Monday, December 11, 2017

December

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Reading and Writing Workshop

Reading Workshop Unit 2 Reading to Learn:  The focus during this unit is grasping main ideas and text structures.  Students will be reading non-fiction, and picking out the main idea of the book or article and then finding details that support the main idea.  At home, students will be reading articles in National Geographic magazines that are on their reading level.  While reading those articles make sure to have conversations with your child that include questions like, 
  • "What is the main idea of the article?"  
  • "Where is the POP OUT sentence that tells you what this article will mostly be about?"  
  • "Can you show me some details that support the main idea?"
During this unit, we focus on non-fiction books that teach us about animals, places and things in the first 10 lessons.  At the end of the unit, we do a special focus on narrative non-fiction and biographies.  

Writing Workshop Unit 2 The Art of Information Writing:  The focus during this unit is to learn how to write about something as an expert.  Students will be looking at information writers as teachers of a topic.  Then they will pick a topic that they are experts on, and write about it in a way that teaches the readers about the topic.  

In Math, students are finishing up the second half of Chapter 11 / Area.  We are only focusing on multiplication and area during this chapter and will revisit perimeter after the NYS exam in the spring.  We will have a revised chapter test that only focuses on area.


Dates to Remember:

December 13

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Shopping at the Holiday Boutique

December 21
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3rd Grade Holiday Concert @ 1:30 p.m.


December 22
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Mrs. Heavey's Class Cookie Exchange - bring in your favorite holiday cookies for a cookie exchange!  All students will bring home a bag of different types of cookies. 
(If they don't eat them on the way home!) 


December 25 - January 1

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School is closed for the holidays from December 25 - January 1.  
Have a wonderful break enjoying your friends and family!
See you next year!



Monday, November 13, 2017

November



November 7: School Closed for Election Day
November 10:  School Closed for Veteran's Day
November 23 and 24: School Closed for Thanksgiving

Chapter 4 Math Test:  November 21st 

Reading Workshop:
Students are reading mysteries!  They are cracking the code of what makes a good mystery, and learning how mysteries tend to go.  

Vocabulary:
Detective
Sleuth
Crime
Witness
Victim
Evidence
Red Herring

Writing Workshop:
Students are writing their own mysteries.  We are using mentor texts to help guide them through the process of writing a great mystery.  Students are expected to have well developed characters (detective, side-kick, victim, witness, suspect), clues, and a red herring clue in their story to throw their readers off track.  All stories must have a solution to their mystery at the end.  



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Newsletter


October News

     The school year is off to a fantastic start!  I'm really getting to know each and every one of your children!  Here are some important dates to remember!

Thursday, October 5th @ 6:30 - Bring Your Parent to School Night at Northwest!
Monday, October 9th - School is Closed for Columbus Day!

October 18, 19, 20 - Picture Day - Schedule is TBD

Thursday, October 19th @ 6:30:  Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration!  Please join us for a fun and festive night!  Send in your slips to RSVP and let us know if you will be bringing a food to share at the party!

Math News
     In class, we have begun our math unit on multiplication.  We have been practicing the math facts on Moby Max every single day.  At home, please have your children work on memorizing their multiplication facts using flash cards, or have them go to the MOBY MAX website and choose the fact fluency icon.  They can also go to the Math icon to work on skills they need improvement on.  The students then earn virtual tickets they can use in the daily sweepstakes to win REAL PRIZES! 



Reading News

     The children have been practicing doing a lot of really great mind work!  In class, the students are working on reading for longer periods of time without taking breaks to use the bathroom, get drinks of water, or chat with a friend.  The skills they have been learning are how to ENVISION the story in their mind and how to make deeper PREDICTIONS based on what they have learned from the events and characters in the story.  They should not just tell you what they think will happen next, but also explain WHY they think that will happen.

Writing News
  The class has been working on writing personal narratives about a small moment.  We used the mentor text Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse to learn how to make small moments into BIG moments.  The students are working on adding details, descriptive and interesting words, and dialogue, while also focusing on text structure.  They are also working on building their stamina for writing and staying focused the entire time. The students are typing their stories using Google Docs, and they are so motivated!  Ask you child what they are writing about!  The more they talk about their stories with someone the easier it will be for them to write about it.  






Monday, September 18, 2017

Back to School Night!

Don't Forget...
Tuesday is 
ENL Night at 5:30
AND
Back to School Night at 6:30

See You Tuesday!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


September Calendar

September 13:  Board of Ed. Meeting @ 7:30 PAMES

September 19: ENL Parent Night @ 5:30pm

September 19:  Back to School Night @6:30

September 21-22:  School is Closed for Rosh Hashanah