Mr. Donley's Second Grade Class
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Programs We Use In Class
XtraMath® helps students transition from counting or calculating the basic math facts to recalling them. Quickly recalling math facts, instead of calculating them, frees up mental resources for higher-level operations.
XtraMath’s timed activities encourage students to answer questions as quickly as possible. When combined with the spaced repetition of problems, this efficiently develops recall. The three-second threshold is carefully selected to be long enough to type in a recalled answer but not long enough for the student to comfortably enter a counted or calculated answer.
Students should have already learned the basic counting or calculating strategies, and be able to solve the problems without time pressure, before starting to practice an operation with XtraMath.
Prodigy is a free to use, curriculum-aligned, adaptive, online, RPG (Role Playing Game) style video game. 800,000 teachers and over 28 million registered students throughout 2800+ school districts currently use Prodigy!
Featuring over 50,000 questions spanning Grades 1 - 8 in 6 different curricula, players will get to watch their very own wizard grow stronger, learn new spells and acquire new equipment while facing ever more powerful opponents, all by answering math questions
Prodigy is free to use for teachers, students and parents alike.
Prodigy makes use of a proprietary algorithm in order to automatically deliver appropriate material for students. When a student begins playing Prodigy they are automatically put through a placement test to determine the appropriate starting grade. Afterwards, Prodigy constantly examines their progress through a curriculum tree to determine the next skill they should receive. If they're doing well on a topic Prodigy will move them to the next one in the grade. If they're struggling with something Prodigy will pull them back to a pre-requisite to get some practice before giving them another shot.
Pearson Realize is a companion website to the Scott Foresman reading series we use in class. Students will be given weekly activities and games to play to help them with reading comprehension, word recognition, and overall reading ability.
i-Ready starts with a test that determines every student’s academic skills in math and reading. This test is adaptive, which means that the level of difficulty will change as your child answers each question. Questions get a little harder each time a question is answered correctly, and a little easier when answered incorrectly. The goal is to figure out the math or reading level that is “just right” for your child, so your child should expect to see some questions that are too hard–and that’s okay! It means the test is working correctly.
The results of the test will help your child’s teachers identify exactly where your child needs to develop, as well as where his or her strengths are. Teachers can use this information to design individualized instruction that meets the unique needs of your child. And because the test is taken a few times throughout the school year, your child’s teacher will be able to measure progress and growth over the course of the year.
i-Ready provides students digital instruction that meets them where they are–at their level. It allows them to work independently on their own personalized online instruction plan, in lessons that are assigned based on the results from the i-Ready Diagnostic test.
The lessons include three parts, consisting of a tutorial, guided practice, and a graded activity. This exciting format and engaging content draws students in right away. Students get supportive, real-time feedback on their progress in each skill; they see motivating messages and earn credits after completing lessons, which builds their investment in learning.