Week of April 22nd

For those who are celebrating today, I hope you have a Happy Easter.  We have a full week, given that it’s our last full week before testing.

For those that haven’t yet signed up for our community breakfast, we still have a few items left to be donated.  Please click on the link here: Community Breakfast.

UPCOMING DATES:

4/26 – Spelling Test & Science Test over Light & Sound

4/29-5/1 – Milestones for 4th grade – ELA (breakfast Monday-Wednesday)

5/6-5/7 – Milestones for 4th grade – MATH (breakfast Monday-Tuesday)

5/13 – 4th Grade Field Day

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are finishing our unit on geometry.  This week we will finish angles and begin our unit on measurement.

Reading – We are focusing on figurative language this week.

Writing – We are finishin a writing piece that highlights how unique the students are.  We will begin a new opinion writing.

Spelling – We will test over Sort 15 – Spelling Homework Sort15.

Science – We will have a test on Friday over light and sound.  A study guide will come home on Monday.

Social Studies – We are beginning a unit on the Civil War.

Week of April 15th (check out the sign up)

I hope you had a restful weekend!  We have a full week this week, so please read all of our highlights below.

Testing is coming soon and I want the kids to feel as confident as possible.  That being said, I would like for them to visit the test-prep site and practice using the tools. Here is the link to the testing resources available: http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx.  Also, I would like for the kids to continue their typing practice on http://www.typing.com.

We will be having a community breakfast for testing.  Here is the link to sign up: Dr. Caracelo’s Community Breakfast Signup.

UPCOMING DATES:

4/14 – Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Whitten

4/29-5/1 – Milestones for 4th grade – ELA

5/6-5/7 – Milestones for 4th grade – MATH

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are continuing a new unit on geometry.  This week we will focus on types of angles and their measurements.

Reading – We are reviewing comprehension strategies, text analysis and the use of integrating content from different sources.

Writing – We are working on a writing piece that highlights how unique the students are.

Spelling – We will begin Sort 15 – Spelling Homework Sort15.  This will be due on the testing date of 4/26.

Science – We are continuing with our unit on sound and light.  We will continue with how light travels and bends this week.

Week of April 8th

Welcome back!  I hope you had a restful and relaxing Spring Break!   We have a full week, so please read through all the announcements so you can be “in the know”.

Please be on the lookout for an email and Signup Genius that will let you know about our community breakfast during testing.

Here is the link to the testing resources available: http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx

We have a new schedule for specials that begins on Monday and carries us through the remainder of the year.  We will have specials from 12:30-1:15.  Our recess time will move to the morning.  I’ll post an updated schedule on my blog soon.

UPCOMING DATES:

4/9 – Special Performing Arts Play – “A Wrinkle in Time” –  as a replacement for our play that was cancelled earlier this school year.  This is an in-house presentation.

4/12 – Field Trip to Sparkles – don’t forget to pack a sack lunch, wear our class t-shirt and socks/shoes

4/29-5/1 – Milestones for 4th grade – ELA

5/6-5/7 – Milestones for 4th grade – MATH

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are beginning a new unit on geometry.  This week we will focus on points, lines, rays, segments and begin angles.

Reading – We are going to be looking at how to read poetry, drama and prose.  We will look at their characteristics and how we can learn from different formats.

Writing – We are going to be practicing some quick write strategies while responding to the text. We will analyze responses and sharpen skills.

Spelling – There is no spelling this week.

Science – We are continuing with our unit on sound and light.  We will focus on how light travels and how it bends this week.

 

Week of March 25th

The kids had a blast at the State Fair.  Thank you to Ms. Stanley, who made this event very special for our 4th graders!  This is the last week before Spring Break.  It’s hard to believe we are in the last few months of school.

We announced a field trip on Friday to Sparkles to enhance our Science units.  Please sign the permission slip and return with $14 cash or check by 3/29.  Check out our important reminders and highlights below:

IMPORTANT DATES:

3/25 & 3/26 – Dr. Jones-Pringle will work on Writers Boot Camp with us

3/27 – Special Westward Expansion lesson with Ms. Stanley

3/29 – Spelling Test (see note below) and Fraction Cooking Projects are due

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are still working on comparing decimals as we focus on more performance tasks to help make this meaningful.  Additionally, we will celebrate our fractions with our fractions cooking project (due on Friday): cooking_project.

Reading – Reading – We are continuing to focus on paired passages and integrating text as a whole group.  Our guided reading groups are working on leveled skills using fictional text.

Writing – We are beginning Writers Boot Camp this week with Dr. Jones-Pringle.

Spelling – We are having a spelling test this week over sort 14 – Spelling Homework Sort14This will be the only homework the kids have besides preparing for the cooking project.  Only 2 activities will be required this week.

Science – We are beginning a unit on light and sound.  This week we will focus on what sound and light are and how they travel.

Week of March 18th

Today is the end of the 3rd quarter.  I am shocked at how quickly this quarter flew by.  We have a very full week this next week, so please look through the post below.  Have a fantastic week!

IMPORTANT DATES:

3/18 – Special lesson with our literacy specialist, Dr. Jones-Pringle

3/20 – Guidance lesson

3/22 – State Fair Celebration and Report Cards come home

3/29 – Fraction Cooking Project Due (details will come home on Monday)

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are continuing to work with fractions and decimals.  This week we will continue to apply our understanding using performance tasks and fun activities.  I will be introducing the fractions project this week and it will be due on Friday, March 29th: cooking_project.

Reading – We are continuing to focus on paired passages and integrating text as a whole group.  Our guided reading groups are working on leveled skills using fictional text.

Writing – We are focusing on integrating firsthand and secondhand accounts and quick-write strategies.

Spelling – We will have a test on Friday over Sort 13: Spelling Homework Sort13.

Social Studies – We are wrapping up our Social Studies unit with a focus on the Industrial Revolution

Extra this week: We are going to participate in a kindness challenge this week.  We will be selecting teachers in our building to write notes of encouragement to.  If you have any fun stationary or an extra bag of candy lying around that we can attach to our notes, we would love any and all donations.

Week of March 11th

Happy Daylight Savings!  Don’t forget to move your clock forward 1 hour.  Thank you to all the parents/grandparents that donated books to our classroom this week from the book fair!  I feel so blessed to have such supportive parents!

We have a very full week this week.  Please look over the dates and highlights below.  Have a great week!

IMPORTANT DATES:

3/11 – Fire/Safety Booklets must be turned in today!

3/12 – Fire Safety Field Trip.  We will leave around 9:15 and return by 1:30.  Please remember to pack a sack lunch that is completely disposable.  If you are purchasing a lunch, those lunches will be disposable. (No specials today)

3/13 – Early Release – the students will be dismissed at 12:30pm.  All extra credit is due today.

3/15 – Social Studies Test, Last day of the 9 weeks.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are continuing with our focus on fractions and decimals.  We are building on our knowledge and understanding as we dive deeper into content and application.

Reading – We are focusing on fiction text in guided reading groups and paired passages in whole group lessons.

Writing – We will be looking at first and second hand information and integrating that information into a written report.

Spelling – We are on sort 13 – Spelling Homework Sort13.  This contract is due on the test date of 3/22.

Social Studies – We are finishing up Westward Expansion this week.  We will have a test on Friday and the study guide will come home on Monday.

Pictures, Book Fair and Family Time…oh my!

Pictures: This week, a photo package was given to your child including a class picture set.  This is for you to preview before purchasing.  If you plan on purchasing any part of the package, please send in money for those that you wish to keep and return any sheets that you do not wish to purchase.  Please do this by Friday, March 8th.

Book Fair: This week is our book fair.  The students may shop in the morning from 7:15-8:00 and again on Thursday afternoon until 6pm at Bedtime, Books & Brownies.  All purchases support our school!

Family Tech Time: Check out this FREE event for families on Saturday, March 16th:

Week of March 4th

Joke: Do you know what the best day for a parade is? Answer: March fourth!

We are officially flying through the school year!  Pitner administration wanted us to pass along this website, outlining testing information: http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx.

UPCOMING DATES

3/5 – Firefighter Visit

3/8 – Registration Packets are due for 5th grade

3/12 – Field Trip to the Safety Village

3/13 – Early Release Day @ 12:30pm, Extra Credit Day

3/15 – Last day of the third quarter

HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are extending fractions as we look at decimals.

Reading – We will be looking at paired texts and integrating information from multiple sources.

Writing – We are constructing a biography project and will create short summaries that will be recorded and available by a QR code.

Spelling – Spelling test on Friday over sort 12 – Spelling Homework Sort12

Social Studies – We will continue working on westward expansion with a focus on life of the travelers, the Indian removal act and the trail of tears.

Week of February 23rd

Welcome back!  I hope you had a great week off with your families! We are in the last week of February already and time is flying by!  This week is packed full of activities and guest visitors.  Please check the calendar below keep up with our busy week!

IMPORTANT DATES:

2/25 – Guidance Lesson

2/26 – Guest Author Visit

2/27 – Dental Guest – Depew Orthodontics

3/1 – February Reading Logs due

3/5 – Firefighter Visit to prepare for our Safety Village field trip

3/12 – Field Trip to the Safety Village

3/13 – Early Release Day @ 12:30pm

UPDATES FOR THIS WEEK:

Math – We are finishing up fractions this week with applying our fraction knowledge in line plots and performance tasks.

Reading – We are diving into a different genre in reading groups with a focus on fictional literature.  During our whole group and independent reading time, we will focus on self-selected biographies.

Writing – We are turning our state project research into a PowerPoint presentation (with a focus on our typing skills).

Spelling – Spelling Homework Sort12 – The contract will be due on the test date of 3/8.

Social Studies – We are moving into Westward Expansion with a focus on the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, Santa Fe Trail, Daniel Boone, the NW Passage and the War of 1812.

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