Friday, April 21, 2017

Week In Review

Week In Review:

This week our Week In Review features...
  • Writing - Nolan & Ada
  • Reading - Sophia & Lauren
  • Math - Jaden & Nicholas
  • Important Calendar Dates - Grant & Ada
  • Film Crew - Teshaun, Brooke, Nick, Megan
  • Production Crew - Nolan & Ben


Genius Hour:

Genius Hour is an idea that actually started at Google! Google employees get to spend 20% of their time working on something their passionate about. We will be implementing a similar model in our classroom. On Fridays students will get to spend 1 hour studying anything they want. Today we started by brainstorming ideas. 

To learn more about student projects, check our Facebook page and keep up with our Twitter account.

News & Notes:

  • Be sure to check the calendar for important dates. Here's a quick look at what is right around the corner. 
      • April 24th-27th - MAP Testing
      • April 28th - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at 8:00am
      • April 29th - Barretts Blast
      • May 4th - Fishing Day
      • May 19th - Mrs. Wood Out for Personal Day
      • May 25th - Last Day of 4th Grade

    All Around the Seasons:












    I hope that everyone has a great weekend! 

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Week In Review

    Week In Review:

    With such a busy schedule this week we didn't have time to have student leaders create our week in review. Next week, we should be back up and running. In the meantime, take a peek at what we've been up to.

    Writing - Literary Essay:
    Students spent the week working on the beginning stages of their Literary Essay. At this point students have a familiar book that they're testing ideas with. Students are working to grow their ideas about characters and practicing elaborating on ideas they've pulled from their books.

    Math - Geometry:
    This week we wrapped up our study of geometry with line symmetry. Students practiced finding lines of symmetry in objects and drawing shapes with line symmetry. We ended the week with the end of unit assessment.

    Math - Rational Numbers:
    Students dove deeper into their understanding of decimals this week. We practiced turning fractions into decimals and learned how to represent decimals as fractions. Students learned how to plot decimals on a number line based on their understanding of fractions. Finally students learned to compare decimals and solve word problems involving money. We ended the week with the end of unit assessment.

    Reading - Test Prep:
    This week students have been working on different test prep strategies to use in ELA. Students learned tips and tricks for answering questions about expository texts, identifying the main idea, and finally how to answer detail questions by using the passage as a guide.

    Students have also been using independent reading time to work on their IRA (Independent Reading Assessment).

    Genius Hour:

    Genius Hour is an idea that actually started at Google! Google employees get to spend 20% of their time working on something their passionate about. We will be implementing a similar model in our classroom. On Fridays students will get to spend 1 hour studying anything they want. 

    Check our Facebook page for live videos and keep up with our Twitter account too.

    News & Notes:

    • Be sure to check the calendar for important dates. Here's a quick look at what is right around the corner. 
        • April 14th - No School
        • April 19th - Orchestra Concert at 7:00pm
        • April 20th - 4th Grade Musical at 7:00pm
        • April 24th-27th - MAP Testing
        • April 28th - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at 8:00am
        • April 29th - Barretts' Blast
        • May 4th - Fishing Day
        • May 19th - Mrs. Wood Out for Personal Day
        • May 25th - Last Day of 4th Grade

      I hope that everyone has a great weekend! 

      Wednesday, April 12, 2017

      Geometry Review

      Gumballs,

      Use these games and activities to help you review for your Geometry Assessment tomorrow.

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      Parallel, Perpendicular, & Intersecting Lines

      Measuring Angles


      1. Measuring Angels
      2. Measure Angels with a Protractor
      3. Measuring Angels - ABCYa

      Classifying Triangles

      Classifying Quadrilaterals

      Symmetry

      Friday, April 7, 2017

      Week In Review

      Week In Review:

      This week our Week In Review features...
      • Writing - Sophia & Annie
      • Social Studies - Sam & Nick
      • Reading - Ada & Nolan
      • Math - Brooke & Ava
      • Film Crew - Amisha, Teshaun, Ben, Lauren
      • Production Crew - Megan & Jaden
      As we move forward through the rest of the year students will be "doubling up" on math. The 4th grade teachers are working to fit in all of the units before the end of the year. We will be utilizing AC Lab and other portions of the day where we are already ahead of schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.


      Genius Hour:

      We started our Genius Hour time this week! Genius Hour is an idea that actually started at Google! Google employees get to spend 20% of their time working on something their passionate about. We will be implementing a similar model in our classroom. On Fridays students will get to spend 1 hour studying anything they want. Today we started by brainstorming ideas. Ask your student for my information this weekend. 

      In the meantime, check our Facebook page for live videos and keep up with our Twitter account too.

      News & Notes:

      • Be sure to check the calendar for important dates. Here's a quick look at what is right around the corner. 
          • April 14th - No School
          • April 19th - Orchestra Concert at 7:00pm
          • April 20th - 4th Grade Musical at 7:00pm
          • April 24th-27th - MAP Testing
          • April 28th - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at 8:00am
          • April 29th - Barretts Blast
          • May 4th - Fishing Day
          • May 19th - Mrs. Wood Out for Personal Day
          • May 25th - Last Day of 4th Grade

        I hope that everyone has a great weekend! 



        Classifying Shapes: Triangles & Quadrilaterals

        Gumballs, 

        Today for Geometry you're going to work through these modules by clicking the links. There are videos, practice, assessments and games. Take your time as your work through each module.

        Module 1 - How to Classify Triangles



        Start by watching this Study Jams on Classifying Triangles. Begin with the "Step by Step". When you're done you can do the "Test Yourself" for more practice. Click here to begin.


        Module 2 - Practice Classifying Triangles



        This is your practice module. Play the game to practice classifying triangles. Feel free to use the notes in your math notebook. Once you feel good about your understanding of classifying triangles you can move on to module 3. Click here to begin.


        Module 3 - Show What You Know

        Log into Pearson and complete the Exit Ticket called (TRIANGLE) Exit Ticket.

        If you score 3/3 correct on this assessment you may move on to Module 4.
        If you do not score 3/3 correct you need to complete the (TRIANGLE) Practice Buddy on Pearson before moving on.


        Module 4 - How to Classify Quadrilaterals

        First things first, come to the circle table and get an anchor chart to glue into your math notebook. This will help you moving forward.


        Start by watching this Study Jams on Classifying Triangles. Begin with the "Step by Step". When you're done you can do the "Test Yourself" for more practice. Click here to begin.


        Module 5 - Practice Classifying Quadrilaterals



        This is your practice module. Play the game to practice classifying triangles. Feel free to use the notes in your math notebook. Once you feel good about your understanding of classifying triangles you can move on to module 3. Click here to begin.


        Module 6 - Show What You Know

        Log into Pearson and complete the Exit Ticket called (QUAD) Exit Ticket.

        If you score 3/3 correct on this assessment you may move on to "More Games" section. 
        If you do not score 3/3 correct you need to complete the (QUADS) Practice Buddy on Pearson before moving on.


        More Games

        Classifying Triangles - 
        Classifying Quadrilaterals - 


        Wednesday, April 5, 2017

        Sunday, April 2, 2017

        Week In Review

        OTISS Awards:

        Each day the Gumballs hold a class meeting to start off the day. Students can bring concerns, suggestions, questions or give OTISS Awards at this time. OTISS stands for "Oh that is so sweet!". Students can give these awards to students they care about or when they catch someone doing awesome things! 

        Here's who received OTISS Awards this week:
        • "Corion is always working really hard on his work." -Ava

        Week In Review:

        This week our Week In Review features...
        • Writing - Nolan & Sophia
        • Social Studies - Amisha & Lauren
        • Reading - Jack & Ada
        • Math - Sophia, Nolan & Brooke
        • Film Crew - Nick, Jaden, Teshaun & Megan
        • Production Crew - Sam & Ava
        As we move forward through the rest of the year students will be "doubling up" on math. The 4th grade teachers are working to fit in all of the units before the end of the year. We will be utilizing AC Lab and other portions of the day where we are already ahead of schedule. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.



        News & Notes:

        • Be sure to check the calendar for important dates. Here's a quick look at what is right around the corner. 
            • April 5th - Late Start
            • April 6th - Book Orders Due
            • April 14th - No School
            • April 19th - Orchestra Concert at 7:00pm
            • April 20th - 4th Grade Musical at 7:00pm
            • April 24th-27th - MAP Testing
            • May 4th - Fishing Day

          Happy April Fool's Day