Fabulous Fourth Grade
September 25, 2015
This week has flown by. Students took part in DRA testing (which I will explain further at conferences.) It is a more accurate way of accessing students' reading levels which also takes their writing into account. This took me out of the classroom one full day this week so I could pull each student to test them. They read aloud while I take notes on their fluency, mistakes, miscues, etc. They then make predictions. They read the text, summarize it and answer more questions. The goal is to find the exact point where their individual reading level and instructional reading level meet. It is a process, and we are now getting the hang of it! It will be GREAT data to have and will show us exactly what skills each student needs to improve upon. It is just a process, especially the first time for the whole school to do this.
Our word-a-day words for next week are: thaw, symphony, spontaneous and rickety.
Your child should be above 50% of their AR goal at this point in the quarter. Check in with them to see how they are doing.
Math Facts take 2 (This is the same video I posted last week... )
Seesaw - Online Portfolios - Take 2. If you have not signed up for this, it's not too late!
The settings are currently set that the kids can ONLY see their own work. You can ONLY see your child's work. So, get on Seesaw, take a look around, and enjoy how hard your child is working!
- AirWick or Glade plug-in refills.
- Plain Cheerios (or generic). I keep a container of these in the classroom for kids who do not have a snack.
- 5 ounce dixie cups for Cheerios.
Dates to Remember:
October 2 - Fall Festival 5:30
October 3 - Grounds Cleanup - 9:00 am
October 5 - Picture re-takes
October 14 - Modified Day - School Dismisses at 11:45
End of First Quarter
October 22 - Modified Day - School Dismisses at 11:45
October 23 - No School
October 30 - Fall Parade
November 10th - Veteran's Assembly - 8:00am
November 24 - Thanksgiving Feast 11:30
November 25, 26, 27 - No school -- Thanksgiving Break
December 4 - All School Field Trip to The Sheldon
December 5 - Run Club 5k
You can order any time. I will submit your order with our class order.
Make sure your child picks a book that is in their reading level / zone.