Our holiday party is quickly approaching. We only get to have two parties a year and the holiday party is one of them. Mrs. Rodriguez, our room rep, has done a fabulous job of creating a sign-up genius and a holiday party flyer that will be coming home in your child’s folder tomorrow. Please look for it. If you would, please consider sending in a requested donation or money to help cover the cost of the items needed for our party. Below, you will find the sign-up genius link Holiday Party and a copy of the flyer. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
Well, I guess being a little late in posting this week is paying off. If you don’t know, we are delayed two hours tomorrow due to the possibility of black ice and yucky roads tomorrow morning. Please understand that the first bell will be ringing at 9:15 and the tardy bell will be ringing at 9:45. Please continue to watch/listen for updates on school closings/delays. Well, with that being said, let’s move on to what we’re going to be doing this week.
Math – we will be taking the CCSD Touchstone on Wednesday. This will be covering all the standards we have been covering this quarter. We have not gone over many of the division standards yet, so this might be a challenge for the students. Please understand that we will be going over these standards after the winter break. Students should know how to multiple larger numbers, as well as factors, multiples, area and perimeter. We have been working hard on area and perimeter. This week, we are including irregular rectilinear shapes. These are basically two shapes (rectangles/squares) put together to make an irregular shape. Then, to find the area, you would have to pretend that there is a “line” between two of them, find the area of the two shapes and add it together to get the area of the rectilinear shapes.
Reading – we are also taking the CCSD ELA Touchstone this week. We will be taking this on Tuesday, during reading time. The students will be expected to read a passage or two and answer questions regarding the passages. The students will be taking this test on the computers, much like they will have to do with the GA Milestones later in the spring. We will also be working on identifying if passages are first or second hand accounts. An example of a first hand account would be a photograph, a diary entry, or a letter from someone who was actually there at the event. A second hand account would be like our textbooks, encyclopedias, etc. The people who write the textbooks, encyclopedias, etc. were generally not there at the time of the event (especially our historical events).
Writing – we have begun to type our final drafts of our opinion masterpieces. We have been working hard to get everything corrected, edited, revised, and perfect. The students will have this week to complete their masterpieces. After the break, the students will be writing another opinion masterpiece that will be sent off to be graded. The information that we get back from this will help us work know what to work on before the GA Milestones in the spring. Please be sure to ask your students about how the typing is going. If they have saved their typing into office 365, they should be able to pull it up for you to read at home.
Language Arts – This week, our mentor text comes from the book called, The Snow Globe Family, written by Jane O’Connor. The grammar focus for this week is comparative adjectives. For example, when you are comparing two things, you would say, “My son is taller than your son.” When you are comparing two things, you would use the suffix -er. When you are comparing more than two, you would use the suffix -est. With the invitation to edit, the students will also be expected to circle the simple subjects (the noun) and underline the simple predicates (the verb). We will be identifying the predicates and subjects in several sentences.
Spelling – this week will be our last spelling test of the calendar year. Please be sure your students are completing their spelling contract to help them study for their test on Friday. I’m attaching the list/contract in case your child has lost his/her copy.
Social Studies – we will be working with some augmented reality, where we will be using Chatterpix to engage the students. I’m looking forward to what they come up with. Please be sure to check back and ask your students about their Chatterpix. Also, a huge “THANK YOU!” to Mrs. Homer for brining in the great items that your family owns from the colonial times. I think the kids really enjoyed seeing and holding some things that were used back during the Colonial Times.
Holiday Shoppe Monday, 12/10/18 – Friday, 12/21/18
Final Spelling test of this calendar year – Friday, 12/14/18
ELA Touchstone – Tuesday, 12/11/18
Reading Inventory – Wednesday, 12/12/18
Math Touchstone – Thursday, 12/13/18
Media Center for Lesson/Check-out – Friday, 12/14/18
Holiday Character Day – Monday, 12/17/18
Funny Holiday Sweater Day – Tuesday, 12/18/18
Holiday Hat Day – Wednesday, 12/19/18
Candy Stripe Day/Early Release @ 12:30 p.m. – Thursday, 12/20/18
Holiday Sing-A-Long/Early Release @ 12:30 pm. – Friday, 12/21/18
Class Winter Holiday Party – Wednesday, 12/19/18
Only 14 more days until we are out for the Winter Holiday break. We’ll have many fun, exciting days scheduled coming up these next few weeks. Please be sure to check the blog and your child’s agenda regularly for any updates. Well, there’s no time for chit chat, so let’s move on to what we have going on this week.
Math – this week, we will begin working on measuring the area of objects. Since we have spent so much time working on multiplication, we shouldn’t have too much problem with this concept. The hardest time the students typically have is with reading the actual problems and remembering to put the units of measure when they find the answer. Once they understand the formula, A (Area) = L (length) X W (width), they usually do okay. Today, we had a review of what we’ve been doing in class, due to my absence. I will be back tomorrow and we’ll pick up there with area.
Reading – we are continuing to work on summarizing what we’re reading. Many of us are also working on completing DRAs, to show how much we’ve improved this school year. We will also be taking the Reading Inventory (RI) again next week to see how much our lexile levels have improved since the beginning of school. Please be sure your students are reading for at least 20 minutes each night. There will be a new reading log coming home tomorrow.
Writing – We are getting very close to finishing our first opinion masterpieces. We should be getting ready to type by the end of this week or the beginning for next week. We will be using Office 365, so your students will be able to pull up their masterpieces at home and let you read them. If you have not already agreed to Office 365, please go into ParentVue and opt in.
Spelling – The students received their spelling contract for this week and next. This will be the last contract of 2018. We will not be having a spelling contract the week we get out of school for the break. We will be working with these words for this week and next and we will be taking our Sort 8 test on Friday, 12/14. If for some reason, your child does not have his/her copy of this week’s contract, please feel free to download it here.
Grammar – This week’s mentor sentence comes from the book, Tikki, Tikki, Tembo, by Arlene Mosel. This week’s grammar focus will be on compound sentences vs. simple sentences. It’s my goal that the students will begin writing more compound sentences, instead of simple sentences. Compound sentences typically have two subjects, two predicates, and express two completely independent clauses. For example, “Don’t go near the well, or you’ll surely fall in.” If you were to take out the comma and the conjunction, you would have two completely independent clauses, “Don’t go near the well.” and “You’ll surely fall in.” This is why it’s considered a compound sentence. The students will be expected to identify both simple sentences, as well as compound sentences on the quiz on Friday.
Social Studies – this week, we will be continuing our study on the constitution and the founding fathers of the constitution. We will be having some fun with some augmented reality, as we use an app called Chatterpix to have the “Founding Fathers” talk and explain their roles in the New Nation. We will also be completing structured notes on the Constitution and how it became what it is today.
Monday, 12/3/18 – WellStar Visit
Friday, 12/7/18 – Dinner with Santa – Catered by Waffle House
Friday, 12/7/18 – Friday, 12/21/18 – PTSA Holiday Shoppe
Monday, 12/17/18 – Holiday Character Day
Tuesday, 12/18/18 – Funny Holiday Sweater Day
Wednesday, 12/19/18 – Holiday Hat Day
Thursday, 12/20/18 – Early Release @ 12:30, Candy Stripe Day, Class Party Day
Friday, 12/21/18 – Early Release @ 12:30, Holiday Sing-a-long, PJ day.
I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving Break that was filled with time to spend with family and friends. I know I enjoyed mine! It was great to hang out with my family and spend time with friends I don’t get to spend a lot of time with. Now that we’re back in the full swing of things we only have a short 19 more days together before we’re out for the winter holidays break. Only 19 more days before the end of the grading period and we’ll be half way to being fifth graders! Where on earth has the time gone. It seems like it’s flying! Oh well, with the 19 short days left, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the blog for other important information and flyers.
Math – we will be working with multiplicative comparison by creating bar diagrams and solving word problems. An example of multiplicative comparison would be to say something like, “Mrs. Poulos has 2 pets, but Mrs. Homer has 4 times as many pets as Mrs. Poulos. How many pets does Mrs. Homer have?” Well, we would take the 2 pets that Mrs. Poulos has and multiply that by 4 to get 8. Therefore, Mrs. Homer has 8 pets and that is 4 times as many as Mrs. Poulos. We will be continuing this strategy/skill all week long. We will be incorporating some of our larger number multiplication as well. Please continue to encourage your students to show their work when solving math equations. Mrs. Homer and I don’t care what strategy they use, they just need to show their work, so that we can see where they may have a misunderstanding.
Reading – we are continuing to work on summarizing our nonfiction reading by using boxes and bullets. In the “box” the students should be writing the main idea of the passage their reading and then next to the “bullets” they should be incorporating details from the passage, in their own words, that support the main idea. We’re working to make our summaries short and sweet, not doing a retelling, in which we give away all of the events from the beginning, middle and end. We will also begin to incorporate some first and second hand accounts with our nonfiction reading. A first hand account would be a page from a diary, or a photograph. Someone was actually there and is providing the information. An example of a second hand account would be a text book or an encyclopedia entry. The person writing the textbook or encyclopedia entry was probably not there and is using other research to provide us with information.
Writing – we are working hard on our opinion masterpieces. This week, we will be focusing on taking into account opposing opinions, using examples in our writing to help “drive home the opinion,” as well as formatting of a good opinion essay. I’m looking forward to reading their final drafts. Hopefully, once we’ve got them complete, they will share them with you through Office 365.
Spelling – We will have our unit 7 sort test on Friday of this week. You can find a copy of the contract below.
Grammar – due to unforeseen circumstances last week, we were not able to complete our mentor sentence from the book In November, by Cynthia Rylant. Therefore, we will be working with that text this week. Our focus is on figurative language (metaphors) and identifying if a sentence is complete or a fragment.
Science – We have a many things going on this week that will be taking the place of most of our science. We will be having guidance on Tuesday and we had a visit from the Watershed Management yesterday. We will be finishing up and presenting our ecosystem presentations during the rest of this week. We will try to post some of the presentations on the blog.
Dinner with Santa Raffle Basket – please see the attached flyer for information regarding our raffle basket.
Friday, 11/30 – Dinner with Santa reservations due.
Monday, 12/2 – Wellstar Presentation
Friday, 12/7 – Dinner with Santa
Monday, 12/2 – Friday, 12/14 – PTSA Holiday Shop
Monday, 12/17 – Holiday Character Day
Tuesday, 12/18 – Funny Holiday Sweater Day
Wednesday, 12/19 – Holiday Hat Day
Thursday, 12/20 – Early Release Day – 12:30 dismissal, Candy Stripe Day, our Holiday Party
Friday, 12/21 – Early Release Day – 12:30 dismissal, Holiday sing-a-long, Holiday PJ Day
Well, we’ve made it! Only 5 short days until our Thanksgiving Break. I hope everyone has a chance to spend some time with family and friends next week, as well as get some rest. I’m extremely thankful to have such a great group of students this year. I have really enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of them, as well as seeing how much they’ve grown so far this school year. I look forward to seeing them continuing to grow. We have also been very blessed to have Melissa Kohlhagen with us this quarter. She is a student at KSU and I’m sure she will be an excellent teacher. Unfortunately, this is her last week with us. She will truly be missed. Oh well, that’s enough sappiness, let’s move on to what we have coming up this week.
Math – We are extremely fortunate to have Miss Melissa teaching us a lesson this week. Miss Melissa will be teaching us how to multiply 2 digits by 2 digits. We have been working hard to learn a variety of ways to multiply up to 4 digits by 1 digit and we are making huge progress. Please continue working with your students on memorizing their multiplication facts. This will become imperative as we move further and further into our units of multiplication and division. We will be having a test on up to 1 by 4 digit multiplication this week.
Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea and summarizing non-fiction texts. We will also be continuing to determine the text structure of non-fiction texts. There are five different text structures. They are: 1) description, 2) cause and effect, 3) problem and solution, 4) compare and contrast, and finally 5) sequence. The students will be expected to read various passages and decide what the text structure is. Typically, when determining the text structure of a description passage, the author is providing information about the topic. For cause and effect, the author is giving reasons (causes) and outcomes (effects) for a certain topic. For problem and solution, the author will give information on a topic, such as air pollution, and then provide several solutions on how to fix the topic. For compare and contrast, the author will take two topics and write about how they are the same and how they are different. Finally, for the text structure of sequence, the author uses dates and such to tell the information in a certain, logical order.
Writing – we will be continuing to work on our opinion pieces. This week, we will be focusing on writing strong leads, as well as making sure our reasons support our opinions and that we even consider mentioning opposing views and why those views are wrong. This helps to make your reasons even stronger.
Spelling – we will be receiving our contract for unit seven this week. The contract will not be due until the Friday after Thanksgiving Break (11/30/18). I’m including the list and contract here, in case your student doesn’t happen to bring it home or in case your student loses his/her contract between now and then.
Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text In November, by Cynthia Rylant. The grammar focus for this week is metaphors. We’ve covered similes and metaphors previously, but this week, our focus is only metaphors. Metaphors are similar to similes, but unlike similes, we do not use “like” or “as” to compare the two objects. Some examples of metaphors would be: 1) you’re the apple of my eye, 2) you were a star in the performance this week. We will be taking our “Invitation to Edit” on Friday.
Science – we will be continuing to work on Ecosystems. We will also have the opportunity to do some stop motion videos and possibly some green screen videos to share our newly gained knowledge of ecosystems. It should be lots of fun and hopefully, Ms. Dean, our STEAM coordinator, will be hand to help out with using this brand new technology.
Good afternoon. Mrs. Hardesty just sent a reminder that if you would like to order your child’s Original Works art work, the orders were due today, but she has extended it until tomorrow. If you would like to order the Original Works art work, please be sure to return the envelope by tomorrow.
We have two weeks until Thanksgiving Break. We had a very busy week last week, with the field trips, Mystery Readers, Ms. Melissa’s great lesson on moon phases and all. Thank you for your patience and understanding when the field trip to South Cobb fell through. Hopefully, we’ll be able to attend it later. I was really looking forward to attending. Oh well, no reason to focus on the past that can’t be changed, let’s move on to what we’re covering this week.
Math – This week in math, we will be working on multiplying multi-digits by 1 digit using base-ten blocks, as well as the traditional algorithm. Please be sure to check out the videos that have been posted here on the blog. If you go to the top of the blog, you should see a tab that says “Math How To” videos, you’ll need to scroll down toward the bottom and you will find all the Cobb County videos. Under the heading of multiplication, you will see various other videos that I have found and use in my classroom. If you have any questions or would like to come in to learn how to help your child with these various strategies, please let me know. Please understand that these are strategies that I must teach, because the county says I have to. However, after I have taught the strategies, the students will have a choice in the strategy that they use on a regular basis.
Reading – This week, we will be discussing the various text structures of informational text. These text structures include description, compare/contrast, sequence, problem and solution, and cause and effect. We will be watching a Flocabulary video that will hopefully help the students understand the various text structures.
Writing – We will be continuing our unit on opinion writing. This week, we will be focusing on writing good, strong leads, as well as reasons to support their opinion. The students will have an opportunity to “rehearse” their writing with their writing partner prior to writing. I’m looking forward to seeing/reading what the students come up with.
Spelling – This week, we will continue with Sort #6. We will be taking our test on Friday, 11/9/18. Please be sure you are completing your contract and turning it in on Friday.
Grammar – Due to the crazy week we had last week, we weren’t able to get to our mentor sentence. Therefore, we will be working with the mentor text from Water Dance by Thomas Locker. This week’s focus will be exactly what it was last week. We will be working on personification. Personification is when someone gives personal characteristics to in animate objects. An example of personification would be “Clouds dance across the sky.” The personification is that clouds can’t dance, but people do.
Science – this week, Mrs. Homer will be teaching Science. We will be focusing on Ecosystems. We have some really cool activities planned. Please be sure to talk to your students about what we’re covering.
Tuesday, 11/6/18 – Teacher Workday – No school for Students
Friday, 11/9/18 – PTSA Movie Night
Wednesday, 11/15/18 – Chick-fil-A Night
Monday, 11/19 – Friday, 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – No School
Monday, 12/17/18 – Holiday Character Dress-up Day
Tuesday, 12/18/18 – Candy Cane Day
Wednesday, 12/19/18 – Fourth Grade Holiday Party/Holiday Hat Day
Thursday, 12/20/18 – Early Release (12:30 p.m.)/Ugly Sweater Day
Friday, 12/21/18 – Early Release (12:30 p.m.)/Holiday Sing-a-long/Holiday PJ Day
My apologies for not updating the blog last week. I had updated it, but apparently I didn’t schedule it to post. So sorry! Well, no need to focus on the past or what can’t be unchanged. We’ll just move on to this week. This is going to be a crazy week with two field trips, but we’ll make it through just fine. Here’s what we’ve got happening this week.
Math – this week, we will really begin to get into multiplication and division. This week, we will be focusing on multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000. We will also be working on rounding products, and multiplying multi-digits by 1 digit using a hands-on approach. Please be sure to check out the Unit 2 videos from the county, as well as some of the videos that I have uncovered over the years and that I use in the class with the students.
Reading – This week, we will be focusing on the ELA standard RI 2 (Main Idea and Summarizing). We would also love it if you were able to be a mystery reader on Wednesday. If you would like to read to our class either in person or via Skype, we can make that happen. We already have one special guest scheduled at 10:30, but I’m sure the students would love it if you were able to either come in and read a book of your choice or if you could read to us via skype. Just let me know if you’re interested. I’ll also be sending an email later today.
Writing – we will be working on writing an opinion piece. We’ve started working on ways to come up with ideas for our opinion pieces. This week, we will continue with “brain dumps” in which we create a story map and list out all of our “favorites.” This week, we will also be participating in a “brain dump” on “I want…” and “take a stand.” Hopefully by completing these “brain dumps,” the students will begin to get more excited about their writing. We will also be working on setting goals for our writing.
Grammar – this week, the mentor sentence comes from the book Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker. The focus for this mentor sentence is personification. Personification is when in animate objects are given human characteristics. For example, “The table jumped up and bit my leg.” A table doesn’t have teeth, but when I write “the table jumped up and bit my leg,” helps me to understand that I bumped my leg.
Spelling – We will be having our next spelling test on Friday, 11/9/18. Your student should be receiving their spelling lists on Monday. If for some reason, your child didn’t receive his or hers, you may download it here.
Social Studies – this week, we will be reviewing for our upcoming Social Studies test, which will be Friday. Your child should have brought home a study guide on Friday, but just in case they haven’t, please feel free to download a completed on the Social Studies page.
Science – this week, on Wednesday, we have a great opportunity for Ms. Melissa, our student teacher to create and lead a science lesson for us. We will be doing a really cool Science activity on the various moon phases.
10/29 – 11/2 – Scholastic Book Fair in the media center
Monday, 10/29 – most of the students will be going to the Cobb Youth Museum
Tuesday, 10/30 – Mrs. Homer’s Heroes, plus a few more will be going on the Cobb Youth Museum field trip
Wednesday, 10/31 – Mystery Readers – please see Mrs. Poulos’ email
Thursday, 11/1 – Field Trip to see Willy Wonka on stage at South Cobb High School – We are leaving at 7:50 on Thursday morning, so please be sure your student rides the bus or gets to school early.
Friday, 11/2 – Cherrydale Glow Party for qualifying orders
Tuesday, 11/6 – Teacher Work Day/Election Day – No school for Students
Friday, 11/9 – PTSA Movie Night – flyer sent home last week.
Monday, 11/19 – Friday, 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – no school for students/teachers
Well, well, well conference week is here. If you have not returned your fall conference form, please do so ASAP. I have tried to email everyone that has not responded. I hope to see everyone here this week. Here are a few reminders from the administrators: 1) This week is early release. We release at 12:30. Please be sure your students know how they are to get home. 2) There are no visitors during lunch this week, due to early release. 3) When we do have visitors for lunch, outside food (such as McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, etc.) is not allowed – this is a CCSD policy, not just a school policy. Also, this week, on Friday, your students have a chance to be someone’s super hero. For $1.00, your child can wear a cape and help support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Mrs. Homer and I will be the dynamic duo in our capes. That’s enough about reminders, let’s get on with what we’re covering this week.
Math – we will begin our unit on multiplication and division. Please continue to work with your students on addition and subtraction of larger numbers. We took the CCSD mandated touchstone on the first quarter standards and we still have some gaps that we’ll need to work on together. The main focus of this week will be on factors and multiples. Factors are numbers that divide whole numbers evenly. Factors are also numbers that is multiplied by another number. A multiple of a number is the product and any whole number. For example: 15 is a multiple of 5 because 3 X 5 = 15.
Reading – we will be working with informational reading beginning this week. We will start with looking for main ideas and details in informational text. We will be using a process called “Boxes and Bullets” to help us find the details that support the main idea. The idea behind “Boxes and Bullets” is to write the main idea of the passage in the box and then list the details that support the main idea by using bullet points beneath. Below, you will find an example of a boxes and bullets template, to help you get a better understanding.
Writing – We will write our first 45 minute narrative piece for our portfolios. The students will have 45 minutes to brainstorm, draft, revise/edit, and publish a piece of writing. This is different from what we’ve done this year, because we’ve been taking our time each day to focus on certain parts of the writing, but now it’s time to show what they’ve learned. As you come in for conferences, I hope you will take the opportunity to read “the writing on the wall” so to speak. The students have worked very hard to get a narrative “masterpiece” written and on the wall for your enjoyment as you wait for conferences. After we complete our 45 minute writing piece, we will begin working on opinion pieces. We will start out by generating a list of topics that we can write about. Then, from that list, we will begin to pick and choose topics that we can write about.
Spelling – This week, the students will receive their sort 5 spelling contracts. If for some reason, your student doesn’t bring home his/her contract, you can download it here.
Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from the book, The Spider and the Fly. This week’s grammar focus is on similes. Similes are part of the figurative language “umbrella” in which you compare two things using like or as. For example, the light from the room was as bright as the sun. Or, his trumpet gleamed like a polished bell. The students will be given a part of a sentence and then they will be expected to add a simile to finish out the sentence. For example, the students might get “you’re as funny as…” or “you are wise like” and the students would need to complete the sentence and use either like or as to compare the noun in the sentence to something else.
Social Studies – we will not be covering any specific standards in Social Studies this week, due to early release for conferences.
Monday – Friday, 10/15-19/18 – Conference Week – 12:30 dismissal
Friday, 10/19/18 – Super hero Day – Bring $1 and wear a cape for CHOA
Monday – Friday 10/22-10/26 – Red Ribbon Week
Monday & Tuesday, 10/29 &10/30 – Cobb Youth Museum Field Trips
Wednesday, 10/31/18 – Mystery Reader – Please check your email for further details.
Thursday, 11/1 – Field trip to South Cobb High School to see Willy Wonka
Tuesday, 11/6 – Teacher Workday/Election Day – No school for students