We hope you and your child enjoy this Mid-Winter Recess. We encourage you to rest, explore the world around you, and provide our children with lots of opportunities to question and seek the great volumes of knowledge around them. As always, we are encouraging you to continue fostering an environment at home that promotes reading and inquiry. Research continues to show that the more our children read and have good experiences with books, the smarter and more articulate they will become. Our children are accustomed to reading independently at school on a daily basis. They are also accustomed to engaging in rich book discussions. We know that you will continue these practices during the break and that you will encourage them to read, read, read and read everyday. Below we have outlined the work that MUST continue during this break, we ask that you monitor our children as much as possible, and that you remind them that the BEST ingredient for success in school is to PRACTICE and STUDY, so they can be READY for any challenge.
ELA: INDEPENDENT READING:
Students must READ EVERY DAY for 60 minutes, and then complete their Reading Log (ALL Reading Logs MUST be checked and signed by a parent.) Those students who struggle as readers are encouraged to break the 60 minutes up into 2-3 sessions per day (20 mins per session,) and work on reading for longer sessions each day. By the end of the break, we expect them to increase their Reading Muscles, and be able to reach their goal of 1 hour.
ELA: Reading Comprehension/Test Companion Book: Our students MUST complete Practice Test 1 and 2 on Monday; Practice Test 3 and 4 on Tuesday; Practice Test 5 and 6 on Wednesday; Practice Test 7 and 8 on Thursday, and The FULL –LENGTH PRACTICE TEST (located at the BACK of the Kaplan Test Companion book) on Friday. Each Practice Test has its own answer grid, and ALL answers for the multiple choice questions MUST be completed on the answer grid (for each individual Practice Test.) ALL Open Answer Questions must be answered in the book as outlined.
Grade 3 Students MUST also complete Writing Mechanics/Grammar on pages: 123, 124, 125, 126, 129, 131, 132, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 141, 142, 143, and 144.
Grade 4 Students MUST also complete Response to Literature Practice on pages: 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 129, 132, 133, 134, and 135 on pages:
Grade 5 Students MUST also complete Part 2-Writing on pages: 133, 134, 135, 136, 140, 141, 142, 143, 147, 148, 149, 150, and 151.
ELA: Writer’s Notebooks:
Our students are expected to make an entry in their Writer’s Notebook daily. These entries should be up to a page. Students may write entries pertaining to their current unit of study. They may rewrite a topic they have started previously, they may also write on various topics that interest them. Students are to follow the guidelines for writing in their Writer’s Notebook (don’t forget to date each day.)
Parents, we ask that you please monitor our children, have them read the directions carefully each day, and complete their assignments in ELA.
MATH: Test Companion Book: Our students MUST complete Practice Test 1 and 2 on Monday; Practice Test 3 and 4 on Tuesday; Practice Test 5 and 6 on Wednesday; Practice Test 7 and 8 on Thursday, and The FULL-LENGTH PRACTICE TEST (located at the BACK of the Kaplan Test Companion book) on Friday. All answers must be written in pencil, in the answer grids, and ALL open ended questions must be written in the space provided in the book. Parents, we ask that you reinforce our request and have our children show ALL of their work next to each question.
MATH Reflection: Students are expected to complete a Math Reflection in their Math Reflection notebook each day. Students are to make a reference to a problem they solved, or had difficulty with. They may create a math problem, solve and explain how it was solved. We are encouraging our children to write their thoughts about problem solving and explain how they went about solving a problem; therefore we ask that you reinforce this practice at home as much as possible.
Parents, we ask that you please monitor our children, have them read the directions carefully each day, and complete their assignments in Math.Your Partner In Education, Sandra D’Avilar