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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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