Weekly Newsletter


Weekly Newsletter

November 18, 2017

There will not be a Reading Test for the week of November 20th.

*In the Reading Street Series we are in Week 4 of Unit 2.  We are actually reading a story that is not in our anthology this week.  We are reading Sarah Morton’s Day.  This story is also a connection to Social Studies and Thanksgiving.  Students will be completing several assignments in class on compare and contrast, sequencing, and vocabulary which will be graded instead of having a test.

Unit 1 Essential Question:  How can we work together?

Weekly Question:  How is the life of a Pilgrim different from the life we live today?

Genre: Literary Nonfiction

Comprehension Skill:  Compare and Contrast

Phonics Skill:  Plural Endings s, es, ies

Conventions:  Plural Nouns that Change Form

In CAFE we are learning how to Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work.  CAFE stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary.  This is being incorporated with the Reading Street Stories. Students are learning the program a little each day with foundation lessons in each area.



In Mathematics, we have finished Topic 5.  We are starting Topic 6 which focuses on teaching place value along with mental math strategies for adding. Students participate in Math Stations once a week to practice different skills, working together, and the ability to read directions and problem solve.  Please make sure your child continues to practice math facts regularly.  Remember, students should be going on the Reflex Math at least three times a week.

In Science, we are still in our first unit on The Physical Properties of Matter.  Student have learned what Matter is and whether it is natural or man-made, and whether the matter is living or non-living and the attributes of a solid.   Students are currently learning the different attributes and characteristics of liquids.  



In Social Studies, students have learned about rural, urban, and suburban communities.  Students have also learned what a state, country, and continent are.  Students know that we live on the continent of North America, the country of the United States of America, and the state of Massachusetts.  We will have a Social Studies Unit 1 review on Monday.  A study guide will be given on what students need to know for their test, which will be on the following Wednesday, November 29th after the Thanksgiving break.

In Religion, we are working on Chapter 8, which teaches students about the different parts of the Bible and what each testament is about.

In Penmanship, we are reviewing print letters in the D’Nealian format.  This will help us when we begin cursive.  We will start learning how to read in cursive in December.  After students can read cursive we will begin learning how to write in cursive.

Test dates will be on the Google Calendar under About and also under each topic in the Stream section.

Please email or write me a note with any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Grady

Spelling Words

Spelling Words for 

Phonics Skill:  

Two frequency words are always on the Spelling Test.  

Students are not told ahead of time which two words they will be tested on.

The frequency word options for this upcoming test are:







*Please note, that on the Spelling Test number 15 is a challenge word and number 16 is a challenge sentence.  If students get one or both of these correct it will add points to their test or cancel out another wrong answer on their test.  The will, however, never lose points on a challenge word or challenge sentence.                                                                                                         



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