We will never give up! We will keep trying and learn from our mistakes.
Dear Heketi Families,
Our first week of NYS testing went well! Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students read various passages and answered various questions on the first day of testing. The second day of testing included passages and written responses. Our students persevered by using the tools that they have learned throughout the school year to analyze texts by annotating (highlighting important information) and using relevant details in their answers. The NYS ELA test is untimed so many of our students took advantage of this by taking their time and checking their work.
Annotating information as a child reads is an important skill that is taught starting in Kindergarten. Although our younger students may not underline nor highlight information, they are asked to identify important information and discuss why it is important. For example, if we read a story about a helpful pet, we discuss if it makes sense for this pet to take care of other animals or to scare them away by barking loudly. You can try this at home by asking your child questions after s/he reads (see below for examples).
Please be sure that your child reads at home every day!
David R. Rosas
Here are some questions that you can ask your child about their reading; choose a few each night to engage in conversation with your child about their nightly independent reading.
(Retrieved from https://www.abss.k12.nc.us/cms/lib/NC01001905/Centricity/Domain/36/Parent%20Book%20Talk%20flyer.pdf)
For more questions by grades for you to ask your children at home when reading a book, please visit the Parent Questions webpage on the Scholastic website.