AZMerit prep and Assembly

Our monthly Mustang Pride Assembly will be on Thursday, March 30th in the cafeteria at 9am. Hope to see you there!


AZMerit sample tests will be used in the classroom as an instructional tool. You can access these anytime at home by clicking on this:  AZMerit Sample Test and logging in as a Guest.

In preparation for the English Language Arts portion of AZMerit we are using the workbook resource “Common Core Coach: English Language Assessments” from Triumph Learning.

I am really fond of this resource because there are all kinds of text passages, language questions, and writing prompts throughout the workbook. We use this during our Reading Reteach time in the morning. Students have their workbook, and I have one under the projector and document camera. Other resources we are using in class for ELA are Moby Max Reading Informational, and Language, Write Source, and Cross Walk Coach workbooks for writing. We get Scholastic magazines every other week, and more nonfiction reading with our Social Studies Weeklies (which covers a new topic of ancient civilization every week).

I am really proud of these students and how hard they have worked this year. I know their ability to demonstrate mastery will show in their AZMerit scores. 🙂


For Math, there are a wider range of gaps than there are with ELA. Here are some resources we are using for Math to prepare for AZMerit: Front Row Ed (gives adaptive problems based on individual levels), Breakaway Math workbook, Learnzillion instructional videos for high need students, Galileo practice quizzes (resource that facilitates our district Benchmark) , Prodigy (who now has AZMerit based questions as part of the game).

What I would like you to take away from this blog post, is that we are in no way on cruise control yet. We are still pushing forward, focused, and preparing for AZMerit. 🙂


With all the seriousness of academic focus in class, I am trying to sprinkle in some fun activities. One coming up next week is the movie Shark Tales with a math activity. This movie is rated PG, so there is a permission slip coming home. If you wish not to be bothered with G or PG permission slips in the future, you can indicate so on the slip.

Below are some photos from a fun classroom scavenger hunt we did this week in class for adding and subtracting positive and negative whole numbers, mixed numbers, and fractions.




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