Archive for January, 2014

Science: Electricity and Manetism

Written by admin. Posted in 4th Grade

In science, the fourth grade students have learned all about electrical circuits and how they work. Over the next few weeks, we will be wrapping up the unit with lessons about special circuits (such as series and parallel circuits) and the connections between magnetism and electricity. For more information, please feel free to visit the FOSS webpage below.


-The Fourth Grade Team-

Guided Reading is initiated in Kindergarten!

Written by Amy Truex. Posted in Kindergarten

Guided Reading is an instructional strategy that helps students become great readers! It’s one of the many ways our Kindergarten teachers are adding all of the components of balanced literacy into the Kindergarten learning experience. What makes Guided Reading such an important part of literacy instruction? Teachers often describe this period as, ‘the golden-time of the day, where they get to read with students and deliver individualized instruction.’ The teacher meets with small groups of students who are grouped based on similar reading behaviors and who are able to read similar texts. These texts offer some challenges to students, but the teacher is there to provide support and instruction along the way. Teachers focus their lessons on different reading strategies that students require, such as: comprehension strategies, problem solving-strategies to figure out ‘tricky’ words they do not know, understanding sentence structure, reading with fluency, and building English vocabulary and grammar. While the Kindergarten teachers are working with small group of students, the rest of the class is building independence and responsibility for their work at one of the various literacy centers. Students are also responsible for reading their ‘Center Map’ to know where to go in the room, and when, as they rotate through the various workshops. Centers are specially designed by the Kindergarten teachers to meet the range of all learners, addressing a variety of interests and learning styles. The Kindergarten teachers are providing a rich reading environment by exposing your children to a variety of texts and genres, while students are clearly motivated and engaged in reading!

Understanding Fractions

Written by JenniferG. Posted in 5th Grade

Dear Family,

In math class, your child is learning about the meaning of fractions. He or she will learn about regions and sets, fractions on a number line, mixed numbers, fractions and decimals in terms of tenths, hundredths, and
thousandths. After developing these skills, your child should be able to solve problems that contain fractions and decimals. Here are some LearnZillion videos that you can watch with your child to help him or her understand fractions and decimals.
Click on the links below to view video.


Getting into Geometry in 3rd Grade

Written by ShenaK. Posted in 3rd Grade

As the new year has started, so has a new unit in Math: Geometry!  Students are learning about polygons – what is a polygon and what isn’t (ask your child, we’re sure they would love to share their knowledge with you!).  After learning the definition of a polygon, students are learning how to classify them based on characteristics such as number of sides and types of angles.  We also learned about three different types of quadrilaterals and their attributes such as the rhombus, square, and rectangle.  We are ending our study of polygons with a “Polygon Portrait” looking to the great master Pablo Picasso for inspiration as students create their own self-portrait completely out of polygon shapes.

Homelink 14: Adding and Subtracting within 100

Written by ValerieW. Posted in 2nd Grade

Dear Parents,

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Adding and Subtracting within 100

In Second Grade we are now working on fluently adding and subtracting within 100 using strategies based on place value and the relationship between addition and subtraction.  We are using many tools to help us.

Our learning targets are:

I can add and subtract numbers within 100 with ease by applying strategies :

  • decomposing numbers into tens and ones
  • using commutative and associative properties
  • using mental strategies

Don’t forget to ask:

How do you know you’re right?

For some of the problems this week and in the following weeks, we are asking parents to use STRAWS  and RUBBER BANDS for the children to use instead of base ten blocks.  ONES:  single straws

TENS:  ten straws bundled together with a rubber band

Internet links this week are:

Wednesday:  Shark Numbers!

Many thanks for all your help!

The Second Grade Team