Welcome to 5th Grade

2020-2021

NWEA / MAP Growth


Very soon, students will complete the NWEA Map Screener live in class. The NWEA Map Screener is much like an eye exam. No one is telling you what to see, only you are telling the doctor what you see. In the same way, the NWEA MAP Growth assessment is an opportunity for students to state what they "see" in math and reading. The first score of the year sets the goals for the school year.


The NWEA MAP Growth assessment includes multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions. You can view the practice test below. Unfortunately many families experience technical issues the first time students take the NWEA Map Screener. To make your student's first NWEA MAP experience as smooth as possible, please view the practice test below and disable popup blockers, as needed. Chrome is the recommended browser for NWEA.

What is Map Growth?

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take two to three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

What does it mean to be computer adaptive?

MAP Growth measures what students know, regardless of their grade level. It also measures growth over time, allowing you to track your student’s progress throughout the school year and across multiple years.

How do schools and teachers use MAP Growth scores?

Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

Creating a personal learning journey

We know that children learn better—and faster—when teachers have a clear picture of what each student knows and what they are ready to learn next.

That’s why our assessments react to each student’s answers. In the testing world, this makes our tests “adaptive,” or personalized to measure the needs of every student.

  • If your student answers a question correctly, the test follows up with a more challenging question.
  • If your student answers incorrectly, the test follows up with an easier question.

Adaptive tests make it possible for teachers to pinpoint what each child needs in order to learn best. At NWEA® we help teachers understand your student’s unique learning needs—because every student matters.

Lyla's Explains MAP Growth
NWEA Practice Test

username: grow - password: grow

Math

Just like learning to walk before you can run, learning multiplication and memorizing the times tables are building blocks for other math topics taught in school - higher learning such as division, long multiplication, fractions and algebra. Students who have not memorized the times tables will find these levels of math much more difficult than they need to be.


Encourage daily practice of Math facts to produce fluency through the use of flash cards or interactive Math games and apps. Below are a few helpful resources:


https://www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards


https://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games


https://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Index.html


https://www.weareteachers.com/active-math-games/

Reading

Research has found that good readers naturally spend more time in daily reading. Exposure to reading is important in developing vocabulary for fluency and comprehension. We encourage you to check out the Sequoyah Children's Book Award list below.


Sequoyah Book Award: The Sequoyah Book Award is a set of three annual awards for books selected by vote of Oklahoma students in elementary, middle, and high schools. The award program is named after Sequoyah, the Cherokee man who developed the Cherokee syllabary—a writing system adopted by Cherokee Nation in 1825.


https://www.oklibs.org/page/SequoyahChildrens21



Note: OVCA has not personally reviewed the books on this list. We highly recommend that parents review these and decide for themselves if the content is appropriate for their child as this list is intended for students in 3rd – 6th grades.

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Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Year


  • Attendance is extremely important for all class connects. Even though Science is considered “optional” it is still highly encouraged.
  • Create a family schedule so everybody knows when students are in class connects
  • Come prepared! Cook, eat, use the restroom, feed animals, do chores, run errands before/after class connects.
  • Stay on track every day with the On-Track Calendar.
  • Check USA Test Prep regularly for assignments, quizzes, and “Tickets Out the Door.”
  • Email all teachers (Homeroom, Interventionist, SpEd) when the student will be absent.
  • Clean out cache and cookies regularly to help with computer speed and memory.

https://safeYouTube.net/w/acZO

https://safeYouTube.net/w/sdZO

  • Watch recordings of class connects missed. Here is a helpful video to demonstrate how to access recordings through the OLS.

https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYhtb8pqCc

  • All OLS (Online School) lessons require 80% Mastery for completion. The video below demonstrates a lesson that has not been marked complete because it was not mastered by the student.

https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYhtb7pqkc

  • It is highly encouraged students have 3 notebooks (simple one subject notebooks are perfect) so that they may take notes in Math, Reading and Science classes.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • August 7th: Virtual Back to School Bash 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • August 12th: First Day of School Year 20-21


Please note that the free immunizations clinic initially scheduled for August 7th near our Midwest Office has been canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

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