Mrs. Gill's Class

11/4-11/8

Upcoming Important Dates

11/11- Veterans Day Holiday, No School

11/15- Spirit Day (Beach Day)

11/18- Chapter 5 & 6 Math Test

11/22- Field Trip Permission Slips Due

12/10- San Juan Capistrano Mission Field Trip

Updates/Reminders

-Information on our field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano went home in Friday folders. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form and return it to me as soon as possible. Volunteers must also pay the $27 fee and I am only able to take 4 with us. Once I have all of the volunteers wanting to go, I will pull 4 names out of a hat and let you know which 4 can attend (if we have more than 4 interested). Thank you!


-If you happen to be at the store and would like to make a class donation, our class could really use some disinfectant cleansing wipes for when we wipe off our desks.


-Looking for an opportunity to volunteer/help out our class? I would love to lexile our class library books. You could come into school to do this or bring a bucket of our class books home at a time and do this. This could be a fun project to work on with your child at home. It involves placing a label on the book spine and looking up the book on a website to write down the lexile number on the label. This will help students choose books that are appropriate for their reading level. Let me know if you're interested!


We Studied:

In language arts we continued with the Treasures theme on "Making a Difference." Students read a legend titled "Mystic Horse," where a boy learns the lesson to listen to the directions the first time. While reading, we focused on the reading comprehension skill of sequencing important events to help us summarize.


In addition, we continued to read Because of Winn Dixie, a realistic-fiction novel by Kate DiCamillo. Some reading groups continued with literature circle jobs with the novel, while other reading groups continued to practice the skill of sequencing events to help them summarize the main details in each chapter. All students are also analyzing how characters are growing and changing throughout the novel and citing their evidence to prove their inferences.


During math we studied chapter 6 on algebra with multiplication and division facts. Students need to be able to know their facts through twelve. Any extra practice through games, flashcards, websites, apps, etc, will really help them with this. If you have an ipad at home, Sushi Monster is an app. that we have been using in class to practice their facts that students really like. Also consider using a deck of cards to play the game of "War' with students (ask them to teach you this). A website students can go to practice their math facts is: http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/maths1.htm

In addition using the Dreambox app. at home would be very helpful for students. Download the Dreambox app. and enter the following:


school code: rdew/solanahe

username: firstnamelastname (no space)

password: last 4 of student ID



Throughout writing students started the revising/editing process of their imaginative "spooky tale" story. They also had mini-lessons on using "strong verbs," as opposed to everyday boring verbs in their writing. Please note that students will only need to go on Google Drive to finish something up if it is written on their homework planner. You are more than welcome to work on their writing with them once it gets to the revision/editing stage :)


Students finished researching their Early Californian tribe and continued to work on weaving their baskets in social studies. They will start to present their findings in an imovie presentation for their performance assessment this week in class. Please note that this is a class project that they will work together with their group on. Unless something is written on their homework planner, they don't need to worry about doing it at home :)


For our social studies/science fourth grade rotations, students continued to go to Ms. Leventhal's class for government. During character education, students learned how to be assertive (as opposed to aggressive or passive) in stating their opinions. They have a "home link" paper to practice this skill for homework, which isn't due until Thursday.



We are having so much in fourth grade! Thank you for reading about our week! Have a wonderful three day weekend!

Sincerely,


Mrs. Gill