Thursday, November 15, 2012
This week our students and Mrs. Luebber and I are thankful that Parent-Student-Teacher conferences are behind us. It is important that we had the opportunity to meet with parents and update them on student progress or needs. Thank you to all of the parents, and other relatives who met with us during conference week. In reading we are over halfway through Theme 2: Be Satisfied with What You Have. This is a common fictional theme where greedy or too clever people get what is really due them, instead of what they want or envision. We also completed our first Reading Benchmark Assessment. Additionally, students have four independent reading projects due in 2nd Quarter. The 1st project is due on Friday, November 30 when they come to class. Each night students should be reading for 20 to 30 minutes and completing their other reading homework on Monday through Thursday. Checking your student's homework is one way you as a parent can help them be more successful. Our Science Unit on Columbia; The River of Power is wrapping up this week. Students will be able to transfer some of the knowledge they now have about the Columbia to their Social Studies Unit as they learn about Washington's Regions. Currently, in Social Studies students are completing their Washington Region Maps. Students have completed their first Math Benchmark assessment this week. They will be completing Unit 3 in Math; Multiplying double-digit by double-digit the week after Thanksgiving and taking their Unit Assessment then. If you stop in at the school, please come down to the 4th grade hallway and see our Giving Thanks Tree. Students from all 4th grade classes are contributing "Thankful Leaves".
Friday, November 2, 2012
1st Quarter is finished. This coming week is conference week. Monday will be a normal Monday schedule. However, Tuesday through Friday will be half days. Conferences will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 12:00 to 3:30 PM. Also, Tuesday and Thursday nights conferences are from 4:30 to 7:30. Please, attend your scheduled conference. MATH Goals are: double digit by single digit multiplication, double digit by double digit multiplication, using elapsed time and metric measurements. Students are learning the multiplication algorithms and how to use a quick sketch to check their work. SOCIAL STUDIES: Students are beginning to learn about Washington's Five Regions. READING Goals: Learning to state Main Ideas and Supporting Details, Summarizing a selection, determining cause and effect relationships in a selection, continuing to use Narrative Elements, Sequence, Vocabulary, and Author's purpose. As we learn more reading skills students must remember all of the previous skills and still be able to use them to comprehend what they are reading. SCIENCE: Students have learned about magnets, circuits, electromagnets, and simple generators using Dynamo Flashlights. These systems will help students understand our work next week on Hydopower.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
This past week and a half has been busy in Mrs. McBride's and Luebber's classrooms. In math students completed Unit 2 and took their Unit 2 assessment. The math goalS still are LEARN MULTIPLICATION BASIC FACTS, and learn how to use quick sketches to solve multiplication problems. In Social Studies students are wrapping up their Civics Projects. Their next Social Studies Unit will be learning the Geography of Washington. In reading students completed their Theme 1 Assessment. They did well overall on the vocabulary and fiction sections of the assessment. However, non-fiction (a biography)is an area where a lot more skill building is needed. In science students are completing their learning about the dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries. As we finish up our "Why Dams?" lessons students will be able to discuss why the Grand Coulee Dam was built; the five major uses of the Columbia River due to the dams, and several of the major problems that the dams created. Additionally, last Friday both classes began the G.R.E.A.T. Program with Officer Fuller of the Quincy Police Department. Ask you child what they are learning every day. Ask your child what their homework is and check their planner. Ask you child if their homework is done and have them show it to you. Those three questions and checks will help your child be successful in school.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
During the first week of October the Green Giants (Mrs. McBride's Homeroom students) and the Purple People Eaters (Mrs. Luebber's Homeroom students) continued learning their multiplication facts. Multiplication is the foundation form many math skills to come. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for students to work on memorizing their facts until they have them. Also, students are continuing work on factors and multiples. In Social Studies the Green Giants are now working on their Citizenship and Branches of Government Civics Project, while the Purple People Eaters are in Science learning about the Salmon of the Columbia River, the stakeholders on the river, and Washington State Water Rights. In reading students from both classes are still working on recognizing and using Narrative Elements to comprehend (understand) Realistic Fiction Selections. Students are completing their Heraldic Shields Writing Project in both classes. Their shields will be on display in the classrooms and in our halls. The 4th grade hallway also has the Completed Civics Projects of 4th Graders displayed. When you are in our building stop down and see what our students are learning. They truly are learning to S.O.A.R. to new heights!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Reading, 'Rithmetic, Social Studies, Science, & Writing Updates In Reading students are continuing to learn about narrative elements, inferences, summarizing, and genres. Students have completed two reading selections with assessments and the Fall Reading NWEA and Dibels Assessments. In Science students are learning about the water cycle and watersheds in our River of Power Science Unit. Students are truly engaged in our investigations and are building background for their Washington State Geography Social Studies Unit. In Math students are still learning their MULTIPLICATION FACTS. It is very important that they continue to practice to memorize their facts. Additionally, they are learning about factors and multiples (another reason to learn to multiply). The 3rd thing students are learning in math is "liquid capacity"; gallon, quart, pints, cups, and ounces. Students need to continue to do their homework practice to reinforce their skills. In Social Studies students have learned about the branches of government; legislative, judicial and executive. Also they have been discussing local governments and citizenship. Our writing program is also underway. We are working on students designing and writing about a personal heraldic shield. On their shield they place symbols that have meaning for them personally. Then students write an essay that explains their heraldic shield. This project connects students to our positive character traits. We are looking for to seeing and sharing their shields and essays in our classrooms and hallways.