Class activities for Wednesday, September 13

Spelling: We looked at the list of core spelling words today.

Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 1-3 are available in class and due on Friday. 

Reading: Students completed a STAR Reading test today.

Writing: We started prewriting for our personal narratives by planning the beginning, middle, and end of the narrative in a bulleted list using Google Docs. Homework is to continue prewriting. Your student can access their writing by going to Google Docs on a computer, tablet or phone and signing in with their Grand Blanc email address and password.

A personal narrative is due Monday, September 25. Your student should be prewriting at this point

Also, your student has received a colored file folder with their name written on the tab. Please have your student decorate the portfolio with pictures, drawings, stickers, magazine clippings, cards, or other things that can lay flat. This will be your student’s writing portfolio for finished work. Decorated portfolios are due Friday so they can be laminated.

Math: Students practiced math facts and math skills using MobyMax again today.  Homework is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax.

Science: We got new space science books today and also made a minibook to record important ideas.

Students can also be working on their Energy Fair project. Here are the Energy Fair directions. The Energy Fair project is due Friday, September 29.

Social Studies: None today due to art.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Tuesday, September 12

Spelling: I shared with students a list of core spelling words today. This will be your student’s spelling list for the next two years! Spelling tests will draw from this list at random, and words will repeat as the year goes on. Visit the spelling page for more details on how spelling will work in 4th and 5th grade.

Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 1-3 are available in class and due on Friday. 

Reading: We practiced signing in to STAR Reading today. This is software we will use monthly to track our reading growth. We’ll take a STAR Reading test tomorrow.

Writing: We learned how to “dig up buried stories” by drawing a map of a familiar place (own house, grandma’s house, vacation spot). Students drew an X on each place they could remember an interesting memory. Hopefully this gave everyone some ideas about what they might want to write about for their first personal narrative.

A personal narrative is due Monday, September 25. Your student should be brainstorming ideas at this point and have hopefully decided on a topic to write about.

Also, your student has received a colored file folder with their name written on the tab. Please have your student decorate the portfolio with pictures, drawings, stickers, magazine clippings, cards, or other things that can lay flat. This will be your student’s writing portfolio for finished work. Decorated portfolios are due Friday so they can be laminated.

Math: Students practiced signing in to MobyMax today using the address go.mrhowd.com/mm. Students also practiced math facts and reviewing 3rd grade math using MobyMax today.  Homework is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax. From now on, the daily homework assignment in math will be to work on math for 15 minutes at home using some of the math software tools we use at school. Students can sign in to MobyMax using a desktop computer, laptop, or possibly even a tablet or phone.

Science: We started science by making sure everyone has a science folder. About 10 people didn’t have one. I’m asking students to get a poly envelope to use to store science papers and our softcover books. If your student doesn’t have a science folder, I have them for $0.75 in class, or you can find them at office stores.

We also talked about a class project called the Energy Fair. This project will teach us that there are different forms of energy and that we can find them all around us. Here are the Energy Fair directions. The Energy Fair project is due Friday, September 29. I told student in class that the sign should be simple. No need to get a giant posterboard with a lot of extra information. Just a title and the forms of energy are enough.

Social Studies: None today.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Monday, September 11

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 1-3 are available in class and due on Friday. For the first half of the year, the weekly cursive assignment will be three worksheet pages, usually due on Friday.

Reading: Today was library orientation.

Writing: We talked about our first piece of writing, a personal narrative. Students were told that we will work on this piece of writing for the next two weeks. Today, students started planning a list of possible ideas called an Authority List. This is a list of topics each student knows a lot about. Students can continue to work on their Authority List at home by going to Google Drive and signing in with their Grand Blanc email address and password. A personal narrative is due Monday, September 25. Your student should be brainstorming ideas at this point.

Math: We used our math time today to set up our chromebooks and our Google Classroom.

Science: None today.

Social Studies: We talked about the events of September 11 today by looking at a presentation of images:

Notes:

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

Fail better

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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

– Samuel Beckett, writer

Originally posted 2015-03-21 08:47:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Class activities for Friday September 8

We finalized our class rules today. We learned that we wanted to have rules so that our class would be safe and allow us to accomplish our mission. The students made a list of rules, but soon we had over 100 ideas. That was too many to remember, so we decided on one class rule: “Follow the High Fives.” We figured that if people follow the High Fives (respect, responsibility, integrity, empathy and perseverance), we would have a successful class.

Students received several new materials today:

  • A whiteboard to use in class
  • A colored file folder to use as a writing portfolio. I asked students to decorate this folder with pictures, stickers, or drawings. I’ll laminate the folders and we’ll use them to store finished writing this year.
  • A yellow folder to use as our “fridge folder” where we can keep leftover work.
  • A planner.

We also played a game called, “Win as Much as You Can.” This was a game where teams can work together so that everyone wins, or compete against each so that only a few win. Our class wasn’t very successful. We chose to complete, so only one team scored points. We might try to learn from our mistakes and play this game again in the future.

Finally, it was Team Day! Students worked in teams to try to solve challenges involved with moving as a team, lowering a hula hoop together, and untying human and rope knots. We didn’t always succeed after the first try, but we learned that we can solve problems by working together, listening to others, and persevering. Thanks to all the family members that helped out today!

Team Day 2017

89 new photos · Album by Christian Howd

 

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