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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Market Day is on Pearl Harbor Day, 2012

The culminating event of our “Dollars and Sense” unit in Open Court is the Fourth Grade Market Day to be held in the cafeteria on December 7.  A grade will be awarded in Reading for your student’s participation.

We’ll need parent helpers beginning around noon for setup and 2:45 p.m. for breakdown. Our Room Moms will be all over this.

Individual business ownership is encouraged, but your kiddo may work with a business partner from either class. So, no greater than 2 partners is allowed.

The Open Court unit was on entrepreneurship. Therefore, your child keeps any money they make selling their wares or services.  In the spirit of the season, they are also encouraged to donate a portion of their profits to a charity.

Now some basics on the four P’s of Marketing:

  • Product (or Service). It should appeal to kindergarten through middle school, staff, and parents. Don’t overstock: the market will be open for only 60 to 90 minutes. Products can be handmade, store-bought, baked, or recycled. Previous marketeers have offered brownies, cookies, candy, cupcakes, beads, bracelets, rings, hair ties, drawings, toys, postcards, outgrown stuffed animals, trading cards, leather goods, 8 ounce cans of pop, and digital photos. They have painted fingernails and faces, sprayed, beaded and braided hair, given massages, and told fortunes.
  • Pricing. This is tricky: a price high enough to make it worth their while, but low enough to keep their merchandise moving. Individual shoppers may have only a buck or two to spend during all of market day. One dollar for any item is almost certainly too high. 50 cents is pushing it, but allows a merchant to lower prices if necessary. At a quarter an item they’ll have steady traffic. Some kind hearts sell at discounted prices to the wee ones in kindergarten through first or second grades.
  • Place. Biz owners will use cafeteria tables to sell their products and services. Hopefully the setup will allow foot traffic around the ends of tables (i.e., no one will be located down a one way, dead end street). They’ll also need to remember to bring change and a drawer or pouch to store their moolah.
  • Promotion. Signage is important. It tells the world what they’re offering. It will be displayed in front of their “booth.” They have been working on advertising copy during workshop and I’ve discovered a common mistake: their text is either too small or too busy. Keep it simple: BIG BOLD LETTERING of the product or service and the price. Business names and elaborate artwork will be lost on the loud, crushing mob of shoppers.

Caveat emptor!

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 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 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 27 (February 27-March 2, 2012)

Tuesday, 8:30 – 9:30, Legacy Academy gym, 4th graders at Jump Rope for Heart.

Wednesday,  Star of the Week.

Thursday, March 1, class pictures.

Friday, Pajama Day, $2.

iPads:

  • I’m still missing a couple of signed consent forms for your student’s email account.
  • Student iPads will not be going home until additional security filters are placed on the devices.
  • Students are using their iPads to write daily in their newly created “blogs.”
  • Check your student’s email account and blog often.

This week, in preparation for the fourth grade’s TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing, students will be taking mock CSAP exams in reading, writing, and math to acclimate themselves to the process.

As previously stated, we have made 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.

A punctuation reminder

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 27” 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 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 27″ 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 Big Wave (the story is NOT available online)

Week 26 (February 20-24, 2012)

Wednesday,  Star of the Week.

Friday, K-8 Dress of Choice.

iPads:

  • I’m still missing a couple of signed consent forms for your student’s email account.
  • Student iPads will not be going home until additional security filters are placed on the devices.
  • Students are using their iPads to write daily in their newly created “blogs.”
  • 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 26” 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 26″ 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)