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Week of October 16, 2017

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REMEMBER THAT NEXT WEEK IS CONFERENCES AND EARLY RELEASE.
Thank you to everyone who sent in force and motion games.  The kids were able to play with some today when they finished their Explorer writing.  We will keep them for one more week.  If anyone else wants to send something in, we would love it!
Our class would love to borrow any games or models that in any way use/show gravity and the forces of push and pull.  Examples are labyrinths, Perplexus, Suspend games, Jenga, race tracks, and marble mazes.  They will be sent home in about one week.
Please ask your students if they have glue sticks and dry erase markers.  They need them almost daily, and many are running low.
Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Friday, October 20 – Wordly Wise unit 5 test
Friday, October 20 – Multiplication with traditional algorithm quiz

There are still a few students who do not know their multiplication tables.  Please use flashcards or call facts out to help them speed up these facts.  The worst ones are 6 x 7, 6 x 8, and 8 x 7.

We had a quiz Friday on area model and partial product for multiplication.

This week we will continue to perfect our study of the traditional algorithm for multiplication until we are confident multiplying 1 digit by 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers and 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.

The traditional method is a 5th grade standard that is being covered in AC 4th grade math.  Students need to be fluent with their multiplication strategies.  Please take some time to quiz them on the tables through 9 to help with this unit.

We will begin studying informational text for the next few weeks.  This week we will finish a textbook scavenger hunt for text features and then move on to Main Idea and Summarizing informational text.

We will be finishing unit 5 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, October 20 on definitions.

There will be no spelling this week because of the Early Release schedule.

Students will be working on summarizing informational text this week.

Please be aware that in 4th grade student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

Our next unit will be Force and Motion.  We will begin this unit next week.  There will be no science this week because of Early Release.

Please send in any games or toys you have at home that the students can explore this week to begin this 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.

This week we will begin our unit on American colonization.  Students will spend some time this week looking at and understanding the map of the colonies.  We will begin with the New England region looking at the history, the georgraphy, and the jobs.

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Week of October 9, 2017

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Our class would love to borrow any games or models that in any way use/show gravity and the forces of push and pull.  Examples are labyrinths, Perplexus, Suspend games, Jenga, race tracks, and marble mazes.  They will be sent home in about two weeks.
Tea bags – 2 large boxes for tea staining our explorer journals
Please ask your students if they have glue sticks and dry erase markers.  They need them almost daily, and many are running low.
Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Friday, October 13 – Spelling test 5 (see below)
Friday, October 13 – Explorer Test
Friday, October 20 – Wordly Wise – unit 5 vocabulary test

We are returning to our study of multiplication strategies this week.  We will review area model,

learn the strategy of partial product which is area model without the boxes,

and then spend a week learning to multiply two 2 digit numbers fluently using the traditional algorithm.

The traditional method is a 5th grade standard that is being covered in AC 4th grade math.  Students need to be fluent with their multiplication strategies.  Please take some time to quiz them on the tables through 9 to help with this unit.

We will begin studying informational text for the next few weeks.  This week we will cover text features and how they help us better understand informational texts.

Toward the end of this week and next week, we will begin identifying main ideas in informational text and using the main ideas to write a summary of a nonfiction passage.

We will be finishing unit 5 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, October 20 on definitions.

This week will be a review of the 40 spelling words we have covered so far.  The test on Friday will include 20 words, but the students should be prepared to spell all 40 words.  The words are located on the Spelling link on the blog as well as in their spelling notebooks.

Students will be working this week on finishing an Explorer’s Journal.  They have created a persona that worked on the ship of one of the explorers we are studying.  The rough draft is due Tuesday.  The final draft should be ready to be tea-stained by Friday.

Please be aware that in 4th grade student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

Our next unit will be Force and Motion.  We will begin this week by exploring the actions of force, motion, push and pull, and gravitational pull.  These are the main concepts covered in the unit is addition to simple machines.

Please send in any games or toys you have at home that the students can explore this week to begin this 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.

This week we will finish our study of the explorers of North America.  Students should be able to explain the explorers’ goals, obstacles, and accomplishments as well as which countries sponsored the explorations.

The test on Explorers will be on Friday, October 13.  Students should be studying their notes this week.

This unit concentrates on the North American explorers including Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Juan Ponce de Leon, Vasco de Balboa, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson.

This unit broadens the students’ understanding and knowledge of the world map including countries in Europe and Central America as well as the Caribbean Sea.

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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WE WON ATTENDANCE!!!!!

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I am so proud of our class! We are the H.E.R.O. attendance winners for the month of September. H.E.R.O. stands for

H-here

E-everyday

O-on time

We had the highest daily attendance among all of the _____ grade classes and won a PAJAMA day. Your student can wear school appropriate pajamas on Friday, October 13th .

Thank you, parents for sending your child to school on-time and ready to learn, every day they feel well!

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Week of October 2, 2017

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Hope you had a wonderful Fall Break and got to relax and enjoy each other.
Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Thursday, October 5 – Weather Test (changed from Tuesday)
Friday, October 6 – Wordly Wise Lesson 4 Vocabulary Test
Friday, October 6 – Spelling test 4
Friday, October 6 – Decimal Place Value and Addition and Subtraction Quiz (my Math class)
Friday, October 6 – Sign of the Beaver Biography Book Presentations (in-class project)
Next Week – Explorer Test – start studying notebook notes

This week we will be going over decimal place value to the thousandths place.  This is a 5th grade standard which is included in the AC Math curriculum for our 4th grade students.  We will be covering decimals as part of the base ten number system, reading decimal numbers, and addition and subtraction with decimals.  There will be  quiz on Friday on these skills.

Next week, we will be going back to whole number multiplication.  Students have covered using area model to multiply 2 digits by 2 digits.  We will be continuing this standard with a strategy called Partial Product and then mastering the traditional algorithm which is the 5th grade standard for Ac 4th grade students.

We finished The Sign of the Beaver before the break.  The students seemed to love this book and be quite interested in the characters and the time period.  This week we will be working with students from Mrs. Mawn’s AC class to complete a group project called a Body Biography of one of the characters from the novel.  We will also be watching the film version of the novel and comparing and contrasting the two versions – text and film.

We will be finishing unit 4 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, October 6 on definitions.

The new spelling words will be given to the students on Monday.  Several students did not do well on the spelling test last week.  Please check Parent Vue and the grades that come home in the Thursday folder and help your children study for these tests.  I only give them 10 words each week.  These are all words that I am taking from their writing and that 4th grade students should already be able to spell.  Spelling words are recorded each week in students’ spelling notebooks.  I will also add a page to my blog with updated spelling lists on Monday.

Students will be working this week on completing an Explorer’s Journal.  They have created a persona that worked on the ship of one of the explorers we are studying.  They will be created journal entries to describe the adventures their character is having on their journey.

Please be aware that in 4th grade student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

We will complete a Weather study guide in class on Monday.  Students will have a test on Weather on Thursday.

Our next unit will be Force and Motion.

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.

We will continue our learning about North American explorers.  Students have notes and maps in their notebooks on Columbus, Cabot, and Ponce de Leon.  This week we will add the other three explorers as well as de Gama.

The test on Explorers will be next week.  Students should begin studying their notes this week.

This unit concentrates on the North American explorers including Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Juan Ponce de Leon, Vasco de Balboa, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson.

This unit broadens the students’ understanding and knowledge of the world map including countries in Europe and Central America as well as the Caribbean Sea.

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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Week of September 11, 2017

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This will be a short week because of Target and Hurricane Irma.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENTS ARE READING AT HOME TO FULFILL THE AR REQUIREMENT!  A few students are falling behind, and I will be putting grades of zero in the gradebook moving forward if they have not taken tests.
I am so enjoying our class this year.  They are a lively, interested, intelligent group of students.  They are respectful of adults as well as of each other.  Thank you for all you do at home to support our class!
Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Friday, September 15 – Wordly Wise Lesson 3 Vocabulary Test
Tuesday, September 19  – Area and Perimeter Test (my math class)

Please work on multiplication facts with your child if they are not fluent with their 7s, 8s, and 9s.

We will be working on area and perimeter of rectilinear figures through this week.  There will be a test on area and perimeter on Tuesday, September 19.

We are still working on The Sign of the Beaver.  This week, we will be analyzing the character traits and feelings as well as the theme of the novel.  The two characters are having to find common ground and work together even though they have extremely different backgrounds as one is a white settler and the other is a Native American.  This is making for interesting discussions in class about stereotypes and racism.

We will be finishing unit 3 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, September 15 on definitions.

There will be no spelling test this week.

This week we will be finishing our narrative final drafts and sharing them with the class.

After sharing, we will be working on basic paragraph construction before moving on to our next writing activity.  Next week, we will be writing a journal entry from an explorer’s point of view that will support our new Social Studies unit.

Please be aware that in 4th grade student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

We started our unit on Weather last week.  Students are keeping a weather calendar for the month of September.  If you have time, please let them watch the news at home and keep an eye on weather this month.  It will help them better understand the learning in class.  We will be studying weather instruments, cloud types, air masses and fronts, and reading weather maps.

Last week, we went over weather instruments.  Students made weather instruments in the Kincaid Foundation Science Lab.  This week we will begin studying cloud types and then moving on to air masses and weather maps.  Hurricane Irma offered a great real life example for students as they were able to track the hurricane’s movement using the Weather Channel website.

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.

We briefly began our study of North American explorers last week.  We were able to view the world map and discuss why the European explorers wanted to get to the Far East.

This unit concentrates on the North American explorers including Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Juan Ponce de Leon, Vasco de Balboa, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson.

This unit broadens the students’ understanding and knowledge of the world map including countries in Europe and Central America as well as the Caribbean Sea.

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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Week of September 4, 2017

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I’m sorry this is late 🙂  I forgot to update over the weekend.
Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Students should be reading for their AR requirement.  They should be finishing up at lease their third book.
Friday, September 8 –  Spelling Test (words are on the Spelling link)
Friday, September 15 – Wordly Wise Lesson 3 Vocabulary Test
Tuesday, September 19  – Area and Perimeter Test (my math class)

This week we have been working on multiplication using the area model.  Students have notes in their notebooks and should be able to explain the strategy as well as complete problems the multiply 2 digits by 2 digits easily.  It is very important that students are fluent with their multiplication facts in order to be successful with this unit as well as many other units this year.

We will be working on area and perimeter of rectilinear figures through next week.  There will be a test on area and perimeter on Tuesday, September 19.

We are still working on The Sign of the Beaver.  This week, we will be analyzing the character traits and feelings as well as the theme of the novel.  The two characters are having to find common ground and work together even though they have extremely different backgrounds as one is a white settler and the other is a Native American.  This is making for interesting discussions in class about stereotypes and racism.

We will be working on unit 3 of Wordly Wise this week.  We will work on vocabulary this week and next.  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, September 15 on definitions.

Students have a new list of ten spelling words which I have pulled from their writing.  Please help them study for the test on Friday.

This week we will be finishing our narrative rough drafts and completing final drafts this week.

We will also be working on formatting this week.  Initial writing samples have shown that we are lacking paragraph formation skills as well as basic skills such as indentation and using the margins of a page.

Please be aware that in 4th grade student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

We started our unit on Weather this week.  Students are keeping a weather calendar for the month of September.  If you have time, please let them watch the news at home and keep an eye on weather this month.  It will help them better understand the learning in class.  We will be studying weather instruments, cloud types, air masses and fronts, and reading weather maps.

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.

We will finish up our Native Cultures unit with an open-note test on Thursday.  Students have had a great time building and writing about their Native Homes.  These will be coming home this week.

Our next unit will begin on Friday with an introduction to the Age of Exploration.  This unit concentrates on the North American explorers including Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Juan Ponce de Leon, Vasco de Balboa, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson.

This unit broadens the students’ understanding and knowledge of the world map including countries in Europe and Central America as well as the Caribbean Sea.

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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Spelling Update

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Good morning!

I am using commonly misspelled words from student writing for our spelling lists at the beginning of the year.  I have added a page to the right with the words for this week.  The test will be on Friday.

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Week of August 28, 2017

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*****  Wednesday is Early Release!!
Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Tuesday, August 29 -Addition and Subtraction Test (my math class)
Thursday, August 31 – Water Test (see Science below)
Thursday, August 31  – Spelling Test (see Writing below)
Friday, September 1 – Wordly Wise Lesson 2 Vocabulary
• Empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls for totem poles 🙂

We will continue working with subtraction of multi-digit numbers with and without zeroes this week.  Students have mastered addition with large numbers as long as they are careful.  There will be a test on these skills next Tuesday, August 29.  To help study, they need to be carefully adding and subtracting with regrouping up to 6 digit numbers.

Our next unit will be basic multiplication which will lead to finding area and perimeter of rectangles, squares, and rectilinear figures.  It is very important that students are fluent with their multiplication facts in order to be successful with this unit as well as many other units this year.

We are still working on The Sign of the Beaver.  This week, we will be analyzing the character traits and feelings as well as the theme of the novel.  The two characters are having to find common ground and work together even though they have extremely different backgrounds as one is a white settler and the other is a Native American.  This is making for interesting discussions in class about stereotypes and racism.

We will be working on unit 2 of Wordly Wise this week.  We will work on vocabulary this week and spelling practice next 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, September 1st on definitions.

We will NOT be using the Wordly Wise words for spelling this week.  Students will be introduced to 10 spelling words on Monday, and there will be a quiz on them on Thursday.  These are words I have identified in their writing that they need to know how to spell.

This week we will be working on writing our rough drafts.  Students will be adding details and vivid description.

We will also be working on formatting this week.  Initial writing samples have shown that we are lacking paragraph formation skills as well as basic skills such as indentation and using the margins of a page.

Please be aware that in 4th grade student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

A study guide for the Water unit will be passed out on Monday.  The test is on Thursday.  This unit covers the water cycle as well as changes of state for water.

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.

Our next unit of study is Weather which we will begin on Friday.

We have been enjoying learning about the Native American tribes that lived in different regions of the United States.  Students used a variety of resources to begin building Native American homes on Friday.

We have covered the Arctic, Southwest, and Northwest regions so far.  This week we will finish the Northwest region with totem pole construction as well as studying the Plains and Eastern Woodland regions.  Students should be able to explain the way the people of each region used the available resources for clothing, food, and shelter.

We will have an open-notes test next week to complete this unit.

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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Foundation News!!!!

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Thank you to all the families that have already donated to the Kincaid Foundation this year.  Remember that any amount helps and gives credit to our class for participation.  You can still go to www.kincaidfoundation.org to donate for this year.

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Week of August 21, 2017

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Thank you for another great week!
Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Tuesday, August 29 -Addition and Subtraction Test (my math class)
Friday, September 1 – Wordly Wise Lesson 2 Vocabulary and Spelling Test

Thank for sending extra snacks!

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be doing STEM challenges for morning work covering types of Native American houses such as tipis, wigwams, and longhouses.  We will be needed some extra materials if you would like to donate.  Please email before you buy in case someone else has already offered to get these materials.  Thank you in advance!

• Popsicle sticks (plain wooden ones)
• brown paper sacks (lots needed)
• brown pipe cleaners (4 packs)
• Toothpicks
• 100 bamboo skewers

We will continue working with subtraction of multi-digit numbers with and without zeroes this week.  Students have mastered addition with large numbers as long as they are careful.  There will be a test on these skills next Tuesday, August 29.  To help study, they need to be carefully adding and subtracting with regrouping up to 6 digit numbers.

We will continue our novel study of The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.  This will give students a chance to read and discuss a novel that is aligned to our American Natives unit in Social Studies.  We will use the book to analyze story elements and theme.

In addition, we will be working on citing text evidence for fiction texts.  We will be doing this with Sign of the Beaver.

We will be starting unit 2 of Wordly Wise this week.  We will work on vocabulary this week and spelling practice next 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, September 1st on both spelling and definitions.

This week we will begin working on a narrative writing piece.  Last Friday, students selected a story idea from a real event in their lives.  We talked about elaborating on that event to create a more interesting fictional story.  This week we will be working on planning and adding details and vivid description to our rough drafts.

We will also be working on formatting this week.  Initial writing samples have shown that we are lacking paragraph formation skills as well as basic skills such as indentation and using the margins of a page.

Please be aware that in 4th grade student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

We finished the first half of our Water Unit with the quiz on Friday on the water cycle.  This week will will work on our understanding of the states of matter for water.  This will include the freezing and boiling points of water.  We will do a few experiments and demonstrations before a final water test in a couple of weeks.

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.

We have begun our study of Native Cultures.  We will be exploring the tribes and the cultures of the Native Americans based on the region of the United States in which they lived.  Students should be able to explain why the food, shelter, and clothing was different based on the climate and natural resources near the tribes.

This is a three week unit.  The test dates will be announced soon.

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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