Sunday, November 27, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades for Nov. 28 to Dec. 2

Dear Parents,
         This Friday we have 12:00 dismissal. This week second grade will start a new Domain  6 on "Cycles of Nature."  Third and fourth grades will be introduced to a new module and each student will be assigned a specific topic to research by the end of week.
         Each third grade will be assigned a different country and will be taking notes on its culture leading into a letter writing assignment.   Books will be provided in class from the following sources: National Geographic: Countries of the World, Explore the Countries by Buddy Books, Lerner Country Explorers, and True Books from Scholastic.  Students may buy or borrow their own books from similar sources if they wish. Students may also try the free trial for Reading A to Z for more books on countries.
        Each fourth grader will be assigned a different animal to research and will take notes on how the animal defends itself from its predators. This will lead into writing a narrative based on research based FACTS on the animal. To begin, students should click on the following links animal defense mechanisms #1 and animal defense mechanisms #2 to familiarize themselves with the topic.

Please see below for this week's homework:

FOURTH GRADE
11/29 Religion Quiz on Wed. Study the sheet about The Image of God.  In text book read pp. 80-82 and 86-87. Be sure to know all  about each Church season. Read over Genesis 1:3-31 and study what God created each day. For ELA click on the following links animal defense mechanisms #1 and animal defense mechanisms #2 and animal defense mechanisms #3 (click on all 5 pages).  Read carefully; you will have an assessment based on the information on these links!

12/1 In  Grammar Workshop  study p.152.  Answer on ONE loose leaf p. 153 B #1 to 12 and p. 154 C #7 to  12.  Follow all directions in book.  On IXL practice DD1 to DD4. here is one more link to review: Animal defense mechanisms #4
By Monday all fourth graders will need to have done research on their assigned animal. Then on loose leaf write a heading. Make a bulleted list with  the following  information based on facts you've researched:
*name of animal (eg. monarch butterfly
*physical characteristics (eg. fur, claws, tentacles)
*how it moves (crawls, slithers)
*where it lives (sea, forest, jungle)
*name of at least TWO predators (enemies)
*ways it protects or defends itself (uses quills, squirts ink)
*any unusual behavior or habit
Students may also bring in a book or a print out (child-friendly) about their assigned animal. On Monday students will use their list and/or resources to write an informative essay. The essay should NOT be done at home. This is one part of an on going  four week project we will be doing.

THIRD GRADE
11/29 Religion Quiz on Wed. Study notes in notebook for 11-17 and  three corrected sheets on the virtues.  In textbook study pp. 80-81 and pp. 86-87. Study  answers to  p. 82. Study the parable of The Good Samaritan.

12/1 In Grammar Workshop study p. 84. Answer on ONE looseleaf p. 84 A #1 to 10 and for p. 86 find six errors. Copy incorrect word next to correct word: eg.  1. stoped - stopped. On IXL practice J2,  J3,and K3 only.
By Monday all third graders will need to have done research on the culture of their assigned country. In class students will be allowed to make notes using the books I've provided. On looseleaf  write a heading. Use the notes or any other source to make a bulleted list with the following information based on facts you've researched:
*name of the country
*traditional food item or cuisine (sushi)
*special holidays or celebrations  (Mardi Gras, Kwanzaa)
*sports (bullfighting, sumo wrestling)
*dances (flamenco, Irish jig)
*type of clothing (sari)
*any other unusual or interesting fact about its culture (Tour de France)

SECOND GRADE
11/29 Religion Quiz on Wed. Review pp. 80-81 and 86-88 and study all of Chapter 8. Study answers on p. 106.

12/1 In Voyages study top of pp. 97  (adverbs) and 122 (adjectives). Answer on ONE  looseleaf #1 to 6 on BOTH pages. On IXL practice W1 and W2.
Second graders will be doing  projects based on our read-alouds later in January. Some students will be assigned parts to read at our class Mass on Dec. 8th.


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

fourth grade lesson plan

third grade lesson plan

second grade lesson plan


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Notices for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grades for Nov. 21st

Dear Parents,
        This week report cards will be distributed to most students on Tuesday.  Dismissal will be at 12:00 and parent - teacher conferences will be held from 1 to 7 pm.  The test forms that parents signed will be returned to you at that time.  On Wednesday we will have our Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 and the Honors Assembly will follow the Mass. There is no school Thursday or Friday.        
         I am cancelling the Religion quiz for this week.  It will be given on the week of Nov. 28th.   I have posted once again the study guide for  the Religion quiz below. Students should review before Monday. ANY STUDENT FROM 2ND, 3RD, OR 4TH WHO HAVE NOT RETURNED THEIR TEST FOLDER WITH ALL TESTS SIGNED, PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND IT IN NEXT WEEK.

FOURTH GRADE
For Religion study the sheet about The Image of God and in text book read pp. 80-82 and 86-87 Study answers to pp. 84 and 88.  Quiz next week!

THIRD GRADE
For Religion study notes in notebook for 11-17 and  three corrected sheets on the virtues.  In textbook study pp. 80-81 and pp. 86-87. Study  answers to  p. 82. Quiz next week!

SECOND GRADE
For Religion review pp. 80-81 and 86-88 and study all of Chapter 8.   Study answer on p. 106.  Quiz next week!

You may click on the links below if you wish to see this week's lesson plan:

fourth grade lesson plan

third grade lesson plan

second grade lesson plan

Monday, November 14, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades for Nov. 14 to 18

Dear Parents,
         There is no school this Friday due to a Teacher Conference.  This week we are completing work for Module 1 and Domains 1 and 4. Report card will be distributed next week and conferences with parents are scheduled for Nov. 22.  Please see below for Tuesday's homework and check back for Thursday's homework.

FOURTH GRADE
11/15 In Religion read pp. 80 to 82 and pp. 86 & 87.  On loose leaf answer pp.91 and 92.

11/17 Complete classwork from Grammar Workshop pp. 44, 45, 46. For p. 46 find nine errors. Write the incorrecty spelled word  and next to each write the correctly spelled word.  Do all on one sheet!
For Religion study the sheet about The Image of God and in text book read pp. 80-82 and 86-87 Answer pp. 84 and 88 on one sheet of looseleaf. Quiz next week!



THIRD GRADE
11/15 In Religion read pp. 80 & 81 and 86 to 88. On loose leaf answer pp. 91 and 92.

11/17 In Grammar Workshop study p. 56. Then on ONE  loose leaf answer p. 57 B and p. 58 C.
For Religion study notes in notebook for 11-17 and  three corrected sheets on the virtues.  In text book study pp. 80-81 and pp. 86-87.  Answer p. 82 on looseleaf. The only possible answers are Ordinary Time, Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. Quiz next week!

SECOND GRADE
11/15 In Religion read pp. 80 to 82 and pp.86 to 88. In the book answer pp. 91 and 92 neatly.

11/17 On the loose leaf we started in class, use the Somebody... Wanted...But... So...Then...strategy to complete a chart about one character from your favorite fairy tale. Remember that the "Then" part must tell the ending of the story. Follow the models in your ELA noteook.
For Religion review pp. 80-81 and 86-88 and study all of Chapter 8.  Answer p. 106 in the book. LOOK UP THE ANSWERS IN THE CHAPTER.  DON"T GUESS! Quiz next week!





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second grade lesson plan

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Important Notices for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades for Nov. 10 to 14.

Dear Parents,
          On Thursday each student received from their home room teacher  a sheet or sheets with test results. The NWEA refers to the computer based test they took recently.  This sheet shows how students performed  in the different areas of Math, Reading, and ELA.  Any area marked in yellow is an area of WEAKNESS that needs to be given attention. In the ELA section Grammar refers to word usage, how ideas are expressed. Mechanics refers  mostly to use of  capitalization and punctuation.  Writing refers to how ideas are organized and how well students revise their written work. Each teacher left a comment suggesting what might help bring improvement to any area of weakness.  Some students also received an attached sheet listing ITBS and NYSESLAT test scores for last year only  IF  there is any area of weakness that needs attention. ALL PARENTS NEED TO SIGN EACH FORM AND SEND BOTH BACK ON MONDAY!
           This is a reminder also that ALL TEST FOLDERS ARE DUE BACK ON MONDAY WITH ALL FOUR ELA AND FOUR RELIGION QUIZZES INSIDE EACH SIGNED BY THE PARENT.
Thank you to all parents who sent in cans for the poor this week.  If you have not yet done so, PLEASE SEND IN AT LEAST THREE CANS OF FOOD FOR THE POOR BY MONDAY as well.
            One last reminder!  Homework assigned last week on Thursday is due on Monday.  I posted it again below to make it easier.

 FOURTH
11/10 On the sheet "My Quilt Square" draw a picture of  ONE symbol representing an important event in your family.  In the four corners draw different pictures describing that event. Then on looseleaf  write a full heading, the title My Quilt Square, and one paragraph of six to eight sentences about the symbol, what it represents, and why it is important to you and your family.  This is due on Monday! Sheet was given out on Wed  
Also please remember to reread the article in the following link and make a print out of it if possible:  From Knee to CD: The Evolution of Oral Tradition in Mountain Ballads.  There will be an assessment on this on Monday (not a quiz).

THIRD
11/10 In My Librarian Is a Camel, read carefully the section on Mongolia and be able to answer questions on it. On the sheet given in class draw lines and write the title The Power of Reading. Then write two paragraphs of six sentences each.  The first paragraph should explain why you want the power of reading.  The second paragraph should refer to any  of the characters in Thank You, Mr. Falker, Nasareen's Secret School, Waiting for the Biblioburro, The Boy Who Loved Words, Rain School, or The Incredible Book Eating Boy and explain how they learn to appreciate the power of reading.

SECOND
11/10 On looseleaf write a full heading. Answer pp. 102 and 103 in Voyages Workbook.  Use your OWN ideas for p. 103 and make sure you complete the writing and the pictures.

 Finally, there will be NO quiz this Monday for ELA or Religion. Please check back on Saturday or Sunday for any additional notices. Enjoy the long weekend and thank you for your cooperation.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th for Nov. 7 to 11.

Dear Parents,
       This is a reminder that this week ALL students will be taking their Module or Unit Tests.  Tests cover all work done since Sept. to the present.  ALL students should be reviewing the corrections on the  four Religion quizzes and the three ELA quizzes sent home last week as well as notes in their notebooks. ALL corrections on the quizzes should be done on loose leaf paper.  The fourth corrected ELA quiz will be sent home on Monday.  THE ELA TEST IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY.  ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BRING THEIR TEST FOLDERS  SO I REVIEW QUIZZES WITH STUDENTS AND INCLUDE THE LAST QUIZ IN THE FOLDER. There will be a writing section for each test so please review the teacher comments and corrections carefully. Religion Test is scheduled for Thursday. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, but  there will be homework assigned on Thursday so please check back!  Thank you for your cooperation and good luck to all students

Please check below for Tuesday's and Thursday's homework!

FOURTH
11/8  Study ALL corrections on the four Religion quizzes for the Unit Test on Thursday. Review the Bible passage we studied in class about creation in Genesis 2:18-24. Read the entire article that you listened to in class on the following link and be prepared to answer some questions on it next week: From Knee to CD: The Evolution of Oral Tradition in Mountain Ballads.  You may click on the arrow on the left to hear the audio (if it is working).

11/10 On the sheet "My Quilt Square" draw a picture of  ONE symbol representing an important event in your family.  In the four corners draw different pictures describing that event. Then on looseleaf  write a full heading, the title My Quilt Square, and one paragraph of six to eight sentences about the symbol, what it represents, and why it is important to you and your family.  This is due on Monday! Sheet was given out on Wed.

THIRD
11/8 Study ALL corrections on the four Religion quizzes for the Unit Test on Thursday. Review the parables of "The Prodigal Son" and "The Good Samaritan" by clicking on each of these titles to get the Bible versions of these parables on  the link: Parables of Jesus.

11/10 In My Librarian Is a Camel, read carefully the section on Mongolia and be able to answer questions on it. On the sheet given in class draw lines and write the title The Power of Reading. Then write two paragraphs of six sentences each.  The first paragraph should explain why you want the power of reading.  The second paragraph should refer to any  of the characters in Thank You, Mr. Falker, Nasareen's Secret School, Waiting for the Biblioburro, The Boy Who Loved Words, Rain School, or The Incredible Book Eating Boy and explain how they learn to appreciate the power of reading. Sheet was given out on Wed.

SECOND
11/8 Study ALL corrections on the four Religion quizzes for the Unit Test on Thursday. Review the
parable of "The Lost Sheep." PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING IN AT LEAST THREE OR FOUR CANS OF FOOD FOR THE POOR TOMORROW AND YOU MMAY BRING MORE ON THURSDAY IF YOU WISH.  THEY WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE THANKSGIVING MASS AND MUST BE COLLECTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

11/10 On looseleaf write a full heading. Answer pp. 102 and 103 in Voyages Workbook.  Use your OWN ideas for p. 103 and make sure you complete the writing and the pictures.



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Grades for Nov. 1 to 4

Dear Parents,
         This Tuesday all students should be in school uniform for Mass.  On Friday we have 12:00 dismissal. This week (probably Thursday) I will be sending home all quizzes in ELA and Religion.  It is very important that you sign each quiz after you have reviewed them with your child and RETURN ALL QUIZZES TO ME by Monday, Nov. 14th.  Students may keep these  to review for the Module or Unit  Tests next week. Students may do corrections on loose leaf but not change answers on any quiz. After the tests, I will need all students to return the quizzes to me so I can store them away till they needed again to review again for January exams.


FOURTH GRADE
11/1  On loose leaf  write a heading. Study Grammar Workshop p. 40.  Copy the letter on p. 42.
 Use a RED pencil or pen to make the correct proofreading marks for capital letter or small letter as shown in the side box.  On IXL practice  E3 and E4 (proper/common and abstract nouns)

11/3 Study for ELA quiz tomorrow! Study definitions for quilt, symbol, poverty, huppa, babushka, bouquet, Sabbath, lei, embroidery, applique, hue, design.  Review corrected homework from Grammar Workshop pp. 38-39 and proper/common and abstract nouns on p.40. You may also review IXL exercises for HH4 to HH6.
Click on link on Quilter Profiles of Native Americans and Hawaiians  and reread only sections on "Community Stories" and "Quilter Profiles on Harriet Soong."
TEST FOLDERS WERE SENT HOME TODAY WITH  FOUR RELIGION AND THREE ELA QUIZZES.  THE FOURTH ELA QUIZ TAKEN TODAY WILL BE SENT HOME ON MONDAY.

THIRD GRADE
11/1 On loose leaf  write a heading. Study Grammar Workshop p. 44.  Copy the letter on p. 50.
 Use a RED pencil or pen to make the correct proofreading marks for capital letter or small letter as shown in the side box. On IXL practice E3 and E4 (proper/common and abstract nouns)

11/3 Study for ELA quiz tomorrow! Study definitions for informative, means, economical, literacy, remote, slate, refurbished, steep. destination, agricultural, promote, populated, severe, rummaging. Review corrected homework from Grammar Workshop pp. 42-43 and proper/common and abstract nouns on p. 44. You may also review  IXL exercises on DD3 to DD5. Study section on Zimbabwe in My Librarian Is a Camel.
TEST FOLDERS WERE SENT HOME TODAY WITH  FOUR RELIGION AND THREE ELA QUIZZES.  THE FOURTH ELA QUIZ TAKEN TODAY WILL BE SENT HOME ON MONDAY.

SECOND GRADE
11/1  On loose leaf  write a heading. In Voyages study p.44 and 52.  Answer the questions on BOTH pages on ONE sheet of loose leaf. On IXL practice D3 and D4 (identifying nouns: proper/common)

11/3 Study for ELA quiz tomorrow! Study definitions for arachnid, flattered, stern, superior, convinced, labyrinth, sneered, unraveling, vaulted.   Review corrected homework on writing a paragraph from Voyages p. 33 and  review proper and common nouns on pp. 44 and 52. You may also review IXL exercises BB2 to BB4.
TEST FOLDERS WERE SENT HOME TODAY WITH  FOUR RELIGION AND THREE ELA QUIZZES.  THE FOURTH ELA QUIZ TAKEN TODAY WILL BE SENT HOME ON MONDAY.


Due to testing every day last week, much of the classwork  for third and fourth had to be rescheduled.
If you wish to see this week's lesson plans, please click on the appropriate link below.

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third grade lesson plan

second grade lesson plan

Monday, October 24, 2016

Homework for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades for Oct. 24th to 28th


Dear Parents,

          All students will be taking the ELA quiz this Monday.  The Religion quiz will be given on Friday. Picture day is this Friday.  All students MUST be in FULL school uniform!  Please see below for Tuesday's homework and please remember to check back on Thursday for additional homework.

FOURTH
10/25 On looseleaf  write a full heading. Answer in Grammar Workshop pp. 38-39 (write only A,B, C, or D). In IXL practice HH 4, HH 5, and HH 6 on uses of capitalization.

10/27 Religion Quiz on Fri.  Study Chapter 5 and all notes in notebook. On looseleaf write a heading.  Answer Religion text p. 78. Also follow directions on sheet on the Talking Drums of Mali and complete the sheet.

THIRD
10/25  On looseleaf  write a full heading. Answer in Grammar Workshop pp. 42-43 (write only A, B, C, or D). In IXL practice DD 3,  DD 4  DD 5 on uses of capitalization.

10/27 Religion Quiz on Fri.  Study Chapter 4 and all notes in notebook. On looseleaf write a heading.  Answer Religion text p. 66. Study the Apostles' Creed on the sheet in notebook

SECOND
10/25  On looseleaf write a full heading. Answer in Voyages Workbook p. 33. Make up a story following these directions:  Write a title, skip a line, indent, copy and finish the beginning, write TWO sentences for the middle, and copy and finish the ending.  In IXL practice BB 2 and BB 4 on uses of capitalization.

10/27  Religion Quiz on Fri.  Study Chapter 4 .   Answer Religion text p. 66 in the text book.  Memorize the Our Father prayer in the back of the book.

Regarding Halloween which we will be celebrating on Mon. Oct. 31st, students should come already dressed in their costumes.  I will be ordering pizza for lunch so I am requesting that each  SECOND GRADE student bring $3.00 by this Thursday to cover the cost. Students will also need to bring in their own individual  juice or soda containers (NO GLASS or LARGE bottles allowed) as well as one bag of treats to share with OUR  class AND an additional LARGE  bag of individually wrapped candies to share with ALL the PreK classes when they parade in front of our classroom.   I will be discussing with the second grade students what each should bring in so that everyone does not bring in the same item.   We will be doing some school work but all Halloween style and of course no quiz on that Monday.  Dismissal is at 3:00 as usual. Be sure to bring a hollow pumpkin or trck or treat bag to take home your extra treats!



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fourth grade lesson plan

third grade lesson plan

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