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ISEE Lower ’20 (Private) – Online

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Class Login

Please use the following link and password each week to log into the online class session.

  • Login Link: unique to each student, please check your inbox and spam/junk folders for an email from Zoom on 5.22.20.
  • Login Password: 623957

Please note that since students have access to audio and video capabilities, there is a chance your student will be speaking and/or on camera during the live class sessions. Additionally, your student may be able to view and hear other students participating in the online class sessions. If you are not comfortable with your student having access to these features, please let us know immediately.

 

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Unit 7 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.14.20

Unit 7 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Complete Vocabulary Quiz located in the password protected section above. 
    • Study the Synonyms List: Relationships on pg. 80 of the white coursebook

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 58 – 5 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name, Last Name, and Login Code.

Reading Comprehension

Math – please note the below is different from the homework assignment listed in the coursebook.

    • Complete the following worksheets to build up to the harder problems in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted on GradeCam).
    • Complete classwork problems #4-5 on page 90. (not submitted in GradeCam)
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Area & Perimeter of Polygons – pg. 140-141 #1-11 – 11 minutes (did not cover in class, will assign for hw another week)
      • Area of Shaded Figures – pg. 142-144 #1-9 – 9 minutes (did not cover in class, will assign for hw another week)
      • Irregular Shapes – pg. 146-147 #1-10 – 10 minutes (did not cover in class, will assign for hw another week)
      • Probability – pg. 151-152 #10-17 – 8 minutes
      • Mean, Median, & Mode – pg. 153-154 #11-19 – 9 minutes
      • Interpreting Data – pg. 156-157 #10-17 –8 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name, Last Name, and Login Code.

The Essay

    • Write an essay in response to the following prompt. Use the planning page on page 56. 
      • Prompt: If an alien landed on Earth, what would you want to show it?
    • Complete the essay in the google document shared with you via email by 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 19.

Class Summary:

We began class with a review of last week’s math homework. Then, in math, we learned the definition of probability and how to determine the probability of a simple event. Students should always determine the number of desirable outcomes out of the total number of possible outcomes when evaluating a given scenario. Next, we learned about mean, median, mode, and range and how to interpret data from charts and graphs.

We then jumped right into timed sentence completion practice. Students should be boxing supporting and contrasting clue words before reviewing the answer choices. As always, students should determine their own word for the blank before evaluating the answer choices.

Next, we completed a reading passage. Students are improving in their ability to identify important information within a paragraph and being able to draw inferences regarding the plot of the story or character. They then had an opportunity to practice timed questions about the passage. 

Lastly, we reviewed some commonly missed words from last week’s synonym homework. We were not able to review reading comprehension or sentence completion homework from last week. 

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday,  July 19, 2020.
  • Complete the vocabulary quiz located in the password protected section above by 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 19, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 7, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 6 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.07.20

Unit 6 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Complete Vocabulary Quiz located in the password protected section above. 
    • Study the Synonyms List: Science on pg. 71 of the white coursebook
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 49 – 8 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name, Last Name, and Login Code.

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 56-57 – 11 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name, Last Name, and Login Code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following passages to build up to the harder passages in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted in GradeCam).
    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Remember to practice Active Reading skills. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Passage 17 – pg. 94-95
      • Passage 18 – pg. 96-97
      • Passage 19 – pg. 98-99
      • Passage 20 – pg. 100-101
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name, Last Name, and Login Code.

Math – please note the below is different than the homework assignment listed in the coursebook.

    • Complete the following worksheets to build up to the harder problems in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted on GradeCam).
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Functions – pg. 127-128 #1-11 – 11 minutes
      • Proportions – pg. 130 #1-10 – 10 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name, Last Name, and Login Code.

Class Summary:

We spent the majority of today’s class working on math. We learned about input and output tables. Students also learned about functions, which can be compared to how a vending machine operates as an easier way to relate (You input coins and a number so you get the desired soda or snack). Because this is newer material, the students will be reviewing it through their homework assignment. We also learned what a proportion is and how we can use them to solve a rate problem. We then reviewed several problems from the math portion of last week’s practice test and discussed common errors.

How you can support your student at home:

Since solving proportions relies heavily on being able to identify and simplify fractions, please have your student continue to memorize benchmark fractions and practice simplification.

We then moved onto reading comprehension. Students read a short passage and practiced answering vocabulary in context questions. For these type of questions, it’s important that students go back to the text and look for evidence and context clues for the meaning of the word. We then reviewed a passage from the practice test and discussed how to use the evidence in the passage to help determine the correct answer.

We closed class with a review of the Verbal Reasoning portion of last week’s exam. It is incredibly important that students consistently study their vocabulary word lists every week. Memorizing these words will help students move quickly and efficiently through the Verbal Reasoning section of the test, and it will also support reading comprehension. If students do not know what a word means, they should use process of elimination as much as possible to narrow down their choices. We did not get to homework review for this section.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday,  July 12, 2020.
  • Complete the vocabulary quiz located in the password protected section above by 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 6, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 5 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.30.20

Unit 5 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Complete Vocabulary Quiz located in the password protected section above. 
    • Study the Synonyms List: Adventure on pg. 58 of the white coursebook
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 48 – 10 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 55 – 5 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following passages to build up to the harder passages in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted in GradeCam).
    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Remember to practice Active Reading skills. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Passage 13 – pg. 86-87
      • Passage 14 – pg. 88-89
      • Passage 15 – pg. 90-91
      • Passage 16 – pg. 92-93
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Math

    • Complete the following worksheets to build up to the harder problems in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted on GradeCam).
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Creating Expressions & Equations – pg. 123-124 #11-19 – 9 minutes
      • Solving Algebraic Equations – pg. 125-126 #7-12 – 6 minutes
      • Functions – pg. 126-127 #1-6 – 6 minutes (did not cover in class, will assign for hw another week)
      • Proportions – pg. 130 #1-5 – 5 minutes (did not cover in class, will assign for hw another week)
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

We started with the math lesson, where we practiced how to translate written number sentences into algebraic expressions. Students struggled to identify words that signaled an order change. For example, when students saw the expression 5 less than 12, they would incorrectly write it as 5-12. Then, students were introduced to solving algebraic equations using the strategy of substitution.

Then, we jumped into some verbal with sentence completions. We learned a new strategy for how to solve sentence completion problems when the definition of the unknown word is provided within the question. Students should first underline the given definition and clue words. Then, without looking at the answer choices, students should write down their own word that matches the given definition. Only then students should review the answer choices to see if their word matches one of the answer choices or use process of elimination.

Lastly, students completed a timed passage practice in reading comprehension. To help support pacing, students should only jot down one or two words when making a margin note or use shorthand when possible. Margin notes should help support understanding of the passage, but should not negatively impact pacing.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday,  July 5, 2020.
  • Complete the vocabulary quiz located in the password protected section above by 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 5, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 4 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.23.20

Unit 4 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Complete Vocabulary Quiz located in the password protected section above. 
    • Study the Synonyms List: Size, Shape, and Occurrence on pg. 50 of the white coursebook
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 47 – 11 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 54 – 6 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following passages to build up to the harder passages in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted in GradeCam).
    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Remember to practice Active Reading skills. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Passage 10 – pg. 80-81
      • Passage 11 – pg. 82-83
      • Passage 12 – pg. 84-85
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Math

    • Complete the following worksheets to build up to the harder problems in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted on GradeCam).
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Place Values – pg. 106 #6-11 – 6 minutes
      • Comparing Fractions – pg. 108 #6-9 – 4 minutes
      • Converting Fractions, Decimals, & Percents – pg. 109-110 #8-14 – 7 minutes
      • Word Problems with Fractions & Decimals – pg. 113-114 #9-17 – 9 minutes
      • Estimation – pg. 116-117 #17-21 – 5 minutes
      • Charts – pg. 118 #4-6 – 3 minutes
      • Creating Expressions & Equations – pg. 122-123 #1-10 – 10 minutes
      • Solving Algebraic Equations – pg. 125 #1-6 – 6 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

The Essay

    • Write an essay that answers the following prompt. Use the planning page on page 56.
      • If you could do one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be?
    • Complete the essay in the google document shared with you via email by 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 28.

Class Summary:

We started class with math and learned how to determine the scale of number lines and the value of unknown numbers placed on the line. When tackling these types of problems, students should be marking up the number line with values they know and the number of spaces or “jumps” between each point on the line. Additionally, we reviewed several problems from last week’s homework, including charts and converting decimals to fractions. 

Next, we reviewed the most commonly missed problems on the sentence completion homework from Unit 3. Then we reviewed passages #8 and #9 on the reading comprehension homework and how to use process of elimination and context clues to help us decipher tricky words. 

Finally, we closed class by reviewing how to brainstorm and plan an essay. Students can use the outline that they started to develop in class on page 56 of their white coursebook to help them complete their homework.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday,  June 28, 2020.
  • Complete the vocabulary quiz located in the password protected section above by 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 4, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 3 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.16.20

Unit 3 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Complete Vocabulary Quiz located in the password protected section above. 
    • Study the Synonyms List: Movement on pg. 35 of the white coursebook
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
  • Pg. 46 – 10 minutes
  • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

 

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
  • Pg. 53 – 5 minutes
  • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following passages to build up to the harder passages in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted in GradeCam).
    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Remember to practice Active Reading skills. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Passage 7 – pg. 74-75
      • Passage 8 – pg. 76-77
      • Passage 9 – pg. 78-79
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Math

    • Complete the following worksheets to build up to the harder problems in the blue Lower Level ISEE Workbook (answer keys included – not submitted on GradeCam).
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Place Values – pg. 105-106 #1-5 – 5 minutes
      • Comparing Fractions – pg. 107-108 #1-5 – 5 minutes
      • Converting Fractions, Decimals, & Percents – pg. 109 #1-7 – 7 minutes
      • Word Problems – pg. 111-112 #8-13 – 6 minutes
      • Word Problems with Fractions & Decimals – pg. 112-113 #1-8 – 8 minutes
      • Estimation – pg. 115-116 #11-16 – 6 minutes
      • Charts – pg. 118 #1-3 – 3 minutes
      • Vocabulary & Properties – pg. 121-122 #2-14 evens – 7 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

We started class with math this week. We reviewed a long section on fractions, and how to compare them. The students learned shortcuts to convert decimals into percentages and vice versa, as well as converting fractions into decimals. This was the first time that many of them dealt with percentages and how to read them, so I encourage you to go over this specific section with your children. Additionally, students struggled to identify equivalent benchmark fractions (i.e 1/2=4/8). 

After a short break, we transitioned into learning how to identify cause and effect relationships and how to use them to solve sentence completion problems. Students had an opportunity to practice this strategy several times.

In reading comprehension, we learned how to use context clues to help us determine the meaning of difficult words within a text. The students learned how to locate the definitions of words in the sentences they’re in, as well as looking at the sentences before and after used to describe a term. Moving forward, if a student is completing the homework or reading a book, they should always try to infer from context the meaning of any words they don’t know. If they aren’t able to do so, they should look up the word and write the definition down. I recommend either using the last page of the white coursebook or having a notebook dedicated to new vocabulary words.

As always, we encourage you to review the ‘big ideas’ for each section with the students. These takeaways may also include what your child feels they need to study most.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday,  June 21, 2020.
  • Complete the vocabulary quiz located in the password protected section above by 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 3, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 2 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.09.20

Unit 2 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Synonyms List: Nature on Pg. 20 of the white coursebook
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
  • Pg. 45 – 9 minutes
  • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 52 – 6 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Remember to practice Active Reading skills. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Passage 4 – pg. 68-69
      • Passage 5 – pg. 70-71
      • Passage 6 – pg. 72-73
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Math

    • Finish math classwork questions on pages 17-18 of the white coursebook (not submitted on GradeCam).
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Order of Operations – pg. 104-105 #7-9 – 3 minutes
      • Rules of Divisibility – pg. 107 #7-11 – 5 minutes
      • Word Problems – pg. 110-111 #1-7 – 7 minutes
      • Estimation – pg. 114-115 #1-10 – 10 minutes
      • Vocabulary & Properties – pg. 121-122 #1-13 odds – 7 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

First, we started with the Verbal section and how to tackle sentence completion problems. Then the students learned how to discover nouns, verbs and adjectives in sentences, as well as how to tell the difference between the different parts of speech. They also learned how to combine this strategy with how to locate supportive clue words that will guide them towards the correct answer in a question, which we learned last week.

Next we moved onto reading comprehension, and students had an opportunity to practice how to identify the topic, main idea, and supporting details within a nonfiction text. Students must remember to underline key words and jot short margin notes that summarize each paragraph. This strategy will help them to determine the main idea of the passage.

Lastly, we discussed quite a few math subjects! We began this section with figuring out which words in a word problem will indicate what kind of equation it will be (such as the word ‘quotient’ indicating a division problem). Next we reviewed estimation (rounding), as well as the differences between the types of rational and irrational numbers. We went over the definitions of factors, multiples, composites and prime numbers, and learned about the commutative, associative and distributive properties through examples.

As always, we encourage you to review the ‘big ideas’ for each section with your student. These takeaways may also include what your child feels they need to study most.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday,  June 14, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 2, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.02.20

Unit 1 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Synonyms List: Emotions on Pg. 7

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 51 – 5 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Remember to practice Active Reading skills. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Passage 1 – pg. 62-63
      • Passage 2 – pg. 64-65
      • Passage 3 – pg. 66-67
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Math

    • Finish math classwork questions on pages 17-18 of the white coursebook (not submitted on GradeCam).
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Operations with Whole Numbers – pg. 104 #1-10 – 10 minutes
      • Order of Operations – pg. 104-105 #1-6 – 6 minutes
      • Rules of Divisibility – pg. 106-107 #1-6 – 6 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

We started with verbal, where we reviewed what a synonym is and how they will be tested on the ISEE. Then, we introduced a list of emotions and their common synonyms. Please have your student either make flashcards or a Quizlet for this word list, as they will be quizzed on them next week. We also discussed sentence completions, and what words can give a clue as to whether a clause is giving us supporting or contrasting information.

We then moved on to reading — specifically, a discussion and exercise in “active reading”. Students discussed what active reading is and how to do it, and then we practiced with a passage about coral reefs.

Lastly, we went over several math topics. We started with a review of PEMDAS. Though most of us were familiar with PEMDAS, we saw that the execution of PEMDAS can be time consuming if we are not well practiced in it! We then discussed different ways of showing multiplication (including parentheses) and division (including fraction form).  We also reviewed the concept of a variable. Lastly, we went over rules of divisibility. This was new for most everyone. They couldn’t believe the trick for finding multiples of 3 and 9!

At the end of each section, students were instructed to write down their “big idea”, which is their biggest takeaway from the lesson. Parents are encouraged to discuss these with students.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday,  June 7, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Welcome! – Posted 05.22.20

Welcome, rising 5th graders and parents!

We have a great class planned, and can’t wait to meet everyone soon! Your family has taken an important step towards achieving on the ISEE. Together, we will build the confidence and the competencies needed for the ISEE and beyond.

The Tutorverse Team is here to provide the framework, instruction, and support needed to make this the rewarding experience it’s designed to be. We also need your help to make this a success. You can help us help you by making sure your student shows up for each and every class (and practice test!), diligently completes the homework, and actively participates in class (ask questions!).

To rising 5th Graders: This course is only 11 weeks, and we have a lot of material to cover! To be successful in this course, you must:

  • Complete all of your homework assignments
  • Complete each practice test
  • Actively participate in each class:
    • Raise your hand! Ask questions!

By doing these things, you will ensure that you well-prepared for the ISEE, and you will be confident when you take the exam this August!

To Parents: We are here to help with your student’s ISEE preparations in any way we can. The high school admissions process can be confusing and stressful, but The Tutorverse is here to help! We make every effort to stay up to date on any changes to the ISEE, as well as the private school admissions process. We’ll be here for you if you have any questions along the way, and we will respond to your emails within one business day.

Important information is included below, so please read it carefully, and bookmark this page for easy access!

Course FAQs

When and where are classes and tests?

Check the calendar above. Our first online class is on Tuesday, June 2, and all online classes will be on Tuesdays from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Both practice tests will be held online and will be live proctored on the following dates and times:

  • Practice Test 1 – Thursday, July 9 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Practice Test 2 – Thursday, August 13 from 9 am – 12 pm

All classes and practice tests will be held online using Zoom.us.

What device/system do I need for online class?

Ideally, students should use a laptop or desktop computer with internet capabilities to log into class. We ask that you test your computer system for compatibility with zoom before your first online class session. This will ensure that we have ample time to support you if you are having technical difficulties. We will not be able to support you with any technical difficulties once the session begins.

Please make sure you have the most up to date version of zoom installed and you have confirmed that your system meets the technical requirements listed here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux.

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties, please reach out to hello@thetutorverse.com or call 646-582-6934 ext. 2 to receive technical support prior to class. Please note that we will not be able to support with technical difficulties once online class sessions begin.

What if I’m late?

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the login link and login password above as soon as you can. Feel free to chat the host of the meeting to jump right into the lesson. We can help catch you up to speed!

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

  • Pencils and an eraser
  • ISEE Lower Workbook (big blue book ordered from Amazon prior to class)
  • ISEE Lower Coursebook (printed and shipped to you from The Tutorverse)
  • a charged laptop or desktop computer with internet connectivity and audio output (speakers, headphones, etc)
  • Login link (found above)
  • Login password (found above)

What if I need to miss a class or practice test?

Let us know as soon as you know that you need to miss class. This will allow us enough time to let the instructor know and to help you develop a plan to study the missed material! In most cases, we will have a video recording of the class session that we can make available to you so you can get the notes and instruction.

If you must miss a practice test, please let us know as soon as possible. We have an Online Testing Tool that you can use to proctor yourself at home on your own time!

Is there homework?

Of course! Showing up for class is important, but just coming to class won’t help. Taking a test – especially one like the ISEE – is an important skill, and like any skill, it can be improved through practice. Homework is a time to practice what we learn in class. The amount of homework increases as we progress through the course. We’ll start off easy, and finish strong. Remember: it’s not just about getting the homework done; it’s about doing it right and practicing what we learn in class.

Parents: we need your help to make sure that students are doing their homework! We will be utilizing a platform called GradeCam, which will allow you to monitor your child’s progress even more closely. GradeCam login information was sent to you in a separate email on 5.22.20.

Homework can be found at the back of the coursebook, online in GradeCam, AND online on this website – the class portal!

How do I submit homework?

For more information on how to use GradeCam to submit homework, please refer to the FAQ linked here.

What happens if a student’s conduct has a negative effect on the learning environment?

A safe, conducive learning environment is paramount. The instructor has the capability to remove an attendee from the online class session if necessary. Please review our class policies to learn more.

What if I still need help?

No problem! Fill out the support ticket below – we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!