Week 32 (April 22-26, 2013)

Various 2012-13 photos can be seen here.

Race to Read (Week 5). 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!

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For your calendar:

  • 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 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.

World's Pie Chart

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 28 with sheep heart dissection field trip permission slip (March 18-22, 2013)

Science field trip:

  • Field trip permission slips and money ($9) for the April 2nd sheep heart dissection labs are due Wednesday, March 20.
  • In my email sent last Friday to all parents, I mentioned that the permission slip is to be completed online
  • You can also volunteer to chaperone (at no charge) at one of the three labs using the same permission slip.
  • After completing the form online, all that’s necessary is to send money to me with your kiddo.
  • If you missed the email or had trouble viewing or submitting the form, you can fill it out online:

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

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For your calendar:

  • Monday. Fourth quarter begins. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 39.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books and field trip permission slips are due; parent/teacher conferences 4-8pm.
  • Thursday. Parent/teacher conferences 8am-noon (no school for students)
  • FridaySpring Break begins (no school for students).
  • March 4-20. TCAP (make-up testing only).
  • 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.

Michelangelo's Parent Teacher Conference

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

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • All subjects. No testing this week. Students will be selecting work to display during conferences.  They will be reading excerpts from “Music and Slavery,” rotating through Reading Plus, and blogging.  Math and science as usual.
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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 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 25 (February 13-17, 2012)

For your calendar:

  • Monday, Black Forest Science Fair. Two of my fourth graders (Colton and Jonah) will represent Legacy Academy in Colorado Springs.  Matchwits. Shelby, Blake, Kaleb, Sam, and Tyler will be participating in the Matchwits meet hosted by Legacy Academy (4:30 – 8pm).
  • Tuesday, Valentine’s Day.  Class party runs from 1:30 – 3pm.  Room Moms Hashenberger and Moore needs lots of help.
  • Wednesday,  Star of the Week.
  • Friday and next Monday (February 20).  No school for students.

iPads:

  • I’m still missing a couple of signed consent forms for your student’s email account (you will be able to access his/her email account at any time). Fourth grade will make use of these accounts often.
  • Student iPads will not be going home until additional security filters are placed on the devices.  This action is due directly to the misdeeds of older Legacy Academy students, i.e., fourth graders were in no way at fault.
  • Students are using their iPads to write daily in their newly created “blogs.”  A blog is a personal journal consisting of written entries called “posts” typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first.
  • Check your student’s email account and blog often.

Changes in 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 will alternate between weekly written tests and completing a study guide related to the story in order to enhance their note taking and research skills.  Study guides are emailed to me, commented upon, and returned to your student via email.
  • Spelling. We are not doing traditional spelling tests this month.  Instead, students will either handwrite or “blog” 20 sentences employing the week’s spelling list, or use the spelling words to create a story. This provides me with a weekly writing sample of at least 200 words.
  • Vocabulary.  Most will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.  Others are tested upon vocabulary used in their reading outside the classroom.
  • Daily Oral Language (DOL).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their weekly practice sheet (ask them about the Neu.Annotate and Sketchbook apps).  They email me their completed sheets.  I correct them online, then email them back to the student.
  • 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., Khan Academy. CSAP tests released from prior years will be used in class to familiarize your student with the type of questions they can anticipate on this year’s TCAP test.
  • Science.  With the exception of a science biography they will write in April, and occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 25” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  All Tapes, and some Keyboards, will pretest this week. I’ll be reteaching concepts to select groups again this week.  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). Students edit two sentences daily in class using neu.annotate, an iPad app. 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
  • NOTE:  they will be doing sentences that incorporate their spelling words, therefore, NO SPELLING TEST this week

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every 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 25″ 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.
    • “Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson (study guide is available online)

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 15 (November 21-25, 2011)

No school Wednesday thru Friday.  Have an outstanding Thanksgiving break.

No hot lunch this Tuesday.

Click to see who’s our next Star of the Week (it’s this Tuesday, by the way).

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

In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 15” includes:

  • multiplication facts flashcards, and a
  • Market Day permission slip (amended deadline is Tuesday, November 22)

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 15” 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.

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will pretest this week.  They will also complete any late class/homework assignments through lesson 24.

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

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students will complete any missing tests.

Spelling. No new spelling words this week.

Vocabulary. Students will complete any missing tests.

Testing. No new tests in my classes this week.

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 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)