Math AIM Block Update

Once a week students at the McKinley recieve 40 minutes of targeted and tiered math instruction.  In grade 5 data that is collected through classwork, weekly homework quizzes, and various assesments allows me to put children into one of the three tiers of instruction and plan lessons to meet their needs.  The goal of the AIM block is to provide appropriate levels of support and challenge for your individual child.

Much planning time is dedicated to developing these groups and lessons and students who have taken these blocks seriously have gained confidence and content knowledge that carries into our regular math periods.

In an effort to hold students more accountable for participation and effort during these times, students will begin assessing their progress in these areas weekly.  The rubric they will use is as follows:  Math AIM Rubric

These weekly progress assessments will be counted as 5% of their third trimester grade.

Finally, beginning Monday, January 7th I will be available from 3:45-4:15 to discuss any questions regarding your child’s progress in math.  This Parent Check In Period will continue every Mondday for the month of January and February.  No appointment is necessary, just go to the main office and let them know you are in to see me.

Happy Friday!

Miss Caponigro


Walk-a-Thon Totals: 2012

Good evening folks!

I just wanted to send a quick update saying that Mr. Moccia and I counted all the money you raised at the Walk-a-Thon.  The grand total was just about…….


I would say that means that the fundraiser was a great success!

Thanks to everyone for walking and running!!!

Peer Tutoring- Take 1!

Yesterday afternoon a group of 20 students stayed to particpate in my first session EVER of peer tutoring.  The idea came to me when I realized that many students can explain  math concepts to peers better than I can so I did a little reading about it and-Bam! Peer tutoring was born!

I matched pairs of students from across the homerooms to help each other practice math, revise homework quizzes, and build math friendships (awww, sweet right?!) 

The agenda for the sessions will change, but today we reviewed questions students got wrong on the  ANET test we took in October.  Since students have been reviewing these skills weekly there were great math conversations going on!

Here are a few snapshots of the session:




We have three weeks of sessions planned so far to test out the program.    I will be looking for feedback from tutors and parents.  Hopefully I will be able to expand the program soon!

What do you think the role of a peer tutor should be??


Escritorio de Ayuda de McKinley

Escritorio de Ayuda de McKinley

Usted esta invitado a venir cualquir Lunes a partir de Noviembre 26, de 2:45-3:30 pm para aprender mas sobre como puede ayuda a su hijo/a en casa.

Los tutores de Lectura-Escritura y de Matematicas pueden ayudarle con estrategias que pueden usar para ayudar con su hijo/a en casa.

–  Obtenga nuevas ideas para motivar a su hijo/a a leer y practicar las reglas de matematicas.
–Discuta como las aulas han cambiado desde que usted mismo fue un estudiante.
–Aprenda mas como poder ayudar a su hijo/a con la tarea.

**  Por favor haganos saber si necesita un Interprete.

**El lugar aun no ha sido determinado.

The McKinley Homework Helpdesk!!

This is an exciting opportunity for McKinley families!!

Mrs. Morris, McKinley’s Math Coach, and Mrs. Cecere, McKinley’s Reading Coach have teamed up to provide parents with homework support in ELA and Math!

  •  The workshops will take place on Mondays from 2:45-3:30 in the Successmaker Lab. 
  • Parents will be provided with homework support.  For example, in learning new strategies students are using in ELA or Math class. 
  • Parents will be exposed to the rigor found in the new Common Core Standards and state testing. 

Some suggested topics you could come work on with Msrs. Morris for math are:

  • Using multiplication menus to divide
  • Using the area model to multiply
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals
  • Applying fifth grade math concepts into “real life” situations

The first workshop will take place on Monday, November 26th.  Contact me with any questions!

Hope to see you there

Miss Caponigro



Walk-a-Thon 2012

On Friday, November 9, 2012 the fifth graders participated in the Third-Annual McKinley Walk-a-Thon to raise money for our end of the year activities.  The weather was perfect (just like last year’s!) and the students and staff were more than ready to tackle the hour-long walk!

While students count their laps and tally their money amounts, I made a special video to commemorate the day!



Students:  What was your favorite part of the Walk-a-Thon???

Welcome Fifth Graders 2012-2013!!

Hey there kiddos!

If you are stumbling upon the classroom blog and/or patiently waiting for the Walk-a-Thon 2012 video, just sit tight- I am working on it! While I put the video together and update some blog content, you can click around and check out the site!

Miss Caponigro