Another beautiful week in Michigan and a great week in our classroom. This is what we are doing:
Math – learning many methods to multiply, and two digit by two digit multiplication coming up. Oh my!
Writing – what did we learn comparing our writing from the beginning of the year to our final personal narrative just completed? We also wrote goodbye cards to our classmate, Elliot, who is leaving us. Goodbye Elliot. We will miss you, and we wish you lots of happiness in your new school in Ohio.
Spelling – We have moved to 3 spelling lists in the classroom based on the results of spelling tests. Many are on the challenge list — great job! A few need to remember to study all week too!
Reading – book clubs continue. We are focusing on our characters, their special objects, actions, feelings, expressions, language, and how other’s treat them. What does all this reveal?
Government – test review next week based on all our notes, and what we have learned. Test is Wednesday. Remember to study notes, quizzes, and test review.
Fun Friday today with our buddies. We made a Life Cycle of a Pumpkin book, and briefly played outside together.
Conference slips are due tomorrow. I still need several! The time you are signed up for this Fall will also be your time in the Spring; so if you have a preference, please fill out the slip and return it to me. All teachers will schedule siblings back to back for your convenience if you can get the slips in to us.
Picture retakes are Wednesday this week.
PTC meeting tomorrow night at 7:00.
I hope your student talked with you about the Tuesday fire safety presentation from area fire fighters this week. Do you have a plan at home? Wednesday we had our hearing screening. If you didn’t receive a note, your student passed.
Math – We tested for our Unit 1 addition and subtraction today. Students who studied from their review tests, did very well. Final tests and grades will come home next week. Our next unit is multiplication. We will also start intensive small group instruction for those students who need extra help based on the last unit’s results.
Writing – Finalizing our personal narratives for sharing next week. Our spelling test results looked great for the majority of students this week (see your child’s test). Students should be practicing these words all week for long-term retention.
Reading – Beginning a new unit and a new read aloud, Tiger Rising –focusing on character development, empathy, and predictions.
Government – We started a new unit on why we need government, the 3 branches, and the powers.
I will not send home book order forms for October or November, because we will have our wonderful book fair here at school the week of November 6-10. Books are a great deal through the Fair. Hope you can stop by some day.
Whew! Hot indoor recesses this week. So happy the weather has changed!
We had fun with Spirit Week! Hope to see you at the football game!
Remember to collect for Walk-a-thon. This year we are raising money that will go towards technology to support reading, writing, and math programming at all grade levels. If each student raises about $35, we will meet our goal!
Tuesday – Fire safety presentation from area fire fighters.
Wednesday – Hearing Screening
Math – Testing on Unit 1 adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. The review test coming home will show your student EXACTLY what he/she needs to work on for the final test on Friday.
Writing – Finalizing our best rough draft of our personal narratives;
Reading – Beginning a new unit and a new read aloud, Tiger Rising –focusing on character development. Congratulations to Lydia, Tristan and Olivia for meeting the home reading goal of 400 minutes for the month. Several students still owe me home reading logs for September!
Government – Beginning a new unit on why we need government, the 3 branches, and the powers.
We have completed our “Guess Who’s”. It has been very fun! Have a great weekend.
Another busy week in fourth grade, and wow! It feels like summer again. Whew! Please provide your student with a water bottle for these hot days.
Math – Adding, estimating, and subtracting large numbers.
Writing – Beginning the rough draft of our best personal narrative
Reading – Completed the read aloud of Stone Fox and compared and contrasted it to the movie.
Economics test completed. We will start government soon.
Great job entrepreneurs for our market day! (click on pictures for a larger view)
New spelling words, library on Tuesday, and SPIRIT WEEK:
Monday – Crazy hair day
Tuesday – 80’s day
Wednesday – Wear your favorite sports team
Thursday – Pajama Day
Friday – Hudsonville or Alward spirit day
Just a reminder that the economics test is tomorrow. Students have completed a test review on Monday to help them study. We also reviewed the vocabulary today with a quiz. Friday we will put into practice everything we have learned for market day. Remember to study for the test!
We had a great week! Students are well into their reading and filling out the reading logs. The reading logs from home and school will be due on Friday, September 29. The minutes read will be totalled up for the month of September and added to our classroom “thermometer”. Our goal is to have every student read 400 minutes a month at home.
Our exciting market day is Friday! I’ll post pictures of all our talented entrepreneurs.
Math – multi-digit addition & subtraction
Writing – beginning our first draft of a personal narrative.
Reading – building a reading life, book/movie comparison of our read aloud — Stone Fox on Thursday
Social Studies – Test review due tomorrow. Economics Test on Wednesday!
We had a busy week starting all our subjects and getting to know each other through our brown bag and “Guess Who” activities. What a great group of students I have this year!
Math – rounded numbers, worked with writing numbers in three different forms, and reading numbers to a million. Some students will have homework to correct this weekend or an additional worksheet if they had difficulty with math this week. Please ask your student. Homework should always be turned in the following morning for correction.
Vocabulary and Grammar – reviewed punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
Spelling – The first test was today. Spelling words will always come home on Monday for a test on Friday.
Writing – making lists of ideas relating to special people, places, and strong emotions for beginning a personal narrative essay.
Reading – discussing when is our reading the best? We are working on answering this big question, and developing strong reading strategies and techniques. Scholastic book orders were sent home this week, and orders are due September 29. Click the link on the side of my blog to order.
Economics – What is supply and demand? What is a free market economy? How do we develop a business plan? What is the business we want to create for our Market Day in two weeks?
Parents, be sure to ask your student about their market day project due on September 22. This is a big event in fourth grade. A letter was sent home on green paper describing the project. It is the only project during the year that may involve a little help from a parent — perhaps dropping your student off that morning or bringing them to a store to pick up a few items. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Thank you for entrusting me with your super students. I am looking forward to a great year. Let’s be thankful for our beautiful weather this weekend, and prayerful for those being hit by Hurricane Irma.