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November26

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!

November17

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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

November6

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.

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Down for the count

November6

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. [email protected]

 

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

 

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Week 11=Conference week & early release

October15

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Please remember that we release 2 hours early all week.

I will do my best to be at each conference. My 3 homeroom teachers do the schedules, 5th grade is meeting with homeroom or their Science/SS teacher so that’s 2 more people setting my schedule. If I am not able to make it to your scheduled time, please let me know. I would be happy to meet with you and go over report cards & progress reports. We can go over journals, grade expectations and preview the upcoming quarter as well.

Also, the school will be getting new technology installed in the classroom so please excuse any mess that we might have. 🙂

Math: We worked on:

concrete (manipulatives)

representational (graph paper arrays) and

abstract (expressions & equations).

We repeatedly went over the fact that repeated addition=skip counting=multiplication.

We also rehearsed that Equation equals equal.

Modeled example using all three methods. We will be working our way through all multiples. This will help us practice our facts and get familiar with seeing multiples.

Working hard!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Choice of using manipulatives.  Some students did not like to use them…

…and some students did.

Math Preview: We will continue to work on our math fact fluency. I would like to see everyone improve this week on their F4 (Fast Fact Fluency Friday). If they do, I will get Monday Munchkins for the class. 😀

Science: We discussed Forces and Motion and we will be moving on to Simple Machines next week. We will not be meeting for Science this week due to early release.

Writing: We took our Opinion Pre-writing prompt and spent the rest of the week discussing the elements of an Opinion paper. We talked about fact versus opinion. We worked on coming up with solid evidence to defend our opinion.

Writing Preview: We will take the prompt that students wrote on Friday and build upon that. We will work on the hook, the supporting details and the closing. We will use our pro’s and cons organizer that we made last week to support our stance.

Reading: We got into the reading lab and used the computers. We also did our read aloud, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. This is a classic and one of my favorites. The class voted on what we would read next and I believe everyone is enjoying it.

Reading Preview: We will be back in the reading lab, hopefully working on rotations. It all depends on the county’s installation of the new smart boards. Hopefully that will not disrupt our class being in the lab.

Whistle blow-that’s the end of the quarter folks!

October8

The first week of October is behind us already. We had a beautiful full harvest moon and we are currently getting rain from yet another hurricane. This year has been odd for sure. We also had a fun treat watching the Kindergartener’s with their Zoophonics parade through the halls on Friday morning. This is such an adorable contrast to the bittersweet Walk of Honor that will be held in May for my 5th graders.

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REMINDER 2 hour EARLY RELEASE on THURSDAY 

Math: Last week we worked really hard on getting supports in place in our IANs. I will show you your child’s journals when we meet for conferences the week of October 16th.

Math Preview: We will continue to work on repeated addition=skip counting=multiplication. Please be working with your child on math facts. We will continue to do the Fast Fact Fluency Friday (F4).

My example of what they have in their IAN journal. We did skip counting charts for 1/7’s, 2/4/8’s, 5/10 and 3/6/9’s. We then completed a multiplication chart for each of those sets of numbers and glued them into the IAN.

Multiplication is not as hard when we break it down in to friendly numbers.

Students working to fill in their skip counting chart.

We have been using our number line to help us see place value, rounding and now skip counting. The number line is also an effective strategy for addition and subtraction.

Writing: We finished our unit on narrative writing prompts and expectations. We did our end of the unit assessment to measure progress.

Writing Preview: This week we will begin our opinion unit. We will be discussing the differences between opinion and persuasive. We will continue to work on correct writing conventions (capitalization, punctuation and spelling).

Reading: We finished up some end of the quarter outstanding work and assessments.

Reading Preview: We will be in the reading lab working on Read 180/ System 44.

Social Studies: The Explorers Unit was completed and work was turned in for the end of the quarter.

Science Preview: We will be exploring Force & Motion.

**Side Notes**

Please remember that my symbaloo page has tons of resources for all settings. The link is on the right hand side of my blog.

Media Center will be this week. Lessons will be on how to correctly look up, write on and document information without plagiarizing.

Early release will be this week (Thursday).

Guidance will be this week.

Conferences will be next week (October 16-20) with early release all week.

 

Going into week 9 feelin’ fine :)

October1

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Before we went to break we celebrated Entrepreneur Day with our 4th graders. They raised over $2,600 for camp Twitch & Shout, WAY TO GO 4th grade!! 🙂

Since the afternoon schedule was adjusted for Entrepreneur Day & 5th Grade Behavior Incentive, we scheduled an in house field trip for 4th grade. www.kidchess.com came to our class and taught the basics for chess. The kids enjoyed getting to watch videos and play a few matches. Chess is excellent for critical thinking skills and helps in many academic areas. Plus, chess is fun to play! 🙂

Going in to week 9 we will work on:

finishing up our data collection for goals & objectives

baseline assessments for the Read 180/ System 44 lab

start preparing for conference week (October 16-20)

Math: we finished up our rounding unit before the break and we will be moving on to repeated addition/skip counting/multiplication

Writing: we continued working on our skills and expectations for a narrative paper and students will write their post narrative unit paper this week. A 45 minute prompt will be given on Friday and used to measure growth.

Reading: students finished up their DRA assessments to prepare for this week. Students will take a Read 180/ System 44 grouping assessment and we will be in the lab Tuesday-Friday.

Social Studies: we wrapped up our studies on Native Americans and we will be moving on to Explorers.

The end of the quarter is Friday, October 6th. All missing assignments will be collected and put into the grade book by this weekend. Please remember that grades are comprised of goals & objectives as well as grade level standards. Due to the nature of our class setting, grades on a whole are usually lower. 

As the sun sets over the lake at Gran and Grandfather’s, I reflect on a great week off. Batteries are charged up and ready to go!

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns: [email protected]

Recap of Lucky #7

September18

Hopefully Everyone was as lucky with the storm as the Homerhouse. After two days off, classes resumed on Wednesday. IOWA testing was deferred until Thursday so that meant testing was moved to Thursday, Friday, Monday & Tuesday.

As a result of the classes being on a testing schedule, students worked independently on their goals & objectives during the morning and afternoon class blocks. That will continue this week on Monday and Tuesday.

Please remember that we will be off of school next week, September 25-29 for Fall Break.

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MATH PREVIEW: finish up the rounding unit by Friday and continue to collect data for goals & objectives.

SOCIAL STUDIES PREVIEW: Monday is our rescheduled Wellstar visit. Tuesday and Wednesday we will continue our studies on Native Americans. Thursday will be used to put the finishing touches on the Entrepreneur project. Friday is Entrepreneur Day!! More information is available on Mrs. Poulos’ blog. Please let us know if you have any questions about the project. [email protected] or [email protected]

WRITING PREVIEW: On Wednesday we will continue to work on using dialogue in our writing and increasing our stamina for writing longer, more descriptive, pieces.

READING PREVIEW: We only have a couple students left to finish the DRA assessment, those will be done while students are working on their binders. Reading Lab will resume on Wednesday.

Goodbye Week 6

September13

HEADLINE: Hurricane Irma Closes school Monday and TuesdayImage result for Hurricane Irma

Due to the school closures, IOWA testing for the 5th graders will be on Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday this week and next. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast.

MATH: We spent the week working on rounding to 10.  We build pages in our IANs and inputted our touchstone results into the iRespond.

MATH PREVIEW: Rounding is a difficult concept so we will work on it for a couple more days (rounding to 10 and then move on to rounding to 100)

Math Game Day includes tan-grams and bloxels,

more tan-grams,

getting the hang of these!

Bloxels is a great game to work on perimeter, area, addition, subtraction, multiplication and more.

WRITING: Students work on Quick Prompts (QPs) each day and put them into their journals. They have the option to share them with their classmates for glows and grows. This week we worked on character development.

WRITING PREVIEW: We will continue to work on character development by adding quotes and thoughts into our writing. We will use mentor sentences, word of the day and peer review to help us.

Reading a QP for peer review 🙂

Thursday is spelling game day.

The games we use in class are available on my symbaloo website.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We went over economics and the expectations for the Entrepreneur Day project. Please let us know if you have any questions. Mrs. Poulos and I are here to help. We also finished up our map work in our IANs.

SOCIAL STUDIES PREVIEW: We will be looking at Native American Tribes and we have Guidance on Thursday.

MAP SKILLS TEST on Friday 9/15. The completed study guide is on Mrs. Polous’ blog.

READING: We are slowly getting through all of the DRAs. The good news is that everyone is doing well. The bad news is that makes more work for them. 😉 “Grumble, Grumble’~Students

READING PREVIEW: We will try to finish DRAs and work in the Read 180 lab.  We are getting close to finishing our Read Aloud: Stuart Little. We will have a comprehension quiz on that when we complete it.

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. 🙂

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Week 5 is in the books

September5

Happy Labor Day!

Wallace hopes that everyone had a nice break and is ready to come back refreshed and ready to learn!

MATH: We continued working with comparing whole numbers. We also compared decimal numbers. We created games in our IANs to practice these skills.

MATH PREVIEW: We will be working on rounding whole numbers this week.

Our IAN games

Working together is more fun

Teams competed for the most correct combinations

Working hard!

More team members meant more combination possibilities.

SCIENCE: We completed our unit on weather and reviewed in class using our IANs. Students were given a study guide that we went over together. We also learned about weather maps and weather instruments. Our test was on Friday. You can check synergy for the grades.

SOCIAL STUDIES PREVIEW: We will continue with our map studies and look specifically at the US map and geography. Our map skills test will be on Friday, September 15th. The study guide will go home for all students but can also be found on Mrs. Poulos’ blog. We will also start our economics unit this week in preparation for our Entrepreneur Day on Friday, September 22nd.

READING: We continued to work on DRA assessments to see what progress has been made since spring.

READING PREVIEW: We will finish up the DRAs, we will do a touch stones assessment on a comprehension text piece and we will get into the Read 180 lab.

WRITING: We worked on our personal narratives using descriptive writing. The students shared their writing by choice and their peers offered glows and grows for encouragement and growth. We are also working on stamina. Many students that only wrote on the computer are now choosing to write in their journal instead. Way to go!! 🙂

WRITING PREVIEW: We will continue our writing this week with realistic fiction. We will also concentrate on incorporating thoughts and dialog within our writing to connect more with our characters. I am excited to see what they come up with!

🙂 Don’t forget to visit my symbaloo for fun optional homework activities and support videos from class. The link is on the right hand side.

🙂 Also, please be sure to check your child’s homeroom blog for any homeroom specific announcements and deadlines.

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns:

[email protected]

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