In just a few short weeks, students will be taking the GA Milestones standardized assessment in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Math. In an effort to make sure our students are fully prepared, we are dedicating the rest of the month of March and the few days in April (before testing begins) to review all of the skills we have been working on all year long. Above is a calendar that shows which skills we will focus on each day. Of course, the students will also continue to build up their reading stamina by reading independently in class and will meet with the teacher in small groups to review other skills that need to be addressed.
You might also note that there will be 3 Reading Marathons that we've renamed as "Book Tastings". On these days, students will have the opportunity to "taste" different genres of either fiction or nonfiction while applying the different skills they learned during the week to the books they are "tasting".
Similarly, in Writing, students will be working on similar skills, but will focus on how to respond using what they know from narrative, opinion, and informational writing. In addition, students will be introduced to the rubrics that will be used on the GA Milestones, so they understand the writing expectations from the assessment.
Starting this week each classroom teacher will be teaching targeted lessons to their class as a whole, small group, or individual on concepts that were identified from the Write Score assessment. This will occur in BOTH reading and writing to provide our students with opportunities to work on areas where they need to improve. Due to this, the exact lesson on the schedule may differ for your child based on their area of need. We want to use our classroom time as wisely as possible, so students will receive instruction that is more tailored to them. :)
Homework during these next few weeks may vary from reading and recording on the reading log or practicing how to respond to constructed or extended response questions.
-Fourth Grade Team