First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity toward me and Mrs. Homer during Teacher Appreciation Week. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful parents and caring students. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughtfulness and kindness! We definitely felt appreciated! Also, I would like to wish all the mothers a very “Happy Mother’s Day!” I hope that you are all treated like the queens you are. Now, it’s hard to believe that we are 8 short days from Summer Vacation. That means, you have 8 more days to work on Xtra Math and get that ice cream sundae earned. We have several people who have earned the ice cream sundae, but I would like to see even more. Mrs. Homer and I can’t eat all the ice cream by ourselves! We need some help! Keep working on those math facts!
Monday is our field day! Please wear comfortable clothing, including tennis shoes and your class t-shirt. If you weren’t here when we ordered class t-shirts or you can’t find yours, no big deal. Just wear a blue (ocean blue) colored shirt. If you are interested in coming to “play with us” during field day, we welcome you to come. Just let me know, so that I can give the office advance notice. Well, let’s get on with what we need to talk about this week – Please be sure to read all the way through the blog to find information regarding various activities this week.
Math – We will be working on some fifth grade skills, to help prepare us for fifth grade, since we are only 8 days from being 5th graders! We will be focusing our time on multiplying and dividing using the traditional algorithm, as well as reading line plot graphs. This should be a rather fun time. We will also be working on increasing our addition, subtraction, and multiplication automaticity by playing some fun games (like musical chairs, but with a twist0.
Reading/Writing – we will be finishing up our author studies and beginning to present them. I think the students have had a blast learning about the new authors and having the opportunity to learn and read about new authors. We’ve had to make a slight change to the schedule. All book reports (“New Cereal on the Shelf,” “Comic Strip,” or “Souvenirs” need to be completed no later than Friday, 5/18. Dr. Hosey informed us this week that back packs will not be allowed the last three days of school, so we’ll have to send everything home on Friday, 5/18. For the “book report” portion of our author study, the students will need to do either a book talk or a character talk. They can dress up, if they choose, but it’s not mandatory. Extra credit will be given for those that go above and beyond. The students will have the opportunity to use note cards, if needed. Please be sure you are prepared with your project by Friday, 5/18.
Social Studies/Science – We will begin our career lessons this week. We love the career lessons! The students will be learning about architecture, manufacturing, STEM, and Business Management/Administration. We have some very fun activities planned with this. Be sure to talk to your students about the career clusters that we cover this week. We will also be presenting our “Out of this World” Planet Projects. We will be using a rubric to grade the students, as well as giving the students a chance to grade themselves and how they felt the group work went. The students have been working very hard on these projects as well and we are very excited to hear all about their planets.
Grammar/Spelling – We will be having our final Spelling Test and Invitation to edit quiz on Friday. Please be sure you are working on your spelling contract this week. You don’t need to turn in each activity, just the contract with your parent’s initials that you did the activity. This week’s mentor sentence will come from the book Titanicat by Marty Crisp. This week’s grammar focus will be on prepositional phrases. In the past, we have focused on the preposition, but this week we are focusing on the prepositional phrase. We will probably take our invitation to edit quiz and our last spelling test during our “writing” time, so that I have an opportunity to get them graded and sent back home before the “no back pack” rule. In case you need the spelling contract again, please feel free to download it below.
Need a little boost to your math grade? Check out the extra credit document below. The extra credit will be due no later than Friday, 5/18. You can download the following activity to complete and turn in no later than Friday, 5/18 to replace the lowest math score in the gradebook. There’s even an opportunity to bake some goodies! Don’t forget, the project is due no later than Friday, 5/18 (that’s this week!)
End of Year Letter – Please be sure to refer to the “End of Year” letter that will be coming home with your children on Monday for other vital information. You might want to post it on your fridge!
Monday, 5/14 – Field Day – 8:15 – 10:15 (Stations) and 1:00 – 2:00 (Tug – o – War)
Monday, 5/14 – Planet Projects due
Tuesday, 5/15 – Visit from Allatoona Park Ranger 10:30-11:15
Wednesday, 5/16 – Last Guidance Lesson with Ms. Perry
Friday, 5/18 – Autograph Day – Yearbook Distribution
Friday, 5/18 – Completed Author Study projects due to Mrs. Poulos
Friday, 5/18 – Last day for grades/book bags
Friday, 5/18 – Talent Show (7:00 p.m.)
Monday, 5/21 – Author Study Project Presentations
Monday, 5/21 – Game Day – Float into Summer Day (Ice Cream Sundae Reward for Xtra Math)
Tuesday, 5/22 – Sports Day – wear your favorite sports gear. We’ll get out and play kickball with some of the other classes.
Tuesday, 5/22 – Early Release Day – dismissal at 12:30 – Last day to take home items – Bring a large shopping bag
Wednesday, 5/23 – Last Day of fourth grade – Early Release Day @ 12:30 – Movie Day