Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Questions for July's Summer Reading Book for Third Grade

Dear Parents,
        The assigned summer reading book for July for  students entering third grade in September 2016 is Loyola Kids Book of  Saints  by Amy Welborn.  The questions are divided per chapter as directed by Mr. Woods. The questions should be answered on looseleaf beginning with a full heading  and neatly written.  Each answer should be numbered correctly, written in complete sentences, and based on TEXT EVIDENCE. I suggest that students pace themselves reading ONE chapter and responding to each set of questions PER DAY or every other day so reading is consistent and enjoyable, not overwhelming. One or two sentence responses are fine.

Chapter 1 is based on saints who love children.
  1. Explain something mentioned  about the life of  St. Nicholas that reminds you of Santa Claus.
  2. How did St. John Bosco help the homeless boys in the slums of Italy?
  3. What made it difficult for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to start her school in New York?

Chapter 2 is based on saints who love their families.
   4. What problem did St.Monica have with her son St. Augustine?
   5. How did St. Therese of Lisieux show devotion (love) for her sisters?

Chapter 3 is based on saints whose actions surprised others.
   6. What was St. Simon's reason for sitting on a pillar?
   7. What did St. Celestine do after he resigned as a pope?
   8. What did the voices St. Joan heard ask her to do?

Chapter 4 is based on saints who used their creative talents.
     9.  How did St. Hildegard use her talents to praise God?
    10. What was special about Fra Angelico's paintings?
    11. What helped St. John of the Cross deal with his suffering?

Chapter 5 is based on saints who teach us how to pray.
     12. What was life like as a monk in St. Benedict's monasteries?  What did they do?
     13. Why did St. Dominic think the rosary helps us when we pray?
     14. What difficulties did St. Louis de Monfort face in teaching the poor in France?

Chapter 6 is based on saints who see beyond the everyday.
     15. What did the Virgin Mary ask Juan Diego to do?  Why?
     16. What convinced most people that St. Bernadette did not make up the story of seeing Mary?
     17. What does it mean that Padre Pio experienced "stigmata"?

Chapter 7 is based on saints who travel far from home.
      18.  How did St. Boniface surprise the worshipers of Thor to show their god wasn't real?
      19.  How did St. Peter Claver deal with the slave trade in Cartagena, Spain?
      20.  In which two countries did St. Francis Xavier do most of his missionary work?

Chapter 8 is based on saints who are strong leaders.
      21.  What did Attila, the Hun agree to do after meeting with Pope Leo the Great?
      22.  What were some results of St. John Neumann's hard work?

Chapter 9 is based on saints who told the truth in times of difficulty.
     23.  What caused the disagreement between St. Thomas Becket and King Henry VIII?
     24.  Why did Fr. Titus need to speak against the Nazis?

Chapter 10 is based on saints who help us undertand God.
    25. What job (related to the bible) did St. Jerome agree to do?
    26. Why wasn't it easy to teach the people of Ireland about Christianity?
    27. What important question did St. Thomas Aquinas answer in his writings and teachings?

Chapter 11 is based on saints who change their lives for God.
   28.  What was the problem St. Ambrose faced in becoming a church leader?
   29.  Why didn't  St. Gregory like being a pope?
   30.  How did St. Katharine Drexel help African and Native Americans?

Chapter 12 is based on saints who show bravery.
   31. St. Perpetua and Felicity were considered "catechumens."  What does that mean?
   32. Why is St. George remembered for his bravery?
   33. Why did St. Isaac Jogues stay with the Mohawk tribe after they tortured him?

Chapter 13 is based on saints who help the poor and sick.
   34. Why was St. Elizabeth of Hungary so wealthy?
   35. Why was it so important to  St. Martin de Porres's father that his son become a barber?
   36. What happened to St.Vincent de Paul soon after he was ordained a priest?

Chapter 14 is based on saints who help in ordinary ways.
   37. Based on the reading why do you think we have our throats blessed on the feast of St. Blaise?
   38. Based on the reading why do you think we pray to St. Anthony of Padua to find lost things?

Chapter 15 is based on saints who come from all over the world.
   39. How did the strangers called "Black Robes" change the life of Kateri Tekakwitha?
   40.  How did St.Paul Miki demonstrate Christ-like behavior?


Monday, June 27, 2016

Supply List and Summer Reading Book Titles for Upcoming Third Grade

 Dear Parents,

          Below is a list of  the supplies needed for the upcoming THIRD GRADE. This list covers what is needed for all three teachers.

-5 marble notebooks (no spiral notebooks) and 1 marble graph paper notebook for Math

-9 folders (plastic ones only with front and back slip in panels and two inside pockets on the bottom.  These  can be bought in schools supply room- PLEASE  LABEL  WITH  NAME  ONLY -NOTHING  ELSE!

-3 sharpened pencils (no mechanical pencils)


-1 pack of color pencils (no markers)

-1 shapener that keeps trash inside

-2 pencils cases (no plastic boxes)
*one pencil case for regular pencils , erasers, sharpener. The second for color pencils and glue stick.

-1 lunch box (NOT attached to the book bag or roller cart) --only if student wishes to bring his own lunch or snack

- 1 sturdy book bag or roller cart

-2 rolls of paper towels

-2 containers of bleach wipes

-3 reams of white copy paper (500 sheets each) - label each pack with name -to be collected for copies

-2 tissue boxes

-2 packs of graph paper

-2 packs of looseleaf (200 sheets each)

-1 glue stick (no squeeze bottles)

-1 small size thesauraus

-one 12 inch ruler

-1 yellow highlighter

-1 pack of different color labels

-1 smaller pack of white copy paper for classroom projects /activities 

Below I listed the books required for summer reading for the upcoming third grade:

For July's reading: Loyola Kids Book of Saints by Amy Welborn (307 pages)
ISBN-10: 0829415343
ISBN-13: 978-0829415346

For August 's reading: My Librarian Is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs (32 pages)
 ISBN-10: 1590780930   
ISBN-13: 978-1590780930 

I will be posting questions on these books in the next two weeks, so please be sure to check back. The responses are due on looseleaf paper neatly answered in complete sentences. Happy Summer reading!

Questions for August's Summer Reading Book for Third Grade

Dear Parents,
        The questions below refer to the book My Librarian Is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs.  This informational book describes how books are brought to children all over the world. It is divided by  the names of different remote countries where access to books is extremely difficult in comparison to our country. Just as before,  questions should be answered on looseleaf beginning with a full heading  and neatly written.  Each answer should be numbered correctly, written in complete sentences, and based on TEXT EVIDENCE. All questions should NOT be answered at one sitting but rather over several days. One or two sentence responses are fine.

1. The text states that the mobile library truck is "a solar powered high-tech library."  How does a solar panel work?

2. What problem is the organization Relief International trying to solve?

3. How does the library in Canada work differently from most mobile libraries?

4.The text states "Libraries are services, not buildings."  How does England's way of delivering books demonstrate this?

5. Why must books in Finland be delivered by boat?
6. Why does the boat only go out from May to October?

7. Why did the libraries decide to leave behind containers of books?
8. Why is a bicycle used to deliver books in the city of Surabaya?

9. What are TWO reasons why camels are the best choice for book delivery in Kenya?
10.What are TWO tasks the librarians do before displaying the books to children on wooden shelves?

11. What are TWO ways books are carried into the Gobi Desert?
12. Why is the book tour referred to as "candy books"?

13.What are TWO reasons a double-decker bus is used for book delivery in Pakistan?

New Guinea
14. After starting their journey in a truck, what must the volunteers do to continue their trip into the jungle?
15. What else did the volunteers deliver besides books?

16.  What are TWO ways books are delivered in rural communities?
17.  How are books delivered in the coastal regions?

18. Why are elephants the best choice for book delivery in Thailand?
19. How were old railway cars reused after they were restored by the police?

20. What else did the donkey driven library carts bring to Zimbabwe besides books?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Notices for Monday, June 27th

Dear Parents,
        On Monday and Tuesday ALL students MUST be in complete school uniform (NO gym clothes or dress up)  At 10:00 there will be an Award Ceremony in which  special awards will be given out to some children who have shown excellence in a particular subject or way  during the school year. Although we try to include as many students as possible, please understand all cannot be chosen.  In the afternoon the THIRD grade will have  a pizza party.  Please send in $3.00 with your child IF you have not done so already. Students should also bring in their own juice or soda but no glass or large bottles. Students were also assigned to bring in ONE snack bag or box of treats to share with the class. These were discussed with the class already so all don't bring in the same thing. Report cards will NOT be given out until Tuesday  and students will be leaving early that day to enjoy their summer break!  Please remember that all students in each grade will be required to read TWO books and answer questions on these during their summer vacation. Supply list for next year along with the titles of these books will be posted on a separate blog by each teacher. Please remember to keep checking the blog!   Have a GREAT summer!                                           Love,     Ms. Saville

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Notices about Final Exams on Monday June 20th

Dear Parents,
        PLEASE REMEMBER THE ELA FINAL EXAM IS ON MONDAY. I have reposted the STUDY GUIDE for each grade below and added some information for fourth and third at the end.  Remember to review all corrections on past quizzes and tests thoroughly and review writng an essay including wriitng  a proper introduction, conclusion, transition words, using text evidence to support your statements, and avoiding fragments and run on sentences. Second grade needs to review writing a letter with all five letter parts. PLEASE CHECK OUT UPDATED INFORMATION IN BOLD PRINT AT THE END OF EACH GRADE'S STUDY GUIDE.

                                                   FOURTH GRADE
Module 1A:  Oral Tradition, Building Community
Vocabulary: constitution, wampum, democracy, quilt, bound, anxious, admitted
Grammar: multiple meaning words (light, roll)
               fragment, run- on, or complete sentence GWpp 32-33
               declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory sentences GW pp 8-9
Phonics:  blend (cl) / digraph (ch)
Text question based on symbols of The Keeping Quilt

Module 2B:  Animal Defense Mechanisms
Vocabulary:  predator, prey, venemous, adaptation, camouflage, invertebrate,nocturnal
Grammar: homonyms: there/their/they're
                prepositional phrases GW pp. 152, 154
                progressive verb forms GW pp. 92-93
Phonics: spelling rules for adding suffixes
Text question based on a pufferfish's defense mechanisms

Module 3B:  Perspectives on the American Revolution
Vocabulary:  prose, poetry, drama (AND ELEMENTS OF EACH), act, scene, establish, absolute, point of view, first or third person
Grammar: multiple meaning words (object, right)
                relative adverbs / relative pronouns GW p.180
                use of punctuation in sentences with dialogue GW p. 220
Phonics: prefixes meaning not : un-, dis-, in-., im- and suffixes meaning like:  -en, -ish, -y
Text question based on Divided Loyalties play

Module 4: The Suffrage Movement
Vocabulary:  elaborate, reconvene, involuntary, unsuited, reassured, accomplished, ratify
Grammar: simple/complex/compond sentences GW pp. 24,28
                choosing plural or possessive form based on context  (see quizzes 5/13)
                correct use of capitalization (see quizzes)
Phonics: number of syllables in a word
              possessives: singular or plural (boy's, boys') GW p. 52
              Text question based on The Hope Chest 

 ***Review  describing similar character traits and explaining how family values of main characters are affected by the time period in Divided Loyalties and The Hope Chest.
                                                      THIRD GRADE

Module 1A: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World
Vocabulary:  rumpled, consist, evidence, motivation, disagreeable, clue, argued
Grammar: multiple meaning words (roll, light)
                statement, question, command, exclamation GW pp. 12, 16
                fragment, run-on, or complex sentence GW pp. 8, 36
Phonics: spelling rules for adding suffixes
Text question based on My Librarian Is a Camel

Module 2B:  Studying Culture: Then and Now
Vocabulary: culture, entree, sushi, tsunami. sumo. emperor, Mardi Gras
Grammar:  past tense of irregular verbs GW p. 104
                 subject/verb agreement GW p. 76
                correct use of pronoun antecedent GW p. 176
Phonics: comparative form : -er/ superlative form: -est  GW p. 128
Text question based on Japan's culture

Module 3B:  Wolves in Fiction and Fact
Vocabulary:  dominant, alpha pair, rendezvous site, territorial, prowl, meager, scrawny               
Grammar:  simple/complex/ compound/sentence  GW pp. 28, 32
                 correct use of capitalization in titles GW p. 200
                 abstract nouns  GW p. 44
Phonics: beginning blend (small)   and ending blend (lamp)
Text question based on Face to Face with Wolves

Module 4:Role of Freshwater Around the World
Vocabulary:  access, conserve, agriculture, industry, chemicals, livestock, percipitation, evaporation
Grammar:  correct use of capitalization (not in titles)  (see examples on quizzes)
                 use of possessives: singular & plurals (boy's / boys') (see examples on quizzes)
                 use of irregular plural nouns GW p. 60
Phonics:  two sounds for final  -y  (lazy/try)
****Be sure to review  reasons why our water supply on earth is being threatened and why we are at risk of not having enough to survive and what we can do to help solve this problem. You can review the article on

                                                SECOND GRADE

Domain 1:  Fairy Tales and Tall Tales
Vocabulary: fairy tale, tall tale, moral, legend, hesitate, swindler, feat, inseparable, displeased
Grammar: statement, question, command, exclamatory sentence    Voyages p. 28
                synonym  /  antonym   smart:  intelligent  /  ignorant
                multiple meaning word: tracks
Phonics:  using -es as a plural  (churches)
Text question on Paul Bunyan (tall tale)  and  The Emperor's New Clothes (fairy tale)

Domain 2:  Early Asian Civilizations                       
Vocabulary:: prosperity, venture, conquer, archer, fertile, callegraphy
Grammar:  use of apostrophes in contractions  (isn't)  Progress p. 96
                 use of apostrophes in possessives  (boy's, boys')   Voyages pp. 55, 57  
                 use of commas in a letter  (date. greeting, closing)    Progress p. 194
Phonics: distinguishing short vowels:  pat, pet, pit , pot
Text question based on the Chinese New Year

Domain 4: Cycles in Nature
Vocabulary: resist, accurate. amuse, tending, foresight, spectators, securely, aimlessly
Grammar:  irregular plural nouns (women, mice)        Progress p. 48
                 multiple meaning word (pine)   see quizzes
                 collective nouns (batch, pack, team)    Progress p. 50
Phonics: recognize prefixes and suffixes in a word
Text question on a myth (eg. Icarus and Daedalus)

Domain 11:  Immigration
Vocabulary: immigrate, ancestor, descendent, opportunity, wage, afford, support, traditional
Grammar:  recognize adjectives  and  adverbs     Progress pp. 140, 142
                 past tense of irregular verbs (went, built)     Progress p. 94
                 idiom: "to turn over a leaf"
Phonics: recognize silent letters: kn,  wr
              use of digraphs:   ch ,  sh,   th
Text question on how to become a naaturalized citizen.  BE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO WRITE A LETTER CORRECTLY INCLUDING ALL FIVE PARTS !

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th for June 13th to 17th

Dear Parents,
        Since all students will be taking final exams in other subject areas every day this week, I will not be assigning any other work except to review the ELA quizzes sent last week and follow the ELA Study Guide that has been posted on the blog. The  ELA Final Exam is scheduled for next Monday, June 20th. It is a test which requires answering  40 questions covering vocabulary, grammar, phonics, literature, and writing a complete essay with an introduction, conclusion, and transition words based on a guideline! For second grade it will involve writing a letter.   I will assessing students during the week based on the information on the quizzes and the study guide and it will count toward theri final grade.  I will be working on bullying awareness activities during the week for Religion which will also count toward their final grade. Students in third grade who wish may bring in $4.00 for pizza on Monday and their own juice to drink.

Please click below if you wish to see this week's lesson plan:




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for June 6 to 10

Dear Parents,
         Please remember that there is no school this Friday once again.  This gives students plenty of opportunity to study for final exams. An ELA  study guide for each grade hs been posted separately weeks ago and can be found by checking my blog archive under the pictures I have posted. Please check for updates in case you already previously made a copy.  ALL corrected ELA quizzes for each grade were sent home last Thursday so students  can review with plenty of time since the ELA Final Exam is scheduled for June 20th.

6/7 ELA -  Review ALL ELA quizzes or tests sent home last week.  I will continue giving daily assessments based on information contained on these quizzes.

Please check back on Thursday for additional updates.

Please check below if you wish to see this week's lesson plans:

Fourth grade:

Third grade:

Second grade: