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
 

Reading Units of Study
Our focus for the month of September is to "launch" our readers' workshop and begin to build a community of readers.  Children will learn good reading habits that will help to become stronger readers, such as how to choose "just right" books.  It will also focus on introducing routines that are important to follow to help us to have a productive reading time.
Another good reading habit that we will practice is to remember to take a picture walk prior to reading.  It's important to read the title and look at the pictures on the cover as well.  This will help to "activate our schema." Schema is using our prior knowledge and experiences to make personal connections to our reading, which will aid our comprehension.  
We will be using these reading strategies to delve into our first Common Core Domain on Fairy Tales and Tall Tales. 

Writing Units of Study
An important focus of writers' workshop is also establishing routines as well as strategies that good writers use.  We will create an environment where children feel comfortable sharing their personal stories and becoming attentive listeners.  The children will create "Me Boxes" which will help us get to know each other and give them practice sharing ideas with their classmates.  Telling their stories orally will help when we transition to our writers' notebooks and need topics to write about.  They will learn their notebooks are a special place for their thoughts, memories and wonderings and ways to generate ideas for writing.

Math

Our Math curriculum map, aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards for New York State, continues to extend their understanding of base-ten notation, building fluency with addition and subtraction facts, using standard and non-standard units of measure and describing and analyzing shapes.  The first unit in our math module will build foundations for addition and subtraction within 20 and focus on different strategies for arriving at an answer.

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.

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.