Update September 10, 2017

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Milo wants to help!

Milo wants to help!

We had a great week in class this past week.  Everyone was on top of their game!

This upcoming week is Spirit Week to celebrate our school and community.  Students will be encouraged to participate in daily themes.

Monday:  USA Day.  Red, white, blue and all-American Day!

Tuesday:  Outside Day.  If the weather allows, we will harvest our Native American variety of dry beans for winter Farm to Table.

Wednesday:  Dress Up Day.  We would like to follow the lead of Mrs. Larson and have a pajama/comfy clothes day.  

Thursday:  Spirit Wear:  Dig out your favorite PCCS attire.

Friday:  All-school picnic at 11:30.  

Check the weekly school newsletter for more information.

IMPORTANT:  Remember that most work that comes home in the take-home folder is due the next day.  If there is an alternative due date, it will be noted at the top of the page.  Some students have already fallen behind and we tell them that late work doesn’t disappear, it accumulates.  We would like to see all students use their work time wisely and not to miss recess due to late and missing work.

Academics last week:  We were busy, busy, busy!  On top of two very successful NWEA testing sessions, students completed spelling, vocabulary, and summary work in Readers’ Workshop.  In math we tackled place value of really big numbers (up to one million) by comparing, through expanded form, and placement on number lines.  We also investigated IXL on-line math skills.  We have a one-month free trial and students worked on place value skills that reviewed our in-class lessons.  I will send home more information next week.  Students also finished their Woodland Animal report and created a pop-up display with the animal in its habitat.  

Academics this week:

ELA:  In Readers’ Workshop, students are creating a summary of an excerpt from One Day in the Woods by Jean Craighead George.  They will be working on this independently and will be used as a summative assessment.  Fountas and Pinnell testing will be wrapping up this week.  CORE spelling words:  outside, power, problem, longer, winter, deep, heavy, carefully, follow, beautiful.  CONTENT words:  canopy, shrub, field, litter, deciduous. (These are the layers of the forest.)  Writers’ Workshop:  We will continue our work with developing story ideas by developing characters with struggles and motivations, and then learning how a “story arc” can help young writers plan stories with a strong beginning, middle, and end.

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Speed Sort with Math Place Value Cards

Math:  We moved the “Spoons” game to Monday, which we will use for practice place values beyond 1,000 to 1,000,000.  We will also play “Beat the Teacher” and “Roll on Place Value” to compare multi-digit numbers.  There will be homework on Wednesday and students will bring home a practice page for support in preparing for a summative assessment on Friday.  Continue to support your child by practicing division facts.

Science/EE:  We will prepare our Woodland mural for our hallway this week.  Be sure to stop by and see our creation!  By midweek we will be deep in the wetland habitat section of our unit.  We will get oriented to the marshy areas around PCCS, make “Marsh Soup”, and dissect cattails to discover their structure.  To top off our week we will learn about nature’s engineer, the beaver!  If your child has rain boots, send them all week!

Earthkeepers:  EK is coming…September 28-29. Look for permission forms this week!

Specials:  There is a Spanish test on Monday, September 12.  See your child’s take-home folder and Spanish notebook for study guides.

Dates to Remember:

9/14:     Farm to Table

9/22:    Textile Sale in the Gym

9/24:    Green Apple Day of Service, 9-11am

9/27:    School Board Meeting, 7pm

9/28-9/29:  Earthkeepers for McG and Hahn

Have a funtastic week!