Calendar and Assignments

Scholastic Class Code: J9ZBW


Daily Schedule

9:00 - 9:15 Morning work

9:15 - 9:30 Daily greeting and announcements

9:30 - 10:45 Math

10:45 - 11:00 Snack

11:00 - 11:30 W.I.N. (What I Need time)

11:30 - 11:50 Recess

11:50 - 12:10 Lunch

12:15 - 1:05 Specials (See below)

1:10 - 2:05 Readers' Workshop

2:05 - 2:55 Writers' Workshop

2:55 - Write in daily planner

3:00 - 3:35 Social Studies and Science Block

3:38 - Dismissal


Specialists' Classes Schedule (12:15-1:05 M-F)


Monday: MUSIC, Library 1:10 - 1:30

Tuesday: PE (Ms. Sperling)

Wednesday: ART

Thursday: PE (Ms. Sperling)

Friday: SPANISH


Mr. Avaloz's assignment page


Week of April 24 - 28

posted 24 Apr 2017, 14:59 by John Avaloz   [ updated ]

Monday Notes

Math: Talked about the three basic ways one can move a polygon or image. They are: translations (slides), rotations (turns), and reflections (flips).

Reading: Started reading our new TFK magazine. Also, continued our grammar studies (DLR page 14).

Writing: We started working on a "color poem" today. We should finish tomorrow.

Library day

Social Studies (Ms. Marchbank’s class): Gulf of Mexico, petroleum, Deep Water Horizon


Tuesday Notes

Math: I introduced adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers today. A very tricky concept for many fourth graders. We will work more on this after MCA testing. We also did some last minute MCA review on how to find area for shapes made up of multiple rectangles, and went over translations (slides), rotations (turns), and reflections (flips).

THERE IS NOT STUDY LINK DUE TOMORROW!

Reading: More grammar work (DLR).

Writing: The class worked on their color poems today. They are almost finished.

Social Studies (Ms. Marchbank’s class): Cotton.




Wednesday Notes

Math: MCA TESTING.

Reading: DLR work, and TFK prereading.

Writing: Students finished theri color poems today.

Social Studies (Ms. Marchbank’s class): Segregation, Civil Rights movement.



Thursday Notes

Math: MCA TESTING.

Reading: Started Sarah, Plain and Tall as a read aloud. We are all reading the text chapter by chapter together. After each chapter we think about the text and write two sentences about what we feel are the two most important events or details from the chapter. Read chapters one and two today.

Writing:

Social Studies (Ms. Marchbank’s class): Quizlet review day. Students went to my Quizlet site to practice Southeastern States and/or landforms, crops, and natural resources from the region. Quizlet allows you to enter information and then presents it in simple game formats students can try.




Friday Notes

Math:

Reading:

Writing:





Week of March 20 - 24

posted 20 Mar 2017, 14:05 by John Avaloz   [ updated 23 Mar 2017, 14:02 ]

Monday Notes

Math: Perimeter and area. Practiced calculating how to find each. Worked to find the area of a shape formed by two rectangles (we calculated the area for each rectangle and then added the areas together). Practiced dividing a square foot into smaller segments (ie. four or six square inches) but still representing the original square foot.

Reading: Started our DLR work for the week. Students preread this week's TFK magazine.

Writing: The class is working to complete their state reports this week. A finished report will have a cover identifying the state and student writer, a picture, and introductory paragraph. It will also have at least three informational paragraphs with a heading, corresponding picture and caption. Lastly, a closing paragraph and simple list of sources.

Library day

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Gulf of Mexico, petroleum.


Tuesday Notes

Math: Learned that calculating the area for a parallelogram that is not a rectangle is the same as it is for a rectangle (area = base X height). We practiced measuring bases and heights for parallelograms and calculating area. We cut parallelograms in half and put the two pieces together to create rectangles to demonstrate that the area is the same, even if the shape has changed.

Reading: We read parts of a nonfiction book on bugs.

Writing: Students worked on state reports.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): New Orleans, Hurricane Katina.



Wednesday Notes

Math: We covered a lot today. We calculated area and perimeter for various shapes. We practiced adding and subtracting fractions. We worked on creating common denominators for factions, allowing us to add and subtract correctly. We figured out the probability for spinners divided into different colored sections. Tomorrow we will work on figuring area for triangles.

Reading: The class did a practice sort of their spelling words with a partner.

Writing: Students worked on state reports.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Cotton, Civil War.


Thursday Notes

Math: Area of a triangle. We worked hard on identifying that the formula for calculating the area of a given triangle is:

a = (B * H)/ 2. Simply stated, multiply the base times the height and cut that number in half. We learned that if you double any triangle you can create a parallelogram. We literally cut out two exact triangle shapes, attached them to create a parallelogram to see this first hand.

Reading: TFK quiz. Spelling partner check.

Writing: Students worked on state reports.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Civil Rights movement



Friday Notes

Math: Unit 8 test

Reading: Spelling test

Writing:





Week of March 13 - 17

posted 13 Mar 2017, 14:04 by John Avaloz   [ updated 17 Mar 2017, 14:08 ]

Monday Notes

Math: We reviewed the unit 7 concepts on tomorrow's test.

Reading: Started our weekly DLR work. New Spelling words came home today in the School Folder.

Writing: Students are working on completing their first state report paragraph page. The page is requried to have the following: A heading, a topic sentence, at least four detail sentences, a closing sentence, a photograph that relates to the paragraph, and a caption for the photograph.

Library day

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Jamestown, VA. "Survival game"


Tuesday Notes

Math: Unit 7 test.

Reading: DLR. Students began work on their spelling sheets.

Writing: I revisited the requirements for state report paragraphs. I shared a student example and shared a modified note sheet that should better help students organize their paragraph notes.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Appalachia, coal.



Wednesday Notes

Math: Perimeter. focused on measuring all sides of a shape and adding them together to calculate the perimeter of a given shape.

Reading:

Writing: Work time. Students are taking notes and writing informational paragraphs about their state.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): None


Thursday Notes

Math:

Reading:

Writing: Work time. Students are taking notes and writing informational paragraphs about their state.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Memphis, TN.



Friday Notes

Math: Area and perimeter. Learned that the area of a rectangle equals the length of the base times the length of the height. A = b * h.

Reading: TFK quiz, finish spelling sheet.

Writing: Our goal today was to print the first two pages of our state reports.





Week of March 6 - 10

posted 6 Mar 2017, 14:04 by John Avaloz   [ updated 9 Mar 2017, 14:09 ]

Monday Notes

Math: Fractions and decimals. Today we began converting fractions to decimals. We were doing examples such as the following: 2/10 is 0.2 as a decimal. 44/100 is 0.44 as a decimal. 6/1,000 is 0.006 as a decimal.

Reading: We read a little from a Marc Brown book about New York.

Writing: Students were encouraged to try and find a book on their state when we were at the library today. This week we will talk about noting books we use and how to include them in a bibliography.

Library day

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Southeast Region: Identified and labeled the twelve SE states into our packet.


Tuesday Notes

Math: Multiple names for fractions. Equivalent fractions. Students took a fractions as part of a whole test on Study Island in class today.

Reading: DLR.

Writing: Students had time to research their states and take notes.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Florida Everglades



Wednesday Notes

Math: Today we looked at parts of a whole and ordering fractions. For example, what would be the "whole" or "one" if 3/5 equals 15? We know we currently have 15 and that represents 3 parts of the 5 parts needed to have the whole set. So, 15/3 = 5. That means each 1/5 = 5, so the whole is 25. (5+ 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 25). We noticed today that when we have common numerators in a set of fractions like the following: 2/56, 2/14, 2/4 that the larger the denominator the less we have. Conversely, if we have common denominators, (1/10, 3/10, 8/10) that a larger numerator corresponds to a larger amount.

Reading: The class is working to read/research information for their state reports.

Writing: Today we again talked about taking notes for our state reports. One of our goals is to try and put our notes into our own words as much as possible. Rule number one: Don't simply copy notes word-for-word from our source. We also talked about putting our notes into a paragraph. This means thinking about the flow of our paragraph. We will work to create a topic sentence for our informational paragraphs.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): JFK Space Center


Thursday Notes

Math: We talked more about probability. We fashioned simple spinners using pencils and paper clips. We used two different spinner circles. One was divided in half (shaded and not shaded). The other was marked red and blue. The blue section was twice as large as the red section. Each student did four spins using each spinner. Even though some students results were not consistent with the probability (four shaded and none for unshaded) we found that when we combined the total number of spins for the entire class that our results were very close to the 50-50 and 2/3 blue totals we were expecting.

Reading: We finished our DLR work for the week and then took DLR quiz #2.

Writing: Students worked to collect notes and start drafting the first of three informational paragraphs about their states.

Social Studies (Ms. Carlson’s class): Florida video



Friday Notes

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