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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!
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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.
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!
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!
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!
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.