Week 3 (SEP 10-14, 2012)

Patriot Day.  Tuesday, September 11, 8am, at the flagpole.

Volunteer opportunities are a work in progress.  I will be contacting the many kind souls who have offered to help in and out of the classroom, just not at this moment.  The dust is still settling.

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. Koenen and your student’s specials teachers (i.e., art, music; physical education) will be listed here.
  • iTunes U can only be accessed via your student’s iPad. If you had to make one choice for keeping up with your kiddo’s classwork/homework, iTunes U is the place.

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 a copy of:

  • 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)

While “conventional” homework is unlikely this week, please check the blog and iTunes U each night.

The Power of Books (image source: unknown)

In a nutshell, what did my student do last week?  Brain research tells us that in order to learn a new task, it must be repeated at least eight times; to break a habit, around 28 times. Mrs. Koenen and I, not unlike our Legacy Academy peers, are spending a lot of time on procedures so that our classrooms run smoothly for the remainder of the year.  These procedures have included the obvious, e.g., how to put a heading on a paper, how to queue quietly, and how to pass in completed work.  There are a bajillion others.  All of them take time.

Additionally, they wrote.  They took a number of pre-assessments in reading, spelling, and math. They learned how they will be editing their written work this academic year.  They learned the mechanics of creating a copybook page in science. They were busy.

What is my student doing this week? Mrs. Koenen and I will be simulating what a typical week will look like in the classroom including mock tests in language arts, spelling, vocabulary, and reading comprehension:

  • Math–classroom will be conducted this week.
  • Literacy–Our first reading selection is realistic fiction, “Toto.”  Students will take a practice test on their understanding of the story this Friday. The test will be both short answer and multiple-choice. Per the Open Court curriculum, it will be an “open book” exam.
  • Spelling and vocabulary–I use  virtual vocabulary “decks” in my classroom and will explain how they are created and used this week.  Students will take practice tests this Friday.
  • Daily Oral Language (DOL)–Punctuation editing marks will be reviewed throughout the week. A practice test will be given this Friday.
  • Workshop–The workshop “centers” will be explained. During workshop, students will work on a variety of assignments including spelling, writing, independent and guided reading, and book report preparation.
  • Science–We’re preparing our “copy books” for the coming year.
  • History–Please see Mrs. Koenen’s newsletter for details.

What do I as a parent need to do this week? Have patience and:

  • Go through today’s Monday Folder (though there will be little in it from week to week), and
  • Download the printable study guides under “Week 3″ (in the sidebar on the right).  Assist your student as needed throughout the week.

Week 36 (May 7-11, 2012)

After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 7.5 days.

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

Students are not allowed to order hot lunch unless they have money in their account.

Mother’s Day Flower SaleMay 10-11.

Paint Mines field trip is May 16 (check here for details).  A permission slip can be downloaded from the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 36.”

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 36” 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 NO 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 36″ 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 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 33 (April 16-20, 2012)

After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 21.5 days.

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

Events this week:

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 33” 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.

      Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts (http://quizlet.com/421821) and division facts (http://quizlet.com/832764/division-facts-flash-cards) daily.

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 33″ 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.
      • “Louis Braille:  The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind (the story is available online)

Week 32 newsletter (April 9-13, 2012)

Your student becomes a fifth grader in 26.5 days.

Star (for most) of the Week.  Starting this week, we will interview a new star on Wednesday and Friday (there will be exceptions…like this week).  Check the schedule.

Events this week:

  • Tuesday. Our first Star (for most) of the Week.
  • Wednesday.  In-school field trip, sheep lung dissections with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, LA Middle School science lab.  Volunteers are needed.
  • Friday. Our second Star (for most) of the Week.

"Happiness" - John Lennon

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 32” 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.

      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 Google Calendars on Mondays:

  • everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • they will be planning and creating a short story that incorporates 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 32″ 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.
    • “Koko’s Kitten (the story is available online)

Week 31 (April 2-6, 2012)

Your student becomes a fifth grader in 31.5 days.

This Wednesday: 

  • Star (for most) of the Week.  Starting next week, we will interview a new star on  Wednesday and Friday (with the exception of one week where it’ll be Tuesday and Thursday).  Check the schedule.
  • Talent Show tryouts, 3:45pm – 5:30pm, LA gymnasium.
Next Wednesday:
  • in-school field trip, sheep lung dissections with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, LA Middle School science room.  Volunteers are needed.
Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 31” 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 31″ 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.
    • “Sewed Up His Heart (the story is available online)

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 29 (March 12-16, 2012)

Monday. TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing reminders:

  • make sure your student is rested and has eaten breakfast
  • testing time:  8:15-11:00, Monday
  • they will need a snack
  • it’s a regular classroom workweek, however, time will be given to students to complete any missing third quarter, reading, writing, math, and science assignments
Wednesday,  Star of the Week.
Next week. Parent-teacher conferences are Wednesday, 4-8pm and Thursday, 8am-noon.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 29” 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 28 (March 5-9, 2012)

Wednesday,  Star of the Week.

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing reminders:

  • make sure your student is rested and has eaten breakfast
  • testing times:  mornings, 8:15-11:00, Monday thru Thursday
  • they will need a snack (see next item)
  • their lunch moves from 10:45am to 12:15pm for the entire week (yes, including Friday)
  • no other testing (including studying for any tests) or homework for the entire week
  • they will work in class throughout the week to complete any missing third quarter, reading and writing assignments
  • iPads won’t be going home until Thursday or Friday night

Math. In preparation for next week’s math portion of the TCAP, I will continue to review and reinforce concepts.  As mentioned, they will also work in class to complete any missing third quarter assignments.

Science.  We are simultaneously wrapping up our geology unit and introducing via video the circulatory and respiratory systems.