From the Classrooms of 23B and 24B

For the Week of Sept 21

In this Issue...

From Mrs. Younce

From Mrs. Johnson

It's Homework time!

Communication

Simply Circle

Lifting Literacy

T-shirts

From Mrs. Younce

As we have been working through our math unit. I have noticed that students are struggling with the concept of rounding. The unit 1 math homework packet will come home tomorrow. Please take a few moments to sit down with your child and see how they are doing with the skill of rounding. This week we will be working on adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. In the math homework this is lessons 1.6-1.9.


In Science today we talked about the parts of a seed. This week we will be investigating hydroponics and the life cycle of a seed.

From Mrs. Johnson

This week in reading we are working out of our first StoryWorks magazine. We read a realistic fiction story and created a story arc for it, which supports our current work in writing. We are also focusing on how the author developed her main character and how he changes in the story. We will continue to work out of this magazine discussing our reading and answering questions that resemble the format our students will encounter on state testing in the spring.


In writing, students have created the main character of their realistic fiction story. They wrote a couple of “small moment” scenes from the character’s life in order to “get to know” the character better. This week, we are using that work to help guide us in creating possible story arcs that include rising action, a problem, and a resolution. This is the beginning stage of actually drafting our story, which will start later this week.

It's Homework Time!

Homework will be arriving home tomorrow! There will be a recording sheet for at least 100 reading minutes and 50 math minutes. There will also be a Unit 1 math packet. The math packet is optional and is one way that students can meet the 50 minute math requirement each week. They also can do flash card practice, Xtramath, Dreambox or ThinkCentral. If you need more information about math or any of these programs, please contact Mrs. Younce. There will be an example page to show how we would like the work to be recorded. The homework recording sheet should be completed, signed and returned next Tuesday. The math packet can be returned at the end of Unit 1 for 5 homework points.

Communication

Email is the most efficient way for us to communicate with parents! Even though it is efficient, we wanted you to be aware that with our schedule the soonest we are able to respond to emails is 3:10. We will try to respond within 1 full school day of receiving an email. If you don't receive a response from us within 2 school days, then please send a reminder our way. If you have an immediate student need, please contact the office so they can respond in a timely fashion.


Also, we ask that you please email both teachers unless it is a specific subject related question or concern.

Contact Us

Mrs. Johnson - tejohnso@tahomasd.us

Mrs. Younce - mmorlock@tahomasd.us

Simply Circle

If you are interested in an additional form of communication from our classrooms, check out Simply Circle. www.simplycircle.com and enter this invite code: Q74ZNQ. We will use this site to post events and classroom happenings. You will then receive an email digest on days when something was posted.

Fourth Grade T-shirts and Apparel

Look for an order form to come home this week to order fourth grade t-shirts and apparel. This is not a required purchase - it's just for fun! We like to wear them to school events to show our Wildcat pride! These orders are due by NEXT Friday, October 2nd.

Lifting Literacy

We would like to invite all Tahoma families, grades K-5, to join in a literacy event on Saturday, September 26th from 10:00-12:00. Sharon Chastain, MV librarian, will read to children, give library tours, and will help parents select “just right” books. To top off the fun, there will be a scavenger book hunt and prizes too!

For Parents: There will be two Tahoma Reading Specialists, Deanna Sund and Lara Lindersmith, available to answer questions specific to your child’s reading needs. Treats will be provided as well.

Future events are scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 24, and December 12.