Mrs. Carlson's Weekly Newsletter

A Peek Into Our Week


My name is Shannon Carlson and I am so excited to be your child's teacher in the 4/5 loop! This is my 5th year of teaching and my 2nd in Royal Oak.

I have been married to my highschool sweetheart for almost 3 years! We enjoy spending time at our family cottage in the UP and spending time with our twin nieces Molly & Emma, and our nephew Liam.

This Week

We've had such a fun week of learning and continuing to get to know each other!

  • My classroom library checking out system was opened to students. Students are able to check out books and take them home in the evenings or over the weekend! Students also worked on weekly book shopping to keep their book bags full of new books!

  • Students finished taking the fall NWEA tests!

  • Students completed a spelling inventory. This will help to place students in differentiated spelling groups. This year, spelling is completed in homerooms. Spelling tests are bi-weekly and will begin in the next 2 weeks!

  • In Math we began our Math Unit on Place Value. Students practiced reading and writing numbers, in standard form, expanded form and word form. Students also began rounding numbers up to the millions.

Vocabulary to review:

  1. Place Value
  2. Ones,tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands, millions
  3. Standard form
  4. expanded form
  5. word form

  • In Reading we worked on making connections. While students are reading, they deepen their understanding with them make connections. There are 4 types of connections that students can make while reading.

  1. Text to Self: While reading a book we make a connection to our lives and experiences.
  2. Text to text: While reading a book we make a connection to another book we've read.
  3. Text to world: While reading a book we make a connection to things that we've learned, read, or saw around the world or in the news.
  4. Text to media: While reading a book we make a connection to a song, movie, tv show etc.

Next Week

READING: Unit 1- Launching Reader's Workshop/Strong Reading Habits

Students will...

  • continue practicing book shopping by filling their book bags with fiction and nonfiction books as well as a beach read (something fun and easy that they enjoy reading. For example: poetry, graphic novel etc.)

  • work on visualizing while reading and discussing how making a movie in their mind will help them better understand what they are reading.

  • establish daily reading goals.

MATH: Unit1- Place Value

Students will...

  • continue working on rounding up to the millions.
  • use place value to add and subtract large numbers
  • use place value to solve word problems.

SCIENCE: Unit 2- Energy

Students will...

  • dive into Energy!
  • observe different types of energy and understand the definition of energy and how different types are used.

Questions to Ask Your Child

What are the parts of the scientific method?

How did the experiment and reflection help you understand the scientific method?

What do you already know about energy?

Did you book shop this week? What books are you currently reading in Reader's Workshop?

What are making connections? What connections are you making in the books you are reading?

How was the NWEA?

Did you enjoy using the new chromebooks?

Did you bring home your Friday Folder?

Can you share your planner with me?

Can I see the Fun Run kick off information? Let's register together!

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Reminders and Annoucements

Scholastic book orders will be placed the last Friday of each month. Online ordering is the fastest and easiest way to place book orders. Our next book order will be placed Friday October 30th. Scroll below for a link to the online ordering.

Reading Log: Students should be logging 30 minutes of reading at least 4 days per week. After reading is complete students should fill out the reading log and have you initial. October reading log was sent home in Friday Folders.

*October Reading Log due Friday October 30th.

We have begun our Pizza Hut Book-It program! Students who log 30 minutes a day of reading and fill out their book log will earn a Book-It coupon. This coupon is good for a free personal cheese pizza!

Remind 101: Please be sure to register for Remind 101. Directions on how to register will be coming home in Friday Folders.


  • Girls Sports Night Friday October 2nd 6:30-8:00
  • Picture Day Tuesday October 6th
  • Boys Sports Night Friday October 9th 6:30-8:15
  • Fun Run October 16th
  • 1/2 Day Friday October 30th

Late Start Dates:

September 30th