Class activities for Tuesday, October 17

Spelling: We practiced sorting words by long and short vowel sounds. This will be the skill tested on tomorrow’s spelling test.

Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 16-18 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: Today was a reading skills practice day using MobyMax Foundational Reading.

Writing: We looked at an example of quality writing from a fourth grader in a previous class of mine. We noticed that it had a lot of dialogue, a lot of moment by moment action, it focused on just a small time, and it had some visual details. Other examples of student writing from my 4th and 5th grade classes can be found on the Writing page.

Students also worked on prewriting today. A personal narrative is due Monday, November 6. Your student should be prewriting by now, working on a beginning, middle, and end chart. Homework is to work on writing for 15 minutes and to finish prewriting.

Math: None today. We used this time to design some pixel art for our Fall Festival next week. Ask your student to show you their design!

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

Science: We predicted the size of the sun and its distance compared to earth. If the sun were the size of a beach ball, the earth would be a Skittle, and they would be an entire soccer field apart!

Social Studies: We read about a fictional county with a terrible government. Students worked in teams to analyze its government. Homework is to finish the Analyzing the Government of Egbonia page if not done in class.

Character Strength: We are learning about Teamwork this week.


  • The Writing page has recently been updated to include links to student examples of writing from my past classes. Students can use these as targets to aim for, or mirrors to reflect upon their own writing.
  • Have you helped your student plan a Daily Homework Time? This is a daily (Monday through Thursday) time of 40 minutes for students to work on math, writing, math facts, cursive, or other homework. Maybe it’s right after school, or at 5 pm, or right after dinner. The idea is that your student is working each day on something to make them smarter. Here is a sample schedule and more ideas.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View links to all the websites we use in class.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at Jupiter Ed.

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

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