I TRY to send out weekly Edlio updates, but there are still a few parents who haven't subscribed to my teacher site, so I think I'm just going to double up and send from my TAC as well.
This is an extremely busy time of year, so if I don't send something out and you have questions- PLEASE don't hesitate for a second to contact me.
I want to let you know... this is definitely the push-comes-to-shove, last-quarter-mile, race-to-the-finish-line mindset kind of time. Your babies are HARD at work these days. I'm doing everything I can to make this test prep unit as authentic as possible, and I'm pretty pleased with the avenues we've been journeying. Real articles from Highlights magazines (both literary and informational,) STAAR question stems tailored to fit, and a Google App called PearDeck that enables me to get and give immediate feedback on kids' progress.
We're back to daily SOCIAL STUDIES! And using mock NEWSPAPERS (what?!) to dig deeper in our reading, pull out evidence to support our thinking, and hone in on our vocabulary-in-context skills! This is where the weekly spelling/vocabulary grades will be derived from. So... no "spelling lists (aka memorization of a series of letters)" and no isolated word work to study. We're sharpening our skills on using the context around unfamiliar words to help us gain meaning. On Monday/Tuesdays we make a list of 10 words from our newspapers, on Tuesdays/Wednesdays we focus in on the surrounding text to infer and further, chart word meanings, and on Wednesday/Thursdays we take an open note, multiple choice, tailor made but STAAR formatted vocabulary quiz. This isn't something to study, but if you'd like to have your kiddos brush up on the skill, pull out some manageable, grade appropriate text and have them practice inferring the meaning using context clues. They should also have at least 1-3 words per page within their library books that are challenging for them to 1.)pronounce or 2.)define in isolation. Have them whip those out (since that should really be the case anyway, every night for 20-30 minutes) and show what they know!
In writing- I have to be honest, it's all about composing reader's responses at the moment (from S.N.O.T. (small notes on text) to well formatted summaries,) but we will be venturing into our research unit soon though (even if we go at a snail's pace to get there).
Important things/dates/reminders etc. to think about-
May 11th- Career Day; PLEASE if you or someone you know has a fabulous/interesting choice in career, seek their interest and availability to come speak to our kiddos on career day!!
May 14th- 3rd and 4th grade Math STAAR
May 15th- 3rd and 4th grade Reading STAAR
May 18th- FIELD DAY! (PLEASE return volunteer & lunch status forms that came home in Wednesday's folder ASAP)
May 22nd- 4th GRADE MOVING UP PARTY!! (Pictures for the slide show are DUE TODAY!!! emailed to me!)
May 30th- End of Year parties
May 31st- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!