September 26

Writing and Spelling List

Below are two video tutorials that may help if your student needs a little bit more information on writing introduction and conclusion paragraphs.  Monday we will begin a new writing piece that we will hopefully take all the way to publishing by Friday.

Spelling sort 7 is here for our ambitious students who would like to start studiying over the weekend!

Sort 7 4th Grade

September 21

Back at it!

I hope everyone is refreshed from the break and ready to get back to school tomorrow!

Literature Circles

We will be beginning to work in groups to read novels and hone our comprehension skills. Each group will consist of 5 to 7 students with everyone having a specific role to play during discussion time. Students will be expected to monitor their own progress and will be responsible for completing and turning in a “job sheet” each week in addition to a self-assessment of the role they played. Roles will rotate each week so that everyone has a chance to explore different aspects of reading comprehension.  The selected novels are below; please ask your child which group they are in and what their role is each week!

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The Kid Who Ran For President by Dan Gutman

Babe by Dick King-Smith

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Social Studies and Language Arts

It is time to start our study of Native Americans! This will include detailed study of several regional tribes and an opportunity to integrate writing as well.

Students have been working on an informational writing piece comparing and contrasting two topics they are already familiar with. We will carry this concept into social studies by researching two Native American tribes. After researching students will then compare and contrast the two tribes as their final posttest for the first nine weeks. This piece will be completed without any assistance and I am eager to see the results.

I know you have all been waiting for it so here you go…THE NEW SPELLING LIST! 🙂

Sort 6 4th Grade

Don’t forget to check Mrs. Espenshied’s blog for math and science updates as well.

Also please take a moment to consider coming to Family Engineering Night, it is sure to be a blast!

engineering night final !!!!

September 10

Open House

It was so wonderful to be able to share with those of you who were able to come to Open House.  Please, do not worry if you could not be here…all you missed was our boring old Power Point.  Guess what?  You can read it right here, right now on my blog!  Lucky you!  🙂

Parent orientation Espenshied Ladd 2014.15

Feel free to email me if you have any questions that remain unanswered.

Have a wonderful fall break and I will see you all in a week!

September 8

Picture Day!

Picture day is this Thursday and luckily we do not have PE as our special!  If your order form did not make it home don’t worry, you can order online.  Below is the link to place your order and make your payment.  All you need to do is follow the directions and enter the code Nick514 to place your order.  More hard copy forms have been ordered but may not be available by open house.

school code: Nick514

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September 2

Schedule Change and Study Guide

2014:15 class schedule Parts of a Map and Map Skills Study Guide

Due to the number of students enrolled at Nickajack this year we have added another first grade classroom!  This has called for the need to shift lunch and specials a bit for the entire school and given us an excellent opportunity to fine tune our own schedule.

You will notice that  we now have built in time to go over our morning work.  In addition to shifting specials and lunch we have “flipped” our academic schedule and moved recess.  This will allow our class to go out at the same time as Mrs. Espenshied’s class giving both of our classes the ability to institute “study hall” for those students who did not complete their homework, are missing assignments, did not get their agendas signed by a parent or guardian or may have lost recess time due to behavior concerns.  I am very pleased with this change which has eliminated the need for the entire class to miss recess due to the behavior of a fraction of our students.

You will also find the study guide for our map test this Friday.  I will provide each student with their own copy tomorrow but feel free to get started tonight!  Those who return a completed study guide will receive bonus points on their test. 🙂