I have decided that we need a blog so you can keep up with what's going on in our classroom!
I like to post reminders on Bloomz. It is a fantastic way to quickly get ahold of me. It has a place for private messages and I'm happy to communicate there.
No spelling words were given this week because of the field trip. Instead, I'd love for my students to write 1-3 paragraphs about what they learned on the field trip. This can be handwritten or emailed to me. Your student's email address is 20[first letter of first name, entire last name- no spaces or punctuation]@wasatchpeak.org --for example, if I were a student in the class, my email address would be email@example.com. Every student's password is P@triots -with a capital P and ending with an s. This information should be written on your student's planner on the back cover (either inside or out).
Please remember to record your student's reading minutes! Students are required to read for 20 minutes five days per week. This is a huge part of your student's grade because of how beneficial it will be in his/her life. Weekend reading is highly encouraged. Reading minutes can be done in a variety of ways: students reading to self, parents reading to students, students reading to family members (including pets), playing reading games, listening to audiobooks, and more! If you think it might count, ask me. It probably does!
We have been working on multiplication and division. If your child is struggling with multiplication facts, please click on the tab on this website that is titled "YouTube" and you will find our skip counting songs. If your student has not memorized the multiplication facts, songs can help tremendously! Listen to them at home and do the motions that go with them. The DeMaio songs are fun, but none have been memorized. The Sing and Groove songs, 3s song, and Row Your 4s have been memorized by a majority of my class. Our test on multiplication and division properties will be next week. It will go over general multiplication and division, properties of multiplication, rules of division, and it will have some story problems. I will send home the review page as a guide for studying for the test. I am not requiring it to be done and it does not need to be turned in, but it is a good idea to study, especially if your student is struggling with multiplication and/or division.
We are finishing up our weather unit. Ask your child about cloud types! I have been impressed with their knowledge of clouds and how to predict the weather. Our test will be next week. It will go over cloud types, temperature, precipitation, and properties of air. It will ask how to predict the weather based on temperature, precipitation, air properties (wind), and cloud types.
Your kids are incredible! They are kind, compassionate, and hilarious. They have been working SO hard this year and they should be proud. I have seen tremendous gains in academics and in social behavior and ideas. I know some of these students had a tough 3rd grade year, so I am especially proud that they are doing this well in 4th grade! It's amazing how I always end up with the best students in my class. I'm one lucky teacher!