New Suffolk Common School

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Built in 1907, New Suffolk School educates children in New Suffolk from grades Pre-K through 6.  Within the school’s three classrooms, under the guidance of outstanding teachers, students study the general subjects of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. Also offered through part-time teachers are enrichment classes in Physical Education, Music, Art and Drama. 

Social studies has officially begun!

Grades 3 and 4 will be studying the history of New York State this year.   We have began our unit with learning about the elements of culture within the Algonquian and Iroquios tribes.  One aspect of their culture we focused on was their farming, specifically the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash.

The Three Sisters were planted in a uniform manner: the corn was planted first, given time to grow tall. Next, the beans were planted around the base of the corn, allowing the vines to grow up and around the corn stalk, eliminating the need for a bean pole. Lastly, the squash was planted around the first two plants. This allowed the large leaves of the squash plant to shade the soil, maintaining the moisture, and keep weeds at a minimum. 

There were multiple uses of these vegetables, but of course their main purpose was to provide food! The students and I took this opportunity to create a practical meal that the Native American farmers would prepare: Three Sister's Soup!  Click the link below to get he recipe!

http://app.cookeatshare.com/recipes/three-sisters-soup-beans-corn-and-squash-soup-with-crock-pot-option-609653#CES

Our ingredients  

Our ingredients  

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Delicious! 

Delicious! 

Biography in a Bag!

The primary students had a blast celebrating famous people from history. They were able to identify their rise to fame, honorable events in their life, and major contributions. 

For a closing activity, the students had to choose one person from their own lives to interview, and gather materials that best represent that person.  

 

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Literary Character Dress Up Day!

In honor of the students' hard work reading and raising money for The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital' StoryQuest fundraiser, we all had a blast becoming a character that we've read about! 

 

Floor: Lizzie the Lizard from The Magic School Bus  Standing: Ladybug Girl, Tom Sawyer, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson

Floor: Lizzie the Lizard from The Magic School Bus

Standing: Ladybug Girl, Tom Sawyer, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson

Left to right: Chance McCain from Lego City, Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Greg, Curious George, Fly Guy, Madeline, and Andrea from Big Apple Barn

Left to right: Chance McCain from Lego City, Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Greg, Curious George, Fly Guy, Madeline, and Andrea from Big Apple Barn

L to R: Jonny as a Baseball character, Casey at the Bat, Fancy Nacy, Thing 1, and Junie B. Jones

L to R: Jonny as a Baseball character, Casey at the Bat, Fancy Nacy, Thing 1, and Junie B. Jones

Mrs. Mauro is Pinkalicious! 

Mrs. Mauro is Pinkalicious! 

Mrs. Costello is Professor Dumbledor from Harry Potter

Mrs. Costello is Professor Dumbledor from Harry Potter

Miss Frizzle!, aka Mrs. Campbell 

Miss Frizzle!, aka Mrs. Campbell 

Mrs. Gizzo, I mean Alexander, is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

Mrs. Gizzo, I mean Alexander, is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

And I am the Giving Tree! 

And I am the Giving Tree! 

Biography Genre Study

Second, third, and fourth grade students have been busy studying Biographies for a few weeks in class and independently. They've learned that biographies tell of a person's life and achievements. It can open a reader's eyes and heart to people who make a difference. 

 

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Our class studied Helen Keller together and created this web of her life. My fantastic intern, Miss Kluko, helped design and create this amazing visual! 

 

Anna studied Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anna studied Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joe studied Milton Hershey

Joe studied Milton Hershey

...and even brought us all a sweet treat! 

...and even brought us all a sweet treat! 

Jacob studied Mark McGwire

Jacob studied Mark McGwire

Henry learned about Vince Carter

Henry learned about Vince Carter

Aulis studied George Washington

Aulis studied George Washington

iMovie Animal Research

Putting a new technological twist on presenting research findings!

The 5th and 6th graders completed a unit of study on informational text and showed great interest in the subject of focus: endangered species. Each student sifted through a plethora of animals to choose from and focused on one specific animal to study. 

Step one: learn the facts. Step two: take action. Step three: wow your audience.  

One of our 6th graders thought creating an iMovie would be an entertaining  way to present their findings. Since receiving their iPads, the students have created so many exciting things! I said, "Sure, why not?" Well...boy, was I impressed! Between photos, voice overs, and background music, they were nothing short of a Discovery Channel documentary!

The Red Panda

The Red Panda

The Red Panda 


The Bowhead whale 

The Bowhead whale 

The Marine Iguana  

The Marine Iguana  

The Amur Leopard 

The Amur Leopard 

The Vaquita

The Vaquita

Patrick, our super-savvy tech teacher who made this all possible!

Patrick, our super-savvy tech teacher who made this all possible!

Eve Bunting Author Study

Eve Bunting is a fascinating author. We've learned a lot about her as a person and why she writes a wide variety of genres.

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After reading her biography, and watching a "Prezi" (a more modern PowerPoint), we've learned that she likes to teach people while they read her books. Many of her stories are based on her personal experiences. Most of all, Eve Bunting's passionate voice shines through her words.

Each day we read a book, decided on its genre, discussed her possible purposes for writing it, and wrote a summary. The following books were a few of our favorites:

 

About a boy and his father living in an airport.

About a boy and his father living in an airport.

A child recollects her time spent with her grandfather while explaining the metamorphosis of a butterfly.

A child recollects her time spent with her grandfather while explaining the metamorphosis of a butterfly.

A historical fiction book about an orphan train.

A historical fiction book about an orphan train.

A Hannukha story whose characters reflect on their experiences during the Holocaust

A Hannukha story whose characters reflect on their experiences during the Holocaust

This sad story had me crying in class! A young girl learns to understand her emotions after dealing with loss.

This sad story had me crying in class! A young girl learns to understand her emotions after dealing with loss.

We completed the unit by reading The Night Tree, which focuses on tradition. A family honors nature during the holidays each year while enjoying each other. So, we decided to do the same! 

 

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"The New Kid" The Trailer

We are super pumped about the release of our trailer! Grades 5 and 6 have been diligently  focused the past few months on writing a Reader's Theater script about bullying, which turned into a play, and then turned into a movie. 

Most recently, we filmed the trailer to our first feature film, and Patrick, our super savvy tech guy helped create the following link so everyone can view it. 

We hope you enjoy it! Be on the lookout for the movie, which is set to be released in early spring! 

What Are You Thankful For?

Hallway Bulletin Board 

Hallway Bulletin Board 

New Suffolk School families were busy this past weekend with homework!  Each student brought a paper leaf home for each member of their household. The assignment was to have everyone brainstorm what they are thankful for and design their leaf accordingly. The responses were beautiful, meaningful, and inspiring! Please pop in and take a peek at your work!

Crazy About Words

Peconic Landing runs an extraordinary program called The Lifetime Learning Program and  they reach out to schools all over Long Island, bringing with them the Dictionary Project.

Joe McKay, the "The Dictionary Man", presented the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders with their very own personalized dictionaries!  

 

The students were in awe of learning about the longest word! It has 1,909 letters! Say that three times fast!

The students were in awe of learning about the longest word! It has 1,909 letters! Say that three times fast!

We practiced looking up words. Mr. McKay helped us use the guide words to find them!

We practiced looking up words. Mr. McKay helped us use the guide words to find them!

"The limits of your language are the limits of your world"- Ludwig Wittgenstein 

 

"The more words we know, the bigger our world will be" - Joe McKay

"The more words we know, the bigger our world will be" - Joe McKay

International Literacy Day (Week!)

September 8 is known as International Literacy Day. Because I love reading, I decided to extend this celebration through the entire week!  We kicked it off today with a bang! Parents will be visiting throughout the week during their child's ELA time to participate in our reading program.

 


Mr. Barisic reading to our second, third, and fourth graders

Mr. Barisic reading to our second, third, and fourth graders

We had a great discussion after the story!

We had a great discussion after the story!

Mrs. Steinfeld prepared a great rhyming lesson for the K & 1 students!

Mrs. Steinfeld prepared a great rhyming lesson for the K & 1 students!

Mrs. Dailey and Mr. Barisic enjoyed illustrating with their children.

Mrs. Dailey and Mr. Barisic enjoyed illustrating with their children.

Check back for more photos about our Literacy Adventures!

Mrs. Steinfeld visited our 2nd through 4th graders and explored the art of journaling with them!

Mrs. Steinfeld visited our 2nd through 4th graders and explored the art of journaling with them!

Mrs. Heston introduced James Patterson to the 5th and 6th graders

Mrs. Heston introduced James Patterson to the 5th and 6th graders

James Patterson has written many series for students of all ages

James Patterson has written many series for students of all ages

Mrs. Szarka shared a novel that reminded her of her own grandmother.

Mrs. Szarka shared a novel that reminded her of her own grandmother.

The main character shared the same characteristics as her grandma: lively, hysterical, and witty!

The main character shared the same characteristics as her grandma: lively, hysterical, and witty!

Mrs. Szymczak enjoyed reading groups with our primary group!

Mrs. Szymczak enjoyed reading groups with our primary group!

 

I think the students enjoyed having her here too!

I think the students enjoyed having her here too!

Ms. Carr shared a story her family loves!

Ms. Carr shared a story her family loves!

 

Mrs. Cooper shared The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Mrs. Cooper shared The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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The boys loved sharing their books with each other and Mrs. Costello

The boys loved sharing their books with each other and Mrs. Costello

Mrs. Langmack shared super interesting facts about New Suffolk 

Mrs. Langmack shared super interesting facts about New Suffolk 

We found The Cooper's house in the book!

We found The Cooper's house in the book!

 

We concluded our International Literact Week with a special guest. Mrs. Rothawg, a Literacy Specialist, elementary teacher, and former Library Instructor, shared historical fiction stories with us.

We concluded our International Literact Week with a special guest. Mrs. Rothawg, a Literacy Specialist, elementary teacher, and former Library Instructor, shared historical fiction stories with us.

A little Long Island history sparked interest in our 5th and 6th graders

A little Long Island history sparked interest in our 5th and 6th graders

Colonial America with 3rd & 4th Grade

After spending about a month or so studying about Colonial America and how the colonists made lives for themselves, the students researched the specific aspects of their lives.

Each student chose an area and researched a topic, took their own notes, formatted their own outlines, then composed expository essays to teach their classmates.

At home, they had a blast creating a visual to go along with their topic.

Ancient Egypt Studies

5TH AND 6TH GRADE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN DILIGENTLY STUDYING ANCIENT EGYPT FROM THE START OF  THE CIVILIZATION.

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The students finished the unit by designing cartouches, which are a plaque-like stone that Egyptians engraved their names in to be buried with them for their afterlife.  We made salt-dough in school and engraved first names into them.  Then I took them home and baked them.  Upon bringing them back to school, the students painted them with traditional Egyptian colors.

Around the Room in September 2013

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