Sparks' Notes

03-21-16

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What We Are Learning This Week

Great Expectation Life Principle: Integrity


Math: Multiplication

Science: Ecosystems

Social Studies: Writing Camp

Writing: Expository Writing (Writing to Explain)

Reading: Mixed Genres

Language: Sentence combining, revision, and editing


Agenda Link


Don't forget your books for library on Tuesday.

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Morning Tutorials Are Open - 7:10-7:40 am

We offer daily reading and math computerized tutorials that begin at 7:10 and go until 7:40. Students who have shown up on time and have come with fidelity (every day) have made significant gains.


In our class, students who attend will receive a healthy snack when they bring their attendance ticket to me.

Important!!! Be Sure to Join Us On:

Edmodo - Our Communication System & Protected Learning System


  1. Go to www.edmodo.com.

  2. Have your student sign in. (Username and password are inside front agenda cover.)

  3. Scroll down the left side of the page until you see Parent Code. Write this code down.

  4. Logout (upper right corner, click on “Me” and select Logout).

  5. Go to www.edmodo.com and select “I’m a Parent” (under blue box that reads “I’m a Teacher”).

  6. Enter your student’s code and set up your account.

  7. Click here to see what features you see as a parent.

  8. Make sure to go Account (upper right corner, click on “Me”) and select "Settings". You can select to have email or text alerts for specific items.


On our Edmodo site, you can see:

  1. Daily agenda (planner/calendar)

  2. Homework links (Folder->Classroom Information)

  3. Student progress

  4. Assignments

  5. Subject area links

  6. Classroom pictures

Chromebook Care

  1. Determine a fixed spot to plug in your Chromebook EVERY night so that it is charged and ready to go the next day. We have found that this step is crucial to keeping your Chromebook working properly. Keep your charger in your laptop bag when not charging.
  2. Please be sure to keep case free and clean. Stickers and moisture can damage devices.
  3. Make sure you bring your Chromebook every day in the computer bag/sleeve. This is an essential school supply, not an extra.
  4. Monitor your child's computer usage in a common area.
  5. If students are not taking care of their computer responsibly, computers will stay at school. If you would prefer that it stays at school, please just let me know.
Homework - Expect a Baggie Nightly

Homework Expectations: 1. Read a minimum of 20 minutes nightly and complete reading log. 2. NEW CHANGE - Each night students will complete a worksheet, SHOWING ALL WORK. 3. Practice vocabulary words. Test on Friday.

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This Week's Vocabulary Words

Each child will be tested on Friday. Students are expected to be able to use these words in sentences. These are words we use day-to-day, so a functional use is critical to learning and understanding.


  1. interpret - to make sense of or to explain the meaning
  2. divisibility rules - rules for determining whether one whole number is divisible by another
  3. divisible - able to be split evenly into parts
  4. equal groups - collections with the same amount of items in each
  5. at least - a syllable in front of a root word
  6. prefix - a syllable in front of a root word
  7. personal experience - something that has happened to you
  8. punctuation - marks that clarify writing and signal expression
  9. sequential - coming in a regular order, one after another
  10. categorizing - sorting by type or rank
  11. nationalities - cultures or groups of people with common origins
  12. comparative adjective - adjective is used when you compare two items
  13. superlative adjective - adjective is used when you compare three or more items
  14. expository writing - a type of writing that is used to explain, describe, give information, or inform
  15. topic sentence - the sentence in an expository paragraph which summarizes the main idea of that paragraph
  16. language - word or speech system of a nation or people
  17. race - a large group with common genetic heritage
  18. quotation marks - punctuation used to set off speech in writing
  19. suffix - letters put at end of word to change meaning
  20. integrity - the quality of honesty and moral principles


You can practice these words on Edmodo using the Vocabulary Spelling City app.

(Click on the 2x2 array of on the far right. When the apps window opens, select Vocabulary Spelling City, and go to Vocabulary Week 27 in the yellow section. There are lots of games to help you learn your words!)

Parent Portal Link for Checking Student Grades

To set up your account, enter your email address as your username. If you don't' remember your password, click the link. If at any time you are prompted for your student's ID number, just ask her/him to tell you her/his lunch number.

Parent Homework

Please do the following with your child:

  1. Check and sign agenda nightly.

  2. Check that reading homework and log are completed nightly.

  3. Check that math homework and log are completed nightly.

  4. Look through Tuesday folder and sign and return the next day (keep the work).

Dates to Remember

Monday, Mar. 21st

Rock Band Performs at School Board Meeting


Tuesday, Mar. 22nd

Fourth Grade Music Performance 6:00 (Students report to Music room by 5:45)


Wednesday, Mar. 23rd

Math Egg Hunt (Each child needs 12 plastic eggs filled with NON-CHOCOLATE goodies.)


Thursday, Mar. 24th

Awards Assembly at 8:00


Friday, Mar. 25th

Good Friday Holiday - No School


Tuesday, Mar. 29th

Fourth Grade S.T.A.A.R. Writing Test


Friday, Apr. 15th

Career Day - Speakers Wanted!


Tuesday, Apr. 19th

Percussion Performance


Friday, Apr. 22nd

Recycle Fashion Show


Saturday, Apr. 23rd

Kinder Round Up at Zellars


Wednesday, April 27th

Kinder Round Up 5:00-8:00


Thursday, April 28th

Kinder Round Up 5:00-7:00