Team 4 Cornelia News

Wednesday, January 9

News You Can Use

  • Report cards will be sent home with students on Friday, January 25. Please contact your child's subject teacher if you have questions or need further information. Our next parent & teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday, March 8.


  • Ms. Gesme's homeroom will be taking a science field trip with Mrs. Laven to the Mill City Museum on Friday, January 11 at 10:00 am - 2:30 pm. Bag lunch & beverage will be needed.Students will learn about water power, experience the Flour Tower, and learn why Minneapolis was called the Flourmilling capital of the world. Mrs. Laven's homeroom class will be with Ms. Gesme for science and a guest speaker during the field trip time.


  • Mr. Erickson's homeroom will be taking a science field trip with Mrs. Carlson to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting on Friday, January 11 at 10:15 am - 2:15 pm. Bag lunch & beverage will be needed. Mrs. Carlson's homeroom class will be with Mr. Erickson for science and a guest speaker during the field trip time.


  • On Jan. 14th and 15th, Randy Smasal, Director of Teaching and Learning, will present all curriculum materials, including videos, at a district informational session to be held at the Edina Community Center. The Edina School District believes that the family is the primary educator regarding sexuality and family life. The program’s goal is to open channels of communication between parents and children. As the parents and guardians of these children, you are encouraged to start conversations with your children about what they are learning in school, invite questions, review the facts, and discuss your values with your children.

    Family Life Instruction – Parent Information Meeting

    Monday, January 14 – 4:30-5:30

    Or

    Tuesday, January 15 – 11:30-12:30

    Edina Community Center – Room 332

    Cornelia fourth graders will have their family life lesson at the end of January. We will notify you of the date and time in an upcoming email.



Math Updates

Students have begun working on Unit 6 in Math. The lessons in this unit will focus on the following:


  • practice solving multiplication and division number stories,
  • introduce the division algorithms (partial quotients division method and the traditional method) and the concept of remainders as fractions or decimals,
  • practice drawing, measuring and naming angles using half-circle and full-circle protractors,
  • introduce and practice using latitude and longitude and utilize letter-number pairs and ordered pairs on a grid system.


Click on the Everyday Mathematics link below to see an example of the Partial Quotients Division Method.


Mrs. Laven's Reading Updates

  • Reminder----your child's "Book Talk" reading homework assignment is due on Monday, January 14.


  • Please help your child make daily reading at home a high priority. When I asked students who read and record their consistently, they often mention that it is a habit, but admitted that their parents also remind them sometimes. Our goal for our students is that they will be lifelong readers.


  • Before winter break, we read several books about inventions. We focused on paying attention to how informational text is organized as well as nonfiction features, including table of contents, index, glossary, tables, graphs, and captions. We also practiced the Question-Answer Relationship strategy, helpful for finding answers to questions in a text.


  • Our current poetry study includes learning how to read poetry aloud as well as identifying elements of poetry, such as rhythm, rhyme, repetition, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.


  • Next week, we will begin a new reading theme, That's Amazing! which includes fantasy, folktales, and tall tales. We will focus on summarizing story characters, settings, and plots as well as comparing/contrasting different versions of folktales.


  • Remember that Word Study assignments on Spellingcity.com are introduced each Wednesday and due the following Wednesday.


Mr. Erickson's Reading Updates

  • Reminder----your child's "Book Talk" reading homework assignment is due on Monday, January 14.


  • Students are currently learning about finding the key details in a text---main idea, supporting points, and character and setting descriptions.


  • The morning Reader's Workshop students are listening to the realistic fiction story Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It is about a boy with a disfigured face going to public school for the first time.


  • The afternoon Reader's Workshop students are listening to the fantasy story Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. A huge passenger airship travels the world and encounters strange creatures.