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Week of May 16th

Curriculum Matters
Reading – Students are currently reading The Secret School by Avi. Book summary:
In 1925 a young girl, living in a remote Colorado town, held very little hope of getting an education. Fourteen-year-old Ida Benson is only a few months away from earning the coveted diploma that will secure her entry into high school when her one-room school is abruptly closed. Afraid that her dream of becoming a teacher is slipping away, Ida convinces the seven other students in grades 1-8 to vote to secretly keep the school open with her as the teacher. The role of teacher that seemed so easy when Miss Fletcher managed the class becomes a test of Ida’s confidence and courage. Keeping the students engaged, risking the loss of her friendship with classmate Tom, keeping up with her own studies and farm chores, and eluding the local school board are just some of Ida’s problems. As the days progress, Ida learns it takes more than lesson plans to be a good teacher, and she proves that she is up to the challenge.

Writing – Our class will work on How To/Informational writing this month. Currently students are brainstorming and gathering ideas they would like to write about. Following this brainstorming work, students will begin to plan their writing by writing out the steps needed to do a certain task. (Sample topics: How to play soccer, How to be a good friend, How to use an iPad)

Math – This week we will continue to study geometry (shapes). We are starting with 2D shapes and will move on to 3D shapes.

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 3: Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities. Important vocabulary: urban area, suburb, rural area, commute, farming

Science – Students will work on chapter 5: Plants. We will learn about the parts of plants, how plants differ and what are some plant life cycles. Important vocabulary: roots, stems, leaves, flowers, trunk, shrub, life cycle, germinate.

Spelling Words
No Spelling this week.
*I will be assigning current events homework in place of Spelling homework. As a reminder: students should read an article from the newspaper (online or in print). They should then write a summary (4-5 sentences) explaining what the article is about. Please have your child bring the article to school as well.

Important Dates!

· Monday May 16th- PTA meeting 6pm

Reminders/Miscellaneous

· If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know

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Week of April 18th

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week we will read Year of the Panda by Miriam Schlein. As this is a short book, it is likely we will finish the book this week and the book project will be assigned over the vacation. I will give a few days after break to complete the project at home as well.

Writing – Our class will work on our Opinion writing unit this month. Students will continue drafting, revising and editing their opinion pieces this week. As we have gone through the writing process several times this year, the class is able to create more than one draft for this unit.

Math – This week we will continue learning about Pictographs and Bar Graphs. For pictographs it is important to pay close attention to the key that is used. Students will learn to survey others, collect data and display this data in various ways.

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 this week.

Important Dates!

· Tuesday April 19th and Wednesday April 20th – Scholastic Book Fair in Performing Arts Space ·Wednesday April 20th- TADA performance in Performing Arts Space at 9am
**(Our class should wear a combination of dressy black and white clothing. Please no heels and/or short skirts as the students will be dancing and sitting.)

· Monday April 25-Friday April 29th- Spring Break: No School

Reminders/Miscellaneous

· If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.

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Week of April 11th

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week we will work on a book project for No Talking in class. Students are working on telling the story of No Talking in the form of a comic.

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 continue to develop their drafts and meet with partners to revise and edit their work.

Math – This week we will begin learning about Pictographs and Bar Graphs. For pictographs it is important to pay close attention to the key that is used. Students will learn to survey others, collect data and display this data in various ways.

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
1. doesn’t
2. isn’t
3. dwell
4. thought
5. eight
6. really
7. guilt
8. poetry
9. throw
10. through
11. princess
12. prince
13. wrench
14. thrown
15. throne

Important Dates!

· Thursday April 14th – Scholastic Book order money due [or you may place an online order using our class code: FQNFB ]

· Friday April 15th – Prospect Park Zoo Field Trip ($5 for students and $8 for chaperones) ·Wednesday April 20th- TADA performance in Performing Arts Space at 9am

· 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.
· The following chaperones are selected to join us for our trip on Friday to Prospect Park Zoo: Parent/Guardian of:
Carolina
Jet
Baron
Zaki
Aurora
Elora
Laura
Please confirm by email that you can still attend and send in your $8 chaperone payment if you have no already done so. Thanks!

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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.

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Week of March 21st

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week our class will continue 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 introduction to capture the reader’s attention. We will continue to have debates in class about specific topics.

Math – This week we will work on 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.

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 2: New York City Over Time focusing on People and Neighborhoods of New York City. Vocabulary from this lesson: apartment and culture.

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

Spelling Words
No spelling words due to the shortened school week

Important Dates!

· March Madness Week
Monday: Crazy Hair Day
Tuesday: Twin Day/Look Alike Day
Wednesday: Fashion Disaster
Thursday: Sports Day

· Thursday March 24th- Field trip
· Friday March 25th- No School: Good Friday

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 12:40-12:55pm! · If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.
· Please return your child’s signed report cards as soon as you are finished reviewing them. Thanks!

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Week of March 14th

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week our class will continue 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 week. Students will come up with an opinion they feel strongly about and develop reasons (based on fact) to support their opinion. Last week we worked on several opinions including: uniforms in school, more/less homework, dogs/cats are a better pet. We will continue developing strong opinions and supporting details this week. We will continue to have debates in class about specific topics.

Math – This week we will work on 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.

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 2: New York City Over Time focusing on People and Neighborhoods of New York City. Vocabulary from this lesson: apartment and culture.

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

Spelling Words
1. nutrients
2. farming
3. character
4. raise
5. theme
6. scream
7. batteries
8. fuel
9. machine
10. solve
11. evaluate
12. energy
13. value
14. checked
15. stand

Important Dates!

· Thursday March 17th- St. Patrick’s Day: Wear Green!
· Next week- March Madness Week
· Thursday March 24th- Field trip (trip slip sent home today) · Friday March 25th- No School: Good Friday

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 12:40-12:55pm! · If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.
· Please return your child’s signed report cards as soon as you are finished reviewing them. Thanks!

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Week of March 7th

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week our class will begin 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 connects and character traits as the author does a great job making the characters come to life.

Writing – Our class will begin our Opinion writing unit this week. Students will come up with an opinion they feel strongly about and develop reasons (based on fact) to support their opinion.

Math – This week we will continue working on chapter 14: Time. We will have a test on this chapter this week (date to be announced). This chapter focuses on telling time using an analog clock and differentiating between AM and PM. This is an important unit as many students struggle with telling time. At home you can help by asking your child to tell you the current time. It would be great to especially focus on telling time when the hour hand is “confusing” (for example, 10:55am since the hour hand looks like it is closer to the 11. Many students think it is 11:55).

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 2: New York City Over Time focusing on People and Neighborhoods of New York City. Vocabulary from this lesson: apartment and culture.

Science – Students will wrap up Unit 2: Forces and Motion. This week we will review the chapter and have a test on Friday March 11th. Students may start to bring their textbook home this week but it should come back to school each day.

Spelling Words
1. pitch
2. baseball
3. basketball
4. skeleton
5. strike
6. companion
7. impressed
8. interact
9. grammar
10. tonsils
11. country
12. interview
13. museum
14. discover
15. monitor

Important Dates!

· Thursday March 24th- Field trip (trip slip and details to come!) · Friday March 25th- No School: Good Friday

Reminders/Miscellaneous

· If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.
· Please return your child’s signed report card as soon as you are finished reviewing them. Thanks!

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Week of February 29th

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week our class will wrap up our biography writing unit, with the book Take A Stand, Rosa Parks by Peter and Connie Roop.
We will also continue working on Reader’s Theater plays in class based on several historical figures. Students will work in groups to practice these plays. This work focuses on fluency, expression and allows students an opportunity to practice really projecting their voice so the audience can hear them.

Writing – Our class will wrap up our Biography writing unit this week. Students will publish their writing piece and complete final peer and self reflections for this piece.

Math – This week we will continue working on chapter 14: Time. This chapter focuses on telling time using an analog clock and differentiating between AM and PM. This is an important unit as many students struggle with telling time. At home you can help by asking your child to tell you the current time. It would be great to especially focus on telling time when the hour hand is “confusing” (for example, 10:55am since the hour hand looks like it is closer to the 11. Many students think it is 11:55).

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 2: New York City Over Time focusing on lesson four: Technology and Change. Important vocabulary: technology, elevator and skyscraper.

Science – Students will continue Unit 2: Forces and Motion. This week we will continue to learn about magnets and how they relate to force.

Spelling Words
1. crawl
2. laundry
3. author
4. taught
5. pause
6. dawn
7. extinct
8. resemble
9. disappear
10. pardon
11. enough
12. behavior
13. fountain
14. magnify
15. telescope

Important Dates!

· Wednesday March 2nd- Read Across America / Pajama Day
· Thursday March 3rd- Parent Teacher Conference / Half Day of School 11:30am dismissal

Reminders/Miscellaneous

· If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.
· Please be sure to submit your request for an appointment during Parent Teacher conferences. Check your child’s folder for your confirmed appointment time.

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Week of February 22nd

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week our class will share the Who Was John F. Kennedy? book projects. To wrap up our biography writing unit, we will begin reading Take A Stand, Rosa Parks by Peter and Connie Roop.
We will also continue working on Reader’s Theater plays in class based on several historical figures. Students will work in groups to practice these plays. This work focuses on fluency, expression and allows students an opportunity to practice really projecting their voice so the audience can hear them.

Writing – Our class will work on our Biography writing unit this month. This week students will wrap up our work on this piece. Students will meet with partners to edit and reflect on the work that has been done. Students will also begin to publish their writing piece this week.

Math – This week we will continue working on chapter 14: Time. This chapter focuses on telling time using an analog clock and differentiating between AM and PM. This is an important unit as many students struggle with telling time. At home you can help by asking your child to tell you the current time. It would be great to especially focus on telling time when the hour hand is “confusing” (for example, 10:55am since the hour hand looks like it is closer to the 11. Many students think it is 11:55).

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 2: New York City Over Time focusing on lesson four: Technology and Change. Important vocabulary: technology, elevator and skyscraper.

Science – Students will continue Unit 2: Forces and Motion. This week we will learn about magnets and how they relate to force.

Spelling Words
1. president
2. interrupt
3. admire
4. honor
5. pride
6. sudden
7. unfriendly
8. guests
9. wealthy
10. photographer
11. unusual
12. influence
13. treatment
14. skilled
15. swallow

Important Dates!

· Friday February 26th- 100th Day of School
· Wednesday March 2nd- Read Across America / Pajama Day
· Thursday March 3rd- Parent Teacher Conference / Half Day of School 11:30am dismissal
[Conference sign up slips will be sent home shortly. Keep in mind appointments are approximately 5 minutes in length.]

Reminders/Miscellaneous

· If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.

· Please be sure your child has a crazy hat with 100 items for Friday, February 26th.

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Week of February 1st

Curriculum Matters
Reading – This week our class will finish reading Who Was John F. Kennedy? by Yona Zeldis McDonough for our Biography unit. Students will continue to build their deep conversations in their reading groups. We will pay attention to questioning, main idea, important details, and context clues.
We will also continue working on Reader’s Theater plays in class based on several historical figures. Students will work in groups to practice these plays. This work focuses on fluency, expression and allows students an opportunity to practice really projecting their voice so the audience can hear them.

Writing – Our class will work on our Biography writing unit this month. This week students will work on drafting their body paragraphs. Students will focus on writing their biography in the order the events happened in their person’s life. Students will also work to create strong topic sentences at the beginning of each body paragraph.

Math – This week we will finish working on chapter 13: Customary Length. This chapter focuses on measurement using inches, feet, yards and miles. We will have a test on this chapter this week (date to be announced in homework notebook).

Social Studies – We will continue Unit 2: New York City Over Time focusing on lesson four: Technology and Change. Important vocabulary: technology, elevator and skyscraper.

Science – Students will continue Unit 2: Forces and Motion. This week we will learn about magnets and how they relate to force.

Habits of Mind- Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
“Remind students to avoid the vagueness and abstraction — and imprecision — of terms like always, never, all, everybody, teachers, celebrities, technology, they, we, should and must. Post these kinds of words or phrases where students can be reminded of them — and know to avoid them. And hopefully know why they should avoid them.”

Spelling Words
**Review of last week’s spelling words
1. melody
2. tonette
3. trumpet
4. flute
5. clarinet
6. trombone
7. saxophone
8. conductor
9. musical
10. rhythm
11. instruments
12. baritone
13. percussion
14. cymbal
15. French horn

Important Dates!

· Thursday February 4th- Charlotte’s Web performance
· Monday February 8th- No School: Chinese New Year
· Monday February 15-19th- No School: Winter Recess

Reminders/Miscellaneous
· Please review your child’s progress report and send a signed copy back to school when you are finished looking it over.

· If your child is absent please email me or call the school to let us know.

· Please send your child with an appropriate morning snack to eat before the field trip on Thursday. We will be eating lunch when we return to school (this will be much later than the students normal lunch time). We will leave the school at approximately 10am. I will send out another email with selected chaperones. If you are chosen as a chaperone please send your $9 chaperone payment as soon as possible. Thanks!