Saturday, June 14, 2014

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grades for 6/16 to 6/20

Dear Parents,
         Please be aware that final exams will be given this week and no make up tests will be allowed. There will be a brief Final Penmanship Exam this Monday for all grades.  For third and fourth grades it will be in SCRIPT.  For third and fourth, I  will be checking for letter formation and correct joining of letters. For second, I will be checking for proper spacing between letters and words and to see if students know the difference between printing lower case and upper case letters (as some students are still confusing these).
Fourth graders also should review use of capitalization and use of commas and quotation marks for a quiz.
Students should bring their book bags every day this week since students will be taking home books and papers this week. All must be cleaned up, collected, or sent home by this Friday.  Dismissal will be at 12:00 again this Friday. OUR ELA FINAL EXAM  IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEDNESDAY. Please make sure students review the ELA Study Guides well! The exam for each grade will include questions on vocabulary, literature including poems, reading passages, grammar, and TWO essays. Please check back for any additional notices this week.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grades for 6/5

Dear Parents,
        Please remember that dismissal is at 12:00 this Friday.  On Wednesday, students from ALL three grades took their Final Religion Exam so there will be NO more tests in this subject.  On Wednesday also students from ALL grades received their three page doubled sided Review Notes for their ELA Final Exam which is scheduled for June 18th.  Although the study guides are extensive, if students begin NOW, there is enough time for review. Besides a few of the usual matching, true/false, multiple choice, completion, and short response questions, students will be required to answer a few questions based on reading passages, and written responses to TWO essay questions (which will be worth  15 point each).
         All students should keep these sheets in the front panel of their homework folder and  all students need to bring this study guide to class EVERY DAY.  You may make and keep a copy at home if you wish because no other copies will be provided.  I will be reviewing the work on these sheets in class starting tomorrow. I strongly suggest that students work on ONE UNIT at a time looking up information in their ELA notebook. Titles and authors of books, stories, poems were purposely provided throughout the year so students can easily "google" for the information.  Links to websites we used have been provided either on my homework sites or on my lesson plans. Please remember  an essays for 2nd  grade requires one paragraph, for 3rd  two paragraphs, and for 4th three paragraphs of 5-6 sentences per paragraph.  Students will be allowed to choose two out of five essay questions.  The questions will be based on the twelve examples provided in the study guide.  Correct word usage,  sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, clarity of explanation is ALL part of writing a good essay so students need to take all  that into consideration. homework  This week I will also be sending home past corrected  ELA tests and quizzes so students may review from these as well.
*Second graders are assigned to create their own two poems based on class poems we worked on in class.  Remember that  poems are not  to be written in  paragraph form so follow format taught in class and copied in the first few pages of their notebook.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review Religion  Notes for Final Exams for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

Religion Final for ALL grades will be given on June 4th.  Third and Fourth will be taking the Archdioesean Exam.

*Review thoroughly all definitions on  Another possibility is
*Review all definitions of words on  flashcards for Units 1,2,3 &; 4 on
*Study all notes in notebook listed under Review for Archdiocesan Exam: A to J
*Study sheet stapled in notebook listing ten essay questions and be prepared to answer EACH part of every question.
*Study notes 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' s Two Great Commandments
*Jesus' s New Commandment
*the Nicene Creed
*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
*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 coscience)
*Advent season practices: Advent wreath, Jesse tree, setting up a Nativity scene, etc.
*different types of sins
*Lenten season practices: praying the Stations of the Cross, fasting, almsgiving, etc.
*dates and names of important feast days listed on review sheets

*Review  definitions on
Another possibility is
*Review definitions of all words on flashcards for Units 1, 2, 3 & 4 on
*Study definition of all  vocabulary words listed in notebook under Review for  BE SURE TO KNOW THE MEANING OF EACH WORD
 * Look up the answer of all essay questions listed in notebook.

Be sure to memorize:
*each of the Ten Commandments  (and specific ways in which YOU practice each of these)
*Jesus's Two Great Commandments
*names of the Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing, Sacraments of Service
*description and explanation of parables of The Prodigal Son (Forgiving Father), The Good Samaritan, The Mustard Seed, The Sower of the Seed
*Advent season practices: Advent wreath,  Jesse tree , setting up a Nativity scene, etc.
*Lenten season practices: praying the Stations of the Cross, fasting, almsgiving, etc,

*Review  definitions of all words on flashcards for Units 1, 2, 3, &; 4 on
*Study the definition of all  vocabulary words listed in notebook under heading : Review for Final Exam:  

Be sure to memorize:
*each of the Ten Commandments (and specific way in which YOU practice each of these)
*each of the steps of Reconciliation and how we prepare for it.
Church seasons:  Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter,
Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, Ash Wednesday
Nativity, Epiphany, Annunciation, Visitation, Incarnation,, Jesus as human and divine
parable, miracle, grace, prayer, church, Mass, scripture, vestments, sin (mortal/venial)  heaven/hell, commandments, sacraments, host (Bread of Life for Holy Communion),  
There are seven sacraments:  You are responsible to know about Baptism , Reconciliation, Eucharist
Prayers to study: Sign of the Cross (prayer to the Blessed Trinity), Our Father, Hail Mary,  Act of Contrition, 
Bible: Old Testament (time before Jesus)  and New Testament (after Jesus' birth)

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE -thinking about our sins and knowing which commandments 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 what happens in stories of forgiveness such as The  Lost Sheep or The Forgiving Father and explaining who the characters represent and what the parables teach us about God's forgiveness.