Middaugh's Minutes

Week of September 15, 2014


Wednesday, September 17th- Interim reports issued on HAC (Home Access Center)

Thursday, September 18th- Curriculum Chat: 6-6:45pm (Orange House Room 750)

Thursday, October 2nd- First Book Talk is due

Classroom Updates

Book Talks: Book Talks are short presentations (no more than 5 minutes in length that are intended for sharing about books we love with our peers while learning about different genres! Book Talks provide a “snapshot” of a book that highlights the plot, setting, characters, theme and main idea. Through sharing about the books we read, students deepen their understanding of literary elements and presentation skills while being exposed to a wide variety of literature!

Month, Genre- Due Date

September, Your Choice!- Thursday, October 3

October, Biography or Autobiography-Thursday, November 6

November,Historical Fiction - Thursday, December 4th

December, Non-Fiction- Thursday, January 8th (after break)

January, Mystery- Thursday, February 5th

February, RealisticFiction- Thursday, March 5th

March, Poetry - Thursday, April 2nd

April, Fantasy or Science Fiction- Thursday, April 30th

May/June, Your Choice!- Thursday, May 28th

Curriculum Updates


Review setting, events, characters, summarizing, and inferencing for summative test.

Students can use their Florida Ready LAFS book to review for the test. Use pages 61 – 108.

Summative test will be taken in two parts on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18-19th

Read 4 or More:

The expectation at TCE is that students are reading 4 or more nights per week. The reading can be from another subject textbook (Sci./S.S.), the assigned reading HW, or something of your student's choosing. Students' reading logs will be checked weekly.



Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5. Represent verbal statements of multiplicative comparisons as multiplication equations.

Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison.


Test will be on Wednesday, September 17th


Opinion Writing


Sentence, fragments, prepositions, run-ons


Spelling tests will be given in 4th grade, but not taken as a grade. Instead students will earn their star on the 4th grade Hall of Fame Spelling Superstars Wall. All words to be tested will be listed in the HW binder. This week will be the second column of words. Attached is a list of the words.

Test on Thursday, September 11th


Chapter – How are Rocks Alike and Different?

Test will be on Wednesday, October 1st.

Social Studies

Chapter 2 – Florida's Early History

Please note that all Social Studies quizzes are given OPEN-BOOK. We are encouraging students to go back to the text to find answers, or details that support answers.

Test will be on Tuesday, October 7th