Thursday, December 5, 2019

Reading Response Homework

Starting this week, students will be completing an additional weekly homework assignment.  On Fridays, students will receive a Reading Response Homework packet which will be due the following Friday.  There will be a detailed instruction sheet on the front of the packet that details all the instructions.

Students will use a book they're reading at home to answer the Big Question in the form of a paragraph.  They'll start by completing a paragraph template (either the Basic or Elaborated format--pick one, not both!) and then write their paragraph.  We use these templates in writing in class, so students should be familiar with them!  After their paragraph has been written, they can edit/revise it. In fact, they'll get an extra point if an adult at home signs that he/she has helped to do this.  Just make sure I can tell which paragraph is their final draft.

Since students have a week to do this assignment, ON TIME submissions should occur.  In fact, most students are even able to complete this assignment on time, even when they are absent.  In the case of a late assignment, one point will be deducted from the first day the assignment is late.  If the assignment is not received by the second late day (i.e. the following Tuesday), two points will be deducted from the score.  After that, the student will receive a 0/10 on the assignment, except in cases of sickness or other excused absence.

Your child will receive the first of these assignments THIS FRIDAY, the 6th and it will be due December 13th! 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Week of 12/2

Here's what we'll be doing on our first week of school in each subject!

  • Reader's Workshop:  We will focus on what author's do to make our books interesting.  We'll also choose Words to Learn from our reading or writing to study in Word Study this week.
  • Math:  We will complete our study of Unit 3, comparing decimals.  Then we'll review and take our Unit 3 test and Unit 4 Pre-test.
  • Writing:  We will continue our Biography unit, writing and editing and revising our paragraphs.
  • Social Studies: We will start our Economics Unit, with lessons on scarcity.
  • Science: We will continue our Woven Wind unit, a cooperative unit with UM Engineering students about renewable energy.  
  • Team Building:  We'll meet with our Reading Buddies and talk about "soft and scratchy" words to use with our friends.

Spanish Website

I wanted to share a link to our fantastic Spanish teacher, Profe Peplinski's site.  If you want to access it:

https://peplinskispanish.weebly.com/

I'll also add a link on the main class page to access it!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Week of 11/18

Here's what we'll be doing on our first week of school in each subject!

  • Reader's Workshop:  We will focus on recommending books to our teammates.  I'll also be working on reading assessments for report cards.
  • Math:  We will continue our study of fractions and Unit 3 with lessons on comparing fractions, representing tenths and hundredths in fractions/decimals, and finding tenths and hundredths of a meter.
  • Writing:  We will continue our Biography unit, writing and editing our paragraphs.
  • Social Studies: We will start our Economics Unit, with lessons on scarcity.
  • Science: We will start our Woven Wind unit, a cooperative unit with UM Engineering students about renewable energy.  
  • Team Building:  We'll meet with our Reading Buddies and talk about how to make and keep new friends.

Recorder Orders Due

If your child would like to order a recorder to use and keep this year, the order forms are due tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19th.  Every child will have access to a school recorder during our music classes, so this order is just if you want a personal one to keep.

Your order form can be turned in your child's homework folder and we'll pass them on to Mrs. Ryan. 

Thanks!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Week of 11/11

Here's what we'll be doing on our first week of school in each subject!

  • Reader's Workshop:  We will focus on recommending books to our teammates.  I'll also be working on reading assessments for report cards.
  • Math:  We will continue our study of fractions and Unit 3 with lessons on equivalent fractions, number lines, and an open response problem with fractions.
  • Writing:  We will continue our Biography unit, interviewing our buddies, reviewing our notes and writing and organizing our paragraphs.
  • Social Studies: We will learn more about core democratic values.   We'll also explore Veteran's Day and why it's important.
  • Team Building:  We'll meet with our Reading Buddies and talk about how to make and keep new friends.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Walk-A-Thon

Tomorrow is our Angell School Walk-A-Thon.  Don't forget to return your pledge forms AND wear your tie-dye t-shirt to represent our 4th grade spirit! 

If you need an extra copy of the pledge form, check this link!