September 10-14, 2018



          Our first full week of school has been completed.  Both Mrs. Schill and I are pleased with how well the children have adjusted.  Soon we will be getting our agenda books for the children to write down their homework.  For the mean time the children are filling in a homework sheet and keeping it in the front of their folders.  Please initial it each night and remind your child to write down what he/she has read.   It is so important for the children to read 15 minutes each night.  They may borrow books or magazines from the class library.  The math homework may be difficult at times.  Mrs. Poveromo and I always have the children work on the problem set pages in class so that they can look back to see what they need to do on the homework pages.  It is the same content; it just reinforces the lesson of the day. 

    Spelling homework will begin next week.  The following week will be vocabulary work.  If your child has any difficulties with homework, or getting it done due to a family emergency, please let us know.  You can jot a note in their agenda book or email us.

Reading:  Traditional literature is stories that have been passed down from generation to generation.  This week we focused on fables.  All fables have a moral, a lesson to be learned.  During the week we covered how to read “Closely” to think about the moral and then answer it with detail using “RACE” (restate the question, answer all parts, cite text evidence, and edit for punctuation). The children also thought about how a character from the fable changed in addition to comparing and contrasting fables and characters.

Writing:  We just love the “Summer Selfies” that you sent in.  The children are writing about their experiences.  One area to focus on is writing a good lead, introduction.  Each child is being conferenced with and we are pinpointing areas that we will work on and all the wonderful things that they are doing with their writing.


Math: The fourth graders have been working with place value.  The main concept that they need to understand is that “A digit represents ten times the value of what it represents in the place to its right.”  We have been practicing multiplying and dividing by tens.


  The third graders worked on the concept of multiplication.  They related it to repeated addition and illustrated it with number bonds.  Also they created arrays to illustrate multiplication sentences.


Social Studies:  Geography skills are so important to know before we begin to learn about communities around the world in our social studies curriculum.  Since the children learned about landforms last year we are focusing on identifying the continents and oceans on a map, using the cardinal and intermediate directions, and using latitude and longitude lines.  Each child has a hurricane tracking chart and we are tracking the coordinates of Hurricane Florence.

STEM:  The water bottle flip challenge was incorporated into our science curriculum to show the children how important it is to keep data.  They were asked to change one variable with this activity and test it out.  Some changed the water and used coffee grinds, popcorn kernels, sand, and sunflower seeds.  They enjoyed the activity and were being scientists. 

    The first unit is buoyancy.  I handed each child a piece of clay and they had to try to get it to float.  Congratulations to Alexander for being the first one to do this successfully.  The children were trying one idea and then using their skills to make it work. 

   Enjoy your weekend.