10.7.18 I hope you all got a chance to look through and sign your child’s Thursday Folders with your child. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions you have. I am hoping to have the Unit 1 Math assessments ready to send home in this week’s Thursday Folder. Again, it will not have a grade on top, however, it will have a list of skills we wanted your child to get to know during the first unit stapled to the front. Based on how your child did on the assessment and some of the work he/she did during the unit, he/she will receive a 4 (means your child was consistently and independently able to demonstrate this skill), a 3 (means your child was usually able to demonstrate an understanding of the skill, with a mistake now and then), a 2 (means your child showed some understanding of the skill and will benefit from some more practice), or a 1 (means that I will be working with your child some more during the year to help him/her to gain a stronger understanding of that particular skill) for each of the skills.
During this next math unit, we will be focusing on multiplication, using arrays and area models to help your children to understand how multiplication works. Practicing facts and knowing them quickly helps your child be much more successful in math. Please help your child learn multiplication facts (0 * 1 to 9 * 9, and everything in between). If you quiz your child on the way to practice, while he/she helps you clean up from dinner, or even do 5 facts before your child goes to sleep or gets on the bus you will be surprise how much it will help!
Please continue to be sure your child is reading at least 20 minutes a night 5 to 7 nights a week, writing at least 10 minutes a night for 3-6 nights a week, and completing the reading log journal over the 4 nights he/she has it. I have had some students who seem to think that just because they don’t write it in their assignment books, they don’t have to do it. Please remind your child that he/she does in fact need to do the assignments taped to the front of the assignment book.
Last but not least, I have set a new “due date” for Scholastic book orders. If you would like to buy books you may log on to scholastic.com/bookclubs and use our class code FBLZ8 to order books by November 2nd.