Room 18 Updates

March 7th, 2015

March into Reading Madness!

March is one of our favorite months here at State Road Elementary because March is reading month!

We will be participating in a school wide challenge to read! We will use our AR points, as usual, to track our top readers! Results will be updated weekly on our March Madness classroom bracket. Each week, the top readers will receive a prize and the OVERALL top reader will get a shirt and play in a basketball game against the teachers!

Various teachers will be doing the morning announcements and giving book talks! Our book talk date is March 10th and we will be talking about Esperanza Rising!

On Wednesdays, we will have the opportunity to guess a sport being described and a winner from each class will earn a prize.

Each week, Referee Tiemann will be hiding somewhere in the school and the students will have the opportunity to try and spot him!

The final event: Students vs. Staff basketball game will be held on April 1st and students who purchased Reading Month t-shirts will be asked to wear them to celebrate all of our hard work!

Mr. Tiemann has also set up a challenge for our school called Commit to Fit and is challenging students to not only exercise their minds during this challenge, but also to exercise their bodies for 30 minutes per day! Students can make an account here ---> Commit 2 Fit

Let the games begin!

March is Reading Month: Week 2 Top Readers!

Congratulations to our Week 2 top readers!











Way to go!!

This week, we are competing for the top 4 spots!

If you didn't earn a prize last week, that's ok! You can still earn one this week!

The overall AR point earner during all 4 weeks will win a special t-shirt and get to play in a basketball game against the teachers!

Get reading!


We will be focusing on comparing and ordering decimals this week. We will also look at rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and tenths. What is great about this unit, is how easily this unit relates to money. It is a great way to talk about tenths and hundredths with your child!

Please continue to look for graded math assignments that are coming home. I highly encourage students to "fix up" their work and resubmit it for a better grade!

Math Facts

Math facts are an important tool that help us become more efficient in our math practice. Please continue to study math facts on a regular basis. Using old quizzes that come home in the Data Binder are a great way to start!

Science Research

On Friday, 4th grade held our annual "Day that Matters"! We had a great time experimenting with matter and exploring different physical and chemical changes it can under go through different processes.

We made Gak, Goo, and raisins dance. We also observed what happens to food coloring in very cold water and hot water, discussed why chocolate melts and tasted it too :) We also had the opportunity to make our own ice cream!

I hope your child had an opportunity to tell you about all of the fun experiments on Friday!

This week, we will be discussing these processes more in depth as we study physical changes, chemical changes, heat, insulators, conductors, and how different tools can affect energy.


We will be finishing our whole group research piece this week. Please ask your child about their progress on this 5 paragraph informational writing piece (They should have completed the draft of their introduction, body paragraphs 1, 2, and 3, and their conclusion). We will be revising, editing and publishing these pieces this week.

Data Binders

Please expect Data Binders to come home tonight (Monday). Please talk about the weekly reflection and set a goal for this week with your child.
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Scholastic Book orders!

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You'll find the best values on a variety of formats

Thank you for your support!

Miss Chittick's class Scholastic Book Order link!

Dates to Remember

March 25- No School

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