Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Story Maker

Here is a fun site for students to practice their writing skills:

Story Maker

Students in my blogging class have been working with it this week.

Today's homework:
1.  Math Mr. Spaulding:  p. 359-360.
              Miss W:  worksheet.
              Mrs. Thompson:  worksheet.
2.  What did Phillip think of Timothy when he first meets him?  Why does he feel that way?
3.  Come to Fort Tejon Parent Meeting at 6:00.
4.   Read for half an hour.
5.  Get parent initials.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


In "The Cay" German U-boats attack ships around the island of Curaçao.

Today's homework:
1.  Math Mr. Spaulding p. 355-356.
              Miss W:  worksheet.
              Mrs. Thompson:  p. 318
2.  Use at least seven descriptive words to write about the area in which you live.
3.  Read for half an hour.
4.  Get parent initials.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Cay

Fourth graders have started their new book: The Cay, by Theodore Taylor.  It is the story of eleven year old Phillip and how he survives World War II.  At the start of the story Phillip lives with his mother and father on the Caribbean island of Curaçao off the coast of Venezuela.  German submarines, called U-boats prowl the waters around their island.

Today's homework:
1. Math Mr. Spaulding:  p. 357-358.
             Miss W: worksheet.
             Mrs. Thompson: p. 303-304.
2,  In The Cay, people are worried that war will come to their island.  How would you prepare for war?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

More Island of the Blue Dolphins

Well, we finished the book!  We are watching the classic 1964 movie version of Island of the Blue Dolphins and comparing it to the book.  There are some differences.  The movie leaves out some incidents and even whole characters, and simplifies things.

Today's homework:
1.  Math Mr. Spaulding:  p. 351-352.
              Miss W: no homework
              Mrs. Thompson: correct work
              Mrs. Leone: no homework.
2.  Mini Book Review
3.  Read half an  hour.
4.  Get parent initials.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spelling Bee Today!

Congratulations to the Rio Vista Spelling Bee winner and runner-up - Jerry and Max!

Today's homework:
1.  Island of the Blue Dolphins question.
2.  Read for half an hour.
3.  Get parent initials.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sea Otters

In our book Island of the Blue Dolphins Aleut hunters come to hunt sea otters.

Homework for today:
1.  Math  Mr. Spaulding:  p. 339-340
               Miss W:  no homework.
               Mrs. Thompson:  p. 291-292.
               Mrs. Leone:  p. 287-288.
2.  Should Karana have left with the Aleut hunters?  Explain.
3.  Read for half an hour.
4.  Get parent initials

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


It is an important standard for fourth graders to understand how to do long division.

Today's homework:
1.  Math Mr. Spaulding:  p. 333-334.
              Miss W: p. 339-340.
              Mrs. Thompson:  p. 289-290.
2.  Island of the Blue Dolphins crossword.
3.  Read for half an hour.
4.  Get parent initials.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a nice break.  We are back in business here at Rio Vista.

Today's homework:
1.  Math  Mr. Spaulding:  p. 323-324.
               Miss W: p. 333-334.
               Mrs. Thompson: p. 283-284.
2.  What did you do during your break?
3.  Read for half an hour.
4.  Get parent initials.