Thursday, September 19, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Thanks for the reading this blog. This is the first entry for the 2013-2014 school year. Follow and check this blog for classroom updates, homework assignments, classroom extensions, links, and classroom photos.
If you are reading this before the fist day of school, please remember the following for the first day of school:
- Bring a labeled water bottle.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Pack a snack.
- Say hello to someone new.
At 8:55 you are expected to be lined up south of the school on the black top with a blue flag.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Thank you for a wonderful year. Our success could not have happend without all the support from in and out of the classroom (including you if you are reading this.) Again thanks so much for making this year so special.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Please remind your child to bring a sack lunch! We are headed to Adams Mystery Playhouse tomorrow for the entire day.
Tomorrow there is also a one day only- buy one get one free book fair. Do not forget to stock up before the summer, Book it to the Creek here we come!
If you're interested in being a chaperone please be at school no later than 10 AM and email us to let us know you're coming. Bring a sack lunch for yourself as well.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
New unit on energy: Literacy and science combined
"We rely on energy daily to make things in our lives work. This
unit help us understand how energy works and how we can use
energy efficiently. We will read about a boy, Walter, who learns
the importance of caring for the enrvironment." We read JUST A DREAM by Chris Van Allsburg
If you come across anymore ENERGY related links please post them below!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Hopefully you are enjoying your day. This is a good day for reading inside. Today you should try to read for at least 30 minutes without stopping. What did you read?
Right now,looking out the window, the falling snow looks like out of control popcorn. How would you describe the snow?
This video link shows a way to measure snow:
Monday, April 8, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Title of video
Reason why they think others should watch this video
Specific examples from their notes that support their opinions
Below are the links
Top secret drums
Ode to Joy in Spain
Monday, April 1, 2013
Students: What did you enjoy over break? Do you have any other questions? Please post a response
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
On Monday, April 1st from 4 to 8 pm, Traci Whipple will be available in the WCE library to meet with you regarding your child’s Advanced Learning Plan. She will review the ALP, as well as your child’s specific strength areas and learning goals. If your child has an ALP, you will be receiving an email shortly, inviting you to sign-up for a 10 minute time slot. If you are interested in this optional review conference, please sign-up through this email. You can also email her directly to set up a time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Spelling and reading log due on Thursday
Country reports due on Monday
Please ask for help or support if necessary
Monday, March 4, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Country Report-Final Copy
Dear 4th Grade Families,
Today your child is bringing home their Country Report Research Folder. The folder contains information about our writing, reading and research process. Your child took two column notes and used the notes to write their rough draft paragraphs. They will write their final copy MOSTLY at home. The report will be due on Monday, March 11th. Below I have outlined the steps the students will take with their final copy process. Please assist them with this process. Also, please help your child with the time-management piece of this project. Ideally, they should be working on this every day between now and the due date. There is too much required to try to do it all in a night or two. BOOK CLUB WILL RESUME AFTER TCAP. Please use this extra time to work on your country report.
This week, each student met with a group of peers to work on the revision process. They were asked to answer these questions about their reports:
Does my report make sense?
Is it organized in a clear way?
Does it have a good introductory paragraph?
Does all the information belong?
Does my report have a good concluding paragraph?
Did I use interesting, vivid vocabulary?
After getting feedback, they made changes to their reports. This is a good step to revisit at home before they begin their final copies.
Most students had a chance to edit their rough drafts in class, but it is a good idea to re-edit at home before they start their final copies, as well.
After their revising and editing are complete, they can begin to write (on lined paper) or type their reports. Make sure they are continuing to edit during the final writing process to check for careless errors.
There are several other requirements for the reports as well. Each student must have a cover sheet, a table of contents and a bibliography. They must also have at least one picture with a caption, a map with a compass rose and major cities, and a picture or drawing of the country flag. Each student has a copy of the grading rubric, please make sure they refer to it for help.
After the entire report is completed, your child is required to complete the self-evaluation and turn it in as the last page in their final report.
Thank you for your support with this project. If you have any questions, please contact me Noah_Rabinowitz@dpsk12.org
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
Thursday will be our Valentine's Day tea.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
This post will try to update what going on in room 141 and in 4th grade. Please email or leave replies on the blog if you need additional information.
Each student is researching a different nation around the world and has developed questions that will guide their research. Students will write down in two-columns of they find in their research. Their notes will turn into non-fiction paragraphs. The writing will be revised, edited, and reviewed before being published. Text features will be added as well. Plagarism, bibliographies, note-taking, maps, and computer skills will also be covered. Our celebration of the writing will be sometime in Early March. Please support your child's learning.
In the spring every student will take the DRA2 which is a standardized reading test that measures fluency and written comprehension. To help with students' oral fluency, students will practice using the six-min-solution for ten weeks. Each week, pairs of students read for one minute of a non-fiction passage and record their correct word per minute scores. These scores are then graphed. Ask you child about "What is Fluency".
Spelling and Word Study:
To complement the spelling program, we will begin to study Greek and Latin roots. Every several days students will write down roots and derivatives on index cards which they will collect. A variety of activities will be integrated to help master these roots and how they connect to other words. This will come in handy when solving word problems from crosswords to standardized tests.
Student Led conferences:
This will happen in February before President's Day. Information has been sent home. We plan on 100% attendance by fourth graders and their families. Individual conferences will also be scheduled for students greatly below grade level before or after student led conferences.
Prepare for handwriting homework being sent home. Although I strongly believe in the use of technology, students that are able to write in cursive will save time when writing or note-taking.
In 4th grade, student have a high formal tea. Students dress up and learn basic table manners. Moreover, student read aloud pre-assigned compliments to each other. Parents are encouraged to attend or volunteer. Contact any room parent for ways to be involved.
I am lucky have two great classes with wonderful students. Thank you for all that you do. Continue to get them to school on time, check their backpacks, set aside time to read DAILY, and ask about their day.