Oct. 15-19

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Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: This week  students have word study homework.  Their highlighted words come from misused words on a pretest of commonly misused homophones.  Usually, if a child missed one of the homophones on the pretest, they were given the set to practice in homework.

Mme Jana’s Class:  Because we only had two homework days last week, last week’s French homework extends into this week. Monday and Tuesday (October 15 &16) night this week will have homework, then  we’ll conclude the study this week with a quiz on either Wednesday or Thursday. This vocabulary work reinforces the sound “oi” which is pronounced “wah” like in moi. It is an important vowel blend to recognize and master in French. Here is the homework, just in case: oi Vocab

Important Dates: 

Friday, Oct 19    School pictures &  Health Screening

Friday, Oct 19 – Read A Thon packets due

Thursday, Oct 25   Community Night Out – Hot Mama’s Wings

Wednesday, Oct 31    Halloween Parade

Nov 1 to Nov 8   Book Fair

Friday, Nov 2     Grand Lunch

Wednesday & Thursday, Nov 7 & 8     Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts):  We begin reading groups this week . There are four groups which will change around a bit as the year advances. Either Victor or I will read with each group each time. We will do reading groups on Mondays and Wednesdays.

We only have four capital letters to master, then we’ll move on to first and last names. Each student will have his own sheet of his first name. Then, there will be no more direct instruction, but they will get daily practice writing in cursive.

We will begin a new “J’observe…” writing activity this week and allow those students who didn’t yet finish, “Une tornade de poisson,” to finish their writing. We will do “J’observe…”every Tuesday and Thursday.

Les sciences:  We are reinforcing what it takes to have a complete circuit and distinguishing between an open circuit (un circuit ouvert) and a cloased circuit (un circuit fermé.) Next, we’ll test to find what materials are conductors (les conducteurs) and which are insulators (les isolants.)


Mme Shelli’s News

English Language Arts:  We will wrap a unit on traditional tales.  This week, students will be reading several Native American myths and legends.  They will compare these to other cultures’ myths we’ve studied, looking for similar themes and characters. Next week, we’ll welcome a guest speaker who is a local Native American storyteller.

Math: This week, we will finish a unit on factors and multiples. This week, students will generate and analyze patterns to find features based on their knowledge of factors and multiples. Next week, students will begin multi-digit multiplication strategies (2 &3 digit number multiplication), so it is very important they know their basic multiplication facts of x0 through x10.

EPIC books

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October 8-10, 2018

Students have a three-day school week this week! Monday through Wednesday!

No school for students on Thursday or Friday, October 11 and 12.

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: This week  students will bring home multiplication facts they need to learn.  The list of factsindividualized and drawn from a 100 fact quiz we took last week. Students can choose to create flash cards or a flip page like this one. Then, please help your child practice these problems at least 5 times over the next week.  Initial when your child has practiced & students should return the homework page next Monday, October 15th.  If your child has mastered all of the x0-x10 problems, they may have selected some more challenging facts to learn.  There is also an optional challenge math problem on the back of the homework for anyone to solve, if they wish.

Mme Jana’s Class:  Because we only have two homework days this week, and I don’t give weekend homework, French homework will extend into next week. Monday and Tuesday night this week will have homework, then the following Monday and Tuesday nights (October 15 &16) will have homework and we’ll conclude the study with a quiz on either Wednesday or Thursday. This vocabulary work reinforces the sound “oi” which is pronounced “wah” like in moi. It is an important vowel blend to recognize and master in French. Here is the homework, just in case: oi Vocab

Important Dates:

Oct 5-14   Read-a-thon week- Students received envelopes for recording dates and minutes read this past Friday. We encourage 100% participation, no matter the amount read. Parents please initial minutes read. Family & friends are welcome to donate to Charlemagne based on the minutes read or a flat donation. Go read!

Oct. 11-12  NO SCHOOL for students.  Teacher professional development.

Oct 19    School pictures &  Health Screening

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts):  We did not begin reading groups this past week as I had predicted, what with  an unexpected fire drill one day and an unexpected gas situation another. So, I modified a couple of things we did, and since reading groups take a consistent, largish chunk of time, which was challenging to pull off this week, they didn’t happen. When you start a new routine, the transitions take longer, and there are materials distribution and gathering, and time just didn’t seem to be on our side. Sorry. We will do practice groups one day this week, and the kids will learn the system where the materials are kept. We still worked hard though!

We finished  lowercase letters in cursive last week, culminating with blends. Now we’ll get through the capitol letters and will work on individual names. We write in cursive every day, and will do so all year. A number of students have finished the “Moi” project, and you can take a gander at your child’s beautiful cursive and artistic abilities in the stairwell display.

Les chèvres screen shot

We began our regular writing this week. It is called “J’observe…” which means, ” I observe…” (not too surprising). I show a photo, this week’s was entitled “Les chèvres,” which is “Goats,”

and we constructed a paragraph together, so everyone should have a the same model in his/her journal. The format is, essentially, one sentence each: I observe, There are, I notice, and I like….because…. We crafted the first three sentences together as a group, then the students individually completed the last sentence, with lots of support. The students each use a paper translating dictionary, which is wonderful practice with alphabetizing, as well as vocabulary. I was very impressed with their efforts and results! We did another structured writing session with a photo called, “Une tornade de poissons,” which means “A Tornado of Fish.”

Huge swarm of jack fish dwarfs scuba diver

Most students were able to follow the format and come up with pretty good writings. As you know, each year has greater expectations of your child. This year, I am expecting more sophisticated levels of writing in grammar, context and style, which I assure you, 4th graders can do beautifully. Students will be challenged, and some students may have to really ramp up their efforts.

While I was gone, Mme Grabowski read the first Mercy Watson book in French to both classes. I read the second Mercy Watson book in French with the blue class, and will do the same with the red class this week, then I’ll get them on the same book for the next week. Your kids enjoy this series because it’s funny, and many students are familiar with the stories in English, so they have some anecdotal experience with the situation. 

Les sciences:  More of last week, we are studying Energy (l’Énergie) ! We are working on electricity and will talk much more about and do experiments with circuits, what it takes to have a complete circuit, open circuits versus closed circuits, and series and parallel circuits. We’ll also be exploring materials that are either conductors or insulators. 


Mme Shelli’s News

English Language Arts:  We will continue a unit on traditional tales.  Last week student read some myths from Greece and folktales from other countries.  This week, students will read some Greek Myth plays and will begin to write a creative narrative of a tall tale featuring a character they create.

Math: This week, we will continue a unit on factors and multiples.  It is essential that kids know their basic multiplication facts x0 through x10, so this is part of their homework this week.  In this unit, students will learn that a whole number is a multiple of its factors, and that numbers greater than 1 can be identified as prime or composite. Students will also build on their knowledge of patterns as they generate and analyze patterns to find features based on their knowledge of factors and multiples. 

Repeated from last week: One way to see how your child is doing in math is to look for half-sheet math exit tickets. These are quick math quizzes to check student understanding of concepts in class.  Points are 3=shows understanding, 2=partial understanding, 1=not yet showing understanding of concept.  Students who receive a 2 or 1 will meet with me for a brief mini-lesson & will have a chance to redo their work for understanding.  I will cross out their initial score & re-score after the reteach.

October 1-5

Thank you to all who made it to curriculum night! It was a pleasure to meet so many of you. In case you missed something or couldn’t make it here’s a link to our slides.

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: This week is Word Study homework. Students should complete one page per night & bring it to class each day for correction & review. This week’s focus is on aw, ou, and au words. 

Mme Jana’s Class:  No homework this week!

Important Dates:

Oct 5-14   Read-a-thon week- Student record dates & minutes reading.  Parents initial.  Family & friends are welcome to donate to Charlemagne based on the minute read or a flat donation.

Oct. 11-12  NO SCHOOL for students.  Teacher professional development.

Oct 19    School pictures &  Health Screening

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts):  We will begin reading groups this week. There are four groups; Victor and I will each take a group while the other half of the class works on the ipads on a couple of French language apps. Then, we’ll switch, so every group will get to read with one of us every time we do groups. 

We will finish learning how to write lowercase letters in cursive this week and will both begin capitol letters and will review blends. It’s b, v, w and o that are hard to attach to the next letter. I’ve got two full pages of tricky blends for the kids to practice on. 

We’ll begin our regular writing this week, writing to describe what I show them in various photos. We begin with sentence stems, then eventually, they write without my scaffolding.

A number of students have finished the “Moi” project, and I’ve begun to hang them in the stairwell.

Les sciences:  We began studying Energy (Énergie) this past week! We are working on electricity and will talk much more about and do experiments with circuits and what it takes to have a complete circuit. We’ll also be exploring materials that are either conductors or insulators.


Mme Shelli’s News

English Language Arts:  We will continue a unit on traditional tales.  Last week we read several tall tales, and this week we’ll read some myths from Greece and folktales from other countries.  Students are working on writing summaries, identifying point of view, identifying theme and using context clues and/or dictionaries to determine meaning of challenging vocabulary. You can read our main selection text in Lesson 18 of Journeys Text book at this link.

Math: We are finishing a unit on place value and addition and subtraction early this week.  This brief unit introduced the standard algorithm or method for adding and subtraction.  Some students mastered this concept while others will need more practice.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll cycle back and review.  Also on math homework weeks, I will always include a few subtraction and addition problems so that students can practice these skills. You might sit with your child when they do a few homework calculations to see how they are progressing in adding  and subtracting with regrouping (aka. carrying & borrowing.) 

Another way to see how your child is doing in math is to look for half-sheet math exit tickets. I sent 2-3 of these home last week.  These are quick math quizzes to check student understanding of concepts in class.  Points are 3=shows understanding, 2=partial understanding, 1=not yet showing understanding of concept.  Students who receive a 2 or 1 will meet with me for a brief mini-lesson & will have a chance to redo their work for understanding.  I will cross out their initial score & re-score after the reteach.

Later, this week we will begin a unit on factors and multiples.  It is essential that kids know their basic multiplication facts x0 through x10.  It is even better if they also know x11 & x12.  You can work on this at home to support your child.  This week, students begin to extend their knowledge of multiplication. Students will learn that a whole number is a multiple of its factors, and that numbers greater than 1 can be identified as prime or composite. Students will also build on their knowledge of patterns as they generate and analyze patterns to find features based on their knowledge of factors and multiples. 

 

Victor Picture HERE

Hi! My name is Victor and I am this year’s intern for 4th grade. I help Mme. Jana during French lessons and Mme. Shelli during math.

I am a native French speaker as I come from Angers in France. It’s a town in the western part of France near Britanny. I am 21 years old and I studied English Language Literature and Civilization for 3 years in college.

I’ve been interested in teaching for a few years as my mom is herself a high-school teacher and so I came here to get some experience, discover a new culture and a different way to teach. I’ve been in 4th grade for the past 3 weeks or so, and I’ve really been enjoying it, I feel like I’m truly useful, and I’m glad Mme. Jana and Mme. Shelli let me add my own personal touch to the lessons. I am hoping that I’ll teach the 4th-grade students just as much as they teach me every single day!

 

Sept 24-28

See you at curriculum night this Tuesday, Sept. 25 

     6:00-6:45 pm: Grades 1 & 2 parents in classrooms

     6:45 – 7:00 pm: Staff intros and Parent Group (PTO) presentation in gym

     7:15 – 8:00 pm: Grades 3-5     Please come to meet teachers in our classroom and hear about our exciting new year!

Homework:

Mme Shelli’s Class: I alternate weeks between English Word Study & Math review practice for homework, so this week students will have math review homework Monday through Thursday from my class. One row of the homework is to be completed nightly and brought to school each day to be corrected together in the classroom. Note, this week has a few optional problems that kids may try if they wish. I estimate that English/Math homework should take less than 15 minutes per night.   If your child needs more than 15 minutes or struggles on a type of problem, just write me a brief note on their homework, leave it blank, & I’ll help them in class.  This should be a no-tears type of homework. 🙂

Mme Jana’s Class:  We begin French vocabulary homework this week. The first night’s homework is to rewrite the words in print (les caractères d’imprimerie), writing the letters that make the sound “ou” in red, so I hope everyone can provide a red colored pencil at home. NO PEN IS TO BE USED ON HOMEWORK PLEASE, EVER. Tuesday evening, they rewrite the word in cursive, Wednesday night, they attempt a sentence, and Thursday night, you give them a quiz as prep for the in-class quiz on Friday. (If you have a French-speaker or an older student learning French in the home, they are a good person to administer the quiz. If not, your student has used the word repeatedly all week, so should know his/her vocabulary good enough to know what words you’re saying.) Homework is to be completed nightly, Monday through Thursday, and brought to school each day to be verified in the classroom, just that they did it, not that it’s got to be 100% correct. Also, a parent needs to initial the homework each night at the bottom of the column to show that you are aware if your child did his/her homework or not. I don’t believe in a lot of homework, so this homework shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes of their best efforts. And please, no tears over homework – from parents or students! Here is a copy of the homework:  ou Vocab

Important Dates:

Oct 8-19   Read-a-thon week

Oct. 11-12  NO SCHOOL for students.  Teacher professional development.

Oct 19    School pictures &  Health Screening

Mme Jana’s News 

FLA (French Language Arts):  I’m still working on reading and writing evaluations, which I need to complete to form reading groups. We will begin reading groups next week.

We worked on cursive (lettres attachées) handwriting Monday through Thursday of last week, and will do so weekly until we get through all the lower case (minuscule) letters, then we’ll use the same schedule to tackle the upper case (majuscule) letters.

We also conjugated the verb “avoir” (to have) which was review for most students, we discussed subject pronouns (les pronoms sujets) and we worked on the sound “a.” This week’s French vocabulary homework involves the sound “ou” like in soupe.

We also are well into our “Moi” project, where the students use a format to write in French about themselves, their families and their interests. They then write the text in cursive, then write it once more in cursive in a final draft. Most students are on the final text in cursive and some are onto decorating the circles that then are glued around the text. It’s a lot of writing, and those will go up in the hallway. Once completed, the students are deservedly proud of the effort they put into their work.

Les sciences:  I finished grading the science pre-surveys, and am making science groups today, which also involves moving the desks around, and I promise we’ll begin studying Energy (Énergie) this week!


Mme Shelli’s News

English Language Arts:  Students learned to write a strong summary of fiction text over the last few weeks.  This week, we’ll be reading some traditional stories, tall tales, and folktales. Again, students will be summarizing, but also we’ll be identifying theme or messages in traditional tales, hyperbole, and idioms in various fiction texts.

Math:  This week we will wrap up  unit 1: Place Value through the Millions. Students have been practicing rounding and comparing numbers through the millions. This week, students will review and practice addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers with regrouping (carrying and borrowing). You can help at home by reviewing with your child  the basic addition facts (1+1 through 12+12).  Here’s are some simple games to try at home. You can learn more about this unit at the Math Curriculum link above. Here are a few links to videos of lessons similar to ours: Adding with standard algorithm   Subtracting with standard algorithm