Friday, April 29, 2016

Homework for Monday, May 2nd

It was an intense week of PARCC testing, but 4B students rose to the occasion, staying calm, focused, and respectful. We have one more PARCC test left on Tuesday.

This weekend, please read and begin thinking about what you are going to include in your Oregon Trail journal (thoughts, feelings, perspectives of your character).

Finally, some students have been working on the schwa, so I added two slideshows that might help clarify this very difficult concept. But don't worry, we will keep working at it!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Early Release (1pm) tomorrow

Tomorrow we have PARCC testing first thing in the morning, so get a good night of sleep and eat breakfast! 

1) Read
2) Finish all spelling work (including word poster) and study for the quiz. (Students have had plenty of time in class to complete work and study)  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Homework for Thursday April 28th

No PARCC test tomorrow! 

However, that means we have some homework to get done. 

1) Complete Math Worksheet
2) Complete Oregon Trail Identity Graphic Organizer
3) Complete all Spelling work through Wednesday
4) Read

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Homework for Wednesday April 27th

1) Read
2) Begin brainstorming about your character's identity and perspective for The Oregon Trail Journal Writing Project.

While there is no assigned homework, students can continue their class work in math and spelling if they are looking to stay sharp.

Finally, many students have been looking for a good book, and they're in luck! Parker, Brandon, Aidan, and Jordan have a great recommendation!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Homework for Tuesday April 26th

1) Read
2) Students will have spelling this week, but the work will be limited and students will be given plenty of time in class to complete all work.

Also, next Friday is Bingo Night! All dinner orders must be placed by this Friday.

Friday, April 22, 2016

No Homework this Weekend

Enjoy the weekend. Remember to read, and if you would like to write a letter to Don and Morrie (our Underwriters Lab guides), I will be sending them on Monday.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Great Field Trip!

A big thank you to all of the students for being very well-behaved on the field trip! We had a great time.

  1. Tomorrow, we have PARCC testing first thing in the morning, so please get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and be on time! 
  2. West Region Quiz is also tomorrow. Students have had ample time to study in class, so there shouldn't be any late night cram sessions.
  3. Think about the different identities and perspectives of people from the 1840s and 50s who traveled The Oregon Trail (or were affected by the travel). We will be creating journals from the point of view of various characters, so let's get creative! 
  4. Finally, please discuss emergency meeting places and procedures with your family. A little planning can make a BIG difference! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Great work today!

I want to share my appreciation for all of the students' patience and persistence today. Testing is never fun, and even less so with extensive internet issues to start the session. However, students waited patiently as we worked through the issues, and students read quietly and respectfully while others were still testing.

Tomorrow is our field trip to Underwriters Laboratory in Northbrook. All information is in the post below as well as on the top half of the field trip form, but if you have any questions, please email me and I will respond as soon as I can.

Reminder: Our West Region quiz will be on Friday. Students should have completed their packets and we will review tomorrow in class. And read!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thursday's Field Trip

Thursday's Field Trip to the Underwriters Laboratory is almost here! We will be leaving Indian Trail at approximately 9:45am and returning around 1:15pm. For those who are not familiar with Underwriters Laboratory, I have attached a link here. A couple of notes -

  • Students will be eating their lunch at the field trip location. Please pack your student's lunch in a disposable bag. If your student receives a brown bag lunch at school, it will be brought on the field trip. If your student receives hot lunch, it will be waiting for them when we return to school, but we do a good amount of walking, so I suggest packing a lunch or large snack for them. 
  • While I know some parents may want their student to bring a phone in case of an emergency, I highly discourage it. The Underwriters Laboratory is very rigid on limiting the number of students visiting each day (I've never seen another group there during our trips), so even if a student was to wander off or get separated from the group, they would be found quickly. (The location is an operating facility, so it's basically a corporate office with cool labs throughout the building)
Please let me know if you have any questions. 

PARCC Testing Tomorrow at 9am

There is no homework tonight. The first PARCC English Language Arts Test will start tomorrow at 9am, so please get a good night's sleep, eat a good breakfast, and please be on time.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Important Announcement for Parents and Homework for Tuesday April 19th

Homework for Tuesday April 19th
1) Read
2) Work on West Region Packet in preparation for Friday's quiz (States and capitals will double as our spelling work for the week. Thus, CAPITALS will be required, not extra credit)
3) Bring Chromebook charger to school and make sure you have working headphones


Dear 4th Grade Parents,
Over the next few weeks, assigned homework will be drastically reduced due to PARCC testing, MAP testing, and religious holidays. Additionally, Chromebooks will stay at school for the next two weeks (starting tomorrow) to ensure all students have charged, working Chromebooks for PARCC testing.

Students will still be encouraged to read five times a week for 20-30 minutes. 

If students have access to personal computers or tablets at home, students can practice their math skills on ALEKS, IXL, XTRAMATH, or Students can work on their grammar and punctuation on IXL Language Arts, or work on their spelling and writing skills on Other options include (educational games centered on civic responsibilty and government functions), RAZ Kids (reading passages), or Scratch (coding), or The Oregon Trail computer game (a strategic simulation of the westward expansion of the 1840s and 50s).

Most importantly, students should get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.  We truly appreciate your help adjusting to this change in our routine.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

No Homework for Friday April 15th

There is no homework tonight due to the big performance tomorrow! Make sure to get a great night of sleep!
Also, we had a great author, Matthew Cody, come visit today! He was awesome! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Homework for Thursday April 14th

1) Complete ALEKS homework
2) Finish all spelling work and study for the quiz
3) Read

** In order to properly learn about the West Region, I have added The Oregon Trail Computer Game link to my blog above. However, it does not seem to be working on Chromebooks at this time. I am working on a solution.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, April 13th

1) Complete ALEKS homework
2) Complete West Region "What's Missing" and "Networking the Names"
3) Complete Spelling Work through Wednesday
4) Read

Monday, April 11, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, April 12th

1) Complete Aleks Homework
2) Complete Monday and Tuesday Spelling Work
3) Complete pages 12, 15, 18 (States, Abbreviations, Capitals) in your West Region Packet
4) Read

** Spelling Quiz will be on Thursday due to the music performance on Friday.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Homework for Monday, April 11th

  1. Read and either:
    1. Log
    2. Be prepared to share what you've read

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Homework for Friday, April 8th

1) Complete ALEKS homework
2) Read
3) Complete all spelling work and study for quiz
4) Prepare to shoot Midwest Videos (Parents: I realized that we forgot to shoot our Midwest Region Tourist Videos, so we are shooting them tomorrow and Monday in a rather ad hoc, improv manner.)

Congratulations to our Award Winners!

Keep up the great work Parker and Cooper!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Homework for Thursday, April 7th

1) Read
2) Complete spelling work through Wednesday
3) Complete Math Worksheet (12 inches = 1 foot, 3 feet = 1 yard)
4) We will share Spring Break stories tomorrow.

And congrats to all of our great writers! Young Authors Day was a blast!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, April 6th

1) Complete Monday and Tuesday Spelling Work
2) If you would like to share your Spring Break experiences, please prepare something (written doc, Google Slides, presentation, etc.) for tomorrow
3) We will be shooting our forgotten Midwest Region Tourist Videos this week. Research locations and ideas for your video.
4) Read!

Tomorrow is Young Authors' Day, and we will be attending an assembly regarding writing in the morning and spending the day crafting and creating amazing stories, so get a good night's sleep and come to school ready to write!

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