Week of February 12th – February 16th
Happy Valentine’s Day! Never forget how GREAT you can be or how AMAZING you already are! Are you ready to board the learning train? Please come to school each day with an open mind, positive “I can” attitude, a friendly smile, and eager to be a member of our team!
Important Dates to Remember:
February 13th: Mardi Gras/Valentine’s Day Party
February 14th: Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday Mass with Father Pat
February 19th-February 23rd: February Vacation
February 26th: Mass with Father Pat
March 1st: Read Across America Day
March 8th: A Knight Out Event
March 15th: Professional Development (No School or CASE)
March 17th: Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Here’s a breakdown of our learning:
- Math: Its important children learn math facts for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division with the goal of automatic recall. We are continuing our unit about Fractions! The key vocabulary words we will focus on throughout this unit are: numerator, denominator, equivalent fractions, multiple, and simplify. First, we will learn how to compare fractions. One way we will compare is using benchmark fractions. Students will learn how to compare fractions when the denominators are different. Next, we will use the problem solving strategy construct arguments. We will review for the fractions test which will be on Thursday, February 15th. In Topic 9, we will learn how to add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators. We will continue to practice long division and multiplication problems each day. As a way to review the concepts and skills previously learned, students will spend time working on independent lessons in I-Ready Math.
- English Language Arts:
- Grammar: Students will learn how to proofread their writing for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, and punctuation using the proofreading symbols. To start the week, we will review that adjectives are words that describe nouns. Next, we are going to learn about articles and demonstrative adjectives. Do you know the three commonly used articles? What is a demonstrative adjective? Is it different from a regular adjective? We will also play the game Apples to Apples so the students can learn different adjectives they can use in their writing. The Unit 3 Test on verbs will be on Friday, February 16th.
- Vocabulary: Each week students have 12 new vocabulary words and complete different activities each day (sentence completion, synonym/antonym, matching, word meaning, and context clues).
- Reading: An important skill we will be practicing is reading articles or passages and answering comprehension questions. We have been learning that reading is not just about reading the words on the page it involves so many other pieces like asking questions, making connections, using context clues to help determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
- Summary: A summary is a short retelling of a text. It only includes the most important details. A useful strategy to help you when writing a summary is: “Somebody Wanted But So Then (SWBST).” Who is the main character? (Somebody) What did the main character want? (Wanted) What is the problem (But) How does the character try to solve the problem? (So) How does the story end? (Then) We will practice writing summaries in class this week and students will be asked to write a summary each night and turn it in the next day.
- Morphology: Word structure and construction are the building blocks of learning how to spell words. It is also important to learn the different prefixes and suffixes that change the meaning of words. Students will be completing word ladders and other activities to help build their spelling skills.
- Writing: The writing train will be celebrating the success of the completion of our second writing unit which is Explanatory Writing. All students will have the opportunity to share what they wrote with their classmates.
- Social Studies: Last week, we learned about the importance of the waterways and the Industrial Revolution. This week we are going to learn about slavery, the Union, and immigration. What is a draft? Why did New York provide the most soldiers and supplies to the Union army? How did the Union army win the war? Why did New York become a business center after the Civil War? Can you identify some of the important inventions? Why did people immigrate to the United States? Do you know the reasons why the Statue of Liberty was built? These are a few of many questions we will be answering throughout this week. We will also be watching BrainPop videos and reading other books to help students understand the material.
- Black History Month: The month of February honors Black History Month. It recognizes the countless Black men and women who contributed to the advancement of human civilization. It honors their triumphs and struggles. We will learn about a different African American man or woman each day.
- Religion: To begin the week, we will review what we learned about the New Commandment in Chapter 11. Do you know what the new commandment is? Students will complete the chapter test on Monday, February 12th. Ash Wednesday is February 14th, and is the beginning of the season of Lent. What are you going to give up for Lent? The focus of Chapter 12 is Doing God’s Will. How do people live according to the commandments? In what ways did Mary accept God’s will? How do you accept and do the will of God in your life?
- Google Classroom: Students have joined my Google Classroom and will use it throughout the year to complete assignments and quizzes in English/Language Arts, Math, Religion, Science, and Social Studies. Please check with your son/daughter to show you what they have been doing. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email.
- Fifteenth Mass of the School Year: On Wednesday, February 14th we will be attending Mass with Father Pat at 9:15 to celebrate Ash Wednesday. All students need to be wearing their dress uniform. Everyone is invited to attend Mass.
- Altar Server Training: Altar Server training with Father Pat will resume after Mass. Students will be scheduled to serve at our school masses on Mondays.