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Monday, December 22, 2008

Mystery Novel Projects

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!! :)

Mrs. Bagnall

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday, December 17

WRITING: Cursive
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

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday, December 16

WRITING: Cursive
1. Work on your reading contract
2. Mystery Novel Project
1.  Rocks & Minerals test is tomorrow
2.  P.S. on your study guide is due tomorrow
3.  Project presentations are on Thursday
4.  Field trip is on Friday
1.  Study Link 5.1
2.  Practice your multiplication facts

Monday, December 15, 2008

Poetry for Kids!

Click here to explore the Poetry for Kids website that we looked at this afternoon!

Monday, December 15

WRITING: Cursive
READING: Work on your reading contract and mystery novel project
1. Project Proposal is due tomorrow
2. Rocks & Minerals Test is Wednesday
3. Ask a parent to sign your study guide
4.  Next 3 SIJ questions are *officially* due the Monday after break
MATH: Study Link 5.2
OTHER: If you are interested in participating in this year's CELEBRATE WRITING, ask Mrs. Bagnall for an application!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday, December 10

WRITING: Cursive
MATH: Study...Unit 4 test is tomorrow!
READING: Work on your reading contract
SCIENCE: SIJ is due Monday
1.  Library books should be returned tomorrow.
2.  Picture retake day is tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesday, December 9

MORNING WORK: Daily Writing Prompt
WRITING: Tuesday's Cursive
READING: Work on your reading contract
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

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday, December 8

WRITING: Monday's Cursive
READING: Work on your reading contract.
MATH: Study Link 4.10, Practice your facts!
SCIENCE: Next 3 SIJ questions are due on Monday, December 15
1. Book orders are due tomorrow!  
2. Please return field trip permission slips.
3.  Picture retake day is the 12th.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Upcoming Field Trip

On Friday, December 19th, we will explore the beautiful world of lapidary art.  Please be on the lookout for the permission slip with more information!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Great Job 4th Graders!

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.
Great job.....You are truly little geologists!!

Thursday, December 4

2.Final copy of your persuasive essay is due tomorrow.
1. Use the gold review sheet to review. 
2. Unit 2 Test is tomorrow, including grammar and spelling.
3. Work towards your reading contract.
1.  Study Link 4.9---Use the examples we did in class and SRB p. 129 for help
2.  Keep practicing your facts!
1.  SIJ is due on Monday (First 3 questions)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wednesday, December 3

WRITING: Cursive
READING: Work on your reading contract and review for your Unit 2 test on Friday!
MATH: Study Link 4.8
OTHER: Golden Rule project is due tomorrow
Return library books tomorrow! : )

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesday, December 2

WRITING: Tuesday's Cursive & First draft of your persuasive essay
READING: Work on your reading contract & Ask a parent to sign your grammar & practice review.....Unit 2 Test is Friday!!
SCIENCE: SIJ is due Monday, Dec 8
MATH: Study Link 4.7

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thank You Parents!

Room 258 Parents,

Thank you for sharing your expectations, your hopes, and your questions with me at last week's parent- teacher conferences.  I appreciate all your support!  

Mrs. Bagnall

Monday, December 1

WRITING: Cursive---Remember to only do MONDAY'S cursive!
Choose your side for your persuasive letter:  Year-Round School vs. Traditional School!
READING: Work on your NEW December Reading Contract!
MATH: Study Link 4.6 (Use the grid paper on the back to show your work please.)
SCIENCE: Science Inquiry Journal...First 3 questions are due next Monday, 12/8
OTHER: The Unit 2 Reading, Grammar, & Spelling Assessment are at the end of the week.  Remember to review the strategies and pay close attention during this week's lessons!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Have a nice break!

gobble. gobble.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday, November 20

WRITING: Cursive is due tomorrow, Finish your "Letter of Complaint."
READING: Practice p. 70, Review all materials...weekly assessment is tomorrow!
Your November Reading Contract & the attached green sheet (Visualize it!) is due Monday, December 1...the Monday we return from break.
SPELLING & GRAMMAR: Tests tomorrow; Review materials
MATH: Study Link 4.5 and Multiplication packet is due tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday, November 19

WRITING: Cursive is due Friday!
READING: Read---November Reading Contract is due December 1.  (This includes the activity page attached to your reading contract!)
MATH: Study Link 4.4

SCIENCE:  Think about the mock rock "dust" that we put in the tubes this morning...What do you think it will look like tomorrow?  What do you think we should do next to try to separate the materials???

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday, November 18

WRITING: Cursive (Packet due Friday)
SPELLING: Practice Spelling Words
MATH: Study Link 4.3, Multiplication Packet is due Friday!
I added two new sites to our math websites listed to the right.  Go to the "Compare Decimals" links to practice today's lesson!

Monday, November 17, 2008

LMC Voicethread Projects

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!

Monday, November 17

WRITING: Cursive
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!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday, November 13

READING: Review practice packet, including vocabulary words---Weekly assessment tomorrow.  Click here to review for vocabulary.
SPELLING & GRAMMAR: Tests tomorrow---Review! Click here to review for Spelling.
WRITING: Cursive 
MATH: Study Link 4.1

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday, November 12

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

Monday, November 10, 2008

Native American Cultural Regions

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!

Monday, November 10

MATH: Study, Parent Signature on your unit 3 study guide, Test is Wednesday!
WRITING: Cursive
SOCIAL STUDIES: Study your flashcards and do the Internet Tutorial. The Chapter 3 test is Thursday!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday, November 7

WRITING: Cursive packet is due Monday
SOCIAL STUDIES: Study Flash Cards
MATH: Unit 3 Test is Wednesday, November 12

Giant Panda

Click here to learn more about the Giant Panda of China.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday, November 6

GRAMMAR & SPELLING: Tests tomorrow---study packets
READING: Review practice packet, Weekly Assessment tomorrow
WRITING: Cursive
SOCIAL STUDIES: Study your flash cards---remember the tricks I taught you today!
MATH: Study Link 3.11...Show your work for the practice problems!
Keep practicing your multiplication facts daily!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wednesday, November 5

MATH: Study Link 3.10
WRITING: Cursive
SOCIAL STUDIES: Study your flash cards
OTHER: Library Books

Monday, November 3, 2008

Today's Reading Lesson

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!

Monday, November 3

WRITING: Cursive
MATH: Finish SL 3.9, Keep practicing your facts so you continue to improve!!
REMINDER: No School Tomorrow

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday, October 30

SPELLING & GRAMMAR: Tests tomorrow---Review weekly packets
WRITING: Cursive
READING: Weekly Assessment tomorrow---Review Practice Packet.
MATH: Study Link 3.8....Keep practicing those multiplication facts!  Almost all of you showed improvement on your fact test yesterday!!! :)
SOCIAL STUDIES: Remember to review your colored flashcards every day.  This chapter has a lot of information, and doing a little at a time is a great study skill!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wednesday, October 29

WRITING: Cursive
READING: Reading Contract is due on Monday, November 1
MATH: Practice 15 minutes with your fact triangles, Work on your multiplication practice packet.
OTHER: Library Books

Great job on the fourth grade show today!  Everyone said how talented you all are!  You each did a fabulous job!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday, October 28

WRITING: Cursive, Personal Narrative final copy is due tomorrow
READING: First read of your leveled reader and green vocabulary activity
MATH: Study Link 3.7, Multiplication Practice Packet
OTHER: 4th Grade Show is tomorrow! :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

3 & 3

Activities we especially enjoyed today:
1.  LMC
2.  The History Alive! Internet Tutorial
3.  Using our minute bank

Hopes we have for tomorrow:
1.  Have fun in PE/ Music
2.  Do awesome on the social studies test
3.  Have a great 4th grade show rehearsal

Monday, October 27

MORNING WORK: DWP, Personal Narrative Final Copy is due Wednesday
WRITING: Cursive
SOCIAL STUDIES: Chapter 2 test tomorrow---Ask a parent to sign your study guide.
MATH: SL 3.4 & 3.5, Multiplication practice packet!

Friday, October 24, 2008

3 & 3

Activities we especially enjoyed today:
1.  The processing activity in social studies.
2.  The Act-It-Out of the Inuit people.
3.  Having music and PE, and not running the mile.

Hopes we have for next week:
1.  Good grades on Tuesday's social studies test.
2.  Do well at our show! :)
3.  See our new social studies unit.

Friday, October 24

WRITING: Cursive packet due Monday
MATH: Work on the facts packet
SOCIAL STUDIES: Chapter 2 test is Tuesday.  Ask a parent to sign your study guide.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

3 & 3

Activities we especially enjoyed today:
1.  Social Studies (We read about 4 different environments that the Native Americans chose to settle in, and we also studied a photograph of 3 Inuit people in the Arctic.)
2.  Taking pictures for picture day.
3.  Library.

Hopes we have for tomorrow:
1.  Finish our personal narratives.
2.  Music/ PE
3.  Do well on all our language arts tests!

Thursday, October 23

READING: (Odyssey Students) Read p. 170-173 in Treasures Book, Weekly Assessment is tomorrow---Review your practice packet!
SPELLING: Test tomorrow
GRAMMAR: Test tomorrow
MATH: Study Link 3.3.  Multiplication Race should be done daily.  Finished packet is due November 21.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Make sure your ISN shows your very best work!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October22

WRITING: Cursive
GRAMMAR: p. 35
READING: Read 20 minutes and complete Practice p. 43
MATH: Study Link 3.2---We will have our first multiplication facts test tomorrow! See the new links I've posted on the right-hand side of our blog.
OTHER: Return Library Books!  Picture Day is tomorrow at 10:50am.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday, October 21

WRITING: Cursive
READING: Read at least 20 minutes
MATH: Study Link 3.1 (Only do the side that says, "Study Link 3.1!!!")
Remember to try the new math game that I posted on our blog!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, October 20

MORNING WORK: Daily Writing Prompt
WRITING: Cursive
READING: Finish your questions and predictions for your leveled reader
SOCIAL STUDIES: Study for your Chapter 1 Test, Ask a parent to sign your study guide
OTHER: Picture day is Thursday...Please return your picture day envelopes if you wish to order pictures.

3 & 3

Activities we especially enjoyed today:
1.  The Internet Tutorial
2.  LMC
3.  Taking the math test

Hopes we have for tomorrow:
1.  It will be sunny
2.  Do well on the social studies test
3.  Have fun at gym and music.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday, October 17

MATH: Study for your Unit 2 Test on Monday and ask a parent to sign your study guide
WRITING: Cursive
SOCIAL STUDIES: Chapter 1 Test on Tuesday

Open House : )

Dear fourth graders, parents, grandparents, and brothers & sisters,

Thank you so much for coming to last night's open house. I was so happy to see my students so excited about their classroom and all their hard work!

Thanks again!! :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday, October 15

READING: Vocabulary Review--Use your Treasures Book to find the unit vocabulary words (Check the table of contents on p.4 & 5!)
WRITING: Cursive
MATH: Study Link 2.9 (Finish the other side---use any method you find success with!)
OTHER: Library books due tomorrow and book orders are due Friday

I hope you can make it to Thursday's Open House!  It's from 7-8pm!  

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday, October 14

MORNING WORK: Daily Writing Prompt
WRITING: Cursive
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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

3 & 3

Activities we especially enjoyed today:
1.  Playing Jeopardy in science
2.  Math Enrichment
3.  The PTA assembly

Hopes we have for tomorrow:
1.  Work on our pictures of animals in art.
2.  Finish "Me Bag" essays
3.  A sunny day.

Tuesday, October 7

GRAMMAR: p. 26
SCIENCE: Test tomorrow---Remember to study and ask a parent to sign your study guide!
MATH: Study Link 2.7---only the page 57 side!!  Even though it says to use the partial sums method, feel free to use any method that works for you!
WRITING: Cursive

Monday, October 6, 2008

Math Terms

maximum: the LARGEST number of items 

minimum: the smallest number of items

range: the difference between the maximum and the minimum (maximum - minimum = range)

mode: the number of items that you see most often

median: when you rearrange the numbers in order, from smallest to largest, this is the number that is right in the middle!

numble:  the nonsense word that we accidentally invented in math today! :)

Monday, October 6

GRAMMAR: p. 25
READING: Practice p. 29 & 30
WRITING: Cursive
SCIENCE: Parent Signature on your Chapter 2 Review due Wednesday...Test Wednesday
MATH: Study Link 2.6

Remember that the most frequently used websites are on the right-hand corner of our blog.  I hope you have a chance to check them out!

Friday, October 3, 2008

3 & 3

Activities we especially enjoyed today:

1. The volcano video
2. Learning about landmarks with raisins
3. Music and PE

Hopes we have for next week:

1. Win the raffle
2. Make the "Me Bag" drawings
3. Do well on the science test

Our Tree

This is the view of "our tree" from our classroom.  It has turned more red since the beginning of the week! :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wednesday, October 1

Happy first day of October!

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
WRITING: Cursive & 3 items in brown bag
READING: Practice p. 26
MATH: Study Link 2.3
OTHER: Library Books!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday, September 30

SPELLING: p. 21 & 22
GRAMMAR: p. 20 & 21
READING: Reading contract & Book review due tomorrow
WRITING: Cursive, Brown bag items due Thursday.  Come tomorrow with any questions!
OTHER: Photo for art

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday, September 29

GRAMMAR: p. 19
READING: Practice p. 22, Reading goals due by Wednesday
WRITING: Cursive
SCIENCE: Worksheet 2.1 (Use your book, p. C25-27)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday, September 25

SPELLING: Test tomorrow
GRAMMAR: p. 15 & 16
READING: Practice p. 19, Review for Weekly Assessment tomorrow, Read 15-20 minutes
WRITING: Cursive, Finish cinquain
SCIENCE: Extra Credit project is due Monday

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday, September 24

WRITING: Cursive
READING: Practice p. 20, Read 15-20 minutes for your reading contract.
OTHER: Return library books.