I have finally been able to meet with all of you to discuss your child's progress. Our goal is to show growth! There are only 3 weeks until we are halfway done with 4th grade, my how does time fly!
We will be continuing our usual lessons in ELA, Writing, and Math. In Math, we continue to learn long division. I know that what we are doing is quite confusing, because you have not learned it this way. If you need help, there are videos on Khan Acadamy and LearnZillion, both links are in the Resources tab. In Science, we have begun our new unit in Physical Science: Magnetism and Electricity.
This week we begin rehersals for the Holiday Show. We will be singing with rooms 27 and 13. Our songs will be "Do, Re, Me" from "Sound of Music" and "Christmas is Going to the Dogs" from "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." More information will be coming to you in the next few weeks regarding show times, show dress, and our class party.
Next week, on Monday, we will be visiting the Book Fair. We will also be taking the District ELA Assessment that day. Next Thursday the Rockhounds will be giving their presentation in the Science Lab, and dress rehearsals will be Thursday and Friday.
This week we have short days so that we may have time to meet to discuss your child's progress. However, while the days are short, we still plan to cover all of the core subjects and get just as much work done as we would another day.
We have so much to cover, please be on time to our scheduled date and time. I have meetings every 20 minutes and it is unfair to those who have to have their time moved back when we have to start late. Students are encouraged to attend, as this is about their progress and goal setting. If you have it, and remember, please bring the SBAC scores that you received in the mail recently so we may go over it. If we are unable to cover everything in our allotted time, I will schedule another date and time to finish our conversation.
Next week is our Thanksgiving break. I will not be sending any homework home for the week. Enjoy the time together and stay safe in your travels if you are traveling. May your turkey be moist, and pies be sweet! Happy Thanksgiving!
This past week was our last normal week for a long while. Between holidays, conferences, and getting ready for the winter program, we have a busy time ahead of us.
This past week we finished our unit in Science on Rocks and Minerals. I have been working with the class on a study guide and have been encouraging them to study at home. We take the test this Tuesday, which was developed by the district as an interim assessment.
Another interim assessment we will be taking is in Math on Numbers and Operations in Base 10. This is the basics we have been learning over the past few months. It will cover adding, subtracting, rounding, place value, multiplication and division. This will be taken on computers in the same system as the SBAC test. We will be finishing Chapter 5 in our math book and testing on Thursday, with a Performance Task on Friday.
Among the many areas we are wrapping up, we also finished our integrated unit on the California Native Americans. The class did an excellent job on their presentations. I did not help them in any way, and first saw their work as they presented. They made sure to only show the type of housing researched and the natural resources matched the region. (No tepees, or apple tress!)
Conferences start this week. Please be on time to our scheduled date and time. I have meetings every 20 minutes and it is unfair to those who have to have their time moved back when we have to start late. Students are encouraged to attend, as this is about their progress and goal setting. If you have it, and remember, please bring the SBAC scores that you received in the mail recently so we may go over it. If we are unable to cover everything in our alloted time, I will schedule another date and time to finish our conversation.
Finally, I want to thank all of those who served, or are still serving, our country. Happy Veterans' Day to you!
This past week was a lot of fun! Here is a look at what we've been up to:
On Wednesday we did our pumpkin math:
On Thursday, we finished our book report presentations, and got to have our conference with Dr. Chow on the International Space Station:
And on Friday, we had our last day of dance and dressed up to walk in the costume parade:
This week we will finish up our in class projects for our Language Arts/Social Studies integrated unit. We will also be starting our new Art cycle in theater. We expand on our multiplication by multiplying with a 2-digit number. We are ending our unit in Science on Rocks and Weathering, the unit test will be given next week.
This is our last normal week for a while. Next week we have Wednesday off for Veterans' Day. The following week we have minimum days on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for conferences. Then we have a week off for Thanksgiving break, leaving 3 weeks until Winter Break. Those weeks will be filled with book fair, Winter program rehearsals, and a visit from the Rock Hounds.
Announcements, achievements, information, and pictures will be posted here throughout the year.