This week we will be getting ready for taking the Reading and Math Benchmarks. These test will cover the first two quarters of the school year. At school, we practice taking more Power Assessments on the computer, continue to review spirally, along with learning the new material for this quarter.
How can you help at home? Study Island is a great resource that offers practice with “deeper” questions on the computer which are similar to the problems they will see on benchmarks, MAPS, and SOLs. When coming across new vocabulary word in nightly reading – define the word, break it apart (prefix – root – suffix), ask what other words might be on the same dictionary page, have them add a prefix or suffix to it and define the words new meaning, come up with synonyms and antonyms, etc. Ask your children to summarize things they are reading and living (what was the main idea about science, recess, lunch, math, etc.) In math, computation is always a great place to review especially subtraction with zeros. Lastly, their academic journals are a great place to review materials.
As your students continues to grow, so does their responsibility as a student. As we begin the third quarter, we will begin to enter Power Assessments as test grades which are weighed heavier than classwork and quiz grades. We will try to alternate paper and computerized test, however, it is crucial that students have exposure to the tools and format of these test as they mirror most computerized tests.
With work habits, we expect student to be more responsible with writing the proper heading expected on their assignments and turning in assignments on time. Assignments that are outstanding (missing more than a week) will result in a 50% marked for the assignment. Please be vigilant in checking powerschool for assignments marked “missing assignments”. We know this will be difficult for some students, however necessary to prepare them to move on to the upper grades.
Again, Study Island is a great resource tool. Student’s score have already been inputted. I have reviewed this with your students as well. Students should be practicing on the NWEA Path and focusing on weak areas first (sections with scores below 70%). Students should set goals to get sections up to a certain percent, 70% is what is marked as passing. Some students will be exposed to above grade level concepts, when this occurs students are given the option to see a lesson for that particular skill. There are some lessons that include video clips (marked by a porthole). The videos along with the study guides are meant to provide direction. Please help your student use these resources as a practice tool. If you have any questions please email or call.
Important Change to the Benchmark Testing Window!
Henrico County has made the decision to allow use more instructional time to prepare students for Semester Benchmarks. Therefore, a new schedule has been developed within the new testing window of 2/5-2/23. Our new dates are as follows:
Reading Part 1: February 12
Reading Part 2: February 15
Math Part 1: February 22
Math Part 2: February 23
World Read Aloud
On Thursday, February 8th, we will have our World Read Aloud Rally. Our class chose their favorite books to represent our classroom:
Gold: The Lightning Thief
Silver: A Whole New Ball Game
Bronze: Because of Winn Dixie
Students may dress up (following HCPS dress code) to connect with any of the top 3 choices their class voted on for our World Read Aloud event. This would be a fun way to celebrate our top choices. Students could dress as one of their favorite characters or in the style of their favorite choice.
We will not be having a Valentines party, but students will be able to distribute cards if they would like as long as they include everyone. Our bags will be decorated this week at school. Some students have expressed interest in bringing decorated bags/boxes from home which is fine as well.
Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!
This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Novel Study: Because of Winn Dixie
Writing (Hooks, Introductions, Conclusions)
Spelling List 8 (/ow/) Test Friday 2/9
Money (counting and comparing change up to $5.00)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency and Human Influence
Test Wednesday 2/7
Earth Cycles (Rotation and Revolution)
FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
6 PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
7 Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency & Human Influence Test
8 World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally: 9:00 AM
12 Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
15 Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15 Family Fun and Fitness Night
22 Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23 Math Benchmarks: Part 2
1 Half Day for Students
1 PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2 Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
6 PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
23 Spring Pictures (individual only)
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