Let it BE…Language Arts

We have been busy in Language Arts.  This spring we reviewed the comprehension strategies that readers use to build meaning of text.  Reading is thinking.  We reviewed literature, including poetry, and students took a quiz.  Their results were sent home in the folder or may be viewed on Edmodo.  Either way, check for their score in HAC.  The fourth quarter will fly by, so check HAC frequently to stay informed about grades.

Grammar has been a focus in class.  We are wrapping up final lessons and practices on VERBS.  Students will take a summative assessment on verbs at the end of this week.  They have a study guide in their binders and should complete IXL FF 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9.

The Reading FSA is scheduled for May 2 and 3, next Thursday and Friday.  We have talked about how tests are a way to show progress of what they have learned.  We also talked about how tests can open up opportunities in life.  It is our aim to present tests as a positive part of our school life and foster a “can do” attitude.  We study many genres in Language Arts, learning how to read and comprehend their contents.  A test is yet another genre. In order to help students be successful on their tests, we have providing practice opportunities.  This week students are working on a practice Reading FSA that provides examples of both literature and informational passages and question types.  We will count it as a formative grade, as it is a high-quality, comprehensive fifth grade test.  It will be sent home at the end of the week. Please review it with your child and take a few moments to discuss the upcoming FSAs in an encouraging way. Thank you so much to everyone who sent in breakfast items before the writing FSA.  The students truly enjoyed them.  Be on the lookout for future snack sign-ups for upcoming tests.  Thank you for your help!

Lastly, be sure your child continues to read at home on level.  At this point in the year, students should be able to focus on their reading for 30 minutes uninterrupted.

Thank you for all your support!  Let us know if you have any questions.

-Edwards, Gardner, and Hughes

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