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Monday, December 20, 2010

Week of December 20th

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Thank you to everyone for your generosity. You overwhelm me!

FYI - Nothing new went home today - except for leftover food and presents!

Vacation work -

I gave the children a letter and 2 sets of vacation practice today.  The ELA should take no more than 50 minutes since that is the time allowed. The Math allows approximately 50 minutes - 1 hour for each of the three sections.

I'll reiterate what was in the letter - please don't help with any questions (even to tell what a word means). If there's something they don't understand, they should make a best guess and put a star beside it. The reasoning is twofold. 1) When the actual tests are given in May, I'm not allowed to answer any questions so I need to get them in the habit of thinking it through and making the best choice based on what they know, and 2) Seeing what causes problems helps me to know what we still need to work on.

Thank you!

Tuesday Homework

Read for 20 minutes.
Reading sheet.
Math sheet
Word Study- Open Book test tomorrow

Monday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes.
Reading sheet.
Math - #3 on Looseleaf
Word Study - crossword puzzle

Science - plant booklet due tomorrow if you haven't finished it.

Word Study - Open Book test on Chapters 1 - 4 on Wednesday
Remember - baby items due tomorrow if you are participating.
Mission money due tomorrow.

Grab bag due by Thursday if you are participating.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Week of December 13th

Thursday Homework
 Read for 20 minutes.
Math - workbook page 37.

Religion Take Home Test due Monay.
Science - Plant booklet due Tuesday.

Wednesday Homework -
Read for 20 minutes.
Study word study for test.
Math - test signed and corrected.
Social Studies - Read pages 46 - 53 and do page 10 in workbook.
Religion - finish pages 73 and 75

Tuesday - only HW is to study for Word Study test on Thursday.

REMINDER - the Christmas concert is tomorrow. Any concert tickets must be purchased in advance.
Children should report to the Old School Hall by 7. I will pick them up there and bring them to the classroom. Parents should pick children up from the classroom when the show is over.

Monday Homework -
Read for 20 minutes.
Word Study 4D (Test Thursday)
Math - test tomorrow on Chapter 2 and Bar Graphs (pages 25-26 and 242). Test is specifically on Commutative, Associative and Identity properties of addition (page 68), Algebraic Expressions and Variables (pages 74 - 75) and Addition and Subtraction Number Sentences (pages 76 - 77).

Monday, December 6, 2010

Week of December 6th

Thursday homework -

Read for 20 minutes.

Math - finish page 243 in notebook.

Word Study - 4B and 4C

Religion - do review pages for Chapter 4

Notices went home with parent-teacher conference times.

Monday homework -

Read for 20 minutes.
Do Bar Graph of our Roald Dahl data in your Math notebook.
Finish the Religion pages we went over in chapter 4.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Week of November 29th

Due for Monday -

Candy Project
Roald Dahl Book Award final draft

Thursday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes.
SS page 9

Math page 86 in workbook

Science - finish question 4 from the lab and draw what you observed.

Work on Willy Wonka Candy project

NOTE:  Your Willy Wonka Candy project will be due on Monday, December 6th. Details to come on Thursday.

Wednesday Homework

Read for 20 minutes.
Finish edited and revised FINAL copy of your Witches book review. Remember to carefully review the checklist to make sure you fulfilled all requirements.

Begin draft of your "Favorite Roald Dahl" book essay. The three paragraph draft should be done according to the outline I gave you.
1.  Introductory sentence naming your favorite Roald Dahl book. You can add a one sentence description of why here.
2. BRIEF paragraph summarizing the book. Remember not to give the ending or too many details away.
3. Paragraph explaining in detail why this is your favorite Roald Dahl book. It would be good to use examples from the story here.

Also - reminder for those who dislike Roald Dahl books. Your task is to explain why and then do the same explanation for what is your favorite non-Roald Dahl book.

Remember that the SS from yesterday is due Thursday.

CHRISTMAS SALE is tomorrow.

Tuesday homework -

Read for 20 minutes.

SS - due Thursday - complete Unit two vocab in your notebook and do workbook page 8.

Religion- questions in notebook

Reminder - if you have not yet returned the appointment form for parent-teacher conferences, please do so as soon as possible.

SS brochure is due tomorrow.

Monday homework -

Read for 20 minutes.
Complete the compare/contrast sheet about the chocolate factories.

Word Study - test signed and corrected.
Do 4A in notebook. If you did not finish dividing the words into the two lists (Words I know and Words I need to learn) do that as well.

Math - sheet to practice subtraction with 000's.  Do in your notebook. I forgot to tell you to show the check, so do that if you see this.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Week 2010

Tuesday Homework -

Reminder - Wednesday is our November park trip so be sure to bring in your permission slips.
Anyone who has not turned in the art journal to Mrs. Bardo should bring it in.

Read for 20 minutes
Math - page 19
Science - sheets

Monday Homework -
Read for 20 minutes
Word Study test tomorrow.
SS - first group of Chapter 2 words - define in notebook.
Math - page 77 # 7 - 28 in notebook.
Religion - card for St. Rose Philippine Duchesne feast day

A notice went home today about our Advent project to help the children of St. Lucia recover from the hurricane and flood damage. The requested items from the 4th grade are pencils and construction paper. Please send in by November 30th.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Week of November 15th

I hope everyone had a fun time at the chocolate factory today. I know I learned a lot about what goes into making chocolate! Thanks so much to our chaperones for helping out.

Homework -
Read for 15 minutes.
Religion test tomorrow on Chapter 3.
Math - page 17
RRJ - make a list of all the things you can think of that you learned on the trip today. We'll be working on a couple of writing projects based on this trip so it's a good idea to write your thoughts down while they're fresh.


Chocolate factory trip is tomorrow. A note went home today with reminders to wear gym uniforms and bring a bag lunch and any money you wish to spend in the shop.

Chaperones please come to the front desk at 9:30.


Read for 15 minutes.
RRJ - questions about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and out trip
Religion - Practice test for Chapter 3

Science - questions about our pumpkin seeds (from the sheet I gave you) in notebook.


Read for 15 minutes.

Read pages A 80 - 89  in Science book and do questions on both sides of sheet. Think about how this relates to what we have seen with our pumpkin seeds.

Word Study exercise 3B and 3C  in notebook.

Religion - read page 50 and do response in NB.


Read for 15 minutes.

Read pages A 70 - 74  in Science book and do questions 1 - 20 on sheet.

Word Study exercise 3A in notebook

Math - page 15.

Book orders are due tomorrow.

Friday, November 12, 2010


The Social Studies test is on Monday.  I gave out a study sheet that lists everything the children should know. We went over the practice test today and corrected everything so they can use that to study from as well as their notes and the workbook pages.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I promised I would post these videos for Veterans Day.

The song is from a poem written by John McCrae during World War I.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Week of November 8th


Read 15 minutes each day. You can read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or something else.
Religion - in your Religion notebook, write a prayer for the veterans whose special day we celebrate on Thursday.

SS test is postponed until Monday
Do SS take home test. This counts as a homework grade but also as a review for the Monday test. I suggest you reread Lesson 3 before doing the test.


Read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Note: Wimpy Kid fans who are reading the book that came out today can read that instead of Charlie tonight!
While you are reading, write down any questions you think of on either your post-its or in your RRJ.

Science - study Lesson 3 for test on Glaciers.

Annushka has a recommendation below in comments for a site to help. I also recommend the official site for the book - Shaping the Earth.

Monday -

Read for 15 minutes.
In RRJ, write a paragraph on your thoughts about Roald Dahl books you have read so far. (We're starting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tomorrow.)
Math - test signed and corrected.
Religion - test signed and corrected. Read pages 46 - 49 and answer questions in NB.
Science - sheet. This is a review for Wed. test. Test is only on Lesson 3 Glaciers

SS test on Friday is on Chapter 1. We will go over it more tomorrow.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Week of November 1st

Reminder - PICTURE DAY is tomorrow!

Saint Project due Nov. 9th
Please remember $1 for mission money.

Thursday -

Read for 15 minutes. Before you read, choose one of the strategies to work on and write it in your RRJ. After reading, evaluate how well you used the strategy.

Word Study - Lesson 3 words - review the words and divide them into 2 columns in your WS noteboo: Words I already know and Words I need to learn.

ELA - test signed and corrected.

Math - p. 15

Religion - November heart to remember and pray for family members who have died.

Wednesday -

Read for 15 minutes.

Write a draft of your Book Review of The Witches using the model we looked at on pages 258 - 259 of Write Source.

Study for Math test - the test is on adding and subtracting with money and word problems with money. Study lessons 1 - 9 and 1 - 11.

Read for 15 minutes.
SS - finish the questions on page 7 in your notebook. DO workbook page 1.
Math - page 14 in workbook
Word Study - test signed and corrected the way I explained.


Today is National Authors' Day

Read for 15 minutes.
Choose your favorite book/author and, in your RRJ, draft a letter of appreciation to the author.

Religion - questions in notebook
                 Saint project due Nov. 9th

 Math - page 10 (Do as much as you understand.) Test Thursday

Word Study - Test tomorrow. Finish 2E if you didn't finish in class.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Week of October 25th

No homework for the weekend.

Have a safe and happy Halloween.

The 4th grade will be having a Reading/Writing Celebration on Friday to celebrate the publication of our American Witches stories. Anyone who would like to send in a treat is welcome to, but no one should feel obligated.  Thank you!

REMINDER - NUT day tomorrow

Thursday Homework -

Read for 15 minutes. Finish The Legend of Sleepy Hollow if you didn't. If you did, read something else.

RRJ - respond to the questions about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow:
         1)What do you think really happened to Ichabod Crane at the end of the story? Use
            evidence from the text to support your answer.
          2) If you were rewriting the ending to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, what would you change?

SS - finish the 5W1H sheet and write your news article.

ELA - Finish the good copy of your American Witches story if you haven't finished yet.
Religion - make a thank you card for Father Victor who is returning to Ghana.

REMINDER - dress in red tomorrow ($2.00)

Wednesday Homework -

Read for 15 minutes.

Math - page 8 and 9 in workbook.

Word Study - exercise 2 D in notebook.

Science - look up the Vocabulary words on page C32 and copy the Glossary definition into your Science Notebook on page 9.

REMINDER - Jacket orders are due tomorrow

Tuesday Homework -

Read for 15 minutes. Complete setting sheet.

Writing - write the revised draft of your American Witches story on the yellow paper (skipping a line).

Math - page 11 in workbook. Show ALL work in NB.

Word Study - exercises 2 B and 2C in notebook.

Monday Homework -

Read for 15 minutes.

Writing - write the first draft of your American Witches story in your Writer's Notebook (Journal).

Math - page 71 in workbook (measurement)

Red Ribbon Week - make your poster (due Wed.)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Week of October 18th

Thursday -

Read - 15 minutes - not The Witches.

Religion - sheet. The line was our responsorial psalm at Mass today. Think of what you saw in the park and illustrate the line from the psalm.

Science - finish/neaten your work from the park trip. Make sure you have answered all of the questions on the sheet.

Math - review multiplication tables. You might want to try the games on multiplication.com

Writing - choose 2 or 3 ideas from your list and write a paragraph describing what your story would be about it you used that idea. Think of it like the back cover of a book - it just hints at what the story is about; it doesn't tell the story.


Progress reports went home today. We are using a new form this year. Please sign and return.

Read for 15 minutes (something other than The Witches) and look for examples of dialogue.

In RRJ, write a paragraph about your favorite part of The Witches so far.

Math - page 7.  Study for Math Spelling test tomorrow. Get test signed and do corrections.

Religion - pages 32 - 35.

Congratulations to all of the 4th graders who participated in today's math bee. As the youngest students in the bee, you have the hardest role, but you did a wonderful job! We're very proud of all of you for having the excellent work habits to participate in Math Bee and the courage to stand before such a large audience and demonstrate mind-boggling mathematics skills.

Special congratulations to Anthony for winning the spot as alternate.

Tuesday Homeework


The Rosary Rally is Wednesday at 11.
There are two trip permission slips to be signed and returned.

 Read The Witches. How much you are to read depends on what page goal your group set.  As you are reading, record (in RRJ) several examples of how Roald Dahl uses dialogue. Record it the way we discussed in class, using quotation marks and a new paragraph for each character who speaks.

LA - test on sentences is tomorrow. (Review text pages xii and 2 - 7)

Religion - say a decade of the Rosary in preparation for the Rosary Rally tomorrow.

Math - study number sheet for test Thursday.

Word Study - review words and do activity 2A in notebook.

Monday Homework:

Permission slip for park trip on Thursday.

Read The Witches. How much you are to read depends on what page goal your group set.  As you are reading, be sure to use either your RRJ or post-its to record your thoughts, words you don't know, questions, predictions, connections, etc.

LA - Write Source workbook pages 86 and 87. Study for test.

Math - study number spelling sheet.

Word Study - make index cards for the words in your "New to me" list.

Religion - review the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Week of October 12th

Weekend -

No written homework but remember to study for the Math test on Monday and ELA on Wednesday.

Thursday Homework

Math - sheet and study numbers.
LA sheet (both sides)

Religion - sheet (due Monday) and study prayers. Remember to bring the prayer sheet back with you tomorrow. We need it for practice with S. Rosela.
Reading - read The Witches up to page 60 and respond as follows:
List any words you come across that you don’t know.
Write any T-T or T-S connections you can make.
Write any questions, thoughts or predictions you have while reading.

Wednesday Homework -

Read chapters 1 - 3 in The Witches and respond to the questions (from the sheet) in your RRJ.

Math - p. 6

Word Study - get test signed and correct those  you got wrong. Remember, the way to correct them is to look up the correct answer and explain why it is a better choice than what you put.

LA - workbook pages 85 and 86

REMINDER - tomorrow is the great spellcheck. All students will take the spelling test whether they brought they are participating in the fundraiser or not since it is a good review of words 4th graders should be able to spell. I gave out new copies of the spelling list to be sure everyone would have one.

Tuesday Homework:

Religion test tomorrow on Chapter 1. Remember to study all the key words, the chapter reviews and any other information we discussed in the chapter.

Read for 15 minutes and record on log.

Science - Read text pages C34 - 39 and do the sheet. Notice how the subtitles in the chapter are headings on the sheet.

Math - page 2 on workbook

LA - sentence sheet

Monday, October 4, 2010

Week of October 4th


No school on Friday, October 8th or Monday, October 11th.

Thursday Homework:

Read 15 minutes and record on log
Science - lab questions (in notebook)
Religion - test next Wednesday (Chapter 1)
SS - landform project due Tuesday (Be sure to complete checklist.)
Word Study - complete chart for Lesson 2 words. You should have two columns:

Words I already know                    Words I need to learn

If you know some of the definitions for a word, but not all, put the word in both columns with the number of the definition you know (and don't know) next to it in each column.


Dress Down tomorrow - Lee Denim Day at SES.  $2 donation requested. In keeping with the spirit of the day we recommend you wear something denim and/or pink. For more information about Lee National Denim Day, check the website. 

No school on Friday, October 8th or Monday, October 11th.

Wednesday Homework

Read for 15 minutes and record on log.
RRJ - write a letter to me telling me about the book you are reading. This shouldn't just be a summary of the book. tzell me what  you think of it. Are you enjoying it? How do you feel about the characters? Are they real, like anyone you know? Are you making T-S or T-T connections as you read. Just share your thoughts with me.

Math - page 5

Religion - page 30

SS - landform booklet (due Tuesday) You can leave your SS book home until then.

Word Study - test Thursday

Religion test on Chapter 1 is next Wednesday.

Tuesday Homework:

Read 15 minutes and record on log.
Finish reading Train to Somewhere and look for T-T connections.
SS - workbook page 3
Math - page 4 - write out the numbers in 1 - 12 in word form. 
          Example: 1) 79 - seventy-nine

Word Study - study for test on Thursday

Monday Homework:

Read 15 minutes and record on log.
RRJ – respond to any one of the questions on the sheet about A Visit With Grandpa.
Math – page 4
Religion – glue St. Francis blessing into notebook and decorate with animals
Word Study – do 1C and 1D in your notebook. Remember to study for test on Thursday
Sample of how to do Word Study –
  1. dismay – to lose $10
                   also c (and d if you dislike celery)

1D  Synonyms

1.  benefit/help

REMINDER - if you haven't done the Spanish homework, it's listed under last week's Tuesday homework.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Week of September 27th

Happy Weekend!

Three's no written homework, but keep reading (remember September logs are due by Monday) and the Word Study test for Lesson 1 is on Thursday.

REMINDER - no school on Friday, October 8th or Monday, October 11th.

Thursday -

Just one more day of Terra Nova.


Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Remember - September logs are due no later than Monday.
Science - record weather observation in your notebook.
Writing - use sensory details from your weather observation to inspire a story in your Writer's Notebook.

Wednesday -

Day 2 of Terra Nova is finished. Tomorrow is Mathematics.

Read for 15 minutes and record on log.

Word Study - We tried something new with the vocabulary words today. We cut out the words and definitions and pasted them onto index cards. Finish the second sheet of words tonight and do exercise 1B in your notebook the way we did #1 in class.

Religion - say a prayer for someone you think really needs one.


Today was a loooong morning of Terra Nova testing so there's very little homework.

Read for 15 minutes and record on log.

Complete pages 24 - 25 in Religion book if you did not do it last night.

Rest up for another day of Terra Nova testing.

NOTE:  SPANISH homework due next Tuesday - Actividad C on pages 33, 34 and 35.

The main news this week is Terra Nova testing.
We spent most of today filling in the information on the answer sheet and doing practice tests. The children took the practice tests home with them so parents can review if you want to.

Testing begins tomorrow and continues all week. Our school policy is to give minimal homework this week because of the testing. The students will continue with their 15 minutes of reading each night and have one other assignment most nights.

Monday's homework is to complete, color and cut out the religion sheet.
Some students wanted to get a head start on the next religion assignment so they can do that tonight.

The most important homework is to:

Get a good night's sleep;
Eat a healthy breakfast; and

Remember to bring several sharpened #2 pencils.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week of September 20th

No written weekend homework.
Re-read the Readers Theater play and decide which scene you want to work on.

Reminder - the spell/check fundraiser papers are due Monday (the 27th) Spelling test isn't until October 13th.

TERRA NOVA testing begins next Tuesday (28th) and continues all week. Makeups will be the following week.

Have a great weekend.
Thanks to all for your help with the Walk-a-thon. We had 100% participation!
Also, please note that the NUT cards are different. They're attached to your child's prize pack.


Friday is the Walk a Thon.

Students should wear their gym uniforms.
A slice of pizza will be provided for lunch. If you usually eat more than once slice, you might want to bring some extra lunch.

Also - please remember that Mr. Tom asked for you to bring in pictures of your pets for us to put into a collage to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Of course if you don't have a pet, you don't need to bring a picture. 

Book orders are due next Tuesday if you are ordering.

Thursday Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Continue to look for text to self (T-S) connections in what you are reading and record them on post-its. We'll work more with them in class tomorrow.

Religion - During Mass today, Fr. Victor talked to us about the importance of being prophets by helping one another to do the right thing. In your Religion notebook, write a paragraph on your thoughts about this. Do you think it is a helpful idea? Do you think there will be problems? How might we resolve the problems peacefully? Share your honest thoughts.

Word Study - study the Chapter 1 words.

Science - Record your observations of an ice cube the same way we did the shell in class. Remember to use your senses. Allow the ice cube to sit for 20 minutes and observe the changes.


Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Look for text to self (T-S) connections in what you are reading and record them on a post-it.

Religion - read pages 20 - 23 and do the 2 activities.

Math - finish page 3 in workbook

Word Study - finish page 3. Remember to choose the two parts that go best together and write them into a sentence in your notebook.

Today is International Peace Day. We participated in the Pinwheels for Peace project

and read Listen to the Wind by Dr. Greg Mortenson. Listen to the Wind is a child's book that tells the story Dr. Greg wrote about in Three Cups of Tea.  We also talked a little about his program - Pennies for Peace.

Homework -

Read for 15 minutes and respond in RRJ

Religion - Write and decorate a prayer for peace. (You can do it on looseleaf or type it.)

SS - sheet on paintings of Henry Hudson's ship

Math - sheet

Monday -

There is no written homework tonight in order to make it easier on parents who are attending the Home School meeting.

There is a Religion assignment that is due by the end of the week. Please read the family page in the Religion book - page 16.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Post tornado

I finally just got internet back (Sunday night).

For those of you who didn't know, Thursday's tornado passed directly over my block. The street got cleaned up pretty quickly with all the neighbors pitching in to remove the downed trees, but this is what my back yard looks like. Somewhere under all those mangled trees are the cable lines. Bless Time Warner for managing to get us back online anyway.

Just a reminder that Monday night is Meet the Teacher night. I look forward to meeting you all.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Week of September 13th

Wednesday Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Respond in RRJ to the question about Fourth Grade Rats. Who would you rather have as a friend - Suds or Joey? Why? Remember to use details from the story to support your answer.

Religion - read pages 12 - 14 and complete activity on p. 14
Math - workbook page 1

Remember to be on the lookout for things that are good!

Tuesday Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Respond in RRJ.

Religion - Respond to the questions in your notebook. In case anyone missed them:

At Mass today, Msgr. Kain asked us to think about looking for good in all people and in our world.
Think of someone you know. What is good about that person?
What is good in the world?

Math - Text page 1 (Review of 3rd grade work) Do in NB

Monday Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and record on log. Complete reading survey.

Religion - in your notebook respond to the question - What does it mean to me to be a disciple of Jesus.

Math - sheets. Be sure to show your work.

LOTS of notices went home today.

If you didn't remember to bring back the gym paper for Mrs. D., please bring it tomorrow.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Special Classes Schedule

The children copied this schedule into their planners, but I promised I would post it here as well for a reminder.

Monday:  Computer (9:15) and Art (1:45)

Tuesday: (Sr. Rosela - half the class first period and the other half second period) and Spanish (1:45)

Wednesday:  Gym (8:30)

Thursday:  Mass (9:45) and Music (10:30)

Friday: Library (11:00) and Olweus (Anti-bully program) meeting (1:45)

Attention Math Bee students!
Mrs. Scotto stopped by to see me this afternoon. She asked me to let you know that Math Bee will start on Monday at lunch. If you see this notice, please remember to bring your summer packet with you for Math Bee. Also, let any of the other Math Bee students know if you can, please.

Happy Weekend.
There's no written homework, but remember to bring back the Emergency form and the Gym paper.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Week of September 8th

Thursday Homework:

 Read for 15 minutes You don not have to respond in your RRJ tonight but you certainly can if you want to.

All About Me Bag

Prayer to remember those lost on 9/11 and their families.

1st Day Homework:

Read for 15 minutes and respond in RRJ. (A reminder - your response can be questions you would like to ask about what you read, comments about a favorite part, drawings of the scene, rewriting parts of it to change what you don't like, etc. Basically you just want to share your thoughts about what you read.)

New Year's Resolutions - typed or written on looseleaf.  Consider what your goals are for 4th grade and make some resolutions about what you need to do to reach those goals. You might want to discuss this with a parent.

Think about our class rules. What kind of a learner are you? What rules do you think are important to help you feel safe, happy and able to learn well? Think about these. You only have to write them down if you want to.

I hope everyone had a good first day. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Are you ready?

School starts tomorrow morning and I'm really looking forward to seeing all of you.

I've was in school setting up all last week.

This was the classroom when I got there last Monday.

Here's how it looks now.  All that's missing is YOU!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Response to questions

Hi Annushka.  Thanks for your notes. I wanted to answer the question here so others could see it.

Annushka asked if you could type the letter to the author.

Yes, if you would like to type either of the book responses, you can. You don't have to, but you can.

If anyone else has any questions, just let me know.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Call for Scholastic Reporters

This message is probably more for the outgoing 4th grade because you have to be 10 by November 1st to apply, but it's something to think about for everyone.

Scholastic Magazine for Kids is looking for reporters.

 If you're interested in becoming a Kid Reporter for Scholastic, you can find more about it and the qualifications for applying on the Scholastic Website.  How To Join the Scholastic Press Corps.
Here's some info from the site:

About the Scholastic Kids Press Corps
Members of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps cover news stories for www.scholastic.com/kidspress and select Scholastic classroom magazines. About 25 new press corps members are chosen each school year. The program is open to all students ages 10-14 with a burning desire to be a journalist. The selection of Kid Reporters is based on writing ability, interviewing skills, and attention to detail.

I think some of you would be really good at this so why don't you take a look and consider it.  I'll be happy to help you with anything you need for the application.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to School - already????

A number of my teacher friends live in other states where school ends earlier and begins again earlier. They're all talking about starting back to school this week and next.  I have a few more weeks before I get to go in and start setting up for the new year and almost exactly a month before I welcome you in person.

In the meantime, I wanted to say hello here and respond to any questions you may have about 4th grade.

Hi to Alyssa who sent me a comment last week. Sounds like you're having a fun vacation. I'm eager to hear what book you ended up choosing.

Also hello to Anthony who sent me a message just to say hello.

I read all your letters and I'm really looking forward to getting a chance to know you all.

If anyone has any questions about 4th grade or just wants to say hello and tell me about your summer, just send me a comment in the form below. I won't publish yours because I need your parents' permission to do that, but I will answer.

This picture is for all of you who are enjoying the summer and aren't too anxious to come back.

Friday, August 6, 2010

NYS Test scores

I've had a few questions about the ranges for the scores so I'll post them below.

Just so you know, in Math you needed to score 26 points higher this year to get a 3 and in ELA you needed to score 18 points higher than last year.  That's an incredibly high bar so everyone who scored a 3 or 4 should be VERY proud of themselves.

The cutoffs were as follows for Grade 4 (they vary by grade):

Math  (1) 485 - 635;   (2) 636 - 675;  (3) 676 - 706;   (5) 707 - 800; 

ELA    (1) 430 - 636;   (2) 637 - 667;  (3) 668 - 719;   (5) 720 - 775;

ETA - for those wanting to understand what it took to get a 4 - If you had a perfect score on Days 2 and 3, you could afford to get 2 wrong on Day 1. If you lost any points on Days 2 and 3, you could only get one wrong on day 1 to still get a 4. 

I'm sure this is very confusing. I've spent a lot of time analyzing the numbers to figure it all out.   

Monday, July 26, 2010

NYS Test scores - still waiting

7/29   NEW UPDATE:  We have the scores. I'm headed into school now to pick them up and will mail them out today to those who gave me an envelope or who dropped one off at school.

7/28  UPDATE:  I know there are articles in the press that the scores have been released by the state, but we have not yet received individual scores.

For anyone who may drop by looking for info on the test scores - still nothing.  NYS sent out a memo last week saying they'd be out sometime this week. I'll let you know when I send them out.

In the meantime, I hope everyone's having a great summer.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Welcome to the New 4th Grade

Note - *waves hello* to all my old students who have been stopping by to say hello. I'm answering you in the comments section.

Update - new picture 7/20/10

So how well do you know me? What's missing from this picture (besides me)?
HINT: Isabelle and Stephanie would guess right away.  If you think you know, post it in the comments.)

Hi to my new class!  I see some of you have stopped by and left comments for me. I can't post your comments until I have a permission slip from your parents, but I can answer your questions and respond to what you say.

Annushka - yes! I certainly plan to do the butterflies again in the spring. We really had a lot of fun with them and learned a lot about their life cycles.

Charlotte, I can't wait to hear about your book club. You'll have to write and let me know what book you choose. I love to do book clubs in class so that's something we can both look forward to.

Hope everyone is having a great summer so far (even if it is WAY too hot!)

And if anyone from the old class is still checking in - hello to you too!  You're always welcome to visit and comment!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

NYS Test scores

NYS has announced that individual scores will not be released until July 26th.

Students will receive the printouts of their scores in September.

Anyone who would like their children's scores sent to them over the summer should send in a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will be happy to send them when they are released.

ETA - if anyone didn't remember to send in an envelope, just leave me a comment with the address you want the scores sent to.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Week of June 14 - 18

Monday Homework-

2 grammar sheets on possessive nouns.

Final copy of essay comparing and contrasting life today with life in Colonial New York.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Week of June 1st

Last weekend homework of the year -

Do the 2007 practice Science test, then check your answers here - http://www.nysedregents.org/Grade4/Science/home.html

You can find the first 30 multiple choice answers under Scoring Key and the extended response questions under Rating Guide. That will tell you what is and is not a acceptable answer.  Let me know if you have any problems with the site.

If you want extra practice - the only test we didn't do is the Sample test. (NOTE - the SAMPLE TEST is from 2003 so that's the only 2003 test.) Scroll down for the SAMPLE TEST - it's below 2004.

Review any items that you have been getting wrong. Review the old tests.

Remember to bring sharpened #2 pencils for the test on Monday.

If you want the Simple Machines page - click here - Simple Machines

Thursday Homework -

2008 Science Practice test. Do it in the test booklet.

Sorry, I was having internet problems last night and couldn't post the work.

Wednesday homework -

Religion - Chapter 9 take home test. You may use your book.

Word study -  6B

Science - choose 5 word from the list that you are unsure of and look them up in the COACH glossary. IF you can't find them in the glossary, use a dictionary.

Science/Writing  - pretend  you are a drop of water and write a story telling about your trip through the water cycle. (In Writer's NB)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Weekend stuff

So many of you are always asking if there's anything we need for the class. I hate to ask, but since it got so hot last week, I'm a bit concerned about the upcoming month. Unfortunately the fan I had for the classroom broke at the end of last year. So if anyone has an extra fan they would like to donate to the class, I can assure you the class and I would be very grateful!

Also, I sent out a request for paper towels and tissues as we've run through all that we had. We don't need everyone to send them, but with allergy season still in high gear, we're going through tissues at an amazing rate.

There's no written homework this weekend but since the written section of the Science test is on June 7th, I encourage you to spend some time reviewing in the COACH book.

Here's a fun site for reviewing Simple Machines.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Week of May 24 - 28

Spanish Homework - P 182  Actividad I

REMINDER - the NYS Science 4 Performance test is this Friday.

Congratulations to everyone for singing so beautifully. You made the concert a lot of fun!

Thursday -

Religion prayer/poem

Review in COACH book

Wednesday -

No homework since the concert is tonight.

Children should come in the door they usually enter through in the morning. I will pick them up in the lunchroom. Please arrive by 7:00.

Parents must pick up the children in the classroom after the show.

Tuesday Homework

2005 Practice test

Write your observations about your mystery bottle in your Science notebook.  Draw your mystery bottle.

Monday Homework

Read a chapter in Rules and respond in RRJ to this prompt. Catherine is very worried about becoming friends with the new girl. Would you want to be friends with Catherine? Use details from the text to support your answer.

Science COACH - Lessons 25, 26, 27, 28

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Week of May 17 - 21

Thursday Homework

Read 20 minutes/log

COACH Lessons 21, 22, 23 and 24

Butterfly sheets (graded homework)

(Aisling, I answered your question below in the comment section.)

Wednesday Homework-

Read 20 minutes/log

Science 2006 exam

Tuesday Homework-

Read a chapter of RULES /log

Word Study - lesson 6 words- remaining words defined in NM and do 6A

COACH Science Lessons 33 - 36

Monday Homework-

Read 20 minutes/log

Math/Science - butterfly sheets (pages 4 & 6)

Word Study - lesson 6 words- define in NB

COACH Science

Monday, May 10, 2010

Week of May 10 - 14

Tuesday -

My sincere apologies - We got back from concert rehearsal very late and in the rush to get ready to leave, I completely forgot to distribute progress reports.  The students will receive them tomorrow. I'm so sorry for inconveniencing you.

Tuesday Homework -

Read the next chapter in Rules and respond in RRJ (response can be about any chapter we have read).

Science - read Lessons 47, 48, 49 in COACH and answer the 3 questions in the back of your Science notebook.

Reminder - Home School Meeting is Monday night at 7:00

Monday Homework -

Read Rules up to page 75 and complete the sheet. Catherine had to choose words to make for Jason so she thought about what things interested him or what things she would talk to him about. You think about what words you would want to give Jason so you could talk to him.

Science - finish your observations of the butterfly larvae from days three and eight.  Complete the life cycle chart, color and glue into your Science notebook.  Read pages B 56 - 59 in your Science text.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Weekof May 3- 7

Exciting news - our butterflies are starting to fasten themselves to the lid and change from larva to chrysalis.  We should be able to switch them over to the butterfly house early next week.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 4th grade on completing the ELA and Math testing.

You deserve a lovely,  restful weekend.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!!!!!!

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Math testing begins on Wednesday of this week.

Tuesday Homework -

NO written homework.  I gave the students a list of chapters they could review in the COACH book if they are having any confusion with those topics.  The reading homework this week is to read/review in the COACH book.

The children have been working exceptionally hard at Math and I'm very proud of their efforts.

Email or message me if you have any questions.

Monday Homework -

COACH lessons - 44 - 46. (Those who stayed with me this afternoon did it in class).


Monday, April 26, 2010

Week of April 26 - 30

Gabby - don't worry. You're doing better than you think you are. We have lots of time to practice tomorrow. 

For anyone looking for additional worksheets to practice specific skill, I'll list a few sites:

 Multiple skills including subtracting with zero   (Worksheets are listed on the right side)

Really good homeschooling site with lots of worksheets

Online practice 

More 4th grade practice

Alex, that question (#10)  is testing your understanding of the identity and zero properties. Do each problem and figure out which one has the lowest value. Then choose the one that is lowest.

Mrs. Maddaloni - that was a problem so we spent a lot of time last week reviewing it. Most have gotten it straight by now but I'll go over it again individually tomorrow. Thanks for letting me know.

Aisling - great question re # 46.  To determine the shape, all you have to do is count the number of sides.  It may not look like any shape we studied, but you know what a 6-sided figure is called.  That's a really good example of needing to look at what information you know already that  you can use to answer a question you don't find familiar.

Reminder - permission slips need to be returned if you are staying after on Monday and/or Tuesday

Weekend Homework -

1. Do the 3 (2006) Math packets.
2. STUDY - 2D and 3D shapes, measurement, double digit multiplication, associative and commutative properties
3. Review practice tests and let me know which questions or topics are giving you problems
4. Permission slips for Monday/Tuesday class.

Just think - this time next week it will all be over.

For those who are wondering -

Today (Thursday 4/29) was the last official day of NIA.  However, because we had to end before the Math test, I will be doing after school prep sessions on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Students may come to either one or both.  A note went home today.

Thursday Homework -

Share your Poem in Your Pocket Day poem with someone.

Finish Poetry packet - due tomorrow. To clarify - yes, you have to draw the combination animal and write a poem about it. The camel poem should be in the shape of a camel.

Math - Finish the Equivalent fractions sheets. Most of the NIA students finished that in class this afternoon because we did it together.

COACH - Lessons 38 & 39 in your notebook. This should be another review of the work we were reviewing in class today.

Wednesday -

Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day so have a poem ready to carry with you.
Poetry packet due Friday
Math sheet plus COACH pages 183 - 185 in notebook

Tuesday Homework -

Rules sheet
Math - sheets
ELA - Day 3 essay. You don't have to actually write the essay (though you can for extra credit). Just read the stories, do the short questions and do a detailed planning page for what you would write.

Make sure your pencils are sharpened.  Get a good sleep, eat a good breakfast and come prepared to read and write an essay.

Monday Homework -

Read Chapter 4 of Rules.
Math - sheets
ELA - review sheet about writing an essay

Make sure your pencils are sharpened.  Get a good sleep, eat a good breakfast and come prepared to listen and write an essay

Monday, April 19, 2010

Week of April 19 - 23 (Earth Week)

Earth Day homework -

Read 20 minutes/log
ELA - Earth Day packet and  RRJ about The Lorax. letter to Mother Earth and Lorax pledge form
Math - poetry response and problem solving for "Smart" by Shel Silverstein


Tomorrow is a dress down day for Earth Day. Wear something bright to celebrate Earth and Spring. $2 will go to Wilderness Society.

I found a REALLY excellent site for practicing for the Math test.

 Math test prep study zone

Click on one of the Content areas - for example Geometry .  Then choose an area within that topic - for example - finding the area of a rectangle.  You then have a choice of a review lesson or practice problems.  There's even a little guy to cheer you on when you're right!

There's also an ELA part of the site for anyone who wants some extra last minute help.  ELA Prep

Reminder - Earth Day posters are due on Thursday. The only requirement is that you recycle something to make your poster.

Wednesday homework -

Read 20 min/log
ELA COACH pages 304 - 310 on looseleaf.
Math - Bar graph sheet and Coach lesson 50.

Remember Earth Day posters are due tomorrow, and tomorrow is a dress down day for Earth Day. Wear something bright to celebrate Earth and Spring. $2 will go to Wilderness Society.

Tuesday homework -

Read 20 min/log
ELA Reading packet
Math problem solving packet

Monday homework -

Read 20 min/log
Write Source wkbk pp 3 and 4
ELA Reading packet
Math problem solving sheet (in notebook)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Week of April 11 - 16

Weekend Homework

ELA - COACH Chapter 4 (not Lesson 4, do Chapter 4)
Math - Lesson 27

Thursday Homework

Read Chapter 3 of Rules. Respond in RRJ by answering at least 2 of the 5 questions on the sheet.
ELA - essay

Math - DHP p. 130

Wednesday Homework
Read Chapter 2 of Rules.

Reread the Titanic poem

ELA Coach - Lessons 26 and 27  Read and do the exercises (pages 192 - 203).

Math - finish the decimal place value sheet by converting all of the decimals to mixed numbers (a whole number and a fraction). Do Coach Lesson 21.

I think this is the math link you were asking for. If not, you can try here anyway.

4th grade math

Tuesday Homework -

Read Rules Chapter 1. You can use this toward your 20 minutes and record on log or keep using your Reading log book for that. March logs should have been turned in by now.

ELA - mini-packet (3 stories and questions)

Math- both sides of decimal sheet.

With allergy season in full blast, we are in desperate need of tissues. Thanks!

Monday Homework -

Read 20 minutes and record on log. March logs should be turned in now.

ELA - Max's story sheet and Part  3 essay

Math - decimals sheet and COACH lesson 30.

Welcome Back!

Just a reminder - according to Mrs. Bartone, students should still be wearing winter uniforms until May. If the weather continues to be hot, that may change, but as of now, winter uniforms are still on.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Week of March 29 - April 2

Tuesday Homework

Finish Peep story.

Study for Religion test.

Monday Homework

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Reading packet on Main Idea

Math COACH Lesson 15 and DHP book page 84.

Finish Peeps draft.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fraction sites

I had mentioned in class that there are some fun sites to practice fractions. To make it easy for you - here are the links for the equivalent fractions websites:

Melvin's Make a Match

Comparing fractions

Practice making equivalents

Equivalent fractions (You have to scroll down the page until you get to the game.)

Funbrain Fresh Baked Fractions

8 Interactive Fraction Bars

Monday, March 22, 2010

Week of March 22 - 26

Thursday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Reading sheets - finish Conclusions

Math - COACH - lesson 13

Religion - finish reading Chapter 4 and complete take home test

Wednesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Reading sheets - 2 sides of stories, 2 sides of questions

Math - COACH - lesson 12

SS - workbook page 24 on longitude and latitude 

Tuesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Cuttlefish and Squid - write compare and contrast essay

Math - COACH - lesson 11

SS - longitude and latitude sheet

Reminder - dismissal is at 11:30 tomorrow for parent-teacher conferences.

Monday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Reading sheets (3)

Math - COACH - lesson 10

Religion sheet on forgiveness

Word Study test - Lesson 5 words

Stephanie - I'm sorry. I gave them out on Friday. I don't have the schedule here, but ask your mom to give you a phone number we can call her at and we can call and let her know in the morning.  I know I scheduled her for around the time she asked for, I'm just not sure of the exact time.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Week of March 15 - 18

Thursday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log

Math - both sides of sheet  Lesson 8

Reading Packet -  Sections 1 and 2 on Inference

Wednesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log

Math - both sides of sheet on LCM and COACH - Lesson 6

Religion - sheet on the Trinity

Reminder -   tomorrow is dress down in green ($2.00)

Notices went home last week to sign up for report card conferences.

Tuesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log

COACH - Lesson 5

Finish Sequence pack

Monday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log

Read Cuttlefish and Squid and complete the Venn Diagram,

Word Study sheet  (test Friday)

Math - COACH Lesson 4

Monday, March 8, 2010

Week of March 8 - 12

Weekend Homework -

COACH Math practice - Lessons 2 (pages 32 - 35) and 3 36 - 39) on looseleaf.
PLEASE read the pages that review the lessons carefully. Then do the practice questions.

Note to parents - a letter went home about signing up for Parent teacher conferences. Please return it as soon as possible so I can try to accommodate everyone.

Please note that the Science Fair is not until March 30th. The people who are going to participate should not bring their projects back until that week because we don't have anywhere to store the projects and keep them safe.

This week's theme for Lent is compassion.

Thursday homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math - fraction sheet and COACH book Chapter 1 Pages 27 - 31 on looseleaf

SS- study for test

Wednesday homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math - fraction subtraction sheet

SS - finish the pages from Friday if you didn't. Do page 36 in notebook. For the speech you can either do it in your notebook or type it if you prefer.

Religion - Read article in Maryknoll Magazine - pages 14 - 19
How are the people of Buffalo being good neighbors?  Write an essay giving your answer.

Tuesday homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.
Respond in RRJ

Math - DHP pages 105 and 106

Social Studies  re-read pages 104  106. Complete chart
SS test on explorers - Friday3/12

Monday homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Religion - compassion sheet

Math - test signed and corrected.  Review sheet.

Word Study - Test signed and corrected.  Activities 5B and C

Reading skills sheet


Monday, March 1, 2010

Week of March 1st

Thursday Homework -  due Monday

Read for 20 minutes and record on March Log. February logs are now past due.

ELA packet

Math - fraction review sheet

Word Study - 2nd half of Lesson 5 words in notebook and Ex. A on sheet

Wednesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on March Log. February logs are now past due.
Olympics packet - athlete/sport info - due tomorrow

Killer whale/blue whale essay

Math - division sheet

Study for Science test

Tuesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on March Log. February logs are due.
 Olympics reading sheet.

Olympics packet - athlete/sport info - due Thursday

Test prep - Exercise 21

Word Study - Lesson 5 words in NB

Study Math and Science

Can you believe it's March already???!!!

Monday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on March Log. February logs are due.

Religion sheet - write a paragraph about what you will sacrifice this week and why it's a sacrifice for you.

Word Study - crossword puzzle review

There's not much written homework because you should be studying for Math (polygons, various types of quadrilaterals, 3D shapes) and Science - the two test sheets I gave you.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Week of February 22nd

For anyone who was having problems with the RALLY site - here's a direct link -

RALLY Test prep

School is CLOSED for Friday, February 26th.

Upcoming tests:

Monday (3/1) Word Study (Lesson 4)
Wednesday (3/3) Math - geometry
Thursday (3/4) Science - plants

Thursday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.
Olympics packet
Math - 2 review sheets (both sides of each)
Word Study - packet

Essay - see sheet for explanation

Wednesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.
Reading packet (first 4 pages only)
Math p 92 You can find examples to help you here - 3D shapes
Science - update weather chart (in your Science notebook) from the paper I gave you.
Complete sheet - both sides

Tuesday -


The class did such a fantastic job staying on task and not calling out that they won a day of no homework. We managed to finish everything in class so we had nothing we had to do for homework tonight. Good job!

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a great vacation.

Monday Homework -

on Olympics. Read about the sports and answer the questions. Underline any uses of metric length/distance.

Finish George Washington sheets.

Religion - think about how you can pray more during Lent. Fill in your prayer plan on the first line of the sheet.  Read the other Religion sheet about Lenten activities.

Math - sheet and study metric measurement for length/distance.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

REMINDER - Science Fair

Science Fair projects are going to be due the first week of March so getting started on them over break is a good idea. 

If you have any questions about this, post them here.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Olympics links

For those of you keeping track of the Olympics and your athlete - here are some useful links:

NBC's Olympic coverage - LOTS of information

Official 2010 Vancouver Olympics site

Official website of the Olympic movement 

USA Olympics Team site - info on the athletes

ESPN's coverage of the Olympics

You can find a schedule of events and the medal results here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Lightning Thief

The movie of The Lightning Thief opened today and I know some of you were planning on seeing it. Let us know what you think.  Was it as good as the book? Can you just enjoy the movie for the fun it is without worrying about comparing it to the book?

Share your thoughts with us.

Isabelle, if you check in, did you see that Borders is selling a Camp Halfblood tee shirt?


Winter Olympics

Are you watching the Opening Ceremonies?  Share your thoughts in the comments section.

I'll use this post to keep us updated about our Winter Olympics project.

Think about this statement. What does it mean and how does it relate to sports you play?

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well." Olympic Creed 

"Swifter, Higher, Stronger"
Official Olympic Motto

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Remember - tomorrow is team spirit day.  $2 dress down in some sports or team clothing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


It's official - we're closed tomorrow - Thursday.

SNOW DAY!!!!!!!!!

I hope you're all enjoying the unexpected holiday!

I thought a snow day was the perfect time to introduce our new project. We're going to be doing our own version of the Winter Olympics as practice for the State Science Test.

Since the Winter Olympics in Vancouver are beginning just as we go on break, we'll be doing the bulk of the project when we return to school the last week in February. In the meantime though, I'm going to ask each of you to choose your favorite Olympic sport and find out more about it.

We were going to be working on this in school this week - and we will tomorrow if we have school - but you can start thinking about it now if you happen to stop by here today.

You can start at the Official Website of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Pick a sport that you'd like to learn more about and start researching about it.You can follow the sport next week during the Olympic week that we're on vacation and then report back to us at the end of February.

We'll talk more about this tomorrow but you can start thinking about it now - you know - while you're off enjoying your SNOW DAY!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Week of February 8 - 12

School is officially canceled for Wednesday.
If we have to close on Thursday, I will post that information here once we know.

Tuesday Homework

Read 20 minutes and record on log.

Reading comprehension sheet.

Science - text pages 92-93 questions 1 - 15 on looseleaf.

Math - sheet

Word study - sheets

For the person who forgot the math notebook - study this:

I'm not sure who sent this comment -
hello, I have my rrj notebook but i'm not sure what i have to do.

You received a small sheet of paper with two questions on it. You are supposed to answer them in your RRJ. I know everyone got the paper because I put one on each desk.

Monday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log
Write a response to the 2 questions in your RRJ.

Math - measurement sheets and study for quiz on polygons

Science - sheet

Word Study - words in WS notebook

Monday, February 1, 2010

Week of February 1 - 5

Alex - if you see this - I got a new copy of Sea of Monsters today so I'll have it for you on Monday.

Also - everyone make sure you have your copy of Tale of Despereaux with you on Monday.
Think how you could write a Somebody Wanted But So summary of Mig's part of the story.
(You don't have to write it yet - just think about it.)

Friday -

I hope everyone enjoyed students day.

Have fun in the snow this weekend but stay safe and be ready to be REALLY busy working REALLY hard next week.

Also remember next week is school spirit week.  Monday is the bake sale.

Thursday Homework -

Read 20 minutes. Record on log

Science sheet 

Math - workbook page and sheet. Study the polygons on the sheet.

 People who sent questions - I answered them in the comments section below.

Wednesday Homework -

Read 20 minutes. Record on log

Complete Word Study test. Yes, you may use the sheets. This is your reward for doing such a beautiful job in church today.

Study for the SS test. Study the Take Home test and the work you did in class the other day.

Thank you to everyone for doing such a wonderful job with our Mass today. You made the Feast of St. Blaise a very special Mass.

Tuesday Homework -

Read 20 minutes. Record on log
Do Groundhog reading sheet
Math - sheet (both sides) Remember NO help. If you can't do a problem, write down where you got stuck.
Finish the SS (pages 100 and 101)
Word Study - test tomorrow.

Monday Homework -

Read 20 minutes. You will get the February log tomorrow so you can record it then.

Math - sheet. Do work in notebook and record answer on sheet.

Science - sheet

Reading - story sheet

Reminder  Word Study test on Wednesday and SS test on Thursday.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Week of January 25 - 29

Reminder -

Monday is Family Day for Catholic Schools Week.  Parents are welcome to join us in the classroom from 9 - 11 after breakfast at 8:30 in the cafeteria.

Hi Mike - hope you're feeling better.

Mrs. B. I responded with an email. Please let me know if you don't get it, but Monday is fine.

Weekend homework -

Think about the reasons we can be thankful for the work our police officers do for us. We will be celebrating their service to our community this week.

Upcoming tests -

Wednesday - word study

Thursday - SS (I'll give back the take home test on Monday so you can use it to study)


Amanda - that's fine to add it.

Thursday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math - Practice sheet.
Study for test Friday on symmetry and congruent and similar shapes. If you are using the textbook, congruent and similar shapes begin on page 430  and symmetry begins on page 436.

Science - vocabulary sheet (both sides)

Writing -good (final) copy of fairy tale on looseleaf.

Reminder - SS test is due Friday

Wednesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math - Study for test Friday on symmetry and congruent and similar shapes. If you are using the textbook, congruent and similar shapes begin on page 430  and symmetry begins on page 436.

Science - finish plant book. Remember, the final page is for your favorite plant.

Writing - have someone help you edit your draft for spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Reminder - SS test is due Friday
Tuesday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math sheet - (both sides)  Remember Test Friday on symmetry and congruent and similar shapes.

Religion - study for test on Wednesday - chapter 3

Word Study - sheets (Read one and answer questions on both sides of other)

SS - Take Home test due Friday

Regarding the SS -
The lower right corner is supposed to be your prediction about how Grabber and his friends will act now that the Council has warned them and told the people to watch for them to do good.

Monday Homework -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math sheet - (both sides)  Remember Test Friday on symmetry and congruent and similar shapes.

Religion - study for test on Wednesday - chapter 3

Finish SS page on Children of the Longhouse

Word Study - sheet (both sides)

Writing - Do a revised draft of your fairy tale on yellow paper, skipping lines. Remember to review the rubric before you do this draft. Have you included everything?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Week of January 18 - 22

Reminder - the children all received a notice that those who ordered Econoboards can pick them up after school tomorrow in the lunchroom.  Parents, children who have to pick up Econoboards will be dismissed to the lunchroom and should be picked up there. Everyone else will come out the regular way.

Responses - 

Aisling - no, you did not have to take notes on the Readers Theater script - just fill in the chart if you find any of the elements we've discussed.

Ms. Jordan - I sent a note home with Brandon today. Yes, it's fine.

Mr. Blandino - no problem. He can do it over the weekend.

 Thursday Homework

Read 20 minutes and record on log.

SS - Read pages in text book and complete sheet.

Math - sheet.  Make any corrections on the homework I returned.

Word Study - write definitions from 2nd set of words in notebook and complete sheet 3A

Read Readers Theater script and fill in details from this play on the fairy tale chart.

Aisling - there was no extra question on the back of the sheet. I just said you should fill in the fairy tale chart with the info from Rhodopis and Her Golden Sandals. You can put it underneath what we did in class today.

 Wednesday Homework

Read 20 minutes and record on log.

Cinderella story sheet - This is the  story called Rhodopis and Her Golden Sandals. For the chart, compare it with the story we read in class - The Golden Sandal by Rebecca Hickox.

Word Study - Lesson 3 words - copy definitions into Word Study notebook.

Religion - Re-read chapter 3 and do the lesson review on p. 52.  Test next Wednesday. 
                Think about a person you know who is a good Samaritan.

Yes, you do have to do the part that says to write your own version of the current events story.

The school is taking up a collection for the people of Haiti. Anyone who wishes to contribute any amount to help should please send the money to school this week. We will be collecting from Wednesday through Friday. Thank you.

Monday Homework

Read 20 minutes and record on log.

Writing - think about the "problem" for your fairy tale. If you think you are sure of it, write it in your Writer's Notebook.

Math - DHP - page 100 and addition/subtraction sheet

Current events - Read both sides of the Haiti sheet and complete the chart.

Religion - Write a prayer for the people of Haiti.
                Complete the "Dream" sheet.

Word Study - write the definitions for the first set of Lesson 3 words in Word Study NB (Due Thursday).

Monday, January 18, 2010

Award Day

The 2010 Newbery and Caldecott Awards were announced this morning.

Have you read any of them?

2010 Medal Winner

The 2010 Newbery Medal winner is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Twelve-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future. These and other seemingly random events converge in a brilliantly constructed plot.

2010 Honor Books

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
Hoose reveals the true story of an unsung hero of the Montgomery bus boycott. Hoose’s work stands out for its creative approach to narrative biography. Colvin’s own recollections are merged seamlessly with the narrative voice, providing a uniquely personal view of Colvin and the Civil Rights Movement. 
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
On the eve of the 20th century, 11-year-old Calpurnia awakens to new possibilities, and through her evolving relationship with her naturalist grandfather, learns to think like a scientist. Kelly’s rich, evocative language captures Callie’s distinctive voice and lively observations of the natural world.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

A rich tapestry of stories, both original and traditional, transports readers to a fantastic world where Dragon joins Minli on a fortune-changing quest.
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
This rollicking yarn, presented through the voice of 12-year-old Homer, uses humor and pluck to mitigate the horrors of the Civil War.

2010 Medal Winner

The 2010 Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children to

The Lion & the Mouse illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney

The screech of an owl, the squeak of a mouse and the roar of a lion transport readers to the Serengeti plains for this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop’s classic fable. In glowing colors, Pinkney’s textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two very unlikely friends.

2010 Honor Books

All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee written by Liz Garton Scanlon
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman

Info from the ALA website 

You can find these and all the other books that were awarded prizes today on the Barnes and Noble website.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Message from Isabelle

Isabelle posted this as a comment below but I wasn't sure everyone would see it in the comments. You can comment in reply here if you'd like.
Hi everyone! I miss you all! poor teressa about the needle thingy. :( Glad your reading Inkheart! Last monday i got twilight out of the library and i finshed it on wednesday. Oh, and guess what? I AM LEARNING TO SKI EVERY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) its so fun!!!! hope you guys are having fun to! Bye! Isabelle