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5th Grade Update for READING/ENGLISH

posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:24 PM by Sarah Rosenbleeth





September 29, 2017


Dear Parents,


We are making excellent progress during Reading class!    September isn’t even over yet and we have completed our first book, Freak the Mighty.  And not only have the kids finished the reading of the text, but they have had the opportunity to complete some additional writing work related to the book.  First, I had the students reflect on the positive themes the text supports. Then, they each chose one to write a two part essay about.  The essay needed to use specific examples from the text to support the theme for the first part, and for the second part it had to show how the theme connects to their own life.  I really enjoyed reading these, and now they are hanging in the classroom:)  When that was completed, they used a website I found that was written for students that has information on the Middle Ages (a time period that was a favorite of our book’s characters). Using this site, everyone researched a topic related to the Middle Ages and created a poster with at least 10 facts about their area of interest.  Kids covered topics including such things as:  how to become a knight, the Black Plague, why and how castles were built, to what everyday life was like at this time, and more!  Some students researched multiple topics.  They have been very busy!!


Please don’t forget that Home Reading Logs should be completed nightly.  The kids are expected to read for 20-30 minutes a night and make a brief entry on their log.  You should sign this for verification- THANK YOU!!!  There is a little wiggle room during the weekend if someone needs to make-up a day:)  They are due every Tuesday.


Our read aloud book, Running Out of Night, should finish next week!  This was a fast-paced story about a slave girl and a white girl who ran away together.  I have asked the kids to complete some writing based on this story as well.  So far they have done a couple of summaries and made predictions.


New books begin next week!!


During English, we are also very busy!  Our figurative language work for the week was on hyperboles.  Everyday a different student lead the class in our Daily Language Review exercises.  Everyone has had the opportunity to go once now and we have started the rotation over.  Each of the students did a super job as “teacher” running this portion of the lesson.  It gives them a time to practice speaking/presenting to a group, as well as forces them to really think about the grammar, punctuation, and spelling of the daily work.  During writing time the kids had time to finish their detailed descriptions of the lunch room and another place of their choice.  They also continued to make progress with their personal narratives.  


If anyone is coming home tired, all the above might have something to do with it!  I know I am ready for the weekend!


Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns, and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.


This year I am on a number of SAU committees.  I have already been out of the building for this work and will be in the future.  Truth be told, I would much rather be with your children!


Enjoy the weekend!


Best,

Sarah    












 


Fourth Grade Newsletter June 9, 2017

posted Jun 9, 2017, 12:24 PM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

NES Fourth Grade Team Newsletter June 9, 2017 ● Yearbooks are on sale! ● http://enewspaper.makemynewspaper.com/047cb2ce587031/2017-spring-publication a 5th grade newspaper link you might enjoy too! English/Reading: The kids continued their Google Slide presentation on figurative language.  We are almost finished now, so we will be in good shape to have them done before the end of next week.  The kids also worked on skit preparation for Holes book scenes.  Everyone is responsible for writing one skit for their group to present.  In addition, we continued work on our poetry anthology.  The kids learned how to write concrete poems, color poems, and creature alliteration poems.  The last two types of poems need figurative language to meet the format requirements.  NO SPELLING NEXT WEEK!! Science/Social Studies​: The kids continued their work on their final projects for the NH Brochure Unit.  They are adding pictures and doing the actual paragraph writing for their final brochure products. Math We have spent several days this week working on multi-step word  problems some of which involved division and some measurement,and have found them to be quite difficult, especially since they can be done more than one way. Next week we will be generating and identifying patterns and more word problems, this time involving fractions.

June 2, 2017 Fourth Grade Team Newsletter

posted Jun 2, 2017, 12:40 PM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

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Fourth Grade Team Newsletter

June 2, 2017

 

  • Holes movie permission slip needs to be returned to school- thank you!

  • Field Day June 7. Permission slips necessary

  • Yearbooks are on sale!

 

English/Reading:

This week the kids continued their Google Slide presentation on figurative language.   Everyday the kids worked on creating a different slide with a specific figurative language on it. We also finished reading our book, Holes and began skit preparation for book scenes.  In addition, NWEA testing was completed.   

 

Science/Social Studies:

The kids continued their work on their final projects for the NH Brochure Unit.  They are adding pictures and doing the actual paragraph writing for their final brochure products.

 

Math

All of the children have completed their Spring NEWA testing in math and, judging from the difficulty of the questions some of the children were working so hard to answer, I believe that most will do very well.

We have been reviewing equivalent fractions, a skill we began at the beginning of the year, and the review is proving to be beneficial.

 


May 26, 2017 Fourth Grade Team Letter

posted May 26, 2017, 12:16 PM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

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Fourth Grade Team Newsletter

MAY 26 , 2017

 

 

 

English/Reading:

This week the kids began a Google Slide presentation on figurative language.  Google Slides is very similar to Powerpoint, so there isn’t much of a learning curve to use it:)  Everyday the kids worked on creating a different slide with a specific figurative language on it.  So far they have done one for metaphor, simile, proverb/adage, and idiom.  Each slide needs to have the definition of the figurative language, 4 examples, and explanations for why the examples work.  We will continue with this project next week. We are almost finished with our book Holes.  

 

Science/Social Studies:

This week we finished up NECAP Science tests and the kids continued their work on their final projects for the NH Brochure Unit.  They are adding pictures and doing the actual paragraph writing for their final brochure products.

 

Math

 

A productive although short week for the fourth grade. We are learning about multiplying whole numbers by fractions, mixed numbers by whole numbers which involves changing mixed numbers to improper fractions and the reverse. We are also screaming along with division.

 


May 19, 2017 Fourth Grade Team Letter

posted May 22, 2017, 10:37 AM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

NES Fourth Grade Team Newsletter MAY 19 , 2017
English/Reading: This week the kids worked on proverbs/adages.  We also continued with our book Holes.  The story is at an exciting point, with two of the main characters lost in the desert.   Most of our reading is done during class, and the kids complete written responses to comprehension questions based on the book.  In addition, the kids worked on their poetry anthology. 

Science/Social Studies​: This week the kids took their science NECAP test and continued working on their NH Brochure project.  They have finished creating their custom cover maps and are beginning their paragraphs. Math We had a wonderful trip to Concord on Wednesday. I learn something new every time I go! The children’s behavior was exemplary and House members complimented them. You should have received your child’s Unit 6 progress report. They did well. Please contact me if you have any concerns.

Fourth Grade Team Letter May 12, 2017

posted May 12, 2017, 12:21 PM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

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Fourth Grade Team Newsletter

MAY 12 , 2017

Reminder:


  • The NPTO in conjunction with NES teachers will host the first ever NES Teacher Raffle fundraiser to benefit the NPTO! Participating teachers have come up with some fun activities to do with lucky student winners. Teachers will sell raffle tickets for $5 a ticket or $20 for 5 in school starting on May 15th, and students will have the opportunity to place their tickets in teachers' ticket baskets during the week of May 15th-19th. The winners will be drawn at the community meeting on Friday May 19th. Baskets will be available to see at the Spring Concert on the 15th.Look for more details in the NPTO flyer going home today!



English/Reading:

This week the kids worked on recognizing the difference between hyperbole and idioms.  We continued with our book Holes, written by Louis Sachar.   Most of our reading is done during class, and the kids complete written responses to comprehension questions based on the book.  In addition, the kids worked on their poetry anthology.   We also managed to squeeze in the script writing for our Grandfriends’ celebration.  The topics of the skits included: Grandfriends take care of us, are accommodating, teach us, support us, and are generous.  I think all the students had fun with these:)


Science/Social Studies:

This week the kids took their science NECAP test and continued working on their NH Brochure project.  They have finished creating their custom cover maps and are beginning their paragraphs.


Math


The fourth graders will be taking their Unit 6 assessment next week. I will send the Unit 7 parent letter home today. I will be out of school on Monday and Tuesday but will be back for our trip to Concord on Wednesday!






May 5, 2017 Fourth Grade Team Letter

posted May 5, 2017, 6:58 AM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

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Fourth Grade Team Newsletter

MAY 5, 2017

 

Reminder:

  • We will be administering the NECAP Science test next Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Permission slips were sent home for our upcoming field trip to the NH State House. Please fill those out and return, with payment) by next Friday!
  • Grand Friend’s Day is next Friday at 9:00

English/Reading: 

This week the kids worked on recognizing and creating metaphors and similes.  They also began a new book, Holes, written by Louis Sachar.  Most of our reading was done during class, and the kids also completed some written responses to comprehension questions based on the beginning of the book.  In addition, the kids are working on creating their own poetry anthology.  This week poems were created using their vacations as inspiration, and I also taught them how to write a “Backwards” poem.  “Backwards” poetry connects to our new book, Holes, because it is supposed to be filled with irony and/or oxymorons (two more teaching points from the week).  The story  Holes is set at Camp Green Lake, however, there is no lake and hardly anything is green.

Science/Social Studies:

This week we continued working on our NH Brochure project.  The kids have been working with digital photo-editing apps (Google Drawing and Pixlr) to create their own custom map for the cover of their brochure.  

Math

        This week we spent time working on some very challenging word problems that involved

Fractions and conversions from pounds to ounces and ounces to pounds. The kids were real troopers! They also did some work with the additive property of angles. WOW!

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Fourth Grade Team Letter- 3-31-17

posted Mar 31, 2017, 12:39 PM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

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Fourth Grade Team Newsletter

March 31, 2017

 

Reminder:

  • Wax Museum Presentations

Ms. Rosenbleeth’s homeroom- April 3rd at 9:00

 Mrs. Dupont’s homeroom- April 4th at 9:00

  • Smarter Balance Test will be administered to Fourth Graders while the Fifth Grade is at Camp, April 10 to April 14.

English/Reading: 

We did the last bits of preparation for the Wax Museum this week.  I am very proud of the children for their hard work and look forward to the beginning of next week when they get to share it with everyone.  In addition, the kids all wrote an informational essay on “classroom jobs.”  This piece of writing included an introductory paragraph, three supporting detail paragraphs, concluding paragraph, and use of transition words.  The figurative language that we worked on was alliteration.

Science/Social Studies:

This week we continued working on our Science Lab.  The kids are investigating with rocks and minerals, learning about various properties (hardness, luster, color, streak), and charting/analyzing their results. The investigation is focused around a central driving question: what are the minerals found in granite and limestone.  

Math

Unit 5 assessments have been completed and graded and profiles of progress will come home to you next week. Many students had a problem with subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping so we had an intensive manipulative whole group lesson and then some children had additional help. I feel confident in their ability at this time.


Fourth Grade Newsletter March 27, 2017

posted Mar 27, 2017, 12:19 PM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

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Fourth Grade Team Newsletter

March 27, 2017

Reminder:

Wax Museum Presentations

Ms. Rosenbleeth’s homeroom- April 3rd at 9:00

Mrs. Dupont’s homeroom- April 4th at 9:00

Smarter Balance Test will be administered to Fourth Graders while the Fifth Grade is at Camp, April 10 to April 14.


English/Reading:

Your child should have their speech for the Wax Museum memorized by now.  Everyone should also have their costume ready and at school for videotaping/picture in front of the green screen.  (If your child has had this done, it is fine for them to bring their costume back home until the big day.)  Kids are also working on drafting an expository piece of writing about classroom jobs.   


Science/Social Studies:

This week we began working on a new Science Lab.  The kids are investigating with rocks and minerals, learning about various properties (hardness, luster, color, streak), and charting/analyzing their results. The investigation is focused around a central driving question: what are the minerals found in granite and limestone.  


Math


We’ve had a productive week and, after some review next week, will be taking our Unit 5 Assessment. In addition to our regular lessons, we will be working on division and angles.


January 20, 2017 Fourth Grade Team Letter

posted Jan 20, 2017, 11:59 AM by Sarah Rosenbleeth

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Fourth Grade Team Newsletter

January 20, 2017

Reminder:

Warm clothes for recess

Don’t Forget End 68 Hours of Hunger. It’s pudding this month!


English/Reading:

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Participants- I’m so proud of you!!

On the 17th I checked for 3 sources of information to support Wax Museum research, and evidence of reading/notes completed, and everyone was in good shape!  By January 24th, notes for 4 categories of information need to be completed.  Your child needs to become an expert on their person, and the more reading and learning about their subject, the better the final product will be!  Please continue to encourage daily reading- THANK YOU!!  


Science/Social Studies:

We began working on a science lab this week.  The project is a real-world scenario that requires the kids to construct an experiment to test the strength of magnets, chart the results, and draw conclusions from their data.


Math

Most everyone has completed NWEA’s and they did themselves proud, maintaining themselves through numerous glitches and difficult questions. Of course, they always amaze me with their knowledge of computers.

We have spent the week working with multiplication and division, still using standard form and the children are all working toward proficiency. Great Job!


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