It's hard to believe that time can go by so quickly and that it is already the end of April! The third grade took the Communication Arts section of the MAP test last week and did a wonderful job! I even think some of them enjoyed it!
In a previous post, I had informed you that this week we would test Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday again. I was wrong. We are only testing Tuesday and Wednesday of thisweek! (EVEN BETTER!) Monday, Thursday, and Friday will be used for students who may need to make up a test due to an absence.
This week in math, we reviewed some math skills that are likely to be on the MAP test for next week. Next week, we will try to do some normal activities on the 3 days we are not testing. The first full week of May, we should get almost back to our normal schedule. (excluding our Field Trip)
Here are some other things going on this week:
*Field Trip permission slips and money are DUE MONDAY, April 26. We need to let the cooks know how may sack lunches to provide for us on May 6th and get a check cut for us to pay Frontier Theater. My plan is to try to post directions to Frontier Theater later this week if you plan to meet us there. And of course, you may always meet us at East and then follow the bus to Marshfield.
* We WILL be testing on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29th.
*Mid-term links went out this last week for our class. It will be in your inbox (or possibly even "Junk Mail") from MasteryConnect. It will not be from "Carrie Letterman". Let me know if you didn't get it and I can resend your link.
*As a way to celebrate the end of the MAP Test, many classes do a little something to celebrate the students' efforts. I have had some interest in a celebration at the end of the week to celebrate the end of MAP! Marianne Hill has offered to help organize a little something for the class and has given me permission to give her email address to you all if you are interested in helping out! We're looking at this Friday! Contact Marianne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping organize or donating something for this celebration! (You might put "MAP Party!" as your subject so she knows what the email is in regards to!)
After much anticipation from the first day of school...the time to take the MAP Test has finally arrived. Here is the schedule for testing:
Language Arts- April 22,23,24
Math- April 29, 30, May 1
The class has done a great job preparing and based on a little writing activity, they are feeling about half excited and half scared! (Which is typical!)
I won't break down what we're doing this week because it will depend on the day. The mornings will be testing and the afternoons we will still do math. For math, we will work on measurement of objects, finding perimeter, and mix a little MAP review in there as well for the math portion the next week.
I did forget to mention this last week, we are done with our Weekly Reading Homework papers. We have pretty much done most of them, so we will be finished with those for the year. PLEASE keep reading at home nightly. This is one way to help your child to continue to grow as a reader. Have them read a little to you and some on their own.
We also won't do a spelling list for the next two weeks while we are testing!
Here is what else is going on this week!
*We DO have school on Monday, April 21. It is a snow make-up day.
*Reminder- Field Trip permission slips and money is due by NEXT MONDAY, April 28. The sooner, the better so we can let the cooks know how many sack lunches are needed.
*We will have library on Monday of this week due to MAP testing and our schedule change. Next week, we will go to Library on Friday. After MAP is over, we will go back to normal.
6 days until we take the MAP and 32 school days left!
As we get closer and closer to taking the MAP, nerves and anxiety begin to rise. Third grade is the first year for students to take the state exam and these feelings are normal. We have done some practice tests in class (that are actual old MAP tests) so that students can see what these look like and what to expect.
Here are some ways that you can start working with your student to help prepare them for the MAP test this week!
*Get at least 8 hours of good sleep! Don't just start this next Monday night, give them a few days if their bed time needs to be adjusted for their bodies to adjust to the change.
*Eat a HEALTHY breakfast. Stay away from sugary cereals and syrups that can cause belly aches and that sugar crash.
*Be positive about the MAP test to your child! Something you already do but is so important- let them know you believe in them and that they will do GREAT!
*Be on time! I am queen of busy/late mornings, believe me but getting to school with enough time for them to not feel rushed or panicked will help your child feel more at ease. We will begin the test by 9 each day (bell is at 8:40). If your child is late, the door will be locked and they will have to go to another room and make-up the test on a different day, not with the class.
As mentioned in previous posts, we will test April 22-24, and April 29-May 1. We will be done by lunch time if your child needs to leave for an appointment. It is important that your child is here during the testing times. Only keep them home if they are running a fever or throwing up.
Once they begin testing, students usually find that it's not that bad and some even like it and want more! (seriously!)
Here is what the rest of our week will look like:
Language Arts- We will continue to do more MAP prep this week and prepare for the test the next week! Reading groups and writing may change a little to meet the needs of anything we need to cover before next week.
Math- We will continue to work on measurement. We will mainly be looking at perimeter and finding the missing length. We will also get into a little bit with perimeter and area. Keep working on quizzing your child on time. Ask them to read an analog clock for you or give them some elapsed problems.
Science- We are still talking about matter and energy but we have had to use science time to do a little MAP prep and may have to this week as well.
Here are some other things coming up besides the MAP!
*Spring Concert on Tuesday! We will head over to the high school around 2:00 to practice. We will walk if it is nice or there is a bus reserved in case it's too cool or there is bad weather. Have students wear good walking shoes just in case and bring a coat/jacket.
The concert starts at 7:00. Students need to be at the high school gym by 6:45 with their red Friday shirts on (or a red shirt if there is a problem with the Friday shirt)
*Field Trip permission slips went home Friday. We had sent information about our field trip but this is the actual permission slip that needs to be signed and returned with the $10. These are not due until April 28.
*Book orders are due on Friday if you wish to purchase from our book order!!! If you send your order in for me to place, send the order with check only. (No cash) You can also order online using our class code at https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/LogonForm
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her 8th year in Willard, but her 10th year to teach third grade!