2 nd Grade
FALLing into learning!
For Reading Workshop, we will be continuing our studies on taking charge of our reading by deciding
what types of books we will read and how we will read the books. We will be focusing on reading fictional
texts. The students will continue to make predictions, build reading stamina, read longer phrases, and
keep tabs on comprehension, use post-its while reading to track ideas/thoughts, solve tricky words, and
determine the author’s craft (writing style) and what the author is trying to teach the reader. It is
important for your child to use a variety of strategies while reading to decode (solve) tricky and/or
unfamiliar words. Your child should be reading fiction texts for homework each night. It is important to
continue reading fiction books because it will help to build their reading stamina and comprehension.
For Writing Workshop, we will continue to work on writing Personal Narratives. The students will
need to select a topic that means a lot to them and organize their writing across various pages. The
students will need to include descriptive details and words to help the readers envision the experience as
if they were there also. The class will study a variety of mentor texts to show examples of author’s craft
and purpose for writing the stories. Then, the students will need to utilize these strategies within their
own writing. The students will self-assess and set goals for themselves by using the Narrative Rubric and
Checklist. Attached is the rubric and checklist for this unit. Students will need to be in charge of their
writing by editing and revising according to their tools (checklist and rubrics).
In Math, we will be launching Chapter 2 Go Math, which focuses on using place value to model, write,
and compare 3-digit numbers. The students will be able to use blocks to show a 3-digit number, as well as
write a 3-digit number in different ways. Also, students will be able to use place value to help them
compare 3-digit numbers. The vocabulary words your children will need to understand for this unit are
compare, digit, is equal, is greater than, is less than, hundred, tens, and thousand. After each chapter, the
students will take a chapter assessment. You can help your child prepare for the chapter assessment by
reviewing class work and the chapter review in the back of the GO Math work book. The children should
review the work we have done in class every night for homework. A great resource to use while helping
your child is the Student Resource book.
In Social Studies, we will be focusing on Our Community’s Geography. Our focus question is:
“How does geography influence where people live and why?” Within this unit, we will be continuing our
unit on Our Community’s Geography. The students will learn the different types of maps and their
purpose. To show direction, the students will learn the cardinal (North, South, East, West) and
intermediate directions (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast), and use those terms to locate
places on a map. We will also be studying physical and political maps, noticing the similarities and
differences between the two. Within this unit, your child will be able to locate states, countries,
continents, and hemispheres. Additionally, we will be focusing on New York City’s location on a map, the
boroughs within, and the information we can gather based on the map. Additionally, we will be learning
about the different types of communities (urban, rural and suburban). Additionally, we will be
conducting engaging and interactive lessons on the importance and safety procedures during fire drills,
lockdowns, and shelter-ins. They will learn key vocabulary words (ex: evacuation, safety) as well as
protocol during emergency situations.
Homework is assigned on a nightly basis. Please make sure to check your child’s folder as well as
planner each night. The children should be reading for 25 minutes and logging their books, as well as
time spent reading on their reading logs. Please check that your child is completing the reading log
accurately as this is a reading routine. While reading, your child should continue to use post-its to track
their thinking and events within the story. Additionally, students are expected to complete a current
events assignment every 2 weeks to help keep them informed about the world around us. Homework is
critical for students understanding as it is practice of the material covered in class. Missing/incomplete
assignments must be made up. Three or more missing assignments will result in your child missing the
next class trip.
- Class trip is on 11/6/17 to Historic Richmond Town. Please sign and return the slips.
- Any money for school (trips, lunch, book orders, etc.) MUST be in a labeled envelope.
- Current Events is due every 2 weeks. (First due date is 10/11/17.)
- Every Thursday is Pretzel Day.
- Please remember that your child needs to wear sneakers for physical education.
- Schools will be closed on 10/9/17.
- Parent Engagement Tuesdays are from 2:45-3:15pm
- Please keep in mind the importance of your child’s attendance and timely arrival to school every
October Third Grade Newsletter
We are starting a new month, and it is jammed pack with lots of new and exciting things. Please continue to encourage your child to read and log at home for at least 30 minutes each night to help build stamina. Also be sure that you’re checking & signing your child’s planner each night to see that they have completed their homework. Encourage your child to have an “editors eye” and pay close attention to grade appropriate spelling words and proper punctuation!
Reading Unit: Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise
As we wrap up our Building a Reading Life unit Mid October will being with our mystery unit- Foundational Skills in Disguise. This unit provides an opportunity to hook readers into new series—many of which, at levels K-O, are mostly plot driven—while also giving children a chance to practice the foundational skills they need at the start of third grade. This unit revisits some of the foundational reading work of our previous and deepens children’s literal comprehension before the more analytical comprehension work begins. What you can do at home: Make sure your child is reading each night. Encourage your child to read their “just right books.” Join in by reading their book too and start a conversation!
Writing: The Art of Informational Writing:
In this unit your child will generate ideas to select a topic of expertise for a writing piece. They will use prior knowledge to inform others on what they know a lot about. They will study non-fiction topics and write informational pieces about these topics. Your child will research at least 3 subtopics/chapters about their chosen topic. They will gather and organize their information as they planned to publish their writing. What you can do at home: You can visit your local library and find books on your child’s chosen topic. You can help them locate online and age appropriate resources too. Please make sure your child completes the reading and research at home. We will focus on the writing at school Goals: • Writers will learn how to produce clear, well-organized essays that demonstrate understanding of a topic. • Writers will demonstrate how to take notes to record data, facts and ideas.
GO Math! Represent and Interpret Data:
There are two stages in working with data. The first stage focuses on the data—what to collect and how to collect it. The second stage is representation—how to best represent the data collected. Children will be engaged in collecting and representing data. They will learn to read, interpret and create bar graphs, pictographs (picture-graphs), frequency tables, tally charts and line plots . You can read our online parent letter at our website www.ps.38.org . http://www.abcya.com/fuzz_bugs_graphing.htm, https://www.mathgames.com/graphing, http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/math-games/bugs-in-the-system/,https://jr.brainpop.com/science/beascientist/tallychartsandbargraphs/picturemaker/ are just a few of the great websites that make math fun and engaging! Please share your favorite with the class! Continue to have your child practice their multiplication tables!
Social Studies: World Geography
In this unit, students continue to look at the world through the lenses of geographers. They are learning to interpret maps and see how physical features and climate affect human settlement. Towards the end of the unit we will touch upon elements of culture. What you can do at home: Explore your neighborhood. Use Google maps and try to locate important places in your neighborhood. Find the GPS coordinates. Download the Geocaching App and go on a scavenger hunt with your family! Goals: Students are able to name and locate continents and oceans on maps. Students will be able to understand how physical features and climate support human settlement. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids-world-atlas/maps.html, http://www.maps4kids.com/, https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/map-skills/ are some sites to interest your child about geography.
- Please refer to the Parent PS 38 handbook regarding our dress code. The weather stays surprisingly warm however short shorts and thin straps are not allowed.
- Remember to wear sneakers on gym days .
- IF you are absent please call the school or your homework buddy for the HW. All work must be made up. Reading is done nightly. Math hw can be found on www.thinkcentral. Word study sheet is on our website.
- Parents please provide a note if your child is to be picked up early for any reason or is not taking the bus.
- Please return all trip slips/library card forms ASAP! Thank you!
Third Grade Teachers!
We would like to inform you of the units of study that we will be focusing on in October.
For the first two weeks in Reading Workshop, we will be continuing to analyze characters during our mini lessons and the strategies learned are to be used while the children are independently reading a book. While the children are reading, they are to be thinking about characters and their actions. They should be examining characters’ dialogue and actions and thinking why the character is speaking or acting that way. The children should also look at character relationships in order to understand their characters. We are steering the children away from retelling the story. They should be jotting down ideas that they are thinking as they are reading intensely.
We will be monitoring the students’ book baggies to ensure they move through reading levels at a steady pace. The book baggie should include two books on their independent level, one book on an instructional level (one level higher than independent), one nonfiction book, and one book for enjoyment.
For the second half of the month we will be reading and learning with intensity. The children should be summarizing expository texts (Nonfiction) by identifying the big ideas and supporting details, looking at the ways that authors have structured the text, and building theories based on their research.
In Writing Workshop, we will be continuing Realistic Fiction for the first two weeks. For the second half of writing we will begin our unit in Personal and Persuasive Essay: “Boxes and Bullets” and Argument Structures for Essays. They will need to create a well developed thesis statement, develop boxes and bullets in paragraphs with several examples, and include supporting stories and interviews to develop their ideas. The pieces will be looked at with the following lens:
- Structure: The piece should be organized and structured.
- Elaboration/Show Don’t Tell: The piece should include details and include meaningful dialogue, internal thinking and actions. Characters should be well developed.
- Craft: The piece should include voice and descriptive words in order to help make the reader make a movie in their mind.
- Meaning and Significance: The piece should have an ending that makes the reader realize why the story was important.
In Math, we will be working on Chapter 2 in Go Math, which focuses on multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers. Some examples might include:
Draw a model and write an equation.
6 times as many as 2 is 12.
The children should review the work we have done in class every night for homework. The students will also be expected to use problem solving to answer an open ended question that will be due at the end of the month.
Also, continue reviewing multiplication tables with your child.
In Social Studies, we will be continuing our unit on the Geography of New York. The students will be assigned a project due on October 17th. (Information is available on google Classroom and will be sent home) The second half of the month, the children will be examining the lives of certain Native Americans in New York State through a variety of fun and interactive experiences. We will be visiting the Staten Island Museum in November to participate in a Lenape seminar. In addition, children should be completing their Current Events on the first Friday of the month (October 6th). This can be done on loose leaf or by logging on to google classroom.
We are enjoying working with your children. Please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your child’s progress or to discuss ideas that would enhance your child’s education. In addition, we have reviewed the Safety Protocol and Respect for All policies in class and would appreciate if you discuss and reinforcement them at home.
Mrs. Federico, Mrs. Tutrone, Mrs.Pitera, and Mrs. Matusiewicz
Important Dates to Remember:
Picture Day is October 3rd
Current Events is due October 6th
Social Studies Project is due October 17th
5th Grade October Parent Letter
The students are moving along very nicely, and great things have evolved in the fifth grade. Here is a quick summary of what your child will be studying in the month of October.
Reading: Tackling Complexity, Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction
Math: Chapter 2 Divide Whole Numbers and Chapter 3 Add and Subtract Decimals
Social Studies: Geography and Early Societies of the Western Hemisphere
Science:Space Systems : Stars and the Solar System
Unit Name: Tackling Complexity, Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction
During this unit students will read a variety of nonfiction texts and work to integrate information in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. They will also collect resources, vocabulary, and essential questions for their topic. Finally students will prepare a seminar that captures their learning and understanding of their topic. Attached you will find the self- assessment rubric we use to demonstrate what qualities student writing about reading work should contain at grade levels 3 through 5.These levels reflect end of year aspirations, and show what students should be working towards. For example, a fifth grade student response should contain all the level 4 elements, and we are teaching students how to raise the quality of their writing about reading to include elements of the level 5 column.
Unit Name: Journalism
Students will write short focused news articles about events. They will write about events happening in the world around them. Students will engage in inquiry walks around the school, record events that happen in the yard or at home. students will take quick notes as they watch the events to write quick pieces. The focus will be on structuring their with the most important facts up front and on using the language and tone of journalists (“witnesses claim….”, “Apparently, this started when…”). Students will also write short event reports on current events. Students will choose a piece to take through a final round of revisions and edits.
students will work to draw on all they have already learned about information writing to write feature articles to teach readers about topics. They’ll see how this writing is similar and different to the quick event reporting they have just done. Students will research and gather information about their topic in many ways--interview, conduct surveys, make observations--as well as engage in some research from text-based sources. You’ll especially reinforce teaching about categorizing information and organizing writing. The unit will end with students publishing their feature articles and celebrating their journey as journalists.
Critical Area: Fluency with Whole Numbers and Decimals
Chapter 2 Divide Whole Numbers
In this chapter students will be improving their division skills. Students will learn to divide with one and two digit divisors, how to use the partial quotients algorithm, how to estimate quotients with 2 digit divisors, and how to interpret remainders.
Space Systems : Stars and the Solar System
In this unit students will observe and describe the apparent motions of the Sun, moon, and stars to recognize predictable patterns. [ Examples of patterns could include that the Sun and moon appear to move across the sky in a predictable pathway; day and night follow predictable patterns; seasons change in a pattern; the moon’s shape appears to change in a cyclical pattern; and stars other than our Sun can be visible at night depending on local weather conditions.]
Students will ask questions, make observations, and collect and record data using simple instruments to recognize patterns about how local weather conditions change daily and seasonally. [Emphasis is on daily weather conditions recorded over a period of time and how those conditions impact student activities and what clothes they wear. Examples of local weather conditions could include cloud cover (sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, foggy), precipitation (no precipitation, snow, hail, rain), wind (no wind, some wind, strong wind), and temperature (cold, cool, warm, hot).] Students will Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
Geography and Early Societies of the Western Hemisphere
By the end of this unit students will be able to describe and compare societies in the Western Hemisphere, use maps and archaeological evidence to examine migration routes, form a hypothesis about the geological processes that shaped the Western Hemisphere and use evidence to support it. Students will also be able to compare and contrast native groups and how they adapted to their environments, as well as analyze accomplishments of early peoples and how they affected the development of the Western Hemisphere.
Ways You Can Support Your Child at Home:
- Have your child read to you at home, and ask them questions about the chapter book they are reading.
- Practice multiplication and division fact families.
- Review math vocabulary flash cards from the chapter at least 2x per week.
Helpful and Informative Websites: Check out these websites for tips, strategies, and ways you can help your child at home.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and please refer to it throughout October. If you have any questions, please feel free to send in a note, or call the school.
Mrs. Fuchs, Ms. Hurley and Mrs. Clifford
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