Learning Goals for Feb. 8-11

valentines day

Wow!  What a week we had last week!  Our school had our school spirit week leading up to today’s Super Bowl with themed days all week.  Our class really got into the spirit!  We also were contacted by a school in Canada that challenged us to complete their one week fitness challenge called Burp-it-On.  We gladly completed the challenge and made sure to pass the challenge along to all of the other awesome schools in the Millville School District.  Click on the Storify video below for a recap of our week:

 

This week is a shortened week due to a teacher in-service on Friday.  In addition to our academic goals this week, we also have the opportunity to participate in a very worth while cause, Jump Rope for Heart on Wednesday after school.  In order to participate, students need to have raised at least $5 in donations and have a signed permission slip.  Jump Rope for Heart will take place Wednesday starting at 4:00.
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We are also having our 2nd annual Valentine’s Day dance on Thursday, February 11th from 4-5:30.  Cost is $3 per student and must be paid by Wednesday.  ALL students must have someone to pick them up by 5:30!  I hope to see many of my students come and enjoy the fun in the gym!  During the afternoon on the 11th, we will be having our class Valentine’s Day celebration.  Students will be making Heart Healthy berry smoothies and sharing the love with classmates.  Please be sure that if you are sending in Valentine’s Day cards that you include all students!  A list with names and correct spellings was sent home last week.  If you need another, please let me know!
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On to the not so fun stuff… we have been having a hard time getting along in class these days.  I’m not sure of the cause, but I do know that being stuck indoors all the time due to the weather is not helping!  I have begun using Class Dojo to help students be more aware of their behaviors, both positive and negative.  On Friday, I sent home an information sheet for you to use to set up a parent account.  With the parent account, you will have the ability to keep tabs on how your child is behaving throughout the day.  You will also have the capability to message me with any concerns or questions.  Please be aware that I did activate a privacy setting that shuts messaging off between 10 PM and 7 AM, any messages sent during those hours will not be received until the following day.  All messages go straight to my cell phone Class Dojo App and I will respond as soon as possible.  So far, I have found that this is working very well and students are excited to know how they are doing each day.
Learning Goals for this week:
Reading:
We will be reading a story about record holders in nature entitles, “Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest.”  We will be focusing on use graphic images such as maps, pictures, captions, and graphs to gain information that will better help us understand the information.  Our vocabulary words are:  average, depth, deserts, erupted, outrun, peak, tides, and waterfalls.  We will be having a vocab quiz on Thursday.
Math:
We are continuing our study of fractions this week.  We will be using fractions strips to help us compare fractions with unlike denominators.  Fractions are always a tough concept for kids to get.  Here are some ways that you can help your child better understand their usefulness in real life:
1.  Include your child in cooking and baking recipes that use fractions.
2.  Have your child help you measure things around the house.
3.  Use common terms like half, third, fourths when having your child fill things around the house
Social Studies:
We are starting a mini unit this week learning about famous African Americans and their contributions to our lives.  Each day students will learn about a different famous African American.  At the end of the unit, students will have a book that they have made documenting the contributions of these important people.
Science;
We are beginning a mini unit on the water cycle this week.  The video below gives an overview of the complete water cycle:

As you can see though this week may be short it is PACKED with opportunities for learning and fun!  We are definitely earning that 4 day weekend!  Please remember there is NO SCHOOL on Friday the 12th or Monday the 15th.  Enjoy the extra time with your kiddos!  I know that I will miss them!

 

Bacon Turns 85! Weekly Objectives and Resources Sept. 22-26

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Happy Birthday to our home-away-from-home, RM Bacon Elementary School!  On Friday, we celebrate our building’s 85th birthday.  Imagine the history this building has seen and what it could teach us if only the walls could talk!  In addition to another jam packed week of learning, I am challenging my students to join me in completing 85 laps around the playground by Friday.  I did the math for us- we need to walk/jog 17 laps a day to reach that goal.  If we can do this we will also have walked over 10 miles!  Bring your sneakers if you’re up for the challenge!  I know I am!  What a way to help me reach another one of my goals- getting my fitness in daily!  This week’s objectives and resources are below!

Language Arts:

This week we will be wrapping up our study of sentence types and moving onto dissecting a sentence to identify the subject (who or what the sentence is about) and predicate (what they subject is feeling or doing).  I have created log-ins for www.sophia.org for each student to use to view a lesson and take a quick check to see how we are understanding this concept.  They will get their log-in information on Monday.  I am super excited to use this tool as it will help me to better assess and work with students on concepts.  (Thanks Andy Bingham, my daughter’s 5th grade teacher for introducing this to me!)

The reading strategy we are working with this week is identifying literary elements such as characters, setting, and plot.  The prezi below will help to support the lesson we will be doing in class.

Our vocabulary words for the week are:

badger, bank, bristled, jointed, patched, ruffled, rushes

We will be using the mentor text The Diary of a Fly,  to help us work on creating a narrative writing piece that has both a sequence that is easy to follow and all of the narrative elements that we are learning about this week.

Math:

This week we will be wrapping up our review of place value and taking a unit 3 assessment on Tuesday.  Topic 4 will start on Wednesday with a review of addition and subtraction using mental math and estimation.  The Educreations lesson below will help to review the concept at home.  Students may also work on www.mobymax.com at home to brush up on both math and language arts skills.  All students were given a log-in sheet last week.  This is a great way to keep learning and reviewing at home.

 

Social Studies:

This week we will be taking a trip WAYYYYYYYYYY back in time to discover what NJ was like during the age of reptiles.  Take a peek below to see what some of our very, very, very old neighbors looked like!

 

Science:

This week we will continue working with our study of weather, but delve deeper to understand how weather effects the ecosystem.

Weekly Objectives 11/12-11/16

This week is going to be HUGE!  It is one of only 2 full weeks we have for learning in the month of November, so as you can imagine I’m packing it to the gills!  We will start off our week with World Run Day on Monday.  Remember to wear your sneakers and dress in layers so we can get our fitness on together and raise money for a great cause, the Big Brother/Big Sisters club of Cumberland County.  We will be partaking in our annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday.  Fourth graders are responsible for contributing boxes of instant mashed potatoes for our celebration.  I especially look forward to this activity and sharing Thanksgiving with “my kids.”  Finally remember that parent/teacher conferences start on Friday.  Students will have an early dismissal at 1:45 and conferences begin at 2:15.  I look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you during this time.

On our agenda this week:

Reading: This week we will be introducing our Literature Circle Roles.  Once all of the roles are learned, each night your child will read an assigned section and complete their assigned role.  The goal is that since everyone in each group is reading the same section, yet looking at it a slightly different way it will provide a lively and deep discussion about the material.  For the next 2 weeks, all students will be doing the same role sheet each night so that we can learn the responsibilities of each role together.  This week we are focusing on the following roles:

Summarizer- this role includes reading the section, writing a 1 paragraph summary of what happened answering the following questions- who, what, when, where, why, and how.  This person also lists any key pieces of information that are learned in the section.

Illustrator- this role includes reading the section and drawing a picture that best represents what happened in the section.  Illustrations are not judged on artistic ability but relevance to the content read.

Discussion Director- this role includes reading the section and formulating 5 questions about this section only to guide our discussion the next day in class.

Word Worm- this role includes reading the section and listing any new, powerful, or interesting words as well as defining them based on context clues.

Vocabulary: Students will define this weeks words and use them correctly in context.  This week’s words are words with multiple meanings.  Students are responsible for knowing all definitions for each word.

Grammar:We are beginning Unit 2 this week.  We will be focusing our efforts on identifying nouns, classifying them as proper or common, singular or plural, and identifying unique spelling changes for plural nouns.  For your reference see the information below to help your child at home:

Nouns- words that name a person, place, thing, or idea (ex. girl, teacher, house, school, dog, cat, cup, love, hope)

Proper nouns- name specific people, places, or things.  They begin with capital letters.  (ex. Mrs. Sinone, Millvile, White House, Statue of Liberty)

Common nouns- name common people, places, or things.  They are not capitalized unless they are the first word in the sentence.

Plural nouns- name more than one person, place, or thing (ex. bushes, cities, people)

Singular nouns- name one person, place, or thing (ex. student, fish, city)

Writing: This week we will be beginning working on persuasive/argumentative writing.  We will be focusing on choosing a side of an argument and writing to support our opinion with facts. 

Math:  Students will be working with multiplying with multiples (3×5, 3×50, 3×500), breaking apart factors to multiply(3×35= 3×30 +3×5), using mental math to multiply (3×19 is like 3×20 then subtracting 3), and using rounding to estimate multiplication ( 7×28 is estimated to 7×30)

Social Studies: Students will be working with geographical landforms and terms.

Science: Students will be able to determine between food chains and food webs.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Wow!  It is November already!  I can not believe how quickly the year is flying by.  November is a very important month in many ways.  We will spend time in class being grateful for the many things and people we have in our lives.  This month, each students will  record 5 things they are grateful for each day in his or her agenda.  November is the perfect time to develop an attitude of gratitude.  Each night students will list five things or people they are grateful for having in their lives.  I would like for this to take on a very meaningful tone and to keep away from silly entries, but sometimes we really are grateful for a TV show or pizza!  At the beginning of each day, I will walk around and check to see that they have completed their assignment. and at the end of the month each student will be given a social studies project grade for completing this task.   This is to be done even over weekends and days off from school.  I am hoping that at the end of the month students will develop an appreciation for all the wonderful things and people in their lives.   

One of the ways we show our appreciation is by doing things for others.  On November 12th we will be participating in World Run Day.  On this day thousands of others will be running to express their gratitude for fitness and healthy living.  We are also collecting money to be donated to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.  Collection sheets are due back on Wednesday, November 7th.  All students who raise $15 or more will receive a t-shirt and the top 10 collectors will participate in a pizza party.  Wear comfy clothes and running shoes on November 12th (our first day break after our long weekend) and be ready to run!  This event will take place outside so dressing in layers might be a good idea.  See the movie below for more information.  FYI in the movie it says World Run Day is the 11th, due to that being a Sunday we are participating on the 12th!