Rooney & Hassman's Tribune

Week of April 4 - April 8

Wisconsin Forward Exam

WI Forward testing begins Monday. Be sure your student is prepared for testing all week with a good night's sleep each night and a healthy, hearty breakfast each morning. It's possible that we may not have time for a morning snack prior to morning testing sessions.

Headphones are a must have for this upcoming testing. ALL students MUST have headphones by Monday, 4-11 for testing. If your child is unsure if he/she has headphones, a pair of earbuds (from Dollar Tree) would work out just fine.

The Wisconsin Forward exam this year takes the place of the Badger Assessment last year. Fourth graders take all sections of this exam -- Math, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.

Testing schedule:

April 11th-- Math section for Hassman (morning) and Rooney (afternoon)

April 12 -- Math section for Hassman (morning) and Rooney (afternoon)

April 13-- Social Studies section for both Hassman and Rooney in the afternoon

April 14-- Social Studies / Science section for both Hassman and Rooney in the afternoon

April 15 -- Science section for Hassman (morning) and Rooney (afternoon)

April 18 or 19 -- ELA times not yet finalized

April 21 -- ELA for both Hassman and Rooney in the morning

April 25 -- ELA for both Hassman and Rooney in the morning

Wax Museum

Wax Museum projects began this week. Students will be using the person they read about and wrote about for their informational essay. This project does not require work at home, as it will be done in school. Students do not need to spend a lot of money when creating a costume for their presentation. We discussed many creative ways to dress up as our person using items we have at home.

Students have already completed the majority of the research for this project when writing their informational essay. This project is a way for students to demonstrate their understanding. practice their speaking skills, and harness their creativity all at the same time.

We will let you know when they will open their museum and you can come in for a tour!

What is going on next week?

The week's schedule:

Monday, 4/11: Day 5 (Hassman- Music and PE) (Rooney- Spanish and Music)

Tuesday, 4/12 Day 1 (Hassman- Art), (Rooney--PE)

Wednesday, 413: Day 2 (Hassman --Music and Spanish ), (Rooney -- PE and Spanish, library)

Thursday, 4/14: Day 3 (Hassman -- Spanish and PE, library ), (Rooney -- Art)

Friday, 4/15: Day 4 (Hassman -- PE), (Rooney -- Music)

**Please remember, on days that students have Music class, they need to be sure they have their recorder at school. Mrs. R's class needs recorders this week Monday (Day 5) and Thursday (Day 4).

---- From Mrs. Barootian: Students have 5-10 minutes of recorder practice each night that they should be recording on their calendar.

News, reminders, and more!

Fourth Grade Madison, WI Field Trip

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

8:30 a.m.– 3 p.m.

(downstairs classes--Hassman, Rooney, Palkowski, Swanson)

Students and Chaperones: Please pack a cold lunch and beverage!

Students will be visiting:

Wisconsin State Capitol

Wisconsin Historical Society

Babcock’s Creamery

We will return to Horizon around 3:00 p.m.

Students will be back in time to take the bus home.

Human Growth and Development class

April 21 in the afternoon for downstairs classes (Hassman, Rooney, Palkowski, Swanson).

DreamBox Weekly Homework

Just a reminder that students should be completing 30 minutes of DreamBox a week at home. DreamBox challenges students where necessary while also supports them in concepts they may need to revisit. DreamBox is personalized to your student's needs and is a great resource!

Lunch choices

There has been a change for the lunch menu's. The students will no longer have the option of salads. No salads for students.

Just a reminder that those students who sign up to take a C or D lunch in the morning are expected to take that lunch choice at lunch. If they decided to take something else instead, they will be charged for two lunches ($2.40 per student lunch).

What's Going on in Fourth Grade?

Math: Students jumped in to the next unit: measurement and geometry. Students are excited to work on these skills in a more individualized manner. This week students learned about a variety of things, depending on their pre-test results. Area of rectangles and squares, perimeter, converting both with customary and metric units, and finding the area of polygons, were just some of the concepts covered by some of our students. Be sure to ask them about what they learned this week!

We will be sending out invitations for our fraction math celebration shortly. We will be looking ahead in the next couple of weeks to schedule around testing. We hope you can join us!

Please continue to practice those math facts at home to keep them fresh in our minds!

Looking for a video on some of the strategies we work on in 4th grade? Please scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for video tutorials or to our district's math website!

Need some advice and resources for how to sustain a love of math within children? Check out this information from Jo Boaler (Professor of Math at Stanford & Creator of youcubed).


Looking for ways to encourage and sustain a love of math within your child? Check out these steps you can take at home. There is also a variety of resources provided: including math tasks to try at home, recommended apps/games, parent resources, and a lot more!

Science: Students applied their understanding of different forms of energy when they designed their very own Rube Goldberg Machine. Students are not required to build their invention, but can do so at home if they choose. Be sure to ask them about it!

Reading & Writing:

This week students began transitioning into our History unit of study for Reading. We are starting by focusing on the time period involving colonization of America, King George, and the American Revolution. Ask your student about some of the "Acts" we learned about this week.

Students also read two texts about immigration and Ellis Island. If you are interested in seeing if a family member came through Ellis Island, try this website. You can do a passenger search to find relatives that may have come over to America.

Students are also in the drafting & revising stages of their poetry. They will be added these poems to the back of their nonfiction books.

For the final poetry work students:

*need to have 10 total poems (you could have more)

*need to show at least 4 different types of poems (haiku, acrostic, diamonte, rhyming, cinquain, color, book spine, free verse, fill-in-the-blank, etc; you could have more than 4 types)

*need to show your understanding of how to write poetry (lines, breaks, stanzas, etc)

*need to show you went through revisions and editing stages

*Will be due after spring break

Our next Writer's Celebration will be coming up soon. Stay tuned for date and time!

Reading "home" notebooks

Next "check up" dates (please be sure notebooks are returned to school on these dates).

Students should have a minimum of 12 additional journal entries by this next due date. (This would make a total of sixteen if you include the first group of six the students did.)

Rooney section -- next check in 5/9/16

Hassman section -- next check in 5/9/16

Expectation for these red, home, Reading notebooks/journals:

*2-3 entries per week

*2-3 sentences for each entry

*Entries can focus on our Reading strategies -- making predictions, identifying character traits, making connections (text-text, text-self), etc. Each student should have a set of questions they can also use if they get stuck trying to figure out what to write about. Details and journal sample questions here:

Math Division Strategy Videos

Division Using Chunking
Rectangle Method for Division
Expanded Notation Method for Long Division

Math Multiplication Strategy Videos

Double Digit Multiplication Using the Area Model