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December8

Tests scheduled…

Tuesday, December 12 – Division Test (my math class)

Wednesday, December 13 – Light Test (study guide went home yesterday)

Friday, December 15 – Revolutionary War Test (study guide goes home on Monday)

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Week of December 4th Through the Winter Break

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If you would like to buy a gift for the class this holiday season, we would love some books for our library.  The kids seem to be interested in starting some series that are on their reading level.  They could read the books themselves and then donate them.  Here are a few suggestions…
Series of Unfortunate Events – I have one copy of the first one, but would like another and some of the next few
Among the Hidden – I have a class set of the first one, but no copies of the rest of the series.
Serafina and the Black Cloak – I have none of these
Rick Riordan books – I have one complete set of The Lightening Thief series, but I would love another copy of the first three books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – I have none of these
Dork Diaries – I have none of these
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
If students are reading an average of one book every two weeks to meet the AR requirements for the quarter then they should be on the following schedule.
  • Oct. 20th (test 1)
  • Nov. 3rd (test 2)
  • Nov. 17th (test 3)
  • Dec. 8th (test 4)
  • Dec. 20th (test 5)
Friday, December 8 – 4th AR book recorded in grade book
Tuesday, December 12 – Division Test in my math class
Watch agendas for test on Light and Revolutionary War
Monday, December 18 – Holiday Party – 12:30 – 1:30
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 19 and 20 – EARLY RELEASE
LAST DAY — Wednesday, December 20 – 5th AR book recorded in grade book
*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.2 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

We have been working on division using the partial quotient strategy.  The students had a quiz on Friday to show what they know.  They mostly did very week with this.

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We will be moving on to the traditional algorithm for division this week.  There will be a test next Tuesday, December 12 on division.  Students will be able to use either strategy on the test.

 

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We will spend the end of the year completing some problem solving and critical thinking activities.  The new year will start with fractions.

 

There will be no Wordly Wise the rest of the year.  We will start back up after winter break with unit 8.

We will be completing a novel study on The Fighting Ground by Avi during the next two weeks.  We are reading the novel together and in flexible small groups and discussing story elements as well as subject matter and main ideas throughout the reading.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement 🙂  The final book score will be recorded on December 20.

There will be NO SPELLING TEST this week.

Last week we worked on using text evidence when answering questions about articles and reading.  This week we will work on the writing of a five paragraph opinion paper.  During the week of December 11, we will put these two skills together.  Students will be presented with two articles, and they will have to write a five paragraph opinion essay on which place they would like to visit citing text evidence and giving reasons and examples.

Student handwriting and writing conventions are much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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We have started our unit on Light.  This unit allows students to explore light to better understand the concepts of transparent, translucent, opaque, shadow, reflection, and refraction.  There will a test announced before the break on the Light unit.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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We have begun our Revolutionary War unit.  Ask your students about our vist from King george and how they felt when they were taxed without representation.   We have covered the causes of the Revolution such as the French and Indian War, the taxes passe by Parliament, the protests by the SOns of Liberty, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party.  We have also discussed the ride of Paul Revere and the battles of Concord and Lexington.

This week we will look at the meeting of the Second Continental Congress and the country’s wish to declare independence from England, and the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

We will end the unit with a few of the battles including Saratoga and Yorktown and the important people during the time period.

There will a test announced before the break on this unit.  After the break, we will study the writing of the Constitution and the challenges of starting a new country.

All notes are being kept in the Social Studies notebooks.  Students could begin studying now.

 

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Force and Motion Study Guide

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Use this to study.

Force and Motion Study Guide KEY-2nloanf

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Week of November 13, 2017

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Please ask your students if they have glue sticks and dry erase markers.  They need them almost daily, and many are running low.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
If students are reading an average of one book every two weeks to meet the AR requirements for the quarter then they should be on the following schedule.
  • Oct. 20th (test 1)
  • Nov. 3rd (test 2)
  • Nov. 17th (test 3)
  • Dec. 1st (test 4)
  • Dec. 15th (test 5)
Tuesday, November 14 – Math Test – Factors, Divisibility Rules, and Prime and Composite Numbers
Thursday, November 16 – Fireman Visit
Friday, November 17 – Force and Motion Test (study guide sent home Monday)
Friday, November 17 – Wordly Wise Unit 7 Test
Friday, November 17 (extended time) – Colonial Informational Booklet due (students have had time to finish in class, but they made need to do a little work at home)
Friday, December 1-  Fire Safety Village Visit
Friday, November 10 – 1st AR book recorded in grade book
Friday, November 17 – 2nd AR book recorded in grade book
Friday, December 1 – 3rd AR book recorded in grade book
Friday, December 8 – 4th AR book recorded in grade book
Friday, December 15 – 5th AR book recorded in grade book
*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.2 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

There will a quiz on Tuesday on factors, multiples, divisibility rules, odd and even, and prime and composite numbers.  The end of the week we will begin division strategies for larger numbers starting with the Partial Quotient strategy.  Students will have notes in their notebook for the strategies we are covering.

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identifying prime and composite numbers,

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and the divisibility rules.

 

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We will be reading a drama called Divided Loyalties which is based between 1774 and 1779.  This drama centers around a family in Boston during the Revolutionary War.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement 🙂

We will be working on Unit 7  of Wordly Wise this week.   There is a link to games they may use to study on the link above called “Wordly Wise and AR.”  The test will be Friday, November 17 on definitions.

There will be NO SPELLING TEST this week.

The Colonial Life Booklet is due on Friday.  Students have completed the research for this booklet.  They will spend time this week completing the informational paragraphs on the Southern, Middle, and New England colonies, the comparison table, the illustrations, map, and captions, and the glossary to complete the booklet which is due Friday.  They have had time to finish in class, but some students will need to complete the final project at home.

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Student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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All information for the Force and Motion unit is in the student notebooks.  The test will be on Friday.  A study guide will be sent home on Monday.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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We will begin our Revolutionary War unit this week.  Students will understand the causes of the Revolution beginning with the French and Indian War and the unrest caused by the Stamp Act and other acts passed by Parliaments.

 

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Please be sure to enter your email in the “Subscribe” box on the right to receive updates to my blog.  You will be able to keep up with our class and find out what we are doing each week.  In addition, I will be able to communicate class news and updates on this blog.

Remember to join our class TEXT list.  To receive messages via text, text  @ab823a to 81010

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The Giving Tree

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The Giving Tree to support the Must Ministries Toy Shop will begin on Monday, November 13th. If you would like to participate, you or your child may take a paper ornament off of the Giving Tree. On each ornament is a label with a gift for a child in our community. Please purchase the item and turn the NEW and UNWRAPPED item under the tree. We will collect gifts between November 13th and December 15th. If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please call the counselors office. Thank you for your generosity.

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Week of November 6, 2017

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 ***** Empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls – morning work this week will be building marble roller coasters — TRY TO COME EARLY 🙂
Please ask your students if they have glue sticks and dry erase markers.  They need them almost daily, and many are running low.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
If students are reading an average of one book every two weeks to meet the AR requirements for the quarter then they should be on the following schedule.
  • Oct. 20th (test 1)
  • Nov. 3rd (test 2)
  • Nov. 17th (test 3)
  • Dec. 1st (test 4)
  • Dec. 15th (test 5)
Friday, November 10 – Colonial America Test
Friday, November 10  – NO Spelling Test this week
Monday, November 13 – Colonial Informational Booklet due (students have had time to finish in class, but they made need to do a little work at home)
Tuesday, November 14 – Math Test – Factors, Divisibility Rules, and Prime and Composite Numbers
Friday, November 10 – 1st AR book recorded in grade book
Friday, November 17 – 2nd AR book recorded in grade book
Friday, December 1 – 3rd AR book recorded in grade book
Friday, December 8 – 4th AR book recorded in grade book
Friday, December 15 – 5th AR book recorded in grade book
*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.2 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

This week we will be working on finding factors,

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identifying prime and composite numbers,

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and the divisibility rules.

 

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Students will be finishing and sharing their Shel Silverstein stories and plays on Monday.  We will examine the differences and similarity between poetry, prose, and drama this week.  We will be learning the vocabulary that goes with these types of writing such as cast of characters, rhythm, and rhyme scheme.

We will begin a novel study of Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.  This novel is written in a lyrical, poetic style.  We will spend time analyzing the story elements of character, setting, and plot as well as the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the poem.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement 🙂

We will be working on Unit 7  of Wordly Wise this week.   There is a link to games they may use to study on the link above called “Wordly Wise and AR.”  The test will be Friday, November 17 on definitions.

There will be NO SPELLING TEST this week.

We have started an informational booklet project on Colonial Life.  Students have completed the research for this booklet.  They will spend time this week completing the informational paragraphs on the Southern, Middle, and New England colonies, the comparison table, the illustrations, map, and captions, and the glossary to complete the booklet which is due next Monday.  They have had time to finish in class, but some students will need to complete the final project at home.

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Student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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We have started our Physics unit on Force and Motion.  This is a fun unit with lots of activities.

This unit covers force, motion, gravity, Newton’s Laws, and simple machines.

This week we continue our study with the concepts of Potential and Kinetic Energy.  This will include the making of Spool Rollers and doing activities with Matchbox cars and ramps.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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This week we will conclude our Colonization unit.  Students will have all notes for the test and begin work on a study guide on Monday.  We will review on Thursday and have a test on Friday.  Students should be studying all week as this is NOT an open-note test.

 

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Please be sure to enter your email in the “Subscribe” box on the right to receive updates to my blog.  You will be able to keep up with our class and find out what we are doing each week.  In addition, I will be able to communicate class news and updates on this blog.

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STEM lesson

November3

Office 365 Assignment for STEM Lab

Mrs. Marchelle, our fantastic STEM teacher, is introducing Office 365 to the fourth graders in STEM lab during the next few lessons.  It is important that the kids be familiar with how to login and use Office 365 because in coming years, they will be asked to turn in assignments this way, as well as respond to test questions.

For the first lesson, the kids have been asked to write a summary about an article that has details about Colonial life.  The summary should be two paragraph and have an opening sentence that has the MAIN IDEA of the article.  It should also contain KEY DETAILS from the article in order to answer the questions for the response.

In order to keep the kids on task during the lessons, the fourth grade teachers will grade the paragraph based on an informational rubric that we all use.  This includes having an opening sentence, details, correct spelling and punctuation, and a closing sentence.  This will help the students understand that these are important lessons, and that they need to participate during STEM time.  Students who do not take advantage of the time offered during STEM lab, will need to finish this assignment at home.  Login directions were posted on our blogs last week.

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Week of October 30, 2017

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Please ask your students if they have glue sticks and dry erase markers.  They need them almost daily, and many are running low.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Friday, November 3 – Wordly Wise Unit 6 Test
Friday, November 3  – Spelling Test
*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.2 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

This week we will be working on finding factors,

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identifying prime and composite numbers,

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and the divisibility rules.

 

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On Monday, students will complete an assessment where they are to write a summary of a couple pages we have read in the Animal Defenses book.  Summaries should include a topic sentence, details from the book, and a concluding sentence.

We will examine the differences and similarity between poetry, prose, and drama this week.  We will be learning the vocabulary that goes with these types of writing such as cast of characters, rhythm, and rhyme scheme.  We will be working in pairs to take a poem by Shel Silverstein and write a short story (prose) that matches the meaning of the poem.  We will then work on a short two person drama that tells the same story.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement 🙂

We will be working on Unit 6  of Wordly Wise this week.   There is a link to games they may use to study on the link above called “Wordly Wise and AR .”  The test will be Friday, November 3 on definitions.

There will be a spelling test on Friday.  The words are on the spelling link from my blog.

We have started an informational booklet project on Colonial Life.  Students will be using print and digital resources to research the colonies and write informational paragraphs for the booklet.  They will also be required to include illustrations, maps, captions, a table, and a glossary to show their knowledge of the text features we have studied.

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Student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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We have started our Physics unit on Force and Motion.  This is a fun unit with lots of activities.

This unit covers force, motion, gravity, Newton’s Laws, and simple machines.  We will be spending about 4 weeks on this unit.

Last week students looked at and discussed Newton’s Laws as well as experimenting with marbles and the force of motion.  This week we continue our study with the concepts of Potential and Kinetic Energy.  This will include the making of Spool Rollers and doing activities with Matchbox cars and ramps.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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This week we will continue our unit on American colonization.  We have covered the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies and some of their differences and similarities.  This week we will take a deeper look at the types of colonial homes and compare and contrast life on a plantation and life in a colonial village.  We will discuss the differences and similarities between slaves and indentured servants as well as types of artisans and how they contributed to the colonial society.   Students will be able to discuss the economies of the different regions as well as the people who live in the region and how their lives are similar and different.

 

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Please be sure to enter your email in the “Subscribe” box on the right to receive updates to my blog.  You will be able to keep up with our class and find out what we are doing each week.  In addition, I will be able to communicate class news and updates on this blog.

Remember to join our class TEXT list.  To receive messages via text, text  @ab823a to 81010

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Using Office 365

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This is what the kids have been working on in STEM lab.

To access Office 365 from home students should:

Go to www.cobbk12.org and click on the Parents tab

Click on Office 365 login (there is also a link to support for Office 365 that includes instructions and tutorials)

The username is: [email protected]

The password is: their student ID #

Once logged in, students should choose the One Drive icon (has clouds for the icon)

Click on “shared with me” on the left side of the screen

Click on “Mawn STEM” on the right side of the screen

Click on the student’s name (left side of screen)

Information is on the assignment is in the Handouts folder and their response page is in the Homework folder.

 

Students were all successfully able to do this on their own in the STEM Lab. We will continue to work on this in the STEM Lab through the winter holiday break.

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Reflections due tomorrow

October26

PTA Reflections

Does your child enjoy art, music and dance or are you talented at writing, making films and taking pictures? Allow them to show their inner artist and be recognized with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme is  “Within Reach” calls for their personal interpretation through the arts. Kids can pick up instructions and an entry form in the front office, then drop off their submissions in the red Reflections box near the library.  The last day for submissions is Friday, October 27. For more information click here:  http://www.cobbk12.org/Kincaid/Reflections.aspx

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