Example 1: First Grade
[Student] has worked hard during the first quarter. He has attended school regularly as well as completed his homework on a daily basis. [Student] has improved his responsibility in the classroom and ability to complete work on a daily basis. He works hard each day to follow classroom rules and routines. I would like to see [Student] continue to make independent choices that are best for him and complete work on a daily basis.

In reading/ Language Arts [Student] works hard each week to gain grade level phonics skills. In addition, he works hard to read a grade level text. When reading a grade level fiction text, he is able to orally identify story elements. He has worked hard to show his knowledge of story elements in written form. [Student] is also able to ask and answer questions from a grade level text. I would like to see [Student] continue to gain grade level phonics skills to assist him in decoding. Please practice reading with [Student] for fifteen minutes each night in order to practice fluency as well as comprehension skills. In addition, [Student] has an account on I-Ready which is an online reading program which allows him to practice individualized reading skills to assist him in daily reading and writing. This website can be accessed through bcpsone. Within writing [Student] is able to express his thoughts and ideas. He is working on clearly expressing his thoughts as well as adding basic commands of writing, such as capital letters and periods. I would like to see [Student] continue to gain grade level phonics skills to assist him in clearly expressing his thoughts and ideas as well as using basic commands of writing. Please have [Student] practice writing by asking him to write about a variety of her favorite things.

In math [Student] has made progress solving story problems. He is able to solve addition story problems. He continues to work on combination and subtraction story problems. Furthermore, he has improved his ability to solve addition, subtraction and comparison problems. He still has difficulty solving basic addition problems when pictures are not represented. Having [Student] practice math facts at home through the use of flash cards will help him to solve addition facts. I would like to see [Student] take his time to solve all types of math problems. In addition, he also has an account on dreambox.com which is an online math program that allows him to practice math facts and skills. This website can also be accessed through bcpsone.

Example 2: Third Grade
[Student] is a positive addition to our classroom. She has a genuine concern for learning and approaches her work with a desire to learn and succeed. [Student] continues to work hard in order to adjust to third grade expectations. She has positive relationships with her peers as well as staff members. She consistently is an energetic and caring student. She attends school on a daily basis always eager and ready to learn. Her homework is consistently turned in on time, as well as her classwork. I would like to see [Student] turn in work that matches her abilities. Additionally, I would like to see [Student] express if she needs help or has questions about an assignment as it comes along rather than after it has already been graded. I look forward to seeing [Student]’s work ethic and independence develop throughout third grade.

In reading and language arts, [Student] is able to fluently read and comprehend a text that is on her independent level. [Student] is currently reading below grade level and is developing grade level phonics skills. She is able to identify short and long vowel sounds, as well as blend and decode cvc and cvce words (consonant vowel consonant). [Student] uses a variety of reading strategies when she encounters a word she is unfamiliar with. I would like to see [Student] continue to develop her phonics skills and utilize those skills when reading in small group or on her own. At the beginning of the year, we began reading non-fiction texts where students are responsible for identifying the main idea and supporting details. [Student] is able to identify the main idea of a text, but has a hard time narrowing down key details that specifically support the main idea. I would like to see [Student] revisit the text to identify the key details within the text that are connected to the main idea. [Student] is able to identify a variety of text features such a photographs, captions, labels, bold words, and glossary. She is able to explain how the specific text feature helps her to better understand the text. Recently, we have been working with fiction texts, specifically folktales. In third grade, students are expected to not only be able to recount a folktale but also identify the lesson/moral of the story and explain how the lesson/moral is conveyed through the key details of the text. [Student] is able to recount elements of a folktale such as characters, setting, problem and solution. She has some difficultly narrowing down the important events from the beginning, middle, and end of the text, as well as what the lesson of the folktale was. I would like to see [Student] reread the text in order to accurately recount the folktale, and explain how the lesson is connected to the key details. [Student] would benefit from reading each night and working on her comprehension skills. I encourage you to read with her daily, and pose wh- questions (who, what, when, where, why, how) to her after she has read. Additionally, you can have her orally summarize her reading or have her write it for you to check for comprehension. In her homework packet, comprehension skills are addressed through the decodable or fluency passages that are sent home with questions each week. Please ensure that [Student] is working with these passages daily in addition to reading each night.

In math, we began promptly by focusing on developing a strong understanding of multiplication and division concepts. In class we made connections to the meaning of multiplication and division by expanding what we already know about repeated addition and drawing pictures to represent putting together and taking apart equal groups. Throughout this quarter, [Student]’s capabilities with multiplication and division have improved. [Student] started the quarter with some challenges and was able to make adjustments where her grades reflect her capabilities, as she now takes her take to think through her work and complete it independently. She is able to setup multiplication and division number sentences based on the information that is presented to her, and explain her reasoning for solving the problem the way she did. Multiplication and Division is a concept that we will continue to revisit throughout the course of the school year. It is the expectation that every 3rd grade student leave 3rd grade with the ability to recall multiplication facts automatically. It would benefit students to, in addition to thoroughly completing homework, study basic multiplication and division facts.

As a learning community, we have a wonderful resource available to us in BCPS One, and it is always improving. I recommend that you log on regularly to receive updates on your child’s progress. Your child can also access BCPS One from home using the credentials they use at school, providing them access to resources such as Dreambox, Pearson Realize, iReady and Reading Wonders. If you experience any difficulty accessing BCPS One, please contact Anthony Schultz, our STAT teacher (aschultz@bcps.org).

Finally, please be certain to read with your child every night, and talk with them about what you are reading. Doing so communicates the importance and joy of reading, and will help your child build on the fluency and reading comprehension skills developed throughout third grade.

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