Well, we’ve made it through the first 3 1/2 weeks of school. It’s been a busy start to the school year, but we’ve loved every minute of it! The students are doing such a great job being Respectful, Responsible, and Empowered. We have already filled our number chart twice and we’re quickly approaching the top of the popcorn jar for the second time! Keep it up! This week, we have several things happening that are different from what is what we consider “normal.” Please be sure to read all of the blog to stay up to date on the changes this week.
On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, we will have our first early release day. Our dismissal will begin at 12:30 on Wednesday. Please know that ASP is an option, if you need it. If your student is going home a different way than their “usual” way, please be sure to send in a note with your student. Unfortunately, we are supposed to have a handwritten note for any transportation changes. If for some reason, you have to change your child’s dismissal in the middle of the day, please be sure to fax a note to the office at 678)594-8319. Mrs. Homer and I don’t always have a chance to check our email during the day or there may be a random case where we aren’t even at school and we wouldn’t be able to let the sub know. You are more than welcome to write a note in your child’s agenda. We check the agendas daily, so we’ll see the note.
Well, that’s enough of the “boring” information, let’s move on to what we have happening this week.
Grammar – We will be listening to the story The Name Jar and working with a specific sentence from this text. We will be focusing on capitalization of proper nouns, as well as identifying the mistakes in the sentence and writing the sentence correctly. The students need to understand that proper nouns are nouns that name specific people, places, and things. For example, we tell the students that they are important to use and they need to capitalize their names. It’s the same for all proper nouns. We will be taking a quiz on the mentor sentence as well as capitalizing the proper nouns within the sentences.
Writing – We will be continuing to work on our personal narratives. We will be focusing on writing a good lead, to “hook” our reader into reading our stories. Once we’ve decided on a good lead for our personal narratives, we will work on adding dialogue and punctuating it correctly within our writing. We will have an opportunity to do some more task cards, where we decide if the dialogue on the card is punctuated correctly or not. We will discuss how we need to change up where we tag the dialogue. This means putting the “said mom,” “answered dad,” at either the beginning or the end of what the character is saying. By switching up the dialogue tags, the story is more interesting and keeps us wanting to read.
Reading – This week, we will be moving from focusing so much on character traits, to story elements. The story elements that we will be covering include a) characters, b) setting, c) plot, d) conflict (problem), and e) solution – how the problem was solved. We will be using our read aloud text, The One and Only Ivan, to help us learn these story elements. We will use specifics from the books that we are reading during our independent reading time to explain each of the story elements.
Science – This week, we will begin our unit on the moon, stars, and planets. As part of this unit, we will also be completing a culminating STEAM challenge at the end of the quarter. In order to complete this STEAM challenge, the students need to build their background knowledge and therefore we will be working on the moon, seasons, revolutions and rotations of the earth.
Math – This week, we will be continuing working with place value and we will be rounding numbers as well as comparing numbers. For some reason, rounding is one of the most difficult tasks we cover in fourth grade. The students have a good understanding of what it means to round, but when it gets in to rounding to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand…within a multi-digit number, they have a much harder time. When we teach them to round to the various places within multi-digit numbers, we have the students underline the digit in the that place and then circle the number directly to the right. For example, if the number was 6,384 and I’m rounding to the nearest hundred, I would underline the 3 and circle the 8. Then, I would know that for numbers 0-4, I just lie on the floor (meaning it doesn’t change) and that 5-9, I climb the vine, which means we would increase the digit by that place. So in the case of 6,384 I would round that to 6,400. I know this is very confusing. I will try to get a screen capture of how we do it and upload it to the “Math How To” video tab. Please check back occasionally to see if it’s there. I will try to send an email to let you know when it’s uploaded. Please continue to work with your students on this task. Like I mentioned before, they generally understand how to round, but get confused when working with specific values within multi-digit numbers.
Wednesday, 8/28/19 – Dismissal will begin at 12:30. Please let your student know if their dismissal has changed.
Thursday, 8/29/19 – PBIS kick-off celebration – Please wear a blue shirt.
Friday, 8/30/19 – Mentor Text Quiz on capitalization of proper nouns
Monday,9/2/19 – LaborDay – No school for students or staff!
Tuesday, 9/3/19 – First day for lunch time visitors
Thursday, 9/5/19 – Pitner Night at Sparkles – 5 – 8 p.m.
Friday, 9/6/19- First quarter 4 1/2 week progress reports come home in “Friday folders”
Monday, 9/9/19 – Step it Up Fundraiser kickoff assembly
Thursday, 9/12/19 – Pitner Curriculum Night – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9/12/19 – Thursday, 9/19/19 – Fall Book Fair
Friday, 9/13/19 – College Tailgate – wear your favorite college team colors/shirts
Friday, 9/20/19 – 80’s Dress-up Day – Wear your best 80’s outfit
Monday, 9/23/19 – Friday, 9/27/19 – Fall Break – No school for students or staff!