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Weekly Newsletter 12-8 ~ 12/12
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2014

Dates to Remember
12/9: Candy grams due
12/10: Late Start
12/10: Geography Bee permission slips due
12/15: Listening Tour with Dr. Daniel @ Grove
12/17-12/18: MAP testing
12/18: Holiday Party
12/22-1/2: Winter Break
1/5: Teacher Institute
1/7: Market Day pick-up

Important Information
-Candy Cane Grams: Students may purchase Candy Grams for 25 cents to send to other Grove Gators through 12/9. Please send money in an envelop or bag labeled with your child’s name.

-Holiday Party: Our class holiday party will take place on 12/18 from 2-3pm. 

-Geography Bee: It is time to sign up for the Grove Geography Bee! As a 4th or 5th grader, students may choose to participate in this challenge. Please see the sheet sent home today. If your child would like to participate, please complete the attached permission slip and return it with your child to school by 12/10.

-MAP Testing: We will be taking our winter MAP tests on 12/17 and 12/18. Please ensure that your child has had a healthy breakfast and a restful night’s sleep for these days.

-Social Studies: We are beginning our USA road trip, starting with the Northeast region! Students will be learning the names of the state names and locations, state abbreviations, and state capitols for all ten Northeast states. Students will take this test on 12/16. Please help your child study using the flashcards provided. We will be exploring the culture, geography, and history of the region. As we journey on our road trip, we need to dress the part! When we are traveling, students will put on a hat that is suitable for the weather conditions of that region. For the Northeast, please send a winter hat with your child to school each day, or he/she may keep an extra hat at school in their desk. This little gimmick adds some extra fun to our “travel experience”. Here are some websites for states and capitals practice:
By region: 
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm
http://www.yourchildlearns.com/mappuzzle/us-states-capitals-regions.html
Whole country:
http://www.coolmath-games.com/1-geography-games-01.html
http://www.abcya.com/fourth_grade_computers.htm   *Under the section titled, “More” there are several games.

-Math: We are in our division unit and will begin using long division next week! It is my plan to have the students take their Unit 4 test before we go on winter break. I am hoping to schedule the test for 12/18 or 12/19.
 
Ask Me!
Here is a list of five questions that you can ask your child instead of “How was your day at school?” or “What did you learn today?”
1.) What is the capitol of New Hampshire?  What is its abbreviation?
2.) What are the characteristics of non-fiction texts? 
3.) What are the names of the parts of a division problem? What does division mean?
4.) What are the names of the Earth’s layers?
5.) What are some non-fiction topics that you would like to/are writing about?

Weekly Learning Targets
Math:
I can divide to solve word problems.
I can find quotients and remainders with up to 4-digit dividends and 1-digit divisors.
Reading:
I can identify the main idea of a non-fiction text and its supporting details.
Writing and Language:
I can identify how non-fiction authors use voice, visuals, and text features to enhance their work.
I can use commas correctly in sentences.
Science:
I can describe the differences between chemical weathering and physical weathering.
I can identify the layers of the Earth.
I can describe how the Earth’s surface changes.                                                                                                                                   
Social Studies:
I can identify the state names, locations, and capitols of the Northeast.

Tweet All About It
Follow us on Twitter at @misspocicsclass! Here are our recent Tweets (written by students):
We had to put 8 books in ABC order.
Today Clyde was on the D in READ.
He gave us a challenge. It was to line up silently in birthday order.
Clyde came and he hid by the READ sign.
We worked on our science project in science!
Today we read each other’s book recommendations.
We played a math game today!
We played a game in math!
We got to read each other’s writing pieces.
Today we worked on our hurricane and tornado project.
Today we watched a movie in art class!!!
We cleaned out our desks.
Today we saw the movie preview to Toy Story 4!!!!
Today we learned about mood and tone in reading.
Today we had our waterforms test.
Today we studied waterforms for the test.
We learned more about hurricanes today.
We did hurdles in Go Noodle! 
Today we took our landforms test!
Today we unexpectedly reached our classroom Dojo goal! 4,000 points!!!!!
Today we got a gator grin and earned a dojo point!!
Today we learned about synthesizing in reading.
Today we studied our landforms. Do you know all the landforms?


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Weekly Newsletter 10/27 ~ 10/31
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dates to Remember
10/29: Market Day pick-up @ 4:15pm
10/30: October book orders due
10/31: Halloween Party @ 2-3pm
11/5: Late Start
11/19: Late Start 
11/21: Report Cards go home
11/25: Market Day Pie pick-up
11/26: 2:35 Early Dismissal
11/27-11/28: Thanksgiving Break

Important Information
-Thank you for a great day of conferences on Friday! I loved getting to talk with all of you about your wonderful children!
-Halloween Party: We are having our first classroom party this Friday from 2-3pm. Students may not wear/bring costumes to school but they are encouraged to dress festively! Speaking of dressing on Friday, our class finally earned our goal of 4,000 Dojo points! We set this goal during the first week of school and have been working together to earn this class celebration. Students voted to watch a movie and wear their pajamas to school. We will have this celebration on Friday!
-Math: We will have our Unit 2 test on Thursday! The students have been working hard to practice and master the multiplication skills from this unit. Now that we have begun using IXL, I hope you have found a routine for integrating it into your child’s homework routine. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about using IXL. I will always assign skills on Monday and they should be completed by Friday. Students are asked to reach a Smart Score of at least 90% unless noted otherwise in their assignment notebook.
-Reading: We just wrapped up our October Reading Rocks! Reading Rocks is a way for students to share what they are reading. This month, students presented a Book Talk to the class about a favorite book. In November we will be using a blog to write book recommendations! After we try different ways of sharing about what we read, students will be able to select from the various choices.
-Science: We wrapped up our weather study and have moved on to study about hurricanes and tornadoes! We are in need of empty 2 liter soda bottles with flat sides (not curved like Coke) for a tornado project. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!

Ask Me!
I am starting a new feature in our weekly newsletter called “Ask Me!” Each week I will list five questions that you can ask your child instead of “How was your day at school?” or “What did you learn today?”
1.) What are three types of waterforms that you learned about? What do they look like?
2.) How are similes and metaphors different?
3.) Why do authors use figurative language in their writing?
4.) What are the four parts of a hurricane?
5.) What did you do to help the class earn 4,000 Dojo points?

Weekly Learning Targets
Math:
We are working on a number poster/project, reviewing for our test, and taking our Unit 3 pre-test!
Reading:
I identify figurative language in a text and interpret its meaning.
Writing and Language:
We are writing the rough drafts of our memoirs this week!
Science:
I can identify and describe the four main parts of a hurricane.
I can identify and describe the stages of hurricane formation.
Social Studies:
I can identify and describe landforms and waterforms.

Tweet All About It
Follow us on Twitter at @misspocicsclass! Here are our recent Tweets (written by students):
Today we took our landforms test!
Today we unexpectedly reached our classroom Dojo goal! 4,000 points!!!!!
Today we got a gator grin and earned a dojo point!!
Today we learned about synthesizing in reading.
Today we studied our landforms. Do you know all the landforms?
 


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Weekly Newsletter 10-2
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2014

Dates to Remember
10/3 Progress Reports and ISAT results go home
10/4 Grove Movie Night @ 7pm
10/6-10/10 Homecoming Week
•Monday: Kick-Off Day!  Wear your coolest socks!
•Tuesday: Twin Tuesday!  Dress like another Gator today
•Wednesday: Go Gators!  Wear your gator clothing or Grove Gator colors!
•Thursday:  Football Fan Day:  Wear clothing or colors representing a football team, eye black, etc.
•Friday:  Orange and Black Day!  Wear Ironmen clothing, tattoos, etc.
10/8: Late Start
10/9: PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm
10/10: NCHS Homecoming Celebrations
10/13: Columbus Day – No School
10/18: Gator Run @ 9:00am
10/20: McTeacher Night @ 5:00-7:00pm
10/22: Late Start
10/24: Parent/Teacher conferences
10/25 Love and Logic Seminar for Parents @ 9:30am-12:30pm
10/29: Market Day @ 4:15pm

Important Information
-Math: Students will be expected to recall and use all multiplication facts through 12. I hope that your student’s first week with the Ten Marks website was successful. Students who scored below 80% will be reassigned those skills to complete by next week on Friday.

-Reading: Please ensure that your child is reading daily and that they are working toward reaching a Book BINGO.

-Social Studies: We are completing our unit of study on maps! We will take our test on Tuesday, October 7th. A study guide will be sent home on Friday to be completed over the weekend.

-Please see the attached email from our class room parents!

-Homecoming: Please see the spirit day schedule above for a list of our spirit days next week. Tattoos can be purchased Monday-Wednesday for $0.50 each. Our United Way collection will begin on Monday and continue through Friday with the following schedule: Monday- Pennies, Tuesday-Nickels, Wednesday-Dimes, Thursday-Quarters, and Friday-Bills or checks made out to The United Way.

Weekly Learning Targets
Math:
I can fluently multiply numbers from 0 – 12.
I can identify the factors of a given product.
I can identify the multiples of a given number.

Reading:
I can summarize a piece of literature in order to give a book talk about a book I recommend. 
I can respond to my reading through writing by using text evidence to support my thinking.

Writing and Language:
I can write memoir pieces based on what I know about how authors write memoirs.
I can use quotations correctly in my memoir writing.

Science:
I can describe how cold fronts and warm fronts form.
I can identify and describe the three main types of clouds.

Social Studies:
I can identify the prime meridian and equator on a map.
I can identify locations on a map using lines of latitude and longitude.

Tweet All About It
Follow us on Twitter at @misspocicsclass! Here are our Tweets from last week (written by students):
Today is social studies we did our latitude and longitude packets.
Today we learned about lines of latitude and longitude.
The Earth Express came to teach us about prairies.
Today we learned about the Hemispheres.
Today we took our first math test.
Today we learned about memoirs. 


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Weekly Newsletter 9/22
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dates to Remember
9/24 Late Start
9/26 September book orders due
10/1 Market Day @ 4:15
10/2 Picture Retakes
10/3 Progress Reports and ISAT results go home
10/4 Grove Movie Night @ 7pm
10/8 Late Start
10/9 PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm
10/10 NCHS Homecoming Celebrations
10/13 Columbus Day – No School
10/25 Love and Logic Seminar for Parents @ 9:30am-12:30pm


Important Information
-Book Orders: September Scholastic book orders will be due on September 26th. All orders help our classroom earn lots of new books! You can order online using the following directions:
• VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
•ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: LLYHG
• SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
•SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

-Room Parents: We have volunteers to fill the room parent positions. Thank you for volunteering! 

-Math: We have finished our first unit of study! Our second unit is focused almost entirely on multiplication facts. Students will be expected to recall and use all multiplication facts through 12. It will be very important for your child to practice these facts at home. I am still on the district’s waitlist for IXL and it is unclear how much longer it will be until they purchase more licenses so that we can be added. In the meantime, I will continue to send home written practice and will be looking into other websites that offer free math practice for the students to use at home.

-Reading: Please ensure that your child is reading daily and that they are working toward reaching a Book BINGO.

-Words Their Way/Spelling: Students received their words today and will work with them for the next two weeks. A homework menu and answer key are attached to the word list. The answer key is provided so that you are familiar with how the words can be sorted and can better help your child if they have questions. Please encourage your child to practice the activities throughout the next two weeks. I explained to them that I do not expect them to do all the activities in two or three nights and then turn it in early. Their word study should be a continuous process over these weeks. Please let me know if you have questions about how the program works.


Weekly Learning Targets
Math:
I can state the rule for a given pattern of numbers.
I can apply a rule to a set of numbers to complete an in/out box.
I can fluently multiply numbers from 0 – 12.

Reading:
I can summarize a piece of literature.
I can respond to my reading through writing by using text evidence to support my thinking.

Writing and Language:
I can use punctuation and capitalization correctly when writing quotations and dialogue in my writing.
I can describe the traits of a memoir piece.
I can write memoir pieces based on what I know about how authors write memoirs.

Science:                                                                                                                                     I can explain how air pressure is formed and conditions impact air pressure.
I can explain how wind is created.
I can identify how clouds are formed.

Social Studies:
I can identify the continents and oceans on the globe.
I can identify the four hemispheres on a globe.
I can locate the continents and oceans on a map.
I can identify the prime meridian and equator on a map.

Tweet All About It
Follow us on Twitter at @misspocicsclass! Here are our Tweets from last week (written by students):
Today we took our first math test.
Today we learned about memoirs.
Today we did a really fun continent puzzle.
The dog really did eat the homework!
We watched Bill Nye the science guy!
We know that salt does not evaporate because the condensation in that formed in the bag is not salty!
Today we started A project about political and physical maps.
Today we learned the difference between salt water and fresh water.
Today we got A gold medal on go noodle!


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weekly newsletter 9/8 ~ 9/12
Posted on Monday, September 08, 2014

Dates to Remember
9/10 Late Start
9/11 PTO meeting
9/17 Code Red Drill
9/24 Late Start
9/26 September book orders due

Important Information
-Daily Folders: Please make sure that any notes for me are written on the insert in your child’s daily folder. I do not check their assignment notebooks in the morning, so if you write me a note in there I will most likely not see it. This method also reduces the chance that post-it notes and other loose notes will be lost.
-Book Orders: September Scholastic book orders will be due on September 26th. Paper copies of the order will be sent home tomorrow but you can always view all books at the Scholastic website. All orders help our classroom earn lots of new books! You can order online using the following directions:
  • VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
  •ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: LLYHG
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  •SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
-IXL: I am waiting for the technology department to add the students to my class on IXL. Once this is done, I will be able to send home your child’s password and login information so that we can begin IXL homework assignments. All other login information for other sites will be sent home at this time as well.
-Volunteers: Please return all classroom volunteer forms by Wednesday, September 10th. I will be putting together a schedule in hopes of beginning our volunteer schedule by the week of the 22nd. If you would like a volunteer sheet, please email me and I will make sure to send one home with your child. Please see the following information from the school office regarding volunteering:
  •The volunteer renewal link for parents is on the Grove website.  If you are a new volunteer, you will need to contact Mrs. Schroeder or Mrs. Butler.  All classroom parents and/or volunteers should wear their volunteer   badge EACH time they are in the building. 
-Donations: Thank you very much for the classroom donations from curriculum night! Please make sure to send the item with the donation form. Thank you very much! 
-Room Parents: We currently do not have any volunteers to be room parents in our classroom. If you are interested, please contact Miranda at Miranda.frank@hotmail.com.
-Code Red Drill: Grove School will be having a Code Red drill on September 17th. An email will be sent to all parents with more detailed information regarding this procedure.
-Lunch Money: Please send lunch money in a clearly marked envelope with your child’s first and last name. Checks should be made payable to Unit 5 Food Service.

Weekly Learning Targets
   Math:
I can write numbers in standard form, expanded form, and word form.
I can identify the value of a digit based on its potion within a number.
I can round to the given place value.
I can make a ballpark estimate for multi-digit addition and subtraction problems.
   Reading:
I can record my thinking as I read.
I can make connections to what I read: text-to-text, text-to-world, and text-to-self.
  Writing and Language:
I can use correct capitalization in my writing.
I can identify words that need a capital letter.
I can use my writer’s notebook as a place to record celebrations.
I can identify writer’s craft and how it enhances a story.
I can figure out what to do if I’m stuck on what to write about in my notebook.
  Science:
I can identify the difference between ocean water and fresh water.
I can explain why some oceans are more salty than others.
I can explain how the water cycle is influenced by temperature and land features.
 Social Studies:
I can identify the parts of a map and use them to read a map.
I can identify the difference between a globe and a map.
I can identify the northern and southern hemispheres on a globe.

Tweet All About It
Check back next week for Tweets from our class!


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weekly newsletter 5-5
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Important Dates:

5/6 – 5/8: Book Fair

5/12: Spring Concert

5/14: Late Start @ 9:40am

5/16: All library books due

5/26: Memorial Day – No School

5/30: Celebrate Success Day

Notes:

-Spring Concert: Our Grove Spring Concert is this upcoming Monday, May 12th. Students will need their recorders at school on this day and will need to bring them home and to the concert at night. For the concert, they should bring the recorder only and leave the case with a parent or in the car/at home. I will remind the class about this on Monday as well.

-Biography Presentations: THANK YOU to all the parents and family members who joined us for the biography presentations. Thank you for helping your child create a costume and practice their speech. The students did a fantastic job and it was a great learning experience!

-Grove School Supply Kits: Order forms were sent home (1 per family) and can be submitted until June 2nd. This is a great way to get all of your child’s school supply shopping done before the end of the school year!

Learning Targets:

Math:

-I can identify and name obtuse, right, and acute angles.

-I can describe the characteristics of quadrilaterals.

-I can identify polygons based on the given number of sides.

Reading:

-I can analyze the features of a non-fiction text.

Writing:

-I can conduct and analyze research to support my opinion.

-I can convey my opinion in an editorial writing piece.

Science:

-I can describe the Earth’s rotation on its axis and its revolution around the sun.

-I can identify and describe the phases of the moon.

Social Studies:

-I can identify the states and capitals of the Southwest region.

-I can describe the geography and climate of the Southwest region.


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Weekly Newsletter 4/7 ~ 4/11
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Important Dates:

4/11: Progress Reports go home

4/15: Donations bags for Clare House due

4/16: McTeacher Night @ 5-7pm

4/18: Good Friday – No School

4/24 and 4/25: Biography Presentations

4/25: Box Tops for Education ends

4/30: Late Start @ 9:40am

Notes:

-Reading: We are continuing to work on our biography projects. These projects involve reading a biography of a famous person in history, taking notes, creating a poster, and presenting to the class. Presentations are scheduled for 4/24 and 4/25. Your child will need to dress up and act like their chosen person as they present to the class. Students will complete the poster in class but will be encouraged to practice their presentation at home.

-Grove School Supply Kits: Order forms were sent home (1 per family) and can be submitted until June 2nd. This is a great way to get all of your child’s school supply shopping done before the end of the school year!

-The Five Essentials Survey: Beginning March 17 thru April 25, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the environment at your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the survey:

Visit Illinois.5-essentials.org

Click on the “Take the Survey” button at the top of the page

Select “Parent Survey”

One person per household should take the survey. Please take a separate survey for each school where you have a child enrolled. For those parents who would prefer, the survey will also be available online at your child's school. Please go to the office to be directed to the survey location. The Illinois 5Essentials gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes.

 For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view sample school reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

This Week’s Learning Targets:

Math:

-I can convert mixed numbers and improper fractions.

-I can represent improper fractions with visual models.

-I can list multiple names for fractions.  

Reading:

-I can critique fiction and non-fiction texts by analyzing and asking questions.

-I can use text evidence to support my critiquing.

Writing:

-I can identify verbs in a text.

-I can use vivid verbs in my writing to enhance the piece.

-I can write verbs in past and present tense.

Science:

-I can identify and describe the characteristics and uses of natural resources.

Social Studies:

-I can identify the states and capitals in the Midwest region.


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Weekly Newsletter 3/31 - 4/4
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Important Dates:

4/7: Spring Pictures

4/9: Late Start @ 9:40am

4/11: Progress Reports go home

4/16: McTeacher Night @ 5-7pm

4/18: Good Friday – No School

4/25: Box Tops for Education ends

4/30: Late Start @ 9:40am

Notes:

-Reading: The Snapshot Projects are going very well. Thank you for supporting your students at home with this activity. We are beginning our biography projects. These projects involve reading a biography of a famous person in history, taking notes, creating a poster, and presenting to the class. Students are beginning to read the biographies in class this week. The majority of this project will be completed in class.

-Math: We have moved on to Part Two of the fractions unit, which involves addition, subtraction, and multiplication with fractions in number form and in word problems.

-Social Studies: We are finishing up our study of the Southeast and will move to the Midwest next week! We will have a test on the Southeast on Tuesday.

-Science: We are wrapping up our study of Natural Resources with an experiment and project (in place of a test) this week and then begin studying animals next week.

-Grove School Supply Kits: Order forms were sent home and can be submitted until June 2nd.

-The Five Essentials Survey: Beginning March 17 thru April 25, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the environment at your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the survey:

Visit Illinois.5-essentials.org

Click on the “Take the Survey” button at the top of the page

Select “Parent Survey”

One person per household should take the survey. Please take a separate survey for each school where you have a child enrolled. For those parents who would prefer, the survey will also be available online at your child's school. Please go to the office to be directed to the survey location. The Illinois 5Essentials gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes.

 For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view sample school reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

This Week’s Learning Targets:

Math:

-I can decompose fractions.

-I can add and subtract mixed numbers with common denominators.

-I can add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.

Reading:

-I can make inferences based on my prior knowledge and what the text says.

-I can use text evidence to support my inference.

Writing:

-I can type the final draft of my realistic fiction piece and implement the suggested changes from Miss Pocic.

-I can write a non-fiction piece about a topic I am an expert in (independent writing assessment).

Science:

-I can identify the characteristics of fossil fuels.

-I can describe the importance of recycling and conservation.

Social Studies:

-I can describe the lives of settlers and Native Americans in the Southeast.

-I can describe why the Civil War started.

-I can identify the effects of the civil war.


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Weekly Newsletter 3-10 ~ 3-14
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Important Dates:

3/14: Book Orders Due

3/15: Grove Family Fun Day

3/19: Late Start

3/19: Six Flags reading logs due

3/19: Hoops For Heart packets due

3/21: Hoops For Heart event

3/24-3/30: Spring Break

Notes:

-Book Orders: You can use the paper order forms sent home, or you may place an order online at scholastic.com/readingclub and use the Class Activation Code: LLYHG.

-Our class is participating in Hoops for Heart on March 21st. Please return Hoops for Heart packets by March 19th.

-Six Flags Reading Logs: Your child can submit their Six Flags reading logs up until March 19th. These logs will also be used for the Cornbelters reading program, where students earn tickets to a Cornbelters game. The Grove Cornbelters Night is scheduled for May 27th, but the tickets can be used for any home game. If your child only wants to enter one of the programs, please specify this at the top of the long. Otherwise, I will enter the students into both reading programs.

This Week’s Learning Targets:

Math:

-I can identify equivalent fractions.

-I can reduce fractions to lowest terms.

-I can convert a decimal to a mixed number.

-I can compare fractions.

-I can order fractions from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.

Reading:

-I can identify the main idea of a non-fiction text.

-I can use evidence from the story to support the main idea that I identify.

-I can write a response that shows my thinking, connections, and the text evidence I used.

Writing:

-I can identify the features of a non-fiction text.

-I can construct the final draft of my non-fiction piece, including an illustration, written paragraph, and non-fiction text features.

Science:

-I can identify the characteristics of renewable, nonrenewable, and inexhaustible resources.

-I can describe how fossil fuels are used as resources.

Social Studies:

-I can describe the climate and resources of the Northeast region.


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Weekly Newsletter 3-3
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Important Dates:

3/5 – 3/7: ISAT testing

3/5: Market Day and SCRIP pick-up

3/14: Book Orders Due

3/15: Grove Family Fun Day

3/19: Late Start

3/19: Six Flags reading logs due

3/19: Hoops For Heart packets due

3/21: Hoops For Heart event

3/24-3/30: Spring Break

Notes:

-ISAT: We’ve survived the first half of ISAT testing! The students have been working very hard on completing the tests and following the directions. We have two more tests on both Wednesday and Thursday. Please continue to ensure your child receives a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. Students may continue to bring a healthy snack on Wednesday and Thursday.

-Book Orders: You can use the paper order forms sent home last week, or you may place an order online at scholastic.com/readingclub and use the Class Activation Code: LLYHG.

-Our class is participating in Hoops For Heart on March 21st. Please return Hoops For Heart packets by March 19th.

-Six Flags Reading Logs: Your child can submit their Six Flags reading logs up until March 19th. These logs will also be used for the Cornbelters reading program, where students earn tickets to a Cornbelters game. The Grove Cornbelters Night is scheduled for May 27th, but the tickets can be used for any home game. If your child only wants to enter one of the programs, please specify this at the top of the long. Otherwise, I will enter the students into both reading programs.

-Recorders: Please help ensure that your child has their recorder for music class on Monday and Tuesday of each week.

-Reading: The first “Book Snapshot” assignment is due this Friday. Please review the note sent home last week on Monday for the requirements. Students should ensure that their snapshot form, discussion post, and comments are submitted by Friday. Students will have some time in school on Wednesday and Thursday to work on their post, but they may not get this all done at school. Please let me know if you have any questions!

-Math: We are hard at work learning about fractions! As students complete their IXL assignments at home, they may stop when the assignment begins asking them to reduce fractions and/or write the fraction as a mixed number (approximately at a 80-90% SMART Score). We have not learned how to do either of these skills, but unfortunately most of the IXL fraction assignments ask students to reduce the fractions and write mixed numbers as part of other skills. We will get to these skills eventually, but until then, it is okay for students to stop when they reach this point.

This Week’s Learning Targets:

Math:

-I can add fractions and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.

-I can compare fractions.

-I can order fractions from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.

Reading:

-I can identify the main idea of a non-fiction text.

-I can use evidence from the story to support the main idea that I identify.

-I can write a response that shows my thinking, connections, and the text evidence I used.

Writing:

-I can identify the features of a non-fiction text.

-I can include non-fiction text features in my writing piece.

-I can self-edit and peer-edit my non-fiction writing piece.

Science:

-I can describe how soil is used as a natural resource.

-I can describe how sun is used as a natural resource.

-I can describe solar energy.

Social Studies:

-I can describe the climate and resources of the Northeast region.


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Weekly Newsletter 2/24 ~ 2/28
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014

Important Dates:

2/26: Late Start

2/26: Grove Night at Chipotle (4-8pm)

2/28: Report Cards go home

3/3 – 3/7: ISAT testing (see note below)

3/5: Market Day and SCRIP pick-up

3/15: Grove Family Fun Day

3/19: Late Start

3/19: Six Flags reading logs due

Notes:

-ISAT information:

-Six Flags Reading Logs: Your child can submit their Six Flags reading logs up until March 19th. These logs will also be used for the Cornbelters reading program, where students earn tickets to a Cornbelters game. The Grove Cornbelters Night is scheduled for May 27th, but the tickets can be used for any home game. If your child only wants to enter one of the programs, please specify this at the top of the long. Otherwise, I will enter the students into both reading programs.

-Recorders: Please help ensure that your child has their recorder for music class on Monday and Tuesday of each week.

-Our room parents are putting together a basket on behalf of our class for Family Fun Day. Please submit donations by 2/28. Please contact JoBeth at jbv0531@yahoo.com or Diedra at diedraz@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.

-Reading: We are beginning our newest reading adventure with our “Book Snapshots”. Please take the time to review the note and assignment that was sent home today with your child. Please let me know if you have any questions!

-Math: We have begun our first fraction unit! This unit involves some difficult concepts that students likely have not been exposed to yet. I will work to give the students multiple strategies and methods for learning the concepts. Students’ IXL assignments are very important for enforcing these skills at home.

This Week’s Learning Targets:

Math:

-I can identify equivalent fractions.

-I can create equivalent fractions.

-I can add fractions with like denominators.

Reading:

-I can identify the main idea of a non-fiction text.

-I can use evidence from the story to support the main idea that I identify.

-I can write a response that shows my thinking, connections, and the text evidence I used.

Writing:

-I can identify the main idea of my non-fiction writing piece.

-I can determine the importance of the information I have found to decide what to include in my writing piece.

-I can use transition words to connect the ideas in my story.

Science:

-I can describe what a natural resource is and classify it as renewable or nonrenewable.

-I can describe how soil is used as a natural resource.

-I can describe how other natural resources are used.

Social Studies:

-I can identify the states, capitals, and locations of the states in the Northeast region.

-I can describe the climate and resources of the Northeast region.


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Weekly Newsletter 2/3
Posted on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

2/7: 4th Grade Winter Olympics

2/13: PTO meeting

2/14: Valentine’s Day party

2/17: No School

2/17: No School – School Improvement Day

2/26: Late Start

2/28: Report Cards go home

3/15: Grove Family Fun Day

3/19: 6 Flags Read to Succeed forms due

The students filled out their assignment notebooks for today AND tomorrow, in case there is a snow day, although I hope that is not the case!

Words Their Way: We began a new word list yesterday, so we are resuming our normal 2-week cycle and routine.

Reading: We are back on the blog this week! A discussion post and two comments are due on Friday. This week we began a Winter Olympics research project. Each student chose a letter of the alphabet and a word that begins with that letter that represents an element of the Olympics (luge, Olympic rings, downhill skiing, etc.).  Students are learning how to research for information, determine the importance of information, and use the information to craft a summary that describes their chosen word. The pages will be compiled into an “ABCS of the Winter Olympics” book that will go home for one night with each child to share with their family. Please take some time to talk with your child about what they are researching. Also, many students were asking if they can work on this project at home. They are welcome to, but not required to, continue their research at home.

Math: This week we are transitioning to a unit of study about decimals. We are also doing extra preparations for the upcoming ISAT test. Starting this week, students will work on a problem in class and then take home a similar problem to complete for homework. The problems require the use of a specific

Valentine’s Day: A note with details about the Valentine’s Day box that your child should make at home for our party, as well as a list of student names for valentines will be sent home tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Weekly Learning Objectives:

Math:

I can interpret the remainder of a division word problem.

I can identify the place value of digits to the right of the decimal.

Reading:

I can identify the mood of a story and use text evidence to support my thinking.

I can identify the tone of a story and use text evidence to support my thinking.

I can determine importance while researching in order to find applicable information about my topic.

Writing:

I can identify the theme and conflict of my realistic fiction writing piece.

I can develop a story map that summarizes the plot of my realistic fiction piece.

I can identify how the main character will change throughout my realistic fiction piece.

Social Studies:

I can describe the major events during the early history of the Northeast.

Science:

I can identify the parts of a volcano.

I can describe the process of how an earthquake forms.

I can compare and contrast the traits of volcanoes and earthquakes.

I can follow the procedures of the scientific method to conduct an experiment.


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weekly newsletter 1/13 ~ 1/17
Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Important Dates:

1/17: Yearbook orders due

1/17 and 1/21: MAP testing

1/17: Progress Reports go home

1/20: No School

Notes:

Yearbook Orders: The deadline to order a yearbook is this Friday! A final order form will be sent home today with more information. NO additional yearbooks will be ordered by the school for students to purchase at a later time.

Math: We are currently working on how to set up and solve division problems using the traditional long division process. Solving long division problems involves following detailed steps, so please encourage your child to use their math notebook to help them follow each step. We will have a division quiz on Friday over the concept of division: division facts, how to set up a division problem, and the parts of a division problem. I will plan the day of the unit 4 test as I observe how much more instruction and practice the students need on long division.

Progress Reports: Progress reports will be sent home on Friday. Please review this report with your child and complete the reflection page together. If you have any questions about your child’s progress report, please do not hesitate to contact me. To see a more detailed report of your child’s grades on each assignment, please login to Skyward and view the gradebook.

MAP testing: We will take our winter MAP tests this Friday and Tuesday. Please ensure that your child is on time to school, has had a full night’s sleep, and a healthy breakfast. These tests are an important tool in analyzing your child’s progress from fall to winter in fourth grade.

Weekly Learning Targets:

Reading

-I can compare and contrast the point of view (first and third person) in two different stories.

Writing

-I can identify and describe the setting of my realistic fiction writing piece.

-I can write my realistic fiction piece in my chosen point of view (first or third person).

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can sort and spell words that follow the same rules as the words in my sort.

Math

-I can use long division to divide a dividend by a divisor.

-I can identify and describe the parts of a division problem.

-I can represent a division problem using pictures.  

Social Studies

-I can describe the climate and natural resources of the Northeast.

-I can describe the early history of the Northeast.

Science

-I can describe the process of erosion.

-I can describe the process of weathering on rocks.

-I can identify the earth’s layers and describe the characteristics of each.


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weekly newsletter 12/9 ~ 12/13
Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Important Dates:

12/11: Live Virtual Field Trip to the Weather Channel Station in Atlanta

*Please send a sack lunch with your child on this day, as we will be eating in the classroom during the field trip. If this is not possible for your child, please let me know and I will make the necessary arrangements for your child to get a hot lunch.

12/11: Avanti’s Dine Out Night

12/13: SCRIP pick-up and Market Day pick-up

12/17: Ch. 7 Science Test

12/19: Unit 3 Math Test

12/19: Holiday Party

12/21 – 1/5: Winter Break

1/6: School resumes

Notes:

HERO Binder: On Friday your child should have brought home their HERO binder and reader’s notebook. If you have not done so already, please review these materials with your child and complete the reflection activity that is written in the journal.

Weekly Learning Targets:

Reading

-I can use text evidence to analyze the main character in the story: character traits, actions, motivations, and feelings.

Writing

-I can identify a piece of writing that is realistic fiction and describe the traits of realistic fiction writing.

-I can write a realistic fiction piece during independent writing time.

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can sort and spell words that follow the same rules as the words in my sort.

Math

-I can multiply a two-digit number by a two-digit number using the lattice method.

-I can read and write multi-digit numbers using numerals, number names, and expanded form.

-I can compare the value of multi-digit whole numbers.

Social Studies

-I can identify the states and capitals in the Northeast region.

Science

-I can describe how a funnel cloud is different from a tornado.

-I can describe the categories of a tornado.

-I can describe what a tornado needs to form.


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12-2 ~ 12-6
Posted on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Important Dates:

12/2 – 12/10: Candy Cane grams for sale (25 cents each)

*Please send in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name

12/4: Grove Geography Bee permission forms due

12/5: Grove Book Fair at Barnes and Noble, 4-8pm *I will be a guest reader at 7:15!

12/11: Live Virtual Field Trip to the Weather Channel Station in Atlanta

*Please send a sack lunch with your child on this day, as we will be eating in the classroom during the field trip. If this is not possible for your child, please let me know and I will make the necessary arrangements.

12/19: Holiday Party

12/21 – 1/5: Winter Break

Notes:

I hope you and your family had a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving!

Social Studies: The students will take their Northeast states and capitals test on Thursday. They will be given a blank map to label the name of each state. They will also have to write the capital for each state. They will NOT need to identify the location of each capital or write the state’s abbreviation. There is a link on the homepage of the website that has a practice activity to identify the states.

Math: This week we began learning 2-digit x 2-digit multiplication using the traditional method and we will also learn it using the lattice method. This can be a challenging skill for students who do not know their multiplication facts and/or have trouble writing numbers with proper spacing. This week for IXL, please have your child use a paper and pencil to complete the problem before submitting the answer (the paper does not need to be turned in). If they are not yet comfortable with 2-digit multiplication, please have them try a few problems and then practice another skill until they have had more exposure to the topic throughout the week. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this.

HERO Binder: On Friday your child will bring home their HERO binder and reader’s notebook. The binder houses students’ data, goals, math tests, spelling tests, etc. The reader’s notebook holds weekly reading responses and graded rubrics. Please review these materials with your child and complete the reflection activity that will be in the binder’s front pocket.

Weekly Learning Targets:

Reading

-I can use text evidence and my schema to make inferences.

Writing

-I can identify a piece of writing that is realistic fiction and describe the traits of realistic fiction writing.

-I can write a realistic fiction piece during independent writing time.

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can sort and spell words that follow the same rules as the words in my sort.

Math

-I can multiply a two-digit number by a two-digit number using the traditional method.

-I can multiply a two-digit number by a two-digit number using the lattice method.

Social Studies

-I can identify the states and capitals in the Northeast region.

Science

-I can describe how a hurricane forms.

-I can identify and describe the categories of a hurricane.

-I can describe the parts of a tornado.


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Newsletter 11/25 ~ 11/29
Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013

11/27: Institute Day, No School

11/29: No School

12/2 – 12/10: Candy Cane grams for sale (25 cents each) *Please send in an envelope or bag labeled with your child’s name

12/5: Grove Book Fair at Barnes and Nobel, 4-8pm *I will be a guest reader at 7:15!

Notes:

This Week:

Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in our classroom, I would love to have volunteers assist with discussion groups during our daily reading intervention time beginning next week. Please email me if you would like to schedule a day to volunteer. Our daily intervention time takes place from 1:30-2:00.

G.A.T.O.R.S. (Giving Aide to Offer Relief Soon): Thank you for all the generous donations to support the families in Washington, IL! Donations are accepted through tomorrow. It is so wonderful to see the students excited to help others!

Tuesday, Nov. 26- crazy/mismatched sock day


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newsletter 11/18 ~ 11/22
Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

11/22: November book orders due

11/27: Institute Day, No School

11/29: No School

12/5: Grove Book Fair at Barnes and Nobel, 4-8pm

Notes:

Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in our classroom, I would love to have volunteers assist with discussion groups during our daily reading intervention time. Please email me if you would like to schedule a day to volunteer. Our daily intervention time takes place from 1:30-2:00. If this time does not work for you but you would still like to volunteer in our classroom, please let me know and we can schedule another time for you to assist with other activities.

Report Cards: Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding your child’s report card.

G.A.T.O.R.S. (Giving Aide to Offer Relief Soon): An email was sent out via Skyward about Grove’s initiative to help those affected by the Washington tornado. Students can bring in item and monetary donations to help those in needed and may participate in the day’s spirit day as a thank you for their donation. The spirit day schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 20- Grove spirit wear day

Thursday, Nov. 21- sit wherever you want in the lunch room

Friday, Nov. 22- orange and black day for Washington school colors

Monday, Nov. 25- hat day

Tuesday, Nov. 26- crazy/mismatched sock day

Social Studies: This week we are starting our study of the five regions in the United States, beginning with the Northeast region. Our study of the regions will continue throughout the remainder of the school year. Students will be expected to be able to label the states in each region and list the capital of each state in the region. Students will be tested on this once during each region’s unit of study. Students will then be tested at the end of the year on all states and capitals.

Weekly Learning Targets:

Reading

-I can identify and describe the plot of a story, including the conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.

Writing

-I can use quotation marks, commas, and ending marks in a sentence containing a direct quotation.

-I can use correct punctuation in a sentence containing a direct quotation.

-I can write a story that uses direct quotations correctly.

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can sort and spell words that follow the same rules as the words in my sort.

Math

-I can multiply a one-digit number by a multi-digit number using the traditional algorithm.

-I can multiply a one-digit number by a multi-digit number using the partial products method.

-I can estimate the product of two factors and decide if the product will be in the tens, hundreds, thousands, or more.

Social Studies

-I can identify the five regions in the United States.

-I can identify the states and capitals in the Northeast region.

Science

-I can identify and describe the parts of a hurricane.

-I can describe how a hurricane forms.


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Weekly Newsletter 11/4 ~ 11/8
Posted on Tuesday, November 05, 2013

11/5: Unit 2 Math Test

11/6: Late Start

11/6: Grove Night at Meatheads

11/8: End of 1st Trimester

11/13: McTeacher Night @ Airport McDonalds (5-7pm)

11/14: Grove PTO meeting @ 6:30pm

11/15: Report cards go home

11/22: November book orders due

Notes:

Words Their Way: Students will be assessed on several words NOT on their list but follow the same rule/pattern as the words on their list. Students will have to spell the words under the correct headings based on what they learned over the past two weeks.

Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in our classroom, I would love to have volunteers assist with discussion groups during our daily reading intervention time. Please email me if you would like to schedule a day to volunteer. Our daily intervention time takes place from 1:30-2:00. If this time does not work for you but you would still like to volunteer in our classroom, please let me know and we can schedule another time for you to assist with other activities.

Missing Work: The first trimester ends this Friday. Any missing work must be turned in by this day in order to be counted for credit. Please check Skyward to view if you child has any missing work. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this. Remember, 10% of the points are deducted for each day an assignment is late.

Weekly Learning Targets:

Reading

-I can identify and describe the theme of a piece of literature.

Writing

-I can edit my writing and the writing of a peer so that it makes sense by editing the capitalization, word usage, punctuation, and spelling.

-I can publish my writing piece.

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can choose a Word Work activity to complete independently and/or with my partner.

Math

-Unit 2 Post-Test and Unit 3 Pre-Test

-I can multiply a whole number of up to 4-digits by a 1-digit number.

Social Studies

-I can identify and describe waterforms.

Science

-I can identify types of weather instruments and describe their use.

-I can read a weather map.


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Weekly Newsletter 10/28 ~ 11/1
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013

10/30: October Scholastic Book Club orders due

10/31: Halloween Party 10:00-11:00*

11/5: Unit 2 Math Test

11/5: Picture Retakes

11/6: Late Start

*Costumes cannot be worn for the party. However, students may dress festively for Halloween.

Notes:

Halloween Party: We are in need of paper towel rolls for our Halloween party on Thursday. Please send them to school with your child by Wednesday. Thank you! Also, if you signed up to bring in items for the Halloween party, please send them to school with your child by Wednesday.

Words Their Way: In place of two weekly logs for each set of words, I am now only sending home one log to be completed over two weeks. Students should choose six activities to complete over the two weeks. I strongly encourage students to spread out the activities over the two weeks. The log will be due the day of the assessment, 11/8.

Starting with this cycle of words, students will be assessed on several additional words NOT on their list but follow the same patterns. Students will be responsible for sorting these words correctly. This addition to the assessment is further proof if the student is able to apply their knowledge of the spelling patterns.

Math: Our Unit 2 test is scheduled for Tuesday, 11/4. Students will be completing their unit project this week and will receive a study guide to help prepare for Tuesday’s test. Students will NOT be allowed to use a multiplication chart for this test.

Students will take their third timed multiplication test this week. This test is graded for a score but NOT recorded in the grade book. Students track their own progress in their HERO binder. This test will be sent home to be reviewed and signed and should be returned so students can store it in their binder.

Weekly Learning Targets:

Reading

-I can make applicable connections to the text while I read: text to text, text to self, and text to world.

-I can make predictions before and while I read based on my schema and what I know about the story.

Writing

-I can edit my writing and the writing of a peer so that it makes sense by editing the capitalization, word usage, punctuation, and spelling.

-I can publish my writing piece.

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can choose a Word Work activity to complete independently and/or with my partner.

Math

-I can determine if a number sentence is true or false.

-I can insert parentheses in a number sentence to make it true.

Social Studies

-I can identify and describe landforms.

Science

-I can describe how cold fronts, warm fronts, and stationary fronts are formed.

-I can identify types of weather instruments and describe their use.


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Newsletter 10/21 ~ 10/25
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

10/22-10/25: Book Fair*

10/25: Parent/Teacher Conferences: No School

10/30: October Scholastic Book Club orders due

10/31: Halloween Party

*Your child may bring money for the book fair any day this week (Tuesday-Friday). If your child is bringing money for the book fair, please put the money in a Ziploc bag or sealed envelope labeled with their name. Students can also purchase books with a parent before or after school.

Notes:

Please return the Parent-Teacher Conference Homework by Tuesday, October 22nd.

Words Their Way: Students should return their log on Thursday, October 24th. The log and assignment notebook said 10/25, but I forgot that we don’t have school that day because of conferences. Students will take their test on 10/24.

Math and IXL: Just a reminder that students may use IXL to practice additional skills throughout the week. This will be a very beneficial way for students to review skills when we near the end of a unit. This math unit is centered on multiplication and division. As we progress through the unit, students should be continuing to memorize their multiplication facts through 10. It is important that student develop automaticity with these facts.

Weekly Learning Targets:

Reading

-I can make connections to the text while I read: text to text, text to self, and text to world.

-I can write a summary about the book I am reading.

Writing

-I can describe the purpose of commas: to separate a list, to tell the reader when to pause, and to create complex sentences.

-I can

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can choose a Word Work activity to complete independently and/or with my partner.

Math

-I can multiply numbers fluently through 10.

-I can multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison.

-I can create an equation based on a given multiplicative statement.

Social Studies

-I can identify and describe landforms.

Science

-I can describe clouds are formed.

-I can identify and describe the characteristics of the three main types of clouds: cirrus, cumulus, and stratus.


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Newsletter 10/14 ~ 10/18
Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10/19: Gator Fun Run @ 9 a.m.

10/22-10/25: Book Fair*

10/25: Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/30: October Scholastic Book Club orders due

10/31: Halloween Party            

*Our class’s book fair visit day and time will be announced soon.

Notes:

Words Their Way: Students’ new word lists were sent home today, along with a revised home activities log. Students should complete five activities over this week and next week. Students should return their log on Friday, October 25th. Please note that there are three new activities for students to choose from.

Reading: We will be completing this week’s discussion post and comments during class this week.

Math and IXL: Just a reminder that students may use IXL to practice additional skills throughout the week. This will be a very beneficial way for students to review skills when we near the end of a unit. This math unit is centered on multiplication and division. As we progress through the unit, students should be continuing to memorize their multiplication facts through 10. It is important that student develop automaticity with these facts.

Homecoming Spirit Days: Thursday – hat day, Friday – Go Ironmen! Wear black and orange

Weekly Learning Targets:

Reading

-I can make connections to the text while I read: text to text, text to self, and text to world.

-I can write a summary about the book I am reading.

Writing

-I can use my organizer to create a rough draft of my story.

-I can use spicy words to replace dull words in my writing.

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can choose a Word Work activity to complete independently and/or with my partner.

Math

-I can multiply single-digit numbers fluently through 10.

-I can form multiplication equations.

-I can solve multiplication number stories.

Social Studies

-I can create a map that contains all the essential elements of a map.

Science

-I can describe why warm air rises.

-I can describe how air moves from high pressure to low pressure.


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Weekly Newsletter 9/30-10/4
Posted on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Important Dates:

10/2: Late Start

10/14: No School

10/16: Late Start

10/19: Gator Fun Run @ 9 a.m.

10/22-10/25: Book Fair

10/25: Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/30: October Scholastic Book Club orders due

10/31: Halloween Party

*Please return your parent/teacher conference form by Friday, October 4th.

*Please return spirit wear forms by Friday, October 4th.

Notes:

Tests: Please know that tests for math and Words Their Way will always be sent home to be reviewed and signed and should then be sent back to school. The students are keeping their tests in their HERO binders so that they can track and view their progress. The students will be able to keep the documents in the binder at the end of the year.

Communication: Please remember to use the page in the communication folder for sending notes to school.

IXL: The optional skill for this week is B.1.

Grades: Thank you for taking the time to help your child reflect on their progress thus far in 4th grade. You can login to Skyward at any time to view your child’s grades. Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions at any point during the school year. All grades will be entered as quickly as possible.

Weekly Learning Targets:

 Reading

-I can ask questions while I read to self-monitor and develop my comprehension.

-I can make connections to the text while I read: text to text, text to self, and text to world.

Writing

-I can generate topics to “write small” about.

-I can select a piece to publish.

-I can collect more ideas to add to my piece

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.

-I can choose a Word Work activity to complete independently and/or with my partner.

Math

-I can multiply single-digit numbers fluently.

-I can identify the factor pairs for given numbers.

-I can identify prime numbers and explain what makes them prime.

-I can identify composite numbers and explain what makes them composite.

Social Studies

-I can describe the characteristics of a physical map and a political map.

-I can identify lies of latitude and longitude.

Science

-I can describe how water and air affect weather.

-I can describe air pressure.


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Weekly Newsletter 9/23 ~ 9/27
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Weekly Reminders:

9/27: Progress Reports

9/27: September Book Order due**

10/2: Late Start

 

**If you are interested in ordering books through the Scholastic Book Club, please follow the directions in the email sent previously. Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Notes:

 

-Today was our Code Red Evacuation Drill. The students did an excellent job following the expectations and procedures for this drill. Way to go 4P!

-IXL: Please do not allow your child to use a calculator unless I have specified or the problem specifies that it is okay to use one. Unit 2 of our math program focuses on multiplication. Students should use a multiplication chart to solve any multiplication facts they do not have memorized. It is expected that the students have their multiplication facts memorized. We do some practice at school each day, but any extra practice at home is helpful too. This week’s additional skill is C.1.

-Reading Logs: Please ensure that your child is filling out their own reading log each week. In order to get an accurate number of pages read, your child can write their start page on the log when they begin reading and then the page they finished on. Example: pages 78-96

-Words Their Way: Your child’s first Words Their Way test is on Friday. Students will be expected to write each word correctly and place it under the correct heading.

-Progress Reports are viewable on Skyward on Friday. A paper copy will not be sent home. Please contact the school office if you need help accessing your child’s Skyward account.

-Discussion Post grades are now available when you child logs in their account on our class website. If the discussion was graded solely for participation points it will specify that at the top of the page. Otherwise, a rubric was used to allocate the points for the grade. I also provide comments about your child’s post. Please let me know if you have any questions about this process.

 

Weekly Learning Targets:

 Reading

-I can self-monitor while I read by realizing the word I said does not make sense.

-I can use strategies to self-monitor while I am reading.  

-I can record my inner-conversation as I read to build my comprehension skills.

-I can use "fix-up" strategies to help myself when I break-down while reading.

Writing

-I can write strategies that help me when I am stuck.

-I can “write small” by focusing on the details of a single event.

-I can list topics to write about.

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns and spell the words correctly.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.  

-I can choose a Word Work activity to complete independently and/or with my partner.

Math

-I can multiply single-digit numbers fluently.

-I can generate a number pattern that follows a given rule (in/out boxes and function machines).

Social Studies

-I can use directions and intermediate directions to describe a location.

-I can utilize a map key and map scale to read a map.

-I can locate places on a grid map.

Science

-I can describe how water and air affect weather.

-I can describe how the water cycle is influenced by temperature and lad features.


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Weekly Newsletter 9/16 ~ 9/20
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013

Weekly Reminders:

9/18: Library books due

9/18: Late Start

9/18: Picture Day*

9/25: Code Red Evacuation Drill

9/27: Progress Reports go home

9/27: September Book Order due**

*Submit picture order forms if you would like to order pictures.

**If you are interested in ordering books through the Scholastic Book Club, please follow the directions in the email sent out this past Saturday. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Notes:

Folders: Any written homework the students have, including the weekly Reading Log and the Words Their Way Log, will always be sent home in the red Communication Folder. This folder is for all papers and information that needs to go back and forth to school. All remaining papers, including graded work, will go home each week in the Thursday Folder. The only exception to this is when a something for the Thursday Folder cannot be saved until Thursday and must go home right away in the Communication Folder.

Graded Work: Graded and completed work will be sent home in Thursday folders. Any work this is taken for a grade will always have a score and point total at the top, even if it was just graded for participation. Any work that has only a smiley face, star, checkmark, etc. was checked by me but not taken for a grade.

Class Dojo: Don’t forget to sign-up to view your child’s daily behavior records with Class Dojo! Last week the whole class lost several points for being too loud, and it took away a point for each student when this happened. I realized that this is not fair to the students who may be following the class rules. I created a separate Dojo avatar for the whole class that will lose points instead. Your child will no longer lose any points for negative whole class behaviors.

Skyward: You can begin to view your child’s grades on Skyward tomorrow (Tuesday). If you do not have your child’s Skyward account information, please contact the school office.

Extra IXL: Each week I will suggest an additional skill or skills that students can work on in IXL if they choose. This skill(s) is completely optional and a great idea for students that complete the required skill quickly. This week’s additional skill is Number Sense A.9.

Weekly Learning Targets:

 Reading

-I can classify books by genre.

-I can self-correct while I read by looking at a word and recognizing that I said it incorrectly.

-I can self-monitor while I read by realizing the word I said does not make sense.

-I can use strategies to self-correct and self-monitor while I am reading.  

-I can make predictions based on the information and evidence I have read so far.

Writing

-I can describe writer’s craft.

-I can use the work of other authors to learn ways to write.

Word Work

-I can sort given words by word patterns.

-I can explain the meaning of the word patterns.  

-I can choose a Word Work activity to complete independently and/or with my partner.

Math

-Unit 1 Test: 9/17

-Unit 2 Pre-Test: 9/18

-I can generate a number pattern that follows a given rule.

Social Studies

-I can identify the Earth’s continents and oceans on a map.

-I can read a map and identify the parts of a map.

-I can use a map to answer questions about a location.

Science

-I can describe the process of the water cycle.

-I can describe how water and air affect weather.


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Weekly Newsletter 9/9/13
Posted on Monday, September 09, 2013

Praise for 4P:

-The students did a fabulous job with their MAP tests last week! We ran into a few technical glitches but the kids were positive and patient. Way to go 4P!

-Our class is adjusting very well to the routines and procedures of fourth grade. They are working diligently on independent tasks and working cooperatively with peers during partner and group work. I am so excited about all we will be able to accomplish this year!

Weekly Reminders:

9/11: Library books due

9/13: Unit 1 math test

9/16: Words Their Way spelling program begins

9/18: Late Start and Picture Day

Homework Notes:

-The weekly reading log requirement has been changed to span 4 days instead of 5. The goal of this assignment is to make sure students are reading at home, but not only at one time. Students may count time that they are reading with parents, siblings, etc.

-Extra IXL: Each week I will suggest an additional skill or skills that students can work on in IXL if they choose. This skill(s) is completely optional and a great idea for students that complete the required skill quickly. This week’s additional skill is Number Sense A.3.

-Just a reminder that the weekly IXL assignment does NOT need to be done at one time. Students may work on it a little bit at a time and the program will save and track their progress.

-The students have been learning how to complete the independent activities for Words Their Way using a sample set of words. Students will receive their first differentiated spelling list on Monday 9/18.

Weekly Learning Targets:

 Reading:

-I can record my reading progress on my reading log.

-I can establish two reading goals for September.

-I can describe how to classify a book by genre.

-I can describe the characteristics of book genres.

Writing:

-I can describe writer’s craft.

-I can explain why authors write about special moments.

-I can write about a special moment in my life.

Word Work

-I can play a word game with the words from my sort.

-I can choose a Word Work activity to complete independently and/or with my partner.

Math:

-I can round multi-digit numbers to a given place value.

-Review Unit 1 concepts for Friday’s test (study guide will be provided on Wednesday)

Science:

-I can create a Dichotomous Key to classify objects.

-I can describe the water cycle process.

Social Studies:

-I can describe the purpose of a map and the difference between a map and a model.

-I can read a map and identify the parts of a map.

-I can use a map to answer questions about a location.


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Weekly Newsletter 9-3-13
Posted on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Weekly Reminders:

-The first Late Start day of the year is Wednesday, 9/4. School will begin at 9:40.

-Library books are due on Wednesday, 9/4.

-We will be taking our fall MAP tests on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Please ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy, filling breakfast.

Homework Notes:

-You will find all assignment directions, passwords, and information on the page inserted in the page protector in your child’s communication folder.

-If you child has their own IXL account that they have used in the past, please ensure that they complete their assignments using the username and password I provided.

-The weekly IXL assignment does NOT need to be done at one time. Students may work on it a little bit at a time and the program will save and track their progress.

-Students may work on their reading discussion post throughout the week by typing it in a Word document and copying and pasting the final paragraph into the website template by Thursday morning.

-Students are expected to use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation on classroom assignments and homework assignments. During the school day students are encouraged to use their personal “Word Books” and the classroom dictionaries to spell words. Random assignments will be chosen for “spot check” grades where I will grade the assignment ONLY for spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation.

-Many students are enjoying the books they are reading during Reader’s Workshop. The students will be allowed to take a book home from their book box if they would like. They must sign-out the book and bring it back to school each day. Students are responsible for lost or damaged books.

Weekly Learning Targets:

 Reading:

-I can use the materials in my reader’s workshop folder to stay organized during individualized reading time.

-I can choose Just Right Books and read independently for 40 minutes.

-I can record my reading progress on my reading log.

Writing:

-I can explain how to use my writer’s notebook.

-I can describe how to use drawings in my writer’s notebook.

Word Work

-I can complete a word hunt with the words from my sort.

-I can complete the word dictionary activity with the words from my sort.

-I can play a word game with the words from my sort.

Math:

-I can make ballpark estimates before solving addition problems.

-I can add multi-digit numbers using traditional addition.

-I can subtract multi-digit numbers using traditional subtraction.

Science:

-I can use the scientific process to answer questions about the world around me.

Social Studies:

-I can describe where I live: planet, continent, country, region, state, county, city, address.

-I can use relative location to describe an area’s location.


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