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Matching donations at Donors Choose

January25

I received an email from Donors Choose that they are matching donations on projects today.  We have one more project that is awaiting funding if you wanted to donate to the class.  It is for a set of books for our final novel study of the year, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.  The link to this project is here.

Thank you so much for any donations 🙂

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Donors Choose Project Funded!

January22

Thank you so much to the parents who contributed and fully funded our Donors Choose science materials project.  We have one more project that is awaiting funding if you wanted to donate to the class.  It is for a set of books for our final novel study of the year, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.  The link to this project is here.

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Donors Choose Classroom Project

January22

Donors Choose is a great organization that helps teachers and students get materials for the classroom.  This year we have already received donations for bean bags and yoga balls for flexible seating as well as a class set of A Wrinkle in Time and a class set of If You Were There When They Wrote the Constitution.

I have a new project online now asking for donations for STEM and force and motion games and activities.  If you would like to donate to the project, the link is here.

 

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Weeks of January 15, 2018 and January 22, 2018

January15

 

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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Tuesday, January 16 – Fraction quiz
Friday, January 19 – Wordly Wise unit 9 – vocabulary and spelling test
Friday, January 19 – Sound Instrument Presentations
Friday, January 19 – AR TEST #1 due
Tuesday, January 23 – Sound Test
Friday, January 26 – Point of View Test
Monday, January 29 – Fraction Test (Equivalent, comparing, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers)
AR Due Dates –

AR Test #1 – 1/19

AR Test #2 – 2/2

AR Test #3 – 2/16

AR Test #4 – 3/2

AR Test #5 – 3/16

*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.8 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

We have started our fraction unit with recognizing fractions in visual form and finding equivalent fractions.  There will be a quiz on Tuesday on equivalent fractions and comparing fractions finding common denominators.  Then we will begin adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  We will finish this up next week, and there will be a Fraction Test on Monday, January 29.

We are working on unit 9 in Wordly Wise.  We skipped unit 8 (by accident), but we will get to it next. The Wordly Wise words are also the spelling words for this week.  There will be a vocabulary and spelling test next Friday, 1/19.

This week we will be finishing our group presentations of If you Were There When the Constitution was Written.  Then we will be working on understanding point of view in reading and writing at the end of this week and the next week.  Students will be introduced to first person, third person limited, and third person omniscient.

We will begin A Wrinkle in Time when we finish the Point of View unit.  This will allow us to finish the book before the movie comes out in May.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement. This quarter students should be reading books that are a 4.8 reading level or higher.  I encourage them to choose books that are higher level to increase their comprehension and vocabulary.

The AR test scores will be entered in the grade book every two weeks as listed above.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

 

We will be writing a variety of story endings with different points of view to go along with our unit in reading.  This will allow students to better understand the points of view and work on writing narratives including compound sentences and dialogue with quotation marks.

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 Sound.  Students have been reading and discussing how sound waves are formed, how they move through various materials, and how they have different volumes and pitches.

Thank you to Daniel’s dad, Mr. Barchichat, who is coming in on Wednesday to do a sound wave demonstration for the 4th grade!

Students were assigned a Sound Instrument project to complete at home which is due January 19.

The test on the Sound Unit will be on Tuesday, January 23rd.

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 are continuing our unit on the Birth of Our Nation.  This unit involves an in-depth look at the writing of the Constitution, the compromises made by the delegates, and the final product.  Students will be able to better understand the challenges faced by men such as Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and George Washington.

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

 

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AR requirement for 3rd quarter

January11

This quarter students should be reading books that are a 4.8 reading level or higher.  I encourage them to choose books that are higher level to increase their comprehension and vocabulary.

The AR test scores will be entered in the grade book every two weeks as follows.  Please help your children keep up with their reading.

AR Test #1 – 1/19

AR Test #2 – 2/2

AR Test #3 – 2/16

AR Test #4 – 3/2

AR Test #5 – 3/16

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Week of January 8, 2018

January9

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

 

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 Dry erase markers
Glue sticks
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Wednesday, January 10 – No TARGET
Friday, January 12 – TARGET instead of Wednesday
Tuesday, January 16 – Fraction quiz
Friday, January 19 – Wordly Wise unit 9 – vocabulary and spelling test
Friday, January 19 – Sound Instrument Presentations
AR Due Dates –

AR Test #1 – 1/19

AR Test #2 – 2/2

AR Test #3 – 2/16

AR Test #4 – 3/2

AR Test #5 – 3/16

*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.8 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

We have started our fraction unit with recognizing fractions in visual form and finding equivalent fractions.  This week we will be finding common denominators to compare and order fractions with number lines and mathematically.

 

There will be a quiz on common denominators and equivalent fractions next Tuesday.

We are working on unit 9 in Wordly Wise.  We skipped unit 8 (by accident), but we will get o it next.  The Wordly Wise words are also the spelling words for this week.  There will be a vocabulary and spelling test next Friday, 1/19.

We are completing a novel study on If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution which is giving the students a look at an informational text written in a Question and Answer format.  This book study is also providing valuable background knowledge on the writing of the United States Constitution which is our current Social Studies unit.

We will begin A Wrinkle in Time next week.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement 🙂

We are working on the grammar skill of writing compound sentences this week.  Hopefully, this will transfer to our writing where we need to work on this skill.

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 Sound.  Students have been reading and discussing how sound waves are formed, how they move through various materials, and how they have different volumes and pitches.

Students were assigned a Sound Instrument project to complete at home which is due January 19.

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 started our unit on the Birth of Our Nation.  This unit involves an in-depth look at the writing of the Constitution, the compromises made by the delegates, and the final product.  Students will be able to better understand the challenges faced by men such as Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and George Washington.

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

 

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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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Updated blog from last week

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

November16

Use this to study.

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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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