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Homework Sheet for the Week of January 8th

Hi Parents,

On Monday we are finally having our field trip to The Museum of Interesting Things! Here is the homework for the upcoming week.

There is a Math test on Thursday. A test review sheet will be coming home today if you would like to start working on studying in advance. We have not yet done Mental Subtraction and will pick up with this topic on Tuesday.

Also, we are going to be doing a little in-class project for the bulletin board and I’m going to need your help collecting materials. The children will need to continue being researchers, now in Social Studies, picking a neighborhood within NYC to learn more about. They will be bringing home their Social Studies Textbook today, so you may browse the content we’ve been learning about pertaining to NYC and begin brainstorming possible neighborhoods. We are soon ending our NYC unit and beginning with Communities, so I would like this project to combine both of the topics. The students will pick a New York City neighborhood different from the one they live in. I would like them to use the Who, What, Where, When and Why graphic organizer (for Tuesday’s homework) to discuss who lives (or have lived there), what exists there (a famous landmark, restaurant, store, etc.), where is it located (using north, south, east, west, central) and any other info. They may collect images from the internet or any picture from a magazine that will help to represent what they’re trying to convey (Thursday’s homework). If all else fails, they will be able to draw a picture. If you need assistance with this, please feel free to ask. I can print images at home on my color printer. Feel free to send in Time Out magazines, or The New Yorker if you have them!

To explain further, if I want to write about Middle Village, I would put a picture of the old Neidersteins restaurant, I could put an M for M train because the last stop on it is there and Who lives there are mostly families. For Woodlawn, I could put a shamrock for Irish people as to who mostly lives there, Metro North is there and it is in the North Bronx. Please help your child pick a neighborhood and then have students research the topic, followed by having them highlight important features of the research that will help to fill in the graphic organizer. I can also get the laptop cart in the classroom to help children with additional research. This is not meant to cause frustration or tears, so please reach out to me if you are needing assistance.

Homework this week will be light to focus on collecting materials for the Social Studies project.

Please make sure you review your child’s homework each evening and sign it.

Monday

Field Trip today!

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from out new Read Aloud Who Was John F. Kennedy. Please pay special attention to the words that are capitalized.

illness, Irish, clutched, knights, tolerance, ordinary, swerve, planned, stitches and youngest

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook.

Math

Worksheet. Study for test on Thursday.

Social Studies

Begin researching a neighborhood in NYC that you would like to do your project on.

Friendly Reminders

The children are still in need of practicing their addition and subtraction facts. During homework each evening, please spend about 10 minutes going over this. It is essential that during Math, they have perfected this skill.

Tuesday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing and Social Studies

Who, What, Where, When, Why and How graphic organizer. Beginning inputting important information about your neighborhood in your graphic organizer.

Math

Worksheet. Study for your test on Thursday.

Wednesday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from out new Read Aloud Who Was John F. Kennedy. Please pay special attention to the words that are capitalized.

illness, Irish, clutched, knights, tolerance, ordinary, swerve, planned, stitches and youngest

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook.

Math

Worksheet. Study for your test on Thursday.

Thursday

Math Test Today!

Reading- Nonfiction Only this evening

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing

Collect images that represent the research you have found in your graphic organizer. Time Out Magazine, The New Yorker, image searches, draw pictures.

Math

No Homework

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the Week of December 12th

Hi Parents,

Happy New Year to all!

This week your children and I have gotten back to work, working hard. I have begun my second round of reading assessments. During this time, I have noticed some children are unaware of their levels or are reading books that are way beyond their level. A child reading books on their level will help them to grow in reading. Sometimes it may seem that a child is fluently reading, therefore you think that the book is appropriate for them. I would compare it to us, as adults, receiving an article on chemical engineering where, if we’re not engineers, we would find many concepts and words difficult to understand, even though we would be able to read the text fluently. Supporting your child at home by asking questions about the text will help you to see if they are understanding what they’re reading. Any questions on how to help your child with their reading at home, please make an appointment with me. Also, students can shop in my classroom library any morning and borrow books, so they should always have books at their level. I use Scholastic Book Wizard to find book levels, but I went to copy and paste the link and now realize Scholastic requires that you login for this tool. I will get back to you on how you can figure out which level a book is on on your own.

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-

For our nonfiction unit, our class will begin reading Who Was John F. Kennedy.During this week, the reading skill we will be working on is author’s purpose. I will teach the children, that in nonfiction, the author’s purpose is to inform and that in fiction is it to entertain. We will be looking at how certain words within a text can be used to indicate author’s purpose.

Writing-

This week we will begin our writing on biographies. I have browsed the children’s research and all looks good at this point. Children will be dissecting their research to learn about and use to rework the information into their own words. When learning about important people and biographies, we can ask questions that begin with key question starters: who, what, where, when, why and how.

Math-

This week we will continue the topic of Mental Math and Estimation. I understand that this is a tricky concept and children want to add or subtract without using the strategies. Please understand that as part of the Singapore math curriculum and in order to promote critical thinking, we are using mental math to add. One strategy we learned pertaining to use Mental Math for addition was adding by 10. The children seem to be getting it. If you need supplemental materials to help practice at home, please let me know.

Social Studies-

We have begun celebrating Black History Month by reading a nonfiction Biography about Martin Luther King Jr! We will use this text during our reading lessons as well!

Once I feel confident the children have all their information for their Social Studies project, we will be doing the project on NYC communities!

Science-

This week we will continue our work on balance and motion. I should be receiving my magnets soon from your generous donations, so stay tuned for our new fun experiments!!

Sincerely,

Ms. Kender