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Reading and Writing Notebook Assignments

Assignment Outline: Weeks of 10/24 – 2/13 – Weekly Assignment Template

Please note, this file will continue to be updated.

Weekly Letter 3/24/17

Posted on March 24, 2017

Dear Families,

 

Thank you to all families for 100% attendance during Report Card Conferences! It was wonderful to meet with each family to discuss progress and share feedback. The children are truly blessed to have such supportive families, and I also feel fortunate to be able to form a parent-teacher relationship with you. I’m looking forward to our continued collaboration as the school year progresses.

With the ELA State tests approaching next week, the students have been hard at work sharpening their skills. We spent much of our ELA time this week applying these skills to a wide variety of texts, including legends, myths, poetry, narrative, and informational text. Students have become increasingly more comfortable with multiple choice questions. Students are more consistently able to incorporate the R.A.C.E. method in an effort to explain their answers.

We also took the time this week to work on practice tests for the exam. Students were exposed to higher-level reading passages and rigorous questions. We used Plickers to review correct answers and collect data. In our classroom, we have charts posted that describe the format of the test, as well as what the children should expect each day. The best way to help your child prepare for the exam is to ensure that get a good night’s rest and eat a well-balanced breakfast each morning. Please be sure that your child comes to school with sharpened #2 pencils. Students will be allowed to have a healthy snack after the exam, so please send them with something to eat on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The conclusion of Chapter 8 in math was a great success! It is evident that many students have acquired a certain confidence when reading word problems and applying their skill set to these word problems. I encourage the class to keep up the great work, and remember to be diligent when checking over their work to minimize careless errors. In Chapter 9, we have been exploring the relationship between fractions and decimals.  Students have learned how to write decimals in the tenths and hundredths places. They’ve also learned how to generate equivalent fractions using denominators of 10 and 100. The concepts in this chapter are straightforward, but still require students to have a deep understanding of the four operations and fractions.

In science, we have continued our study of simple machines, force, and energy. In STEM lab, Mr. Signorello has continued the study of electricity, magnetism, and electromagnets. Mr. Signorello also took some time today to discuss safety in the STEM lab. On Friday, the class as a whole had difficulty with following directions and listening skills. Although we know the children are eager to become involved in the science lessons and experiments, they must follow procedures to ensure safety. It is extremely important for students to listen carefully to Mr. Signorello’s instructions and follow them closely. Please take a moment to speak with your child about the necessity for safety in STEM lab. Thank you.

Lastly, I would like to extend thanks and gratitude on behalf of 4-1 for the “Goodluck Potluck” that took place on Friday! Thank you to Mrs. Loftus and Mrs. Shim for organizing the event and to Mrs. Casson for the wonderful activities she planned. Thank you to all parent volunteers who helped to set up and clean up the Annex for the event. Lastly, thank you to all families for participating and for attending. The luncheon spread and dessert table was certainly a feast fit for (fourth grade) kings and queens! It was evident that the students had a great time, and they did seem to forget that there was a big test on the horizon! J I appreciate all that was done to make the event a success!

Kindly,

Ms. Morelli

Homework Week of 3/20

Posted on March 20, 2017

Homework Week of 3/20

Friday

  1. Read 35 mins
  2. Math p. 511-512.  If you finished in class, you must still take the book home to check over with parents.
  3. Scholastic due April 1
  4. ELA State test is Tues, Weds, and Thurs.  You may bring in a HEALTHY snack each day.  Please get a good night’s rest, bring in a book you enjoy reading, and bring in sharpened #2 pencils each day!

 

Thursday

  1. Read 35 mins
  2. Complete ELA packet if you did not finish in class
  3. Use Daily 5 NB to review skills, especially making inferences
  4. Math p. 505-506
  5. Reminder, Scholastic due April 1

 

Wednesday

  1. Read 35 mins
  2. Complete ELA Packet FULLY
  3. Use Daily 5 NB to review skills, especially making inferences
  4. Math p. 499-500

Tuesday

  1. Read 35 mins
  2. Complete ELA Packet FULLY
  3. Use Daily 5 NB to review skills, especially making inferences
  4. Math p. 493-494
  5. Play with coins (money) and practice adding change.  Think about how these coins relate to one whole dollar.  Think: How many pennies equal $1.00?  Think: How many different coins can you use to equal $1.00?

 

Monday

  1. Read 35 mins
  2. Use your Daily 5 NB to review skills as you read your IR book.
  3. Math p. 485-486
  4. Math test tomorrow Chapter 8
  5. Tomorrow is a half day, Report Card Conferences

Weekly Letter, March 17, 2017

Posted on March 19, 2017

Dear Families,

 

This week, I introduced the class to a program called “Plickers.” The students respond to a multiple choice question using a unique card, and I am able to track their responses using an app and website. This has done wonders for class participation! All students participate and are engaged when we use the plickers! I will be using this as a data collection tool across all subjects.

In Social Studies, we are continuing our studies of the events that led to the Revolution. This week we covered the Townshend Acts, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party. We are continuing to use primary sources each day, such as a statement from a participant of the Boston Tea Party. When learning about the Boston Massacre, we read an original newspaper article about the funeral procession of the victims. We also looked at the headstone for these victims, currently on display at the Granary Burial Ground in Boston. We looked up the site of the Boston Massacre and compared it to an engraving that Paul Revere made about the event. One of my teaching goals for this unit is to create a feeling of excitement within the students. I want them to understand and appreciate the history of our country, and realize that they can visit the historical sites where many of these events took place! Additionally, we have been learning that many young rebels were only a few years older than our class! Can you imagine fighting for such a cause at this young age?

In our novel study of George Washington’s Socks, we have traveled back in time to the night Washington crossed the Delaware with his troops! The main character, Matt, is unwillingly en route to Trenton with the rest of the Patriot army. The literacy skills we focused on this week were main idea, key details, sequencing, summarizing, and comparing the genres of fantasy vs. reality.

In math, we have nearly finished Chapter 8, multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. The study guide was completed in class on Friday and was sent home for review. Throughout this unit, the majority of the class has had an exceptionally strong understanding of the material. On Monday, we will dig further into multi-step word problems in preparation for our exam on Tuesday. Per usual, there will be a review class the morning of the exam, Tuesday, March 21st, at 7:30 am.

In science, we are still working on simple machines. In STEM lab, Mr. Signorello has taken our learning of force, motion, and energy a step further and began introducing electricity. The students worked together to create a circuit using wires, alligator clamps, a light bulb, and a battery. Mr. S. then introduced the concept of insulators and conductors, and asked the students to infer which items would be best used as conductors. The students used a popsicle stick, metal washer, and other materials to experiment and see which items would allow the flow of electricity to continue.

On the horizon…

We have been spending some time becoming familiar with the format of the state test and discussing test-taking strategies. I have reminded the students that they will be encountering articles and stories that they most likely have not heard about before. The goal is to use all of the skills and strategies we have been learning this year, and apply their knowledge of these skills to the content they are reading. I also stressed to the students that making inferences will be a major portion of the state test. They must go beyond the text to infer a deeper meaning. We use the plickers system to track our responses and make sense of incorrect answers. I consistently remind students that while they should always put forth their best effort, they should not have any anxiety! We will continue practicing our skills this coming week.

Our Good Luck Potluck is on Friday, March 24th, from 12-2:30 pm.  A letter was sent home on Friday regarding further details and the fee for the event. Please submit the corresponding fee by Tuesday, March 21st. You may also bring the envelope to report card conferences. Parent volunteers have planned several activities for the students to work on during the event. There will also be a “Photo Booth” for the students to enjoy. Let’s take the time to celebrate the hard work our students have put in, and give them a confidence boost as they embark on their first state test!

Report card conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st. All families have made an appointment using Sign-Up Genius. Please make every effort to keep your appointment time, and I will try my best to do the same! If you need to reschedule your appointment, please contact me directly. Thank you for your cooperation.

Kindly,

Ms. Morelli

Homework Week of 3/13/17

Posted on March 15, 2017

Homework Week of 3/13/17

Thursday

  1. Read 35 mins and log
  2. R/W NB Thurs
  3. Math p. 473, 474, 479, 480
  4. Math test Tuesday, March 21
  5. Please return all signed tests and rubrics
  6. Sign up for a parent/teacher conference on Sign-Up Genius
  7. Scholastic orders due March 31

 

Wednesday

  1. Read 35 mins and log
  2. R/W NB Weds
  3. Math p. 465-466
  4. Math test Tuesday, March 21
  5. Please return all signed math tests and rubrics
  6. Sign up for a parent/teacher conference on Sign-Up Genius

 

Monday

  1. Read 35 mins and log
  2. R/W NB Mon and Tues
  3. Math p. 459-460 and 453-454
  4. ELA Packet “The Land of Counterpane”
  5. No School tomorrow.  Check your email for information about Wednesday.
  6. Get all rubrics in mailbox signed
  7. Return signed math test
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