January 15

From STEM Lab…

To track the path of the ISS (International Space Station) over your house, you can use either of these sites (I prefer the NASA site). It is very simple. You can see the ISS at night without any extra help- no telescope needed!

https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/

http://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=25544#TOP

The 2 apps that we are using in class are:

Sky Watch Lite and Star Tracker Lite

Thanks!

Doreen Campbell

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January 13

A few dates

Friday, January 19th – 100th Day of School Coffee Chat with Dr. Garriss    9-10am  in the cafeteria

Thursday, January 25th – Field Trip to the Youth Museum

Friday, January 26th Authors Tea 10:30 – 11:30

Save the Date:  Thursday, March 22nd   International Night   5:30 – 7:30. This is one of my favorite events. If you would like to register, forms came home yesterday.

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January 4

Happy New Year!

Welcome Back! I am excited to hear all about your break and also excited to teach the upcoming standards.

Math: After a two day review of patterns, since we started them before the break, we will be diving into fractions. We add (all with common denominators) and find equivalent fractions. Please click on the link below to understand what you should know from 3rd and where we are going. Please spend some time reviewing the what you should know content at home if you feel a little rusty with fractions.  Parents, additional practice at home with fractions on a number line is also encouraged.

The Progression of Fractions

 

Reading: We will review text structure and then practice identifying it on our own using SS content. Your child should be able to know the definitions and clue words to determine text structure. We will begin applying what we learned before the break and assess in the next 1-2 weeks. Date TBD.  Please remind your child to have an on level book with them in class each day. We will also be reviewing previous reading standards through guided groups and working on our reading stamina.

ELA: Spelling starts this Thursday, so your child will have a test over sort 16, next Thursday the 11th. new copies of the spelling HW choices are coming home (They are bright green) and 4 pieces of HW are due next Thursday before the test.

After learning how to take notes and paraphrase we will begin our informational writing unit. This unit aligns with our SS unit on the American Revolution.

Social Studies: French-Indian War, Stamp Act, Taxation without Representation, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party….. all of the events that lead up to the war. We will dive head first and learn the cause and effect relationships that lead to the start of the war.

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January 4

Science Fair

Science Fair is Coming to Mountain View!

Mountain View Elementary is hosting our annual Science Fair on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018! We are excited for students in grades K-5 to have the opportunity to show off their curiosity and enthusiasm for science! The top six projects (no matter what grade level) will go on to compete in the District Elementary Science Fair on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
If you wish to participate in the science fair please complete the Project Selection form and turn it in no later than Monday, January 8th.
Here are some things to consider as you begin:

Mountain View/Cobb County Science Fair Guidelines:
• Projects may be entered into the Mountain View Science Fair in one of two categories:
o Individual project
o Group project (up to 3 students)
1. Each science fair project must consist of a student-initiated and completed scientific investigation (following accepted scientific methods) and a display to present the investigation results to judges and other science fair attendees.
2. Science notebooks / journals are required for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade science fair projects, but are optional for Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade science fair projects.
3. At this time we will not be accepting Biological and zoological projects.
4. Experiments with molds or bacteria of any kind are not allowed, as these may be hazardous to student health.
5. Models of volcanoes or robots will not be accepted as experiments.
6. “Research only” projects or display boards about general interest topics are not allowed.

Science Fair Resources:
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml?From=Tab
http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com/browse.asp?folder=2424987&clientWidth=0
http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com/browse.asp?folder=2859770
http://www.ikeepbookmarks.com/browse.asp?folder=2859770

 

Projects should:
• Answer question(s)
• Support results with data
• Follow the Scientific Method
• Define the question
• Do some research on your question/topic
• Form a hypothesis
• Perform the experiment and collect data
• Analyze data
• Interpret data and communicate conclusion(s)

What makes a great project:
• Students come up with their own question based on their own interests
• Students design an investigation to answer their question(s)
• Use Best Practices
• Student initiated and completed
• Experiment-based
• Data-driven results analyzed and written by students in a journal

Displays should have:
• Quantitative data includes numbers and/or units of measure
• Measurements: height, weight, voltage, time, distance, quantity
• Data presentation: graph, matrix, table, etc.
• Comparative data that validates (proves) conclusions
• Display Board
• Pictures
• Procedure
• Data
• Notebook or Journal

 

Feel free to email Mrs. Campbell, Ms. Roge, Ms. Zimmerman, or Mrs. Taylor with questions.
• Mrs. Campbell (STEM Lab) – Doreen.campbell@cobbk12.org
• Ms. Roge (1st Grade) – Hannah.Roge@cobbk12.org
• Ms. Zimmerman (PreK) – Megan.Zimmerman@cobbk12.org
• Mrs. Taylor (Technology Lab) – Debra.taylor@cobbk12.org

Science Fair Entry 2017-18-wzkbbm Science Fair Letter 2017-18-19e9ynv

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December 6

STEM Day 12/19/17

Hi families!
Our December STEM Day is fast approaching and we are in need of more supplies! Most of these items can be found at the Dollar Tree. If you are willing and able to donate, please sign up for a slot and send materials in by Wednesday, December 13th. Here is the link to the Sign Up Genius:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E48AAAD2CA7FE3-stem.

Thank you,
4th Grade Team

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December 4

December updates

A few dates to remember:

Tuesday, Dec. 5th Quiz on light (science)

Thursday, Dec. 14th- Fire Safety Field Trip

Monday, Dec. 18th – 4th Grade holiday party 9 – 10

Tuesday, Dec. 19th – STEM Day and Early Release

Wednesday, Dec. 20th Early Release and last day of school for 2017!

The week of Dec. 11th – 15th

In class spelling bee, RI Reading tests and MI math tests.

 

Science: I LOVED all the creative musical instruments. I don’t think any of our songs will make the top 10 list but the effort and creatively blew me away. The musical instrument grades will count as their summative assessment for sound and we will have a quiz over light on Tuesday the 5th.

Reading: The reading test originally scheduled for Friday has been moved to Monday. Your child has a study guide and notes in their reading journals. Please study text features. We will move on to text structure next. This includes problem and solution, cause and effect, chronological order, etc.

Math: In math we will begin 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. Keep working on those math facts. They need to be mastered. The division test will be graded over the weekend and grades entered soon.

ELA: My wonderful writers have made SO MANY gains this 9 weeks. They worked their way through some revising and editing stations this week and wrote final drafts for their chosen opinion topic. Next, we will take it up a notch by all writing on the same topic. Students will have different opinions and will be asked for your thoughts on the topic to help determine their side of the topic. More information will come home soon.   Through the revising and editing, I was reminded that there are some students who do not know how to use a dictionary. Even though most of us use spell check, the students still know how to use a dictionary. Any time at home they have a chance, have them look up words the “old fashion” way.

 

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November 16

Nov 15th Update: READ Carefully, long post

I apologize now, this will be a lot of reading. I wanted to keep everyone informed and up to date and I truly plan on putting away work next week and enjoying my family time.

Upcoming Important Dates:

November 29th – musical instrument project due

November 30th – math test on division

December 14th – Fire safety village field trip

Week of Dec 11th – 15th During this week we will be taking the Reading Inventory and  Math inventory tests. Please help stress the importance of trying our best. This week we will also have our in class spelling bee to determine who from our class goes on to compete in the school spelling bee.

December 18th 9:00 – 10:00, 4th grade holiday party

December 19th – STEM day, early release

December 20th – Last day before break, early release

Academic Updates:

We have passed the 4 1/2 week mark for the grading period. Progress reports are no longer being printed and sent home. Parents- you need to log in to monitor your child’s progress and grades. There should not be any surprises when report cards are finalized. The standards are getting harder and our expectations are higher.  I am proud of the students who are following my advice to spend extra time studying each night. I can tell who is putting in the extra time.

Reading:  We have finished our novel and are working on a book project. Next we will are switching to non-fiction. We will work on text features. This includes charts, graphs, captions, index, glossary, cutaways, inserts, and photos. The last couple weeks of this grading period will be spent on text structure. That is cause and effect, sequencing, problem and solution, etc.  So identifying those relationships in text at home will also help.

One thing I have noticed lately in class with reading (and science and social studies) is the inability to re-tell what happened or what we read in our own words. Sometimes a question is asked and the wording is slightly different than the text. Some students are having a hard time with finding the answers because they don’t understand the wording. An example of this was with our recent SS unit on explorers. The social studies passage said something to the effect of …..the explorers were in an area now known as Canada. Then the question asked…Which explorers were in present day Canada.  Several students could not find the answer because it was worded slightly different. To help with this, please help with story re-tell and summarizing using their own words.

ELA:  Tomorrow will be our last spelling test for this 9 week grading period. We will start back up with spelling in January. There will be other ELA homework sent in place of spelling HW. Sometimes this will be writing HW, sometimes grammar. The students are working so hard on their opinion writing pieces.

Science: We have started our unit on sound and light. Today we did some really great experiments. Please ask your child if they can see sound. Hopefully they say yes, We made nerds dance, water jump out of a bowl, spoons chime and balloons whirl. Below is a link to a review video, in case they want to watch it again. ( and again and again)

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/energy-light-sound/sound.htm

Math:  Multiplication of one digit by up to 4 digits went well. Some students who struggled simply did not know their multiplication facts. I have made it clear to the students they will continue to struggle if they aren’t doing extra at home to learn their facts. PLEASE help support this. They sell flashcards at the dollar store.

We have moved on to division and it seems to stump some of them. We are starting with one digit divisors, but must learn several ways to solve. Please see below for some helpful videos. I watched several to find the least annoying voice, but don’t like the lack of vocabulary in the 2nd video. She refers to the “number on the side’. I expect the students to know the dividend, divisor and quotient for their math terminology. There is a TEST scheduled for Thursday, November 30th. 

Partial quotients: We spent most of our week learning this method.

Area model with division: We will pick back up with this after the break.

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November 10

Book Fair

Dear Parents,

Our Book Fair is here! You can also shop our online book fair! If you would like to shop the online book fair for gifts for the holiday season you are able to add a note to your online order. In the note you can request that when the order is delivered to the school to please call you for pick up! Please include your name, your child’s name, your phone number, and call for pick up. The online fair has been extended until Sunday, November 26th.
The link to the online book fair is http://www.scholastic.com/bf/mountainviewelemschool1

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