Winter Break Party – 12/19/19

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Good morning!  Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to come and help with our winter break party on 12/19/19.  As promised, Mrs. Homer and I have finally had a chance to sit and talk about the party.  We are thinking of doing a cookie decorating party.  I have already purchased the cookies and some of the decorating items, but we are still in need of several other things.  If you are available to come in and help with the craft and the cookie decorating, we would love to have you.  We will be making the crafts from 10:15 – 11:00, then we will do the cookie decorating and eating after lunch around 11:38, up until dismissal.  I have created a Sign-up Genius to help get some of the items in.  If you can, would you please consider signing up for an item or two?  If you would like to come in to help, you can just email either myself or Mrs. Homer.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us.  Thank you for all you do to support us and your students.  We have seen some great progress this year and look forward to how much they continue to grow.  Please click the link below to sign up for an item or two.

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Week of 12/9 – 12/13/19

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Well, the countdown is on.  Only 10 more wake-ups until the winter break.  It’s so hard to believe that we’re so close to the end of the first semester together.  I’m very sad that the first half is almost over.  We have a very busy couple of weeks these next two.  Over the next two weeks, we will be taking the Reading Inventory (RI) and the Math Inventory (MI).  We will also be taking the English/Language Arts Touchstone to see how much the students have learned thus far this quarter.  We are also expected to take the Math touchstone, as well as our end of the quarter math summative assessment.  Please be sure to check your student’s graded paper folder this week.  There are several important papers in there.  They are all in the front of the “Keep at Home” side of the folder.  Also, congratulations to Jazlyn for being our spelling bee contestant and Autumn for being our spelling bee alternate.  Good luck at the school spelling bee in January!

Grammar – This week, we will continue working on figurative language by reading the book called The Honest to Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack.  The mentor sentence focus this week is on similes.  A simile is when the author compares two or more objects using the words “like” or “as.”  On Friday, the students will be expected to underline the figurative language used in the sentence (aka the similes), as well as adding as subordinating conjunction to make the listed complex sentences make sense.

Writing – We are coming into the home stretch of finishing up our opinion masterpieces.  This week, we will be putting all of our learning into a post-assessment in which we take a piece completely through the writing process by brainstorming, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing a piece in 45 quick minutes.  The students will have a list of topics they can choose from, but the list will contain all opinion topics.  We will also be completing our 45 minute pre-assessment piece on informational writing, so be thinking about something you know a lot about.

Reading – This week in reading we will be comparing paired texts.  The students will be expected to read two passages on the same topic and then compare and contrast the two passages.

Science – We’ll be continuing to work with the water cycle and states of matter.  We will be taking our test on the water cycle and states of matter on Tuesday, 12/17.  A study guide will come home Monday or Tuesday and it will be posted on the blog accordingly on the “Science” tab.

Math – This week and next, we will be working on finding area.  We’ve already covered perimeter – adding up the outside.  Now, we’ll be moving on to area – this is where we multiply the length times the width (A=l*w).  We will also be working on rectilinear figures, where we have to combine areas for irregular shapes.  The students have done a great job with multiplication.  We have 7 Multiplication Masters – have scored 90% or better on our F4 (Fast Fact Fluency Friday), 1 Division Dojo – have scored 90% or better on our division F4, and 2 Mixed Miyagis – have scored 90% or better on both multiplication and division F4.  The Mixed Miyagis no longer have to take the F4 each week!  We would love to see these numbers increase.  When we reach 80% of the class as Multiplication Masters, we get a pizza party.  Right now we have 10, so we only need 8 more to pass with a 90% or higher!  Keep working on those multiplication and division facts!

Friday, 12/6/19 – Dinner with Santa – proceeds going to help support 5th grade activities – tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

PTSA’s Holiday Shop – opens tonight during Dinner with Santa and will run through Wednesday of next week.  Please be sure to look for information regarding the Holiday Shop in your child’s graded paper folder today.  There is quite a bit of important information on top of the papers on the “Keep at Home” side.  We will have the opportunity to shop on Monday morning from 8:00 – 8:30.  This will be our only opportunity next week.

Wednesday, 12/11/19 – Guidance with Ms. Perry.  I was mistaken and thought it was last week, oops!  Sorry for the confusion!

Wednesday, 12/11/19 – Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby’s on Barrett Parkway 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Be sure to mention that you’re with Pitner Elementary.  20% of sales comes back to Pitner!

Friday, 12/13/19 – Pitner STEAM Day – please be sure to ask your students about the fourth grade STEAM challenge!

Friday, 12/13/19 – PBIS school store – Be ready to spend or save your Pitner Bucks!

Saturday, 12/14/19 – Christmas at Piedmont – some members of our class will be singing with the Pitner Chorus this afternoon.  If you’re looking for a family Christmas activity, this is it!  It’s a huge production!

Monday, 12/16/19 – Holiday Character Day – Dress as your favorite holiday character, or wear something with your favorite holiday character on it.

Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Water/Water Cycle/States of Matter Test.

Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Holiday Hat Day – Wear your favorite Holiday Hat all day.

Wednesday, 12/18/19 Holiday Sock Day – Wear your favorite Holiday socks.

Thursday, 12/19/19 – Holiday Sweater Day – Wear your favorite holiday sweater.  This is also an early release day.  Dismissal will be at 12:30.  Please be sure to tell your student how they will be going home.  ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m., like usual.

Thursday, 12/19/19 – Class Party our class party will also be on this day.  We will be sending home more information as soon as possible.  If you would like to come and help, please email either myself or Mrs. Homer.

Friday, 12/20/19 – Holiday PJ Day – Wear your favorite holiday pajamas to school!  Be sure you wear your tennis shoes for recess.  This too is an early release day.  Dismissal will also be at 12:30.  Please be sure you tell your student how they are going home.  ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m., like usual.

Mystery activity – Go to the padlet that we’ve created (on the science tab) and add a sticky.  If you do this by Monday morning, you’ll receive some Pitner bucks!

 

 

 


Week of 12/2 – 12/6/19

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It’s so hard to believe that in 3 short weeks (15 school days), we will be halfway through our school year!  I’m having a very difficult time believing that this year is going so fast!  I’ve always heard that once you had kids, that the time flies.  That is so true!  This year is flying by!  I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break last week. I know I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends in Birmingham.  Well, that’s enough about me, let’s move on to what we’ll be covering this next week.

Grammar – this week, our mentor text is a book called The Water Dance by Thomas Locker.  This week’s focus will be on personification. Personification is a form of figurative language where an author gives human qualities to objects or animals to help the reader visualize.  The students will be expected to find three (3) adjectives in the mentor sentence, then they will be expected to read the sentences that follow and tell what the author was trying to help them visualize.

Writing – We are continuing to work on our opinion writing pieces.  This week, we will be focusing on adding topic and concluding sentences, adding  more interesting words, including transitions from one paragraph to the next, including a conclusion, rather than just stopping the writing, and finally editing our masterpieces.  I’m looking forward to reading their final, published pieces.

Reading – This week, we will be continuing to work on using understanding how visuals, such as charts and graphs, can help us better understand what we are reading.  We will be using Nearpod to help us with this.  Your student will have a nearpod login provided to them this week.

Science – we will begin our unit on Water and the water cycle.  This week, we will begin our unit by doing a book walk through the science textbooks, as well as creating our own water cycle to observe how the water cycle works.

Math – we will be continuing to work on multiplying larger numbers (up to two digits by two digits).  The students are expected to know how to multiply using any method they want.  In fifth grade, the teachers will be focusing on how to solve the problems with the traditional algorithm, which we will teach the students how to do, but in my opinion, it’s more important that the students understand the concept of how to multiply up to two by two digits.  We will teach them both ways and then the students can use either way to solve their problems.  If they would like to use the traditional algorithm and check it using the box method (place value) model.

We have several things going on this week!  Please don’t forget about the free ticket to Six Flags, just for reading 6 hours between now and April 15, 2020.  If you have lost your child’s reading form, you can download another one on the tab above that says “Six Flags Reading Challenge.”  Also, please don’t forget that we need monetary donations for our Class Raffle Basket for Dinner with Santa on Friday, 12/6/19.  If you haven’t had a chance to make a donation, please be sure to read the following letter from Mrs. Radtke and Mrs. White regarding the basket.  Dinner with santa

Tuesday, 12/3/19 – Media center for check out and lesson
Wednesday, 12/4/19 – Guidance with Ms. Perry
Friday, 12/6/19 – Dinner with Santa – 5 – 8 p.m. – If you are interested in attending, but haven’t had a chance to order your tickets, you’re in luck!  The deadline for ordering tickets has been extended to Monday, 12/2 at 6 p.m.  You can use the following links to order your tickets on-line Dinner with Santa Tickets.  If you’re interested in making a donation or helping, please feel free to click the following links:  Donations and Volunteer Sign-up

Friday, 12/6/19 – Class Spelling Bee We will be having a class spelling bee to find a contestant and an alternative for our school spelling bee that will be held in January.

Wednesday, 12/11/19 – Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby’s – more information to come home, when available – check your student’s homework folders for a flyer.

Friday, 12/13/19 – Pitner STEAM Day – more information to come.

Monday, 12/16/19 – Holiday Character Day – dress as your favorite holiday character or wear something with your favorite character on it.

Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Holiday Hat Day – Wear your favorite Holiday hat.

Wednesday, 12/18/19 – Holiday Sock Day – Wear your favorite holiday socks!

Thursday – 12/19/19 – Holiday Sweater Day – Wear your favorite holiday sweater – Also, this is an early release day at 12:30.  Please let your students know how they are going home.  ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m.  Our class holiday party will also be on this day – more information to come home soon. 

Friday, 12/20/19 – Holiday PJ Day – Wear your favorite holiday pajamas to school!  This too, is an early release day with dismissal at 12:30.  Please let your students know how they are going home.  ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m.

Monday, 12/23/19 – Friday, 1/3/20 – Winter break for students!  Staff will be expected to report on 1/2, but no students will be expected until Monday, 1/6/20.

Mystery Question of the week – What day is the Holiday Hat day? – Be sure to read through the entire blog to find the answer and then write it down on a piece of paper and bring it to Mrs. Poulos for some Pitner Bucks! Be sure you don’t tell anyone the answer, I want everyone to read through the blog to find the answer for themselves.

 

 

 


Dinner with Santa

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Good Friday’s eve!  Our room reps, Mrs. Radtke and Mrs. White have put together a letter regarding the Dinner with Santa Classroom Raffle Basket and the letter should be coming home with your student, but we all know how student mail works sometimes, so I’m placing here on the blog as well.  I will also be attaching it to an email later this morning.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Radtke or Mrs. White.  Their email addresses are listed at the bottom of the letter.  Thank you in advance for your continued support!


Week of 11/18-11/22

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Wow!  I can’t believe that we’re only five days from Thanksgiving Break!  This year is totally flying by.  I’ve always heard that “time flies when you’re having fun,” and that is NO Lie!  It’s so hard to believe that we’ve completed the second quarter’s 4.5 weeks!  We will be sending home the progress reports on Wednesday, after our field trip.  Please be sure to sign and return the progress reports on Thursday.  If I don’t have a chance to talk to you or see you before next week’s break, I hope you all have a safe one that is filled with time spent with family and having a chance to reflect on the things you are thankful for.  I know that I’m extremely thankful to all of you that share your wonderfully made kids with us each and every day.  We are so blessed to be able to teach these smiling faces every day.

We will be having our first International Night coming up in the spring (January 30, 2020).  If you are interested in participating, please use the following link to post your interest here.

Don’t forget about that free ticket to Six Flags for just reading six hours between now and April 15, 2019.  A reading log with log-in information was sent home last week (it was a blue sheet).  If you need another copy, please feel free to download another copy below.  I have included both the English version, as well as the Spanish version. Six Flags Reading Log – English/Six Flags Reading Log – Spanish

Well, that’s enough of my sappiness!  Let’s get on with what we’re covering this week.

Grammar – This week, our mentor text is a book called The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger.  You can listen to the text read aloud here.  The focus of this week’s text is complex sentences.  A complex sentence is a sentence that contains an independent clause and a subordinating (dependent) clause.  A dependent clause is a sentence (or clause) that can not stand on its own.  I’m including a list of subordinating conjunctions below for your reference. 

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Writing – we are continuing our unit on opinion essays.  Unfortunately, last week, we didn’t have a chance to get through all that I had planned, therefore we will be working on taking in opposing opinions into account when we write our opinion essays, including examples to help explain their reasons, as well as knowing when to change paragraphs within opinion essays.

Reading – We will be working on interpreting information from charts and graphs.  We will be answering questions about using various charts and graphs such as timelines.

Social Studies – We are finishing up our units on the American Revolution and The New Nation.  This week, we will be focusing on the War of 1812 and the Articles of the Confederation.  We will be completing a structured notes task, as well as doing some comprehension worksheets related to the War of 1812.

Math – Last week, we started the “Empowerment Express”, where the students change classes based on a pre-test once a week.  We look at their progress and then change the classes based on their progress.  We will still be working on multiplying up to 1 digit by 4 digits and 2 digits by 2 digits.  The students have done a great job working with the “box” method, also known as the “Area” model.  Thank you to all of you that humored us by having your child teach you the area model of multiplication.  I think the students really enjoyed having the opportunity to “give you homework” and then grade you on it.  The looks on their faces when they came back was priceless!  They were so proud of themselves.  This week, we will be focusing on the traditional algorithm, but students will also be allowed to use the “Box” method, if they are more comfortable with that.  We will also be having a “quick” test on Thursday.  I don’t usually send home a study guide for math, but if you would please review prime and composite numbers with them, that would be fabulous.  We will also be working on multiplicative comparison.   Multiplicative comparison is when you say, “my son is 2 times larger than my daughter.  My daughter is 4 feet tall.  How tall is my son?”  The students will need to know how to write an equation for these type of problems.

Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Field trip to Cobb Youth Museum from 11:00-2:00.
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Second Quarter progress reports to come home with students.
Monday, 11/25 – Friday, 11/29 – No school for students and staff
Friday, 12/6/19 – Classroom Spelling Bee for upcoming school-wide spelling bee.
Friday, 12/6/19 – Dinner with Santa – Flyer came home in your child’s graded paper folder on Friday, 11/15/19
Friday, 12/13/19 – STEAM Day
Thursday, 12/19/19 – Fourth Grade Class Holiday Parties/Early Release – Dismissal at 12:30
Friday, 12/20/19 – Early Release day – Dismissal at 12:30
Monday, 12/23 – Friday, 1/3/20 – Winter Holiday break

 

Mystery Question! If you can go back through the blog and find the answer to the following question, then write it down on a piece of paper or an index card, you will receive $5 in Pitner Bucks!   But, this is a secret!  Don’t tell anyone!  Just write down your answer to what is a complex sentence and bring it to Mrs. Poulos on Monday.

 

 


Week of 11/11-11/15/19

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Thank you to all the veterans out there!  We appreciate your service!  Hopefully, we will see you for the Veteran’s Day celebration, if you received an invitation.  Please remember that your student needs to come down and check-in with the teacher prior to reporting to the cafeteria for the celebration. 

Also, on Friday, 11/15/19 our PTSA will be hosting a Sock Hop in the Cafeteria.  The first hour will be a sensory friendly hour.  If you have a student who would like to come, but has some difficulty with being overstimulated, this would be the perfect opportunity for you and your child.  If you did not receive the flyer that was sent home with your student on Monday, 11/4, you can download another copy of the flyer below.  You can also purchase your Sock Hop tickets here. If you are interested in helping out by volunteering, please click here.  If you are interested in sending in some requested donations, please click here.

We had such a great time at our Day of Awesomeness!  Thank you to all who sent out emails to help us meet our donation goal!  It’s so hard to believe that we are only two (2) shorts weeks from Thanksgiving Break.  We have this week and next week, then we’re off for an entire week.  We have lots of things going on this week and next.  If you have not returned your child’s permission slip for our field trip to the Cobb County Youth Museum, please return them ASAP.  The cost of the field trip is $20 and we go on Wednesday, 11/20/19.  This will be a great culminating activity to our unit on the American Revolution and the New Nation.  Thank you for everyone who helped their student study for the summative assessment on the American Revolution.  We had some really amazing scores!  Hopefully you saw the amazing scores in your child’s graded paper folder this week.  If your child didn’t do an amazing job, we always place a copy of the study guide on the blog, under the tab for that subject.  Well, on to what we’re covering this week.

Grammar – This week, we will be using the mentor text Tikki Tikki Tembo.  You can watch the video here.  Our grammar focus this week will be on compound sentences.  This week we are learning that just because there is a conjunction in the sentence, it doesn’t mean that it’s a compound sentence.  A compound sentence does contain a conjunction, but it also contains two independent clauses that are combined with a comma and a conjunction.  It will be tricky, so students will really want to pay attention to the lessons.

Writing – This week, we continue working on our opinion essays.  Our focus this week will be on writing a good lead, taking into account our audiences – are the reasons good for our audience, thinking about and adding an opposing opinion to our essays, and finally, including an example for each of our reasons.  This is a rather difficult task this week, but hopefully we’ll get a good grip on it and be ready in case they throw us an opinion piece on the GA Milestones in the spring.

Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea and supporting it with detail from the text.  Along with determining the main idea, we will work on summarizing the information into concise little five sentence paragraphs.  Please encourage your students to give you a summary of what they read each day.  A summary for a fictional text is a little different from that of a nonfiction text.  A summary for a fictional text should provide the following information:  Somebody (main character), Wanted (what the character wanted), But (what was the problem), So (how did they solve the problem), Then (what was the resolution of the story).  For nonfictional text, the main idea usually comes from the title or the subheadings and then you can support your answer with details from the text.

Social Studies – this week, we are continuing our study on “The New Nation.”  We have worked our way through the birth of our country, by declaring and gaining our independence from England, now we have to focus on how are we going to run this new country.  The students already know that George Washington was our first president, but what about all the others?  The students will be participating in a “webquest” in which they use the internet to find out new information about the founding fathers. We attempted to start it on Thursday of last week, but the websites weren’t cooperating, so we’ll try it again this week.  We will also be comparing and contrasting a work of art related to the “Birth of the Nation.”  It should be an interesting, eye opening experience.  Be sure to ask your student who their “Founding Father” was, based on the quiz we took at the beginning of the webquest.

Math – we are moving from 1 digit by 2, 3, and 4 digit multiplication into 2 by 2 digit multiplication.  This week, you will have homework.  On either Tuesday or Wednesday, your child will be bringing home a worksheet that he/she will use to teach you how to multiply using the area (block) method.  Please allow him/her to teach you how to do it and then actually do the worksheet and let them check it to see if you’re correct.  The one doing the talking is the one doing the learning, so we’re hoping that this will help them get a better grasp of area model multiplication.  We will also be teaching the students the traditional algorithm (the way we learned), but the students will be able to choose their preferred method in the end.  This task will be a learning curve for you as a parent, but please bear with us and let your student choose his/her preferred method to solve the multiplication problems.

Monday – 11/11/19 – Veteran’s Day Celebration at 7:50 in the cafeteria.
Friday, 11/15/19 – PTSA’s Sock Hop – please see the links below for more information and donation requests.
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Field trip to Cobb Youth Museum from 11:00 – 2:00
Wednesday, 11/20/19 – Second Quarter 4 1/2 Week Progress Report sent home
Friday, 11/22/19 – Cobb Watershed (inhouse) field trip
Monday, 11/25 – Friday, 11/29/ 19 – Thanksgiving Holidays – No school for students or staff
Friday, 12/6/19 – Dinner with Santa – Information to come home soon
Thursday, 12/19/19 – Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal – Fourth Grade Holiday Party
Friday, 12/20/19 – Early Release – 12:30 Dismissal
Monday, 12/23/19 – Friday, 1/3/20 – Winter Holiday Break – No school for students.  Staff will report on 1/2/20.

 

 


Week of 11/4 – 11/8

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BRRRRRR!  I don’t know how we skipped fall!  I also don’t know how we’re already into November!  This year is flying by!  I’m going to be so sad when this year comes to an end.  We have so enjoyed working with these students this year!  They continue to blow our socks off each and every day with how hard they are working and how much they are improving!  It’s amazing!  They are such a blessing to us!  Thank you for all you do to raise such amazing kids!  This is going to be a very strange, but busy week!  We have a lot of changes this week, so please be aware!  If you think your student would benefit from knowing about the changes this week prior to Monday, please let them know.  We talked about our crazy week on Friday before we left, but I’m sure several have forgotten.  This week, Monday is our only “normal day.”  Tuesday, the students are off from school, due to “Election Day.”  I don’t believe the county has any elections going on, but some of the cities do.  Please be sure to check your polling place and get out there and vote!  Wednesday, we will not have specials, due to various grade levels having what we call “Super Specials.”  Our “Super Specials” day will be Friday, 11/8/19.  Thursday is our redo day of “Day of Awesomeness,” and Friday is our “Super Specials” day.  Wow!  That’s a lot!  Well, let me move on to what you and your child can expect in each subject this week.

Grammar – This week we will not be working on mentor sentences, due to the fact that we would only have 1 day of working on the skill.

Writing – This week we will use what we’ve already learned about writing opinion essays and we will have a choice of what we write on.  The choices for the opinion prompts are:  “School Food” – This is where the students can pick one thing they would change about the school menu and explain why they would change it, “Someday!” – this is where the students can pick being either a race car driver, an astronaut, or president of a country and explain which one they would be and why, or finally “Seasons” – this is where they can pick their favorite season and explain why it’s the best.

Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea of the passages/stories.  The students have been working hard to determine the main ideas.  They have learned that sometime the main idea comes from just the title of the story, but that they may also have main ideas from different subheadings, as well.  The students will begin to write summaries based on main ideas and details from the passages.

Math – we will continue working on strategies to solve multiplication problems of up to 4 digits by 1 digit and 2 digits by 2 digits.  Please understand that we will be teaching the “box method,” which is also known as the area model, and the traditional algorithm.  The traditional algorithm is the same way we learned.  This week, we will also be asking your students to “teach” you how to use the area model for homework.  Please let your student teach you how to multiply using the area model and do the problem(s) they ask you to do.  It will be a little difficult in the beginning, but it will make sense.  It’s a lot like the FOIL model that we used to use.  The kids will get a huge kick out of “giving you homework” to do.  There are some videos on the Math “How to” tab.  Please feel free to watch them.

Social Studies – we have finished our unit on the American Revolution and will be taking our summative test on Wednesday, 11/6.  The students used the Social Studies text books in class last Wednesday to find the answers to the study guide questions, then we went over all the questions together and the students should have written them down on the study guide.  Please help your student study for this test.  We are going to play Kahoot! on Monday to review.  If for some reason your child doesn’t have a copy of the study guide, you can find one on the Social Studies tab on this blog.  We have talked to the students and tried to explain that the questions will not be in the same order that they were for the study guide.  Please encourage your students to study, but not memorize the answers in the order they are in.

Tuesday, 11/5 – No School for students – Election Day
Wednesday, 11/6 – Summative Assessment on the American Revolution – study guide sent home on 10/30/19.
Thursday, 11/7 – Day of Awesomeness – 8:05-9:35 am
Friday, 11/8 – Super Specials from 8:05 – 9:35 am.
Monday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day Breakfast and Program – 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday , 11/13 – End of 2nd quarter 4 1/2 week period
Friday, 11/15 – PTSA’s Sock Hop
Wednesday, 11/20 – Cobb County Youth Museum Field Trip and Progress Reports sent home
Friday, 11/22 – Cobb Watershed Program (In-house field trip)
Monday, 11/25 – Friday, 11/29 – Thanksgiving break – no school for students/staff
Friday, 12/6 – Dinner with Santa
Thursday, 12/19 – Early Release at 12:30 pm and Fourth grade Holiday Party
Friday, 12/20 – Early Release at 12:30 pm.


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.
 


Week of 10/21-10/25/19

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It’s Red Ribbon Week.  There is a “red” paper in your child’s “Friday”/”Graded Paper Folder” that gives you all the information that you need for the things we have going on throughout the week.  You can always download another copy here.

Thank you to everyone who took time out of their super busy schedules to meet with us for your child’s conference.  I know it was difficult to take off from work and such to meet with two crazy teachers, but we do appreciate you taking off the time and coming to meet with us.  We have really enjoyed working with your students and look forward to how they continue to grow and mature throughout this year.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us for anything at all.  Please be sure you are signing your child’s agenda and graded paper folder each week.  We don’t generally mark the backs of the folders, which is a good thing, but occasionally we do, so this is the best way to keep you up to date and informed about what’s going on in the classroom.  Well, without further ado, let’s move on to the next quarter.

Writing – due to a crazy busy schedule last week, we didn’t get to half the stuff we wanted to.  Therefore, we will still be working on opinion writings.  This week, we will be working with creating some ideas of their wants and favorites.  We will also be working on getting a pre-assessment completed.

Grammar – This week for grammar, we will be working on simple vs. compound sentences.  Last week, we worked on conjunctions, and that’s what we use when we want to combine two simple sentences into a compound sentence, so hopefully this week won’t be too difficult of a task..  A compound sentence is when you take two simple sentences and combine them with a comma and a conjunction.  For example, “Fat tears streamed down Laura’s face, and Jane took a step toward her.”  The students will also be expected to find the errors in the sentence and rewrite the sentence correctly.  This week, the students will be revisiting capitalizing proper nouns, as well as the beginning of a sentence.

Reading – This week, we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea.  One way we are going to begin working on finding the main idea is by putting words into categories and then giving the categories names.  Another way we will introduce main ideas is by learning how to find the main idea through a “foldable” that we will glue into our reading journals.  The students will be able to refer back to their journals until it becomes second nature.

Social Studies – we will be getting back into The American Revolution this week.  Due to the early release schedule, we decided to just postpone working on the American Revolution and we worked on our STEAM Projects. The students did a great job of presenting an interactive model in which they taught the various phases of the moon.  This week, we will be focusing on the important events and key people related to the American Revolution.  It’s my hope to have our special guest come in either this week or next.  If you students come home very upset that their skittles were taken, it was for a good cause and hopefully your students will be able to tell you how the colonist felt while they were undergoing the changes to become free from England.

Math – We will be continuing to work on factors and multiples. We have worked really hard to get the 0’s, 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s down.  We will begin focusing on the 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, this week.  We may even learn a new figure trick or two to help us learn some of the higher numbers.  The students will be able to use their journals to help them in the beginning, but when it comes time for the tests and such, they will not be able to use the notebooks.

 

 

Monday, 10/21/19 – Author visit in the Learning Commons
Monday, 10/21 – 10/25/19 – Red Ribbon Week and Canned Food Drive
Friday, 10/25/19 – Day of Awesomeness

Thursday, 10/31/19 – Mystery Readers
Tuesday, 11/5/19 – No school for students – Teacher Workday

Mystery Prize Question – beginning this week, if your student comes to school and can answer the special question from the blog, they’ll earn a Pitner dollar.  So, here’s this week’s question:  “What is a compound sentence?”  If your student writes down the definition of a compound sentence from the “grammar” section, I’ll give them a dollar.  Good luck!


Week of 10/14-10/18/19

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It’s so hard to believe that the end of the first quarter is upon us!  Where on Earth is the time going?  I don’t remember a time when the school year has flown by so quickly!  I guess what they say about “Time flies when you’re having fun” is true!  We have so loved having your kids this year!  We are looking forward to continuing to see them grow both physically and academically!  They have all made so many gains so far, I can only imagine how far they will continue to improve.  With that being said, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week.  It’s an early release week, due to parent conferences.  Dismissal will begin promptly at 12:30 each day (Monday – Friday).  We are so excited to meet with each and everyone of you to tell you about your child’s successes.

Grammar – This week, we will be using the mentor text Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts.  This such a heartwarming story.  If you would like to listen to the story, you can watch it via YouTube using this link.   This week’s focus is on conjunctions.  We have been discussing the acronym “FANBOYS” to help us remember the conjunctions.  The “F” stands for “for,” the “A” stands for “and,” the “N” stands for “nor,” the “B” stands for “but,” the “O” stands for “or,” “Y” stands for “yet,” and finally “S” stands for “so.”  We will be taking our invitation to edit quiz on Friday.  Please help your student learn to identify these conjunctions.

Writing – This week we will begin our unit on Opinion Writing.  With opinion writing, we aren’t necessarily trying to persuade someone to do something, we can just be stating an opinion about something.  We will be discussing two ways authors come up with opinion essay ideas.  These two ways include “Favorites” and “Wants.”  Please talk with your students about some of their favorites – i.e. favorite foods, restaurants, vacations, etc. as well as their wants – i.e. a Nintendo Switch, a PS4, a specific dessert, etc.  We will be creating some graphic organizers, as well as writing a pre-assessment essay.

Reading – this week, we will begin working on determining the main idea of a text and using supporting details.  We will be using an ice cream cone as our graphic organizer. The main idea is the “most important thought” from the text.  This is a very difficult task for many students.  The students will be expected to determine the main idea, then support their thinking with the supporting details.

Math – this week, we will begin working on our multiplication skills – we will begin with talking about factors and mulitples.  Many of the students already know that products are the answers to multiplication problems, but now that we are in fourth grade, we will call products multiples.  There are several “multiples” for the factors.  For example, the multiples of three (3) are 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, etc.  We will be focusing on the first 5 multiples of each number.  Hopefully, by the end of lessons, we hope that students will understand that to find the multiples, they will be multiplying the number by 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 to get the multiples.  As we get into these new tasks, please feel free to check out the videos on the “Math How to” tab of the blog.  I’ll be adding new videos from time to time to help with these new skills.