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