Week 11 (October 25 – 29, 2010)

No school for students Thursday or Friday.  Enjoy your time off, 4th graders.

Parent/teacher conferences are Wednesday (4-8 p.m.) and Thursday (8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.).

Spelling.  While there will be no test, spelling homework (i.e., if they don’t finish it in class) will be due this week.  Homework includes:

  • defining each spelling word and its part of speech using a dictionary, glossary, or thesaurus
  • writing sentences using the spelling word appropriately, and
  • identifying the phonograms used in each spelling word

Every Monday, parents should:

  • Check the “Twitter Feed″ in the sidebar on the right for upcoming events
  • Go through their student’s Monday Folder, and
  • Download the printable study guides (“Week 11″ in the sidebar on the right) for this Friday’s reading and language arts tests

Please check the blog each night.

Homework
Math 5. Problem set 30 will be due as homework this week. They should have plenty of time in class to complete homework. They will test this Wednesday.

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).

Spelling. Every student has a spelling list at their individual spelling level as determined by their Morrison-McCall test results (several kids spell well beyond the fourth grade age level). 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 this Wednesday.

Shurley Grammar. No testing this week, however, students will work with sentence classification.

All testing in my classes will occur this Wednesday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 11″ in the sidebar on the right):

* Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
* –Practice sentences, and
* –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. Students will read and discuss the story in class.
* –Henry Wells and William G. Fargo (study guide available online)

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