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Kindergarten

We hope everyone enjoyed spring break!  There are less than two months left in the school year.  Field Day will be Friday, May 18th. Please have a green shirt ready for your child to wear for field day.


April will be jam-packed with activities for students and their families.  Please be sure to review your child’s monthly calendar or the school’s website for an array of events that you and your child can participate in.  One highlighted event is a morning of rotations, where students will listen to selected parents describe their profession as a culmination of the Community Helpers social studies unit. This special activity is scheduled for the end of April.


In phonics, students will continue to substitute sounds in words in order to make new words.  In reading, they will to concentrate on the story elements of nonfiction text. They will be able to identify the main idea and details of a story which support the main idea of nonfiction read alouds.


In math, students will continue to practice addition and subtraction.  We will practice taking numbers apart and putting them back together as we begin early addition and subtraction.


We thank you for supporting your child’s education by practicing these important skills through weekly homework assignments!



1st Grade

We hope that all of our first grade families enjoyed their spring break.  Time is zipping by and April is filled with learning activities.

In math, we are beginning our unit on patterning to include repeating patterns and growing patterns.  We will then turn our attention to place value concepts.

In science, students are finishing their discussions on matter (solids, liquids, mixtures), and will begin to learn about natural resources.  Our field trip to Caledon on April 19th (Bard, Boggs, Taylor) and April 20th (Devino, Martin) will tie in nicely to natural resources.  We are excited to visit King George’s own Caledon State Park, which is considered a National Natural Landmark known for its old growth forest and home to many American bald eagles.  We can’t wait to go!

In word study, we will continue to focus on long vowel patterns in words.  In reading, students will work hard using the comprehension skills they have learned to understand what they read.  Reading is all about making meaning of what is read. Story structure, main idea, details, sequencing, predicting, questioning, author's purpose and making connections are all being brought together as we review what has been taught so far this year.  We ask that you read to your child as well as with your child, and be sure to listen to them read and talk about it, too!


Parents, please note that we will begin spring PALS testing in May.  Please be sure that your child is reading and practicing his/her sight words each day. Don't forget that your child has Raz-kids.com as a resource to use at home!  



2nd Grade

Spring is here! We hope you have been able to enjoy some of the beautiful weather. Students are in the last quarter of the school year.  Over this quarter of second grade, please encourage your student to continue to put forth his or her best effort every day. We will continue learning up to the end of the year.


In reading, students will review comprehension skills through reading both fiction and nonfiction texts and practice locating information within text.  In math, students will work on telling time, counting money, probability, measurement, and two-digit addition and subtraction.


Students continue to benefit from additional practice with reading and math.  We encourage students to read for 20 minutes nightly. Remember to check out 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. These resources will continue to be available during the summer break as well.




3rd Grade

In Math, students will be measuring weight, mass and capacity.  We will be completing hands on activities to understand what the difference between mass and weight are as well as how to measure it.


In Science, we will be learning about simple machines and how they work.  We will get to create a simple machine out of ordinary objects.


In Social Studies, we will be completing our last civilization of Mali and starting to talk about Economics.  Students will understand what goods and services are and how people have specializations and trades.


In Reading, we will be working on reviewing any skills that the students have a more difficult time with.  We will be working a lot in small groups so that the instruction is tailored toward what the students need.  The reading SOL will be in two parts on May 1&2. To help your student prepare, have them read every night and ask them questions and/or tell you about what they read.  Also, go over any work that comes home.


In Writing,  we will be working on writing an expository piece based on research done during class.  Students will be working with partners to research an animal of their choice. They will use graphic organizers to help them take notes and organize their information.  Students will then use their information to write and teach the reader about their animal.





4th Grade

Fourth grade students will complete the math content for the year and will begin to prepare for SOL's.  If you would like to know specific content that your child is struggling with please contact your child's teacher. Remember, IXL is an excellent tool for students to practice material they are struggling with in math. Students will take their math SOL on Wednesday, May 9th.


In science, students will learn about plants and animals, life cycles, and Virginia's natural resources.


In reading, students will complete the reading content for the year and will begin to prepare for SOL's.  Students are diligently working to master reading skills at the fourth grade level and above. They will continue to dissect fiction and nonfiction text in order to identify elements of a story's structure. They will also identify the main idea and its supporting details, author's purpose, facts and opinions and affixes.  The reading SOL will be given on Thursday, April 26th. Please continue to encourage your child to read at least twenty minutes each evening and write a summary on what they have read.


In social studies, students will review all Virginia Studies topics from Virginia geography through current-day Virginia in preparation for their SOL on Friday, May 4th. Please encourage your child to review materials nightly.

5th Grade

Science

In science, students will review 4th & 5th grade Science SOLs to prepare for the Science SOL test on May 16.  


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.


Math

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

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

      constructing a sample space.

5.8 The student will

c) identify equivalent measurements within the metric system;

d) estimate and then measure to solve problems, using U.S. Customary and metric units; and

e) choose an appropriate unit of measure for a given situation involving measurement using U.S. Customary and metric units.


We encourage your child to use his/her ixl account at home to review previously taught skills as well as the skills we are currently working on.  The website is www.ixl.com and the username is your child’s lunch number followed by @kgcs.  The password is 2016kgc$.



Social Studies


Students will begin the US1.8 unit on Westward Expansion. The following content will be covered:


The student will apply social science skills to understand westward expansion and reform in America from 1801 to 1861 by

a)   describing territorial expansion and how it affected the political map of the United States, with emphasis on the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the acquisitions of Florida, Texas, Oregon, and California;

b)   explaining how geographic and economic factors influenced the westward movement of settlers;

c)   explaining the impact of westward expansion on American Indians;

d)   describing the impact of inventions, including the cotton gin, the reaper, the steamboat, and the steam locomotive, on life in America; and

e)   explaining the main ideas of the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements.


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.


Writing:

In writing, students will work with Fictional Story 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.


Reading:


Students will be reviewing skills in preparation for their SOL test on April 27th.


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



6th Grade


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