Happy Fall! I started the weekend bright and early on the Merrimack River watching my daughter's crew team at their first regatta of the season...I absolutely LOVE watching the technique and stamina of the athletes...the ultimate team sport!
Looking forward to meeting everyone at Back to School Night this Tuesday, 9/25, at 6:30 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to hear about a typical day in 4th grade, learn about curriculum, and view our new standards based report cards. I will also provide you with login information for math and reading, and reading lexiles.
We are wrapping up the first unit in math this week with a review of lines, line segments, rays, angles, triangles and quadrilaterals. Study guides will arrive home on Tuesday, 9/25, with a test scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd.
Realistic fiction is our genre of the week with a skill review of making predictions and problem and solution. Our spelling list will review long a, and subjects and predicates will be introduced in grammar. We are also developing our first pieces of writing, personal narratives.
In social studies. we are midway through our study of US Regions. Groups are wrapping up research, and will begin creating power point presentations by the end of the week.
Enjoy the fall weather...see everyone on Tuesday!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
It sure turned out to be a beautiful Saturday...hope you all had a chance to be outside and enjoy the sunshine! We completed our Aimsweb benchmark assessments in reading and math on Friday. The data is helpful as I create leveled reading groups, help your children find "just right" books for independent reading, and plan our WIN (What I Need) activities. I will have your child's lexile information at back to school night on September 25th. Our mock interviews went fabulously well....all of the questions and answers were well constructed...Mrs. Howe and I were very impressed at the quality of each presentation!
A full and busy week ahead...don't forget Tuesday is picture day!!!
In math, we will continue with estimation, and a review of addition and subtraction. Please continue to practice basic multiplication/division facts...we are working on 2's, 3's and 4's.
In reading, we will begin unit 1, week 1 of the Wonders Program. Our genre study is fairy tales with a focus on the skills of sequencing and making predictions. Our first spelling lesson will review short vowel sounds. I will begin challenge spelling groups in a few weeks. I am using daily writing and the first 2 weeks in the program to determine more individualized groups.
We finished our 5 themes of geography (place, location, region, movement, and human-environmental interaction) flip books on Friday. This will bring us into our next study of the regions of the US. Students will research one of the five US Regions in a small group with students from Mrs. Howe's class. Each group will create a power point presentation to share their research. These will be done on Google Docs, so you will be able to enjoy the finished product at home with your child.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
An impressive start to the school year...we are already in "cruise" mode after only 4 days! Thank you so much for sharing your children with me!
In math, we are reviewing place value, estimation strategies, and basic addition and subtraction. Students are asked to spend 5 minutes each day reviewing basic multiplication/division fact families. Automaticity is essential as we tackle more difficult concepts in the upcoming months!
In reading, we reviewed how to be a "deep" reader and established routines for the remainder of the year. We are currently reading a variety of informational articles related to the disappearance of the honeybee. We are collaborating with Mrs. Howe's class as we research facts about honeybees and beekeeping to prepare for mock interviews scheduled for Friday, September 14th. "Bee" sure to ask your child to share the interesting facts they learn throughout the week!
Social Studies begins with an introduction to the 5 Themes of Geography. Students will be creating a flip book of information throughout this week.
Students will take the Aimsweb reading and math assessments this Thursday and Friday morning. Both assessments are completed on the computer, and take approximately 45 minutes. The data is used to establish leveled reading groups and to plan for WIN (What I Need) interventions. I will share your child's lexile levels and explain more about them at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
One more week! Can't wait to meet everyone next Tuesday! Don't forget to pack a water bottle as we don't have a fountain in the portable. We do have AC so a sweatshirt or light jacket is a good idea too! Enjoy the hot weather...hopefully it will be a little cooler next week!
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Welcome to fourth grade! I hope everyone is gearing up for a terrific year...I know I am! Hopefully, you've all been reading and filling up the bingo boards you received on the last day of school. If you've misplaced yours, no worries, just make a list of what you've read and bring it to school on the first day! Looking forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you!
Below you will find a school supply list: ~1-inch 3 ring binder ~pocket folder ~#2 pencils
Wish List: ~sanitizing wipes ~soft tissues
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer...see you soon!
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