September 12th, 2017
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.
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