Hello fourth graders! I hope you are enjoying your break! I just wanted to let you know that I will be giving an extension on the mystery novel projects. I know that many of you didn't bring home your projects or books because of the snow day. The projects will be due January 12th, which gives you a whole extra week once we return from break.
Enjoy the holidays, the snow, and the time off! See you next year!! :)
MORNING WORK: DWP WRITING: Cursive READING: 1. Weekly Assessment is tomorrow 2. Work on your reading contract 3. 3 Mystery novel projects are due January 5 SPELLING: Test is tomorrow GRAMMAR: Test is tomorrow SCIENCE: Project presentations are tomorrow OTHER: Return library books
MORNING WORK: Daily Writing Prompt WRITING: Tuesday's Cursive READING: Work on your reading contract SCIENCE: 1. Scratch Test Sheet (Odyssey only) 2. Home/ School Connection: Birthstones 3. Science Inquiry Journal: Next 3 questions are due Monday MATH: Ask a parent to sign your Unit 4 study guide. The Unit 4 Test will be Thursday 12/ 11
Today in Science, you learned how to do the scratch test to identify minerals. The property that we are testing is hardness. You learned that the hardest mineral in our set couldn't be scratched with a fingernail, penny, OR a paperclip. We identified that mineral as quartz.
The softest mineral in our set could be scratched by even your fingernail! We identified that mineral as gypsum.
Nice job recording your alphabet book in LMC this morning. I am so excited that you are creating a voicethread where you can view each other's work. Remember that you are welcome to change your icon, but it should not be a picture of you. If you have any questions, just ask! Enjoy!
MATH: Study Link 4.2 and Multiplication Packet. Remember that your multiplication packet is due on Friday!
Nice job observing your mock rocks this afternoon! You were being excellent geologists using different properties to describe your rocks. We've only just begun investigating, so there is lots more to come!
READING: Practice p. 59 and 60 WRITING: Cursive SOCIAL STUDIES: Chapter 3 Test tomorrow---study your flash cards, practice the Internet Tutorial, and use the tricks on the blog to help! OTHER: Library books are due tomorrow, LMC Native American Region page is due Monday
Thank you, Mrs. Cheek for being so clever with your tricks to remember our regions!!
Silly Ways to Remember a ton of information:
Northwest Coast: The Cool Kwakiutl live on the Coast. They wear waterproof cedar bark capes, trap salmon with cedar bark fish traps, and live in wooden houses with cool cedar totem poles.
California Intermountain Region: The Pretty Pomo, wear pretty shell necklaces, and make pretty baskets decorated with shells and beads. The Pretty Pomo live in a pretty cone shaped redwood house.
Southwest: The Hot Hopi live in the Southwest and have to stay cool by wearing cotton dresses. The Hot Hopi are thirsty from being so hot and from climbing the ladders up to their adobe apartments. They are so thirsty that they store water to drink in clay pots.
Plateau: (This is the gross one.:)) This region is shaped like a foot and it is green! This region is the Plateau (Pla- TOE) Yuk. The Yakima lived there and ate roots to survive. Roots are at your toes (Pla-TOE). The Yakima lived in underground winter houses--think roots are underground, too. You can remember that they put baskets on their heads because everything else is already at their feet.
Great Plains: Think PLAIN and simple. The Sioux lived here. (Think: Sue is a simple name.) They used buffalo for everything! Buffalo and teepees are PLAIN and simple to remember when you are studying Native Americans.
Eastern Woodlands: Think tongue twister! The Algonquian (Al-gon-kwee-an) in the Eastern Woodlands lived in wigwams wearing wild turkey-feather ceremonial capes. The turkey is a bird and you can link that to a turkey bird birch canoe. :)
Southeast: The Southern Seminole used cypress canoes. To keep safe from the sharp saw grass they wore deerskin leggings. They lived in palm leaf chickees so they wouldn't sweat!
We had such a neat reading lesson this morning. We started our discussion by talking about China, which is our Treasures theme this week. As we were locating China on a map, we found out that Mrs. Polito was on Skype...LIVE FROM CHINA!!! We asked her questions and heard about her experiences so far.
Later, we continued to read about China, including the ancient dynasties, the famous inventions, and the extremely historical heritage. We were amazed to compare the length of China's recorded history with that of the United States---The U.S. is just a baby compared to China!!
It was a morning packed with learning and fascinating facts!
SOCIAL STUDIES:(For Odyssey students only) Read p.11, 12 & 13 in your History Alive! text book.
MATH: Study Link 2.8 and Study Link 2.9 (p.64 only)
READING: Unit 1 Test will be on Thursday and Friday of this week. Review your spelling, grammar, and practice materials. Also, click on the "Let's Explore" Unit 1 Activities under the "Reading" section of our blog. You will find many review activities to help you study.
MORNING WORK: (DWP) Pretend you are an astronaut. Write a letter to a family member or friend telling them of your adventures in outer space. GRAMMAR: p. 22 SPELLING: p.23 WRITING: Cursive & 3 items in brown bag READING: Practice p. 26 MATH: Study Link 2.3 OTHER: Library Books!