Monday, September 30, 2013

Bread Experiment

Today we started our new Language Arts unit "Change Over Time."  As part of this unit we began an experiment with bread slices.

We put a slice of bread in each of four zippered plastic sandwich bags.  We were careful not to touch the first slice.  This slice was labeled "Control."  With the other slices, we coughed on one, touched one with our hands, and rubbed the fourth one on a desk top.  These were labeled "Cough", "Touch", and "Contact" respectively.  We will observe  the slices every day for the next two weeks, noting any changes.

What do you think will happen?  What will they look like?  Will they get moldy?  Will they get equally moldy, or will some slices get moldier than other?  Which ones?  Why?

Today's homework:
     1.  Math Miss W: p. 103-104
                   Mr. Spaulding:  p. 85-86.
     2.  Study science review sheet
     3.  Get parent initials.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Back-to-School Night Tonight

Don't forget to come to Back-to-School Night at 6:00.

Today's Homework:
     1.  Math Miss W: p.  97-98
                   Mr. Spaulding:  p. 101
     2.  Practice spelling test.
     3.  No homework if you come to Back-to-School Night.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Congratulations to all the students running for students body executive board positions.  The speeches were all excellent and we are very proud of you!


Here's another nice "Mrs. Frisby and the Crow" picture.  This one is by Makayla.

Today's homework:
     1.  Math:  p.97-98
     2.  Copy spelling words three times each.
     3.  Get parent initials.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Note Taking

Camila did a very nice job with retelling the "Mrs. Frisby and the Crow" story in three pictures - a beginning, middle and end.

Note  Taking

Fourth grade students should learn how to take effective notes in class:

Today's homework:
     1.  Math p. 92.
     2.  Fluency "Puppy Problems."
     3.  Get parent initials.

Monday, September 23, 2013

When Pigs Fly!

Fourth graders are learning about idioms.  Alexis drew this nice picture to illustrate the saying "When pigs fly!"

                                                   Elections This Week

Three of our homeroom students are running for Student Council.  Brenda and Jose are running for treasurer, and Charles is running for secretary.  All three are hardworking, responsible, and creative students, and would do a great job in Student Council.  Speeches are schedule for this Wednesday at 9:00 A.M.

We are also allowed two students per class to serve as representatives in the Student Council.  The Council will work on special days, like silly hat day or twin day, special projects like starting a recycling program, and fundraising for good causes.

Homework today:
     1.  Math p. 83-84.
     2.  Spelling p. 25.
     3.  Get parent signatures.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Addition Properties

Fourth graders are learning about addition properties.  Learning these properties helps you understand what is really going on in mathematics.

Today's homework:
     1.  Math Miss W: p. 69-70
                   Mr.  Spaulding p. 71-72
     2.  Starting a Farm  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Our students will participate in ASB elections.  Fourth grade student are allowed to run for president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.  They may also run for class representative.

Homework for today:
     1.  Math Miss W:  p 65-66.
                   Mr. Spaulding:  p 63.
     2.  Fluency Practice:  "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg."

Monday, September 16, 2013


This week's reading selection is an excerpt from Charlotte's Web called "Escape."  The goose encourages Wilbur the pig to escape and run around outside the barn; but the poor pig gets frightened and confused, and is happy when Mr. Zuckerman leads him back to the safety and comfort of his pen.

Today's homework:
     1.  Math Mr. Spaulding's group:  p. 56
                   Miss W:  no homework
     2.  Spelling p. 20.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

We Are Back Online!

Our reading selection this week is "Two Tickets to Freedom: The True Story of William and Ellen Craft, Fugitive Slaves.  That's them in the picture above.

Since our school computers have been offline for the past two days, I didn't post the homework.  Here are the assignments from Tuesday and Wednesday:

     1.  Math p. 39 and 41
     2.  Study science review sheet.  Note:  number three of the review sheet is wrong.  Omnivores eat both plants and animals.

Here's today's homework:

     1.  Math p. 45.
     3.  Study science review sheet.

Remember:  you are supposed to get parent initials in your homework log everyday.