Learning English

Newsletter from Ms. Boylan's Classes

New York State Assessments

The New York State Assessments are coming up quickly. The English Language Arts Assessment will be taken between April 5th and April 7th. The Math Assessment will be taken between April 13th and April 15th.


I held an informational meeting about the upcoming New York State Assessments on March 7th. We discussed each of the New York State Assessments If you were unable to attend or have any further questions, please contact me at kboylan@blindbrook.org.


I will be sending out further information about the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) which will take place in May. Once a schedule is created, the dates and times of your children's assessment will be sent home.


Upcoming Important Dates:


March 24th, 25th, 28th- No School for Holiday Recess

March 29th- No School for Unused Snow Day

April 5th, 6th, and 7th- New York State English Language Arts Assessment

April 13th, 14th, 15th- New York State Math Assessment

April 22nd and 25th- No School for Holiday Recess

3rd Grade

In ENL class, we have been reading the book Judy Moody and taking notes on character traits, cause and effect, problem and solution, beginning, middle, and end, and theme. The students have also been writing responses to the text and using evidence to support their ideas. We have also been practicing speaking and listening in different situations.


In Math, students are wrapping up units on polygons and telling time. Ask students to tell you the different polygons they have learned. They are able to name the amount of sides and vertices a polygon has as well as identify if the polygons have parallel sides or right angles.


In Social Studies, students are learning about the United States of America. They have learned about the economy, government, the meaning of the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, the culture, and the symbols of the United States of America.

4th Grade

In ENL class, we have been reading the book Judy Moody and taking notes on character traits, cause and effect, problem and solution, beginning, middle, and end, and theme. The students have also been writing responses to the text and using evidence to support their ideas. We have also been practicing speaking and listening in different situations.


In Math, the students have been working with fractions. They have been learning how to add and subtract fractions. They have also learned how to multiply fractions and whole numbers. They are starting to learn about graphing and solving problems about different shapes.


In Social Studies, students enjoyed leaping back in time with Colonial Day. The students were able to experience what life was like for the children in colonial times. They are now learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution.


In Science, students are learning about magnets. They will be learning about what objects are attracted to magnets. They will also learn about how magnets interact with each other.

5th Grade

In English Language Arts, we have been reading Julie of the Wolves. Students are learning about the behavior of wolves, as well as the Arctic Tundra through this book. We are also working on using the text to figure out unknown words and make inferences.


In Math, students have been working on converting measurement units. They will begin reviewing the different Math concepts taught so far this year in preparation of the New York State Math Assessment.


In Science, students just finished a unit on Properties of Matter. Ask students to tell you about the different kinds of matter they know, including the types of mixtures. They can also tell you about how matter is measured and the units related to measuring matter. They are beginning a new unit on Changes in Matter.


In Social Studies, students are wrapping up their Westward Expansion unit. Students have been learning about the life of the pioneers as they made their way west across the United States. Students have been building their own wagons at home and will be presenting their wagons and facts about the pioneers this week in class.