1. Please make sure that your child is reading 20 minutes each evening. I checked on Friday to see who had or hadn't taken a quiz over their free reading book in the past 4 weeks and several had not. I will be checking to make sure your child has read and taken a quiz over their book every 2 weeks. Remember, the more your child reads, the better the reader they become, and the more successful they become in and out of school!
2. Please check to make sure your child knows their multiplication facts by heart as well. Just a few minutes each day will help your child become more successful in math as well.
3. Please make sure to check and ask for your child's planner to see if they have been using it on a daily basis. Each day, I tell them the assignments to write down, cross off the assignment as it is completed, and if there is an incomplete, I put their names on the board as a reminder that I need a grade for the assignments by using the bottom box of their planners.
4. I printed off missing assignments sheets for those I was missing assignments for in the past 4 weeks and highlighted the names of them. It is up to them to get them turned in. Also, you can check Campus Portal to see what your child is missing and what their current grade is at this time in all their subjects.
Reading and Language Arts this week:
- Story: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Reading Strategy : Noting important details using a detail map
- Other skills : Using Guide Words, word roots -tele and rupt
- Grammar focus: identifying and locating common nouns
- Spelling list: words that are homophone
- Animal behaviors and adaptations and how they are used to meet their needs.
- We will finish up the last lesson, complete our vocabulary sheet, review questions, and study guide by the end of the week.
- Use place value understanding to round multi-digit numbers to any place value using real world applications.
- Use place value understanding to fluently add multi-digit numbers using standard algorithm and tape diagrams.
- Solve multi-step word problems using standard algorithm, tape diagrams, and assess reasonableness by rounding.
1. Your child should be reading 20 min. each evening as I will be checking this Friday to see if they have taken their first RC quiz of the year over the book they have been reading at home.
2. Please make sure you check to see if your child knows all of their addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts by heart. There are many ways to practice them.
3. Your child needs to expect to take some homework home to be finished at home and returned the following day. I have been teaching them how to use their planners since school began and have taught them how to cross off assignments as they are completed. Please look on their planners to see if this is getting accomplished each day. Anything not crossed off is work they need to complete at home and return the following morning. Please set a time aside each evening to make sure your child is getting their work done. Thank you!
Reading and Language Arts:
Story being read: "The Sinking of the Titanic" (nonfiction)
Reading Strategy Focus: Filling out Organizational Outlines using Nonfiction pieces
Other Skills Covered: How to use a Thesaurus, Dividing words into syllables, Writing by using mportant details from the story
Grammar focus: Writing compound sentences using commas and the conjunctions and and but.
Spelling list consists of words that have the short and long vowel sound of u
Tests over Titanic will be Wednesday this week.
This week, we will begin our next life science unit on animal and plant behaviors and adaptations. Students will learn that all living things have basic needs and use their different body parts to make adaptations in order to meet those needs.
This week, we will continue to work with using vertical lines to determine what a number is rounded to when it is in the 1,000's, 10,000's, and 100'000's place. They will then compare the numbers and get ready to take a mid-assessment over the 8 lessons we have covered so far in Module I.
There is an early out tomorrow at 1:00 for Professional Development.
Make sure your child is reading 20 min. each evening as they should be quizzing every two weeks at the minimum over the books they are reading.
Continue to practice memorizing multiplication facts as well.
Reading and Language:
Test over Grandfather’s Journey is on Wednesday (tomorrow).
Reading Skills test is tomorrow.
Spelling test is tomorrow as well.
The next story is a nonfiction piece over the Titanic.
Reading Strategy Focus: How to make an organizational outline…
Grammar focus: Compound Sentences
Spelling focus: short u, yoo, oo words
1,10, 100 thousand more or less than a number
Rounding numbers using a vertical number line
Use place value understanding to understand rounding numbers
Complete review questions today in cooperative groups
Fill out study guide tomorrow over classification
- Test on Wednesday!
1. Pictures are tomorrow! (Tuesday) Please make sure to send their picture envelope with them or order them online.
2. We have a spelling test over the words that went with our story over Akiak Tuesday.
3. We will take a comprehension test over Akiak Tuesday.
4. The Reading Skills Test will be on Tuesday as well. I have informed all of them today about them.
Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of August 22nd
Picture day is August 30th!!!
Reading this week:
Theme : Journeys
Reading Strategy Focus: Story Structure
Vocabulary : Alaska Words
Grammar focus: Kinds of Sentences
Spelling list: short and long vowel a and e words
Other skills covered: Multiple-meaning words, parts of a book, and base words that end in -er and -est
Math this week:
-Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison
-recognize a digit represents 10 times the value of what it represents
-name numbers within 1 million by building understanding of the place value chart and placement of commas for naming base thousand units.
Science this week:
Our first science unit will cover classifying living things. We will learn how scientists classify living things, how animals are classified, and how plants are classified. One way scientists classify living things is by basic body structures, such as backbones for animals or tubes for plants.
Writing focus for this theme:
We will learn how to write a personal narrative.
Please remember to have your child read 15-20 min. every evening as part of their homework.
It is time to work on memorizing our multiplication facts as well.
- We will be MAP Testing this week over reading, language, and math.
- Lunch at the Care Center on Wednesday.
- This week we will be connecting and comparing literature by reading two selections . One is entitled “Lost on a Mountain Maine” and “The Volcano Disaster”. One is a nonfiction piece and the other is an example of science fiction.
- We will be reviewing following directions, topic, main idea, and supporting details, and making inferences. Other skills will include working with three-syllable words, suffixes –less, -ness, and –ion, word roots graph and tract, multiple-meaning words, analogies, and the parts of speech in a dictionary.
- Our spelling list will be a review over all the words we have covered in our Nature: friend and foe, so the list will contain 40 words.
- Grammar focus will also all consist of skills we have covered throughout our theme such as adverbs, comparing adverbs, prepositions, and subject and object pronouns.
- We will continue our weather unit and learn about instruments used to measure weather conditions and how to read weather maps. We will then get ready to complete our review questions over chapter 1, fill out our study guide, and get ready to test over it.
- The objectives covered this week will be transitioning from four partial products to the standard algorithm for two-digit by two-digit multiplication. The end of Module 3 Assessment will follow. If time permits, we will begin Module 3 and learn some geometry.
- Amy Bates from the Belmond Talbot library comes to talk to the kids about her summer reading program on Monday.
- There is an early dismissal on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
- Fine Arts Evening with the Specials is on Thursday evening for grades 4-6.
- The 4th grade’s fieldtrip to the Fort Dodge Art Museum trip is on Friday from 8:45AM to 1:30 PM. Sack lunches will be provided.
- The story we will be reading is called “Skylark” by Patricia MacLachlan where a drought has hit the prairie, and Sarah’s family is having a tough time on the farm. When the barn burns, the family makes the difficult decision to separate for a time. Sarah and the children are goint to Sarah’s aunts in Maine and Pa stays on the farm and tries to save it.
- Reading strategy focus: making inferences
- Grammar focus : prepositions and prepositional phrases
- Spelling list: words that contain silent consonants
- We are being our weather unit and the students will be learning about what makes up the Earth’s atmosphere and how the air masses affect our weather around us. Then they will learn how weather is predicted each day.
- We will be wrapping up our Module 3 this week and learning how to multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit numbers using the area model, multiply two-digit by two-digit numbers using four partial products, and transition from four partial products to the standard algorithm for two-digit by two-digit multiplication.
- The 4th graders will be fishing on Tuesday morning. Please make sure they are wearing the appropriate clothes as there will be hooks involved.
- We will be reading the story “Wildfires” this week. Students will learn why wildfires can be a friend and foe.
- The reading strategy focus is determining the difference between a topic, main idea, and supporting details.
- The grammar focus will be on adverbs that compare.
- Spelling list words will consist of words that have unusual spellings.
- All tests will be on Friday!
- In social studies, we will be wrapping up the SW region of the United States and plan on testing on Wednesday.
- The next DOG will be handed out and due on Friday.
- In science, we will be moving into our weather unit and learning about the Earth’s atmospheres.
- The students will explain the connection of the area model of division to the long division algorithm for three-and four-digit dividends.
- They will also learn how to multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit numbers using the area model.
- If time permits, they will also transition from four partial products to the standard algorithm for two-digit by two-digit multiplication.
- All permission slips for the class fieldtrip to Fort Dodge Museum need to be turned in this week.
- Please keep your Reminders this week and send with your child to school as we will be introduced to how to make an AD for our local newspaper on Friday for some of the businesses in town. Thank you! Dirk Vanderlinden is coming to the class on Friday to tell us all about it!
- There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
- We will be starting our last theme on Nature: Friend and Foe. Nature is not just good or bad, nor only friend or foe. Nature is all of these things. The first story is entitled “Salmon Summer”. Alex a modern Aleut boy, spends the summer fishing, much as his ancestors did, and enjoying the bounty of the Kodiak Island wilderness.
- Our reading strategy focus will be filling out a Directions Flow Chart. Students will keep track of fishing materials and steps it takes to catching and preparing Salmon to eat and hooking Halibut and making Tamuuq.
- Our spelling list will consist of three-syllable words.
- Our grammar focus will be identifying and using adverbs in sentences.
- Other skills covered: multiple-meaning words and outlining.
- We will continue working with the history and economy of the SW region of the United States. Students will analyze how time lines organize events in a sequence, describe the role of the cowboy in the SW after the region became part of the United States, explain the importance and the hardships of the cattle drives, and compare it to ranch life today.
- We will be solving division problems with a zero in the dividend or a zero in the quotient, interpret division word problems as either number of groups unknown or group size unknown, and interpret and find whole number quotients and remainders to solve one-step division word problems with larger divisors of 6, 7, 8, and 9.
- Iowa Assessment testing starts on Tuesday from 8:30-9:30. We will only be taking one test each day! Tuesday will be reading, Wednesday will be math, and Thursday will be science. Please remind your child how important it is to take their time and do their very best each day on them. They are VERY important!
- The students will go to the Care Center to play bingo on Thursday from 2:30-3:00.
- The students will learn about the elements of pourquoi tales this week. A pourquoi tale tells how, long ago, something in nature came to be. The tales often have animals or natural forces that speak and have personalities.
- Our reading strategy focus will be learning how to fill out a Pourquoi Tales Chart using the stories we listen to and discuss. Other skills covered will be on animal descriptors, using an atlas, and using exact verbs.
- Our grammar focus will be learning how to combine two short sentences to form a compound sentence, write sentences that begin with when, because, and although, and use pronouns instead of nouns to improve writing.
- Our spelling words will consist of words that have the VCV pattern.
- We have been learning about the Hopi Native American tribe, explain the climate and geography of Mongolia and compare it to the Southwest region of the United States, and discuss the arrival of the Spanish to this region in 1492.
- The objectives covered this week: Represent and solve division problems with up to a three-digit dividend numerically and with number disks requiring decomposing a remainder in the hundreds place and represent and solve three-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5 numerically.