In 4th Grade this Week
We started reading our third and final personal narrative called “Food from the Outside” by Rita Williams-Garcia. Students have been reading the different sections, completing discussion questions using the text as evidence for their answers, as well as word work worksheets on google classroom to practice using the vocabulary words for this story.
We continued with the math lessons from Topic 2, Fluently Add and Subtract Multi-Digit Whole Numbers”, and finished this topic today with lesson 6!
Students also learned about The Water Cycle during Science time and the vocabulary for the different parts of a map during Social Studies.
What to look forward to for next week:
Reading- We are going to continue participating in activities based on the personal narrative “Food from the Outside”. We will have our test on this narrative on Thursday, October 5th. This will include the vocabulary words we worked with in class as well as knowledge about the story itself. I will write a separate blog post reminding you and the students that the test is coming up!
Math- We will be reviewing Topic 2 on Monday and then will have our Topic 2 Math test on Tuesday, October 3rd. Again, I will write a separate blog post reminding you and the students that the test is coming up.
Science -As a part of Meteorology, will continue learning about The Water Cycle as well as the different types of clouds.
Social Studies- As part of World Geography, we will continue talking about the parts of a map and start talking about the different continents and oceans.
Monday October 2nd – The 4th grade students will be taking the reading MAPs testing during reading time. This is not a test students can study for, but are encouraged to try their best as this is a tool that allows me to see what academic level they are at. It allows me to see what they are succeeding with as well as struggling with.
Tuesday October 3rd – Topic 2 Math Test! We will do a review on Monday and a review worksheet will be sent home for students to practice what they will be tested on.
Wednesday October 4th – The 4th grade students will be taking the math MAPs testing during math time. This is not a test students can study for, but are encouraged to try their best as this is a tool that allows me to see what academic level they are at. It allows me to see what they are succeeding with as well as struggling with.
Thursday October 5th – “Food from the Outside” Test! Students will be given the appropriate studying materials they will need to review in order to do well on this test.
Friday October 6th – Movie Night at OTA! Movie Night starts at 6 pm on the field. There will be a school wide picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, and treats as Shrek plays when the sun goes down. Come out and have some fun!
- Homework Policy – As I mentioned at back to school night, homework will go home on an as needed basis, except for the reading logs. A new reading log will go home with the students every Monday and will need to be turned in that Friday. Students should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes per night. Students are to fill in their reading logs every night and get a parent signature for each night as well. When additional homework is given during the week, the expectation is that students complete the assignment that evening and it is ready to be turned in, completed, the very next day. I know that sometimes there will be exceptions and things come up but it is very important for the students to realized that homework is an important aspect of school and that they need to be able to manage school with extracurricular activities. This week I made many exceptions when it came to turning in homework as students are just getting used to having it, but will not be as lenient as the Quarter progresses.
2. Extended Learning– As I also mentioned at back to school night, students will have to complete two extended learning assignments for the Quarter in order to bump up their grade. Completing an extended learning assignment is a way for students to prove that they can go above and beyond to learn new things. I am working on posting the different assignments that students will have to complete for Quarter 1 and they will be due at the end of the quarter which is November 3rd. Students who choose to complete these assignments can turn them in at any point before the end of the quarter, but no later than November 3rd. When these assignments have been uploaded, I will be sure to let you know. 🙂
3. Jog-a-thon– Students have been sent home with the Jog-A-Thon pledge packet. Please make sure to send in the t-shirt order form with the student’s t-shirt size in order for them to get their free t-shirt. This paper is due back on Monday October 2nd. Students will be voting on a t-shirt design this Monday and the winner will be announced on Tuesday October 3rd.
4. Planners– I am noticing that a lot of students are showing me they are disorganized when knowing what assignments they must complete, for what subject, and when they must be turned in. I have put post it notes in each table’s supply bin for students to write down important things they must remember to do at home. If a student would like to have a planner to write reminders about assignments, write down homework, any upcoming due dates or events, that would be totally fine with me! As students are reaching the older grades, the expectations become greater and there are more things to remember. Please have the students bring in a planner to use if this will help them become more organized for this school year!
5 .Robotics– Students have Robotics class twice a week with Ms. Klim. As they are working on making probots, Ms. Klim has asked if someone could donate 2-3 packs of thin tip, skinny markers for the students to use. The donation of these markers would be greatly appreciated and students would be using them as early as Thursday of next week. Thank you in advance to any parent that is willing to donate! 🙂 I have also added a Robotics tab at the top of the blog in order for Ms. Klim to post updates and pictures of what students will be working on during Robotics time.
I apologize for the extremely large and lengthy blog post this week, but there is just so much going on and coming up that I wanted to make sure I informed you about! I hope that you find this post informative and helpful and wish everyone a restful last weekend of September!