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 Units of Study
The children really seemed to enjoy our unit of study on Fairy Tales and Tall Tales.  They were rich in vocabulary and many of the children are starting to use them when speaking.
Our next unit of study is making connections when reading.  Readers will often think about how the events or people in their books remind them of their own experiences.  Making a connection helps readers enjoy and understand a story.

Connections also lend themselves to visualizing.  When reading and listening to a story, children create mental images of what is happening, or "make a movie" in their mind.  Both connections and visualizing can help to make their comprehension stronger.

Writing Units of Study
Writing is such a wonderful part of our day. The class is busy writing their first personal narrative.  A story from their own lives that they want to share with the class.  We have been talking about revising-or saying something in a better way- to help us with better descriptions. We've talked about how our five senses and using similes is a great way to accomplish this.  We look forward to sharing them with our classmates.

Math

Our second unit in the math module is on measurement.  This is always a fun unit for the class as we will measure with standard and non-standard forms of measurement.

Our interactive computer program, FAST Math will help to practice addition and subtraction number facts throughout the week.

Social Studies
Our Social Studies program begins with learning about the different types of communities, transportation and communication. However, first we will discuss active citizenship: rules and voting.

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.  You will receive information so that you may access the online texts used with the program. Our first unit is Plants.  The class will learn what all living things need to survive.