I always enjoy my Tuesdays with the class as I get the opportunity to work with the students all day. Today we started reading a literature piece on the life of Celia Cruz. The students will learn how Celia has shared her cuban heritage with the world through singing.
The students gained a deeper understanding of using mental math methods. The students have done a great job of trying to understand how we can use these methods as a way to solve simple addition and subtraction problems with the strategies we have learned.
Our word of the day today was etiquette. The students discussed how they can use proper etiquette in the classroom and at school. We also discussed the importance of proper etiquette when we use educational technology.
Midterm grades went home today. Please review these grades and turn them back in tomorrow. The assignment notebook code is a bonus of $100 for every student who turns in their signed midterm tomorrow. Enjoy your night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
The students has another great day of learning. The students had a guest teacher today as I was working on writing rubrics for fourth and fifth grade teachers in our district.
The students continued to learn about making inferences, layers of the atmosphere, and learning about the United States through Journey of Fallen Rock.
We are starting our addition and subtraction unit in math. My belief in having students understand the why before the how in math will continue to be the drive in our math exploration. You will see students working on dissecting and explaining all types of algorithms in their math work.
Tonight's assignment notebook code is for your student to define a verb and tell you an example of a verb. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to a great day of learning tomorrow!
What a great way to end the week! The students had many opportunities today to convey their understandings of topics we have covered so far this year.
The students started the day off researching the traditional food that is part of their heritage. The students will spend the next couple weeks researching the food, celebrations/holidays, interesting facts, and other ideas tied to the heritage of their country of origin. Some students did not have their family trees and family recipes ready for today. I did inform them this was part of their grade and they would need to bring this for next week.
We learned about the verb elaborate for our word of the day. The students discussed how we can add detail in order to elaborate on various assignments and tasks throughout the day.
We finished the day with the students taking their Place-Value test. So far, I am impressed with the quick overview I have done of everyone's test. We are ready to dive into addition and subtraction in the weeks to come.
The assignment notebook code for today is for your student to tell you what sound the word scold makes. Many students missed this for the spelling test today. Although the o in scold does not have anything to make it a long o, the sound you hear is still the long o sound. Please make sure to write your student's response in their assignment notebook as I use this as a way to gain feedback on what students have learned
What a quick day! We were able to get a lot of learning in during our half day of school.
We discussed how the United States celebrates our national heritage and summarized what we have learned so far with heritage. Please make sure that students have information for their family tree and family recipe by tomorrow. We will start doing our inquiry project tomorrow and researching the parts of our heritage. Students will choose one specific country/area of origin and research this area. I look forward to seeing what students learn about where their ancestors came from.
Students read about how Fallen Rock and his brother, Running Water, had the opportunity to talk about their experiences along the way. The students have truly appreciated the relationship between these two brothers and learning about the U.S. along the way. I plan on finishing the book by the beginning of next week. We will have Bill Merical visit the classroom October 9th. We are so excited to meet him!
Our word of the day today was resourceful. As I told the students, this is one of my favorite words to use in the classroom. Students discussed how they can be resourceful as a way to solve a problem. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for your student to tell you how they have been resourceful. I hope you enjoy your half day with your student and I look forward to another day of learning tomorrow!
Today the students finished up their 3rd NWEA assessment in language. The students did a great job showing their best work. There are still some students who need to finish; however, the students are doing their best! The students did a great job today with the guest teacher Mrs. Mackenzie. I was gone for half day doing some planning and training for science.
Mrs. Deborah visited the classroom again today. We finished reading The Quilt Maker's Gift and discussed the importance of giving to those who need a quilt and not to those who want the quilt. The students are excited for next week when we will look at some quilting artifacts.
We started learning about the layers of the atmosphere today. The students learned the characteristics of all of the layers and how they help our Earth and cause weather.
The students read chapter 6 in Journey of Fallen Rock. The students read about how Fallen Rock got 2 more objects. The assignment notebook code for the night is for your student to tell you the 2 objects Fallen Rock retrieved. Enjoy your night and I look forward to another great day of learning. Rembember, tomorrow is a half day. S
Today was another fabulous day of testing. I continue to be amazed at how much pride each student takes in their test. Tomorrow is our last class day of testing for this quarter; however, some students may not finish so they will have to continue testing through the end of this week.
The students continue to engage in conversation with the book The Journey of Fallen Rock as we too learn about our country through the eyes of Fallen Rock. Today we read about Fallen Rock journeying through the plains of the midwest and learning about crop rotations on farms. Fallen Rock was able to make it to the Rocky Mountains and retrieve the fourth object, a pinecone from an evergreen, in his quest to become the chief of his village. The students are very excited to see how the rest of his journey progresses.
Our classroom has become self proclaimed scientists! We all, including myself, have enjoyed learning about hurricanes and what makes weather happen. Today we looked at the paths of hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere in the Atlantic Ocean. The students observed that the hurricanes become more intense near the Gulf of Mexico and the temperatures near the Gulf of Mexico are hotter than the other parts of the Atlantic Ocean. Tomorrow we will begin looking at the layers of the atmosphere.
We ended our day reading There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. We have started to show a strong amount of empathy for one of the main characters, Bradley. We all think that Bradley is a misunderstood boy who deserves a second chance at showing everybody he truly does care. The assignment notebook code for tonight sis for your student to tell you a pattern we have started to notice with Bradley's behavior. They should mention something along the lines of Bradley starting to lie in order to avoid tasks or conversations he is not comfortable with. Enjoy your night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend! We started taking the NWEA assessments today. The NWEA assessments get a benchmark on each students math, reading, and language skills. Today the students took the reading test and did a rock star job! I am so very proud of every student. I could tell that they put forth their best effort!
As a result of taking the tests, we did not get to our reading, spelling, WOD, or Journey of Fallen Rock. I have also postponed our place-value test until Friday of this week. We did do a review today of place-value and the students did a great job with the review!
We learned that hurricanes are often called "heat engines." The assignment notebook code for today is for your student to tell you one reason they are called "heat engines." They should mention the heat that comes from the energy during condensation, the warm ocean water, or the effects on a hurricane when it reaches land. Enjoy your night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
As a reminder... Saturday Live is this Saturday. If you would like to contribute to our classroom auction basket, please send your donation no later than Friday. I hope to see you all there on Saturday!
Erin Clanahan shared these hurricane videos to the students on Friday. The videos are a great representation of how destructive hurricanes are, especially once they hit land.
Today we learned about the celebrations and holidays from other cultures. The students learned how we honor people through President's Day and MLK, Jr. Day. We learned how other religions celebrate their holidays and we also learned how Mexico celebration Cinco de Mayo.
We started our inquiry project today. The students do have an assignment over the weekend to find a family recipe and complete their family tree. I only ask for students to identify their great-grandparents from both sides, grandparents from both sides, their parents, and their siblings. If you are concerned about getting some of this information, please contact me and we can figure out how we can tweak the project to fit your family.
We had a visit from a KULR-8 meteorologist Erin Clanahan today. The students were able to learn more about wind and hurricanes. The students we very respectful and had great questions to ask throughout the entire presentation. Before long, we will have an entire class of meteorologists!
Our word of the day today was tenacious. The students quickly connected the word rigorous to tenacious. Sometimes you have to be tenacious in order to understand our rigorous education. The assignment notebook code is for you student to tell you have they have been tenacious in the past.
Please read through the reminders below. I would like to draw your attention to the Saturday Live basket item. We only have 5 items for our basket. I will give $100 in Mrs. Gray pay to each student who contributes to the basket. Our theme is Nerf. You can send Nerf items, gift cards, or money to purchase Nerf items. I truly appreciate all of the support we get from every family. The money fundraised through the auction baskets will go to helping our Arrowhead students gain access to educational materials!
I am a fourth grade teacher going on my seventh year of teaching. I have truly loved every year that I have taught and I look forward to sharing classroom activities we take part in during this upcoming school year!