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Weekly Update - January 19, 2015


In case you missed it, we had our annual Castlio Spelling Bee on Friday. Our representative was Zach Deal. It is with great excitement that I get to say that Zach won the overall Spelling Bee for Castlio, beating out all of the fifth graders. This is a high achievement and we are all excited and proud of them. You should have seen the kids. They would hold their breath while he spelled the word and the then slightly audibly heave a sigh of relief when he was done. We had lots of silent cheers! Way to go Zach.

Week in Review

What a beautiful weekend! It was hard to come inside and sit down to write a newsletter. My oldest got his permit over the Christmas holiday, so I had a wonderful weekend being the passenger. It is a little different feeling to say the least!

Last week, we finished our Topic 9 Math, with a test on Friday. I do not have those graded yet, but you can tentatively see how your child did by logging onto to Pearson Realize. In Comm Arts, we learned about how to take notes. We learned the boxes and bullets method, the cause and effect method, sequencing method and the Cornell notetaking method. I am urging all students to try different note taking techniques.

For our natural disaster, we did research this week. Most students are done with their research, and for the remainder, I asked them to take it home to finish over the weekend. We will start drafting the writing portion on Tuesday. The following week we will be starting the slide presentations, using google slide. I have some students who have used the 30 hands app on the iPad, and they will be allowed to use that if they would like. I will send more information out, once I get the students google ids figured out. All FHSD students have google ids through the district, I just to need to get them assigned.

In Spelling, we finished our Week 19, and from the preliminary scoring, it looks like students did pretty well.

In small reading groups, all students should have completed reading their small reading group books.

The swiper that we seem to have has not struck for a few days. The students I think feel very comfortable with the devices in the cabinet, and it has made research and other device times manageable. I hope that your student feels safe with their devices.

Weekly Calendar

Monday, January 19th - No school Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 20th
Start Topic 10 Math more division
First day of draft - should have introduction complete and 1st body paragraph

Wednesday, January 21st
7:55 am Razzmatazz practice
10-1 Math practice due
Second day of draft - should have 2nd and 3rd body paragraphs complete

Thursday, January 15th
8:00 am - Explorers Club
10-2 Math Practice due
Third day of draft - should have 4th body paragraph and conclusion finished

Friday, January 16th

Spelling Test
Spelling Worksheets are due.
10-3 Math practice due
Editing day - should be able to edit the entire paper in preparation for making slides next week.

Week 19

Math: We finished Topic 9 this week. I have not had a chance to look at the tests yet, but you can go to Pearson Realize and see how your student did. I need to look them over and their work, and if possible give partial credit, so that might not be your student's final score.

We will start topic 10 this week, which is more division. I think they have a pretty good base for moving forward.

Units of Study
We started our 4th Unit of Study - The Earth's Changing Surface. In this unit we will be working on Tectonic Plates, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis. The big writing piece with this unit will be a picture book, with diagrams and other non-fiction text features on a famous disasters (that I will provide for them). This is a big Science unit, and most of the content will be covered during the reading portion of the day. This week, we will be focusing on Tsunamis and Volcanoes. We will learn some note-taking techniques to help them with their own project and we will continue to focus on text features (bold words, glossary, diagrams, maps, pictures) and text structures (descriptive, sequencing, cause/effect, problem/solution) in our reading.

This week we will start on Erosion and how that changes the earth's surface as well as how people cause erosion and other habitat destruction.

Projects: The project for this unit will be a picture book about 1 of six natural disasters in our history, the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Mount St. Helens, the San Fransisco Earthquake, the Mexico City Earthquake, the Japan Tsunami or the Indonesian tsunami. This week the project will focus around their written draft of their project. We will do that and edit on Friday.

We will start our new small group reading books this week.
We will have our final discussion about the last books on Tuesday and Wednesday and assign new books. They are as follows:
Earthquake Terror: Blue Group
Escaping the Great Wave: Red Group
I survived the Japanese Tsunami: Orange and Purple Group

Spelling Week 20

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      Study Island

      We will start working more with Study Island this quarter. This is another reason why I would like to request students have their devices if possible. I will be sending the log on papers home this week. Study Island is a great online tool that helps students learn and review material that they should have learned in their career so far at Castlio. It also helps them prepare for the State Standardized test, by asking questions in a way that will be similar to the test.
      The generic log on for Study Island is as follows. For the username use the initial of your first name, followed by your last name, followed by @castlio (example: Tlongmore@castlio)
      The password is your student's ID number (lunch number) (123456).
      I have assigned a Comm Arts practice to the class if they would like to dabble in this at home. There is a Math practice attached too, but it is referring to Topic 10, so we should probably wait for it.

      Log Ins
      username: first initial followed by last name @castlio (example: tlongmore@castlio), if this does not work, I added a 1 after the students name (example: tlongmore1@castlio)
      password: school id followed by "ca" (example: 123456ca)

      One Drive
      password: 4thGrade!
      For the password, you must use the capital and lowercase letters and the exclamation point.

      Voice Threads
      The link has to go to the FHSD subscription, so here is the link
      email: the students ID number (123456)
      password: francis

      You can click on this link and go directly to my site:
      Then select your student's name and their password is 1234. In the future, I will get parent codes in the system, but as of right now, I do not have them.

      Study Island
      For the username use the initial of your first name, followed by your last name, followed by @castlio (example: Tlongmore@castlio)
      The password is your student's ID number (lunch number) (123456).
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