The Longmore Learners

Week of September 28, 2015

Independent Reading

As you have seen, I really encourage students to read, especially their independent books. I try not to "tell" students what books they should be reading, since students will push themselves when they read in small group with me. However, when we head to the library, I ask that they get one book at least that is on their reading level.

In order for students to practice what we are learning in class, I have asked that every week, students write me a letter, summarizing their independent reading book. If it is a fiction book, they should use the SWBST format, and if it is a non-fiction book, they should follow the hand format (topic sentence, 3 details, closing sentence). We talked in length about this assignment on Thursday and my expectations. In order to help with this activity, I have now begun assigning this letter through Schoology. They can write and submit their letter with this program. The information for logging on to schoology is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Math Test

We will be taking Topic 1 math test on Wednesday. Please have your student review their study guide. If they are struggling with these problems, there is a study guide on Schoology under Math, Topic 1 so they can practice. In addition, I will try to make myself available during Tuesday evening to answer any homework help questions through schoology.

Week In Review

- we drafted our animal research essays, including introduction and conclusions.
- we learned about 5 different text structures to help us determine the author's purpose when reading
- we learned how to summarize a non-fiction text
- we continued learning about animal behaviors, both physical and behavioral
- we continue with lessons about multiplication and division
- we had one keyboarding lesson this week.
- we had an intruder drill, and I just want to say that your children are amazing! They stayed so quiet and calm for the entire time.

Week of September 28th

In reading we are focusing on the standards of summarizing and main idea, as well as author's purpose. Most of Unit 2 will be accomplished in small reading groups, going at the pace of the students. We will be working on main ideas and text structures this week.

In writing, we will be moving to the revision process and be complete with that and editing by Friday. I have to grade the essays over the weekend. We will continue next week with working on them though through publishing and creating a slide presentation.

In Math, will finish Topic 1. We will be reviewing on Tuesday and testing on Wednesday. We will not start Topic 2 until the beginning of next week. Please take a moment to work with your child on skip counting, so they can have automaticity in their multiples (7, 14, 21, etc.).

In small reading groups, we will be working with animal adaptation non-fiction books.
Purple Group

Book: Camouflage and Mimicry
We will be working on text structures and summarizing non-fiction text this week
Orange Group:
Book: How do Animals Adapt
We will be working on main idea, summarizing non-fiction text and text structures this week.
Red Group:
Book: How do Animals Find Food
We will be working on main idea and text structures. We will be reading additional articles to supplement our reading. We will be practicing how to use text structures as a graphic organizers and develop summaries based off the information.
Blue Group:
Book: Amazing Ants
We will be working on main idea and text structures. We will be reading additional articles to supplement our reading. We will be practicing how to use text structures as a graphic organizers and develop summaries based off the information.


READING OBJECTIVES & ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITiES

Monday
4.2.4 (RI.4.2)
We know how to determine main idea using text features. We will understand that there are other ways to identify main idea. We will be able to determine main idea and supporting details when there are no headings to support them. We will also be able to summarize the important information in writing.

Homework/Assignment: This will be done in small reading groups


Tuesday

4.2.9 (RI.4.2)

We know how to determine main idea using text structures, like Problem Solution and Cause and Effect. We will be able to determine main idea using a different text structure when comparing in a text. We will be able to identify the nonfiction text structure, Comparison, and use that knowledge to determine important information and author’s purpose.

Homework/Assignment: We will be reading an article All in the Family. Students will be expected to complete a graphic organizer and a non-fiction summary for the article. Due Wednesday



Wednesday

4.2.10 (RI.4.2 & RI4.5)

We know how to determine main idea when text is comparing items. We will be able to determine main idea using a different text structure when ordering information as a list in a text. We will be able to identify the nonfiction text structure, Sequence, and use that knowledge to determine important information and author’s purpose.


Homework/Assignment:We will be reading an article The Long Swim. Students will be expected to complete a graphic organizer and a non-fiction summary for the article.

Due Thursday


Thursday
4.1.7 (RI.4.2, RI.4.5)
We know how to identify main idea. We will understand the type of structure the author uses to write helps identify the author's purpose. We will be able to identify non-fiction text structures.

Science(4-LS1.A, 4 – LS1.D)

We will understand that behavioral adaptations aid an animal in their environment

Homework/Assignment: Migration notes/migration worksheet, due Friday.

Friday
Assembly, we will spend extra time working on our research papers.


WRITING OBJECTIVES & ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITIES

Monday

4.2.8 (W4.2d)

We know that author's use text features, like bold words in their writing to develop main idea. We will understand that our non-fiction writing must have text features. We will incorporate the specific vocabulary and definitions of our topic into writing.


Homework/Assignment: Revision video, review essay to include bold words and start a Glossary. Make sure you have a topic sentence for each paragraph.


Tuesday

4.2.9 (W.4.2c)

We know each main idea is a separate paragraph. We will understand how use words to flow from one paragraph to another. We will be able to use transition words to link our ideas in writing.


Homework/Assignment: Revise our paragraphs to use effective transition words


Wednesday
4.2.3 (W.4.2a)

We know that authors use text structure for author's purpose. We will understand that we can use text structures in our writing. We will be able to incorporate a different text structure within the Descriptive structure they are writing. Students can choose Comparison, Problem/Solution, Cause/Effect, or Sequence depending on their topic

Homework/Assignment: chose a text structure and incorporate that into your writing.

Thursday
4.2.4 (W.4.2a, W.4.8, W4.9)

We know that good writing includes correctly spelled words, good punctuation and capitalization. We will be able to edit our papers to include good writing in these areas.
Homework/Assignment: individually edit, then peer edit our paper

Friday
4.2.4 (W.4.2d)

We will finalize our final draft and begin publishing on Google Docs.


MATH OBJECTIVES & ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITIES

Monday
1-10 (OA.A.2)
We know there are different strategies you can use to solve problems. We will understand that using models/drawings will help solve multiplication problems. We will draw pictures to problem solve multiplication solutions and use our pictures to write equations.

Assignment/Homework: Math Practice 1-10, due Tuesday

Tuesday

We have learned how to use drawings and other strategies to multiply and divide. We will review these concepts in order show our knowledge of these standards.
Assignment/Homework: Study, use the study guide available on Schoology to study for the test. Bring a signed copy of your study guide for extra credit.

Wednesday

1-6 (OA.A.2)
We will assess our knowledge with this topic's math standards.

Thursday
Field day

Friday
Early Release Day

Spelling Week 8

Vowel teams eigh/igh

  • Vowel teams are one type of syllable.
  • Vowel teams are a combination of 2, 3 or 4 letters that stand for one sound.
  • eigh = long a sound
  • igh = long i sound


frightened
sightsee
delight
knight
lightning
nightingale
tightly
freighter
sleigh
heavyweight

Weekly Calendar

Monday, September 28th
Day 1
Keyboarding
Internet Safety Video

Tuesday, September 29th
Day 2
PTO Meeting 6:15 pm

Wednesday, September 30th
Razzmatazz 7:50 am
Day 3

Thursday, October 1st
Day 1
Field Day - 9:30-11:00
Schedule Change: recess: 11:05, lunch 11:30, specials 2:10-3:10
Papa John's Pizza Night

Friday, October 2nd
Revised Animal Research Essay completed.
Leader In Me Assembly : 9:30-10:15
Early Release Day - If your student has another way to get home on these days, please let me know.

Book Fair
October 5-8
We will be able to purchase books from 10:20-11:00 Monday-Friday

Fall Conferences

On Friday, I forwarded the link to sign up for fall conferences. Conferences are 15 minutes long. If you have a concern that you think will take more than 15 minutes, please let's talk before that time. I do not want to wait until that time if you have a concern. Unless I have a meeting, I am often at school early in the morning and unless I have to pick up my sons from something, I am often at school late.

Here is the link to sign up:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4EA9A82AA3FB6-201516

Homework Help

Please remember, there is a link on the schoology page to send me an instant message of sorts for homework help. On most evenings I am available.

Vocabulary Unit 2


· Feature (a part or detail that stands out) Example: text features or animal features.

· Structure (a body part an animal has to survive) Example: structures as in animals/plants, buildings and a way to organize your writing

· Function (the particular purpose for which something is used for) Example: function of ears is to hear.

· Propulsion (the act of driving something forward) Example: how an octopus swims through the ocean.

· Mimicry (the resemblance of one living thing to another) Example: when an animal pretends to be something else for survival.

· Instinct (the behavior an animal begins life with and that helps it meet its needs) Example: natural ability.

· Regurgitate (bringing food up from stomach) Example: the owl regurgitated its owl pellet.

· Basic Needs (things needed for survival) Example: food, water, air, and shelter

Synthesize (to combine and organize ideas to make sense) Example: using multiple sources to make sense of a discussed subject.

Log Ins

www.Schoology.com
username: first initial last name: Example: tlongmore
password: student id#: Example: 123456

www.Pearsonrealize.com
username: first name + last name + last three digits of student id (example:tonyalongmore456)
password: FHSD + Id number (example: FHSD123456)

Scholastics Reading Counts
https://h100003970.education.scholastic.com/src/loader/?LLO=true
username: Student ID (lunch number)
Password: Password1

drive.google.com
first initial, last name and last 3 digits of the student ID@g.fhsdschools.org (example: tlongmore456@g.fhsdschools.org
Password: fh123456 (fh followed by the students id or lunch number)

Voice Threads
The link has to go to the FHSD subscription, so here is the link
http://fhsdschools.ed.voicethread.com/myvoice/#u1574081
email: the students ID number (123456)
password: francis

KidBlog (not ready yet)
You can click on this link and go directly to my site:
http://kidblog.org/MrsLongmore/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fkidblog.org%2FMrsLongmore%2Fwp-admin%2F&reauth=1
Then select your student's name and their password is 1234. In the future, I will get parent codes in the system, but as of right now, I do not have them.

Discovery Education NEW
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/
first initial, last name, last 3 digits of your ID# (example: tlongmore456)
password: student id # (example: 123456)

Classroom Rules

The students spent some time working on what they would want to see in a classroom and from that idea, we spent some time working on what would expected and unexpected behaviors look like. We took those behaviors and categorized them to come with with some fairly simple rules, but they encompass a lot of behaviors.

Classroom Rules
1. Be Responsible
2. Be Respectful
3. Be Caring
4. Be Safe

Our DOJO point categories will reflect these rules.
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