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Blog Update: September 26th

Posted on: September 28, 2014

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe this is the last week of September.  This school year is zooming by!  I am so proud of all of my students this week.  Our class had perfect attendance every day!  Way to go!  All of the students had a great time at the in-school field trip from the Cobb County Water Authority.  The teacher was amazed by the students’ knowledge of the water filtration process.

On October 10th, the students are going to participate in a Native American bonfire.  The students will dress up like Native Americans.  Our class will be the Seminole tribe.  We will dance, share poetry, play games, and enjoy snacks.  I will be a lot of fun!

Conference week is just around the corner.  Your child will be coming home with the date and time of your conference.  If you need another time, please don’t hesitate to let me know.  I am looking forward to sharing each child’s progress.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, September 30- All Rocket Reader Journal entries are due for the month of September, A Long Walk to Water study guide will be sent home

Wednesday, October 1- Native Americans test, Water and Weather study guide will be sent home

Friday, October 3– Spelling test

Friday, October 10– Native American Bonfire

Monday, October 13- Friday October 24—Bookfair

Tuesday, October 14–  Teal Tuesday (Students may dress down for $2. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.)

Monday, October 20- Friday October 24–  Conference Week

Friday, October 31—Students may wear their Halloween costume for $2.  Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Tuesday, November 4—Teacher Workday, no school for students

We are diving deep into the Fourth Grade Curriculum!

Content Essential Question: How are clouds formed?

Last week we read the text, for new EIE unit, Leif Catches the Wind.  The students will make predictions about which materials will make the best sails.  The students will use their plans to create and test their sails.  They will apply the engineering design process when they make changes to their sails to improve their designs.  I can’t wait to see their designs!

The students will be given their water and weather study guides on Wednesday.

Reading Essential Question: How do I describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details from the text?

Ms. Davis, our English Language Arts coach, visited our class this week to teach us how to describe a character in depth. We will take the evidence from the text and create paragraphs this week.  We finished the book, A Long Walk to Water on Friday.  It was so good!  Be sure to ask your child about the book and the Lost Boys of Sudan.  The students will be receiving a study guide this week.  Our next read aloud will be The One and Only Ivan.  You are welcome, but not required, to purchase this text for your child to read along in class.

Language Arts Essential Question:  How do I write an expository essay to share information?

The students have done an amazing job with their Shurley English this week. They are becoming experts on identifying the parts of speech.  I have never had a class learn the parts of speech so quickly!  We have also been working hard to learn about revising and editing our writing.  The Native American essays should be finished at the end of this week.

Math Essential Question: How do I multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations?  How do I illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models?

We are rolling right along with math! The students will be given timed multiplication tests this week. We will also have a classwork assignment on finding factors. The students will learn all about multiples and the properties of multiplication.  Ask your students about the factor ninja and multiples monster!

Volunteer Opportunities:

I look forward to working with your family and like family, the door is always open to come and help. If you are able to help out in the classroom via volunteering in the class, help with materials (cutting out materials, gathering, assembling etc), room parent, or any other means of helping out in or out of the classroom please let me know.

It is my pleasure to serve your child, if you have any questions, please contact me at ashley.winsett@cobbk12.org

 

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