Ms. Amer

What is Happening This Week?

10/17/17-10/2017

Perseverance: This month we are continuing to work on the character trait perseverance. Please talk with your student about perseverance and what it looks like through actions.

Math: We will continue our unit on multiplication by looking at patterns for 2's, 5's and 9's. We will also look at the distributive property and how we can use known facts to help find the products for other facts. The multiplication unit is a very large unit in fourth grade, and it is very important for students to be reviewing their multiplication facts

CKLA:This week in CKLA we will be continuing our Empires in the Middle Ages unit by writing an informative paragraph about Lords and reading why knights and castles were needed in the Middle Ages. We will continue to have homework a few times this week for CKLA, please be on the look out for it.

Science: We will finish up our unit on Physical Features with a quiz on Thursday. The study guide will be coming home tomorrow. We will then begin our unit on Receiving and Using information after that.

In Focus: This week we will discuss making friends, the qualities of friends and how to embrace the challenges of friendships.


10/9/17-10/12/17

This month we will be working on the character trait perseverance. Please talk with your child at home about what perseverance means.

CKLA: We will begin our next unit in CKLA called "Empires in the Middle Ages". We will be discussing important people, events and ideas from the middle ages and comparing the lives of Lords and Serfs. Students will be coming home with reading homework from this unit that will require them to read and answer questions.

Math:We will be wrapping-up our decimal unit on adding and subtracting decimals. The students will be completing a Menu Project for the assessment. I am excited to see their creativity and understanding of decimals shine through their projects. After, we will begin Unit 2 which will be all about multiplication.

Social Studies: We will continue to look at different types of economies and we will work to answer the question, how does our economy meet our needs and wants? We will also define producers and consumers.

Science: We will be finishing up our unit on Physical Features by looking at how organisms are grouped into different categories. We will then do a virtual lab on what physical features help frogs survive. We will have a short science quiz the following week, look for a study guide to be sent home on Thursday.

In Focus: This week we will be generating weekly goals as well as discussing the meaning of gratitude.

Students will also be taking iReady this week in Literacy and Math. iReady is an additional measure that we use to assess students literacy and mathematical ability.

10/2/17-10/6/17 update

CKLA:This week in CKLA we will be working on our Beginning of Year assessments which help determine students preparedness for Grade 4 CKLA instruction. It is comprised of reading comprehension, grammar, fluency and morphology. Also, students who have not finished typing their personal narratives should have them typed by Thursday, October 5th for homework.

Math- We will continue our topic on decimals. This week we will be looking at how to round decimals, estimate the sums and differences of decimal, and adding and subtracting decimals. I will also be handing back our second test tomorrow, please have test corrections and reflections returned by October 4th for credit.

Social Studies: Students are almost finished writing their first set of SMART goals. They have done an awesome job analyzing data to help them create these goals. We will also (actually) be starting our our first official Social Studies unit about Economy-we will work to answer the question, "How does our economy meet our needs and wants?"

Science-We will continue our unit on Physical Features by looking at how animals use their physical features to survive. We will also look into why and how organisms are grouped into different categories.

In Focus: This week we will practice participating in random acts of kindness, and look at the domino effect of caring acts, making mistakes and encouraging risk taking.

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9/25/17-9/29/17 update

#WeMakeADifference Project: We have been working on character traits in Reading, being respectful, creating a safe environment, and setting goals. This project is designed for the students to reflect on a word that represents them as a whole. They should then research a quote that motivates them to be the word they chose to represent themselves. Finally, they will right a mission statement describing how they will use their chosen character trait to make our class and school a better place. Due September 29th.

CKLA: We will be wrapping up our unit on Personal Narratives. Students will finish reading the story Small Steps and analyze the conclusion. We will also be writing conclusions to our personal narrative and then revising, polishing and sharing our personal narratives.

Math: We will be finishing up our final section of Topic 2 (Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers) by looking at specific problem solving techniques and reviewing. A study guide will be sent home Monday, the 25th. We will have our second test on Wednesday, September 27th. We will then start our final topic of Unit 1-Operations with Decimals.

Social Studies: We will continue to work on creating our SMART goals. Students will be analyzing data to help them create reading, math, and behavior goals. We will also be starting our our first official Social Studies unit about Economy-we will work to answer the question, "How does our economy meet our needs and wants?".

Science: We will be continuing with our unit on Physical Features by comparing and contrasting the physical features of different animals and looking at how a plant’s physical features help it survive, grow, and reproduce.

In Focus: This week we will continue look at our individual strengths and areas of ability. We will look specifically at the musical, interpersonal, interpersonal, and naturalist abilities this week.

9/18/17-9/22/17 update

Another week down! Everyone is working hard and continuing to get into a routine. The students are earning money, and will be able to purchase tickets at the end of the month. Our focus this month is "Respect." Please feel free to talk to your student about ways they can use respect at school and at home.

Math: We will continue with the next part of Topic 1 focused on adding and subtracting whole numbers. We will be working on subtracting through the 1000's this week as well as subtracting across zeroes. Our class will use Prodigy for one of our Math centers this year. Your student should have brought home a log in sheet. They may play at home, after completing their homework, but it is not part of a homework requirement.

CKLA: We will continue with our unit on Personal Narratives. Students will finish reading the story Small Steps. They will then identify textual details of the story and analyze the conclusion of Small Steps. We will also continue drafting the body paragraphs of our personal narrative and revise our personal narrative drafts to incorporate good and varied details.

Social Studies: We will begin to work on creating some of our first Smart goals of the year. Students will be analyzing data to help them create reading, math, and behavior goals. I will also be assigning our "We Make A Difference" project where students will create a mission statement that explains how they will make a difference in the class, school or world. This will be due September 29th.

Science: Students did a fabulous job on the first science test of the year. We will be starting our unit on Physical Features, working to answer the question: How do the structures of organisms enable life’s functions? by defining the words biological diversity, bilateral symmetry and predator.

In Focus: This week we will look at our individual strengths and areas of ability. We will look specifically at the kinesthetic ability, spatial ability, mathematical ability and linguistic ability.


9/11/17-9/15/17 update

Math: We will begin the next part of Topic 1 focused on adding and subtracting whole numbers. We will start by looking at how to use mental math and estimation to find the sums and differences of whole numbers.

CKLA: We will continue with our unit on Personal Narratives. Students will read excerpts from the story Small Steps, and identify character traits, similes and metaphors. Students will begin drafting their own personal narratives focused on a memory and work to include similes and metaphors in their writing.

Science: We will finish up our mini research project on raccoons and frogs to help us study for our Unit 1 assessment. The test will be Wednesday. The study guide is on the assignment board and will go home in print tomorrow. Then we will start our unit on Physical Features, working to answer the question: How do the structures of organisms enable life’s functions?

Social Studies: We will finish going over the components of Smart goals, checking to make sure our goals are realistic, and that we understand the importance of setting a time limit on our goals. After, we will begin to work on creating some of our first Smart goals of the year.

In Focus: This week we will look at various techniques (breathing, mindfulness, etc.) for calming the brain and nervous system.

Homework

*Read for 20 minutes each night.

Please make sure students are bringing a reading book to school!

Monday, September 11th-Review what you know for math. Study guide for science.

Tuesday, September 5th- Daily spiral 2.1. Study for quiz on Wednesday in Science.

Wednesday, September 6th- Daily Spiral 2.2

Thursday, September 7th- Daily Spiral 2.3. Picture Day.

Check the assignment board nightly for updates!

9/5/17-9/8/17 update

We will be starting Flex time. What is Flex time?

Flex time is 40 minutes everyday where our class get the extra support of an enrichment teacher. The point of flex time is to work with small groups or one-on-one in order to meet tiered standards. This time will be helpful for student confidence and competence building.

Math: This week we will be finishing up our first unit on place value. We will wrap up by learning how and when to make an organized list to help solve problems and then take a short quiz on this first topic. A study guide will be sent home to review for the quiz. We will begin our new topic, addition and subtraction of whole numbers, after that.

CKLA (Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Spelling): We will continue our first unit on Personal narratives. Students will practice writing food narratives that include dialogue as well as begin to brainstorm other possible ideas for a personal narrative. Feel free to help them come up with ideas!

Science: We will continue our unit on Growth and Development and work to answer the question: "How does the way an animal parent takes care of its offspring relate to the number of offspring it has?" Keep an eye out for a study guide coming out later in the week to review for a quiz on this concept.

Social Studies: We will finish going over the components of Smart goals. This year the students will be keeping a portfolio that will include work and data demonstrating growth. Creating and reaching goals will be a large piece of the portfolio. We have discussed making Specific and Measurable goals, and this week we will learn how to create an Action Plan, and determine if the goal is realistic.

In Focus: This week's theme during In Focus is bullying. We will look at how to take action and speak up against bullying.

Homework

*Read for 20 minutes each night.

Please make sure students are bringing a reading book to school!

Tuesday, September 5th- Daily spiral 1.7. Study guide for quiz Thursday will be sent home today.

Wednesday, September 6th- Study for math quiz Thursday. Finish quick check 1.7 problems 2-4.

Thursday, September 7th- Work on science study guide for quiz next week

Check the assignment board nightly for updates!



8/28/17-8/31/17 update

What's Happening at ARPS?

-September 1st - No School

-September 4th - Labor Day - No School

-September 6th - Early Release Day

-September 8th- Dress Down Day

-September 14th- Fall Individual Picture Day

What's Happening in Fourth Grade?

Math: This week we will continue our first unit on place value. Students will be comparing and ordering whole numbers, rounding whole numbers and learning how and when to make an organized list to help solve problems.

CKLA (Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Spelling): We will continue our first unit on Personal narratives. Students will be identifying sensory details, and using sensory details in their writing. They will also begin writing about a food experience, and practice writing narratives that include dialogue.

Science: We will continue to read about how different types of animals grow and develop over time. Students will look at the concept that, how an animal parent takes care of its offspring relates to the number of offspring it has.

Social Studies: We will continue to spend time on writing and creating SMART Goals. Students are taking a deeper look at what specific, measurable and realistic goals look like. Students will also be presenting their Me Museums this week!

Homework


*Read for 20 minutes each night.

Monday, August 28th- Daily Spiral 1.3, problems 4 and 5

Tuesday, August 29th-Daily Spiral 1.4, problems 4-6

Wednesday, August 30- Check-in 1.4, Student 4th grade contract must be signed and returned by today.

Thursday, August 31st-Me Museum due today. Please bring your 5-7 items, and notecards for each item to school today. Book orders are also due today!

Have a great four day weekend!