November 11

Week of November 11th

Whew! We made it through another busy week in fourth grade and are anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving break.  We have another busy week of learning mixed with family and fun.  On Monday we will be celebrating Veteran’s Day.  Students will view the program through our Ford TV. We are very thankful for the service of our Ford parents and those throughout the world.  Thank you for your service!          Our Thanksgiving feast is on Tuesday.  We hope to see all of you there as it is a great time to spend time at school enjoying the feast.  We are still collecting cans for our canned food drive, please consider sending in cans to donate to those in need.  You can always bring them with you to the feast.  Please label the bag with your child’s name and his homeroom teacher.

Fire Safety Permission slips will be coming home this week.  Please return the permission slips and the waiver as soon as possible. We will be going on the field trip the week we return from Thanksgiving break.

We hope you have a safe, restful holiday break.  We will miss the kids while we are away.  We are very thankful that you have entrusted your children to us. We are blessed to have them in our lives.  Thank you for your continued support!

New Units of Study this Week:

Please have EARBUDS at school every day.
Put earbuds in a ziplock bag with your child’s name.

Science – We will continue our study of Forces and Motion with Simple Machines. We will be viewing some Brain Pop videos and taking quizzes (which they can view at home for more support). They will also have an assignment on Discovery Education (access is easy through MacInvia on Ford’s homepage) on Friday and can continue with it over the holiday break.  We will have our final test the week we return.  Students may gather items for their STEM challenge all week. Please don’t spend more than $10.00. Homework:  Begin to gather items for STEM challenge, Study Vocabulary by “Sketch noting” on the WOW page. Answer the following question.

What weather conditions did you experience this past weekend?  Explain why by writing some complete sentences on notebook paper with your name.  Turn in by Tuesday morning before the bell rings (or Garrison bring to class by Tuesday AM). Worth 2 DOJO points

Math – We will finish up prime and composite factors with divisibility rules and multiples. Finish green and blue packets.  Introduction into multiplying larger numbers with multiples of 10, 100, 1,000.  Discovery with area model and manipulatives.Homework:  Monday –Finish green and blue packets. Tuesday – My Math pages, Wednesday – My Math pages. Thursday – Prodigy & prepare for Timed Fact Test.  You may also work on your math projects.

Reading:  We will continue with our unit on traditional literature.  This week we will focus on Greek Myths.  Studies weekly think and review questions are due on Friday.  We will have a spelling test this Friday.  Words will come home on Monday.  Please check the Office 365 notebook if you do not have a copy of the words.  Words are also on Spelling city. Homework:  Read 30 minutes nightly and PASS 2 read theory quizzes by Friday.

Writing:  We will wrap up our Personal Narrative this week by selecting strong verbs and writing an ending to our story.  We will then revise our piece in groups.  We will publish these stories upon our return from break.

Social Studies:  We will take an SWYK on Thursday on the New Nation Part One.  Please check quizlet for a review activity, you can access this through the Class Resources page and Symbaloo.  Students will work on a review sheet in class and will bring this home nightly.  Students will need to write/say the Preamble.  Please watch the SchoolHouse rock video on the Preamble.

 

November 4

Week of November 4th

We are just a few short weeks away from Thanksgiving!  We can hardly believe how fast the year is flying by.  You should have received your Thanksgiving feast “reservation” in the Friday folders.  Please send that in as soon as you can, so that our cafeteria can ensure there is enough food for everyone.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the feast.  Our school is participating in the can food drive.  A large brown bag should have come home on Friday.  Please consider sending in nonperishable items to help support families in need.

Academically, we continued to work on writing our narratives, learning about how a nation was formed, investigating simple machines and multiplicative comparisons.  Whew! We are busy learning!!

Please have EARBUDS at school every day.

New Units of Study This Week:

Reading – we will continue our investigation of traditional literature.  We will focus on Fables and Point of View.  Students will work on the Think and Review questions from the Georgia Studies weekly newspaper (this is due next Friday) and Vocabulary Unit 3 (due this Friday).

HomeworkPass two read theory quizzes by Friday.

Writing – We will continue to work on our narrative essay.  Lessons this week focus on Show don’t tell and writing our first rough draft.

Social Studies – We will continue our unit on Building a New Nation.  This unit will wrap up toward the end of the week.  We will take an SWYK next week.

Homework:  Practice the Preamble to the Constitution.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHp7sMqPL0g  or google Schoolhouse Rock Preamble video

Science – We will continue our study of Forces and Motion with Simple Machines.  We will conduct more research on our STEM challenge.

Homework:  Continue to explore sites on our Symbaloo (Brain Pop, Study Jams, Bill Nye) Enjoy learning about force and motion and what simple machines are all about.  Answer the following question.

How did we change our clocks on Sunday morning and why?
Write your answer on notebook paper or type it. Be sure to put your name on it and turn it in Monday  AM before the bell for 4 Dojo Points, by Wednesday AM before the bell for 2 Dojo Points.

Math – We will continue to work on multiplicative comparison word problems in a guided setting. We will start our tiered math packets with special math projects that will be worked on in a rotation style. Concepts include prime and composite factors with divisibility rules and multiples.

Homework:  Monday – My Math pages 177-178, Wednesday – Divisibility sheet, Thursday – Prodigy & prepare for Timed Fact Test.  You may also work on your math project.

 

 

 

October 28

Week of October 29th

We had another great and busy week in fourth grade!  We skyped with an author on Thursday and were able to ask questions.  The students learned a lot about the writing process from her.  We met with the guidance counselor this week and discussed having a growth mindset.  We were fortunate to meet one of the Harlem Globetrotters.  He gave an amazing performance and spoke to the kids about bullying.   Even Mrs. Micklow was involved in the show! We capped the week off with the fantastic Ford Festival!

Students may dress up on Wednesday for a $2 donation.  Please, no masks, or accessories that are not school appropriate.  Mustang Madness is this Friday.  Spelling words went home on Friday.  Please have your child study them as we will begin preliminary rounds for the spelling bee in the coming weeks.

Please have EARBUDS at school every day.

New Units of Study this Week:

Reading:  We will begin our unit on traditional literature.  We will focus on Fairy Tales.  Students will be exposed to a variety of fairy tales and learn the characteristics of a fairy tale.  The Scholastic Magazine, Quiz Whiz and Close Reading questions will be due on Friday.  Vocabulary Unit 3 will be due next Friday. Homework:  read 30 minutes nightly, fill out graphic organizers and PASS 1 read theory quiz by Friday. Happy Halloween!!

Writing:  We will continue with our narrative writing.  Students will work on setting, transition words and dialogue.  We will write our rough draft this week including leads, character traits, setting, transition words, and dialogue.

Social Studies:  We will begin our unit on the birth of a  new nation. We will work on the Articles of Confederation and the Second Continental Congress.

Science –Final Weather SWYK Tuesday

We will begin our unit on Forces and Motion with Simple Machines. We will be doing a lot of the lessons online and the students must have earbuds available. The students will get a STEM challenge on Friday. Ask them about it.

Homework: Explore sites on our Symbaloo (Brain Pop, Study Jams, Bill Nye) Enjoy learning about force and motion and what simple machines are all about.

What’s the weather forecast for Halloween night? Write your forecast prediction on notebook paper or type it, your name and turn it in by Tuesday AM for Dojo Points.

Math – We will check our progress on multiplicative comparison word problems on Monday. Multiplicative lessons on Conceptua need to be finished at school or home this week. Tuesday we will start with factors (prime and composite) and look into multiples with tiered math packets that will be worked on in a rotation style for the rest of the week and next.

Homework: Continue to work on facts for your timed fact test (Friday) Prodigy – at least 30 minutes. (10 minutes = 3 nights or 15 minutes = 2 nights). Please finish multiplicative lessons on Conceptua (if not working at home complete at school during Pit Stop)

 

October 21

Week of October 22nd

It was so nice to see all of you at conferences.  We hope that we answered any questions that you had.  The next three quarters will fly by even as the rigor intensifies. We look forward to seeing how much your children grow during the rest of the year.

We have a busy week ahead with a lot of activities.  We will have a lesson from the Harlem Globetrotters on Monday afternoon.  On Tuesday, we will watch the fifth grade play and have our books for breakfast celebration.  On Thursday, we will skype with an author.  On Friday, is the Ford Festival.  Whew! We are going to be very busy!!

A few other important dates and information.  The box top drive is ongoing this week.  Please see the red folder for information.  Sign up for our Annual Relay for Life Activities at Fall Festival: Harry Potter Movie (3-5th graders) on Monday, November 5th  and Kickball Event (2 – 5th graders)  on Monday, November 12th.     

PUBLIX BAGS – We would like to thank Publix for donating a bag for each student is our class (60 students).  The bags are not holding up very well.  As we move forward, we are asking for donations of canvas bags. Or you are welcome to buy your child their very own bag that they can leave at school.  We need them as soon as possible.

 Spirit week is this weekMonday is Pajama Day, Tuesday is Football Team Day, Wednesday is Wacky Tacky Day, Thursday is Twin Day and Friday is Ford Spirit day.  Let’s show school spirit!

Units of Study this week:

We will continue studying weather – we will be practice predicting weather (cold and warm fronts), reading a weather map (symbols), and giving a weather report (simulation online).  We will continue to listen to the digital lesson from our science textbook and interact with many components. We will explore mPING App to report precipitation.  You can have your child do this at home for more support.  Final Weather SWYK next Tuesday

Homework:  Review reading a weather map (know the symbols) with online textbook, INB, and sites on Symbaloo.  Observe the changing weather outside.

Rivers Alive – A team of students tallied up the final numbers for our trash and have entered them into the GA database.  We are true “Citizen Scientists.”  We are so proud of our students.

Math-We are working on multiplicative comparison word problems using model drawing. Knowing your multiplication facts is a MUST.  We will be doing more practice at school but know it is not enough – they must be practicing at home too.

Homework:  Make your own Multiplication Fact CHART- due Wednesday. Fact practice sheets Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Prodigy – at least 30 minutes. (10 minutes = 3 nights or 15 minutes  = 2 nights).  Please try and log onto Conceptua for more practice. (Let me know if that program does not work well at home).

Reading:  We will be working on finding the plot in our reading.  We will also continue to work on how to answer questions from a nonfiction text.  Students will have a Spelling Test this week. We will work on a Scholastic magazine this week, this is due next week.  Students will have a quiz whiz and close reading questions to complete.  Please read 30 minutes nightly and mark in the agenda.

Writing:  We will continue to work on our Narratives.  This week we will focus on character traits, setting and transition words.  Students will also work on a paragraph of the week.

Social Studies:  We are still working on our ABC’s of the Revolution.  We will wrap this up on Tuesday or Wednesday.  We will then begin our unit on the formation of a new nation.  Students will work on the articles of confederation.  We will work on a creative project concerning the articles of confederation.

 

October 14

Week of October 14th

We had another great week!  Students previewed the book fair on Friday and have a list of books ready to go!  We wrapped up all grades for this quarter and enjoyed a half day on Thursday.  On Monday we met with a meteorologist and learned all about the weather.  We were all very interested in all the information on the hurricane.

Conference week is this week.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 each day.  We are looking forward to meeting with all of you this week.  We will have report cards ready to give you during conferences. We have a lot to discuss!

The first quarter 25 book graphic organizers are due on Monday.  Students who have completed this quarters requirement will receive an invitation to the first reward celebration: Donuts and Juice.  Please watch the agenda for the invitation.

New Units of Study this Week:

Math – We will begin our unit on Multiplication.  We start with multiplicative comparisons. Example: 42 is 6 times as many as 7 or  7 groups of 6 equals 42 or the product of 6 and 7 is 42.  Understanding the use of the vocabulary and how to compute from it is very important. The students will have notes in their Math INBs.  Knowing your multiplication facts is a MUST.  We will begin doing more practice at school but know it is not enough – they must be practicing at home too.

Homework:  Multiplication practice sheets EVERY night.  Prodigy – at least 30 minutes this week.

Science – We will continue studying weather – next we will be predicting the weather (cold and warm fronts), reading a weather map (symbols), and giving a weather report (simulation online).  We will listen to the digital lesson from our science textbook (lesson 4 under weather).  You can have your child do this at home for more support.

Homework:  Monday – have a conversation about the weather – great time to do this as the season is finally changing.

Social Studies: We will work on our ABC’s of the Revolution.  This will be due the beginning of next week.

Reading:  We will use Minecraft EDU to describe setting, characters and dialogue.  The students will then write about what they created. They will also finish up Georgia Studies week 8 Think and Review questions and Vocabulary unit 2.

Homework:  Read 30 minutes a night.  Pass 2 read theory quizzes by Friday.

Writing:  We will work on writing leads and character descriptions.  We will add this to the narrative that we have been developing.  We will also write another paragraph of the week on who is our best friend giving a description of them.

 

 

 

 

October 7

Week of October 8th

We had a great week last week and a wonderful time on our field trip.  We could not believe the amount of trash that was collected.  Hopefully, students learned a great deal about littering and water pollution. Be on the lookout for total trash collection numbers per class and as a grade level.  Good job to all our hard working fourth graders!

We are nearing the end of the quarter.  Wednesday is the last day of the first quarter and we cannot believe that we are that far along in the school year. Before you know it, the year will be over!  Conferences will be held next week.  Students will be released from school at 12:30 all week.  We have set up a sign up genius for the classes.  You will receive an email on Monday with the link, please sign up for a time that is convenient for you.  Graphic Organizer’s for the 25 book challenge are due October 15th.  Please have a conversation with you child to see where they are with their challenge.

Thursday is an early release day, students will be released at 12:30.

New Units of Study for this Week:

Science – Monday we will have a local guest Meteorologist speak and then we will review for our SWYK on Tuesday. We then move into predicting weather: creating and analysing a weatehr map. We will continue to collect weather data and track disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean. A system is coming- be prepared.

Homework: Monday – Review Science INB notes and do the Quizlets on our Symbaloo SWYK Tuesday

Math – We will continue to study the formulas for determining the perimeter of polygons and solve problems with missing sides. We will use model drawing when solving multistep word problems involving subtraction.  We will do Math 4 Today but NOT Number of the Week.  We will have our timed multiplication test Friday.

Homework: Model Drawing/word problems, Monday & Tuesday Prodigy Assignment #1- work on twice a week for 15 minute. Practice Multiplication Facts for Friday.

Reading: We will work on the importance of setting within a fiction and non fiction story.  Students will work on the Georgia Studies weekly think and review questions.  These will be due next Friday.  Vocabulary unit 2 will be assigned this week and be due next Friday.

Homework: Read 3o minutes nightly and complete and PASS 2 read theory quizzes by Friday.

Writing:  We will continue to work on our narrative.  This week we will be working on developing leads and completing quick writes.

Social Studies:  We will wrap up our unit on the American Revolution.  Students will begin the ABC’s of the Revolution this week.

Additional Information:

BYOD – If you have returned your permission form with the serial number then you may begin to bring your device daily. Please make sure to charge it every night.

Please review the following BYOD rules with your child:

*No calling or texting or answering calls
*Have devices on silent
*Use ear buds when needed
*Use devices ONLY when instructed
*Devices do not leave the room unless teacher approved
*Do not ask to use a classmate’s device
*No water or snacks out with devices
*Use only instructed apps or 2.0 tools
*Use for school use only
*Carry devices carefully, walk only
*Take devices home daily

September 30

Week of October 1st

We hope you had a great fall break! Hopefully, everyone is well rested and ready for school to begin again.  We are very excited to see everyone and start learning again tomorrow.  We have a great week ahead of us!  We are going on our second field trip this Friday.  We will be going to Lake Acworth to clean up the banks of the lake.  Please make sure to sign the waiver that is coming home on Monday.  All parents are welcome to attend the field trip.  Please let us know if you will be joining us at Lake Acworth.

We have a busy academic week ahead, as well.  The end of the quarter is rapidly approaching! Please remember to check grades and speak with your student concerning any missing assignments.

New Units of Study this week:

Science – This week we will review tools that help us measure weather conditions, dig into different types of clouds, and explore different types of precipitation.  We will continue to collect weather data and track disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean. Friday we will go on our Rivers Alive Clean-up at Lake Acworth Cauble Park.  9:30AM – 1:15PM.  ALL PARENTS are invited and must sign a waiver that will be sent home on Monday.  The trip is $4.00 and every child will get a t-shirt, but if you would like to donate a little more, we will donate it back to Rivers Alive to support their efforts in this awesome community service project.

Homework:  Review Science INB notes Tuesday and Wednesday.  Prepare for Rivers Alive clean up – Thursday

Math – We will study the formulas for determining the perimeter of polygons.  We will continue to use model drawing when solving word problems.

Homework:  My Math pages 835-836 due Wednesday, Model Drawing/word problems, Tuesday and Wednesday, Addition Model drawing SWYK Thursday.  Prodigy – twice a week 15 minutes

Reading:  Our topic of study this week is character traits.  We will discuss how character traits are both physical and internal.  Students will finish the Scholastic this week. It is due on Friday and will include answering the questions on the back, the close reading questions and the quiz whiz.  Weekly reading comprehension will be done on Thursday.

Homework:  Read 30 minutes a night.  Please fill out the graphic organizers for the 25 book challenge.  Complete and pass 2 Read theory quizzes by Friday.

Writing:  We will begin our narrative unit this week.  We will focus on brainstorming and the elements of a personal narrative.

Social Studies:  We will continue our unit on the American Revolution. We will focus on the battles, the people, Crossing the Delaware and the Treaty of Paris.

 

September 16

Week of September 16th

We had another great week in fourth grade.  The Ford Foundation campaign is underway and will end tomorrow.  Students have been excited watching the results of the daily totals.  There is one more day in the campaign!

We will go on our field trip to the Cobb Youth Museum on Monday.  We will leave around 9 am and return just before lunch. This is a great field trip for the students as it reinforces the concepts we have been studying in Social Studies.

Next week is Fall Break!  We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing week!!

New Units of Study this Week:

Math:

We will continue our study of adding and subtracting large whole numbers using the standard algorithm with regrouping. We will continue to use model drawing when solving word problems (situations).  Conceptua is a math program on-line we will utilize in class as well as at home.

Homework: On-line: Conceptua assignments (found on our Symbaloo under Student Resources, login info: back of red folder:), complete a lesson or two for the week, Two-sided worksheet given Monday – due Thursday, complete any unfinished model drawing in INB, practice Math Facts (leveled test given on Friday)  Addition/Subtraction Post-test – Thursday

Science:

Thank you Earth Parents for assisting with our Water Relay.  I hope the students realize how precious water is and that they can be HEROES and help our waterways in our community.  When we return from Fall Break we will go on our Rivers Alive Clean-up at Lake Acworth (Cauble Park, Friday Oct . 5th).  ALL PARENTS are invited.  9:30AM – 1:15PM.  Please meet us there with gloves, wagons, tools (clippers, shovels), water, and your lunch.  LOOK for permission slips and return ASAP.  The trip is $4.00 and every child will get a t-shirt, but if you would like to donate a little more, we will donate it back to Rivers Alive to support their efforts in this awesome community service project.
This week we will read and/or listen to Lesson 3, annotate in textbook, and take notes in INB.  Lesson 3 is about tools that help us measure weather conditions, how clouds are formed, and different types of precipitation.  We will continue to collect weather data and track disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean.

Homework:  Get outside and observe clouds, wind, air temperature, and maybe some precipitation.  Review notes in INB and use the on-line textbook: (directions: click Student Resources to the right, click Symbaloo, click science textbook, then click the down arrow to the left of Global Geography, click Grade 4, click Weather unit, Lesson 3 – What are Types of Weather.  EXPLORE what is available in the lesson.

Reading:  We will be wrapping up our Literature Circles this week.  We will begin our next Scholastic Magazine and work on using our strategies to answer the questions on the back. We will also work on answering the close reading questions.  Students will work on Vocabulary Unit 2.  Both of these assignments will be due the Friday after Fall break.

Homework:  Read 30 minutes nightly.  Complete 2 Read Theories by Friday.  Work on your graphic organizers.

Writing:  We will finish our final drafts of our FOX writing.  Students will turn this in on Thursday.  We will begin our Narrative writing unit on Friday.

Social Studies:  We will have an SWYK on Tuesday.  Please review the material on the Quizlet.  Starting Wednesday, we will begin to learn about the battles of the Revolution, the end of the Revolution, Declaring Independence and the drafting of the US Constitution.

Homework:   Monday:  Study for SWYK

September 9

Week of September 9th

We had another great week at school.  The kids really enjoyed the nature trail and the water testing. We are very fortunate to have 40 acres to explore. On Friday, the kids enjoyed their reward for Class Dojo with Miracle the chicken visiting and having lunch in the classroom with both classes.  We are very proud of them!  Please make sure to check ParentVue for grades.  We will continue to update as grades are taken.  We stressed with the students their responsibility in checking their grades.

Ford Foundation began the Big Head campaign on Friday.  Please ask your child all about the fundraiser. We are working on a Computer Lounge and other teacher needs.  We appreciate all your support!

Our field trip to the Cobb Youth Museum is Monday the 17th.  If you have not turned in your child’s permission slip, please do so ASAP. We will be back from the field trip before lunch.

New Units of Study this week:

Science – Thank you Earth Parents and other parents for a great trip to the Nature Trail.   We have our baseline data for the water quality in the stream and will continue to monitor that with future trips.  We have another in-school field trip on Thursday – A Water Relay.  Ask your child about it Thursday evening.

We will continue to collect data for temperatures, daylight hours, and tracking hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.  Encourage your child to watch the weather in the evenings and talk about what they are learning in class.  In our new Science textbook, we will explore what the weather is, how it changes, and what causes those changes.  We will work on reading skills such as cause and effect, close reading through ACTIVELY reading by annotating main ideas, key details, and important vocabulary.

Key Vocabulary for this unit: humidity, air pressure, Barometer, Temperature, Thermometer, Rain gauge,  Wind vane, Anemometer, Warm front, Cold front, Stationary front, Precipitation, Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus

Homework:  Have a conversation at home about local weather events, observe clouds and feel air temperatures

Math – We will resume doing Math 4 Today and NOTW.  We will begin our unit of study with adding and subtracting large whole numbers with regrouping. We start with patterns and estimating.  We will also begin to learn how to use model drawing when solving word problems (situations).  Conceptua is a math program on-line we will utilize in class as well as at home.  When assigned, please give your child the opportunity to go online and complete assignments.  If you are having trouble or do not have access to the internet please write me a note.  Every student should be working regularly on Prodigy (on-line Math program) to keep math skills sharp and have FUN doing it.  You may access the Math and Science Textbook on-line by visiting the blog, Student Resources, and using your CCSD Office 365 login and password.

Homework: PRODIGY all week, Mon. My Math pages 71&72, Tues. My Math 83&84, Wed. practice multiplication facts (leveled timed test give you the facts you need to focus on) Thurs.- Model Drawing practice in Math INB

Reading:   We will wrap up our literature circles this week.  Students will continue to blog their summaries, drawings, questions and research.  We will also work on the US Studies weekly.  The think and review questions will be due this Friday.  Students will also discuss making inferences and answering explicit questions in a nonfiction text.

Homework:  Read 30 minutes nightly.  Work on graphic organizers.  Complete 2 Read Theory quizzes by Friday.

Writing:  We will wrap up our Fox unit with our final essay:  What character do you find the most pitiful and why?  Students will work on their frayer model Fox vocabulary and their Fox character trait worksheet and their two paragraph writings. All Fox writing assignments are due on Friday.

Social Studies: We will continue to work on our American Revolution unit.  Subjects to be covered are the Boston Tea party, Boston Massacre, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, George Washington, Sam Adams, Battles of Bunker Hill and Lexington Concord, Treaty of Paris and the first Continental Congress.  Students will have a SWYK on the American Revolution next week.

 

 

September 3

Week of September 3rd

It is hard to believe that a month of school has passed.  It is surely flying by!  The students are adjusting to changing classes and seem to enjoy moving from room to room. Academics are in full swing as students have been focusing on rounding, water and weather, literature circles and the American Revolution.  Please continue to speak with your child daily about all the fun and educational things we are doing in school.

Class Dojo points have been reset for the month.  The majority of students met the 80 point individual goal and both classes met the 2,500 goal.  We are very proud of each and every student! We will begin to accumulate points again towards this month’s goals.  We will reset the points at the beginning of every month.  The goals that the students developed are:

Individual Monthly Dojo Points Rewards this week.
40 points = homework pass (ONE assignment, not everything that night or week)
60 points = Lunch with friends in the classroom
80 points = Special Treat from your teacher
100 points = Extra computer time

Class Monthly Dojo Points Rewards earned this month
1,000 points = 5 minutes extra recess time
1,500 points = 10 minutes extra recess time
2,000 points = Lunch and movie
2,500 = Class Pet visits (Mrs. Micklow’s Pet Chicken Miracle)

New Units of Study for this Week:

This week we will finish up observing our water cycle bags, learn about water testing, understand the importance of being an environmental steward of our Earth and make a trip to the Ford’s Nature Trail on Thursday.  Students may bring water boots that day to get in the stream.  We will test the water and do a sensory scavenger hunt with some journaling. I have asked our class Earth Parents to lead some groups, but all parents are invited to join us.  You may meet us at the entrance to the trail at the following times
                             Garrison 9:55 – 10:45  *  Micklow 12:55 – 1:45
As we begin our study of weather we will form weather data teams to collect data for temperatures, daylight hours, and tracking hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Homework: Wed. TRAIL tomorrow,  Thurs. Have a conversation at home about our trip to the trail

Math – We will NOT be doing Math 4 Today or NOTW this week due to the short week.  Instead, we will continue to learn how to manage our “Math Workshop” Rotation and learn about data teams. Every student should be working on Prodigy (on-line Math program) to complete their pre-test.  Students will see many problems they do not know how to do YET, but it helps to see where they are now.  After the tests are complete I will be making the work align with the concepts being taught in class.  The accountants will learn how to spreadsheet each student’s Dojo points into dollars for our Mirco Community Banking Systems. We will finish up rounding whole numbers with practice using a number line, number to the right strategy, and problem-solving.  SWYK FRIDAY

Homework: PRODIGY all week, Tues. Rounding worksheet, Wed. practice multiplication facts (leveled timed test give you the facts you need to focus on) Thurs.- Rounding Review worksheet

Reading:  Students will continue with their literature circles and group collaborations on the novels.  Students will be blogging their information on Tuesday.  Additionally, we will begin to work on the US Studies weekly during our small group rotations.  Students will continue to learn the RACE strategy for answering questions.  The think and review questions will be due the following week.

Homework:  Read 30 minutes a night. NO READ THEORY  homework this week.

Writing: We are wrapping up our Fox unit.  Students will complete the character analysis of Fox and write two paragraphs explaining what character traits they believe Fox exhibits.  If time allows this week, we will work on our Fox essay (if we do not get to the essay this week, we will complete it next week).

Social Studies: We will continue with our American Revolution unit.  This week we will discuss the acts associated with the rumblings of dissent, the slogan no taxation without representation, Daughters and Sons of Liberty, the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party.

Important upcoming events:

Big Head campaign begins Friday

Field trip to the Cobb Youth Museum on the 17th.  Please send in permission slips as soon as possible.