Before I begin this blog, I do want to remind everyone that our district is piloting the new SBAC tests and grades 5 & 6 will be taking them this week beginning on Tuesday. Although data will not be generated on each individual child, it is an opportunity for our students to be exposed to the format and complexity of the test before they officially take it next year. Data from their results will be vital to the ongoing development of the SBAC. As with any tests, please be sure your student is rested and has had a good breakfast. No sugary snacks, please. Sugarless gum will be allowed during testing.
- Tuesday, May 6: 10:15 Non-PT Math; 12:45 PT Math
- Wednesday, May 7: 10:15 Non PT ELA; 12:30 PT ELA
- Thursday, May 8: Gates, Part 1
- Friday, May 9: Gates, Part 2; Spelling; Begin Reading Assessment
We'll be sure to take plenty of "oxygen breaks" throughout testing! FYI: As regular classes will be suspended for most of this week due to SBACs, students will have an opportunity to work on some independent assignments in any free time between/after tests. For me, that includes work on:
- Independent Poetry Unit activities.
- Two cloze activities pertaining to the French and Indian War.
THE BATTLE OF LAKE GEORGE
Not to be confused with the battle of Fort William Henry, the Battle of Lake George was fought on September 8, 1755. The first engagement, aptly known as "The Bloody Morning Scout," occurred when the British, in an attempt to cut off French supplies,
The life story of Major Robert Rogers, the New England frontiersman who recruited companies of colonial soldiers, known as Rogers' Rangers, to fight for the British in the French and Indian War, is a compelling mix of military intrigue and national identity. This feisty major codified colonial military strategies into a document, known as Standing Orders and put these principles to practice in many battles, campaigns, and scouting expeditions. Check it out:
What follows is a six-part episode By Ray Mears who allows you follow in the footsteps of Rogers' Rangers as they withdrew through New England, fighting off both the approaching enemy and starvation as fall turned into winter. This is part of BBC's third series of "Ray Mears Extreme Survival". It's a fascinating episode, and knowing how much we all love the outdoors, it provides great lessons for surviving in the woods! Enjoy!
Here's something else really worth watching if you're interested in Robert Rogers. This is called, "Rogers' Rangers, Ranging Way of War." (I find this stuff fascinating!)