Mrs. Hopkins

Here’s what we’ll be studying as we start the  new school year.

Math:  We USE everyday math.  it is a spiral program in which more than one mathematical concept is covered in each unit, rather than a mastery program where concepts are separated. the concepts come up throughout the year, or spiral back for review.  BEFORE EACH UNIT, I SEND A HOME LINK SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT WE WILL BE COVERING.

Reading:  We use the“Reader’s Workshop” model for our Reading program.  Instead of the traditional basal reader, students will work on reading skills by reading books of their own choice.  We will talk about finding the “Just Right Book”, what “Fake” and “Real Reading” look like, and begin our first lessons on how to find the meaning of unknown words and phrases, and  tips for readers to improve fluency and understanding.  The first reading skill we will look at is  Sequence and then we: will learn how to understand Characters and determining their traits based on what they do, say, feel, and think.

English:  Our first grammar skills will be reviewing sentences.  We will use mentor sentences (really good sentence examples) to talk about various parts of speech in writing.

Cursive:  We will start learning cursive letter with the “clock climber group”  a, d, g, q, c

Writing:  We will begin by introducing what our “Writer’s Workshop” is all about, and what good writers do, and don’t do.  Our first writing piece will be a personal narrative, but we will be writing many personal narratives both in school and for homework before deciding on one to edit, revise, and publish.

Science:  Our first Science Unit will  have us learning about  weather!

Social:  Our Social Studies frameworks for Massachusetts has us look at the state of Massachusetts from the Pilgrims settling in 1620 to today.  We will learn about the geography, economy, history, and people who have made our state what it is today.  We will start with a geography unit to learn about where Massachusetts is in relation to the rest of the country, as well as about the differing geographical regions in our state and what can be found in each region.

Book Clubs:  During Book Clubs, students are in small discussion groups.  All books are in the same genre with the same theme, but at different reading abilities.  The groups sit with me one day, work independently the next day, work in a peer group on the third day, and then rotate back to teacher group.  During this time we read award winning novels, discuss the plot, characters, events, themes, genre, and more.  Response questions are completed independently, as are reflection and content based pages in a packet.  At the end of each book, a culminating project (sometimes group, sometimes individual) is completed to assess the child’s comprehension and overall understanding. Also, many of these novels have been adapted to film and each group can watch the film of the nook they read to compare the two mediums of the same story.  We will start with Realistic Fiction like we are doing during Reader’s Workshop. Groups will read  “Because of Winn-Dixie”,  “Shiloh”,  and “Stone Fox” which all involves dogs that help to bring characters together,

September Birthdays

Connor - Sept. 30

Important Dates:

September 4 - Labor Day (no  school)

Open House  September 10 6-8 p.m.

OCTOBER 18- Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation
If you want to chaperone ANY field trips, CORI forms must be brought in personally to Mr. Read with your Driver's License

OCTOBER 24-25 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Make sure you sign up on Sign Up Genius

Classroom Store:

Any donations to our store throughout the year would be 

GREATLY appreciated! 

If you would like for your child to have their own “throw pillow” or slippers to wear for comfort while reading, you are welcome to send them in, but they are not required.  


     I am looking forward to a GREAT year! Any questions or concerns please DO NOT hesitate to e mail or call.  I check my e mail a few times a day.  

Thank you,

Mrs. Hop