The Cloud Connection

November 11, 2013

Math: This week we'll learn about multiplying larger numbers. We'll also work on some problem solving strategies. Wednesday we'll take part in our first Continental Math Competition which is a national problem solving competition. Homework: Mon. pg. 252, Tues. problem solving wkst., Wed. worksheet for lesson 10, Thurs., pg. 265-266.

Reading: The class did a great job with their biographies. When they come home in a few weeks I'd really like you to have them present them for you. They worked hard on researching the information and becoming experts about their person. I've included a few photos so you can see them in action. We are beginning a Dick King-Smith author study. Students will be reading one (or more) of his books and working in reading groups to discuss vocabulary, his style of writing, and make some comparisons.

Language: This week is a vocabulary week focusing on the root words; arch, cracy or crat, the or theo, and dia or di. We'll also be working through one of our skill sheets. Our writing focus for the next few weeks is informational writing. I'm using a unit from Lucy Calkins which will take us in-depth with revision strategies as we write information books about a subject that we know a lot about. This week we'll try out several different Tables of Contents and structures for our booklets.

Students wanting to participate in the Dec. spelling bee should be practicing the words from the spelling bee list I sent home a couple of weeks ago for additional practice.

Social Studies: We'll continue our study of latitude and longitude as well as work on our Imaginary Maps.

Other items: Monday is the last day of the Read-A-Thon. Thanks to all of the great reading our class has the most minutes for the 4th grade. Miss Emma has already filled up one sheet so the bar has been set! Please send the recording sheets to school Monday so I can give students credit for their final reading count. We appreciate all of your support as you encourage your child to read in their spare time. Please help your child collect the money from Pledges this week. Monday I'll send home a reading log which will be due next Monday. See information regarding the event for the Read-A-Thon celebration Nov. 22 at the bottom of this page.

I have shared the process with students for making Scrapbooks for their next book report. These are due Dec. 12. I suggest that students read their book with a few sticky notes so they can mark possible scrapbook entry pages as they read. See the details at the bottom of this page.

Please continue to collect box tops for us as there is another drive taking place in Feb.

Our class enjoyed the Artist in Residence, Alison Marshall. They learned how to tie movement into their learning and I'm hoping it will help them remember some of the concepts with more clarity.

I have to be in Soldotna two days this week for meetings regarding curriculum and new material. The class will be in good hands Tues. and Fri. during my absence. Please call the office if you need something those days as my guest teachers won't be checking my email.

Library News

The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! We had so much fun the whole week having our very own book store in the library. Students helped run the fair and made changes to make it even better than last year! Students bought for themselves, for their families, and for their teachers. During Parent/Teacher conferences, upon parent and student request, I looked up Lexile numbers for books so that they could buy books just right for their reading level. I have already received many great suggestions for our next book fair after spring break. One student asked that the books to be grouped by Lexile level!

West Homer students are reading so much that we upped the number of books they may check out to 5!

Thank you for all the support—your students are awesome!

Lisa whip

Cheryl Illg

West Homer Library

Scrapbook Directions for Dec. 12 Book Report

Scrapbook Book Report

  1. You will need to select a realistic fiction or historical fiction book. The book needs to be in the neighborhood of 100 pages unless you have discussed this with me. Choose a main character from your book.

  2. As you read the book look for events that are important to the story and to the main character. When you find an event you might want to use put a sticky note in the book with the page number written on it.

  3. When you have finished reading the book choose five of the events that you thought were important.

  4. Choose five objects (one to represent each of the events you’ve chosen) to create your scrapbook.

  5. Put one object on each page. On lined paper write the page number that relates to the object, the approx. date and location that relates to the event and at least three sentences that explain the importance of the object to your character.

  6. Continue this for all of the objects and put the pages of your character’s scrapbook in the same order that they occurred in the story.

  7. Make a cover page with your character’s name on it. Then make a title page that includes the name of the book, the author’s name, your name and the date.

  8. Bind your scrapbook and turn it in, no later than Dec. 12.

Grading scale

Cover pg. 5

Title pg. 10 (Title of book, author, your name, date)

Conventions 50 (10 pts. per page; spelling, capitals, correct punctuation, usage, correct sentence structure.)

Overall neatness 10

Creativity and

Design 25 (5 pts. per page)

Total 100

Early Release

Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 1:45pm

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

Role Model Spirit Day

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 8:30am

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

Student Council sponsored spirit day; students are encouraged to dress like one of their role models. Suggested examples could include parents :), athletes, celebrities, characters from books, relatives, historical characters, etc. Clothing still needs to be appropriate for school.

Read-A-Thon Activity Night

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

Come celebrate the end of the Read-A-Thon and find out who the winners are! Lots of fun activities!