Week of March 27
4th and 5th grade students will take the STAAR tests 3/28 and 3/29.
We will have a change of schedule to support a quiet test environment.
The third grade schedule for those two days is:
8:00-10:20 Block One
10:20-12:35 Block Two
2:40-3:00 Read Aloud
OPTIONAL SPRING CONFERENCES: We have noon dismissal on April 6 & 7 so that teachers have an opportunity to have an optional spring parent conference with parents who are concerned about their child's progress this year. There will not be any new testing information to share at this conference. It is only the 2nd week of the last nine weeks so there will not be many grades to review either. Teachers are happy to meet with parents who have questions or concerns about their child's progress.
If you would like to schedule a conference during this early dismissal time, please sign up...
Reading: We will start the week with some strategy work in Reading. When reading for tests, readers have to read with a difference purpose and lens. We will discuss strategies test takers use when determining the best summary for a non-fiction selection. We will then review ways that test takers analyze poetry. Finally, we will finish the week with a reading checkpoint to see how students apply reading strategies reviewed this week and the weeks since we took the practice STAAR.
Writing:Writing is a process that can't be rushed. As one of our WITS writers said, "You're never really finished; you just have a deadline." We've worked hard in class to transform our essays from outlines to full paragraphs. Students have learned about various ways to start or lead a read into their essays. We will continue to work on revising and editing techniques this week as we prepare to finalize our essays to be audience ready.
Spelling:Students received new spelling words on Thursday, March 23. They will take a test on these words on Thursday, March 30. Teachers will then look for them to apply them correctly to their responses in reading and writing and an application grade will be taken between Friday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 5.
Social Studies:Over the next few weeks in Social Studies, we will focus on the importance of writers and artists to the cultural heritage of our communities. Students will learn about the life and work of Maya Angelou, Larry McMurtry, Tommy dePaola and Mark Twain.
Math: During our math time this week, we will wrap up our learning on 2D and 3D shapes. We will construct a 3D shape in class and identify the shape based on its characteristics. On Wednesday, your child will take a 2D Quiz. This quiz will review the 2D shapes found on the yellow paper in your child's binder as well as the pink flash cards that went home last week. They will be asked to name each shape. In preparation for our quiz, we will also review these shapes in class. On Thursday and Friday, we will discuss area. We worked on area during our multiplication unit so this will be a quick review of the concept. We will have more graphing homework this week on Monday and Tuesday as well as fraction homework on Wednesday. We will continue with our fast facts quiz on Friday.
Science:On Friday (March 24th), your child came home with a Solar System review sheet and vocabulary cards. The solar system test will be on Monday, April 3rd. During our science time this week, we will discuss the relationship between the sun, Earth, and moon. We will notice the limitations of the models of the solar system that we see. On Wednesday, we will learn the order of the planets. In groups, your child will make a mnemonic device to help them remember the order of the planets. On Thursday, we will create planet bracelets. These bracelets will have beads that represent each of the planets. To end our week, we will review for the solar system test playing our Jeopardy game.