Mrs. Grimes' Fourth Grade

May 4-May 8, 2015

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, May 6- Walk to School Day

Thursday, May 7- Interims Go Home

Friday, May 8- Incentive LEAF Performance Assembly with Ugandan artist Kinobe 1:30-2:30

Monday, May 11- Field Day

Dates in the Future-

May 21- Celebration of Learning Potluck Dinner

May 22-May 27- Scholastic Book Fair

May 22-June 11- EOG Testing

May 25- Early Release Day

June 9- Variety Show

June 11- Last Day of School

Curriculum this Week:

Reading- In reading this week, we will continue to focus on vocabulary strategies. We will use these strategies in order to read nonfiction, fiction, and informational text at a deeper level.

Math- We will be reviewing all math topics from this school year. We will be working in groups to sort questions into operational groups, work out the problems, and then check the problems. At this point in the year, all math standards have been taught except for measurement with a focus on volume. This will be our focus the following week.

Social Studies- We will be focusing on the history of North Carolina this week. Students will use a livebinder to answer the following questions:

  • How was North Carolina established?

  • Why was North Carolina established?

  • How did people bring change to different areas in NC?

  • How did events bring change to different areas in NC?

Science- This week in science, we will be focusing on designing, creating, and planting our container garden!

Writing- We will integrate our writing this week with our science. Students will be writing about their plan and persuading someone to choose their container garden.

Thank you Ms. Watts!

I just want to say a BIG thank you to Ms. Watts for being our Student Teacher this semester. Ms. Watts' last day will be on Wednesday. We have greatly appreciated everything she has done for us!

You will continue to see Ms. Watts around the school though, because she will be the new Instructional Assistant in Ms. Jones Kindergarten Class starting on Thursday!

Congratulations Ms. Watts!

Direct Feedback from our Students to the Microsoft Sway Team

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While I was in Washington, I had the amazing opportunity to talk with the founder of Microsoft OneNote and Sway, Chris Pratley (pictured to the far left) and the entire Sway Team. I shared with them all of the things that we love about using Sway in our classroom and the things we wish we could do. I gave them direct examples from our class. It was wonderful to have the staff genuinely asking teachers what we wished we could do with the software in our classrooms. (One of my suggestions was changed within less than 24 hours.)

Mr. Pratley also discussed that he would like to hear feedback from students. So, over the next few weeks we will have the exciting opportunity to share our feedback with the Sway team!