February 24th, 2009
Spelling: Students made their Words to Learn lists today from words they missed on the last spelling test. This is your student’s spelling list to student for the next test.
Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Fridays.
Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles. Some groups worked on chunking and context clues as reading strategies. Students also received their latest STAR reading level. Our February class average STAR reading level was 5.46, which is over our yearly goal of 5.40! The class has made over a year’s improvement by February! Great work students and families! Let’s see how high we can all go together!
Writing: We finished writing notes about Core Democratic Values today.Our next piece with be a persuasive letter to the editor about a topic chosen by each student. Here’s an overview of the project, and here’s a checklist to help with writing the letter. This piece will be due March 6.
The piece after that will be our final fiction project of the year. Students will write a novel. You read that right. Each student will write their own novel, with a word goal minimum of 1,500-3,000 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.mrhowd.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. Complete details will follow soon. Students were asked today to start thinking about their novel topic, characters, plot and setting. With the average fourth grader needing to write about 133 words each school day, students will need to start this project by “hitting the ground running.”
Math: We practiced decimal addition and subtraction with money today. Homework is to complete Journal pp. 91 and 93. There will be a MiniQuiz tomorrow over decimal addition and subtraction.
Science: We reviewed open and closed circuits today. Homework is to complete an Open and Closed Circuit Scavenger Hunt: students were asked to find and write down five examples of open and closed circuits around their houses.
Social Studies: Students made quilt squares out of construction paper shapes. Homework is to finish the quilt square if not one of the 12 students that finished during class.
- Yellow magnets: 1
- Orange magnets: 0
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 0
- Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 1
- Hours with no yellow magnets (record: 58): 5
- Days with no orange magnets (record: 39; previous score: 25): 8
Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade at SnapGrades to see if your student moved their magnet.