Welcome Back!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Please enjoy our beautiful artwork from last week. 🙂

We had a fun writing activity called, I am Not a Turkey, where the students had to help “hide” their turkey and then use figurative language to describe their new persona.

Wow, we have flown through the first half of this year! It is hard to believe that the end of Q2 is in just a few weeks. We have quite a bit of work to do over the next  few days. As a result of field trips, holiday parties and end of the quarter progress reports, we will have varied lesson plans until the new year. We will stay on track with grade  level standards but we will also be concentrating on goals & objectives to optimize what combination of students we have in class given the various activities.

Tuesday, November 28th-In house field trip with Captain Barrington Irving:

Barrington Antonio Irving, Jr., C.D. (born November 11, 1983) was the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo, a feat he accomplished in 2007. He is also the first black person and first Jamaican to accomplish this feat. As of 2007, he was an aerospace student at Broward College. His airplane, a Columbia 400 (Cessna Corvalis 400), is named the “Inspiration”, and was manufactured and assembled by the Columbia Aircraft Mfg. Co. in 2005, classified as a standard aircraft in the utility category using over $300,000 in donated parts.

Irving was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Miami, Florida. He is a graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School. He turned down multiple football scholarship offers with his sights set on aviation. He later founded Experience Aviation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering minority youth to pursue careers in aviation. His airplane, the “Inspiration”, has been registered to Experience Aviation since 2006.

Irving’s record was broken in 2012 by the 22-year-old Swiss Carlo Schmid.

Other important dates:

Thursday, November 30th- 4th Grade to the Fire Safety Village

Friday, December 1st-Mrs. Homer has a professional learning day on site

Monday, December 4th-Holiday shop starts (ends the 12th)

Friday, December 8th-December & January cupcakes

Friday, December 8th-Dinner with Santa 5-8pm

Thursday, December 14th-Holiday Hat Day

Friday, December 15th-Tacky Sweater Day

Monday, December 18th-5th grade holiday parties

Tuesday, December 19th-early release

Wednesday, December 20th-4th grade parties, holiday sing along assembly & early release.

 

Turkey Time is coming soon!

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What a fast week! I apologize for not getting the blog updated on Sunday. Now here we are and we only have a few hours until Thanksgiving break. I hope everyone has a safe holiday and comes back to school rested and ready to finish out the calendar year strong!

I have lots of photos to share from classroom activities of the past two weeks. The remaining part of Q2 and all of Q3 are quite intense with curriculum and pacing. I will do my best to help them pack their toolboxes with strategies to help them succeed. I always appreciate the support I get with assignments. If you ever have questions, please let me know. Supports for practice at home are found on my symbaloo page.

For the parents that did their homework the other night, thank you so much. I fully believe that the one doing the talking is the one doing the learning. By having your child “teach” you the new math it helps them practice their skills.

MATH: Box method and standard algorithm for multiplication was in the plans. We had student teacchers that helped their peers with the tasks while some kids worked with Mrs. Homer or Mrs. Poe. We will continue working on our goals & objectives when we come back from break. Division and fractions are our friends for the remainder of Q2 and part of Q3. Keep practicing those multiplication facts! 🙂 We have had lots of kids increase their scores over the past few weeks-way to go!

ELA: We continued working on our opinion writing. We modeled an opinion together, “Kids should not have cell phones”. We also cut up out modeled writing and put the sentences in the correct order to discuss revising our work when writing. We explored figurative language and how to construct our opinions with enough evidence and facts to make our point. We did a fun writing prompt on I am not a Turkey. Discussions about what the first Thanksgiving might have looked like evolved into present day holiday meals. The students crafted a turkey in disguise and had to come up with similes and metaphors to describe their “new” turkey. For the rest of the quarter we will be working on finishing our Opinion writing paper and then finish with a post-opinion prompt.

READING: Working in the reading lab, finishing our read aloud, Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing, and DRAs have consumed most of the last two weeks. When we return from break we will continue in the lab and work on goals & objectives. Please keep reading every night!

SCIENCE &  SOCIAL STUDIES: We finished up our unit on Simple Machines. The kids really enjoyed making their own Rube Goldberg’s in class. Tis week we explored with the Colonists and we will have a test on Friday, December 1st. The study guide was sent home and a copy of that guide is on Mrs. Poluos’ blog.

I hope you have an amazing week off. Please take time to enjoy what the season has to offer. I know I will be sleeping in, taking long walks with my family and enjoying the break. See you in a few days.

 

Week 15 information from Homer’s Heroes

Fall Jamboree

Friday, November 10th from 5-8pm.

We are still in need of volunteers for this event, and if you are interested in helping, please click on the sign up genius link below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4da5ac28a5f85-pitner3

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MATH: We have been working on a huge project for class. This will count as a test grade because it will be glued into their IAN and used for the remainder of the year. I am counting the entire packet as a test grade/project because we will use this for: multiplication facts, multiplication is the same as repeated addition is the same as skip counting; multiplicative comparison; ordered pairs; division; review of concrete, representational, and abstract. Completed packets will be glued into their IAN (interactive notebook) and used as a reference from here on out.

Graph Paper project:

I had the students complete 9 sheets of graph paper. Each sheet was for each factor. For example I had them do a 2’s sheet. 2×1, 2×2, 2×3, 2×4…etc.

They were to color on the graph paper with the first factor going vertical, always. This way, when we get to coordinate pairs, they are used to the first factor (or number) being on the left side of the multiplication chart and the second being at the top/bottom.

They are to write the expression and the equation for each as well.

That is 36 points per page and a total of 324 pts for the packet, like I said-this is a HUGE project. Some students will be bringing theirs home to get caught up.

ELA: Opinion writing work continues this month. We are working on review of the three different types of sentences (declarative, exclamatory, informational), using transitional words, watching out for run on sentences, identifying conjunctions and incorporating adjectives to make our writing more interesting.

READING: We did another round of DRA testing and our reading groups have been updated for our work in the Reading Lab. We are also continuing our read aloud book: Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. Also, when answering comprehension questions, we are using the RACE strategy for constructed-aka longer responses. RACE stands for: Restate the question, Answer the question, Cite your evidence, and Explain your answer. Students are still expected to cite their evidence, underline or highlight even for short answer comprehension questions.

SCI/SS: We finished up our unit on Simple Machines, Forces and Motion. We are now moving on to the 13 Colonies for Social Studies.

Aside from guidance, field trips, assemblies, book fair and behavior reward parties-we get lots of work done in class. Please ask your child what we are working on. If you need ideas of what to talk about, please use the blog to springboard conversations. My symbaloo page is a great resource for quite a bit of what we study in class. The students ask me to add links all the time and we use it during instruction. The students should hopefully be able to explain what we are working on together in class each day.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. My door is always open.

tracey.homer@cobbk12.org

 

Down for the count

Mrs. Homer had the stomach bug this weekend and I spend the day today getting caught up.

Papers are graded but parent view will be updated on Monday. Same with the blog. I appreciate your patience. Please email me if you have any questions. tracey.homer@cobbk12.org

 

Please remember there is no school on Tuesday so that teachers can attend professional learning sessions.

 

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