STAAR Testing Tuesday (5th grade math) and Wednesday (5th grade reading)

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, will begin this week. On Tuesday, April 10th, our 4th grade will participate in the Writing STAAR, and our 5th grade will take the STAAR Math assessment. On Wednesday, April 11th, our 5th grade will complete the STAAR Reading assessment.

We encourage our students to:

  • Go to bed early.
  • Be on time for school.
  • Plan to bring your lunch from home that morning or purchase your lunch from the cafeteria on these two testing days. Food brought in for lunch will not be allowed for any grade level on testing days.VISITORS for lunch will not be permitted on campus on April 10th and 11th.
  • Students may bring one, sealed bottle of room-temperature water. Any other drink will not be allowed.

We are proud of our students and know that they are ready to show what they can do. Let’s stand behind them and show our support by making sure these tips are followed by all.

Attention parents and teachers: McDonald’s is doing you a solid and taking care of breakfast Tuesday morning.

In anticipation of the state standardized test, the STAAR test, Mickey D’s is giving away free breakfasts for teachers and students in grades 3-8 onTuesday, April 10, from 6 to 9 a.m.

Those eligible can get a free Egg White Delight McMuffin sandwich or fruit and maple oatmeal with apple slices. Each meal will come with an apple juice box or low-fat milk.

*This is a dine in only deal so take time to sit down and eat!
Teachers must present valid school ID while students must be accompanied by an adult.
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This School Year is Flying By!

WOW!  It’s so hard to believe that we are now in the last marking period of 5th grade!  Now that the school year is coming to a close, we are practicing all the skills we have focused on this school year.  Once reading STAAR is over, we will complete end of the year DRA testing to see reading growth from all the independent reading your child has engaged in this year.  Please encourage your child to continue with his/her 20 minutes of reading each night.

Upcoming Benchmarks

5th grade will have a math benchmark this Thursday (03/01/2018) and a reading benchmark this Friday (03/02/2018). Please encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and to review by looking over their reading journals or going to the Reading Skills Review webmix on the 5th Grade Symbaloo Website.

Common Assessment Coming Up!

Next Wednesday, February 21st, the students will take a reading common assessment over text features, text structure, and inferencing.  Please encourage them to study and practice these skills using their journals and/or computer/iPad (Symbaloo Reading Skills Review Webmix).

What’s Going On?

Here’s what’s going on in 5th grade reading!

  • We just finished Text Features of Nonfiction Text.
  • Now we are focusing on Text Structure and Inferencing.

Text Features Terminology:

  • Title – identifies the topic of the text/tells what the text will be about
  • Title Page – tells a book’s title, author, illustrator, and publisher
  • Table of Contents – tells the names of chapters and on what page the chapters can be found
  • Index – tells on what pages the reader can find certain topics
  • Glossary – tells the definitions of some of the words found in a text
  • Heading – divides the text into sections and explains what the sections will be about
  • Photograph – shows what something looks like (taken with a camera)
  • Illustration – shows what something looks like (drawn by an artist)
  • Caption – explains what a photograph or illustration is about
  • Label – tells the name of certain parts of a photograph or illustration
  • Graph – organizes and helps compare information in a visual way
  • Table – organizes facts and numbers in a visual way so it is easier to read
  • Map – shows where places/events are located
  • Diagram – explains information or how something works in a visual way
  • Bold Print – shows what words are important or what words can be found in the glossary
  • Italics – shows that a word is important
  • Bullet Points – makes lists easier to read and understand
  • Fact Box/Sidebar – gives interesting facts or extra information about a topic

Text Structure Terminology:

  • Chronological Order/Sequence – tells the order in which events occur in a text
  • Cause & Effect – tells what happened (effect) and why it happened (cause)
  • Problem & Solution – provides a problem and describes how it can be or is solved
  • Compare & Contrast – shows similarities and differences between two or more things
  • Description – explains an idea, topic, person, place, or items by describing features, characteristics, & examples

Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe that half of this school year is behind us!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and excited about this new year!  Because it is now the second semester, we will hit our reading skills pretty hard and heavy.  Please encourage your child to do his/her independent reading at home at least four days a week for at least 20 minutes each time.  We are continuing with reading incentives; Book It (Pizza Hut), Menchie’s (yogurt), and Read to Succeed (Six Flags).

Here are some important upcoming benchmark testing dates:

  • math = Tuesday, Jan. 9th
  • reading = Thursday, Jan. 11th
  • science = Thursday, Jan. 18th

We will treat these benchmark tests like practice STAAR tests.  These benchmarks help the students to build endurance, have an idea of what the real STAAR tests will be like, and identify strengths and weaknesses to guide classroom instruction.  Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and gets to school on time for benchmark days.

Here are a few things your child can do to help them be more prepared for the reading benchmark and reading STAAR test:

  • participate in his/her independent reading at home, while completing book challenges (passed out with students last semester – extra copies in the choice box in my classroom)
  • have valuable conversations with older people to help develop their vocabulary
  • study his/her STAAR Terminology Sheet (in a previous blog post and passed out to students last semester)
  • practice activities & play games on the 5th grade Symbaloo Webmix Reading Skills Review page (they can access through their Google account on any computer)
  • practice Quizlet poetry terminology and text features (they can access through their Google account on any computer)

Thank you so much for your continued support in your child’s education!

2018 is going to be a great year!

Wonder Unit

This week we will look into  Wonder before going to see the movie. We will focus on the characters, the book’s theme, and vocabulary using some excerpts from the book. We will also look into the author and her motivation to write the book.

Wonder Vocabulary:

catastrophe – a disaster or misfortune

mutation – an alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality

probability – the condition of being probable; very likely to occur

phobia – a strong fear of something

aversion – a strong feeling of dislike, repugnance, or antipathy toward something and a desire to
avoid it

Book It November Calendars Due Friday, Dec. 1st

November calendars are due Friday, December 1st, for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut or Moe’s in White Oak.  December calendars will be passed out to the students Friday for the month of December, in which they will be responsible for 160 minutes of reading and due Monday, December 18th.

Please don’t forget the Menchie’s Bookmark and Six Flags Read to Succeed reading incentives as options as well.

Happy Reading!

Poetry Unit

In reading class, we are focusing on poetry with an emphasis on verse, stanzas, free verse, meter, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia.  We will have a common assessment over poetry Wednesday, December 6th.