November 2014 –Ms. Farrell’s Blog
Benchmarking starts the first week in November, the classroom teachers and myself will be conducting these assessments. Remember this is just one measurement of how your child is doing in reading. The assessment is to help us see the progression your children has made seen last spring. We will assess accuracy, fluency and comprehension and this data will guide us in determine which reading group is best for your child.
6th grade Math – We have just completed our sixth test. The number one missed question was-What is the least common multiple (LCM) of 6 and 8. This is from lesson 30. Not so long ago….but for many of you let me remind you. LCM = less common multiple-the smallest whole number that is a multiple of two or more given numbers.
Multiples of 6 are 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36,…
Multiples of 8 are 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48,…
The least common multiple of 6 and 8 is 24. It is not to be confused with
GCF = greatest common factor
The largest whole number that is a factor of two or more given numbers.
The factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12.
The factors of 18 are 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 18.
The greatest common factor of 12 and 18 is 6.
It is extremely important that your son or daughter reviews the homework that we correct in class because if they do not understand why they missed the problem, he or she will continue to make that mistake. I did a quick check to another day on multiplying two – two digit numbers and long division, most of the students have this concept but there are a few who still do not understand what they need to do.
Remember that attendance, completion of homework and asking for help are three key factors in finding success in math.
The sixth graders have been working on theme, metaphor, understanding characters, text structure, graphic features, and figurative language. To better understand the text the comprehension strategies have been analyze and evaluate, to infer and predict and how to summarize. They are currently reading Because of Winn-Dixie outside of class and we are discussing the story as a group activity during the reading class. They have simply enjoyed this book and its characters.
The seventh graders have been working on theme, metaphor, understanding characters, text structure, graphic features, and figurative language. To better understand the text the comprehension strategies have been analyze and evaluate, to infer and predict and how to summarize. They are currently reading The Indian in the Cupboard. This book is being read aloud during the latter part of the class. The students take turns reading it aloud, which allows me a chance to hear them read unfamiliar text. They truly benefit from this practice. We also are discussing the story as a group activity. They have simply enjoyed this book and it’s magic.
First, Second and Third Grade
Please try to find some time to reread the materials that I send home with your child. Students need to learn that effort and practice is what makes something easier. Studying for the spelling test is a good place to start. Students must be familiar with their words; they must be able to read them, understand the spelling pattern or rule and to understand the relationship between letters and the sounds that they make. Remember that practice makes permanent!!!
I hope you and your family and blessed Thanksgiving.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school