Team Hill News Update

Dutch Fork Elementary, Title One, September 4, 2015

Dates to remember:

September 8- Astronomer visit to 4th grade

Sept. 11 and 14- Grandparents are invited to lunch at DFES with their grandchild

Sept. 30 - Our first field trip to Saluda Shoals.

The Fiddler Crabs and Millipedes have moved in!

The classroom is getting filled up with all sorts of animal organisms! This week we focused on vertebrates. Today students selected an animal to become the resident expert on for their research project. Each student will be creating a google presentation to share with the class on their animal of expertise. The search engine above, in addition to books, will help each student with their research.

What we are learning as....

Scientists: We have been comparing plants and animals as well as learning about classifying animals with the categories of invertebrates and vertebrates. We will begin our animal expert research projects with in the classroom tomorrow!

Mathematicians: We have been focusing on place value and rounding. We will conclude chapter 1 in My Math on Tuesday with a short assessment. Look for the review sheets to come home on Monday, but if students have been participating in class and completing homework, they are well prepared!

Social Scientists: This week we used the data from our grandparent interview sheets to plot on a timeline dates of birth, graph states of birth, and on Friday we will graph names we call our grandparents, ie. Papa, Granny, G-ma, etc.

Writers: We have been writing about our own life experience stories! We wrote about a time we were really scared, a favorite grandparent memory, and much more!

Readers: This week our focus during independent reading has been on keeping our focus in one book for 10 minutes. We have also looked at strategies to help us unpack words that we come to that we don't know or understand.

Just a clarification:

Reading logs: Please help your child to keep up with their reading log each week (Friday to Friday). The goal is 120 minutes of reading each week. The sheet gives students many options for types of reading and the goal is to get the children in the habit of reading daily whether it be a book or magazine. Please use your discretion as to how you and your child spread out the 120 minutes of reading. For some families with busy weekday schedules, your child may want to log the minutes on the weekend.

Word Work: We are trying to build and boost up the children's vocabulary, so the concentration on the word list is to understand what these words mean and be able to read them. There will not be a spelling test, but rather a vocabulary test after 2 weeks of reviewing these words.

Grammar: You've probably seen the last 2 weeks of Weekly Language we have been working on. We are covering parts of speech and grammar every day and a short quiz is given on Friday to see what we've gleaned. The first week the goal was understanding subject and predicate.

Curriculum Night Grades 3-5

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 6-7:15pm

7900 Broad River Road

Irmo, SC

Please mark your calendar for curriculum night! Your child will guide you through a typical day in 4th grade and share what they are doing in school everyday! Looking forward to seeing you then!