Science: We continue to discuss fossils, and we will have a test on Friday. Students will bring home a
study sheet tomorrow.
Fossils- Evidence of organisms that lived long ago
Types of Fossils- Imprint fossils (Cast and Mold), Bone fossils, Amber Fossils, Trace Fossils
What can scientists learn from fossils? Information about plants and animals from the past
Math: We are reviewing the Zero Property- , Identity Property, and multiplying by multiples of 10
(ie. 20 x 7). We will have a test on Friday. We will also have a timed test. Your student should
know if they need to practice 5's, 3's, or 4's. Practice with math facts at home is imperative to
Writing: We are learning on dialogue in preparation to start a personal narrative this week. Students
could start brainstorming about memories or events that they could use for their narrative.
We will be getting started our in class brainstorming for personal narratives on Wednesday.
Reading: We are working on Literal/Non-literal language (idioms, similes, metaphors, and hyperbole).
Our motto for the week: Don't be Amelia Bedelia- Understanding Non-literal language.
During the second part of the week we will be looking at how illustrations inform us about
the characters, setting, and mood in literary texts. We will use Patricia Polacco books as
her character writing and illustrations are so rich. She writes picture books, but they range from
second to high fourth grade levels and might provide some fun reading for reading logs in the
As many of you realize, I am getting very close to my due date of Nov 14th. I hope to be announcing my supply teacher later on this week.
A change in Spelling Homework. In an effort to cut down on unnecessary homework, students will now be allowed to lessen their spelling homework by practicing only the words they miss on a spelling pre-test. All students took a spelling pre-test on Thursday. Your student should have the words missed written into their spelling spiral. If a student missed less than 5 words, I will add a few words to their lists. Some students were able to spell all Unit 19 words correctly on the pre-test and they moved on to a challenge list that created from the 3rd grade National Spelling Bee list. Students will still need to do enough activities to get 40 points, but they will complete those activities with fewer words.
Conferences- I look forward to meeting with each of you this week! At Addison we conduct student-led conferences so please have students attend with you.
Health- It is Red Ribbon Week and we will be studying the effects of drugs and alcohol. If you would like to have a dialogue with your child at home, here is the topics we will look at day by day.
Tuesday- Illegal Drugs
Thursday- How to say "NO"
Math- We will continue to practice our Times Tables-focusing on 2's, 5's, and 10's. We will start working on 3's and 4's times tables next week. At school we learn strategies and patterns for the times tables, but at home I would like for the students to be working on memorizing the facts with flash cards or computer games.
We will also be working on one and two step word problems involving multiplication and division. Please encourage your child in doing their homework to always answer a word problem with a complete sentence that answers the question of the word problem.
Science- We will be talking about Weathering and Erosion this week and will have a test on Friday. The students will bring home a study sheet on Wednesday. Students will be responsible for knowing how wind, water, ice, and plants changes rocks and soil through weathering and erosion.
Important Vocabulary: Weathering: the breaking down of rocks by wind, water, ice and plants.
Erosion: the washing away or movement of pieces of rocks, sediment, and soil by
wind or water.
Reading is being incorporated into health and science this week because of the shortened schedule.
Reminder: This week is early release. The school day will end and students will go to the buses or other transportation at 12:15.
Our FIELD TRIP to the Tellus Museum is tomorrow! Students should:
In the Classroom this week...
Math- We are working on the patterns for multiplication and division including 2's, 5's and 10's.
Reading- We are starting to talk about text features in Informational text. Vocabulary- caption, Table of Contents, Index, Glossary, Diagram, flow chart, key words.
Grammar/spelling- We are focusing on regular and irregular verbs. The spelling list has some of both types of verbs, but they are all in present tense or in gerund/continuous (ing) form. Talk about what the past tense of the verb would be (swim, swimming, swam). Regular verbs end in (ed). Irregular verbs change spelling for past tense.
I have taught for 6 years and joined the Addison family in January of last year. I was so excited to return to the school I attended for 4th and 5th grade.
Wednesday- Math Lab
Practice 4's to the tune of Frere Jacques
Practice 6's to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus