Happy Snow Day, boys and girls! I have spent the day outside on the snowmobile and sledding with my 3 munchkins! I hope you've had fun as well :) This is just a friendly reminder that your, 'Pay it Forward' project is due on Friday. Remember.... think outside the box. How can you make an impact on someone or something with $2.00? I'm anxious to begin writing tomorrow about what I'm doing, I hope you are too!
I've never been more excited to kiss a nasty smelling pig than I was today! Our fourth graders scored 90% or higher on the Iowa Assessments as an entire fourth grade. My class personally had 99.0% proficiency in the areas of Math, Reading, and Science. Something to celebrate! :)
This Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00, Eagle Heights will be hosting a family literacy night. Many businesses and community members will be at Eagle Heights with some type of activity, "the mystery" to show their business, occupation, etc... On the stage at Eagle Heights, there will be many books on the different occupations for you and your family to enjoy! If you didn't bring back your slip, and can join us, please feel free to come!
I posted 4 new math videos under the 'math' tab. We're working on fractions in all 4 videos- and each of them are 'equal share' problems. Love the way each of the ways are different!
Boy oh boy has it been a crazy week, or what?!? I don't feel like we've had an ounce of routine and structure all week! Cross your fingers that next week will be better (and warmer).
In Math, we've started our fraction unit! We'll work on fractions for probably the next 2 months. On Monday, I'll be administering 'FAST' testing. I'll have Mrs. Huling in my classroom with the kids working on a brownie lesson for fractions.
We're continuing finding the theme in poetry. Yesterday, we read a collection of poems. Some were funny, some were short, some were confusing, some were just plain STRANGE! :)
The plant cells looked fantastic! They were all shared and graded prior to Christmas break. This week we started The Body Systems. We're starting off with the Nervous System.
Rumor has it that Iowa Assessment scores are in... I'll get them to you as soon as I get them in my hands!
Stay warm and contact me if you need anything at all!
Hello Families! I'm not even sure of the answer to my question posted... Where the heck did November go? I hope each of you had a fantastic Thanksgiving break, and are preparing for the Christmas season. Would you believe we only have 13 'school days' until Christmas vacation. That's crazy to me! There is SO MUCH to do :)
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to come visit with me during conferences. Our classroom had 100% attendance for conferences. Yeah! Thank you! If you ever have questions or concerns, don't be afraid to call or e-mail. I'm happy to talk with you!
Families of room 231- Thank you so much for such a successful Halloween party! Be sure to check out pictures from our party in the 'Misc. Info and Pics' tab. For those that donated items and/or time, your generosity is appreciated! A special thanks to our room mom, Amanda Leemhuis for creating the lab of unicorn vomit and rat barf.... :)
Today was day 3 of Iowa Assessment testing. We took reading part 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Science today. We'll take Math next week. Results tend to come back around Christmas time. I'll get them home to you as soon as they are in my hands! I'm so impressed with the 'seriousness' and hard work the kids are showing. Be proud!
Many of the students have brought in a jumpdrive that we will use throughout the year. Currently we are working on some nonfiction animal reports. The students save their information on their own drive, along with their pictures. We'll use these the entire year. If you have not sent one, please do so ASAP. It can be the cheapest one.... it doesn't need a lot of memory. It's very convenient for the kids to take their information to and from home (if need be), along with utilizing the computers throughout the school. Thank you!
Last week was Homecoming week. Tyler Clark, a former student, came to visit the classroom. He shared the importance of working hard and maintaining good grades. I told some funny stories of Tyler that made everyone giggle (and his face turn red). :) The band came through on Friday, along with some cheerleaders and football players. It was an exciting day!
We've wrapped up place value, discovering strategies, and long addition and subtraction. We've started multiplication and discovering prime and composite numbers. Last week we did discovery activities with factors and multiples. Check out the 'Math' tab for some pictures. Very soon we'll be doing 2-digit times 2-digit multiplication. In today's lesson, we discovered that there are REALLY only 21 multiplication facts we need to know. The rest are ones that are soooooo easy or are commutative property. We also discussed the importance of knowing our facts. We have 3 Math Masters so far this year....
In Language Arts we've finished the novel, Rules by Cynthia Lord. Each 'day' the kids had a HOT (higher order thinking) question that went along with their reading. There are many obvious themes within this story, but we realized the 'main' theme was acceptance. This week our focus will be on finding the theme in poetry. It's important that your child is reading every night. I set individual October reading goals last week with your child. I was so impressed with the amount of effort and enthusiasm from September's goals. Keep up the good work!
With the cooler temperatures, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. It can get pretty chilly up here on 'the hill.'
~Hello Families of Room 231~
I added many new pictures to different tabs on the website, so be sure to share with friends and family. Speaking of pictures... we took school pictures last week. I'll send them home as soon as they come in.
In Lang. Arts we're working on inferring the theme of a story. We're also working on Independent and Dependent Clauses. This also goes with writing run-on sentences. In Math, I have been giving some short assessments for unit 1. Over the summer we broke up the skills, so we can 'chunk them' together. It seems much more manageable.