Monday, February 20, 2017

Conference request sheets went home last week.  Conferences will be held February 23, 24 and all the next week.  Put your first, second and third choices on the flyer and return by February 23.  If you prefer a phone conference or email, let me know by emailing mrs.hassig@mywelby.org

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

March 10.  Fourth Grade Gold Rush Day at Welby Way.

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 will finish writing their own narrative using the acronym ESCAPE: Establish, Setting, Characters, Action, Problem, Ending.

Writing.  Extreme Settings Narrative.  Placing exploded moments into the story.

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 17-20 this week.  Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  Brief quiz on Friday. 

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. 

Social Studies.  Explorers in California and Spanish/Mexican California – Missions.  Students are creating a project on the mission of their choice.

Health.  Personal Health.

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 12, 2017

Small class party on February 14th to celebrate Valentine’s Day and friendship.  Thanks to those that volunteered to bring in juice and bagels!

No School on Monday, February 20th in honor of Presidents’ Day.

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

Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.   This week we continue to read 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, prepositional phrases, relative pronouns and clauses. Students begin writing their own extreme setting narrative using the acronym ESCAPE: Establish, Setting, Characters, Action, Problem, Ending.

Writing.  Publication of opinion essay:  Should Fourth Grade Students Have Cell Phones?

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 15 - 19 this week – using benchmarks to compare two fractions and adding and subtracting two fractions.  Quiz on lessons 12-15 on Wednesday. 

Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.1
Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.2
Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/NF/

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. 

Social Studies.  Explorers in California and Spanish/Mexican California – Missions.  Students have selected a mission to research.

Health.  Personal Health.

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.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.   This week we continue to read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Focus Question:  How does setting influence character and plot development?  Lessons include fluency practice, summary writing, prepositional phrases, relative pronouns and clauses.  Students think about writing their own narrative using the acronym ESCAPE:  Establish, Setting, Characters, Action, Problem, Ending.

Writing.  Finish draft of Opinion essay.  Should Fourth Grade Students Have Cell Phones?

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 10 – 14 this week - explain fraction equivalence using a tape diagram and the number line, and relate that to the use of multiplication and division.  Quiz on lessons 7 – 11 on Wednesday. 

From Common Core:  Focus Standards for Mathematical Practice

“MP.2  Reason abstractly and quantitatively.  Students will reason both abstractly and quantitatively throughout this module.  They will draw area models, number lines, and tape diagrams to represent fractional quantities, as well as word problems.

MP.3  Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. …”Students explore various strategies and participate in many turn and talk and explain to your partner activities.  By doing so, they construct arguments to defend their choice of strategy, as well as think about and critique the reasoning of others.”

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/NF/

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. 

Social Studies.  Explorers in California and Spanish/Mexican California – Missions.

Health.  Personal Health and Physical Activity.

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.




Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.   This week we continue to read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Focus Question:  How does setting influence character and plot development?  Lessons include fluency practice, summary writing, prepositional phrases, relative pronouns and clauses.  Students think about writing their own narrative using the acronym ESCAPE:  Establish, Setting, Characters, Action, Problem Ending.

Writing.  Finish draft of Opinion essay.  Should Fourth Grade Students Have Cell Phones?

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 10 – 14 this week - explain fraction equivalence using a tape diagram and the number line, and relate that to the use of multiplication and division.  Quiz on lessons 7 – 11 on Wednesday. 

From Common Core:  Focus Standards for Mathematical Practice

“MP.2  Reason abstractly and quantitatively.  Students will reason both abstractly and quantitatively throughout this module.  They will draw area models, number lines, and tape diagrams to represent fractional quantities, as well as word problems.

MP.3  Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. …”Students explore various strategies and participate in many turn and talk and explain to your partner activities.  By doing so, they construct arguments to defend their choice of strategy, as well as think about and critique the reasoning of others.”

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/NF/

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. 

Social Studies.  Explorers in California and Spanish/Mexican California – Missions..

Health.  Personal Health and Physical Activity.

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.