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Kindergarten


As we finish up the third quarter, your kindergartener will continue to learn about blending and segmenting sounds with short i and short o words.  Your child should be able to decode to read and write C-V-C words with short a, i and o vowels.  In reading, students will focus on being able to retell a read-aloud-story in the correct sequence of events and will learn to understand characters in a read-aloud-story.  


In math, students have learned to identifying four basic shapes (circle, square, rectangle, and triangle) and should be able to describe those shapes by their attributes.

During the second part of the third quarter we will concentrate on identify quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies as well as the value of each coin.    


Now that the majority of winter is behind us, we look forward to many more days of warmer and drier weather.  Kindergarten teachers would like to thank you for your continued support in helping your child master the skills necessary for a successful year.


1st Grade

Winter is coming to an end and first grade is looking forward to Spring!  


In math, we have been working on sorting by one or two attributes.  Our next unit will focus on coin recognition and counting money.  Please visit http://www.abcya.com/learning_coins if your child is still working on recognizing their coins, and be sure to visit http://www.abcya.com/counting_money to practice money counting.  You can differentiate between beginner and advanced levels.  So this is a great site for all of our students even when they are counting money in second grade!


Currently, the focus in reading comprehension is to summarize nonfiction, which includes identifying the main idea and key details in a text.  We will continue to build fluency during Early Literacy Groups and small group reading sessions.  Reading fluency is key to understanding what is read and that means sounding like we are talking when students read.  Students are applying the strategies they learned in ‘attacking’ a word they don't know. They get their mouth ready to make the first sound, look at the picture, chunk the word, skip the word and read on and then reread. They think about the story and reread the sentence.  Once they attack the word, they put it together with the vocabulary and sight words already learned in order to become the very best readers they can be!  


Please be sure that your child is keeping up with their sight words.  At this point in the year, we have introduced over 125 sight words.  Being able to read those words quickly without sounding out is key to reading well and understanding what is read.  Two good websites to visit with sight word games are: http://www.mrcpl.org/literacy/lessons/sight/index.html  and http://www.abcya.com/dolch_sight_word_spelling.htm.


2nd Grade

Did you know that if your child reads 15 minutes each day, that equals over 90 hours of reading per year?  Please be sure that your child reads at least 15 minutes each night to support his or her reading development.


In reading, students continue to focus on summarizing text.  They are working on retelling characters, setting, problem, solution and key events from fiction text, and they are writing short summaries using complete sentences.  In nonfiction text, students are working to identify the main idea in what they read.  They are also writing a short summary using details that support that main idea.


In math, students are working on reading and answering questions about a calendar, telling time to 5 minute intervals and counting money amounts to $2.00.  We continue to work on building fluency with addition and subtraction facts to sums and differences of 20, as well as adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers.


If you have extra time at night or during weekends and would like to practice reading and math skills from home, we encourage you to check out www.ixl.com and Math Seeds for math and www.raz-kids.com for reading.  These websites are excellent resources for students to focus on skills they are working on at school.  If you need additional log-in information, please contact your child’s teacher.


3rd Grade

In math, students will be measuring length, weight and capacity.  We will be estimating measurements as well as finding actual measurements of items around the classroom and school.


In science, we will continue to learn about animals.  We will discuss their adaptations, food chain and interdependency.  Students will understand that there are different levels of the food chain as well as learn new terms for these levels.


In social studies, we will begin talking about Ancient Mali.  We will finish the Ancient Civilization project that students have been gradually completing throughout the year.


In reading, students will revisit context clues and practice figuring out the meaning of unknown words in a text.  They will also start to spiral back to skills already learned earlier this year in order to further explore them. Students will take their third and final, benchmark this month before the SOL test at the end of the year.  


In writing, the next unit students will work on is expository nonfiction.  In this unit, they will read and research texts about animals.  They will work in pairs to do the research, note-take and categorize information.  Students will write their own papers and analyze and revising their drafts.  Finally, they will publish their writing for the classroom library.


4th Grade

Benchmark Dates: Reading 3/14 and Math 3/21


In reading, fourth grade students will be working on writing summaries for nonfiction texts. Summaries are a short snapshot of what was read. It shouldn’t be more than 4-5 sentences long. We will be focusing on topics, keywords, main idea and details.  Students will also use different graphic organizers to help them get information organized.  They will begin to review for the upcoming SOL. Please encourage your child to read at least twenty minutes each evening. SOL Date: April 26th.


In math, students will be working on decimals. They will learn how to round, read, add and subtract decimals to the hundredths place. SOL Date: May 9th.


In science, students will learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the water cycle and Virginia’s natural resources. We will discuss our environment and how to keep it clean.


In Virginia studies we are beginning the unit on the Civil War.  Key words in this unit include civil, industrialized, enslaved, secede, conflict, rebellion, arsenal, confederacy, bureau, discrimination, poll and segregation. SOL Date: May 4th.



5th Grade

Math

Students will focus on the following skills during the month of March:

5.9 The student will identify and describe the diameter, radius, chord and circumference of a     

      circle.

5.8 The student will:

a)   find perimeter, area and volume in standard units of measure;

b)   differentiate among perimeter, area and volume and identify whether the application of the concept of perimeter, area or volume is appropriate for a given situation;

5.14 The student will make predictions and determine the probability of an outcome by  

      constructing a sample space.


Science

In science, students will continue to investigate and understand basic characteristics of sound & visible light and how they behave. Students will also review 4th & 5th grade Science SOLs to prepare for the Science SOL test on May 16. Key concepts include:


Sound

a) compression waves;

b) vibration, compression, wavelength, frequency, amplitude;

c) the ability of different media (solids, liquids and gases) to transmit sound; and

d) uses and applications of sound waves.


Light

  1. transverse waves;

b) the visible spectrum;

c) opaque, transparent and translucent;

d) reflection of light from reflective surfaces; and

e) refraction of light through water and prisms.


Please make sure your child is studying throughout the week for his/her science L.O. quiz that is given on Friday.  He/she should also be studying the notes on the Light unit. Students may log onto www.solpass.org for extra practice and review. The password to log in is: seal.



Social Studies


Students will begin the US1.7 unit on the Birth of a Nation. The following content will be covered:


The student will apply social science skills to understand the challenges faced by the new nation by:

a)   explaining the weaknesses and outcomes of the government established by the Articles of Confederation;

b)   describing the historical development of the Constitution of the United States; and

c)   describing the major accomplishments of the first five presidents of the United States.


Please make sure your child reviews the section of the notes indicated on the homework sheet stapled in the agenda. Students may log onto www.solpass.org for extra practice and review. The password to log in is: seal.



Reading and Writing:


In reading, students will continue to work with main ideas, supporting details and summarizing especially with nonfiction.


5.6   The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of nonfiction texts.

a)   Identify the main idea of nonfiction texts.

b)   Summarize supporting details in nonfiction texts.

c)   Identify structural patterns found in nonfiction.

d)   Locate information to support opinions, predictions and conclusions.


In writing, students will work with Functional Writing ideas.


5.7   The student will write for a variety of purposes: to describe, to inform, to entertain, to explain and to persuade.

  1. Identify intended audience.

  2. Use a variety of prewriting strategies.

  3. Organize information to convey a central idea.

  4. Write a clear topic sentence focusing on the main idea.

  5. Write multi-paragraph compositions.

f)    Use precise and descriptive vocabulary to create tone and voice.

g)   Vary sentence structure by using transition words.

h)   Revise for clarity of content using specific vocabulary and information.

i)    Include supporting details that elaborate the main idea.


5.8   The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and paragraphing.  


  • Students should continue to read nightly for 20-30 minutes.  Have discussions about the text your child is reading.  


The fifth grade reading benchmark test will be on Thursday, March 15 and the math

benchmark test will be on Thursday, March 22.



6th Grade

In reading, students are writing summaries for nonfiction text, and are continuing to increase their vocabulary skills. For example, students are identifying figurative language, using context clues to identify unknown words, and they are using affixes and roots to determine unknown words. Students are working on expository nonfiction writing by conducting research on a topic and writing a paper on it. Remember, your child should read 20 minutes each night, and he/she should be able to have a meaningful conversation about their reading with an adult or older sibling.


In history, students are exploring the major causes of the Great Depression and World War II.  Students will analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources, maps, charts, graphs and photographs. Additionally, they will compare and contrast these events with previous or current political moments. Finally, students will determine the multiple causes and effects of these situations on the U.S. and the world.


In science, students will be learning about the qualities of Earth that make it perfect for life.  They will look at the temperature range, how the atmosphere formed and how the oceans were formed.  They will also learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources and their effect on our world. The sixth graders continue to work on their Science Fair projects, which are due on Tuesday, March 6, the same day students will begin presenting their Science Fair projects to their science class. We are also looking forward to our field trip to Aspen Grove Farm on March 26.


In math class, students are continuing the unit on geometry. They are finding the circumference and area of various circles around the classroom and throughout the school. Students will learn how to use formula sheets and will learn why each formula is unique for each shape and how they work. Students will determine the surface area and volume of rectangular prisms.



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