Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Holidays!

There is no homework over break, but students should be reading. It was a great 2013 in 4B, can't wait for 2014!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Homework for 12/20

Complete Social Studies Packet

PTO Thank you

Our class was selected as a Google Chromebook Pilot Classroom. We are so grateful! Thanks PTO!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Homework for 12/19

** Complete Hyperbole Worksheet
** Complete Book Review Rough Draft - Students should practice completing a Book Review (which students will be required to complete after reading each of their independent reading books). In addition, students received a Book Review Help Sheet to guide them in completing the review. Students should make their best effort to complete the rough draft. If necessary, students may leave a section or two blank if they no longer have the book, but not the summary.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Homework for 12/18

** Complete Math Worksheet
** Read the 3 short science articles - Complete 4-6 sentence summary of why the oil spill was important, include 2-3 facts from the articles. Students only need to complete one summary, not one for each article.

Art Presentation

Today we had an amazing presentation about Vincent Van Gogh. The students had a great time and worked on art of their own!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Homework for 12/17

** Complete two-sided division (with remainders) worksheet.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Homework for 12/13

** Students should complete their spelling packet if they did not complete it in class
** Spelling test tomorrow
** Students should complete multiplication and division worksheet. Students brought home their math notebooks so they can use their notes if they need help. Many students are struggling with long division (which we are still learning) so students should make their best effort if they are confused.

Discussing the Holocaust

Today in class we discussed yesterday's field trip about tolerance and the Holocaust. The students were very interested in the topic as well as the events of World War 2. This is obviously a very important and complex topic, and a lot of thoughts and ideas were thrown out during the discussion. I encourage you to talk with your students about these events at greater length to help them form a basis for understanding going forward.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Homework for 12/12

Today we went on an amazing field trip where students learned about tolerance. For homework, students should complete the written reflection worksheet on what they learned. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Homework for 12/11

** Students should complete their first draft of their pen pal letter
** Students should complete the math division math sheet.

REMEMBER: Field Trip tomorrow!

Orchestra on THURSDAY

Orchestra is on Thursday this week, not Wednesday.


Tomorrow is our field trip to the Holocaust Museum. We are planning to leave at 11:00 am and return to Indian Trail by 2:30.  

Please pack a disposable lunch for your student, as we will be eating at the museum. Students who receive bag lunch at the school will be able to pick their lunch before the trip. Students who receive hot lunch will hopefully be able to pick up their lunch as well, but it depends on when the food delivery is made by the restaurant. 

I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE students who receive hot lunch to bring a back up lunch in case the lunches do not arrive on time.

Please let me know if you have any questions!!  Thanks again!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Homework for Tuesday 12/10

** Students should complete Do Now Worksheet regarding prime/composite numbers
** Students should begin their first draft response to their pen pal, and identify any metaphors or idioms in the pen pal's letter.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Author Visit - Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate, author and Newbery Medalist for The One and Only Ivan, will be visiting with 2nd-5th grade students on Wednesday, December 18th. If you wish to purchase a book to be signed by the author all orders are due into the library by Friday, December 13th.

Real Ivan
One and Only Ivan book website
Lincoln Park Zoo Lowland Gorillas

Indian Trail School Song

Friday, December 6, 2013

Shiloh and Orphans of the Storm

In conjunction with our novel study of "perspective" using the novel, Shiloh, we partnered with Orphans of the Storm today.  Orphans of the Storm is a Lake County animal shelter that provides care for animals that have been abused, neglected, lost, and/or abandoned.  Students drew connections between the animals in the shelter, and Shiloh in our novel. Students had the opportunity to learn about the shelter today in a presentation given by a volunteer.

In addition to learning about how Orphans of the Storm helps local animals, we are partnering with them to collect items the shelter needs on a regular basis.  Below are some suggestions for donation items to send to school.  Our grade-level will be collecting donations until December 20th, and will dontate all collected items to the shelter!

Help us provide for animals who have been in unfortunate situations like Shiloh!

  • Newspaper (we go through hundreds each day)
  • Blankets (during the winter months every dog goes to bed with a blankie) (not too large or heavy as we wash and dry every blanket daily)
  • Towels
  • Dog bones, chew bones, treats, balls
  • Cat trees, toys, beds, treats
  • Sturdy dog and cat combs and brushes

Learn more about the wonderful animal shelter, Orphans of the Storm:

Homework for Monday 12/9

*** Summarize ch.1-5 of Shiloh in 5-8 sentences.
*** Make a prediction about what happens in the novel based on evidence (clues from what they have read) -- minimum of 3 sentences.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Homework for Friday 12/6

*** Spelling Test
*** The homework is to find a national or international current event, and write a one-paragraph summary (4-6 sentences) to share with the class on Friday.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

No Homework for 12/5

I will be out of the building tomorrow (Thursday 12/5). I expect excellent behavior from all students.

For Friday, we have a spelling test, and all students are required to have an appropriate independent reading book on Friday as we are changing our home reading process and I will be logging and monitoring all books.

Computer Lab Work

1) Online Jamestown Game

2) Math Factor Tetris

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Homework for 12/4

** Prime Factorization Worksheet. Try to complete with just your notes, but may use calculator if necessary or to check.

** Read for 30 minutes

REMINDER: Early Release Tomorrow

MISSING: Sideways Stories from Indian Trail

During conferences our short story booklet went missing. I'm assuming it got mixed up in a student's portfolio. If you find it at home, will you please return it? Thanks!

Today in Figurative Language...

Field Trip 12/11

Dear Parents,

A permission slip is coming home today for our class field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.  We will be touring a special youth exhibit called "Take a Stand."  This exhibit focuses on teaching students strategies to help them become responsible citizens, with a focus on learning to speak up for those being bullied or treated unfairly.  We will NOT view exhibits related to the Holocaust.

If you are interested in more information, you can visit the website at

The permission slip forms are coming home today.  Please return them to school as soon as possible.  If you are interested in chaperoning this field trip, please let me know.

Thank you! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

SouthEast States Quiz

This quiz will be held in two weeks on December 16. Students recorded this in their assignment notebooks today, but this is a digital (and legible) reminder.

Homework for Tuesday 12/3

** Write all 12 states, capitals, and abbreviations TWICE on a lined piece of paper. ONCE in print writing, ONCE in cursive

** Read Ch.4 and Ch.5 in Shiloh

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