Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Study Guide for Religion Final Exam for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

Religion Final for ALL grades will be given on June 2nd.  Third and Fourth will be taking the Archdiocesan Exam.

FOURTH GRADE
*Review thoroughly all definitions on  www.studystack.com/flashcard-258432
*Review all definitions of words on  flashcards for Units 1,2,3 & 4 on http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/index.cfm
***MOST IMPORTANT:  Study all notes on front and back of sheet stapled in Religion notebook labeled : To review for Archdiocesan Exam
*Study sheet stapled in notebook listing ten essay questions and be prepared to answer EACH part of every question.
*Study sheet listing the Beatitudes and explaining the meaning of each.

Be sure to memorize the following:
*each of the Ten Commandments  (and specific ways in which YOU practice each of these)
*Jesus'  Two Great Commandments
*Jesus'  New Commandment
*each of the Beatitudes (Sermon on the Mount)
*Corporal Works of Mercy
*Spiritual Works of Mercy
*Practical Works of Mercy  (specific ways in which we practice these works of mercy)
*each of the five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary  text p. 328
*each of the five Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. See http://www.rosary-center.org/luminous.htm
*the Stations of the Cross (text p. 329)
*the steps for making a good moral choice (listed on review sheet)
*the Sanctus prayer
*names of the Sacraments of  Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, Sacraments of Service
*name of a saint and specific evidence of how he/she lived a life of holiness
*four steps of Reconciliation and how to prepare for it (examination of conscience)
*Advent season practices:  making an Advent wreath with candles, creating a  Jesse tree with Bible symbols, setting up a Nativity scene.
*different types of sins (on  Archdiocesan review sheet)
*Lenten season practices: receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday, praying the Stations of the Cross, fasting, almsgiving.
*dates and names of important feast days listed on review sheets



THIRD GRADE
*Review all vocabulary definitions on  http://www.cram.com/flashcards/grade-3-guardian-angel-archdiocesan-review-2746540   On the  top click on Test. Then on right side click on multiple choice under question format and then on  make new test. Practice taking the test as shown in class.
*Also review  www.studystack.com/flashcard-374942
*Review definitions of all words on flashcards for Units 1, 2, 3 &4 on http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/index.cfm
*Study sheets labeled Mid-term Review stapled in notebook.
*Practice answering essay questions (written in Religion notebook)

Be sure to memorize:
*each of the Ten Commandments  (and specific ways in which YOU practice each of these)
*Jesus' Two Great Commandments
*names of the Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, Sacraments of Service (p. 329)
*description and explanation of parables of The Prodigal Son (Forgiving Father), The Good Samaritan, The Mustard Seed, The Sower of the Seed (text pp. 296-299 and notebook or on sheeets)
*Advent season practices: making an Advent wreath with candles, creating a  Jesse tree with Bible symbols, setting up a Nativity scene.
*Lenten season practices:  receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday, praying the Stations of the Cross, fasting, almsgiving.


SECOND GRADE
*Review  definitions of all words on flashcards for Units 1, 2, 3, & 4 on http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/index.cfm
*THIS WILL BE GIVEN OUT NEXT WEEK: Study review sheet with vocabulary words and essay questions.  Be prepared to answer EACH part of the FIRST FIVE essay questions only.  BE SURE TO KNOW THE MEANING OF EACH WORD ABOVE THE ESSAY QUESTIONS!

Be sure to memorize:
*THE ACT OF CONTRITION
*each of the Ten Commandments (and specific ways in which YOU practice each of these)
*each of the steps of Reconciliation and how we prepare for it:
EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE - thinking about our sins and knowing which commandemnts we've broken
 The four steps are:  CONFESSION - telling your sins;  CONTRITION - being sorry for your sins;
PENANCE - making up for the sins by prayers or good deeds;  ABSOLUTION- forgiveness of sins
* describing and explaining a story of forgiveness such as  "The  Lost Sheep" or  "The Forgiving Father"

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades for May 2 to 6

Dear Parents,
        This week the second grade will be taking the ITBS Test on Tuesday through Friday.   On Wednesday we are having a Star Wars contest at 10:00. On Thursday we have Ascension Thursday Mass at 9:00 followed by Honors Assembly (based on the last report card). On Friday we have the Science Fair.  Needless to say there will again be changes in scheduling. Some lesson plans from last week had to be rescheduled due to the testing last week. There will an ELA Quiz for all classes on Friday. This quiz will cover vocabulary (listed in notebooks) and writing assignments based on their readings for Module 4 or Domain 11. Religion Quizzes will be based on questions from previous Archdiosean Exams in order to start preparing students for their final in early June.

FOURTH GRADE
PLEASE SEE STUDY GUIDE FOR  RELIGION FINAL EXAM ON SEPARATE BLOG!

ELA 5/3 Read Chapter 5 in The Hope Chest. Practice summarizing it.  Look for figurative language. Make sure you have read Chapter 4 as well!
REL 5/3 Study Chapters 19 and 20 on the eighth and ninth commandment. Also STUDY THE SHEET STAPLED IN NOTEBOOK TITLED REVIEW FOR ARCHDIOCESAN EXAM. Quiz and daily assessments will be based on these notes. Also be sure to practice all vocabulary terms on http://www.studystack.com/flashcard-258432   It is an excellent website for reviewing most important vocabulary terms! Next week we will be working on answering essay questions. There are sheets of these essay questions in your Religion notebook!

ELA 5/5 Study vocabulary and notes for Chapters 1 to 4 of The Hope Chest for quiz tomorrow. Read Chapter 6 in  The Hope Chest.
REL 5/5 Review again vocabulary definitions on  http://www.cram.com/flashcards/grade-4-archdiocesan-religion-exam-2743936   Be ready for assessments on these!

THIRD GRADE
PLEASE SEE STUDY GUIDE FOR  RELIGION FINAL EXAM ON SEPARATE BLOG!

ELA 5/3  Study vocabulary for Module 4 and be able to explain all of the challenges to having access to freshwater based on  facts  found on pp. 4 to 13 in One Well. BRING BOOK BACK TOMORROW!
REL 5/3   Review again vocabulary definitions on  http://www.cram.com/flashcards/grade-3-guardian-angel-archdiocesan-review-2746540 On the top click on Test. Then on  right side click on multiple choice under question format and then on  make new test. Practice taking the test as shown in class.   Another good website for studying vocabulary definitions is on http://www.studystack.com/flashcard-374942  Be ready for assessments on these!

ELA 5/5 Review vocabulary and all ELA notes for Module 4 for quiz tomorrow
REL 5/5 Study the Mid-term Review sheets stapled in your Religon notebook. Review all flashcard words and definitions for Units 1 to 4 on http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/index.cfm which should be printed out. Study Religion text pp. 288-289 as well on praying the rosary and the joyful mysteries of the rosary.


SECOND GRADE
PLEASE SEE STUDY GUIDE FOR  RELIGION FINAL EXAM ON SEPARATE BLOG!

ELA 5/3 Study all vocabulary definitions in notebook for Domain 11. Review all notes as well.
REL 5/3 Study Chapter 25. Also review all Unit 1, 2, 3, and 4 flash card words on http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/index.cfm

ELA 5/5 Review same vocabulary of Domain 11 for quiz tomorrow as well as any notes given.
REL 5/5 Review Chapter 25. Answer p. 294 on looseleaf. Again review all Unit 1, 2, 3, and 4 flash card words on http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/index.cfm


Please see below for this week's lesson plans if you wish.

Fourth grade:http://planbookedu.com/s/JEA4Y

Third grade:http://planbookedu.com/s/3J7YR

Second grade:http://planbookedu.com/s/BJJ1L
     


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th for April 25 to 29

Dear Parents,
        Congratulations to all those who received First Reconciliation, First Communion, and even Baptism during the past few weeks.  Weekly quizzes begin this week again. Religion quizzes will be given on Wednesday and ELA quizzes will be given on Friday. The ELA quizzes this week for all classes will cover only grammar and phonics skills. Next week's quiz will cover the vocabulary and writing skills associated with the new Module 4 or Domain 11.
        Please see below for study guides for quizzes  for each class this week.

FOURTH
4/26 REL- Quiz on Wed. Study Chapter 2 .Memorize ALL the Beatitudes. Know the meaning of all the terms as listed on p. 35 in text book.
****Read Chapter 2 and 3 in The Hope Chest.  Be ready to answer questions!
BEGIN TO REVIEW VOCABULARY FOR ARCHDIOCESEAN EXAM ON http://www.cram.com/flashcards/grade-4-archdiocesan-religion-exam-2743936.  Daily assessments will be based on these vocabulary terms.

4/28 ELA - Quiz on  Fri. Study Grammar Workshop pp. 36 to 39: types of sentences, complex/compound sentences, sentence/fragment/run on, use of capitals, ending punctuation marks
Phonics - Study pp. 51, 52 (top), 53: cointractions, possession, spelling rules for adding suffixes, number of syllables
****Read Chapter 4 in The Hope Chest. Be ready to answer questions!

THIRD
4/26 REL -Quiz on Wed. Study Chapters 22 and 23. Be sure to know all the key words.
BEGIN TO REVIEW VOCABULARY FOR ARCHDIOCESEAN EXAM ON
http://www.cram.com/flashcards/grade-3-guardian-angel-archdiocesan-review-2746540.  Daily assessments will be based on these vocabulary terms.

4/28 ELA - Quiz on Fri. Study Grammar Workshop pp. 40 to 43: types of sentences,
complex/compound sentences, sentence/fragment/run on, use of capitals, ending punctuation marks
Phonics - Study p. 64 : sounds of final y, number of syllables and p. 70-71: consonant digraphs


SECOND
4/26 REL- Quiz on Wed. Study Chapter 23 and be sure you can recite all the Ten Commandments and know what they mean.
BEGIN TO REVIEW FOR FINAL RELIGION EXAM. Study Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 flash card words and definitions on .http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve/index.cfm  Daily assessments will be based on these vocabulary terms.

4/28 ELA - Quiz on Fri. Study Progress Book pp. 94 to 99; use of apostrophes for contractions and possessives, past tense of irregular verbs
Phonics- Study pp. 109, 121, and 124: sounds of final y, silent letters, digraphs

Please see below for this week's lesson plans if you wish.

Fourth grade:  http://planbookedu.com/s/MSZVN

Third grade: http://planbookedu.com/s/MSZVN

Second grade:  http://planbookedu.com/s/GJVVK


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th for April 18 to 22

Dear Parents,
        This Friday dismissal is at 12:00 for report card distribution.  Parent -Teacher Conferences will be held from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Students in each grade should prepare for assessments only in Religion this week since we are just beginning a new module in ELA. Second grade DOES need to study the vocabulary for Domain 6 which we are finishing this week.

FOURTH
4/19 REL - Study Chapter 2 including all key words. MEMORIZE EACH OF THE BEATITUDES AND KNOW THE MEANING OF ALL THE TERMS ON P. 35.
4/21 ELA- Read carefully Chapter 1 only of The Hope Chest and be ready to answer questions
about it. In Grammar Workshop answer on looseleaf p. 36 #1 to 4 and on p. 37 #17 to 28.  Be sure to follow directions for each section, list page numbers, and work neatly.  Sloppy work will not be accepted!

THIRD
4/19 REL - Study Chapters 22 and 23 including all key words.  On looseleaf answer pp. 258 and 270.
4/21 ELA- In Grammar Workshop answer on looseleaf p. 40 #1-9.and on p. 41 #16 to 24.Be sure to follow directions for each section, list page numbers, and work neatly.  Sloppy work will not be accepted!

SECOND
4/19 ELA - Review all vocabulary definitions and notes for Domain 6.  Assessment will continue tomorrow including writing sections on comparing/contasting using Venn diagams and explaining the any of the life cycles of nature that we studied: seasons, plants, trees, frog, butterfly, or water.

4/21 REL -  Assessment on the Ten Commandments! MEMORIZE and know how you obey each commandment! Also study Chapter 23. Answer p. 270 on looseleaf. For #9 and 10 write two separate sentences citing text evidence from the chapter you studied!




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

Fourth:  http://planbookedu.com/s/SEMIW  

Third: http://planbookedu.com/s/K7HJ5

Second: http://planbookedu.com/s/H2U99

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Notices and Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th for April 11 to 15

Dear Parents,
          The Math State Test is being given this week on Wed., Thurs., and Fri.  so I will not be assigning any homework until these state tests are over.  Next week ALL CLASSES will be starting a new module. Fourth will work on Module 4 on Women's Suffrage. (If you paid for the book, I sent the money to Mr. Woods to order.)  Third will work on Module 4 on Water Conservation (Copies of the book IN COLOR have already been made.)  Second grade will work on Domain 11 on Immigration.
           Next week quizzes will begin again. Religion will be first and I will let all classes know on Thursday what they should study.  A reminder to all those in the sacramental program that First Reconciliation is on Tues., April 19th and First Holy Communuion is on Sun. April 24th.
           For those who are interested in extra resources to help with reading in the Social Studies and some Science topics, I found a website with some worthwhile books on various topics to give students a good background. You may google: Good Question book series and click on https://www.rainbowresource.com.  
The books are inexpensive, contain colorful pictures and photographs of the past, and give good background based on a series of chapter questions.

SECOND GRADE
4/14 ELA - Study ALL vocabulary defintions for Domain 6 on Cycles of Nature for assessment starting tomorrow and ending on Monday.
4/14 Rel -  Memorize the Ten Commandments, Our Father, and Hail Mary.

THIRD GRADE
ALL STUDENTS MUST BE IN FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM TOMORROW FOR THE FUNERAL MASS!  PRACTICE '"SONG OF RUTH" ON  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79KUTX-hE18

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

fourth grade: http://planbookedu.com/s/CILTQ

third grade:http://planbookedu.com/s/NDNUK

second grade:http://planbookedu.com/s/95HVN

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Notices and Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th for April 4 to 8

Dear Parents,
       Hope you had a nice Easter!  This is a reminder that ALL students should bring their vacation homework in on Monday so that we can review it before the ELA State Test that begins on Tuesday.  Students should also bring in any books or notebooks that were taken home for study.  No other homework will be assigned for the next two weeks till the state tests are over to give students an opportunity to review.
         In class second grade will continue work on Domain 6 on Cycles in Nature, but both third and fourth will begin Module 4 on April 18th.  Fourth grade will be studying the Woman's Sufffrage Movement and the importance of voting. EACH STUDENT IN FOURTH GRADE WILL NEED TO BRING IN $7.00 SO MR. WOODS CAN ORDER THE BOOK  THE HOPE CHEST (272 pages) BY KAREN SCHWABACH WHICH EACH STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO READ! I will be collecting the money starting next week so please send it in as soon as possible.  Third grade will be studying the importance of conserving water and will be reading One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss. Since this book is only a few pages long, it will be possible to make copies for each student so there is no need to buy this one.
           A reminder to second graders that their Reconcilation Ceremony is scheduled for April 19th at 11:00 and for third graders their first Holy Communion is scheduled for Sunday, April 24th.  Report cards will be distributed on April 22nd and Parent-Teacher conferences will again be held from 1:00 to 7:00 that day.


FOURTH GRADE:

HOMEWORK FOR 4/5 and 4/6: FOR ADDITIONAL PRACTICE FOR THE ELA STATE TEST
 PLEASE WRITE  ONE PARAGRAPH ONLY FOR  THE EXTENDED RESPONSE FOR EACH STORY. 
 YOU CAN WORK ON THREE STORIES TONIGHT AND COMPLETE THE REST TOMORROW. 
THE WEB SITE IS:        
http://teacher.depaul.edu/Nonfiction_Readings_ALL_GRADES.htm    As you can see there are many selections for FOURTH grade, but I reviewed them and found the following six the most useful: 1) Prairie Change, 2) Learning About the Solar System, 3) Pilsen, A Community Changes,  4)Illinois: Pioneers and Prairies, 5)The Early Chicago: Environment and People, and 6)The Football Team.

4/7 ALL STUDENTS MUST BRING IN THEIR $7.00 IN NO LATER THAN TOMORROW,
FRIDAY SO MR. WOODS CAN ORDER IT NEXT WEEK.  ALL FOURTH GRADERS ARE REQUIRED TO REAAD THIS BOOK AND WILL BE TESTED ON ITS CONTENTS!

4/7 REL - Study Chapter 16 and answer p. 194 on looseleaf. Remember two answers for 9 -10.

 You can also check out the following website which explains what's important to remember in answering extended responses:
http://www.fabiuspompey.org/tfiles/folder297/Paired%20Passage%20Practice%20packet.pdf

Please scroll to the extended responses to see  good student samples from previous state tests:
file:///C:/Users/Ms.%20Saville/Downloads/2014_ela_grade_4_sample_annotated_items%20(3).pdf
https://www.engageny.org/resource/released-2015-3-8-ela-and-mathematics-state-test-questions

THIRD GRADE:
HOMEWORK FOR 4/5 and 4/6:  FOR ADDITIONAL PRACTICE FOR THE ELA STATE TEST
PLEASE WRITE  ONE PARAGRAPH ONLY FOR  THE EXTENDED RESPONSE FOR EACH STORY. 
YOU CAN WORK ON THREE STORIES TONIGHT AND COMPLETE THE REST TOMORROW. 
THE WEB SITE IS:   
http://teacher.depaul.edu/Nonfiction_Readings_ALL_GRADES.htm   As you can see there are many selections for THIRD grade, but I reviewed them and found the following five the most useful: 1) Grant Park, 2) Gwendolyn Brooks: African-American Poet, 3) A New Park, 4)  Animal Studies,  5) Chicago Changes.

Please scroll to the extended responses to see  good student samples from previous state tests:
https://www.engageny.org/resource/released-2015-3-8-ela-and-mathematics-state-test-questions
file:///C:/Users/Ms.%20Saville/Downloads/2014_ela_grade_3_sample_annotated_items%20(3).pdf


4/7 REL- Study Chapter 23 and on looseleaf answer pp. 268 and 270.  For p. 268 just write the word next to each number (for example 1. ecumenism)


SECOND GRADE:

4/7  REL- In the back of the Religion book be sure to review the Sign of the Cross, the  Act of Contrition, the Our Father,  and the Hail Mary prayers.  It is espeially important that students receiving  the sacrament of Reconcilation on April 19th have these prayers  memorized so they can do their penance. However, I  will be testing all students on reciting these prayers next week.  All students also need to review the TEN COMMANDMENTS  on p. 329 and Chapters 11 and 12. 

Please see below for this weeek's lesson plan if you wish:

Fourth grade:http://planbookedu.com/s/CILTQ


Third grade: http://planbookedu.com/s/PXVMV


Second grade:http://planbookedu.com/s/95HVN




Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Homework for March 17th and Easter Vacation

Dear Parents,
        As mentioned on my previous posted blog,  on Thursday all students need to bring in sturdy bags to pack up books on Thursday. Third graders must also bring in their $3.00 for the pizza party no later than Thursday or bring something of their own to eat!  Third graders must also bring in their own individual juice containers and ONE  snack large enough to share with the class.  Suggestions will be given in class on Thursday of what to bring.

ATTENTION THIRD AND FOURTH GRADERS:
       All third and fourth graders will be taking the ELA STATE TEST one day after their return from Easter vacation. All third and fourth graders have received review sheets on use of capital letters and use of transition words which have been stapled in their ELA notebooks.  I will be sending home a packet to each student of 3rd and 4th with TWO extended responses to be done based on the stories provided.  These are based on actual  sample questions given on state tests so they provide the best type of review.  I also provided a model of a sample essay including an introduction, conclusion, proper use of transtion words, and use of clearly stated factual details. "Extended responses" should be approximately as long as the model but MOST important is that students respond to the writing prompt (directions) COMPLETELY and CORRECTLY. Also, responses must be  IN THEIR OWN WORDS and BASED ON TEXT DETAILS.  There must also be reasonably good use of correct grammar. The introduction should include the name (s) of the stories in quotation marks and RESTATE the writing prompt so that the essay focuses on that prompt. The conclusion can be short and should be  based on the main idea of the essay. Students should use formal English, write COMPLETE SENTENCES, and not repeat the same information more than once!
Since I have only one day after vacation to review the completed assignment, I am not requiring more work. SO...  it is necessary that  students complete these two assignments to the best of their ability!             For any students who wish more practice I recommend working on pp. 5, 6, and 7  in Book 2 of previous ELA State Tests for short responses and proofreading activities.  The story to answer the questions in Book 2 is in the "Listening Selection." The websites are: http://www.nysedregents.org/Grade4/EnglishLanguageArts/home.html for FOURTH GRADE
and http://www.nysedregents.org/Grade3/EnglishLanguageArts/home.html for THIRD GRADE.

For Religion students should now print out the Unit 4 flash card words and definitions on www.sadlierrelgion/we believe.com for their grade and study these as well as review the words and definitions for Units 1, 2, and 3.  Assessments will be given on these when students return.
   
ATTENTION SECOND GRADERS:
         For Easter vacation, I am  recommending strongly that SECOND GRADERS click on http://www.nysedregents.org/Grade3/EnglishLanguageArts/home.html and  print out  pp. 5, 6, 7 from Book 2 for 2010, 2009, 2008 ELA State Tests and the story in the "Listening Selection" for each year and practice answering the questions to start preparing for next year!  These give practice in answering short responses based on a story and proofreading practice in grammar.
Students will receive credit toward their grade for completing these assignments for the years 2010 to 2008, as stated above..Second graders should also review the Domain 6 (Science) notes in ELA notebook.

For Religion students should now print out the Unit 4 flash card words and definitions on www.sadlierrelgion/we believe.com for second grade and study these as well as review the words and definitions for Units 1, 2, and 3.  Assessments will be given on these when students return.
                                                                             
      I will be listing grades for the Module 3 and Domain 4 tests as well as other work during the Easter vacation as soon as they can be corrected.  We begin Module 4 after vacation.  Second grade will continue work on Domain 6. I want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!