Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back to School Night!

Back to School Night is tonight at 7:00 pm. I am looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Your child will be bringing home our first Scholastic flyers today. There are three different flyers; Math and Science, October Lucky books and Click computer. You can find some great deals in these flyers. Additionally, there is often information pertaining to the instruction level of the books. This will help you find a book suited to your child's abilities.

PLEASE do not feel you have to order. If you do choose to order there are now two ways to do so. You can order online or send a completed order form, along with a check payable to Scholastic Books, to school. There is a letter explaining the easy online ordering process coming home today, too.

In math we continued using place value to arrange digits into the greatest and least possible numbers. I also had the chance to meet with a small group. We worked on writing 4 and 5 digit numbers in expanded form. There is a practice worksheet for homework.

After math we viewed a Power Point presentation about the MAP-R. This is a computerized reading assessment that students in 3, 4 and 5 grades take three times a year. The MAP-R is a 42 question test that adjusts to the needs of the individual test taker. As questions are answered correctly they get more challenging. If questions are missed repeatedly, then the test gets less intense.

Then the children went to PE. After PE, I returned the student's scored baseline writing pieces and we put them in their binders. Many students then went to view the President's taped speech while the others remained with me, in the classroom, and completed unfinished work or read silently.

Following lunch and recess, the entire class went to take MAP-R. When they return we will collect fingerprints from on of their hands and identify the patterns in each print.

Please be sure your child reads for 15 minutes each night!

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