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

A BIG thank you to Mrs. Pagan for the electric pencil sharpener! We really appreciate it!!

 

Reading/Writing Units of Study
We are beginning a non-fiction unit of study in readers' and writers' workshop.  The children will begin to learn the features and characteristics they can find in a non-fiction text and how they can help us read this genre.  Some examples of this are an index, bold print, headings, etc. We will also delve into questioning and wondering about a topic, important ideas and main idea and detail.
After immersing the children in non-fiction, they will learn how to become "experts" on a topic and write and publish a non-fiction piece.


Math

We will be completing our place value module this week and begin module 4.  This module will focus on addition and subtraction within 100.  They will use their knowledge from module 3 of place value to help with problem solving and adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.

Social Studies
The start of the new year brings a unit on communities.  Children will study rural, urban and suburban communities as well as transportation and communication in a community.

Science

Houghton Mifflin Science program will focus on three areas of science: Plants, Animals and Living Things, The Earth's Surface and Matter and Energy.  In preparation for our visit from the Nature Company, we will begin to focus on different types of animals, their life cycles and adaptations that help them to survive.