Murray A. Chittick Elementary School

Chittick Champions SOAR!

Excellence in Academics, Athletics and the Arts

 APRIL


KINDERGARTEN
  • Writing "How To" Books
  • Celebrating Earth Day!
  • Learning about our neighborhood.
  • Learning many new facts from reading non-fiction books!
  • Learning to make good estimates.
 
FIRST
  • In Math, the first graders will explore 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.  They additionally will explore symmetry by drawing and creating their own symmetrical designs
  • During Social Studies, the first graders are being exposed to all different types of U.S. symbols.  We will find out about our country's flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell.
  • During Reader's Workshop, we are finishing up our character unit.  Later in April, we will be diving into a new unit on poetry.  We will learn to focus on the clues that a poet gives a reader, including repetition, rhyme, varied punctuation and line breaks.
  • During Writer's Workshop, we are working on realistic fiction stories.  We are having so much fun making up characters, settings, problems, and solutions.  The 1st graders are really creative!!! 
 
 
SECOND
  • Students will be using place value to add 2-digit numbers with more than 2 addends.
  • Students are studying the 7 continents in Social Studies.
  • Students are reading longer chapter books and becoming more aware of how authors write. 
 
THIRD
  • Learning about Native American tribes
  • PARCC TEST!!!
  • Putting together circuits with light bulbs 
 
FOURTH
  • MATH - Formalize their understanding of multiplying a fraction by a whole number and use this knowledge to solve problems in real-world scenarios
  • SCIENCE - Investigating Potential and Kinetic energy, Fiction and Wind Resistance with our vehicles
  • SOCIAL STUDIES - The Reform years, WWI, 1920s, The Great Depression and WWII
  • READING - Social issues book clubs
  • WRITING - Realistic fiction 
 
FIFTH 
  • In writing class, students are writing memoirs.  They are also connecting their writing to proverbs.
  • Students are learning about public health and discovering ways to protect and conserve resources such as air, water and land.
  • In social studies, students will be able to create Revolutionary War Board games showing their knowledge of the American Revolution.
  • In math, students will be applying and extending their knowledge of multiplication, including multiplying mixed numbers.  students will also review attributes of triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons.  They will use these attributes to sort and classify shapes.  In addition, students will continue exploring line plots and coordinate grids.
  • In science, students are finishing their ecosystem unit in which they created a terrarium and an aquarium.  Students observed living organisms and conducted many experiments to gain more information.  Students have learned about many different types of plants and animals.
MARCH
 
 KINDERGARTEN
  •  Class trip to East Brunswick Library
  • Leprechaun visit
  • Visiting our adopted  tree to see if spring has arrived
  • Making kites
FIRST GRADE
  •  The first graders will complete math fact families in shamrocks.  We'll then write our fact families and glue our pieces together using colors of the Irish flag.
  • During Science, the first graders continue to take care of different plan and animal organisms.  They will observe for changes that are occurring in their terrariums and aquariums.
  • During Reader's Workshop, we are diving into our books to find out more about the characters.  We will learn to focus on how we learn from what they say, what they do, what they like, and what they dislike.  We'll even pay attention to how our characters change.
 
SECOND GRADE
  • Students will be writing their own lab reports in Writer's Workshop.
  • Students are reading nonfiction books in research clubs.
  • Students are learning and exploring Motion in Science.
 
THIRD GRADE
  •  Learning about volunteer organizations and how to become a good citizen
  • Reading myths while highlighting for evidence
  • Focusing on typing skills on the chrome books
 
FOURTH GRADE
  •  Math - Exploring the relationship between multiplication and division by developing a method for dividing whole numbers and solving division number stories
  • Science - Exploring the relationship between force, mass, and motion by using their standard vehicle
  • Social Studies - Causes and effects of the Civil War
  • Reading - Starting social issues
  • Writing - Realistic fiction
 
FIFTH GRADE
    • In writing class, students are using historical facts to write an informational booklet.  The students are working on a family life unit in health.  Students are learning about the male and female reproductive system.  In addition, they are learning about proper hygiene for middle school.
    • In reading, students will finish their historical fiction reading unit.  They will be able to analyze what symbols represent in their book club texts, and how they connect to historical fiction themes.
    • In math, students will begin to develop strategies for multiplying and dividing decimals, will  use measurement data to create line plots, and revisit volume concepts.
    • In science, students are beginning an ecosystem unit in which they create a terrarium and an aquarium.  Students will observe living organisms and conduct experiments to gain more information.  Students will learn about many different types of plants and animals.  On March 18th, students will participate in a science fair where students from other grades will come and learn more about their projects.
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