Update 10/4/21

Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:

 

  • 10/7/21 Early Release 1:00 (Snunch – no nuts please)
  • 10/8/21 No School Teacher In-Service
  • 10/11/21 No School- Columbus Day
  • 10/14/21 Halloween Craft Club, 3:45-5:30 p.m.
  • 10/15/21 October Natural Leader’s Assembly-virtual
  • 10/15/21 Fun Food Friday (details to come)
  • 10/17/21 Save the Date! Fall Fest 12-4:00 p.m.
  • 11/4 -11/18 Thursdays 3:45-­4:45 p.m., Pokemon Fall Club
  • Tuesday, December 7th 3:45­ -5:30 pm (one time club) Winter Craft Club

 

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  • We had a wonderful field trip (and hot!). Students had such a good time and were great listeners during the field trip and bus ride. I was very proud of everyone, way to go! Thank you to Mr. Jeffery and Mrs. Kennedy who were our volunteers! We appreciate you!
  • I wanted to clarify what happens when your child is sick. Please first contact the attendance line at

    224-541-3960

    and send an email to myself and Mrs. Crothers (you can include the office or nurse on this as well if you like!). Any student who is out sick, it is best they have rest and complete school work upon their return. If a student feels up to it, we may give you some ideas of work they can complete. However, when a student is sick it truly is best they rest and heal and, in most instances, we will not be providing worksheets or home school work. However, a student who is officially quarantined will be provided work and projects to complete during their quarantine, provided they are feeling well enough to complete school work. I hope this sheds some light on how to proceed, thank you!

 

NEXT WEEK:

 

Reading and Writing,  

This week we will continue our normal spelling groups. Please note that this week students will have their test on Thursday, and will have Thursday’s rewrite assignment on Wednesday instead. Next week spelling homework will also be adjusted due to having Monday off. Your students will record the homework in their agenda calendar.

 

Students are starting their personal narratives that will influence a realistic fiction story. We will be working on this for several weeks, developing a clear beginning, middle, and end. Later, students will start editing their work to develop their final draft. Students will also be editing and working on commercials to tie into their social studies unit. 

 

4th graders will be studying greek phrases and terminology that are present in today’s language. Phrases such as “if looks could kill” and “Herculean strength” all have roots in Greek mythology, and we will also be learning about allusions. 

 

Next week, we will begin our chapter book studies. Fourth graders will start the chapter book, “Underworlds, The Battle Begins.” Students will read these independently, as well as, with the teacher and in a group at times. We will complete many activities with these books over the next few weeks that will broaden our vocabulary and strengthen our comprehension. Students will also apply previously learned comprehension strategies to the books as they read.

 

This week we will continue working on Greek mythology. Students will be reading literature featuring Greek and some Norse Myth characters as well. 

 

3rd grade Math,  

We have started unit 2 which focuses on introducing multiplication. Students will take the unit 2 pre-assessment. We have learned in September Number Corner some multiplication models. Students will learn and review several multiplication strategies, such as skip counting, repeated addition, repeated addition on a number line, frog jumps, ratio tables, loops and groups, doubling, double-double, and double-double-doubles. We will continue to use and strengthen these strategies. We will also start using multiplication to estimate length by comparing an object’s known length and seeing about how many groups of that object can fit inside another object. This week, students will be building cube trains to represent different sets of multiples, and create number lines based on the cube trains. Students will also visit “Watertown” a town that features several different multiplication representations. Students will help “Wally” multiply in several situations around the town.

 

We will start the October Number Corner. Students will work on identifying the names of 2 dimensional shapes. Students will also learn and discuss the types of angles each shape has (acute, right or obtuse) and the measurement of some of the angles to prove or disprove our guess. Students have also learned how many lines of symmetry each shape contains.

 

4th grade math, If you have questions regarding math, please feel free to reach out to both Mrs. Summers and Mrs. Trage: 

esummers@pccharterschool.org and htrage@pccharterschool.org

We worked on some fun measurement activities in math over the last few weeks.  Going forward we will be working on more multiplication strategies using arrays and ratio tables.  We will be looking at multiplying numbers by 10, 100, and 1,000 and will find techniques to make this easier.  After that we will move to multiplication word problems.

 

Science/Social Studies,  

We are continuing our social studies unit on economics. First, we will review economic concepts we learned last week in the story, One Hen. We are going to be coming up with a business idea and develop a business plan and budget. Stay tuned to see what business the students create! Students will also learn about advertising techniques. Later, they will create a magazine ad for an invented ice cream flavor. They will also write rough drafts of commercials using the advertising techniques they have learned about.  Next week, we will also have a farmer Guest speaker come and discuss the economics of farming. 

 

We will continue phenology and solo spots, alternating each week. Please make sure your student is prepared to be outside on a regular basis. 

 

I hope you have a wonderful week!