Summer Reading Programs

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180 days…how does the school year go so fast??

❀ THANK YOU for such a GREAT YEAR! ❀

Just because school is out for a few weeks, doesn’t mean we should take a break from learning, reading and growing. There are lots of opportunities to keep your skills sharp over the coming months. Make sure to challenge your brain each day, get outside and get some fresh air. Turn off technology and explore! Feel free to email me over the summer to let me know how you’re doing. I LOVE summer reading recommendations. Some of our best classroom read aloud book choices came from my summer book club. πŸ™‚

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Click the links below for more information:

Learning A-Z free all summer.

β›± Parent Letter (003)

Link to Ms. Stanley’s Summer Reading Challenge & Cobb County Library Reading Challenge:

β›± http://www.cobblearning.net/pitnermediacenter/Β 

Not sure what to read? Here is a fun list:

β›± https://www.greatschools.org/gk/book-lists/favorite-books-for-fourth-graders/

 

 

May Days

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Wow. We are here. It is officially the end of the year countdown. 5th graders are getting excited about middle school. 4th grade is getting excited about being the top dog in the school. Everyone is looking forward to a little bit of rest and relaxation. But first….

We have to finish testing.

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http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx

MAY TESTING SCHEDULE:

4th ELA IIIΒ  May 1

5th Sci/SS on May 2, 3

4th Math I & II on May 6, 7

**Please note**

Visitors may only come for lunch on FRIDAY during the testing window. This minimizes the distractions in the school during that time. Friday May 3rd is also testing for 5th so no visitors for lunch that day.

After testing we will focus on Goals & Objectives for progress reports. We will also be finishing any unfinished classroom work.

MATH:

Students will complete work on Q4 standards, word problems and unfinished review packets.

READING:

Students will be given the final round of DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) aka, the “Green Books” to help determine their current reading level. One last RI (Reading Inventory) will be given the week of May 13th during class. While they are waiting to work one on one with me, students will complete review packets that also address goals (sequencing, inferencing, WH questions, main idea, etc.)

WRITING:

Students will finish up writing prompts that were given before testing and will work on new ones as time allows. Please ask your child what they have been writing about.

Recent prompts include:

✏ My Spring Break Plans or The Perfect Spring Break.

✏ I Woke Up { on the moon, on a desert island, in Jurassic Park, etc} and I need to Get Home

✏ My Mom Should Win a Diamond

✏ I Found a Shiny Egg on the Forrest Floor {or insert place here}

✏ How to Make a Beach (if time allows)

April Happenings

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This month always goes by SO fast. We start off with Spring Break and return with review and Milestones testing. I will repost my links to the testing resources. Please make sure that they are still reading each night, getting to bed early and getting a good breakfast.

In all core classes-

Spiral reviews will begin after Spring break. We will revisit all of the First Quarter standards and progress into what we have been working on at the close of Q3.

Science-

My favorite unit will be explored-Forces & Motion! πŸ™‚Β  We have lots of fun, hands on, activities for this unit. We will be using lots of video sources and technology in class as well.

Social Studies-

We will study the Civil War and it’s impacts on our nation. We will also dig into Personal Finance and Careers to finish out the year.

REPOST:

Pitner has added a Parent Support Page to our school blog. Please look at the site and explore the resources available. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. πŸ™‚

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http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx

TESTING SCHEDULE:

5th ELA I, II & III on April 10, 11, 12

5th Math I & II on April 22, 23

3rd Math I & II April 24, 25

4th ELA I, II & III on April 29, 30 & May 1

5th Sci/SS on May 2, 3

4th Math I & II on May 6, 7

**Please note**

Visitors may only come for lunch on FRIDAY during the testing window. This minimizes the distractions in the school during that time. Friday May 3rd is also testing for 5th so no visitors for lunch that day.

πŸ• Pizza Party for Reading Students πŸ•

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100%, I say, 100% of our class improved in reading DRA this quarter AND 90% improved their scores on the RI (Reading Inventory)! WOOHOO!! πŸ• We had a pizza party to celebrate. 😊 Please ask your child about this if they have me for reading!!

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Keep practicing at home. Students often ask us, “How do you know if we are doing our homework or not?” We can tell. The improvements made this quarter mean that students are pushing themselves outside of our classroom. Excellent job!

Marching On πŸ€

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Wow, I hope this rain slows down soon, I feel like we are going to float away! We will need all the recess days we can get with this long stretch before Spring Break. πŸ™‚

I posted earlier this week about testing resources. Please make sure you are helping your child review in the evenings for the Milestones coming up. I have lots of other resources on my Symbaloo site (click link above). If you cannot get to a computer, please encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes per night. Ask them what is going on in the story. Who are the characters? What is the setting? The main idea? What do they think will happen next? Then you can extend by asking them how they would have written the ending differently or how would thy have solved the problem if they were the main character. πŸ™‚

Math-

Whew! LOTS of fractions are flying around our classroom. We have talked about pizza, candy bars, pies, pans of brownies and eggs by the dozen. We have worked with timers, measurement and money for decimals. We have compared fractions & decimals, changed improper fractions into proper fractions, added-subtracted & multiplied fractions. We have even learned the least common multiples or equivalent fractions in order to reduce (aka simplify).

We have worked on perimeter, area and volume (5th grade). We have practiced making sure that everyone labels their work in units for these problems as well as word problems. We have done line plots and real life word problems. We are moving right along into Q4 and keeping up with our homerooms, woohoo!

Reading-

Reading groups will continue and DRAs will be given to measure Q3 progress. The RI testing window opens on March 18th. I cannot wait to see how much they have improved. I can tell that they are practicing their reading and also their comprehension skills-Keep up the good work!

Writing-

Most of this month will be spent finishing up our narrative unit (5th grade) and informational (4th grade) unit. The 4th grade State Fair is on March 22nd. If you would like to volunteer to help, please let Ms. Stanley know.

Science-

We just finished our unit on Light & Sound. The students were given a completed study guide and had numerous labs during this course of study. Students that studied for the test did really well. Those that did not studyΒ  may not be happy with their grade. Please check your child’s agenda each night and reinforce our reminders to study. A completed study guide is always on Mrs. Poulos’ blog if your child loses theirs or the dog eats it.

Our little friend, Tiny Chef, had a coloring contest. We entered a montage of student work that resembled the Andy Warhol type picture that Chef had posted on his site. Tiny Chef is an amazing stop motion creation, and a real life example of how the skills we use in class (during the habitat unit) can be used in the real world.

Here is our class entry. We didn’t win but we had fun trying!

Skype session with the author of How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell. This was a great segue into our lesson on the art of Foley (putting sounds and background noises into movies and cartoons).

One of our “play days” using light and sound elements. Light bright to reinforce transparent and translucent lights, old fashioned cup phones for sound, prisms, magnifying glasses, Slinky time to recreate compression (sound) and transverse (light) waves.

After Spring Break we will start our final science unit on Forces & Motion. This is one of my very favorites so lots of fun activities and labs are coming up.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out. My door is always open. πŸ™‚ tracey.homer@cobbk12.org

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Testing Resources

Pitner has added a Parent Support Page to our school blog. Please look at the site and explore the resources available. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. πŸ™‚

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http://www.cobbk12.org/pitner/testing.aspx

TESTING SCHEDULE:

5th ELA I, II & III on April 10, 11, 12

5th Math I & II on April 22, 23

3rd Math I & II April 24, 25

4th ELA I, II & III on April 29, 30 & May 1

5th Sci/SS on May 2, 3

4th Math I & II on May 6, 7

❀ THANK YOU ❀

❀ Thank you so much for all the Valentine’s Day love. ❀

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I am truly blessed to come to work each day to see wonderful smiling faces! The kind notes, candy grams and gifts are appreciated (and yummy!). Enjoy my gift to you, an entire week off from February 18th-22nd (hahaha). Please use that time to rest and recharge. We will hit the ground running with our continuing standards work, specific goals & objectives and some fun activities (a puppet show in house field trip [2/26], the Fire Safety Village field trip [3/5 & 3/12] and Read Across America day [3/1]).

The good news, Spring break is not too far away. The sad news, quarter 3 ends on March 15th so progress reports will be coming home on March 22nd. March 22nd is also the State Fair for 4th grade. Parents, if you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. πŸ™‚ I cannot believe how fast this year is going. Once we get back from Spring Break, Milestones testing starts school wide. This time will be used for spiral review of all concepts and standards covered thus far in the school year. Feel free to go to my Symbaloo site to see videos on specific concepts if your child is having trouble. I am also just an email away, so please reach out if you have any concerns.

I am not sure what my testing administration schedule will be since I teach 3 grades. If small group is cancelled, students will do any test review with their homerooms.

TESTING SCHEDULE:

5th ELA I, II & III on April 10, 11, 12

5th Math I & II on April 22, 23

3rd Math I & II April 24, 25

4th ELA I, II & III on April 29, 30 & May 1

5th Sci/SS on May 2, 3

4th Math I & II on May 6, 7

❄❄❄ It’s Februuuuurrary ❄❄❄

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Math-

4th We are moving right along with fractions for our 4th graders. We are working on building a strong foundation and building up from there. Equivalent fractions, comparing fractions and improper fractions. We will hopefully get to addition and subtraction of fractions here soon.

5th grade is continuing to practice with fractions (all skills), line plots, word problems and volume.

Reading-

4th and 5th reading groups are under way. We will do another rotation or two and then get back to doing DRAs and word lists to measure progress. We are using the RACE strategy to continue with showing what we know and what we read. It is always standard procedure to go back and cite where the evidence came from and we are working on those constructed responses for when the big test rolls around. Students are expected to cite evidence from a passage and elaborate on their thinking, using their own words. Please keep reading at home and asking those important WH questions.

Writing-

4th grade has been hyper-focused on their State Research project that we do with Ms. Stanley. The projects are due February 15h. All work is to be done at school. Extension research is fine to do at home but this is a school project, it’s not meant to be a homework assignment.

5th grade helped design our Mae Jemison door entry for the February Black History month. 5th graders helped find fun facts about “May J’s” early life and her adventures as the First African American Woman in Space. What an amazing example of dedication and determination. Fun fact, she was in college at age 16! Please ask your child for more fun facts about “May J”.

Science– We finished up the water cycle, symmetry, weather and solids/liquids/gas.

Social Studies- We are Expanding Westward and we will start exploring the Civil War.

 

We have completed most of the IEP reviews. My door is still open, even if we don’t have any meetings scheduled. Please let me know at any time if you have questions, comments or concerns. I am here to help: tracey.homer@cobbk12.org

Have an amazing February!

 

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

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I trust everyone had a nice break and is ready for Q3! Just a heads up, this is a VERY difficult quarter. Our class will be deep into the standards and working on personal goals & objectives as well as preparing for the milestones.

We completed the RI (Reading Inventory testing) in December but will proceed with Write Score and MI (Math Inventory testing) in January. Overall, I was VERY pleased with the RI scores, 83% of our class improved their RI, way to go!! I hope we will show what we know as well on the MI and Write Score.

Math-

4th grade will continue to work on multiplication of multi-digit numbers and move into division. We will introduce a variety of methods but students may choose which one works best for them. All styles are modeled on my symbaloo site with video and text support. Please email me if you have any questions. From there we work on area and then embark on our fractions journey which is always fun.

5th grade will continue our work with fractions, symmetry, shapes, volume, line plots and review. Whew! It will be a busy quarter for sure.

Reading-

RI was completed in December. We will finish our read aloud-Because of Mr. Terupt and have an assessment on the book. Reading groups will resume since most of the DRAs are completed. We are hoping to get Book Buddies up and going, for a few visits anyways, in Q3. The RACE strategy will be implemented as a standard procedure. We have been building up to this with our work on citing evidence in Q2. Students will be expected to defend their answers for single text and paired texts. Work will be on a variety of grade level and independent level texts.

Writing-

We will be working on a mixture of informational writings and narrative writing pieces. We will continue to do Quick Prompts (QP) as well as work on the writing process (Brainstorm, Draft, Revise, Edit, Publish). Students had extensive teacher support in Q1, worked on learning how a rubric and check list works in Q2 and for Q3 they will be expected to use the check lists and rubrics independently, with a peer for editing or a conference with the teacher. Writing stamina will be practiced as well. This year, our class loves to write on the computer so we will continue to publish (by choice) on the computer or handwritten. This is a beneficial skill for the milestones.

Science- “Science!” πŸ™‚ We will be exploring the awesomeness that is the water cycle and weather (hmmm, snow days-haha) as well as Light and Sound.

Social Studies-We will continue our travels through history with the Civil War. This unit is quite extensive and will be broken up with Science every two weeks or so.

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That’s our curriculum at a glance. I will continue to give monthly updates as we go along because I know it is a lot of information in this 9 weeks. Please keep checking your child’s homeroom blog for updates s well.

Annual IEP meetings are coming up for many of the students. I look forward to meeting with you to update in person the progress since Conference week in October. πŸ™‚

As always, if you have any questions, please email me: tracey.homer@cobbk12.org