Week 3 (September 8 -12, 2008)

This week we’re begging for volunteers to work the fourth grade booth at LA’s Fall Carnival at Casey Jones Park this Saturday. People are needed for shifts throughout the carnival which runs from 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.  Please contact Mrs. Waide or me.

Please remember that in order to view and print almost anything on the fourth grade website, you must download a copy of Adobe Reader. This the Adobe Reader download site for most versions of Windows operating systems. If you cannot find a version compatible with your computer, we have to talk.

Class fish. Thanks to the Lee family for their generous donation of our class pet, a “something” fish (someone wasn’t paying attention) complete with aquarium, chemicals, and food. A name is forthcoming. The “veterinarian,” one of our classroom helpers, finally has a job to do. Thanks, again.

Volunteers needed:

  • Room Parent. I need at least two. You have to express an interest and then the Room Mom coordinator makes the selection.
  • Someone to administer spelling tests every Friday.

Every Monday, parents should look for these two things:

  • *This Week’s Assignments (in the sidebar on the right), and
  • the current issue of my classroom newsletter, Mr. T’s Tattler

Each week you’ll find printable study guides for Friday’s language arts tests in “*This Week’s Assignments.” The Tattler lists weekly homework assignments for my classes (e.g., Saxon Math 65 and science), and, whenever possible, requirements from Mrs. Waide and your student’s specials teachers (i.e., art, computers, music; physical education).

Star of the Week. Wednesday, September 10: Matt B. Each star will need to talk briefly about the photographs and artifacts they bring in to share and field questions from the crowd. Next week’s Star is Bridget.

Math 65. Problem sets 14 – 17 and supplemental practice worksheets 14 – 17 will be due as homework this week. They should have plenty of time in class to complete homework. They will test this Friday.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

A copy of the practice sentences with an answer key are available every Monday. Each night, to reinforce your student’s learning, ask s/he to edit that day’s two sentences again which you can correct using the answer key (this work never has to be turned into me). Parents should familiarize themselves with the proofreading markings which will be used for the remainder of the year (these marks will be utilized when I edit any student’s written work).

Spelling. Students take a 20 word pretest from Open Court every Friday or Monday. On the following Friday, students test only upon the words they misspelled on the pretest plus words at their spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level). This means every student has an individualized spelling list each week of 10 to 20 words. A copy of their list is sent home in their Monday Folder and a duplicate list kept at school.

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

Please note: the DOL answer key, and the spelling and vocabulary lists will be available by Monday evening. It’s important to note that every student’s spelling list will be unique, so look for it in their Monday Folder.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will be classifying sentences and working with synonyms and antonyms.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows:

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Click on the links for:
  • Practice sentences
  • Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling. Students will test on their individualized spelling list.
  • Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
  • Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
  • Escape (study guide)
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