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Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

 

Kindergarten


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

Week Ending 12/15/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers  continue to organize their reading life by having a special place to keep their books and know the routine of  book shopping in their classrooms
  • Growing readers continue to choose books that interest them by looking at the cover
  • Growing readers choose books that interest them by looking at the pages inside the book 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers continue to write their own labels by utilizing their knowledge of letter sounds
  • Growing writers continue to write their own labels by utilizing their knowledge of letter sounds
  • Growing writers understand their surroundings better by labeling items around their classroom environment

 

In math students will:

  • Take an assessment of module 2
  • Continue to take an assessment of module 2
  • Compare lengths using taller than and shorter than with aligned endpoints

 

Other notes or information:

Long Island Children’s Museum field trip is on 12/15/17.  We are leaving at 9:15 AM.  Students should bring a throw away lunch as we will not be eating in the cafeteria.


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

Week Ending 12/1/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers will be able to think closely about the text by rereading
  • Growing readers will be able to figure out the “twist” ending by using multiple strategies
  • Growing readers will practice reading fluently by rereading  

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers label their ideas/details on their graphic organizer by utilizing inventive spelling
  • Growing writers independently work on their pattern book illustrations
  • Growing writers will use complete sentences to communicate their ideas

 

In math students will:

  • Explain decisions about classification of solid shapes into categories
  • Describe and communicate positions of all solid shapes using the words above, below, beside, in front of, next to, and behind
  • Identify and sort shapes as two-dimensional or three-dimensional, and recognize two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes in different orientations and sizes

 

Other notes or information:


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

Week Ending 11/17/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers will recognize what a pattern is by exploring patterns in the world around us
  • Growing readers match words to print by pointing under each word while reading
  • Growing readers read unfamiliar words in pattern books by using picture clues to read the unfamiliar word

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers recognize patterns in books by exploring various patterns
  • Growing writers will generate ideas for their own pattern books by creating a class list of topics
  • Growing writers create a class pattern book by utilizing familiar mentor texts

 

In math students will:

  • Count from 10 to 1 and state 1 less than a given number
  • Arrange number towers in order from 10 to 1
  • Decide how to classify objects into 2 groups

 

Other notes or information:

PARP folders due each Monday.


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

Week Ending 11/3/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers determine the words on a page by looking for rhyming patterns
  • Growing readers reflection/celebration
  • Growing readers reflect on what they have learned and celebrate their reading success by discussing what the reading workshop “feels like”

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers sketch out what they want to write about  before they color
  • Growing writers know what to do when they are done
  • Growing writers can read again, add to the picture, add to the words or start a new piece

 

In math students will:

  • Arrange, analyze, and draw 1 more up to 10 in configurations  other than towers
  • Arrange, analyze, and draw sequences of quantities of 1 more beginning with numbers other than 1
  • Order quantities from 10 to 1, and match numerals

 

Other notes or information:

PARP folders due each Monday.
11/2 @ 6:30: Curiosity Convention: Elementary Family Academy


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

Week Ending 10/27/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Growing readers recognize how to read a book by matching the pictures to the words
  • Growing readers acknowledge that there are different purposes for reading
  • Growing readers continue to acknowledge that there are different purposes for reading

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Growing writers have ideas to share and understand that all ideas are valid
  • Growing writers know where and how to get ideas to write about
  • Growing writers utilize visuals to help them write about a topic

 

In math students will:

  • Count 10 objects in linear and array configurations
  • Count 10 objects
  • Order and match numeral and dot cards from 1 to 30

 

Other notes or information:

PARP folders due each Monday.


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 12/15/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • review the bonus letter spelling rule: ff, ll, ss, and sometimes zz and glued sounds: all, am, an
  • talk about their books by sharing what they notice with their reading partner
  • story elements: discuss characters and setting in fiction

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • Continue with personal narrative writing
  • Zooming into a special small moment

 

In math students will:

  • Solve word problems with three addends, two of which make ten
  • Use the associative and commutative properties to make ten with three addends
  • Make ten when one addend is 9

 

Other notes or information:

Holiday Boutique December 12th and 13th.


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

Week Ending 12/1/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • introduce the bonus letter spelling rule: ff, ll, ss, and sometimes zz 
  • use skills (word attack tools) to read tricky words: Lips the Fish, Eagle Eye, Skippy Frog, Tryin Lion, Stretchy Snake, Chunky Monkey, etc)
  • talk about their books by sharing what they notice with their reading partner
  • story elements: discuss characters and setting in fiction

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • Launch narrative writing; small moments
  • introduce glued sounds: all, am, an

 

In math students will:

  • 0 less and 1 less using pictures and writing subtraction number sentences
  • relate subtraction facts involving fives and doubles 
  • relate subtraction from 10 and 9 to corresponding decompositions

 

Other notes or information:

Parent Teacher Conferences 11/29 and 12/1


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

Week Ending 11/17/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • introduce the bonus letter spelling rule: ff, ll, ss, and sometimes zz 
  • use skills (word attack tools) to read tricky words: Lips the Fish, Eagle Eye, Skippy Frog, Tryin Lion, Stretchy Snake, Chunky Monkey, etc)
  • talk about their books by sharing what they notice with their reading partner

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • share their How- To writing pieces
  • introduce glued sounds: all, am, an

 

In math students will:

  • 0 less and 1 less using pictures and writing subtraction number sentences
  • relate subtraction facts involving fives and doubles 
  • relate subtraction from 10 and 9 to corresponding decompositions

 

Other notes or information:

November 22, Thanksgiving Feast at 10 am. See you then!
PARP - Read, Read, Read!


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

Week Ending 11/3/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • practice their reading stamina by staying with a just right book for an extended amount of time 
  • Use skills (word attack tools) to read tricky words: Lips the Fish, Eagle Eye, Skippy Frog, Tryin Lion, Stretchy Snake, Chunky Monkey, etc)
  • talk about their books by sharing what they notice with their reading partner

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • complete the writing process by publishing their How- To writing pieces
  • review short vowels and digraphs (th, sh, wh, ch, ck)

 

In math students will:

  • Solve math stories with drawings, true number sentences, and statements
  • Understand subtraction word problems by circling the known part to find the unknown
  • Analyze math stories and relate addition and subtraction

 

Other notes or information:

10/31 Storybook Parade at 2:30
PARP - Read, Read, Read!


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

Week Ending 10/20/17

In reading students will understand that:

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

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • how to write a complete sentence using capitalization, punctuation, and proofreading  procedures
  • write rough draft and edit/revise  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
  • Recognize doubles and doubles plus 1 facts

 

Other notes or information:

PARP - Read, Read, Read!
10/24 - First Grade Field Trip to White Post Farms


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 12/15/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Notice how text features help the reader locate key facts or information in the text.  
  • Locate unfamiliar words and determine the meaning by using context clues.
  • Begin using the vowel-consonant -e syllable from Unit 6.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Continue to share their “Expert Bags” to generate a topic for their next writing piece. 
  • Finalize their expert topic.  
  • create a web about  their topic to collect expert facts. 

 

In math students will:

  • Add and subtract using number bonds to compose or decompose.
  • Solve problems using the vertical form. 
  • Use drawings on the place value chart to relate to the number form. 


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

Week Ending 12/1/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • will explore non-fiction text features 
  • will build background knowledge by reading informational texts.
  • work with the suffixes: ful,ment,ish,ness,less,able,en

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • web ideas for chapters
  • share artifacts on their expert topic.
  • continue to examine informational texts.

 

In math students will:

  • work with 1 more 1 less, 10 more 10 less  100 more  100 less
  • use RDW(read,draw,write) to solve problems
  • build fluency in addition and subtraction by using math sprints.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


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

Week Ending 11/17/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • will explore non-fiction text features 
  • will build background knowledge by reading informational texts.
  • work with the suffixes: ful,ment,ish,ness,less,able,en

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • web ideas for chapters
  • share artifacts on their expert topic.
  • continue to examine informational texts.

 

In math students will:

  • work with 1 more 1 less, 10 more 10 less  100 more  100 less
  • use RDW(read,draw,write) to solve problems
  • build fluency in addition and subtraction by using math sprints.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


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

Week Ending 11/3/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • begin reading nonfiction books. 
  • recognize the difference between reading nonfiction and fiction.
  • work with the three sounds of the suffix:-ed.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • complete final copies of their personal narrative.  
  • create an informational baseline piece of writing about a topic they know a lot about.
  • explore the features of a nonfiction expert book.

 

In math students will:

  • practice writing and reading numbers to 1,000. 
  • use money to represent place value. 
  • count the total value of $1, $10, and $100 bills up to $1,000.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Pumpkin Day: Goldenberg 10/30
Parks/Santiago and Simone 10/31


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 12/15/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Continue to use close reading strategies to evaluate and annotate informational texts.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Organize details into body paragraphs.

 

In math students will:

  • Explore the commutative and distributive properties for the units of 6 and 7.

 

Reminders:


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

Week Ending 12/1/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Continue to exploring text structures within informational texts.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • exposed to mentor texts related to expository writing.

 

In math students will:

  • Estimating sums and differences by rounding and applying their knowledge to solve measurement word problems.

 

Reminders: Parent Teacher Conferences on 11/29 and 12/1. Early dismissal on 12/1.


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

Week Ending 11/17/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Explore informational text features and locate the text features in different types of texts.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Publish second personal narrative and share stories with the class.

 

In math students will:

  • Solve mixed word problems involving all four operations with grams, kilograms, liters, and milliliters given in the same units.


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

Week Ending 11/3/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Support their thinking about characters by learning how to gather evidence from the text.
  • Think about what they read before they write by gathering and organizing the evidence they’ve collected.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Use vivid verbs to show action by identifying and collecting descriptive words to enhance their own writing.
  • Sequence the events of their story by creating a list of 3-5 events on their topic. 
  • Develop their ideas by adding details, interesting words and/or phrases to either the planning stages or draft.

 

In math students will:

  • Explore time as a continuous measurement using a stopwatch.
  • Relate skip-counting by fives on the clock and telling time to a continuous measurement model, the number line.
  • Count by fives and ones on the number line as a strategy to tell time to the nearest minute on the clock.


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

Week Ending 10/27/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Support their thinking about characters by learning how to gather evidence from the text.
  • Think about what they read before they write by gathering and organizing the evidence they’ve collected.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Use vivid verbs to show action by identifying and collecting descriptive words to enhance their own writing.
  • Sequence the events of their story by creating a list of 3-5 events on their topic. 
  • Develop their ideas by adding details, interesting words and/or phrases to either the planning stages or draft.

 

In math students will:

  • Explore time as a continuous measurement using a stopwatch.
  • Relate skip-counting by fives on the clock and telling time to a continuous measurement model, the number line.
  • Count by fives and ones on the number line as a strategy to tell time to the nearest minute on the clock.


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 12/15/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • summarize a text by identifying the main idea and relevant supporting details using boxes and bullets. 
  • utilize the main idea to formulate a topic sentence and use the details to craft a summary paragraph.
  • Activities: guided reading, read aloud, shared reading, independent reading 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Use boxes and bullets to develop reasons with specific evidence to support a claim
  • develop their body paragraphs by supporting each reason with relevant details from their research. 
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Divide multiples of 10, 100 and 1,000 by       single digit numbers
  • Represent and solve division problems with               up to a three digit dividend
  • Activities: exit tickets


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

Week Ending 12/1/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • use the THIEVES strategy to preview a nonfiction text and summarize what they think the text will mostly be about.
  • identify the purpose of a text feature by asking themselves, “What is this teaching me?”
  • Activities: guided reading, read aloud, shared reading, independent reading 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • know that when we compose arguments, we are composing claims supported by reasons and evidence. 
  • research both sides of an issue
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Solve division problems
  • Find factor pairs for numbers to 100, and use understanding of factors to define prime and composite.
  • Activities: exit tickets


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

Week Ending 11/17/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • identify differences between fiction (literature) and nonfiction (informational) texts by noticing their attributes.
  • identify how nonfiction (informational) texts are organized by referring to evidence when explaining what the text is about.  
  • Activities: guided reading, read aloud, shared reading, independent reading 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • know that when we compose arguments, we are composing claims supported by reasons and evidence. 
  • research both sides of an issue, and identifying the author’s perspective.
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Represent and solve division problems requiring decomposing a remainder in the tens.
  • Find whole number quotients and remainders.
  • Activities: exit tickets


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

Week Ending 11/3/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • defend and critique ideas by utilizing specific passages to quote specific   words, sentences, passages from the text itself. 
  • develop a larger understanding or interpretation of a book by thinking   about all of the elements of a story. 
  • Activities: guided reading, read aloud, shared reading, independent reading  

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Respond to a text using specific evidence
  • Reflect on their writing with meaning 
    feedback
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Multiply multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 by single digits, recognizing patterns. 
  • Use the place value chart to multiply a  two-digit multiple of 10 by a two-digit multiple of 10. 
  • Activities: exit tickets


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

Week Ending 10/27/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • understand that readers may be complicated by noticing how they can be one way in one setting or relationship and another way in a different context.
  • persuade another person to take their position about a character by debating and supporting their position with evidence. 
  • Activities: guided reading, read aloud, shared reading, independent reading 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Respond to a text using specific evidence
  • Reflect on their writing with meaning feedback
  • Activities: peer and teacher writing conferences

 

In math students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of area and perimeter formulas by solving multi-step real world problems.
  • Interpret and represent patterns when multiplying by 10, 100, and 1,000 in arrays and numerically.
  • Activities: exit tickets


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 12/15/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Learn about a character by studying what they say (dialog) and how they say it (actions). 
  • Revise or add new theories about a character by identifying a time (or times) when a character acts “out of character”.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Strengthen their written claims by paraphrasing evidence from the text.
  • Make sentences and paragraphs flow smoothly by using transition words.

 

In math students will:

  • Use divide by  10 patterns for multi-digit whole number division.
  • Use basic facts  to approximate quotients with two-digit divisors.

 

Please note:
Holiday Boutique 12/12-13
Board of Education meeting 12/14 7:30pm


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

Week Ending 12/1/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Recognize the importance of time efficiency and contributions to meaningful discussions of a book club by generating expectations and identifying roles.
  • Envision and empathize with characters by remembering a time in their lives when they lived through something similar. 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Write a thesis statement by organizing their ideas.
  • Clearly introduce their thesis statement by using a strong lead in an introduction paragraph

 

In math students will:

  • Use whole number multiplication to express equivalent measurements.
  • Use fraction and decimal multiplication to express equivalent measurements.

 

Please note:
Parent Teacher Conferences 11/29 6-9pm
Parent Teacher Conferences 12/01 12:30-3:15 pm
Elementary Early Dismissal 12/01 11:30 am
Field trip- Wonder movie 11/30
Field trip-Garvies Point Museum 12/6


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

Week Ending 11/17/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Recognize the benefits of reading in a book club by being able to view the text through the eyes of other readers. 
  • Recognize that working in a book club requires compromise and patience by considering book club etiquette.

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Build a strong foundation of text by being immersed in quality mentor texts discussions.
  • Write about characters analyzing their motives and actions.

 

In math students will:

  • Continue to convert numerical expressions into unit form as a mental strategy for multi-digit multiplication.
  • Connect visual models and the distributive property to partial products of the standard algorithm without renaming.

 

Please note:
M.U.S.T. night, Wednesday, Nov. 15 
Make-up picture day, Thursday Nov. 16


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

Week Ending 11/3/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Understand the main character, plot and theme by paying attention to the advice the older and wiser character gives to the main character.
  • Learn more about the theme, conflict and foreshadow by noticing when the author interrupts the action to recall a memory. 

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Bring a sense of closure to their writing by leaving the reader with a final message.
  • Edit their writing by using a checklist.

 

In math students will:

  • Multiply multi-digit whole numbers and multiples of 10 using place value patterns and the distributive and associative properties.
  • Estimate multi-digit products by rounding factors to a basic fact and using place value patterns.

 

Please note:
Tuesday, Oct. 31, grade 3-5 Wonderous Word Walk 9:30am, K-2 Storybook Parade 2:30pm
Thursday, Nov. 2, Elementary Family Academy, Lindell School 6:30pm
Friday, Nov. 3, West Comedy Night 8pm


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

Week Ending 10/27/17

In reading students will understand that:

  • Continue to better understand how the characters actions are related to the conflict, and sometimes the theme using the Aha Moment signpost.
  • Identify and recognize the importance of questions to get insight into the internal conflict of the story.  

 

In writing students will understand that:

  • Continue to recognize the theme of their personal narrative identifying the message.
  • Recognize pacing in their narratives by selecting an action and adding details.

 

In math students will:

  • Solve word problems using decimal operations.
  • Continue to divide decimals using place value understanding.

 

Please note:
Monday, Oct. 23, Elementary Red Ribbon Week begins
Thursday, Oct. 26 Board of Education meeting, West School, 7:30pm


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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