CLASSROOM NEWS
Week of February 24:
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!
We are getting closer to the end of Module 5 in math, but are still working on fractions this week. I'm so impressed by how well the students are doing! We will have 10 spelling words and 2 new states this week. The states are California and Nevada. In reading, we are on our final week of our Literature Circles. The students will be finishing their books and their final roles within their groups. Then, if they haven't already, they should be working on their cereal box book report project on their Lit Circle book. The packet that was sent home has all of the necessary information, but if you have further questions, please contact me. In Social Studies and Science this week, we will be studying the Gold Rush.
Let's have a great week!

P.S.- Thanks to everyone who has sent donations for our PTO raffle basket so far! Reminder, we will be collecting items until March 10th. See my previous post for more details :-)

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#WERISEBYLIFTINGOTHERS Week
of January 6:
I hope everyone had a wonderful break and is refreshed and ready to come back to school! I know I am! I can hardly believe it is the 3rd Quarter already. We are starting right back up with Module 5 in math... FRACTIONS. We will be studying the Midwest Region for Social Studies, as well as reading about Henry Ford and the Assembly Line in reading. We WILL have states and spelling words this week. In Science we will be learning about the Structure and Function of Living Things- plants and animals. Our new Lit Center rotations will be Figurative Language, Poetry, Young Authors, Read to Self, and Ticket to Read. Students will spend 3 days on each rotation. We will also begin a journal assignment and weekly IAR (formerly PARCC) practice. This is our busy time... this is our full steam ahead time... We are going to be working hard, learning a lot, and of course, having fun along the way. I can't wait to see everyone tomorrow! Here's to an amazing 2nd half of our year!!

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Week
of December 16:

We made it to the last week before winter break and I can hardly believe it! In some ways it feels like the year just started, and in some ways it feels like I've known these kids forever :-) This week we will be finishing up Module 3 in math, working on multi-digit by multi-digit multiplication. When we come back from break we will be diving headfirst into fractions. We will have states this week, but will not have spelling words until we come back from break. We will be learning how to read paired passages this week by reading a fiction and non-fiction passage about taking care of live Christmas trees. Students will then complete some comprehension and writing tasks. We will be finishing up some things and cleaning up our room for the break.
*We are still collecting donations for Heifer International.

*Students should still be completing a Random Act of Kindness every day.

*Our party is on Thursday at 2:00. We will be playing a gift exchange game. Students who wish to participate should bring a wrapped gift ($10 limit) .. Girls should say "To Girl" and Boys should say "To Boy". If your child would like to participate but is unable to provide a gift, please let me know as soon as possible, and a gift will be provided.

*Friday is pajama day for $1.00, and we will dismiss at 1:00.

*Break is a great time to wash coats/hats/gloves/etc. to rid them of the germs (and smells) they collect while at school.

Let's have a great week!
#GOPACKGO :-)
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Week of December 9:
We'll continue working on Module 3.. hoping to finish it up before break. We are currently working on long division with large numbers. Students are working on an opinion writing piece about which type of Christmas tree is better for the environment based on some articles we read. We are learning about renewable and nonrenewable resources in Science.

Reminders:
1) Students should be completing 1 (at least) Random Act of Kindness per day
2) We are collecting money for our donation to Heifer International until Thursday, December 19th. Every little bit helps!
3) We will be having a $10 limit grab bag gift exchange at our Christmas party... boys should bring a wrapped gift labeled "To Boy" and girls should do the same, labeled "To Girl". Participation is optional. If your child would like to participate but is unable to provide a gift, please let me know and a gift will be provided.
4) We are still collecting pink items for Miss Jeanie's PINK Christmas gift from the class.

Let's have a great week!!
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Week of November 18:
We will continue working on division in math this week. We finished Because of Winn Dixie in ELA, so we will be reviewing and then take a test on the book. We've finished the states of the South, so we will be finishing our South study folders this week for a test of the southern states and capitals next week. There will be no new states for state research this week. We will have spelling words. Students will be working on their Native American report booklets and slideshows all week. Please remember, triaramas are due Friday. Next Tuesday, the 26th, from 8:15-10 and 2-3 is when we will be presenting our projects. Families are invited to attend during those times. Let's have a great week!

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Week
of November 11:
Tomorrow is an early release day, 11:15. We will have a special Veterans' Day program in the morning beginning at 9:00. It would be nice for the students to wear something red/white/or blue tomorrow. We will take a math test Tuesday over the first part of Module 3, multiplication. Students brought home a test review packet over the weekend. Then, we will be moving on to division for the next part of Module 3. We will finish Because of Winn-Dixie this week. We will have states, Kentucky and Tennessee, but will not have spelling words this week. We are going to be focusing a lot of our time on our Native American writing. If students have been researching their tribe at home, it would be very helpful for them to bring their notes to school, so they aren't doing double the work. The triaramas are due on Nov. 22. We will be having a day where we present our projects and writing to the other classes, as well as parents/family members. The invitation for that will come home later this week. As of right now, I'm planning for it to be on Tuesday, the 26th. Let's have a great week!!

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Week
of October 28:
Thank you to everyone who attended conferences. I enjoyed meeting with all of you. This week we will continue Module 3 in math, working on multi-digit multiplication. We will have spelling words and states this week. We have a few Southern states left. The states this week are Louisiana and Texas. We are beginning our third novel study, Because of Winn Dixie, this week. We are going to work on writing detailed sentences, also. We will finish up our study of Life Cycles this week. On Friday, information will be coming home regarding our Native American research projects. We will complete the writing portion at school, but some of the research and the triarama will be done at home. Students will be provided a poster board for the making of the triarama.
*Halloween parade at 1:30, and party at 2:00 on Thursday. Please be sure costumes are school appropriate. We will start getting costumes on around 1:00.
*Please be sure students have a sweatshirt or a coat for recess as it is getting colder out. They will no longer be allowed to go out in t-shirts.

Let's Have a Great Week!
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Week
of October 7:
This week we will finish Module 2 in Math and take a short Module 2 exam before beginning Module 3. Module 3 covers multi-digit multiplication and division. In reading, we will be studying Themes in literature. Students will learn about various themes and practice identifying themes in various passages and stories. We will have spelling words and states this week. Our states will be Florida and Georgia. In Social Living, we will continue reading about Life in the South, and studying Waves and Wave Properties for Science. Let's have a great week!

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Week
of September 30:
I can hardly believe we will be entering October this week! This year is flying! On Monday we will take our Module 1 Math test (students brought a review guide home over the weekend). Then we will begin Module 2. We will finish Tuck Everlasting this week. The students will be assigned their first project of the year, the Book Buffet project. Be on the lookout for the information coming home. Students will have spelling words and states this week. The states are North Carolina and South Carolina. We will begin our study of Wave Properties in Science and will start studying life in the South in Social Studies. Let's have a great week!
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Week
of September 23:
I hope everyone found a way to enjoy this miserably rainy weekend! We will finish Module 1 this week in Math. On Friday, we will review for the Module 1 test, which we will take next Monday. We will have two new states and 10 spelling words this week. The states will be Virginia and West Virginia. We will continue reading and discussing Tuck Everlasting. We are working on skills such as summarizing with a main idea and supporting details, comparing and contrasting, and analyzing character traits. This week our Social Studies/Science will revolve around apples for Johnny Appleseed day. Be on the lookout for our Germy Apple experiment... and try not to lose your lunch when you see the results ;-) Let's have a great week!
#CHOOSEKIND Week of September 16:
I hope everyone had a great weekend! We will keep moving forward in Module 1 for Math this week. We'll learn all about the Constitution for Constitution Day. We are studying forces and motion in Science. For State Research we are moving to the South region. Our first two states of the South region will be Maryland and Delaware. We will not have Spelling words this week due to the early release on Friday, along with our first Character Counts event on Friday. We are reading our 2nd novel, Tuck Everlasting, and will continue that this week.
I'm very excited for Thursday, the 2nd Annual Rock Your School Day!! Without giving too much away, 4B Scholars should wear white or bright neon colors to get the full benefit of our fun day of learning :-) 
   Week of September 9:
I hope everyone had a great weekend, despite today's gloomy weather. In Math this week, we will use our place value understanding to fluently add multi-digit whole numbers. Students will have 10 spelling words and 2 new states for State Research. These will be our last two Northeast states, Connecticut and Massachusetts. On Friday, we will take our Northeast States and Capitals test. Students will need to label the 9 Northeast states on the map, as well as match the state to the correct capital city. We will read and discuss about September 11th this week, and then we will move on to the Constitution. In Science, we will begin our study of balanced and unbalanced forces after we take our Energy quiz on Tuesday. We will conduct an experiment on Friday involving forces.
Please remember to send those empty toilet paper tubes if you have any :-) Thank you!!
Let's have a great week!
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Week of September 2:
I hope everyone has had a great Labor Day Weekend. In a freak accident sort of way, involving 6 dogs running at full speed, I injured my knee Saturday and have been using crutches to get around.. I will be at school, but I'm a little slow and I just know my 22 scholars will take it easy on me ;-)
We will have new states this week, and will have just 5 spelling words. In math, we will continue working on rounding numbers to any place value. I continue to be impressed by this class and their work ethic, with every student continuing to turn in their homework every day. I am so proud. We will finish our partner interviews and write our biographies this week. Students will also complete a portrait of their partner. We will finish The American Revolution and move on to the Constitution. In Science. we will finish our study of Energy. Students will bring home a study guide for a test on Energy on Thursday or Friday, and the test will be next week, probably Tuesday.
We will also FINALLY begin Computer Lab and Literacy Center this week! YAY!

Let's have a great week!
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Week
of August 26:
I hope everyone enjoyed this lovely fall-like weekend! Fall is my favorite season so I've loved it! We had a great first week last week and I'm looking forward to week 2. I was so impressed by everyone turning in their math homework every day!
This week, we will continue working through our Module 1 lessons and will have our first quiz on Friday.
We will have new spelling words and new states for State Research this week. A reminder for state research: Students must color in the state on the map. We went over that in class but several forgot to do it on the assignment.
We will finish our study of the American Revolution this week (I hope) and then will move on to the Constitution.
Students will be interviewing a partner this week and then typing biographies about them.
We will continue our study of energy in Science.
Beginning of the year AIMSWeb Benchmarking will be completed this week, as well.
*PICTURE DAY is TUESDAY!

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Week
of August 19:
We had a great first day of school and I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Each week, on Sunday, I will post a message highlighting the upcoming week. This will include what I intend for us to accomplish during the week, however, that doesn't mean we will necessarily get everything done that I planned. My plans adjust and change as needed throughout the week based on the needs of the students.
This week we are going to dive right in to our Eureka math lessons. Students will be given time in class to work on their homework, but if they do not use that time wisely, they will likely have some homework to finish at home. Whether they finish it at school or not, I still require them to take the workbook home at night.
We will also begin our beginning of the year benchmark tests.
We will begin State Research this week. Students will havestates per week to research. We will begin with the Northeast Region of the United States. State Research is assigned on Monday and due on Friday each week. The "Interesting Facts"section should be written in complete sentences, and the facts should actually be interesting or unique to that state.
In Science we are going to begin learning about ENERGY and on Friday we'll conduct an experiment dealing with energy transfer(weather permitting).
We will begin reading about the American Revolution this week to prepare us for the study of our Constitution and government.
Students will be begin interviewing a partner to prepare to type partner biographies.
We will have spelling words this week. Words will be assigned on Monday and tested on Friday. We will work on the words at school, but students should also practice at home. They will be written in the planner each week (some weeks we won't have any and I will let you know).
I believe we are going to have a great school year and I am ready for us to hit the ground running!

*REMINDER- The BOOK ORDER that you took home at Meet the Teacher night is due this Friday, August 26. I will be placing the order September 1. Remember, every purchase you make earns us bonus points to get new books for our classroom library.September has THE BEST bonus points available, so this is a great time to order. If you order online, use our class code, LD4KQ. Also,if you order online and spend $25 or more, you can use the code"READS" for a free $5.00 book!


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