Week of December 3rd

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We welcomed a new student last week! We are happy to have Collier join our class.

These next 3 weeks are going to be filled with LOTS of content for the kids to learn before we end the quarter. Organizers for the 25 Book Challenge for this quarter will be due when we come back on Monday, January 7th. Please be checking over your child’s organizers for accuracy of summarizing the text, grammar, and page count before you sign the organizer.

There are so many exciting things going on this time of year; I want to make sure students stay focused on doing their best with their learning here at school and when studying and working on homework!

Curriculum Notes

Math–  We have been working on multiplying 2 digit x 2 digit numbers. The SWYK will be Wednesday. We have only taught how to do this with the area model, but students will be learning another way, also. We will also begin division Thursday!

We are also working on Math 4 Today Week #13 this week. Perimeter problems are still showing up weekly, so continue to review those at home when studying for the SWYK on Friday!

Reading – We are beginning out study of the book The One and Only Ivan! We will be reading the book in sections and working on skills like figurative language and character traits this week. Students will be working on writing responses and other activities independently while I work with groups on reading skills like prefixes and suffixes and sequencing this week.

ELA–  There will be SWYK on Vocab Unit 5 Friday. There has been a change- we are going to continue to do one unit every two weeks until the coming break; it may change for January, though.

We will work on character description, setting description, and adding transitions to our narratives while drafting this week.

Social Studes:  In Social Studies this week we will discuss the Constitutional Convention and the development of our Constitution. Students will understand the rights of the states to govern themselves, The Great Compromise between plans to establish our Constitution, and the Three-Fifths Compromise.

Important Dates:

12/19- Talent Show at 10:30

12/21 – Holiday Party! 8:30-9:30- all parents are welcome!


November 12, 2018

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*Canned Food Drive ends Thursday! Please bring cans

Curriculum Notes

Math–  We are continuing 2-, 3, and 4-digit number by one-digit number multiplication. Students will be introduced to the “list method” as another way (in addition to the area model) to solve multiplication problems using partial products multiplication. There will be a SWYK on this Friday.

Reading – We are finishing our Junior Great Books unit with “Thank You, Ma’am” but Langston Hughes.

ELA–  We will not be doing any Vocabulary this week and will start fresh when we return. We will begin doing one unit a week when we return from Thanksgiving.  We are continuing our narrative lessons and will have be ready to draft when we return from Thanksgiving.

Science: This week we will continue working with weather mapping and various climate regions. Students will also be receiving their first take home project this week. The project is on simple machines and next week we will be learning this content. I wanted to give the project out ahead of time so that the kids can go ahead and start their research and planning for their project. The project will be due on Tuesday, November 27th.  We will be using BrainPop and Nearpod during this rotation to do independent digital learning. On Friday students will complete a weather map performance assessment and will be allowed to use their Science INB.

Homework: Review your Science INB nightly to look over weather and climate notes. Begin research for your Simple Machine Project and use the Simple Machines Symbaloo on my “Class Links Page” on the blog.

LEEP (with Mrs. Fleming’s class)–  We are continuing to map the tropical cyclone’s path. We will have some fun mini-lessons on line plots, and then we will then create a line plot to show how many of these cyclones were (at their highest strength) tropical depressions, tropical storms, or hurricanes.

Important Dates:

11/13: Thanksgiving Feast for 4th grade

11/15: In-class Fire Safety Field Trip

11/29: Field Trip to the Fire Safety Village


November 5, 2018

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There are just two weeks until Thanksgiving Break! I can hardly believe how fast the year is flying by.

*You should have received your Thanksgiving feast “reservation” in the Friday folders.  Please send that in by Wednesday. Also, our school is participating in our annual canned food drive.  A large brown bag will come home Wednesday. Please consider sending in nonperishable items to help support families in need.

*Please make sure that students have all supplies every day. We use scissors daily and use technology in some form almost every day, so it’s important students have their earbuds every day.

*Homework on the website readtheory.org was assigned last week. Students were to read and complete questions for two passages. Student log-in information for Read Theory is in the agenda.

*Our class has begun their three-week Science rotation with Mrs. Cunningham. See below for details about this week in Science!

*Today, a list of words to study to prepare for our class’s spelling bee went home. The class spelling bee will take place next week- there will be three rounds for us to determine a winner and a runner-up to represent our class in the school’s bee in December!

***There are lots of NEW topics beginning this week! Read below for more information!

Curriculum Notes

Math–  Last week we covered multiplicative comparison and this week we are beginning multiplication of 2-, 3, and 4-digit numbers by a one-digit number. We are solving problems using area models and place value. The Math INB will have examples of each of these ways so you child can refer back to them and you can understand how these strategies are used. There will be a SWYK next week on this topic. Also, there is NO Math 4 Today this week.

Reading – We are turning our focus to fiction for a while. This week we will discuss making inferences, and how most inferences require you to use your prior knowledge and connect to the text. It’s nice to take a break from our Scholastic News for a little while! We also will be beginning a Junior Great Books unit on the short story “Thank You, Ma’am” but Langston Hughes. Junior Great Books is a series that we’ve used for years at Ford. As the website says, these books, “bring high-quality literature and student-centered discussion to your classroom while providing a superb framework for practicing reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. Stories are grouped by key age-appropriate social and emotional themes.” The students really enjoy these units!

ELA– This week will complete the book word for Unit 4 Vocab and the SWYK will be Friday. In writing, most students finished their typing of their Fox opinion writing last week, and some will be using the morning time before school to finish. Today, we began discussing narratives and will work on this until after Thanksgiving Break. This week, we are talking about what a narrative is and isn’t, the parts that make a strong narrative, possible ideas for personal narrative, and we’ll look and analyze a model narrative.

Science- This week we will continue working with weather mapping and various climate regions. Students will also be receiving their first take home project this week. The project is on simple machines and next week we will be learning this content. I wanted to give the project out ahead of time so that the kids can go ahead and start their research and planning for their project. The project will be due on Tuesday, November 27th.  We will be using BrainPop and Nearpod during this rotation to do independent digital learning. On Friday students will complete a weather map performance assessment and will be allowed to use their Science INB.

Homework: Review your Science INB nightly to look over weather and climate notes. Begin research for your Simple Machine Project and use the Simple Machines Symbaloo on Mrs. Cunningham’s “Class Links Page” on the blog.

LEEP (with Mrs. Fleming’s class)–  This week, we will be looking at weather data from August, September, and October, and calculating the average temperature of each month. Also, we will be looking at our hours of daylight and how much it’s changed since school began. Finally, students will work in groups to each map a tropical cyclone’s path. We will then create a line plot to show how many of these cyclones were (at their highest strength) tropical depressions, tropical storms, or hurricanes.

Important Dates:

11/6: Election Day- no school for students

11/13: Thanksgiving Feast for 4th grade

11/15: In-class Fire Safety Field Trip

11/29: Field Trip to the Fire Safety Village


October 22, 2018

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I am so thankful to have met with you last week and share the progress your children have made! It’s great to be back to full days of learning and continue our work in this 2nd nine weeks!

Curriculum Notes

Math–  With a shortened math time last week, we did begin our study of factors and prime and composite numbers and also introduced divisibility rules and how they can help us determine factors. The standard states that students should be able to find factors for numbers up to 100, so this is something we will continually work on throughout this nine weeks. This week, we will learn multiples and also the concept of multiplicative comparison. As always, check the Math INB for notes and examples of what we’re teaching. There will be a SWYK Friday for factors, multiples and multiplicative comparison.

Reading – This week, we will return to the Scholastic News and completing several different activities with it, including looking online at menus from restaurants at different items and their caloric count. In small group, we will work on close reading questions using our CEEC strategy.

ELA– We are continuing with Unit 3 for vocabulary and the SWYK will be Friday of this week. We started our draft of Fox today and will be completing it and hopefully begin typing a final draft by the end of the week.

LEEP–  LEEP will continue for the next two weeks. In addition to hurricane data, we also will be working on finding the average high and low temperatures for August and September, so students will be taught how to average! We also will be looking at our hours of daylight and how much it’s changed since school began.

Important Dates:

10/22: Harlem Globetrotter assembly on the ABCs of Anti-Bullying

10/23: 5th grade Musical

10/25: Author Visit

10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.


October 16, 2018

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Conference Week is here! I look forward to meeting with all of you and sharing the progress your children have made. It’s great to be able to spend some time with you all!

Curriculum Notes

Math– With a shortened school day, we are not doing Math 4 Today this week. Our topic is factors and discovering prime and composite numbers. This is the time to make sure those math facts are mastered! Knowing factors is important skill for upcoming concepts like multi-digit multiplication, division, fractions, and measurement! We will be assessing mastery of facts and students who need to additional practice will have additional homework to reinforce this at home.

Reading – This week, we will be discussing the 25 Book Challenge and reminding students of the genre requirements. We also will be looking at the Lexile ranges for each student. This is reading level range that each individual student has, and their 25 Book Challenge books should be in this range. Students can look up the Lexile level of books at a website linked under the 25 Book Challenge tab. exile ranges. We took the Reading Inventory assessment on the computer today, Tuesday, and I will be giving the students their ranges and helping them find books in their range for the different genres.

ELA– We will begin Unit 3 for vocabulary. During the first week, we will go through the words a few a day, and then next week we will work on the activity pages and have the SWYK next Friday. In writing, we are writing our introduction, closing, learning appropriate transitions for opinion writing, and beginning our final draft for our Fox writing.

LEEP– The students are back to being with me in the afternoons. This nine weeks, we are diving deeper into our data collection we took on the hurricanes since August and will create line plots to show the frequency of the different types of storms.

Important Dates:

10/15 – 10/19: Conference Week, Early Release at 12:15
10/15 – 10/19: Book Fair
10/17: Bruster’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.


October 8, 2018

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THANK YOU! I have been getting daily surprises! Thank you so much for the donations of candy and clipboards! I appreciate it so much.

Rivers Alive- What an amazing field trip we had Friday! I’m betting your kids were as beat as I was that afternoon! We worked hard in the hot sun to collect, sort, and weigh the trash we collected. This week, we will compile our class data from the six groups and find out the total number of pieces of trash we collected and the total weight collected. Thank you so much to our parent volunteers who joined us! The trip wouldn’t have been successful without your hands-on help! THANK YOU! Photos are coming of this fun day!

Conferences- Sibling conference sheets went out Friday and the Sign Up Genius is now live- sign up now if you don’t have a time! The link was send in a Class Dojo message.

Curriculum Notes

Math-We are finishing our strong focus on multi-step word problems with addition and subtraction, and the SWYK on this will be Tuesday. We will continually be working on problem solving; this last 6 days of instruction were spent focusing on how to use effective problem-solving strategies like model-drawing, labeling numbers, taking math notes (this is like beginning algebra!), and making charts of information from problems.  We’ve been working on these strategies with Math 4 Today, but we needed specific practice in small groups to solidify these strategies. The remainder of the week we will work on solving problems involving perimeter, including solving for a missing side. An example problem for this is: The total perimeter of the school’s playground area is 140 yards. If the length is 50 feet, what is the width? (Answer: The width of the playground is 20 yards.) There will be a short assessment on this standard Friday, but it will not count as a test grade as it is a small standard.

On another note, our Math 4 Today SWYK scores are improving! Keep reviewing those at home on Thursday nights. The Week #8 Math 4 Today SWYK is Friday.

Reading – This week, our mini-lessons continue with questioning as you read. In guided skills groups, we will be working on our Scholastic News on the skill of stating a claim/opinion, finding reasons to support that opinion, and finding text evidence to support the reasons.

25 Book Challenge– All organizers due for this nine weeks by October 15th!

ELA– Unit 2 Vocab SWYK Friday. Remember to go online to Vocabulary Workshop (click here) to use the online tools. In writing, we started brainstorming for our final writing piece with Fox last week. This week I will review the rubric with students so they understand expectations for the final paper, and we will work to complete the organizer for our writing. We will begin the final draft by the end of the week. The prompt for this final piece is, “In the book Fox, the three characters each have their own unique struggles. Which character do you think has the hardest life? Support your answer with details from the text.”

Social Studies with Mrs. Fleming- This week in Social Studies we will be wrapping up part of the American Revolution unit. We will review the causes and begin learning about important people/groups, key battles, and the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. Students will have an open notes SWYK on Thursday.

LEEP with Ms. Cunningham’s class– We are now working on the character map and trait writing for Magpie after completing Dog’s character map together. Last week we had a great discussion about the character trait words and connotations and denotations of different words. By Friday, we will begin our final writing opinion piece answering the prompt, “In the book Fox, the three characters each have their own unique struggles. Which character do you think has the hardest life? Support your answer with details from the text.” Students will receive the rubric, which we will review together, and a graphic organizer to complete before writing a final draft.

Important Dates:

10/9: STEM Night, 6:00 – 7:30
10/11: Early Release 12:30
10/11: Sparkle’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 8:00 p.m.
10/15 – 10/19: Conference Week, Early Release at 12:15
10/15 – 10/19: Book Fair
10/17: Bruster’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.


Field Trip and Conference Notes

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Rivers Alive Field Trip tomorrow!

-I have several parents who have contacted me about attending- thank you! Please be sure to check the Class Dojo message for items you need to bring.

-Students need to either bring or buy a sack lunch- all items need to be disposable.

-Students will receive their Rivers Alive shirts tomorrow.

-Please put bug spray on your child before they come.

Conferences

Parents with two or more children at Ford- Conferences for children with siblings at Ford have been scheduled by the teachers back-to-back. These forms will go home tomorrow. Please return the form by Monday. If you cannot make the time given, please refer to the SignUpGenius link that will be sent out Monday afternoon/evening and select a time that will work for you.

Parents with only one child at Ford– A SignUpGenius link will be sent via Class Dojo on Monday for you to select a time for a conference.

 

 

 

 


September 17, 2018

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A special note: There is a new tab on my blog! It is Acronyms for 4th Grade. This is a helpful page to review and see the meanings of acronyms we use in 4th grade.

BIG HEAD CAMPAIGN ENDS TODAY! Thank you so much for your generous donations! We were in the lead this morning!

25 Book Challenge -The six stickers for this quarter are due by October 15th! Remember, students can earn up to three stickers per book depending on how many pages it has and how many paragraphs they write. Check the 25 Book Challenge tab on this blog for more details. Please use this learning opportunity to review these organizers and help your child correct grammar and convention errors (conventions covers capitalization, punctuation, and spelling). This is a great way for you to help them with their writing skills!

Curriculum Notes

Math-We are continuing to work on the addition and subtraction algorithm and also one and two step addition and subtraction word problems. There will be a SWYK this Friday on these skills. Also, the Week 6 Math 4 Today SWYK is Friday.

Reading – This week, we are reviewing making connections and questioning while you read in our whole group mini-lessons. In guided skills groups, we are practicing these skills more and locating text evidence in our Scholastic News.

ELA– Unit 1 Vocab SWYK Wednesday- had to move it from Tuesday because of our field trip. The online tools are great to help kids studying!
We’ll finish our Fox character writing this week. We have worked through the character writing for Dog together, and students are doing the character trait writing for a Magpie independently. They are using the CEEC strategy when formulating their constructed response: State your claim, locate text evidence to support your answer, explain how your evidence supports your answer, close your paragraph by restating your claim in a different way. A copy of this strategy will be put in the Reading/ELA INB this week. This is a strategy similar to RACE, but it works better when there isn’t a specific question to answer.
*Our writing time is cut short this week because of schedule changes for testing, our field trip, and the big head celebration Friday, so our final writing piece will be done after break.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we will explore geography of the United States. Students will learn about natural and man-made features that impact our land and history. Towards the end of the week we will begin our unit on Economics. To help reinforce our topics in class, students may watch the following BrainPop videos: Latitude and Longitude, Map Skills, Budgets, and Supply and Demand.

LEEP with Ms. Cunningham’s class– We are beginning our study of the book Fox. We will be discussing key vocabulary and characters’ actions, thoughts, and words, and how they help us learn about their character traits. This week, students will be working on character maps and vocabulary cards.

 

Important Dates:

9/18 Field Trip to Cobb Youth Museum

9/20 Picture Day Makeups

9/21 Foundation Friday $1 College Team

9/24-9/28 Fall Break

10/4 PTSA Parent Support Night 6:30-8

10/8  STEM Night 6-7:30


Big Head Campaign!

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There are two days left in our Big Head Campaign! A big THANK YOU TO THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE DONATED ALREADY! The foundation allows each teacher to keep 10% of their class funds raised, which I plan to use to buy a few new chairs for some flexible seating options and clipboards!

Online donations can be made at https://4agc.com/donation_pages/ee84c117-fe30-433e-a022-c89ed5775764


Updates September 10th

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Math– This week was we are beginning the addition and subtraction algorithm – this is the way most of us learned! Important vocab to know: regrouping (we use this instead of “carrying”).
We took a break from Math 4 Today last week, but are completing Week 5 this week. Students will be able to use their weekly work to help them on their assessment on Fridays. Many parents ask how the can help their children in math: reviewing the M4T work from the week on Thursday nights is a great thing you can do!

Reading – Last week we worked in small groups to complete most of the back of our first Scholastic News together. Students completed the Be a Quiz Whiz! assessment on their own using the magazine. This week Scholastic News, covers the skills of finding the main idea, summarizing, and reading a chart.

ELA– We will complete Unit 1 Vocab this week. Last week I began introducing the words and showed the students how to get online and complete different activities to help them practice the words. There is a link under the “Online Textbooks” tab on my blog. Activities in the book will be completed during the week at school and possibly finished at home, and there will be a Vocab Assessment for Unit 1 next Tuesday. Also, we will finish our character writing for Magpie and Fox and begin the final writing piece, answering the prompt, “In the story Fox, the three characters each have their own struggles. Which character do you think has the hardest life? Support your answer with details from the text.”

Science from Ms. Cunningham: Last week we wrapped up our study on the water cycle and began our unit on weather. Students will continue to observe and complete their water cycle Lab in a Bag this week. The Lab in a Bag report will be due on Thursday. This week is our final week together for this quarter and our focus will be on all things weather! Students will be learning about the various types of clouds, precipitation, weather instruments and what causes weather. We will be working with our Science Workbook and students will be actively reading, learning about cause and effect, and annotating main ideas, key details, and important vocabulary. On Thursday we will have a quiz over what we have learned with Weather. Please make sure to have your child review their Interactive notebook and workbook nightly to ensure their success on their upcoming quiz this Thursday.

Students will have homework this week so that we can have more interactive discussions in class.

Monday: Read Science Workbook pages 198-199. Make sure to complete the ACTIVE READING ACTIVITY for those pages.

Tuesday: Read Science Workbook pages 200-201. Make sure to complete the ACTIVE READING ACTIVITY for those pages.

Wednesday: Study and look over your notes on weather and weather tools, types of clouds, and types of precipitation for your quiz on Thursday.

Vocabualry words to know and review this week: humidity, weather vane, anemometer, rain gauge, air pressure, atmosphere, air pressure, precipitation, cirrus, stratus, cumulus.

Important Dates:

9/14 National Anthem Day- wear red, white, and blue

9/18 Field Trip to Cobb Youth Museum

9/20 Picture Day Makeups

9/21 Foundation Friday $1 College Team

10/4 PTSA Parent Support Night 6:30-8

10/8  STEM Night 6-7:30