It feels good to have MAP over with! There were only a few very minor glitches in taking the test on Chromebooks this year and overall, it went pretty smooth and we got a feel for what this new test will be like.
We have had MANY conversations at school. Now that MAP is over, school is NOT over...yet. :)
We still have 3 full weeks. We will have another math test, take reading tests, and the end of the year writing prompt. And we still have a lot to learn! Keep your child feeling encouraged! We don't want them to "turn off" just yet! THANK YOU for all of your help and support!!!
Here is what is coming up this week:
Reading- We are finishing up covering and reviewing figurative language.
Writing- Before MAP, students picked a destination out of a can and researched 4 things they could do if they went on a vacation there. Then students wrote a fictional narrative about a vacation they went on to their destination and included information about these attractions! We have been working on these for about 2 weeks and are finishing them up and making postcards from our destinations!
Math- We are finishing up measurement and will review time, elapsed time, perimeter, volume, mass, and weight the last few days of this week. We are looking at testing towards the beginning of next week depending on our review of the items listed above! We will move onto a unit on representing and interpreting graphs next.
Science- We are starting a new unit on the life cycle this week!
*Summer School forms are due by THIS Friday, May 1st. If you need an extra, call the office and we can get one to you! If you received a letter strongly recommending that your child go, please send the letter back marked "No" and signed even if you do not plan on having your child attend.
*Our field trip to Ripley's Believe It or Not is on May 13th. Permission slip and $ is due by Monday, May 4th. We will not be allowing students to visit the gift shop during our visit. This is mainly due to time. We will be on a very tight schedule to get to see everything and then get to lunch before heading back to school at 2:30. It also cuts out trying to keep track of money/lost money/lost items purchased.
Well, it's here! This Wednesday and Thursday, 3rd grade will be taking the MAP Test. This year is filled with unknowns! This year students will take the test online instead of with pencil and paper. In past years, the MAP has tested over our old standards, the GLE's. The new test now tests over the updated Common Core Standards.
We have done a lot of practice and have had discussions in class about students can be ready even though there is not really a way we can "study" for this test! Every year, we always get many questions from parents about how they can help their child prepare.
Here is how you can help prepare your child for this week!
* Get a Good Night's Sleep! Make sure they get a good night's rest! Be sure that students have a consistent bed time this week and that they are going to bed at a decent hour.
* Eating Breakfast- Eat a healthy breakfast that will give them energy (avoiding sugary cereals, donuts, syrup covered pancakes...you know, the good stuff! ;)) We have talked about what sugar does to your body and it often leaves us feeling sleepy and hungry LONG before lunch time! We also talked about NOT telling mom or dad that you want/ need scrambled eggs 10 minutes before the bust comes! ;)
*Having a positive attitude! Let your child know that they will do great and to try their best! Having a positive attitude about the test and encouraging your child is one of the best ways to prepare them!
*Be on Time!! We will begin testing at 9:00 each day. Once we have started testing, our doors are locked and any late students will have to go to another room and take the test at another time. This is to help not disrupt other test takers and there is quite a bit of direction given by the teacher to get started.
I know they will do great! We have a room full of 22 little smarties!!
Other Announcements for the week!
* This week we will have our Tiger Pride Assembly for the month of April! It will start at 2:30 and will be in the Gym if you would like to come join us!!! If you have any Box Tops, be sure to trim those down and send them in!
*We will be sending home our permission slip for our 3rd Grade field trip this week! We will be traveling to Ripley's Believe It or Not in Branson, Mo on May 13! The cost for each child is $7.
Tomorrow night is the big night!!! It is our Willard East Spring Concert! You are certainly in for a treat! The kids have been working hard on their performance! Here are some details from the music teachers about the evening!
1) Students should arrive at the WHS gym at 6:45pm
2) Students should find their teacher and go to their assigned bleacher to sit until concert time.
3) Students should wear their Willard East School shirts (black with white print) and jeans, pants, or skirts. IF no school shirt is available, then something black and white.
4) Students will go back to their assigned bleachers with their classmates to sit for the remainder of the concert. All students will be dismissed when the teacher sees the parent .
See you tomorrow night!
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!