Hey everybody!! welcome back from a well deserved break!!
Milestone testing begins next Wednesday....are you ready?!
We will be transitioning to using Classdojo for all communication. Please make sure that you are connected.
Please be sure to check the class story on Classdojo for this week as well as classroom updates.
We reviewed a lot of informational videos and songs today.
I will add them below for your child to review as they wish.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kHzjtsbj7w (Mr. Parr fossil song)
Students need to bring in available personal electronics on Wednesday!
We will be doing a whole group Kahoot math review.
Hooray! Monday is here again! Everyone is back and feeling better, thank goodness!
1 week until Spring Break! Who's excited??
This week, report cards are due back.
No homework to be sent home. Please have your child work on Conceptua and ReadTheory this week.
we will be finishing up some projects that we started so that spring break can be work free :)
Math- finishing up Geometric Dream House, reviewing measurement & line plots, reviewing based on Touchstone scores & Milestones review.
Science- Working on our Ga habitat outside. monitoring our loam and seeds & working on our GA Habitat power points.
Social Studies- Going over maps and how to read them. Finishing up our NFL Scavenger Hunt with coordinates.
Reading/ELA- Time for Kids, vocabulary, reading to find text evidence, constructed response, and opinion writing.
I hope that everyone had a restful weekend. Who saw Beauty and the Beast? It was amazing, if you didn't see it I highly recommend it.
OH! I almost forgot to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Allyn Sandridge, I am the current student teacher working in Mrs. Miller's class! The students just call me Mrs. Allyn; it's easier.
Important upcoming dates:
Picture day TOMORROW! Mrs. Miller's class will go at 11:27, after specials and before lunch...thank goodness no PE tomorrow :)
Report cards come home on Thursday, be on the look out.
Coming home today!! a permission slip for the music student teacher so that the students may appear on her educational video. Please return ASAP.
Book orders are coming home today, they are due by this Friday, if you'd like to order.
Today I worked with the students on writing a rough draft of the body of an essay. We learned about measuring mass with Grams and Kilograms as well as measuring volume with Liters and Milliliters. I encourage you to show your child the scale at the supermarket and the measuring cup when you are baking. This will help to make real world connections and create an opportunity for more practice.
Please see below for what we will be doing for the rest of the week.
This week in class we will be doing...
Math- mass in grams and kilograms, volume in liters and milliliters. 2D shapes and comparing them and using them in real life situations.
Reading- Still comparing 2 pieces of literature to write a constructed response. Using Time for Kids to analyze non fiction text.
Science/Social studies- working in our groups to create a powerpoint presentation on our favorite Georgia Habitat. Reading/discussing important rivers and mountain ranges in the US.
Writing- working on writing a constructed response using text evidence to support.
Mrs. Miller and I will continue to work in small groups to fine tune skills throughout each day.
Homework this week:
Please remember we have increased homework to prepare for 4th and 5th grade.
Homework this year still remains optional. Students will not be penalized if homework is not completed or only partially finished. Please keep in mind that any homework that is assigned is work that I feel would be beneficial to meet or exceed the standards. If you would like to narrow down the homework, I would recommend that you focus on the fact families and having your child memorize each family.
Welcome back to cold weather!! I don't know about you but the time and weather change have me all messed up this morning!! This is a fun week with our making soil lesson on Tuesday, field trip on Wednesday and the start of a new nine weeks on Thursday. The CATO field trip is outside so please make sure the students wear their class t-shirt as well as closed toes shoes and a jacket. Also if your student is going to bring his/her lunch from home please use a plastic/paper bag. With the room on the bus and the location their will be no parent chaperones on the trip. The Earth Parents have been invited by the Earth Parent program as they work hand and hand with these standards. I know the students will love it! I also want to take a minute and introduce our new student teacher for the last nine weeks. Ms. Allyn has stepped right in and working hard to make this last semester of school a great one for the kids. We are lucky to have her!!
This week in class :)
Math-Fractions on a line plot, parts of a whole and area/perimeter
Reading: comparing two passages
ELA: writing introductions
S/S: reviewing Greece and the columns
Welcome to a week of craziness! This week is filled with fun activities but will mess up our daily routines some what :) Today was the start of it as we went outside for an hour and worked on our GA habitats, THEY DID GREAT!!! With this and the amount of correct and return we had today we did not get to everything and the end of our day was a little crazy!! The students did not get their math homework today but it will come home tomorrow. We also did not have time to file ALL the work from right before break and last week so more work will come home tomorrow. Some did make it to the mailbox today though. They were able to get their book bag activity as well as their reading 180 packet. You will see our crazy week below :)
Hello wonderful parents!! I hope you all enjoyed your week with family and friends. If you had to work I hope you enjoyed a little time with your sweet kiddos :) As we get back into a couple of uninterrupted weeks and wrap up the third nine weeks I will continue to raise the bar and expectations for the students.
As you have seen this year I am not one for a lot of homework BUT I do know that in 4th and 5th grade the homework can get a bit hefty. With that said I am going to be starting a homework packet for the students. Homework should be given at a rate of 10 minutes per grade. This does not include reading. NOW, homework is not graded and I am not going to be punishing the students for not doing it but next year and in 5th students will be penalized for not doing their homework. I will collect homework and will not tell the students it is not mandatory but this is still a family decision on how much homework you do nightly. Sooo here is what the homework will now look like weekly...
Math: Conceptua for 10 minutes a night to work on fluency.
Math: 10 minutes working on their weekly packet from their My Math book. We will tear these pages out on Monday and staple them.
Reading: 10 minutes working on their 180 days of reading packet
Reading: book bag activity
We will continue using Dojo in the classroom BUT we are starting over today. The kids hit 2000 points and we will celebrate this class accomplishment soon. Today the students also spent their Dojo points in our class store :) You will see everyone starting over at zero by this afternoon! I am excited to see us hit our next goal of 3000.
Math: We are continuing to learn about fractions and reviewing area and perimeter in our Garden. The students will be pulled into guided math groups and working on their specific needs based on their pre-test. There will not be homework on fractions as homework will be a review.
Reading: We will read a fiction piece on snowflakes and compare Snowflake Bentley and this book. We are also collaborating with Ms. Cunningham in 4th grade for a novel study every Wednesday. We will also be reviewing reading strategies with picture books this week.
Language: We will review all parts of speech this week with diagramming sentences. With our picture books and comparing of snow books we will continue to learn about different types of figurative language.
Science: Learning about the Georgia Habitats and building our outside Georgia garden.
Social Studies: Map Skills and reviewing Government for morning work.
UP COMING DATES:
3/15 we will go to CATO on a field trip
3/16 End of 3rd nine weeks
3/21 Spring pictures
The time has come to finally host our friends and family at our Wax Museum. The students have been working on their scripts here but now the above and beyond comes into play. Your students will be able to make a background, bring in props and dress up to enhance their performance. Please help your student do any or all of the listed things above. We will need ALL materials and out fits here Tuesday 2/14. Please see rubric that the students have for any other questions. They can also be working on memorizing the script at home if they like. Can't wait to see you soon!!! Invitation coming home today!!
Good cold afternoon!!! I hope everyone is doing well after that game last night :( It was hard to RISE UP this morning. This week is a fun week here at school as we have the Book Fair all week and I had an amazing note from the sub so the kids are going to have a PJ day tomorrow with a special treat of watching Balto 2 in the morning and during recess tomorrow. They really want to watch it. We will extend our Balto/Togo unit with this and sequence Balto's life. Also be looking for information for our Valentines rotations next Tuesday. Please have the kids decorate a box at home and bring it in no earlier than Tuesday. We don't have a lot of room in here for them to come early. We will also be spending our DoJo points this week in our class store and then resetting our points to start over!! Here is to a great week of school and please mark your calendars that we have winter break the week of Presidents Day.
Book Bag activity
Return RSVP for the Wax Museum
Reading: We are finishing up Balto and will begin analyzing a fiction and nonfiction piece on snowflakes. This will continue into next week.
Language: We are working on superlative and comparative adjectives and adverbs
S/S: Wax Museum scripts
Science: cleaning out our garden and discussing our region we live in
Math: working with equivalent fractions.
Good Morning wonderful families :) We finally have a whole week of school and I am ready to rock and roll. The next couple of weeks are going to bring some fun events so make sure you mark you calendars when emails come out.
The kids will have their first "real" test this Friday over the novel Balto that we have been reading in class. The students need to read over their summaries and their other SWYKs to study. The test will be a comprehension test over the whole story as well as the vocabulary words that we have been going over. To help with the test I sent home a "ways to study" sheet with paper work yesterday. The chart will also be hung in the classroom as reminders.
The kids have really loved the story and as we continue with this novel we will also be comparing with Togo the picture book. Have your students tell you all about this story and the history behind it!!
In math we are still working on those facts. Please make sure you are working on these at home as well. This is a big "skill" that the fourth grade teachers are wanting the kids to be fluent at. Coming from 4 and 5th grade I understand that the standards get harder and harder and students need to have these multiplication facts memorized fluently. We have moved on from small group lessons on these but are still reviewing in our morning work as well as in guided math.
In math now we are starting on fractions and will be working on what these are, how to compare them and how to see them on a number line. Fractions seem to be one of those standards kids either love or hate so we will see how it goes :)
In language we are digging deeper into the different types of adjectives and adverbs. Diagramming sentences are one of the students favorite activity but we will be involving some brain pop and even show and tell next week!
With writing we are working on responding to reading and will be working on subject verb agreement as well.
The "fun" event is our wax museum that the kids are working on here at school. The part that will be completed at home is anything above and beyond the rubric, which was given last week, as well as a costume. Please let me know if you have any questions.
The school dance and jump rope for heart is coming up so make sure you have that down for 2/3/17 :)
Thanks for all your support-