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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.
 

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

date 12/02/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
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.
Social Studies:
  • 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.
Math:
 
  • This week, we will continue working with the metric system. 

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

date 11/05/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. 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.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Social Studies:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

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

date 10/30/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  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!
  2. 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. 
  3. We will be Map testing this week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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!
Social Studies:
  • 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!
Math:
  • 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.

Ms. J's News for the Week of October 26th

date 10/23/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Next week is Bullying Awareness Week. A sheet was sent home on Thursday explaining each of the days in detail.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Social Studies:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

Spelling words Week of October 19th

date 10/21/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

wood
brook 
tool
put
wool
puch
full
roof
group
prove
stood
stool
hook
smooth
shoot
bush
fool
pull
soup
move
soot
marooned
pudding
cocoon
superb
 

Ms. J's News for the Week of October 19th

date 10/15/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of October 19th
Reminders:

  1. 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.
  2. There is an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
  3. Letters were sent home with students last week for parents who volunteered to help with our classroom parties this year. 
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Social Studies:
  • 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!
Math:
  • 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.