Announcements

 
Please refer to this page often to see what we are working on in the classroom.

When you need to contact me via e-mail, you can now use the link on the left of the page, or directly at                           tcatapano@valleystream13.com
 
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Superkids Program

Parents should be able to access Superkids online.  You will be able to print the Backpack pages, see the spelling list and view the decodable reader as well as Super Magazine.  You can also learn how to access fun learning apps as well.  Please let me know if you are having any difficulty.  I gave each child a random "icon" to use as their "password." I will send it home to each of you.

Also, as per further training, our spelling tests will NOT always be every Friday, but will fall on the last day of each unit in Superkids. Each "unit" has 5 lessons.  Since we had Tuesday off, our test will now be on Monday.


Our next trade book will be Wagon Wheels, by Barbara Brenner and Betsy Who Cried Wolf, by Gail Carson Levine.

We have also been learning about the parts of a friendly letter and how to write one. The class is looking forward to mailing their letters to family and friends.

Math
Our next Chapter in math focuses on "Metric Measurement of Length." The children will learn to estimate and measure medium and short lengths using the standard metric units meter and centimeter.  Also children will learn to apply addition and subtraction concepts involving metric length.  They will also use bar models.

Science
We have completed our unit on plants and will learn about animals and adaptations in the beginning of December. We will also have a visit from The Nature Company to discuss animal adaptations. We had a fantastic visit with Mr. Anthony from the Nature Company.  He brought Kevin the Chameleon, Chilly the Chinchilla, Spencer the Corn Snake and Twiggy the Stick Bug! The children learned so much and were very excited! Please look at the photos that I've posted!

Our next science unit will begin next month: "Treasures of the Earth."  We will learn about rocks and minerals and saving Earth's natural resources.


Social Studies
We have started to explore different types of communities: rural, urban and suburban.  Then we will begin our multicultural unit on immigration and learn about our diverse Dever community.  This will culminate in a "Multicultural Celebration in the Auditorium.  Details to follow regarding the project and performance!!