Sunday, March 26, 2017

Parents!   WW Open House will be March 30th at 6p.m.  Several fourth grade teachers, including myself, will be attending the National Science Teachers Conference on that same day.  Room 26 (Hassig) Open House is rescheduled for April 27th.  Please put the date in your calendar:  April 27th from 6 - 7 p.m. 

Friday, March 31, 2017.  Cesar Chavez Day observed.  There will be no school.  

Volunteers Needed EVERY MONDAY!  We need two more volunteers for Monday a.m. psychomotor from 8:10 – 9:10.  Please come out and enjoy the great outdoors!  WE REALLY NEED HELP!

April 3rd we have a field trip to Olivas Adobe in Ventura County.  Several field trip slips have not yet been turned in.   This is the Monday after a three-day weekend.  Please remember to send snack, water bottle and a lunch.  We will be back to school by 2:30.

Spring Sing is May 3rd.  All fourth grade classes will be singing.
 

THIS WEEK IN ROOM 26
Language Arts: 
1)   Extreme Settings. 
Essential Question:  How does a challenging setting or physical environment change a person?
Content Framing Question:  How does Hatchet build knowledge of how to survive in an extreme setting?
Craft Question:  Students use evidence from text to reflect on the overall importance of the text.  Hatchet quiz on Thursday, March 30th. 
2)  Small group work creating skit from Hatchet.
3)  Figurative Language.

Math.  Begin Module 6.  Topic A.  Using fractions to explore tenths.  Expressing a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100.  Tests from Module 5 go home on Monday, March 27th.  Correct and return them by Thursday of this week.

Social Studies.  Rancheros.

Science.  Continuation of Investigation 2.  The force of magnestism.  Magnetic fields.  What happens to the force of attraction between two magnets as the distance between them changes?  Science Quiz, Investigation 2, Thursday, March 30th. 

Music.  8:10 – 8:40 Tuesday

Physical Education.  Psychomotor on Monday - we need volunteers to help from 8:05 - 9:10.  Class on Wednesday from 10:40 - 11:15.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Parents!  Several teachers will be attending the National Science Teachers Association Conference on March 30 - April 2.  WW Open House is schedule for March 30th.  Because I will be out of town during those days, our Open House is rescheduled for April 27th.  Please put the date in your calendar:  April 27th from 6 - 7 p.m.

Volunteers Needed!  We need two more volunteers for Monday a.m. psychomotor from 8:10 – 9:10.  Please help!  WE REALLY NEED HELP!

April 3rd we have a field trip to Olivas Adobe in Ventura County.  Return your child's NEW field trip slip this week.

Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.  Core Literature:  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Focus Question: How does the setting influence character and plot development?  Finishing the book, we will discuss the transitions Brian has gone through while learning to survive and the main topic will be theme. 

Writing. We will begin working on Information Writing.

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   We finish up Module 5 on Tuesday and take the final on Wednesday.  We did a complete review in class on Monday.  Class discussion on showing all work, checking work, and making certain that the question asked is answered.  Thursday and Friday of this week we will be working on division double digit multiplication before beginning Module 6 on Monday.

Science.  Energy.  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) FOSS Energy Module. Investigation 2.  Magnetism.

Social Studies.   Rancheros, Early California and Mexico's Independence.

Music.  8:10 – 8:40 Tuesday

Physical Education.  Psychomotor on Monday - we need volunteers to help from 8:05 - 9:10.  Class on Wednesday from 10:40 - 11:15.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The March 10th Gold Rush Day was great fun! The students enjoyed visiting different stations where they made cornhusk dolls, created leather tooling designs, puppets, and sang songs.  We dined on chicken and mashed potatoes and the day culminated with a large hoedown in front of the school. A huge thank you to all of the parents that volunteered throughout the day.

We need two more volunteers for Monday a.m. psychomotor from 8:10 – 9:10.  Please help!

Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.  Core Literature:  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Focus Question: How does setting influence character and plot development?  This week we continue to focus on understanding Brian’s moods, vocabulary, and the narrative assignment.

Writing. Narrative from Extreme Settings.

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 26 – 30.  Extending Fraction Equivalence to Fractions Greater Than 1. Compare fractions greater than 1 to express them in various forms using benchmark fractions or by creating common numerators or denominators.

Science.  Energy.  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) FOSS Energy Module. This week we move on to a new investigation to discover the connection between magnetism, iron and electricity. Focus Questions:  What materials stick to magnets, what happens when two or more magnets interact, what happens to the force of attraction between two magnets as the distance between them changes. 

Social Studies.   Rancheros.

Music.  8:10 – 8:40 Tuesday

Physical Education.  Psychomotor on Monday - we need volunteers to help from 8:05 - 9:00.  Class on Wednesday from 10:40 - 11:15.



Monday, March 6, 2017

Books and Blankets on March 3rd was a huge success.  Thank you to the many parents that attended and read with all of the children.

March 10.  Fourth Grade Gold Rush Day at Welby Way.  Volunteer information went home last week with your child.  Thanks to all of our volunteers.

Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.  Core Literature:  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Focus Question: How does setting influence character and plot development?  This week we focus on understanding Brian’s moods, vocabulary, and the narrative assignment.

Writing. Narrative from Extreme Settings.

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 23 - 27. Mid-Module to go home on Wednesday.  Test scores were great!

Science.  Energy.  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) FOSS Energy Module. We will explore electromagnetism, light, collisions, and waves.  Building an understanding that energy is evident when there is motion, electric current, sound, light, or heat, and that energy can travel from place to place. 

Social Studies.   Missions.  Students finish their Mission slide project and take a quiz on Wednesday.

Music.  8:10 – 8:40 Tuesday

Physical Education.  Psychomotor on Monday - we need volunteers to help from 8:05 - 9:00.  Class on Wednesday from 10:40 - 11:15.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Conferences will be held all this week. 
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday:  12:30 release
Tuesday:  1:30 release
Friday:  2:30 release

I have emailed conference times to parents.  Please respond via email that you are able to attend at the scheduled time.

Books and Blankets:  March 3rd.  Parents are invited to read with children in the classroom from 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.  Please bring books to read with your child.

March 10.  Fourth Grade Gold Rush Day at Welby Way.  Volunteer information will go home on Monday, February 27th. 

Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.  Core Literature:  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Focus Question: How does setting influence character and plot development?  Content Framing Question:  What does a deeper exploration of Brian’s thoughts and actions reveal about how Brian is learning and changing in the wilderness? Lessons include fluency practice, summary writing, exploded moments, prepositional phrases, relative pronouns and clauses. Students have completed their narrative writing assignment.

Writing. Due to shortened hours, students will write paragraphs that relate to Hatchet reading.
 
Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 20 - 23. Mid-Module quiz on Wednesday, March 1.

Science.  Energy.  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) FOSS Energy Module. We will investigate energy, build electric circuits powered by D-cells (flashlight batteries), and explore electromagnetism, light, collisions, and waves.  Building an understanding that energy is evident when there is motion, electric current, sound, light, or heat, and that energy can travel from place to place. Investigation 1 quiz on Thursday, March 2.

Social Studies.   Missions.  Students finish their Mission slide project.

Music.  8:10 – 8:40 Tuesday

Physical Education.  Psychomotor on Monday - we need volunteers to help from 8:05 - 9:00.  Class on Wednesday from 10:40 - 11:15.