Students have been doing some amazing writing in the classroom and revisiting a few of the trickier concepts. They're clearly ready for the test. Please be sure your child gets plenty of rest and has a healthy, protein-packed breakfast each morning. Along with a fresh handful of No. 2 pencils, students should bring healthy snacks, water, and confidence to school each morning.
Also of note this last reporting cycle is that students will begin planning their own weekly independent practice (homework) based on the goals they’ve set and what they think they need to work on. This should continue to include core academic areas (reading, writing, and math), but may extend to such areas as cursive, coding, and projects.
Each Monday, students will submit a proposal identifying their homework tasks, resources, and measures. The plan must be approved in advance by the teacher. The proposal also must be returned each Tuesday with parent approval/signature.
Students can expect to continue to have weekly spelling or vocabulary quizzes, though the packets will be optional. Social Emotional Learning home activities will continue.
Resources such as Think Through Math remain available.
Homework will continue to be due each Friday, and tasks that do not lend themselves to paper products (such as reading aloud with a parent) should include a note from a parent verifying what the student did the work.
The independent practice form is available in the links section, should you like to help your child prepare it over the weekend.
Here's what we're working on in class:
Reading: We’re continuing to read A Handful of Stars as well as examining nonfiction and biographical companion pieces
Writing: Preparing for the STAAR test, then revisiting personal narratives
Social studies: We'll spend a few weeks on the Civil War before moving on to boom times in Texas
Math: Geometry and measurement
SEL: Solving more difficult problems.