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Ms J's Newsletter for the Week of Aug. 22nd

date 08/23/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of August 22nd

           Reminders:

  1. Picture day is August 30th!!!

Reading this week:

Theme : Journeys

Story:“Akiak”

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.

Misc.

  1. Please remember to have your child read 15-20 min. every evening as part of their homework.

  2. It is time to work on memorizing our multiplication facts as well.

Ms. J's News for the Week of May 9th

date 05/05/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. We will be MAP Testing this week over reading, language, and math.
  2. Lunch at the Care Center on Wednesday.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Science:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

Ms. J's News for the Week of May 2nd

date 04/29/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Amy Bates from the Belmond Talbot library comes to talk to the kids about her summer reading program on Monday.
  2. There is an early dismissal on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
  3. Fine Arts Evening with the Specials is on Thursday evening for grades 4-6.
  4. 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.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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
Science:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

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

date 04/21/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The 4th graders will be fishing on Tuesday morning.  Please make sure they are wearing the appropriate clothes as there will be hooks involved.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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!
Social Studies and Science:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

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

date 04/14/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. All permission slips for the class fieldtrip to Fort Dodge Museum need to be turned in this week.
  2. 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!
  3. There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Social Studies:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.
 

Ms. J's News for the Week of April 11th

date 04/07/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. 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!
  2. The students will go to the Care Center to play bingo on Thursday from 2:30-3:00.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Social Studies:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

Ms. J's News for the Week of April 4th

date 03/31/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Report Cards were sent home with your child this past week, so if you have not seen it yet, you may want to ask them about them.
  2. We have an early out on Wednesday this week at 1:00.
  3. The week April 12-14th will be Iowa Assessment test week.  Please make sure your child is rested up and ready to go.  Please remind them the importance of doing their ultimate best on them!  It is VERY important!  Thank you!
  4. Please provide your email address and I will hook you and your child up to a new math game they can play at home!
Reading and Language Arts:
  • We will be wrapping up our theme on heroes and reading two other short stories entitled “Stormy, Misty’s Foal “ and “ Sacagawea”.  One is a fiction piece and the other is a nonfiction piece.
  • We will be reviewing over the grammar skills we have covered throughout this theme as well as review the spelling words that we worked with as well.
  • In small reading groups this week, we will be reading through our Scholastic News magazines and discuss them as we go.  Their comprehension score for this week will be questions be answered over the Scholastic stories.
Social Studies:
  • This week, we will fill out our study guide on Monday and test over Chapter 1 of the SW Region.  We will then move into learning about the history and economy of this region as well.  The next DOG will be assigned and due on Friday!
Math:
  • We will be exploring properties of prime and composite numbers to 100 by using multiples and divide multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000 by single digit numbers.  If time, we will also learn how to 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.

Ms. J's News for the Week of March 1st-3rd

date 02/29/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

REMINDERS:

  1. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday of this week from 3:00-7:00 PM. Dismissal is at 2:00 on both of those days.
  2. The Book Fair will be located in the Library Media Center again during P/T conferences and first thing in the morning from 7:45 AM-8:00 AM.
  3. The month of March is dedicated to Read-A-Million-Minutes and this year’s theme is March Madness 2016. Notes were sent home with your child last week noting all the events we will be doing throughout the month.
Reading and Language :
  • We will be wrapping up our poetry unit this week and putting together a booklet of all the terminology we used to discuss poetry and copies of all the different kinds of poems we were able to write during this time.
  • Our spelling list will consist of words that are frequently misspelled when it comes to writing.  The pretest is on Tuesday and final test is scheduled for Thursday due to the short week.
  • Our grammar focus will consist of knowing when to use the confusing words of their, they’re, there, and you’re and your. We will also be reviewing common abbreviations used with the names of people.
Science:
  • We will be learning how life on Earth may have changed over time and how scientists learn the age of rocks and fossils. Then we will complete our chapter review questions on fossils, and if time permits, fill out our study guide over fossils and get ready for the test that we will take the following week.
  • Daily Oral Geography Sheet #16 will be assigned on Tuesday and due on Thursday of this week!
Math:
  • We will continue working with Module 3 Lessons 15 and 16 this week.  The students will learn how to solve a division problem with and without a remainder using the area model and an array.  Lesson 16 will help us understand and solve two-digit dividend division problems with a remainder in the ones place by using number disks.
  • Math Drops in the Bucket sheets #39 and 40 will be assigned as well.
 
 

Ms. J's News for Week of Feb. 22

date 02/19/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Please check to see if your child knows their multiplication facts with 100% accuracy.  It is very important for them to know them as we are working with multiplying larger numbers right now and moving towards division in Module 3.  It only takes a few minutes each evening to check and practice them.  If your child knows them 100 % accuracy, then there is no need for it.  They already have them memorizedJ
  2. I will be using the after school study hall a little more this quarter and next for students that are not completing tasks throughout the day with their best effort or may require extra guidance.  The study hall time runs from 3:25-4:00 each day.  You will be contacted as the need arises.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Our genre focus this week will be on poetry. They will learn about the elements of poetry and writing poems of their own.
  • Spelling list consists of words that have more VCCV patterns with the test being on Friday.
  • Grammar will consist of working with exact adjectives to expand our sentences.
  • Other skills and strategies covered will be working with prefixes, decoding words with VCCV patterns, analogies, similes and metaphors, and learn about the features of a special interest magazine.
Math:
  • We will be solving division problems with remainders, understand and solve division problems with a remainder using the array and area models, and understand and solve two-digit dividend division problems with a remainder in the ones place by using number disks.
Science:
  • We will be finishing up on our rocks and minerals unit on Monday and testing over it.
  • Next unit will be on fossils.
  • The next Daily Oral Geography sheet #14 will be assigned and due on Friday!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  1. Please check to see if your child knows their multiplication facts with 100% accuracy.  It is very important for them to know them as we are working with multiplying larger numbers right now and moving towards division in Module 3.  It only takes a few minutes each evening to check and practice them.  If your child knows them 100 % accuracy, then there is no need for it.  They already have them memorizedJ
  2. I will be using the after school study hall a little more this quarter and next for students that are not completing tasks throughout the day with their best effort or may require extra guidance.  The study hall time runs from 3:25-4:00 each day.  You will be contacted as the need arises.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Our genre focus this week will be on poetry. They will learn about the elements of poetry and writing poems of their own.
  • Spelling list consists of words that have more VCCV patterns with the test being on Friday.
  • Grammar will consist of working with exact adjectives to expand our sentences.
  • Other skills and strategies covered will be working with prefixes, decoding words with VCCV patterns, analogies, similes and metaphors, and learn about the features of a special interest magazine.
Math:
  • We will be solving division problems with remainders, understand and solve division problems with a remainder using the array and area models, and understand and solve two-digit dividend division problems with a remainder in the ones place by using number disks.
Science:
  • We will be finishing up on our rocks and minerals unit on Monday and testing over it.
  • Next unit will be on fossils.
  • The next Daily Oral Geography sheet #14 will be assigned and due on Friday!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ms. J's News for the Week of February 1st

date 01/29/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminder:

  1. We have an early out on Wednesday. (1:00)
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Our spelling test over The Last Dragon is on Monday as well as our comprehension test and skills test over the story.
  • Our next story that goes with our problem-solving theme is entitled Sing to the Stars.
  • Our vocabulary terms will consist of words that are commonly used when discussing music.
  • Our reading strategy focus: filling out story structure maps
  • Grammar focus: Adjectives that compare
  • Spelling list: words that contain a VCCV pattern
  • Other skills covered: correcting sentence fragments, vocabulary word connotations, and information and study skills used with an encyclopedia
Science:
This week we will be completing our review questions over the layers of the earth, earthquakes, and volcanoes.  Then we will fill out our study guides and get ready to take our test this week.   They will also be assigned a comprehension activity called “Our Changing Planet” that will be due on Friday.
Math:
  • Daily oral math drops in the bucket sheets 30-32 will be assigned this week.
  • Math Module 3 lessons 8-10 will be covered as well.  The students will extend the use of place value disks to represent three- and four-digit by one-digit multiplication, multiply three-and four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers applying the standard algorithm, and multiply three- and four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers applying the standard algorithm.