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Ms. J's News for the Week of November 2nd

date 10/30/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Please remember to make sure your child is practicing their multiplication facts each evening for at least 10-15 minutes! If your child knows their math facts by heart, it makes learning math so much easier for them!
  2. Continue to make sure your child is reading at least 15 minutes each evening as well and quizzing every two weeks over the books they are reading. 
  3. We will be Map testing this week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Story: A Very Important Day (about citizenship)
  • Reading Strategy focus: Categorizing and Classifying
  • Grammar focus: Singular and plural possessive nouns ( Susan’s hat)
  • Spelling list: Words that have the –or, -ur, and yoor sounds
  • All tests on Friday!
Social Studies:
  • Working with Special Purpose Maps
  • The Northeast Region today
  • Review Questions p. 240-241 (1-20)
  • Fill out study guide for test on Friday!
  • Daily Oral Geography Sheet #4 is assigned and due on Friday!
Math:
  • Solve two-step word problems using standard subtraction algorithm fluently modeled with tape diagrams and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding.
  • Solve additive compare word problems modeled with tape diagrams.
  • Daily Drops in the Bucket Sheets 10-11.

Ms. J's News for the Week of October 26th

date 10/23/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Next week is Bullying Awareness Week. A sheet was sent home on Thursday explaining each of the days in detail.
  2. Fall Party is scheduled for Friday.  The students will be parading at the Care Center at 1:40 and then parading at Richard O. Jacobson at 2:00.  The fall party will begin at 2:15 and end at 3:00.
  3. There will be an informative Math Night meeting on Thursday evening at 6:30 for parents wanting to learn about Engaged New York common core curriculum.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • This week we will continue with reading out of our theme “American Stories” and our next story is entitled “ Boss of the Plains”.  Our vocabulary list will consist of common cowboy terms.
  • Our reading strategy focus will consist of learning how to make generalizations.
  • Our grammar focus will consist of identifying and spelling more plural nouns.
  • Our spelling word list will consist of work that have the /ir/, /ar/, and schwa /ar/ sounds.  The final test is scheduled for Friday.
  • Other skills covered are suffixes –er, -or, and –ist, and using context clues to help determine the meaning of a given word.  We will also practice using a time line.  The test is scheduled for Friday morning over the story and the skills covered above.
Social Studies:
  • The students will learn how to draw an inference from clues and information.
  • Describe the Industrial Revolution and how it evolved
  • Analyze changes in transportation and communication brought about by the Industrial Revolution.
  • Identify causes and effects of immigration into the United States.
  • Describe the city of Mumbai and explain the location and history of it.
  • DOG #3 is assigned and due on Friday for a grade.
Math:
  • Use place value understanding to decompose to smaller units up to 3 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.

Spelling words Week of October 19th

date 10/21/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

wood
brook 
tool
put
wool
puch
full
roof
group
prove
stood
stool
hook
smooth
shoot
bush
fool
pull
soup
move
soot
marooned
pudding
cocoon
superb
 

Ms. J's News for the Week of October 19th

date 10/15/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of October 19th
Reminders:

  1. Mike Briggs will be coming on Monday morning to share with the class about his experience as a truck driver along the North Atlantic Coast.
  2. There is an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
  3. Letters were sent home with students last week for parents who volunteered to help with our classroom parties this year. 
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Our next story is entitled “Tanya’s Reunion” to go along with our theme on American Stories.
  • Reading Strategy Focus this week is on making character inferences.
  • Grammar focus will be on finding and writing plural nouns correctly.
  • Spelling list will consist of words that have the long /oo/ and short vowel sounds of /oo/.
  • Other skills covered are word root meanings of –sign and –spect and dictionary entry words and their meanings.
  • All tests are scheduled for Friday.
Social Studies:
  • This week we will be learning about the history of the NE Region.  The students will be learning about the Iroquois Confederacy, the American Revolution, and the reading skill how to draw inferences.
  • Daily Oral Geography Sheet Week 2 will be assigned and due on Friday!
Math:
  • The students will learn how to solve multi-step word problems using the standard algorithm modeled with tape diagrams and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding and using 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.

Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of October 12th

date 10/08/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. There will be an early out on Wednesday at 1:00 PM.
  2. Letters were sent home with your child if you volunteered to help with planning the classroom parties this year.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • We will beginning  our next theme called “American Stories”.  The first story we will be reading is entitled “Tomas and the Library Lady.”  The test over the story will be on Friday. Remind your child to bring their reading book home to reread the story before the test.
  • Our reading strategy focus will be on sequencing events, or the order of story events.
  • Other reading skills covered are contractions, antonyms, using the library.
  • Our grammar focus will consist of identifying proper nouns and understanding the difference between common and proper nouns.
  • Our spelling list will consist of words that have the /ou/ and schwa /o/ sounds.
  • All tests will be on Friday!!!
Social Studies:
  • Students will be assigned their first Daily Oral Geography sheet this week and they can use maps in their books, on their computers, or even Google to find the answers by Friday.
  • We will finish reading about the geography of the NE Region of the United States and get ready to take our first test over this region this week.
Math:
  • This week we will use place value understanding to round multi-digit numbers to any place value using real world application  and use place value understanding to fluently add multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.
 

Ms. J's Newsletter 9-25-15

date 09/25/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The students will be going to the outdoor classroom on Friday during their specials time.
  2. Please return your party volunteer sheets this week.
 
Reading and Language Arts:
  • We will be wrapping up our Journeys theme this week and focus on a new  genre of reading entitled mysteries.  The students will become familiar with common mystery terminology and read two short mysteries.  Grammar  will consist of writing different kinds of sentences and knowing the difference between a phrase and a complete sentence.  The spelling list will consist of more short and long vowel words and be introduced to idioms.
Science:
  • We will continue with our unit on plant needs, parts of a plant and their roles in making food, and the plant life cycles.  We should be ready to test over it by the end of this week.
Math:
  • We will be taking our mid-module assessment over the first 7 lessons of module 1 and continue with lessons 8 and 9 for the rest of the week. We will be rounding multi-digit numbers to the thousands place using a vertical line.
 
 
 
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Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of September 21st

date 09/18/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Your child should have their multiplication facts memorized through the 5’s by now.  Please check to see if they do. 
  2. I will be checking over Reading Counts this weekend to see who has not taken their first RC test over the book they have been reading for the past several weeks. If they don’t get one passed by Monday, they will lose some recess time to catch up on their reading.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • We will be finishing up on our story “By the Shores of Silver Lake” on Monday and testing over the spelling words, grammar skill on nouns, the story, and the other reading strategies and skills covered over this story on Tuesday.
  • The rest of the week, we will be reviewing the theme of Journeys and reading to short stories entitled “Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride” and “The Parcel Post Kid.”  Our spelling list will consist of words we have already had and grammar skills that have been covered during this theme.
  • We will also begin our first writing piece called a personal narrative.  Students will tell about an event that has happened to them that they would like to share with us.
Math:
  • We will continue working with Module 1 lessons 6 and 7 this week.  Students will be asked to find 1,10, and 100 thousand more and less than a given number, and rounding whole numbers.
Science:
  • We will be learning about plant needs, the parts of a plant, and how they reproduce.

Ms. J's News for the Week of September 14th

date 09/10/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Please make sure that your child is reading 15 minutes every evening and practicing their multiplication facts.  Memorization of these facts are the key to becoming stronger students in math!
  2. On Wednesday, there will be an early dismissal at 1:00.
  3. We will be going to the Care Center on Friday at 2:30 to play Bingo with the residents.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • We will be wrapping up our story on Finding the Titanic on Monday and testing over it on Tuesday.  (Spelling test and Skills test as well….)
  • The next story we will be starting is called By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • We will be working with new vocabulary terms commonly used with a train ride, learn how to fill out a detail map, learn how to identify common nouns, and practice using homophones.
Math:
  • Read and write multi-digit numbers using base ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
  • Compare numbers based on meanings of the digits, using greater than, less than, and equal to record comparison.
  • Math Drops every day practice…..
Science:
  • Our next unit is on Animal Behavior and Growth.  Students will learn about the basic needs of animals, how animals’ body  parts help meet their needs, and how animals’ behavior help them meet their needs.

Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of September 7th

date 09/04/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 7th
Reminders:

  1. There will be no school on Monday due to the holiday.
  2. A reminder that your child should be practicing their multiplication facts for at least 10-15 minutes every evening and reading at least 15-20 out of their Reading Counts books.  I will be checking by the end of next week to see who has all taken a quiz over their books and passing them.  Thanks!
READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS:
  • We will be taking the spelling test, RC test over “Grandfather’s Journey”, and skills test next Tuesday.  Students were reminded to take their book home over the weekend if they felt they needed to reread the story.
  • Our next story is entitled “Finding the Titanic”. It is a nonfiction story.
  • Reading strategy focus is how to write and read an organizational outline.
  • The new grammar focus is learning to connect compound sentences correctly using commas and conjunctions.
  • The spelling list will consist of words that have the  /u/, /yoo/, and /oo sounds.
  • Other skills covered will be dividing words into syllables and an introduction to a thesaurus.
Science:
  • We will fill out our study guides over Classification next Tuesday and plan to take the test on Wednesday.
  • Our next unit in science will be on Animal Behaviors and Adaptations.
Math:
  • We will continue working with our Daily Math Drops next week.
  • The objective of next week’s lessons is naming numbers within 1 million by building understanding of the place value chart and placement of commas for naming base thousand units.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Aug. 31st

date 08/28/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  • Pictures are on Tuesday, September 1st.   Please send the picture envelope and money with your child on that day.
  • There is an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Spelling test is on Monday.  The spelling list is located on your child’s planner.
  • The reading skills test over “Akiak” is also on Monday.  Students are allowed to bring their reading books anytime they need to reread the story before the test.  We will have listened to it and discussed it as well throughout the week.
  • The next story will begin on Monday.  The title is “Grandfather’s Journey.”  We will be learning about words commonly used  when taking a journey across the ocean.  Other reading skills covered will consist of learning how to fill out a word web, suffixes –ly and –y, and why some people keep journals when they travel.
  • The spelling list will consist of words that have the long and short sounds of the vowels /i/ and /o/.
  • Our grammar focus will be identifying subjects and predicates in a sentence.
Science:
  • Each day we cover a current event that relates to science.
  • The students will learn why scientists group living things, the names of the five largest groups of living things, how animals are classified, what groups of animals make up vertebrates and invertebrates, and how the plant kingdom is divided.
Engaged New York Math Lessons:
  • The objective of lesson 2 is to recognize a digit represents 10 times the value of what it represents in the place to its right.
  • The objective of lesson 3 is to name numbers within 1 million by building understanding of the place value chart and placement of commas for naming base thousand
  • We will also be starting our Daily Math Drops in a Bucket lessons, too.