Mrs. Williams

lent    March 27, 2017

Dear Students & Parents,
This week we will once again gather as a school for a short prayer service on Tuesday afternoon, but we will be joined by a very special visit - Bishop Barres! Throughout our journey through Lent, we will participate in various readings and activities within our classroom. This week we will focus on how we can walk in Jesus' footsteps.
Despite moving onto a new math topic, students should continue to practice time and money concepts at home. In class we will be revisiting addition and subtraction with regrouping in combination with our next topic of measurement. These skills should be mastered by the end of second grade to ensure they are ready for when 3rd grade expands on them next year. You will find a list of apps posted under Useful Links.

Important Things to Know This Week:
**Don't forget to check, sign and return their Friday folders. 
1. The Chapter 8 Math Test on Measurement will be given on Wednesday morning. 
2. The fourth and final reading activity for March is due on Friday. Beginning next week, students will be bringing home Reading Pocket activities as discussed at conferences. The monthly reading log will still be expected to be completed however!  
3. A spelling test on Week 25 words plus a grammar and comprehension quiz will be on Friday. 
4. The Unit 4 S.S. Test will be given on Tuesday, March 28th. A review sheet, notes and textbook will begin to home on Wednesday night for studying purposes. 

In reading this week we will be:
-reading "From Seed to Plant"  - Students will be working on identifying the text and graphic features found in the text. This skill will carry over into our guided reading activities as well. 
-participating in our Daily 3 activities (guided reading, word work, work on writing, listen to reading and read to self/someone). 
-improving our reading fluency by orally reading to a partner. Students will select cards with fluency challenges.  
-working on differentiated reading activities designed to help students improve their weakest areas (fluency, comprehension, decoding).

In language arts this week we will be:
-learning about the phonetic sound made by /au/, /aw/, /a/, /o/ and /al/ -  this weeks spelling words will focus on this skill.
-learning more about irregular action verbs.
-reviewing antonyms. 
-writing about various Lenten topics.
-expanding our vocabulary skills by learning new words in our Wordly Wise book. These activities will be done in guided lessons with the students then applying their understanding to short stories with a partner. 
-working on our handwriting skills. 

In math, we will be finishing Chapter 8 - Length in Customary Units. This chapter expanded on prior knowledge of measurement in inches and feet. It will help students to answer the essential question: What are some of the methods and tools that can be used to estimate and measure length? Last week we used a standard inch ruler to measure, added and subtracted measurements, learned how to measure and estimate in feet and discussed how to choose the appropriate tool to measure. This week we will working on displaying measurement data and reviewing all of the newly learned measuring techniques introduced in this chapter. The test on Chapter 8 will be given on Wednesday! At the end of the week we will begin Chapter 9 - Measuring in Metric Units. 


In science we will be starting Chapter 3 - How Plants and Animals Live Together.  This unit will introduce to students some of the ways that living things have learned to inhabit the same spaces and how they are dependent on one another.  We will begin by taking a look at the new vocabulary and then review all of the things that plants and animals need to survive. We will also start to prepare for the arrival of our Animal Study Kit - Life Cycle of a Toad!!!! If anyone has an empty aquarium that we could borrow for a couple of months, please let me know. Our toadlets need lots of space! 

In Social Studies we will be reviewing Unit 4 - Our Country Today. This unit focused on the parts of government and how our country is run. We will be reading about important historical figures in government and learn how to locate information in a table. Students were sent home with a review packet, notes and their textbook to study from. In class on Monday, we will do another short review. Later in the week we will begin Unit 5 - Our Country Long Ago! In this unit we will be learning about how our country developed dating back to the First Americans. 

In religion we will be working on Chapter 22 - God Calls Us to Love and Serve. In Chapter 19 the children learned about sharing God's  love with others. In this chapter the children will learn that everyone is called by God to love and serve him. The following topics will guide our discussions:
-We are called by God.
-Married people and single people are called by God.
-Priests are called by God.
-Religious sisters and brothers are called by God.
We will also remember that during Lent we remember all that Jesus did to save us. We will continue to get ready for the celebration of Easter and the new life that Jesus brings to us. 

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