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Mad Dash was a blast! I hope Fall Festival was equally as fun. I’m looking forward to conferencing with each of you next week. If I’m meeting with another parent when you arrive, please be patient. I will be mindful of your time and stay on schedule. If you arrive for your conference late, we will have less time to discuss your child. Many parents have scheduled multiple teachers back to back so I need to stick to the scheduled time slots.
Math: We are finishing with multiplicative comparison on Wednesday and taking a test on that day as well. We will be learning about factors and multiples and how to estimate our multiplication answers. A big concept in 4th grade math is determining if an answer is reasonable. Estimation is still tricky for some.
Science: We will get to explore simple machines this week. Last week we experimented with force and motion and how friction and gravity play a part. These big ideas are easily confused. Your child has glued some vocabulary in their science journals and will glue two more pages in on Monday. STUDY GUIDES went home last week as well. There will be a science test the week after conferences.
Reading: This past week I conferenced with each student and talked about reading goals. We made bookmarks with our Lexile scores on one side and our new reading goal on the next side. Some students choose a goal with fluency in mind, some want to pause and think about big ideas and themes and some students chose reading stamina as their goal. Please ask your child what goal they chose and what their plan is to achieve that goal.
ELA: This next week we will compare a fiction and a non-fiction passage and learn more how to respond to our reading. Its important that students continue to flip the questions when answering and responding to questions. Some students are still having a hard time with complete sentences. Others are blowing me away by referring to the text and proving their answers.
We will be publishing our narratives this week in writing. This narrative has been worked on for at least 7 weeks. We have had 7+ weeks of lessons on leads, transitions, craft, elaboration, etc. After each lesson, during writing, the students were encouraged to add what they learned into their pieces. Through conferences with the students I have seen some growth, but writing is still a weak area for most. This we will also be taking a narrative writing assessment. Both writing grades will be entered into the 1st 9 week grading period.
We are reading the book Tiger Rising and digging into characters, mental movies and pausing to really understand the book. So far our discussions have been wonderful.
Keep calling relatives and friends to help raise money for our Mad Dash. Remember that every $100 earns your child a cow in the Chick-fil-A Cow Drop. Our next count day is THIS WEDNESDAY.
We have started discussing force and motion in science. Your child has a few pages of vocabulary in their science journals and they have been encouraged to read and study nightly. We talked a good bit about study habits and what it takes to really learn vs cramming for a test. We will have a unit test on forces and motion the week after conferences. date TBD. I am really excited for this week’s STEM day when we get to put what we learned so far into action by designing and building roller coasters. Thank you again for those of you who sent in our requested items.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Fall Break.
A few reminders….
Our sign up for conferences will be released in the morning. It will be posted here on the blog AND emailed. Act quickly as morning time slots fill fast.
Keep raising money for Mad Dash, our first count day is this week. Let’s make it a BIG one.
Please keep sending in Box Tops. The last I heard, we were in the lead. Woo Hoo!
The end of the 9 week grading period is this Friday.
We will have early release and a STEM day on Oct. 12th. Please continue to send in TP and paper towel rolls (the cardboard inserts only)
Please register for the Silent Auction today! Just text MVES17 to 24-700 to get registered. It will ask you for your credit card information (if you have not registered before). Your credit card will not be charged unless you are the winning bidder of an item. When you register, you will be able to see all of the items we have up for bid on our website. The bidding starts October, 1st and will close at 10:00 pm on October 13th, after the Fall Festival!
Take a look at some of the amazing items we have so far….and more to come!
30A Beach Rental
American Girl-Lea Clark
4 Disney Tickets
Party of 12 for the Roswell Ghost Tour
Party of 8 at Urban Escape Games
Beats Solo2 Headphones
Magic Chef Compact Refrigerator
Principal for the Day
Front Row Parking Space at MVES
A few reminders:
Box Tops are still needed. Please send them in. We are so close to winning the competition. I like to WIN!
We are still on a testing schedule on Monday and Tuesday this week. Our regular schedule will resume on Wednesday 9/20.
Hearing and vision tests will be done on Wednesday the 20th.
Our Mad Dash Pep Rally is Thursday. The Mad Dash and silent auction is Mountain View’s BIG fundraising event. This is our chance to raise money to support all our extra programs. PLEASE help us reach our goal. There will be prizes in class as well as the school provided ones for fundraising. The 4th grade teachers are all auctioning off a breakfast, PJ, cartoon morning before school. How cool will it be for you to invite friends and have the teachers provide breakfast before school one day. Each of us have one in the auction, so when the bidding starts, be sure to outbid your competitors if you are interested.
Reading: We have worked on writing summaries all last week and will continue this week. I’m impressed with the progress I am seeing. Some students still want to include too many extra details, but I am proud of their hard work in reading this week.
Writing: We continue to work on our narrative writing. This week we will re-visit introductions, work on endings and spend some more time learning how to show and not just tell in writing. After the fall break, the students will write a narrative piece from start to finish to measure growth.
Grammar / Spelling: We have started our mentor sentences and they are going great. I love to see the creativity when we get to the Wednesday or Thursday lesson and they are invited to imitate. I hope within the coming weeks those lessons start to show in their writing and we can lift the level of their narratives. This week we will be using a sentence from Cloud Dance and focusing on Personification.
Math: We will finish our adding and subtracting unit on Tuesday with a summative test. We will do a mini unit of perimeter and then revisit that measurement standard later in the year when we talk about area. When we return from the break, we will start with multiplicative comparison, factors, multiples and then multiplication.
Science and Social Studies: We are going to continue our weather unit in science this week. Vocabulary terms and weather concepts should be studied each night. We will not have a formal pencil and paper test, instead the students will complete a performance task. They will create maps, including pressure systems and fronts and record a weather forecast predicting the following days weather based on their maps. To do well, they need to know the terms used in this unit.
We have a nurse from Wellstar coming to do a lesson on “Taming Tempers” with our students this Thursday, Sept. 14th. Permission slips and letters were supposed to go home today, but since Wednesday is our first day back this week, they will have to go home Weds the 13th and come back Thursday the 14th. If you child does not have a signed permission slip, they will be placed in another 4th grade classroom during the presentation and will not be allowed to participate. There is no fee for this in-house field trip.
I still do not know what our schedule will be like this week due to testing, but as soon as I do, I will let you know. What I can say for sure is that our math test will not be this week. Instead, addition and subtraction test will be given next week on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Be safe everyone! I will update as soon as I am able,
4th grade teacher
Mtn. View Elementary
We have started our math fact class challenge. Many students have mastered addition and subtraction and are working hard to pass the multiplication tests. I have seen so much improvement. If you child wants to practice the math club at home please use the link below.
Your child already has a login for Xtramath.org and yesterday received login information for Zearn.org
On Zearn there are math lessons taught by a certified math coach. The lessons are interactive and GREAT. There are also some fact races and math games. Please look at the inside cover of your child’s agenda for their login and encourage them to work on this site at home.