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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for April 3rd

Hi Parents,

I hope this email finds everyone enjoying the weekend! It really felt like spring on this beautiful Sunday and the temperatures look so great for the week ahead! Having the children able to go outside for recess is such a benefit for them, their focus and their relationships!

We are still blooming in our classroom and I’m happy that the children are still getting along. Mindfulness with Ms. Christina (Reich) has also done such wonderful things with them individually and collectively! Next time anyone sees Christina, please join me in thanking her for all of her hard work this year with the children! I honestly believe that they listen and behave so much better because of her work. She has also been such a wonderful resource for me, teaching me so many tools to implement throughout my day, helping the children (and myself) be more mindful. We appreciate you, Christina!

There will be a Math test on Wednesday.

Book fair on Monday! Please see Laura’s email from Friday that gives the info and schedule of the Book Fair. (Thanks for doing that, Laura!)

I will be distributing a packet for Spring Break sometime this week. The children may get a head start on it on Thursday since I didn’t assign any Math Homework that night. I do ask that you kindly continue practicing multiplication facts nightly with your children.

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

Monday

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our character trait chart:

innocent, sensible, dull, bossy, cowardly, resourceful, untidy, witty, wise and lively.
Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math

Worksheet

Tuesday

Reading

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

Writing

Use the list handed out about opinion topics. Write long and strong for 10 minutes (in cursive, if possible) explaining your opinion about a topic of your choice.

Math

Study for Math test.

Wednesday- Math Test Today

Reading

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our character trait chart:

innocent, sensible, dull, bossy, cowardly, resourceful, untidy, witty, wise and lively.

Math
No Homework

Thursday

Reading

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

Writing

Think of a moment when you felt excluded while a group played. What happened? How did you feel about it? What was the outcome? What could you have done differently? Write long and strong for 10 minutes about it.

Math
No Homework

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the week of April 3rd

Hi Parents,

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-
This week we will continue our investigation on identifying the problems characters may face in our fictional stories and reading on to find the solution. Your children also will be participating in reciprocal reading, in which their ability to discuss diverse topics has become more enriched as the time goes on. We have been discussing the treatment and welfare of animals, specifically in zoos, Sea World and circuses. Your children have been contributing beautiful thoughts to our conversation. I encourage you to ask them their opinion on these topics when you can!

Writing-

This week we will be publishing our first opinion piece! Strategies taught during this unit have been focusing more on mechanics. I have taught the children how to use commas in a list, including the word AND. Please encourage your children to use proper comma usage in this area at home. Before publishing, I am going to have some revising lessons on how to use transitional tags: in addition, also, furthermore, etc, with proper comma usage. Upon assessing the children’s writing while supporting them during this unit, I definitely feel there is a need for it.

I am so impressed by your children’s writing during this unit! They are committed and dedicated and have progressed so much this year! Feel free to look at our inside bulletin board when you are in the classroom. It has September’s writing piece, then the narrative and finally, the All About piece. You can see how beautifully they have progressed from the beginning of the year until now.

Math-
This week we will work on multiplication of the 3 and 4 times tables! Children will work with their groups on manipulating materials, grouping, repeatedly adding and more! There will be a Math test on Wednesday!

Science-
This week we will be doing our science investigations on magnets! From some of our parents wonderful donations on Donor’s Choose, I am breaking out the magnets and your children will be making hypotheses, trying the magnets out and analyzing results!

Sincerely,
Ms. Kender

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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the week of March 20th

Hi Parents,
I hope this email finds everyone having a restful weekend! There will be a Math test on Thursday on Customary Units of Measurement.

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

Monday

Reading

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
teamwork, sentence, breath, optimistic, pessimistic, shy, patient, fearless, forgiving and fearful

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math

Worksheet

Tuesday

Reading

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

Writing

Write about an embarrassing moment. Describe what happened, how did you feel? What was the cause? Did you resolve the problem? How so? If not, how could you have solved the problem?

Math

Worksheet

Wednesday

Reading

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
teamwork, sentence, breath, optimistic, pessimistic, shy, patient, fearless, forgiving and fearful

Math- Test Tomorrow
Chapter Review Worksheet is optional and can be used as a study guide.

Thursday-Test Today

Reading

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

Writing

Write about something one of my friends do/say/think that inspires me.

Math
No Homework

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the Week of February 27th

Hi Parents,

Hope all is well! Monday begins our first day of Spring! Our year is flying by and I’m happy there is warmer weather on its way!

Thank you to those who spoke with their children about last week’s newsletter. We were hard at work this past week talking through any issues that may arise and learning how to problem solve, in a more kind way. I’m happy to say that I feel that our message is resonating with the children. Moving forward, we will continue working on the social-emotional aspect of the classroom and hopefully more friendships blossom and we have less drama and conflict.

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-
We will be continuing reading chapter book No Talking by Andrew Clements. Strategies that we will be working on this week is identifying problems our character faces and ways in which he changes over the course of the story. While conducting this reading strategy, we will identify the problem, how the character changed because of it and who influenced the character.

Writing-

This week, our class will be working on picking their topics for opinion writing. I have conveyed to them that it’s important to choose something that they have experience with and would be able to write about. Please encourage your child to discuss their topic with you so you can ensure that they have sufficient experience and knowledge surrounding what they’ve chosen.

Math-
This week we will work on customary units of measurement. We will be solving real-world word problems pertaining to customary units of measurement and using measuring tape, rulers and yard stick to do math investigations in the classroom.

Social Studies-
We will begin talking about national leaders through read alouds and research! Our next round of Enrichment clusters will begin this week and students will be delving into Europe this time around.

Science-
This week we will continue our work on balance and motion.We are working on vocabulary development and discussing gravity, friction and force!

Sincerely,
Ms. Kender

PS- Also a kind reminder that I dismiss between 2:25 and 2:30. Please try your best to be on time.

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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the week of March 13th

Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the Week of March 13th

Hi Parents,
I hope this email finds everyone well! Please see the bottom newsletter which explains the writing assignments for the week.

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

Monday

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
perfect, stubborn, tomorrow, unless, huddle, mistakes, revolting, homeroom, fourteen and cafeteria.
Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math

No Homework Today

Tuesday

Reading

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

Writing

Make a list of 10 qualities on what makes a good friend.

Math

Worksheet

Wednesday

Reading

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
perfect, stubborn, tomorrow, unless, huddle, mistakes, revolting, homeroom, fourteen and cafeteria.

Math
Worksheet

Thursday

Reading

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

Writing

Think of a moment when you felt excluded while a group played. What happened? How did you feel about it? What was the outcome? What could you have done differently? Write long and strong for 10 minutes about it.

Math
Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the Week of February 27th

Hi Parents,
I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! It was so nice speaking with all of you during Parent-Teacher conference. By this time of year, since we spend so much time together, I know your children so well. Hopefully my input gave you a better glimpse of how they are doing academically.

One theme that I heard throughout the evening was questions and statements about friendships within the classroom. By the end of the night, I realized that I may need to broaden my scope of knowledge of the class, learning more about the social dynamic, since it occurred to me that I was lacking in what was going on amongst them.

"Investigating" is how I spent most of Friday morning, getting down to the bottom of what’s going on. What I learned about your children is that some of them are feeling socially isolated where as much as they try, cannot enter a group, they are excluded from a game because they are not picked or a game is impossible to play because the rules that have been made are constantly being changed. Also, all of your children are so much more advanced in maturity, so instead of just having fun when they’re in the schoolyard for 20 minutes, they are rather fixated on the bureaucracy of the games that they play and they spent quite a lot of time arguing about it, rather than just playing.

I’m certain that we all have the same common goal when it comes to your children-we want them to be better people. I’m going to be honest that my heart was heavy at times when certain children spoke openly that no one wanted to be their friend no matter how hard they tried. It was truly heartbreaking to see when I asked the children if anyone ever felt alone in school at any point and most of them raised their hand. I want to fix what’s happening socially to our classroom, making it more of a lighthearted atmosphere, and I especially want there to be an open conversation going on in the classroom and at home about how the children can be a better friend.

I understand some of the children have been together since Pre-K and some groups are a bit tight, but I would like the children to try and give other students a chance. Offering another student to play during recess or accommodating the game to fit more children than at first anticipated, would be a nice gesture. I also explained to them that I would like them to be more flexible. Some of them take the games their playing so seriously, that they’re probably less fun than they could be because they’re so rigidly focusing on the rules. Bossiness came up a lot and the children were expressing that they did not favor the game when the other children were being bossy. Finally, during lunchtime and all times of group-forming, I would like them to be more aware of who’s not included or who is alone and to invite that person to do whatever it is that they’re doing.

Your children all have wonderful hearts, I think they just need little reminders of how to participate in acts of kindness. Their writing homework will reflect friendship and social issues, so after checking their homework, please just have a little conversation with them on what is going on for them socially, how they can fix a situation that’s not going so well for them and ways in which they can be a better friend. Christina Reich, who does Mindfulness which them each Wednesday, will also be addressing these issues. With this joint effort and more uplifting weather, I’m confident we can get out of our little rut and all get along to close out what has been such a wonderful school year!

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-
We will be continuing reading chapter book No Talking by Andrew Clements. Strategies that we will be working on this week is identifying problems our character faces and ways in which he changes over the course of the story. While conducting this reading strategy, we will identify the problem, how the character changed because of it and who influenced the character.

Writing-

Our next unit is all about opinion writing! Students will be learning the difference between fact and opinion and learn how to use specific wording to express their opinions. We will begin picking topics this week on what your children want to right about. They will have to take a stance on a certain issue and defend it.

Math-
This week we will work on customary units of measurement. We will be working on measuring in feet and inches. Students will be using manipulatives and math tools to solve real life word problems!

Social Studies-
We will begin talking about national leaders through read alouds and research! Our next round of Enrichment clusters will begin this week and students will be delving into Europe this time around.

Science-
This week we will continue our work on balance and motion.We are working on vocabulary development and discussing gravity, friction and force!

Sincerely,
Ms. Kender
PS- Also a kind reminder that I dismiss between 2:25 and 2:30. Please try your best to be on time.

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Homework Sheet for the Week of March 6th

Hi Parents,
I hope everyone had a restful weekend. This week is filled with lots of fun for the children. Here at the events of the day for this week:

Mon- Crazy Hair Day

Tues- Twin Day

Wednesday- Fashion Disaster

Thursday- Door Decorating Contest

Friday- Sports Day

We have a Math test on Wednesday, March 8th on Mass. For reading, we are moving back to fiction! Students will be getting a Vocabulary and Comprehension packet for their new chapter book, No Talking, that should stay in their homework folder. I will assign basic homework from this packet for the writing assignment.

For Parent Teacher Conferences, the slots between 12:30-1pm and 5:5:30pm are already full. Please hand your slip to me soon and I will reply to you via email on what your time slot is. Conferences are between 7-9 minutes and I will try my best to stay on schedule to be respectful of everyone’s time.

Here is the homework for the week…..

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

Monday

Reading

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
vandalism, respectful, courteous, together, disorderly, system, chatting, whispering and budget.

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math

Worksheet

Tuesday

Reading

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

Writing

Write about your opinion of what you prefer, reading fiction or nonfiction? Explain.

Math

Study for the Math test

Wednesday

Reading

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
vandalism, respectful, courteous, together, disorderly, system, chatting, whispering and budget.

Math

No Homework

Thursday- Half Day Today

Reading

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

Writing

Write about your opinion on whether you would rather go to school every month of the year and get one week off each month (still going to school on holidays and over the summer) or as we have it now where we get holiday and summer vacations? Explain.

Math

Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!

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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the Week of February 27th

Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the Week of February 27th

Hi Parents,
I hope everyone had a restful February break! I’m happy to start the week this week since we have our field trip to The Sketchbook Project on Wednesday, March 1st. If you would like to chaperone/take the walk with us, please notify me by email and be at school at 11:45pm. All are welcome. Parents who purchased a sketchbook: please ensure that if the sketchbook is finished and you would like it to be archived that day, to please make sure it is brought to school. If it needs more time, you can bring the sketchbook there when you can.

We have a Math test on Tuesday, March 7th on Mass. For reading, we are moving back to fiction! Students will be getting a Vocabulary and Comprehension packet for their new chapter book, No Talking, that should stay in their homework folder. I will assign basic homework from this packet for the writing assignment.

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

Monday

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
fourth, reason, India, clapped, zipped, report, presentation, mouth, index and coughed
Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math

Worksheet

Tuesday

Reading

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

Writing

Chapter 1 Page: Top Section…."Clarify vocabulary first" Use context clues to help you find the meaning of clammed up and disgusted.
Chapter 2 Page: Top Section…."Clarify vocabulary first" Use context clues to help you find the meaning of industry and shrugged.

Math
Worksheet

Wednesday

-Field Trip to The Sketchbook Project-


Reading

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
fourth, reason, India, clapped, zipped, report, presentation, mouth, index and coughed

Math
Worksheet

Thursday

Reading

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

Writing

Chapter 3 Page: Top Section…."Clarify vocabulary first" Use context clues to help you find the meaning of pleasant and insult.

Math
Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!
News for the Week of February 27th
Hi Parents,
I hope everyone had an awesome February Break and your children are anticipating returning to school tomorrow. Parent Teacher conferences are March 9th. Stay tuned for a notice home on picking times to sign up for.

A note about the homework folder…..Certain parents have asked when it is OK to take things out of the folder. Each day, as I check the homework, that worksheet is returned directly to the folder. You may take the worksheets out and keep a collection of them at home (after I’ve checked them or after they have been due) to use to study for the math test. By the end of a math unit, you should have a nice pile of resources to use as a study guide when helping your children study at home. Everything else in the folder can be taken out. Tests are always returned back to me signed.
This week our class is learning about……..
Reading-
Wewill beginning our new unit, a fiction unit! Our first chapter book is No Talking by Andrew Clements. Your children will be receiving a Vocabulary and Comprehension Packet that should stay in their homework folder. I will assign homework in it throughout the week, During the first few chapters, I would like to work on the reading skill of summarizing. What types of questions can we ask ourselves to help us to effectively summarize important details? What is a beginning, middle and end of a segment of a story? What is the plot? Hopefully by the end of this week, your children will be an expert at answering these questions.
Writing-
Our biographies are all finished! Please take a look at them on our outside bulletin boards when you come up for Parent-Teacher Conference.
Our next unit is all about opinion writing! Students will be learning the difference between fact and opinion and learn how to use specific wording to express their opinions. Students will be able to choose their topic that they will like to write about. For the first few days of the week, however, I would like the students to celebrate their biographies, reading them to each other. We usually do writing at 9:50, so if any parent would like to come up for 15 minutes and I’ll have your child read their biography to you and the class, I would love to have you! Just let me know!

Math-
This week we will work on Mass, using addition and subtraction to solve problems about mass, measuring in grams and comparing masses in grams. Students will be able to use math manipulatives to help measure. Bar models are still being used to help children visually represent concepts. Please use the various
Social Studies-
We will also be talking about large and small communities, the differences and similarities between them and what are some examples.

Science-
This week we will continue our work on balance and motion.We are working on vocabulary development and discussing gravity, friction and force!

Sincerely,
Ms. Kender
PS- Also a kind reminder that I dismiss between 2:25 and 2:30. Please try your best to be on time.

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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the Week of February 6th

Hi Parents,
I hope this email finds everyone having an awesome week! We had a wonderful trip to the Robot Foundry yesterday and I’m sure you were wow’d by your children’s glow pets! Today was the last day to hand in money for the sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project. I am still taking permission slips and money for the trip, however. If you would like to purchase a sketchbook, please contact The Sketchbook Project on Frost St here in Williamsburg. You will complete the sketchbook with your child independently and the day of the trip, they will bring it with them to be archived.

Currently I need pencils for the classroom.

Also, there is an opening for the Secret Reader on Friday, February 17th. Please consider coming in and singing up on Sign Up Genius, using the link the classroom mom’s sent out a few months ago.

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

Monday

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

Word Work
Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, Rosa Parks. PLease pay special attention to the word that is capitalized.

boycott, unfairness, refusing, scared, fought, inspired, happened, treatment, Supreme Court, rights

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math
Worksheet

Tuesday

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

Writing
Writing Prompt- How can you stand up for what you beleive in in a peaceful way?

Math
Worksheet.

Wednesday


Reading

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

Word Work
Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, Rosa Parks. PLease pay special attention to the word that is capitalized.

boycott, unfairness, refusing, scared, fought, inspired, happened, treatment, Supreme Court, rights

Math
Worksheet

Thursday

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

Writing
Out of the African American people we have been learning about, who do you most admire and why?

Math
Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the Week of February 6th

Hi Parents,
I want to thank all the parents who graciously offered their time to come on the field trip with us yesterday to The Robot Foundry! Currently I have enough chaperones for The Sketchbook Project, but since we are walking and going to be in the neighborhood, I encourage anyone who would like to join us to please come.

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-
For our nonfiction unit, we are working with various nonfiction texts to summarize the text. We will talk about what is meaningful and important information vs. what is not so meaningful. We will also be discussing the beginning, middle and end of a story and how to include those important details while summarizing.

Writing-

This week we will continue drafting our nonfiction piece working on our conclusion. Once the piece is "finished" we will be working on editing and revising before publishing. Once the children have published, I was thinking about having a publishing party to invite parents to come in an view their pieces (all at one time). Please inform me if this is something you would be interested in and if it would be easier for you to come in in the morning or the afternoon and I’ll make it happen (if there’s a want for it).

An important note: Some of your children are often rushing through their writing, not adhering to the skills I am teaching in the lessons. I understand that sometimes parents feel I give too much homework, however, when I look at the writing assignments sometimes, it almost seems like very little effort is put into it. It is also not signed. What I’m feeling what then happens, is when I’m teaching a skill in writing, the children are rushing and putting little effort into their work. I try and provide as much feedback as I can to the children in one writing period, but there are 30 of them. If it is reinforced and practiced at home, I feel like the quality of writing will improve and the children will understand that you value their writing and expect from them their very best. The children understand that my expectations for their writing at this point in second grade is that it should be: neat, there should be clear paragraph structure, indentation, details, complex sentences and the writing should flow. They need to review their work for proper punctuation and capitalization. I have gone over what topic sentences are, proper sentence structure, how to give details in a sentence to show meaning, not plagiarizing, etc. I kindly ask that you hold high expectations for your children and their writing. We have come a long way since September and I want them entering third grade with a clear grasp of the foundations of writing.

Math-

This week we will begin our new topic, fractions! Students will be adding fractions, comparing them and solving real-life word problems with them!

Social Studies-

We have been celebrating Black History Month and this week we will be reading about an African American runner, Jesse Owens!

We will also be talking about large and small communities, the differences and similarities between them and what are some examples.

Science-

This week we will continue our work on balance and motion.We are working on vocabulary development and discussing gravity, friction and force!
Sincerely,
Ms. Kender

PS- Also a kind reminder that I dismiss between 2:25 and 2:30. Please try your best to be on time.

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Homework Sheet for the week of January 30th

Homework Sheet for the Week of January 30th

Hi Parents,
I hope this email finds everyone having an awesome weekend! Tomorrow is our Math test on time! Thursday, February 2nd is our field trip to The Robot Foundry! A permission slip should be coming home tomorrow for a trip to The Sketchbook Project. If you would like to purchase a sketchbook, I would need that form (that will be included in the permission slip) due by February 3rd.
The children will be continuing to use the nonfiction texts this week for their reading lessons.
Please make sure you review your child’s homework each evening and sign it.

Monday
Math Test Today
Reading
Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.
Word Work
Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, Mr. Luther King, Jr.
influence, justice, speech, unfair, protests, apart, college, march, memorial and sermon
Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)
Math
No Homework
Tuesday
Reading
Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.
Writing
Writing Prompt- In your opinion, how can protesting influence people to change?
Math
Worksheet.
Wednesday
Reading
Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.
Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, Mr. Luther King, Jr.
influence, justice, speech, unfair, protests, apart, college, march, memorial and sermon

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook.…or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence.
Math
Worksheet
Thursday
Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.
Writing
Reflect on your experience on the field trip. What did you like about it? Was there anything you didn’t like? Explain.
Math
Worksheet
Friday
Spelling Test today!

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Homework for the week of January 23rd

Hi Parents,

I hope this email finds everyone well. Tomorrow is our Math test on money. I feel confident the children will do well! They were able to use math manipulatives, fake money and coins, during this unit and seemed to enjoy that a great deal!

As mentioned last week, this week the children will need nonfiction texts to to practice reading strategies for our reading lessons. I also have leveled nonfiction texts in the classroom library the children will be able to use.

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

Monday

Math Test Today

Reading

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

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, Who Was John F. Kennedy.

president, office, modest, shattered, politics, neighborhood, hours, grocery, veterans and speech.

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math

No Homework

Tuesday

Reading

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

Writing

Writing Prompt- We talked about the word influences last week during one of our writing lessons. Write about one person who has influenced you in your life. Be descriptive.

Math

Worksheet. Study for your test on Monday.

Wednesday

Reading

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

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, Who Was John F. Kennedy.

president, office, modest, shattered, politics, neighborhood, hours, grocery, veterans and speech.

candidate, primary, victory, jig, trademark, speeches, natural, firehouse,private and represent.

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook.…or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence.

Math

Worksheet

Thursday

Reading- Nonfiction Only this evening

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

Writing

After reading this evening (narrative nonfiction or fiction), write about if anyone influenced your character to change. If your character hasn’t changed, should they? Explain.

Math

Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!

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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the week of January 16th

Hi Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed the 3 day weekend! There is a Math test on Monday!

Also, for next week, the children will need nonfiction texts to to practice reading strategies for our reading lessons. Not too difficult, please. Maybe taking them to the library and browsing the nonfiction books could be beneficial. Age appropriate texts for nonfiction can include National Geographic and Time for Kids. They can also bring in child-friendly nonfiction texts as well from these websites.

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

Monday

No Homework

Tuesday

Reading

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

Writing

Writing Prompt- Why did you choose the person you decided to write your biography about?

Math

Worksheet. Study for your test on Monday.

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.

candidate, primary, victory, jig, trademark, speeches, natural, firehouse,private and represent.

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

Math

Worksheet. Study for your test on Monday.

Thursday

Reading- Nonfiction Only this evening

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

Writing

When analyzing illustrations from your nonfiction text, what do you notice and how does it give you more information about the topic you are reading?

Math

Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the Week of January 16th

Hi Parents,

As mentioned on the homework sheet, please begin collecting nonfiction texts, so the children may use them as material to practice reading strategies.

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-

For our nonfiction unit, our class will continue reading Who Was John F. Kennedy. During this week, the reading skill we will continue to 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. We also will be working on analyzing illustrations to give more meaning to the topic we are reading.

Writing-

This week we will continue using graphic organizers and our research to pull out important information. Each paragraph will answer important questions about their person. This will allow for more direction when the children are writing this nonfiction narrative piece. The first paragraph will answer the questions where and when, the second paragraph will answer the question why and how and the third will answer

Math-

This week we will begin our new topic, Money! First, we will work on values of coins and bills, move into comparing amounts of money and then use money to solve real-life word problems! Please help your child to familiarize themselves with money and their values on home or while shopping.

Social Studies-

We have begun celebrating Black History Month and this week we will be reading a nonfiction narrative text about Harriet Tubman! We will use this text during our reading lessons as well!

We also will be working on our Community Collage project! I will let you know when it is up, so the next time you’re in the classroom, you can look for it!

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

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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