STAAR Writing Test (4th grade only) Tuesday, March 28th
Spring Break March 13th- 17th Picture Day Tuesday, March 7th
President's Day, No School Monday, February 20th
Grandparent's Day/ Open House Thursday, February 9th
STEAM Day Friday, February 3rd Minimum Day On Friday, December 16th, students will be dismissed at 11:45. The Nutcracker Friday, December 9th
Career Day Thursday, December 8th
Thanksgiving Break November 23rd - 25th Enjoy this special time with friends and family!
Eagle Dash Tuesday November 22nd
Fall Family Fun Fest Saturday, November 5th
No School Monday, October 10th Early Release Day: On Friday, October 6th the students will be dismissed at 12:50. International Day: On Friday, September 30th, CCE will celebrate International Day.
Picture Day: This Wednesday, September 14th is picture day. Our class will take pictures at 9:30. Dot Day: International Dot Day will be celebrated on Friday, September 16th. Students will wear the dot shirts we are making in class. I will give them the shirts to change into Friday morning. Early Release Day:
On Tuesday, September 13th the students will be dismissed at 12:50.
First Day of School: The students very first day of 4th grade is Monday, August 22nd. I will see you all at assembly at 7:40.
Lemonade Social: I look forward to seeing you all on Friday, August 19th from 9:30-11:00 in room 41.
Water: Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle that they may leave in the classroom. We want to keep everyone healthy and hydrated! Back to School Night: I have attached the PowerPoint from Back to School Night for those of you that were unable to make it.
Car Pickup Card: You will be receiving a card to put in the window of your car that must be visible at pickup after school. Please remember to have this ready. Thank you!
Next Tuesday, March 28th, the students will be taking the STAAR writing test. This test is only given in 4th at the elementary level. Students will be assessed on their editing and revising skills and will be a written composition. They will have 4 hours to complete the test. All of the writing and work that we have done in writer's workshop have prepared them for this task. I have full confidence in their abilities!
Practice: At the beginning of the week I sent home a practice STAAR test. This is does not have to be done but I believe the more familiar the students are with these questions, the more comfortable they will be on Tuesday. Below I will include the links to the answer key and some samples of the writing compositions. Please note that these are old released questions from when the test was spread over two days. I modified what I sent home to match the more current test.
We have continued our measurement conversion unit in math. Next week we will focus on area and perimeter as well as solving measurement problems. This is always more difficult for students because it often requires multiple steps to get to the answer. I will be reinforcing the steps we have learned to solve word problems. At home please encourage perseverance through these problem types. More often than not, students know how to get to the answer, they just stop before they complete all the necessary steps. We will have a measurement test next Friday.
Math 5 and 5/6 Meeting
We would like to invite you to an informational meeting about 5th grade math and 5th/ 6th compacted math. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 4th at 7:50am after morning assembly. A district representative and teachers will be presenting, and available for questions or concerns. We hope you can join us! Reminders will be sent closer to the date as well!
Thank you all for your help and support! March 22nd Blanton Art Museum
We had a blast today! Before our tour we were able to walk to the capital building and do some sketching. The students did an excellent job at the museum and seemed to really enjoy it. Our next visit there will be April 20th. We are okay on chaperones but, if anyone else would like to come please just let me know! March 2nd
This week has gone by so quickly! We have had a lot of absences and have been doing our best to cut down on the germs in our classroom. With this said, we are almost out of Clorox wipes. If you are able to send some in it would be greatly appreciated!
This week we began our measurement unit, which focuses on converting one unit of measurement to another. We are first looking at customary measurement and will move on and look at metric measurement. We spent some time at the beginning of this unit brainstorming real world situations that require measurement conversion and came up with a lot! At home, if the situation arises, please draw their attention to what conversion was made and why it was necessary to change the unit you used to measure.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
We are almost done with Zia and hope to finish by spring break! The students have also been working hard in FrontRow. This is awesome program that differentiates reading, writing, word study, and math to each student's individual level. The students are assigned articles, at their reading level, and complete challenging reading comprehension questions and respond to a writing prompt. I have seen so much growth over the past few weeks and the students are so proud of their achievements.
This week we began drafting our persuasive essays and will finish our final published pieces by next week.
This week we begin a project called, 'Weatherman, weatherman, what will the weather be?" In this project the students will pretend to be a meteorologist and make predicts about the weather given specific weather conditions. This is a fun project that students always seem to enjoy!
Through our novel study of Zia, we have already been looking at what life in the missions looked like for Native Americans. Next week we will be looking at the history of missions in Texas and the impact that they had.
One week countdown to spring break! Have a fantastic weekend!
February 23rd I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend with your families!
Math: This week we continued our geometry unit and have been classifying triangles and quadrilaterals. We will have a test, open book and notebook, next Monday on this topic. Next week we will move on and look at measurement units and conversions. We also continue to review previously taught concepts with our math warm ups.
Reading and Writing Workshop: Our recent novel studies, Island of the Blue Dolphin and Zia, have given us a great look at some important social studies concepts. The students are comparing the lives of Native Americans living with their tribes vs. those living in missions using evidence and examples from each novel.
We continue our opinion/persuasive writing unit. Through the prewriting process students have settled on topics that impact them in school. We will finish the prewriting process by coming up with strong reasons to support our opinions this week. Next week we will begin drafting our persuasive essays.
Science: We have finished our weathering and erosion portion of our science unit. The students will be tested on this portion of the unit tomorrow, open book and open note. Next week we will continue this unit and move on by looking at weather maps and patterns. During this time it would be helpful to allow students to watch our local weather reports and look at them in the newspaper as they show the weather symbols we will be studying.
We have upcoming visits to Blanton Art Museum coming up on March 22nd, April 20th, and May 3rd. We will need chaperones, if you are interested please let me know.
As usual, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
We have had a wonderful Valentine's Day week! Thank you to Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Manchin for providing us everything we needed for our party. The students had a lot of fun! We had some very creative boxes come in; everything from pianos to putting greens.
This week we looked at geometry basics: points, lines, line segments, and angles. Today we introduced protractors and the students had a blast measuring and labeling different angles.
As we work our way through this unit we are still making sure to review concepts we've already learned. I have observed that many of the students have forgotten quite a bit of our decimals unit. This was a concept from the beginning of the year so I have faith that through review they will remember but I am asking that you support them at home with this concept. Decimals is best associated with money. Fourth grade students are only required to know decimals to the hundredths place. In the past I've found old receipts provided a great opportunity to label, compare, and add/subtract decimals. If you need any further ideas or have any questions please just let me know!
Reading and Writing Workshop:
We continue working in our opinion writing unit.As we work through the prewriting stage of the writing process, the students have been working on how to turn topics they feel strongly about into possible opinion essay topics. We are using boxes and bullets, a strategy to organize thoughts and information, to help us support our opinions with strong reasons. As we continue working through the writing process we are going to spend some time on how to elaborate or ideas,reasons, and thinking.
Today David Yermins is coming to speak to us and give a weather presentation to the students. This will kick off our focus on weather patterns.
I hope you all have a wonderful 3 day weekend!
This has been a great week!
We finished our fraction unit and are moving on to geometry. Geometry is always fun for the students and while many will say how easy it is, know that this unit is very vocabulary heavy.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
Hopefully your student has already told you all about Island of the Blue Dolphins and now Zia. These two books correspond wonderfully with our Social Studies units. The students love these novels! The novel study of each book has given us tremendous opportunities to continue to practice our reading comprehension skills as well as our writing skills. We have compared and contrasted real historic events to the plot events in each story.
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching! Our wonderful room moms and volunteers have already planned and organized everything for our Valentine's Day party. Please just make sure that if your student is bringing in any valentines, they bring one for each student in the class (18).
Thank you! I look forward to seeing those of you that can make it tonight!
February is always such a great month! This month we have open house, Grandparent's Day, Valentine's Day, and President's Day weekend to look forward to! I will be sending home information in Thursday Folders about our Valentine's Day celebration, so please look for that.
We are finishing up our fraction unit with adding and subtracting fractions. The next unit that we will be moving onto is geometry, which is always a favorite. This unit will allow us time to continue to practice skills that we may still need work on. Thank you for all the math support that you are providing your students at home, it is really helpful!
Reading and Writing Workshop:
We had some technical difficulties during our author's visit last week so Mrs. Foley is in the process of trying to reschedule for us.
This week we read about the 3 Rs: recycling, reducing, and reusing. The students then used that information to draft a letter to a fictional principal encouraging them to start using the 3 Rs at their school. It's wonderful to hear their voices through these letters and see that many of the students are very passionate about this subject.
This week we have looked at the effects water has on Earth's resources, soil in particular. Next week we will continue to investigate this concept looking at the other causes of weathering and erosion on Earth's surfaces.
I look forward to seeing you all next week at open house!
We continue to really move along in Room 41!
This week we continued our fraction unit by looking at fractions ordered on a number line and comparing fractions with like and unlike denominators. Some students are showing mastery of these concepts and others are going to need some support. To help provide some extra practice I will be sending home extra work with some students next week. This extra work will be given in conjunction with small group support that I will provide in class. If you have any questions on how to better support your student at home with fraction concepts please don't hesitate to contact me, I am here to help in any way that I can!
Reading and Writing Workshop: Today we are fortunate to be able to participate in an "author's visit", via Skype. Mrs.Foley specifically chose 4th grade to participate and we are so thankful for such a fun opportunity! As we continue to work as authors of our own writing pieces, it's exciting to get hear from a published author of books we enjoy.
Science: Next week our weather investigations will focus on the following questions:
How does the Earth’s surface change over time?
What is weathering? Erosion? Deposition?
How is the Earth’s surface affected by weathering/erosion? Deposition?
We have had a wonderful, very busy short week in Room 41!
The students have blown me away in our fraction unit! Fractions can challenging but they have met that challenge head on and are having fun while doing it. We have covered fraction meaning, decomposing fractions into smaller or larger unit fractions, and identifying or creating equivalent fractions. Just today we began plotting fractions on a number line. Next week we will continue this concept and look at comparing fractions.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
We have had a great time continuing to work on our opinion writing unit. The students have been debating the question:
What kind of pet is best, a cat or a dog?
We read two different articles, one claiming cats were better and the other claiming dogs were better. After discussing the articles and forming our own opinions the students wrote and explained their choice. They supported their opinions using facts from the articles. Dogs won overwhelmingly! We will practice this a couple more times before officially beginning our opinion writing process pieces.
We continue to work on our weather unit. Soon, we will start observing moons patterns and phases.
Thank you all again for such a kind and thoughtful birthday gift! I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!
Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the year! Before we know it, it'll be May! As we come back we are going to be reviewing routines and expectations. This quarter we have a lot to accomplish and it will be moving very quickly!
Expect more homework this quarter. Although homework will depend on the day, lesson, and the amount of mastery shown in class, there will be more homework assigned on a regular basis. If there is homework it will be written in your student's agenda.
Math: Today we started our Fractions Unit. While this is a fun and engaging topic, it can be a challenging for students at first. I am listing the key concepts that we will be working on and some resources for you to provide extra support at home.
-Khan Academy – students sign on using our Clever Portal off the main CCE website. They use their Apple ID to log in.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
This quarter we will be focusing on opinion writing and the reading strategies that support this genre. Students will be working on reading comprehension strategies such as: comparing and contrasting, making inferences, summarizing, and main idea and detail. This is a great unit that students always seem to love!
This quarter we will focus on weather. Ms. Starks was able to schedule a weather presentation for us from David Yeomans and we are all very excited!
Report cards should be available later today. If you have any questions please just let me know!
Thank you for the support. Have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I want to sincerely thank you all for the thoughtful and generous presents before winter break! Your class gift was unbelievably generous. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful group of students and families to work with.
I wish you all of you a very happy holiday season!
I cannot believe that winter break is almost upon us! The students have been working so hard, even during this exciting holiday time. Today is career day and they are busily shuffling around to presentations. I can't wait to hear about all the different things they've learned! Tomorrow morning we will be attending The Nutcracker at Westlake High School. Next Friday, will be a minimum day. It will also be pajama day and we will be celebrating our winter break party! I can't wait to celebrate and have fun with this amazing group of students!
The students are absolutely loving our patterns and equations unit! This is a shorter unit and we've been really moving through the lessons. There will be a short test next Tuesday. We will use the rest of the week to be reviewing math concepts with a fun winter spin.
Reading and Writing Workshop
We are almost done with the drafting of our animal essays. Next week we will revise and edit. The students will type the essays next week but we will formally publish after winter break using laptops. In reading workshop we have continued to focus on main idea and supporting details.
The students are still loving our explorers unit! After looking at the most influences explorers we are now focusing on the explorers that made their way to Texas.
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving break. I cannot believe the countdown to winter break is on! Time is flying by this year!
We have officially finished our division unit. The students worked so hard throughout the entire unit and I am so proud of the progress that they made. Their perseverance through the challenge was incredible. Thank you for all the support that was given at home, it made a huge difference. From now until winter break we will be working on patterns and equations. We started today and the students seem to love it already.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
In our writing workshop we have finished the research on our animals and are in the process of organizing our information and adding topic sentences to our graphic organizers. We have been discussing the importance of prewriting in the writing process. Next week we will begin drafting and adding voice in our writing.
Reading workshop has been quite busy as well. We are working on reading comprehension skills in small groups. The students are working on fact and opinion, main idea and detail, as well as summarization. All these skills are being utilized and reinforced in both reading and writing workshop which is the goal!
We finished our electricity and magnetism unit and have moved onto our social studies unit. In this unit we will focus on the exploration of Texas. We began yesterday by looking at the great age of exploration from Europe to North America. The students are so interested and have a million questions which always makes learning more fun!
Thank you all for another wonderful, and speedy, week at CCE!
What a wonderful week we've had!
This week we continued to work with long division and are making steady progress. The test on this topic will be Wednesday, November 30th. I will be sending home division practice over the Thanksgiving break that is optional. Any support at home that you can provide is helpful and encouraged. I've found in the past that the best way to master this concept is just to simply practice, practice, practice.
Here again are a few resources that may be helpful:
Our research has begun! The students are so excited to be gathering information on their chosen animal. Once we have gathered enough information we will be color coding it and organizing it into categories which will eventually be used as the paragraphs of our essays.
We have been exploring magnetism. This week students explored the best way to create an electromagnet. We looked at the different elements needed for the system and how to create the most powerful electromagnet possible. We will have a test on this unit when we return from Thanksgiving break.
Have a wonderful break next week with your family and friends! November 10th
Thanksgiving break is quickly approaching and the next few are going to moving even faster than usual.
This week we began looking division and the concept of remainders in division. Next week will begin long division. Each year I see that students just need time to practice this concept. This is something that is new to them in 4th grade. Please do not be alarmed if you see your student struggling with long division at first. While the goal is always mastery, we can not expect that in the first few days of learning. The students will be learning several strategies including the traditional standard algorithm that you and I learned.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
We have started our expository writing unit. The students have started the writing process once more and selected an animal that they will eventually be writing an essay about. They are all very excited!
Continuing our study of literary elements in fiction we began reading Island of the Blue Dolphins. This is an amazing book that offers us the opportunity to put into practice all of the comprehension strategies we've learned so far. The students are excited and seem eager to continue reading!
Magnetism seems to have really attracted their attention. (Hopefully that got a little laugh) The students have been so excited during investigations and seem truly engaged in the learning of this unit.
This week students received several homework assignments: math sheets, reading response journals, and the Wonder project. The assignments sent home are always a review of something practiced in class. I will never send home new information! If your student is having a difficult time completing or understanding something, especially math, please just let me know. I do not want homework to be a torturous event for you or them.
Thank you all so much for your support! Have a wonderful weekend!
I can't believe it's already November! We had a blast at Longhorn Caverns last Friday. Thank you to all the parents who came to join in the fun. Unfortunately the few picture I did get were too dark. If anyone else has any pictures from the trip that turned out please share them with me.
This week we end our unit on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. We took a practice test this morning that we will be going over and will take the actual test tomorrow morning. This is an important skill that needs to be continually practiced through the year. In the unit the students learned multiple strategies that can be used to solve these multiplication problems. At home you can help reinforce these skills by working with students. Have them show you their preferred strategy and you can show them how you learned, which in most cases I will assume is the traditional standard algorithm. I am happy to send home worksheets if you would like but I have found that allowing students to create their own problems get them more engaged in the process. Next week we begin division.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
Our personal narratives are published! I'm truly impressed by the work and effort the students put into each step of the writing process. This week we have have discussed some elements of nonfiction writing and reading. Next week we will begin the writing process once more for expository writing.
We have continued our energy and electromagnetism unit looking at and creating circuits. Next week we will begin to explore concepts of magnetism.
Thus far in the year homework has been limited to reading every night and an optional math packet. Beginning next week will be adding to this. The students will be expected to write about their reading. All year we have worked on answering reading response questions in the classroom. They now are fully aware of the expectation for how these responses should look. Next week they must complete at least 1 reading response question. They know what to do. It will be due by Friday but can be turned in at any point during the week. The goal is 2-3 responses per week but we will be starting with only 1.
Thank you all for your support! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Longhorn Caverns here we come! We are all very excited about our field trip tomorrow! Thank you to those of you who will be joining us, I always feel like the more the merrier. Please remember to pack your students a lunch, have them wear comfortable shoes and their CCE shirt. I've heard it can get chilly so please have your students bring something warm along with them.
We are really moving on our 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication! I am so impressed with how quickly everyone is picking up these challenging strategies. As we look ahead, division is on the horizon. Practicing basic division facts is the best way you can help your student to prepare.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
We are finishing up our work on narrative story writing and reading. The students are typing up their adorable stories and most will be published by tomorrow. Everyone has been working so hard and I can not wait to read the final products! Beginning next week we will start to focus on nonfiction texts and elements of expository writing.
We are discovering that energy is everywhere and comes from many different sources. This week we took a look at simple circuits and switches and discovered what is need to make a light bulb light up.
Thank you for another wonderful week at CCE! Check back soon for photos from Longhorn Caverns. Have a fantastic weekend!
October 20th Happy conference week. It's been so wonderful to sit and talk with all of the families! If you haven't had your conference I look forward to it. This is such a special group of students and I feel truly lucky to have each and every one of them in my class!
As this week is going even more quickly than usual we continue to practice and build on the concepts and skills from last week.
Math: We will have a multiplication test tomorrow. I have given some quick checks and the students are using there strategies with great confidence which is always exciting to see!
Writing Workshop: We are revising our personal narratives and will hopefully have them published by next Friday. We've been working on our introductions so ask your student how they plan to "hook" their reader.
Science: This week we started our new science unit on energy and electromagnetism. While reading an article, the students were adorably blown away that a light bulb could be considered technology.
I hope you all have a wonderful and restful weekend!
This week has gone by in a flash! We have been very busy as the end of the first nine weeks of school approaches. I look forward to seeing you all next week for parent teacher conferences. We have almost everyone sign up so thank you all for being on top of it! If you have any schedule issues please feel free to e-mail me so we can find an alternative time.
We continue to work on our multiplication strategies. Next week we will be multiplying four digit by one digit numbers!
Reading and Writing Workshop:
We are drafting our personal narratives and I can't wait to read the published pieces that will hopefully be done next week. In reading we have been assessing the reading skills that we have been working on which include: elements of plot, sequencing, predicting, and making inferences. These are skills that we will continue to work on throughout the year.
We have been so busy preparing for our living history museum! Our research is done, our speeches are written, and we are proud of all the work we've put in. I hope to see you all there!
Thank you all for having such amazing students and continuing to support our learning community!
October 6th Who can believe it is already October?! Please remember that tomorrow is an early release day. The students will be dismissed at 12:50.
Multiplication is upon us. In fourth grade students learn to multiply four digit by one digit number as well as two digit by two digit numbers. We are focusing on teaching the students multiple strategies to use in order to solve greater multiplication problems. We will stay focused on this topic for the next few weeks.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
In workshop we continue our work on writing our personal narratives and looking at elements of narrative stories.
Our living history museum is fast approaching. As a class we will focus our attention on one tribe. We will have multiple groups and within each group students will be assigned a role. Students will know their role by tomorrow to give time to get the "costumes" together. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask!
I hope everyone has a wonderful 3 day weekend!
The time is flying by in Room 41! Tomorrow we will celebrate International Day. Thank you to all the parents who will be volunteering or sending in food! Math:
We took a practice test this morning and will be taking the actual test tomorrow morning.
Next week we begin or exciting unit on multiplication. We will start by reviewing our basic multiplication facts and ways of representing multiplication then quickly move into multiplying greater numbers. Any support you can provide at home is appreciated!
Reading and Writing Workshop:
We have been really moving in workshop. The students are beginning the process of writing their own personal narratives. So far we have brainstormed ideas, flash drafted, and shared with writing partners. In reading we have been looking at the elements of narrative stories and asking the question, “What makes a good story?”
In social studies we have been learning about the four major regions of Texas. The students are doing a beautiful job of creating regions foldables with a map and information about each region.
Thank you all for your continued support, have a wonderful weekend! September 22nd
This has been another wonderful week in Room 41! The students continue to impress me with their eagerness to learn and work habits. Tomorrow morning we will participate in our first Think Lab with Mrs. McLeod. I look forward to seeing all the creativity this group has to offer! Math:
Topic 1 tests will be sent home today. Students have been making corrections in class. If a student made corrections and still has not shown mastery with a specific skill, they will be receiving additional practice during FIT time beginning next week.
Topic 2, addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals, began on Tuesday. The students seem confident and are doing quite well. The Topic 2 test will be next Friday, September 30th. We will once again do a practice test the day before.
Reading and Writing Workshop:
In reading workshop we continue to focus on our reading responses. After using Biblionasium in class for the past couple of weeks I have decided to go back to using paper reading journals to start. The program is wonderful and offers many options but is very particular. Many students have lost their responses because they haven’t been saved them properly and this has become very frustrating for the students. We will use the paper journals and then import our responses into Biblionasium once we have had time to edit and revise them. I think this process will be much more efficient and maximize student learning during our workshop time. Please let me know if you have any questions about this small change.
We have been working on publishing our small moment stories in writing workshop. The purpose of the first few weeks of writing workshop has been to launch the workshop model and get the students to build their writing stamina. Now that we are concluding our first cycle of the writing process we will begin looking more deeply at the narrative genre and will be writing personal narratives.
This week we began looking at the regions of Texas. This information will help us in our study of the major Native American tribes of Texas over the next couple of weeks. We will be hosting a living history museum to conclude this unit on Friday, October 14th from 11:15-11:45. I will provide more information regarding this event in the coming weeks.
Thank you all for your continued support and involvement!
Picture Day and Dot Day oh my! This has been an eventful week in Room 41 as we continue to work hard and learn. Just as a reminder, this room can get quite chilly. If you would like to send in a sweater that “lives” in the classroom we will find a place to store them. Many students have been bundling up with their shirts around their knees to keep warm in the classroom.
The math practice test was a success. The students seemed much more calm and prepared going into the math this morning. I will correct the tests over the weekend and next Monday we will reflect on them. Students may submit corrections. If the student is able to show mastery they will receive a half point for each correction. Corrections will be done in class.
Next week we will begin topic 2 and focus on addition and subtraction of larger numbers. We have already been hard at work with this during Number Talks and the students seem excited to continue our work on these concepts.
Reading and Writing:
Writing workshop has been marching along and this week we have been revising our small moment stories. They are really coming along!
Reading workshop has given us a great opportunity to continue working on our reading responses. We are using Biblionasium in class and are still working through the process before it goes home as homework.
This week we have looked more closely at water in it’s liquid and solid forms which is a review from 3rd grade. We also began discussing mixtures and solutions.
Beginning next week we will take a small break from science and begin focusing on Native Americans tribes in Texas.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families!
Room 41 Weekly News:
September 8, 2016
We are really moving in Room 41! We have been working hard and had another wonderful week. This is a truly special group of students that we have in our classroom and I feel lucky to have each and every one of them!
In math we continue to build our number sense by working with concepts of place value. The tenths and hundredths place were introduced on Tuesday and will continue working with these concepts through next week. You can support your student at home by using money to help them compare the values of the tenths (dimes) and hundredths (pennies) place. We will have our first math test on all of these concepts next Thursday. I will send home a study guide today so that if you would like you can review these concepts at home.
Science has given us the opportunity to explore the concepts of density. Through investigations we have discovered that cold water is more dense than room temperature water causing it to “sink” while warm water is less dense than room temperature water causing it to “float”. There are some really fun activities you can do at home in relation to the concepts of density. I have listed an example of one below but this is just one of many.
We have continued to launch our writer’s workshop and are building our writing stamina. Each day we take time to write and share our writing with our writing partner. In reading workshop we have been working on our reading responses and understanding the importance of responding using complete sentence. The students were introduced to Biblionasium and we are beginning to use our reading logs today.
Thank you to all of you that have sent in white shirts, we have almost enough for everyone! We will be making our dot shirts next Tuesday in preparation for Dot Day next Friday.
Please don’t forget that next Tuesday, September 13th, will be an early release day. The students will be served lunch at school and dismissal is at 12:50. Thank you all for your continued support, have a wonderful weekend!
Room 41 Weekly News
We have had a wonderful second week of school. Thank you to everyone that came to Back to School Night. I love getting to know all the families in my classroom! This week we jumped into our fourth grade curriculum.
In math we are working with place value. In fourth grade students are expected to read, write, compare, round and understand numbers to the billions place. Next week we will introduce the tenths and hundredths place while continuing to review the place value concepts we worked on this week. A supplemental math homework packet will come home on Monday with your students. As discussed at back to school night, this type of homework will be optional. If your student returns it by Friday they will write their name on the Bingo Board (our classroom incentive board).
In Language Arts we have been launching reading and writing workshop. A strong launch is the key to a successful workshop in the classroom. Students learn and understand expectations so that we are able to maximize learning and make meaningful connections during our workshop time. We visited the library on Wednesday and began to learn about Biblionasium, our online reading logs. We will be using the program in class first and when I feel the students understand the expectations of the program I will begin sending it home as weekly homework.
Science has given us the opportunity to start our Earth Science unit: Water and Landforms. In our first investigation we focused on the question: What happened when water gets cold or hot. The students were able to make homemade thermometers and learned that water expands when it’s heated and contracts when it’s cooled. Next week we will continue investigating water.
Beginning on Monday the students will be taking home agendas each day. If there is any homework it will be written here. In fourth grade we are trying to build independence. I would like the students to start taking responsibility for their work by writing their own assignments in their agendas. If you ever have a question about the work, please feel free to e-mail me. Thank you for all your support! Enjoy the long weekend with your family!
What an amazing first week! I have received such a warm welcome to Cedar Creek and I want to thank each and every one of you for the kind words, smiles, and support. I am so thankful to have such an incredible group of students and families in my classroom this year. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
We have had such a wonderful first couple of days in Room 41! We finally received our iPad charging station which means the students may begin using them in class tomorrow. Please make sure that your student brings their completed iPad contract with them tomorrow. The use of an iPad cannot begin until we have the contract. If you have any questions please just let me know.
Students will begin their specials rotations with P.E. on Monday. Please make sure that they wear the appropriate shoes. Thank you!
Students will receive their supply packs on the first day.