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Ms. J's News for the Week of December 11th

date 12/10/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. J's News for the Week of December 11th

Reminders: 
1. No school on Monday due to Professional Development day for the teachers.

2. The classroom Christmas Party is scheduled for December 22nd from 2:15-3:00. For those of you who signed up to volunteer on that day, we usually try to do one craft, a few holiday games, and time for a snack.

Reading and Language Arts:

This week we will continue with our newest theme called "That's Amazing."  The next story is entitled "Cendrillon" based on the familiar story "Cinderella".  We will be becoming familiar with words that are commonly used in fairy tales, filling out a Venn Diagram with those things that are similar and different with each other, learning the meaning of words when the suffix -able is added to it, understanding how to identify and use helping verbs and main verbs, and our spelling list will consist of words that end with the /er/, /el/, and /l/ sounds.  The test over the story, skills, and spelling list will be next Monday on the 18th.

Math:

This week, we will be wrapping up our module on multiplication and division.  We will be reviewing as a class the types of questions that they will see on their final assessment and then taking the final test on either Thursday or Friday of this week.  Our next Module will be on Geometry.

Science:

The students will continue learning about each of the body systems this week.  We will be coving the liver and small intestine, the pancreas and large intestine, and how the skeleton and bones work together.  The  students will then color each organ presented and write about each one to get ready for their final project in which they will put each body organ in the correct order within a traced body outline of themselves.

Ms. J's News for the Week of December 4th

date 12/03/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

1. Book orders are due on Monday. Please write out checks to Scholastic News.

Reading and Language Arts:

We will be starting our next theme called "That's Amazing". All the stories will relate to this theme in one way or another. The first story we will be reading is entitled "The Stranger". The vocabulary will consist of words that are related to the season of fall. Our reading strategy focus will consist of filling out a detail map. Our grammar skill will cover identifying and using action verbs, and our spelling list will consist of various ways to write compound words.Other skills covered will consist of synonyms and filling out story charts. Tests will be on Friday over all of these skills.

Math:

This week we will continue with our multiplication and division module. The lessons that will be covered will consist of the following: interpret division word problems as either number of groups unknown or group size unknown, interpret and find whole number quotients and remainders to solve one-step division word problems with larger divisors of 6, 7, 8, and 9, multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit numbers using a place value chart,multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit numbers using the area model, and multiply two-digit by two-digit numbers using four partial products.

Science:

We will be moving back to science this week in which we will be learning about the various body systems and becoming familiar with each system. Students will learn about what organs each system has, where they are located, and what their role is. The first two systems we will cover are the brain and circulatory system.

Ms. J's News for the Week of November 23rd

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Ms. Reminders:

1. The Christmas vocal concert is scheduled for Friday evening at 6:45. Prepare for further details on what time your child needs to arrive on that evening.

Reading and Language Arts:

This week, we will be reading about plays and discussing how they are different from fictional reading.  Students will read the play called "Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing" and fill out story plot maps to go along with the story.  Other skills and strategies that will be covered are clipped words, the meanings of words that end with -er, -or, and -ist, locating different references in a library, details that explain nouns called appositives, and the spelling list will consist of more homophones.  If time permits this week, we will also be researching various cities and states that were mentioned in our theme on "American Stories" and then making a pamphlet describing our findings.

Math:

We will continue working with our Zearn lessons on division.  We will cover the following objectives: represent and solve division problems with up to a three-digit dividend numerically and with number disks requiring decomposing a remainder in the hundreds place, represent and solve three-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5 numerically, represent numerically four-digit dividend division with divisors of 2, 3, 4, and 5, decomposing a remainder up to three times, solve division problems with a zero in the dividend or with a zero in the quotient, and interpret division word problems as either number of groups unknown or group size unknown.

Social Studies:

This week we will wrap up chapter 6 on the Northeast Region of the United States.  The students learned about the history and economy of this region and completing the review questions in cooperative groups, review the vocabulary terms we were introduced to in this chapter, and fill out our study guides over this chapter to get ready to test over by the end of the week.  The next Daily Oral Geography sheet for week 4 will be handed out and due on Friday as well for a grade.

Ms. J's News for the Week of November 12th

date 11/12/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms. J 's Reminders:

1. Just a reminder that 1st quarter report cards were sent out about a week ago with your child.  Please let me know if you haven't received one yet.

2. There is an early out on Wednesday at 1:00 for Professional Development.

Reading and Language Arts:

This week we will be testing over "A Very Important Day"  on Wednesday.  The tests are as usual, one being comprehension test over the story, the other consisting of the skills and strategies covered in this story, and the last being a test over their spelling list.

We will then start wrapping up our second theme on American Stories and listen to two more short stories entitled "Amelia and Eleanor" and "Duke Ellington.  We will then review over those skills, reading stratagies, and spelling words that were covered in this theme.

Social Studies:

In social studies we are learning about the history and economy of the Northeast Region of the United States. Students learned about the Iroquois Confederacy last Friday and will continue learning about the importance of the Industrial Revolution and the American Revolution that helped the region become what it is today.  The next Daily Oral Geography Sheet Week 3 will be assigned as well and due on Friday for a grade.

Math:

We will continue with Module 3 lessons 20-25. The students will solve division problems without remainders using the area model, find factor pairs for numbers to 100 and use understanding of factors to define prime and composite, use division and the associative property to test for factors and observe patterns, and determine whether a whole number is a multiple of another number.

Ms. J's News for the Week of October 16th

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Ms. Ms. J's News for the Week of October 16th

Reminder: 
1. Please make sure your child had turned in their fieldtrip slip for our trip to Reiman Gardens next week.  Sur lack lunches will be provided through the school that day.

Reading and Language Arts:

This week, we will be starting our next theme and reading the story entitled "Tomas and the Library Lady".  Our reading strategy focus is sequencing using and even map. Other skills covered will consist of Proper Nouns, contractions, using a library, and a spelling list that consist of words that /ou/ and schwa /o/ sounds.  The skills test and test over the story and spelling words is scheduled for Friday.

Science:

We will be work on wrapping up our unit on Plants this week and creating the foldables that will be added to our lapbooks.  We will then review over everything that we have learned with our plant unit in time for our fieldtrip next week at Reiman Gardens in Ames.

Math:

This week, we will continue with Module 3 Lessons 6-10. The skills covered are Multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit multiples of 10 with the area model, Use place value disks to represent two-digit by one-digit multiplication, Use place value disks to represent two-digit by one-digit multiplication, 
Multiply three- and four-digit numbers by one-digit numbers applying the standard algorithm, and Connect the area model and the partial products method to the standard algorithm.

Ms J's News for the Week of October 10th

date 10/07/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

s. J

Reminders:
1. There is no school on Monday due to All-Day Professional Development.
2. I am still in need of one more volunteer to help with the Fall Party on  the 31st.  Please contact me and let me know if you would be willing to help with it.  I like to have at least one to help with making a craft, one in charge of games, and one in charge of bringing a treat and drink of some sorts if at all possible.  I am more than happy to help with the cost as well!
3. Just a reminder that I don't always get your messages on time when sent to the DOJO account or email accounts for when you have special directions for your child at the end of the day.  My prep period is from 10:45-11:25 each day; otherwise, I teach clear through until 3:20.  That would be the best time to send those messages, or you can contact the office and they will call me.  Thanks!

Reading and Language Arts:
This week, we will be getting ready to write our personal narrative. The topic will consist of  "My First Day of 4th Grade"--one that each will be familiar with.  I will walk them through and example prompt, the steps to retelling a memory, fill out a memory map organizer, discuss what makes a good beginning, possible use of sensory words, and the transition into writing a good conclusion. 

Our spelling list will consist of words commonly misspelled, and our grammar focus will consist of learning to write a variety of different kinds of sentences which will tie in nicely with writing their personal narrative this week.

Math:
We have now tested over Module 1 and have moved into Module 3 which will consist of working with multiplying and dividing larger numbers.  Students will continue to use ZEARN.com to complete their daily homework assignments.  It is SO VERY IMPORTANT that your child has their basic facts in multiplication memorized by now.  This will make Module 3 so much easier for them if they do.  If you have not bought any flashcards yet to check and see if they do, you can usually by them for $1.00 at our local Dollar General Store!  It only takes 10 minutes a day to practice them.

Science:
We are continuing to learn about plants. We have learned about the needs of plants, the parts of a plant, how plants make food for themselves, and where seeds come from as well as how they are dispersed.  The students have been busy making various kinds of foldables supporting each of these topics and adding them to their lapbooks for a  final grade in this unit. 

Ms. J's News for the Week of September 25th

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Reminders:
1. Parent-teacher conferences are this week on Tuesday andThursday from 3:00-7:00.
2. The Book Fair will be also available on those evenings as wellas before school each day this week.
3. There will be no school on Friday.
4. Next Week is Homecoming Week.
MONDAY: Pajama Day
TUESDAY: Patriot Day
WEDNESDAY: Wacky Wednesday
THURSDAY: Wear your Favorite Sport Team Day
FRIDAY: Bronco Spirit Day

Reading and Language this week:

We will be finishing up our story "By the Shores of Silver Lake" byLaura Ingalls Wilder this week. Test over the story will be onTuesday, and spelling test and skills test will also be on Tuesday.Please review the homophones on their spelling list because theyalso need to know what the words mean as well.

Our next unit will include two short stories as we sum up ourtheme on Journeys. One is entitled "Chester Cricket's PigeonRide" and "The Parcel Post Kid". The skills we will be covering willconsist of the review over the ones we have covered in this themethat students may have struggled with or need more practice with.The spelling list will consist of all the words they have covered inthis theme as well.

Math:

Math lessons covered this week on ZEARN:

1. Solve multi-step word problems using the standard additionalgorithm modeled with tape diagrams and assess thereasonableness of answers using rounding

2.Use place value understanding to decompose to smaller unitsonce using the standard subtraction algorithm and apply thealgorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams

Science:

This week, we will finish up our unit on Animal Behaviors andAdaptations and complete the review questions in the book, fillout our study guides, and get ready to test by Thursday.

Ms. J's News for the Week of September 18th

date 09/17/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

s. JReminder:
1. Early out on Wednesday for Professional Development at 1:00.
2. Please make sure your child is reading at least 15 min. eachevening to help stay on top of their reading counts quizzes. I willcheck every two weeks to make sure they are completing theirquizzes.
3. Please remember that your child is free to use Mobymax orFrontrowed at home anytime they need to. They also can playProdigygame as well!

Reading and Language Arts:

This week, we will be testing over The Sinking of the Titanic andthe skills that we covered over the past week. We will also takeour spelling test as well over short u and long u words. Thesetests are scheduled for Tuesday.

On Wednesday, we will start our next story that goes along withour theme on Journeys. It is entitled By the Shores of Silver Lakeby Laura Ingalls Wilder. Our spelling list will consist of words thatare homophones. The reading strategy focus is noting importantdetails from the stories we read. Our grammar focus will consist ofidentifying common nouns in our writing and reading. Other skillscovered will consist of learning the use of a thesaurus, dividingwords into syllables, and meanings of -tele and -rupt when addedto a base word.

Math:

Students will review on Monday for the mid-assessment test weare having on Tuesday over the first 10 lessons we have covered.It will cover place value, multiplying numbers by 10 and dividingnumbers by 10 through using a place value chart to demonstratethe movement numbers make when we multiply and divide.Students will also be asked to round numbers to the thousands,ten thousands, and hundred thousands as well. Other skills willconsist of comparing numbers and finding patterns with numbers.

Then students will continue with their ZEARN lessons 11-13 by theend of the week. Students can also use this account at home asneeded. All I ask is that they not work ahead of what has beenassigned at this time.

Science:

We are discussing animal behavior needs, adaptations, andunique behaviors use in order to survive in their environment thisweek. They will learn about camouflage, migration, instinct, and mimicry.

Ms. Jenison's News for Sept. 11, 2017

date 09/11/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. Is your child reading 20 minutes each evening before going tobed?
2. Does your child have their multiplication facts memorized all theway through the 12's?

Reading and Language Arts:
Test over "Grandfather's Journey" is on Tuesday this week. Thespelling test and skills test is also.

The next story that we will be starting on Wednesday that goeswith our theme "Journeys" is entitled "Finding the Titanic". It isbased on the true story of it being discovered for the very firsttime and the many artifacts that were found.

Our reading strategy focus: Filling out Organizational Outlines
Our grammar skills focus: combining sentences
Spelling list: words that have the /ew/,/oo/ sounds
Other skills covered: words commonly used when talking aboutthe ocean
Tests: scheduled for next week on Tuesday.

Math:
Students will be working with ZEARN.org and completing lessons6-9 in Module 1 this week.
Students will find 1,000, 10,000 and a 100,000 more of a givennumber, Round multi-digit numbers to the thousands place usingthe vertical number line, Round multi-digit numbers to any placeusing the vertical number line, and Use place value understandingto round multi-digit numbers to any place value.

Science:
This week, we will be reading about Animal Behavior needs,behaviors, and adaptations.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Sept. 5th

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Reminders:
     1. School pictures are on Thursday.  Picture envelopes were sent home last Friday. Have your child bring the order on picture day.
     2. Book orders were sent this weekend so they should arrive by the end of this week.
     3. Please make sure your child has their multiplication facts memorized and reading at least 20 minutes each evening.  I will be checking every 2 weeks to make sure they have passed a quiz over the books they are reading.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Theme: Journeys     Story: "Grandfather's Journey"
  • Reading Strategy Focus: Author's Viewpoint
  • Grammar focus: Subjects and Predicates
  • Spelling List: Words that have long and short vowel sounds /i/ and /e/
  • Other skills: Alphabetical Order in the Dictionary, words that end in -ly and -y
  • TESTS are scheduled for next Monday over the story, skills, and spelling words
Math:
  • Module 1 Lessons 4-7 will be covered this week.  
  • I will be showing them a new program called ZEARN.com that teaches them the lessons we are covering and will be using each day.  
Science:
  • Classification vocabulary sheet will be assigned on Tuesday, study guides will be filled out on Wednesday, with the test following on Thursday this week.
  • Our next unit will be on plant and animal behaviors and adaptations.