May 1, 2017
Dear Students & Parents,
Congratulations to all of the students who received their First Holy Communion this past Saturday! I am so proud of them and was honored to be a part of their special day. In a few short weeks, the remaining students in our class will receive First Holy Communion at OLMM and we cannot wait!
This week we will begin to prepare for our upcoming May Crowning Mass - students will find out what parts/jobs they will have early next week. For this week we will concentrate on discussing the overall Mass and beginning to learn the Hail Mary in sign language. :-)
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. If your child didn't bring in their April Reading Log last week, please send it this week.
2. A spelling test on Week 28 words plus a grammar and comprehension 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 were sent home last week to provide ample time to prepare. Textbooks may be kept at home until the day of the test. A copy of class notes is also posted under Test Resources - we had a number of absences and vacations throughout this chapter so it very possible a section of notes might be missing from their notebooks.
4. The Chapter 10 Math Test will be given on Friday. This chapter covered recording data, reading graphs and creating graphs. Students will be expected to do all of this on this assessment, including giving titles and labels for parts of the graph. Please double check their homework each night to ensure they aren't missing a step.
5. We will be celebrating Earth Day on Friday. It is a $1 Dress Down Day, but please select outfits that can get dirty. Planting, mixing soil, etc. is a very messy job. Despite the weather getting warmer, please keep in mind the dress code.
In reading this week we will be:
-reading "Yeh-Shen" and "Cinderella" - the reading focus will be on how to order the events to enhance comprehension. We will also complete a venn diagram to compare/contrast the two stories. Next month we will be focusing on fractured fairy tales, so this weeks activities will be our starting point.
-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).
In language arts this week we will be:
-learning about another sound made by /ou/ - our spelling words will focus on this spelling pattern.
-learning more about how to form possessive nouns.
-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 finishing Chapter 10 - Data Strategies. This chapter will expand on the previous knowledge students have of graphs and how to interpret data. Last week we collected data using random samples of students, learned how to interpret picture and bar graphs, and began to learn how to create a graph. This week we will continue to create graphs based on data in tally charts. Students will be responsible for giving their graphs a title, labeling each axis and plotting the data they collect. The Chapter 10 Math test will be given on Friday.
In science we will continue to review 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. Our toad eggs have arrived and we have many active tadpoles swimming around their aquariums. This week we will transfer them to a larger tank to continue to observe their life cycle. 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 finishing 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 we remember and honor the early Americans. We will tie in resources from Scholastic and Discovery Education to enhance student understanding of the development of our country. At the end of the week, students will bring home a review sheet, notes and textbook to begin preparing for the assessment. This will be our final social studies test this year!! :-)
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 Jesus prayed and the way prayer brings us closer to God. 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).
SPECIAL SCHEDULE (Class 2-1):
Mondays - SPANISH
Tuesdays - GYM
Wednesdays - ART
Thursdays - MUSIC
Fridays - LIBRARY/COMPUTER