Thursday, September 14, 2017

1st 9 weeks-week 4

Dear Family,
We will have our vision and hearing screening tomorrow.  If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them with them in the morning.  

Next week...
Math:  We will introduce the addition sign and reinforce the skill of counting-on with one and counting on with two with various Origo activities and games.  Spiral skills from Kinder will include using comparative language to describe the relationship of numbers based on Place Value and counting collections efficiently.  

Science: This week we will begin our unit on Changes from Heat. Students will learn about the effect adding or removing heat has on objects/materials through hands on exploration and teacher demonstrations.

Integrated SS: This week we will continue our Good Citizen PBL lessons.

Reading: This week poses one of the more challenging weeks in terms of reading skills taught throughout the year.  Students will be introduced to Inferring.   Inferring is very similar to predicting, yet so vastly different.  It is making meaning of the text based on what is read (and understood) while using established background knowledge (schemas) to gain a deeper meaning of what lies beyond the pages of the book.  On the other hand, making predictions is using ONLY the information derived from the text itself (and bringing nothing more).  Students will gain valuable practice and insight into inferring through the use of a variety of books that will activate their background knowledge and present them with opportunities to make connections and form meaning to what is read

Writing: Through the use of literature (Punctuation Takes A Vacation) and authentic practice/writing, students will be introduced to the use of ending punctuation in writing.  This week’s focus will be on the period, question mark, and exclamation point.  Students will explore and discover how each “end mark” plays a special role within their writing, as well as when reading someone else’s writing.  They will come to understand that a period is used when one statement has come to an end and a new one is about to begin.  When reading, a period signals to the reader to pause briefly to collect their thoughts and continue to make meaning of what they’re reading.  With a questions mark, it’s always used when a questions is being asked of or to someone or something.  In both reading and writing an exclamation mark is used at the end of a statement to show excitement. Students will also be introduced to capitalization of proper names, places, and beginning of sentences.

Phonics: Students will be reintroduced to long and short vowels over the next several weeks.  This week’s focus is on Short E and Long E.  Students will be hearing, seeing, and have practice writing various words that contain the different sounds of E.  They will also gain a further understanding into the “why?” the different sounds are made and how that sound changes words and their meanings.

Campus Announcements…

Registration for Math Pentathlon club is now open and will close at 9PM Friday Sept 15. Please use this link to obtain information about Math Pentathlon and begin the registration process: .
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Thank you!

Important Dates:
  • Sept. 27 Mrs Troccoli absent-attending Science Curriculum Collaborative Meeting
  • Sept. 29  Fall Pictures
  • Oct. 6 Mrs. Troccoli’s class will have a substitute teacher from 11:30 AM to dismissal
  • Oct. 9-10 No School for students

Library books are due every Tuesday and RAZ Kids reading assignments every Friday (starting next week).

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