Category Archive for 'Special Events'

Class activities for Friday, March 16

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Spelling: We started to learn about rules for adding suffixes onto base words.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Friday.

Reading: Today was a reading skills and AR test practice day.

Writing: Students worked on drafting their novel again today. Your student should be at 80% of their count by tonight. The class average is 58%, so many students still have room to improve. You can see updated word counts at Jupiter Ed.

The novel project is due Wednesday, March 28. Homework is work on writing for at least 15 minutes.

Novel Writing Project 2018

The final piece of the 3rd Marking Period will be our final fiction project of the year. Students will write and publish a novel. Each student will write their own novel, with a word goal minimum of 1,000-4,000 words, based on their reading level (each student’s minimum writing goal is equal to their reading level multiplied by 500). The novels will be written in Google Docs (docs.google.com) to make use of the word count feature. Final novels will be uploaded to Lulu.com and published as paperback books, which can be purchased for reasonable prices. So yes, students will actually write and publish their own novels. This project is based on the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers program.

Math: Students worked on breaking apart large division problems by place value. Homework is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We started an experiment to find electrical conductors and insulators.

Social Studies: We had our Green Day contest and researched St. Patrick.

Wearin’ o’ the Green 2018

11 new photos · Album by Christian Howd

Character Strength: We are learning about zest and enthusiasm this week.

Notes:

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

Class activities for Friday, March 9

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Spelling: None today due to the half-day schedule.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Friday.

Reading: Today was the Read-a-Thon.

Writing: Students worked on drafting for their novel today. Each student has a daily writing goal of 100-400 words. Your student should be at 30% of their count by the end of the weekend. You can check Jupiter Ed to see what your student’s count is. The novel project is due Wednesday, March 28. Homework is work on writing for at least 15 minutes.

Novel Writing Project 2018

The final piece of the 3rd Marking Period will be our final fiction project of the year. Students will write and publish a novel. Each student will write their own novel, with a word goal minimum of 1,000-4,000 words, based on their reading level (each student’s minimum writing goal is equal to their reading level multiplied by 500). The novels will be written in Google Docs (docs.google.com) to make use of the word count feature. Final novels will be uploaded to Lulu.com and published as paperback books, which can be purchased for reasonable prices. So yes, students will actually write and publish their own novels. This project is based on the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers program.

Math: We played our Multiplication Madness tournament games today. Congratulations to Team 5, our 2018 champions!

See some photos below, as well as photos of Honor Roll and Improvement Awards winners:

Class Awards 2017-2018

5 new photos · Album by Christian Howd

Science: None today due to the half-day schedule.

Social Studies: None today due to the half-day schedule.

Character Strength: We are learning about social intelligence again this week.

Notes:

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

Fourth Grade Musical 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Fourth Grade Musical 2018

24 new photos · Album by Christian Howd

Feb Factor 2018

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Feb Factor 2018

43 new photos · Album by Christian Howd


Feb Factor logo.jpgOur Feb Factor Valentine’s party was so good, it was scary, literally! We passed out our cards and ate sloppy joes, crackers, fruit and veggies.

Feb Factor games included slurping gummy hearts, munching cranberry jelly, passing love notes, tossing bouncy balls and sticking conversation hearts!

Thanks to everyone who donated food and supplies; we had more than enough! A big thanks to all the family members that helped with serving food, cleanup and games!

Fiesta Mexicana 2017

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Fiesta Mexicana 2017

31 new photos · Album by Christian Howd

Today was our Mexican Fiesta! We started by making farolitos (little lanterns) out of paper and reading a book called The Night of Las Posadas.  feliz-navidad.png

We then started our own Las Posadas. We went to the cafeteria and the office, and they wouldn’t let us in for shelter, but the family members in our class finally gave us shelter and we started our fiesta! We sang Cascabel and El Burrito de Belen (the Little Donkey of Bethlehem).

Then we all took a whack at the piñata. It lasted long enough for everyone to take a swing! Then we headed back to the room to eat. The menu included:

  • Mexican-style tacos on corn tostada shells;
  • Spicy shredded chicken eaten with torn flour tortillas;
  • Nopalitos (prickly pear cactus!);
  • Pepinos (cucumbers with lemon juice and salt);
  • Mexican hot chocolate (hot chocolate with cinnamon);
  • Cinnamon churros, and,
  • Buñelos (fried flour tortillas with cinnamon and sugar).

Later, we played Toma Todo, a Mexican top game much like the Jewish dreidel. In this game, students start with ten beans, then take or put in beans as the top says. The person with the winning amount of beans could select a Mexican pop.

A grande-sized thanks to the family members who helped prepare and serve food today at the fiesta, and for all the generous donations–we had more than enough food and everyone had their fill!

Feliz Navidad!