Rooney & Hassman's Tribune

Week of Feb 8- Feb 12

What is going on next week?

The week's schedule:

Monday, Feb 15th- Day 3 (Hassman -- Spanish and PE), (Rooney -- Art,) Junior Achievement in the afternoon; Hassman Snowshoe

Tuesday. Feb 16th-- Day 4 Day 4 (Hassman -- PE ), (Rooney -- Music) Hassman Snowshoe

Wednesday, Feb 17th--- Day 5 (Hassman -- Music / PE), (Rooney -- Spanish, Music) Rooney Library; Hassman Snowshoe; Rooney Spelling Due/Test

Thursday, Feb 18th Day 1 (Hassman-- Art), (Rooney-- PE) Hassman Library; Rooney Snowshoe; Hassman Spelling Due/ Test

Friday, Feb 19th-- Day 2 (Hassman --Music and Spanish), (Rooney - PE and Spanish) Rooney Snowshoe; Read to Succeed Form Due!

12 journal entries for the students' red, home Reading journals due on Monday, 2/22. See Mrs. R's webpage for directions and examples --

**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 Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

**Hassman / Rooney snowshoeing this week weather permitting**

Exercise your brain -- READ!

Reading improves knowledge.
Reading improves your vocabulary.
Reading improves your memory.
Reading creates stronger analytical thinking skills.
Reading helps with improved focus and concentration.
Reading helps to create better writing skills.

News, reminders, and more!

Yearbook order forms

Yearbook order forms are due on February 22nd.

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!

Read to Succeed

Students in both sections received papers prior to winter break for the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. If students wish to earn one free admission ticket, they need to read and log 6 hours (360 minutes) of reading between now and Feb. 19, 2016. They have a student reading log in which to do this. Logs must be returned no later than Feb. 19, 2016. Late submissions will not receive their free admission ticket.

Library Lunch Bunch book clubs -- session 2 (Feb, 4, 11, 18)

Session 2 of the lunch bunch book clubs began this week. Please remember, students must have a cold lunch on the days they will meet. With the many allergies throughout the school, please be sure lunches contain no nuts those days. If your student has food allergies, please make sure to have your student share this information with his or her book club leader also. Thank you!

PBL Time

Our end of the day is getting a little bit more interesting! From passion projects to Shark Tank, to demonstrating our knowledge on the biographies we are reading in a Wax Museum project, students will have a chance to let their creativity shine while making connections to the fourth grade curriculum!

Animal Certification with OWS

Students have the opportunity to earn an animal certification as a part of Mr. Hollinger's Science classroom at OWS (Open Window School) in Bellevue, WA.

While students here in Wisconsin will not be able to physically care for these creatures, they will become knowledgeable experts and become "certified caretakers" by Mr. Hollinger and his fourth grade class.

Here are the directions for their certification --

Lunch choices

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).

Upcoming Author Visit to Horizon!

Author Ben Mikaelson will be visiting Horizon Elementary on Tuesday, March 8th.

Mrs. Rooney and several other fourth grade teachers had a chance to meet Mr. Mikaelson this summer and listen to him speak. She said it was incredibly powerful to listen to his stories and it should be an exciting opportunity for the fourth graders.

What's Going on in Fourth Grade?

Math: Students continue their work in Unit 4 with a focus on algebraic equations and expressions. What does the equal sign really mean? Which variables do most mathematicians stay away from? What is the order of operations and why does it matter? Be sure to ask your student to find the answers!

Students continue using their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve for unknown variables. You will see a lot of homework that continues to have students practice these operations in order to keep it fresh in our minds!

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 the videos!

Social Studies: Students continue to research the first people of Wisconsin! From the Paleo to Oneota people, students are comparing different groups and thinking like historians by comparing different accounts to get the most accurate version of history.

Reading & Writing:

We continued reading our biographies and have found some fascinating people to read about. Students have been practicing having book discussions, working on partner manners and good leading questions. In their Reading journals, the focus this week while reading the biographies has been tracking internal character traits. Students are looking for three strong traits that their person shows through words, actions, and/or reactions. They are looking for specific examples (three examples is the goal) to log in their notebooks to be used later on as they develop an essay about the person in the biography.

In the near future, students will determine which person they've read about is the most interesting to them. They will take this person and use them for a wax museum project. More details about this project to come soon.

We will soon begin dabbling with poetry and sprinkling that into our reading and writing time.

Students were also reminded this week about making sure they are completing their jots at home in their red, home Reading notebooks. Twelve journal entries are due 2/22. In class we went over expectations for those journal entries and went through where they can find examples and questions on our webpage.

Unit Spelling work -- Unit 9 work was introduced Tuesday this past week.

Dates for work and tests:

Rooney -- work due and test on Wed, 2/17

Hassman -- work due and test on Thursday, 2/18

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 Monday, February 22nd

Hassman section -- next check in Monday, February 22nd

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