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Weekly Update, 12/7/18

This is 4-504! This week kids finished their drafts and they published their persuasive writing. Kids had art and finished there squash drawings! Your kid had math assessments. On Wednesday they had a lockdown drill! We wrote about Miyax and how he was accepted in the wolf pack. On Friday your kid did a quiz and a short response reading assessment they would be rated 1 out of 2! They got Work Time! Hope this made your week about Class 4-504.

Best wishes,

Pablo (class reporter)

CHOICE BOARD #3

Choice Board Homework Board #3   Friday, November 2- Friday, November 16

Directions: Choose 3 boxes (1 per row) each week and complete the assignments in your homework notebook!
Week 1: Three assignments are due Friday, 11/9
Week 2: Three assignments are due Friday, 11/16

Reading daily for 30 minutes or more is required

Row 1: ReadingTiger Rising

Choose three characters from the book who you have encountered so far.

Write a description of each of these characters.

  • Include both physical and personality traits
  • Include evidence from the text
Character Traits

As you are reading this week, focus on one character in particular. Write a detailed description of this character.

  • Use evidence from the text to support your description
  • Include at least one quote from the book as evidence
Character Traits

Choose a character from the book you are reading and describe if you would want to be their friend.

  • Use character actions or thoughts to support your thinking.
Row 2:
Writing
Persuasive Writing

Write a persuasive essay that shows your feelings on one of the following topics:

  • Should kids be allowed to bring toys to school?
  • Should there be limits on screen time?
  • Should there be vending machines at school?

Be sure to use paragraphs when you write.

Current Events

Choose a current event story from reading or watching a news source.

Write a response to the news story.

  • Include a summary of the story
  • Write your thoughts/feelings about what took place

Be sure to use paragraphs when you write.

Personal Narrative

Write a personal narrative story.

Think about everything that we learned in school during this unit:

  • Strong lead
  • Organized paragraphs
  • Transition words
  • Description
  • Dialogue
Row 3:
Math
Addition Two Ways

Solve the following three problems using the standard algorithm for addition:

   373+219    446+271 354+176

Use another strategy to check your work.

Multiplication Facts

If you don’t already know them, study your multiplication facts, 1-12, every night for ten minutes.

Write a description of how you practiced these during the week.

You may use flash cards, ask a grownup to drill them with you, use an app, or write them out.

We recommend the “Math Drills” app.

Dreambox

Complete 8-10 lessons on dreambox.

Write a brief description of the lessons that you completed.

Be sure to include any issues or problems that you had.

Weekly Update, 11/2/18

Hi 4-504 Families,

We had a busy week in our class! Please check Seesaw to see some of the things we did. A few reminders for our upcoming week:

  • We are still sharing talents. This week’s sharers are Nene, Pablo, Marquesa, Lyla, Liana, and Joshua
  • We have a new choice board, this choice board goes until 11/16
    • 3 choices due 11/9
    • 3 more choices due 11/16
    • Students should choose 1 reading, 1 writing, and 1 math weekly
  • NO SCHOOL on Tuesday 11/6 for Election Day

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to VOTE on Tuesday!

Sarah and Jessica

P.S. Houdini thanks you all for providing his meals.

Weekly Update October 22nd – 26th

Hello, 5-405 families,
This week was a busy one! We started off on Monday by demonstrating our “Best work” by publishing our personal narratives. On Tuesday we took a walking tour around what used to be New Amsterdam with Tim, an expert architect. Tim showed us historic sites and gave us a glimpse into what New York City looked like during the 1600’s. On Wednesday we had a blast sharing our personal narratives at family morning. On Thursday we continued to enjoy our new read aloud “Tiger Rising” by, Kate DiCamillo. On Friday we solved tricky multi-step math problems.

Important reminders for next week October 29th – November 2nd

Our class will be visiting the school library on Monday. Please remember to bring library books back to school so we can exchange for a new one. On Tuesday we will meet with Tim from Learning by Design where we will continue to explore what life was like in New Amsterdam. On Wednesday we will be hosting our annual Peck Slip Halloween parade at 9 am. We hope to see you there. We will also be reading with our second-grade book buddies and reading our book of the month “Pink is for Boys” by, Robb Pearlman. On Friday our last week for choice board #2 is due and a new one will be sent home.

Share Schedule:
Monday – Samuel
Tuesday – Sadie & Ruby
Wednesday – Rio & Riki
Thursday – SKIPPING SHARE
Friday – Reid & Raymond

Weekly Update, 10/19/18

This week we had a guest come and tell us about New Amsterdam, and we learned a lot about it. We started drawing what the houses looked like in New Amsterdam. This week we when Tim came over we got to learn about how the people from Amsterdam found New York and called it New Amsterdam. We learned about Henry Hudson. We had picture day. In math we learned the standard algorithm. We worked on addition and subtraction. In writing we started publishing our narratives. In band, we play our instruments. This week we had a lot of fun, Taste of the Seaport is this weekend (Dance troupe will be performing and also chorus).

– Lyla, Joshua, and Sophie (class reporters)

 

Hi Families,

Here are some reminders for our week ahead:

Walking Trip
On Tuesday, we will be taking a walking trip around lower Manhattan with Tim Hayduk, who is our Center for Architecture resident. Tim will be showing us the land that used to be New Amsterdam, and some important buildings and landmarks. Please make sure your child is wearing comfortable shoes.

Homework

A new choice board is coming home today (Friday, 10/19). Please make sure your child turns in three choices (one reading, one writing, one math) on Friday 10/26, and three new choices on Friday 11/2. This is in addition to nightly reading.

Family Visit

Our first family visit will be on Wednesday, 10/24, at 8:45 am. Students will be sharing a recently published writing piece.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We will be holding parent teacher conferences on 11/15, with a few additional slots available on 11/19 and 11/26. Please sign up at PTCfast.com. If entering your e-mail does not work, please enter our class code: 5VQ1226506

 

We hope to see you at Taste of the Seaport tomorrow, 10/20!

Sarah and Jessica

 

Choice Board Homework Board #2   Friday, October 19- Friday, November 2

Directions: Choose 3 boxes (1 per row) each week and complete the assignments in your homework notebook!
Week 1: Three assignments are due Friday, 10/26
Week 2: Three assignments are due Friday, 11/02

Reading daily for 30 minutes or more is required

 

Row 1: ReadingAuthor Research

Visit the website of one of your favorite authors! Find out at least ten interesting facts about the author.

  • Record each fact in a complete sentence.
  • Don’t just choose any facts– look for the ones that you find interesting!
Descriptive Language

As you are reading this week, stop and notice examples of descriptive writing in your book. Find at least four sentences that stand out to you.

  • Copy each sentence into your homework book.
  • Under each example of good description explain what you like about how the author wrote.
Book Summary

Choose a book that you have read recently and write a summary of the book.

  • Your summary should be 1-2 pages
  • The summary should have three paragraphs (beginning, middle, end)
  • Remember that summaries don’t include small details, they just tell the big things that happen.
Row 2:
Writing

Writing must include a planning page. Finished work should be at least one full page.

Persuasive Writing

Write a persuasive essay that shows your feelings on one of the following topics:

  • Should animals be kept in zoos?
  • Should kids have bedtimes?
  • At what age should people be allowed to vote in presidential elections?

Be sure to use paragraphs when you write.

Similes and Metaphors

Practice writing ten similes or metaphors.

Remember that a simile is a comparison that uses the word “like” or “as.” (ex: Her eyes sparkled like brilliant diamonds)

Remember that a metaphor is a comparison that doesn’t use “like” or “as.” (ex: Her cheeks were burning embers as she blushed from embarrassment)

Free Write

Write a story, poem, letter, essay, graphic novel, or a piece of writing from another genre.

Be sure that your work is neatly and thoughtfully done.

This is your chance to be creative!

Row 3:
Math

Please explain your thinking to each problem in words.

Close to 1000

Imagine that you have the following eight digit cards in your hand for the game Close to 1000:

6      3 9      7 3 1      4 6

  • Which six cards would you choose?
  • What would your addition sentence look like?
  • Explain your strategy in words– why did you choose the cards you chose?
Multiplication Facts

If you don’t already know them, study your multiplication facts, 1-12, every night for ten minutes.

Write a description of how you practiced these during the week.

You may use flash cards, ask a grownup to drill them with you, use an app, or write them out.

We recommend the “Math Drills” app.

Dreambox

Complete 8-10 lessons on dreambox.

Write a brief description of the lessons that you completed.

Be sure to include any issues or problems that you had.

Choice Board

 

Choice Board Homework Board #1                                  Friday, October 5th – Friday, October 19th

Directions: Choose 3 boxes (1 per row) each week and complete the assignments in your homework notebook!
Week 1: Three assignments are due Friday, 10/12
Week 2: Three assignments are due Friday, 10/119

Reading daily for 30 minutes or more is required

 

Row 1: ReadingLetter to an Author

Write a letter to the author of the book that you are reading.

a. Introduce yourself
b. Tell what you think of the book
c. Ask questions about the story
d. Ask questions about being a writer

Your Favorite Book

Write a 3-paragraph letter to your teacher(s) about your favorite book.

a. Write a summary of the book (use transition words: first, in addition, furthermore, overall).
b. Explain why it is your favorite book.
c. Tell your teacher about a good part in the story.

A Scene From Your Book

Draw a picture of what is happening in the chapter of the book that you are currently reading.

a. Label the picture
b. Write a description of what is going on

c. Describe the characters in the scene

 

Row 2:
Writing

Please include all drafts from writing

Personal Narrative Story

Write a personal narrative about a special moment in your life.

Think about the beginning, middle, and ending.

Include lots of details!

A Special Object

Draw a picture of an object that is special to you (ex. toy/jewelry).

Decorate/color the picture
Why is this object special?

Tell the story!

Free Write

Write a story, poem, letter, essay, graphic novel, or a piece of writing from another genre.

Be sure that your work is neatly and thoughtfully done.

This is your chance to be creative!

Row 3:
Math
Problem Solving

Meg had 30 trays. She put 5 apples on each tray. Her brother came along and ate three of the apples. What is the total number of apples left on the tray?

a. Show your work in an organized and clear way!
b. Use a strategy: picture, equation, ratio table

c. Explain your thinking in words
d. Check your work

Multiplication Facts

If you don’t already know them, study your multiplication facts, 1-12, every night for ten minutes.

Write a description of how you practiced these during the week.

You may use flash cards, ask a grownup to drill them with you, use an app, or write them out.

We recommend the “Math Drills” app.

Dreambox

Complete 8-10 lessons on dreambox.

Write a brief description of the lessons that you completed.

Be sure to include any challenges or ticky problems that you had.

 

Week of October 8th

Week of October 8th

Hello, 4th-grade families although it has been a short but busy week. Below is a bit more about our week from our classroom reporters Samuel and Eve.

This week we have been working on our personal narratives and we are adding more interesting words. Also, we have been writing about math and discovering what stacking means. In math, we have been going to the rug and solving problems as a class. We have been working on math problems with stacking and then checking our work with other strategies. In math, we started stations and we do stations on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In reading, we have been finishing our IRA, which are books picked by teachers and we answer questions about the books. Soon we will be starting our bookclubs. In social studies, we have been working on why the Europeans explored and what they traded.

Written by. Samuel

Next Week: 
Share Schedule:
Students will share about an activity they did over summer vacation and can bring in artifacts or photos.
Tuesday: Emma Vie & Darius
Wednesday: Dante & Cindy
Thursday: Ayaan & Anderson

We will be announcing our recess ambassadors. These students will be part of a school-wide group that will meet to discuss ways to keep recess fun and safe. Please be sure to ask your students about this important roll over the weekend. Students will also be awarded their second round of classroom jobs. They will hold this position from October 15th to November 15th. Be sure to ask them about the job they applied for and why. Students will be making their second trip to the school library, if they took out a book and would like to return it please be sure they have it with them Monday. We will have our first session with Learning by Design an architecture program that will be teaching us about the buildings in New Amsterdam. In addition, students will be taking home a permission slip for a walking tour of New Amsterdam, this permission slip is due Friday, October 19th. Lastly, students will be using the same choice board and selecting three new activities from each category. Homework notebooks will be checked each Friday and returned to students for the weekend. Please be sure students are completing all parts of each task.

Have a great weekend

 

Weekly Update, 10/5/18

Hi parents,

This week we worked on math, reading, and writing. In math we have been working on measuring our classroom. We used measuring tapes, unifix cubes, yard sticks and rulers to measure our room. In reading we have been picking out just right books in our classroom library. In writing we have been drafting our personal narrative stories. On Monday we had Art, on Tuesday we had music, on Wednesday we had P.E., on Thursday we had science, and on Friday we had dance and science. In social studies we have been working on maps and learning about Europeans 400 years ago, and why they traveled to new places. Please continue reading below for a note from our teachers.

Your Reporters,

Eve and Samuel

Class Parents

Our class parents this year will be Deborah, Chaandni, and Georgie. We are so grateful to them for volunteering, and we are excited to work with them. Please look out for any e-mails they send your way!

Homework

Your students will be getting their first homework choice board today. Please remember, they should choose 1 reading, 1 writing, and 1 math EACH week. The first three assignments are due next Friday, 10/12. Next week they should choose three new assignments from the same board. For each choice students should include:

  • Start on a fresh page
  • Include the date
  • Include a heading (i.e. My Favorite Books, Addition Problems)
  • For writing, include a planning page

Students should complete all parts of the choices they choose. They should also read for 30 minutes in addition.

Dance

Please, send your children to school on Fridays in shoes that can be easily slipped on and off. We are wasting precious class time taking our shoes off and putting them back on.

Have a great weekend!

-Sarah and Jessica

Weekly Update, Week of 9/24/18

Hello 4-504 families,

Last week we did a lot of exciting things. We finished our self-portraits, began a map-making activity, and celebrated our September birthdays. Here is some news for this week:

Share

Here is the share schedule for this week:

Tuesday: Sadie/Ruby

Wednesday: Rio/Riki

Thursday: Reid/Raymond

Friday: Pablo/Nene

Band

Instrument assignments are coming home today! Please make sure you look at your child’s assignment.

Library

Please make sure you return the blue library form so students can bring their books home.

Weekly Update, 9/21/18

Hi Families,

Beginning the week of 9/24, students will be on a rotating share schedule. They will be sharing something they did over the summer and they may bring a small artifact or photo. Here is this week’s schedule:

 

Tuesday: Zoe Schwartz/Zoe Benda

Wednesday: Zoe Barshop-Downs/Valentina

Thursday: Thomas/Tristan

Friday: Sophie/Samuel

 

Best,
Sarah and Jessica