We will be exchanging valentines on Thursday. Your child may bring in valentines to share with his/her classmates. This activity is entirely optional. However, if your child participates, I ask that he/she bring in one card for each child in our class so no feelings will be hurt. We have 28 students in our AM Homeroom class. Since each child will be receiving a valentine, please do not write names on their cards, this will help with time and any forgotten or lost cards. Please be sure they practice their neat handwriting (cursive or print.) We will be passing out the cards on Thursday, February 14th. Even if your child is not participating in handing out valentines, I suggest he/she brings in a bag with handles to easily carry home the valentines they collect. Your child may decorate this bag, but please be sure their name is written neatly on it.
2/13- Kids Care
2/14 Valentines Day
Students are off Fri. 2/15, Mon. 2/18 and Tue 2/19 - Enjoy the extra long weekend!!
Tests this week:
2/12 Tuesday 4th grade (on level) Unit 4 test 5th grade math will test unit 4 later in the month
2/13 Wednesday- Social Studies: Westward Expansion test
PBL's All math levels are currently working on small business projects in math. Some students are working on a bakery business and some on a lemonade stand business. I would like to plan a day toward the end of February to display their work and perhaps have them bring in the baked goods from the recipes they have chosen. I will send more details as the time draws near.
HARD CANDY!! individually wrapped candy
Thank you for all you do at home,
I hope you all had a relaxing three day weekend:-)
This week we will continue our Westward Expansion Unit in Social Studies. Students will have a Quiz on Wednesday based on the information we have already studied:
Vocabulary: Pioneer, Frontier, flatbed, Manifest Destiny, Annexation, cession,Wagon train
Concepts: Daniel Boone, Louisiana Purchase, War of 1812, Star Spangled Banner.
Math= all math levels will continue working on adding and subtracting fractions and will have a quiz on Friday. We will also begin learning about adding multiple times (multiplying fractions.)
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving break.
I am so sorry for being absent on our first day back. My mother was rushed to the hospital over the weekend. I spent the night with her in the most uncomfortable chair on the planet. We then had to find a way to get her home safely. And now all is good!
Math: Both 4th and 5th grade math students are working on completing Unit 3. Some have taken the unit test, some are still working on the quiz. Looking at the gradebook should let you know where your child is. These concepts can be difficult. My goal is to personalize as much as possible all instruction as well as adjust pacing as needed. Please email me if you have any questions.
This week we will be starting our science unit on the Solar system and either finishing math units or beginning math units. All grades are updated in the gradebook. Please check these regularly.
Sign and returns will be coming home Thursday.
Lightning cords (ipad charging cords and hub if possible)
White board markers and erasers
Happy Halloween week!
I am so glad we completed our math units prior to this week!
This week we will begin our third unit in math on all levels. Students will be given new math Packets Tuesday. Please remember that they should be working on their math skills in packets or on Khan academy nightly for about 30 min. I strive to individualize math as much as possible for all students. For that reason, every child is moving at their own pace and completing work based on their ability and learning needs. Homework is used as a time for practice. Every child should be bringing home their packets nightly so that you know what they need to study and master prior to the unit test. Please contact me if you have any questions.
We will be continuing our "New Nation" unit this week. We will be specifically looking at our nations three branches of government and how their "checks and balances" help protect our country. On Friday we will have a quiz covering these concepts as well as last week's lessons (weaknesses of the articles of confederation, continental congress, constitution, great compromise, 3/5 compromise, and the bill of rights.)
Thank you for all of your support at home,
We are continuing to collect socks for socktober! Please send in new socks.
10/24 Math quiz Unit 2- all levels
10/26 Math Test Unit 2- all levels
* students should be practicing their math skills nightly for 20-30 min in their math packets. They may work at their own pace, they also have Khan academy accounts that have assigned work they could be doing.
We are now in the full swing of the school year. The students are familiar with their routine and the expectations of their teachers. The first quarter of the year is a period of adjustment for students, parents and teachers.
In order to allow for a learning curve, I have allowed students the opportunity to retake many classwork assignments (especially electronic ones) as many times as they needed to be successful. This will continue this quarter with one stipulation. Any assignment they need to "retry" will be scored after their second attempt in school. This will allow me to see if the low score was due to a misconception in material or not attending to detail when completing assignment. In this way, I can address the issue and remediate the deficit.
Thank you for all of your support at home,
Social studies: We began our "New Nation" unit. The standards for this unit are listed below. I have posted several videos and a nearpod so far for the students to use for learning, reinforcing and studying the material. In addition, they will be given paper notes that will be in their binder this week. Because of the heavy math week we have coming up- I will hold off on a quiz for this unit until next week. Next week we will be taking a quiz and a test on this unit.
SS4H2 Analyze the challenges faced by the framers of the Constitution.
Civics and Government
SS4CG1 Describe the meaning of:
SS4CG2 Explain the importance of freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
SS4CG3 Describe the structure of government and the Bill of Rights.
This week is the last week of the first quarter. Your Home Access Gradebook may not be updating, or may be updating slowly. This is because we are importing grades and finalizing report card codes.
4th grade math students will have one additional quiz added to gradebooks that they will take on Thursday. This will be on multiplication. They will then be given the last section of this unit which will be on division strategies.
5th grade math students will have a test on Thursday (TAG students will not be impacted as the test is first thing in the morning while they are with me) This will mark the end of the first full unit of fifth grade. The two subsequent units are fairly quick and straightforward. Unit 2 is adding and subtracting decimals and unit three is multiplying and dividing decimals. This is then followed by another large unit of fractions.
Science- a summative that covers the two performance standards will be given on Friday. This is not a stressful event and the students are very well prepared. It consists of a water cycle diagram that needs to be labeled (precipitation, runoff, evaporation, and condensation) the second portion is a weather map that students need to interpret. They will be asked questions about high and low pressure areas (H and L on a map), Temperature colors on a map (red= hot on a gradient to blue=cold) and cold and warm front and what they bring to an area. We are practicing these skills now. Students will have some practice and nearpod lessons in their google classrooms. These are great ways to prepare.
Conferences: I have not met with so many of you. Please sign up for a conference or contact me to set up another time.
Here is the link again.
Last full week of September! Time seems to really be flying.
This week we will have our fourth grade field trip on Tuesday. Here are some details:
-We will have an early lunch on this day (around 10:15.) Please pack a snack for your child they can eat when we return back to school (I will probably just pack mine a second lunch).
-We will be leaving the school promptly at 10:45 and should arrive back around 1:15.
Please remember to sign up for conferences. Please keep in mind that there are 29 students in our class, if we have already had a conference and/or unless there are additional issues, please allow those spaces to be filled by parents who have not had the chance to conference. I wish I could clone myself:-)
I appreciate all the effort parents are making to have their child keep up with assignments. Google classroom is a work in progress for many of my students. As they become more proficient, you will see less (incomplete or "late" assignments). The same goes for me, I have learned that I can assign and mot have a "grade" or due date. Unless I contact you about late assignments, your child is most likely keeping up.
Binders- I have pulled and filed away the first math unit we have completed and the first social Studies unit we have completed. Remember, in an effort to keep binders clean and neat, I will collect completed units and file them in my closet. In March, I will return all units to you. This will be a great way to review for cumulative assessments as well as a good organizational model that will help them in the future.
Devices- Please consider allowing students to bring their devices to school. No Phones! Devices must be able to be connected to school wifi that is highly filtered and trackable. If students have a device (not a phone) that they can bring to school, please have them bring it daily.
Students have all log ins programmed into device
Students become accustomed to one way of filling in work pages: cuts down on device problems
Parents have the ability to see what their children are doing every day.
Conferences: The following link will take you to a conference sign up.
The conference link above has all teacher's availability. Please sign up in an empty slot and be patient:-) When trying to access it myself, it took several minutes for the whole document to appear. On the bottom of the page there are tabs. October 5th is a day devoted to conferences. This would be the BEST day to schedule. If that is not possible, there are many other dates to choose from.
This week we will be delving further into our new math units as well as beginning our 1st science unit on water.
I believe we have now worked out all "kinks" with google classroom. Please let me know if you have any questions going forward with this.
Please check student grades regularly and contact me with any concerns or questions.
Thank you for all of the amazing birthday cards, gifts, chocolate, and Starbucks:-). I am so blessed to be your child's teacher.
I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.
This week we will be wrapping up our first math unit on all levels . Test will be on Friday.
In addition, If you child has not already done so, all students will begin Iready math. This is a program that is replacing the personalized math lessons previously given by tenmarks. Having tools like this in the classroom and at home are invaluable ways to make sure all children are learning at their individual levels, while adhering to curriculum guidelines. This will be a large part of homework requirements moving forward.
We are also entering into conference window time. Please let me know if you would like to meet sooner rather than later. There will be a day that we can schedule conferences all day.
Thank you for all of your support,
We are getting into a rhythm and really beginning to delve into the curriculum. Please bear with me as we get the gradebook straightened out. I will post grades as soon as possible. Please check your home access regularly. If you need assistance on how to do so, I will gladly help.
Week in review:
Monday: I will be out of the class during AM for staff development. Students will complete a graded assignment . Pm will complete the same as I pull individual students to "check in"
Tuesday: Math Review for quiz on Wednesday (All levels)
Social studies: Recap steps that lead to American Revolution. Quiz will be given on Thursday.
Wednesday: Math quiz on all levels. I will pull individual students to check in
Social Studies: Review for Quiz
Thursday: Math: Return quizzes with groups, remediation as needed.
Social Studies: Quiz
Friday: Math: Some students may be ready for Unit test, others may need to wait until Tuesday.
Social Studies: Return quizzes, begin Revolutionary battles and outcomes.
Please check your child's Binder regularly in math and social studies. Together we can help them stay organized and ensure that they are keeping up with practice and misconceptions. If you find that your child is not understanding something, please email me and I will make sure to "check" in with them. Every little bit helps:-)
I am so lucky to be your child's teacher!
Mom to three amazing kids:-)
Math/ ss/sc (am)
Sc/ ss (pm)
Monday: Music (Endicot)
Tuesday: Art (Knight)
Thursday: Media/ discovery lab/ Ellis