Mrs. Williams

risen    April 24, 2017

Dear Students & Parents,

Hope everyone had a fantastic vacation! I can't wait to hear all of the stories that I am sure they will be busting at the seams to tell. It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of our school year and there is still so much to do.
This week we will certainly be concentrating on preparing for the upcoming First Holy Communions. The students will once again practice receiving the Body of Christ. Please discuss/prepare with your child if you plan on having them receive the Blood of Christ as well. 

Important Things to Know This Week
**Don't forget to check, sign and return their Friday folders. 
1. A reading pocket activity will be due on Friday. April reading logs are also due on Friday. 
2. A spelling test on Week 27 words plus a vocabulary and phonics quiz will be given on Friday.
3. The Chapter 3 Science Test will be given on Thursday, May 4th. A completed review packet, as well as, their notes and textbook will be sent home early this week to provide ample time to prepare. A copy of class notes will be posted under Test Resources also.

In reading this week we will be:
-reading "The Dog that Dug for Dinosaurs" and "La Brea Tar Pits" - both stories require students to identify facts and opinions to best comprehend what they are reading. 
-participating in our Daily 3 activities (guided reading, word work, work on writing, listen to reading and read to self/someone). 
-working on differentiated reading activities designed to help students improve their weakest areas (fluency, comprehension, decoding).
-reading with a focus on text and graphic features in the content areas. 

In language arts this week we will be:
-learning about another sound made by /oo/ - our spelling words will focus on this spelling pattern.
-learning about adverbs.
-reviewing the use of shades of meaning in various words.
-reviewing nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
-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 starting Chapter 10 - Data Strategies. This chapter will expand on the previous knowledge students have of graphs and how to interpret data.  We will begin by collecting data using random samples of students, learning how to interpret picture and bar graphs, and how to create a graph. Students will be responsible for giving their graphs a title, labeling each axis and plotting the data they collect. This chapter is very short so we will supplement with additional graphing opportunities. Please check over their homework each night carefully so that they do not forget any of the required steps or labels.    


In science we will be reviewing Chapter 3 - How Plants and Animals Live Together.  This unit introduced students to some of the ways that living things have learned to inhabit the same spaces and how they are dependent on one another.  This week we will be reading about how plants and animals help one another and then review each of the lessons in-depth to refresh our memories.  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! This years Science curriculum is chock full of nature-based exploration and learning. We will once again be visiting The Waterfront Center in June to apply all that we have learned this year! More information about this field trip will be sent home in early May. 

In Social Studies we will be working on Unit 5 - Our Country Long Ago! In this unit we will be learning about how our country developed dating back to the First Americans. This week we will be reading about how our country grew and how to gather information from a time line. We will tie in resources from Scholastic and Discovery Education to enhance student understanding of the development of our country. 

In religion we will be working on Chapter 23 - The Church Lives Today. In Chapter 22 the children learned that everyone is called by God to love and serve him. In this chapter the children will focus on today's church. The following topics will guide our discussions:
-Catholics belong to parish communities.
-Bishops lead and serve the Church.
-The pope is the leader of the Church.
-The Church is in every part of the world. 

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