News from the 4th grade classrooms

Homework:

Mme Jana homework: 

There is no French homework this week. We will continue to work with the vocabulary from last week.

Mme Shelli Homework: 

Math homework continues for this week. It is yellow and should come to school each day as we correct it together in class. Look for review problems in determining factors, prime & composite numbers as well as review of some of the trickier multiplication facts. 

Other important paperwork:

Please be sure to return corrected student profile forms to the office that were sent home last week, if you haven’t already.  Also, please return class contribution forms to the office if you are able to contribute funds for our class school supplies and field trips. Thank you.

Specials:  PE: Tuesdays & Thursdays  Music: Tuesdays Library: Thursdays

Important Dates:

Wednesday, Oct. 4      Walk and bike to school day

Tuesday, Oct. 10          School pictures!

Friday, Oct. 13             NO SCHOOL – State in-service day

 

Mme Jana’s Class: 

Le français:  Every morning, I give the students two incorrect sentences to write into their French journals. They may work together to make the corrections, then we go over them to make sure we get all the errors, and we rewrite the sentence. I will be collecting about a fourth of the journals each week to make sure everyone is on track, using the editing marks correctly, and following through.

This week, I received my copies of “Problèmes de logique 1” and each child has one to keep in his/her desk and work on if prior work is finished. These are logic problems in French and I’ve taught them how to do them by eliminating what cannot be the answer in order to find the answer! They really enjoy them, they add to their thinking and their French vocabulary, and I also have the next two versions ready for those who work ahead.

The “Moi” project is moving along nicely. Many students have finished their art, and have begun writing (in cursive, so it takes a bit), then we put it all together, and you’ll see them decorating our hallways soon.

We have worked through all the lower case (minuscule) letters and have begun the upper case (majuscule), we’ll begin the French typing program (Tap’Touche) once we get through all the letters in cursive.

Les sciences:  We will begin our fall science unit, L’énergie, this week. We will begin with circuits, conductors and innsulators.

I’m still enjoying getting to know your children!

Mme Shelli’s Class:

ELA (English Language Arts): We will read a shared book called My Librarian is a Camel this week as well as several articles about organizations and programs that reach out to communities to make a difference.  You can learn follow along with our reading in the Journeys textbook lesson 3 at home.  Our vocabulary station will be focused on multiple meaning words.  We will also start writing descriptive paragraphs this week.

Math: We continue a unit on multiples and factors to wrap our first Learnzillion unit.  Students will create patterns using a given rule and find features of patterns using their understanding of multiplication.  To help your child at home, please make sure they are very comfortable with their basic multiplication and division facts through 12.  There are many apps to help practice these online, but basic flashcards are great, too.  Students need most practice with x6, x7, x8, x9, x12.  If your child needs more extension in math, check out the games listed on the Math tab at the top of this website.

Class News

Homework:

Mme Jana homework:  The first homework is French vocabulary that we have practiced this week already. A 2-sided purple sheet will come home & need to be transported back & forth every day. I will hand the homework out on Monday, and I prefer that students spend a small amount of time on it each day, just to get into the habit of spending time regularly on homework. My homework should take 10-15 minutes, maximum. If your child is taking longer than that because he/she is struggling (not because they’re doing it slowly or not doing it), parents please sign at the bottom & have them stop. I never want homework to involve tears. This week’s words will need to be written in print, in cursive, defined in French (which they should be able to do because we made flash cards in class), and then parents will give them a spelling quiz on Thursday night. I will fully explain the homework to the students every Monday. Future vocabulary will include commonly used words as well as science or social studies vocabulary.

Mme Shelli Homework: 

Students complete one column of work for each day on their yellow Math homework.  This should be brought to class everyday. Each day, we will correct and discuss any tricky problems together so they can then work on the next problems more confidently. Problem types are a review of concepts that spiral and build as the year progresses.

IF your child has a hard time on a problem, please have them try their best and go on to another problem.  Just like for Mme Jana’s homework, students should work no more than 10-15 minutes.  If your child cannot finish in 15 minutes, please have them stop & write a note letting me know they’ve worked for the allotted time.  

Specials:  PE: Tuesdays & Thursdays  Music: Tuesdays Library: Thursdays

Important Dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 19         Curriculum night (6-8 p.m.)

Wednesday & Thursday, Sept. 20-21      Mme Jana out (French-speaking guest teacher, Mme Rebecca Harlan, who was a French teacher at Roosevelt for many years)

Wednesday, Oct. 4      Walk and bike to school day

Tuesday, Oct. 10          School pictures!

Friday, Oct. 13             NO SCHOOL – State in-service day

Mme Jana’s Class: 

I am sorry to say that I have to be gone on Wednesday & Thursday this next week. My elderly parents are moving to Eugene, and I have to be available to help them with the move & transporting my wheelchair-bound dad. My guest teacher is excellent, and Mathilde, our wonderful French intern, will be in class as usual.

Le français:  Every morning, I give the students two incorrect sentences to write into their French journals. They may work together to make the corrections, then we go over them to make sure we get all the errors, and we rewrite the sentence. I will be collecting about a fourth of the journals each week to make sure everyone is on track, using the editing marks correctly, and following through.

We began a project that will take us a week or so to complete. It’s called, “Moi!” and it’s all about the students, what they like, when and where they were born, their favorite food, etc. It involves writing and art, and when they are complete, we’ll hang them in the hallway. We are also working on spelling and defining the vocabulary words of the week.

We are working on cursive handwriting on the French side this year. Many projects will be written in cursive. It is the American version, not the French one, although we will work on reading that kind of cursive. You will see worksheets coming home. We spend about 15 minutes on it per day, and we’ll begin the French typing program (Tap’Touche) soon also.

Les sciences:  We have begun our science unit, L’Energie (energy), by having the kids do a pre-test. The full unit will probably not begin until week after next since I will be gone two of the days this week, but if I can get it together (lots of preparation), we will begin this week.

I’m enjoying getting to know your children!

Mme Shelli’s Class:

ELA (English Language Arts): We will read and discuss My Brother Martin, a story about Martin Luther King Jr.and other books about people who have made a difference in the world.  Students will discuss point of view, author’s purpose, and the story structure of biographies this week. Again, you can read our stories by following the Journeys link above.  In addition to reading the biography together, this week’s reading & writing stations include:

1) Word study: prefixes & suffixes 

2) Read and report on a biography of students’ choice

3) Read with Mme Shelli about segregation in the American South 

4) Read a student selected “Just Right Book”

Math: This week we jump into our new math curriculum’s Unit 1.  Students will be exploring factors, multiples, prime & composite numbers.  The best way you can help your child at home is to do their homework and to be sure they know all multiplication facts, especially the tricky ones (x4, x6, x7, x8, x9).  I provide challenge questions almost everyday for those students who need/ want more. If you want your child to have more of a challenge at home, click on the Math tab above to find some extension games for September’s math unit. You can read more about our new math curriculum and unit at this link.

This week’s news

Homework:

Parent homework will go home on Monday 9/11.  Please return by Friday 9/15.  No student homework this week. It will begin on September 18 with vocabulary in French from Mme Jana and math review from Mme Shelli.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 19         Curriculum night (6-8 p.m.)

Wednesday, Oct. 4      Walk and bike to school day

Tuesday, Oct. 10          School pictures!

Friday, Oct. 13             NO SCHOOL – State inservice day

Mme Jana’s Class: 

Le français:  Children are reacquainting themselves with speaking French, which will be 100% of the time by the end of this month. One thing we are exploring is vowel sounds. We’ll be adding vocabulary for regular everyday use, like today (aujourd’hui), tomorrow (demain) and yesterday (hier), and they will have science vocabulary to learn beginning the week of Oct. 18. I hope to begin reader’s theater in a couple of weeks. French reading and writing assessments are also occurring in these first few weeks.

Les sciences:  We will begin our Energy unit which will last most of the fall. Students will work in cooperative groups and learn about insulators and conductors as well as circuits for the first few weeks. All sciences are taught in French. Students may have some on-line science reading to do as homework. I will keep you posted on that.

Les sciences humaines (Social studies): Will begin in October or November, depending on the students’ abilities with reading more complicated texts.

Mme Shelli’s Class:

English Language Arts:  We will read and discuss an excerpt from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and discuss story elements of setting, plot, character, and the author’s use of flashback.  Students will write a summary of a text and read related short stories. EasyCBM reading testing will begin this week.  Click the red “Journeys Reading” above to follow along with us.

Math: We are reviewing skills learned in 3rd grade including multiplication, factors, and area. For the first two weeks, we’re discussing how we learn math, language, and more.  Students have been learning 

  • Our brains grow when we have a positive attitude.
  • Mistakes help us learn.
  • Learning concepts in depth is more important than being fast.

Some of the videos we’ve been watching in class can be found at YouCubed

 

Shelli’s News

Important Dates

June 19- Art & PJs party in Mme Shelli’s Class.  Students will also have a “level up” meeting with next year’s teachers at the end of the day.  They’ll get a chance to go to their new classrooms and meet the 5th grade teachers.

June 22- Last day of school- 11:00 Dismissal & Field Day Celebration.  Students will bring home report cards.

Wrapping up English Language Arts & Health

Students finished Keynote presentations and speeches on a health topic of their choice last week. Evaluations of their speeches and their final health test will come home early this week.  We continue our healthy human body study this year with articles about some world health and summer safety topics.  We’ll also enjoy a fun game of jeopardy on Wednesday.

Students will get a chance to do some more writing this week.  (Yes, even on the last week of school, we’re still doing academics!) Students will get to write some fun partner fiction stories.  They’ll bring home their rough draft writing notebooks on Wednesday so you can see the different kinds of stories they wrote this year.  Up to this point, you’ve seen mostly final drafts. 

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed teaching your bright and enthusiastic children this school year.  I wish you all a restful and safe summer.

Shelli Hopper-Moore

 

Fidget Spinners

Wow!  The fidget spinner crazy has quickly swept the school.  As with any toy, these should be left at home.  The spinners are very distracting in class & are also causing some disagreements on the playground.  The staff has made a no fidget spinner or fidget cube rule school wide.