I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving break, and were able to spend some quality time with your friends and families. It’s hard to believe, but we’re down to the last three weeks of the first semester. Crazy how time flies!
This week, the kids will take their mid-year MAP reading test. This is the same test they took in the fall, and will take again at the end of the year. It monitors progress, and allows teachers to analyze the results and direct instruction towards areas of need or weakness. Our class will take part one on Wednesday at 10:35, and part 2 on Friday at 10:35.
We’ll also sandwich our regular curriculum around those tests. Our stories this week will focus on Earth and outer space. We’ll read some cool expository texts about space, and practice summarizing, main idea and suffixes. We will have a spelling list this week, and you can expect a practice list to come home this evening.
In math class, we’ll continue to practice addition and subtraction methods. I’ve been really impressed with my group and what they retained from last year. I anticipate home each evening this week, unless a lesson goes sideways and we need more time.
In writing class, we’re finishing up our research reports this week and will begin writing our final drafts. I’m excited at how this process has gone, and I look forward to sharing them with you at conferences.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!