Class activities for Monday, October 14

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.

Class activities for Friday, October 11

Spelling: None today due to time spent working on our Leadership Notebooks. Today, students worked on a page with their favorites as a way to teach others about themselves.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 13-15 are available and were due today.

Reading: Today was a discussion day in Literature Circles.

Writing: We talked about using precise nouns so that the reader understands what you mean. Don’t say “car booklet,” say “instruction manual.” Say “rust,” not “brown stuff.”

Students also worked on publishing today.

A personal narrative is due Sunday, October 13. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should a full page personal narrative finished by Sunday morning.

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

Science: We read about how geologists use clues from rocks and fossils to infer that environments in the past were different than the present. A preset-day desert could have been a rain forest, ocean, or swamp in the past.

Social Studies: We had a leader lesson today about stopping and thinking. Proactive students stop and think at a difficult situation so they know how to make a choice that doesn’t cause problems.

Character Strength: We are learning about giving other people our attention this week. This is part of the #OtherPeopleMatter mindset.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Thursday, October 10

Spelling: None today due to extra time with science.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 13-15 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles. Students read about the origins of the Ferris Wheel and wrote notes about their reading.

Writing: We talked about using the right word in the right spot, and to be specific. That makes writing sound more interesting and realistic.

Students also worked on editing or publishing today.

A personal narrative is due Sunday, October 13. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be editing or ready to publish by now.

Math: We started our new topic about addition, subtraction, and estimation. Today we practiced rounding.

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

Science: We practiced writing a scientific argument that includes a claim, evidence, and why the evidence matters.

Social Studies: We learned about how different levels of government have different powers.

Character Strength: We are learning about giving other people our attention this week. This is part of the #OtherPeopleMatter mindset.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Wednesday, October 9

Spelling: None today due to the late start schedule.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 13-15 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: Students worked on MobyMax Foundational Reading to practice reading skills today.

Writing: Students worked on editing conferences today by commenting to a partner about capitals, periods, sentence sense, spelling.

A personal narrative is due Sunday, October 13. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be editing by now.

Math: Students finished their STAR Math test today.

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

Science: None today due to the late start schedule.

Social Studies: None today due to the late start schedule.

Character Strength: We are learning about giving other people our attention this week. This is part of the #OtherPeopleMatter mindset.

Notes:

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

Class activities for Tuesday, October 8

Spelling: We practiced common spelling patterns for the short /o/ sound: o, ou, aw, al.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 13-15 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: We finished reading a narrative nonfiction story and learned about some reading strategies: rereading and looking for context clues.

Writing: We talked about editing for the most common mistakes in writing: capitals, periods, sentence sense, spelling. Students also used Grammarly, an extension added to their chromebook Google account that helps with spell checking and editing.

A personal narrative is due Sunday, October 13. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be editing by now.

Math: Students worked on a STAR Math test today. We were focusing on writing our math down for each problem and taking our time. As shown below, students that take their time get better results.

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

Science: We used a computer to model how a fossil is created by sediment layers in water that cement to form rock. We also collected evidence that we will use to prove the claim that a desert study area was underwater in the past. Homework is to finish notebook p. 18 if not done in class.

Social Studies: We started our next topic about powers of the federal government. Today, we reviewed levels of government, local, state, and federal.

Character Strength: We are learning about giving other people our attention this week. This is part of the #OtherPeopleMatter mindset.

Notes:

  • Tomorrow, Wednesday, is a late start day. School starts at 11 am.
  • Fun Run Fundraiser donations are due 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.