Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hour of Code

Today, we will participate in Hour of Code, a program where kids all around the world are learning computer coding this week!  Here's the link for the Minecraft based activity we are going to do:

https://code.org/minecraft

When it's time, you'll click on that link and follow the directions!  Happy Coding!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Week of 12/3

Here's what we will be working on this week!

  • Reader's Workshop:  We will be focusing on the kind of research that author's do before writing their books.
  • Writing Workshop:  We'll start to finalize our Biography unit, working on a Biographical Sketch of a classmate.
  • Math:  This week, we will complete Unit 3 with lessons about tenths and hundredths of a meter, tenths of a centimeter, and comparing decimals. Then we will review and prepare for our Unit 3 test.
  • Science:  We will participate in HOUR OF CODE, a program to encourage students to learn computer coding.  We'll write code in a Minecraft style game.
  • Social Studies:  We will continue to discuss Core Democratic concepts, create skits to illustrate them and share with the class.  
  • Team Building:  We will focus on being efficient in completing our work.  

Friday, November 30, 2018

Reading Response Homework-Due 12/7/18

Today I'm sending home our first Reading Response paragraph writing homework.  Below, you'll see the directions, which are also listed on the first sheet of the packet.  The completed paragraph template AND paragraph are due by Friday December 7th.  We talked about this in Team Meeting today, and I gave some examples.  We'll talk again on Monday if students have questions.  See below for the guidelines and directions.

Mrs. Sawin’s 4th grade
Reading Response Homework
DUE Friday, December 7th

DIRECTIONS:       
Reading response homework is based on any book that you are reading at home during the week.  You will have one week to complete this assignment. 

The steps to complete this homework assignment are:
1.     Read any bookthink about choosing a book that is “just right” for you.  Often you will not have to have completed the book in order to answer the question.  Make sure that you include the title and author of your book in your paragraph. 
2.    Read and think about The Big Question.  This question will change each week. The Big Question this week is: Who is your favorite character in the book and what is one trait to describe him/her with evidence from the story?
3.     Complete one of the attached Paragraph Template sheets to organize your thoughts BEFORE writing.  You may choose either the Basic or Elaborated template.
4.     Write your paragraph on the notebook paper in the packet.
5.     Make sure to check that you have used your personal best spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting.  It’s a great idea to check your work with a parent, friend or sibling.
6.     Sign your name at the bottom of your packet.  For a bonus point, ask your parent or guardian to sign that he/she has read your paragraph.
7.     Return it to school in your homework folder no later than Friday, December 7th. I will score your assignment with the attached rubric and return it to you as soon as possible!


Math Friday!

Today, the Mathematicians in our class used the e-Toolkit from the McGraw Hill website to model decimals on iPads!  Check it out!





Monday, November 26, 2018

Headphones or Ear Buds

Hello Parents and Families,

As you know, our students use technology every day here at school.  Many of our programs, like Lexia, require the use of headphones.  Our school has some available, but no single set is large enough for our whole class and they break often. 

We have found that it would be more convenient and sanitary for students to have their own personal pair, if possible.  The third grade classes have been doing this for most of the year and it's working great.  I'm asking that if students have a pair of headphones or ear buds they may use for school that they bring them in a Ziploc bag with their name on it.  These can be anything functional and should not be terribly expensive.  Please don't send anything special or expensive, like Air Pods.  A quick Amazon search found several pairs available below $20.  Students who are able to bring their own headphones will keep them here in the classroom for the duration of the year. 

Please note, if you aren't able to do this, your child can still use a school pair of headphones! 

You can send these in whenever they're available.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  Thanks!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Week of 11/26

Here's what we will be working on this week!

  • Reader's Workshop:  We will be focusing on recommending books to our classmates and writing to a partner in class instead of our traditional Reader's Notebook letters this week.
  • Writing Workshop:  We'll start to finalize our Biography unit, working on a Biographical Sketch of a classmate.
  • Math:  This week, we will focus on fractions.  We will do new lessons on comparing and ordering fractions, modeling tenths and other decimals with fraction circles and Base 10 blocks, and converting fractions into decimals (tenths and hundredths),  Decimals are a new concept in 4th grade, so this is an important week!
  • Science:  This week, we will continue our Elementary Engineering Partnership, a 10 week program partnering with the UM College of Engineering on STEM projects.  
  • Social Studies:  We will continue to discuss how economists contribute to social studies and discuss economy concepts like scarcity and supply and demand.
  • Team Building:  We will focus on being quiet and calm in our transitions between jobs.  We will also work on written appreciations for our Reading Buddies

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Week of 11/19

Here's what we will be working on this week!

  • Reader's Workshop:  We will be focusing on reading books of many different genres.  
  • Writing Workshop:  We'll continue our Biography unit, working on a Biographical Sketch of a classmate.
  • Math:  This week, we will focus on fractions.  We will do a new lesson on comparing fractions and do a fun fraction comparison activity.
  • Science:  This week, we will continue our Elementary Engineering Partnership, a 10 week program partnering with the UM College of Engineering on STEM projects.  We will also continue our Nature's Recyclers Unit.  We're observing our mycellium plugs one last time and creating mushroom spore prints.
  • Social Studies:  We will continue to discuss how economists contribute to social studies and discuss economy concepts like scarcity and supply and demand.
  • Team Building:  We will focus on following directions correctly the first time.  We will also work on written appreciations for our Reading and Math Buddies.