Category Archive for 'Daily class activities'

Class activities for Friday, October 18

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Spelling: None today. We used this time to work on our leadership notebooks.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 16-18 are available and were due today.

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

Writing: Today was a drafting work day.

A “fictionalized” personal narrative is due Sunday, November 3. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finished with prewriting and should have about 20 lines typed by Sunday, if they don’t have that much already.

Math: None today due to art. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We wrote some scientific arguments that used rocks and fossils to explain different past environments of two rock layers.

Social Studies: Today was a leader lesson about taking initiative and doing things without being asked. It’s one way to be proactive.

Character Strength: We are learning about integrity this week.

Notes:

  • Fun Run Fundraiser donations are due this Monday, October 21. Learn more or donate 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.

Class activities for Thursday, October 17

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Spelling: Students completed a spelling test today.

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

Reading: Today was a discussion day in Literature Circles.

Writing: We talked more about adding action details for the plot, talking for characters, and visual details for the setting. Each of these details should be repeatedly included throughout writing, over and over.

Students also started drafting today.

A “fictionalized” personal narrative is due Sunday, November 3. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finished with prewriting and should have their draft started, with 10 lines typed by tonight.

Math: We practiced multi-digit addition today. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We labeled a map and used evidence from rocks and fossils to write a scientific argument about if our study area, Desert Rocks National Park, used to be underwater in the past.

Social Studies: We finished writing notes in our minibooks about important ideas we have learned about government so far.

Character Strength: We are learning about integrity this week.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Wednesday, October 16

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Spelling: Students completed a skill test about long and short vowels today.

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

Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles. Students read adn wrote notes about their thinking.

Writing: We talked more about how the main ingredients of a story are the people, places, and the plot. Students also worked on prewriting places and characters today. Finally, students completed prewriting conferences where they commented on a partner’s prewriting.

A “fictionalized” personal narrative is due Sunday, November 3. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finished with prewriting a list of ideas by tonight.

Math: None today. We used this time to talk about how the movie, Gremlins, can teach us to be proactive. In the movie, Billy lets his problems grow from one, to six, to hundreds, affecting him, then his family, then everyone around him!

Gremlins aren’t real, but problems are. Students that learn to solve their problems (missing work, breaking our class agreement, not following school rules, etc.) while they are still small won’t let their problems grow and grow, causing unpleasant consequences. This is a great lesson to learn in 4th and 5th grade before the consequences get bigger in middle school.

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

Science: We used a simulation to learn that different rocks usually form in different environments. Rocks and fossils can help us infer what a past environment might have been like in the past.

Homework is to finish any unfinished notes from last week and this week; science notebooks will be graded soon.

Social Studies: Students used a Google Drawing to sort federal, state, and shared powers. We also wrote notes in a minibook about important government ideas we have learned this year.

Character Strength: We are learning about integrity this week.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Tuesday, October 15

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

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

Cursive: Cursive pp. 16-18 are available and were due today.

Reading: We read an article about how even kids can help people in need and about some businesses that donated shoes and eyeglasses to kids in other countries.

Writing: We talked about how the main ingredients of a story are the people, places, and the plot. Those things can be used to prewrite a story by listing the characters, the places of the story, and the plot that happens in the beginning, middle, and ending.

Students continued to work on prewriting.

A “fictionalized” personal narrative is due Sunday, November 3. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be prewriting a list of ideas at this point.

Math: We practiced rounding word problems today. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We read and wrote notes about different types of sedimentary rocks and learned that different rocks contain different size pieces, were formed in different speeds of water, and were formed in different environments. The rocks give clues to the past. Homework is to finish p. 32 if not finished in class.

Social Studies: We finished reading about state and federal powers and wrote notes about the powers of different levels. Homework is to finish the How Does Government Affect Me page if not finished in class.

Character Strength: We are learning about integrity this week.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Monday, October 14

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Spelling: We practiced the difference between fewer and less.

  • There is less wind today.
  • There are fewer students today.

The word fewer is used for things that can be counted. The word less is for things that cannot be counted.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 16-18 are available and were due today.

Reading: Students worked on a STAR Reading test today.

Writing: We talked about how to “fictionalize” a personal narrative by adding interesting dialogue, taking out boring parts, adjusting the time of events, and making events more interesting. This project will help us bridge the gap between personal narratives and the fiction stories we will work on in the second marking period.

To help with this idea, we listened to a personal narrative by Patricia Polacco that was fictionalized to be more interesting:

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother read by Melissa Gilbert

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother is written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco and read by Melissa Gilbert. Tricia can’t stand her rotten redheaded older brother Richie, who can do everything better than she can.

Students also started prewriting a list of possible ideas to write about in a fictionalized way.

A “fictionalized” personal narrative is due Sunday, November 3. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be thinking of a personal narrative topic at this point.

Math: We practiced rounding again today. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Also, here are the results from our last STAR Math test. As you can see, we made some good growth!

Science: We looked at some conglomerate and sandstone rock samples to compare and contrast them. We learned that conglomerate is usually formed in fast moving water, which is why it contains smooth pebbles. Sandstone is usually formed in oceans, lakes, rivers and near beaches. We used a simulation to learn that different rocks form in different environments.

Social Studies: We learned about how some powers are given to state governments, some to the federal government, and some powers are shared.

Character Strength: We are learning about integrity this week.

Notes:

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