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Science: Please have a dinner conversation and ask about the water cycle. Hopefully your child can explain all of the paths to you and include vocabulary such as precipitation, evaporation, groundwater, and condensation.
Reading: We have also started our 40 book challenge. I am challenging each student to read 40 books this school year. YES! You read that correctly, 40 books. Some books will be read to them, some on their own. Many of the required books are picture books. Your child has a checklist in their binder to help guide their book choices. If your child is doing their 20 – 30 min of at home reading each night, this should be achievable. Today I checked reading logs and there were several that were incomplete. Keeping up with their reading log is part of a student’s work and study habits.
Math: We took a quiz this week on place value. next week we will continue with ordering, comparing and rounding. After grading the tests we had a morning meeting about study habits. Grades will be put in the gradebook this weekend.
Our BOOK FAIR day is Wednesday, please send in money that day.
STEM night is next week as well. I hope to see many of you on Thursday night! 5:30 – 7:30
For STEM Day (eclipse day) You may need to copy and paste the link in your browser.
Rocket building supplies.
Snacks for our live stream eclipse watching.
I’ve added a new math tab onto the blog. There you can find helpful videos and games throughout the school year to support our classroom learning.
Let’s begin this post with a little trivia.
Students: We learned about the properties of water this week in science. The first 5 students to email me (or have their parents email me) and tell me which state of matter takes the shape of its container can have two points added to any science classwork grade this 9 weeks.
A Few Important Dates:
Tues 8/14 – Picture day
Mon 8/21 – Solar eclipse, we will have a STEM day, but will not be going outside to view the eclipse. Please let me know if you are planning to check your child out from school early or have an absence. This will help me determine how much of each item I need to purchase for our STEM day.
Thurs. 8/24 STEM night, more details to come.
Writing: We finished our last pre-write on Monday and then we got creative with our play-doh monsters while learning about the writing process. Next week we will begin out Lucy Calkins Units of Study.
Spelling: We are on list 2. The scores on spelling test 1 looked great! remember that 4 pieces of HW are due each Thursday.
Reading: Details coming home soon about our book challenge. If you have started and finished any books since school started, be sure to record them on your reading log.
Math: We will review forms of numbers and begin comparing, ordering and rounding numbers this next week. I talked to the students about study habits and spending some extra time reviewing their math journals. Our fist math assessment will be Thursday.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but each student has a copy of 4th grade vocabulary words in the front of their math journals. these are the words that will be used during math and words your child should know. It is important to use the correct math language.
Science: We will continue by learning about the water cycle and using our STEMscopes (thanks PTA),
Cobb Schools Extend School Day by 45 minutes on August 21, 2017 due to Solar Eclipse
Due to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, the Cobb County School District will delay dismissal of elementary, middle and high school students by 45 minutes.
The peak time to experience the solar eclipse falls during our regularly scheduled elementary school dismissal time. Since student safety is always our first priority we will start the day on time and delay dismissal to ensure that neither students nor employees are on the roadways during the time of the eclipse. Subsequently, high schools and middle schools will delay dismissal as well.
The Mountain View administration has decided to not view the solar eclipse live to ensure the safety of all students. We will be watching the NASA broadcast as a school during the extended school time. We are also allowing check-outs leading up to 1:30 for parents who want to watch the event with their child in person. For more information regarding the solar eclipse visit the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/sgf/SolarEclipse.
Please visit the Cobb County School District Website: www.cobbk12.org for further information and helpful links.
Just an FYI that until the gradebooks have been synched (on our end), I will not be able to enter any grades. Thank you to those who have picked up their activation codes and have tried to log in. As soon as I can, I will enter a few grades so you may track your child’s progress.
We are excited to offer new breakfast options for student’s on Fridays. We will alternate between Burger King pancakes and Taco Bell egg wraps (available with or without bacon). Breakfast remains $3.00.
8/11 – Burger King Pancakes
8/18 – Taco Bell wraps
8/25 – Burger King Pancakes
9/1 – Taco Bell wraps
Today your child will bring home their first weekly report. Remember to review our classroom happenings and sign it each week. They need to be turned in by Monday with a signature. After this week, there will be work attached and it ALWAYS stays attached. I use this work to make my guided groups or reteach any standards that may have not been mastered.
We have had a busy week with classroom rituals and routines, pre-tests, and getting to know our learning styles. I ABSOLUTELY adore each and every one of them already. This is going to be a GREAT year!
ELA: The students took their RI online assessments to determine their lexile levels. I created stickers, so on page one, right inside the cover of their agendas, your child has a sticker with their current lexile level on it. This should help guide their book choices. In 4th grade to be on grade level, your child needs to be at a 740-940 lexile level.
Spelling started today. Each week the students will receive a new list of spelling and vocabulary words. They need to complete 4 homework choices and it is due the following Thursday. They will also be tested each Thursday after turning in their HW. Each year I have students that wait until Wednesday night to do all 4 assignments, this is not encouraged. For the first night (tonight) I told them I was checking to see if assignment one was done tomorrow.
Writing We will begin writing narratives after reviewing the writing process. I plan on sitting down with their pre-writing this weekend to look for strengths and weaknesses.
Math: We will begin our place value unit after taking a pre-test on standard NBT1, 2 and 3. Have discussions about money, and value vs. place value. Your child also received their weekly math review homework today. There is a column to complete each night. They will check their work each morning when they arrive. If they do not understand something, the morning Is also a good time for them to ask me.
I have signed up each student for an account on Xtramath.org. This is a wonderful tool to help supplement math instruction. Your child also has a sticker in their agenda (inside of front cover) with the website and their 4 digit pin to access the math practice.
Please email me any questions. We are off to a great start!
If you would like to pick up your child’s access code from the front office, you will need the attached Policy and User Agreement and bring it into the front office with your ID.
If you set up an account previously (older siblings) the information is the same and you do not need to come in for your code.
ParentVUE Acceptable Use Policy & User Agreement-1394qme
ParentVUE Guide for Parents.v2-2gotcjb
STEP BY STEP Parent Guide to ParentVUE-28ec8d0
Our Career Day has been set for Thursday, August 10th. Your child is bringing home details today. We are encouraging them to dress as their desired future profession.