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West Elementary School

Weekly Update
 

 

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

 

Kindergarten


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/20/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers continue to distinguish between letters and words
  • Growing readers continue to read texts by “reading the words”
  • Growing readers continue to “read the room”

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers continue to have ideas to share and understand that all ideas are valid
  • Growing writers continue to learn about the parts of a writer’s notebook
  • Growing writers continue to share ideas about topics they can write about

 

In math students will:

  • Organize and count 9 varied geometric objects in linear and array
  • Strategize to count 9 objects in circular and scattered configurations
  • Count 10 objects in linear and array configurations

 

Other notes or information:

The PTA has very generously distributed field trip shirts to all Kindergartners.  Please have your child wear the shirt on field trip days.


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/13/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers can distinguish between letters and words
  • Growing readers read texts by “reading the words”
  • Growing readers continue to read texts by “reading the words”

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers have ideas to share and understand that all ideas are valid
  • Growing writers learn about the parts of a writer’s notebook
  • Growing writers have ideas to share and understand that all ideas are valid

 

In math students will:

  • Order and write numerals 4 and 5 to answer how many questions
  • Write numerals 1-5 in order
  • Count 4-6 objects in circular and scattered configurations

 

Other notes or information:

10/ 9 No School -Columbus Day


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/5/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers recognize that using the pictures can help you understand what a book is about
  • Growing readers read texts by “reading the pictures”
  • Growing readers can distinguish between letters and words 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers understand that there are different reasons that we write
  • Growing writers understand that they have a writer’s folder and a writer’s notebook
  • Growing writers have ideas to share and understand that all ideas are valid

 

In math students will:

  • Understand the meaning of 0
  • Order and write numerals 0-3
  • Write numerals 1 to 3

 

Other notes or information:

Green Meadows Farm Trip  10/6/17  Bring a throw away lunch.

 


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 9/29/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers make meaning about parts of the book by utilizing the pictures to help them code the story.
  • Growing readers continue to make meaning about the parts of the book
  • Growing readers continue to learn about the parts of the book and how the pictures help them code the story

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers understand how to hold a pencil by practicing the proper grip
  • Growing writers know that there are different types of writing (letters, lists, stories, cards)
  • Growing writers know that there are different types of writing by exploring different examples of writing

 

In math students will:

  • Within linear and array dot configurations of numbers 3, 4, and 5, find hidden partners
  • Within circular and scattered dot configurations of numbers 3, 4, and 5, find hidden partners
  • Model decompositions of 3 with materials, drawings and expressions

 

Other notes or information:

*Bully Prevention Week begins



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First Grade

For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/20/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Begin to learn strategies for decoding words
  • Use skills (word attack tools) to read tricky words: Lips the Fish, Eagle Eye, Skippy Frog, Tryin Lion, Stretchy Snake, etc)
  • talk about their books by sharing what they notice with their reading partner

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • how to write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • practice  procedural writing and use transition words (How-To)
  • Identify and write digraphs (th, sh, wh, ch, ck)

 

In math students will:

  • count on to find the unknown part
  • Understand the meaning of the equal sign and constructing true number sentences
  • represent the same story scenario with addends repositioned

 

Other notes or information:

10/17 - Picture Day!
PARP - Read, Read, Read!


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/13/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Begin to learn strategies for decoding words
  • shop for just right books
  • talk about their books by sharing what they notice with their reading partner

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • how to write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • practice  procedural writing and use transition words
  • tap-out and write CVC words

 

In math students will:

  • count on to find the unknown part
  • Understand the meaning of the equal sign and constructing true number sentences
  • represent the same story scenario with addends repositioned

 

Other notes or information:

*Columbus Day October 9th.


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/6/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • continue to practice the rules and procedures for reading workshop
  • shop for just right books
  • talk about their books by sharing what they notice with their reading partner

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • how to write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • learn how to tap out three-sound short vowel words
  • tap-out and write CVC words

 

In math students will:

  • solve add to with change unknown math stories using 5-group cards 
  • tell put together with result unknown, and add with change unknown stories from equations
  • count on up to 3 more using numeral and 5-group cards and fingers to track

 

Other notes or information:

*Columbus Day October 9th.


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 9/29/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • practice the rules and procedures for reading workshop
  • learn how to select just right books 
  • talk about their books by sharing what they notice with their reading partner

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • how to write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • learn how to tap out three-sound short vowel words

 

In math students will:

  • solve math stories by drawing, writing equations, and making statements of the solution
  • use 5 group cards to draw and solve math stories
  • practice counting on by drawing and writing equations

 

Other notes or information:

*Bully Prevention Week begins

 

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Second Grade

For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/20/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • retell the beginning, middle and end of a text.
  • continue to find  text evidence to support their thinking. 
  • review the five exceptions to the closed syllables. The exceptions are: ild, ind, old, olt, ost.  Continue marking closed syllables.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • continue writing across pages for their personal narrative.
  • stretch thoughts, feelings and actions by using show not tell.
  • use dialogue in their personal narrative.

 

In math students will:

  • Use measuring tools to measure different lengths.
  • count ones, tens and hundreds to one thousand.
  • practice fluency by completing sprints.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Field trip to the Queen’s Zoo on 10/20


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/13/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • sequentially retell the beginning, middle and end of a text.
  • continue to find  text evidence to support their thinking. 
  • learn that there are five exceptions to the closed syllables.These exceptions are taught as welded or glued sounds. The exceptions are: ild, ind, old, olt, ost.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • use their five senses to add sensory details in their narratives.
  • try to include action, dialogue, internal thinking, and description of setting to their written pieces. 
  • Continue to examine mentor texts to gain insight on the narrative process.

 

In math students will:

  • continue to review adding and subtracting up to 20.
  • practice measuring lengths longer than a ruler by marking and measuring from a mark. 
  • measure and estimate lengths using different measurement tools.


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/2/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Readers will identify the important parts of a story: Setting,Characters,Problem, and Solution.
  • Retell a story across five fingers. (First, Next, Then, After, and Finally)
  • Work with glued sounds: am, an, ang, ong,ink, onk, ank, ung, and unk

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Students will choose a seed idea.
  • Plan and sketch their idea.
  • Share their plans with a buddy.

 

In math students will:

  • Connect measurement with physical units-centimeter cubes.
  • Use the Mark and Move Strategy (iteration) to measure objects.
  • Measure with centimeter rulers

 


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 9/29/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • visualize to enhance their comprehension.
  • use text evidence to demonstrate comprehension.
  • learn that words that end with f, l, or s are given a bonus letter ( for example, fall, miss and puff.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • generate ideas for a personal narrative.
  • listen to mentor texts to help generate ideas for writing.
  • talk to a buddy about a memory.

 

In math students will:

  • subtract single digit numbers from multiples of ten.
  • use knowledge of our tens facts to subtract from multiples of ten.
  • solve word problems involving addition and subtraction.

 

 

  

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Third Grade

For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/19/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Learn about a character by utilizing evidence to think about how the character interacts with others.
  • Learn more about the character by examining their external thinking and use evidence to support.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Choose their topic for narrative writing by thinking carefully and thoughtfully about certain criteria. We will use a graphic organizer to help us choose a topic to write about. 
  • Add clarity and description to their writing by identifying, collecting, and listing descriptive words.

 

In math students will:

  • Solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division, and assess the reasonableness of answers.
  • Solve two-step word problems involving all four operations, and assess the reasonableness of answers.


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/13/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Express metric length measurements in terms of a smaller unit; model and solve addition and subtraction word problems involving metric length.
  • Express metric mass measurements in terms of a smaller unit; model and solve addition and subtraction word problems involving metric mass.
  • Activities: exit tickets

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Recognize and better understand the features of a personal narrative by studying the writing of authors we admire.
  • Generate ideas for writing by using their memories and five senses as inspiration. 
  • Get more ideas for writing by using different sources of inspiration, such as artifacts.

 

In math students will:

  • Skip count objects in models to build fluency with multiplication facts using units of 4.
  • Relate arrays to tape diagrams to model the commutative property of multiplication.
  • Use the distributive property as a strategy to find related multiplication facts.


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/6/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Understand a story better by identifying the story elements.
  • Be able to identify the characters’ roles in a story by differentiating between main characters and minor characters.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Revise their personal narratives by adding dialogue using quotation marks and commas.
  • Peer edit and reflect on their own writing by listening to the feedback from their peers.

 

In math students will:

  • Model division as the unknown factor in multiplication using arrays and tape diagrams.
  • Interpret the quotient as the number of groups or the number of objects in each group using units of 2 and 3.

 



For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 9/29/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Give themselves a comprehension check by asking and answering questions after reading a chunk of text.
  • Hold on to meaning by summarizing/retelling what's happening in the text.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Continue to generate ideas for a personal narrative.
  • Choose a seed topic for their small moment narrative by completing a beginning/middle/end chart.

 

In math students will:

  • Find related multiplication facts by adding and subtracting equal groups in arrays.
  • Model the distributive property with arrays to decompose units as a strategy to multiply. 

 

 

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Fourth Grade

For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/20/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • grow insightful ideas about characters by using precise, true words to convey their thoughts about the character.
  • develop a theory about their characters by rereading and collecting evidence to support their ideas.
  • Activities: guided reading, read aloud, shared reading, independent reading 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Use a graphic organizer to identify character traits for the main character in their books
  • Use evidence from their text to show examples of how they character shows that specific trait
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Interpret and represent patterns when multiplying by 10, 100, and 1,000 in arrays and numerically.
  • Multiply multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 by single digits, recognizing patterns.
  • Activities: exit tickets


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/13/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • grow ideas about characters by analyzing the character’s actions.
  • continue to grow their ideas about characters by paying attention to their motivations while looking at the obstacles they face and how they overcome them.
  • Activities: guided reading, read aloud, shared reading, independent reading 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • edit their narratives by checking for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. 
  • publish their narratives by reflecting on all of the strategies they have learned and staying focused on their writing. 
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Express metric length measurements in terms of a smaller unit; model and solve addition and subtraction word problems involving metric length.
  • Express metric mass measurements in terms of a smaller unit; model and solve addition and subtraction word problems involving metric mass.
  • Activities: exit tickets


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/6/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • will make inferences about the text by using their schema and details.
  • monitor for meaning by making connections across the text as they are reasoning.
  • Activities: guided reading, read aloud, shared reading, independent reading 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • think about the different ways their stories can go by considering different starting points and different ways the story can unfold.
  • incorporate descriptive language.
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Use Place Value understanding to decompose to smaller units up to three times using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.
  • Use Place Value understanding to fluently decompose to smaller units multiple times in any place using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.
  • Activities: exit tickets


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 9/29/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • make reasonable predictions and revise them by utilizing text details to support their thoughts.
  • gain deeper understandings of a text by using the author’s description of the story elements to visualize/envision the story.
  • monitor for meaning by summarizing the main events and retelling important parts of the text.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • develop their powerful piece of writing by carefully select a seed idea.
  • develop their seed idea further by asking themselves, ‘What am I trying to show about myself through this story?’ and ‘What is my story really about?’
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Use place value understanding to round multi-digit numbers to any place value using real world applications. 
  • Use place value understanding to fluently add multi-digit whole numbers using the standard addition algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams. 
  • Use Place Value understanding to decompose to smaller units once using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams. 

 


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Fifth Grade

For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/20/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Recognize character development, internal conflict, and the relationship of setting to the plot through Contrasts and contradiction signposts.
  • Better understand how the characters actions are related to the conflict, and sometimes the theme using the Aha Moment signpost.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Recognize the theme of their personal narrative identifying the message.
  • Improve their writing by using purposeful dialog.

 

In math students will:

  • Divide decimals with a remainder.
  • Divide decimals with place value understanding including remainders in the smallest unit.

 

Please note:
Monday, Oct 16 PARP begins 
Tuesday, Oct 17 Picture Day


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/13/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Deepen comprehension by recognizing that authors tell stories from various perspectives.
  • Identify the difference between topic and theme.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Analyze their writing to make sure they are truly developing the heart of their story.
  • Continue to use specific details to create vivid mental images in their minds by revising their writing

 

In math students will:

  • Multiply a decimal fraction by single digit whole numbers.
  • Divide a decimal fraction by single digit whole numbers.

 

Please note:
Oct 9 School closed, Columbus Day 
Oct 12, 7:30 Board of Education meeting
Oct 13, 5:30 Homecoming Carnival, Middle School


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 10/6/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Build comprehension by digging deeper and thinking beyond the literal text.
  • Add new layers of understanding about a text by having meaningful discussion with others about reading. 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Understand one strategy for getting a draft down on paper is to write fast and furiously. 
  • Allow other author’s words to spark ideas of their own.
  • Use specific details to help readers create vivid mental images in their minds by revising their writing.

 

In math students will:

  • Round a given decimal to any place using place value understanding and the vertical number line.
  • Add decimals using place value strategies, and relate those strategies to a written method.

 

Please note:
Oct 4 Wild West Wednesday 
BAS reading assessments continue
PTA meeting 7pm


For the week ahead we anticipate that students will...

Week Ending 9/29/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Begin to recognize story elements such as setting , characters, plot, rising and falling action to better understand . 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Continue to understand the differences between a personal narrative and a memoir by discussing definitions and examining mentor texts. 
  • Continue to analyze a memoir by identifying the components and parts. 

 

In math students will:

  • “Tiny Houses” project using area and perimeter to design 3-D models.

Please note:
Elementary Bully Prevention Week begins
NWEA for ELA and Math continues
BAS reading assessments begin
SEPTA meeting/rap session 7pm, Sept. 28
Board of Education work session Sept. 28 @ 7:30pm

 

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