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Friday, October 31, 2014

Greetings from Times Square in the Northeast Region

Hello students,
I hope everyone was well behaved today. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I will not able to calculate Dojo Points until I get back to school, so I will update everybody next week. I hope you guys were star students in my absence so I can give you more points and you can redeem some fun prizes!

Homework for Monday November 3rd

Book Review #2 is due on Monday. Hopefully everyone finished in class. There is no other homework, and I will be requiring only 4 reading logs this week so you can enjoy the weekend.

Be safe and don't eat too much candy!

Monster Mash Up for Buddies

Good morning 4B friends,

So word has traveled to me in the Northeast Region that our printers are not working well. Hopefully they will be fixed by buddies, but if not, here is the link the MONSTER MASH UP activity. Make a copy of the doc and have fun! 

STEP 1: Older buddy asks younger buddy to pick….

1
A location
ANSWER:
1
2
HE or SHE
ANSWER:
2
3
A favorite color
ANSWER:
3
4
A number
ANSWER:
4
5
A body part
ANSWER:
5
6
A favorite food
ANSWER:
6
7
An animal
ANSWER:
7
8
A favorite thing to write with
ANSWER:
8
9
A favorite dessert
ANSWER:
9
10
A quality that describes your best friend
ANSWER:
10
11
A song
ANSWER:
11
12
An ugly color
ANSWER:
12
13
A funny animal
ANSWER:
13
14
A sound an animal makes
ANSWER: (put in past tense)
14
15
A body part
ANSWER:
15
16
A number
ANSWER:
16

Agenda for Friday October 31st

Hello Students, 
I know you are very excited for Halloween, but I expect exceptional behavior today. I want you to have fun, but the parade and party start at 1:30pm, not 8:45am. 

I expect you to work hard (until 1:30pm) then party hard (the rest of the day, in a safe, responsible, and respectful manner). 


8:50 - 9:50
MATH
  1. 8:50 - 9:20 - Warm up on Chromebooks
    1. Students should work on ALEKS pie, QuikTables, or XtraMath
  2. 9:20 - 9:50 - Creative Math. Students MUST either:
    1. Create a multiplication word problem on Powtoon
9:50 - 10:20 BUDDIES
  1. Mrs. Sanders and her buddies will come down to our room.
  2. Buddies will create a monster through a monster mad lib.
  3. The older buddy will ask the younger buddies questions to complete the monster character sketch.
  4. Once the character is created, the buddies will come up with a name for the monster and then will draw a picture of their monster.
  5. If there is time, buddies will write an introduction from the perspective of the monster. (Hi, I’m Ronny the Green Dog Monster…)
  6. Share with class!
10:20 - 10:50
SPELLING
SNACK
READ ALOUD
  1. 10:20 - 10:30 - Students should take their spelling tests on their chromebooks.  Once they complete the test, they should read quietly. (Tests should not take more than 10 minutes.)
  2. 10:30 - 10:50 - Everyone should go to the carpet with their snacks. Read from the GHOSTS AND GOOSE BUMPS Book.
10:50 - 11:50  
Reading
  1. Work on the Zombie Reading Packet.
11:50 - 12:40 LUNCH

12:40 - 1:15
SHARE WORK
  1. Students should share their Halloween Poems. Students may hook up their Chromebooks to the Promethean Board to show their posts unless it starts taking too long. If it is taking too long, students can share from their seats.
  2. Some students may have created Halloween Powtoon Videos. If there is time, they can show them.
1:15 - 1:30
GET READY
  1. Students may put on their costumes. They may use the gym bathrooms if necessary but only to change QUIETLY and return to the classroom immediately.
1:30 - 2:00
PARADE
  1. Parade begins. Be calm.
2:00 - 3:05
PARTY
  1. Have fun, but be safe, respectful and responsible. You are still at school in our classroom. 
3:05 - 3:15
CLEAN UP
  1. Clean up
  2. Book Reviews are due Monday. That is the only homework.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Homework for Friday October 31st

a. Write a Halloween themed poem on your blog, and include a relevant picture. (Be creative!)
b. Read and log. I will be checking on Friday.
c. Work on your Book Reviews, due Monday. Work on it tonight so you don’t have homework over the weekend.

Agenda for Thursday October 30th

Hello Students, 

Here is the planned agenda for the day so that expectations are clear. However, the schedule may change based on what happens during the day. 

8:50 - 10:15
MATH
  1. 8:50 - 9:15 - Warm up on Chromebooks
    1. Students should work on ALEKS pie, QuikTables, or XtraMath
  2. 9:15 - 9:30 - Box Car Games Part 1
    1. Students may play UNDERCOVER, MULTIPLES TO THE END, OR 100 BOARD WIPE OUT
  3. 9:30 - 9:50 - Box Car Games Part 2
    1. Students may play the Box Car game of their choice
  4. 9:50 - 10:15 - Independent Math Work
    1. Students may continue playing their Box Car games, work on their posters, multiplication.com, or code.org
10:15 - 10:45
SNACK
READ ALOUD
  1. Students should clean up their math work
  2. Any students that need to perform jobs can do so at this time
  3. Students should meet on carpet with their snack
  4. Read poems from the GHOSTS AND GOOSE BUMPS book. Discuss features of the poems, how they differ, compare/contrast.
10:45 - 11:50
BOOK REVIEW
#2
  1. Students should begin work on their next book review. It will be due on Monday. All instructions you need are located in their Google Drive in a folder called “From the Desk of Mr. Brandstrader”. There is a “Book Reviews” Folder there with templates, directions and checklists. They have done this before so there should be no problems. They should post the review on their blog when they are done.
  2. Think you are finished?
    1. Double/triple check their grammar and punctuation.
    2. Add transitions, change the background, add more pictures -- basically make it creative and unique!
    3. If you are absolutely sure it is perfect, you may read quietly
11:50 - 12:40 LUNCH

12:40 - 1:15
READING
  1. Silent Reading
1:15 - 1:45
WRITING
  1. Share persuasive essays from your seats.
1:45 - 2:15
SPELLING
  1. Students should complete their Thursday Spelling Work. Any students that finish can practice their words with their group or practice on SpellingCity.com
2:15 - 2:45
P.E.

2:45 - 3:15
STUDY HALL
CLEAN UP
  1. Homework
    1. Write a Halloween themed poem on their blog, and include  a relevant picture.
    2. Read and log. I will be checking on Friday.
    3. Work on Book Reviews, due Monday. Work on it tonight so they don’t have homework over the weekend.  
  2. Students may work on homework, their posters, creative writing, read quietly, code.org, or a powtoon video QUIETLY. (Not free time)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Homework for Thursday October 30th

1) Complete Times Table Worksheet (stop after 15 minutes)
2) Read and Log
3) Write a persuasive essay on your blog about one of the following topics:

  • Why school should start later
  • Why there should be no homework
  • Why students should get paid to get good grades
  • Why students should be able to wear their Halloween costume all day
Your essay should be at least 5 sentences and have 3 reasons to back up your argument. 


No Orchestra Today

Message from Mr. Makula, 

There will be no Orchestra today. 

4th Grade should practice page 8, 9, and 10 - In the coming days, Mr. Makula is going to try to create and upload a video to assist your practice. Check his website by clicking on his name on the staff page later this week. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homework for Wednesday October 29th

  1. Complete ALEKS homework
  2. Complete Spelling City Assignments
  3. Complete Current Event
  4. Read and Log

Monday, October 27, 2014

Homework for Tuesday October 28th

Complete Aleks homework
Read and log
Complete Northeast Social Studies Map worksheet (for those who had difficulty on the NE map quiz)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Homework for Monday October 27th

*** Read and log
*** Enjoy the beautiful weather (might be the last of it for awhile)
*** Root for HPHS football to complete their perfect season

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Homework for Friday October 24th

*** Complete 20 minutes of math work (Here are some great multiplication games - Sketch's World, Penguin Jump, Flying High Race, and Aron's game of the week - Space Race!!)
*** Complete Spelling City assignments (there were 2) to study for the quiz
*** Complete Social Studies Graphic Organizer
*** Read and log!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Indian Trail Fall Coat & Boot Drive

Fall is the time of year to clean out our closets, and during the month of October, Indian Trail is holding a community-wide winter coat & boot collection. Due to the growing need in our community, we are collecting new and gently-used, warm, clean coats and boots of all sizes from infant to adult. The items will be distributed to families in need within our community in mid November.

Please drop off your donations in the Fall Coat & Boot Drive box outside of the main office at Indian Trail from October 13th – October 30thThank you for your generosity!

If you have any questions about the coat drive, please contact Shirley Harwood at shirley_harwood@hotmail.com

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