Class News

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: Students have one night of math homework on Monday.  It is due Tuesday 11/21. 

Mme Jana’s Class:  No homework these two days of school.

Important Dates:

Wed to Friday, Nov 22-24                      No School – Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Dec. 4             No School – Academy day for teachers

Dec. 16- Jan. 2               No School – Winter break

Jan. 3rd                           First day back for students in 2018

Mme Jana’s News 

Dear parents, I am sorry to miss more school, but I will be absent Monday and Tuesday. My father died late Wednesday evening in his sleep, and I will be taking bereavement leave. I know how rumors run rampant at school, so I don’t know what your children may have already heard, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide if and what you tell them. They do know I have been gone some because my dad has been very ill. Rebecca Harlan will sub for me both Monday and Tuesday, and our highly competent intern, Mathilde, will be there to do most of the teaching as well. I will be back the Monday after Thanskgiving.

FLA (French Language Arts): We will continue to work on vocabulary and grammar. Most students have completed their first fiction book and those few stragglers will finish up this week. After the break, we’ll begin our non-fiction book.

Sciences: We will complete electrical circuits this week, and begin electromagnets, the next part of the Energy unit, after our short break.


Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: This week students completed writing their first draft of a 5 paragraph essay about an indigenous people group from Oregon.  They revised and edited both alone and with a peer.  This week, they will use feedback from me to finalize and type their papers.  Their work will be compiled into a mini booklet for you to see after Thanksgiving.

Math: We continue LearnZillion units 3 & 5 on Fractions.  Students have been labeling fractions on both vertical and horizontal number lines to show their thinking as they problem solve. A challenge for many students is drawing fractions, labeling their work, and explaining their thinking with clarity. This week students will be solving problems with addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators. Check out Monday’s homework for a few examples of types of problems we’re doing in class. Find out more about the unit 3 goals at this link.

Other News

Is your 4th grader interested in taking part in the making of an amazing yearbook? If so, we’d love to have your child participate in Yearbook Club. We’ll meet every other Monday and this year we’ll be working mostly on computers. Students who are excited about graphic design, photography, and working on computers and can meet after school are welcome to join us. Our first Yearbook club meeting is scheduled for 3:00-3:45 on Monday, December 11th.  You can contact Mme Michele at jensen_m@4j.lane.edu, or Mme Elise at salmond_e@4j.lane.edu for more details. 

Thank you!
 
Meeting days
Dec 11th
Jan 8th
Jan 22nd
Feb 12th
Feb 26th
Mar 12th
April/May TBA

Class News

First of all, thank you so much to all the parents that came and met with us to talk about their child’s progress at school. It was a very fruitful and informative experience for us, and we look forward to moving ahead through the year with your lovely children.

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: Students have word study/ spelling homework this week.  Each night, students should complete one page.  It should come to school each day.  

Mme Jana’s Class:  We have new French vocabulary this week. 

Important Dates:

Thurs, Nov. 16                Picture retakes (8h00)

Wed to Friday, Nov 22-24                      No School – Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Dec. 4             No School – Academy day for teachers

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts):  As I wrote last week, for reading groups, a few groups are still finishing up their first books, then we’ll all begin reading “Quels drôles de pieds,” or “What If You Had Animal Feet? ” in English, by Sandra Markle.

We’ve also done the first Mercy Watson book, which I read to them, entitled, “Mercy Watson à la Rescousse.” I have the whole series of six in French, and I’ll be asking Mathilde to read the rest of them so they can hear her lovely accent.

As we discussed at conferences, spoken French continues to improve and come more readily to your children, and students are getting reading and writing practice every day as well. We’ll begin the verb être (to be) this week, and we’ll work on it for the next two weeks and beyond. We’ll also do the sound of the letter “i” this week, which makes the “ee” sound, not like in English, so ask your child to pronounce it for you.

I hope to begin Tap’Touche (our francophone typing program) this week although the list of names is still eluding me, I am getting closer! We will continue with cursive as well, getting daily practice.

Sophie Glasser:  We had a wonderful art workshop with Sophie Glasser last week, and I’m particularly impressed that your students were able to stick to speaking French the whole lesson. I’m sure you’ve seen your child’s flipbook, and I’ve heard a number of students have begun making their own. I’d like to follow this up with a stop-motion project at school, which we will do before winter break. Sophie has a book for sale, “The Big Book” or “Le Gros Manuel” that is available in French or English.  Check her out:  Sophie Glasser. I think Bernadette may have some for sale up in the office.

 

Sciences: We are still working on series and parallel circuits, including D cell orientation, and science and engineering practices, like asking questions and planning and carrying out investigations. We also continue to come back to the idea of “systems” and what that concept involves in electrical circuits. We’ll move into electromagnets next.


Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: This week students will complete writing their first draft of a 5 paragraph essay about an indigenous people group from Oregon.  Students will revise & edit their work.  Later in the week, they will get feedback from me and will begin the final draft process.  

In English reading, students will be reading a fun fiction story Dear Mr. Winston.  Students will be asked to draw conclusions based on text evidence.  Read our story this week in the Journeys online link – Lesson 9. If your child is struggling in reading, it might be a great home connection to have them read it aloud to you at home. Not only that, it’s a really funny story.

Math: We begin LearnZillion units 3 & 5 on Fractions.  Unit 3 begins this week with the idea of “reasoning up and down”, which reinforces the meaning of fractions and the components of fractions. Students reason from non-unit fractions “down” to unit fractions, and then reason “up” to wholes and then to other fractions with the same denominator. This process prepares students for future reasoning with ratios, and ensures understanding of the numerator and denominator. Find out more about the unit 3 goals at this link.

 

Class News

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: Students will review the area model for multiplication on Monday night’s homework.  For more about this model, see the Math information in Shelli’s blurb below.

Mme Jana’s Class:  There is no French homework for the two days of school this week. 

Important Dates:

Wed/Thurs, Nov. 6-9    Book Fair

Tues, Nov. 7                    Sophie Glasser workshops for 4th grade

Wed/Thurs, Nov. 8-9    Parent Teacher Conferences (You will receive student photos then.)

Friday, Nov. 10               No School – Veteran’s Day

Thurs, Nov. 16                Picture retakes (8h00)

 Nov 22-24                      No School – Thanksgiving Break

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts):  We are still working away on French reading groups. A few groups will be ready to change to a new book beginning our next full week back to school. Our first books have been fiction, and the next group will be non-fiction.

Spoken French continues to improve, and students are getting reading and writing practice every day as well. We’ve continued conjugating and using the verb avoir (to have) & it’s starting to click for some learners. We’ll begin the verb être (to be) beginning next week.

We continue to practice cursive, as some of the lowercase letters can be challenging to join up properly, and some of the uppercase letter can be hard to form. Almost everyone can write pretty fluently in cursive now though. Yay! Tap’Touche (which is our francophone typing program) will also begin our first full week back.

Sophie Glasser:  Via the French consulate and with Mme Grabowski’s coordination, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are having art workshops IN FRENCH with the talented Sophie Glasser. Check her out:  Sophie Glasser. She will be guiding the students in a cartoon drawing workshop on Tuesday, November 7. We are lucky to have this experience coming our way!

Sciences: We are still working on series and parallel circuits! As I wrote last week, there are three investigations, so we’ll be on this one next week as well.


Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: Students finalized one organized paragraph last week about their favorite region of Oregon; these will be available for you to see at conferences.  Students have been researching and gathering notes about a people indigenous to Oregon.  This week students begin to organize their notes into an outline and a 5 paragraph essay.

Math: Last week, we wrapped up Unit 4 – Place Value, Adding & Subtracting with Regrouping.  You will receive your child’s assessment and workbook for this Unit at conferences.  For this short week, we’re returning to multiplication strategies for 1 digit x multi-digit numbers.  Our strategies include using an area model to visualize multiplying and a partial product strategy to bridge the area model to the traditional algorithm.  Learn more about this multiplication strategy at this link. After students begin to see what is happening in the visual model, they’ll start to use the traditional way of multiplying 1digit x two, three, and four digit numbers.  Again, it’s really important the students have their multiplication basic facts memorized to be successful in 4th grade math.  Here’s a simple online flash card practice.

Feeling uncomfortable with this area model multiplication strategy?  I know it’s different than the way I learned to multiply large numbers.  Check out this video if you’re questioning its purpose.

Other School News

Come visit the Book Fair in the gym & get your favorite students or favorite teachers some new books! Our Book Fair schedule: 
 
Monday 11/6 After school Sale 2:45-4
Tuesday 11-7 After School Sale 2:45 – 4
Wednesday 11/8 During Conferences noon – 7:30
Thursday 11/9  During Conferencs 8am – Noon

Class News

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: Math is homework this week.  If your child has extra time at home for math, they can login to math games on the “Math” tab above.

Mme Jana’s Class:  New vocabulary words this week, some repeats. Here is the homework: 30 octobre au 3 nov 2017 Vocab Look for the purple sheet! The procedures are the same as last time. First evening is rewriting, Tuesday is writing in cursive (which we will do in class so as not to interfere with Halloween evening), Wednesday is writing the word in a sentence, and Thursday evening is the quiz. Thanks for checking off the homework each  night!

Important Dates:

 Tuesday, Oct. 31             Halloween Parade at 8h30

Tuesday, Nov. 3             Grand Lunch 11:15-2

Wed/Thurs, Nov. 2-9    Book Fair

Wed/Thurs, Nov. 8-9    Parent Teacher Conferences (You will receive student photos then.)

Friday, Nov. 10               No School – Veteran’s Day

Thurs, Nov. 16                Picture retakes (8h00)

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts): All the Moi! projects are now complete and hanging in the 4th grade stairwell and hallway, so please take a look at your child’s. They’ll go home at parent/teacher conferences.

We are still working away on French reading groups. A few groups will be ready to change to a new book after this week. Spoken French is definitely improving as I see the kids making themselves speak French, and they’re getting reading and writing practice every day as well. We’ve begun conjugating the verb avoir (to have) & we have consequently become aware that  few students understand what a subject pronoun, a possessive pronoun, a subject or a verb are, so we’re backtracking a bit. Mme Shelli is going to support us by going over those terms in English next week. 

There was a large flub with Tap’Touche (not my fault…totally), so I have to re-enter everyone’s name and code, but I do hope to begin typing this coming week.

Sciences: We are still working on series and parallel circuits! There are 3 investigations, so we’ll be on this one next week as well. A few parents have told me that kids are coming home and talking about circuits, so I’m excited they understand it well enough to share!


Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: We have been reading non-fiction about the geography and climate of Oregon.  Students are writing organized paragraphs about their favorite region this week.  They will edit, revise, and publish their paragraphs for you to see in the halls during conferences.  Next, students will be doing some research about people indigenous to Oregon.  This will lead into a writing project where students write 5+ paragraph reports.

Math: We wrap up Learn Zillion Unit 4 this week.  You will receive your child’s assessment and workbook for this Unit at conferences.  Students are working toward being able to generalize place value understanding for multi-digit numbers, add and subtract using column calculation, and to solve problems with numbers into the millions.

Other School News

Our Book Fair goes from  11/2 – 11/9 and the Grand Lunch is 11/3 11:15-2.
 Here is the full schedule: 
Thursday 11/2 2:45 – 4
Friday 11/3 11:15-2
Saturday 11/ 4 10am-1 (CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG)
Monday 11/6 After school Sale 2:45-4
Tuesday 11-7 After School Sale 2:45 – 4
Wednesday 11/8 During Conferences noon – 7:30
Thursday 11/9  During Conferencs 8am – Noon

Class News!

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: English spelling/wordstudy is homework.  Students practice words missed on a pretest and sort words by spelling patterns.  This helps kids to see patterns in vowel spellings, not just to memorize words.  For kids who have mastered basic words, challenge words on lists give students opportunities to see patterns in more complex words.  One page or more should be completed each night.

Mme Jana’s Class:  This week, only students who missed words from this past week’s quiz have homework, and those are the words they missed. There is some work each day. The sheets have been made individually, so it’s important that students keep track of their papers.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, Oct. 31             Halloween Parade at 8h30

Tuesday, Nov. 7              Grand lunch! (11h00)

Wed/Thurs, Nov. 8-9    Book Fair

Wed/Thurs, Nov. 8-9    Parent Teacher Conferences- sign up now

Friday, Nov. 10               No School Veteran’s Day

Thurs, Nov. 16                Picture retakes (8h00)

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts): All the Moi! projects are now complete and hanging in the 4th grade stairwell and hallway, so please take a look at your child’s. They’ll go home at parent/teacher conferences.

We are still working away on French reading groups. A few groups will be ready to change to a new book after this week. Spoken French is definitely improving as I see the kids making themselves speak French, and they’re getting reading and writing practice every day as well. We’ll start conjugating the four irregular verbs (avoir – to have, être – to be, faire – to make or do, and aller – to go) this coming week as well.

A few students still need to finish up their cursive, so we’ll begin Tap’Touche next week also! 

Sciences: We tested insulators and conductors, and today, the kids made testers and went around the classroom identifying various conductors and insulators. Next week, we’ll begin series and parallel circuits. I think most kids understand the difference between an open and a closed circuit now.

Mme Shelli’s News

ELA: Students completed a big project which was to read 3 or more Native American myths and to journal about them.  Students were able to select stories and report on them by summarizing, analyzing characters, and determining themes.  Monday, we will welcome Brenda Brainard to class to tell Native Oregonian myths and legends told by her family while growing up.

This week we will read non-fiction texts about Oregon’s geography to determine main idea & details.  Students will be learning to take brief notes while reading non-fiction text.  This will lead into a report writing project coming soon.  

Math: Students have been learning to read numbers one through one million and determine value of digits in place values through the millions. This week we will continue conversations around rounding and comparing large numbers.  This work will lead into a review of adding & subtracting with regrouping with an emphasis on understanding place value.  Find out more in Learnzillion Unit 4.  Looking for ways to support and challenge your child? Check out the math links in the red tab at the top of this website.