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Ms. J's News for the Week of November 12th

date 11/12/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. J 's Reminders:

1. Just a reminder that 1st quarter report cards were sent out about a week ago with your child.  Please let me know if you haven't received one yet.

2. There is an early out on Wednesday at 1:00 for Professional Development.

Reading and Language Arts:

This week we will be testing over "A Very Important Day"  on Wednesday.  The tests are as usual, one being comprehension test over the story, the other consisting of the skills and strategies covered in this story, and the last being a test over their spelling list.

We will then start wrapping up our second theme on American Stories and listen to two more short stories entitled "Amelia and Eleanor" and "Duke Ellington.  We will then review over those skills, reading stratagies, and spelling words that were covered in this theme.

Social Studies:

In social studies we are learning about the history and economy of the Northeast Region of the United States. Students learned about the Iroquois Confederacy last Friday and will continue learning about the importance of the Industrial Revolution and the American Revolution that helped the region become what it is today.  The next Daily Oral Geography Sheet Week 3 will be assigned as well and due on Friday for a grade.

Math:

We will continue with Module 3 lessons 20-25. The students will solve division problems without remainders using the area model, find factor pairs for numbers to 100 and use understanding of factors to define prime and composite, use division and the associative property to test for factors and observe patterns, and determine whether a whole number is a multiple of another number.

Ms. J's News for the Week of October 16th

date 10/15/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. Ms. J's News for the Week of October 16th

Reminder: 
1. Please make sure your child had turned in their fieldtrip slip for our trip to Reiman Gardens next week.  Sur lack lunches will be provided through the school that day.

Reading and Language Arts:

This week, we will be starting our next theme and reading the story entitled "Tomas and the Library Lady".  Our reading strategy focus is sequencing using and even map. Other skills covered will consist of Proper Nouns, contractions, using a library, and a spelling list that consist of words that /ou/ and schwa /o/ sounds.  The skills test and test over the story and spelling words is scheduled for Friday.

Science:

We will be work on wrapping up our unit on Plants this week and creating the foldables that will be added to our lapbooks.  We will then review over everything that we have learned with our plant unit in time for our fieldtrip next week at Reiman Gardens in Ames.

Math:

This week, we will continue with Module 3 Lessons 6-10. The skills covered are Multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit multiples of 10 with the area model, Use place value disks to represent two-digit by one-digit multiplication, Use place value disks to represent two-digit by one-digit multiplication, 
Multiply three- and four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers applying the standard algorithm, and Connect the area model and the partial products method to the standard algorithm.

Ms J's News for the Week of October 10th

date 10/07/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

s. J

Reminders:
1. There is no school on Monday due to All-Day Professional Development.
2. I am still in need of one more volunteer to help with the Fall Party on  the 31st.  Please contact me and let me know if you would be willing to help with it.  I like to have at least one to help with making a craft, one in charge of games, and one in charge of bringing a treat and drink of some sorts if at all possible.  I am more than happy to help with the cost as well!
3. Just a reminder that I don't always get your messages on time when sent to the DOJO account or email accounts for when you have special directions for your child at the end of the day.  My prep period is from 10:45-11:25 each day; otherwise, I teach clear through until 3:20.  That would be the best time to send those messages, or you can contact the office and they will call me.  Thanks!

Reading and Language Arts:
This week, we will be getting ready to write our personal narrative. The topic will consist of  "My First Day of 4th Grade"--one that each will be familiar with.  I will walk them through and example prompt, the steps to retelling a memory, fill out a memory map organizer, discuss what makes a good beginning, possible use of sensory words, and the transition into writing a good conclusion. 

Our spelling list will consist of words commonly misspelled, and our grammar focus will consist of learning to write a variety of different kinds of sentences which will tie in nicely with writing their personal narrative this week.

Math:
We have now tested over Module 1 and have moved into Module 3 which will consist of working with multiplying and dividing larger numbers.  Students will continue to use ZEARN.com to complete their daily homework assignments.  It is SO VERY IMPORTANT that your child has their basic facts in multiplication memorized by now.  This will make Module 3 so much easier for them if they do.  If you have not bought any flashcards yet to check and see if they do, you can usually by them for $1.00 at our local Dollar General Store!  It only takes 10 minutes a day to practice them.

Science:
We are continuing to learn about plants. We have learned about the needs of plants, the parts of a plant, how plants make food for themselves, and where seeds come from as well as how they are dispersed.  The students have been busy making various kinds of foldables supporting each of these topics and adding them to their lapbooks for a  final grade in this unit. 

Ms. J's News for the Week of September 25th

date 09/24/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. Parent-teacher conferences are this week on Tuesday andThursday from 3:00-7:00.
2. The Book Fair will be also available on those evenings as wellas before school each day this week.
3. There will be no school on Friday.
4. Next Week is Homecoming Week.
MONDAY: Pajama Day
TUESDAY: Patriot Day
WEDNESDAY: Wacky Wednesday
THURSDAY: Wear your Favorite Sport Team Day
FRIDAY: Bronco Spirit Day

Reading and Language this week:

We will be finishing up our story "By the Shores of Silver Lake" byLaura Ingalls Wilder this week. Test over the story will be onTuesday, and spelling test and skills test will also be on Tuesday.Please review the homophones on their spelling list because theyalso need to know what the words mean as well.

Our next unit will include two short stories as we sum up ourtheme on Journeys. One is entitled "Chester Cricket's PigeonRide" and "The Parcel Post Kid". The skills we will be covering willconsist of the review over the ones we have covered in this themethat students may have struggled with or need more practice with.The spelling list will consist of all the words they have covered inthis theme as well.

Math:

Math lessons covered this week on ZEARN:

1. Solve multi-step word problems using the standard additionalgorithm modeled with tape diagrams and assess thereasonableness of answers using rounding

2.Use place value understanding to decompose to smaller unitsonce using the standard subtraction algorithm and apply thealgorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams

Science:

This week, we will finish up our unit on Animal Behaviors andAdaptations and complete the review questions in the book, fillout our study guides, and get ready to test by Thursday.

Ms. J's News for the Week of September 18th

date 09/17/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

s. JReminder:
1. Early out on Wednesday for Professional Development at 1:00.
2. Please make sure your child is reading at least 15 min. eachevening to help stay on top of their reading counts quizzes. I willcheck every two weeks to make sure they are completing theirquizzes.
3. Please remember that your child is free to use Mobymax orFrontrowed at home anytime they need to. They also can playProdigygame as well!

Reading and Language Arts:

This week, we will be testing over The Sinking of the Titanic andthe skills that we covered over the past week. We will also takeour spelling test as well over short u and long u words. Thesetests are scheduled for Tuesday.

On Wednesday, we will start our next story that goes along withour theme on Journeys. It is entitled By the Shores of Silver Lakeby Laura Ingalls Wilder. Our spelling list will consist of words thatare homophones. The reading strategy focus is noting importantdetails from the stories we read. Our grammar focus will consist ofidentifying common nouns in our writing and reading. Other skillscovered will consist of learning the use of a thesaurus, dividingwords into syllables, and meanings of -tele and -rupt when addedto a base word.

Math:

Students will review on Monday for the mid-assessment test weare having on Tuesday over the first 10 lessons we have covered.It will cover place value, multiplying numbers by 10 and dividingnumbers by 10 through using a place value chart to demonstratethe movement numbers make when we multiply and divide.Students will also be asked to round numbers to the thousands,ten thousands, and hundred thousands as well. Other skills willconsist of comparing numbers and finding patterns with numbers.

Then students will continue with their ZEARN lessons 11-13 by theend of the week. Students can also use this account at home asneeded. All I ask is that they not work ahead of what has beenassigned at this time.

Science:

We are discussing animal behavior needs, adaptations, andunique behaviors use in order to survive in their environment thisweek. They will learn about camouflage, migration, instinct, and mimicry.

Ms. Jenison's News for Sept. 11, 2017

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Reminders:
1. Is your child reading 20 minutes each evening before going tobed?
2. Does your child have their multiplication facts memorized all theway through the 12's?

Reading and Language Arts:
Test over "Grandfather's Journey" is on Tuesday this week. Thespelling test and skills test is also.

The next story that we will be starting on Wednesday that goeswith our theme "Journeys" is entitled "Finding the Titanic". It isbased on the true story of it being discovered for the very firsttime and the many artifacts that were found.

Our reading strategy focus: Filling out Organizational Outlines
Our grammar skills focus: combining sentences
Spelling list: words that have the /ew/,/oo/ sounds
Other skills covered: words commonly used when talking aboutthe ocean
Tests: scheduled for next week on Tuesday.

Math:
Students will be working with ZEARN.org and completing lessons6-9 in Module 1 this week.
Students will find 1,000, 10,000 and a 100,000 more of a givennumber, Round multi-digit numbers to the thousands place usingthe vertical number line, Round multi-digit numbers to any placeusing the vertical number line, and Use place value understandingto round multi-digit numbers to any place value.

Science:
This week, we will be reading about Animal Behavior needs,behaviors, and adaptations.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Sept. 5th

date 09/04/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
     1. School pictures are on Thursday.  Picture envelopes were sent home last Friday. Have your child bring the order on picture day.
     2. Book orders were sent this weekend so they should arrive by the end of this week.
     3. Please make sure your child has their multiplication facts memorized and reading at least 20 minutes each evening.  I will be checking every 2 weeks to make sure they have passed a quiz over the books they are reading.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Theme: Journeys     Story: "Grandfather's Journey"
  • Reading Strategy Focus: Author's Viewpoint
  • Grammar focus: Subjects and Predicates
  • Spelling List: Words that have long and short vowel sounds /i/ and /e/
  • Other skills: Alphabetical Order in the Dictionary, words that end in -ly and -y
  • TESTS are scheduled for next Monday over the story, skills, and spelling words
Math:
  • Module 1 Lessons 4-7 will be covered this week.  
  • I will be showing them a new program called ZEARN.com that teaches them the lessons we are covering and will be using each day.  
Science:
  • Classification vocabulary sheet will be assigned on Tuesday, study guides will be filled out on Wednesday, with the test following on Thursday this week.
  • Our next unit will be on plant and animal behaviors and adaptations.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Sept. 5th

date 09/04/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
     1. School pictures are on Thursday.  Picture envelopes were sent home last Friday. Have your child bring the order on picture day.
     2. Book orders were sent this weekend so they should arrive by the end of this week.
     3. Please make sure your child has their multiplication facts memorized and reading at least 20 minutes each evening.  I will be checking every 2 weeks to make sure they have passed a quiz over the books they are reading.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Theme: Journeys     Story: "Grandfather's Journey"
  • Reading Strategy Focus: Author's Viewpoint
  • Grammar focus: Subjects and Predicates
  • Spelling List: Words that have long and short vowel sounds /i/ and /e/
  • Other skills: Alphabetical Order in the Dictionary, words that end in -ly and -y
  • TESTS are scheduled for next Monday over the story, skills, and spelling words
Math:
  • Module 1 Lessons 4-7 will be covered this week.  
  • I will be showing them a new program called ZEARN.com that teaches them the lessons we are covering and will be using each day.  
Science:
  • Classification vocabulary sheet will be assigned on Tuesday, study guides will be filled out on Wednesday, with the test following on Thursday this week.
  • Our next unit will be on plant and animal behaviors and adaptations.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Aug. 28th

date 08/27/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. If you haven't signed up for Classroom Dojo yet, I am still looking forward to hearing from you this week.  I sent home the address and username and password with you at conferences last week.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!



Reading and Language Arts this week:

  • Story: "Akiak" This is a story about the Iditarod that is held annually in Alaska.
  • Reading Strategy Focus: Story Plot Maps
  • Grammar Focus: What are the four different kinds of sentences?
  • Spelling List: consists of words that have the short and long vowel sound of /a/ and /e/. Test is on Friday!
  • Other Skills : Multiple-meaning words
Math: 
  • Module 1 Lessons 1-4 this week.  Students will be using place value charts to demonstrate when a number moves to the left, it will have a place value 10 times its value.  We will also be learning how to write our numbers in unit form, word form, and expanded form as well.
  • Please make sure your child has their basic facts memorized for addition, subtraction, and multiplication.  Practicing them each evening for 5-10 min. will help them become stronger mathematicians!
Science:
  • Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
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Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of May 22nd

date 05/19/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The Music Man Square field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th.  We will be leaving the school around 10:00, eating lunch when we arrive, and then touring the facility.  We will return around 3:00.
  2. This is the time to be returning library books this week so students won’t have to pay fines at the end of the year.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • End of theme wrap-up on Nature Friend and Foe
  • Stories being read: “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” and “Volcano Disaster”
  • Reading strategies reviewed: Making inferences, Topic, Main Ideas, and Supporting Details, and Following Directions
  • Spelling list: Review over words covered in this theme…..40 words
  • Grammar : Review over adverbs and prepositions
Social Studies:
  • This week, we will be wrapping up our chapter on the history and economy of the Southeast Region.  We will be completing our review questions and filling out our study guide for the test the following week.  Daily Oral Geography Sheet #21 will be assigned and checked on Friday as well.
Math:
  • We will be comparing fractions greater than 1 by creating common numerators and denominators, solving word problems with line plots, and add and subtract fractions using decomposition.