Week of January 8th

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Reading: We have started a unit in reading that covers the American Revolution! The students will be working with several different texts over the next few weeks, such as informational texts and a play. The students are have loved talking about the American Revolution during our Social Studies time, so I am very excited to dig even deeper during our reading time!

Here are our vocabulary words for the week:

  • Stammered- stumbled over one’s words
  • Tormented- inflicted pain, annoyed
  • Dwindling- to gradually decrease in size
  • Restore- to bring back
  • Trudged- to walk slowly with heavy steps
  • Taunt- teasing words

Language Arts: Our grammar topic this week will be on the Articles: a, an, and the! Here is a great poster on when to use each one:

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Math: The students are jumping head first into fractions! Today we reviewed putting fractions on a number line. Starting tomorrow and Thursday, students will be learning about adding and subtracting fractions. The students will have a small quiz on Friday over adding and subtracting fractions. Here is an example problem the students might have:

1 – 3/4 = 1/4         The students should be able to determine that 1 is also equal to 4/4.

 

Parents, PLEASE be practicing your student’s math facts at home. They need to know their multiplication facts by heart. Some students are struggling with multiplication and division not because they do not understand the strategies, but are not able to remember their multiplication facts.

Science: This week we will learn about sound and how it travels through our ears! The student will be labeling the parts of the ear, and learning how the vibrations of sound are transmitted into our brains! Here is an awesome video on sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-xKZKxXuu0

Spelling: Students will received their spelling sort last Thursday. Their test will be this Friday. To help prepare students for 5th grade, students no longer have spelling homework, but they still have a test every Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 18

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: Students no longer have spelling homework BUT will still have a test on Friday.
Reading: Reading packet (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
Report Cards went home- January 5th
No School- January 15th
Cobb Fire Safety Village Field Trip- February 6th
February Break- February 19th-23rd

As always, if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

“All things are different before they are easy.” -Thomas Fuller

 

By January 9, 2018.    Uncategorized   



Week of December 12th

I hope everyone stayed safe and warm during the snow storm! Here is what we will be doing with our short week:

Reading: Students will be finishing their “choose your own adventure” book this week. The students have been working in groups to write a fictional story about an animal, and the stories include how they can use their animal defense mechanism to survive!

Students will NOT have a vocabulary quiz on Friday.

Language Arts: This week the students’ grammar packets are a review of the content we have covered in the first half of the year. We will be reviewing together in class as well.

Math: Today we finished talking about two-digit by two-digit multiplication. The rest of this week we will be talking about area. The students will have an area quiz on Friday

Science/Social Studies:

Please remember that the students have an at home Science Project! Here is the project sheet that was sent home with your student in November: Amusement Park Physics Project. The THIRD part of the project, the built roller coaster, is due THIS Thursday, 12/14.

Spelling: Students will receive their spelling sort Monday morning. Because of the missed day on Monday, their spelling test will be Monday 12/18. They are to complete one activity per night in their spelling journal. This is due Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 17

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: One Activity per night for a total of three activities (due Friday)
Reading: Read 30 minutes a night and reading log (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
4th Grade Holiday Party- December 18th @ 1:00
Early Release Days- December 19th and 20th
Last Day before Break- December 20th
First Day Back at School- January 4th
Report Cards Go Home- January 4th

 

The Nickajack Learning Commons and Nickajack PTA are hosting the Jack’s first online book fair! Our partner, Children’s Bookstore, has over 200,000 titles available! The incredible selection of books, from baby board books to young adult, includes all genres of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and books in a series.  Shopping on the site is easy – shop award winning books, books by reading level, books in a series, bargain books, and Best of books.

The fair is open 24/7 and will run until midnight December 15th.  All books are shipped directly to the customer.  Our school will earn 30% of every book purchased – proceeds will benefit our Nickajack Learning Commons and Nickajack PTA.

Where:  https://childrensbookstore.com/go/nesBraves2017

When:     December 1st – December 15th

Unique code for checkout:   nesBraves2017

By December 12, 2017.    Uncategorized   



Week of December 4th

Reading: We have started a 8 week long unit on Animal Defense Mechanisms! The students will be digging in to several different informational texts to discover what defenses animals use to keep themselves safe. Students will begin working on a “choose your own adventure” book this week. The students will be working in groups to write a fictional story about an animal, and the story will include how they can use their animal defense mechanism to survive!

Students will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday. Here are their words:

Flashy- gaudy and bright or a show off
Bolted- ran quickly
Noticed- observed or saw
Victory- to win an event or championship
Measly- little and weak
Perseverance- to never give up

Language Arts: We will be discussing Subject-Verb agreement this week.

Subject Verb Agreement Anchor Chart - Great for Interactive Writing Journals - Grammar Rules Mini Anchor Charts

Math: This week we will be going over lessons 31, 32, 34, and 35 in Module 3 of Engage NY. Please remember that YouTube is a great resource for you and your students! We are showing the students how division looks when placed in a place value chart, and how to use long division strategies.

Parents, PLEASE be practicing your student’s math facts at home. They need to know their multiplication facts by heart. Some students are struggling with this unit on multiplication and division, not because they do not understand the strategies, but because they are not able to remember their multiplication facts.

Science/Social Studies: This week we will continue to learn about the American Revolution! We will talk about the Colonist’s reaction to taxes, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Battles of the American Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence! Then at the end of the week we will start talking about Light and our eyes!

Please remember that the students have an at home Science Project! Here is the project sheet that was sent home with your student last week: Amusement Park Physics Project. The THIRD part of the project, the built roller coaster, is due Thursday, 12/14.

Spelling: Students will receive their spelling sort Monday morning. Their test will be this Friday. They are to complete one activity per night in their spelling journal. This is due Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 16

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: One Activity per night for a total of four activities (due Friday)
Reading: Read 30 minutes a night and reading log (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
4th Grade Holiday Party- December 18th @ 1:00
Early Release Days- December 19th and 20th
Last Day before Break- December 20th
First Day Back at School- January 4th

 

The Nickajack Learning Commons and Nickajack PTA are hosting the Jack’s first online book fair! Our partner, Children’s Bookstore, has over 200,000 titles available! The incredible selection of books, from baby board books to young adult, includes all genres of fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and books in a series.  Shopping on the site is easy – shop award winning books, books by reading level, books in a series, bargain books, and Best of books.

The fair is open 24/7 and will run until midnight December 15th.  All books are shipped directly to the customer.  Our school will earn 30% of every book purchased – proceeds will benefit our Nickajack Learning Commons and Nickajack PTA.

Where:  https://childrensbookstore.com/go/nesBraves2017

When:     December 1st – December 15th

Unique code for checkout:   nesBraves2017

 

As always, if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius

By December 4, 2017.    Uncategorized   



Animal Defense Mechanisms

Monarch Butterfly Links:

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/507-butterfly-defence-mechanisms

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/allabout/Defense.shtml

http://www.monarchwatch.org/biology/pred1.htm

 

Springbok Gazelle

https://grade4animaladaptations.weebly.com/springbok.html

http://www.arkive.org/springbok/antidorcas-marsupialis/

http://biologicalexceptions.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-best-offense-is-good-defense.html

 

Millipedes:

https://grade4animaladaptations.weebly.com/millipede.html

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Millipede

https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2013/09/19/5-animals-with-stinky-defenses/

 

Three Banded Armadillo:

http://www.arkive.org/brazilian-three-banded-armadillo/tolypeutes-tricinctus/

https://grade4animaladaptations.weebly.com/three-banded-armadillo.html

https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/armadillo-ball1.htm

 

Mimic Octopus

http://www.wild-facts.com/2009/wild-fact-971-multiple-personalities-mimic-octopus/

https://grade4animaladaptations.weebly.com/mimic-octopus.html

http://www.octopusworlds.com/octopus-defenses/

By November 28, 2017.    Uncategorized   



Week of November 27th

Reading: We have started a 8 week long unit on Animal Defense Mechanisms! The students will be digging in to several different informational texts to discover what defenses animals use to keep themselves safe. Students will begin working on a “choose your own adventure” book this week. The students will be working in groups to write a fictional story about an animal, and the story will include how they can use their animal defense mechanism to survive!

Students will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday. Here are their words:

Distorted- changed to look different
Ornate- elaborate and fancy
Piercing- to look through sharply
Decreed- announced
Boasted- bragged, to say proudly
Protest- to disagree

Language Arts: We will be discussing Irregular Verbs this week. These are verbs that change forms when the tense of the verb changes. Example: eat -> ate. Here is a website on irregular verbs: http://www.k12reader.com/term/irregular-verbs/

Math: This week we will be going over lessons 21, 27, 28, 29 and 30 in Module 3 of Engage NY. Please remember that YouTube is a great resource for you and your students! We are showing the students how division looks when placed in a place value chart, and how to use long division strategies.

Parents, PLEASE be practicing your student’s math facts at home. They need to know their multiplication facts by heart. Some students are struggling with this unit on multiplication and division, not because they do not understand the strategies, but because they are not able to remember their multiplication facts.

Science/Social Studies: This week we will continue to learn about Force and Motion and Simple Machines! The students will learn about the types of Simple Machines and the different types of energy! On Thursday, we will begin talking about the American Revolution by discussing the Stamp Act, French and Indian War, and Taxation without Representation!

Please remember that the students have an at home Science Project! Here is the project sheet that was sent home with your student last week: Amusement Park Physics Project. The second part of the project, the draft of their roller coaster, is due this Friday, 12/1.

Spelling: Students will receive their spelling sort Monday morning. Their test will be this Friday. They are to complete one activity per night in their spelling journal. This is due Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 15

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: One Activity per night for a total of four activities (due Friday)
Reading: Read 30 minutes a night and reading log (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
4th Grade Holiday Party- December 18th @ 1:00
Early Release Days- December 19th and 20th
Last Day before Break- December 20th
First Day Back at School- January 4th

As always, if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

“You can make anything by writing.” -C.S. Lewis

By November 27, 2017.    Uncategorized   



Week of November 12th

It’s the last week before Thanksgiving Break!

Reading: We have started a 8 week long unit on Animal Defense Mechanisms! The students will be digging in to several different informational texts to discover what defenses animals use to keep themselves safe. The students are loving the beginning of this unit so far and I am excited to see them loving informational text!

Students will not have a vocabulary quiz this week.

Language Arts: We will be discussing  progressive verb tenses this week!  For example: I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking.  Was/Am/Will be makes the verb ‘to walk’ progressive. Here is a website that goes into much more detail about progressive verb tenses: Website

Math: The students will have a division quiz on Monday, 11/13. This week we will be going over lessons 17 and 18 in Module 3 of Engage NY. Please remember that YouTube is a great resource for you and your students! We are showing the students how division looks when placed in a place value chart, and how to use long division strategies.

Parents, PLEASE be practicing your student’s math facts at home. They need to know their multiplication facts by heart. Some students are struggling with this unit on multiplication not because they do not understand the strategies, but are not able to remember their multiplication facts.

Science: This week we will continue to learn about Force and Motion and Simple Machines! The students will learn about the types of Simple Machines and the different types of energy! Here is a Bill Nye video on Simple  Machines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOxc3Bmr60A

Spelling: Students will receive their spelling sort Monday morning. Their test will be this Friday. They are to complete one activity per night in their spelling journal. This is due Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 14

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: One Activity per night for a total of four activities (due Friday)
Reading: Read 30 minutes a night and reading log (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
Book Fair this week: Our whole class will go Monday and students will have time to go throughout the week.
Progress Reports in Red Folders- November 16th
Friends and Family Lunch for 4th and 5th Grades- November 16th @ 11:33-12:13
Thanksgiving Break- November 20-24th

As always, if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”— Anne Frank

By November 12, 2017.    Uncategorized   



Week of November 6th

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Please remember that students do not have school on Tuesday, November 7th, and our field trip is Wednesday, November 8th.

 

Reading: We have started a 8 week long unit on Animal Defense Mechanisms! The students will be digging in to several different informational texts to discover what defenses animals use to keep themselves safe. The students are loving the beginning of this unit so far and I am excited to see them loving informational text!

Students will not have a vocabulary quiz this week because of our shortened schedule.

Language Arts: We will be continuing with our three week unit on verbs! Our topic this week is Linking Verbs. Here is a video that will help explain linking verbs to the students: Linking Verbs 

Math: The students took their multiplication test on Friday, 11/3. This week we will be working beginning with division! The students will have a division quiz on Monday, 11/13. This week we will be going over lessons 14-16 in Module 3 of Engage NY. Please remember that YouTube is a great resource for you and your students! Here is a video that covers lesson 14, which we will cover Monday: Engage NY Lesson 14

Parents, PLEASE be practicing your student’s math facts at home. They need to know their multiplication facts by heart. Some students are struggling with this unit on multiplication not because they do not understand the strategies, but are not able to remember their multiplication facts.

Science: This week we start to learn about Force and Motion and Simple Machines! The students will learn about the types of Simple Machines and the different types of energy! Here is a Bill Nye video on Simple  Machines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOxc3Bmr60A

Spelling: Students will receive their spelling sort Monday morning. Their test will be this Friday. They are to complete one activity per night in their spelling journal. This is due Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 13-16tiu3t

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: One Activity per night for a total of four activities (due Friday)
Reading: Read 30 minutes a night and reading log (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
Student Holiday/Staff Day- November 7th
Tellus Museum Field Trip- November 8th
Progress Reports in Red Folders- November 16th
Friends and Family Lunch for 4th and 5th Grades- November 16th
Thanksgiving Break- November 20-24th

Students will be unable to go on the field trip to the Tellus Science Museum on November 8th without money and permission slip returned. If you need another copy, please let me know. Please get these in as soon as possible!

As always, if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

“And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)” -Dr.Seuss

 

Field Trip Reminders:

  • All payments and completed permission slips are due before the day of the field trip.
  • If students are bringing a lunch, they need to bring it in a bag that can be thrown away at Tellus. This includes the containers inside the bag as well. For example, if your student is bringing a sandwich, please put it in a sandwich bag instead of a plastic container.
  • No glass containers or bottles. No soda cans.
  • The students will possibly have time for the gift shop. If you would like your student to have money, please send it with them.

By November 5, 2017.    Uncategorized   



Week of October 30th

Happy Halloween!

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Students are NOT allowed to wear costumes to school on Halloween! Save the costumes for Trick or Treating! 🙂

Reading: We have started a 8 week long unit on Animal Defense Mechanisms! The students will be digging in to several different informational texts to discover what defenses animals use to keep themselves safe. The students are loving the beginning of this unit so far and I am excited to see them loving informational text!

Students will also have a vocabulary quiz on Friday. We will go over the words daily and the students will receive a copy on Monday:

  • clutches- to grab tightly
  • mite- a little bit
  • scrawny- very skinny
  • glare- to look at harshly
  • harvest- the time that crops are ready to pick
  • gliding- to move smoothly

Language Arts: We will be continuing with our three week unit on verbs! Our topic this week is Helping Verbs. Here is a song the students will sing in class about verbs: Helping Verb Song. The words to the song are also on the back of their homework packet this week!

Math: This week we will be continuing multiplication. The students will have a math test on Friday. They will be given a study guide tomorrow for homework, and we will go over it Wednesday in class. Their test will be very similar to their study guide, so let’s work together to make sure that your students know all of the material! Parents, PLEASE be practicing your student’s math facts at home. They need to know their multiplication facts by heart. Some students are struggling with this unit on multiplication not because they do not understand the strategies, but are not able to remember their multiplication facts.

Social Studies: This week we will continue working on Social Studies and discussing the 13 colonies! The students were given a study guide last week for their test on 11/3. If your student misplaced their study guide, it can be accessed here: 13 Colonies Study Guide

Spelling: Students will receive their spelling sort Monday morning. Their test will be this Friday. They are to complete one activity per night in their spelling journal. This is due Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 12-1rjodsf

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: One Activity per night for a total of four activities (due Friday)
Reading: Read 30 minutes a night and reading log (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
Student Holiday/Staff Day- November 7th
Tellus Museum Field Trip- November 8th
Progress Reports in Red Folders- November 16th
Friends and Family Lunch for 4th and 5th Grades- November 16th
Thanksgiving Break- November 20-24th

Students will be unable to go on the field trip to the Tellus Science Museum on November 8th without money and permission slip returned. If you need another copy, please let me know. Please get these in as soon as possible!

As always, if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.” E.B. White

 

Field Trip Reminders:

  • All payments and completed permission slips are due before the day of the field trip.
  • If students are bringing a lunch, they need to bring it in a bag that can be thrown away at Tellus. This includes the containers inside the bag as well. For example, if your student is bringing a sandwich, please put it in a sandwich bag instead of a plastic container.
  • No glass containers or bottles. No soda cans.
  • The students will possibly have time for the gift shop. If you would like your student to have money, please send it with them.

By October 30, 2017.    Uncategorized   



Week of October 23rd

Thank you so much to all of the parents that were able to make it to conferences last week! I am looking forward to the rest of the school year and working together to see your children grow!

Reading: We have started a 8 week long unit on Animal Defense Mechanisms! The students will be digging in to several different informational texts to discover what defenses animals use to keep themselves safe. The students are loving the beginning of this unit so far and I am excited to see them loving informational text!

Students will also have a vocabulary quiz on Friday. We will go over the words daily and the students will receive a copy on Monday:

  • bristled- for hair to stand up, away from the skin
  • giddy- extremely happy and excited
  • longed- to want something badly
  • skedaddled- to run away quickly
  • examined- to look at closely
  • notion- thought or idea

Language Arts: We will be starting a three week unit on verbs! Our topic this week is Action Verbs. This should be a nice review for the students before we introduce helping and linking verbs. Here is a silly song the students will listen to in class about verbs: Verb Song

Math: This week we will be continuing multiplication. The students will have a math quiz on Thursday. The students will be looking at Engage NY Module 3 Lessons 10-11. These two lessons go over multiplying three- and four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers using the standard algorithm and connecting the area model and the partial products method to the standard algorithm. Here are examples of each:

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Social Studies: This week we will be working on Social Studies and discussing the 13 colonies! The students will be given a study guide on Monday for their test on 11/3. We will spend the next two weeks discussing the colonist’s relationships with Native Americans, New England Colonies, Middle Colonies, Southern Colonies, and jobs that were available in colonial times!

Spelling: Students will receive their spelling sort Monday morning. Their test will be this Friday. They are to complete one activity per night in their spelling journal. This is due Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 11

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: One Activity per night for a total of four activities (due Friday)
Reading: Read 30 minutes a night and reading log (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
Student Holiday/Staff Day- November 7th
Tellus Museum Field Trip- November 8th
Progress Reports in Red Folders- November 16th
Thanksgiving Break- November 20-24th

Students will be unable to go on the field trip to the Tellus Science Museum on November 8th without money and permission slip returned. If you need another copy, please let me know. Please get these in as soon as possible!

As always, if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

By October 23, 2017.    Uncategorized   



Week of October 2nd

I hope you all had a restful and fun fall break! Here is what we will be doing this week.

Reading: We are over halfway done reading the book Love that Dog by Sharon Creech.  The students have been working hard to analyze how the main character, Jack, has been changing throughout the book. Please ask your student about what is going on in the book and what they are learning!

Students will also have a vocabulary quiz on Friday. We will go over the words daily and they are all in the book The Crow Boy by Taro Yashima, which we will read on Monday. This week’s words are:

  • Imitate- to copy
  • Forlorn- very sad, hopeless, or lonely
  • Village- a community smaller than a town
  • Amuse- to entertain through humor
  • Appeared- the become instantly visible
  • Trudging- to walk slowly with heavy steps

Language Arts: Our topic this week is Singular and Plural nouns. Here is a website with games your student can play with singular and plural nouns: Nouns Website

Math: This week our focus will be on elapsed time. We will be determining the time from one event to another using clocks and by making charts. Here is an example problem that the students may come across:

Sally wakes up for school at 6:00 a.m. It takes her 15 minutes to shower, 8 minutes to get dressed, 2 minutes to brush her teeth, and 10 minutes to eat breakfast. At what time is Sally ready for school?

Social Studies: This week we will be working on Social Studies and discussing the European Explorers! The students will be learning about six different explorers: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Henry Hudson, Juan Ponce De Leon, Jacques Cartier, and Vasco Nunez de Balboa. The students will be learning about how their explorations changed the view of the world, and how the explorers impacted Native Americans. Several of them are in this kid friendly website: European Explorers

Spelling: Students received their spelling words last Wednesday. Because of the short week, they did not have a test last Friday. Their test will be this Friday. They are to complete one activity per night in their spelling journal. This is due Friday. Here is the spelling sort for the week: Sort 8

Homework:
ELA: Grammar Packet (due Friday)
Spelling: One Activity per night for a total of four activities (due Friday)
Reading: Read 30 minutes a night and reading log (due Friday)
Math: Math homework will be given nightly

Reminders:
Picture Day- October 3rd
Early Release- October 12th
Fall Carnival- October 13th
Conference Week (Early Release)- October 16-20

As always, if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair

By October 2, 2017.    Uncategorized