Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 20 - 31, 2019

05-20 to 05-24 Fitness Week
05-21-2019 Upper Grade Olympics (4th-5th)
05-22-2019 Fire/Drop Drills
05-22-2019 Primary Grade Olympics (1st-3rd)
05-24-2019 Fitness Week Awards Assembly
05-27-2019 School Closed: Memorial Day
05-29-2019 Honors Assembly
05-29-2019 Spring Sing Rehearsal (K, 2, 4)
05-29-2019 Olympic Awards
05-31-2019 Spring Sing (8:30, 1:00)
06-01-2019 GATE Conference

Fitness Week!  Wear your red shirts every day!  We will be keeping track of workouts and what we eat all this week.  We are hoping to have a lot of fun and really kick it. 
Class name: 100% Rotten Tomatoes!

The fourth and fifth grade Olympics will take place on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.  Every student will participate in three different events.  Let's hope it doesn't rain!

With few exceptions, room 17 is done with SBAC testing.  Students worked very hard during the last two weeks to complete the reading, writing and math to their best ability. 

Academics

Math.  This week we will finish Module 7 and have our End of Module Assessment on Wednesday.  We had worked on conversions and completed most of the work before SBAC testing.  Students memorized the conversion chart, so they are ready for the test. 

Module 4 - Geometry.  We worked through most of the module before SBAC and we will finish it from May 23 - May 30th.  We will have the final for this module on Thursday, May 30th.

Language Arts.  Module 4 of Wit & Wisdom - Myths and Mythology.  Students are working on writing explanatory writing, reader's theater of a Native American tale, and reading Walk Two Moons.    Students will continue to work on fluency and writing at home and school. 

Science.  Environmental science in our own classroom.  We have two more standards to cover and then we will be done.  There will be a test on Tuesday, May 29th that covers the entire unit. 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

Social Studies.  Governing the State of California. 



Monday, May 6, 2019


May 6 – 10, 2019

SBAC testing all this week! Help our students to be prepared for the testing by getting enough sleep and a hearty breakfast each day.  

Language Arts.  Myths and Mythology.  Continue to use the resources in Google Classroom to learn about myths.  Students will read and also write informative paragraphs.  Readers Theater will be used from now until the end of the school year.

Math.  Continue with Module 4, Geometry. 

Science.  Environmental Science. 

Looking Forward - 

Next Week:  SBAC testing in Mathematics.

May 20 - 24 is Fitness Week.  Our classroom color is RED!



Monday, April 29, 2019

April 29 - May 3, 2019

Volunteer Tea to be held May 3, 2019 from 9:50 until 10:30 a.m.  Thank you so much for all of you that have volunteered in any classroom this year.  To show our appreciation, all volunteers are invited to the Welby Tea on Friday of this week.  Please come!

May 6 - 17th is our SBAC testing.  English Language Arts will test during the first week and we will test Math during the second week.  

Congratulations to our Honors Students of the Month.  This month we honor students that are Role Models.  Renee and Saurabh!  

Congratulations to the students that are in the May 11th ballroom dance competition.  This competition will take place in the morning.  Tickets for the event are $10.00 (they have been in the past).  

Academics

Math.  Module 6 - Fraction Decimals.  End Of Module Assessment on Tuesday, April 30th.  Students are ready for this test as we have worked with decimals since beginning to learn about fractions in Module 5.  

Students have memorized the conversion chart for measurement.  The chart can be found in their Module 6/7 workbook and also in their math composition book.  We have worked through most of Module 7 and done several problems using the conversions.  We will have the Module 7 End of Module exam after SBAC testing.  

Because days of instruction were shortened due to the teachers' strike, we will need to concentrate HEAVILY on geometry next week.  I will make ZEARN available to the students as of Wednesday, May 1.  If you feel your child needs additional help, you can measure angles using a protractor for practice.  

Language Arts.  Myths and Mythology.  Students are amazing me with their knowledge on the subject.  We are working our way through Understanding Greek Myths and Greek Gods.  Thank you for the book donations that you made at the beginning of the year.  Students are writing informative paragraphs.  

Social Studies will be on hold all this week.  

Science.  Environments.  

Monday, April 22, 2019


April 22 – 26, 2019

SBAC Testing.  Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium will be done in May.   Dates will be May 6th – May 17th.  We will test language arts during the first week and math during the second week. 

During the next two weeks we will be reviewing language arts and math each day for the upcoming tests. 

Math.  Module 6.  Decimal Fractions.   Addition with tenths and hundredths.  Applying understanding of fraction equivalence to add tenths and hundredths. 
Add decimal numbers by converting to fraction form.  Solve word problems involving the addition of measurements in decimal form.  Money amounts and decimal numbers and expressing money amounts given in various forms as decimal numbers.  Solve word problems involving money. 

Language Arts.  Beginning Module 4 in Great Minds, Wit & Wisdom – Myths and Mythology.   We will be reading

Drama (Literary)
§  Pushing Up the Sky: Native American Plays for Children, Joseph Bruchac
Historical Account (Informational)
§  Understanding Greek Myths, Natalie Hyde
Myth (Literary)
§  Gifts from the Gods: Ancient Words & Wisdom from Greek & Roman Mythology, Lise Lunge-Larsen
Novel (Literary)
§  Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech

Social Studies.  Completing the Gold Rush. 

Science.  Environmental Science. 
4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.



Tuesday, April 2, 2019


April 2 - 5, 2019

I was not able to send the Module 5 math test home until this week because the other classes had not yet taken the test.  The Module 5 test and other paper work will go home on Wednesday, April 3.  Please correct the math test and return by Friday, April 5.  

Last week's Gold Rush was a huge success!  Teachers felt like the students and parents at the event had a great time.  We culminated at 2:00 with square dancing on the black top and it was FANTASTIC  to see the kids dance and enjoy themselves.  

Special, VERY SPECIAL, HUGE thank you to the parents that came out to help all day on Friday.  Over 40 parents and guardians came out to make this day happen.  It is appreciated SO MUCH!  Thank you!

April 9, 2019 is Welby Way Open House from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Come to room 17 and see what we have been working on the last few weeks.  

This week . . . . 

Math.  Module 6, Lessons 6 – 10.

Students will understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

Standards Addressed this week:

4.NF.5 Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100, and use this technique to add two fractions with respective denominators 10 and 100. For example, express 3/10 as 30/100, and add 3/10 + 4/100 = 34/100. (Students who can generate equivalent fractions can develop strategies for adding fractions with unlike denominators in general. But addition and subtraction with unlike denominators in general is not a requirement at this grade.)

4.NF.6 Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. For example, rewrite 0.62 as 62/100; describe a length as 0.62 meters; locate 0.62 on a number line diagram.

4.NF.7 Compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two decimals refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual model.

Language Arts.  Hatchet.  Culmination activities on the Extreme Settings Module that include skits and theme activities. Students will finish writing their narrative essay.  

Science.  Environmental science with Mrs. Hassig.  This week includes meal worms and their life cycle along with food chains. 

Social Studies.  Continue working on the California Gold Rush. 

Physical Education.  Volleyball.