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!
Extra, Extra---Read All About the Fourth Grade Curriculum!!
We would like to inform you of the units of study that we will be focusing on in November.
In Reading Workshop, we will be working on Nonfiction with a focus on weather. The students will continue to identify central ideas and supporting textual evidence, analyze how different texts are structured, think about the author’s intent and craft, and build theories based on their research.
Children should be reading both fiction and nonfiction for homework each night. It is important to continue reading fiction books because they build reading stamina and support the character work we have done. In addition, they should be reading informational and literary nonfiction to develop reading skills in this genre as well. The children should be referring to their Nonfiction Rubric when reading to assess themselves. At this point the children should be reading at a Level Q/R and completing 2- 3 books a week.
In Writing Workshop, we will be continuing to write 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 children have a copy of the Checklist and Rubric in their Current Writing Folder.
In Math, we will be completing Chapter 3 in Go Math, which focuses on multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers for the rest of November. The students will use place value to multiply the
tens, use estimation to determine whether or not the product is reasonable, and use different strategies to model multiplication. Then, we will begin Chapter 4, which will focus on division. The children will need to strengthen their skills in order to problem solve multistep problems. The children should review the work we have done in class every night for homework.
19 x 28
19x 28 = (10+9) x (20+8)
= (10x 20) + (10 x 8) + (9x 20) + (9x8)
= 200 + 80 + 180 + 72
Also, continue reviewing multiplication tables with your child.
In Social Studies, we will be focusing on Native Americans. Our goals will include analyzing the relationship between different Native American tribes by looking at the settlements, and how they use natural resources to meet their basic needs. We have a class trip planned on November 21st to the Staten Island Museum.
During Science with Mrs. Frisz, the children are working on Fossils and the Processes that Shape the Earth.
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. We look forward to discussing your child’s individual progress at our Parent Teacher Conference on November 16th.
November 7th - Election Day = No school
November 10th- PALP
November 14th- 4th grade Parent Workshop =Math @2:45pm
November 16th- PTC
November 21st- 4th grade trip to the SI Museum @10am
November 23rd-24th- Thanksgiving break= No School
Mrs. Federico, Mrs. Tutrone, Mrs. Pitera, and Mrs. Matusiewicz
The George Cromwell School
421 Lincoln Ave
Staten Island, NY 10306
Nancy Murillo, Principal
Teuta Ulaj, Assistant Principal
5th Grade December Newsletter 2017
We hope all is well with you all, and it was wonderful to see you all during Parent Teacher Conferences. The students are moving along very nicely, and great things have evolved in the fifth grade. Here is a quick review of some of the learning activities your child has been engaged in since the start of the school year.
Reading: Reading Differently to Write About Your Reading
Writing: Literary Essay
Math: Multiplying Decimals and Divide Decimals
Science: Space Systems : Stars and the Solar System
Social Studies: Case study of Canada (centers)- Geography and Early Societies of the Western Hemisphere
Below you will find an overview of what your child will be engaged in during the month of December.
Reading Differently to Write About Your Reading
During this unit we are learning to read differently to get ready to write about our reading. Students will analyze parts of a story in relation to the whole. They will analyze author’s craft. Students will determine multiple themes of a text and compare and contrast story elements and themes.
During this unit we are learning to read closely and write structured, evidence-based interpretive essays—including a compare and contrast essay. Students will develop possible thesis statements based off of our thinking about the literary texts we have read. They will craft a clear, strong thesis statement, underline and unpack text evidence by explaining the connection it has to the thesis. Students will use the boxes and bullets structure to organize thinking. They will edit, and publish a literary essay,self-assess their published piece based on rubric, checklist, and mentor text. They will also identify goals for future work (e.g., in contrast, especially). As writers, they will provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
Chapter 4: Multiplying Decimals
During this unit students will look for patterns in order to place decimal points in the product. They will also learn how to use a model to multiply a whole number and a decimal and use expanded form and place value to multiply a decimal and whole number.
Base 10 blocks or grid paper can be used to model decimal multiplication.
Chapter 5: Dividing Decimals
The children will attain a better understanding of the place value system and perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths. By the end of the unit, they will be able to multiply decimals as well as, estimating, and practice problem solving through the usage of the decimal system.
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.
Canada Case Study -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. How do key forces and events shape a nation?
December is a great time to add to your home library – books make a great gift during the holiday season. Here are some fun book suggestions from December’s Book Order:
Football Superstars, Harry Potter Collection, Jurassic Survival Guide, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Reminders: If you have not done so already, please remember that senior dues of $90 is due to the PTA.
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.
- Refer to the Go Math Book to help your child with math homework, or to review math concepts you might be unfamiliar with. Students can reread the essential questions from the day’s lesson to help with the homework or review for the chapter test.
Websites of the Month: 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 December. If you have any questions, please feel free to send in a note, or call the school.
We hope you enjoy this time spent with family and friends; best wishes for a joyous holiday season!
Mrs. Clifford, Mrs. Fuchs and Ms. Hurley
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