Springstroh Times

September 30th, 2016

This Week's Learning...

Everyday Math

Our Unit 2 Math Test will be on Monday, October 10th. Our Unit 2 Test will include:

  • Place value up to millions
  • Number worth
  • Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction
  • Identifying numbers in standard and expanded form.

Ask your child..

What is the value of the 7 in 4,372? (70)

What is the value of the 8 in 48,923? (8,000)

What is the value of the 9 in 594,342? (90,000)

Science/Social Studies


In science this week, students continued to examine their seeds that turned into seedlings through the process of germination. They are able to identify the seed coat, cotyledons, roots, leaves, and stem of the seed. Below you will see some of your students making their observations.

Ask your child...

What is the process by which a plant grows from a seed called (germination)

Social Studies

In social studies this week, students learned about our state government and local governments, as well as, reviewing some vocabulary they have heard this year. Students also were given a hyperdoc to work on that showcases the presidential race happening. The hyperdoc includes information on the two candidates and some information on the privilege we have to be able to vote. Below you will see some of your students working on it as well as a link to see what it looks like.



Writer's Workshop

This week, students continued to work on their personal narrative on responsibility. They were able to revise, edit, and publish their piece. You can see some of the craziness to the left in the picture. Publishing a cover is always a big deal! the personal narrative will be up on their websites (portfolios) on Monday if you would like to see them! To access their writing portfolios, go to my website, click on the sidebar and click on student portfolios.

Reader's Workshop

As the year goes on we are trying to work on developing thoughtful short answer responses to prompts about what they are reading. We are focusing on the craft of creating a topic sentence, backing their answer up with evidence, and then concluding with a statement about their answer. Students have really accepted this difficult challenge and there responses are already looking better.

On Wednesday this week we worked on fluency. We had a Readers Cafe where students paired up and read to another person. When they were finished reading, their partner filled out a sheet about what they did really well and what they could improve on (Pace, Phrasing, Intonation, and Punctuation) Then, we read to another person. Students had a bunch of fun and couldn't believe they read more fluently on their second read.

Be Connected to the Classroom

Field Trip: Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Your child has an opportunity to go on a field trip to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, Wisconsin on October 17th. We will leave at 9:15 am, traveling by bus, and return by 2:15 pm. The cost of the trip is $4.

We would like to have three chaperones per classroom. Chaperones will be subjected to a background check due to school district policy. Chaperones will be chosen on a first come first serve basis and will also need to provide the fee for the trip.

If you need another copy of the permission slip and/or lunch form, please tell your student to ask me.

Thank you for all your support and help!

CS First Club

This year the 4th grade teachers are starting a computer science club facilitated through Google. Is your child interested in technology? Are they creative? Do they enjoy problem solving? Then this is the club for them! All you need to do is email Mrs. Perkins atperkinsc@fortschools.org to enroll your student.

This club is open to 4th and 5th graders at Purdy and it is completely free! Club meetings will be held every Tuesday after school from 3:15-4:15 beginning September 27th.

Important Dates to Remember

October 6th - Picture Retakes

October 7th - Purdy Pride Day

October 10th- Unit 2 Math Test

October 17th- Field Trip to Aldo Leopold Nature Center