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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2014

Dear Parents,
      I apologize for the extremely long amount of time between blog updates.  We have been keeping very busy here in the 4th grade. As you know during the past couple of months we've been on a couple of field trips, had a few long vacations, studied chapters 3-5 in math, completed mystery reports, and had guest speakers to enhance our learning. The students have also been hard at work in their writing as well as reading. We've studied rocks, minerals, and soil in our science unit as well as amphibians. We've been busy and we plan to stay busy over the next three weeks as we anticipate yet another break.


Curriculum:
  • Math - We have begun studies in chapter 6--FRACTIONS!! 
**6.1  Equivalent Fractions
**6.2  Generating Equivalent Fractions
**6.3  Simplest Form
**6.4  Common Denominators
**6.5  Problem Solving
         Mid-Chapter Checkpoint
**6.6  Compare Fractions Using Benchmarks
**6.7  Compare Fractions
**6.8  Compare and Order Fractions
  • Science - You can help our class out as you eat, drink, and celebrate during this holiday season.  We will beginning our water cycle unit shortly after we return from Christmas vacation and each students will need 3, 2-liter soda bottles.  We will be making water cycle chambers and each student needs 3 in order to do the project.  Please send them rinsed out, labels off, and with lids.  Clear bottles are always nice, but any color will work. All 3 bottles do need to be the same shape. 
           In the mean time, we will be studying Utah land zones, plants, and animals.


  • Spelling - We are currently working on list # 10. Bonus words are numerator & denominator. Please help your child study their list each day--I can see a huge difference in results when the words are studied.


  • Homework - 
  • Math pages 101-104. Please guide your child through his/her homework, checking as you go.
  • Nightly reading.  Your should have seen a couple of notes yesterday.  We are         doing a Reading Challenge with Thunder Kids, so please note the required reading minutes for the months of December (690) and January (660).  
Important Dates:
  • December 15 - 19, We will be singing around the tree each day this week!
  • December 16,  Book Mobile
  • December 22-January 4, Winter Break
Thank you so much for sending me such sweet kids to work with--they are each among the blessings I count daily.
Bev Sherratt

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sept. 29-Oct. 10

Dear Parents,
       Welcome back to a great new week. I'm looking forward to meeting with each of you this week to discuss and celebrate your student. Remember school will be out at 2:30 each day this week.


Math: We completed chapter two last week and have been working on chapter three.
 Chapter 3 concepts...
3-1  Multiply by Tens
3-2  Estimate Products
3-3 Area Models and Partial Products
3-4  Multiply Using Partial Products
3-5  Multiply With Regrouping
3-6  Choose a Multiplication Method
3-7  Problem Solving

Science:
We had a great time on the field trip last week. This class was one of the most attentive and inquisitive classes I've taken on that particular field trip...it was great to see them work. We are continuing to study rocks and minerals.

Writing:
We have been focusing on writing to inform, as well as just giving the gist so we aren't copying another person's work. We've also focused on researching and creating a "skeleton" for our writing. I can't wait to see what these students are able to accomplish in writing this year!!!!

Spelling:
Sept. 29-Oct. 3rd; Spelling List #4 Bonus Words: erosion & distributive

Homework:
Sept. 29-Oct. 3; pgs. 29-32
***Please look for the orange-colored paper that has instructions for online resources for the GoMath program to help reinforce the math concepts we're working on at school (sent home Tuesday).
***I have copied and made available times table drill pages for the students to take home if they would like.

 A Few Extra Notes...
3 options to sign up for PTA alerts:

1. APP:  download "Remind101" app and enter code: @southel
2. TEXT:  send a text to (435) 238-4868 with the message: @southel
3.  EMAIL:  send a blank message to southel@mail.remind.com


Calendar:
September 29th....SEP Week
October 6th...Walking Field Trip to Braithwaite Gallary
October 7th...Bookmobile
October 9th...Picture Makeup
October 13th...Field Trip to Zion
October 15th...End 1st Term
October 16th-22nd...Fall Break
October 29th...Reflections Entries Due--Theme "The World Would Be A Better Place If..."
October 30th...Mystery Book Report Due

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 15-19

Dear Parents,
       I hope you all had a super weekend! This is the third week of the month, so please be watching for your child's Progress Report (probably Wednesday). Look over, sign, and return the Progress Report to school by Friday of this week. Please encourage your child to make up any missing assignments.
      S.E.P.s will soon be upon us, so look for your appointment time to come home on Monday, September 22nd.  S.E.P. week will be held from September 29th to October 3rd.


Math: We're steadily moving through chapter 2 and I anticipate the test being given on Friday, September 19th.
 Chapter 2 concepts
  • 2-1  Algebra  Multiplication  Comparisons
  • 2-2  Algebra Comparison Problems 
  • 2-3  Multiply Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands
  • 2-4  Estimate Products
  • 2-5  Multiply Using Distributive Property
  • 2-6  Multiply Using Expanded Form
  • 2-7  Multiple Using Partial Products
  • 2-8  Multiply Using Mental Math
  • 2-9  Problem Solving Multistep Multiplication
  • 2-10 Multiply 2-Digit Numbers with Regrouping
  • 2-11 Multiply 3-Digit and 4-Digit Numbers with Regrouping
  • 2-12 Algebra Solve Multistep Problems Using Equations

Literacy:
Our reading intervention groups began on Monday and the students also got to read with their reading buddy/buddies for the first time. They practiced "EEKK" reading and will begin working on "Reading is Thinking" for the remainder of the week.

Science:
We are continuing to write about dinosaur extinction theories and will continue to edit and revise those during writing times, in the mean time, we've started our studies on rocks, minerals, and soil. 

Writing:
We have been focusing on writing to inform, as well as just giving the gist so we aren't copying another person's work. We've also focused on researching and creating a "skeleton" for our writing. I can't wait to see what these students are able to accomplish in writing this year!!!!

Spelling:
As many of you may know, the first spelling test didn't turn out super-awesome for many of the students. You can use a few minutes of reading time to practice the spelling words at home each night.


Homework:
Thank you for taking the time to review and check your child's homework last week.

 A Few Extra Notes...
3 options to sign up for PTA alerts:

1. APP:  download "Remind101" app and enter code: @southel
2. TEXT:  send a text to (435) 238-4868 with the message: @southel
3.  EMAIL:  send a blank message to southel@mail.remind.com


Calendar:
September 10th..Hearing Screening
September 15th..Health/Vision Screening
September 17th....Mid term
September 23rd..Book Mobile
September 29th....SEP Week

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 8-12

Dear Parents,
   Welcome back to a great new week of learning!!! Yesterday we had guests from Loveland Living Planet Aquarium bring in some of the animals from the museum. Our guests shared some great information about adaptations, wetlands, reptiles, and amphibians. This will be a unit of study later in the year, but I think this sharp bunch of kids will remember their newly acquired information when the time comes to dig in deeper to this unit.

Math: The chapter 1 test went well. Students have graphed their score and put the test in their binder to share with you at SEPs. The scores have also been entered into grades so you can go take a peak now, or wait for the next printout on September 22nd.

 Chapter 2 concepts
  • 2-1  Algebra  Multiplication  Comparisons
  • 2-2  Algebra Comparison Problems 
  • 2-3  Multiply Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands
  • 2-4  Estimate Products
  • 2-5  Multiply Using Distributive Property
  • 2-6  Multiply Using Expanded Form
  • 2-7  Multiple Using Partial Products
  • 2-8  Multiply Using Mental Math
  • 2-9  Problem Solving Multistep Multiplication
  • 2-10 Multiply 2-Digit Numbers with Regrouping
  • 2-11 Multiply 3-Digit and 4-Digit Numbers with Regrouping
  • 2-12 Algebra Solve Multistep Problems Using Equations

Literacy:
We had a great surprise in library this week. Students from the ESL program at S.U.U. greeted us and read/interacted with the students as part of their own learning process. Our students enjoyed learning more about the students and their culture. We're glad to be a safe audience for them to practice their new skills on and look forward to listening to them read folktales next week.  We also took advantage of the Book Mobile. Students were able to check 2 books out and can return those books (or recheck them) on the 23rd of this month.

Science:
We will soon wrap up the fossil unit and begin studying rocks, minerals, and soil. 

Writing:
We have been focusing on writing to inform, as well as just giving the gist so we aren't copying another person's work. We've also focused on researching and creating a "skeleton" for our writing. I can't wait to see what these students are able to accomplish in writing this year!!!!

Spelling:
The students were given the first spelling list on Monday. Your child is responsible to add the bonus words to the list and bring it home to study. If you haven't seen it yet, you can remind them to bring it home soon. Our first spelling test will be this Friday.


Homework:
Thank you for taking the time to review and check your child's homework last week.

 A Few Extra Notes...
3 options to sign up for PTA alerts:

1. APP:  download "Remind101" app and enter code: @southel
2. TEXT:  send a text to (435) 238-4868 with the message: @southel
3.  EMAIL:  send a blank message to southel@mail.remind.com


Calendar:
September 1st....Labor Day--no school
September 8th....Fall Pictures
September 8th....Back-to-School Bash
September 10th..Hearing Screening
September 15th..Health/Vision Screening
September 17th....Mid term
September 23rd..Book Mobile
September 29th....SEP Week

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 25-30--2014

Dear Parents,
     We had a great time at Seussical Jr.yesterday--the walk was worth the effort and we enjoyed seeing Spencer perform!!
     Last week was full of accomplishments and I was happy to see the students working toward learning the new rules and procedures. What a neat bunch of kids!
     You should have seen a new reading log for this week (pink paper) as well as homework pages 3-6 from the math practice. Math packet is due on or before Friday of this week.  Please go over the work with your student, then check the assignment and score it. This not only saves valuable class time, but also gives you a chance to see how your child is doing in math.

Math:
 Chapter 1 concepts

  • Model Place Value Relationships
  • Read and Write Numbers
  • Compare and Order Numbers
  • Round Numbers
  • Rename Numbers
  • Add Whole Numbers
  • Subtract Whole Numbers
  • Problem Solving--Comparison Problems w/Addition and Subtraction


Literacy:
The students have already begun reading individually. I have reviewed last year's reading scores and look forward to starting the reading program. Mrs. Marriott has also scheduled time to begin the first benchmark readings for this year. Once all of the data is collected we will begin working in reading groups. We will slowly begin working on rules and procedures for our literacy block throughout the next several weeks. 

Science:
We've been learning about the four types of fossils and the students will soon be locating fossils of Utah, making fossils, and researching (and writing about) extinction theories.

 Writing:
The students have read a couple of poems about the first few days of school and are currently putting the final touches on their own "Whatif..." poem styled after Shel Silvertsein's poem titled "Whatif..."

A Few Extra Notes...

Please send an empty, cleaned vegetable can to school with your child as soon as possible, we'll be completing a project with the can this week. 
Finally, if you could send in an empty toilet paper roll or two with your child, that would also be helpful for a project we'll work on next month.
3 options to sign up for PTA alerts:

1. APP:  download "Remind101" app and enter code: @southel
2. TEXT:  send a text to (435) 238-4868 with the message: @southel
3.  EMAIL:  send a blank message to southel@mail.remind.com


Calendar:
August 27th.....Kindergarten begins
September 1st....Labor Day--no school
September 8th....Fall Pictures
September 8th....Back-to-School Bash
September 15th....Health/Vision Screening
September 17th....Mid term
September 29th....SEP Week

Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18th-22nd


Dear Parents,
     Wow, what a great start to what is undoubtedly going to be a wonderful year with this bunch of kids!  I'm already in love with them and I'm looking forward to a wonderful year together.  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. Speaking of working together, thanks to all of those that were able to donate classroom items from the wish list--these items are very much appreciated and enhance our learning environment!!!
      The first two days of school went very well. We were able to work on classroom rules as well as several classroom procedures. We will continue to work on rules and procedures for several weeks, and of course, continue reviewing throughout the year.
     I plan to jump right into the curriculum this week, so look below for a schedule of the upcoming events...

Math:
  •  Our first math unit will consist of  place value concepts. Our district is implementing the new GoMath program again this year, and after teaching the program last year, I can definitely see the advantages to teaching this program. I'm excited to see how well the students understand previous concepts and how well they grasp new and extended 4th grade concepts.


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 fossils!!!! I've got some fun activities lined up and I think the students will enjoy the great hands on learning.
A Few Extra Notes...

  • We are scheduled to attend the Seussical Play at SUU on Monday, August 25th. The cost is $1.00 per students. 
  • Please send an empty, cleaned vegetable can to school with your child as soon as possible, we'll be completing a project with the can this week. 
  • Finally, if you could send in an empty toilet paper roll or two with your child, that would also be helpful for a project we'll work on next month.
  • 3 options to sign up for PTA alerts:

    1. APP:  download "Remind101" app and enter code: @southel
    2. TEXT:  send a text to (435) 238-4868 with the message: @southel
    3.  EMAIL:  send a blank message to southel@mail.remind.com


Calendar:
  • August 25th....Seussical play at SUU--Please send $1.00 for admission.
  • 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