PS 306 Curriculum Connection Newsletter
Want to know what your child is learning read the attached curriculum report
Let’s Explore ReadyGen 2016
What are the students in our school learning about in reading?
Our Kindergarten students are reading “Where is Home, Little Pip” and “A House for Hermit Crab”. The theme for Unit 1 is Living Together: This is Home. Kindergarten students will learn to identify characters, settings and major events in stories. In writing these students will write a story using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event around an animal coming and going from its home. An important goal for kindergarten students is to recognize the importance of “home” to every living thing.
Our First Grade students are reading “Stellaluna” and “Dragons and Giants” The theme for Unit 1 is “Connecting to Our World”. The first grade students are learning to retell stories including key details, using sequence of events, and setting. In writing the first grade students will write a narrative that describes a relationship between two characters.
The First Grade students will also explore a variety of informational texts while asking and answering questions.
In Second Grade our students are reading about “Understanding Communities” while reading “ Friends Around the World and “ The House on Maple Street” Unit 1 is Understanding Communities. These scholars are learning about the relationships between characters, as well as characters’ point of view. Finally, they will learn that relationships matter in a community. In writing, these students will be expected to write a compare- and – contrast paragraph about two of the communities they read about in the selection, “Location, Location, Location”. These students will develop their own opinions and also recognize the differences between rural and urban communities.
The Third Grade students are reading “The Case of the Gasping Garbage” and “Thunder Cake” These students will be able to show how a character’s motivations affect the sequence of events in a story. They will be able to use character’s dialogue, feelings, and sensory details to explain that the sequence of events in a story lead to a solution. As writers these students will understand that characters’ actions impacts the sequence of events in a story. As learners, the third grade students will be able to show how close observations help to understand and know characters and actions.
Our fourth grade students are reading, “Porpoises in Peril”, as well as “Mary Anning: The Girl Who Cracked Open the World”. The theme of Unit 1 is Examining the World Around Us. During this unit the fourth grade students will be able to identify and analyze the point of view, features and text structure of narrative nonfictions texts. As writers these students will complete a short investigative project about a scientist or researcher who made a difference. They will then write a biographical spotlight about their subject. As researchers these students will learn that a system can be described in terms of its components and their interactions.
Our fifth grade scholars are reading, “Washed Up”, “Pale Male and Rain Forest Food Chains” around the theme Depending on Each Other. As readers these students will understand that themes in literary texts are developed through the characters, setting and events. In writing these students will write an informative essay that describes one of the environments they about in the selections.
All classes from Kindergarten through 5th grade have completed or will soon complete the first unit of ReadyGen.
Math Curriculum News
What are students at PS 306 learning about in math class?
It is so important that as a school community we know what is going on in our colleagues’ classrooms. Here is a little information about what is happening in math on each grade level.
Our kindergarten scholars have just finished up counting and writing numbers to 5. They are now focusing on comparing numbers 0 to 5. Next up for he is counting and writing numbers 6 to 9.
The first graders are working on addition and subtraction concepts. They will soon be learning strategies to help them solve problems beyond basic facts like, doubles, doubles plus one, making ten, and many many more.
Second Grade is exploring numbers to 1,000. They are looking at how to use and understand the base ten number system. Once they have that down, they will move on to addition and subtraction.
The third grade classes retaking a deep look at multiplication. They have lots of new vocabulary to learn, such as product, array, and factor, as well as facts to commit to memory and strategies to use.
Our students in the fourth grade have just completed their unit on multiplying by 1-digit numbers and will now begin exploring multiplying by 2-digit numbers. They are learning lots of new strategies, like partial products and area models.
The fifth graders are finishing up a unit on dividing whole numbers by 1- and 2-digit divisors. Along with different strategies for solving problems they have also explored the meaning of remainder and how answers to questions can change when interpreting remainder. The group will
then turn their attention to adding and subtracting decimals of all sizes.
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Math - This month two famous men who have a lot to do with space have a birthday, Sir Edmund Halley, known for his discovery of Halley’s Comet, and Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Try using some of these space themed websites and books in your math lessons to catch the attention of some of your students.
Outer Space (Ken Jennings’ Junior Genious Guide) by Ken Jennings
The Math Journey Through Space by Anne Rooney Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes by Stuart J.Murphy
Using Math on a Mission to Space by Anne Brumfit
Fantastic Novels for Children to Read
November is the month for reading novels. Reading novels are an excellent way to engage our lowest 1/3 students. Research has proven that reading a novel can help students stimulate their thinking. Below you will find a list of the ten most popular children’s novels. These novels have inspired children over the years to imagine and captivate them. Allow your students to read for fun so that their love of reading will always continue.
#1 Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
#4 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
#5 From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
#6 Holes by Louis Sachar
#7 The Giver by Lois Lowry
#8 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett #9 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
#10 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster