## Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, Jan 20- First day for our new Student Teacher!

Tuesday, Jan 20- End of 2nd quarter

Tuesday, Jan 20- Make-up work and Reworked assignments are due

Wednesday, Jan 21- MAP testing begins

Friday, Jan 23- After Arts forms are due (Please let me know if you need a new one.)

Tuesday, Jan 27- Report Cards go home

Friday, Jan 30- First Raleigh payment is due

## Welcome Ms. Watts!

Hello Mrs. Grimes Class! My name is Ms. Watts and I am lucky enough to be a student teacher in your classroom. I am a senior from Appalachian State University and will be graduating in May of this year. I love all things mountain related and just moved to Asheville in January. I am an avid snowboarder, hiker, and dog lover. I cannot wait to get to know each and everyone of you!

## Curriculum this Week:

Reading- In Reading, we will continue using the Daily 5 as a format for our reading block. Students will be focusing on nonfiction and informational texts this week. We will continue close reading nonfiction articles on Nutrition during our mini lessons. Students will be benchmarked for reading levels using mClass in February.

Math- We will not be switching for math groups Wednesday-Friday of this week due to MAP testing. Because of this, we have decided to teach the Geometry unit (next 2 weeks) in our homerooms. I will be teaching using small math groups, so I will still be able to meet the needs of all of our learners. A typical math class using small groups would involve: 5 min warm up review word problem, 15 min mini lesson on new topic as a whole group, 10 min rotations through independent work, partner work, and guided math group with me. If you or your child has any questions about the format of our math class over the next 2 weeks please let me know!

Here are the standards for Geometry in 4th grade:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.1
Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.2
Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.3
Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

Writing- This week students will be focusing on writing nonfiction letters introducing themselves to Ms. Watts. They will follow the traditional friendly letter template for writing a letter.

Science- This will be our last week focusing on Nutrition in Science. We will review what we have learned so far and dig deeper at the minerals and nutrients in the food that we eat.

## Cultural Exchange with a Class in Kenya

One of the topics that students were able to choose from for Passion Projects was participating in a Cultural Exchange with a class in Kenya. Those students have been researching about the country Kenya, learning about the Kenyan Culture, and even had the opportunity to send Winter cards to students in December.

After the students in Kenya received our cards, they decided they wanted to Skype with us in order to teach us about their language, Swahili. Because of the time change, in order for us to Skype with the class in Kenya we will have to hold the session at 7:20 am which is before school. Since it is before school, I am opening this lesson up to anyone in 4th grade that would like to participate. The Skype session will be this Thursday morning January 22nd at 7:20am. I am asking for students to arrive in my room between 7:00-7:15am. (I will let the teachers on morning duty know that they are able to come up to my room.) If you have any questions about this exciting opportunity for our students please let me know!

Thanks for understanding the reason for the early morning Skype session.

## Update on Just Say Hello Project

This week we will be hanging our posters, Ms. Jones will be writing "Buddy Bench" on our bench on the playground, and we will be focusing on advertising and getting more students involved. Microsoft, O Magazine, and Skype in the Classroom has asked that we submit pictures about our project by the end of the week. So, we will also be taking lots of pictures! If you child has not turned in the Microsoft Release form yet, please do so ASAP. We would love for every student to be be able to participate in the photography portion of our project!

In case you missed our Sway about the Just Say Hello Project: https://sway.com/dxkeSNYbT-1K7kQA

## Raleigh Trip Information

Payment:

Please remember that the first payment for the Raleigh trip is due by January 30th. We must have a payment and form for each student who will be going on the Raleigh trip by January 30th. If we do not have payment or form your child may not be able to attend the trip. If you have any questions about this please ask. I would love to answer any questions!

Chaperones:

Please remember in order to secure your spot as a chaperone on the trip you must make at least one payment towards the trip (for the chaperone, not the child) and turn in the form marking that you would like to chaperone.