Icahn 5 Newsletter

Fall 2016

Principal's Message

October 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of the staff at Icahn Charter School 5, I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year! As always, we are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure OUR children can achieve their highest potential. We have always recognized that in order to be successful within our school, our children need support both from home and school. A strong partnership makes a world of difference in the life of the everyday student. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success.

We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that she/he:

  • Attends school daily and arrives on time

  • Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

  • Reads daily

  • Informs you if he/she needs additional support in a specific subject area

  • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

Again, thank you for believing in us. We thank you for your support and look forward to another successful school year. I ask that you please visit our school website (icahncharterschool5.org) frequently for the latest news.


Lawford Cunningham

Upcoming Events

Important Dates

  • October 12 - Yom Kippur - NO SCHOOL
  • October 17th - Picture Day
  • October 27th, 9:00 AM - Title 1 Meeting
  • November 7th, Parent/Guardian Conferences - 12:00 PM DISMISSAL
  • November 8th, Election Day/Faculty PD - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • November 11th, Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL
  • November 24-25th, Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Icahn 5 School Spirit Days

  • October 14th - Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • October 28th - Crazy Hat Day
  • November 23rd - Dress like Twins to Celebrate Friendship

From the Staff Developer

Welcome back to another exciting school year!

Can you believe we are done with our first month of school?! It has been a very busy month as we continue to adjust and learn new classroom routines, expectations, and curriculum. For the first few weeks, we all miss home and have a case of the “blues”. However, we are amazed at the progress all students have made as they transition into the full and rigorous days of school. We look forward to a new, exciting school year where students will continue to grow and flourish.

One of our continued goals for this school year is to continue effective communication between parents and staff. There are several ways we can achieve this goal. Ask questions of your child, as well as their teacher, to ensure we are keeping the lines of communication open. Check teacher class pages and the school website frequently for any new updates. Also, be sure to check your child’s backpack for important notices and school updates that may come home in their folders. Remember, we are a team working together to achieve one goal! Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns, as my door is always open.

As always, let’s have another successful school year!

Ms. Masi

Staff Developer

From the School Counselor

Hello all! I am excited to embark on another year as Icahn 5’s school counselor. As always I will continue to promote your child’s personal/emotional, social and academic development.

As you all may know we are now up to 7th grade, which is one of the most important academic years in your child’s life. This is the year that high schools look at when finalizing their admissions decisions. With that in mind I will be inviting High School Representatives to come speak to the middle school, as well as planning high school visits. A representative from Regis High School visited with our middle school male students. The students learned more about the school and its prestigious history but more importantly became accustomed to the idea of high school and its extensive process. I urge parents to openly discuss high school options with their children as early as third grade.

As always one of my goals is to foster a sense of community and charity with our students, and as such Icahn 5 will once again participate in the City Harvest food drive. Last year’s “haul” was very successful and engendered a sense of responsibility for our community in our students. The Service Leaders program will start in November, where the Middle School students have the honor of volunteering in the classrooms of our younger students. It is important to not only foster a sense of responsibility to the outside community, but to our own Icahn 5 family as well.

I look forward to bringing more workshops, activities and opportunities to your child as the year progresses.

Damirys Guerra

From Our Faculty


Welcome to Kindergarten at Icahn Charter School 5! Kindergarten is a very exciting year and one of the most important milestones in your child’s life. It will be a year full of wonder, learning, and exploration! It is our goal to make learning a positive experience for each of our students. During the kindergarten year, children will work independently, as well as in groups, to learn how to read, write, and solve basic math concepts!

Over the past month your child has been working very hard to establish routines in the classroom. We have even started learning how to read and write sentences. In math, we have been focusing on counting and writing the numbers 1-10.

We had a wonderful time on our field trip to Barton Orchards. We were able to see the orchard and learn about where pumpkins and apples grow. Following our field trip, we were able to taste and compare different types of apples.

Your involvement and consistent monitoring of progress is a must in order to ensure your child has a successful year. We encourage you to take an active role in his/her education and behavior. The skills we practice daily in kindergarten are going to be the building blocks for your child’s future successes. If we all work together, we can make this a wonderful year for each of our students and help them reach all goals that are set for them!

Please visit our class websites to find announcements and information to keep you informed on what the children are doing in the classroom, as well as what you can do with your child at home for additional practice. You can find our teacher class pages at www.icahncharterschool5.org, select Directory and click on Teachers Pages. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us! We are looking forward to a wonderful year!


Ms. Roach and Ms. Withey

First Grade

Welcome to First Grade!

We are excited to get to know your children this school year, we’ve got a lot to learn in first grade and we have hit the ground running! We are looking forward to a successful school year where students will build on past successes to grow both academically and developmentally.

We look forward to collaborating with all of our students’ families to ensure their success this year. We firmly believe in a strong open line of communication between home and school, after all we have something in common, your child. With home and school working together, your child’s academic and social skills will strengthen throughout the year.
Our class websites are now up and running. This is where you will be able to get the most up to date information on what academic topics are being introduced in the classroom, as well as important dates pertaining to school closings, special events, and test dates. You will also find resources relating to the topics we are currently studying on our websites. The website is updated weekly and can be accessed through the Icahn 5 website (click directory, select faculty and staff directory, then find your child's teacher).

This year we are continuing the use of iReady, your child’s log in is the same as last year, please have them to continue to log in at least 4 times a week for 20 minutes. Although we have not yet begun 100 Book Challenge encourage your child to read to you for a minimum of 10 minutes every night, this will help with their fluency.

For the month of October students will be completing their exploration of the planet Earth in science. Moving forward we will begin to study the human body and all of it’s systems. In writing we are going to learn how to add adjectives to our writing to make them more descriptive.

This year students will have gym every Thursday with Mr. B. Students are still expected to wear their school uniform every day, the exception being Thursday when students are allowed to wear navy blue sweatpants.

Second Grade

Our 2nd graders are off to a great start this year! Our main focus in 2nd grade is to become better listeners, readers, writers, scientist and mathematicians. We will reach these goals by being consistent, vigilant and also by stepping outside the box. We aim to make learning enthusiastic and fun. We will also be preparing our 2nd graders with the tools necessary to be successful this year and the years to come. As second grade mathematicians, we will be learning addition and subtraction strategies to assist us in solving two and three-digits addition and subtraction problems. This year, we will also be learning about place value, geometry, money and telling time.

In ELA, we will learn how to be great readers by emerging ourselves in various types of text, applying comprehension skills and strategies, and identifying text features. Please continue to read with your child at home. This school year we will also become great authors by writing in various styles and learning proper grammar and mechanics. We have just completed our personal narratives and will begin to embark on our journey, as authors, as we write friendly letters about our trip to Barton’s Orchards. Our 2nd graders really enjoyed their time on this trip picking apples, pumpkins, traveling through a corn maze and riding on a hayride. Our 2nd grade students also enjoyed the apple cider and doughnuts that they received!!

As scientist, the second graders will investigate a wide variety of topics such as the human body, simple machines, and the solar system. Throughout the school year, we will expand our cultural knowledge with studies of the arts through our returning LeAp artist Ms. Gia. Ms. Gia will incorporate the arts into students understanding of various literacy topics. We anticipate a great year and look forward to each and every day! Please visit our class webpage, it will be updated weekly and has valuable resources. Feel free to contact us regarding any comments, questions or concerns via email at ssanchez@ccics.org for Ms. Sanchez 2-202 and cgrayman@ccics.org for Ms. Grayman 2-201.

Third Grade

Greetings from the 3rd grade!

Just one month into the new school year, and the newbie 3rd graders are demonstrating the commitment they need to have for this exciting year. As you are well aware, 3rd grade is a significant year for our young scholars. They will be taking their first state exams this spring. Your 3rd grade team, made up of primary teachers, supportive staff and administration, are committed to equipping your child with the skill and stamina necessary to succeed on these assessments.

Our review of last year’s math concepts is just about complete and we are getting ready to start on the 3rd grade curriculum. To supplement the rigorous math lessons, students attack a Problem of the Day each morning. This daily math problem is a great opportunity for them to stretch their numerical limits and demonstrate mathematical perseverance. Learning to think abstractly and stay determined are essential skills that will benefit students while taking assessments and beyond.

Read! Read! Read! As our 3rd grade bookworms learn the fundamental skills and strategies necessary to understand the various text types they will work with this year, there is no better way to help them expand on their in class learning than by reading. Read anything ~ fiction stories, biographies, kid’s magazines, instructions manuals... you get the idea. Be sure to have your son or daughter record their reading hours in their 100 Book Challenge log so we can reward their efforts in class! Ask to see their reading log daily and don’t forget to initial it for them!

Our young authors will learn several writing methods this year, the first being response writing. Response writing is answering a question or responding to a prompt, accurately and with the appropriate amount of detail and evidence, in order to demonstrate an understanding of why their answer correctly addresses the question. Authors are using the RATE (Restate, Answer, provide Two details with evidence, Explain) method of responding to daily journal prompts. RATE responding helps your scholar remember all the required components of his or her answer.

3rd-grade scientists have completed their first science unit, ecology, and are ready to now start investigating the exciting world of vertebrates! A class trip to the Bronx Zoo with a vertebrate workshop and scavenger hunt will be a highlight of this unit, as will the fictional writing we’ll couple with it. We look forward to seeing the creativity our young scientist and authors have!

Cooperative learning is an essential tool we strive to foster in our 3rd-graders. Learning to work in small groups allows for an exchange of ideas and team building, which help students expand on their thinking while incorporating ideas of classmates. The opportunity to work in small groups also helps develop leadership and group participation skills, essential for their future years.

What’s all hard work without a little reward? 3rd graders are quickly learning that hard work and persistence pay off. Both third grade classes have a rewards system in place. Students can earn rewards for exemplary homework, well-completed assignments, thoughtful responses, good teamwork and participation. Students are able to purchase special privileges such as special seating, homework passes, or lunch dates with the teacher.

As a reminder, we are here to discuss any questions or concerns you might have about the upcoming year, the classroom, or your child in particular. We look forward to an outstanding year, partnering with you for your child’s success.

Fourth Grade

As we start a new year, we are very excited to begin our journey through fourth grade with your children! It is going to be an action-packed year full of learning! We enjoyed meeting those of you who were able to attend ‘Back to School’ night.

To kick off the year we began with teambuilding activities to strengthen our classroom community. We reviewed routines and expectations for fourth grade and begin to implement our ticket system. Students are given the opportunity to earn tickets throughout the day and then exchange them at the end of the week for prizes. The ticket system is a huge motivator for students in the classroom.

In language arts we are focusing on deepening our understanding of complicated texts as we explore them through an assortment of reading strategies. Students will learn how to utilize these strategies effectively and apply them towards higher order and critical thinking questions. It is very important that each student reads for at least 30 minutes at home every night to practice becoming strong readers for the state tests in April. As their coach at home, we encourage you to monitor their reading, ask them questions about their books and sign their reading logs every night. Students will be able to look forward to the 100 Book Challenge ceremonies to celebrate their achievements.

The fourth grade authors began the new year with a detailed and convincing persuasive letter. They thought about a change they would like to make to their school community and used powerful persuasive language to outline their idea in letter form. As the students are working through the writing process they are learning how to build well-written, descriptive pieces to captivate their readers.

Our mathematicians began the year by exploring place value and have moved into rounding. Towards the end the month students will focus on addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers. Throughout the year we will also focus on area and perimeter, multiplication, division, and fractions. Now is the time to review all math facts for fluency, as this will better prepare your child for the new topics to come.

The fourth grade scientists are eager to explore the water cycle and the atmosphere as our beginning topics. In fourth grade there is a New York State Science Assessment that will be administered in two parts at the end May and beginning of June. Please assist your child in further exploring these science topics at home in preparation for their state test this year!

Tutoring will take place after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. If your child is chosen for tutoring, be sure that they are available after school on these days and are picked up by 5:00 pm. Students in Saturday Academy should be reminded that this program is imperative for their success in the fourth grade. Please be sure your child arrives by 9:00 am and is picked up promptly at 12:00 pm each week.

As always, you can visit our teacher pages on the Icahn website to see updated happenings in our classroom and to check the nightly homework. On our teacher pages you can also find videos that coincide with our mathematic lessons as well as other resources. We encourage you to use i-Ready at home, as this has been found to be an extremely beneficial tool for our students. If you are having problems with i-Ready on your computer at home please visit our website to find a link to various applications that can be downloaded on iPads and tablets that you child could benefit from using throughout the year.

Lastly, please remember we are a team and your assistance at home is essential! We look forward to working with you and providing your child with the best environment to encourage their growth both academically and socially. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Ms. DeGuisto & Ms. Thoms

mdeguisto@ccics.org jthoms@ccics.org

Fifth Grade

As we start a new year, we are very excited to begin our journey through fifth grade! It is going to be an action-packed year full of learning! We are excited by all the great experiences we have planned and the fun we will have!

To start off the year, we reviewed routines and expectations for fifth grade and began to implement our money system. Students are given the opportunity to earn money throughout the day and then cash their money in at the end of the week for prizes. We have set the bar high and expect many great things from our students. We are pushing your 5th graders to become independent and accountable students.

Our curriculum is expected to enhance your child's thought processes and deepen their understanding of all subject areas! In ELA, we will enhance our reading by immersing ourselves in various texts, diving deep into comprehension, and by answering short response and essay questions related to specific selections of text. It is very important that each student reads for at least 30 minutes at home every night to continue practicing becoming a strong reader. As writers, we will use our skills to write various pieces such as narrative, expository and explanatory. As mathematicians, we plan to explore many topics such as decimals, fractions, volume, and geometry through using a combination of Eureka Math and Envisions. Our fifth grader scientists are eager to explore plant and animal cells and ecosystems as they begin their science explorations. Teaching all of these subjects will help students to be more well-rounded and cultivated learners!

Lastly, please remember that your assistance at home is essential! Making sure your child’s homework is done every night as well as completing I-Ready lessons is crucial to the learning process. We look forward to working with you and your child this year! Please feel free to contact us at anytime should you have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Henninger & Ms. Telesco

thenninger@ccics.org atelesco@ccics.org

Sixth Grade

We are off to a busy start in sixth grade. We are acclimating to middle school nicely and enjoying the change of pace that walking to different rooms for science and history provides. In math, we have been focusing on multi-digit multiplication and division operations with whole numbers and decimals. Checking to see if our answers are reasonable with estimation and using compatible numbers are skills we will continue to practice and apply to real life situations.

In ELA, students have been learning the importance of citing text evidence to make inferences and draw conclusions on character motivation and development, setting and point of view. We are also determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text by examining context clues and learning root words. The sophistication of the texts analyzed thus far has proven to be interesting and challenging. The bar has been raised and we are excited to see our students meet the expectations being set!

In writing, students gave us a glimpse into their lives through their first narrative piece: The Facebook Project. Students’ interests, hobbies, and family quirks were described in detail with the addition of images and quotes to accentuate their personality. Next, we will be moving into argumentative and persuasive writing where students will learn how to construct a well-supported claim on a controversial topic. Our handwriting is also being refined by learning cursive. Deciphering and learning the letters is a work in progress and we will soon begin writing in our journals daily to perfect the technique.

An exciting new addition to our schedule this year is a weekly gym period. Our new gym instructor is teaching students different ways to remain fit, build strength and stamina, and of course, fun ways to release all of that extra energy. Our after school program, Exposure, also allows students to enjoy extracurricular activities. Students gain access to both opportunities by meeting and maintaining academic and behavioral goals.

Our web pages are now up and full of useful information, announcements and websites to keep you informed of what our classrooms look like on a daily basis as well as what to expect throughout the month. Tutoring and Saturday Academy will commence soon and we thank you all in advance for supporting and reinforcing the importance of effort and dedication to these programs. We look forward to a successful and stimulating year!

Ms. Montesano and Ms. Brancati

Sixth and Seventh Grade Science - Ms. Matthews

The year has come to an exciting start in Science class. The Sixth Graders have reviewed the scientific method and performed a lab to put the scientific method into action. They had to make an educated guess and hypothesize how many drops of water can fit on a dry penny versus a penny with a layer of soap. Students were able to collaborate their ideas and work with their classmates to understand how the scientific method can be seen and used all around them.

The next topic they have explored was the phases of matter. Students enjoyed seeing the behavior of gases by using vinegar in a bottle and baking soda in the balloon, which created carbon dioxide. This gas was able to inflate the balloon at the end of the water bottle. The students are very eager to understand how science is applicable in their every day lives and we strive to continue to achieve this goal in the months to come!

The Seventh Graders have started the year off on a great note! They have worked collaboratively to understand the importance of light and sound. They were able to distinguish the different types of lenses in our eyes that allow us to see color the way we do. Students were able to recognize how sound waves travel slower than light waves. The students understood how light travels through different material and how some material do not allow light to pass through, like a wall because it is opaque.

The next unit we have started discusses energy. Students worked with a partner to create a report that discussed the difference between potential energy vs. kinetic energy. They were able to apply it to their daily lives, whether it may be through sports, dancing, singing, going on a roller coaster, etc. Students will continue to explore the different types of energy in the month of October.

Sixth and Seventh Grade Social Studies - Ms. Stanley

Welcome to Social Studies! We are about to embark on what I hope will be a life-altering and horizon broadening experience! I am so happy to be on this journey alongside these wonderful students and future scholars!

In sixth grade, the month of September was dedicated to getting to know one another on both an inter-personal and a professional level. While this process is never truly “done”, I believe both the students and I are at a good place where we have enough knowledge and trust in one another to be able to dive deeply into the curriculum.

For the month of October, we will initiate the ancient civilizations unit. The students will learn about eight different ancient civilizations from all around the globe spanning from 3500 BCE till about the early 13th century. The type of information students will be exposed to for each civilization will focus on the acronym G.R.A.P.E.S with G representing geography, R for religion, A for achievements, P for political structure, E for economy and S for social structure. However, the most important piece for students to take away from any/all these groups are their lasting impact on history and how we see this impact in modern day society. It is important and a focus of the curriculum for students to be able to draw not just immediate cause and effects but long term ones as well.

In Seventh Grade Social Studies, the month of September was dedicated to getting to know one another on both an inter-personal and a professional level. While this process is never truly “done”, I believe both the students and I are at a good place where we have enough knowledge and trust in one another to be able to dive deeply into the curriculum.

For the month of October, we will initiate the World War One Unit. Students will learn about the underlying causes to the Great War, understand how geography played a major role and how the outcome of this global altercation. There will be various assessments both on a formal and informal basis. However, regardless of whether they are formal or not, these assessments will be graded and contribute to the student’s overall grade.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns you may have regarding your child and this class. The BEST method of getting in touch with me is through my email: jstanley@ccics.org

Seventh Grade English Language Arts - Ms. Green

With the year underway, the seventh grade students are diving into the English Language Arts curriculum. On a daily basis, students are writing creatively and freely in response to journal prompts. Through this routine, they are learning to express themselves through writing, and to quickly put verbal thoughts into words.

The journal also plays a large role in their grade, and is an aspect of writing that informally teaches them the skills they will be required to apply to larger writing samples.

Throughout the month of September and as we transition into October, we have been focusing on Collection 1 and the theme of Bold Actions. Thus far, students have learned the Socratic Seminar method of discussion, and have participated in a student-led text discussion that elicited deep conversation, inquiry, and learning from one another. In alliance with the discussion, students explored Abby Sunderland’s story through different mediums and points of view. Students were able to orally express their thoughts on this, through the seminar, as well as in written word with writing prompts. When writing, students are required to make claims, and use textual evidence to support their opinion. (RATE)

As we continue to dissect Collection 1, we will connect the true story of Abby Sunderland’s adventure to Theodore Taylor’s short story “Rogue Wave.” In this story, students will be able to analyze story elements, make inferences, determine meaning, and mark up the text through annotations. Throughout the course, students will receive rigorous writing prompts, as well as multiple choice questions to prepare them for the state test, and will be held to high standards of achievement.

Seventh Grade Drama - Ms. Rose

We are thrilled to give Icahn’s middle school students new opportunities for artistic expression through this year’s drama program. The art of drama offers unique opportunities for self-exploration, emotional awareness, and affective communication. The skill sets developed as a byproduct of the drama program are essential tools critical for future success and achievement. Our students will learn to draw from the confidence and insight they gain from their experiences as they mature into young adulthood.

Students began discussing the importance of working together as an ensemble, and engaged in a number of group building activities. Students then began to explore the various emotions that arise through circumstance, and the nuances that distinguish closely related emotions. With this emotional awareness, they are now beginning to work on making strong choices in their physical, vocal, and behavioral expressions to carve out a compelling character, and tell an interesting story. We are looking forward to utilizing the techniques learned to put together a production towards the end of December.

ELA Targeted Assistance - Grades 1-3, Ms. Rose

Our targeted assistance program is designed to supplement and enrich the classroom curriculum. By using data-driven instructional strategies, we will ensure that each student develops the skills needed to strengthen their academic success in the area of English Language Arts. I will use creative lessons and activities to reinforce the skills introduced in class. In a small group context, students will be led through guided reading groups, “book club” style discussions, writing strategies, and test preparation that will support their progress throughout the year. I look forward to working collaboratively with parents and watching students grow into their full potential.

Math Targeted Assistance - Grades 1-3, Mr. Loughran

These are exciting months as our young scholars develop the numeracy that is fundamental to their future math learning.

Our first-graders are building their number fluency as they integrate abstract concepts into their prior number sense. They are deriving the connections between addition and subtraction as well as learning how a whole number can be divided into parts. Remembering math vocabulary is extremely important at this age as you will find that students in the early grades can be real sticklers regarding words and their usage. Pupils are using definitions such as: addends, sum and difference.

Our second-graders are also making great leaps as they as they strengthen previously acquired number skills by learning new strategies for organizing and grouping numbers. Students in this grade are currently focusing on mental math to internalize their operation thinking. Second-graders are increasing the set of numbers with which they perform operations. They are also organizing those numbers according to place value. This helps firm up their number awareness for the introduction of new algorithms and number concepts they will meet later this year.

Third-graders this month are strengthening their concepts of place value and rounding numbers to the tens and hundred places. Third graders are also regularly using abstract ideas such as Associative Property and Identity Property of Addition to view numbers and equations as sets of operations that share fundamental connections.

Remember to use the right vocabulary when discussing math with your children and be prepared to learn.

ELA Targeted Assistance - Grades 4-5, Mr. Castaneda

It’s time to kick off the school year to see what’s cooking with our students’ creative minds. Students are showing the determination to reach their full potential as they try to master their skills in both reading comprehension and writing. During our small group meetings, students work on strengthening a variety of strategies to help them understand concepts and stories better. They also are striving to be the best writers they can be.

In 4th grade, they were reintroduced to a variety of genres, such as informational texts, realistic fiction, and even expository texts. They are learning a lot about what characteristics make up a certain genre. With that knowledge, students are learning different ways in recognizing the main idea of the stories and identifying the problem and solution in both fiction and non-fiction texts. They also have been working on building a strong vocabulary with the use of word webs, creating visuals, watching educational videos, and playing games.

In 5th grade, students are working hard to build their stamina in writing a creative piece with a lot of punch. Learning a plethora of ways to add on to their use of sensory skills, students worked on creating, revising and editing pieces such as introductions, narrative pieces and informational text essays. They also have been working on understanding the text by trying to connect to stories on a personal level and learning more about how to use concepts such as context clues and sequencing to help them. Students also developed their team building skills by working together to answer questions about the text. By doing this, they experience and learn more about each other and how to cooperate as a team.

Students will learn new things in this small group setting to assist them in becoming stronger readers and writers. The year has only just begun, but no matter what we do, it will sure be fun!

Social Studies - Grades K-2, Ms. Brown

Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year. My name is Ms. Gabriella Brown and I am the K-2nd grade Social Studies teacher. I am excited about the new school year and I couldn’t be happier to play a role in educating your children. Over the course of the year the students will travel around the world to explore our past and present.

In Kindergarten, the students began the year learning about various Community Helpers and how they impact our communities. To close this unit, the student’s had the opportunity to meet and greet Police Officers and Firefighters at a Fire Station. This month we will travel back in time to learn about Columbus’s exploration and the lives of Native Americans in early America.

In First grade, the students began with a broad review of how globes/maps are used; as well as, reviewed the locations of the 7 continents and 5 oceans. This month we will travel back in time to learn about the lives of ancient Mesoamerica civilizations such as the Mayans and Aztecs.

As for Second grade, the students also began with a broad review of how globes/maps are used; as well as, reviewed the locations of the 7 continents and 5 oceans. This month we will travel back in time to learn about how the American Government was formed and explore the events of the War of 1812.

I look forward to having an amazing year teaching your children and getting to know all of them better during this time. Please feel free to contact me at gbrown@ccics.org with any questions or concerns.

Social Studies - Grades 3-5, Mr. Satalino

Welcome to the world of Social Studies! Students’ creativity and critical thinking skills will be tested this year as we dig deeper into history and explore different points of view. The idea is for students to build on what they already know and form their own opinions to create a great learning experiences. Application of the social studies curriculum is a great way to understand the information. Students can see and discuss what is going on in America and around the world today, especially in this important Presidential Election year. Students will be completing projects both in groups and independently to harness an application of the curriculum. They will be exposed to books and websites as well. The idea is to make social studies fun, so students are engaged to the information and can relate it to their current lives. As long as everyone works together, the classroom and school year will be a great learning environment and experience—after all it is social studies!

In 3rd grade we will be laying the foundations for America and the world. We will explore the seven continents and five oceans and understand how to create maps and recognize landscapes. We will travel back in time to the ancient Romans and Vikings, and live with the Founding Fathers during the American Revolution. This year will allow students to explore history and talk about current events appropriately. Students will be able to create projects and writing assignments, and test their creativity and critical thinking skills.

This year in 4th grade we will be a great experience for students. They will create projects and presentations to actively learn about the information. We will have discussions to enrich their understanding and students will work in groups and independently to complete assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to use technology and be active as well as visual learners. In this safe environment students will test their skills and knowledge to become better learners. 4th grade is going to be filled with creativity, and critical thinking.

5th Grade this year is going to be filled with reading in between the lines. Students will be able to determine the reasoning and meaning of history and how it relates to their lives today. The first unit, Cultural Geography, starts us off on the journey of learning how people impact each other and the natural world around them. We will look closely at the indigenous cultures of the Americas as well as Medieval Europe and Asia. Students will be able to form their own conclusions about current and historical events while stimulating creativity, interest, and active learning.

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