APRIL 16, 2018

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!

In education,

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.

Before reading:

  • Looking at the title, cover and illustrations/pictures, what do you think will happen in this book?
  • What makes you think that?
  • What characters do you think might be in the book?
  • Do you think there will be a problem in the story?Why?
  • What do you already know about the topic of this book?
  • Does the topic or story relate to you or us? How?
  • Do you think it will be like any other book that you have read? If so, which one and how do you think it will be similar?

During reading:

  • What has happened so far in the story? Can you tell me using sequence words? (first, then, next, after, finally, etc.)
  • What do you predict will happen next?
  • How do you think the story will end?
  • Why do you think the character did ____________?
  • What would you have done if you were the character?
  • How would you have felt if you were the character?
  • When you read, what pictures did you see in your head?
  • How did you imagine it looked like?
  • What are you wondering about as you read? What questions do you have?
  • Think about the predictions you made before reading. Do you still think the story will go that way? Why or why not?
  • How do you think it will go now?

After reading:

  • Why is the title a good title for the book/story? If you had to give it a different title, what would be another good title for it?
  • Were your predictions correct? Where did you have to fix your prediction as you read?
  • If there was a problem, did it get solved? How did the main character try to solve the problem?
  • What happened because of the problem?
  • Did any of the characters change throughout the story? Who changed and how did they change?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this?
  • What is the most important point that the author is trying to make in his/her writing?
  • What was your favorite part? Why?
  • If you could change one part, what would you change?
  • If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask?
  • Can you retell the story in sequence order(use your fingers and sequence words: first, second, then, next, etc.)?
  • Is there a character in the story that reminds you of someone you know? If so, who are they like and why do you think that?
  • Does this book remind you of another book that you know?
  • Does it remind you of something you have experienced in real life?

(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.