We are currently working on geography and getting a sense of where we are in relation to the world. As we work on each unit, students will be asked to take a learning survey. This helps me see where each student is starting and is only taken as a participation grade. Often, if students have already mastered the skills and information being taught, they will be given a different task that deepens their knowledge. This means that throughout the year, students will be working on the same topic or skill, but with different tasks.
I will conference with our students throughout the quarter on their goal as well as how to attain that AR goal for the quarter.
As many of you know, AR is a comprehension development program. As students complete books, they take a quiz and their reading levels grow. The books do not have to be from school. Almost all books have an AR level and points. If you would like to look up the AR information for a book that does not have it in it, please go to http://www.arbookfind.com.
Once there, select parent or student. Then you can enter the author or title to find the book information. Though you can read almost any book, the quizzes can only be taken at school. We have a 15-25 minute block for students to work on AR by either silently reading or taking a quiz. Students should be taking 1-2 quizzes a week in order to stay on target.
We just took our first wordly wise test. Tests will be going home Thrusday. If there is a Wordly Wise test grade that you or your student is unhappy with, they can always do test corrections. Students have the opportunity to make up half of the points they miss. To do this they need to
1. use lined notebook paper with a correct heading (name, subject and date in the right hand corner).
2. For each question they missed they need to provide the number and write a sentence of two explaining why they missed the question. These reflections should be honest and try to target the thinking that led to the mistake. Mistakes are good when we can learn from them!
3 Provide the correct answer and show the work on how they got to that answer.
All three steps must be complete to get the half credit back. Corrections are due a week after the test goes home.
Study tools have been added to the website. Aside from using the book and having the students make their own flash cards, both classroom websites have posted extra study tools. The tool linked to the bottom of the home page covers a few lessons, so is a harder one to study with until you have made it past the first two lessons. Quizlet is also a great study tool. I will have the correct links for Quizlet on the Wordly Wise Central. For lesson 2 the link is here
Hopefully you had a wonderful summer and are ready to head back to school. I can’t wait to meet each of you and learn more about who you are and what we can do to make 4th grade a success for you. I’m looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures. I really enjoyed the summer reading challenge and can’t wait to hear about all the great books you've read this summer.
This week we will spend time learning about class routines and building a strong learning culture. There will be a variety of lessons including group activities that focus on working and supporting each other, lessons that help you learn how you learn and lessons that focus on helping you build independent learning skills. This should be fun and help us get the school year off to a good start.
A few reminders for the start of the year:
· Bring a water bottle. It could be a very hot day.
· Dress for the weather.
· Dismissal is at 3:30 p.m. at the Belle Plaine Entrance.
Homework this week will be light as we ease back into the school routine. For reading work you should be reading 20 minutes each night. We will be using picture books this week in class so the nightly assignments will be your choice. However, you may want to read over Flora and Ulysses so it is fresh in your mind.
Attached below is the questionnaire. You either received a copy on Thursday or will Tuesday. I would appreciate if they are filled out and returned Friday.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.