Kindergarten

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In August, Kindergarten kicked off to a great start!

 

Reading:

The children will learn phonic sounds for a and m.

Math:

We are learning how to write numbers. Throughout the month, they will also learn ordering sets from smallest to largest. The children will also identify most and fewest in addition to learning right and left.

Handwriting:

The children will continue to learn how to write the letters F, E, D, P, B, and R in uppercase form. We will also learn the letters, H,K, L, U, and W.

Science:

The children will learn about germs, and how they spread. They will also learn about dental hygiene.

Social Studies:

Students are learning that all people, plants, and animals live on earth. They will also learn about maps and globes.

We look forward to a wonderful school year! Thank you parents for attending Open House! We were so happy to see all of you.

First Grade

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Welcome back to school!  Thanks to our APCS families, our students are making great progress learning the routines of first grade!  

 

Math: 

We are brushing up on our doubles' facts in math and also reviewing our days of the week and time to the hour! 

 

English:

We are learning the components of a sentence and how to use words correctly! 

Science:  

We are learning all about the human body and how to stay healthy!  

 

History:  

History has been all about our world and where we live! The students are enjoying learning all about maps!  

Literature: 

We are learning about Johnny Appleseed, reading Little Red Riding Hood and comparing it to the Chinese version, Lon Po Po.  

 

Note from the Teacher:

Thanks for your assistance in making the start of this school year such a smooth success!  Please be sure to check your child’s mailbox folder daily to review homework, as well as check conduct and for important notes.  As a helpful tip, we are asking parents to review math facts with their child daily.  First graders are timed for their facts' sheets and practice makes perfect!  Remind your first grader of the importance of being attentive and always doing their best! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

 

Second Grade

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We would like to first welcome all students and parents to a brand new school year in second grade! Remember to always check and sign planners on a daily basis to ensure that your child stays on schedule and is organized for class. We check homework daily so please always make sure homework has been completed to avoid homework grades being moved. 

 

Math:

Students are learning how to correctly plan and solve word problems. We review this more than once in class on a daily basis. Examples of word problem solving can be found in the sheet protectors of your child's binder. We are also beginning with our timed addition and soon subtraction facts. Flash cards work great for needed practice!

Handwriting:

Students are learning the important strokes for preparing to begin writing in cursive.

Science:

Students are learning how to identify the three states of matter. We will learn how to classify objects as either solids, liquids, or gases while getting our hands dirty with various hands on activities/experiments!

English:

Students are learning how to determine if the sentence is a complete sentence by using their sentence checker. They are also learning how to distinguish if the sentence is a declarative sentence or an interrogative sentence.

Reading:

We are beginning our school year with a great read....Charlotte's Web! After finishing this classic, students will then complete a writing assignment based on their favorite character from the book.

History:

Students will be learning how to read a map and why maps are important. The students will also be learning their seven continents and the five oceans.

Third Grade

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Math:

Our students have been learning about place value. Base ten blocks were used to model the place and place value of the one thousand, hundred, ten, and one's places. They also learned how to write numbers in standard, expanded, word, and model forms. 

English:

In English, for the month of August, we will review how to use proofreading marks to correct improper grammar and how to fix incomplete sentences. We will learn what makes a sentence complete and how to write in complete sentences when answering questions. We will also be discussing why author's write: PIE (persuade, inform, entertain). Our students have been analyzing groups of words to determine if it has a complete subject and complete predicate for it to be a complete sentence or not. Learning to capitalize names, initials, and the word “I” is another skill they have been mastering. 

Literature:

Teachers and students alike have been enjoying Popa, Caleb, Anna, and Sarah while reading “Sarah, Plain and Tall.”  Will Sarah decide to stay with them on the prairie?  We’ll find out as we continue to read more. Our character's first word for this month is DEPENDABILITY, which is represented by the musk ox. Ask your child why the musk ox is chosen to represent dependability. 

Science:

In Science, beginning the month of August, we will be reviewing safety rules and symbols. The students will plant seeds individually in order to watch the growth process in plants. Later this month, we will be discussing traits and variations among animals and plants.

History:

After reading Me on the Map, students learned more about where we all live in this world, from largest, the planet, to smallest, our community. We will also look at physical, road, resource, and other kinds of maps.  “You’ve got mail!” has been heard in our classroom!  We’ve already received postcards from Bossier Parish, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Hawaii.  How exciting! Thank you for getting this Postcard Project started with a bang! 

Note to Parents:

Parents, please remember to continue to check your child's planner everyday and to assure that all homework is completed. We want to thank you all for reading over the notes for science and history/geography everyday. Repetitions lead to mastery, and it is evident by the proud, smiling faces when reviewing the following day.

Fourth Grade

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Character word for the month is Dependability. Encourage your child to practice being dependable and having a positive attitude while helping others.  

Math: 

Students have been learning all about place value. We will soon begin to learn how to round, as well as add and subtract numbers. They will find that understanding place value and knowing the value of each digit in a number can be a big help when solving addition and subtraction problems, as well as multiplication and division.  

We have daily fact practice. We also have a weekly fact assessment every Friday.  

 

English:

Students are determining what makes a complete sentence, identifying subject and predicate. They are also proofreading for punctuation, capitalization, and usage.

Literature:

Students are reading their first chapter book. Once they have completed it, they will begin their book report. Please ask what they are reading about during literature time. Each student is required to read    two-chapter books, along with completing two book reports per nine weeks.   

History: 

Students are learning all about maps. We are focusing on map features and symbols, as well as telling directions.  

Science:

Students are learning about the processes that shape our earth. Our first topic was plate tectonics. We are about to learn the different types of rocks and their characteristics. Next, will be the different natural disasters that affect our Earth.  

Writing/Grammar:

Please check planners nightly for homework assignments and notes. Thank you so much for your cooperation with this. We are looking forward to an outstanding school year!  

Fifth Grade

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Math: 

Our 5th graders will be starting off with place value and moving into decimals, and mathematical expressions. Students will have math homework every night and are expected to study morning work daily for weekly tests.

Science:

In Science, for the month of August, we will be learning the scientific method, and moving on to matter, and the world around us.


Reading:

We have begun reading The City of Ember. Students will have vocabulary words that will go with each chapter set. Please study these nightly, and feel free to reread chapters at home that we have read in class.

ELA:

ELA is kicking off with a little grammar review as we practice identifying parts of speech and recognizing the subject and predicate of a sentence. Those grammar skills will be put into practice as we begin analyzing informational texts and writing responses utilizing text-based evidence.

History:

History has us learning the characteristics of a civilization, describing those characteristics, and identifying modern-day examples. The students’ knowledge and understanding of these characteristics will come to life as they each create their own civilization for our first big project of the year.

Note to Parents:

Please remember to continue to check your child’s planner if you feel the need to ensure that all homework is completed and that students are copying down all test dates. Please make sure students are reading over the notes for science and history/geography every day. Occasionally, your child may come home with their graded math test for you to sign. This usually only happens if a child makes a D or an F on the test. Please take that opportunity to review that test with your child to make sure they are understanding what they missed. Return those tests the following day, with your signature.