The Longmore Learners
Week of September 8, 2015
Week in Review
-we reviewed for our Topic 3 test, using the online tool called Kahoot
-we took our first Topic test, it was hard.
-we took our Topic 4 pre-test
-we committed to a story that we will publish at the end of this week
-we talked about elaborating on details
-we continue to read Captain Nobody and talk about how you must have details from the story to support your thoughts.
-we had a mentor sentence quiz and a spelling quiz
-we met in small reading groups and discussed themes
Week of September 8th
We will be starting our Animal Unit this week. This encompasses science, writing and reading as we learn about text features, how to write a research paper and adaptations of animals. We will have some science experiments, which I hope are fun for the students. In Math, we will be finishing Topic 4 and taking the Topic test on Friday. We will have a review on Thursday. Please have students study their Math review test for the text on Friday.
Please support your student as they take the 40 book challenge this year. A great place to monitor this progress, is for students to use and take the Reading Count quizzes. It logs how many books you have read and how many words you have read, which can be a real incentive for students. I have had some parents ask if we still want them to read every night. I would love for them to read every night. That is the best way to be successful with the 40 book challenge.
READING OBJECTIVES & ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITES
We are starting Unit 2
4.2.1 (RI.4.2, RI.4.7)
We will look at the structure and the features of texts, in order to determine the main ideas expected to read in that text. We will have an idea of what to expect to learn in each section of text.
Science(4-LS1.A, 4 – LS1.D)
We will understand that an adaptation can be a physical structure that helps a living thing survive (either by helping it obtain food, defense from predators, or to survive a certain climate)
4.2.2 (RI4.2, RI4.9)
We will read short sections of text, then stop to name the main ideas presented in nonfiction texts. We will summarize the important information.
Science(4-LS1.A, 4 – LS1.D)
We will understand that an adaptation can be a behavior that helps a living thing survive (either by helping it obtain food, defend itself, or to survive a certain climate)
4.2.3 (RI.4.2, RI.4.5)
We will use the Descriptive Structure of a text to identify the main idea and supporting details. We will summarize the important information
Students will read to find examples of specific physical and behavioral adaptations in animals.
We will determine the main idea and supporting details when there are not headings to support them. We will then summarize the important information in writing.
WRITING OBJECTIVES & ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITIES
We will use google docs to publish our stories.
Assignment/Homework: type our stories into google docs.
We will use Voice Threads to share our stories with our peers.
Assignment/Homework: publishing party
We will get a sense of how informational texts go by analyzing a mentor text, and then plan the structure and categories of the informational topic.
We will begin to think about Big 6 Step 1: Task Definition
We will preview a collection of texts before research, thinking about the information/ topics they expect to learn in each
We will create an organizer to utilize during research and note taking. They will begin to identify the topic and subtopics they will teach through informational writing.We will do Big 6 Steps 1, 2,3 : Task Definition, Information Seeking Strategies and Location and Access
MATH OBJECTIVES & ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITIES
Tuesday4-4 (NBT.B.4) We will know what regrouping means in subtraction. We will understand how to subtract with and without regrouping. We will be able to subtract whole numbers to the thousands place value.
Assignment/Homework: Math Practice 4-4
Wednesday4-5 (NBT.B.4) We will know how to subtract numbers to the tens with and without regrouping. We will understand how to fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. We will be able to subtract numbers with zeros to thousands.
Assignment/Homework: Math Practice 4-5
ThursdayReview for Test
Take Topic 4 test
Spelling Week 4
Here is the spelling list for this week.
Rule for this week: Vowel Team oo
oo as in moon is a long sound of oo found within and at the end of a root or syllable;
oo as in book is a short sound of oo that occurs within the root or syllable. Many of these words end with k.
• /oo/ book: diphthong
○ considered a short sound
○ used within the root word or syllable
○ exceptions - blood, flood
•/oo/ moon: diphthong
○ considered a long sound
○ used within the root word and at the end of a syllable
○ exceptions - door, floor
In 4th grade this year, we will be sending home a word list for spelling each week. We encourage you to focus on the pattern of the words with your child as you review the words with him/her. During the week at school, the students will be completing word work activities as they learn about the words and the weekly words' pattern. On Friday, in lieu of a traditional spelling test, the students will be given two dictation sentences that will include words that follow that week's pattern. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher.
Sincerely,4th Grade Teachers
Vocabulary Unit 2
· Feature (a part or detail that stands out) Example: text features or animal features.
· Structure (a body part an animal has to survive) Example: structures as in animals/plants, buildings and a way to organize your writing
· Function (the particular purpose for which something is used for) Example: function of ears is to hear.
· Propulsion (the act of driving something forward) Example: how an octopus swims through the ocean.
· Mimicry (the resemblance of one living thing to another) Example: when an animal pretends to be something else for survival.
· Instinct (the behavior an animal begins life with and that helps it meet its needs) Example: natural ability.
· Regurgitate (bringing food up from stomach) Example: the owl regurgitated its owl pellet.
· Basic Needs (things needed for survival) Example: food, water, air, and shelter
Synthesize (to combine and organize ideas to make sense) Example: using multiple sources to make sense of a discussed subject.
Finally, I am considering doing a flipped classroom approach, which would mean students watch the video of the lesson at home for homework and then return to school and we do the bulk of the practice here, so that I can help them when they get stuck. Kahn academy has videos that might help make this work, which I could assign to students.
In case you no longer have the sign on sheet, here is the information to get started.
They need to:
Sign up at khanacademy.org (or log in with their existing accounts)
There, in the "Add a coach" field, enter the class code 3Q8HH4
Once they are logged in, it will ask them to take a short quiz. This will determine the level they are within the Kahn academy math curriculum. That will give them a place to start when using it for extensions or intervention.
Also I have the link to the Reading Counts website on my Schoology page, and Mrs. Bender has a link on For Students tab. You need this link to connect to the site that Castlio uses. Please encourage your student to read as much as possible and take these quizzes. It will log what they read, how many books they read and how many words they read. It is really an exciting way for them to monitor their own progress with reading.
Tuesday, September 8th
Wednesday, September 9th
Celebrating birthdays in the cafeteria with the September birthday kiddos. Please do not make plans to join your student for lunch this day.
Thursday, September 10th
Friday, September 11th
Girl's Intramurals - 8:00 am
username: first initial last name: Example: tlongmore
password: student id#: Example: 123456
username: first name + last name + last three digits of student id (example:tonyalongmore456)
password: FHSD + Id number (example: FHSD123456)
Scholastics Reading Counts
username: Student ID (lunch number)
first initial, last name and last 3 digits of the student ID@g.fhsdschools.org (example: email@example.com
Password: fh123456 (fh followed by the students id or lunch number)
The link has to go to the FHSD subscription, so here is the link
email: the students ID number (123456)
KidBlog (not ready yet)
You can click on this link and go directly to my site:
Then select your student's name and their password is 1234. In the future, I will get parent codes in the system, but as of right now, I do not have them.
Discovery Education (not ready yet)
first initial, last name @castlio (example: tlongmore@castlio)
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