December 6, 2018

Wow! What a week that week! We are still coming down off of our Football Win!! In class this week, we have been busy putting our writing skills to work in ELA and Social Studies. In ELA we are learning more about the nonfiction text structure of compare and contrast. We have been looking at Scholastic News articles galore as well as our whole class read aloud of Who Was Neil Armstrong. We are using Neil Armstrong and Chuck Yeager to create our own compare and contrast multi paragraph essay. We have learned the different ways we could format a compare and contrast essay. We could put all the similarities together and then discuss the differences. We could discuss one person first and then the other after. The choice that most of the kids saw was the best for them was to go back and forth between the two. It’s a hybrid method! In math, we are wrapping up our two digit by two digit multiplication unit. Our test is on Tuesday. They have a study guide to use in their Homework Folder. There are always problems in their packet which are no done. They can do those to help study. We will be sending home more things to study with tomorrow.

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at LEAST 20 minutes

Math- practice math facts!!! This is a must. Complete the multiplication sheet for tomorrow. 

Important Announcement: Student Council is selling Holiday Grams for 25 cents next week during lunch. The kids can send any student or staff a holiday message along with a cute pencil eraser. 

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November 19, 2018

This is a short week but we are packing a lot into it! We continue to learn more about how nonfiction texts are organized by authors. Articles and stories utilize 5 main structures: Sequencing, Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, Description, and Problem and Solution. The hard part is that articles and stories can have many of these characteristics with in them, but they have to have a main way they are organized. A story that focused on the problem of polluting the ocean is full of causes with effects. If the story doesn’t give clear solutions, it can’t be problem and solution. It may be cause and effect. These structures will be discussed through out the rest of this year and beyond. It is that important!! In math, we are trampling through Topic 4 which is an extension of Topic 3. We are multiplying 2-3 digits by 2-3 digit numbers. As you saw from Topic 3 test, many kids still need significant help with their math facts and slowing down to make less errors. There were many “not reading carefully” errors. All questions need to me read carefully. I tell the kids that if there was a prize of ONE MILLION dollars attached to every correct answer, I wouldn’t see many errors being made!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes

Math- finish 3-7 Pearson Homework buddy. A few kids didn’t do that last one due to being absent so 3 kids need to do 1-2 as well. The have until Wednesday at some point. 

4th grade Music Concert is NEXT Wednesday November 28th at Timmons. See you there!

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November 12, 2018

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We had a wonderful Veteran’s Day Assembly this morning. We heard from Major Galicki, a Kenston graduate about what it means to be a veteran and how he decided he wanted to join the Army. We then heard about the Honor Flight Program. We heard from a veteran who was taken to the memorials in DC and we also heard from a guardian who was his escort on the trip. It is a fascinating group! We took our Topic 3 Math test today as well. The assembly was so good and ran longer than expected, we started our Math test before lunch and finished it afterwards.

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes

S.S.- Government test on Wednesday. Last chance to review is tomorrow in class!!

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November 6, 2018

Book Fair is in full swing. 4th grade had Breakfast with Books this morning and tomorrow night there is a popcorn and pajamas opportunity! There are so many amazing great books in there!! Veteran’s Day is quickly approaching. The kids have been learning more about this special day to honor the country’s heros and heroines. Our school assembly is next week and the kids will be hearing from local Kenston Graduates who are serving in our military. There will also be a presentation on Honor Flight, which is a service for WWII veterans to see their own memorials. There will be a WWII veteran here to speak to the kids. It will be a super fantastic opportunity for the kids to hear his speak. There aren’t that many WWII veterans left who can share their experiences serving in that particular war. Don’t forget- our 4th grade Music Concert is November 28th st Timmons. Put it on your calendars!! The kids have been practicing like crazy. It will be a fun night. We also have a Math test on Topic 3 coming up. We really need to focus on our Math Facts. When we took our Quick Check today, many kids got hung up on the Math facts which create an incorrect problem. Practicing every night is essential!!!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes. 

Math- Pg. 125-126 EVENS only. We did the ODDS last night. Topic 3 test Monday- they need to know all 4 ways of multiplying and to know the difference. They will be asked to solve 134 x 6 using distributive only or Area model only. They need to understand the difference. Many kids still need help!

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November 5, 2018

I can’t believe it’s November already. The school year really flies by after Halloween! We are reviewing the 4 types of sentences in morning work as well as having a word study group going. We passed out our Topic 3 study guide today. We are having our test next Monday. Math facts times charts will not be allowed for the test and many kids are relying on it. They really need to be studying to have their facts fluent. They can potentially understand 100% of our test but get a 0% if they don’t know their facts. The process is important but it comes down to knowing facts in order to multiply! In Reading, we are wrapping up our second book group this week. Next week we will be focusing on writing and on Nonfiction text features and summaries. Book Fair is this week!!! Tuesday morning before school is Breakfast and Books for 4th grade and Wednesday from 6-8pm is Popcorn and PJ’s!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes. Many kids need to finish their book group pages

Math- Topic 3 test next Monday- use study guide. Pg 135-136 ODDS only!!!

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October 29, 2018

Happy Monday! We kicked off our largest unit in Science today on how Earth’s Land has been changed and continues to change. We will be looking deeper into how Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition changed land as well as other natural forces such as earthquakes and volcanoes. This is always a very engaging unit for the students. This week we are almost into traditional multiplication territory. You’ve been good sports and have hung in there with your kids during our exploratory search for different ways to multiply. But don’t worry- you will have your chance at another “Teach your Parents” homework this week! We are starting another book group. We passed out our new books and looked through them today. The kids will be reading their books with a focus on Character Development and Theme. The Fall Party is on Wednesday afternoon. The school sent out an email regarding the policies- no masks covering faces, no hair or face paint, and not weapons. Any questions? See the office!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes

Social Studies: Quiz on Friday about the jobs of each branch of government. Know the title and what they do. Study all green things in folder

Math- pg. 123-124 ODDs ONly for 3-5 HW pages due tomorrow. 1-2 Homework Buddy Pearson online assignment due Thursday.

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October 25, 2018

Happy Thursday! It seemed like a Friday today for many of us! Tomorrow we will be happy when we can all put our pajamas on at 4:00pm and hang out with our families! I’m pretty sure most normal people do that- I mean I do and I think I am fairly normal! Anyway, we are going to writing our final Theme/Character Trait Paragraphs tomorrow on the Chromebooks. We have been having daily mini lessons on writing mechanics and editing for content. We have spent many, many hours!! I am excited to see them all! We will also have another Pearson Online HW assignment due next Thursday. I will assign it tonight so the kids can get started on it and have it wrapped up before Halloween night. I will highly encourage kids to complete it before trick or treating as that would be a terrible things to have homework on Halloween!! Our Fall Party will be on Wednesday. The kids can not come to school in custome. They will have time in the afternoon prior to the party to put it on before we head down to the Monster Mash Bash. It is always a fun day!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes

S.S.- first amendment quick Check on Friday- use green sheet at OSW #4

Math- 3-5 worksheet due tomorrow

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October 24, 2018

It was great meeting with the second round of parents last night! Today, we wormed in our first discussion of Factors and Multiples in Math. This is a concept that we start exploring now in our Multiplication and Division units and then we are applying it during our Fractions unit after winter break. Here is a video that we watched in class today that really helps explain how Factors are like “unmulitplying”

In ELA, we are finishing up our paragraph writing on our novel from book group. We are writing about characterization and theme. We have been learning how to incorporate topic and conclusion sentences which introduce and wrap up our writing. We are also looking at using specific events from the novels to support our ideas. We have spent a long time using our 2 rough drafts to learn about editing our work and to self assess. This is a difficult concept which we will be spending time on all year. We are excited to have our first true writings completed. Look for more to come. We start our next book group next week with more exciting novels!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes

S.S.- First Amendment Quick Check on Friday- use green sheet and OSW #4 in their SS folder or HW folder to prepare

Math- Homework Buddy 3-1 on Pearson online is due tomorrow morning. 

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October 23, 2018

Tonight is round two for conference day. It was a pleasure to see all the parents last Thursday and I am looking forward to seeing the rest this afternoon/night. Our second Homework Buddy Pearson online assignment is due this Thursday. It is a review of 3-1 and it is mostly mental math. Most students will not need to write any work done but if they do, they know they need to turn that in. Most often, the kids will be required to turn in their work but not this assignment. On Friday, there will be a quick check of our first amendment. The kids have green papers in their SS folder which will help them prepare. in Science, we are halfway through our ecosystems project. The kids were notified today that they will need to take stock of their colored pencil levels afterwards. There will be many kids who will need to purchase new/more pencils. In Reading, we are wrapping up our book groups with our writing assessment on Theme and Character Traits. We are taking this week to review Topic and Conclusion sentences. Today, we took their first rough draft paragraphs and looked at the content. We then started to rewrite our drafts since we realized we had a lot of scribblings and corrections. We will then look at editing for writing mechanics tomorrow. We will peer and self edit on Thursday with time to make final corrections. Friday, we type our final! Also on Friday is Dress As your favorite Era Day!- 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s…. 

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes

S.S.- Friday -1st amendment quick check

Math- Pearson 3-1 Homework Buddy online assignment due Thursday morning.

 

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October 17, 2018

Last night to finish up Pearson Online Homework Buddy 2-2 assignment. We started it last week together and it is due tomorrow. We will then get another assignment tomorrow that is due next Thursday. This will be an ongoing weekly homework assignment. I like the Thursday to Thursday as we have many Monday and Fridays off though out the year. As of today, 8 students needed to finish and SUBMIT their assignment. They also need to turn in their work that they did on a separate sheet of paper. No work- no points. I need to see their thinking so that I can see their breakdowns. I only see their percentage for the assignment and that doesn’t give enough information. I told them that their dog may have given them all the answers!! Conferences are tomorrow and next Tuesday. There will be no homework on conference night except reading and if they need to work on the ongoing Pearson Homework Buddy.

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read 20 minutes

Math- Pearson 2-2 Homework Buddy Online Assignment (see above) and Mystery Multiplication Math worksheet

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