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Choice Board due Friday, March 15th

New Choice Board (given every 2 weeks) Due: March 15

Choose 3 boxes and follow the directions carefully! Please read for 30 minutes per day!

Math Riddle

What digit is the most frequent between the numbers 1 and 1,000? To solve this riddle you don’t want to manually do all of the math but rather try to figure out a pattern.

In your answer be sure to PROVE how you figured it out. What patterns did you use? How did they help you figure it out?

Reading Reflection

Find a picture book, or short story, to read. While you read make a Know/Wonder with at least 10 notes. Then write a paragraph about the author’s message (see question below).Include:

  • The Title and Author
  • Your Know/Wonder
  • What was the author’s message in this book? Use 2 details to support your answer.
Math Problem

Ben decides to prepare for a marathon by running ten minutes a day, six days a week. Each week, he increases his time running by two minutes per day. How many minutes will he run in week 8?

HINT: Try making a table to organize your math thinking!

Social Action

Research a community issue that you care about (for example: recycling, immigration, animal rights).

Create an editorial newspaper article that explains all about this issue and why it is important.



  • Introduction
  • Your opinion
  • Transitions
  • Paragraphs
  • Conclusion
  • Elaboration
  • Craft Elements
Free Choice:

Create your own choice! Be creative and have fun! Or practice something like fact cards or handwriting!

Be sure to:
1. Write down your choice
2. Complete the assignment with your best work!
(Examples include, but are not limited to: portrait, diorama, sketch, book, essay, photography, handwriting practice, fact card practice, math story problems, etc.)

Research a person you find remarkable such as a sports player, historical figure, politician, musician, etc.

Write your own biography of this person! In your essay include  all the important facts you have learned about this person.



  • Introduction
  • Transitions
  • Paragraphs
  • Conclusion
  • Elaboration
  • Craft Elements
ELA Practice
(attached to choice board)
*Read to make meaning!

  1. Read the passage
  2. Answer short and long response
  3. Close read (circle the title and hard words, underline text evidence, chunk or draw a line after paragraphs, look for bold vocabulary words, take notes in the margins)
Math Practice
(attached to choice board)

  1. Read the questions
  2. Show your work in a clear, organized way!
  3. Close read (underline important information, circle numbers you need to use, and take notes in the margins)
  4. *Show your work with labels, pictures, color coding, boxes, or a way that makes sense to you!
Art Project

Do an art project that expresses your identity, or who you are. Include any planning or drafts that you created as well as your final product.

After you finish complete a reflection:

  • What aspects of your identity did you want to show?
  • Why did you choose this kind of art?
  • How do you feel about your project?

Weekly Info: Week of 02/26

Good afternoon Parents and Caregivers,

What an excellent week back from break!

In Reading
We are reading fiction, nonfiction, and poetry texts. Our students are using their prior knowledge and close reading strategies in order to read short stories. In addition, we started our poetry unit and are beginning to discuss elements authors use in order to engage the reader. Furthermore, we will look at the authors message. Ask your child what they notice about poems!

New Read Aloud: The One and Only Ivan. We are up to page 26. Please don’t read ahead! We encourage you to read the book at home along with us, and discuss the text with your child!

Here are a few discussion questions:

Who are the characters?
Who is the narrator?
How is Ivan feeling? How do you know? Give details from the text.

Describe the setting.
Do you think Ivan would rather be in the enclosure or in the wild? Why? Give details from the text.
Why does the sign at the Big Top Mall describe Ivan as angry and fierce?
Why doesn’t Ivan express any anger in the beginning of the story?

In Writing
We are answering short and long responses based on our short texts. Our students are sharing their thoughts in teams, partnerships, and during group discussions. Students are answering questions with a clear restatement of the question, finding evidence or details in order to support their thinking, and a closing sentence. Ask your child about their writings!

In Math
Exploring fractions! Students are learning about numerators (part) and denominators (whole). Also, we explored half of a number and how to write this in a fraction. For example, 6/12=1/2, 4/8=1/2. The students discussed the conjecture: When comparing two fractions, if the numerators are the same and one denominator is larger than the other, then that fractional piece is smaller than the other. For example, 1/2 and 1/4. The numerators are the same, but 4 is larger than 2, so we know that 1/4 is smaller than 1/2.

Also, we are using close reading strategies to understand equations and word problems. We ask ourselves: what do we know? What is unknown? How can I solve this problem?

In Content Study
We will begin our content study on the Lenape in 2 weeks!

Choice Boards 
A new choice board was given to all students today and is due Friday, March 16th (the choice board says 15th)

Other Info:
We celebrated February birthdays today! March birthdays will be celebrated on Thursday, March 29th.
Evening of the Arts: Thursday, March 8th at 6pm
Parent teacher conference: Thursday, March 15. Please sign up here:  and enter 4P71226801 as the Entry Code

Enjoy the weekend!
Mariana and Victoria

Weekly Info: Week of 02/05

Good afternoon Parents and Caregivers,

Happy FriYAY! We’ve had a fantastic week in 322 and we can’t wait to tell you all about it!

In Reading 
We are reading with a sense of WOW! What facts am I learning about? Why am I interested in this book? What makes this topic interesting? How do the title, heading, and paragraphs support our understanding of the book? These are the questions we are thinking about as we read multiple texts in this unit of study. Ask your child what they are reading about!

In Writing 
We are learning how to choose text structures in order to convey information to our reader. How do we want to present our information? Is it with a descriptive of chronological order? Cause and effect? Problem and solution? Or, do I want to use multiple structures in my paragraphs? So many options for our amazing writers! We continue to model our thinking with texts on Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

Also, we are learning to use transition words to connect paragraphs and sentences. These are helpful with answering short response questions too! How 322 answers short responses: Restate the question+ evidence+evidence+closing sentence. Short, sweet, answers the question clearly, and makes sense! Of course, reread for accuracy!

In Content Study
Wow! We have almost come to the end of our Study on the Brooklyn Bridge! We learned about the history and the impact of this fabulous bridge has on lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. We can’t wait to share our projects and writing pieces with you next Tuesday, February 13th at 8:30am at our celebration!

Choice Boards
What awesome projects and writings from 322! Choice boards are due next Thursday, February 15th. Break homework will be to read and enjoy the week with Family and Friends!

We will send home ELA and Math practice packets if you’d like to complete these with your child during the week off.

Other Info

Content Study Celebration: Tuesday, February 13 at 8:30am in 322
February Break: February 16-25
Parent Engagement Mondays: we are available to speak with you about your child’s progress on Mondays at 2:40-3:45pm. Please schedule a time with us to meet if you have questions or concerns!

Enjoy the weekend!
Mariana and Victoria

Weekly Info: Week of 01/29

We had a jam packed week of ELA and Math!

In Reading
We are reading with a sense of WOW! What information are we learning? What facts does our authors want us to know? What is missing? Do I need another source in order to fill in the gaps? Students are reading multiple texts of their choice on one topic and writing informational essays about them! Our model texts are about Martin Luther King Jr and Cesar Chavez. Students are reading about similarities and differences between the two leaders in history.

In Writing 
We are learning how to share facts and sources in our informational writing. Students are finding similarities and differences between the ideas and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. Students are reading about these two leaders, discussing ideas, using graphic organizers to plan paragraphs, and using evidence from multiple texts. Students are learning how to choose a text structure or write a parargraph that makes sense. Examples of text structures are description, cause and effect, and problem/solution.

In Content Study
We can’t wait to share our Brooklyn Bridge projects with you! Students are writing about Brooklyn Bridge history and writing informational essays. We are finding facts and information in our readings, and learning how to write creative introductions, crafty paragraphs with facts and sources, as well as using transition words (also, in addition, next, furthermore, on the other hand) to smoothly weave our writing together.

In Math
We are organizing our thinking in a clear, organized way. We are using a toolbox of strategies, close reading the math problem, and making sure we understand the information and questions being asked. Students are using models, pictures, and organizers in order to show their work. Of course, we want to make sure our answer is clear and check it twice!

Please continue to review multiplication facts1-10. We practice everyday, and it would be helpful to practice at home too! Students are using arrays, area models, ratio tables, and thinking about inverse operations of multiplication and division. For example, if I know 7×3=21 and 3×7 =21, then I know 21 divided by 7 is 3 and 21 divided by 3 is 7.

Choice Boards
A new choice board went home today.

NYS State Test information: A letter was sent with your child about how you can help your child prepare for the state tests in April and May. We gave students packets of an ELA passage and math questions to complete as a choice.

Other Info:
Brooklyn Bridge Celebration: February 13
February Break: February 16-25

Weekly Info 11/10

Good afternoon Parents and Caregivers,

We had a great week of writing, reading, math…and some jazz!

In Writing:
We had such an EXCITING week with publishing our personal narrative pieces. Our students were able to go through the entire writing process, give each other feedback, and create images to match their writing. We are so IMPRESSED with the creativity and dedication of our students. All students created multiple drafts, improving their spelling and punctuation each day! Remember, we are still working on applying these skills and you will see even more improvement as the year progresses!

Our next unit is persuasive writing. We will be thinking about topics that are important for us to change the mind of others! Ask your child about things they’d like to change in the world, community, or at home, and where we see persuasive writing in NYC!

In Reading
We are continuing to track Maria Isabel and her journey of building confidence and speaking up for herself! We are up to chapter 7 in the text. We continue to track her character traits and feelings throughout the story. In addition, we talked about the words empathy and empathetic. Students were able to put themselves in Maria Isabel’s shoes and think about what they would feel like if they were in a similar situation.

In Math:
We are thinking deeply about multiplication. Thank you for practicing multiplication strategies with your child. We are using the words rows, columns, and arrays. Students are to solve equations and word problems, as well as explain their thinking in words using the vocabulary. Also, pictures are helpful in order to solve problems and our students are practicing these ideas in math. Also, we are thinking about our habits of mind and what needs to be done in order to solve hard, complex math equations and problems. Please enourage your child to persevere through challenging tasks, and prove their thinking!

In Content Study
We are reading about John Roebling and his connections with the Brooklyn Bridge. The students are reading grade level texts, and answering prompts based on the text. We are working on inferential questions that allow for a rich discussion.

New choice boards come home today and are due Monday, November 27th.

Other Info

-We attended a jazz concert in the Gymatorium! We had fun learning about jazz and the blues. In the choice board this week, our students can research the history of jazz or a famous jazz/blues musician. Our students learned about how jazz is used as a universal language, and that we can express ourselves through music!

-We read our personal narratives with Lindsey’s class (book buddies)!

-Parent Teacher Conferences begin on Monday, 11/13, and continue on 11/16. We look forward to speaking with you! Please look for progress reports in your child’s backpack today!

– Our class will be attending the Book Fair Thursday, November 16th. Forms went home yesterday in your child’s backpack regarding the Book Fair.

– Thursday, November 16th: Half Day 11:40 dismissal. Any changes to after school/pick up please email us!

-Thanksgiving Recess: November 23 and 24

Enjoy the weekend!

Mariana and Victoria

Weekly Info 11/3

Good afternoon Parents and Caregivers,

We LOVED having you visit this morning for a sneak peak at our personal narrative writing and our bridge study units!

In Reading:

We are continuing to read My Name is Maria Isabel and track our theories about the main and secondary characters in this text. Our students are looking closely at the character’s actions, feelings, as well as what is said across chapters. We are up to chapter 7 in this text. Please read along with us and ask the following questions:

-What do we know about Maria Isabel?
-Where is the setting in this chapter?
-How is Maria Isabel feeling? Why?
-If you were Maria Isabel, what would you say to the teacher?
-How would you describe Maria Isabel? How do you know? Use evidence from the text.
-Do you think she will ever stand up for herself when the teacher calls her by a different name? Why or why not?

Students have book baggies that go home daily. You can ask the students to tell you more about their book by asking similar questions!

In Writing:

We are so close to publishing our personal narratives! The students have worked tirelessly to draft and revise their pieces. We continue to think of how we can make this piece of writing our best work by having a strong beginning, adding dialogue, description of setting, feelings, have a circular ending of what we learned or felt during this time. We are using mentor writing pieces and seeing how published authors do this in texts! We are in the process of giving partner feedback, checking punctuation by going into our own readings and seeing how and why authors punctuate their writings, as well as looking at our spelling.

We are questioning ourselves:
Is this my best work?
Does this word look right?
Does this sentence look right?
What more can I add for the reader?
How can I be more descriptive with this small moment?

In Content Study:

We are so PROUD of our creative students in 322! As you saw this morning, our students were able to work in teams, decide on materials to use based on their drafts and posters, and then create a model of the 5 bridges they studied! This project gave students the opportunity to communicate effectively, go through the process of working as a team, and speaking in a kind and caring way. Students were able to build upon each other’s ideas, and the structures they built are AMAZING!

Also, we are reading about John Roebling and his contributions to the Brooklyn Bridge. The vocabulary word that was introduced this week: remarkable. This word means worthy of attention or extraordinary. Students are reading about this leader in the engineering field and are thinking about why he is such a remarkable person. Ask your child to tell you all about John Roebling!

In Math:

We are starting our multiplication unit. Thank you for practicing multiplication 1-12 with your child! This is very helpful, and our students benefit from practicing concepts at home! Please continue to practice their multiplication facts! J We are using math vocabulary like: rows (horizontal), columns (vertical), and arrays (arrangement of objects placed in rows and columns). This visual thinking gives students the opportunity to show their thinking, as well as understand how multiplication and addition help each other when solving problems.  Also, we are solving word problems and asking students to complete choice board work that practices these ideas.

Example: 3 X 2= 3 rows of 2, which equals 6

Ask your child to explain equations and have fun practicing these concepts!

Other Info:
Read-a-thon Ceremony: The students who completed the Read-a-thon over the summer were recognized for their hard work and dedication to reading over the summer!

Reading Buddies: We are reading buddies with Lindsey’s class two times per month. 2nd grade and 3rd grade read together and tell each other about their books.

11/7: Election Day-No school for students

11/13 and 11/16: Parent/Teacher Conferences — If you have yet to sign up, here is the link:

11/23-24: Thanksgiving Recess-No School

We hope you have a great weekend!
Mariana and Victoria

Choice Board due November 10

Due: Friday, November 10th

Complete three activities from the Choice Menu below and complete in your Homework Notebook: one reading, one writing and one math activity.

Reminder: In addition to the Choice Board, you also need to read at least 30 minutes EACH day and work on DreamBox three times a week.




Problem Solving
Victoria has 5 bags with 3 oranges in each bag. Mariana has 6 bags with 2 oranges in each bag. How many oranges do they both have together?1. Write an equation
2. Solve it!
3. Explain your thinking with both pictures and words!
True or Not True

134 + 98=134+90+8

Prove it!  Show your thinking with:
-a picture
-an explanation (math vocabulary: place value)
Prompt: I am thinking that ….


After completing a DreamBox lesson describe the lesson in your notebook:

1. What lesson were you working on?
2. What did you learn?
3. Did you find it helpful? Why or why not?
Your response must be ½ to 1 page long. Be specific and give examples!





Reading Response


Making inferences! Use the clues in your reading in order to figure out how the main character feels in your chapter or book.

Complete the graphic organizer titled Making Inferences and staple/tape it in your homework notebook.

Book Recommendation

1. Write a summary of your book (first, next, in addition, furthermore, finally).
2.  Why did you choose this book? Give 2-3 examples
(I enjoy the plot, character relationships, genre)
3. Would you recommend this book to another reader? Why or why not?
4. How many stars out of 5 would you give this book?



My Name is Maria Isabel


Write a letter (include a greeting, body, closing) to Maria Isabel from another character (mom, dad, Antonio, teacher, friends Marta and Maria). Use examples from the text.

1. What advice would you give her? Why?
2. What is a problem that you could help her find a solution for?
3. Do you think Maria Isabel should say something to the teacher about calling her the wrong name? Why or Why not?
4. Your letter must be 3/4 to 1 page long!








Think about a topic you love! (For example: bridges, engineers). Research more about it!

1. Write down the topic in your notebook
2. What are 5-10 cool facts you learned!
3. What questions do you still have?
4. Should other people research this topic? Why or why not?



Personal Narrative

Think about a special moment and zoom into it! Create a plot map, and tell that story!
Be sure to:

1. Have a creative beginning
2. Use dialogue between characters
3. Describe the setting
4. Lots of description!
5. Circular ending (I learned… or I feel…)

Free Write!

Create a story around this sentence:
I was so excited for pizza Friday at school!

Write at least ½ page to 1 page! Be creative, and HAVE FUN!

Be sure to:
-Use description and show/not tell


Tuesday, October 31st: Halloween Parade 9am

Monday, November 13th + Thursday, November 16th: Parent Teacher Conferences — sign up here


Weekly Info 10/27

Good afternoon Parents and Caregivers,

What am AMAZING week in 3-322! Our students added to their thinking in all subject areas, and are working together as a community to problem solve!

In Reading:
We continue to track our characters across chapters and document our thinking. As a class, we finished Chapter 5 of My Name is Maria Isabel. The students are making inferences by putting all the reading strategy pieces together. They will practice these strategies for homework, and questions to think about are stapled with the choice board organizer. The students are making inferences in order to identify character traits and feelings. Please use the vocabulary listed below when speaking with your child in order to reinforce these character trait words!

Vocabulary we are using: Courageous, courteous, sympathetic, inventive, empathetic, persistent, reliable, considerate, and point of view (person telling the story, narrator).

In Writing: 
We are drafting our personal narratives, and using show/not tell strategies in order to bring the reader into the moment. We are crafting beginnings and endings, using voice (adding our personalities), adding description to the setting (where our story takes place) and using dialogue too! Ask your child about their personal narrative and how they are applying these concepts.

In Math:
We are using reasoning and problem solving strategies in order to solve single and multi-step problems. Students are to read the question, visualize the action, identify what is known and unknown, and figuring out a strategy and model to find a solution. We included complex problems on the choice board homework. Please work with your child to read the question, stop and think, draw pictures in order to document their thinking, as well as discuss the problem. We do this daily during the math period!

In Content Study:
What an awesome group of engineers! Our students worked on bridge projects that showcase their creativity and communication skills. First, students worked in teams to draw a design of the bridge they researched. Next, the students came to an agreement in order to show their ideas and fun facts! In addition, the teams presented their poster to the class. Students took notes on these presentations, and added to their bridge knowledge. Furthermore, students came to a consensus in teams and discussed items that would be the best to create the bridge (ie. string, egg crates, etc).  We are now in the process of building model bridges. Thank you for bringing in materials for our bridge projects!

New choice boards were given to the students. Please review the making inferences graphic organizer even if your child didn’t choose this box to complete for homework. It will help if you could read a book with your child or ask about their reading using these questions!. We use this note catcher (graphic organizer) in reading.

Reading Buddies:
We are partnering with Lindsey’s 2nd grade class for reading buddies! We will read together 2 times per month. Students love this time to read with another grade, and build community with the class next door!

Other info:
-Halloween parade: 10/31 at 9am
-Sign up for Parent/Teacher conference here:

-If you cannot make any of the times offered, please email us and we can work out a different time.
-We have paraprofessional changes to 3-322. Lucy will be heading to kindergarten. We welcome Milette on Monday!

Enjoy the weekend!
Victoria and Mariana