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Week of April 4th

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week our class will finish reading No Talking by Andrew Clements. This is a great book about fifth grade students deciding to hold a no talking contest: girls vs boys. Who will win? And how will the students get through school without talking at all? Through this book we will focus on self to text connections and character traits as the author does a great job making the characters come to life.

Writing – Our class will work on our Opinion writing unit this month. Students will come up with an opinion they feel strongly about and develop reasons (based on fact) to support their opinion. This week students will develop their conclusions to leave the reader with a lasting impression of their topic. We will continue to have debates in class about specific topics.

Math – This week we will wrap up chapter 15: Multiplication of 3 and 4 times tables. Students should study these facts (and 2, 5 and 10 from earlier in the year) until they are fully committed to memory. If these facts are fully memorized students should work on 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables. We will have a test on this chapter on Wednesday this week.

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 2: New York City Over Time focusing on Working and Living in New York City. Important vocabulary: factory, performer, tourism.

Science – Students will work on chapter 4: Living and Nonliving things. WE will focus on what animals and plants need. Important vocabulary for this unit: living, nonliving, oxygen, survive, shelter, nutrients.

Spelling Words
No spelling words this week

Important Dates!

· Thursday April 7th- Bowling ($8 for students and $8 for chaperones)
· Friday April 15th – Prospect Park Zoo Field Trip ($5 for students and $8 for chaperones) · Monday April 25-Friday April 29th- Spring Break: No School

Reminders/Miscellaneous

· The second grade has started TADA! Our class has TADA each Monday at 10:35-11:20am.
· We now have a short yoga session (with HOSH yoga) in class on Mondays at 1:45-2pm! · If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.