The Math & Science Scoop

River Edge Public Schools


Parent Academy: "PARCC-Lessons Learned"

On January 13, 2016, the River Edge School District held a “PARCC-Lessons Learned” Parent Academy where district trends and instructional strategies were shared with the community. Thank you to Ms. Kaitlyn Burke, fourth grade teacher at Cherry Hill School, and Ms. Beth Unanue, sixth grade teacher at Roosevelt School, for leading informative presentations. The sessions involving mathematical content taught in 3rd-6th grade and practices being used to best meet the needs of our students were a great success!

Instructional Strategies

In an effort to strengthen our students’ critical thinking skills and provide assistance in comprehending and solving word problems, our teachers encourage students to use various strategies. The following videos show Ms. Burke guiding her fourth grade students through the steps used to solve a multi-step word problem.
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Check Us Out!

The students of River Edge have been learning a lot of exciting things in science, and they have enjoyed applying what they've learned through explorations and experiments. Students continue to build their understanding of scientific concepts as they engage in hands-on activities and the engineering design process in our classrooms and Discovery Labs!


Kindergarten students learned that substances such as liquids and solids could be changed. Groups worked together to develop a plan for melting an ice cube, carry out their plan, and observe and record their results.

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1st Grade

First grade students have explored how the weather, or changes in weather, affect our daily activities. Students have observed and interpreted daily weather conditions including temperature, wind, and precipitation. Sing along with Ms. Wendrychowicz's first grade class to learn about the water cycle!

The Water Cycle

2nd Grade

Second grade students learned about the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. They conducted a series of experiments to identify an unknown substance using what they've learned about the properties of each state. The students had a great time working with the mysterious Oobleck!

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3rd Grade

Third grade students built upon their knowledge of the three states of matter to understand that each state has unique characteristics that can be changed. Students explored activities involving physical changes where substances appeared to be different, and chemical changes where new substances were formed. The unit culminated with students creating a poster of physical and chemical changes we see everyday!

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4th Grade

Fourth grade students learned about simple circuits using batteries, bulbs, and wires, and demonstrated the need for a complete loop in order for electricity to flow. Through an activity with an energy ball, students discovered that light and sound can be produced as long as everyone is holding hands, closing the circuit.

5th Grade

Fifth grade students learned about weather and examined how the interactions between land, ocean, ice, and the atmosphere affect our climate system. Students also developed models to demonstrate the relationship between daily temperature, air pressure, and humidity. Check out the weather forecast below featuring Cherry Hill School's Jake Hanau!

6th Grade

Sixth grade students learned about the movement of Earth's tectonic plates to understand geological events occurring today. They explored the various changes in Earth's surface that lead to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and the creations of mountains, using Oobleck, sponges, and cardboard! Students demonstrated what happens when continental plates and oceanic plates move towards each other, move away from each other, or slide past one another.