I am impressed every day with your children. They work so hard and push themselves to learn new things. I am very proud of all of the hard work during these last two weeks.
We finished our historical fiction reading unit. This has been a great unit and the students are very excited about what they are reading and learning. Students have been working on completing written responses. We have talked about how written responses must include our thinking and specific evidence from the text. I introduced a new acronym, R.A.C.E., to help students with their written responses.
R- Restate the question
A-Answer the question
C- Cite multiple sources of evidence
E- Explain the evidence (This shows…)
In math we worked very hard to prepare for our winter benchmark. I am extremely impressed with the effort and determination in which the students tackled this task. It is great to see that many of the students are able to hold onto their learning over time. It also gives me an opportunity to see where more instruction is needed. I hope to send home the scores next week, after everyone has finished taking the assessment.
We also have started practicing for the SBAC. Students will be taking the SBAC in May. We are using Interim Assessment Blocks that match our current units of study in math. The IAB’s are short, only 16 questions and give students the opportunity to practice taking an online assessment. One of the biggest challenges for students is to use paper and pencil to show their work while using the online format. This is a work in progress!
Have a great long weekend!