Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 7th
- There will be no school on Monday due to the holiday.
- A reminder that your child should be practicing their multiplication facts for at least 10-15 minutes every evening and reading at least 15-20 out of their Reading Counts books. I will be checking by the end of next week to see who has all taken a quiz over their books and passing them. Thanks!
- We will be taking the spelling test, RC test over “Grandfather’s Journey”, and skills test next Tuesday. Students were reminded to take their book home over the weekend if they felt they needed to reread the story.
- Our next story is entitled “Finding the Titanic”. It is a nonfiction story.
- Reading strategy focus is how to write and read an organizational outline.
- The new grammar focus is learning to connect compound sentences correctly using commas and conjunctions.
- The spelling list will consist of words that have the /u/, /yoo/, and /oo sounds.
- Other skills covered will be dividing words into syllables and an introduction to a thesaurus.
- We will fill out our study guides over Classification next Tuesday and plan to take the test on Wednesday.
- Our next unit in science will be on Animal Behaviors and Adaptations.
- We will continue working with our Daily Math Drops next week.
- The objective of next week’s lessons is naming numbers within 1 million by building understanding of the place value chart and placement of commas for naming base thousand units.
- Pictures are on Tuesday, September 1st. Please send the picture envelope and money with your child on that day.
- There is an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
- Spelling test is on Monday. The spelling list is located on your child’s planner.
- The reading skills test over “Akiak” is also on Monday. Students are allowed to bring their reading books anytime they need to reread the story before the test. We will have listened to it and discussed it as well throughout the week.
- The next story will begin on Monday. The title is “Grandfather’s Journey.” We will be learning about words commonly used when taking a journey across the ocean. Other reading skills covered will consist of learning how to fill out a word web, suffixes –ly and –y, and why some people keep journals when they travel.
- The spelling list will consist of words that have the long and short sounds of the vowels /i/ and /o/.
- Our grammar focus will be identifying subjects and predicates in a sentence.
- Each day we cover a current event that relates to science.
- The students will learn why scientists group living things, the names of the five largest groups of living things, how animals are classified, what groups of animals make up vertebrates and invertebrates, and how the plant kingdom is divided.
- The objective of lesson 2 is to recognize a digit represents 10 times the value of what it represents in the place to its right.
- The objective of lesson 3 is to name numbers within 1 million by building understanding of the place value chart and placement of commas for naming base thousand
- We will also be starting our Daily Math Drops in a Bucket lessons, too.
- There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
- The elementary track meet is scheduled for Thursday at 9:00 A.M.
- The theme for Friday is Beach Day! Students may dress up in their best beach attire. Swim suits may be worn under a shirt and shorts.
- We will continue reading out of Stuart Little this week.
- Reading strategies and skills covered: discovering meaning through context clues, determining alphabetical order, cause and effect, and using guide words.
- Scholastic News will be assigned on Monday and due by Friday.
- Grammar focus: Direct quotations, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homophones.
- Spelling list will consist of words with the prefixes, -im, -in, -pre, and –un.
- We will be finishing up Module 3 for lessons 35-37 and getting ready for end of module assessment.
- Daily Math Review sheet for week 4 will also be worked on throughout the week.
- We will be learning about different types of fossils and how they form.
- How life on Earth may have changed over time…..
- How scientists learn the ages of rocks and fossils….
- Review questions over fossils……
- The class will be going over to the high school during their special on Monday to listen to the High School Band.
- Talbot’s librarian (Amy) will be coming to visit with the students about the summer reading program that is being offered this summer.
- Students will be having lunch at the Care Center on Friday following their noon recess.
- Spelling: list will consist of words that have either a prefix or suffix added to the base word.
- Grammar: We will be working with interjections, conjunctions, and commas this week.
- Reading: We will be finishing up the novel entitled Tales of the Fourth Grade and testing over it this week. We will then begin our next novel entitled “Stuart Little”.
- Reading skills and strategies covered: short vowels, syllables, antonyms, and cloze reading.
- We will be breaking into cooperative groups to complete our review questions over rocks and minerals and plan to fill out our study guide and test by the middle of the week.
- Our next unit will be on the formation of fossils and the different kinds of fossils we can study and learn from.
- We will be covering Module 3 lessons 33-35 this week. Students will be able to explain the connection of the area model of division to the long division algorithm for three- and four-digit dividends. Then we will be multiplying two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit numbers using a place value chart.
- Daily Math Review sheet Week 3 will be completed as well throughout the week.
- Students will be FAST testing this week. Please remind your child how important it is to do their very best.
- There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development (1:00).
- Next week we will be reading the book entitled “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume.
- Reading strategies and skills that we will be covering will consist of sequencing, making compound words, discovering meaning through context, fact and opinion, antonyms, and working with guide words in a dictionary.
- Spelling list will consist of words that are plural
- Grammar review: identifying subjects and predicates in a sentence.
- We will be completing our chapter on rocks and finishing the review questions, fill out our study guides, and testing by the end of the week.
- The next DOG #26 will be assigned on Monday and asked to be completed by Friday.
- We will continue working with Module 3 lessons 31-33 this week.
- We will be interpreting division word problems as either number groups unknown or group size unknown.
- We will also interpret and find whole number quotients and remainders to solve one-step division word problems with larger divisors of 6, 7, 8, and 9.
- Week 2 Daily Math Review will be assigned throughout the week.
- We will be MAP Testing in the afternoons this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
- Spelling list will consist of words we already have had, so it will be review week.
- Grammar focus will be identifying adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions.
- We are at the end of our theme on Nature: friend and foe. We will be discussing what we have learned and read two short stories called “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” and “Volcano Disaster.”
- We will review how to make an inference, learn new terms commonly used with volcanoes, and discuss how to determine the difference between a topic, main idea, and supporting details.
- Today, we will be taking our test over earthquakes and volcanoes.
- We will then move into our rocks and minerals unit. We will be describe the properties of minerals, differentiate among different kinds of rocks and how they form, and describe the processes involved in the rock cycle.
- Represent numerically four-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5, decomposing a remainder up to three times.
- Solve division problems with a zero in the dividend or with a zero in the quotient.
- Iowa Assessments are scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday mornings. Please make sure that your child understands the importance of doing their very best each day they arrive. It would be a great time to pay close attention to getting a good night’s rest and a good breakfast each morning, too!
- There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
- Due to Iowa Assessments, we will be finishing up with our story on Wildfires on Friday and be testing over their spelling list, grammar, and reading strategy skills.
- Continue having your child read 20 minutes every night to keep on top of their RC quizzes. Most are doing awesome with this, and are becoming stronger readers every day!
- We will be determining whether a whole number is a multiple of another number.
- Explore properties of prime and composite numbers to 100 by using multiples.
- We will be testing over the SW region on Monday and the students have a study guide that was filled out and sent home with them.
- DOG #24 will be given to them on Monday and as always due on Friday.
- Iowa Assessments are scheduled for next week.
- The class will be going to the Care Center on Friday at 2:00.
- We will be finishing up the story “Salmon Summer” today and testing over it tomorrow. (Tues.) The spelling test, comprehension test, and skills test will all be tomorrow over that story.
- We will start our next story on Wednesday entitled “ Wildfires”.
- Spelling list: words that have unusual spellings
- Grammar focus: Adverbs that compare
- Skills covered: fire vocabulary, topic, main ideas, and supporting details outlines
- We will finish up reading about the SW region and complete our review questions, fill out our study guide and test by Friday.
- The next Daily Oral Geography sheet will be assigned on Monday and due on Friday!
- The students will be using division and the associative property to test for factors and observe patterns, and determine whether a whole number is a multiple of another number this week.
- Math Drops # 54-56 will be assigned throughout the week. These do a great job of helping the students get ready for Iowa Assessments coming up next week.
- REPORT CARDS came home with your child last week! If you haven’t seen them yet, you may want to ask your child for them.
- We have an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development (1:00).
- There is no school on Friday. (Good Friday Holiday)
- Finish writing final draft of biography paper.
- Begin new theme: Nature: Friend and Foe
- Read “Salmon Summer”
- Spelling list consists of words that contain three syllables
- Grammar focus: Adverbs
- Other skills covered: vocabulary, following directions, outlining, and multiple-meaning words
- Module 3 : lessons 21-22
- Solve division problems with remainders using the area model
- Find factor pairs for numbers to 100 and use understanding of factors to define prime and composite numbers
- Math Drops 52-53 assigned and graded on
- Analyze how timelines organize events in a sequence
- Describe the role of the cowboy in the Southwest after the region became part of the United States
- Explain the importance and the hardships of the cattle drives
- Analyze ranch life in the modern Southwest
Does Your Child Rush Through Assignments? Here's Help! By Vicki Hanson
Your child‘s last report card says, "Mary rushes through her assignments. She needs to take pride in her work." What's going on?
In almost thirty years as an educator I’ve seen many students who have had little regard for the appearance of their work and plenty of parents who are unclear on how to help them.
Poor quality work is a problem at any age, but the primary grades are where habits (good or bad) are formed. Teach a third grader to look for spelling errors and scout for mistakes before handing in an assignment, and you'll be setting the stage for success later in life. Allow him to squeak by without urging him to do his best and you'll be setting the bar low from the beginning.
Sloppy work isn't always a sign of laziness. Sometimes a child just wants to "get through" an assignment to move on to another more engaging activity, like a bike ride with friends or a little street hockey. Kids are kids after all! But other times, sloppy work has more to do with unclear expectations of quality, or too many rounds of simple fill-in worksheets that don't require much effort.
Parents play an essential role in shaping a child's attitude about work. Here’s how you can help:
- Discuss expectations. Let your child know it’s not okay to hand in rushed, sloppy assignments. If your child says the teacher accepts lazy work, let him know you’ll be working with the teacher to improve what he hands in. Ask the teacher for help on that goal.
- Build editing and revising into homework sessions. There's a lot to be learned from a "re-do". Think your child is too young for revision? Think again. Even young children can learn to evaluate their work. Ask questions like, "How could you improve this assignment?" "Will you be proud to hand this in?"
- Set a good example. Strive to improve the things you do, in front of your children. Perfect a recipe that didn't work out the first time. Talk about a work assignment that needed another go around. Show your kids that slow and steady wins the race.
- Set the clock. Many teachers suggest required homework time so students are not rewarded for working quickly. In this kind of scenario, if your child finishes early, she would be expected to read, work on math facts, or write in a journal for the remaining time.