Thursday, August 29, 2013

Art and Literature

Today we looked at some great art work related to our theme of risks and consequences.  In Hokusai's famous print above, the fisherman looks like he might fall in the water.

Homework today:
     1.  Spelling:  write sentences for the next five spelling words:  midday, claim, sailed, brave, plains.
     2.  Spelling:  Take a practice test.  Copy misspelled words correctly three times each.
     3.  Math:  p. 31.
     4.  Get parent initials.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Food Chains

We are learning about food chains in class.  Solar energy from the sun powers the process of photosynthesis.  Plants use photosynthesis to produce food.  Plants are also called producers.  Animals eat the plants.  Plant eating animals are called primary consumers.  Then, other animals eat them.  These animals are called secondary consumers.  When animals die, their bodies are broken down by decomposers, and nutrients are returned to the soil.  Plants use these nutrients to grow, and the cycle continues.

Homework for today:
    1.  Spelling sentences for the next five words:  grain, trail, bacon, basement, chamber.
    2.  Math p. 27.
    3.  Get parent initials.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Paragraph Structure

Fourth graders are learning how to structure their writing.  We have been writing essays related to our first language arts theme Risks and Consequences.

Today's homework:
     1.  Spelling:  Write sentences for the next five spelling words:  stray, erase, female, male, state.
     2.  Math p. 19
     3.  Get parent initials.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Band Starts Tomorrow

The picture above shows Mrs. Frisby flying on the back of Jeremy the crow, a scene from our story book.

Today's homework:
     1.  Spelling sentences for the first five words of this week's list:  neighbor, weigh, eighth, crayon, sway
     2.  Math p. 16

Thursday, August 22, 2013


As the school year is getting underway we are adding more daily homework.

Homework for today:
     1.  Math p. 13-14.
     2.  Spelling sentences for words 16-20.
     3.  Practice spelling test.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Place Value

Our students are learning important place value concepts in mathematics.  We have an excellent new math series this year - McGraw-Hill's My Math.  It is based on the best of current research and uses the new Common Core State Standards, which emphasize deeper understanding of math concepts.

Today's homework:
     1.  Write sentences for the next five spelling words:  contact, rustic, windmill, traffic, tablet.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Band Assembly Today

Ms. Resor, our band teacher, presented an assembly on band this afternoon for fourth and fifth grade students.  Playing in elementary school band is fun and interesting - and it makes you smarter!

Yesterday's homework was to write interesting, exciting, detailed sentences using the first five words of this weeks spelling list on short vowel sounds: cactus, lettuce, doctor, punish, principle.

For your homework, always write your first and last name in the upper right hand corner.  Write today's date under your name.  Include a title.  (In this case, Spelling Sentences.)  Write neatly. Check your grammar and spelling.  For today's assignment, number your sentences, underline the spelling words.

Today's homework:
     1.  Write one interesting sentence for each of the next five spelling words:  cockpit, minimum, solid, billion, hundred.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

First Day of School

This is the first day at our new school site!  Everyone is excited to be in our beautiful brand new school.  Our students are polite, enthusiastic, and positive.  This is going to be a good year!

Homework for today is simple:
     1.  Copy over our class rules in your neatest printing.
     2.  Discuss the rules with your parents.
     3.  Have a parent sign the rules you copied.