Week 29 (April 1-5, 2013)

Science field trip:

  • I have permission slips from all but two kiddos (you know who you are).
  • Many students have not turned in their field trip money ($9) and it’s needed post haste. If no dough by Tuesday morning, they cannot participate.
  • Chaperones (I have all I need, by the way. Thank you): if you volunteered online, but have not received an email regarding your responsibilities and work schedule, contact me at dave.tallent@legacyk8.org.
  • If you still need to complete the permission slip, you can fill it out online at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dDBESTlGVDNZeHI2Y3Q1M2g3U01VMVE6MQ

Race to Read (Week 2):

  • While optional, students are highly encouraged to participate in this 6 week incentive program to encourage reading at home. Race 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.
  • We are emphasizing honesty when filling out the log sheets. A parent’s signature is required with each completed sheet.
  • Just read, man!

Some wise guy's conceptualization of the "real" Mr. T

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 36.5 “school” days.
  • TuesdaySheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • April 19. 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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Snakes on a Plane

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

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Reading. Some students are working outside the classroom one-on-one with an instructor, in small reading groups, and/or using a computerized reading program.  Other students are reading selections at home and commenting on what they’ve read. Most students do these tasks in addition to their weekly Open Court reading.
    • Testing.  Students take weekly quizzes on spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and daily language. Immediately after testing, daily language and spelling results can be emailed to you by your student. Reading comprehension and vocabulary test results can be found by Monday on Infinite Campus.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.
  • Daily Language Review (DLR).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their daily practice sheets (ask them about the DocAs app). Students discuss and make corrections, save them in a “DLR” folder, and can email their completed sheets to you.
  • Math.  The routine is to pretest to see if what is being covered in the lesson has already been mastered by the student.  Next, unmastered or new concepts are (re)taught.  Finally, they test to determine if they have indeed mastered the concepts.  Testing informs me where learning gaps exist, e.g., lack of mastery with multiplication facts and how to divide. There is daily introduction and review of math concepts.  We use the iPad for quizzes and reinforcement, i.e., Moby Math.
  • Science.  With the exception of an occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.
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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 20 (January 9-13, 2012)

Report cards went home today.  Check your child’s Monday folder.

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

Martin Luther King Day. No school next Monday, January 16.  Your student can listen to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by clicking here.

Science Fair is February 2.  Click here for the details.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 20” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

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Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will test this week:

  • (Math group) Keyboards classwork for this week are lessons 32-35.
  • (Math group) Tapes classwork classwork for this week are lessons 32-35.
  • 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. NOTE: everybody has the same spelling list this week.

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 20″ 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.
  • “Emily’s Hands-On Science Experiment (study guide is available online)

Week 18 newsletter (December 12-16, 2011)

Please have your student bring in his/her favorite Christmas/holiday/seasonal book. We will be reading them aloud in class throughout  this week. I’ll try to make certain they are returned to you in one piece.  The Grinch, for example, would be excellent.

Holiday Break.  Friday is a half-day. I’m not certain when our party starts. I’ll let you know

Thank you for making Market Day a success.

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.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 18” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will pretest and test much of this week:

  • (Math group) Keyboards should have completed all classwork thru lessons 30-31.
  • (Math group) Tapes should have completed all classwork thru lessons 30-31.
  • Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Students will be catching up any missing assignments and working together on a couple of small group math activities.

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. NOTE: everybody has the same spelling list this week.

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

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 18″ 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.
  • “The Milkmaid and Her Pail (study guide is available online)

Week 17 (December 5-9, 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.

Scholastic Book Fair (December 5-9). Students will be dismissed to make purchases throughout the week.

Market Day is Friday, December 9Here are some helpful hints for your biz kids.  Volunteers are needed for setup and tear down.  Contact Mrs. Waide or me.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 17” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will test this week:

  • (Math group) Keyboards classwork for this week are lessons 30-31.
  • (Math group) Tapes classwork classwork for this week are lessons 30-31.
  • Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Students will be catching up any missing assignments and working together on a couple of small group math activities.

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. NOTE: everybody has the same spelling list this week.

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 17″ 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.
  • “Medicine: Past and Present (study guide is NOT available online)

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.

Keep your computer secure, or this can happen.

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)

Week 13 (November 7-11, 2011)

As you’ve likely heard, I’ll be with my lovely spouse, son, and newly 21 year old daughter in Las Vegas this week.  I’m pleased that the class’s substitute teacher will be Mr. Bob Szobody, formerly of Elbert County Charter School/Legacy Academy.

MAP testing (reading, math, language, and science), which was cancelled last week, will take place from 2 – 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The NWEA Parent Toolkit, a resource guide for parents, includes “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding NWEA assessment.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 13” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

  • Open Court vocabulary, and
  • multiplication facts

Starting a business project.  Also in “Week 13” is a project guide to assist your child create a business plan for a fictional business.  It will be due the first full week of December.

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Image courtesy of "I've Become My Parents" blog

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math. We will continue with assignments 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.

(Math group) Keyboards classwork schedule for week: 

  • Monday – thru Lesson 18 – Temperature 
  • Tuesday – thru Lesson 19 – Elapsed Time Problems (see Khan Academy video “Time Differences 1”
  • Wednesday – thru Lesson 20 – Rounding (see Khan Academy videos “Rounding Whole Numbers 1…2…3”) 
  • Thursday – thru Investigation 2 – Units of Length and Perimeter (small group work) (see Khan Academy video “Perimeter and Area Basics”) 
  • Friday – Test 3A 

(Math group) Tapes classwork schedule for week:

  • Monday – thru Lesson 18 – Multiplying 3 Factors and Missing Factors
  • Tuesday – thru Lesson 19 – Relationship between Multiplication and Division (see Khan Academy videos “Basic Multiplication” and “Division 1”)
  • Wednesday – thru Lesson 20 – Three Ways to Show Division
  • Thursday – thru Investigation 2 – Fractions: Halves, Fourths, and Tenths (small group work)
  • Friday – Test 4A

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 13″ 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.
  • “Food From the ‘Hood:  A Garden of Hope (study guide available online)

Week 12 (Halloween – November 4, 2011)

Parent conferences.  I met with the majority of parents.  If you couldn’t make the conferences and would like to talk about your child, please email me for either a face-to-face or phone conference.

Report cards will be going home in today’s Monday Folders.

MAP testing (reading, math, language, and science) will take place from 2 – 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The NWEA Parent Toolkit, a resource guide for parents, includes “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding NWEA assessment.

The 3rd grade’s fundraiser supporting cancer awareness and research wraps up this week, so, fourth graders, don’t forget to bring your spare change.  The classroom collecting the most money will be rewarded with a pizza party.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 12” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

  • Open Court vocabulary, and
  • multiplication facts

Starting a business project.  Also in “Week 12” is a project guide to assist your child create a business plan for a fictional business.  It will be due the first full week of December.  Stay tuned.

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math. We will continue with assignments 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).

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 Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 12″ 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.
  • “Elias Sifuentes, Restaurateur (study guide available online)

Week 11 (October 24-28, 2011)

Parent/teacher conferences:

  • Wednesday, October 26, 4-8pm
  • Thursday, October 27, 8-noon

No school for students:

  • Thursday, October 27
  • Friday, October 28

What your kiddo will be doing this week:

  • No testing in any subject EXCEPT vocabulary.
  • Reading.  Students will read, discuss, and write about the Open Court selection, “Starting a Business” (a study guide is available online).
  • Math.  Classwork becomes homework if it’s not completed in class.  They have ample time in class to complete their work, however.
  • Spelling.  Students have already copied NEXT WEEK’s spelling words into their planners.  Those spelling words will be used in writing exercises this week.
  • Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test this Wednesday.

You can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 11″ in the sidebar on the right.

Week 10 (October 17-21, 2011)

Friday, October 21:

  • Picture retakes
  • K-8 Dress of Choice

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math. 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. Students 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 Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 10″ 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.
  • “Henry Wells and William G. Fargo” (study guide available online)