Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Students Take TELPAS Assessment Online

The season is officially spring, but this cool weather feels more like late winter. For many students, though, this is "testing" season!

Students log in to computers in preparation for the TELPAS online reading assessment.
Students in grades 2 - 5 who are considered to be English Language Learners (ELL) take an online reading assessment as part of TELPAS: Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System. This online reading assessment is scored along with teacher evaluations of writing, speaking, and listening. Students are exited from their ELL status when they become proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These assessments are a federal requirement. In all, 101 Union Hill students took the online TELPAS reading assessment.

Students prepare for the online reading assessment by completing online tutorials. Each tutorial helps students become comfortable with the format of their grade level's online test and the tools that can be used, like highlighter, pencil, and X-out tools.

Here are links to the online tutorials, if you'd like to see what the online TELPAS reading assessment is like:

TELPAS Grade 2 Tutorial
TELPAS Grade 3 Tutorial
TELPAS Grades 4-5 Tutorial

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fifth Grade Artists Use Digital Cameras for Project

Fifth grade students in Ms. Kubin's art classes used digital cameras as the starting point for an interesting art project. The first step was for students to take photos of each other, which they then uploaded, saved, and printed.

This is Jon's art inspiration photo.
Students then traced their photos onto a foam board printing "plate" which was used with one ink color to make prints on colored paper. The next step was to carve more into the foam board plate and do a reduction print with a second ink color. This step was repeated with additional carving and printing with a third ink color. Pictured below is Jon's finished project - a striking piece of art!

Jon's art was chosen for display at the RRISD administration building.

Monday, March 18, 2013

STEMscopes Science Investigations Aid Learning

Fourth graders use laptops to gather science data.

Students in Ms. Elander's fourth grade class used a STEMscopes interactive investigation to collect and analyze data on February 28. They used the data to identify sequences and predict patterns of change in shadows. Ms. Elander said, "They recorded the direction of the sunlight, shadows, angle of the sun, and length of shadows from different times of the day to help them determine the relationship between the height of the sun in the sky and the length of the shadows."

STEMscopes is an online science program that is aligned to the science TEKS. The site includes activities and interactive lessons for students as well as lesson plans and strategies for teachers. It is a valuable component of science instruction because it allows students to use virtual experiences to better understand science concepts.