MAP testing for 304 and 301 will be in the morning both Wednesday May 23rd and Wednesday May 30th. Both the reading tests will be done with me while both math tests will be with Ms. Malhiot. The only reading or social studies homework these two weeks will what is not done in class after a couple work days.
Our students have been working hard on their young authors pieces. We have spent the past two Young Author work days after the final draft was due binding and putting final touches on the pieces. All students should be binding this weekend if they have not already. Any students who need help binding can come in Monday at 8am to 304 and I will help with the three methods demonstrated in class (duct tape, sewing, and ribbon).
Our Young Author celebration is coming up on May 29th. Follow this link for more information.
Thank you for all the wonderful gifts last week. I feel like one highly appreciated teacher, from the constant supply of caffeine to the delicious baked good, wonderful card and gift cards. The class gift was generous and will be well used to school and home. All of it was and is wonderful. Thank you for thinking of me and making me feel special!
Young Author rough drafts were due today. In class, students peer edited each others and gave feedback. Some students were also able to complete editing their own after making changes suggested by peers. Any students who did not get to start or finish the self-editing sheet are to do it over the weekend so that I have time to do a final edit before Friday. Friday the 4th we will all be working on taking teacher comments to create our final drafts. We will also get to start working on the aesthetic aspects of our books! Below is a copy of the self-edit sheets.
Today we completed our Jamestown analysis. We then started a short essay to explain why it was so hard for the Jamestown settlers. The essay is due Monday. It is a short 5 paragraph essay with the intro and conclusion being 1-3 sentences and the 3 body paragraphs ranging from 3-6 sentences. We are focusing on quality not quantity and really supporting answers using text evidence from the documents we analyzed. Below is the question with possible categories. Attached is the rubric.
Why did so many Jamestown settlers die?
We are currently studying explorers. Today in 301's class we presented explorer and took data on their endeavors. Students then started answering three questions based on their data. Most students were unable to finish the questions, or need to look them over, so they are coming home with a printed copy. Below are the three questions as well in case the paper goes missing. This is due tomorrow on Friday, April 6th.
Students received the final essay style quiz today for our Native American unit. They were given 30 to 40 minutes to work on the quiz in class. Some students have opted to type their responses. All quizzes are due by Friday, so if you are going on vacation early, please check in to make sure it is turned in before you leave. As always, students are welcome to come in before school to ask questions and work on the quiz.
The quiz is an open ended essay format with two packed questions. They are expected and can use their own research as well as things they have learned from fellow classmates' projects and presentations. For the first question, they need two specific examples of how specific tribes use their resources wisely. For the second question, they need two examples with an explanation of similarities and differences between Native Americans of the past and our life today with a short explanation of why these things would still be similar or why they have changed and are different.
Below is a copy of the quiz.
We are finishing up with our Native American unit and will have everything completed before Spring Break. Native American projects should be finished this weekend. Most students are done. Papers are due Monday as are the slideshows. We will start presentations Monday afternoon. Below are the guidelines/rubrics for both the paper and the slideshow. The students have been working hard and most projects are looking great.
Please make sure your child has a good nights sleep and breakfast. Homework will be minimal during testing.
4th Grade Music/Dance Performance Letter and Information
Dear 4th Grade Parents,
We are very excited to invite you to our 4th grade music and dance performance on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 9am in the gym. We will be presenting Folk songs using various instruments and dances. Students in music class have been working on xylophone technique, singing voice, recorder, and rhythm reading. Dance students have been working on counting, song form, choreography, and group movement. They have been working hard these past few weeks and are excited to share their songs!
All students should wear blue jeans and colored shirt. (see class colors below)
Room 303- Jeans and a Red Shirt
Room 306- Jeans and a Blue Shirt
Room 301- Jeans and a White Shirt
Room 304- Jeans and a Black Shirt
Students are looking forward to showing you what they have been working on throughout the quarter. We hope to see you on Friday, January 19th at 9am. If you have any questions regarding the performance please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Coonley Multi-Purpose Room
When: Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 9am
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