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First Grade--Ms. Wu Second Grade--Mrs. Marks Wow, February sure went by fast! Now Swimming is a big splash in second it’s time for an eventful March. For grade. The children are learning water writing, we are starting an exciting new safety. i
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    Newsletter - March 2017 Kindergarten--Mrs. Ryan   Oh the Places You Can Go...100 days are done and we are still having fun! We are working hard getting ready for our fantastic Kindergarten Dr. Seuss Performance on March 23rd. We will be singing and dancing “Thinking about Seuss.” We are really enjoying reading fiction and adding to our toolbox with strategies to help us grow as readers. In writing, we are delving into narrative, writing to show all we have learned about stories. In Math we are finishing our studies of addition and subtraction and moving on to numbers up to 20. We love singing our number pairs and subtraction songs. In Science, we are exploring wood and then we are going to explore paper. Finally, we have been on a trip around the world. With Pancake, an adventure loving hamster, we have learned about the continents and oceans. We are continuing our geography studies, by looking at maps and learning more about the United States, New York and then the boroughs of NYC. As a school we are implementing the I-Ready program to meet the individual needs of our students in Math and ELA. First Grade--Ms. Wu   Wow, February sure went by fast! Now it’s time for an eventful March. For writing, we are starting an exciting new informational unit where we will be independently researching for a country of our choice. To align our reading with the writing unit, we will be reading It’s Back to School We Go! where we will be learning about how children from other countries go to school. We will be learning about the diversity of school experiences and comparing and contrasting the lives of children from different cultures but also the commonalities of all children. For math, we will be completing our Chapter 6 unit on Counting and Modeling Numbers by tens and ones and moving onto comparing numbers! In science, we are delving into weather. Lastly, for Dr. Seuss’ birthday,  we will be creating Oobleck!!! As a school we are implementing the I-Ready program to meet the individual needs of our students in Math and ELA.   Second Grade--Mrs. Marks   Swimming is a big splash in second grade. The children are learning water safety.   We are learning about balance and motion in science and we have read many non-fiction articles about recycling and our PROJECT for the month is to make their own car out of recycled materials and we will race and measure the distance of our cars. We will be writing narratives or stories with strong characters. The writers will be able to write a well sequenced story. As readers we are building our stamina and reading for longer periods of time. We are setting goals to make us stronger readers. During the week of March 6th, students will have additional lessons tailored to meet their academic needs with the use of a new online tool called I-Ready. Your child will be given a username/password. Students will be taking the online diagnostic assessments that week to demonstrate what they already know.   March and April will be busy with upcoming trips. We are going to Colden Center Theatre, the zoo and the Brooklyn Bridge.  Third Grade--Mrs. Barnett & Mrs. Walter    Students are practicing strategies for taking the NYS ELA exam. We will be beginning to focus our attention on preparing for the NYS Math exam, as well.   During the week of March 6th, students will have additional lessons tailored to meet their academic needs with the use of a new online tool called I-Ready. Your child will be given a username/password. Students will be taking the online diagnostic assessments that week to demonstrate what they already know.   During Writing, we have written both narrative and informational text. Our focus now is to deepen our knowledge of informative writing, by looking at different communities and learning how to compare/contrast them, by using either GOOGLE SLIDES/POWERPOINT to show their work.   During Reading, students are continuing to deepen their knowledge of strategies and having the stamina to sustain their independent reading time. Fourth Grade--Mrs. Clyne-Davis & Ms. Isopo   In addition to test prep sophistication and launching the new I-Ready individualized online learning program, we are in the midst of comparative essay writing. We are comparing and contrasting the Great Gilly Hopkins book to its movie counterpart. We will also be writing critical responses to Born to Be Wild, a video   all about the work of conservationists, Birute Galdikas and Daphne Sheldrick. Along with writing comparative writing pieces about the wonderful work they do. We will write our own myths and legends as part of our Literacy unit. In social studies, we are working on an American Revolution webquest and continuing to respond thoughtfully and critically to current events. In math, we are deepening our understanding of fractions by completing several real-life math projects and investigations. Since there is nothing more important than building empathy and compassion for all, we are receiving instruction in Humane Education which fosters reverence, respect and responsibility for people, animals and the environment. For the fifth consecutive year, we are partnered up with the Jane Goodall Roots and Shoot service learning program. We are helping create awareness about social isolation with a special initiative, “Starts with Hello” that will help us make new friends and stop other kids from becoming lonely. Fifth Grade--Ms. Melenk   We too are gearing up for testing. We are reviewing and updating our strategies for tackling the ELA and Math State Tests. As a school we are implementing the I-Ready program to meet the individual needs of our students in Math and ELA; we will be taking the diagnostic assessments on the 8th and 10th. We will also continue to enrich our G & T program in this class with Math Compacting and A-Z Learning (RazKids). Through the Roots and Shoots Grant process, we have identified a need in our school community. Our class will meet and support this need by educating others about being an Upstander. Standing together against bullying through understanding causes, prevention, and standing up for what is right. We are looking forward to completing our play this month. We are excited to share our creation with you and the school in early April.
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