Happy Monday, Parents! Welcome to Distance Learning, Week 3! Here’s what’s happening this week:
Reading: Students have successfully completed their Level Set Achieve 3000 assessment! This week, we will begin by reviewing the Achieve 3000 weekly expectations. We will remind students that as they complete lessons, the articles will automatically adapt when they’re ready for greater text complexity, and their performance will be monitored through constant feedback and progress.
Math: This week we will begin our i-Ready assessment. We will spend approximately 30-40 minutes each day working on the diagnostic and adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs. It will give us a complete picture of student performance and growth, eliminating the need for multiple, redundant tests. Please watch the following video to help your child have a successful testing week.
Writing: We will continue to cultivate a positive classroom community and introduce writing by reading, The Best Part of Me. This book combines black-and-white illustrations with real children’s words describing what they love most about their bodies. It’s an insightful read and never fails to get kids talking and writing about the best part of themselves! Continue the conversation at home by asking your child:
What is something about yourself that you love? Why? What is the BEST part of yourself? What are three reasons that support your idea?
Science: This week, we will begin by discussing how scientists know so much: they start by observing and asking questions! Students will carefully observe an everyday object to spark their curiosity, then practice asking questions like a scientist.
You can encourage your child’s curiosity at home! The next time your child notices something interesting, ask them to come up with more questions about it. Static on washed clothes, dull old pennies, or a weed growing in the park – even the simplest observations can lead to profound scientific questions!
Small Group and One-On-One Conferences: We will continue to meet with students throughout the week to make sure we make personal face connections and develop student-teacher relationships. We will also begin assessing reading fluency by using a grade level passage to measure the number and accuracy of words read.
VAPA: Students will have their first Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) class on Thursday! Stay tune for some of the amazing work students will showcase, but in the meantime, click on the following link to learn more about our program.
Any questions, please let us know!
-Fifth Grade Team