September 18 – September 22, 2017

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Math

NEW:  On Wednesday (9-27-17), the second addition and subtraction timed test will be given.  This timed test is the same exact test the students used for their baseline score.

  • NEW On Tuesday (9-26-17) should have topic 2 lessons 1 (pages 50-52) & lesson 2 (pages 56-58) should be completed.  Ample time is being provided in class for the completion of these pages.
  • In Topic 2, the students have been discussing 3 mental math strategies that they can use to help solve simple math problems. (compensation, breaking apart, & counting on).  I understand that these mental math strategies can be challenging for the students to understand & use.  When a problem is being modeled for the students, it is my intention for the students to be able to recognize & identify what mental math strategy is being used.  It is okay if they don’t completely understand the mental math strategy.  As a class, the students have modeled and solved many problems using the above mentioned strategies.  The students recorded some problems in their math notes.  Other problems were modeled using the dry erase boards.  Using the dry erase boards, allowed for instant feedback and any necessary follow up help.
  •  In math all students will be starting work on Topic 2 (Fluently Add and Subtract Multi-Digit Whole Numbers).  It is okay if a student would like to leave their workbook pages attached in their math workbook.  If a student wants to staple them, I have communicated to all that I would like to have the entire topic 2 stapled together.
  • Since we are going to be starting a new topic, all students should take the time to clean out and organize their 10 pocket folder for math.  They should keep the “7 Bites to Problem Solving” in the math pocket.  If you would like a copy of the “7 Bites to Problem Solving,”  please have your child communicate that to me and I will get you a copy to keep at home.
  • NEW: Kudos to the 2 students that created a you tube video at home that demonstrated and explained how to use some of the mental math strategies that we are using in the classroom.  I put a challenge out to any student who could create a video at home that demonstrated and explained any particular math strategy or problem solving technique that we may be using in class.  Both videos were very enlightening and professionally done.
  • Below I have attached 4 short videos explaining Compensation, Breaking Apart, & Counting On

Science

NEW: This past week the students have used the chrome books to look up the definitions of their new science vocabulary.  The students should become very familiar with these words (erosion, weathering, delta, sediments, jetty, river system, headland, bay, meander, & hydrologist). The students also used the chrome books to obtain images of each of the science vocabulary words.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday (9-27-17).  Images of the each of the words will be shown on the smart board along with the definition.  The students will match the correct vocabulary word with its correct image & definition.

All students have also received a larger science packet that contains notes and other papers that the students will use to discuss the content of pages A10-A15 in the science books.  This packet will act as the notes that the students will use to help prepare for any upcoming quizzes or homework assignments.  I am providing ample time in class for the students to get started and sometimes complete their science work.  We are also completing some of the pages together.  If the student chooses not to use their time wisely, then they may end up with more work than their peers.

 

September 11 – September 15, 2017

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Math

NEW: The first timed test has been given.  The students that took the timed test will get it back on Monday (9-18-17).  It will be in there 10 pocket folder/ more specifically the “All Through Stays at Home Pocket.”  Any student scoring below a 95 out of 100 will be given a second opportunity on Wednesday (9-27-17).  The test that I will be giving is the same exact test the students used for their baseline score.

  • Topic 1 TEST will be on Monday (9-18-17). In order to study and be prepared for the test, students should practice the topic 1 assessment that is on pages 39 & 40.  As a class, we will review these pages and questions.

NEW: In math all students will be starting work on Topic 2 (Fluently Add and Subtract Multi-Digit Whole Numbers).  It is okay if a student would like to leave their workbook pages attached in their math workbook.  If a student wants to staple them, I have communicated to all that I would like to have the entire topic 2 stapled together.

  • In Topic 2, the students will discuss 3 mental math strategies that they can use to help solve simple math problems. (compensation, breaking apart, & counting on).  I understand that these mental math strategies can be challenging for the students to understand & use.  When a problem is being modeled for the students, it is my intention for the students to be able to recognize & identify what mental math strategy is being used.  It is okay if they don’t completely understand the mental math strategy.  We will be working on & modeling these mental math strategies during class.
  • Since we are going to be starting a new topic, all students should take the time to clean out and organize their 10 pocket folder for math.  They should keep the “7 Bites to Problem Solving” in the math pocket.
  • NEW Below I have attached 4 short videos explaining Compensation, Breaking Apart, & Counting On

Science

NEW: In science class this past week, the students have been working in cooperative groups.  In their lab, the students finished up the Gummy Bear experiment.  Communicate with your child about this lab.  Ask them which liquid had the greatest effect on the gummy bear.

  • In science, we are starting our unit on land forms.  In their science books, the students have read pages A20 -A15.  They will be receiving a science packet.  In this packet, there will be papers for the students to complete.  This packet will also contain their science notes.  The students first 10 vocabulary words that they should become very familiar with are (erosion, weathering, delta, sediments, jetty, river system, headland, bay, meander, & hydrologist).  All students are to know the definitions and be able to recognize an image of each of the above words.  Part of the student’s assignment to draw a picture of each vocabulary word.  By drawing a picture, the student is committing the image and the word to their memory.

 

September 5 – September 8, 2017

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Math

NEW: The first timed test will be on Friday (9-15-17)  The test that I will be giving is the same exact test the students used for their baseline score.  The best score from the 3 test will be recorded in the grade book.  All students came home with their baseline score and 4 practice test.  The practice test that went home will be the same one I will use on Friday (9-15-17).

NEW: Topic 1 lesson 4 pages 27 & 18. is due Tuesday (9-12-17). Instead of tearing out and stapling the math pages together, it has been communicated to all students that they can also keep the pages attached to their book.      

NEW: Topic 1 TEST will be on Monday (9-18-17). In order to study and be prepared for the test, students should practice the topic 1 assessment that is on pages 39 & 40.  As a class, we will review these pages and questions.                    

  •  I attached the math address below to math playground & interactive sites to education.  The students can explore these sites and work on some of their place value skills along with practicing their (x, +, -, & ÷ ) math facts, and working on other math skills.  I have encouraged all students to explore different math sites and share the ones that they find most helpful to them.  I would enjoy hearing some feedback from the students about which websites they have found to be helpful to them.

http://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/place-value.html   

  • NEW Below I have attached 2 short videos explaining Rounding

 

Science

NEW: In science class this past week, the students have been working in cooperative groups.  In their lab, the students finished up their lollipop lab.  Again using the scientific method, the students made predictions about how many licks it would take on their “dum dum” lollipop to get to the stick.  We discussed and recorded many variables that would’ve needed to be controlled so that everyone could have a more precise result

  • REVISED (9-11-17).  The quiz will cover the 7 steps of the scientific method.  All students have received a copy of these steps.  I have also included a copy for the parents.  Please see the attachment at the bottom of this message.  Please encourage them to learn the steps in the correct order.  We have used an acronym to help memorize the steps (P=purple/purpose, R=rhinos/research, H=have/hypothesis, E=extremely/experiment, A=annoying/analysis, C=coughs/conclusion, D=daily/data).  The students will also need to match a description of one of the steps to its correct definition.  Clues to which correct scientific step it is will be included in the description.

 

 

 

August 28 – August 31, 2017

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Math

NEW: In math, the students took the  baseline addition and subtraction math timed test.  The students had 5 minutes to complete 100 basic facts.  If a student scores a 95/100 or better they will not have to take the test again.  I will be giving the test 3 times throughout the course of the first quarter.  The first test will be on (9-15-17)  The test that I will be giving is the same exact test the students used for their baseline score.  The best score from the 3 test will be recorded in the grade book.  All students are coming home with their baseline score and 4 practice test.  The practice test will be the same one I will give on the 15th.  If the student scored a 95/100 or better, I did not send home a practice pack

NEW: Topic 1 lesson 2 pages 15 & 16. is due Wednesday (9-6-17). We have decided as a class to tear out each lesson before we complete them.  This way we don’t have to take home the math book.  The students are to keep the stapled lesson inside their “10 pocket folder.”

  • REVISION FROM LAST WEEK the students will complete each lesson in the following manner (Let’s use lesson 1-2 as an example). In cooperative groups, the students will complete the Solve & Share (pg.5) problem together.  We will then review problem.  Next, It will be the teacher’s discretion on how to solve the Look Back! (pg.5).  The Convince Me! (pg.6) problem will be used to see if a student understands the concept and the standard for that specific lesson.  The Guided Practice (Do You Understand & the Do You Know How? sections pg.13) will be completed together as a class during classroom time.  For the Independent Practice section (pg.13), If the last problem in this section is an even number, then the students will work on answering the even problems in this section.  Vice versa if the last problem is an odd number.  Students will model to the teacher using the dry erase boards their understanding of these problems during classroom time.  The teacher then can give quick feedback to each student.  Once a student has correctly modeled their understanding of these problems from this section, the student can then move onto the next section.  Math Practices and Problem Solving section (pg.8).  If the last problem in this section is an even number, then the students will work on answering the even problems in this section.  Vice versa if the last problem is an odd number. Students can either work independently or cooperatively during classroom time on these problems.

The above sections will all be completed during classroom time.  

  • The sections that may come home as part of your child’s homework will be the Homework & Practice section (pages 15-16).  If the last problem on page 15 is an even number, then the students will work cooperatively and independently during classroom time answering the even problems in this section. The same directions should be followed for the word problems on page 16.  If the last problem on page 16 is an even number, then the students will work cooperatively and independently during classroom time answering the even problems in this section.  Some of these questions may come home as homework.                                                       
  •  I attached the math address below to math playground.  The students can explore this site and work on some of their place value skills along with practicing their (x, +, -, & ÷ ) math facts.  I have encouraged all students to explore different math sites and share the ones that they find most helpful to them.

http://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

  •  I also attached this math address below to interactive sites to education.  The students can explore this site and work on more specific place value skills.  The students and I explored some of the activities and they can directly impact what we are doing in class.

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/place-value.html   

  • NEW Below I have attached 2 short videos explaining Place Value Relationships.

 

Science

NEW: In science class this past week, the students have been working in cooperative groups.  In their lab, the students determined which objects had positive, neutral, or negative buoyancy.  They made predictions and then tested out each object.  Using the scientific method was the main focus of this lab.  This lab will be taken for a 20 point assignment and will be returned next week.

  • There will be a science quiz this Friday (9-8-17).  The quiz will cover the 7 steps of the scientific method.  All students have received a copy of these steps.  I have also included a copy for the parents.  Please see the attachment at the bottom of this message.  Please encourage them to learn the steps in the correct order.  We have used an acronym to help memorize the steps (P=purple/purpose, R=rhinos/research, H=have/hypothesis, E=extremely/experiment, A=annoying/analysis, C=coughs/conclusion, D=daily/data).  The students will also need to match a description of one of the steps to its correct definition.  Clues to which correct scientific step it is will be included in the description.

FYI: All students need to have headphones for their technology class

Scientific Method

 

August 21 – August 25, 2017

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Parents,

My complete open house smart board presentation is now available for your viewing.  Please use any of the information to help inform your son or daughter about their classroom.  Also, the students are doing a wonderful job getting acclimated to the building, classrooms, and their routines.

Math

NEW: In math, the students will be taking a baseline addition and subtraction math timed test next week (8-28-17 thru 8-30-17).  The students will have 5 minutes to complete 100 basic facts.  The purpose of the timed test is to see where students are with knowing their basic facts.  If a student scores a 95/100 or better they will not have to take the test again.  I will be giving the test 3 times throughout the course of the first quarter.  The test that I will be giving is the same exact test the students used for their baseline score.  The best score from the 3 test will be recorded in the grade book.

NEW: Starting next week (8-28-17) the students will complete each lesson in the following manner (Let’s use lesson 1-1 as an example). In cooperative groups the students will complete the Solve & Share(pg.5) problem together.  We will then review problem.  Next, It will be the teacher’s discretion on how to solve the Look Back! (pg.5) and the Convince Me!(pg.6) problems.  The Guided Practice(pg.7) section will be completed together as a class during classroom time.  For the Independent Practice (pg.7) section, If the last problem in this section is an even number, then the students will work cooperatively and with the teacher during classroom time answering the even problems in this section.  Vice versa if the last problem is an odd number.  The Math Practices and Problem Solving(pg.8) will be done in the same format as the independent practice section.  

The above sections will all be completed during classroom time.    

  • The sections that may come home as part of your child’s homework will be the Homework & Practice (pg.9) section.  If the last problem in this section is an even number, then the students will work cooperatively and independently during classroom time answering the even problems in this section.  Some of these questions may come home as homework.  Vice versa if the last problem is an odd number.  Page 10 has more problem solving. this page will be done in the same format as the Homework & Practice on pg. 9

NEW: I attached the math address below to math playground.  The students can explore this site and work on some of their place value skills along with practicing their (x, +, -, & ÷ ) math facts.  I have encouraged all students to explore different math sites and share the ones that they find most helpful to them.

http://www.mathplayground.com/grade_4_games.html

NEW: I also attached this math address below to interactive sites to education.  The students can explore this site and work on more specific place value skills.  The students and I explored some of the activities and they can directly impact what we are doing in class.

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/place-value.html

Science

NEW: In science class this past week, the students have been working in cooperative groups.  The students were given the marshmallow challenge.  The students worked in groups.  They problem solved together and each group had to create the tallest free standing structure only using the materials that were provided.  Team work was the main focus of this lab.  Students then brainstormed and recorded positive and negative characteristics of what makes a team/group good or bad.  This paper was taken for a 15 point assignment and will be returned next week.  This upcoming week in science (8-28 through 8-31) the students will be applying the scientific method to their next science lab (Floating Smackdown Buoyancy vs Non Buoyant Objects)

  • All students have received a copy of the steps to the scientific method.  Along with the steps, all students have received vocabulary flashcards.  The cards have the scientific step on one side and the definition on the other.  The students should begin to practice matching up the scientific step with the correct definition.  There will be a quiz over the scientific steps in 2 weeks.

FYI: All students need to have headphones for their technology class

August 17 & August 18, 2017

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Hello to all parents.  It is great to see the students return to the classroom with wide smiles and the grit to take on a new school year.  We have been spent the last two days getting to know each other and our new schedules.  As I had mentioned to some of the parents already, we are taking “baby steps.”

Math

  • NEW Students have been informed and have written in their daily planner to  practice their math facts for about 5-10 minutes each night or every other night.  Students can use iPads, chrome books or other devices to practice their facts or they can simply use flash cards.  

 

  • FYI The students will be voting for student council representatives next Friday (8-25-17).  I have talked to all students that may be interested with running for student council.  If a student wants to run for student council, they  need to have a speech prepared and turned into me by This Thursday (8-24-17).  The speech should tell a little background information on the student but more importantly it should include qualities and reasons that make the student a good choice for student council.  All student council meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month.  The meetings are before school at 7:45 AM.  There will be two classroom representatives per room.

 

 

May 15 – May 19, 2017

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Dear Parents,

  • In math,  the students will be working on “Step Up to Grade 5” lesson 1 (Understand Decimal Place Value), lesson 2 (Compare Decimals), lesson 3 (Use Models to Add & Subtract Decimals), lesson 4 (Estimate the Product of a Decimal and a Whole Number),  lesson 5 (Find Common Denominators), lesson 6 (Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators), lesson 7 (Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators),  lesson 8 (Multiply Fractions and Whole Numbers),  lesson 9 (Divide Whole Numbers by Unit Fractions), & lesson 10 (Model Volume).  These lessons cover pages 867-906.                              
  • Students should only work on and complete the first 2 sections of each lesson these sections would include…(INDEPENDENT PRACTICE section/ Students should complete all problems) & the (MATH PRACTICES & PROBLEM SOLVING section/ Students can select which problems). section).  I have communicated this directly to the students.  If a student would like to go ahead and get extra practice on the second part of the lesson, more specifically (Homework & Practice sections) I would not discourage them.  The amount of time that it is taking to complete one lesson & go over it in a meaningful way is eating up a lot of math time up.  That’s why I have condensed each lesson. We will be able to revisit these lessons again.

In science, The students will begin work on  lesson 4 notes on  matter.   The students will be reading pages 332 – 343.  The students will be investigating how they can change the properties of glue and create a new substance.  The students will compare the physical properties of the new substance and the glue.  The students will complete a self-assessment checklist.  This activity will be on Tuesday (5-23-17).

  • FYI: 4th grade end of the year lunch.  KIS PTO will be providing lunch to the students on the last day of school (5-26-17).  It has been requested that each child to be responsible for a food or drink item.  Mr. Rosko’s homeroom is to bring 1 case of Yoplait Gogurt and Mrs. Frajter’s class is to bring 1 pack of pre-packaged 10 apple slices.  The students can bring the items to school Monday (5-22-17) through Wednesday (5-24-17).  Items can also be dropped off in the KIS lobby between the times of 8:35 AM – 11:00 AM.  Please refer to the purple/lavender paper coming home in your child’s “Friday Folder.”  Thank you again KIS PTO for everything that you have done & continue to do.
  •  FYI:  For next Wednesday (5-24-17), the students need to bring two bags/totes to put all their belongings from their locker and their desk.  I do not have bags at school.

May 8 – May 12, 2017

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Dear Parents,

In math,  the students will be working on “Step Up to Grade 5” lesson 1 (Understand Decimal Place Value), lesson 2 (Compare Decimals), lesson 3 (Use Models to Add & Subtract Decimals), lesson 4 (Estimate the Product of a Decimal and a Whole Number),  lesson 5 (Find Common Denominators), lesson 6 (Add Fractions with Unlike Denominators), lesson 7 (Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators),  lesson 8 (Multiply Fractions and Whole Numbers),  lesson 9 (Divide Whole Numbers by Unit Fractions), & lesson 10 (Model Volume).  These lessons cover pages 867-906.                                                                      

  •  NEW: Measurement flip booklets for customary units of measurement will be handed in on Wednesday, May 17.  Students have all the materials to complete the booklet.                                                    
  • Students should only work on and complete the first 2 sections of each lesson these sections would include…(INDEPENDENT PRACTICE section/ Students should complete all problems) & the (MATH PRACTICES & PROBLEM SOLVING section/ Students can select which problems). section).  I have communicated this directly to the students.  If a student would like to go ahead and get extra practice on the second part of the lesson, more specifically (Homework & Practice sections) I would not discourage them.  The amount of time that it is taking to complete one lesson & go over it in a meaningful way is eating up a lot of math time up.  That’s why I have condensed each lesson. We will be able to revisit these lessons again.

In science, The students will begin work on  lesson 3 notes on  matter.   The students will be reading pages 328 – 331.  I will be collecting & grading the last page in this science packet for lesson 2.  Completion date for this page in the packet will be Monday (5-15-17).  The original date was set for today, Friday, May 12, 2017.  Since I did not have this date posted on the assignment board, I have moved the due date for Monday (5-15-17).

  • FYI: 4th grade field day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17.  It is supposed to be very warm.  If your child needs sun block, please send it with them.  Your child should also have a water bottle to hydrate with.  Tennis shoes are recommended.  Wearing open toed shoes, sandals, flip flops, or crocks can result in injury to the toes and feet.    

 

May 1 – May 5, 2017

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Dear Parents,

In math,  We  will be continuing our work on topic 13 (Measurement: Find Equivalence in Units of Measure) lessons 1-6.

  • NEW On Wednesday (5-10-17), the students are taking a test on fractions. Students will have access to their math books, fraction notes, & the usage of the fraction tiles.                                                                          
  •  We will continue to work on our measurement flip booklets for customary units of measurement.  The students have received all the materials for this assignment.  A rubric has been provided to show what information needs to be on each page.  Tentative due date will be May 16.                                                  
  • Students should only work on and complete the first 2 sections of each lesson these sections would include…(INDEPENDENT PRACTICE section/ Students should complete all problems) & the (MATH PRACTICES & PROBLEM SOLVING section/ Students can select which problems). section).  I have communicated this directly to the students.  If a student would like to go ahead and get extra practice on the second part of the lesson, more specifically (Homework & Practice sections) I would not discourage them.  The amount of time that it is taking to complete one lesson & go over it in a meaningful way is eating up a lot of math time up.  That’s why I have condensed each lesson. We will be able to revisit these lessons again.

In science, The students will begin work on  lesson 2 notes on  matter.   The students will be reading pages 322 – 327.  The students will use a graduated cylinder to find the volume of a solid.

This week in science, the students have finished working collaboratively on their “Layer of Liquids” experiment.  Please ask your child what they know about density.  We will continue with the lesson 2 packet on matter.  By Friday (5-12-17), the students should be wrapping up the notes for this packet.  I will be grading the last page in this science packet for lesson 2.  Completion date for this page in the packet will be Friday (5-12-17).

 

 

April 22 – April 26, 2017

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Dear Parents,

In math,  We  will be working on topic 13 (Measurement: Find Equivalence in Units of Measure) lessons 1-6.

  • NEW On Monday (5-1-17), the students are taking a quiz on reading and measuring angles using a protractor.  In class, the have been using the protractors to measure angles.  The quiz will be taken in class.  The students will then have a “24 hour turn around period” where they can take home the quiz and make any necessary adjustments to their measurements.  If a student chooses not to take advantage of this opportunity, they can simply hand in their quiz when they are done.  Students will receive full credit if their measure is over or under by 1 degree.  If the student’s response is over or under by 2 degrees, then a .5 point will be deducted.  Any quizzes that are taken home and not turned in the next day will also be deducted points.                                                                            
  • NEW: I have attached some videos to help refresh the students on how to use and read a protractor.

 

  •  NEW This week (5/1 – 5/5) the students will be working on a measurement flip booklet for customary units of measurement.  They will be receiving all the materials for this assignment.  A rubric will be provided to show what information needs to be on each page.
  • Students should only work on and complete the first 2 sections of each lesson these sections would include…(INDEPENDENT PRACTICE section/ Students should complete all problems) & the (MATH PRACTICES & PROBLEM SOLVING section/ Students can select which problems). section).  I have communicated this directly to the students.  If a student would like to go ahead and get extra practice on the second part of the lesson, more specifically (Homework & Practice sections) I would not discourage them.  The amount of time that it is taking to complete one lesson & go over it in a meaningful way is eating up a lot of math time up.  That’s why I have condensed each lesson. We will be able to revisit these lessons again.

In science, The students will begin work on  lesson 2 notes on  matter.   The students will be reading pages 322 – 327.  There will be a lab on density that goes along with this lesson.

This week in science the students have finished working collaboratively on their “Puff Mobile” challenge.  There were some pretty interesting cars that the students created.  I was equally amazed by the engineering that some of the students demonstrated in the creation and modification of their group’s cars.  During class time, the students will  finish answering the rest of the questions for this specific lab.