I hope you are all
having a great week and gearing up for a nice break filled with
friends and family.
A few quick notes before I report what has
been going on in the classroom:
• The Arongen Spelling Bee was another
success. Our class was extremely proud of Cristian and how well he did
in the competition!
• The Battle of the Books will take place
on April 9th at the Clifton Park Half-moon library at 6:30pm. If you
would like to attend you will need to purchase a ticket from the local
library. We will be cheering on Arongen’s team from my class Thomas
W., Kyle G., Caitlin E., Skye P., Kylee K., and Francesca C.. We will
ALSO be cheering on Breanna V. from my class as well, who will be
representing the Clifton Park team!!!! The anticipation is
• Our electronics reinforcer was great!
Students and I enjoyed playing games and laughing! I can now
officially say that I getting older! Some of these games give me a
headache to even watch!
• Students looked great today dressed up
in their “What I want to be when I grow up” outfits! Wonderful job
• Yearbooks are still for sale! They are
30 dollars! Please make checks payable to Arongen PTA to order your
• NYS ELA Test: April 16, 17, 18th. On
those days IT IS IMPORANT that your child be to school on time.
Because this is a time sensitive test, any late children will have to
take the test on the makeup day.
• NYS MATH Test: April 27, 28, 29th.
Again, please make sure your child is at school on time.
On Both days, make sure they have a good
hearty breakfast! It will help them perform. There is an attached math
file that is an example of the Common Core sample questions.
What’s taking place in Room
ELA/Reading: Over the past few weeks we have been
working on different reading strategies in preparation for the NYS ELA
test. This test is new this year like the NYS Math. Anything from the
Common Core can show up on the test. Some of the skills that we have
been working on are comparing and contrasting of two text, looking at
text structure (chronological vs. problem/solution), and making
inferences. We have begun working with figurative language (idioms,
metaphors, similes and hyperboles) through poetry.
The test this
year will be different and slightly more challenging. Students will
need to supply evidence from the text to support their answers. These
are all skills we have been working on this school year and we have
begun review for the test.
In my weekly e-mail, I sent an ELA common
sore sample questions packet that I obtained off of
www.engageny.org This will give
you an insight on how the test will be structured. It will be three
days with the final day ending with written responses. Please take a
moment and review the packet alone, and then with your child. They
have seen it and it would be good for them to review it again.
Students have comprehension/reading
homework this weekend to complete. Take some time and sit down and
review their assignments with them. They are to read two passages (one
on poetry) called My Prairies and
The President’s Pitches. If you have any
question, please contact me.
Spelling: Theme 5 - Week 2:
VCCV Words Please click the hyperlink to be brought our weekly
list. If you are looking for another resource to practice spelling
words aligned to 5th grade and the new common core learning standards,
feel free to take a look at
www.spellingcity.com. It is a wonderful site that can also help
younger students build spelling fluency and vocabulary skills.
We have been working with pronouns and just finished learning about
object pronouns. Object pronouns occur after an action verb or are
when they are acted upon by something else in a sentence. Students
took a quiz on pronouns this week. Their grades were great. There will
be two scores on the test. Please take the higher of the two. There
was a mistake with my key and I rescored all of them and the students
received the benefit. We will finish pronouns the week after break,
with the final test on Friday the 12th. For extra practice
Grignon’s Math Class: We have been working with
fractions in class. Fractions is one of the topics that will comprise
70 percent of the NYS Math test. This week we have been learning how
to create pictorial representation of fractions, making equivalent
fractions, determining the common factors and the GCF (greatest common
factor). When we return we will be working on simplifying fractions as
we begin adding and subtraction them with like and unlike denominators
while moving towards adding and subtracting with mixed number and
Attached to my weekly math e-mail is a packet
from www.engageny.org The packet
is entitled Mathematics Common Core Sample. In it you will find
examples of questions that could show up on the NYS test. Please take
a moment to review it and sit down with your child. It will provide
additional insight to how the test may be structured and what your
child has been learning in the classroom.
Your child has homework over break.
They have to complete Pages 26 and 27 (4 questions) on equivalent
fractions. They also have a Common Core Packet. It has 25 questions
and will be collected on Wednesday April 10th. There are a few topics
that we have not taught yet. I had your child circle those questions.
This packet is based on the common core learning standards and the
learning that has been taking place this school year. Please take
notice of the way questions are formed and phrased. The questions are
rigorous. Students will need to take their time and use all skills
they have learned this year.
If you would like any additional
materials to practice, please let me know.
homework EVERY NIGHT!!! It is to practice their multiplication facts
for 10-15 minutes each day! This is a nightly homework assignment.
As I shared in the previous weeks, here are some games they can
play on-line to practice their math fact fluency.
Another great source is
there is video clips for you to view with your child or on your own.
You can look up any topic we are teaching to have your child practice
and hear how to work through the steps again!
A fantastic site
to visit is www.ixl.com. It is a
wealth of additional practice opportunities for students and skills
are broken down into their Common Core standard. Please, if you have
the opportunity, preview this site. You can purchase a license if you
like for your own use with your child. You may also use the site
without paying as well. I am unsure what will or will not be available
without paying for the site.
Science: We are continuing to work with Rocks and
Thank you to all of you for supplying some delicious food for our
Latin America Celebration. I took many pictures and they will be up on
the Arongen homepage when the website moderator can upload them. We
will begin our next SS unit on the Regions of the United States after
break. It will start slow because of the NYS testing schedule.
As always, thank you for your continued support in your child’s
education! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me!
Have a great weekend!