It's Conference Week! Please refer to the Signup sheet as a reminder of your conference time! It is very important that we meet to discuss your student's progress into our Fourth Grade year together!
Students have Friday, Monday, and Tuesday off from school (Nov 4, 7, & 8) for Fall Break. Please plan accordingly.
Fall is in full swing! Leaves are falling and germs are everywhere. Make sure your student gets plenty of rest to decrease their likelihood of illness. We have much to learn and cover in Second Quarter! We're also going through Kleenex like crazy with runny noses from the seasons changing. If you're able, please send Kleenex, Germ-X, and/or Clorox wipes!
Mastery Connect: You can check out your student's Progress Report on Mastery Connect. We've also already added a Math Assessment and a couple other daily work assignments that will show their progress or reteaching times.
**NOTE: Please keep Halloween candy at home to be enjoyed - not sent for snack and preferably not at lunch either. Excess sugar isn't the brain's best food for learning. :)
Reading: Second Quarter is in full swing focusing on close reading Non-fiction text. We'll be finishing Text Features and studying Main Idea with supporting details this week and summarizing next week.
Writing: Fourth Graders LOVE writing their opinions! Last week we worked on a class piece that focused on why Miss Bobeen's Class should have a class pet. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun sharing what logical reasons mean and how to support our opinions with facts and examples!
Math: Having finished the Topic 3 Assessment with multiplication, we're moving into multi-digit multiplication. I love working through different strategies and ways to solve and understand multiplication. Be looking out for a letter that discusses our new curriculum at Parent-Teacher Conferences!
Social Studies: Studying the geography of our great state has kept us moving in Social Studies. This week we'll continue working on a project to show what we know about the Show Me state!
What a week! We've been working hard at the beginning of Second Quarter! Tomorrow will be our Tiger Token celebration with bring a stuffed animal to school! It must be able to fit in their backpack (Note: This is NOT a PJ day as well--only stuffed animals!)
We kicked off our first week by finishing our class read aloud "Bunnicula" and reviewing some key ideas from last week. Next week we'll be moving on from reading fiction into reading informational texts!
In Writing we have begun discussing Opinion pieces and will soon be drafting opinion essays. They have gotten so excited about sharing their opinions! Including logical reasons and factual evidence are usually the trickiest piece, but they are already wanting to research!
Monday we will wrap up multiplying one digit by multi-digit. Tonight they should have come home with a vocabulary review. The test will ask them to use specific multiplication strategies to show their thinking. We've talked a lot in class about how we learn different strategies because thinking about things in different ways increases our understanding and makes us strong problem solvers. Tomorrow they will come home with the review guide (red and says assessment at the top) and their graded reteaching page (the evens will be blank just in case they need to practice). Important note: we teach the problem solving using word problems to give the math algorithm context. Some of the problems are multi-step!
This week and next we will be focused on the Missouri Regions and their landforms. Social Studies is one of my favorite things to teach! We are currently working in groups to research and present on the different regions.
****CONFERENCES ARE COMING UP!!! Please make sure the you have signed up on the Google Doc or have called the Willard East office to claim your time! We will discuss progress reports and look at some of their work. ****
Red Ribbon Week will be next week (10/24-10/28) Students are welcomed to dress up to show a spirit of committing to a life drug free. The theme is "I elect to be Drug Free!"
Tiger Pride is also just around the corner! It's hard to believe that October is almost over, but here we are!
November 4-8 will be Fall Break! Please plan accordingly!
This Friday will be the end of our First Quarter in Fourth Grade! It was wonderful seeing you all at Open House last week! I hope you enjoyed seeing your students' hard work and presentations.
This week we are finishing our Personal Narratives and will do a narrative prompt. Wednesday will be the Reading Assessment that will discuss inferences (using context clues and background knowledge) and supporting story elements with evidence from the text. We've been practicing for a few weeks now, so they've been growing! I'm excited to see what they can do!
Math: We're still working on different strategies for multiplication. Today we worked on partial product and they did great! Keep encouraging your student to persevere and do their best. I love how proactive they are in trying new things!
Math Facts: Still working on fact fluency! Fluency is accuracy and speed. Some students asked for flash cards (some for only certain multiplication fact families). Here is the document for the flash cards that I printed (they are accurate if you print them front/back)!
We're starting in a different direction this week with Science and Social Studies! Tomorrow we'll start practicing reading maps - specifically Missouri Maps. Regions of Missouri, major Missouri cities, and landforms.
If you have not signed up for a conference yet, please contact me about filling one of the available places on this document.
Friday will be the Fall Party! Please contact me if you are willing to come help! We have a room mom that has organized the activities, but any parent is welcome to come celebrate with us (just PLEASE let me know if you're coming so that I know to expect you)! The party is scheduled for 10:30-11:30 with a normal lunch at 11:30. School will let out at 12:30. Please plan accordingly!
It's the first week of October! We have only 2 weeks until the Quarter ends, which means Open House, Fall Party, and Fall Conferences are on the way!
From the Classroom:
Miss Kayla Bobeen
I love learning and am always looking for a new adventure! My favorite adventures are in great books and with family and friends.