One of the biggest transitions I had teaching was when I went from six weeks hands-on assessments to a grade book. GRADES for kindergarteners and first graders terrified me! A few weeks into the school year I found the perfect solution…weekly report cards!
Weekly report cards…really?!?!? Doesn’t sound very “simple” does it? Well, I promise that it is! I created a template and was set for the year. When I wrote my lessons plans for each week I penciled in activities my students would do that I would take for grades. This included, observations, worksheets, morning work, interactive notebook pages, small group assessments, etc.
I would then create the report card for that week and make enough copies for each student. Throughout the week I would take grades on the activities specified on the report card.
By the end of the week I had ALL the GRADES I needed, and better yet, a simple and easy way to record them into our online grade book. After they were recorded online I filed them into my student files and DONE!
The best part about this report card is there are two sides…WHY??? I had SO MANY parents ask what they could do to help their children, why their child received a 70 on a science activity, etc. So, one side of this report card went home in the students binder that Friday (or Monday…depending on the week’s craziness).
Needless to say, this was a HIT for me and my parents. I was able to plan my grades (while still making them fun and engaging), execute in the classroom and keep parents informed with one simple, easy-to-understand and EDITABLE piece of paper.
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