# Moriarty Magnet Newsletter

## A note from Mrs. Pellerin...

Happy February! We have all been enjoying the beautiful weather that the last week has brought us. Our students have been outside for both recess and learning. In fact, our first graders have been observing how shadows lengthen and how this is related to the position of the sun in the sky. You'll find chalk outlines of shadows cast by our first grade friends on our blacktop!

February also brings our first annual STEM Expo! I look forward to seeing you Thursday evening for this special learning opportunity.

Best,

Becky Pellerin

### 20 Lawler Lane

#### Norwich, CT

Check out the exciting STEM learning that's taking place at Moriarty!

## Grade 2 Math Tips for Parents from Ms. St. George

Grade 2 lays the conceptual foundation for multiplication and division. Students will learn to make equal groups, moving from concrete work with objects to more abstract pictorial representations. They also learn about even and odd numbers.

New Terms:

Array: arrangement of objects in rows and columns

Columns: the vertical (up and down) groups in a rectangular array.

Rows: the horizontal (across) groups in a rectangular array.

Repeated Addition: example 3 + 3 + 3 + 3

Even number: a whole number whose last digit is 0,2,4,6, or 8

Odd number: a whole number that is not even

What can you do at home?

Use small objects and have your child sort them into equal groups.

Practice skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Key Common Core Standards:

· 2.OA.3: Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.

· 2.OA.4: Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total number as a sum of equal addends.

· 2.G.2: Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-sized squares and count to find the total number of them.

## A musical note from Mr. Varela...

Great anticipation is in the air for Moriarty 4th graders, who will begin their recorder unit in music class this month. They will be practicing this instrument using "Recorder Karate" sheet music. As they progress through the notation they are given, they will be earning various colored tassels to attach onto their recorders. Learning a new instrument is a challenging yet exciting task. There is no other experience quite like engaging in a musical craft!

## Lost and Found

The lost and found is OVERFLOWING! Please check the stage in the cafeteria for any of your child’s items. Moriarty plans to donate all unclaimed items after Parent-Teacher conferences in March.

## Third Grade News

This month in third grade we are studying fossils! We started this unit by heading to the Dinosaur Park in Rocky Hill, CT. At the park we saw REAL dinosaur prints and learned all about the different types of fossils found in Connecticut. It was a great learning experience for all of us. Throughout the following weeks we have extended our learning in the classroom by creating our own fossils out of plaster of paris. This unit is soon going to extend into an Engineering is Elementary kit about rocks. During this unit students will dive deeper into the Engineering Design Process. Ms. Gilletti, Ms. Lazine, and Mrs. Manke are really excited to see the students think and create artifacts just like material engineers!

## Fourth Grade News

Fourth grade mathematicians are beginning a unit on decimals. We will be learning that decimals are another way to show amounts that are parts of a whole. We will also be studying the relationship between fractions and decimals.

Fourth grade readers are reading historical fiction novels. Students have formed historical fiction book clubs. They meet in these clubs approximately twice a week to discuss many aspects of their books, including the characters, events in the story, and themes. We continue to read The Sign of the Beaver in interactive read aloud.

## Fifth Grade Writers Have Been Published!

Fifth graders worked on Personal Narrative writing and their stories were able to be published in a book. Check out the picture below!

## ST Math--Play at Home!

Are your children playing "Jiji" math at home? Encourage them to log into this engaging game-based math learning experience and watch how fun math can be! All of our students play ST Math as part of their math education at school. Logging in at home takes their learning to an even deeper level! If you have any questions or are experiencing technical problems with logging on, please give us a call. Click on the following link for log-on instructions: http://dlassets.stmath.com/pdfs/trs/using_st_math_at_home_k_6.pdf