Sunday, March 17, 2019

March 18 to March 22, 2019


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SPRING TESTING DATES
MCA READING  – Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10 (1:35 – 2:45)

MCA MATH – Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18 (1:35 – 2:45)

MAP READING – Monday, May 6, and Thursday, May 9 (10:20 – 12:00)


MAP MATH – Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17 (10:20 – 12:00)

Reading/Writing/Language Arts:    
We will read and analyze poetry as we continue to write a variety of poems to create a class poem book and individual poem books this week and after spring break.

Word Work:   Our study of Latin/Greek roots continues with Word Sort 36 from "Words Their Way."  Spelling City will be due on Friday, March 22, and the test will also be on Friday, March 22.

Writing:  We'll write poems each day including diamonte poems, limericks, and metaphor poems.  After spring break, we'll create a book with the final copies of our poems.

Math:  The Unit 5 test will be on Monday, and we'll pretest Unit 6.  Our next lessons will cover multiplication and division strategies of larger numbers.
Homework will be due on Thursday, March 21.

Health:  Family Life lessons will be on Monday afternoon.  We will also create family pictures as we discuss the importance of families as a resource for information as we continue to learn and grow.

Social Studies:  
The test on the southern states and capitals will be Tuesday, March 19.  Use the links on this blog to assist with studying.

We will have lessons on the land forms, economy, and history of the south.

We continue our web-quest through Journey North to find mystery cities throughout the world.  This week, using information from the equinox, we will find the longitude of each mystery city.

Art:  We will have an art lesson on vanishing point during our art time on Friday. 





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Sunday, March 10, 2019

March 11 to March 15, 2019

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Reading/Writing/Language Arts:    
We will work on cause and effect during our lessons this week during whole group and small group lessons, and we continue to review figurative language.

Word Work:   Students will work on Lesson 9 in Wordly Wise.  We will have a test on these words Friday, March 15.  Spelling City will be due on Friday, March 15, as well.

Writing:  We will work on poetry and write a different type of poem each day including couplets, quatrains, and Haiku poems.

Math:We will continue to study perimeter and area of rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles.  We will also work on rotational symmetry and compound rectangular shapes. 
Homework will be due on Thursday, March 14.

Health:  Our final DARE lesson will be on Monday, March 11, with Officer Marinello.

Social Studies:  
We will complete our lessons in Junior Achievement.   We will begin our study of the Southern United States.  Students will create maps of the south to study the state locations and capitals.  The test on the southern states and capitals will be Tuesday, March 19.  Use the links on this blog to assist with studying.

We continue our web-quest through Journey North to find mystery cities throughout the world.  We are tracking photo-periods and graphing the results during the months February and March. 

Art:  We will have an art lesson on rotational symmetry during our art time on Friday. 





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Saturday, March 2, 2019

March 4 to March 8, 2019



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Reading/Writing/Language Arts:    
This week, we will complete Unit 5 in Benchmark Reading and have the Unit 5 test.  We will focus on figurative language and point of view during our whole group and small group reading lessons.

By the end of March, students should have 32 tallies to be in line for the 40 book challenge.  Remember to send back Feb. home reading calendars by Monday, March 4.    March calendars were sent home and are due at the end of this month.

Word Work:   We will review the Latin/Greek roots from "Words Their Way" that we have worked on this year.  The test on Friday will cover the roots and their meanings.   Spelling City will be due on Friday, March 8.

Writing:  Students have written a winter short story.  Final copies are due on Monday, March 4.  We'll take time on Monday, March 4, to print and illustrate our stories about this record breaking winter!  Next, we will begin a poetry unit and write different types of poems during the next few weeks. 

Math:
Our focus this week is  on perimeter and area.  We will study perimeter and area of rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles.  We will review and study geometric shapes.
*Note:  Homework did not get passed out on Friday (Oops!  Sorry about that!).  Students will receive homework on Monday, and this week it is due on  Friday, March 8, since students were not able to work on it over the weekend.

Health: DARE lessons continue with  Officer Marinello.  We will have  our next lesson on Monday, March 4

Science:  The test on electricity and magnetism will be on Tuesday, March 5.  Students have a study guide to prepare for the test.  Also, use the link on this blog to study through "Quizlet".

Social Studies:  
We will continue with our lessons in Junior Achievement.  

We continue our web-quest through Journey North to find mystery cities throughout the world.  We are tracking photo-periods and graphing the results during the months February and March. 

Art:  This Friday, students will work with Mrs. Hehn  during our Friday art rotation.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Feb. 25 to March 1, 2019

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Please continue to return  Readathon slips  along with any donations collected for Reading for Research.

Reading/Writing/Language Arts:    
We will present our research to small groups on Monday, Feb. 25.
We will read trickster tales during our whole group reading as we focus on compare and contrast and character traits. 

Reading calendars and readathon slips are due on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Word Work:   This week, we will work on Wordly Wise, Unit 8.  Spelling City is due on Friday, March 1.  March 1 will be the date for the quiz on the Unit 8 Wordly Wise words.

Math:
We continue to work on geometry skills by studying angles.  Homework is due on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Health: DARE lessons continue with  Officer Marinello.  We will have  our next lesson on Monday, Feb. 25.

Science:  This week, we will build electromagnets during our lessons.  A study guide will come home to review electricity and magnets, and the test will be next week.  Watch for more information coming home in assignment notebooks.

Social Studies:  
We have started lessons through Junior Achievement, and Kristen Forrest will be presenting these lessons during February and March.  

We continue our web-quest through Journey North to find mystery cities throughout the world.  We are trackimg photo-periods and will graph the results during the months February and March. 
Art:  This Friday, students will work with Mrs. Faatz during our Friday art rotation.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Feb. 19 to Feb. 22, 2019



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Thank you all for attending conferences and for your support  as we continue our great progress during 4th grade.  I appreciate your commitment and involvement in all we do.

Please continue to return  Readathon slips at the end of each week along with any donations collected for Reading for Research.


Reading/Writing/Language Arts:    
We continue to research the states, and the slide show  is due on Wednesday, Feb. 20. .  Please review the slide show and suggest any editing/revising improvements to your child.  We will present these in small groups starting on Thursday, Feb. 21.

This week, we will start Unit 5 in Benchmark and focus on comparing and contrasting as we read.  We'll resume small group reading lessons as our state research is near completion.

*40 Book Challenge:  28 slips(tallies) by  Feb.28.   February Calendars will be due at the end of the month.  Readathon slips are due each week on Friday.

Word Work:   We are working on "Words Their Way" lesson 35.  Students have received the words, and the test will be on Friday, Feb. 22.  Spelling City will be due on Friday, Feb. 22 as well.

Math:
There is no homework packet this week, but homework will be sent home on Friday, Feb. 22.

Health: DARE lessons continue with  Officer Marinello.  We will have  our next lesson on Monday, Feb. 25.

Science:  We will build parallel circuits and electromagnets as we experiment to see what can make an electromagnet stronger. 

Social Studies:  
We have started lessons through Junior Achievement, and Kristen Forrest will be presenting these lessons during February and March.  

We continue our web-quest through Journey North to find mystery cities throughout the world.  We are track img photoperiods and will graph the results during the months February and March. 
Art:  This Friday, students will work with Mrs. Prin during our Friday art rotation.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Feb. 11 - Feb.14, 2019

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Hope you all enjoyed the snow day on Friday.  Once again, our schedule is modified to accommodate the winter weather.

Please return Readathon slips on Monday, Feb. 11, along with any donations collected for Reading for Research.

We will celebrate Valentine's Day Thursday, so bring valentines and  boxes by Thursday, Feb. 14.  If they are completed early, students may bring them in ahead of time.


Reading/Writing/Language Arts:    
We continue to research the states, and notes will be due on Wednesday, Feb. 13. (The original date was Tuesday, Feb. 12).  Please review your child's notes and initial the pink form.  This is due on Wednesday.

We will use our notes to create a Google slide presentation, and we will start this on Monday, Feb. 11, for all students who have completed their notes, We will have computer time throughout the week to complete the slide shows.

*40 Book Challenge:  25 to 26 slips(tallies) by  Feb. 11.   February Calendars will be due at the end of the month.  Readathon slips are due each week on Friday.

Word Work:   We will have the Unit 7 Wordly Wise test on Monday, Feb. 11.  During this week, we will work on new spelling words, and the test will be next Friday, Feb. 22 due to the shorter 4 day weeks.

Math:
New homework is coming home on Monday, Feb. 11.  This will be due on Thursday, Feb. 14.  Students should have the Unit 4 review completed by Monday, Feb. 11.  We will complete and test on Unit 4 Bridges Math this week.

Health: DARE has started, and lessons with our DARE officer will take place each Monday for the next 4 weeks.   We will have a lesson on Monday, Feb. 11.

Science:  On Monday, Feb. 11, "The Works" will present a lesson to our class on electricity.  We are excited to learn and use our knowledge of circuits as we engage in this lesson.  During class, we will work on advanced series and parallel circuits.

Social Studies:  We will begin our web-quest through Journey North to find mystery cities throughout the world.  We'll track photoperiods and graph the results during the months February and March, and we will use clues to find the latitude and longitude of the mystery cities.

Art:  On Wednesday, we'll spend time with our buddies creating chalk art hearts and playing a valentine game.
   

Monday, February 4, 2019

Feb. 5 to Feb.8, 2019


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Thank you all for signing up for your child's winter conference.  If you happen to change your time, please send me an email as well.  It will help me keep track of any changes.


Your child brought home their Read-A-Thon information last week.  Please return reading log minutes each week.  

Also, the following message can be used to copy/paste/forward or attach to your social Media account! THANK YOU for your support of the Rush Creek Read-A-Thon and Reading for Research!

 “Hello, my school, Rush Creek Elementary, is giving back to our community, in conjunction with our read-a-thon! My goal is to read ____ minutes! Would you kindly sponsor my reading goal with a flat donation? You can make the check out to Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Funds! We can make an enormous difference for cancer research reading one minute at a time!  Thank you for your support”

Reading/Writing/Language Arts:    This week, we will start our state research projects.  Students have chosen a state, and we'll organize our research folders on Tuesday and start our note taking on Tuesday and Wednesday using books from our library.  Later in the week, students will begin to use online, preselected resources for note taking.  Watch for information in assignment notebooks with daily updates on research goals.

*40 Book Challenge:  24 to 25 slips(tallies) by  Feb. 5.  Please return January Home Reading calendars if you have not done so.  February Calendars will be due at the end of the month.

Word Work:   Students will complete Wordly Wise, Lesson 7, throughout the week.  Spelling City will be due on Friday, and the Wordly Wise quiz on Lesson 7 will also be on Friday.

Math:
New homework is coming home on Friday,  Feb. 8.
We continue to study different measurements during our math lessons.

Health: DARE has started, and lessons with our DARE officer will take place each Monday for the next 4 weeks. 

Science:  Students continue their study of Magnetism and Electricity by conducting experiments with magnets and creating circuits.

We will have a lesson on electricity with the Elm Creek naturalist on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

ART:  Our class will meet with Mrs. Prin on Friday, Feb. 8, for their weekly art lesson. 
Yvonne Palka, author and illustrator, will share an art lesson with our class on Thursday, Feb. 7.   Examples of Yvonne's  artwork is shown below