Week 4 (Sep 5-9, 2011)

Dress of Choice, all students, Tuesday, September 6.  This is due to a potentially messy art project they will be involved in. Parents will be able to see this art project at Back to School Night.

Back to School Night, 4th grade, Wednesday, September 7, 6-7 p.m. Details here.

I was told last week Blake’s mother, Mrs. Moore, is my Room Mom. This is great news. Thank you.

Mr. T's 2011-12 4th graders, glamour photo

Mr. T's 2011-12 4th graders, glamour photo

Student iPads have arrived.  Click here for details.

Communication from Mr. T. Everything you need to know about what’s happening in our classroom on a weekly basis (e.g., assignments, study guides, worksheets; answer keys) can be found on:

  • teacherman.wordpress.com (it is the blog you are reading right now). Weekly homework assignments for my classes (e.g., Saxon Math 5 and science), and, whenever possible, requirements from Mrs. Waide and your student’s specials teachers (i.e., art, music; physical education) will be listed here.

For the latest news throughout the day about Mr. T’s classroom (e.g., early dismissal due to adverse weather), follow us at:

In order to view, download, and print almost anything on the fourth grade blog, you must download copies of a:

  • .zip file unpacker (most computers will open this file automatically when you click on it. If not, you can find one here), and
  • Adobe Reader (this the Adobe Reader download site for most versions of Windows and Mac operating systems. If you cannot find a version compatible with your computer, we’ll have to talk)

“Conventional” homework is unlikely again this week, but please check the blog and their planners each night:

Math 5. We will continue with assignments and assessments in the classroom. They should have plenty of time in class to complete their work. They will not test this week.

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. A copy of their spelling 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.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 4″ 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
  • –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.
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Crow (study guide available online)

2 comments on “Week 4 (Sep 5-9, 2011)

  1. I really like the weekly updates. I thought I would share a website I use at home for practicing spelling: http://www.spellingcity.com. You can register for free and enter your child’s weekly spelling list. They can practice the test, learn the vocabulary and play games with their spelling words.

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