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Week of September 10, 2018

DON’T FORGET TO BACK THE JACK.  Please consider giving to help give the students of Nickajack everything they need.  The Back the Jack Campaign ends this Friday.

The Great Skate is this Sunday, September 16 to celebrate the end of the Back the Jack Campaign.  Multicultural Night is next Thursday, September 20.  Fourth grade is going to represent Nigeria.  If you have anything at all from that country that we can use, we would be much appreciative.

This week:

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will be taking a closer look at the Declaration of Independence and the important men who signed it.  There will be a quiz next Monday to go along with the Studies Weekly newspaper for this week.

MATH:  This week we will be looking at elapsed time and distance.  Students need to know how to read an analog clock.  There will be no videos to go along with this week’s lessons.  There will be a quiz on Friday.

ELA:  The students are continuing to work diligently on their informational writing piece.  The focus this week will be on putting in transitions, writing a conclusion and to begin editing a peer editing.  I will be meeting with each student to discuss their writing over the course of this week and next.

Grammar this week will be on pronouns.  There will be a pronoun quiz on Friday.

READING:  We are wrapping up on reading passage  about the American Revolution and students are citing text evidence to support their answers.  We will then begin reading Divided Loyalties, which is a play.  Students are also going to begin doing novel studies based on their Lexile levels in order to practice reading strategies as groups.

 

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Week of August 27, 2018

We are almost to the halfway point in the first quarter.  I can’t believe how fast the year is already going!

Today begins BACK THE JACK Campaign.  Please consider donating toward the Nickajack Foundation.  We have many great opportunities as teachers and students through this campaign.  I have personally benefitted from this in the past few years by writing grants for technology in the classroom as well as professional development.

This Friday is Back to Football Friday which is always a fun day for the students.  We will be going to the Fire Safety Village next Friday, September 7.  I know the students are really looking forward to this.

This week:

SCIENCE:  Today we started looking at the Earth, Sun and Moon and how they are related.  We will be learning how day and night are made, the different hemispheres and time zones, the 4 seasons and the phases of the moon.  I have to say, the students were very excited about our discussion today.  There will be a quiz over Lesson 1 (pp. 103-115) this Thursday.

MATH:  We are continuing to add and subtract numbers up to 1 million using the standard algorithm.  Students are also learning how to draw tape diagrams to illustrate these.  There will be a quiz Friday on Lessons 15-17.

Monday – Lesson 15

Tuesday – Lesson 16

 

 

Wednesday – Lesson 17

 

 

Thursday & Friday – Exemplar in class

 

LANGUAGE ARTS:  In grammar this week, we will be learning about adverbs.  Grammar quiz Friday on adverbs.  Also, we will have our week 2 vocabulary quiz on Friday.  The students will have had 2 weeks to review the words.   Week 2 Vocabulary

In writing, students are beginning to draft their informational writing papers after doing their research last week on their topics.

READING:  This will we will begin reading the book Divided Loyalties.  This will tie together both Reading and Social Studies.

 

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Week of August 13, 2018

I want to thank all of you so much for attending Open House last week!  I really believe it’s going to be a great year!  If you didn’t get to attend or would like to review the PPT that was present Thursday night, I’ve attached it here.  parent orientation 18_19

REMINDERS:  Please turn in your child’s permission slip for our field trip to the Fire Safety Village.  Also, don’t forgot to write me a letter telling me all about your child.  This really helps to give me insight into your child.  

 

THIS WEEK:

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are beginning to dive into the American Revolution.  Our curriculum this year in Studies Weekly.  It is a weekly newspaper that the students will read and discuss.  There will be weekly assessments that go along with the paper.

MATH:  This week we are comparing numbers,  ordering numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest millions.  We are also continuing to review our multiplication facts.  If your child doesn’t have these memorized, please have them review nightly.

Monday – Lesson 5

Tuesday – Lesson 6

Wednesday – Lesson 7

Thursday – Lesson 8

Friday – Lesson 9

 

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we are focused on identifying the verbs in a sentence.  Students have verbs homework every night this week instead of vocabulary.  We are also continuing to develop our ideas for informational writing for this quarter.

READING:  Students are beginning to work on their fluency.  We are also incorporating the American Revolution into our reading time by reading a book called Divided Loyalties.

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Week of August 6, 2018

I want to welcome you and your child to 4th grade! We are going to have a great year together. The first 3 days went so well! I know the students were probably somewhat bored going over the procedures and expectations for the year but it is important to start the year off right. However, today, we hit the ground running. Tonight is the first night of homework. Students have a reading packet that they are to complete throughout the week which includes a fluency section for them to read aloud to you 3 times a week for practice. This only needs to be a couple of paragraphs. They will also have a vocabulary quiz every Friday. The words will usually be content related. This week they have 10 words. Tonight, they don’t have math homework. However, this is an exception. Math homework will begin tomorrow. On a regular basis, students will have reading, grammar (this will start next week) & vocabulary, and math.

Open House is this Thursday, August 9, from 6 – 7:50.

Students will need a set of earbuds for use with laptops and Ipads.  You can buy these at Dollar Tree.  This will cut down on germs spreading if everyone has their own pair.

THIS WEEK:

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Students are exploring the different domains found in Social Studies (history, geography, government/civics, and economics).  We are also looking at beliefs and ideals; conflict and change; distribution of power; individuals, groups, institutions; location; movement/migration; and rule of law and how these have impacted our nation over the years.

MATH:  We will begin this year by looking at place value all the way to the millions place.

Tuesday – Lesson 1  

Wednesday – Lesson 2

 

Thursday – Lesson 3

 

Friday – Lesson 4

 

LANGUAGE ARTS:  Students wrote their informational pre-assessment today.  We will begin taking a closer look at informational writing over the next few weeks.  Students were also introduced to nouns today and will be practicing identifying and using nouns all this week.  Week 1 vocabulary

READING:  We will also be working with informational text in the coming weeks.  This will coincide with our topics in Social Studies.  The students this week are reading nonfiction texts about the French and Indian War, colonists, Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party.  Students are pulling out the main ideas of each passage and adding supporting details.  Students will also learn how to make inferences using the same passages.

 

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Week of March 26, 2018

Junior Achievement will take place this Friday, March 30th, from 8-1 pm.

Spring Break is next week.

GA Milestones will begin Tuesday, April 10th – April 16th.  If you would like a packet for practice over the break, please email me and I will send one home with your child.  Milestones_StudyGuide

This week:

READING:  We will be going over our final paired text passages in preparation for Milestones.

ELA:  Students will be brainstorming this week on their opinion writing pieces.  They will begin drafting after spring break.  

MATH:  This week we will be recognizing lines of symmetry in two-dimensional figures, construct triangles and symmetry in triangles, classify quadrilaterals and construct quadrilaterals.

Monday – Lesson 12  HW – Lesson 4.12

Tuesday – Lesson 14  HW – Lesson 4.14

Wednesday – Lesson 15  HW – Lesson 4.15

Thursday – Lesson 16  HW – Lesson 4.16

Friday – Test over angles, lines of symmetry, triangles and quadrilaterals

 

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Week of March 19, 2018

YOU CAN STILL ORDER FIELD DAY T-SHIRTS UNTIL MARCH 22 AT www.beabetterbrave.com.

**JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – MY CLASS STILL NEEDS ONE MORE VOLUNTEER.  Use the link below to sign up.

Junior Achievement is coming to Nickajack and we need your help! If you would like to volunteer to “TEACH JA FOR A DAY,” please use the SignUpGenius link (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ca9a82daafe3-junior) to indicate your preference of a 4th or 5th grade classroom. We will have two volunteers in each classroom to make it more fun and easier on you!
Junior Achievement Day is Friday, March 30th. Volunteers are committing for the school day (8:00-2:00), but will have breaks when students go to specials, lunch and recess. A hospitality room will be available to our awesome volunteers!
In preparation for the big day, we will hold a mandatory one hour training on Friday, March 23rd. The training for 5th grade will take place from 8:00-9:00 and the training for 4th grade will take place from 9:00-10:00. On this day, volunteers will receive all of the materials, lesson plans and further direction/instructions.

This week:

READING:  We are continuing to look at paired texts and will do so all the way up until the Milestones.  I am challenging students to make sure that they are quoting text evidence when they have questions in order to give thorough answers.  They will be expected to do this on the Milestone.

ELA:  In the fourth quarter, students will be writing another opinion paper.  Please continue to have your child go on ixl.com and review all language arts standards in fourth grade.  We will also be looking at idioms, metaphors and similes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W26o9xM4sMM

MATH:  For the next two weeks, we will be looking at our geometry unit (points, lines, line segments, rays, determining and measuring angles, quadrilaterals – parallelograms, rectangles, squares, trapezoids).

Monday – Lesson 1  HW – Lesson 4.1

Tuesday – Lesson 2  HW – Lesson 4.2

Wednesday – Lesson 4  HW – Lesson 4.4

Thursday – Lesson 7  HW – Lesson 4.7

Friday – Lesson 10

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are continuing to study Westward Expansion.  Student projects are due this Thursday.  Westward Expansion Project

SPELLING:  We are no longer doing spelling.  We will spend the rest of the year focusing on Reading, ELA and Math in preparation for the Milestones and fifth grade.

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Week of March 12, 2018

FIELD DAY:  You can still order field day t-shirts at www.beabetterbrave.com until March 22.

Talent Show is this Thursday, March 15 at 6:00.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Junior Achievement is coming to Nickajack and we need your help! If you would like to volunteer to “TEACH JA FOR A DAY,” please use the SignUpGenius link (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ca9a82daafe3-junior) to indicate your preference of a 4th or 5th grade classroom. We will have two volunteers in each classroom to make it more fun and easier on you!
Junior Achievement Day is Friday, March 30th. Volunteers are committing for the school day (8:00-2:00), but will have breaks when students go to specials, lunch and recess. A hospitality room will be available to our awesome volunteers!
In preparation for the big day, we will hold a mandatory one hour training on Friday, March 23rd. The training for 5th grade will take place from 8:00-9:00 and the training for 4th grade will take place from 9:00-10:00. On this day, volunteers will receive all of the materials, lesson plans and further direction/instructions.

This week:

READING:  We are continuing to look at paired texts and providing text evidence when responding to questions.

ELA:  

MATH:  

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are continuing to talk about Westward Expansion.  The Westward Expansion project is due March 22.

SPELLING:  In preparation of the Milestones, there will no longer be Spelling.  We will be spending more time focusing on grammar.

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Week of March 5, 2018

I can’t believe we are about to finish third quarter.  The year is really flying by!  We are beginning to zero in on aspects that will be on the Milestones.

GENIUS HOUR: Students need to come prepared this week with their topic for Genius Hour so they can begin research.

Week of March 5:

READING:  We have begun looking at paired texts as a class.  This is one of the topic covered on the Milestones.  Students are also learning how to cite text evidence to support their answers.

ELA:  Students will be writing their final copy of informational writing on their assigned planet this week.  

MATH:  Students have been working on making equivalent fractions through both multiplication and division.  This week we are looking at how to place fractions on a number line when you have different denominators.  Are those fractions closer to 0, 1/2, 1 or more than 1?  We will also begin looking at converting fractions to decimals and vice versa.

Monday – Lesson 5.12   HW – Lesson 5.12

Tuesday – Equivalent fractions worksheet

Wednesday – Field trip/no homework

Thursday – Lesson 5.13   HW – Lesson 5.13

Friday – Quiz (Comparing fractions) and Lesson 5.14 

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Students have been given a Westward Expansion project that is due March 22.  We have started learning about the War of 1812 and will be moving into Westward Expansion, the Pony Express, the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail.   Westward Expansion Project

SPELLING:  Sort 24

 

Week of March 12:

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February 12, 2018

Progress reports went home last Thursday.  Please sign and return as soon as possible.

Our last field trip is March 6 to the Cobb Youth Museum and the permission slip went home in last Thursday’s folder.  Please fill out the form, send in $20 in the envelope and return by the end of this week.

The students have begun brainstorming what they would like to do for their Genius Hour projects.  I can’t wait to see all of their great ideas!

This week:

READING:  We will begin reading Divided Loyalties this week in class as a continuation of our American Revolution unit. Please make sure your child is reading nightly and challenging themselves with books that are on or above their Lexile level.  This is the only way that their level will continue to increase.

ELA:  Each student has been assigned a planet to research.  All research is being done in class.  Students will then take their research and put it into an informational writing piece.  This will be completed over the next few weeks.

MATH:  We have wrapped up adding and subtracting fractions as well as decomposing improper fractions into mixed numbers.  We are moving on to equivalent fractions by taking larger fractional pieces and making them into smaller ones as well as taking smaller pieces and making them into a larger fractional piece.  There will be a quiz on equivalent fractions this Thursday or Friday.

Monday:  Lesson 21  HW – Lesson 5.21

Tuesday:  Lesson 7  HW – Lesson 5.7

Wednesday:  Lesson 8  HW – Lesson 5.8

Thursday:  Lesson 9  HW – Lesson 5.9

Friday:  Quiz

SCIENCE:  We are continuing to look at stars and planets and the difference between the two.

HEALTH:  We will be taking a look at what it means to be safe when away from home.

SPELLING:  sort 22

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February 5, 2018

We will be heading to the Fire Safety Village Tuesday, February 6.  Please make sure if your child is bringing a lunch from home that it is in a disposable plastic or paper bag that can be thrown away.

I’m excited to announce that our class will begin their Genius Hour Projects this Thursday.  Genius Hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.  We will be going to the learning commons every Thursday for an hour to work on this.  As long as students use their time wisely each week, this project should be done entirely at school.  Presentations will be Thursday, May 10th.  I’ve posted a link here to further explain this idea.

This week:

READING:  We are continuing to take a closer look at the American Revolution as students learn to cite text evidence to support their answers to questions through close reading.  Please make sure your child is reading aloud 3 times a week for fluency and completing the reading packet.

ELA:  Students have been given a planet to research for their informational writing piece this quarter.  We will be going to the learning commons this week to learn how to research and see the many resources available to them.  We are also continuing to look at adjectives (comparative & superlative).

MATH:  We are continuing to look at operations with fractions and moving into understanding how to make equivalent fractions.

Monday – Lesson 18  HW – Lesson 5.18

Wednesday – Lesson 19  HW – Lesson 5.19

Thursday – Lesson 20  HW – Lesson 5.20

Friday – Lesson 21 and Unit 4 State task (Sweet Fraction Bar)

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will be taking a look at the Constitution and Bill of Rights this week.

SCIENCE:  We will be incorporating the study of planets into our research and informational writing in ELA.

SPELLING:  Homework is completed on spellingcity.com  Sort 21

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