10.11.18 I wanted to let you know that the Thursday folder will not be coming home this week, although it will be quite full next week. Please plan a little extra time to review it with your child next weekend. I will be going over the first math assessment with the class tomorrow (Friday), so I am hoping your child will have plenty to say about his/her assessment and what the next steps he/she will take in learning.
I realize there were some of you who signed up to volunteer, I am hoping to go through the beginning of year surveys this weekend and contact you individually. I do have a parent who volunteered to organize our Halloween celebration and she should be sending link to the sign-up genius soon.
We have a relatively quiet week next week. Thank you for supporting your children in their fact study, their reading and their writing.
10.7.18 I hope you all got a chance to look through and sign your child’s Thursday Folders with your child. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions you have. I am hoping to have the Unit 1 Math assessments ready to send home in this week’s Thursday Folder. Again, it will not have a grade on top, however, it will have a list of skills we wanted your child to get to know during the first unit stapled to the front. Based on how your child did on the assessment and some of the work he/she did during the unit, he/she will receive a 4 (means your child was consistently and independently able to demonstrate this skill), a 3 (means your child was usually able to demonstrate an understanding of the skill, with a mistake now and then), a 2 (means your child showed some understanding of the skill and will benefit from some more practice), or a 1 (means that I will be working with your child some more during the year to help him/her to gain a stronger understanding of that particular skill) for each of the skills.
During this next math unit, we will be focusing on multiplication, using arrays and area models to help your children to understand how multiplication works. Practicing facts and knowing them quickly helps your child be much more successful in math. Please help your child learn multiplication facts (0 * 1 to 9 * 9, and everything in between). If you quiz your child on the way to practice, while he/she helps you clean up from dinner, or even do 5 facts before your child goes to sleep or gets on the bus you will be surprise how much it will help!
Please continue to be sure your child is reading at least 20 minutes a night 5 to 7 nights a week, writing at least 10 minutes a night for 3-6 nights a week, and completing the reading log journal over the 4 nights he/she has it. I have had some students who seem to think that just because they don’t write it in their assignment books, they don’t have to do it. Please remind your child that he/she does in fact need to do the assignments taped to the front of the assignment book.
Last but not least, I have set a new “due date” for Scholastic book orders. If you would like to buy books you may log on to scholastic.com/bookclubs and use our class code FBLZ8 to order books by November 2nd.
9.30.2018 Thank you for all who signed up for beginning of year conferences. It’s not too late to sign up for one if you would like to meet with me.
This week we start our “Thursday Folders”! On Thursday your child will bring home his/her Thursday Folder (along with the “Daily Folder”). You will notice that work in the Thursday folder will not have grades, although it will have a lot of notes. Even the Spelling tests will have a fraction including total points and number of points earned (we adults often like to turn into percentages, but please don’t.) Please take the time to sit with your child, review the notes on his/her work, and talk to him/her about why mistakes were made, questions he/she may want to ask, and how work can be better done the following week. Folders are not due back until the following Monday, which means it is fine to take the weekend to review it.
We will be having our first math assessment on Friday. Your child will be filling in a “review sheet” on Tuesday and then we will go over the answers as a class. If your child has incorrect answers or does not answer some questions before our class review, he/she will be asked to write in correct answers using colored pencil. Your child will bring home this review sheet on Tuesday afternoon. Please take the time to go over it with your child, talk to him/her about why mistakes were made, questions he/she may want to ask, and copy mistaken problems so he/she may solve them again.
Don’t forget tomorrow is the last day to turn in Magazine order for the PTA, and book orders are due on Friday.
9.23.18 Another successful week! I really feel like our class is bonding and feeling more comfortable with the routines!
Thank you all at being so consistent at initialing the assignment books. It really helps your child to get in the habit of checking his/her assignment book each night to be sure ALL homework is being completed. Starting the first of October, if your child continues to be this consistent with getting your initials and initialing his/her own assignment book, he/she will only need you to initial when homework consists of a conversation with you. Your child will continue to need to initial the assignment book throughout the year and if he/she starts to forget, I will ask you to initial all assignments again for a while.
A little clarification about the “At Home Journals”. Your child should be writing 1 entry 3 days a week. I had a couple of students who wrote “3 entries” in one day and I had to tell them that is really only one long entry. It is better for the brain to do short assignments (reading/writing/math facts) several days a week than 1 long assignment once a week.
This week starts the Reading Log Journals! Tomorrow (Monday) your child will be bringing home his/her reading log journal. You will notice there are already several entries. The first one is a model. I wrote it on chart paper, sharing my thoughts as I wrote it and your child simply copied it. The second one, was written with partner (some were able to finish and some were not). We reviewed a few as a class, talking about what my notes meant, what parts were done well and how other parts could be improved. The third entry was done independently (again some were not able to finish) and we reviewed some of those entries as well. The last entry was done independently and scored on the rubric stapled to the back of your child’s journal. Please do not be concerned, as most students’ scores were quite low. The goal here is for your child to choose one area to improve and work to earn more points in that area. It is not expected that your child will get a 100 points right away. As I review these journals, I will be looking for improvements, attention to the notes I write to your child, and your child’s ability to start and complete books.
I will be letting your child know that he/she will be able to take Reading Counts quizzes on books they are reading and about which they are writing in lieu of writing a complete Reading Log journal entry. I hope this will encourage your child to complete books he/she starts. This can only be done every other week, which I hope will discourage him/her from choosing books that are too easy to read.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all on Tuesday evening (6:35) at our Back to School night.
9.16.2018 Each week, usually on Sundays, I will be updating the web page and sending you an email with the update on it. I do encourage you, however, to continue to use the webpage as a point of reference.
I think we had a great first couple of weeks of school. I very much enjoyed starting to get to know your children and believe we will have a very productive, informative and gratifying year. Please let me know if I can do anything to help your child get more out of 4th grade.
Back to school night is coming up on next week on Tuesday, September 25 (Not this Tuesday, but next Tuesday). We are having it from 6:35-7:05. Please let me know if you can’t make it at 6:35, so we can make other arrangements for you to get the information I will be sharing, especially information about our new report card. *Please note that this is a parents-only event.
On Thursday, your child got our first spelling list to study. It does not look like the typical “pretest” kind of list. Your children sorted their spelling words on Friday morning and then brought them home to start studying. The test will be given on Thursday, September 20 (not the 21st like the paper says). Spelling words will usually come home on Friday afternoons to give students 6 days to study for the spelling test on Thursday.
At home journals start this week. They will come home on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, it will depend on the day your child chooses. I will be taking your child’s journal once a week and either reading it or reviewing it. I expect your child to write in it at least 3 times a week for 10 minutes. We have written a few times in class so I know what “10 minutes of writing looks like” for your child. ;)
Welcome to Fourth Grade!
Can you believe how fast summer is going by? I hope you all are having a great and restful summer, filled with some great reading, playing and laughing. This will be a great year of learning, exploring, and discovering! We will start the year getting to know each other, reviewing many of the skills we learned in 3rd grade, and getting back into the school routine.
I hope you are looking as forward to this coming year as I am and if there is anything you are worried about don’t hesitate to email me from the link on this web page.
As far as supplies, there are a few things you will need for school. First things you need are a positive attitude and a smile; they get you through challenges better than any tool I know! Don’t forget some water, a snack and a lunch. (You can also bring money for snack and lunch if you would like).
I am also encouraging students to bring in:
If it is a problem for you to get any of these supplies, we have ordered some so we can be sure every child has what he or she needs.
I am very excited to see you on September 4th!
Homework Policy for the beginning of the Year
Because research shows that students have greatest success when taught a process, such as homework, I will be spending time teaching how I would like homework completed. Therefore, the only homework, during the 1st two weeks of school will be to share the events of the day with an adult at home and to read independently for 20 minutes. See the “Homework” page for more details about homework after two weeks.
If you would like to warm up for 4th grade you can log on to the following websites
Everyday Math and Wonders can now be accessed from the same website:
For most of you,
Your user name is NB (your first initial upper case) and your lunch number
Your password is nb (no initial) and your lunch number
(ex. For Jane Smith who has 1234 for a lunch number
her username would be NBJ1234 and her password: nb1234
(If these passwords don’t work, don’t hesitate to email me)
On the Wonders site you have access to the games by clicking on “games” then clicking “view all games”
***Everyday Math is presently not accessible to students. I have been assured that it will be before the beginning of school.****
On the Everyday Math site you have access to the “EM games online”, the “eToolkit” and the “Student Reference Book” by clicking on the “menu” in the top left hand corner. (There is a tiny word that says menu with 3 lines underneath)