Wow! What a week last week was! We had so many things going on, it was hard to stay afloat. I hope everyone is safe and sound from these lovely storms we’re currently getting. I love being able to sit on my couch and read a book. I’ve gotten really into reading lately. I loved having the opportunity to just have DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time last week, because like the students, I dropped everything that I had going on and stopped to read in my newest book. It’s a very exciting book. Well, that’s enough about boring old me, let’s move on to what we have on the agenda this week.
Math – This week, we will be focusing on creating and reading line plot graphs, as well as learning to multiply fractions by a whole number. We will be working with some models, as well as just multiplying. This concept has not changed since we were younger, but just in case you have forgotten, please feel free to view the various math “How to” videos located on the “Math ‘How To'” tab across the top of this blog. We just multiply across. For example, if we are multiplying 3 X 1/4, we would multiply 3 X 1, which is 3 and then move the denominator over because 3 is the same as 3X1.
Reading – This week, we will continue working on cross curricular reading by working on some test prep. We will be reading a paired passage on The Oregon Trail. With paired passages, many times, it’s a nonfiction text (journal entry, diary entry, section from a non-fiction text) and a fictional story related to the same topic. Then, there will be questions aske about both passages and there will be a constructed response for these two passages in which the students will need to take information from both passages to fully answer the question. The students will be expected to provide text evidence, use correct capitalization and punctuation. Please encourage your students to begin doing this with all of their written responses to questions. We’re in fourth grade now and sometimes, a quick one word/one sentence answer won’t get them the full credit they need.
Writing – we are still working on writing non-fiction texts. We will be continue to work on this during this upcoming week, as well as have an opportunity to work with Dr. Jones-Pringle for strategies to help ensure we are answering the constructed responses and extended responses to the best of our ability. We will also be working on the website, No Red Ink (www.noredink.com) to help build up our grammar skills. If your student is complaining that he or she has nothing to do, please encourage them to go to www.noredink.com, and work on those typing/grammar skills.
Spelling – we will be taking our Sort 12 test on Friday, March 8th. Please be sure your student is completing the spelling contract and turning it in on Friday. I don’t need to have all the activities. You can just initial their sheet saying they have completed them. If for some reason, your child didn’t bring home his/her spelling list, please feel free to download another copy here .
Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text Night Rabbits and our grammar focus will be on similes. We have talked about similes prior, but just in case your student doesn’t remember what a simile is, that’s when the author is comparing two things using the words “like” or “as.” For example, his hair is as red as a fox, or the stars shined like diamonds in the night sky. There is a quick video that we like to watch from The Bazillions, called “Similes and Metaphors.” We watch this video each time we talk about similes and metaphors and the students really seem to enjoy it. You can watch it for yourself here. Enjoy! We’ll be taking our “invitation to edit” quiz on Night Rabbits on Friday, along with our spelling test.
Science – we have been learning about how light and sound move through air. Last week, we also made some cameras to represent opaque, translucent, and transparent sources. We completed a quick sort in which we had to sort out the various materials into one of these forms. We will be having a science test on Friday, going over all these concepts that we have been learning the last couple of weeks. Students were given a completed study guide in their Graded Paper folders on Friday. However, if your child didn’t bring home said study guide, please feel free to download another copy here. The test will contain the same information that you will see on the study guide. This test will count double, so please don’t wait until Thursday night to try to study.
Monday, 3/4-Friday, 3/8 Pitner will be holding their Spring Book Fair. The students were able to preview the book fair on Friday and they have found some very interesting titles. Please consider sending your child with some money to make a purchase at the book fair. Students without money, will not be able to go. They are expected to come to the classroom and complete morning procedures prior to going.
Tuesday, March 5th – The Cobb County Fire Safety Village will be sending out a representative to come and discuss Fire Safety with us. During this presentation, students will be receiving a Fire Safety Booklet. The quizzes in this booklet will need to be completed and turned in prior to our visit the following Tuesday. Please be sure your student is working on this each night. It will be posted on the board as part of their homework this week, as well.
Thursday, March 7th – our annual Bedtime, Books, and Brownies will be happening! This is a great family opportunity and if you haven’t had the chance to come and experience it, please do so Thursday night. You can come in your jammies, hear a couple of bedtime stories, eat a yummy brownie, get a nice cold, glass of milk, and be ready for bed when you get home. This is one of my favorite activities that the school does each year. We hope to see you then!
Friday, March 8th – Science test on Light and Sound. A study guide was provided to your students in their Graded paper folder on Friday. If they don’t have it, please feel free to scroll up to the Science section and download another copy. This test will be counted as “double,” because students have had a completed study guide provided to them to study from.
Friday, March 15th – Last day of the third quarter. If you have requested an extra credit project, please be sure they are turned in no later than Friday, 3/15. No late projects will be accepted.