Week 6 (Sep 19-23, 2011)

Dress of Choice and Picture Day is Friday, September 23.

Student email accounts update.  Your student has an email account on Legacyk8.org, our school network hosted on Google Sites. However, it has been deactivated, e.g., it cannot currently be used to send or receive email.  Their email addresses can and have been used, however, to set up individual accounts on a variety of educational sites including:

  • The Lexile Framework for Reading. Through this site, your student can build a custom reading list at their reading level on subjects that interest them the most.
  • Khan Academy. This site will complement our Saxon Math curriculum. Khan Academy combines video tutorials viewable privately by students on their iPads and a web-based exercise system that generates problems and assessments for students based on skill level and performance.  Using Khan Academy independently, students will move quickly through concepts they have already mastered and spend time on developing skills.  The tutorials are touted as helpful because, among other factors, they can be paused by students, unlike a classroom lecture by Mr. T.

Mr. T's 4th grade, Patriot Day, Legacy Academy, 09.12.11

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:

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

Some “conventional” homework is likely this week. Please check the blog and their planners each night:

Math 5. We will continue with assignments and assessments in the classroom. The classwork becomes homework if it’s not completed in class.  They should, however, have plenty of time in class to complete their work. They will 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 keyand 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 6″ 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.
  • Escape (study guide available online)

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