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Week 35.

We continued editing to make our biography open responses stronger, and we practiced fractions to further our understanding. We even got outside a few times for some extra recess!

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Week 34.

We had fun reviewing quadrilaterals using the geoboards in math. Plus, the MCAS may be over but we are busy completing our end of year assessments (Dibels and STAR) as well as our biography unit assessment.

Week 32.

Review and practice of math has been the highlight of our week. Next week we will take the Mathematics MCAS and everyone is ready to try their best! We have also been continuing to read and discuss biographies.

Week 31.

We completed our English Language Arts MCAS and celebrated with extra recess, and a pajama and movie day. We also practiced our math skills on Khan Academy. Students can complete their math assignments on Khan Academy over vacation. They can log in through Google Classroom using their 9 digit student number followed by k12.somerville.ma.us. Have a great vacation!

Week 30.

Week 30. We completed an ELA MCAS practice test on the computer and the kids did great! They are prepared, but still nervous since it is their first year taking the test. As a result, Ms. Tosches developed a lesson to help students complete a challenging task. They learned that it’s okay to struggle and we discussed ways to work through strong feelings so that they don’t give up. We also continued our study of fractions!

Week 29.

We’ve been exploring equivalent fractions using fraction bars, rectangles, circles, and number lines. We continue to practice our math multiplication facts and the children have been making steady progress.

Week 28.

This week has been all about fractions, writing, and typing. We used fraction circles to explore fractions and to order them from least to greatest. Then we transitioned to fractions on the number line. We continue to practice our narrative and text-based responses in preparation for state testing.

Week 27.

Our focus this week has been on writing narrative text-based essays. The children are working on continuing stories and today we started talking about rewriting a story from a different character’s point of view. We also reviewed math concepts in groups to prepare for our math test today.

Week 26.

The English Language Arts MCAS computer-based test is fast approaching! We learned how to take notes on a separate paper (instead of annotating directly on the text) and how to use our notes to answer multiple choice questions.