le 10 au 15 décembre 2018

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: Students will bring home their Oregon geography & Native American history booklet to share with you this week.  Please set aside 5-10 minutes for your child to share.  Sign the yellow parent page & return it, but you make keep their hard work.  In addition, there is nightly wordstudy homework.

Mme Jana’s Class: The last French homework of 2018 is this week. We will be looking at days of the week and at seasons in French. In January, we’ll work on months.  We will hand out homework Monday, and in case it gets misplaced, here it is: jours de la semaine 2018 Vocab

Important Dates: 

December 22- January 7 NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Tuesday, January 8   First day back for students

Mme Jana’s News  (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu)

I will attempt to return to full-time teaching this week, although I will be out on December 18 of next week for a follow-up appointment.

FLA (French Language Arts):  The next verbs we will conjugate are pouvoir (to be able) and vouloir (to want). We’ll then tackle venir (to come) and tenir (to hold). I believe Victor and Patricia began a new “J’observe…” last week called “La baleine” that has a surfer and a large whale, so we’ll follow up on that and possibly begin a new one.

We will continue reading groups this week and next. One group has begun a non-fiction book as an experiment. Other groups will also do non-fiction books in January.

Les sciences:  We’ll begin a new science unit in January, “La terre, les pierres et les formes du relief” (Soils, rocks and landforms.)

Mme Shelli’s News (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

English Language Arts:  Students will wrap up their novel study on either Sing Down the Moon or Soft Rain this week.  These historical fiction novels feature Native American characters who experience being forcibly sent to a reservation during the 1800s.  Ask your child about the novel they are reading.

In English writing, students will be writing creatively using some winter prompts.  The goal of this mini-unit before winter break, is to have students write organized fictional narratives with creative word choice and accurate conventions (spelling & punctuation).

Math: We will finish our unit: Decomposing & Composing Fractions (Addition & Subtraction). The goal is for students to understand fractions beyond just adding numerators. Instead students should  be able to explain and model fractions and mixed numbers as they break them apart and put them together in a variety of real world situations.   We will be demonstrating our thinking with fraction bar models, number lines, and using money.

Absences:

Several families have let us know they will be out of town the week before Winter Break. If you fall into this category, let both of us and Bernadette know about your plans so it’s officially in the system.  Please do this any time your child won’t be in class more than two days. It helps us tremendously with planning. Merci! Here is a link to a form you should submit to the office for extended absences of greater than 2 days.

December 3-7

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: Math homework each night.  Students should bring it to class each week.

Mme Jana’s Class:. There is no French homework this week. Next week will be the last homework in French for 2018!

Important Dates: 

December 5 Native American presentations in Shelli’s Room – Parents invited to the open house format presentation 10:30-11:15 (Blue Class)  2:00-2:50 (Red Class)

December 22- January 7 NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Mme Jana’s News (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu)

I am still out recuperating from my gallbladder operation. Thank you so much for all the well wishes and for the parents that got together and got me an orchid and some other lovely things. I so appreciate it. I look forward to feeling well enough to be back in the classroom! (I can’t wait to be finished with antibiotics!) Rebecca Harlan will continue to be our guest teacher Monday through Wednesday, Sara Roadman will teach on Thursday, and  Friday is not yet determined.

FLA (French Language Arts):  Last week, I asked Victor to conjugate the verbs mettre (to put or place) and prendre (to take), two more important verbs for communicating in French. We do sentences together, then the students write two sentences as an exit ticket. I haven’t seen those yet, but we’ll scoop up anyone who didn’t show comprehension. The next verbs we will conjugate are pouvoir (to be able) and vouloir (to want).

I’ve asked Rebecca and Victor to run a writing activity where students have to write a sentence about what’s in their pencil pouch, but it has to rhyme with their name. They’ll work with their classmates and dictionaries and the teachers to find rhymes in French (no mean feat) Then they’ll do a pretty detailed drawing to go with it. I think the kids will enjoy it, and they’ll have further reinforcement of vocabulary words.

My understanding is that the students began the next round of reading groups. They will continue those books this week.

A handful of students have completed their Problèmes de logique 1  and have begun their new Problèmes de logique 2.


Mme Shelli’s News (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

English Language Arts:  Students will finalize their reports on Monday and will begin practicing a little speech to give during our museum day on Wednesday.  Parents are invited to visit anytime during the open house.

Students began a novel study last week on either Sing Down the Moon or Soft Rain.  These historical fiction novels feature Native American characters who experience being forcibly sent to a reservation during the 1800s.  Ask your child about the novel they are reading.

Math: We continue our unit: Decomposing & Composing Fractions (Addition & Subtraction). The goal is for students to understand fractions beyond just adding numerators. Instead students should  be able to explain and model fractions and mixed numbers as they break them apart and put them together in a variety of real world situations.   We will be demonstrating our thinking with fraction bar models, number lines, and using money.

Dreambox math is an optional home activity for individualized, leveled math practice and is paid for by the school district. On a computer, students can login with their school passwords using “login with active directory.” If your child has an IPAD at home, email Shelli for instructions on how to log on. Studies show that students who use Dreambox 60+ minutes per week in addition to regular classroom instruction make great gains in their math understanding.

Absences:

Several families have let us know they will be out of town the week before Winter Break. If you fall into this category, let both of us and Bernadette know about your plans so it’s officially in the system.  Please do this any time your child won’t be in class more than two days. It helps us tremendously with planning. Merci! Here is a link to a form you should submit to the office for extended absences of greater than 2 days.

Nov 26-30

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: There are two important home assignments from Shelli this week.  1) Students should bring home their completed Multiplication & Division Unit packet & test.  Please read, sign, and return the parent letter.  You may keep the work.

2)Students should complete their Native American Visual project(HomeprojectNA) These can be brought to school any time, but no later than Monday December 3. Students can ask me for art supplies if they need anything. If you have questions, email Shelli.  See my note below for information about an invitation to our “museum day.”

Mme Jana’s Class:. Your child will have French vocabulary homework Monday through Thursday nights. We always explain the whole week’s work, and we go through and do at least one example for each day except the quiz day. Every child will receive a hard copy (light purple) in their homework folder.  Here is this week’s homework:mots de la classe 2018 Vocab

Important Dates: 

November 27- Guest speaker in 4th grade to present tools used by First people of Oregon – ask your child about it!

December 5 SNative American student presentations in Shelli’s Room – Parents invited to the open house format presentation 10:30-11:15 (Blue Class)  2:00-2:50 (Red Class)

December 22- January 7 NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Mme Jana’s News (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu)

I am out very sick, so this is last week’s post. I will update next week, and I’m sending an email to all parents about my situation.

FLA (French Language Arts):  We are working hard on how to conjugate verbs within sentences, not as easy as it may seem. We’ll do another exercise this week, and basically keep working on it all year ’til it’s hopefully second nature. We worked on a worksheet I designed which helps students practice finding the right subject and conjugating the verb correctly. 

Most students have completed their first reading group book and set of comprehension questions. You should see those packets coming home soon, and we’ll begin new books next week.

Av handful of students have completed their Problèmes de logique 1 packet and are ready to move on to the second one…once they arrive from the printer. This packet is worked on when all other work has been completed.

Most students are completing their last cursive packet or are on the corrections stage. We also wrote our names again on a practice sheet so we can compare the beginning of the year with the end. Big change already for everyone.


Mme Shelli’s News (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

English Language Arts:  Students will be writing & completing their reports about a Native American tribe from Oregon this week.  They also will be preparing a short speech to present at our “Museum Day” on December 5th. Parents are welcome to attend. At home, students should be creating a visual (diorama, poster, painting, illustrated book) to accompany theirreport.  This visual is due December 3rd.  

We will be welcoming Brenda Brainard from the Eugene NATIVES program this Tuesday.  She will bring a large collection of artifacts from the first people of Oregon to share with the class.  It should be an exciting week.

Math: Students’ Multiplication and Division Strategies with larger numbers booklets & assessments will come home to you on Monday.  Please read, sign & return the parent letter.

We will begin our next unit: Decomposing & Composing Fractions (Addition & Subtraction). The goal is for students to understand fraction beyond just adding numerators. Instead students should  be able to explain and model fractions and mixed numbers as they break them apart and put them together in a variety of real world situations.   We will be demonstrating our thinking with fraction bar models, number lines, and using money.

Dreambox math is an optional home activity for individualized, leveled math practice and is paid for by the school district. On a computer, students can login with their school passwords using “login with active directory.” If your child has an IPAD at home, email Shelli for instructions on how to log on. Studies show that students who use Dreambox 60+ minutes per week in addition to regular classroom instruction make great gains in their math understanding.

Thank you parents for attending parent-teacher conferences!  Please take time to look at Seesaw updates as they come to you to see/hear how your child is progressing in class. If you have further questions about your child’s growth in 4th grade, remember that we are available by email or to meet by appointment.

Absences:

Several families have let us know they will be out of town the week before Winter Break. If you fall into this category, let both of us and Bernadette know about your plans so it’s officially in the system.  Please do this any time your child won’t be in class. It helps us tremendously with planning. Merci! Here is a link to a form you should submit to the office for extended absences of greater than 2 days.

Nov 19-21

Absences:

Several families have let us know they will be out of town the week before Winter Break. If you fall into this category, let both of us and Bernadette know about your plans so it’s officially in the system.  Please do this any time your child won’t be in class. It helps us tremendously with planning. Merci! Here is a link to a form you should submit to the office for extended absences of greater than 2 days.

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: Your child has a fun home project to complete over the next few weeks in lieu of regular homework; they should bring the project to school anytime before Dec. 3rd. Here is a link to the description of the assignment, Native American Visual Project. (HomeprojectNA) If you have questions, email Shelli.

Mme Jana’s Class:  No homework in French this week. We’ll start back up next week!

Important Dates: 

Thursday & Friday, Nov 22 & 23     NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

December 22- January 7 NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

Mme Jana’s News (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu)

FLA (French Language Arts):  We are working hard on how to conjugate verbs within sentences, not as easy as it may seem. We’ll do another exercise this week, and basically keep working on it all year ’til it’s hopefully second nature. We worked on a worksheet I designed which helps students practice finding the right subject and conjugating the verb correctly. 

Most students have completed their first reading group book and set of comprehension questions. You should see those packets coming home soon, and we’ll begin new books next week.

Av handful of students have completed their Problèmes de logique 1 packet and are ready to move on to the second one…once they arrive from the printer. This packet is worked on when all other work has been completed.

Most students are completing their last cursive packet or are on the corrections stage. We also wrote our names again on a practice sheet so we can compare the beginning of the year with the end. Big change already for everyone.

Thanksgiving: To help properly celebrate giving thanks, we will be working on an art project that involves sewing a fall leaf garland, but begins with listing those things for which we are grateful (reconnaissant).


Mme Shelli’s News (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

English Language Arts:  Integrating English language arts and Oregon history, students are researching a Native people group from Oregon. This week in class, students will complete their research and begin to prepare an outline for a multi-paragraph report about their research.  At home, students should be creating a visual (diorama, poster, painting, illustrated book) to accompany their report.  This visual is due December 3rd.  That week, students will present their findings in a “museum” day.  Parents are welcome to attend.  More information will be coming after Thanksgiving about the special event.

Math: We will wrap our unit is Multiplication and Division Strategies with larger numbers next week.  Then, for the remainder of the short week, students will be exploring area, perimeter, polygons, and angles with geoboards.

Dreambox math is an optional home activity for individualized, leveled math practice and is paid for by the school district. Students can login with their school passwords using “login with active directory.” Studies show that students who use Dreambox 60+ minutes per week in addition to regular classroom instruction make great gains in their math understanding.

Thank you parents for attending parent-teacher conferences!  We very much enjoyed talking with you.  In future, you are welcome before or after school anytime to come look through student journals. (If you come in the morning, please be aware that we are prepping for the day & won’t be able to stop and talk, and that we do expect students to be ready to begin their day promptly at 8h30.) Also, please take time to look at Seesaw updates as they come to you to see/hear how your child is progressing in class. If you have further questions about your child’s growth in 4th grade, remember that we are available by email or to meet by appointment.

 

le 13 au 16 novembre 2018

Thank you parents for attending parent-teacher conferences!  We very much enjoyed talking with you. We hope you took time to look through your child’s work, which was set out on student desks in Mme Shelli’s room. In future, you are welcome before or after school anytime to come look through student journals. (If you come in the morning, please be aware that we are prepping for the day & won’t be able to stop and talk, and that we do expect students to be ready to begin their day promptly at 8h30.) Also, please take time to look at SeeSaw updates as they come to you to see/hear how your child is progressing in class. If you have further questions about your child’s growth in 4th grade, remember that we are available by email or to meet by appointment.

At conferences, several families let us know they will be out of town the week before Winter Break. If you fall into this category, please let us both and Bernadette know about your plans so it’s officially in the system. Please do this any time your child won’t be in class. It helps us tremendously with planning. Merci!

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: There is wordstudy homework this week.  Students should complete nightly homework & bring it to school each day. The spelling pattern we will study this week is doubling consonants before suffix endings.

Dreambox math is an optional home activity for individualized, leveled math practice and is paid for by the school district. Students can login with their school passwords. Studies show that students who use Dreambox 60+ minutes per week in addition to regular classroom instruction make great gains in their math understanding.

Mme Jana’s Class:  Our homework from last week has extended into this week. Tuesday and Wednesday nights (November 15 & 16) will have homework, and we’ll conclude the study with a quiz on Thursday. This vocabulary work is comprised of words the students often use, but often misspell. Here is the homework, just in case it doesn’t come home one night: mots de base 3 2018 Vocab

Important Dates: 

Monday, Nov 12      NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day

Thursday, Nov 15   Picture RETAKES

Friday, Nov 16       PTO Trivia Night!

Thursday & Friday, Nov 22 & 23     NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

Mme Jana’s News (kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu)

FLA (French Language Arts): 

We are working hard on how to conjugate verbs within sentences, not as easy as it may seem. We’ll do another exercise this week, and basically keep working on it all year ’til it’s hopefully second nature.

We began a new “J’observe…” last week.  It is a photo of four piglets in a bowler hat on the grass. It’s been challenging to only write “cute” (mignon) one time, but fortunately, the word “adorable” (adorable) showed up to save us. Many students have now completed all three of the “J’observe…” activities, but a few students haven’t completed any of them. My expectation is that when there is free work time, if students have completed the day’s work, they use their remaining time to catch up on things like this. They have more personal responsibility for their work this year, and have to be proactive about completing work.

If you didn’t take your child’s “Moi” project in French down from the wall at parent/teacher conferences, it will be coming home this week. They did such a great job on these.

Les sciences:  We will work on series and parallel circuits this week and next. 


Mme Shelli’s News (hopper_s@4j.lane.edu)

English Language Arts:  Integrating English language arts and Oregon history, and with their new understanding of various regions of Oregon, students will begin to learn about how Oregon’s Native people survived off the land.  This week, students will select a native people group to research in class.  On Friday, they will come home with a project assignment to complete over the next three weeks to accompany their writing done in class.

Math: Our current unit is Multiplication and Division Strategies with larger numbers.  We will be continuing to use “Partial Quotients” model for division.  This week we will relate multiplication and division by solving problems with area and perimeter.  Partial quotient division is probably different from the way most  learned to divide, so please watch this video to learn more about this strategy. 

In 4th grade our goal is to have students build a deep understanding of multiplying and dividing before learning the traditional methods which can be confusing.  Don’t worry, in 5th grade, students will learn the standard algorithm.