Cook Chronicles

Weekly Updates for the week of March 14th

ISTEP Pilot Test

Cumberland Road third graders have been selected to take a digital applied skills pilot. The purpose of the pilot is to test new question sets for future tests. The test will be similar to the applied skills tests they took a few weeks back with essay type questions. The only difference will be that students will be answering on the computer. My class has had experience with the computers and typing on them so they'll have an easier time with that aspect. These tests are just used for testing the validity of the questions and will not be factored in to the ISTEP test scores of the students.

From the YMCA

We have $2.29!

CRES and the YMCA are working together to raise money for the YMCA's Annual Campaign by doing a Jar Wars competition between classrooms from March 14th - 25th. Last year thanks to city-wide donations nearly $15,000 raised from the campaign went to helping families from CRES be able to attend YMCA Summer Camp and Before/After School Program. Y staff will be delivering flyers to send home with students this week. Y staff will collect the jars a couple of times a week and mark each classroom's progress on posters displayed in the cafeteria. Please help encourage your students to bring in their spare change; the winning class wins a pizza party!

What's Happening This Week

Writer's Workshop:
We will begin our Poetry Unit. We will be apply the concepts we are learning during Reading. The students will be writing a variety of poems. The students really enjoyed our visit from Kevin Kammeraad so much that we are going to make a book of poems to send to him.

Reader's Workshop:

We will be starting our Poetry Unit of Study. We will be discussing how to read a poem, poetic devices, and how to make inferences when reading a poem.

Math Workshop:

We will continue to work on division. We will complete various problem solving that covers division. We will be discussing the various strategies used to complete long division.

Social Studies:

We will be continuing our Economics Unit. We will be reviewing the vocabulary and concepts we discussed to prepare for our quiz on Thursday. We will begin discussing our final project for this unit.

Common Sense Media

Below is a link to the website Common Sense Media. This is a great resource for teachers and parents. The site is packed with movie, game and app reviews, as well as articles and advice on how to navigate our increasingly digital world with your children. I encourage you to check it out!


Reading Log~ Read for 80 minutes.

Specials Classes this Week

Monday: Computer

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: PE

Friday: Computer

Upcoming CRES Events

March 23rd: ISTEP Pilot Test
March 31st: Book Order due

April 1-8th: SPRING BREAK

April 22nd: CRES Fest

May 9th: Field Trip to the Glass Barn @ Indiana State Fairgrounds

Scholastic Book Orders

Our class code is J2T64