STAAR Online Practice sites:
Prepdog: A site created by teachers. It has practice questions for all STAAR subjects. The formatting is different from STAAR, but (for reading and writing at least) it has good questions.
pearsonlongman.com: It has two pretty good reading practice passages.
Reading Sage: This is actually a site for the California State test, but it has some good questions. Not all of the writing ones are over what the Texas writing test covers, so stick to the ones on conventions.
I have been using Motivation Reading and Writing for extra practice with kids from time to time. The kids all have the math one, but they don’t have the other two. If you are looking for some extra practice, I would recommend them! There is not a lot out there for resources, because the STAAR is so new. We will be practicing A LOT in class, and we are getting together some extra packets for the kids.
Motivation and stamina are the things we need to work on the most. We are trying to get the kids invested and care about their success. The students need a lot of improvement in working hard on something for several hours. These things will come with time, practice, and encouragement.
We are returning to poetry this week! This genre has more vocabulary than any other unit. To be successful with poetry, we need to know the vocabulary inside and out. This week is our poetry refresher! Kids should be using their flashcards EVERYDAY (we made them in class)!
Elements of Poetry = Features a poem may have
Rhyme- words that have the same ending sound
Rhyme Scheme- The pattern of rhyming in a poem
Simile- a figure of speech in which things are compared using the words “like” or “as”
Metaphor- A figure of speech in which things are compared by stating that one thing is another
Alliteration- Repetition of words with the same beginning sounds
Personification- A figure of speech in which objects are given human qualities
Onomatopoeia- Words that sound like the objects or actions they refer to
Repetition- Using the same word or phrase over and over again
Exaggeration (Hyperbole)- To make something seem larger or more important that it is
Imagery- pictures drawn in the reader’s mind by the words of the poet.
Mood- The feelings of the reader has in the poem (what the poem makes the reader feel)
Tone- The feelings of the author of the poem (how the author feels about the topic)
Stanza- Like a paragraph in an essay. Each stanza is usually separated by some blank space. Common stanza length is two, three, four, six, or eight lines
Line- Like a sentence in an essay. The group of words on the same line together
Rhythm: A regular, patterned repetition of sounds in a poem (the beat).
Enjoy the poetry!
Red Ribbon Week Schedule
Monday- “Peace Out to Drugs” Dress up like the 70’s
Tuesday- “Turn Your Back on Drugs” Wear your shirt backwards.
Wednesday- “Hairs to a Drug Free Life” Crazy Hair Day
Thursday- “Hats Off to Being Drug Free” Crazy hat day
Friday- “I’m too Cool for Drugs” Wear your sunglasses
Don’t forget we have a quiz on Friday!
We are so pleased that so many of you responded with conference requests! As many of you are aware, we received far more requests than we have time for on October 11th. As I began to email those we couldn’t fit, Ms. Rahaman had the brilliant idea of doing a SIGN UP GENIUS!
If you didn’t get a paper in the Tuesday folder confirming your time, that means that we have to schedule something. Please click the link below and look at what we currently have available. If none of it works, let us know. We will figure it out, and we will talk with you about your child. Any of you are welcome to any of these times (whether you sent in an original request or not).
For those who requested phone calls, we will be talking to you sometime next week but not necessarily on the day of conferences.
Take care and have a wonderful week!
We have had a lot of question about how to access the parent portal. Here is the link that is provided by FBISD.
Let us know if you have grade questions!