Mrs. Williams

lent April 23, 2018

Dear Students & Parents,

We are approaching a very busy time in the life of a second grader! This week we will begin to discuss our upcoming May Crowning Mass and continue to prepare students for the Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist. Please be sure that all Communion Banners have been turned in to the respective Churches on or before their due dates. 
Our new "Reading Pockets" activities are off to a great start! New activities will be distributed on Monday and are due again on Friday. Don't forget that these activities do not take the place of Read 20 min and that students should be recording what they read on their April logs each night. :-)   

Important Things to Know This Week
**RUVNA fees are due! The cost is $8/per child. If you sent this in with a sibling, could you please let me know that either by email or a quick note. Thank you!
1. A spelling test on Week 27 words will be given on Friday. There will also be a phonics and grammar quiz as well. 
2. Reading pocket activities are due on Friday too! April Reading Logs are expected to be turned in this Friday as well.
3. Scholastic Book orders are due by Tuesday, April 24th! Don't forget to use the $5 coupon for a free book! These expire at the end of the month.
4. The Mothers/Fathers Day Sale shopping will be on Wednesday, April 25th. If you would like your child to purchase small gifts there, please send in money in a sealed envelope with a list of whom they should be shopping for!

In reading this week we will be:
-reading "The Dog That Dug For Dinosaurs" and "La Brea Tar Pits" which continue to allow us to explore the fantasy genre. The reading skill focus this week will be a review of identifying facts and opinions.
 -expanding 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).
-exploring the fractured fairy tale genre.

In language arts this week we will be:
-learning about the sound made by /oo/. Please practice our words nightly with your child. 
-reviewing contractions.
-learning about adverbs.
-writing about what Spring brings and using our sense to support our opinions.
working on our handwriting skills.

In math, we will be starting Chapter 10 - Data and Graphing. This unit will allow students to learn different ways of representing data. We will begin by learning how to collect data and create tally charts. We will then move on to reading information from a picture graph, followed by creating our own picture graphs from data collected from students. 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.   

In science we will be finishing Chapter 3 - Plants and Animals Need Each Other. This chapter was an excellent companion to our Reading/ELA work and our Frog life cycle. This week we will be reading about how plants and animals help one another.  We will then complete the review packet together as a class. Students will bring these, their notebooks and textbooks home beginning on Weds. to begin studying from. We will also continue to build in STEM activities. By working in a cooperative group, students will gather materials from nature needed in order to create a Nature Pet(if the weather ever gets warm enough for us to dig in the dirt!). Don't worry, these will not be going home with them! :-) Multi-disciplinary thinking will be necessary in order for them to be successful!  

In Social Studies we will continue to work on Unit 5- Our Country Long Ago! Last week we learned about the creation of the colonies and how the original 13 colonies formed one country. This week we will be reading about how our country continued to grow. In addition to map skills, we will also be learning how to read information from a time line. Extra Credit activity coming soon! 

In religion we will be working on Chapter 24 - We Pray. In Chapter 23 the children learned about belonging to a parish community and about Church leadership. In this chapter they will learn about the way prayer brings us closer to God. The following topics will guide our discussions: 
-Prayer keeps us close to God.
-Jesus prayed to God his Father.
-Jesus teaches us to pray.
-We pray as Jesus did.

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