Mrs. Hawker's Newsletter

March 13th, 2015

What's Up In the Classroom?

Reading -I will be testing the students on theme, main idea and summarizing next week. We have been doing a lot of practice and I think they are ready to share their knowledge through an assessment.

Writing - We are done with our final copies of the biographies and are now working on all the things that go with it (nameplate for backdrop, drawn picture of person, speeches for the museum, etc.). Please practice your students' speech with him/her. The requirements are: 30 seconds (minimum) 1 min (max)-If it goes over 1 min a bit, that's ok! The speeches are to be memorized and need to capture all of the important milestones/struggles/successes of their person. Please also continue to work on Wax Museum backdrops! Those are due to school on March 19th. PLEASE not before! See my website cover for some examples!

Spelling - We did our normal spelling groups this week.

Math - We are testing our understanding or fraction equivalence and ordering today and starting decimals on Monday. Next week we are starting to learn about decimal place values and how to convert decimals to fractions.

Please encourage your child to use the Splash Math App on the iPad to practice these skills.

Science - The students are doing a wonderful job exploring our astronomy modules in Schoology. They are filling out a journal to share their understanding with me. This journal will be their final grade so we've talked a lot about effort! The benchmarks we're assessing are:

  • Students will be able to identify objects that exist in space
  • Students understand that our universe is constantly changing.

Through the engaging modules / in class discussions your child will be exposed to a multitude of resources that he/she can learn from re: our universe. Most of the work will be done at school, however there may be some nights where I ask students to continue to explore a particular module for inquiry.

Music Selection for Lineville

We went to Lineville to listen to the orchestra, band and choir. The students were very excited about the chance to decide what they'd like to do at Lineville to fulfill their music requirement. The deadline for this decision is March 27. You can either click below or visit our planner page to get the link needed to sign up.

Music Selection Link

4th Grade Wax Museums!

Please Make sure you confirm your child's participation in this event! Click the link below for the parent letter and google form!



Next week we are starting our MAP Strand Groups. The focus of these groups is to meet students where they're at according to their MAP scores, and focus on tasks/activities to engage them in the learning environment to help them achieve their "goal" RIT score as determined by MAP. These groups will meet:

  • Tuesday - Friday for our ELA Strands
  • Monday-Thursday for our MATH Strands

With this in mind, we revisited our MAP score data and also discussed what we can do to improve our personal scores. I have several MAP practice sites on my website for student practice. (Many however require flash player, therefore you'd need to be on a reg. laptop or computer)

Scoot Pad and Read Theory

These will be assigned at the beginning of each week, as this allows students to work on them diligently on their own time without having a strict due date each day. Many students are doing their part in taking their time on these and completing them appropriately. Please have your child show you his/her progress in Scoot Pad so you are aware of the time they are spending on each task, and can see where they are at. THANKS!