06.07.10

Weekly Overview for 06-07-10 to 06-11-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 5:08 pm by cdiaz1

 

 

Math

This week we will continue to work with decimals and percents. We will learn how to rank and compare data that are reported as percents, use an estimation strategy to for multiplying decimals using partial-products and lattice algorithms, and learn how to divide decimals. On Thursday, students will receive a review packet for the Unit 9 test which we will go over in class. The Unit 9 test will be on Friday, June 11th.     
 

Science

This week we will be learning about runoff and glaciers, as well as surface changes on Earth caused by weathering.
 

Language Arts

This week we’re going to change things up a bit, we are going to be dabbling into a little Reader’s theater instead of our usual Open Court stories. So, this week we will not be having spelling words, nor will we be having an Open Court story. During Language Arts time students will be working on their Reader’s theater plays and creating puppets and props for their puppet plays, which will be on Friday.
Social Studies This week we will learn about the living and working in the Midwest, the land and people of the Midwest, and work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework:  

Monday – Math Journal 2 p. 265, Study Link 9.7, read Reader’s theater book entirely then read your part(s) several times.

Tuesday – Study Links 9.8, read Reader’s theater part several times, and read 30 min. 

Wednesday –Study Links 9.9, read Reader’s theater part several times, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study for Unit 9 math test, read Reader’s theater part several times.  

 

Reminders:  

-         The Ray all-school picnic is fast approaching so if you are able to volunteer, even if it’s just for a little while, there are sign-up sheets at the main entrance of the school as well as the main office. The All-School picnic will be on Wednesday, June 16th. Any, and all help will be greatly appreciated!

06.01.10

Weekly Overview for 06-01-10 to 06-04-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 5:10 pm by cdiaz1

 

 Math This week we will continue rename fractions as decimals by dividing on calculators, and rename decimals as percents on calculators. We will take the Mid-Unit 9 quiz on Wednesday, June 2. We will also play a fraction/percent concentration game to practice our conversion skills.  
 Science This week we will go back to our stream tables and learn about how plants affect water flow and erosion.
 Language Arts Our Open Court story for this week will be “Louis Braille: The boy who invented books for the blind” starting on pg. 460. This week we will be focusing on words with –ex beginnings. The spelling words for this week are: except, example, extend, excellent, exchange, exclaim, exclude, excuse, explain, expensive, express, extreme, expand, exhaust, explore, exactly, expecting, experiments, excited, exhibit. The spelling and comprehension tests will be on Friday.
Social Studies This week we will learn about the Midwest, the landforms of the Midwest, as well as work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework: 

 Tuesday – Study Links 9.5, complete defining spelling words, study for Mid-Unit 9 quiz, and read 30 min. 

Wednesday –Write 1 sentence for each spelling word, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study Link 9.6, complete similes sheet, study for spelling and comprehension tests, read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:  

-         It is getting warmer and I am encouraging students to bring a water bottle to class, which I will allow them to refill, in order to cut down on the number of times they “need to get a drink” from the water fountain. 

-         Today students received a Scholastic book club order form. This will be the last order for the school year and it has lots of selections that are great for summer reading and a great price. Students who are placing orders must have the money (checks are preferred) and order forms in by Friday, June 4th.

05.24.10

Weekly Overview for 05-24-10 to 05-28-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 3:53 pm by cdiaz1

 

Math

This week we will continue to learn about how to convert “easy” fractions to decimals and percents. We will rename fractions as decimals by dividing on calculators, and rename fractions as percents on calculators.
 

Science

This week we will take a little break from our stream tables and work with a book called Science Verse by Jon Scieszka. We will read the book first, and then we will work on making our own Science Verse.
 

Language Arts

Our Open Court story for this week will be “Koko’s Kitten” starting on pg. 446. This week we will be focusing on words with –ful and -less endings. The spelling words for this week are: sightless, careless, painless, hopeless, homeless, useless, skillful, thankful, powerful, respectful, thoughtful, helpful, fearful, joyful, playful, restless, tailless, mouthful, distressful, healthful. The spelling and comprehension tests will be on Friday.
Social Studies This week we will learn about music of the South, how the Wetlands are a resource of the South, and how space technology has influenced the South. We will also work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework:  

Monday –Study Links 9.2, complete defining spelling words, write 1 sentence for each spelling word, and read 30 min.

Tuesday – Read 30min. 

Wednesday – Study Links 9.3, complete homographs sheet, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study Link 9.4, complete outlining sheet, study for spelling and comprehension tests, read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:  

-         4th Grade Olympics will be on Tuesday, May 25th. Students are to wear a white t-shirt with their Olympian number on the front and back, as well as comfortable shorts or sweatpants and appropriate sneakers. Students should also bring replenishing beverages and a healthy snack to have after Olympics are over.

-         It is getting warmer and I am encouraging students to bring a water bottle to class, which I will allow them to refill, in order to cut down on the number of times they “need to get a drink” from the water fountain. 

05.17.10

Weekly Overview for 05-17-10 to 05-21-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 3:30 pm by cdiaz1

 

 

Math

This week we will learn about how geographical areas are measured, we will have a review session for our Unit 8 test; Wednesday we will take our Unit 8 test. We will discuss how we use percents in everyday life and learn about how to convert “easy” fractions to decimals and percents.
 

Science

This week we will learn about how slope might affect the direction and flow of water on land, as well as use our stream tables to explore the effects of sloped land on stream development.
 

Language Arts

Our Open Court story for this week will be “Breaking into Print” starting on pg. 434. This week we will be focusing on words with –ly endings. The spelling words for this week are: secretly, badly, barely, certainly, suddenly, kindly, lately, loyally, gladly, loudly, quietly, proudly, likely, finally, deeply, closely, boldly, rarely, costly, and quickly. The spelling and comprehension tests will be on Friday.
Social Studies This week we will take a quiz on Chapter 8 for the land and people of the south, as well as learn about moving to the south. We will also work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework:  

Monday –Study Links 8.8, define spelling words, and read 30 min.

Tuesday – Study review guide for Unit 8 Test, read 30min. 

Wednesday – Math Boxes 8.9, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study Link 9.1, study for spelling and comprehension tests, read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:  

-         Progress Reports will be coming home on Wednesday, May 19th. Please be on the look out. If you have any questions and would like to schedule a meeting, send me an e-mail and we’ll set it up.

-         We are out of hand sanitizer and paper towels so if anyone could donate any of these items we would appreciate it.

05.10.10

Weekly Overview for 05-10-10 to 05-14-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 3:49 pm by cdiaz1

 

 Math This week we will take the Math Benchmark Assessment, learn how to construct models of parallelograms and develop and use a formula for the area of a parallelogram, how to arrange triangles to form parallelograms, as well as develop and use a formula for finding the area of a triangle. We will also compare the areas of polygons, find the perimeter and area of a hexagon, and play Rugs and Fences to practice calculating the area and perimeter of polygons.         
 Science This week we will learn about how nature changes the direction and flow of water, then how humans change the direction and flow of water.
 Language Arts Our Open Court story for this week will be “We’ll be right back after these messages” starting on pg. 426. This week we will be focusing on words with –tion, -ture, and -ure. The spelling words for this week are: motion, protection, measure, construction, mixture, creation, location, condition, furniture, lecture, moisture, nature, failure, question, picture, situation, pleasure, action, introduction, and departure. The spelling and comprehension tests will be on Friday.
Social Studies This week we will learn about how people in the South enrich the culture of the United States. We will also work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework: 

Monday –Define spelling words, and read 30 min.

Tuesday – complete health sheet, multiple meanings sheet, read 30min. 

Wednesday – Study Link 8.6, clauses sheet, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study Link 8.7, study for spelling and comprehension tests, read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:

 -         We are on our last box of tissue and are out of hand sanitizer and paper towels so if anyone could donate any of these items we would appreciate it.

05.03.10

Weekly Update for 05-03-10 to 05-07-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 4:28 pm by cdiaz1

 Math This week we will learn how to estimate the area of a curved boundary, continue with our “World Tour” and visit South America, learn how to find the areas of rectangles and how to develop a formula to find the area, how to find the area of a tennis court and explore the relationship between the perimeter and area of a rectangle. We will take the Mid-Unit 8 quiz on Friday.    
 Science This week we will learn about tributaries and how they are formed as well as make a model of a tributary and make an aerial drawing of it.
 Language Arts Our Open Court story for this week will be “Messages by the Mile” starting on pg. 416. This week we will be focusing on words with the prefixes re- and un-. The spelling words for this week are: rearrange, redo, remove, renew, replace, reverse, review, unbeaten, unequal, unfair, unfinished, unfit, uncover, unplanned, report, repackage, recount, untamed, rewrite, recall. The spelling and comprehension tests will be on Friday.
Social Studies This week we will learn about the South and its landforms, as well as learn about settling in the South. We will also work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework:  

Monday – Study Link 8.4, Define spelling words, and read 30 min.

Tuesday –Multiplication facts sheet, cursive practice sheet, read 30min. 

Wednesday – Study Link 8.5, descriptive words sheet, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study for Mid-Unit 8 quiz, study for spelling and comprehension tests, read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:

 -         We are on our last box of tissue and are out of hand sanitizer and paper towels so if anyone could donate any of these items we would appreciate it.

04.26.10

Weekly Update for 04-26-10 to 04-30-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 4:53 pm by cdiaz1

 

 

Math

This week we will go over the Unit 7 test. We will begin Unit 8 by learning how to measure and add distances, find the landmarks of a set of measurements, and add the perimeters of triangles. We sill also, learn how to make a rough floor plan of the classroom and use that to make a scale drawing of our classroom on grid paper. As well as review basic concepts of area and estimate the area of a polygon by counting unit squares.    
 

Science

This week we will learn about stream systems and use our stream tables to create a “birds-eye” view of our streams.
 

Language Arts

Our Open Court story for this week will be “Shadow of a Bull” starting on pg. 308. This week we will be focusing on words with the /j/, /s/, /k/, and /ch/ sounds. The spelling words for this week are: geography, general, century, check, nickel, heroic, judge, manage, image, twice, spruce, advice, watch, scratch, branch, gesture, gently, pieces, touching, and dangerous. The spelling and comprehension tests will be on Friday.
Social Studies This week we will continue to learn about how recycling helps the Northeast solve its garbage problems and provides new products and jobs. As well as take a quiz on the Northeast chapter. We will also work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework:  

Monday – Define spelling words, and read 30 min.

Tuesday –Study Link 8.1, cursive practice sheet, read 30min. 

Wednesday – Study Link 8.2, complete comprehension questions, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study Link 8.3, study for spelling and comprehension tests, read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:  

-         During Health class I am teaching kids how they can make healthy snacks themselves. I would really appreciate it if you can send dried fruits and nuts to class.  Also, if your child has any food allergies, please let me know.

04.19.10

Weekly Update for 04-19-10 to 04-23-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 4:30 pm by cdiaz1

 

 

Math

This week we will continue to learn about the ONE. We will review basic ideas about probability, including fairness and expected results. As well as how to compare predicted and actual results from an experiment with equally likely outcomes. We will take the Unit 7 test on Friday. Students will be given a study guide on Tuesday.    
 

Science

This week we will investigate erosion and deposition and learn how to track the speed of runoff and the movement of soil.    
 

Language Arts

This week we will not have a regular open court story, instead we will work on a project using the book “Math Curse” by Jon Scieszka. We will however have spelling words and a Spelling test on Friday. The spelling words for this week are: alligator, facts, sanding, can’t, handle, rattle, camera, January, panda, planted, clever, exit, never, left, fellow, hello, spelling, extra, every, effort .
Social Studies This week we will learn about how people in the Northeast use different kinds of transportation to get to work and other places. As well as learn about how recycling helps the Northeast solve its garbage problems and provides new products and jobs. We will also work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework:  

Monday – Study Link 7.10, define spelling words, and read 30 min.

Tuesday – cursive writing sheet, Study Link 7.11, read 30min. 

Wednesday – work on Unit 7 study guide, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study Links 7.12, study for spelling test, read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:  

-         This week the book fair is at our school. Our class will be visiting tomorrow to browse the selections and on Thursday, we will return to make our purchases I there are any to be made.

-         Students also received a scholastic book club order form last week, the last day to turn in book orders is Friday, April 23rd.

-         During Health class I want to start teaching kids how they can make healthy snacks themselves. I would really appreciate it if you can send dried fruits and nuts to class.  Also, if your child has any food allergies, please let me know.

04.12.10

Weekly Update for 04-12-10 to 04-16-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 5:23 pm by cdiaz1

 

 Math Because the results from the mid-unit 7 quiz were not very good across the board I decided to not count that quiz as part the 3rd quarter grades. What we will do is review fractions with unlike denominators on Monday and take another mid-unit 7 quiz on Tuesday. We will also learn about how to rename fractions as decimals and decimals as fractions. As well as use fraction cards to determine whether a fraction is greater or less than another fraction, and use pattern blocks and counters to find the ONE (whole) for given fractions.    
 Science This week we will investigate ground water, the amount of soil components will hold, and runoff. We will also learn more about where our drinking water comes from.     
 Language Arts This week we will begin reading “The Story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte”, during our readings we will focus on cause and effect, compare and contrast. We will take the spelling and comprehension tests on Friday. The spelling words for this week are: shawl, attention, shelter, education, information, shatter, addition, publish, ambitious, shoulder, social, special, delicious, official, ancient, physician, vicious, instruction, directions, and accomplish.
Social Studies This week we will learn about the many ethnic groups that make up the Northeast. As well as learn about how the communications industry in the Northeast is making it easier for people to share information and ideas. We will also work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework:  Monday – complete fractions worksheet, study for mid-unit 7 quiz, define spelling words, and read 30 min.

Tuesday – complete social studies questions, cursive writing sheet, read 30min. 

Wednesday – Study Links 7.8, read at least 30min.

Thursday – Study Links 7.9, study for comprehension and spelling tests, read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:  -         If your child has not turned in a trip slip for our April 19th field trip please have them turn it in as soon as possible.

-        Report card pick-up is on Wednesday, April 21st from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Please see the sign-up sheets at the school entrance for available time slots.

-         During Health class I want to start teaching kids how they can make healthy snacks themselves. I would really appreciate it if you can send dried fruits and nuts to class.  Also, if your child has any food allergies, please let me know.

04.05.10

Weekly Update for 04-05-10 to 04-09-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 4:49 pm by cdiaz1

April 05, 2010 – April 09, 2010

 

Math

This week we will review how to use pattern blocks to add and subtract fractions. How to use fractions cards to help start a table of equivalent fractions. We will use examples of equivalent fractions to develop a rule for finding equivalent fractions, and take the mid-unit 7 quiz.
 

Science

This week we will continue with our investigations on streams as well as observe, compare, record, and discuss the properties of 4 soil components.   
 

Language Arts

This week we will begin reading “The New Doctor”, during our readings we will focus on making inferences, classifying and categorizing. We will take the spelling and comprehension tests on Thursday. The spelling words are: wrench, watch, teach, sketch, pinch, branch, church, clutch, fetch, scratch, splotch, starch, torch, stretch, reach, screech, chatter, perch, hopscotch, and cheek.
Social Studies This week we will answer review questions on chapter 6. We will also work on our Time for Kids.  

 

Homework:  

Monday – Study Links 7.5, define spelling words, and read 30 min.

Tuesday – Study Links 7.6, cursive writing sheet, read 30min. 

Wednesday – Study Links 7.7, study for comprehension and spelling tests, as well as mid-unit 7 quiz.   

Thursday –  read at least 30min.   

 

Reminders:  

-         If your child has not turned in a trip slip for our April 19th field trip please have them turn it in as soon as possible.

 - There will not be classes on Friday, April 9th due to professional development day.  

03.22.10

Weekly Update for 03-22-10 to 03-26-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 4:55 pm by cdiaz1

 

 Math This week we will begin Unit 7 by reviewing fractions as parts of a whole, on number lines, and the uses of fractions. We will practice finding fractional parts of sets, learn about the vocabulary and concepts of probability, how to find fractional parts of polygon regions, and how to use pattern blocks to add and subtract fractions.
 Science This week we will continue to investigate what happens to land, and to the water on land, after it rains. We will conduct a stream table investigation and record our observations, as well as, summarize what happens when water from a single source flows over and through land. 
 Language Arts This week we will begin reading “Emily’s Hands-on Science Experiment”, during our readings we will focus on fact and opinion. We will take the spelling and comprehension tests on Friday. The spelling words are: twice, surface, spruce, spice, prance, office, notice, faucet, process, distance, device, price, chance, brace, advice, recess, existence, conceive, balance, and slice.
Social Studies This week we will learn about how the land in the Northeast provided different groups of people with the resources they needed to live and work. We will also learn about the modern-day Northeast and its rural and urban population. As well as work on our Time for Kids.   

 

Homework:  

Monday – Study Links 7.1, define spelling words, and read 30 min.

Tuesday – Study Links 7.2, cursive writing sheet, read 30min. 

Wednesday – Study Links 7.3, read 30min.   

Thursday – Study Links 7.4, study for comprehension and spelling tests.    

 

Reminders:  

- Students received a field trip slip today for a walking fieldtrip to Mandel Hall where we’re going to be seeing a C.O.N.N.E.C.T concert on April 19th. The concert is free and chaperones will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to join us and will be available on this day in the afternoon, please feel free to write that on the permission slip. I would like to have all permission slips in by this Friday, March 26th.  

- Spring Break is the week of March 27th – April 4th.. Recharge those batteries and have a relaxing break.

03.15.10

Weekly Update for 03-15-10 to 03-19-10

Posted in Weekly Updates at 8:08 pm by cdiaz1

 

 

Math

This week we will learn about coordinate grids, how to use latitude and longitude to locate places on a globe, as well as practice “low-stress” division algorithms for 2-digit divisors. Students will take the Unit 6 test on Friday. Students should focus on lessons 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.7, 6.8.
 

Science

This week we will build a model of land and water and use the model to investigate the water cycle. Students will investigate what happens to land, and to the water on land, after it rains.
 

Language Arts

This week we will continue to read “Bridge Dancers”, during our readings we will focus on point of view, and compare and contrast. We will take the spelling and comprehension tests on Friday. The spelling words are: badge, damage, garbage, image, manage, wedge, voyage, cottage, sausage, judge, fudge, cabbage, package, lodge, luggage, gorge, hedge, dodge, edge, and bridge.
Social Studies This week we will learn about how the Northeast has many kinds’ different weather, landforms, and wildlife. We will also learn about how land in the Northeast provided different groups of people with resources to live and work. As well as complete a chapter 5 review.   

 

Homework:  

Monday – Read 30 min.

Tuesday – Study Links 6.8, read 30min. 

Wednesday – Study Links 6.9, read 30min.    

Thursday – Study Links 6.10, Study for the Unit 5 Math test, and Bridge Dancers comprehension and spelling tests.     

 

Reminders:

-         Spring Break is fast approaching (March 27th – April 4th) but we must remind our students that there are still 2 weeks of hard work to be done. Let’s not lose sight of that.   

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