Ms. Rooney's News

week of April 27, 2015

News this week...

Check out tomorrow's Waukesha Freeman! Our class is going to be highlighted in an article pertaining to our mystery skypes. The students are really enjoying all the opportunities they are getting to spread the word about this global learning activity we've done this year. Very proud of all their hard work!

Progress Reports

Please sign and return the cover page by Monday, 5/4.

Any questions, please let me know.

Please also be sure to sign and return behavior reflections from this week.

Yearbook Orders!

Yearbook order forms for Horizon came home this week. The order forms are the envelope in which you include the $12.50 for your order.

Please make checks out to MORTENSEN PHOTOGRAPHY NOT Horizon Elementary.

Forms are due Wednesday, May 6th.


Moving on to decimals. We've started working on "seeing" decimals, reading decimals, and relating them to fractions and mixed numbers.

Feel free to take some time to look at the place value names for the decimal side of numbers, as well as their relationship to fractions.

Here's a little tutorial clip also---


We continue to read and explore Historical Fiction. The emphasis has been close reading and monitoring our understanding. Students are mapping out settings and characters in order to track changes in the story. They are also checking in to make sure they understand the historical time period in which their story is taking place. Some independent nonfiction research is encouraged.

Author Skypes this week

Our skypes with Dee Garretson and JC Phillipps did not disappoint! Both authors were very inspirational and shared many awesome insights into the craft of writing.

Ms. Garretson, an author of books for upper elementary/middle school students, told the students that sometimes when you get stuck, work on character dialogue. That will help you think about what action you want happening in your story. She also said that writers need to have thick skin. It's hard to take criticism from others about your work. It's hard not to take it personally. But, she is often reminded by her editor that if someone else doesn't understand your writing, then there will be many others that also don't understand. The goal of writing is that all your readers understand and enjoy your stories.

JC Phillips used humor to get a few points across for young writers. She said taking breaks helps with the overall writing process. She also gave the students a basic guide or template for how to set up their own picture book story. Her style of illustrating is also evolving in this digital age and she shared with students several medias she uses. Students enjoyed when she read one of her books to us (WInk, the Ninja that Wanted to be Noticed) and they found her video tour to be quite fun and silly.


Brainstorming began for our literary essays. We continue to develop a class example, based on a chapter book we've read as a class. We've used many picture books also to spark some ideas. Students are looking to see if they could develop an essay that talks about characters and traits, special events, or common themes. These essays can be linked to any book (chapter or picture) they've read.

Regions -- Southeastern region is up next. Last region!

A few reminders...

Spelling Unit 17 will begin next week. Test will be the week of May 11.

MAPs testing begins week of May 11th.

Math Unit 7 Fractions/Decimals test coming up week of May 11th.

Third graders visits fourth grade -- week of May 26th.

NO School Monday, May 25th.

Progress reports for Term 5 coming home Friday, May 1st. Please sign and return cover pages. Thank you!