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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Weekly Reminders- March 27, 2012


WELCOME BACK!!!!!
I sure hope everyone had a restful Spring Break and that you are ready to come back and work hard during this last nine weeks of the school year! The FCAT is just a few weeks away and we are in that final push for brushing up on our skills in Reading and Math. After FCAT is over, our learning does not stop. We will be working on the 1st nine weeks of 5th grade and on getting prepared to become the Seniors of the school!!!

Weekly Spelling Words- All of the words from this week's list have Latin roots. 
strain
restrain
constraint
legend
legible
lecture
versions
versus
adverse
manual
manage
manicure
disrupt
abrupt
erupt
secondary
sequel
sequence
prime 
primate

CHALLENGE WORDS:
interrupt
rupture

Reading- This week's story is "John Henry Races the Steam Drill". It is a tall tale about a man who races a steam drill to dig a hole through a mountain to put a railroad in. The vocabulary words are:

1. bulge- to swell
2. strain- to hurt yourself by trying to do too much
3. generous- kind and unselfish
4. muscular- having well-developed muscles
5. legend- a story passed down through the years that is not entirely true
6. version- a variation of a story

Math- We are continuing on our skill review with a daily mixed benchmark practice sheet. We will work on these skills for the entire week, and Friday they will take a quiz.

Monday- No school- Teacher Planning Day

Tuesday- Homework packets are sent home.

Wednesday- Wednesday folders will be sent home! Please sign and return on THURSDAY! Information regarding the last payment for St. Augustine will also be sent home.

Thursday- no reminders at this time

Friday- Homework packets are due; Reading test; Spelling Test; AR test must be taken! ST. AUGUSTINE BALANCE IS DUE!

Please make sure that your child has turned in their Science Fair project proposal! Science Fair projects are MANDATORY for each student to complete, or they will receive an "F" on the last nine week's report card. Contact me with any questions!

***Please continue to work on basic multiplication facts at home!!!***

Thank you so much for all you do!!! :-) Have a great week!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March 5, 2012- Weekly Reminders

Weekly Spelling Words- This week's spelling words are a review from Unit 4: Science Fair. 


LESSON 1: These words have a root word plus a suffix. There are no spelling changes to add the suffix. All you do is spell the root word and add the suffix to the end.
humidity
digital
governor
LESSON 2: These have a root word plus a prefix. 
immobile
copilot
dehydrate
LESSON 3: These words are spelling changes with affixes. The spelling of the root word will change when adding an ending.
collision
supplement
ambitious
LESSON 4: These words either -ing or -ed added to the end of them. These are called inflectional endings. Most of the words have spelling changes when going from the root word to the root word with the ending. The spelling changes are mainly changing -y  to -i before adding -ed, or doubling the final consonant.
married
equipped
newfangled
LESSON 5: These words are closed compound words. These are made when 2 words that can stand alone are put together to form one word. 
blueberry
keyboard
handkerchief
Reading- This week we will be reviewing and taking our Benchmark Test on Thursday. We will go over past benchmark tests in small groups, and work on UNRAAVELing Reading stories. 

Math- We are continuing on our skill review with a daily mixed benchmark practice sheet. We will work on these skills for the entire week, and Friday they will take a quiz. We are also going to be reviewing Fractions- Decimals- Percents, and the correlation between the 3. We will begin working on Simplifying fractions as well.

Monday- Homework packets will be sent home today!

TuesdayNo announcements at this time.

Wednesday- Wednesday folders will be sent home! Please sign and return on THURSDAY!

Thursday- Reading Benchmark Test

Friday- Homework packets turned in; Spelling Test; AR test must be taken!

Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012- Weekly Reminders


TUESDAY is the BIG day! The students will finally get to SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW and take the FCAT Writing Test! Please be sure that they are RELAXED, RESTED, and READY for FCAT. We will have a special breakfast on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th- the morning of the test. Students need to be ON TIME in order to receive this special breakfast. We will begin testing at approximately 9:15. No students will be allowed in the classroom past 8:45. The only homework they have tonight is to go over the Narrative writing that we wrote together with the other 4th grade classes. The rest of the week they will only have Reading log and spelling assignments which will be sent home Tuesday night. 

Weekly Spelling Words- This week's words are closed compound words. These are made when 2 words that can stand alone are put together to form one word. 
 everyone
sideways
laptop
 playground
 bathtub
 swimsuit
 mailbox
 goldfish
 upstairs
 blueberry
 heartbeat
teaspoon
popcorn
 birthday
 fireplace
keyboard
yearbook
rainbow
 wheelchair
 townhouse

CHALLENGE WORDS:

nighttime
handkerchief
quarterback

Reading- This week we will finish our last story in our Science Fair Unit. The story is titled "How Fast Do You Eat Your Ice Cream?" and it is about an experiment that a middle school student did on brain freeze and ice cream. We will be conducting this same experiment in class, and the student's who work hard will get to enjoy a tasty treat. The vocabulary words for this story are:
1. pace- rate; speed
2. common- happening often; familiar
3. previous- happening earlier
4. major- important
5. randomly- by chance
6. publication- something that is printed or published
7. questionnaire- a printed list of questions used by researchers
8. rejected- to turn down

 Looking ahead, the students will take a Reading Benchmark Test next week! 

Math- We are continuing on our skill review with a daily mixed benchmark practice sheet. We will work on these skills for the entire week, and Friday they will take a quiz.

Monday- No homework is being sent home today OTHER THAN a Narrative writing story to be read together.  

Tuesday- FCAT WRITING TEST!!! PLEASE BE RELAXED, READY, AND RESTED! 

Wednesday- Wednesday folders will be sent home! Please sign and return on THURSDAY!

Thursday- No announcements at this time.

Friday- Spelling Test; Reading Test; Vocabulary Quiz; AR test must be taken!

I am so proud of all of my students for their hard work in preparing for FCAT Writing. I know they are going to do AWESOME!!! Thank you, parents, for all of the support and encouragement you give them!!! 

***Please continue to work on basic multiplication facts at home!!!***

Sunday, February 19, 2012

February 20, 2012- Weekly Reminders


Weekly Spelling List- This week's words either -ing or -ed added to the end of them. These are called inflectional endings. Most of the words have spelling changes when going from the root word to the root word with the ending. The spelling changes are mainly changing -y  to -i before adding -ed, or doubling the final consonant.

charted
shocked
 jerked
bowling
cried
crying
married
amusing
tired
jogging
strummed
grinning
webbed
feeling
pleasing
dried
controlling
equipped
willing
daring

CHALLENGE WORDS:

newfangled
occurred
increasing

READING: This week's story is called "How Benjamin Franklin Stole the Lightning". It is a biography that highlights his life and experiments with electricity which led to the invention of the lightning rod. The vocabulary words for the story are:
1. genuine- real or true
2. forecast- a prediction about what will happen based on evidence.
3. eclipse- a darkening or hiding of the sun by the moon OR of the moon by the Earth's shadow
3. mast- a pole that holds sails
4. chart- a map
5. invention- a thing that is made or thought of for the first time
6. charge- a load of electricity
7. shock- to jolt by electricity

WRITING: This is our last full week before the FCAT Writing Test on Tuesday, February 28th. We will have our FCAT Simulation on Monday, February 20th. This means that we will practice just like we will on the day of the test.

MATH: We are continuing our countdown to FCAT prep for morning work with a follow-up quiz on Friday.

Monday- FCAT Writing Simulation @ 9am; Homework packets are sent home

Tuesday- No announcements at this time

Wednesday- Wednesday folders will be sent home! Please sign and return on THURSDAY!

Thursday- Reading test day!

Friday- Spelling Test; Writing Test; AR test must be taken!

***Please continue to work on basic multiplication facts at home!!!***

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 13, 2012- Weekly Reminders

Weekly Spelling Words- This week's words are spelling changes with affixes. The spelling of the root word will change when adding an ending.

drizzly
crumbly
sensibly
terribly
activity
rarity
mobility
clarity
diversion
collision
tension
intrusion
argument
supplement
elevator
senator
furious
nervous
cautious

CHALLENGE WORDS:

curiosity
emperor
ambitious

READING- Our story this week is "The Case of the Gasping Garbage". It is a cute story about 2 student scientists who have to solve a mystery that deals with a science concept. We will start the week by doing another experiment and going through the steps of the scientific method. The vocabulary words for the story are:
1. drizzly- lightly raining
2. technique- a method
3. overwhelm- to overpower or to make helpless
4. environment- surroundings
5. competitor-  goods or services in the same market as another person (EX: Publix and Winn-Dixie are competitors)
6. findings- the result of an investigation
7. peer- to look closely
8. pursuit- the act of chasing after 

WRITING- In writing this week we will be reviewing Narrative AND Expository writing. For Friday's test, we will have both types of prompts and the student's will have to write one or the other. We will pass these out randomly. This is good practice for FCAT Writing. 

MATH- We are working on expressions and equations with more than 1 operation. We are also continuing our countdown to FCAT prep for morning work with a follow-up quiz on Friday.

Monday- (I will be interviewing as a finalist for the Leon County District Teacher of the Year at the District office and will return at 10:30. They are set to announce the winner sometime of Thursday, February 16th!!! You can find the link to the article here.) Homework packets are sent home. Writing homework for tonight should be turned in tomorrow.

Tuesday- VALENTINE'S DAY!!!! A letter was sent home Friday with a class list. We will have a party in the afternoon. If your child would like to bring Valentine cards (either homemade or store-bought) please make sure that they bring one for each student. :-)

Wednesday- Wednesday folders will be sent home! Please sign and return on THURSDAY!

Thursday- Reading test day!

Friday- Spelling Test; Writing Test; AR test must be taken!

***Please continue to work on basic multiplication facts at home!!!***

On a personal note, I would just like to thank you all for the kind words about me being a finalist for Leon County District Teacher of the Year! It is a pure joy to teach your children everyday. I am so proud to represent Oak Ridge Elementary School and the AMAZING teachers, students, and parents I get to work with each day!  

Monday, February 6, 2012

February 6, 2012- Weekly Reminders


Weekly Spelling Words- This week's words have a root word plus a prefix. 

deflate
demerit
declaw
derail
impure
immobile
imperfect
impolite
prefix
preview
preheat
preschool
costar
copilot
co-host
co-pay
enlarge
enclose
enrich
enforce

CHALLENGE WORDS:
dehydrate
immature
cooperate

READING- This week's story is on Magnetism and how magnets work. All of the stories in this unit deal with Science and we will begin each week with an experiment to go over the steps of the Scientific Method. This is a great practice for completing a Science Fair project, which is required for ALL 4th graders.

WRITING- We are working on Narrative and Expository writing this week. On Friday, each student will be passed out a prompt randomly. This is why it is so important that er know how to write BOTH types of prompts. When it is time for FCAT Writing, we have no clue what kind they will get.

MATH- We are starting a 40 day countdown review this week. Monday-Friday the students will have 5 morning work problems on different benchmarks, but each day will cover the same benchmark. On Friday, they will have a quiz on the 5 types of problems we have worked on all week. We are also working on expressions and equations with variables.

Monday- Homework packets are sent home. Writing homework for tonight should be turned in tomorrow.

Tuesday- No reminders for today.

Wednesday- Wednesday folders and progress alerts will be sent home! Please sign and return on THURSDAY!

Thursday- Reading test day!

Friday- Spelling Test; Writing Test; AR test must be taken!

***Please continue to work on basic multiplication facts at home!!!***

Thank you so much for all you do!!! :-) Have a great week!

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012- Weekly Reminders


Wow! I can't believe that January is coming to a close! February means that the FCAT Writing test is ALMOST here!

Weekly Spelling Words: This week's words have a root word plus a suffix. There are no spelling changes to add the suffix. All you do is spell the root word and add the suffix to the end.

1. locality
2. oddity
3. humidity
4. finality
5. priceless
6. flavorless
7. needless
8. lifeless
9. actor
10. editor
11. collector
12. inspector
13. normal
14. digital
15. critical
16. national
17. briskly
18. jointly
19. properly
20. vividly

CHALLENGE WORDS:
21. governor
22. certainly
23. entirely

READING- This week we are beginning our new unit: Science Fair. All of the stories in this unit deal with scientists and the scientific method. We will be conducting several experiments in class and I know that the kids will really enjoy it.

WRITING- We are moving back to an Expository this week. (writing to explain). Since we are so close to FCAT Writing, and we don't know what type of prompt they will receive, we have to be sure that they are proficient in both types and are able to tell the difference. Monday will start with a pretest, and then we will work on editing those all week and take a post-test on Friday.

MATH- We are continuing with Patterns, Input/Output tables, and double digit multiplication. Be sure that you are reviewing basic facts with your child each night. This is so important!!!

MONDAY- Homework packets are sent home. Today is the last day to comment on the blog for JANUARY'S drawing. The comments have to be on the weekly posts, have to say your child's first name, and tell me what they did on the website.

TUESDAY- Blended Lives Field Trip. We will leave at 9:30 and return at 1:30. Be sure that your child wears jeans and brings a jacket.

WEDNESDAY- Wednesday folders go home. Blue Pop money is due!!!

THURSDAY- Wednesday folders should be returned.

FRIDAY- Spelling Test; AR Test, Reading test, Expository Post-test, Blue Pop Day- homework packets are due!!!