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Friday, June 9, 2017

Have a great summer!

What an amazing year! This was an absolutely fantastic class, and if you needed any proof, we managed to get a great picture of the 19 of us on our first try!

And congratulations to our Math Olympians! What a great way to kick off the summer!

And for all of my Simpsons' fans, this one's for you...


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Field Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Field Day (and the final day of school)!

Remember, school lets out at 1:40pm.

Let's have a great final day! And congratulation to Abby for completing all 4th AND 5th grade topics on ALEKS!!! Way to go!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Homework for Thursday, June 8th

1) Read for 30 minutes

 Please bring your backpack and Chromebook tomorrow. Also, if you would like to take home some of your mealworms/beetles, make sure to bring a container to transport them home in.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, June 7th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Talk to your parents and see if you had any relatives involved in the D-Day invasion 73 years ago.

Tomorrow is eXchange Autographs Day. Students will have time to sign yearbooks or booklets with other students in the grade if they choose.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, June 6th

1) Read for 30 minutes

Yearbooks went home today. If you ordered a yearbook and did not receive it, shoot me an email or send a note with your student tomorrow and I can check with the office. If you did not order one and would like to, there are a few extras for sale in the office. Student will have the opportunity to sign each other's yearbooks on Wednesday on eXchange autographs Day if they choose.

Tomorrow is Work Out Day.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Homework for Monday, June 5th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish/polish Rory Deutsch citizenship essay. Essays will be submitted to judges on Monday.

Next week is our last week of school, with 1:40pm release on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Homework for Friday, June 2nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Word Poster and study for your spelling quiz (The words this week were selected by students. Some words are quite challenging and well above grade level, so I am not expecting perfect scores, and just want students to give it their best effort)
3) Complete "next to final" draft of your citizenship essay. I will print out essays tomorrow for final edits before they are due on Monday.

** Book Fair tonight at 6pm!
** Box Tops due tomorrow!
Tomorrow is USA Day, so wear your red, white, and blue!

(We will have our 50 state challenge as well, but it is optional, and students are not expected to study)

2017 Highland Park Public Art Poetry Contest

Click on the top right pop-out icon to download a copy.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Homework for Thursday, June 1st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Work on your citizenship essays (You can use wordcounter.net to check on your word choice/frequency)

** Box Tops due on Friday!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, May 31

1) Read for 30 minutes*
2) Make edits to your citizenship essay based on your peers' feedback

* On Friday (USA Day), we will have a 50 state challenge. This challenge is NOT for a grade, and students are not required or expected to study for it. (They can study, but this is not supposed to be a stressful activity.)

* The Indian Trail Book Fair is here!

Book Fair at Indian Trail School Library
Tuesday, May 30 - Monday, June 5
8:45am-4:15pm
(Mon 6/5 8:45am-12:45pm)

Students are allowed to shop with their class during their regularly scheduled library class or during their recess time. If students wish to bring money to school, please put it in an envelope labeled with their name, or in a wallet that stays in their backpack.

Parents: You are welcome to attend book fair after school with your children. Please make a plan to meet your child on the blacktop after school, and then enter the building through the front door together.

Thursday Evening Hours and Camp Craft
June 1, 2017
6:00pm-8:00pm

Come with your family to shop, make some camp themed crafts, enter the drawing to win a free book. We will be ringing the camp bell every fifteen minutes and giving away free books. Take a look at the giveaways displayed in the IT library.

For Orchestra Students

A Note from Mrs. Duke:

It has been a wonderful year of orchestra at Indian Trail and I am looking forward to our last lesson together tomorrow Wednesday 5/31.

If you rent from Cassandra Strings or the Music Center of Deerfield, the rental return deadline is this Wednesday 5/31.  These music stores will pick up the instruments for return from Indian Trail.

If you rent from Field Violin Workshop or Village Music, you will need to take the instrument to the store to return for the summer.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, May 30th

1) Write your first draft of the Rory Deutsch Citizenship Essay, using your graphic organizer and sample essay as a guide. (Students were given around an hour to work on their graphic organizer and essay in class today)

Unused (or lightly used) folders and notebooks went home today. Some students tried to trash them, but I told them that the school supply purchasers (parents) get to make the call on whether to keep them for next year or not.

Tuesday is Read A Lot Day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Homework for Thursday, May 25th

1) Read for 30 minutes (Since the Indian Trail Library is shutting down for the year, some students may not have reading books for home. Thus, it's a great time to make a plan for summer reading! Or even better, enter the HP Library Summer Reading Challenge!) 

2) The first draft of the Rory Deutsch Citizenship essay will be due next Tuesday, May 30th. We will work on it tomorrow in class, but for any student that would like to get a head start, the essay will consist of three parts: 
  1. What does being a good citizen mean? (What character traits do good citizens have?)
  2. How do good citizens act? (What actions demonstrate that someone is a good citizen?)
  3. How have you demonstrated that you are a good citizen? (Examples of things you have done.)
3) Last Call for Box Tops! The final collection of box tops will be on Friday, June 2nd. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Indian Trail. The money is used for the school to buy resources and materials, so if you have any at home, bring them in! 

4) A message from the recess supervisors: Fidgets are reserved only for academic use, yet they are causing many issues at recess, from lost fidgets, broken fidgets, and even "my fidget is better than your fidget" fights. Thus, fidgets are now BANNED at recess and will be confiscated. They are not allowed outside, just as we do not allow pokemon cards, coins, or other toys from home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, May 24th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Next week, we will be writing essays about being a good citizen in honor of former Indian Trail student, Rory Deutsch. More details will come, but students should start thinking about what it means to be a good citizen.
3) All books checked out from Indian Trail Library must be returned before Memorial Day (which would be this Thursday). Notices will be sent home for missing books. Please return any books you may have as soon as possible to avoid any late fees.

Tomorrow is Pajama Day.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, May 24th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Work on your creative writing project. Look at any dialogue and make sure it's clear who is speaking and the punctuation is correct (especially quotation marks)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Homework for Friday, May 19th

* School Supply Order forms for 2017-18 were distributed today. I will be sending students home with any extra folders and/or notebooks that we haven't used this year over the course of the next few weeks. I've found that if I wait until the last day, students end up dumping perfectly good, unused materials that could be used the following year.

* Food Drive ends tomorrow! We need canned fruit and fruit cups!

Homework:
1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work and study for the quiz
3) For your creative writing project, determine your story's beginning, middle, and end. (This might be easier if you think about how your main character starts off, what happens to him/her, and he/she has changed by the end of the story)

EXAMPLE: Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
  1. Beginning - Shirley Temple Wong lives in China. 
  2. Middle - She moves to America, and must adapt to fit into the new culture.
  3. End - Shirley is happy to be in America, but still values her Chinese heritage and culture. 
EXAMPLE: Bud, Not Buddy
  1. Beginning - Bud lives in orphanage, bouncing between foster homes.
  2. Middle - Bud tries to find his real father.
  3. End - Bud doesn't find his father, but finds a loving family.
(Obviously, there are many other details in these novels, but these are the moments that provide the foundation for the stories. Also, nothing is set in stone, so if you want to change something later, that is perfectly fine. However, it's best to have something down to work off of.) 

Tomorrow is Mismatch Day.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Homework for Thursday, May 17th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Wednesday's spelling
3) For your creative writing project, you need to determine:

  1. Your main character(s)
  2. Setting
  3. The Big Problem your character needs to solve (your plot)


Tomorrow is Lunch Outside Day, so fingers crossed for good weather!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, May 17th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Tuesday Spelling work
3) Study for Southwest quiz!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, May 16th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Monday Spelling
3) Study for Wednesday's Southwest Quiz

This week is our PTO food drive. We are collecting canned fruit and fruit cups. Any and all contributions are welcomed!

Tomorrow is Jersey Day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

No Homework for Monday, May 15th

Monday is 'I can do' Day. If you have a skill you would like to show off, or a lesson you would like to teach the class, this is your day! (Students will have about 5-10 minutes each to present)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Homework for Friday, May 12th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work and study for your quiz
3) Scholastic Book Orders will be processed tomorrow, so get your orders in!

The Southwest States and Capitals Quiz will be next Wednesday (17th). Master copies went home today.

Tomorrow is Hat Day. I am ok with any hat, so long as it does not distract others.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

No Homwork for Thursday, May 11th

Good luck to all of the 4B musicians this evening! I'm sorry I can not attend, but I know you will all be fabulous.  There is no homework, but students who are not attending or performing in the concert should read for 30 minutes.

We have finished both our Math and ELA MAP testing. If any students feel like they weren't 100% or did not put forth their best effort during their test, please let me know and we can discuss whether re-taking the test would be worthwhile or necessary.
Tomorrow is Game Day.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, May 10th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work through Tuesday
3) I would like to finalize our 4B Newspaper tomorrow. If you have a comic or word search you would like to contribute, it must be ready by tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Formal Day (also known as Fancy Clothes Day). Tomorrow is also the Orchestra Field Trip (to Elm Place). Here is the information from Ms. Duke:

IT 4th Spring Field Trip Information
Date:  Wednesday May 10th
Where: Elm Place Middle School 
Walk to EP Time: 12:45pm  
Rehearsal Time: 1:00-2:00pm  
Return to School: 2:15pm
Need: Instrument & Music

Monday, May 8, 2017

No Homework for Tuesday, May 9th

Tomorrow afternoon will be our MAP Math Testing session.

Fingers crossed for great weather for Extra Recess Day!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Homework for Monday, May 8th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Monday is Dozen Day. Students may bring in a dozen of something to share in class.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Homework for Friday, May 5th (Crazy Hair Day)

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work for the week and study for the quiz

*Note - I will be out on Friday and Monday. I will return all emails when I return on Tuesday. Please notify the office for any pressing issues.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WARNING! Do not open any emails or docs from unknown senders!

Students, there is an email going around asking you to open a doc. DO NOT DO IT! It is a scam that is going around all Google systems.

If you did, or think you did, let me know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

No Homework for Thursday, May 4th

We are MAP Testing (Language Arts) tomorrow at 9am. Make sure to charge your Chromebook, get a good night's sleep, eat a solid breakfast, and arrive at school on time!

Tomorrow we will be having a class party during lunch and recess in honor of completing 100,000 language arts questions on IXL for the year. (Woo hoo!) Students may wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal if they choose, and if students would like to bring in a school-appropriate movie for consideration (1 or 2 at most), that is ok. (No VHS)

Also, tomorrow is May the Fourth Be With You Day in honor of National Star Wars Day, so students may also wear Star Wars apparel. Big day!

MAP Test Practice

Math practice
I do not have your breakdowns by category. Just put your score in for each category. If there is any category you feel is more difficult for you, decrease the score by 20.

Language Arts Practice

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, May 2nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish Monday spelling
3) Finish editing your current event article

*** Scholastic Book Ordering forms were sent home today. I will place the final order next Friday (May 12) to be sure the delivery comes before the end of the school year.

*** Note from Mrs. Lee about Art Class tomorrow

Friday, April 28, 2017

Homework for Monday, May 1st

1) Read for 30 minutes

FYI - The April IXL Grammar Contest ends Sunday night at 11:59 pm! We are in the Pre-K through 4th grade category, so all of the topics count toward our total!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Homework for Friday, April 28th

I hope everyone was well behaved and respectful to the substitute in my absence. I will be back at school tomorrow. 

Reminder: Tomorrow is a 1:00pm Early Release (A Day) 

Homework: 

  • Read for 30 minutes
  • Complete all spelling work (not word searches) and study for the quiz
  • Complete Southwest Map packet (if not finished in class)
  • Make final edits to Current Event (if not finished in class)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Homework for Thursday, April 27th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete spelling work through Wednesday

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, April 26th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Tuesday Spelling
3) Complete Fraction Flag Math activity

Monday, April 24, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, April 25th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Monday Spelling work
3) Gather more research for your current event (if necessary)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Homework for Friday, April 21st

1) Complete all spelling work and study for the spelling quiz
2) Type your first draft of your current event using the News Report format (Do the best you can, we will be reviewing and making edits in class together)

Tomorrow is the 4th Grade Performance! 

A few reminders:
  • The family performance will begin at 2:30pm
  • Students should dress in solid black clothing (except for the ATHLETES). Any color shoes are fine as long as they are appropriate for walking on and off the stage and risers 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Homework for Thursday, April 20th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete spelling work through Wednesday
3) Complete Current Events Organizer

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Homework for Wednesday April 19th

1) Read for 30 minutes

A big congratulations and thank you to all students for finishing their PARCC Testing for the year. 7 sessions of testing is tough for even adults to handle, but 4B students worked hard and were respectful of others during the test-taking process.

Reminder, this Friday is the 4th Grade Music Performance! The show for parents begins at 2:30pm.

Monday, April 17, 2017

No Homework for Tuesday, April 18th

Last PARCC test is tomorrow! Rest up and let's finish strong!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

No Homework for Monday, April 17th

Enjoy the long weekend!

And congratulations to Emma, Maeve, Mia, and Sam on their winning poetry contest entries! I'm very impressed on how poised each of them were at the reading last night at Highland Park Library. They were calm, but I was a nervous wreck!




Traditional Multiplication Review

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

No Homework for Thursday, April 13th

Tomorrow is our 2nd to last PARCC test. (The final test is next Tuesday morning) 

Students have been doing a great job staying focused through this gamut of tests. So let's get some rest tonight, have a productive day tomorrow, and then enjoy the long weekend!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

No Homework for Wednesday, April 12th

Last Friday, we went on a fantastic field trip to Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook to learn how science is used to test everyday items to ensure they are safe. I hope your student shared some of their favorite moments!

Thank you to both Debbie and Gayle for helping out and taking some great pictures!


Monday, April 10, 2017

No homework for Tuesday, April 11th

We had a great first day of testing. Get a good night of rest!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Homework for Friday, April 7th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish word poster and study for spelling test
3) Bring Chromebook charger to school

* Friday is our UL field trip! Please remember to bring a lunch/large snack. The bus will leave around 9:40am and return around 1:30pm

* PARCC testing begins next week. If you are observing Passover and prefer not to participate in testing during this time, students will be able to take their tests during the make-up sessions, which will be held during the week of April 24th.

* Starting Friday and lasting through PARCC testing, students will leave their Chromebooks at school to ensure they are charged and ready to go when testing begins. During the testing period, there will be no assigned homework aside from reading and getting a full night's rest.

* Today I am sending home two PARCC practice packets. THIS IS NOT ASSIGNED HOMEWORK. This is simply to give students a chance to view the format and get an idea of the types of questions they will be asked. We have been discussing test taking strategies in class this week, and working with the online practice modules to get acquainted with how the testing program works.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Homework for Thursday, April 6th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for spelling quiz on Friday (The four states and capitals of the Southwest). You can use your packet to study or use Spelling City

** Remember, we will away on our field trip during lunch on Friday, so please pack a lunch or large snack in a disposable bag so you don't get too hungry! (There are activities after lunch before we leave, so it's best not to have a reusable lunch bag so it doesn't have to be carried during that time.)




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Homework for Wednesday April 5th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Work on your Oregon Trail writing project. We will start writing on Thursday, so start making final decisions on your character and their Oregon Trail experience.

* We will be leaving very close to 9am for Ravinia Festival tomorrow, so please be on time to school!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, April 4th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Review your spelling words for the week (The Southwest States and Capitals)
3) Finish any Docs, Slides, Presentations regarding your Spring Break to share in class (optional)

* For Friday's Field Trip, all students should pack a lunch as we will be eating at the Underwriters Laboratory. If you ordered hot lunch, it will be saved for you, but we will probably not be back at school until 1:30pm, so it would still be smart to pack a lunch or large snack.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Have a great spring break!

I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures when you return!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Homework for Friday, March 24th

1) Read for 30 minutes

Friday is an Early Release (1pm) and a "B" (afternoon) schedule, so we WILL be having P.E.

BINGO NIGHT! (A message from our PTO)

Bingo Night will be the first Friday back from spring break! (April 7th) 

The school-wide Bingo night fundraiser is a fun event with music and dancing, Bingo prizes, food and a great community feel. To make it run smoothly, here's what the organizers still need:

1) BAKE SALE and CAKE WALK-- We need bakers! Bake a cake for the Cake Walk or bake individually packaged items for the bake sale--peanut free and, if possible, gluten-free.

2) CONCESSION SALES--Spend 20-30 minutes selling pizza and bake sale items. 

Here's the SIGNUP GENIUS Link. Thanks!

BINGO Night! April 7

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Homework for Thursday, March 23rd

  1. Read for 30 minutes
  2. Practice your West Region Script if you haven't filmed yet
  3. Start thinking about your Oregon Trail project! (Due ~April 13th) 
    1. Create your character.
    2. Play an "official" Oregon Trail game, taking notes about big events that happen along the way.
    3. Create a journal with at least 5 entries from the perspective of your character based on their experience on the trail west! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, March 22nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish Iditarod posters (most students have completed this)
3) For those students who DID their homework Monday night, please make the suggested edits to your script, and start practicing your script for filming. For students who DID NOT do Monday's homework or did not bring it in, make sure to bring in your paper with edits tomorrow.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, March 21st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Read and edit your West Region script on the printed paper. This is an assignment to see how many of your errors you can spot on your own. I suggest reading your script out loud as many times we recognize our errors when we "scan" our work. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

No Homework for Monday, March 20th

* Kid Kreation forms due on Monday
* We have 2 field trips on the first week back from spring break (permission slips went home today)
Wednesday, April 5th:  Field trip to Ravinia.  112’s Education Foundation in partnership with Ravinia Festival’s Reach*Teach*Play Program are hosting a concert experience for our 4th and 5th Grade students. 
Friday, April 7th:  Underwriters' Laboratory in Northbrook. This is a fantastic field trip where we get to see scientists and engineers in action, testing products to make sure they "fail properly".

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Homework for Friday, March 17th

1) Finish spelling work and study for your spelling quiz
2) Study for West Region quiz (Capitals are extra credit)

* Kid Kreation forms due Monday if you would like to order.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Homework for Thursday, March 16th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete first draft of West Region Location Report
3) Study for West Region Quiz (on Friday)

A MESSAGE FROM THE PTO:
Parents, please check to see if you ordered a 2016-17 yearbook on the PTO website.  You can check your orders under your account.  The deadline to order yearbooks is Monday, April 3rd (The first Monday back from Spring Break).  No late orders will be accepted.

West Region song!



Remember: We count Arizona and New Mexico as being part of the Southwest Region, and thus they will not be on the quiz this Friday.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, March 15th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Research facts about your West Region Location
3) Complete your creative short story about a grumpy elephant at Disneyland.  There should be a beginning (Once upon a time...), a complication (But then something happens...), and reaction (So the grumpy elephant has to...)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, March 14th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Monday spelling work
3) Study for Friday's West Region Quiz
4) We are going to select cities/attractions tomorrow for our West Region Tourist Location project. Think of some places that you might want to select for your location. (Even better, do some research!)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Homework for Friday, March 10th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish spelling work and study for the quiz
3) Have an idea for how to arrange the room? Create your own floor plan using paper or Slides (via Google Classroom)

In studying the West Region, we will be using the computer simulation game, The Oregon Trail, to gain perspective on what it was like to brave the frontier and head west to start a new life (and maybe strike it rich). This educational technology classic is just as good today as it was in the 90s. Click the tab above and see if you have what it takes!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Homework for Thursday, March 9th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all Wednesday spelling work
3) If you did not film your Book Review today, we will be filming the rest tomorrow and Friday, so practice!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, March 8th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish spelling work for Monday and Tuesday

Today we had a great author visit from Amy Ephron! Ask your student about it!

Monday, March 6, 2017

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Enter Book Review edits


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Homework for Friday, March 3rd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish all spelling work and study for the quiz
3) We will share our book reviews tomorrow in class for peer feedback. Look over your review to make sure it is ready to go. (We will still be making edits so it doesn't have to be perfect, but it should be getting close!)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Homework for Thursday, March 2nd

  1. Read for 30 minutes
  2. Complete all spelling work through Wednesday
  3. Complete first round of edits on your book review
    1. Make sure your review is in paragraph form, with indents
    2. Each paragraph should have 3 or more sentences
    3. Check your grammar and punctuation (Reading it out loud will help identify mistakes)
    4. Make sure the title of your book is underlined 
    5. Look at your word choice. Are you repeating some words? Did you use 'good' when you could have used a much more descriptive word? 
This weekend is the official start of the Iditarod! We will be following along with the race as part of our study of the West Region. Here is the official website for the race. Give it a look! 


Thursday Spirit Day for Dr. Seuss


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, March 1st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete first draft of Book Review
3) Complete Tuesday Spelling work
4) Submit poems for HP Poetry Contest (Optional)
  • Send pieces(s) in an e-mail, or attach a .doc or .pdf file to Jennifer@highlandparkpoetry.org 
  • Please put “2017 Poetry Challenge” in the subject line of your e-mail.
  • Poems should be original pieces of work and 30 lines or fewer.
  • There is no reading fee to submit one (1) poem. To submit additional poems, there is a reading fee of $4 per poem. Check or money order payable to Highland Park Poetry.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, February 28th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Book Review Organizer (if you haven't already)
3) Finish Monday spelling
4) Final Poems due tomorrow for HP Poetry contest

Turn in your box tops!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Homework for Monday, February 27th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Book Review Organizer

*Turn in Box Tops!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Homework for Friday, February 24th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete your word poster and study for the spelling challenge!

Tonight is the open house for the student art projects at the HP Art Center. Congratulations to all of the wonderful 4B artists!

We are collecting box tops again! Please bring in any box tops you have. Thank you for your support for our school!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Homework for Thursday, February 23rd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study your spelling list (called "4B Student Selections" on Spelling City). You guys picked some hard words!
3) The HP poetry contest deadline is next week! Start thinking about your poem. (You do not need to submit to the contest, but you do need to write one for class). The topics are:

  1. Prairie & Pioneers
  2. The Secret Life of Insects & Spiders
  3. Epistolary or Letter Poems

Friday, February 17, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, February 22nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete your current event report. It should contain key details, why you believe the event is important, and a concluding sentence. Check your writing for proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

The 2017 February Youth Art Month

The 2017 February Youth Art Month
North Shore School District 112 Exhibit

Please visit our amazing “District 112 Student Art Show” at The Art Center of Highland Park, located at 1957 Sheridan Road in Highland Park, IL. The exhibit will be on display from February 17th through February 27th. Families are welcome to attend an informal open house next Thursday, February 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with our district's art teachers and administrators.

The Presidents' Song

video

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Homework for Friday, February 17th

*** Friday is an EARLY RELEASE (1PM)

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete all spelling work and study for the quiz

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Homework for Thursday, February 16th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for SE States quiz (practice using the study guide)
3) Complete current event edits

Monday, February 13, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, February 14th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete first draft of your current event report
3) Study for Thursday's Southeast Region Locations Quiz (see videos in previous post)

Videos for Southeast Region

Remember: We do not count Oklahoma and Texas as part of the Southeast Region.

Class List for Valentine's Day

  1. Abby
  2. Jasper
  3. Duncan
  4. Lily
  5. Maeve
  6. Emma
  7. Ben
  8. Charlie
  9. Hayden
  10. Sam
  11. Hugh
  12. Danny
  13. Nataly
  14. Elliana
  15. Nicholas
  16. Mia
  17. Grace
  18. Nolan

Friday, February 10, 2017

Homework for Monday, February 13th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete Current Event Outline on Google Classroom

The class Valentine's Day party will be on Tuesday. Student may (but are not required) to bring cards for students.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Homework for Friday, February 10th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish all spelling work and study for quiz
3) Select your current event to report on for your report (We will start writing tomorrow)

Some students have asked about the video segments we have watched in class. They have been pulled from  "America: Story of Us" (From The History Channel) and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (from FOX/National Geographic Channel). I believe both are on Netflix.

And a HUGE THANK YOU to our PTO and parents for our new markers! The class loves them!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Homework for Thursday, February 9th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Start researching current events for our next current events report

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, February 8th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Begin studying for SE States quiz next Thursday (2/16)

Thank you PTO for a fantastic Abraham Lincoln Presentation!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Homework for Tuesday, February 7th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Finish any class work that was not completed in class today (Abraham Lincoln reading/packet, Lower Southeastern States map work, Monday spelling work)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Homework for Monday, February 6th

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Have a poem ready to share in class on Monday (should be done already, we just didn't have a chance to share in class today)
3) If you are able to get the Boomerang Paper Airplane to work, send me the video!

Can you make a BOOOMERANG airplane?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Homework for Thursday, February 2nd

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Complete first draft of a poem to share in class
3) Turn in iRead forms WITH PARENT SIGNATURE. All forms due by Friday.

Today, students received flyers for the"Read to Succeed" initiative and "2017 Poetry Challenge". Both programs are optional, but excellent!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Homework for Wednesday, February 1st


  1. Read for 30 minutes and record your minutes on your iRead sheet. You can begin turning in your iRead sheets tomorrow
  2. Work/Wrap up Great Depression Projects

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    Homework for Tuesday, January 31st

    1) Read for 30 minutes and record your minutes. iRead ends Friday!
    2) Finish all spelling work for Monday
    3) Work on your Great Depression project

    Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Homework for Friday, January 27th

    1) Read for 30 minutes and record on your iRead sheet.
    2) Finish all spelling work for the week and study for the quiz
    3) Work on your Great Depression project. I will start assigning presentation dates to students tomorrow.

    * Thank you to everyone who has placed orders through Scholastic. I will be processing pending orders next Tuesday (Jan. 31st) if anyone else would like some books before the next round!

    And congrats to Jasper on finishing all of his 4th grade topics on ALEKS! Keep up the great work!


    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    No homework for Thursday, January 26th

    Good luck to the 4B Musicians! I know you will all be great!

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Homework for Wednesday, January 25th

    Reminder: Orchestra concert is tomorrow night!

    1) Read for 30 minutes and record your minutes on your iRead sheet.
    2) Beginning planning your Great Depression project.* Think about all the steps you will need to take to complete your project. What obstacles do you foresee (if any)?

    * As part of our Midwest unit, we studied aspects of the Great Depression and how it altered the identities and perspectives of those who lived through it. Students were then assigned a specific role (i.e. farmer, banker, homeless child) and asked to research and explore the Depression through the eyes of their character. For the culminating project, students are free to choose the manner in which they would like to demonstrate their acquired knowledge. Some ideas are Depression-themed board games, diaries, or posters.

    The two requirements of this project are a) a demonstration of knowledge of life during the Great Depression, and b) a demonstration of understanding how identities changed and perspectives differed during this time. Students will be given time in class to work, but will probably require work time at home. I am happy to provide the supplies I have. I have set Monday, January 30th as the "due" date, but will gladly grant extensions to students who are "thinking big". I am not as concerned about the due date as I am that the student is engaged in creating a project they are proud of.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions, though I am monitoring all student work as we progress and will reach out to you if I feel issues are arising.

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Homework for Tuesday, January 24th

    1) Read for 30 minutes and record your minutes on your iRead sheet. (Only 2 weeks left!)

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Homework for Friday, January 20th

    1) Finish "Letter to Eleanor" edits from today's discussion. We will be writing the letters by hand tomorrow in class.

    2) Study for spelling quiz (Southeast Region States and Capitals - only spelling, not locations)

    Tomorrow night is Skate Night! Unfortunately, I can't make it, but you can enter a raffle to have lunch with me (and a friend) from a restaurant of your choice! (within reason)

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Homework for Thursday, January 19th

    1) Read for 30 minutes AND record your minutes on your iRead sheet. If you did not bring in your sheet today for me to check, please bring it tomorrow.

    2) Complete your first draft of your "Letter to Eleanor". We will share and edit the letters tomorrow.
    A quick reminder: this is a persuasive letter from the perspective of your Great Depression Character. You will want to share who you are, where you live, your situation, how the Great Depression impacted your life, the specific problem you are dealing with, and good reasons why you need her help or reasons why she should help you. 



    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Homework for Wednesday, January 18th

    1) Read for 30 minutes and record your minutes on your iRead sheet. (I will be checking iRead sheets tomorrow)

    2) Read the Letters to Eleanor and begin thinking about your persuasive letter to Eleanor Roosevelt (from your Great Depression Character's perspective). What will you ask for? Knowing that the First Lady receives thousands of requests for help, why should she help you?

    *** We have had an outbreak of sickness and lice (notifications will be coming home tomorrow), so please wash your hands frequently and check your head!

    *** We are running low on markers in class. If you have any extra markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc. at home, we'll take them!

    *** Congrats to our star Elliana! She and her brother Ethan finished 3rd in ice skating dance nationals!


    Letters to Eleanor

    Here is the website with the Letters to Eleanor. 

    Friday, January 13, 2017

    Mr. Brandstrader out sick

    Good morning students.  I am home sick today.  I want to thank you for being so patient with me yesterday when it was becoming clear that I wasn't feeling well. Be good to the substitute and make sure to wash your hands!

    Here is the Indian Trail Media Club's first Morning Announcements. Just a preview, and an encore presentation of the lunchroom mannequin challenge!

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Homework for Friday January 13th

    1) Read for at least 30 minutes and record the minutes in your iRead sheet.

    Here is a video to help you with your states and capitals!


    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Homework for Thursday, January 12th

    1) Read for 30 minutes (or more) and record your minutes on your iRead sheet.

    Our classmate Elliana will be traveling in the car tomorrow to compete in for nationals in skating, so students may wear comfy "pajamas" to school to support our star student! Go Elliana!

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    Homework for Wednesday, January 11th

    1) Read for 30 minutes (or more!) and record your reading time on your iRead sheet.

    Monday, January 9, 2017

    Homework for Tuesday, January 10th

    1) Read for 30 minutes (or more) and record your minutes on your iRead sheet
    2) Research synonyms for the words: bad, fine, mean (We will have a contest tomorrow, and this research will help!)

    Friday, January 6, 2017

    Homework for Monday, January 9th

    1) Read for 30 minutes AND record your minutes on your iRead sheet. iRead contest starts this Saturday and goes through the end of January.

    Congrats to our coders!

    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    Homework for Friday, January 6th

    1) Read for 30 minutes

    Good luck to our Book Match Competitors! We are rooting for you!

    iRead kicks off this Saturday at HP Library from 9am - 3pm.

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Homework for Thursday, January 5th

    1) Read for 30 minutes
    2) Finalize your Top Ten Moments of 2016 (Check your capitalization and spelling!)

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    Homework for Tuesday, January 4th

    1) Complete your Top Ten Moments (personal and academic) of 2016 on your Google Classroom Doc. Here is Google's Year in Search to remember some of the big moments in the world.

    You might also think about your birthday, summer break, last spring break, this winter break, Summer Olympics, Cubs winning the World Series, Thanksgiving, Halloween, any great movies or shows you may have seen, or maybe when you found out who your 4th grade teacher was...

    2) Read for 30 minutes

    *** I have shared CNN Student News (4B version) and our 4B Mannequin Challenge. Look in your Drive in the Shared Folder.

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