Weekly Objectives for the Week of October 1st-5th

Can you believe it is October already?!  Time is flying by!  We accomplished quite a bit in the month of September.  This month we will be having 4 assemblies, participating in Wellness Week, visiting with the Mayor of Millville, and learning about fire safety from the Millville Fire Department.  This week we will be having a grammar quiz on Wednesday about the 4 types of sentences, subjects, predicates, and direct objects.  We will also be having a math test on Wednesday covering patterns.  For the math test you can have your child log in to the Pearson Successnet website and review the material in topic 2.  Examples of what to study for grammar are listed below:

Types of sentences: 

Command/Imperative:  Please take the garbage out.  (gives a command, ends with a period, may have the implied “you” as its subject)

Declarative/Statement: It is chilly out today.  (states a fact or opinion, ends with a period)

Interrogative/Question: Will you be going to the football game this weekend? (asks something, ends with a question mark, usually starts with who, where, when, what, did, or how)

Exclamatory: Wow, that was an amazing kick!  (expresses a strong emotion, ends with an exclamation point)

This weeks learning objectives:

Vocabulary: Students will be able to define and use vocabulary words in context.

Grammar: Students will be able to identify prepositions (words that tell how, when, what, how much, or where about something in a sentence.  Ex: in, of, on, under, to, across, around, over) and prepositional phrases in sentences.

Reading:  Students will be able to determine the author’s purpose in writing a piece of literature.  Students will read for fluency and comprehension.

Examples of Author’s Purpose:

Inform- to tell about something, to teach something  Ex: an article in the paper, non fiction books, text books, instructions to make something

Entertain- written for the reader’s enjoyment. Ex:  comic books, fiction novels, poetry

Persuade- written to try to convince the reader to think or feel the way the author does about something.  Ex:  advertisements, opinion pieces, election speeches.

Math: Students will be able to recognize and describe patterns.  Students will be able to read and write 3-4 digit numbers.  Students will be able to relate numbers in place value situations to each other. (for example, they will be able to understand that the 2 in 3,240 is the hundreds digit which means it is the same as 20 tens)

Science: Students will test hypotheses about mock rocks by deconstructing them and testing what is found inside.  Students will record data and use it to come to conclusions.

Social Studies: Students will interview the mayor of Millville.  Students will identify main elements of local government and how they interact with each other.

Writing: Students will create informational pamphlets about bullying.

This morning RM Bacon School students participated in a world wide attempt to break the world record for the most kids participating in physical activity for one minute.  Many other schools around the world also gathered at 10AM their time to get in a mini workout.  The Jam A Minute program was started last year at our school to help raise awareness for childhood obesity.  For one minute each afternoon we “jammed” to some classic tunes to demonstrate that getting in shape can be a lot of fun too!  Click on the picture above to learn more about the Jam A Minute program.   Below are some pictures of our class jamming away along with some other fun tips on how to make getting in shape fun!


Fun Fit Tip #1 Play a sport!                                                                         Fun Fit Tip #3 Skip Rope


                                                                                                                              Fun Fit Tip #2 Just Dance!

Connecting Through Literature

This week our reading strategy we are working with is making connections with the literature we are reading.    There are 3 ways to connect with literature.  The first way is Text to Self (T2S).   When we connect with literature this way, we are recognizing that this story is similar to something that has happened in our lives.  In our read aloud Clementine, one student was able to connect to the main character always managing to get into trouble, even when she has the best of intentions.  He said, “This reminds me of the time I was trying to help my brother with his homework and the pen broke.  I got into trouble even though I was just helping!”

The second way we connect with literature is when we relate it to other books, articles, or websites we have read before.  This connection is called Text to Text (T2T).  When we read one book and the characters or situations remind us of another book we have read before we name the book and explain how they are similar.  One of the girls in my class has related Clementine to The Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it seems like the main character in each book just can’t catch a break.

The final way we connect to literature is Text to World (T2W).  When we connect in this way we are connecting what we have read to what we have seen on the news, on TV shows, or in movies.  A third student today said that our book, Clementine,reminds him of the TV show “Everyone Hates Chris” since both characters seem to end up in trouble more than not! 

Each Wednesday night, my students are asked to read their book bag book and make a connection to it.  I hope this helps parents to understand what  I am asking them to do.  Students- you are doing an AMAZING job making connections in class!  Keep up the good work tonight!

Clementine- our read aloud

“Mocking” Hypotheses with Mock Rocks

Good afternoon from my 4th grade scientists!  Today we began our first science investigation.  We have been discussing the Earth’s layers and different types of rocks.  Our experiment will lead us on a quest to answer the question, what makes up rocks?   Our task today was to make our initial observations about our mock rocks (rocks made by our own Mrs. Gandy).  This included drawing them, measuring their diameter, depth, and circumference, examining them under a magnifying glass, and recording general descriptive terms about our rocks (rough, porous, smooth, heavy, light, etc.)



In addition to making these observations, other groups of students were busy around our class learning more background information to aid in our investigation.  Some worked on a Smart Board presentation to record key terms in their work station notebooks while others read books in our library about Earth Materials.  We will be continuing with this investigation throughout the week deconstructing the rocks until all that remains are minerals and dust!





Weekly Objectives for the Week of September 24-29

Each week I will list out learning objectives we are working with.  I will also post links to websites or PowerPoint presentations that we use in class to help students continue their learning at home.  This is helpful to parents as well as it gives you a chance to “see” what we are doing and an opportunity to review the materials and help me make learning a full time experience for my students.

Vocabulary– Students will be able to define and use vocabulary words in sentences.

Grammar– Students will be able to explain that the simple predicate in a sentence is the verb (action word).  Students will be able to identify the simple predicate.  Students will be able to choose a simple predicate to complete a sentence.  Students will be able to identify the direct objective in a sentence as the noun that is receiving the action of the verb.  Students will be able to choose direct objects for sentences so that they make sense.

                     Simple Predicate Example:  Madison and Maren rode their bikes around the block.  (Rode is the verb in this sentence.  It answers the question, what did they do?)

                     Direct Object Example:  Madison and Maren rode their bikes around the block.  (Bikes is the direct object in this sentence.  It answers the question what did they ride?)

Math– Students will be able to recognize and repeat patterns involving numbers, shapes, addition and subtraction operations.  Students will be able to create tables to extend a pattern using multiplication and division.

                                                Example:  2,4,6,8,10, _______,_________,___________  ( pattern = counting by 2’s)

                                                                     4, 7, 10, 13, ______, __________, ___________  (pattern = add 3)

                                                                     Alex’s  age        2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ________, __________,   __________

                                                                    Andy’s age        6, 7, 8, 9, 10, _______, ___________, __________    ( relationship between Alex and Andy’s ages is Andy is 4 years older than Alex)

Social Studies – Students will learn about the election process in local government.

Science– Students will examine rocks to discover how they are created.

Writing– students will craft well written paragraphs with a clear purpose, details, and closing.

Reading:  Students will make text-to-self, text- to-text, and text-to -world connections.  (When reading students will take what they have read and talk about how something similar happened to them- text-to-self, how it reminds them of another book they have read, text-to-text, or how it relates to something going on in the world, in a movie, or a TV show they have seen, text-to-world)

Loopy for Looping (In a Good Way)

New school year, new blog format!  I will be using this blog as my primary form of communication with parents/guardians throughout this year.  Check in regularly to view what is coming up, how to best prepared for it, and how you can help out! 

I am so lucky this year to be working with the same students I had last year.  This is called looping in the education world.  While some might question my sanity, I say this is the best adventure yet in my professional career!  There are many benefits to looping.  We know each other very well.  The expectations are already set and we can jump right into the learning process.  Students and teachers alike have a comfort level with each other allowing for deeper discussions and learning experiences. 

How am I keeping things fresh this year?  That is the big question!  Well for starters, I got married and changed my name!  I joke that this is the one year that I don’t have to learn any names they do!  We moved classrooms.  Yep, we are a whole 30 yards, give or take, down the hall.  We got a technology upgrade.  You read right, we finally got the smartboard!  We added in a few new faces to keep things lively and replace those who moved over the summer.  I researched, read, gathered, and created a ton of new material to share with my students this year.  We are learning in a whole new way utilizing the Daily 5 lesson format for language arts and math. 

I am so excited to go a little loopy this year.  I think it is a great experiment in how far we as a class can go and how far I can take each as an individual towards their own academic goals.