Mrs. Chesworth's Classroom News
4th grade: Week of May 2nd
5/4: Star Math
5/11: Star Reading
5/12: Smarter Balanced ELA
5/13: Field Trip to Recycling plant
5/16: Smarter Balanced Math
5/17: STEM night (5:30-7:15)
5/18: Smarter ELA performance Tasks
5/25: Smarter Math performance Task
** There are lots of dates for testing. We broke up the testing so the kids are not overwhelmed in one day with too much testing. ***
Testing Information: PLEASE READ!!!!
The performance tasks are viewed as a means to differentiate the test by using a hands on activity that allows all types of different learning modalities an equal opportunity to show their knowledge. During the second part of the performance task, they reflect upon what they learned. The difference in the test and the performance task is they are actually completing an activity and not just taking a test.
As you can see, we have a lot to get through. I try to keep testing low key as some students experience anxiety around high-stakes testing. We will work through all of it and simply encourage students to do their very best. Please try to encourage early bedtimes on the nights before testing as well as eating a healthy breakfast that morning.
Last, if you have access to google chrome, please follow the link https://practice.smarterbalanced.org/student/ to give your child the opportunity to logon and take the practice tests. You can leave all the fields as “guest” as long as you fill in the grade. (The grade choice is on the second page, so just click on “sign in” on the first page.) Then you can take practice tests in ELA and in Math. The more students practice the easier the actual test-taking will be. We are providing opportunities for them in class, it is just limited to when we have access to technology.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.