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Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26, 2013


Dear Parents,
            Last week went well. We are continuing to work on rules and procedures and I anticipate the work pace picking up over the next several weeks.
            Thank you to those that were able to donate an item for our bug building activity today. The students had a great time and learned more about insects in the process. I am sending home any extra supplies from that activity,so look for that in your child's backpack.

Math:
 Our first math unit will consist of  place value concepts. The concepts covered are...
  • 1*1--Model Place Value Relationships
  • 1*2--Read and Write Numbers
  • 1*3--Compare and Order Numbers
  • 1*4--Round Numbers
  • 1*5--Rename Numbers
  • 1*6--Add Whole Numbers
  • 1*7--Subtract Whole Numbers
  • 1*8--Problem Solving 
As I anticipated, the concepts being covered are similar to those taught in 4th grade, however the focus on "digging deeper" is taking a bit more time and challenging students in ways they haven't been challenged before. That's a great thing, but it is going to take some extra hard work and focus as the students get used to the new standards. We'll continue working away...

Literacy:
  • We will begin Daily 5 in the next few weeks.  
Science:
  • The students have had fun learning about insects. This week our focus will be on spiders. Both of these animals are part of our Utah Land Zones unit. I plan to move on to new concepts within that unit next week.
Art:
  • Wow, Mrs. Peterson is an awesome teacher and has our class all set up and ready for some great art. As I said before, the two of us will be team teaching, so she's got some fun art planned to go along with our current science unit.
Spelling:
  • List # 1 was sent home today. There are no bonus word for this week--they will be added in as we get further into our curriculum. Please help your student practice the words on this list if he or she needs some extra study time.  We will have a weekly spelling test every Friday.
Homework:
  • The students worked hard last week to begin the habit of reading each night and returning the reading record each day. Keep up the great work!!!
  • Math homework should come home today. I try to keep the math homework as a reinforcement of the concepts we've covered in class. Please check, score, and sign your child's homework each week. This helps you to see how well your student is doing and if he or she needs a bit of extra one-on-one attention with math at home. Math homework is due on or before Friday of the week it is assigned.


Calendar:
  • August 27th.....Kindergarten begins
  • September 2nd.....Labor Day-no school
  • September 9th.....Back-to-School Bash 5:30-8:00
Weekly Schedule:
  • Tuesday: Library & Music from 11-12:00
  • Wednesday: Music from 11:30-12
  • Thursday: P.E. from 11-12:00
  • Friday: Art/Science from 8:55-9:40
  • Lunch is from 12-12:45 daily
  • School begins at 8:50 and ends at 3:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • School begins at 8:50 and ends at 1:30 every Wednesday
Thank you all for the extra help and support you offer at home--you impact our classroom a great deal!!!

Bev

Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 19, 2013

Dear Parents,
     Wow, you have sent me a super bunch of kiddos!!! I'm already in love with them and I'm looking forward to a wonderful year with them.  I'm also looking forward to working with each of you as we work to help your child to reach his or her fullest potential this year.
     The first two days of school went very well. We were able to work on classroom rules as well as several classroom procedures. I think we were also able to have  fun as we began getting to know one another--I know I did!!!
     The students are currently working toward earning their first reward of the school year--ICE GLOBES!!! They've been earning "Smileys" and will continue to earn them this week.  If they have enough "Smileys" by Friday afternoon, they will get their Ice Globe Activity. The Ice Globe Activity can be very dirty and can stain clothes (I will explain the guidelines students should follow, but in the excitement of the activity food coloring could get onto clothing), so please send your child in older clothing that day. This is an activity students love...
    I plan to jump right into the curriculum this week, so look below for a schedule of the upcoming events...

Math:

  • Students have taken an assessment of concepts they should have previously learned. I am checking those and will use them to guide my teaching. 
  •  Our first math unit will consist of  place value concepts. Our district is implementing the new GoMath program. Because the math program is new, it may take a few weeks for me to gauge how quickly, slowly, smoothly, etc. the students will be able to move through the curriculum, so I'll update our blog accordingly. Teachers in our district were able to attend a training pertaining to the new math program and it looks like a very thorough program.  


Literacy:

  • The students have already begun reading individually. I have reviewed last year's reading scores and look forward to starting the reading program. We will slowly begin working on rules and procedures for our literacy block throughout the next several weeks. 
Science:
  • We'll kick off our 4th grade science by learning about BUGS!!!! I've got some fun activities lined up and I think the students will enjoy them, after all, who doesn't love bugs, right?!?!?!
  • On Friday, August 23rd the students will be building their own edible bug. For this activity I need some extra help from parents. Some of the students have volunteered to bring in food supplies we'll need.  Volunteers were given a yellow reminder strip. Please send in the food item on or before Thursday, August 22nd. Thank you so much for your extra support!!!!!
Art:
  • Our school is lucky enough to have Alicia Peterson on our staff this year as our new Art Specialist. She's very talented and super-excited to incorporate our science curriculum into the arts. We will be team teaching art lessons every Friday.  I can't wait to learn more about art from her and see what she's got in store!!!
Calendar:
  • August 22nd.....Please bring in assigned items for Build A Bug tomorrow
  • August 23rd.....Ice Globes--wear old clothes, this is messy!!
  • August 23rd.....Build A Bug--Edible treats
  • August 27th.....Kindergarten begins
Weekly Schedule:
  • Tuesday: Library & Music from 11-12:00
  • Wednesday: Music from 11:30-12
  • Thursday: P.E. from 11-12:00
  • Friday: Art/Science from 8:55-9:40
  • Lunch is from 12-12:45 daily
  • School begins at 8:50 and ends at 3:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • School begins at 8:50 and ends at 1:30 every Wednesday