A quick reminder: The parent performance was changed a few weeks ago to Wednesday, May 23 at 6 pm. Parents are welcome to attend any performance.
I have Shakespeare costumes and props for everyone for our Tempest play, but we need a few things to go with them.
Boys should bring a tall pair of white athletic socks or black socks (Dad's maybe) tall enough to be tucked under a pair of sweat pants that have been brought from home. The sweat pants should be a dark color if possible and be pushed up below the knee. If they don't have sweat pants, they can wear any pants they have. Boys should wear a white or black t-shirt. Both boys and girls can wear their t-shirt backwards so the writing on the front doesn't show.
Girls should bring a yellow, white, blue, black, or pink t-shirt and white socks, or whatever will look good with their costume and what you have for them at home. Girls can also bring a dress from home to wear if they desire. I have head flowers for them as well.
I will be doing a final costume check tomorrow to see if everyone knows what to wear and we will have a dress rehearsal on Monday that will not yet be ready to watch as we have a lot of work to still do on our play.
Dry Gulch is coming up. We will get in our groups tomorrow and decide what our businesses should be and what services or products should be organized for Wednesday, May 30th in the afternoon. I hope you received the note home about it as students may need your assistance in providing products or services. Groups will be 3-4 students, and 64 products, or 64 customers will be served so the students can each bring approximately 16-22 items/services.
I just found out last night, when I received an invitation, that one of my granddaughters is graduating from high school on the night of our Shakespeare play. I am sorry I wasn't aware of it sooner. I am changing the night of our play to Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00 pm. I hope this does not cause problems for any of you. If there is a problem, please let me know so we can make adjustments.
Good news! We won the district Monster Math contest! We are now in possession of the traveling trophy for the second year in a row! Yay!
Please come to the STEM Fair at 8:40 am on Thursday morning where the winners will be announced. There will be a first place in each of the 4 categories from each grade. The judging will take place after school on Wednesday afternoon. You may visit the STEM Fair on Thursday, May 10, from 9-11 am. as well.
May the fourth be with you! Our Shakespeare performance dates and times are as follows: Wednesday, May 23, 9-10 am, Wednesday, May 23, 9-10 am, and
Thursday, May 24, 6-7 pm.
We are finished gathering reading minutes for the year, but please encourage your readers. (I'm sure many of them don't need encouragement for this!) We recently earned a pizza party for achieving all of our reading minutes for the year and a reward assembly is planned for May 17th by our wonderful PTA. Thank you so much for all of our wonderful volunteers and all parents this year. We have accomplished so much more because of your donations, and your help and support.
On May 30, the fourth grade will be having an afternoon activity called "Dry Gulch Mining" Town. Students will be organized in groups of their choosing and determine the name of a store/business that will provide a service or a product. They may produce products themselves or buy them with your approval. They may provide services as well. All businesses must be okayed by teacher and parent. Some students will be asked to be bankers and pay the miners on each round of the activity. Something happens on the last round of the activity that happens in real life (It's a secret) that affects the entire town of Dry Gulch. It is a fun, learning activity!
A few students still need help memorizing their lines and the lines before their lines.
Thanks for all you do!
Exciting things coming up: We are sharing our Defined Stem Backpack designs and we will be deciding on the backpack that we,as the marketing team, would like to produce, distribute, and sell. (Hypothetically)
Next week on Monday our County Reports are due. (Not the 3-D) Please bring in the 3-D display on Thursday. On both of our performance days, have your child wear a white shirt, blue jeans, and a bandana if possible, but don't worry if your child doesn't have these. If you have extra bandanas to share, please put your name on them. We are performing for the school Wednesday April 18th at 1:30 pm and Thursday April 19th at 9:00 am. The parent program is Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 pm. The program should be about an hour. After the program, you are invited to come to the 4th grade classrooms and view our County Reports!
We have a field trip coming up on April 24th. We should be gone from 9:15-2:00. If you are a chaperone, please be here by 8:50 to check in and then to meet your group. I have done a drawing for four parents to chaperone. They are: Ariane Gorringe, Amy Jessen, Shannon Beard, and Bethany Hall.
Jody Jensen we would love to have you meet us there. The address for the Hutchings Museum is 55 N. Center in Lehi, Utah. I will assign students to you when you arrive. Thank you all for volunteering. I think you will enjoy this field trip.
Our SAGE testing schedule is:
Writing- Wed. April 18th, 10:30-11:20 and 12:20-1:00
English Language Arts-Wed. April 25th, 10:30-11:20
Thurs. April 26th, 12:40-1:30
Science- Wed. May 2, 8:40-9:30
Thurs. May 3, 9:35-10:35
Math- Wed. May 9, 10:30-11:20
Thurs. May 10,12:40-1:30
As you know, STEM fair is coming up. Students have brought home information. Mrs. Shuler, 2nd grade ALPS teacher is in charge of it. She wanted to emphasize that students who make a process journal, do better in the judging. She said there would be cash awards that are given to First, Second, and Third place in each grade and category. The money is deposited in a college fund for your child. If there is anyone willing to judge the STEM Fair, please let me know and I will let Mrs. Shuler know.
The STEM fair project is due May 7th to share with the class and the STEM Fair will be held Thursday, May 12th.
SHAKESPEARE! We are practicing! Everyone should have all of their parts memorized or it won't help them to improve their acting through direction.
ALPS is Awesome!
Congratulations to everyone on a great History Day! We had a lot of quality projects and lots of learning and lots of hard things to do. Comments from the class on the best things about History Day are: learning new words, putting it together, how to make a website, learning about my topic, coming up with the layout, writing and finishing! The hardest things were: memorizing, finding sources, research, finding quotes, doing a bibliography, and presenting it in front of people. Lots of growth happened and all are winners!
I'm looking forward to seeing you at parent teacher conferences this week. We are unable to publish books this year because the participation of other classes was too low and the cost was too high. Your students have written wonderful stories and you can go to this website:www.studentreasures.com. Go to the parent tab, click on FAQ's for parents and the last question will give you this number to order a kit. 1-800-867-2292. I will show you a sample of the published book at conferences.
Our Math Olympiad award assembly is Monday morning in the gym from 9:00-10:15.
This week will be a wonderful week for your child to share with the class, his or her History Day project!. On Friday, March 2nd, our schedule is as follows:
8:30-Judges report to my classroom
9:00-11:00-Judging will take place.
11:00-11:45-Parents may come to the media center
12:30-1:15-School classes may visit
1:25-School is out
Thank you for all of your wonderful support for this challenging project!
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who support our class! You are all amazing!
It is time to help your child put the History Day project together! Ten days from now on February 23, all projects are due. We will share these projects in class with each other the week of Monday, Feb 26-Thursday, March 1. Your child has been researching since November and should now put together their exhibit or website, or practice their final performance. Website projects will be able to use the 4th grade chrome books. If your child is overwhelmed with producing a website, they are still welcome to change to an exhibit, just go ahead with it and let me know. A regular sized backboard is perfect and can be found (according to the students) at Hobby Lobby or Walmart.
There is no report card grade on this project. I am only grading their effort.
This is a 4th grade ALPS program. 4th graders only compete at the school level and the district level though, while 5th grade competes higher up.
Your child has been learning a lot of new vocabulary with this project in lieu of Caesar's English, which has been put on hold while new History Day vocabulary has been mastered. Every time your child puts a Caesar's English word into his or her writing, it brings up the writing score on Utah Compose! (Utah Compose can be done at home. Your child can show you his or her writing projects. We have been working on informative and opinion writing.) We will begin Caesar's English again, the week of March 5th. Parent helpers have been coming in and helping students review all of our words and stems so students will be up-to-date.
We are still looking for parents who would be willing to judge the 5th grade History Day projects on March 2. Please let me know if you can help.
One student shared today that he found bibliography help by typing in google:
automatic bibliography. He said it helped him make his bibliography!
I had a good visit with the class today. If your child hasn't finished all the activities in the packet, that is okay, he or she should just begin putting together the project and the paperwork. (Title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography.) The packet sent home in November was just for your child's learning to prepare him or her to deeply understand the topic.
On February 14th we will be going on a short field trip to hear the Utah Symphony. I am sending home a permission slip today. Please remind your child to dress up for this day. More details are on the permission slip.
Also on this day we will be having our Valentine's party. Please have your child decorate and send a Valentine Box on the 14th. I am sending home a class list today of the students in our class.
Finally, I hope all is going well with the History Day projects. Be sure to see the link below under January 24th for more examples and information.
February 23 is the due date for History Day projects. We will be sharing these projects with our class that Friday and throughout the following week.
Our History Day is March 2nd. More information will be coming about it soon.
We have had a lot of students missing school for illness or vacation. (About 6 each week) I appreciate how all of you have kept me informed!
We are finishing up a math unit on measurement and we will start one Friday on fractions. We finished our Weather unit and we have begun our unit on Rocks and Soils.
Here is a link for more in-depth information about History Day. The History Day homework this week has the wrong date listed, it should read Jan. 26th. (I apologize)
Love teaching your children. Stay well!
My father passed away 6 days before Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving, the stomach flu went through my family and I finally succumbed, and then on Nov. 28th I was excited to receive a new grandson! It has been an emotional ride. The class made me cards for my father's passing which my sub Amy Jessen had them make. Thank you for all of your well wishes!
This month we are doing a project with recipes. I sent home a note yesterday about it, but if you didn't get it: Please send in a favorite family holiday recipe, typed in Word (not copied and pasted from the internet or Pinterest) We need the recipe to be editable. Please send it to my email address: email@example.com by Friday, Dec. 8th or as soon as possible.
I sent home a half-sheet for you to sign and return on Friday about History Day. I will do the same next week. As your child does the research they may want to access Utah's Online Library at OnlineLibrary.uen.org. The login name is: online and the password is: reader.
We have a field trip next week to the Capital Theater to see the Nutcracker Ballet on Tuesday, Dec. 12th. A note is coming home today with more information.
On Dec. 20th we are having the annual 4th grade Festival of the Trees. Students design their own tree out of any materials. The only stipulation is that it can fit on the desk! The rest of the school enjoys coming to see our displays. At the end of the day, students take the tree home.
On Dec. 21 we will have a class PJ/ Each child bring 28 treats to share/G-rated Movie party after the school sing-a-long. We will do a sign-up for the treats in class, and if a child doesn't know what to bring or does not have the ability to bring a treat, I will just write: "your choice" on the sign up. This is an early-out day too.
We are taking two tests today, one for the math unit on division and one for the science unit on Plants and Animals. We will be doing a unit on algebra next in math and a unit on Weather in Science.
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, whichever you prefer :)
We are starting Math Olympiad this Friday. It is held in our classroom from 9-10 every Friday. We will finish in February.
A big THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers. You really help our classroom succeed!
Our class has just earned our first class reward! It is a pajama/snack/pillow/blanket/read-a-thon! It will be held on Wednesday, October 18th from 12:15-1:15. Congratulations to our awesome class!
We have just started 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication in math. We have been learning problem solving techniques in Singapore math and in Exemplar Math. We are finishing the Water Cycle in Science and then we will begin a Plant and Animal Unit. Students will choose a Utah animal to study and report about. We will work on these in class and some of the research can be done at home. More information will come home in November. We will be presenting these to the class the week of Nov. 13-17th.
Oct. 16th, the Living Planet Aquarium will be presenting to our class, Oct 17th will be the Fun Run Prize Distribution and on Oct. 18th, the Mosquito Guy will present.
Oct. 31 the 4th grade will sing Halloween songs at the Senior Citizen Center. We will walk, leaving right after lunch at 12:15 and arrive back at school by 1:30, just in time for our Halloween Party!
We had a great first full week! Parents, those of you who signed up to help, please see the Calendar page to see your assignments. Thank you so much for volunteering! We are still learning some of our procedures. We have started a Pioneer unit in Social Studies and we are also studying Utah History. Place value in math is our focus as well as rounding and comparing and ordering numbers. We read our first Jr.Great Book story and learned how to have a discussion group. Our Jr. Great Book discussions will start this Thursday, Sept. 7. I am meeting individually with many of my students to determine their reading level. A paper will come home today for the students who want to run for Student Council in our room. Almost everyone wants to run! I asked them if everyone is running, who will vote for you besides yourself? Only 4 students are not interested. It should be interesting! The papers are due to me by Friday and the election will be on Monday morning, Sept. 11. If your child did not attend Riverton Elementary last year, I will sign for them as their teacher for last year. Have a great week!