Portable 7 News

August 22 - 26

Week 2

Snacks and supplies

Each day at 9:30 the students are provided a snack during our brain break. I have found that students do get hungry around that time and will start to get distracted from their work if not re-energized. Please send a healthy snack with your child and/or sign up for our snack list to contribute to our classroom supply. Some suggestions include:

  • Cheez-its
  • Goldfish
  • Crackers
  • Cuties or Clementines
  • Apples
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Granola bars
  • Cereal (Cinnamon Toast, Apple Jacks, and Chex are popular)
  • Animal crackers

In addition to the standard school supplies our classroom goes through a large amount of tissues and Clorox wipes. If you are able please send some of each with your child.


One of my favorite things about 4th grade is recess! I'm proud of recess at Maplewood. All 4th graders have recess from 12:30 to 1:00. We transition from lunch directly to the blacktop. On outside lunch bunch days, students are allowed to begin recess as soon as they finish eating. Students have a large variety of sports and activities to choose from:
  • Football
  • Frisbee
  • Soccer
  • Gaga
  • Basketball
  • Four Square
  • Tether-ball
  • Hula-hoops
  • Jump rope
  • Monkey and parallel bars
  • Track
  • Swings
  • Gardening
  • and of course student created games

Recess is not only about releasing energy and exercising. It is also gives our students time to socialize with all 4th graders. We all need time to be with our friends.


The next few weeks will focus on:

Number and operations. The student applies mathematical process standards to represent, compare, and order whole numbers and decimals and understand relationships related to place value.

Our focus this week was:

interpreting the value of each place-value position as 10 times the position to the right and as one-tenth of the value of the place to its left

representing the value of the digit in whole numbers through 1,000,000,000 and decimals to the hundredths using expanded notation and numerals


In writing this week students worked on a heart map to help establish connections with personal experiences. Next week we will be decorating our writing composition books with personal photos, magazine cut-outs, and printed images to help retrieve memories that we can use in our writing. Please help by copying or printing photos that they can use. We will begin on personal narratives and photos and images help students

Spelling tests will begin next week. I am currently in a beta testing group for spellingcity.com and will be utilizing the site for spelling assessments this year. My students enjoyed it last year but we only used it for a short period of time. I will send home flyers with student logins so you can view their progress. Spellingcity also has 35+ games that students can play using their word lists. Twenty five minutes of activity on spellingcity at home counts for the spelling portion of the homework that week.

Labor day - No school

Our first holiday is scheduled for September 5th. I hope everyone gets to enjoy the last of the beautiful summer weather!


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