September 20th, 2019
Spelling: We reviewed short and long vowel sounds and noticed that most words with short vowels have only one vowel (cut, spin, got) and most words with long vowel sounds have two vowels (cute, spine, goat).
Also, results from the Achievement Test 1 pretest are in JupiterGrades.
Cursive: Cursive pp. 4-6 are available and were due on today. Only nine students had their cursive completed and ready to turn in today.
Reading: None today due to picture day. We also watched a video about self-control. It’s about researchers that gave kids one marshmallow, or two if they would wait 15 minutes. Most kids didn’t wait. But the ones that did were shown to be successful later in life. They had self-control and could tell themselves no. The others didn’t think about future consequences, and they kept that pattern throughout life. It shows that self-control is important and 4th graders still have time to build their self-control before the consequences get very hard.
Writing: We talked about publishing today. This is where a student adds a title and decides if they want to change the title font, color or size. It’s also when a student deletes their prewriting and resolves all comments to the writing is ready for others to read.
Our first piece of writing, a personal narrative, will be due Sunday, September 22. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finished with their writing at point.
We also noticed that the hard workers in our class have worked over 100 minutes on Khan Academy this week to practice math. But the bottom 20% of our class is only working about 40 minutes. The hard workers in our class completed 18 math skills, while easy workers only learned 3 new skills. It’s pretty clear that some students are working harder than others to learn new things.
Science: We finished reading and writing notes about how scientists use observations to make inferences about the past. Homework is to finish p. 5 if not done in class.
Character Strength: We are learning about curiosity this week.
- Buying chromebook insurance for $25 can save you from a $50-200 repair bill if a screen breaks or a keyboard is damaged. Payments are due by September 26 and you can pay online. Here are more details about chromebook insurance.
- 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.
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.