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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.

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

date 01/22/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminder:

  1. Second quarter report cards were handed out to your child last Thursday, so if you haven’t seen it yet……you may want to remind your child that you would like to see itJ
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Story this week: The Last Dragon
  • Reading strategy focus: Conclusions chart
  • Grammar focus: Adjectives
  • Spelling List: Words with the final /j/ and /s/ sounds
  • Other skills covered: prefixes pre-, con, and com ; suffixes, and how to correct sentence fragments
Science:
  • We started our new Earth Science unit.  Students will learn to understand the basic structure of the Earth, give reasons for the shape of the ocean floors and movement of continents.  We will also be talking about the changes of the Earth’s continental plates and why they cause volcanoes and earthquakes.
Math:
  • We are in our 3rd module and will cover the following lessons this week:
  • Lesson 6: Multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit multiples of 10 with the area model.
  • Lesson 7: Use place value disks to represent two-digit by one-digit multiplication.
  • Lesson 8: Extend the use of place value disks to represent three- and four-digit by one-digit multiplication

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

date 01/15/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminder:

  1. Early dismissal on Wednesday at 1:00.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • New story: Marven of the Great North Woods
  • Reading Strategy: Problem-solution Frames
  • Grammar focus: Irregular Verbs
  • Spelling list: Words that contain the final long /e/ sound
  • Other skills: Prefixes re-, mis-, and ex- , word families, and following directions
  • Tests are all scheduled for Friday this week.
Math :
  • Lessons covered in Module 3 will include lesson 5 and 6 this week.
  • We will be multiplying multiples of 10, 100, 1,00 by single digits, recognizing patterns.
  • We will also multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit multiples of 10 with the area model.
Social Studies:
  • We will fill out our study guides for our test on Tuesday over the history and economy of the SE region.
  • The next Daily Oral Geography sheet for week 11 will be assigned on Monday and due on Friday for a grade.
Science:
  • We will be moving back into our Earth science unit.
  • We will learn about the Earth’s structure and earthquakes and how they are measured.

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

date 01/10/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
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.
Social Studies:
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.
Math:
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.
Computers:
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 News for the Week of Jan. 4, 2016

date 01/02/2016 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

 
Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of January 4th
Reminders:
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.
Social Studies:
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.
Math:
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.
Computers:
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.