Back-to-school tips for students of all ages — 6 keys to a happy, productive year

Here are some tips from MLive for students and families starting the new school year:

1. Make it a fresh start.

2. Set specific goals.

3. Eat right, sleep well.

4. Focus on the basics.

5. Exploit your talents.

6. It’s all about you.

Read the rest of the article here. I hope everyone has a wonderful new year!

Originally posted 2013-09-02 09:51:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Class activities for Monday, November 11

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 25, 26, 29 were due today. Cursive pp. 30-32 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: None today due to art.

Writing: We talked about writing complete scenes that have a mix of talking, action, and visual details.

Students also worked on drafting today.

A fiction story is due Sunday, November 24. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finished about half a page of their draft by tonight.

Math: Students worked on a STAR Math test today. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: None today due to an assembly.

Social Studies: We reviewed what we have learned about the branches of government. We will have a MiniQuiz about this soon.

Character Strength: We are learning about the #OtherPeopleMatter mindset this week.

Notes:

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

Hawaiian Beach Bash 2019

Today was our Hawaiian Beach Bash! Students had Hawaiian pizza, Capri Suns and fruit kabobs! Later, they tossed foam noodles, ate pineapple slices, danced to the Beach Boys, and tried to win the hula hoop contest! Thanks to all the families that helped with food, donations, decorations, games, setup and cleanup! Our party was totally tubular because of everyone’s help!

Hawaiian Beach Bash 2019

90 new photos · Album by Christian Howd

Class activities for Thursday, November 7

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 25, 26, 29 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: Some students completed reading assessments today.

Writing: Students completed prewriting conferences today by commenting on a partner’s prewriting.

Students also continued to work on their prewriting.

A fiction story is due Sunday, November 24. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finished with prewriting by tonight.

Math: Today was another work day for students to finish up addition and subtraction skills or to work on the current topic.

Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: Students wrote a science argument to explain why one canyon would be deeper than another. Homework is to finish the Comparing Canyons science argument (a Google Doc) and to submit to Jupiter tonight if not finished in class.

Social Studies: We finished writing notes about the three branches of government and their powers.

Character Strength: We are learning about bravery this week.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Wednesday, November 6

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 25, 26, 29 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: Students completed a STAR Reading test today. Here are our results so far this year:

Writing: We watched a video about how a baker was not prepared to bake cookies, and how terrible they turned out. This is like how a writer prepares in prewriting. If a writer takes time to “gather ingredients” during prewriting, by making a list of what will happen in the story, the story will turn out better and not “half-baked.”

Students also continued to work on their prewriting.

A fiction story is due Sunday, November 24. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finishing the end of their prewriting for the beginning, middle, and end of their fiction story.

Math: Today students paired up for “math coaching.” Students that mastered addition and subtraction skills coached students that were still struggling. There still nine students that haven’t mastered multi-digit subtraction skills. Ask your student to show you how they are doing with that skill.

Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We used evidence to make a claim about why one canyon would be deeper than another. The evidence showed that if a canyon is older, or if the water was flowing faster, that could make a deeper canyon.

Social Studies: Students completed three MiniQuizzes about the topics we have learned about so far this year. If students want to make any corrections to improve their grades, they can relearn ideas from their minibook notes, their digital social studies text in Google Drive, or even a Google search. Students were asked to make corrections on paper, explaining why their new answers are correct. Homework is to make any needed corrections and to turn in tomorrow so there is time to add to this report card.

Character Strength: We are learning about bravery this week.

Notes:

  • Can your student stay after on Thursday, until 5 pm, to help decorate for our party?
  • We are having a Hawaiian Beach Bash on Friday, November 8 from 12:30-3:30. Family members are invited to join us and help with the food and games! Here is our volunteer and guest list. We could use some parents to help with food and games on Friday. Add your name to the list if you can help.
  • View your fall conference time online.
  • Have you started a Daily Homework Time with your student? If homework causes tears or battles, or if you have had to deal with missing assignments or low grades, read more about Daily Homework Time and start one with your student. It will help!
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

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