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).

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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 34 (May 6-10, 2013)

Spring Fling. So many parents from my classroom attended Spring Fling that I received a gift for their participation from PTO. It was a groovy night all around. Please send me any pictures of my band, Martyrs, taken last Saturday (with, of course, any flattering images of me) for our website. Thanks.

So, how was your day?

So, how was your day?

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 12.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • May 6-10 (all week) Spring MAP testing (reading, writing, math; science), for an hour each morning.
  • May 9-10 (Thursday and Friday), Mother’s Day Flower Sale, Library, 8-4.
  • May 22 (Wednesday), Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Idealist Realist Surrealist

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 33 (April 29-May 3, 2013)

While I still have not uploaded images from Market Day (I’m working on it), other 2012-13 photos can be seen here

Race to Read (Week 6). 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.
  • 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!

Never-Give-Up

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 17.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it). Volunteers are needed with your hours tripled (details here).
  • May 6-10 (all week) Spring MAP testing (reading, writing, math; science), for an hour each morning.
  • May 9-10 (Thursday and Friday), Mother’s Day Flower Sale, Library, 8-4.
  • 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.
Perfect physics

Perfect physics

Week 35 (April 30-May 4, 2012)

After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 12.5 days.

Star of the Week.  We interview a new star on Wednesday and Friday.  Check the schedule.

After April 30, students are not allowed to order hot lunch unless they have money in their account.

Mother’s Day Flower Sale, May 10-11.

Paint Mines field trip is May 16.  More details later.  A permission slip can be downloaded from the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 35.”

Field Day is Thursday, May 17, 8-noon, at Casey Jones Park.  Volunteers are needed desperately.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 35” 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 their assignments in class.  All students need practice on multiplication facts and how to divide.

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 Google Calendars on Mondays:

  • everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • they will be writing 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 35″ 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.
    • “Martha Helps a Rebel (the story is available online)

Week 34 (April 23-27, 2012)

After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 16.5 days.

No school for students this Friday, April 27.

MAP testing will take place Monday through Thursday.  They will need rest and something for breakfast.

Stars of the Week.  We interview a new star on Tuesday and Thursday.  Check the schedule.

Mr. T's band, Martyrs, will be playing from 6:30-8:30pm.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 34” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

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

Spelling. Students are now copying their spelling words into their Google Calendars on Mondays:

  • everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • they will be writing a story that incorporates their spelling words, and
  • there will be a NO spelling test this week

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test this Thursday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Thursday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 34″ in the sidebar on the right).

Everyone in Mr. T's class loves Garageband.

Week 14 (November 14-18, 2011)

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

More MAP testing this week.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 14” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

  • Open Court vocabulary, and
  • multiplication facts

What is the Web?  Students will be learning the differences between the Internet, the Web, and search engines.  They will use this knowledge to research their:

  • Starting a business project.  A project guide is available in the “Week 14” sidebar to assist your child create a business plan for a fictional business.  It will be due the first full week of December. We’ll spend a good deal of time on the project in class this week.
  • Wonders of the World.  This will be a video assignment over the next two weeks.

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Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will not test this week.

(Math group) Keyboards classwork schedule for week:

  • Monday – Pretest 4A; correct Test 3A.
  • Tuesday – thru Lesson 21 – Triangles, Rectangles, Squares, and Circles
  • Wednesday – thru Lesson 22 – Naming Fractions / Adding Dollars and Cents
  • Thursday – thru Lesson 23 – Lines, Segments, Rays, and Angles
  • Friday – thru Lesson 24 – Inverse Operations

(Math group) Tapes classwork schedule for week:

  • Monday – Pretest 5A; correct Test 4A.
  • Tuesday – thru Lesson 21 – Word Problems About Equal Groups
  • Wednesday – thru Lesson 22 – Division With and Without Remainders
  • Thursday – thru Lesson 23 – Recognizing Halves
  • Friday – thru Lesson 24 – Parentheses and the Associative Property

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 14″ 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.
  • “Business is Looking Up (study guide in NOT available online)