Monday, November 19, 2018

November 19 to November 29, 2018

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The blog is updated for the next 2 weeks, the final weeks of the trimester.  Wishing you all wonderful Thanksgiving!!

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:

We continue to focus on inference skills during our whole and small group lessons.  We will also read Thanksgiving stories and plays as we study the history of the Eastern United States. 

*40 Book Challenge: 13 to 14 slips/tallies should be completed by November 30 to be in line with the 40 book challenge.
NOVEMBER HOME READING CALENDARS are due by Dec. 3.


Word Work:   
We'll work on Latin/Greek roots through "Words Their Way" during the next few weeks.  Watch for spelling city assignments in the student planner.
THE SPELLING TEST DATE IS THURSDAY, NOV. 29

Writing/Language:  
Students will complete a web-quest on Thanksgiving, and they'll work on writing skills using November writing prompts.  

MATH:
Homework is due on Wednesday, Nov. 21. 

New homework will come home on Nov. 21, and this will be due on Nov. 29.

We will test on Unit 2 during the week of Nov. 19, and Unit 3 will focus on fractions and decimals.

**Continue to practice multiplication and division facts for speed and accuracy.  We are getting close to our class ice cream party!

Social Studies and Art:

Eastern States and Capital Test:  Wednesday, Nov. 21.  Use the links under Social Studies and the student study guide to assist with studying.

The current event report is due on Monday, Nov. 26 or Tuesday Nov. 27.   Please assist your child in choosing a 4th grade friendly article for their current event report.


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Friday, November 9, 2018

Nov. 12 to Nov. 16, 2018



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As the weather is getting colder, remember to come to school ready for outside recess with the appropriate warm clothing.


During the upcoming week, we look forward to the following:
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:

Lessons this week will focus on inferencing skills as we read stories during whole group and small group reading.  Watch for the Unit 2 test coming home in Wednesday folders.

*40 Book Challenge: 10-11 slips(tallies) by Monday, Nov. 12.  By the end of the trimester (end of November), students should have 13 -14 tallies.
Continue to mark reading minutes on November calendars each day.

Word Work:   We'll work on Lesson 3 from Wordly Wise.  Spelling City will be assigned along with the Wordly Wise workbook activities. 
FRIDAY, NOV. 16, will be the test date for Wordly Wise vocabulary. (No Spelling Test)

Writing/Language:  
We continue to use November prompts to choose topics to write about during   independent work time.  Students will also write a friendly letter to a veteran, fire fighter, police officer, etc... as part of a whole school project to build unity and community.

MATH:
Homework is due on Thursday, Nov. 15. 
We will explore and learn about division with remainders.   The test on this unit will be on Friday, Nov. 12.   Students are learning about elapsed time and liquid measuring using cups, quarts, and gallons during our number corner lessons.

**Continue to practice multiplication and division facts for speed and accuracy.  We are getting close to our class ice cream party!

Social Studies and Art:
We will be mixing clay and adding the various colors to our land form maps.  We will also begin our study of the Eastern United States.  Students are creating a map with the states and capitals, and we this will be tested on Tuesday, November 20.  The links on this blog can also be used for studying the Eastern states and capitals

Students will be assigned a current event report on Monday, Nov. 12, and this will be due on November 26.   Please assist your child in choosing 4th grade friendly articles for their current event report.

ART:  Students will meet with Mrs. Weiland as we start our 2nd art rotation.



Friday, November 2, 2018

November 5 to November 9, 2018

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REMINDER, NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON TUES, NOV 6

We will have student council elections on Monday, November 5.  We'll elect 2 students to serve on the Rush Creek Student Council.  Thanks to the 7 candidates who have created posters, given speeches, and offered to serve their school by running for student council. 

During the upcoming week, we look forward to the following:
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:

Our focus this week will be on fluency as students participate in small group readers' theaters.  On Friday, we'll have the Unit 2 Benchmark test that will assess  sequencing skills when reading personal narratives.

*40 Book Challenge: 9-10 slips(tallies) by Monday, Nov. 5.  By the end of the trimester (end of November), students should have 13 -14 tallies.
Continue to mark reading minutes on November calendars each day.

Word Work:  This week, we'll have a new list of words for spelling.   These words will come home on Monday, Nov. 5.  The roots are spec (to see), port (to carry), and form (to shape/form).  The test will be on Friday, Nov. 9.  Spelling City will be assigned on Tuesday and Due on Friday, Nov. 9.
*Next week, we'll work on Lesson 3 of Wordly Wise.



Writing/Language:  
We continue to work on Type To Learn during this week, and students will use November prompts to choose topics to write about during their  independent work time.  

MATH:
Homework is coming home on Thursday, Nov. 8 .
During our math lessons, we'll continue to explore multiplication.  Number Corner will focus on elapsed time and liquid measuring using cups, quarts, and gallons.

*Continue to practice multiplication and division facts for speed and accuracy.  We are getting close to our class ice cream party!

Science:     The test is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7. 
Use the study guide provided and the link on this blog to assist with studying.  Both the study guide and the link should be reviewed as some things on the study guide are not on the  link (Quizlet).  Be sure to cover both items to do well on the test.

Social Studies and Art:
We'll continue to work on the land form maps as we explore the regions of our country.   We've reviewed the continents and oceans of the world, and we'll have a quiz on these Thursday, Nov. 8.  Use the links on this blog to assist with studying. 


ART:  Students will meet with Mrs. Weiland as we start our 2nd art rotation.



Friday, October 26, 2018



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Goodbye October, and Welcome November!
Our week includes the following:
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:
Students have been assigned a book talk using Flipgrid, an iPad app.  This is due on Monday, October 29.  (This is a change from the prior due date.)

*40 Book Challenge:  8-10 slips(tallies) by Monday, Oct. 29.  Students are doing a GREAT job with their independent reading, and your support is much appreciated!

HOME READING CALENDARS DUE On Thursday, NOV. 1.  New calendars will come home in Wednesday folders.

Word Work:  Wordly Wise books have arrived, and we'll start doing Wordly Wise units every other week.  
Our new pattern for word work will be as follows:
One Week, Wordly Wise - One Week, Words Their Way - One Week, Wordly Wise, etc...  For both programs, Spelling City will be incorporated for vocabulary and spelling practice.


FOR THE WEEK OF OCT. 29 - 
Students will work on Wordly Wise, Lesson 2.
Friday's test, Nov. 2, will be on vocabulary definitions and usage, not on Spelling.

Writing/Language:  
The descriptive final copy is due on WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31.  We will have some time in class, but  completing and editing this story at home is encouraged.  Students will also have time to hone their keyboarding skills during the next few weeks as we work on TYPE TO LEARN.


MATH:
Homework is coming home on Friday, Oct. 26 and is due on Thursday, Nov. 1.

During our math lessons, we'll continue to construct models and ratio tables for multiplication.

Continue to practice multiplication and division facts for speed and accuracy.

Science:    This week, we'll complete our experiments on rocks and minerals.  A study guide will come home on Monday, Oct. 29, for the Earth Material test.  The test is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7.

Social Studies and Art:
This week, we will create land from maps on the regions of the United States.  We'll use clay to create these maps as we are studying the different land forms of our country.



Saturday, October 20, 2018

Oct. 22 to Oct. 26, 2018


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During this week, all classes at Rush Creek are focusing on lessons about making friendships and working to prevent bullying.  We'll have lessons and discussions in our class  that will include making a paper chain with friendship messages and meeting with our buddies to support friendship and kindness in our school.

This week, we look forward to the following:
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:
We are starting Unit 3 in our Benchmark reading series, and this week the focus is sequencing.  We'll read a story about Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt to work on comprehension skills.

Students have been assigned a book talk using Flipgrid, an iPad app.  This is due on Friday, Oct. 26.

*40 Book Challenge:  8-10 slips(tallies) by Monday, Oct. 29.  Students are doing a GREAT job with their independent reading, and your support is much appreciated!

HOME READING CALENDARS DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER.  REMEMBER TO READ EACH NIGHT AND KEEP TRACK OF MINUTES READ ON THE OCTOBER CALENDAR.

Word Work:  Students will receive anew list of words on Monday, Oct. 22, and our test will be on Friday, Oct. 26  Throughout the week, students will have written practice and iPad practice using Spelling City to develop understanding of the words.  
10 words/roots from the list will be tested on Friday.

Writing/Language:  

We work on Daily Language Practice (DLP) to work on grammar, spelling, and editing skills.  . This week, we'll work on the rough draft of our descriptive story, and we'll spend time in the computer lab typing our stories and working on Type to Learn to develop keyboard skills.


MATH:
**Homework is due on Monday, October 22.
We'll look at models of multiplication and place value as we continue to compute larger numbers and solve problems.

Students will have Moby Max Math homework assigned on Monday, and this will be due on Thursday, Oct. 25.  New homework will come home on Friday, Oct. 26, and this will be due the following week.

HEALTH:

*Fire Safety Posters are due on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Science:    Our experiments this week include observing the properties of calcite and using these observations to determine if calcite is in other rocks.

ART:
On Friday, students will join Mrs. Hehn for their weekly art lesson.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Oct. 15 - Oct. 17, 2018


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MONDAY NIGHT, LAST NIGHT OF CONFERENCES
*Please have your child attend the conference if possible so they can participate in the discussion and goal setting.
**Please bring field trip funds to conferences.  The form was sent home on Wednesday, Sept. 26, with the 4th grade activities and costs listed. (I'll have extra forms at conferences as well.)

This week, we look forward to the following:
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:
We'll test on our first reading unit, and we'll participate in readers' theaters to work on fluency and comprehension skills.  In small groups, we continue to read and discuss chapter books.
Watch for the reading tests coming home next week.
*40 Book Challenge: 7-8 slips(tallies) by Monday, Oct. 22.  By the end of the month, students should have at least 8-10,  Your support is greatly appreciated.
HOME READING CALENDARS DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER.  REMEMBER TO READ EACH NIGHT AND KEEP TRACK OF MINUTES READ ON THE OCTOBER CALENDAR.

Word Work:  This week, we will not have new words or a spelling test due to the short week.  We'll review the Latin roots we've learned so far, and we'll work on words from "Flocabulary" to expand our vocabulary.

Writing/Language:  
  We'll work on paraphrasing this week, and we'll start to plan and create a rough draft for a descriptive story.  We work on Daily Language Practice (DLP) to work on grammar, spelling, and editing skills.

MATH:
Students received homework on Friday, and this will be due on Monday, Oct. 22,

Watch for Unit 1 tests coming home.  We are now working on Unit 2, and this week we'll work on place value and measurement (volume/capacity).


HEALTH:
Fire safety posters are due on Tuesday, Oct. 23.  Students will bring posters home over the 4 day weekend to complete if they do not finish in class this week.

Science:    We are observing minerals.  This week we'll do tests and experiments on hardness, and we'll we read  about rocks and minerals during our science lessons.

ART:
Students will work to complete fire safety posters during class time.

"Seven things every child needs to hear: I love you, I’m proud of you, I’m sorry, I forgive you, I’m listening. This is your responsibility. You have what it takes to succeed."
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Friday, October 5, 2018

Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2018

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Thank you all for signing up for conferences:
I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you and sharing the great success of your child so far in 4th grade.
*Please have your child attend the conference if possible so they can participate in the discussion and goal setting.
**Please bring field trip funds to conferences.  The form was sent home on Wednesday, Sept. 26, with the 4th grade activities and costs listed. (I'll have extra forms at conferences as well.)


PICTURE DAY:  Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10:25 am.
BOOK FAIR PREVIEW:  Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2:20 pm.


This week, we look forward to the following:
READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:
We'll read biographies in whole group reading as we use main idea/details and other strategies to develop comprehension.  We'll also work on Part 2 of our Wordly Wise lesson, and we'll review and test on the words during the week.
*40 Book Challenge:  6-7 slips(tallies) by Monday, Oct. 15.  Students are doing a GREAT job with their independent reading, and your support is much appreciated!

HOME READING CALENDARS DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER.  REMEMBER TO READ EACH NIGHT AND KEEP TRACK OF MINUTES READ ON THE OCTOBER CALENDAR.

Word Work:  Students will receive the new list of words, and our test will be on Friday, Oct. 12  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 work on Daily Language Practice (DLP) to work on grammar, spelling, and editing skills.  We'll review figurative language, and we'll work on writing a descriptive story using figurative language within our writing.


MATH:
Students received homework on Friday, and this will be due on Thursday, Oct. 11.


We continue to work on strategies to develop number sense when computing multiplication and division problems as we work towards our goal of completing 100 multiplication facts in five minutes or less.

This week, we'll also work on comparison problems using multiplication and division.

Students will complete the MobyMax pretest, and starting next week, MobyMax will be assigned as part of our math homework.

HEALTH:
The Fire Safety book is due on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The movie that you are asked to watch in the booklet can be accessed on the Rush Creek website under "Academics" and "4th Grade."
Here is the link as well:  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ14Mmle0to

*We'll start our fire safety posters for the Maple Grove 4th grade fire poster contest.  These will be due on Oct. 24.  Watch for information coming home this week.

Science:    We are doing evaporation experiments with our mock rocks, and we'll observe minerals to describe the characteristics and test their hardness.

ART:
This week, our class will meet with Mrs. Faatz for an art lesson on photography using their iPads.