We Are... Room 304!

Miss Anderson's Weekly Scoop

February 8-12, 2016

Don't Forget...

February 1st - 29th
  • Book Donations Being Accepted for the Titus Book Swap
February 8th ~
  • Tiger of the Week - Andrew L.
February 9th ~
  • Home & School Association General Meeting - Titus Dining Room - 7:00 PM
February 10th ~
  • Happy 1/2 Birthday Mark E.!
  • Unit #6 Math Test
February 12th ~
  • Titus Tiger Spirit Day
  • Buddy Activity with Mrs. Maiese's 1st Grade Friends
  • Author Skype with Crimebiters author, Tommy Greenwald
  • Social Studies Chapter #6 (Southeast) Quiz

February 15th ~

  • President's Day - School Holiday
  • Tiger of the Week - Madison L.
February 16th & 17th ~
  • Grade 4 - Human Growth & Development

February 19th ~

February 22nd ~
  • Tiger of the Week - Isaiah L.
February 29th ~
  • Tiger of the Week - Lauren M.

Box Tops... Box Tops... Calling All Box Tops!

We remain in 1st place overall for the year... so keep on clippin'!


Don't forget to send in your Ziploc bag full of Box Tops by February 24, 2016.

Music & Recorders

Just a friendly reminder... Students need to remember to bring their recorders for music every Thursday! Spotlight on the Arts will be here before we know it!

4th Annual Titus Book Swap . . .

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we will hold our 4th Annual Titus Book Swap on March 2nd. We ask that you search your book shelves for gently used trade books, chapter books, children’s cookbooks, etc. to donate to this event. Beginning Monday February 1st, boxes will be located in the rotunda labeled by grade/reading level. Please deposit the books in the appropriate boxes.


We ask each child to donate between 2-4 books. We are looking forward to another successful year of swapping out our favorite titles!!!

Valentine's Day is coming...

Exchanging Valentines is a time-honored tradition in elementary school, and by 4th grade students are valentine veterans. In honor of Valentine's Day, students will be asked to participate in a Valentine's Day project competition! Using a cereal box or shoe box students should create a valentine container, being as creative as they want!


On Friday, February 12th we will use the containers to collect our valentines from our classmates. As a friendly reminder, it is not necessary to send in valentines, but if your child does, they should bring a valentine for every classmate (we don't want to leave anyone out)! It is also important to remember that we are a PEANUT AND TREE NUT FREE classroom when choosing your valentines!


Thank you in advance for helping with this activity to make Valentines Day in room 304 special!

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A few quick things about this week...

Reading

This week we will be focusing on summarizing both fiction and nonfiction texts. We will be learning how to take notes by paraphrasing information, while also reading to help us infer bigger ideas.


Some students in our class have also created their own "Book Clubs" and are very excited to read their historical fiction novels that other classmates had the opportunity to read during our historical fiction unit. These books students have chosen to read and discuss with other group members count towards their independent reading! I am so excited that they are taking the individual responsibility to read and discuss their books with each other! We are exploring various genres and re-energizing our love of reading in room 304! Be sure to ask them about their books!


As a friendly reminder, students have a weekly reading goal of six stop and jot entries. Students should be reading 20 minutes nightly, and recording their thinking 1-2 times within their 20 minute time-frame.


Ask me about: How do you summarize fiction and informational texts? What is the difference between paraphrasing and summarizing?

Writing & Spelling

This week we will be wrapping up our Informative Non-Research Expository unit with a post-prompt that will completed independently in-class over two days. We will be utilizing the various techniques and strategies learned throughout our unit to publish a written piece using the writing process.


A friendly reminder that students should be practicing good writing habits by writing their Writer's Notebook two times per week for 10 minutes! The more they write... the better writer's they will become!


Ask me about: How do good writers enhance their writing? What are "tell more" sentences? How do good writers improve their style and content in their writing? How do good writers proofread their writing?


Spelling Homework - Southeast Worksheets due Thursday, Southeast States Quiz Friday

Math

We will be wrapping up Unit #6 this week with a math test on Wednesday, February 10th. We will also be starting Unit #7 on Fractions and Decimals this week as well.


Students should be reviewing their math facts through the use of xtraMath (www.xtramath.org) in order to reach mastery of all functions!


Ask me about: What do you need to study for your Unit #6 math test?

Social Studies - "Welcome Aboard!" We're Taking a Boat and Bus Tour of the Southeast!

We are continuing our tour of the Southeast this week with visits to New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico, Natchez, and Montgomery. We will be haivng a quiz on the southeast on Friday, February 12th. Mrs. Dowd and I will be showing students how to create and narrate a tour of the Southeast using Google Earth and MovieMaker. It will be a project that is done in school, and we can't wait to share it with you! Students will be sharing everything they are learning about the Southeast while learning how to use valuable technology tools!


Ask me about: What is something surprising that you learned? What social scientist (geographer, economist, political scientist, or historian) would be most interested in that site and why? What is the land used for in the Southeast? How has the culture of the Southeast changed over time? What are the different types of music heard in the Southeast?

We are... a PEANUT & TREE NUT safe classroom!

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