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Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of October 12th

date 10/08/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. There will be an early out on Wednesday at 1:00 PM.
  2. Letters were sent home with your child if you volunteered to help with planning the classroom parties this year.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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!!!
Social Studies:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.
 

Ms. J's Newsletter 9-25-15

date 09/25/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The students will be going to the outdoor classroom on Friday during their specials time.
  2. 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.
Science:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.
 
 
 
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Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of September 21st

date 09/18/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Your child should have their multiplication facts memorized through the 5’s by now.  Please check to see if they do. 
  2. I will be checking over Reading Counts this weekend to see who has not taken their first RC test over the book they have been reading for the past several weeks. If they don’t get one passed by Monday, they will lose some recess time to catch up on their reading.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • We will be finishing up on our story “By the Shores of Silver Lake” on Monday and testing over the spelling words, grammar skill on nouns, the story, and the other reading strategies and skills covered over this story on Tuesday.
  • The rest of the week, we will be reviewing the theme of Journeys and reading to short stories entitled “Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride” and “The Parcel Post Kid.”  Our spelling list will consist of words we have already had and grammar skills that have been covered during this theme.
  • We will also begin our first writing piece called a personal narrative.  Students will tell about an event that has happened to them that they would like to share with us.
Math:
  • We will continue working with Module 1 lessons 6 and 7 this week.  Students will be asked to find 1,10, and 100 thousand more and less than a given number, and rounding whole numbers.
Science:
  • We will be learning about plant needs, the parts of a plant, and how they reproduce.

Ms. J's News for the Week of September 14th

date 09/10/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Please make sure that your child is reading 15 minutes every evening and practicing their multiplication facts.  Memorization of these facts are the key to becoming stronger students in math!
  2. On Wednesday, there will be an early dismissal at 1:00.
  3. We will be going to the Care Center on Friday at 2:30 to play Bingo with the residents.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • We will be wrapping up our story on Finding the Titanic on Monday and testing over it on Tuesday.  (Spelling test and Skills test as well….)
  • The next story we will be starting is called By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • We will be working with new vocabulary terms commonly used with a train ride, learn how to fill out a detail map, learn how to identify common nouns, and practice using homophones.
Math:
  • Read and write multi-digit numbers using base ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
  • Compare numbers based on meanings of the digits, using greater than, less than, and equal to record comparison.
  • Math Drops every day practice…..
Science:
  • Our next unit is on Animal Behavior and Growth.  Students will learn about the basic needs of animals, how animals’ body  parts help meet their needs, and how animals’ behavior help them meet their needs.

Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of September 7th

date 09/04/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. J’s Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 7th
Reminders:

  1. There will be no school on Monday due to the holiday.
  2. 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!
READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS:
  • 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.
Science:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Aug. 31st

date 08/28/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  • 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)
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Science:
  • 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.
Engaged New York Math Lessons:
  • 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.
 

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

date 05/18/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)
  2. The elementary track meet is scheduled for Thursday at 9:00 A.M.
  3. 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.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.
Science:
  • 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……

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

date 05/08/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The class will be going over to the high school during their special on Monday to listen to the High School Band.
  2. Talbot’s librarian (Amy) will be coming to visit with the students about the summer reading program that is being offered this summer.
  3. Students will be having lunch at the Care Center on Friday following their noon recess.
Reading and Language:
  • 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.
Science:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

Ms. J's News 5-4-15

date 04/30/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Students will be FAST testing this week.  Please remind your child how important it is to do their very best.
  2. There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development (1:00).
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Science:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.

Ms. Jâ??s Newsletter for the Week of April 27th

date 04/27/2015 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment



Reminders:

  1. We will be MAP Testing in the afternoons this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • 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.
Science:
  • 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.
Math:
  • 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.