Mrs. Williams

lentMarch 19, 2018

Dear Students & Parents,

It sure seems as if the year is flying by! The students have made tremendous progress, but we still have lots to accomplish. I am looking forward to meeting with you all to discuss our goals for the final trimester and how we can best prepare your child for 3rd Grade! Parent/Teacher Conferences are this Thursday after the half day dismissal!   

***Our class will be shopping at the Book Fair on Tuesday morning. This year students will not browse ahead of time, but you can use the flyers that were sent home last week to get an idea of books they are interested in and prices. If you plan to shop with your child during conferences please make sure they know that so they are not disappointed. Thank you.

Important Things to Know This Week
1. There will be a spelling test on Week 24 words on Thursday. This weeks reading activity will also be due on Thursday. This will allow us to enjoy the extra time we've been given on Friday!
2. The Chapter 1 Science Test on All About Plants will be taken on Tuesday morning! Students should use their review packet, notes and textbooks to help them prepare. They MUST know examples from each type of plant environment and what their adaptations are. 
3. As we continue on our Lenten journey this year, I do so hope that students are still filling in their "Heartprints" worksheet. We have something special planned for the end of Lent. 
4. LOOKING AHEAD: Despite the following week being a short one due to the start of the Triduum, we will be taking 2 tests (Math and Social Studies) so that when we return from the vacation we can start with fresh topics. Please refer to the calendar for when this is happening. 

In reading this week we will be:
-reading "Half-Chicken" and "The Lion and the Mouse", which will help us to answer the essential question. We will also focus on the reading skill of cause and effect.
-re-establishing our Daily 3 activities (guided reading, word work, work on writing, listen to reading and read to self/someone). 
-working on differentiated reading activities (iPads and Kids A-Z accounts) designed to help identify students strengths and weaknesses in reading (fluency, comprehension, decoding).
-identifying other stories where cause and effect relationships can be found.
-reading stories about Holy Week and a very special lesson from The Sparkle Egg.

In language arts this week we will be:
-learning about words with the prefixes. Our spelling words will focus on words with prefixes as well. 
-learning more about irregular verbs.
-learning about antonyms.
-revisiting commas.
-writing about times we have felt lucky. 
working on our handwriting skills.

In math, we will be nearing the end of Chapter 8- Length in Customary Units. The test on this topic will be on Tuesday, March 27th. This week we will do a quick review of how to measure using an inch ruler. We will then be learning how to measure in feet, estimate length in both inches and feet, graph measurement data, and determining the correct measurement tool to use in different scenarios.  We will continue to challenge ourselves to improve our math fact skills with 5-minute challenges; our goal will be to always improve our old scores. Although our addition/subtraction with regrouping chapters are completed, these skills will continue to be assessed so students should keep practicing at home!   

In science we will be reviewing Chapter 1 - All About Plants.  This week our focus will be on reviewing the different types of plants and their adaptations that help them survive.  We will continue to build in STEM activities. By working in a cooperative group, students will create structures that could be used to block water from flowing. Multi-disciplinary thinking will be necessary in order for them to be successful!  

In Social Studies we have completed Unit 4 - Our Country Today. This unit provided students with a better understanding of the different parts of our government system and how they work to improve the lives of the people who live in this country. This week will be devoted to reviewing the leaders, characteristics, jobs and responsibilities of local, state and federal governments. We will also review how citizens vote for their leaders. A review packet, notebooks, and textbooks will be sent home beginning Tuesday to prepare for the upcoming Unit 4 Test on Tuesday, March 27th.

In religion we will be working on Chapter 20 - Lent. In this chapter the children will be reminded that Lent is a season for preparing. It is the season of preparation for the celebration of Easter, the greatest feast of the Church Year.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at any time or call/leave a message at school (516-432-8900).  

Mrs. Williams

Mondays -  SPANISH
Tuesdays - GYM

Wednesdays - ART

Thursdays - MUSIC