Week of 10/28 – 11/1/19

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Finally!  We have some cooler, fall like weather!  I didn’t think we were ever going to have Autumn.  I hope everyone is beginning to enjoy this weather and that the pollen hasn’t caused too much havoc on your sinuses!  I know several children, including my own personal, have had some issues with the pollen lately.  Ugh!  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.  With the cooler weather here, please be sure your students are dressed appropraitely for the weather and that their names are in their jackets.  Mrs. Homer and I will continue to go outside for recess, whenever possible, as long as we’re in the “okay temperature” range.  We are not allowed go out, if the temperature is less than 40 degrees.  We’ve also been told that students are not allowed to walk back out to the playground to get any “forgotten” items.  We remind the students prior to coming in to get their jackets and sweatshirts, but they don’t always remember to do so, so please make sure their names are in their jackets and sweatshirts, in case they wind up in Lost and Found.  Please be sure to check lost and found regularly if your child is missing an item.  Right before winter break, the custodians will put the lost and found items on a table in the main hallway.  If things are not “found” by their owners, many times, they become donations to MUST Ministries or Goodwill.  With all of that out of the way, let’s move on to what we have going on in our class this week. Don’t forget to be sure and read all the way through to the end to participate in the “Weekly Mystery Question.”  No one participated last week.  🙁

Grammar – this week, our mentor sentence comes from the book, How Spider Got a Thin Waist, by Anansi.  We will be covering two skills this week.  The first skill is finding the “adjectives” in the sentence.  As a reminder, adjectives are words that describe a noun.  For example:  He took a long rope and tied it around his waist  Long would be the adjective.  Another example might be:  Mrs Homer brushed her curly hair and tied it up into a bun.  The adjective in this sentence would be curly, because curly is describing Mrs. Homer’s hair.  The second skill of the week is identifying “simple predicates” in a sentence.  A predicate is what the subject (noun) is doing.  For example:  He wrinkled his nose and sniffed the wind.  In this sentence, wrinkled and sniffed would be the simple predicates.  Wrinkled and sniffed are the verbs, or action words.

Writing – we will be continuing to work on our opinion essays.  This time, we are not writing “stories,” but more like essays to tell people about something we want or our favorites.  As part of our learning process of how we write opinion essays, we will be focusing on writing strong opinions, then supporting our opinions with reasons, and doing a “Free Write” Friday, where the students will be able to choose a prompt and write about that prompt in their writing notebook.  The prompt that your child chooses may or may not become a “finished” writing piece.  Also, as we’re working on our various pieces, we will begin typing some, so if you’re interested in reading what your child is writing about, you can always have them log-in to Office 365 and pull up their writing.

Reading – this week, we will begin to discussing non-fiction text features.  There are several text features that help us to read and understand non-fiction.  These text features include bolded words, headings, italicized print, maps, sidebars, captions, illustrations, keywords, pronunciations, and subheadings.  When we are reading, it’s super important that we notice and read these words.  Many times, the main idea will come from these non-fiction text features.  We will be adding to our interactive reading journals, so that we have a resource to refer back to.

Social Studies – The students will be receiving their study guide for our upcoming summative assessment on the American Revolution.  The test will be on Wednesday, 11/6/19.  I will get a completed copy posted to the “Social Studies” tab as soon as possible.  Please have your student study, but not memorize, because the test will have the same questions, however, it will not be in the same order.  We will also be playing some games to help us prepare for the test.

Math – we will be continuing to work on factors and multiples as we begin to focus on multiplying and illustrating how we multiply larger numbers.  Please be sure to check out the “Math” tab of the blog to watch some videos on how to multiply larger numbers.  Please understand that our standards state that we must “teach a variety of ways” to multiply larger numbers, but once we teach those strategies, the students can choose their own preferred strategy.  The main reason behind teaching a variety of strategies is to be able to explain their thinking.  As I mentioned at conferences, you will probably think we have lost our minds by the strategies that we teach, but really it’s what we do (the algorithm), it just looks a little differently, so that the students can begin to understand the concept behind it.

We have several upcoming events in the very near future.  Please be sure you are checking your child’s agenda daily for important information and/or daily changes to these events.

Thursday, 10/31/19 – Mystery Readers -if you’re interested, please let us know, so we can get you on the schedule.
Tuesday, 11/5/19 – Election Day – No school for Students – Teacher Workday
Monday, 11/11/19 – Veteran’s day – Veteran’s Day presentation for family members who may have served in the military.
Wednesday, 11/13/19 – End of 2nd quarter’s 4 1/2 weeks
Friday, 11/15/19 – PTSA Sock Hop – time TBD
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Field Trip to Cobb Youth Museum 11:00 – 2:00
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Progress Reports go home
Friday, 11/22/19 – Cobb Watershed Presentation
Monday, 11/25-Friday, 11/29 – Thanksgiving Break – no school for students/staff
Friday, 12/6/19 – PTSA’s annual Dinner with Santa
Thursday, 12/19/19 – Fourth Grade’s Winter Holidays Party – TBD/Early Release Day at 12:30
Friday, 12/20/19 – Early Release Day at 12:30
Monday, 12/23 – Friday, 1/3/19 – Winter Holiday Break – No School

Now, for this weeks’ mystery question:  “What is a predicate?”  If you find the answer in the blog and write it on a sheet of paper, you will receive a “Pitner” dollar worth $5.  However, you must write the answer down on a piece of paper and stick it in the black “turn in” basket on top of the sharing cubbies.  Make sure your name is on the paper, so we know who to give the dollar to.

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