Week 35 (May 13-17, 2013)

iPads and chargers (with cords) will be returned this week. Students will turn in their iPads and charger blocks on Thursday, April 16 Tuesday, May 21. You will be billed for the cost of any missing equipment and your child’s report card will be held as ransom until it is paid (Hey, I’m just the messenger).

MAP testing results for the academic year 2012-13 will be emailed to you this week. While results were already distributed with the 3rd quarter report cards and discussed with virtually all parents, if you have any lingering questions about how to decipher the information, please contact me before May 22.

An email with the link to complete the online permission slip to attend the May 22nd field trip to the Paint Mines was sent last week to all fourth grade parents (the deadline to complete it is Monday, May 20th). Only one email bounced back to me because of a funky email address. If you were that person (you’ll know because you didn’t receive the email), please contact Mrs. Koenen or me. Once the form is completed online, all that is required of you is to send $9 for your student’s bus fare (parent volunteers ride for free).

1 minute party

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 7.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due.
  • Thursday. iPads and chargers are returned by students.
  • Friday. All school Dress of Choice
  • May 13-17 (all week) Spring MAP testing (language, science; make-ups), for an hour each morning..
  • May 22 (Wednesday), Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Left Brain Right Brain

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

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. No spelling this week. Instead, they will create a story using 20 carefully selected spelling words and phrases.
  • Vocabulary. The class will study for their vocabulary test using their black and white notebooks.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week before iPads are turned in.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Max. They took another baseline test to see their growth since January. I think you will be pleased. Also, write down and save their Moby Max username and password so they can continue to use it on their home computer or other device.
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.
Liquid nitrogen plus 1,500 ping pong balls. What could go wrong?

Liquid nitrogen plus 1,500 ping pong balls:  what could go wrong?

Week 34 (May 6-10, 2013)

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

So, how was your day?

So, how was your day?

For your calendar:

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

Idealist Realist Surrealist

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

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. All spelling words are on your kiddo’s iPad in their Google Drive. They know how to access them. Also, if they’ve done their Monday classwork, they will have them entered into their spelling app and can take pretest after pretest at home throughout the week.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words. Again, their vocabulary words are listed each week in their iTunes U language arts course.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Math. Review with them any practice sets where they scored lower than 70% (they will be highlighted in yellow).
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

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Week 33 (April 29-May 3, 2013)

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

Race to Read (Week 6). Mr. T’s class is currently in 3rd (from last) place:

  • While optional, students are highly encouraged to participate in this 6 week incentive program to encourage reading at homeRace to Read started March 25, the Monday during our Spring Break.
  • Additional log sheets can be obtained from Mrs. Littlefield.
  • We are emphasizing honesty when filling out the log sheets. A parent’s signature is required with each completed sheet.
  • Just read, man!

Never-Give-Up

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 17.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it). Volunteers are needed with your hours tripled (details here).
  • May 6-10 (all week) Spring MAP testing (reading, writing, math; science), for an hour each morning.
  • May 9-10 (Thursday and Friday), Mother’s Day Flower Sale, Library, 8-4.
  • May 22 (Wednesday), Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

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

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. All spelling words are on your kiddo’s iPad in their Google Drive. They know how to access them. Also, if they’ve done their Monday classwork, they will have them entered into their spelling app and can take pretest after pretest at home throughout the week.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words. Again, their vocabulary words are listed each week in their iTunes U language arts course.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Math. Review with them any practice sets where they scored lower than 70% (they will be highlighted in yellow).
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.
Perfect physics

Perfect physics

Week 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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Mike Byster / Brainetics Presentation, Wednesday, April 17, 9:30am, Legacy Academy cafeteria

Deborah Landy, thank you for arranging this incredible presentation!

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I am pleased to announce that Mike Byster will share his amazing and unique Brainetics learning program to our fourth grade students on Wednesday, April 17, 9:30pm in the Legacy Academy cafeteria.

Mike and his Brainetics program were featured in September, 2007 on ABC’s 20/20 news program. You can see that segment online at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv5QLyBr1CQ

Mike has created a system for solving complex math problems by using a series of patterns and short-cuts that demystify how numbers work. He also teaches how parents and children can work together to greatly improve the child’s memory.

You can learn more about Mike and the Brainetics program at www.Brainetics.com.

Parents are encouraged to attend the presentation so that they can reinforce some of the learning that will go on at the workshop. Mike believes that children get their information at school, but they get their learning habits from home. He receives thousands of letters from parents every year stating that the hour they spent at the show has positively impacted the way they work with their children.

Mike recognizes that student success is directly correlated to parental involvement and that is why we are inviting all the fourth grade parents. This is an educational presentation not to be missed.

You must RSVP using the parent letter that was sent home in today’s Monday Folder. Please join us!

Week 30 (April 8-12, 2013)

Sheep lung dissection videos can be seen here.

Pack in some groceries: there’s a winter storm on the way beginning before midnight on Monday.

Race to Read (Week 3):

  • 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!

Ninja Cake

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 31.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • Friday. Rockies Day (dress in your favorite Colorado Rockies gear for $2).
  • 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.

History of the World

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.

 

Notebook paper jail

Notebook paper jail

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.

Legacy Academy Talent Show tryout application forms go home today

Download (here), print your application, then return by Friday.

If your kiddo plans to tryout for the Legacy Academy Talent Show, here are some important dates:

  • February 26: tryout/audition forms were sent home
  • March 1, March 8, Friday: tryout applications are due
  • March 14, 4:00pm, MIss Klick’s room: tryouts/auditions
  • April 9: mandatory rehearsal
  • April 11: Legacy Academy Talent Show

Talent Agency c. Mark Anderson

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 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.