November 9, 2017

Tomorrow, we are having our Veteran’s Day assembly in the morning. We have invited a few veterans from various branches to come in and talk to the students about what our armed forces do for our country and how it is important to honor them. We learned today about the Honor Flight program that Cleveland has to have veterans visit the monuments that honor them in Washington D.C. To honor our veterans, we are encouraging the students to wear red, white and blue tomorrow. They definitely don’t need to, but it would be a nice demonstration of our appreciation to them.

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes

Math- page 205-206 in 4-6 HW section EVENS only. They should use lined paper to answer the problems as there isn’t a lot of room on the textbook pages. We stapled the papers to the textbook pages. 

 

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November 8, 2017

We have a bit more on the homework board tonight than usual but they are small. We have normal Math homework which is a review of traditional 2-3 digit x 1 digit multiplication. Some kids (not all) need to finish their Science Layers of the Earth activity. If it is in their HW folder, they need to finish. The finished ones are turned in already. They had class time to do it, but many need more time due to a bit of time management issues or the kids just need more time. Also, we had our school nurse, Mrs. DiMarco, come in to talk about proper handwashing and how we can avoid getting ill during this upcoming cold weather. She gave them a packet. The last page discusses important facts and information. The homework is that you need to read this with your child and then BOTH of you need to sign the bottom. We put a spot for ME and PARENT on the bottom this morning. They will turn it in tomorrow. It is either an all or nothing assignment. There are no partial points or no late (unless you are G.C. who was absent today)

Here is the video we watched today in Math  which will help with Distributive Property with 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-multiply-divide/arith-review-place-value-area-models/v/2-digit-multiplication-with-grid

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes

Science- finish Layers of Earth (see above) 

Math- traditional X worksheet

Other- handwashing sheet (see above)

 

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November 7, 2017

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As we are learning in Social Studies, every adult who is registered, should be voting today! It is our right and privilege to vote on things that affect us. If you want a voice, you need to use it by voting!! We are wrapping up our Reading Group novels with an Individualized Learning Project. The kids will be doing 3 activities with their books. I will be requiring them to 2 and they get to choose the last one. We have started our Theme paragraph and will be working on their Theme Illustration. They can then choose an activity that they would like to demonstrate their overall comprehension of the book. There are some technology projects, drawing, writing, crafty things, etc… These will not be going home since they are an assessment.

In Math, we are moving into traditional 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. We have learned the Area model and now am moving in to Distributive and then Partial Products. Since these are the same exact strategies we learned for 1 digit by 2 digit, we will move quickly. Look for the traditional way to come home soon. All the parents will be relieved to see it!

In Social Studies, Miss Monroe showed the class a 5 minute video on the Articles of Confederation. This is a tough topic for the kids. We really look at why they weren’t successful but they need to know what they said. Here is a link so that you can watch it or your child can watch it again and again and again!

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-us-history/period-3/apush-creating-a-nation/v/the-articles-of-confederation

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes

Math- Practice Math facts for 5 minutes at least! Pages 199-200 4-5 HW section- ALL

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November 3, 2017

Our first book group has come to a close. The books were completed today and the endings were both sweet and sad at the same time. While we enjoyed wrapping up our stories and hearing the endings to our plots and watching our characters grow and change, we are eager to start a new book group. Since 3 out of the 4 groups can read a sequel, they were off to search for them. The 4th group researched more books by the beloved author, Sarah Weeks. We found many and we wrote a list of books we want to read to look for at the library. In Math, we continue our unit on Double digit by double digit multiplication. Please, please, please continue to have your child practice their math facts at home. 4th grade will be practically impossible without fluent math facts. We only want the kids to be focusing on the new concepts in math and not the facts as well. In Science, we will have one more class period to complete the foldable of landforms. This is our assessment, which is way parents have not seen them come home! They are turning out quite lovely!! The kids are really enjoying putting their artistic spin on a Science concept.

Tonight’s Homework:

Bring in a quiet recess game to share for Monday. The class earned 20 minutes of extra recess. 

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November 2, 2017

Miss Monroe and I spoke with the children this morning about yesterday’s events. We told them how proud we were of them and how mature they handled the situation. We told them we back to business as usual and the kids did exactly that today. We had a great day! Our landform foldables are coming along nicely and will be done in 2 more class times. We are now on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication and looking at all the strategies for multiplying larger numbers. We will be taking our Topic 4 test soon since the strategies are the same ones we learned with 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication. In ELA, we are on the last reading of our book groups tomorrow. It will be a sad day when the groups are over but we will have another book, Who Was Neil Armstrong, to read as a class. We will have another book group shortly. It is great to see the kids excited about their book group book and want the next book in the series. 3 out of the 4 books are the first in the series so I was hoping to spark excitement for book 2!!!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes. Save Me a Seat book group needs to bring in an object and a notecard with a quote or written description of themselves for tomorrow’s group. 

Math- 4-3 HW section 193-194  EVENS only

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October 30, 2017

The Math tests were overall a success! We still have kids not fluent on their facts which is slowing them down considerably. The kids took almost 2 hours to take a 15 question test. This is double the time allotted. While I gave them the time, I won’t be able to next time. The reason for the needed time was only due to kids trying to figure out the math facts. They need to be practicing at home. It’s super important!!! Just 5 or so minutes a night will do the trick!!

The Fall party is tomorrow at 1:45. We will start getting ready at 1:30. No costumes can be worn to school. They all must come in a bag. School is going on as usual until 1:30 and the kids can not do school and lunch and recess in costumes. There is an orange sheet in the HW folder telling you more about the expectations of costumes- no weapons, makeup, hair paint, and masks must be able to be worn on the head- nothing covering the kids’ faces for safety reasons. Many kids wear half of their costumes!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes

Math- X coloring sheet- will need color pencils or crayons

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October 23, 2017

Well hopefully this week is better than last in regards to our health! We had so many kids sick last week (including myself). We already had two go home today though so I’m not as optimistic as I would like to be. We reviewed traditional multiplication with 3-4 digits by 1 digit today and are looking into carefully reading questions and really, really, really THINKING about what the question is asking. Too many times, we are reading too quickly and doing something that does not match the question. Or we simply say “I don’t know what to do” even before we thought about it! Stamina is a major focus right now across all subject areas. We are starting our book groups tomorrow and the kids are super excited and hopefully they will maintain the needed stamina and attention during their independent reading. Since all students are in books where they have demonstrated that they are independent in reading, they are responsible for reading the book entirely on their own. We will meet in groups to work on skills and strategies or have lively discussions on the topics.

Don’t forget we have a Math test Thursday. I reminded the kids that even though they don’t have an actual paper to fill out for HW, they do have to study for both Math and SS tonight!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes

SS- Quiz on 3 branches of Government tomorrow- Use the “What do they do?” worksheet

Math- Topic 3 test on Thursday- use study guide and attached notes

Please return signed report card envelopes. They should be empty as you keep the report. 

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October 19, 2017

It’s conference day so this is going to be short and sweet. We glued in our first pages into our Reader’s Notebook regarding our Weekly Letters which will be starting up soon. They won’t be coming home for homework for awhile since we work on them and review examples of letters, write our own, discuss expectations here at school. There will be a letter to parents in Friday Folders when they do start to go home for homework. There is a Topic 3 math test next Thursday. I am sending home a Study Guide today. Please begin to review with your child now. The  kids are really struggling still with their math facts. They won’t be able to succeed if they don’t know their facts.

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes. Lucky Listener is due Friday (Bring Poetry Binder back tomorrow!) 

Math- Topic 3 Math test Thursday

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October 18, 2017

Well  it sure has been hectic here!! The kids have been super great about me being sick and deaf! I have a double ear infection and now a sinus issue. The kids have been really good about being good sports. They are so kind and compassionate! The substitutes have given me nothing but kind words about them! With that being said, conferences are still a go for tomorrow and Tuesday. I did send an email out to the parents who still have not signed up for a conference reminding them to do so. Please look at that email if you haven’t signed up. There are two different choices and I need parents to sign up in the correct slot. If you have any questions, please email me and I can tell you an open slot in the correct category. Typically, the link goes dead on conference day so teachers aren’t blindsided with parents who sign up last minute. It makes it hard to time our night.

I will be giving out a Math Study Guide tomorrow for a test on Topic 3 next Thursday. Please, Please, Please practice math facts with your child. Life will be difficult in our Math class this year if kids aren’t fluent with their facts. Kids who know them should get faster at recall and kids who don’t know them need to know them! It will make their life so much easier! Lucky Listener is due Friday. I told the kids they can keep their Poetry binder at home until Thursday night. I will have it on the HW board to bring it back to school with their completed Log. Please email me if you have any questions. I stapled a detailed explanation to any student who was absent on Friday explaining the expectations. You should see that if your child wasn’t here Friday.

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- read 20 minutes. Lucky Listener Log due Friday

Math- HW section pg 129-130 ODDS due tomorrow. This is complete review on multiplying using Partial Product method. Topic 3 test Thursday 10/26

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October 5, 2017

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It was a beautiful Thursday. The kids are getting really lucky with recesses! They are definitely playing 25 out there each and every day! Just a reminder that the Run-a-thon pledges are due October 17th but you can bring them in early if you want to. The due date says October 16th but lids don’t have school that day, so we will take them the next day!

The kids are getting ready for their Science test. We just took notes on the stages of Mountains and Rivers today in class. We made adorable pictures to go along with them. I definitely just passed down the artistic talent to my boys and didn’t get ANY of it myself! The kids are really sweet and don’t make fun of me- much! We took our Math test today and will begin Multiplication tomorrow. Studying their facts every day is essential. We are going to be learning about strategies to multiply and then the straight up traditional method. Without their facts down, this becomes extremely difficult and painful for both the kids and the teachers! Just 5 minutes a day does wonders!!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes

Science- Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition test Tuesday- use study guide

Math- study X Facts!

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