Students wrapped up a Declaration of Independence writing project last week. They each published a slide on our class slideshow that I will link below.
Declaration of Independence Slide Show
Math: Last week we wrapped up our division unit and students did really well on the assessment. We are now working on word problems.
Science: We are starting a unit on rocks this week and will carry it through Thanksgiving break.
Reading: We are continuing with non-fiction and finding the main idea. Students have been doing a good job so far with this using Scholastic News articles.
Writing: We are publishing opinion writing this week and will be showcasing it to our classmates later this week. We will then transition into persuasive writing.
School will be in session for a half day attendance on Wednesday November 27. We will dismiss at 12:30
No School November 28 - December 1.
Picture Day is Tuesday Oct 8!!! Students need to bring picture order forms and money with them to pictures. Our class will be taking their photos at 8:45 so that will be nice before they get all messy for the day. :)
Volcano Presentations: Students worked in groups last week to research and present on a famous Volcano. I am attaching the links to their finished presentations below. They did a great job and learned some interesting facts!
Mount Vesuvius - Noah, Tori, Jaxon, Zane, Anthony
Mauna Loa - Addy S, Raelyn, Cash Brody
Mount Pinatubo - Aleah, Addi W, Zak, Madi
Thera - Slayden, Sam, Sadie, Ally, Carsyn
Krakatoa - Ava, Jillian, Levi, Emma, Nash
Math- We are continuing on with multiplication of 2 digit numbers by a 2 digit number. I will teach the kids several strategies and they will be able to choose the strategy that works best for them. This is a longer unit so we will be focusing on it this week and most of next.
Writing- This week students are wrapping up their narrative stories. On Friday, we will have a writing showcase where they will have an opportunity to rotate thru the other 4th grade classes to read their work. The kids really seem to enjoy this activity.
This week is World Space Week so we will do several things with space this week. Also, remember that 4th grade is having a Rube Goldberg day on Oct 17. Any supplies that you could donate to our class project would be greatly appreciated. Here are some examples I sent in an email to you last week:
Duct tape (any color or brand)
Empty paper towel tubes
Empty toilet paper tubes
Empty aluminum foil / saran wrap tubes
Dominos(we will return, please put your name on them)
PVC pipe (all shapes and sizes)
Lids (sizes may vary)
Tubs (butter, sour cream, yogurt, etc)
Hot wheel cars(we will return, please put your name on them)
Hot wheel tracks(we will return, please put your name on them)
Wooden spoons / utensils
Plastic serving/ cooking spoons, spatulas, etc.
Buckets (sizes may vary)
Any other random objects that you think might work!
It's going to be a great week!!
It's Homecoming Week!!! Dress up days are as follows:
Monday- PJ Day
Tuesday- Super hero/Villian day. No masks will be allowed to be worn
Wednesday- Western Wear
Thursday- Disney Day
Friday- Homecoming shirt if you ordered one or Willard wear
Friday September 20th all students will be going to the Homecoming parade with their classes and school will be dismissed at 12:30PM.
Math- We have been working hard on multi-digit addition and subtraction. We will assess these skills with a short assessment on Tuesday. And then we will move in to multiplication. Working with your students on their basic multiplication facts is going to help them tremendously as we move forward in 4th grade math.
Science- We are continuing weathering and erosion this week. We will spend Tuesday recognizing Constitution Day.
ELA- WE are going to start looking at narratives this week and then dive into character traits in our reading books. DRA's are finished and I will be sending home your students current reading level in the next week. Once you get that please let me know if you have any questions.
I hope you had a wonderful 4 day weekend! I enjoyed some great time with family and friends and my kids were able to spend some time with their grandparents, so my family had a wonderful break!
Last week we had some great conversations building our classroom community. Be sure and ask them about our trash bag of baggage that we have hanging by the door. This sparked great conversation and helped to show them that all of us are the same even if our life experiences are different. It helped to give them a better sense of compassion for each other. We have also been spending time talking about their amygdala and prefrontal cortex. They are blowing me away with how well they are understanding the brain and how it works. Ask them about their decision making and what happens when they are functioning out of their amygdala. :)
NWEA: We will take our NWEA testing on math and reading on Wednesday and Friday. We will do this during our math slot in the morning so we will not be starting a new math unit this week. We will use Tuesday and Thursday to practice for the NWEA so students feel adequately prepared. For those of you new to Willard East, we will do the NWEA testing three times throughout the year. This testing is not for a grade but helps teachers see where students are so we can better instruct them on the level they are on.
Science: We are going to start looking at weathering and erosion this week. We will look at some hands on examples as well and watch some time lapse videos to see the erosion process take place.
ELA: This week we are going to look at sensory words and why authors use them. We are also going to look at analyzing text to find the "gist" of the story and begin summarizing different passages.
I am still continuing to DRA test students and will likely continue this throughout the week as I work to get them all finished. Student reading levels will come home after I complete their assessments.
Math Unit 1 test will be returned on Tuesday. I have graded all of the tests and I was so proud of them for the success. This particular test covered 3 different standards so the grading on this test may be a little confusing. I have attached a grading sheet to the outside of each test to help and make it easier. I also am attaching a sample grading sheet to help offer an explanation of the process.
Looking at the sample above the left column is listing the standard being assessed. That is just helpful for the teacher but won't mean much for you or the student. The numbers under each level are the questions on the test and they are listed by the standard they are assessing. If the test number is circled then your student got that question correct. If the number has a line through it then it was marked incorrect. Based on the questions they got correct or incorrect determines where they land on the proficiency scale. Remember 3.0 on the proficiency scale if the target score. A score of 2.0 means they are still working to master the skill being tested and a level 4.0 means they are performing above the skill tested. The circled score on the right is where they landed for each standard and will recorded for their grade. As you look at your students score if you have questions please don't hesitate to ask.
It's going to be a great week!
*School T-shirt money and order forms are due August 29
*No School Friday August 30 or Monday September 2
Math- We are continuing Unit 1 on place value, comparing whole numbers, and rounding. We will assess these skills on Thursday before the long weekend.
Reading: We have spent some time talking about our reading and how we can be successful in our books. We have also talked about the why behind it. Why do we read in school? This week we will begin our initial DRA of the school year and see where your child is. I will be sending this home to you once I get them all completed. It will take 1-2 weeks to get a chance to assess every student.
Science: Last week, we spend our science time doing STEM challenges and getting to build that community relationship with their classmates. This week we will look at what a scientist is and dive into the scientific method.
DOJO: We have started DOJO and students are doing pretty with it. We have set a class goal for a total number of points they want to earn for the week. If they can hit their class goal each week they will have a reward each Friday for the last 15-20 minutes of the day. The class decided on a goal of 350 positive points for each week. We will see how that goes but I think they will be able to hit it. They are a great group of kids.
Behavior Notebooks: Each day at the end of the day I give students about 5 minutes to write about their behavior in the day. This is not supposed to be a negative notebook at all. I want students to brag on themselves and own those positive choices that they make throughout the day. This is also a great way for you to see the highlights of their day. If a student were to get a negative DOJO they are going to be asked to write about it in their behavior notebook and take ownership of their poor choice. This teaches our students to not push the blame onto someone else. My hope is this will help them to see other solutions or options instead of the one they have made to get the negative point. If they bring home a negative DOJO they are asked to get your signature so that I know they are communicating that with you. I will also sign off on all negative points starting this week. Student behavior notebooks will need to be signed for all students once a week so they can participate in the Friday celebration. If students do not get their notebook signed they will not be able to participate in the celebration and will work on something else during that time. This is not a punishment but teaching them responsibility.
It's going to be a great week!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I am so excited to get this year started and get to know your student.
I will post updates on this blog of what is happening in our classroom. I will use this as a way to keep you updated with class events and what we are learning. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend! It sure has been nice to see the sunshine this weekend. I hope it is a sign of warmer spring days to come. I hope students brought home their math test on Friday anxious to show you how amazing they did. I was so proud of their hard work and success on this assessment. Fractions are always difficult. If they haven't shown you, be sure and ask them to get it out.
Feb 25-Mar 1- Book Fair at Willard East
Feb 26- Family Reading Night at Willard East 6:30-7:30
March 11-12 - Snow Make up Days. March 12 will be a 1/2 day attendance for students
March 13-15 - Spring Break
Students can bring money in for the book fair and shop before school. They can also bring money on Monday and shop during our class library time.
This week we are taking a break from fractions and looking at line plots. We will be creating some of our own graphs this week and then looking at questions we can use the graph to help us answer.
This week students will be presenting their Famous Missourian research projects to the class. They have worked really hard on these and done a fantastic job! They will be in the hallway on display for Family Reading Night. I hope you will be able to come see them.
We are going to spend the next two weeks diving into figurative language. We will look at the different types and students will get a chance to write them as well.
We wrapped up plate tectonics last week and will be moving into rocks and rock layers this week.
Reminder: Family Reading Night is this week on Tuesday from 6:30-7:30. The Parent Lighthouse Team will be selling chili if you are interested in dinner that night as well.
Reminder- NO school on Monday January 21
January 25- Tiger Pride at 2:30PM in the Willard East gym
January 29- 100th Day of School
Last week students wrapped up Unit 8 in math finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions. This week we will transition to adding and subtracting fractions. Students will be bringing home Unit 8 math assessments this week so be looking for those in their back packs. If your student in struggling with fractions there are several learning games to help them with these skills on my class website. They can be found on the math page under the fraction section.
We just finished looking at weathering and erosion and are now going to transition to volcanoes. Students really seem to enjoy this unit.
Reading and Writing:
When we came back from Christmas break students started learning about informational writing and how to conduct meaningful research. On Friday, they completed amazing informational reports on a animal of their choice. I have just started grading through them and I am super impressed. They really put forth their best work and I can't wait for you to see them. I am going to put them out in the hall and let them show off their amazing research for others to see. This week, we are going to start researching a wonder that they have. We will talk about how to come up with their wonder and then how to identify their subtopics before I let them get started on their research. Students really seem to get excited when they get to determine the path of their learning and choose the topic that they want to learn more about. I can't wait to see what topics they choose to dive deeper in to.
Just a few quick updates for the week!
We are starting Merry Mondays this week for every Monday in December the themes for each Monday are listed below:
12/3 Grinch Wear-- Wear green or grinchy attire
12/10 Candy cane - Wear stripes
12/17 Pajama Day
12/21 (Friday, party day) Ugly Christmas sweater/attire
Students will also be taking the second round of the NWEA testing this week. Our class will test on Tuesday and Thursday morning starting at 10:15. Please try to make sure your child gets a good night of sleep prior to their testing day so they can perform at their best. We will be discussing the goals students set for themselves on the NWEA tomorrow.
The Tiger Pride assembly is Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2:30PM. I hope you are able to join us.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I know I had a great time with my family and friends.
Nov 30 - I will be gone and will have a sub
Dec 4 & 6 - NWEA Testing
Dec 14 - 2:30 Tiger Pride Assembly in the gym
Dec 21 - Winter Parties and 1/2 Day Attendance
This week we are diving in to our next unit after a week of review prior to Thanksgiving break. We will be getting into word problems and looking for key words that give us clues about what we need to do mathematically.
Students made a Lewis and Clark journal today and will be spending the week reading though their journey and creating journal entries as if they were along for the trip. Several of them are already excited about bringing them home to show you.
We are continuing our persuasive writing. Students will wrap this up this week and then I will pass their piece on to their designated audience member. Students chose a topic to write about where they could try to convince someone in our school or community to make a change. I am hoping Principal Miller will be available to come in and hear a few of their ideas and presentations.
This week we are able to start reassessing the DRA test. If your student takes a DRA again I will message you with their results. Not all students will be taking the DRA. If your student is currently reading above the 4th grade level then they will not be reassessing until the end of the year. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.
Today, we had the cool experience of watching the live NASA feed as we landed on the surface of Mars. The kids seemed to enjoy that and understand what a neat experience it was to be a part of.
Be watching for information to come home about the Christmas party and an upcoming STEM day with our 1st grade buddies.