Monday, April 24, 2017

ELA notes for fourth grade only

Dear Fourth Graders,
        Due to the new schedule, we have less time in class than before. I am therefore posting the vocabulary and notes for the first few lessons below.  These must be copied neatly in your ELA notebook so you can study for the next  quiz. The pages refer to where these words and idioms are located in The Hope Chest.

                                                  Vocabulary                                                             4-27
1. alleged- claimed to be true without having proof'
2. deny- to refused to give or allow something; to decline
3. committed- did or performed
4. banks (p.4) - sides of a river or stream
5. defeated (p.14) - caused something to fail
6. disloyal (p.16) - unfaithful
7. imposing (p.2)- overwhelming; impressive
8. opposition party- (p.4) - a group of people against another
9. ratification- (p.14)- approved in a formal way
10. reconvenes- (p.13) - comes together again
11. seldom- (p.3) - not often, rarely

Examples of idioms (figurative language) and their meanings used in The Hope Chest
12. It will make your head spin (p.3) - It makes you dazed and confused
13. gave her a jolt (p. 6) - surprised her
14. made Violet snap (p.17) - made her lose her temper
15.  neither here nor there (p.15) - not important
16. baptism by fire (p, 13)-  any experience that tests one's courage for first time
17. threatening tower of authority (pp.3-4)- tall and scary


Aim:  To describe book The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach

The Hope Chest  is a novel.  It is historical fiction set in the 1920's during the passage of the nineteenth amendment which gave women the right to vote. The book deals with womens' suffrage.  Suffrage means the right to vote in political elections.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Homework for April 24 to 28 for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades

Dear Parents,
     Please make sure that students assigned the action plan for ELA have completed their eight i Ready tasks including the FOUR Read to Write portions.  Please make sure all other students have completed their two i Ready tasks  including their TWO Read to Write portions.
    This week third and fourth graders will begin Module 4 and second graders will begin Domain 10. Please be aware also there has been a change in the schedule for all classes.  There will be a Religion Quiz this Friday and an ELA quiz next Monday for all classes.  Please see below for a study guide and this week's assignments.
       FOURTH GRADERS, please remember to bring in $6.50 so Mr. Woods can order the book you'll need for Module 4: The Hope Chest   by Karen Schwabach.


FOURTH GRADE
4/25 Religion quiz this Friday. Be sure to memorize  the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary and watch both  luminous mysteries link      and  http://www.rosarycenter.org/luminous.htm .  Also memorize the Joyful Mysteries and watch  joyful mysteries link
Study Chapter 26 . Answer p. 306 on loose leaf.

******FOR ALL THOSE NOT DOING THE ACTION PLAN,  please make sure that you have completed i Ready Extra Lessons (including the Read to Write) listed below no later than this Friday:
Close Reading Lesson: Supporting inferences about Literary Text 
Close Reading Lesson: Determining Theme of a Story

4/27 ELA quiz on Monday. Know following vocabulary terms:  alleged, deny, disloyal, imposing, opposing, ratify, reconvene, seldom.  Know the meaning of sayings: make one snap, make one's head spin, give one a jolt.  Be sure to read the first chapter of The Hope Chest on Chapter 1 link

*******Copy all the vocabulary definitions and notes from the blog post ELA Notes for Fourth Graders neatly in the ELA notebook.
 
THIRD GRADE
4/25 Religion quiz this Friday. Be sure to study the definitions of following: deacon, pastor, bishop, pope, layperson, religious brother/sister,  Annunciation, Assumption, Immaculate Conception.
Review the Sacraments of Initiation, Healing, Service.
Study Chapter 25.  Answer p. 294 on loose leaf.

******FOR ALL THOSE NOT DOING THE ACTION PLAN,  please make sure that you have completed i Ready Extra Lessons (including the Read to Write) listed below no later than this Friday:
 Close Reading Lesson:Determining the Central Meaning
 Close Reading Lesson: Recounting Key Details 

4/27 ELA Quiz on Monday.  Know the following vocabulary terms:  access, demand, pollution, agriculture,chemicals, industry, livestock, produce, society.  Be sure to study the Facts about Water in the notebook.

SECOND GRADE
4/25 Religion quiz this Friday. Be sure to study Chapter 25.   Answer p. 314. Write 3 or 4 sentences for each question based on txt evidence.

******FOR ALL THOSE NOT DOING THE ACTION PLAN,  please make sure that you have completed i Ready Extra Lessons (including the Read to Write) listed below no later than this Friday:
Close Reading Lesson: Ask and Answer Questions about Key Details 
 Close Reading Lesson: Word Meanings

4/27 ELA Quiz on Monday.  Know the following vocabulary terms:  nutrients, nutrition, magnify, observations, vaccinations, cells, function,stimuli, tissue, organs, systems, bacteria.  Be sure to know the meaning and when you would use the sayings: "keep your fingers crossed" and "seeing is believing."

Please click on the link below if you wish to see this week's lesson plan.

fourth grade lesson plan

third grade lesson plan

second grade lesson plan

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Homework for April 17 to 21 for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades

Dear Parents,
         This Monday I will begin checking the Read to Write section on iReady  for the work assigned before the Easter break. All students doing the Action Plan assigned by Mrs. Bagley should have completed the Read to Write sections on the TWO Close Reading assignments. This week all students doing the Action Plan should complete the Read to Write sections on the next TWO Close Reading assignments. Grades will be recorded on a scale from 0 to 4.

UPDATE: On Mon., April 17, I checked the first two Read to Write sections of those doing the Action Plan.  Some were not done at all!  Some were in progress. Some others even decided to enter a set of random letters.making no sense!  By the end of next week FOUR writing grades will be recorded.  I strongly suggest you take this work seriously!

       Students not assigned the Action Plan should have completed only ONE Read to Write section for the Close Reading on iReady assigned before the Easter break (see below).  The assignment for this week which should be completed by next Sunday, April 23.
There will also be a Religion Quiz for all classes on April, 28th to prepare for the Archdiocesan Exam. Be sure to review vocabulary on the links I provided (see below)

ALL  I READY LESSONS FOR THIS WEEK HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED. SEE BELOW.

FOURTH GRADE
ELA- For this week do Close Reading Lesson: Supporting inferences about Literary Text (#44)
Last week's assignment was Close Reading Lesson: Determining Theme of a Story(#)
Religion -   Practice all definitions on Fourth grade vocabulary flashcards 

FOR MODULE 4 ALL FOURTH GRADERS WILL NEED TO BUY THE BOOK THE HOPE CHEST BY KAREN SCHWABACH. THE BOOK COSTS $6.50 ON AMAZON.  PLEASE BRING IN THE MONEY NEXT WEEK.  MR. WOODS WILL BE ORDERING FOR THE CLASS.

THIRD GRADE 
ELA-  For this week do Close Reading Lesson:Determining the Central Meaning (#23)
Last week's assignment was Close Reading Lesson: Recounting Key Details (#22)
 Religion -   Practice all definitions on  Third grade vocabulary flashcards

SECOND GRADE
ELA-  For this week do Close Reading Lesson: Ask and Answer Questions about Key Details (#2)
Last week's assignment was Close Reading Lesson: Word Meanings (#11)
 Religion -   Practice all definitions on  Third grade vocabulary flashcards

If you wish to see the coming week"s lesson plan, please click on the link below:

fourth grade lesson plan

third grade lesson plan

second grade lesson plan


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Homework for April 3 to 7 for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades

Dear Parents,
         This our last week before the Easter break.  This Wed., at 9:45 third and fourth graders will be go going to Lenten confessions.  Students should review what they should say which is written in their Religion notebooks as well as review the Act of Contrition in their Religion books.

BE SURE TO BRING IN AT LEAST EITHER YOUR LENTEN BOX OR YOUR PENNIES FOR PATIENTS BOX BY TOMORROW.  IT IS DUE BY TOMORROW!!!!!  IF SECOND GRADERS WANT TO BRING IN SOME EASTER CANDY TO SHARE, THAT WILL BE FINE, BUT NO PARTY.


        On Thursday report cards will be distributed.  On Friday dismissal will be at 12:00 and Parent -Teacher conferences will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 pm.   Those that are failing in Math or ELA will be receiving a notice on the report cards of assignments in the i Ready programs in Math and ELA that must be started over the Easter break and completed by mid-June.  Those that are passing will be also be assigned some work on these programs but not as intensive.

    All students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th should have taken home their ELA and Religion notebooks, their Religion Workbook, and their Grammar Workshop (3rd &4th) as instructed.
 

FOURTH GRADE
Religion -   Practice all definitions on Fourth grade vocabulary flashcards   I will be  quizzing students after vacation.
ELA- For this week do Close Reading Lesson: Comparing Topics and Themes in Stories (only for students not doing the action plan)


THIRD GRADE 
 Religion -   Practice all definitions on  Third grade vocabulary flashcards  I will be  quizzing students after vacation.
ELA- For this week do Close Reading lesson on Recounting Key Details (only for students not doing the action plan)

SECOND GRADE 
 Religion -   Practice all definitions on  Third grade vocabulary flashcards  I will be  quizzing students after vacation. For second graders I recommend  doing the games. This is good practice for next year!
ELA- For this week do Close Reading lesson on word meanings (only for students not doing the action plan)



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th for March 27 to 31

Dear Parents,
         Since third and fourth grade students will be taking the New York State ELA Exam this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I will not be assigning any other homework except review work I posted this weekend. I am posting this again below since students will not be answering short responses and extended responses till Wed. and Thurs. Please check back on Thursday for additional homework!
____________________________________________________________________

FOURTH GRADE

3/27 Fourth graders should click on this link, scroll down to p. 18. Begin with story "Building the Longest, Tallest, Fastest Scream Machines" and continue to the end of exam.
 Fourth grade sample questions and responses

3/30 This is a reminder that the I ready assignment in Close reading: Compare/Contrast is due NO LATER THAN MON.  Thus includes the Reading to Write section which I will be grading. One well written paragraph of 6-8 sentences is fine this time.
______________________________________________________________________

THIRD GRADE

3/27 Third graders should click on this link, scroll down to p. 16. Begin with story "Honeysuckle House" and continue to the end of exam
Third grade sample questions and responses

3/30 This is a reminder that the I ready assignment in Close reading: Compare/Contrast is due NO LATER THAN MON.  Thus includes the Reading to Write section which I will be grading. One well written paragraph of 5 to 6  sentences is fine this time.
______________________________________________________________________

SECOND GRADE

3/27 Second graders may also click on the third grade link to review.  Second graders are also reminded to study all of Chapter 9 for Social Studies quiz NEXT week. Students should also review the vocabulary and notes for Domain 11 on Immigration in their ELA notebooks.

3/30 Religion - Study Chapter 19 and the Ten Commandments for quiz next week.  Practice writing the Ten Commandments from memory!
3/30 SS- On loose leaf write a heading. Answer in complete sentences p. 215 Remembering What You Read # 1 to 5.

3/30 This is a reminder that the I ready assignment in Close reading: Compare/Contrast is due NO LATER THAN MON.  Thus includes the Reading to Write section which I will be grading. One well written paragraph of 4 to 6  sentences is fine this time.

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

fourth grade lesson plan

third grade lesson plan

second grade lesson plan





Saturday, March 25, 2017

Additional information to help prepare for ELA State Exam on Tuesday

Dear Parents and Students,
         This is just a reminder that all third and fourth grade students will be taking the NYS ELA Exam this Tuesday. I am sending you a link to view the 2015 NYS ELA Exam sample questions and sample responses that all students should review thoroughly in order to prepare.  Please examine the short responses and especially the extended responses since they are the  most difficult.

Fourth graders should click on this link, scroll down to p. 18. Begin with story "Building the Longest, Tallest, Fastest Scream Machines" and continue to the end of exam.
 Fourth grade sample questions and responses

Third graders should click on this link, scroll down to p. 16. Begin with story "Honeysuckle House" and continue to the end of exam
Third grade sample questions and responses

Second graders may also click on the third grade link to review.  Second graders are also reminded to study all of Chapter 9 for Social Studies quiz next week.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for March 20 to 24

Dear Parents,
         This Monday, March 20th., I will not be in school since it is my turn to attend the Grade Level Meeting. There will be a substitute teacher. The previous meeting I was going to attend was cancelled.
         Please be aware that those receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the FIRST time will have their special ceremony this Thursday at 11:00, and probably will be allowed to leave afterward for the day to celebrate with their family.
Please remember that the work assigned on Thursday from the New York State Exam for all classes is due. Please hold work till I return on Tuesday!
         Due to the snow day on Tues.and the Baptism ceremonies on Thurs. most work had to rescheduled once again.  I am posting the I ready lesson that I assigned last week. I posted it early since the lessons take over an hour and should be done carefully! IT MUST BE COMPLETED BY WEDNESDAY! There will be a Religion quiz on Friday for all classes.

FOURTH GRADE
3/21 There is an I-ready lesson on comparing/contrasting assigned to you.  It requires close reading and is NOT easy so please complete it carefully.

3/23 Religion Quiz on Friday.  Study textbook pp. 238 to 242 on Triduum and pp.308 to 310 on Easter.  Also practice at least 30 definitions on Fourth grade vocabulary flashcards as shown in class.

THIRD GRADE
3/21 There is an I-ready lesson on comparing/contrasting assigned to you.  It requires close reading and is NOT easy so please complete it carefully.

3/23 Religion Quiz on Friday. Study textbook pp. 238 to 240 on Three Days and pp.308 to 310 on Easter.  Also practice at least 30 definitions on  Third grade vocabulary flashcards as shown in class.


SECOND GRADE
3/21 There is an I-ready lesson on comparing/contrasting assigned to you.  It requires close reading and is NOT easy so please complete it carefully.

3/23 Religion Quiz on Friday. Study textbook pp. 238 to 240 on Three Days and pp.308 to 310 on Easter and review Chapter 18 on the Liturgy of the Eucharist and notes on the order of the Mass in notebook.


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

fourth grade lesson plan

third grade lesson plan

second grade lesson plan