Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, September 18th

1) Read Flora and Ulysses Chapters 38-42 (18 pages)
2) Work on Math Packet (Due Monday)

* Open House is tomorrow night at 6pm! Hope to see everyone there!
* Student Council representatives will be chosen next week. Candidates that are interested in the position must give a written speech to the class on Monday on why they should be the classroom's representative. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, September 17th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Complete "It's a Round World" geography packet (most finished in class today)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Homework and Notes for Monday, September 16th

1) Read for 20 minutes. Please bring Flora and Ulysses books back to school if they were left at home over the weekend.
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)

* We've had a few students out sick, so please remember to wash your hands and get a good night's sleep to fight off the back-to-school germs!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, September 13th

1) Read Chapters 30-33 (pg. 97-108) in Flora and Ulysses*
2) Complete Math Packet
3) Complete Classroom Contact Information Form (for our Room Parents) and return to Mr. Brandstrader. (A Picture Day letter went home as well, but no action is needed, just information for parents)

* Flora and Ulysses was intended to be read in class, but is taking long than expected in both 4th grade classes and we need to speed up the process. Students are accountable for reading these chapters this weekend, but may need help with some vocabulary. We appreciate, and encourage, any help parents can provide in the reading process, including reading to their student.

Finally, Some students were brave and made book review videos of their favorite books. Check out the videos, then check out the books! 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, September 12th

1) Read for 20 minutes
2) Finish your Goals Worksheet
3) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, September 11th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet (due Monday)
3) Work on Rough Draft of Goals for 4th grade (304 only): Students are setting goals for the school year. #1 and #2 should be academic goals, #3 should be a behavior goal, and #4 should be a personal goal.


* Today we had a very constructive and respectful discussion about the events of September 11th in class, but I highly encourage parents to discuss with their students at home. Thank you to all of the families who had discussions last night.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Homework and Notes for Tuesday, September 10th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet for Mrs. Malhiot (due Monday)

* Tomorrow is September 11th, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We will be discussing the historical event in an age-appropriate manner, but I always urge parents to discuss with their child at home as well. Students hear bits and pieces about the attacks from outside sources, and it's important that they have context. I try to stay away from anything overly upsetting for a 4th grader, but all students have different experiences/background knowledge and I want to be respectful to all. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Homework and Notes for Monday, September 9th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Work on Math Packet for Mrs. Mahliot (due Monday)
3) Complete Spanish Homework (most students finished in class)

* Students will need a set of headphones or earbuds for class this year. Almost all students have a pair, and we have a few classroom sets, but we could always use extra pairs. If you have any unused pairs at home, we'll take them! I really discourage students from bringing expensive headphones or earbuds to school as it is a shared space with other classes.

* I have added links to Google Classroom, Khan Academy, iCivics, and Mrs. Mahliot's blog to the top of my blog for easy access. Students will be using Khan Academy for both math and grammar practice this year. iCivics.org is a website founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to improve students’ civic knowledge, civic attitudes, and core literacy skills, using innovative games to  teach young people to understand how our political systems work. This is an independent choice option for students, not part of the core curriculum, but I highly encourage students and parents to check it out. I will explain further at Open House next week.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Homework and Notes for Friday, September 6th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Turn in any remaining forms as soon as possible
3) Complete Family Homework for Mrs. Mahliot
4) Complete Welcome to Fourth Grade Packet (304 only, and most students finished in class)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Homework and Notes for Thursday, September 5th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes
2) Turn in form(s) in the CPS packet handed out yesterday (due Friday)
3) Work on homework from Mrs. Mailhot (due Monday)

Happy Birthday Violet and GO BEARS! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Homework and Notes for Wednesday, September 4th

1) Read for at least 20 minutes*
2) Turn in form(s) in the CPS packet handed out yesterday (due Friday)
3) Work on homework from Mrs. Mailhot (due Monday)

* Students will be expected to read nightly for at least 20 minutes. At Open House, I will explain expectations and how students will be held accountable for reading at home. Until then, students (and families) should start thinking about what type of reading routine (time/place/book options) will be most successful.

Finally, thank you families of 304 for all of the amazing classroom supplies, and thank you to the students of 304 for your patience as we sort through them!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Great first day!

The rain couldn't put a damper on today! It was a fantastic first day, and I look forward to a fantastic year in fourth grade! We were a little rushed at the end of the day during our assignment notebook time, but recording our homework will be a key part of our routine and I will make sure students are given plenty of time to record their homework and key information. (I will also post it here as well.)

HOMEWORK:
1) Today a packet was sent home from the district with information as well as a form that needs to be completed by each student's family. Please complete the form and return it as soon as possible. I have set Friday as the due date, but please take the weekend if needed.
2) Students will be expected to read 20 minutes a night. I let students know that they should start thinking about what book(s) they would like to read (if they are not currently reading one) as the nightly reading requirement will begin this week.

** Note: We will have PE on Thursdays and Fridays. Students will need appropriate athletic shoes on those days. If students would prefer to leave gym shoes here, they can bring them in.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Welcome to 4th Grade!!

My name is Mr. Brandstrader and I am so excited to meet all of you! Please bookmark this page as it will have all of the information and sites that you will need this year!

See you Tuesday!!