Progress Reports- Coming home Friday, 2/2

Monday, January 29, 2018
Progress Report Information

***Study Skill Tips***
Here are some ways to help your child build strong study skills.
1.     Encourage communication with the teacher. Students should ask for help when they are having difficulty with a concept. Parents should communicate and questions or concerns they might have.
2.     Find the study technique that best works for your child. Some children need to work in silence. Some need a dedicate study space. Others might work well at the local library. Some children benefit from creating checklists and crossing things off as they finish them.
3.     Review homework nightly with your child. Check for completeness. Help clarify unknown concepts. Encourage them to return to school the next day and ask for help on anything giving them trouble.

Please keep in mind that we are using a brand new Reading Curriculum. Therefore, it is understandable that students may be scoring on the lower end in that area. However, we should be seeing improvement in the test scores as we navigate through the curriculum. If your child is not showing improvement, there are some things you can do to support them in this area.
·      Review the monthly calendar that is sent home with the Text for Close Reading booklet at the end of every unit. Although I won’t be assigning this, the assignments on the calendar are meant to reinforce the material learned in each unit. Skills taught in each unit spiral to the next unit. Working on the calendar assignments at home will help your child with the upcoming units.
·      Check Reading Journal homework assignments. Make sure that your child is accurately responding to the question selected from the choice lists in their journals. These assignments help with students reading comprehension and writing skills.
Spelling Tests are every Friday unless assigned otherwise at the beginning of the week. Students should be studying their spelling words throughout the week, in order to have a successful test on Friday. Here are some ways you can assist your child in preparing for the test.
·      Check Spelling Notebook Homework assignments. Make sure that your child has selected a new menu assignment each night. Practice test assignments should be saved for later in the week. (They shouldn’t be taking a practice test on Monday or Tuesday, when they are less familiar with the words.) Spelling words should be spelled correctly in the spelling homework.
·      Review the words with your child nightly. Quiz them on words throughout the week. Even if they choose a different assignment on Thursday, it may be beneficial to take a practice test as well.
The math skills we are working on and learning in the class, build upon one another. It is important that students have a strong foundation in multiplication. At this point, students should have all of their basic multiplication facts memorized.  Math tests are much more complex than in years prior, and require a student to not only perform the basic computation, but be able to explain their thinking. How did they decide on the procedure? How can they support their answer in more than one way? (Pictures/models, additional equations, explain in writing, etc.) It is not only about the solution, but how they arrived at the solution. Here are some ways you can help your child be successful in math and on math tests.
·      Help your child study. They know when all upcoming tests are, and should have tests written in their student planners. Upcoming test dates are also available on our class website. We always have a review the day before the test. They can use this review, as well as their math textbook and math journal, to study for the test. Textbooks can go home one week prior to the test, but must be brought back to school daily.
·      Review tests sent home with your child. Most tests, I require students to make corrections, and return to me the following Monday. They should work through the problems they missed, on a separate sheet of paper, and staple it to back of the test.
·      Use flash cards to study and memorize multiplication facts. Make this some sort of game with your child (memory game, beat the clock, etc.)
Science/Social Studies:
There have been fewer opportunities for grades in these subject areas, since chapters/units are longer. These grades do not reflect the most recent Science test and do not include the Mission Report, as well as the upcoming Social Studies test for Unit 2. With that in mind, it is highly possible that come report card time, your child will have shown improvement in these areas. Here are some ways to support your child in Science and Social Studies:
·      Help them study for upcoming tests. They know when all upcoming tests are, and should have tests written in their student planners. Upcoming test dates are also available on our class website. They should be using the study guide as an outline of what to study for the test. Textbooks can go home one week prior to the test, but must be brought back to school daily.

·      If given the opportunity to create a notecard, students should utilize it. Encourage them to do so, and to use the study guide as an outline of what to include on the notecard.

Homework & Study Responsibility- Coming home on Friday.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Homework & Study
I ________ know that it is my responsibility to do the following:
-Read for 30 minutes each night, fill out my Reading Log, and get an adult’s signature.
 -Complete my Reading Journal and Spelling Notebook assignments neatly and completely every night, unless not assigned by Ms. Kearns.
 -Have all homework completed and ready to turn in on the date that it is due. My name, number, and date will be on each assignment.
-Study for all upcoming tests and not wait until the night before the test date. I can bring my textbook home a week prior to the test date, but must bring it back to school daily.
-If I am having trouble with a concept in class, I will ask Ms. Kearns for help. I will ask to get extra help at recess or lunch when she is available.
 -I will get help when I need it, do my part to improve my grades, and communicate consistently with my teacher. I will try my best to have a positive attitude about school and learning.

Signature: ____________________  Date: ________________