Moriarty Magnet Newsletter
A note from Mrs. Pellerin...
February also brings our first annual STEM Expo! I look forward to seeing you Thursday evening for this special learning opportunity.
Moriarty Magnet School STEM Expo
Thursday, Feb. 4th, 5:30-7pm
20 Lawler Lane
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.
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...
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 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.