Week 35 (May 13-17, 2013)

iPads and chargers (with cords) will be returned this week. Students will turn in their iPads and charger blocks on Thursday, April 16 Tuesday, May 21. You will be billed for the cost of any missing equipment and your child’s report card will be held as ransom until it is paid (Hey, I’m just the messenger).

MAP testing results for the academic year 2012-13 will be emailed to you this week. While results were already distributed with the 3rd quarter report cards and discussed with virtually all parents, if you have any lingering questions about how to decipher the information, please contact me before May 22.

An email with the link to complete the online permission slip to attend the May 22nd field trip to the Paint Mines was sent last week to all fourth grade parents (the deadline to complete it is Monday, May 20th). Only one email bounced back to me because of a funky email address. If you were that person (you’ll know because you didn’t receive the email), please contact Mrs. Koenen or me. Once the form is completed online, all that is required of you is to send $9 for your student’s bus fare (parent volunteers ride for free).

1 minute party

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 7.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due.
  • Thursday. iPads and chargers are returned by students.
  • Friday. All school Dress of Choice
  • May 13-17 (all week) Spring MAP testing (language, science; make-ups), for an hour each morning..
  • May 22 (Wednesday), Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Left Brain Right Brain

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. No spelling this week. Instead, they will create a story using 20 carefully selected spelling words and phrases.
  • Vocabulary. The class will study for their vocabulary test using their black and white notebooks.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week before iPads are turned in.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Max. They took another baseline test to see their growth since January. I think you will be pleased. Also, write down and save their Moby Max username and password so they can continue to use it on their home computer or other device.
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.
Liquid nitrogen plus 1,500 ping pong balls. What could go wrong?

Liquid nitrogen plus 1,500 ping pong balls:  what could go wrong?

Week 31 (April 15-19, 2013)

Various 2012-13 photos can be seen here.

Race to Read (Week 4). Mr. T’s class is currently in 3rd (from last) place:

  • While optional, students are highly encouraged to participate in this 6 week incentive program to encourage reading at homeRace to Read started March 25, the Monday during our Spring Break.
  • The 1st and 2nd reading log sheets were sent home in Monday Folders the week of parent/teacher conferences. A “Parent Information Letter” describing the program is printed on the back of the 1st sheet. Additional log sheets can be obtained from Mrs. Littlefield.
  • We are emphasizing honesty when filling out the log sheets. A parent’s signature is required with each completed sheet.
  • Just read, man!

Everyone Seems Normal

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 26.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • Friday. All school Dress of Choice Day.
  • April 26. Teacher in-service (no school for students).
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

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iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. All spelling words are on your kiddo’s iPad in their Google Drive. They know how to access them. Also, if they’ve done their Monday classwork, they will have them entered into their spelling app and can take pretest after pretest at home throughout the week.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words. Again, their vocabulary words are listed each week in their iTunes U language arts course.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Math. Review with them any practice sets where they scored lower than 70% (they will be highlighted in yellow).
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

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Week 27 (March 11-15, 2013)

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing concludes Monday. Yeah. Some reminders for PARENTS:

  • all electronic devicewill be collected daily before testing. All devices will be returned to students before lunch.
  • make sure your student is rested, has eaten breakfast, and has a water bottle and a good book to read.
  • testing session / time: one test / 8:20-10:00, Monday (make-up testing throughout the week as needed)
  • they will need a snack
  • following Monday’s TCAP session, they will complete normal classwork and any missing third quarter reading, writing, math, and science assignments

I'm just saying...

For your calendar:

  • MondayTCAP testing (see above).
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week and Legacy’s Got Talent Show tryouts, Ms. Klick’s room, 4pm
  • Friday. All School Dress of Choice and individual Spring portrait photos
  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • March 20 (regular school day for students) and 21 (no school for students). Parent/teacher conferences.
  • March 21-31. Spring Break (no school for students).
  • April 2Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Poor Fluffy...

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.  They will be using them after lunch on most days this week, especially those students with missing assignments.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • All subjects. After Monday’s TCAP testing, it’s business as usual.  As mentioned, they will also work in class to complete any missing third quarter assignments.

Math problems

Week 37 (May 14-17, 2012)

There will be no new homework assignments this week in any subject. Any missing work and makeup testing must be completed by Wednesday morning.

SciencePlease click here for the latest field trip information.

Field Day and early dismissal (at noon) this Thursday at Casey Jones Park.

What to do this summer. If young minds do indeed soak up information like sponges, then it is reasonable to suppose that their little brains, like sponges, will dry out and shrink if not put to use. In that spirit, Instructormagazine from Scholastic offers:

Week 30 (March 19-23, 2012)

Monday.  “We will be sending home registration packets for your family on Monday, the 19th, with your youngest student. Registration will be held in the cafeteria on Thursday, April 19th if your last name is A through L and Wednesday, April 25th if your last name is M through Z from 2:00pm to 6:30pm. Please have your registration packets filled out in advance. Replacement packets cost $5.00 each.”

Wednesday:
Wednesday and Thursday. Parent-teacher conferences at 4-8pm and 8am-noon, respectively.
Thursday through March 30.  Spring Break.  No school for students.
No testing this week.  Students will be selecting work to display during conferences.  They will be reading excerpts from “The Diary of Anne Frank” and News to You (their weekly current events magazine), rotating through Reading Plus, and blogging.  Math and science as usual.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 30” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  New lessons this week.  Students will have plenty of time to complete assignments in class. All students need practice on multiplication facts and how to divide.

      Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Daily Oral Language (DOL). No DOL practice sentences this week.  Students will edit two sentences weekly for a quiz grade.

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays:

  • everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • they will be doing sentences that incorporate their spelling words, and
  • there will be a SPELLING TEST this week

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

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 29″ 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.
    • “McBroom and the Big Wind (the story is NOT available online)

Week 16 (November 28-December 2, 2011)

Click to see who’s our next Star of the Week.

Online parent surveys can be completed through December 23.  An invitation/link will be sent to you via email.  You will receive credit for two volunteer hours upon its completion.

Dress of Choice, December 2.  It is for A honor roll only.

Grand Day” (December 2) / Scholastic Book Fair (December 5-9). What does one event have to do with the other?  Click here for details.

Market Day is Friday, December 9Here are some helpful hints.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 16” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

  • Open Court vocabulary, and
  • multiplication facts

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will not test this week:

  • (Math group) Keyboards classwork for this week are lessons 25-29.
  • (Math group) Tapes classwork classwork for this week are lessons 25-29.
  • Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

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).

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays.

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

All testing in my classes will occur this Thursday and Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 16″ 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.
  • “Salt (study guide is available online)


Week 7 (Sep 26-29, 2011)

No school for students, Friday, September 30.

Kaitee, Dulaney; Ellie, carpool, 9.23.11

Student email accounts cannot currently be used to send or receive email, but can and have been used to set up individual accounts on a variety of educational sites including:

  • FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme.  FreeRice has two goals:
    • Provide education to everyone for free (presently, students can choose topics in math, humanities, geography, english, chemistry, or foreign languages)
    • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.  This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise through the site.
  • PicLits is a creative writing site that provides pictures and a word bank for students to create an enriched sentence(s) about the image. “The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.”

Mrs. Waide's science class viewing the Khan Academy video, "Scale of Earth and Sun" on their iPads, 9.23.11

Communication from Mr. T. On a weekly basis:

On a daily basis:

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

Mr. T's 4th grade, Picture Day, 9.23.11

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

Math 4 and 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).

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 7″ 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.
  • Mae Jemison, Space Scientist (study guide available online)

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:

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:

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)

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)