1. There is an early out on Friday at 12:30 this week.
2. Book orders are due this week as well.
Reading and Language Arts:
We are starting our next theme called Problem-solvers. The first story we will be reading is entitled “My Name is Maria Isabel”. Our reading strategy focus is on making predictions and learning how to fill out a predictions chart using the details from the story.
Spelling list: words that have the /k/, /ng/, and /kw/ sounds. (Test on Friday)
Grammar focus: working with irregular verb forms of be
Comprehension test over the story is scheduled for Friday and so is the reading skills test.
We are learning about the history of the SE Region of the United States. The students will learn about the Civil War and the Civil Rights era, and how it affected this region today. The next Daily Oral Geography sheet for week #10. It is always handed out on Monday and due on Friday for a weekly grade.
We began module 3 this past week and will continue working with finding area and perimeter using the following formulas: add all the sides, 2(l+w), and l x w. Students will be given a given area and asked to find the unknown lengths and widths of given rectangles. We will also continue working on our Daily Math Drops in a Buckets each day as well.
During our scheduled computer time each day we will be working with either math prodigy, keyboarding, Interactive Weebly (Civil War), and become more familiar with other interactive learning sites.
Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of January 4th
1. We are starting our module on multiplication and division, so please check to make sure your child has their basic facts memorized through the 12’s. It will make this module so much easier for them if they do.
2. We have an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
3. Please remember to set time aside each evening for reading at least 15 minutes now that we are back from break.
Reading and Language Arts:
We will be wrapping up our theme on “That’s Amazing” and reviewing over the vocabulary, reading strategies, grammar practices, and spelling words that were used throughout this theme. We will be reading two short stories called “The Borrowers” and “Lord of the Fleas” throughout the week and apply those stories to the reading strategies we have worked with previously. The spelling test is scheduled for Friday. We will also be taking another SRI test to see if our reading lexiles have shown growth since the beginning of the year. I will then print out a new list of books and authors the new lexile will include. Keep in mind that most kids in fourth grade should be reading between a 600-900 lexile at this level.
We will continue studying and learning about the SE Region of the United States. We will be learning about Colonial Williamsburg, how new governments are established, the steps to making good decisions, and how this region became a country divided during the Civil War era. The next Daily Oral Geography Sheet for week 9 will be assigned on Monday and due on Friday for a weekly grade.
We finished up with our 2nd module covering the metric system before our winter break and will be now moving into Module 3 which covers multiplication and division. Our first few lessons we will be covering how to find area and perimeter. We will also continue working on our Daily Math Drops in a Buckets each day as well.
During our scheduled computer time each day we will be working with either math prodigy, keyboarding, and become more familiar with other interactive learning sites.
1. School Christmas concert is scheduled for Thursday at 7:00 P.M. at the High School auditorium. Please remember to pick up your child immediately following the concert in their designated room.
2. Please make sure that your child is dressing appropriately for the weather each day. Now that the temperatures are falling and the snow and ice have arrived, all students should have a hat, pair of gloves or mittens, warm coat, snow pants, and snow boots. If you are unable to do so, please contact me and let me know!
Reading and Language Arts:
- This week, we will be reading the story Cendrillon. It is a story similar to Cinderella and goes along with our theme called “That’s Amazing.”
- Our reading strategy focus will working with a Venn Diagram to make comparisons between the two stories as well as how they contrast one another.
- Our grammar focus this week will consist of identifying main verbs and helping verbs.
- Our spelling list will consist of words that have the /er/ and final /l/ or /el/ sounds.
- Test over the story, reading skills, grammar, and spelling are scheduled for next Monday. If there is no school on this Tuesday, then they will be scheduled for Tuesday.
- The next region that we will be studying is the SW Region of the United States. Students will be learning about the landforms that make up this region, learn how to use various map scales using given maps, and learn about the types of cash crops this region has to offer the United States.
- The next Daily Oral Geography sheet will be assigned and is always due on the last day of the week.
- This week, we will continue working with the metric system.
- A reminder that we need to check and see if our child knows all of their basic math facts for addition, subtraction, and multiplication. They should be practicing them daily! Feel free to check their progress on xtramath.com.
- We will be reading two short stories that will wrap up our theme on American Stories. The students will be reviewing over the reading strategies that we have practiced throughout this them such as drawing inferences, making generalizations, sequencing, and categorizing and classifying.
- Grammar this week will also be review over plural nouns, possessive nouns, and writing compound sentences.
- Spelling words will also be a review over the words we already worked with in this theme. The list will consist of 30-40 words that we will be working with throughout the week.
- We will be finishing up on the Northeast Region of the United States. They will be finishing up on their review questions over chapter 6, then fill out our study guide to get ready for the test the following day.
- We will then move to our science unit on the body systems.
- The students will be solving multi-step word problems modeled with tape diagrams and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding.
- Create and solve multi-step word problems from given tape diagrams and equations.
- We will then review and get ready for our final assessment over Module 1.
- Please remember to make sure your child is practicing their multiplication facts each evening for at least 10-15 minutes! If your child knows their math facts by heart, it makes learning math so much easier for them!
- Continue to make sure your child is reading at least 15 minutes each evening as well and quizzing every two weeks over the books they are reading.
- We will be Map testing this week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
- Story: A Very Important Day (about citizenship)
- Reading Strategy focus: Categorizing and Classifying
- Grammar focus: Singular and plural possessive nouns ( Susan’s hat)
- Spelling list: Words that have the –or, -ur, and yoor sounds
- All tests on Friday!
- Working with Special Purpose Maps
- The Northeast Region today
- Review Questions p. 240-241 (1-20)
- Fill out study guide for test on Friday!
- Daily Oral Geography Sheet #4 is assigned and due on Friday!
- Solve two-step word problems using standard subtraction algorithm fluently modeled with tape diagrams and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding.
- Solve additive compare word problems modeled with tape diagrams.
- Daily Drops in the Bucket Sheets 10-11.
- Next week is Bullying Awareness Week. A sheet was sent home on Thursday explaining each of the days in detail.
- Fall Party is scheduled for Friday. The students will be parading at the Care Center at 1:40 and then parading at Richard O. Jacobson at 2:00. The fall party will begin at 2:15 and end at 3:00.
- There will be an informative Math Night meeting on Thursday evening at 6:30 for parents wanting to learn about Engaged New York common core curriculum.
- This week we will continue with reading out of our theme “American Stories” and our next story is entitled “ Boss of the Plains”. Our vocabulary list will consist of common cowboy terms.
- Our reading strategy focus will consist of learning how to make generalizations.
- Our grammar focus will consist of identifying and spelling more plural nouns.
- Our spelling word list will consist of work that have the /ir/, /ar/, and schwa /ar/ sounds. The final test is scheduled for Friday.
- Other skills covered are suffixes –er, -or, and –ist, and using context clues to help determine the meaning of a given word. We will also practice using a time line. The test is scheduled for Friday morning over the story and the skills covered above.
- The students will learn how to draw an inference from clues and information.
- Describe the Industrial Revolution and how it evolved
- Analyze changes in transportation and communication brought about by the Industrial Revolution.
- Identify causes and effects of immigration into the United States.
- Describe the city of Mumbai and explain the location and history of it.
- DOG #3 is assigned and due on Friday for a grade.
- Use place value understanding to decompose to smaller units up to 3 times using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.
- Use place value understanding to fluently decompose to smaller units multiple times in any place using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.
Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of October 19th
- Mike Briggs will be coming on Monday morning to share with the class about his experience as a truck driver along the North Atlantic Coast.
- There is an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
- Letters were sent home with students last week for parents who volunteered to help with our classroom parties this year.
- Our next story is entitled “Tanya’s Reunion” to go along with our theme on American Stories.
- Reading Strategy Focus this week is on making character inferences.
- Grammar focus will be on finding and writing plural nouns correctly.
- Spelling list will consist of words that have the long /oo/ and short vowel sounds of /oo/.
- Other skills covered are word root meanings of –sign and –spect and dictionary entry words and their meanings.
- All tests are scheduled for Friday.
- This week we will be learning about the history of the NE Region. The students will be learning about the Iroquois Confederacy, the American Revolution, and the reading skill how to draw inferences.
- Daily Oral Geography Sheet Week 2 will be assigned and due on Friday!
- The students will learn how to solve multi-step word problems using the standard algorithm modeled with tape diagrams and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding and using place value understanding to decompose to smaller units once using the standard subtraction algorithm and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.
- There will be an early out on Wednesday at 1:00 PM.
- Letters were sent home with your child if you volunteered to help with planning the classroom parties this year.
- We will beginning our next theme called “American Stories”. The first story we will be reading is entitled “Tomas and the Library Lady.” The test over the story will be on Friday. Remind your child to bring their reading book home to reread the story before the test.
- Our reading strategy focus will be on sequencing events, or the order of story events.
- Other reading skills covered are contractions, antonyms, using the library.
- Our grammar focus will consist of identifying proper nouns and understanding the difference between common and proper nouns.
- Our spelling list will consist of words that have the /ou/ and schwa /o/ sounds.
- All tests will be on Friday!!!
- Students will be assigned their first Daily Oral Geography sheet this week and they can use maps in their books, on their computers, or even Google to find the answers by Friday.
- We will finish reading about the geography of the NE Region of the United States and get ready to take our first test over this region this week.
- This week we will use place value understanding to round multi-digit numbers to any place value using real world application and use place value understanding to fluently add multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.
- The students will be going to the outdoor classroom on Friday during their specials time.
- Please return your party volunteer sheets this week.
Reading and Language Arts:
- We will be wrapping up our Journeys theme this week and focus on a new genre of reading entitled mysteries. The students will become familiar with common mystery terminology and read two short mysteries. Grammar will consist of writing different kinds of sentences and knowing the difference between a phrase and a complete sentence. The spelling list will consist of more short and long vowel words and be introduced to idioms.
- We will continue with our unit on plant needs, parts of a plant and their roles in making food, and the plant life cycles. We should be ready to test over it by the end of this week.
- We will be taking our mid-module assessment over the first 7 lessons of module 1 and continue with lessons 8 and 9 for the rest of the week. We will be rounding multi-digit numbers to the thousands place using a vertical line.