Sunday, September 23, 2018

Welcome Fall! Sept. 24 to Sept. 28


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It's time to kick off the Apex Fun Run!  During the next 2 weeks, we'll have daily lessons from the Apex teachers on character ed and positive behavior. We always love these highly energetic and fun presentations!

REMEMBER:  Sign up for conferences if you haven't done so.  As it is early in the year, we'll discuss how 4th grade is going so far, and students will set individual goals for 4th grade.  
*Please have your child attend the conference if possible so they can participate in the discussion and goal setting.

Note:  The link for the iPad presentation was incorrect last week, so here is the correct link if you would like to see the information:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13JvP9-frPc1Jf_4VwzT5Bzp6TscT5ume6cKLlJoGyw4/edit

This week, we look forward to the following:
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:
Lessons will include instruction on reading strategies and responding in the reading notebook using these strategies.   We'll develop understanding of main idea and details in whole group and small group lessons.

*Please use the link provided to study for the genre quiz on Wednesday, September 26.

*40 Book Challenge:  4 slips(tallies) Monday, Oct. 1.  Students are doing a GREAT job with their independent reading, and your support is much appreciated.!

HOME READING CALENDARS DUE MONDAY, OCT 1.

Word Work:  Students will receive the new list of words, and our test will be on Friday.  Throughout the week, students will have written practice and iPad practice to develop understanding of the words.  10 words/roots from the list will be tested on Friday.

Writing/Language:  We will complete our personal narratives this week, and  we'll work in class to edit and revise the stories.  Then, we'll work to type them on Google Docs via the computer lab and iPads for our final copy.

We are now doing daily language practice exercises to work on punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

MATH:
Students received homework on Friday, and this will be due on Thursday, Sept. 28.


Students are also doing daily practice from their student books in school.  The Home Connection homework is just one part of the independent practice that students participate in.

Our lessons this week will continue to cover division strategies,  factorization, and prime and composite numbers.  We'll also start daily multiplication 1 minute tests to develop speed and fluency with our facts.

HEALTH:
Watch for Bus Safety tests coming home, and this week the Maple Grove fire fighters will be presenting to each class on fire safety.  Please go through the booklet that your child will be bringing home to review fire safety with your family. The book will be due next week.

Science:    Our unit this trimester is titled "Earth Materials".  Our first lessons this week will introduce rocks and minerals as students conduct experiments with mock rocks.

ART:
 The contrast hand design is due on Wednesday, September 26.  On Friday, our class will meet with Mrs. Weiland for an art lesson on color.


"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."
                                                                                                                    Charles R. Swindoll

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week of September 17 to September 21


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TIME FOR BUDDIES!  In fourth grade, we are buddies with Mrs. Wagner's 1st grade class.  This week, we'll meet each other's buddies for a "Big Buddy/Little Buddy"  get to know each other activity.

iPads will be distributed on Monday, Sept. 17.  If you were not able to attend the iPad meeting, the link for the information is given below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13JvP9-frPc1Jf_4VwzT5Bzp6TscT5ume6cKLlJoGyw4/edit

On Monday night students will bring their iPads home, and homework will include  loading assigned apps and fully charging their iPad.  Students will also be reminded that the iPad is for school use, and that parents have the ultimate say in regards to iPad use.

Here is a summary of what we'll be doing this week in class.  Please refer to your child's planner for additional details.

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:
Lessons will include instruction on reading strategies and responding in the reading notebook using these strategies.  We'll continue to explore genres as we review expectations for the 40 book challenge.

Word Work:  We will start Word Work, and the first list will come home on Monday.  10 words will be selected for a spelling assessment on Friday.  The programs we will use for Word Work in the first trimester are "Words Their Way" and " Flocabulary".  

Writing:  Students will complete their bio-poems for display, and we'll be writing personal narratives during the next few weeks.

40 Book Challenge:  2-3 slips(tallies) by Friday, Sept. 21

MATH:
Students received homework on Friday, and this will be due on Thursday, Sept. 20.  Our lessons this week will cover division strategies,  factorization, and prime and composite numbers.


HEALTH:
We'll complete the unit on bus safety. 
We continue to work on expectations and procedures using our life skills of Respect, Responsibility, and Personal Best.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Monday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day.  We'll read about and discuss the United States Constitution during Social Studies and Reading time.

ART:
 Wanted Posters will be completed.  On Friday, we'll work on creating a contrasting color design.


"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."
                                                                                                                    Charles R. Swindoll

Saturday, September 8, 2018


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Our first week in 4th grade was a great success!  Thank you for your support in assisting students by providing school supplies and helping your child be organized for school.  Also, thank you for encouraging your child to have their planner signed each day.  This is an important habit that will help with communication throughout the year.

All students shared "Give Me 5" presentations, and we enjoyed learning about each other's special hobbies and interests.  You would be proud to see how well everyone shared and listened to these presentations!

iPads will be distributed on Monday, Sept. 17.  If you were not able to attend the iPad meeting, the link for the information is given below:

digitallearning@district279.org


Here is a summary of what we'll be doing this week in class.  Please refer to your child's planner for additional details.

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:
Lessons will include procedures and expectations for the 40 book challenge.  Students will complete pretests for word work (spelling) and for reading to determine small groups for leveled instruction.  We'll review cursive, and students will create a bio-poem with the final copy produced on Google documents in the computer lab.  Students will review their log-ins for Osseo Apps so that they'll be able to log-in with their iPads when they receive them.

MATH:
We'll start with our "Bridges" curriculum, and students will receive their student books and create a student journal.  Our first lessons will review concepts and procedures and include a pre-assessment of the first unit. 
Homework will come home on Friday in a packet and will be due the following Thursday. 


HEALTH: 
The first unit of study will cover bus safety.  As we are starting our school year, we'll also explore our hopes and dreams for the school year.


ART:
 Students will create "WANTED" posters, but they'll be wanted for a POSITIVE  talent or character trait .  These will be displayed as "WESTRUM'S WILD ONES".


We continue to work on expectations and procedures using our life skills of Respect, Responsibility, and Personal Best.

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."
                                                                                                                    Charles R. Swindoll



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Welcome to 4th Grade

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Welcome everyone to the new school year!  I've been having so much fun preparing for our time together, and I'm excited to meet you all during the next few weeks!  Our year will be filled with learning, fun, friendships, and activities.  Please mark your calendars for the following:

1.  Open House:  Wednesday, August 29, 4:30 to 6:00 PM.
*Note:  You are welcome to bring any school supplies that evening.  After you meet me, you can take time to organize school supplies to help prepare for the 1st day of school.  Also, students will have time to organize materials the first day, so either option will work.

2.  iPad Parent Info. Night:  Thursday, Sept. 6, 6:00.
 Parents will gather in the cafeteria to receive important information regarding iPads.  If you still need to register for your student's iPad, you'll have time and assistance that evening. 

     I'll update this blog each week, and I'll email you when I've completed updates.  For now, enjoy the last of your summer days, and I'll look forward to seeing and meeting all of you very soon!