• A Fresh New Start

    There is nothing more wondrous than the beginning of a brand new school year, from the thrill of getting new school supplies to meeting new friends. Students, teachers and parents alike are all feeling this sense of excitement that can appear in many different ways including anxiety, weepiness and rambunctiousness. We will be happy to help with this and any other issue that may arise, just let us know what we can do to help. Working together we will be able to support your child.

    Each month or so we will update our classroom websites to include the units of study we will be working on, including students expectations and new vocabulary. Below is an example of what to expect as the units of study change throughout the year. This will give you and your child topics to discuss about their learning in school. As parents and teachers, we truly believe the two most important things we can do for our children is to read to/with them every night and to keep them talking about what is going on in their lives. We are looking forward to a GREAT year and getting to know your children more over the next few weeks. Feel free to contact us if we can support you and your child in any way.


    Thank you,

    Mrs. Carter


    MATH – Unit 1: Numbers, Routines, Coins and Clocks


    Skills (Students will be able to...)

    • Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them
    • Attends to precision
    • Reasons and explains
    • Models and uses tools

    o Uses tools such as diagrams, number lines, tables, and graphs to represent the relationship

    of the quantities in a problem

    o Writes equations to represent the situation

    o Interprets mathematical results in the context of the situation

    o Considers and uses appropriate tools to solve problems

    • Sees structure and generalizes

    o Looks for and identifies properties, relationships, and patterns to reason and make sense

    of mathematics.

    o Uses identified properties, relationships, and patterns to solve problems

    o Looks for rules or shortcuts that grow out of a set of repeated calculations or a repeated


    o Checks results along the way

    Essential Vocabulary

    • addition facts
    • skip count
    • number names (in word form), value
    • number line
    • a.m., p.m.
    • dollar, penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar, cents
    • rows, columns


    READING – Unit 1: Launching the Reader’s Workshop


    Skills (Students will be able to...)

    • develop strategies for choosing "just right" books
    • identify the characteristics of different genres
    • read silently and independently for an extended period of time
    • demonstrate comprehension of what they've read

    Essential Vocabulary

    • Comprehension Strategies- ways of thinking to help you understand the text (predicting,

    connecting, visualizing, questioning, inferring, etc)

    • Fix-up Strategies- self-correcting, rereading, slowing down pace, reading on, using context clues,

    attending to graphic sources

    • Genre- type of text (fantasy, realistic fiction, informational text, biography, poetry, etc.)
    • "Just Right" Book- text that a student can decode and comprehend independently


    WRITING – Unit 1: Lessons from the Masters: Narrative


    Skills (Students will be able to...)

    • discuss writing with a teacher, a peer and class
    • use a mentor text to improve writing
    • generate a topic
    • locate and use writing tools appropriately
    • write a story with a beginning, middle and end
    • draw pictures to accompany his/her story
    • revise his/her own text for clarity
    • edit his/her piece for proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
    • sustain writing for at least 30-40 minutes
    • produce multiple stories

    Essential Vocabulary

    • Mentor Text - a piece of quality writing that can be used to teach a process or craft
    • Personal Narrative (Small Moment) - a story about your life focusing on a brief moment in time
    • Watermelon Topic vs. Seed Idea - a topic that is too big for one story vs. a detailed specific


    • Revise- reworking the content of a text relative to task, purpose and audience


    SCIENCE – Unit 1: Launching Science Notebooks


    Skills (Students will be able to...)

    Science Notebooks....

    • show student thinking over time
    • are sometimes messy
    • should be the work of the students (teachers can not assume that students know how to do it and

    therefore teachers need to model and scaffold instruction)

    • should not be mechanic

    al and pre-scripted

    • should allow students to think for themselves
    • should be used by students to record important information
    • should include conclusions that are supported with claims and evidence
    • are a record while students are working through a topic
    • should contain a section for students to synthesize their thinking at the end


    SOCIAL STUDIES – Unit 1: Maps/Geography (this unit lasts all year)


    Skills (Students will be able to...)

    • read and interpret maps and globes
    • identify, locate, name and label continents, oceans, rivers, mountains
    • define, differentiate and explain the differences between continents and countries/ oceans and

    rivers/ globes and maps

    Essential Vocabulary

    • Geography- an area of study that deals with the location of countries, cities, lakes, mountains

    etc.(Earth's surface)

    • Country- a nation with its own government with defined borders
    • Continent- land mass
    • Landform- a natural feature of the Earth's surface
    • Globe- a map in the shape of a sphere
    • Map- a picture or chart that shows a place; can include rivers, mountains, continents, etc.
    • Compass Rose- design on a map that shows direction. It points which way is North, South, East

    and West

    • Legend/Key- small table that explains the symbols used on a map
    • Map symbol- a picture used to represent words
    • Boundaries- something (such as a river, fence or imaginary line) that shows where an area ends

    and another area begins

    • Lake- large body of water surrounded by land on all sides
    • River- a large, flowing body of water that usually empties into a sea or ocean
    • Ocean- a large body of salt water that surrounds a continent
    • Mountain- an area of land that rises very high above the land around it

    ‚óŹ Mountain Range- a chain of mountains