looks good enough to eat?

They checked if various items would sink or float.

They used pumpkins of various sizes to weigh, and measure for width and height.  And now one of those pumpkins are cut up in a glass jar to decay.  What a wonderful process to watch.

And recently, they created our own “fall” by putting celery in colored water to see it turn colors.







Learning Center Fun in Kindergarten

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Suckstorf’s classroom love daily learning centers!  The centers allow students to practice the academic and social skills in ways that are hands-on and enjoyable.  Pictured are Lennon sequencing a bean bag alphabet, Ayden covering designs with pattern blocks, Tyler building color words with foam letters, and Sam, Isaiah, and Abel enhancing their math knowledge through a computer program called IXL.  Research shows that children learn in a variety of ways, and learning centers are an extra way to reach success!

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Take A Peek Into The Life Of A Third Grader

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Third grade is such an amazing year in the life of a child.  The learning curve is intense and the transitions are many! Here is a peek into a new third grade student’s school day…

Instead of learning to read, we are now reading to learn!  We are learning to dig deeper into our reading.  We constantly look back and reread to find text evidence that answers our many questions. Not only do teachers give us tests to see what we know, but we are learning HOW to test!  Math work is no longer on a worksheet for us to complete.  Now we have our own book! We learn to transfer information to our paper correctly, and then solve the problem!  We log and keep track of our own test grades in a data folders.  We are entrusted with new technology too!  We talk a lot about digital citizenship as we learn to be responsible and careful with these expensive tools.  With all of these changes, we sometimes get overwhelmed! We are so thankful for all of the encouragers that help us every day!  Our peers and all of the adults at Grant are always ready to lend us a hand.  We learn a lot about cooperation, respect, and good citizenship along the way!

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Field Trip Fun for Miss Gleason’s Third Graders

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Miss Gleason’s third grade class from Grant Elementary had a wonderful time at the Science Expo in Madison, Nebraska.  Some of our favorite exhibits were the Wildlife Encounters, Horn T Zoo, driving the go carts with the drunk driving goggles on, and being put inside a bubble.  What a fun learning experience!

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Prime Time Family Reading Nights are Underway!!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Prime Time Family Reading Night is off to a great start at Grant Elementary!  There were about 50 students and parents participating on our first night!  Miss Cronin and Mrs. Kallhoff were our storytellers and discussion leaders.  We always end the evening with a fun activity.  We are looking forward to the next 5 weeks.

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Grant Elementary has kicked off the 2016-2017 school year!  They have decided to ‘Go for the Gold’ this year with their new principal, Mr. Troy Berryman, leading the way.  The festivities started off with students being welcomed by brightly colored, encouraging chalk messages that were written by staff the night before school began.  Once in the building the Olympic theme continued throughout the week.  Students joined in the fun by participating in their own Olympic games, setting goals for gold, making their own Olympic athletes, and some lucky students even got to make and EAT their own gold medals!  It is clear to see when you walk down the halls, Grant Elementary has set the stage for an amazing year! GRANT’S GOING FOR THE GOLD! IMG_0059 IMG_3055 IMG_3181 IMG_3182 IMG_3183 IMG_3184 IMG_3185 IMG_3186 IMG_3187 IMG_3188 IMG_3189


Mrs. Mather’s SuperKids

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

This year has started off with a SUPER! WOW! POW! SHAZAM! The SuperKids in Mrs. Mather’s room are already showing off their SuperKilearning power.  Students have earned capes by returning homework, creating artwork, jumping into the new reading program- Wonders, and being AWESOME listeners.  I can tell this is going to be the BEST year!  Students are also “Going for the Gold” by doing their best work possible.  We even made Gold Medals with Fruit by The Foot and Golden Oreos!  I am looking forward to spending the rest of the year with these 2nd grade SuperKids!

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