Another round of book talks are in the books! I know that some of the historical events are difficult for the students to understand, however, they did a very good job explaining the main idea of the event or time period. We are now switching to our last book talk of the year! This is a biography and should be about one person they are interested in. We will go to the library this week with the hopes that everyone will have a book before spring break. Students will also go home with an outline today that they must fill out while reading their book. We will use the outlines to learn how to write a 6 paragraph essay in class! Please take a minute to read over the instructions and ask any questions as soon as they arise.
This week we are working on respect as a school. We often do a booster the week before a break to really help students focus, especially as they get excited for the week off of school! Our class is amazing in this area! We are always working to be more aware of how we show respect to ourselves, others, and property.
One more week to spring break!
This is a busy time for fourth grade and many papers were sent home on Monday. The most important paper that was sent home was the permission slip for our field trip to Dorris Ranch on March 13th. Please read over the yellow paper and return the bottom half to me by March 8th. If you would like to volunteer you need to have already filled out the volunteer background check online.
The second most important topic is our next book talk. I sent note cards home a couple of weeks ago so that the students could start writing and practicing their speeches. Students are responsible for their visuals and I am not sending home posters with kids unless they have asked for one. All visuals are due on Monday, March 12th. Here are the dates and times for book talks if you would like to come and watch:
Monday (3/12): 8:45 – 9:30
Tuesday (3/13): 1:05 – 1:45
Wednesday (3/14): 10:00 – 10:30
Thursday (3/15): 8:45 – 9:45
Next week is our book fair! Please look for the times that you can come and take a look with your child. It is so fun to pick out new books and there will be many popular titles to choose from. If you are unable to attend, you can send money with your child and they can go to the book fair before school. I will choose some books that I would love to add to my classroom library. If you would like to purchase a book for my classroom I would greatly appreciate it!
Sorry for such long post, but there is so much to share 🙂
Spirit week! Read across America week! The beginning of March. This is going to be a fun week filled with silly clothes, shoes, and some fun facts about Dr. Seuss. I really enjoy getting dressed up and having some fun at school. In case you lost the paper that went home last week here is our spirit week schedule:
Monday: Crazy socks and mismatched shoes
Tuesday: Pajama day with a stuffed animal
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (crazy hair, wacky outfit, etc)
Thursday: Wear red and perform random acts of kindness
Friday: Twin day or crazy hat
We will still be doing lots of learning this week so make sure to come with your best learning attitude!
I just wanted to take time to brag about our class! Every adult who gets the opportunity to work with our class has only positives to say 🙂 I hear things like “they are so respectful”, “they worked so hard”, “great listeners”, “so prepared”… and the list could go on. Last week Ms. Poppen wrote our class a classroom WOW for being so focused and ready to learn during music. We also had Mr. Alex, our artist in residence, in our class for four sessions. I was so impressed with how well they listened and participated during the art lessons, especially because it was something new and challenging!
This Thursday is our school OBOB tournament. Students who are participating will be called to their battles throughout the day. I know that everyone has worked very hard reading their books and studying for the competition. It can be difficult for students who don’t make it to the finals or win, but everyone who participates is a winner! It is amazing that they have dedicated their time to reading books 🙂 Good luck to everyone!
Lastly, our next field trip to Dorris Ranch is coming up. Our class will go on Tuesday, March 13th in the morning. Our bus will load at Willagillespie around 8:45 and we should be back to the school by noon. If you are interested in going please make sure you have filled out your background check online. It is only our class going that day so I do not need to cap my volunteer list!
Report cards are going home today. Please take a look at everything that is included and write down any questions or comments on the front of the report card envelope. Once you have signed saying you received the semester 1 report card, please send the envelope back to school. I will use these envelopes again at the end of the year.
Last week the artist in residence came to our room to work on portraits. The class has loved having him here and this week we will be making a portrait tile! I am so proud of how respectful the class has been during his instructions, and how hard everyone has tried to keep up with him. I sure am thankful to be learning something new as well.
I am glad to be in the second half of the year and am looking forward to all we still have to learn!
Happy first day of the second semester! I love setting new goals and improving upon an already fantastic year. This morning at our morning meeting we talked about what type of 5th graders we want to be, and that we need to start practicing those characteristics now. Most of the class agreed that being kind to younger kids, being respectful in the hallways, and listening were important characteristics for 5th graders. I 100% agree!
This week and next week we have an artist in residence coming to our class to work on a ceramic tile project. He will be here on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:45-10:30. I am really excited for this opportunity and I hope the class learns something new and enjoys their time. Next Tuesday and Thursday we might need a couple of extra hands, so if you are free one of those mornings please let me know.
Next Wednesday is Valentine’s Day and we will be celebrating friendship in the afternoon. Today you will receive a class list with everyone’s names. If you choose to bring a Valentine, make sure to include everyone. We will not be eating any candy that is brought with Valentines and if you can try to bring something other than candy that would be great. (stickers, erasers, pencils, crazy straws, etc.) Please note that you do not need to spend money on Valentines. Homemade cards are really special! It is great to make others feel happy and appreciated!
Sicknesses are going around. Please wash your hands, drink plenty of water, and try to stay healthy!
We are halfway through the year! This week we won’t have school on Friday since teachers will be completing report cards. Please note that they will be sent home on February 12th in a sealed envelope. If you could sign the envelope and return it as soon as possible that would be appreciated. I will use the same envelope for the end of year report cards.
This weekend we had a wonderful rain free day. Unfortunately, it looks like the rain has returned and that makes the playground a muddy place to play. If you could pack extra clothes for your child just in case they get wet that would be helpful. We can send some kids to the office for a change of clothes if necessary, but we run out quickly. That being said, if your child has borrowed clothes from the office we would appreciated them to be returned as quickly as possible.
Finally, this cold and flu season has been awful and it is just beginning. Please help us by keeping your child home if they are running a fever, are nauseous, have a bad cough, etc. Germs spread quickly at school and as hard as we try to keep desks and door knobs clean, germs stick to them. I am happy to get some work together for sick kiddos if they are feeling up for it. But, taking the time to rest and hydrate is more important!
Happy short week 🙂
We have almost made it halfway through the year! Once January hits I am always a little surprised because it doesn’t seem possible that we have been in school so long. We are cruising in so many areas and trying to wrap up a couple of projects and assignments before report cards go out. Next Friday, the second, is grading day and there is no school for kids. Report cards won’t go home until February 12th, but please take some time to look over them and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
If your child is doing OBOB, please make sure they are reading the books. Mr. W and Mr. Monson will be hosting practice sessions in the library on Wednesday mornings at 8:00am. This is a good chance for students to see what kind of questions will be asked during the tournament so they can study more effectively. OBOB is very fun, but only when everyone stays committed to the team!
We are running low on classroom snack. If you are able to donate something I would really appreciate it. I have Ritz crackers and string cheese right now, so anything else would be wonderful. Thank you in advance!
I was very impressed with our second round of book talks! I can tell that students really took the advice I gave after their first book talk and worked on that! Book talk scoring sheets will go home with report cards so that I can use them when doing report cards.
Last week and this week we have been completing our winter EasyCBM benchmark in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and math. Because of the extra tests and book talks, we are going to continue Jose Born to Dance this week and will have our spelling test on Friday. Please let me know if you need a copy of the spelling words so that your child can practice at home.
This week we will be starting our next science unit on Energy! This is such a fun, hands-on unit, and I am hoping that the students see how it relates to our field trip to the U of O that we took last month.
Finally, this winter season has been rough regarding sicknesses. I am trying to keep desks sanitized and the kids washing hands, but it is tough. If you child does get sick, I can send home some work for them to try if they are feeling up to it. Please give me a little time to gather the materials as it takes a little bit of time. As always, please call, email, or send me a message on Class Dojo if you have any questions or concerns.
It is book talk week! I am excited to listen to our second round of book talk book presentations. Thank you for helping your child read and create their visual presentations at home. Last week the kids chose the day that they would like to present and were supposed to let you know which day they chose. If you are able to come and listen I hope you do, because these presentations really are fun to listen to! Here is our schedule for the week:
Monday, January 8th: 10:45 – 11:30
Tuesday, January 9th: 8:45 – 9:30
Thursday, January 11th: 8:45 – 9:30
Friday, January 12th: 9:45 – 10:30
I can be flexible if these times do not work for you, but please let me know as soon as possible so that I can find a time that words best for everyone.
This week we will do our winter benchmark for EasyCBM. I am excited to see the growth that has been made since the beginning of the year. We really have been working hard and this helps me see what has stuck. Over the next couple of weeks I will also be collecting data for report cards. Grading day will be Friday, February 2 and then reports will go home on the 12th.
Happy New Year!