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May 20-24

posted May 20, 2013, 6:16 AM by Jeremy Mathis   [ updated May 20, 2013, 6:16 AM ]

This is the last full week of school!  It is so incredibly hard to believe!  I will truly miss everyone in 4C and in the AST family.  It has been an honor and a pleasure teaching here the past two years.

Here is a look at this week's activities:

Book Clubs:  Book clubs have come to a close.  I will meeting with just a few groups to finish up the books that they have started.  Last week, we were unable to read   My Brother's Flying Machine.  This week students will be working on vocabulary acquisition, summarizing, and answering comprehension questions.   

Math:  This week, we will concentrate all our efforts towards decimals.  We will be looking at adding and subtracting decimals.  During our bellwork time, we will also be focusing on reviewing of all the skills that were taught this year in mathematics (from number sense to geometry, from fractions to algebra).

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week there will be no vocabulary, grammar or spelling test.

Spelling:    No spelling words.

Writing:  Our writing pieces this week will focus on the year in review and the memories that the students have had.

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  The read aloud focus will be Double Fudge by Judy Blume.  We will be focusing on character analysis and development, conflicts and moral dilemmas, visualization, and responding to reading.  

Science:  This week, we will be focusing on shared reading pieces, read aloud pieces, and videos about the sun, the moon, and our solar system.

May 13-17th

posted May 12, 2013, 10:21 AM by Jeremy Mathis

It is so hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close.  It seems not too long ago that I was welcoming everyone to the first day of school.  It has truly been an unforgettable year with a great group of students.  4C students have touched my heart with their kindness, generosity, humor, resiliency, patience, work ethic, and academic progress this year.  THANK YOU to all the parents who made this year a successful year.  Without your support at home, it would not have been possible.

Here is a look at this week's activities:

Book Clubs:  Book clubs will continue to work on informational text.  Some groups are reading about heroes, national parks, beetles, and the Great Basin Desert.  Some groups will be finishing their books this week and moving on to another informational text.  While students are not meeting in book clubs, they will be working on a fourth grade text from the Treasures anthology.  The story students will be working on is called My Brother's Flying Machine.  Students will be working on vocabulary acquisition, summarizing, and answering comprehension questions.   

Math:  This week, we will concentrate all our efforts towards decimals.  We will look at how decimals are related to fractions and how to write fractions as decimals.  We will study tenths and hundredths.  During our bellwork time, we will also be focusing on reviewing of all the skills that were taught this year in mathematics (from number sense to geometry, from fractions to algebra).

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week we will be working on spelling, vocabulary, and grammar during TWI time.    Vocabulary words for this week are:  applauded, headlines, unstable, glider, wingspan, assured, hoisting.  Students will be quizzed over spelling, vocabulary, and grammar on Friday.

Spelling:    The spelling list this week will consist of 20 words.  Students will NOT be responsible for the spelling of vocabulary words this week.  The spelling words this week are:  spotless, sunny furry, really, harry, barely, tasteless, handful, lifeless, illness, hopefully, happiness, goodness, sorrowful, purely, sickness, joyfully, aimless, breathless, certainly

Writing:  Due to last week's hectic schedule with two assemblies, we were unable to publish the persuasive letters that students have been working on.  The letters will be due Tuesday.  From there, we will be working on a cold writing sample for students' portfolio.

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  The read aloud focus will be Wringer by Jerry Spinelli.  We will be focusing on character analysis and development, conflicts and moral dilemmas, visualization, and responding to reading.  

Science:  This week, we will be focusing on shared reading pieces, read aloud pieces, and videos about the sun, the moon, and our solar system.

May 6-10

posted May 5, 2013, 12:07 PM by Jeremy Mathis

Congratulations!!!  A big congratulations to all the participants in the musical.  Congratulations to Andrea, Sophia, and Beatriz for their performance in the National Science Fair!

Here is a look at the classroom activities this week:

Book Clubs:  Book clubs have started to work on informational text.  Some groups are reading about heroes, national parks, beetles, and the Great Basin Desert.  While students are not meeting in book clubs, they will be working on a fourth grade text from the Treasures anthology.  The story students will be working on is called The Cricket in Times Square.  Students will be working on vocabulary acquisition, summarizing, and answering comprehension questions.   

Math:  This week we will be working elapsed time and reviewing for our chapter test.  Both Tuesday and Wednesday will be review days.  Students are more than welcome to begin studying and reviewing.  The test will be over Chapter 12.  On pages 524-530 there are practice problems and examples from each section of the chapter.    The test will be on Thursday.  On Friday we will be starting decimals and exploring how fractions and decimals are related.

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week we will be working on spelling, vocabulary, and grammar during TWI time.    Vocabulary words for this week are:  eavesdropping, scuffling, wistfully, jumble, logical, acquaintance, scornfully.  Students will be quizzed over spelling, vocabulary, and grammar on Friday.

Spelling:    The spelling list this week will consist of 20 words.  Students will NOT be responsible for the spelling of vocabulary words this week.  The spelling words this week are:  root, tale, wade, tail, prince, dough, moose, prints, we've, weave, whose, route, who's, boulder, weighed, patience, bolder, doe, mousse, patients

Writing:  This week we will be continuing our persuasive letters to a designated audience trying to convince them to come to our region of study in social studies.  I will be teaching mini-lessons on adjectives/adverbs/word choice, organization, and revising and editing.  Students' published draft copies will be due on Friday.

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  The read aloud focus will be Wringer by Jerry Spinelli.  We will be focusing on character analysis and development, conflicts and moral dilemmas, visualization, and responding to reading.  


Social Studies/Science:  Students will be presenting their Social Studies projects this week.  We have also started our unit on the solar system.  We will continue a shared reading piece and interactive editing about the sun.

April 29-May 3

posted Apr 29, 2013, 3:56 AM by Jeremy Mathis

There is NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, May 1st.

Here is a look at the classroom activities this week:

Book Clubs:  Book clubs will be starting again this week.  I am rearranging book clubs due to the results of the Teacher's College Reading Assessment.  I will still have six groups to meet with.  However, students will be switching groups according to their current level.  We will primarily run literature circles, with each group in charge of being the discussion director, artful artist, word wizard, passage picker, and questions king/queen.  While students are not meeting in book clubs, they will be working on a fourth grade text from the Treasures anthology.  The story students will be working on is called The Gold Rush Game (page 667 Treasures).  Students will be working on Frayer Model for vocabulary acquisition, cause and effect relationships, summarizing, and answering comprehension questions.   

Math:  This week we will be working on converting customary units of weight.  We will also take a look at metric units of mass.  From there, we will be looking at estimating and measuring volume.  Problem solving will be sprinkled throughout the week.

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week we will be working on spelling, vocabulary, and grammar during TWI time.    Vocabulary words for this week are:  reference, prospectors, disappointment, annoyed, circular, outstretched, glinted.  Students will be quizzed over spelling, vocabulary, and grammar on Friday.

Spelling:    In addition to the normal 15 words, students will also be responsible for the vocabulary words.  The spelling words this week 
are:  robin, button, bacon, reason, cotton, sunken, eleven, cousin, woven, raisin, cannon, muffin, widen, wooden, ridden, common, proven, often, penguin, skeleton, reference, prospectors, disappointment, annoyed, circular, outstretched, glinted


Writing:  On Monday, we will be finishing up our presentations of our "How To" papers.  From there, we will be starting a writing project that will be cross curricular.  Students will be writing a letter to a selected audience to convince them to come to their region (the region that they are studying in Social Studies).  Mini-lessons will focus on brainstorming, ideas, audience, word choice, and organization.

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  The read aloud focus will be Wringer by Jerry Spinelli.  We will be focusing on character analysis and development, conflicts and moral dilemas, visualization, and responding to reading.  


Social Studies:  Students will continue working on their projects.  Students should come to class with all the necessary materials that they will need in order to work on their projects.  Projects are scheduled to be presented on Thursday and Friday.

April 22-26

posted Apr 21, 2013, 7:34 AM by Jeremy Mathis   [ updated Apr 23, 2013, 2:18 PM ]

MONDAY - 
Earth Day Picnic (NO TRASH!).  For lunch, students just need to bring a cloth napkin and something to drink, but please remember NO TRASH.  It is also a FREE COLORS DAY.  Students should dress in EARTH COLORS.

Here is a look at the classroom activities this week:

Book Clubs:  The Teacher's College Reading Assessment will continue during the first part of the week.  Due to this assessment, I will not be meeting with groups this week.  This assessment is done individually with the students.  Students read leveled passages and are assessed on fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.  While I am assessing students, they will be reading three different grade level text.  The focus will be on vocabulary, comprehension, and responding to reading.

Math:  This week we will continue working on Chapter 12.  On Monday and Tuesday, we will be focusing on units of capacity in both the customary and metric systems.  Students will practice making conversions in both units.  On Wednesday we will be having a quiz over the first three lessons in this unit.  From there, we will be moving on to customary and metric units of weight.

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week we will be working on spelling, vocabulary, and grammar during TWI time.  Our grammar focus will be adverbs that compare.  Vocabulary words for this week are:  skyscrapers, collage, barbecue, glorious, strutting, flicked, swarms.  Students will be quizzed over spelling, vocabulary, and grammar on Friday.

Spelling:    In addition to the normal 15 words, students will also be responsible for the vocabulary words.  The spelling words this week 
are:  grocer, pepper, barber, grader, polar, tanker, singer, enter, odor, collar, zipper, powder, danger, cheddar, popular, harbor, anchor, elevator, daughter, victor, skyscrapers, collage, barbecue, glorious, strutting, flicked, swarms


Writing:  This week we will be working on refining our "How To" papers.  Students will also practice giving their speeches.  On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday students will be presenting their speeches to their peers.

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  Due to TEACHER'S COLLEGE READING ASSESSMENT, this time will be used for fourth grade leveled text reading, and corresponding assessments.  Students will be reading three stories this week.  With each story, students will work on different reading strategies and in all stories the focus will be on comprehension.  During this time, I will be pulling students to assess their reading level.  


Social Studies:  Students will continue working on their projects.  At this point, all groups have decided on the three different projects that they will be completing.  Since groups will be given work time daily, students will need to bring all the materials that they will need.  iPads and laptops are acceptable to bring in for research on their region.  

April 15-19

posted Apr 14, 2013, 3:01 PM by Jeremy Mathis

Here is a look at the classroom activities this week:

Book Clubs:  Due to TEACHER'S COLLEGE READING ASSESSMENT, I will not be meeting with groups this week.  This assessment is done individually with the students.  Students read leveled passages and are assessed on fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.  While I am assessing students, they will continue to read their assigned novel.  After each chapter, students will write a summary, 3-5 vocabulary words, a response, and predictions. 

Math:  This week we will be finishing our work on chapter 11.  There will be a chapter test on Wednesday.  Topics will include:  customary units of length, measuring to the nearest inch, 1/2 inch, and 1/4 inch, conversions of customary units of length, metric units of length, measuring to the nearest cm and mm, perimeter, area, and reading a thermometer and finding temperature differences.  On Thursday we will be starting capacity.  We will begin with customary units.

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week we will be working on spelling, vocabulary, and grammar during TWI time.  Our grammar focus will be adverbs that compare.  Vocabulary words for this week are:  commotion, considerate, descended, destination, grieve, ignored, praised, preparations.  Students will be quizzed over spelling, vocabulary, and grammar on Friday.

Spelling:    In addition to the normal 15 words, students will also be responsible for the vocabulary words.  The spelling words this week 
are:  aisle, isle, scene, seen, raisin, raising, reign, rain, road, rode, straight, strait, rite, write, right, commotion, considerate, descended, destination, grieve, ignored, praised, preparations 


Writing:  This week we will be focusing on a "How To" article or paper.  On Monday, students will be narrowing down their brainstorm ideas to their top 3, and finally, their top choice.  We will be looking at an anchor paper to look at elements of a "How To" paper.  On Tuesday, students will be using a graphic organizer to start the prewriting process.  Prewriting will be checked with partners.  On Wednesday, students will begin drafting.  Friday will be the last work day to draft, revise, and edit.  Due to the resources that I will be using with the students, STUDENTS MAY bring iPads and laptops starting on Wednesday for writing.

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  Due to TEACHER'S COLLEGE READING ASSESSMENT, this time will be used for fourth grade leveled text reading, and corresponding assessments.  Students will be reading two stories this week:  Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters and The Stonecutter.  With each story, there will be focus skills and skill sheets for students to work on.  I have also prepared focused questions to help students write a reader's response for each story.  During this time, I will be pulling students to assess their reading level.  


Social Studies:  Students have been divided into four different groups.  Each group will be studying a different region of the United States.  On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we will be using the text books to gather information and build background knowledge about each region.  Starting on Thursday, STUDENTS MAY bring iPads and laptops to get more information and to help with projects.  Students will be given a tic-tac-toe board with different activities to choose from.  Students will choose three (all groups are required to do the middle activity).  Thursday and Friday will be work days on their projects.

April 8-12

posted Apr 7, 2013, 10:56 AM by Jeremy Mathis   [ updated Apr 9, 2013, 6:09 AM ]

Here is a look at the classroom activities this week:

Book Clubs:  Currently, I have been struggling with a few students and being prepared for book club.  As a reminder, the reading and the assignment should be treated as any other assignment.  Failure to be prepared results in a missing assignment.  Five missing assignments results in an infraction.  With the fourth grade text,  students will be working on responding to reading.  Reader's responses will be due on Thursday.  Students will also be exposed to vocabulary throughout the week.  There will be no assignment for vocabulary this week.   The fourth grade text that we will be using is called Three Little Pigs and the Fox (on page 476 in the Spotlight on Literacy Text).  The vocabulary words that students will be responsible for are: jowls, nippy, pleaded, squirming, stalling, stammeringStudents will be quizzed over these words on Friday.

Math:  During this week, students will be quizzed over measuring, converting, and problem solving with customary units.  From there, we will move on to metric units of length.  Wednesday and Thursday will be dedicated to perimeter and area.  We will review all three concepts prior to a quiz on Friday.

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week we will be working on spelling, vocabulary, and grammar during TWI time.  Our grammar focus will be adverbs that tell where and when.  Students will be quizzed over spelling, vocabulary, and grammar on Friday.

Spelling:    In addition to the normal 15 words, students will also be responsible for the vocabulary words.  The spelling words this week 
are:  believing, snickering, deceiving, squirming, fibbing, sneaking, boasting, hiding, ducking, smirking, fooling, frowning, splashing, lying, grinning, jowls, nippy, pleaded, stalling, stammered


Writing:  This week will be focusing on the research paper that will accompany their science fair projects.  We will work on them on Monday and Tuesday.  If students would like to bring iPads and laptops on those days that would be fine.  It would be nice to have the research paper on Wednesday for the actual science fair.  However, this might not be possible for all groups and that is okay.  Starting on Wednesday, we will start working on a "How to" paper.  Students will choose a topic that they want to explain step by step.  The end goal is an expository writing and a speech to present to their peers.  

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  This week, we will be using Wringer as both our read aloud and our shared reading pieces:
  • Spelling:  words ending in -ing
  • Reading:  story elements using Wringer, conflicts and resolutions
  • Grammar:  adverbs that tell when and where

SCIENCE FAIR:  This is our final week and our final push for the science fair.  By Wednesday EVERYTHING needs to be completed 
finalized.  Students will need to be prepared to present their science fair projects to others (in particular to the judges).  The will have a 
maximum of 10 minutes to do so.  Judges will also ask the students questions about their projects.  In order to help the students
prepare I have come up with the following schedule and plan:
 
  • April 8th (Monday)- You're INVITED!!  Parents will be invited to come into the multipurpose to view all the Science Fair projects.  Invitations will be sent out soon!
  • April 9th (Tuesday)- Dry run through . . . students bring all their materials again.  This time students will be presenting to high school students
  • April 10th (Wednesday)-  ACTUAL SCIENCE FAIR 
Social Studies:  On Thursday, we will begin a small group project to investigate a region of the US (each group will be covering a different region).  There will be elements that will be worked on together and others that will be completed individually. 

April 1-5

posted Mar 22, 2013, 2:06 PM by Jeremy Mathis

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Semana Santa!  Welcome back!  Here is a look at the classroom activities this week:

Book Clubs:  Some groups have shown signs of struggling with comprehension.  Students should utilize the different comprehension
strategies that have practiced and taught all year long.  When we ignore these strategies, our comprehension typically breaks down.
Students will continue to also work on fourth grade text that all students will be responsible for reading.    With the fourth grade text, 
students will be working on responding to reading.  Reader's responses will be due on Friday.  
Students will also be exposed to vocabulary throughout the week.  There will be no assignment for vocabulary this week.   The fourth grade 
text that we will be using is called Yeh-Shen (on page 446 in the Spotlight on Literacy Text).  The vocabulary words that students will 
be responsible for are: collapsed, horror, jealous, marveled, orphan, sageStudents will be quizzed over these words on Friday.

Math:  Before Semana Santa we worked on our final performance assessment in geometry.  If students were unable to finish during the
week, they will need to spend recess and lunch time in order to finish.  This week we will be moving on to the unit of measurement.  This
week we will focus on customary units of length.  We will begin with an introduction and move towards converting between the units
for length.  On Thursday we will be focusing on the problem solving strategy "solve a simpler problem".  On Friday there will be a short 
quiz over the first three lessons of the unit.

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week we will be utilizing TWI exclusively for extending math instruction.  Grammar will be moved
to the read aloud and shared reading time.

Spelling:    In addition to the normal 15 words, students will also be responsible for the vocabulary words.  The spelling words this week 
are:  hadn't, she'd, didn't, they've, who's, wasn't, they'd, he's, we've, here's, don't, hasn't, shouldn't, who've, he'd, horror, jealous, marveled, collapsed, sage, orphan


Writing:  This week we will be working on an on demand writing piece.  Students will be given a writing prompt on Tuesday.  They will have three forty minute periods to complete the planning, drafting, revising, and editing.  

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  This week, we will be using Butterfly Lion as both our read aloud and our shared reading pieces:
  • Spelling:  contractions and the words that are used to form contractions
  • Reading:  character and event analysis using Butterfly Lion, making inferences, vocabulary, and visualization
  • Grammar:  adverbs that tell how

SCIENCE FAIR:  This is our final week and our final push for the science fair.  By Wednesday EVERYTHING needs to be completed 
finalized.  Students will need to be prepared to present their science fair projects to others (in particular to the judges).  The will have a 
maximum of 10 minutes to do so.  Judges will also ask the students questions about their projects.  In order to help the students
prepare I have come up with the following schedule and plan:
 
  • April 3rd (Wednesday)- Dry run through . . . students bring in all their materials, tri-folds, displays, etc.  We will be conducting an in-class practice for the Science Fair
  • April 4th (Thursday)- Dry run through . . . students bring all their materials again.  This time we will be inviting another classroom to view our Science Fair projects and gain some valuable practice
  • April 5th (Friday)- You're INVITED!!  Parents will be invited to come into the classroom to view all the Science Fair projects.  Invitations will be sent out soon!

March 18-22

posted Mar 15, 2013, 11:02 AM by Jeremy Mathis   [ updated Mar 15, 2013, 11:06 AM ]

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

Book Clubs:  In our book clubs I urge students to make sure that they are FULLY prepared for meetings.  This includes, making sure that 
they deeply understand the reading assignment.  Students will continue to also work on fourth grade text that all students will be responsible
for reading.    With the fourth grade text, students will be working on responding to reading.  Reader's responses will be due on Friday.  
Students will also be exposed to vocabulary throughout the week.  There will be no assignment for vocabulary this week.   The fourth grade 
text that we will be using is called No Star Nights (on page 418 in the Spotlight on Literacy Text).  The vocabulary words that students will 
be responsible for are: furnaces, mammoth, mill, old-fashioned, ravine, shiftStudents will be quizzed over these words on Thursday, 
as there are Parent/Teacher Conferences on Friday.

Math:  This week we will continue with be concluding our Geometry unit.  Students will be given a performance assessment.  They will be 
playing the role of a city planner.  They will be designing a city that meets different criteria.  This will show me exactly what the students 
have learned in the geometry unit. We will spend the entire week on this assessment, as it will be time consuming and demanding.  It may 
NOT be worked on at home.  It should be a fun and challenging assessment for students to work on.  If a student is unable to finish during 
the week, they will have to spend recess and lunch time to finish during the week after Semana Santa.

TWI:   As with every week, students will have a 4 operations quiz on Monday and a timed test of basic facts on Thursday.  With the timed 
test, in order to prepare students for fifth grade, students will now be given 3 MINUTES ONLY.  Students will need to study their facts in 
order to pass the test each week.  This week will be working on adjectives that compare and the rules that they follow.  We will look at both 
comparative and superlative adjectives.

Spelling:    In addition to the normal 15 words, students will also be responsible for the vocabulary words.  The spelling words this week 
are:  furnaces, geese, leaves, halves, addresses, calves, oxen, elves, potatoes, tomatoes, shelves, knives, berries, grasses, 
candies, mammoth, mill, old-fashioned, ravine, shift


Writing:  This week we will be working on writing some background information/research for our Science Fair Projects.  This is 
something that is required for each experiment.  I want students to think SCIENCE FAIR, SCIENCE FAIR, SCIENCE FAIR.  It is 
extremely important to work hard on this project, as fourth and fifth graders started the project late.  I will be guiding students through the 
writing of their papers.  We will look at anchor papers to identify the common elements and how to develop their own papers.

Read Aloud/Shared Reading:  This week, our shared reading and read aloud pieces will focus on:
  • Spelling:  plurals and the rules that they follow
  • Reading:  character and event analysis using Butterfly Lion, making inferences, vocabulary, and visualization

SCIENCE FAIR:  I have been SOOO pleased with students' effort and enthusiasm thus far.  This is a HUGE undertaking.  Students 
should remain focused and determined.  THIS IS A COMPETITION!  Students should be putting forth their very, very best effort.  Please 
remember:
  • All measurements should be METRIC (if you've already measured in customary units, we can convert them)
  • Be PRECISE and THOROUGH
  • Become an EXPERT on your topic
  • Make sure journal entries are COMPLETE
  • Take and record ACCURATE measurements
  • HAVE FUN LEARNING !!!
At this point, if students have not started on the actual experiment then they are starting to fall behind.  Please continue to assist and push 
your child to do their very, very best.  

This week, we will be practicing converting data from charts into graphs and analyzing the trends of data.  This is a skill that they will need 
for their experiments.  

March 11-15

posted Mar 9, 2013, 11:59 AM by Jeremy Mathis

This week, students will be taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.  This is an important test for students to show exactly what they are capable of academically.  I urge students to get a good night's rest and make sure to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning.  Keeping well hydrated also helps with normal brain function.  On my end, there will be NO HOMEWORK, NO SPELLING LIST.  The only thing that students will be responsible for is their reading log and science fair projects . . . . 

SCIENCE FAIR:  This year marks the first time in 11 years that AST will be participating in the National Science Fair.  This is an enormous honor and a big competition.  It will allow students to show their creativeness and their ability to use the scientific method.  We will first have an AST Science Fair in early April to decide upon our winners.  The winners will make small adjustments to their projects before taking their experiments to the National Science Fair in early May.  I am extremely excited about the opportunity.  The only downfall is that we were informed very late in the process and have some time to make up.  Students will need your help and guidance.  However, the bulk of the work needs to be on their own.  We will follow strict deadlines in order to have everyone ready in time:
  • Monday:  Question or Problem, Hypothesis, Variables due
  • Wednesday:  Procedure and Materials due
  • Thursday:  Data Collection Tool Due
If students are having a tough time coming up with a question or problem, please don't panic.  We will be able to steer them in the right direction.  Here are some sites with some ideas.  BE CAREFUL!!!  Some of these include projects that are demonstrations and NOT experiments.  WE NEED EXPERIMENTS:
ITBS:  Testing will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning.  

As a result of ITBS we will have a shortened and mixed up schedule.  

Book Clubs:  Our book clubs will be conducted as normal.  We will focus on all the reading comprehension skills in each groups novels.  Students will still be responsible to read a fourth grade level text from Spotlight on Literacy.  The story we will be focusing on is Creation of a California Tribe (page 393).  I am asking for a reader's response on Friday.  However, students are NOT to take it home for homework.  It will be finished in class.

Writing:  We will be focusing on editing, revising, publishing, and illustrating our water cycle stories.  On Friday, these will be due.  Students will be able to finish during class time.

Science:  We will spend some time reviewing students work.  However, work MUST be completed at home.

Math:  We will be working on rotations, reflections, and translations and congruent figures.

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