Breunig's Blast

Miss Breunig's Weekly News

Week of September 29, 2015

We are nearing the end of the first 6 weeks grading period. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by. Thank you for all of your help and support to get this year off and running to a great start.


A few reminders…


  • I am not able to check email until after school each day.

  • Here is a link to our curriculum night presentation, in case you couldn’t attend.

  • Click the link below to sign up for your October conference. Pick a time that both you and your child can attend. Your child will be leading the conference!

  • Please remember to sign your child’s agenda every day. Keep an eye out for those ABC stamps!

  • I have noticed that students are making careless mistakes when bubbling their answers on their assessments. They need to make sure the answer they are circling on their test matches the answer they are bubbling on their scan sheet. Please take time to review this with your child so they do not lose credit for their hard work.

  • Starting the second six weeks, students will be given two school days to complete assignments after the due date. All assignments after two days, will be graded based on the work completed. All assignments are expected to be turned in on time, so points will be deducted after the due date (it will be included on the rubrics from now on). Anything after the two days will be graded as is. The only exception to this will be student absences. If a student is absent, they will be given extra time.

  • Since next week is the end of the grading period, we have a lot of assessments and due dates scheduled. 4th graders will be able to have a Pajama Day on Friday 10/2, to celebrate the completion of all their hard work in the first 6 weeks!


Last Week:

In Reading, students continued to work on reading and understanding poetry. Students had a chance to practice using imagery (five senses), visualizing what is happening in the poems by looking for descriptive words, and identifying the speaker's point of view by paying attention to word choice, mood and tone. They continued to work on their reading responses with their independent books.


In Math, we started our new unit on patterns. Students generated a number or shape pattern that followed a given rule. Your child should continue to study their math notes nightly. Here are some videos that may help you and your child with patterns. Your child can sign in with their google password.


In Writing, students finished drafting their personal narrative piece. Then they had the opportunity to edit and revise their personal narratives. They worked with partners to see how to add details to their stories that may make them more interesting as they revise and edit.


In Science, students learned how Earth’s surface can change rapidly due to natural disasters like sinkholes, hurricanes, volcanoes, tsunamis etc. I modeled for students how to research for a news report that they started this week. Students should be bringing home their science notebook every night to help them study, along with science websites for students, which includes quizlet. It should be noted that quizlet is only one tool to study with. Not all questions on the test are covered in the quizlet.



Next Week:

In Reading, students will continue to work on reading and understanding poetry. On Tuesday, they will have their poetry summative. Your child can continue learning the vocabulary for that assessment here. At the end of each six weeks, your child will take a cumulative assessment on all skills taught this year. We will review for this assessment Wednesday before they take it on Thursday. You can help your child at home by reviewing their first summative as well as reviewing their TOTW’s.


In Math, students will continue to work on patterns. I will review patterns with them on Tuesday before their summative assessment on Wednesday. At the end of each six weeks, your child will take a cumulative assessment on all skills taught this year. We will review for this assessment Thursday before they take it on Friday. You can help your child at home by looking over their notes and old summatives.


In Writing, students will continue to edit their narratives looking for run on sentences and fragments, as well as checking to see where they should use commas appropriately. Then they will finish typing their first personal narrative on their Chromebooks. They have worked very hard all grading period to be ready to publish.


In Science, students will review how Earth’s surface can change rapidly due to natural disasters like sinkholes, hurricanes, volcanoes, tsunamis etc. They will have their Earth’s Changing Surface Assessment on Wednesday. Students should be bringing home their science notebook every night to help them study, along with science websites for students, which includes quizlet. It should be noted that quizlet is only one tool to study with. Not all questions on the test are covered in the quizlet. They will also continue to work on their Natural Disaster Report in class, which will be due on Friday.


Upcoming Dates and Events:

9/29 - Poetry Summative

9/29 - Chick Fil A Night

9/30 - Earth’s Surface Changing Assessment

9/30 - Patterns Summative

10/1 - Fall Picture Day

10/1 - Reading Cumulative (covers all skills taught so far - review summatives to study)

10/2 - Math Cumulative - (covers all skills taught so far - review summatives to study)

10/2 - Personal Narrative Due (in class assignment)

10/2 - 2nd Reading Response Due (in class assignment) - extended a week

10/2 - Natural Disaster News Report Due (in class assignment)

10/2 - 4th Grade PJ Day!

10/5-10/9 - Fall Book Fair - details will come home Tuesday

10/6 - End of 1st Grading Period

10/12 - Student Led Conferences (No School)