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3/28 STAAR Writing Test
4/4 Informational Meeting about 5th Grade Math
4/14 No School
4/19 Early Release
4/20 Blanton # 2 Field Trip - Bring Nut Free Sack Lunch with a Drink
The kids did a great job transitioning back after our break. Everyone had wonderful stories to share and we eager to see their friends.
Our first field trip to the Blanton was a success! All of the students were 110% engaged and really drawn into the conversations. I thought it was such a valuable experience to allow students to have time to analyze and connect to the art in new, engaging ways. I look forward to our next visit! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers. Without you this wouldn't be possible!
We would like to invite you to an informational meeting about 5th grade math and 5th/ 6th compacted math. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 4th at 7:50am after morning assembly. A district representative and teachers will be presenting, and available for questions or concerns. We hope you can join us! Reminders will be sent closer to the date as well!
Report cards will be available for parents to view after 4:00 p.m. on March 23.
Next week will our first STAAR test, Writing. This test will be on 3/28 and will have 2 sections. The first part will be Editing and Revising. Students will read a passage and will be asked questions that relate to editing and revising. The second section will be an essay composition. Students will be given an Expository writing prompt to answer.
We have worked all year on being ready for our big day. I am very proud of how much every student has grown with their writing skills this year. I am 100% confident in them and have been doing my best to help each child feel confident in themselves. This is a tall order, though. I notice year after year some children feel very anxious over this test. They are their biggest critics. This is normal. So to help with their anxiety we talk about calming techniques. We have mindfulness lessons, focusing lessons, and talk about our fears. I let them know they are ready! You can help you child at home by talking to them about how they are feeling. Let them know you feel that they are ready. They need to know that no matter how things go, everything is going to be okay. My favorite thing to say to them is: THIS TEST DOESN'T DEFINE YOU!
Here are a few of my best tips to help your child be ready:
-Monday night - go to bed early or on time. No homework at all!
-Tuesday- Wake up with enough time to have a stress free morning. Arriving on time to school helps to have a great start to the day.
-Have a healthy and large breakfast. Lots of protein, low sugar. (Eggs, toast, sausage)
-Bring a health and dry snack to munch on during the test. Please make sure it is finger mess free. (No Cheetos or other juicy items).
-Snack ideas: Pretzels, Crackers (no crackers with fillings), Granola Bars, Raisins, Cheese Sticks, Grapes, Apples, Carrot sticks
-Make sure your child has at least 4 books to read
-Extra hugs and kisses!!!
Science - Environments Unit. This unit will cover a wide range understandings. Below is a list of all the Key Understandings for this unit. On my Curriculum Helper's page are several Quizlets that cover our key vocabulary terms.
- Every organism has a range of tolerance for each factor in its environment.
- Organisms have specific requirements for successful growth, development and reproduction.
- A relationship exists between environmental factors and how well organisms grow.
- Optimum conditions are those most favorable to an organism.
- Adaptations are structures and behaviors of an organism that help to survive and reproduce.
- Many characteristics of organisms are inherited from the parents. Other characteristics result from interaction with the environment.
- An environment is everything that surrounds and influences an organism.
- An environmental factor is one part of an environment. It can be living or nonliving.
- Designing an investigation involves controlling factors so that the effect of one factor can be observed.
- Every organism has a set of preferred environmental conditions.
- Environments include living and nonliving factors (water and temperature).
We have finished our Measurement Concepts from Topic 12. However, students will be tested on these skills on 3/31 on our combined test. Please have them continue to practice the Quizlets. We have dived into Topic 13 and will continue this topic next week.
Topic 12: This is a very challenging unit. I encourage all students to work on the homework packet to help them prepare for the test. I also encourage students to pull out the kitchen measuring tools and compare their units. I have a Topic 12 Quizlet on my Curriculum Helpers Page as well.
Topic 12 Key Concepts:
- Choose appropriate units of length, weight, mass, and capacity
- The distance between 2 cities would be measured in ______. (miles, feet, inches)
- The best unit to measure the capacity of a bathtub is_____. (gallons, cups, pints)
- Convert units of measurement in customary system and metric system
- Examples; milliliters to liters; months to years; feet to yards, etc.
- Compare and order lengths in different units
- Understand change in temperature
- Understand the difference between area and perimeter
- Use models to determine the formulas for the perimeter of a rectangle
- l + w + l + w
- 2l + 2w
- Use models to determine the formulas for the area of a rectangle
- l x w
- Solve problems related to perimeter and area of rectangles where dimensions are whole numbers
- Solve problems that deal with measurements of length, intervals of time, liquid volumes, mass, and money using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.
- Understand ways to make change (mental math, counting up, compensation)
- Read an analog clock
- Understand relationships between units of time and how to regroup when adding and subtracting time
- Solving for Elapsed Time
Have a great week!