November 12-16

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed the weekend.  Thanks for checking in with us!  Just a reminder: this  Friday, November 16, is an Early Dismissal Day to allow for Staff Professional Development.  Students will be dismissed at 11:45.

These week´s activities

IXL: Math- E.1 & E.3 Language Arts- G.G.3

Math: This week the students will learn how to find the rule for a pattern presented in a table and how to solve multiplication and division equations. We will also begin reviewing Chapter 3 concepts in preparation for a math exam this Wednesday 14.  Make sure your child is practicing multiplication tables at home!

Reading:   We will continue reading the novel Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. We’ll be discussing context clues in stories and applying it to the novels we have read so far this year.

Writing:  This week students will learn how to write an informative essay, a type of writing that conveys information, in this case about facts on people with disabilities.

Grammar:  In grammar this week we will be reviewing Subject–verb agreement and we will be talking about the difference between formal and informal language and how to use this important grammatical rule.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from the upcoming Spelling bee competition list.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY!

Science: This week we will start our science unit. Students will be able to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.

Have a great week,

Ms. K

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November 5-9

Hello everyone!  Thank you for taking the time to check in for important updates on our Discovery community.

This week’s Activities

IXL: Math: D.5 & D.10

Math: This week will continue on basic division facts along with problem solving using multiplication and division.  By the end of the week will be able to write and evaluate variable expressions that involve a single operation of multiplication or division. Students should be practicing multiplication and division facts on a regular basis at home to increase speed and fluency.  Flash cards, IXL, and multiplication.com are great resources to help students practice.

Reading: We are continuing to read and discuss our class novel Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

Writing:  This week students will learn how to write an informative essay, a type of writing that conveys information, in this case about facts on people with disabilities.

Grammar:  Students this week will be able to build sentences in which the subject and verb agree.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from the upcoming Spelling bee competition list.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY!

Social Studies: This week we will finish our history of immigration in the United States, specifically related to Ellis Island, and students will be ready to present the play First Stop: Ellis Island, which will be performed this Friday November 9 at 11:00-12:15 pm.  Parents are welcome to come and see performed the students who have been working very hard on this play. The play will last approximately 40 minutes.Here are a few photos of immigrants and officials at Ellis Island,  in case students need a little inspiration for their costume for the play. An invitation from genially.com has been sent to all parents to come and joins us this Friday! 🙂


All the best,

Ms.K

 

October 29- November 2

Hello everyone!  Thank you for taking the time to check in for important updates on our Discovery community.

This Wednesday morning is our annual book character day, in which our students come dressed as their favorite book character. They should bring the book as well to present it to the lower elementary students in a wax museum that is going to happen during the second period in our classroom. Parents are welcome to come and watch this event.

This week’s Activities

IXL: Math:  E.1 E.4                    Language:  G.G.1 & G.G.2

Math: This week we will be focusing on patterns in basic division facts as well as problem solving using multiplication and division. Students should be practicing multiplication and division facts on a regular basis at home to increase speed and fluency.  Flash cards, IXL, and multiplication.com are great resources to help students practice.

Reading: We are continuing to read and discuss our class novel Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.  Students are really enjoying this book, and we are having some great discussions about what life is like for people with disabilities.

Writing:  This week students will be presenting their persuasive speeches.

Grammar:  Students this week will be able to build sentences in which the subject and verb agree.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from the upcoming Spelling bee competition list.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY!

Social Studies: This week we will continue our investigation of issues surrounding immigration in the world.  We will also begin studying the history of immigration in the United States, specifically related to Ellis Island, and will be introduced to the play First Stop: Ellis Island, which will be performed at a later date.  Stay tuned for more information!

All the best,

Ms.K

October 22-26

Welcome fourth grade families to one more week full of great and exciting activities that I am going to be doing with our children. I want to start by thanking all the parents and students for coming to the student led conferences this past Friday. It was a delight see our kids presenting the parents their works done in class and explaining their student goal setting. Well done guys!

 

It’s Vilma’s birthday this Wednesday 24.  Happy Birthday doll!!!.Please do not pack up lunch this day. We will have a small party during lunch time. Burgers, Tacos cake and drinks will be in the menu for this day.

BOOK CHARACTER DAY AT DISCOVERY SCHOOL

In keeping with Discovery School tradition, children in the Early Childhood and Elementary are invited to dress up as their favorite book character on Wednesday, October 31. A note will go home with the Elementary Students for parents to fill out with their child and return to school. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will set up a live interactive museum that day, which will last from 8:50-9:40 a.m. This will allow the younger students to come and learn about new book characters. Parents are welcome to come and meet all the exciting characters and learn about some new books.

UN Day

***Our annual UN Day Celebration is here!!!!! Please help us make it a huge success!!! The event will take place on Friday, October 26. As you all know, this celebration highlights the cultural diversity and richness which makes Discovery School such a great place. We currently have 22 nationalities represented in our school, and are counting on our parents so that all of these nationalities are represented that day. If you would like to be more involved, please contact any DPTO officer, or email us at dptowolves@gmail.com***

Spelling Bee

*Spelling bee is around the corner and we are asking our students if they want to participate this year. We have two categories this year: spelling bee and speech competition. Please encourage your kids to be prepared and maybe they can be selected to represent our grade in the ABSH Spelling competition Students have the list of words that can practice in their google classroom account. 

Math Club

***Come one! Come all! Math club on Tuesdays from 7:15-700:45. Do you want to be challenge? Do you want to have fun? Then Math club is the place to be. See you tomorrow!****

This Week’s Activities

IXL: Math:       D.3 & D.5            Language:  D.D.13

Math: For math this week, we will be investigating further the meanings of multiplication, and how it can be applied in the real world to solve problems.  We’ll be discussing factors and multiples as well.

Reading: This week we will be  reading our  class novel Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

Writing: We will introduce the format for writing a persuasive essay and use the writing process to compose our own.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from the upcoming Spelling bee competition list.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY!

Grammar:  In grammar this week the students will be able to identify the correct form of  past, present, and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs.

Social Studies: This week in social studies we will discover how immigration has affected their personal lives, immigration trends in the present and the past and their causes.

All the best,

Ms. K

October 15-19

Welcome back!  Thanks for checking in with us!  Just a reminder: this Friday, there will be no classes, due to Student-Led Parent Conferences.  Notes will go home Monday with your scheduled time.  If you need to reschedule a different time, please contact your child’s teacher.  These conferences are mandatory, and will need to be attended in order to receive your child’s first quarter report card.

 

 This week´s activities

IXL: Math- D.1 &D.2 Language Arts- HH.5

Math: In math this week we will start the week by solving addition and subtraction equations. Thursday morning will be our  CHAPTER 2 TEST!!!. On Friday we are going to start our unit of multiplication and students are going to review on what they have learned last year.

Reading: This week we are going to start reading our new class novel Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. The students will be making observations on the main character of the novel and the story as well.

Writing: In writing workshop, our students will  be ready to present to the whole class their personal narratives using the author´s chair. Then we will introduce the format for writing a persuasive essay and use the writing process to compose our own.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from the upcoming Spelling bee competition list.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY.

Grammar:  In grammar this week the students will be able to identify the correct form of  past, present, and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs.

Social Studies: This week in social studies we will discover how immigration has affected their personal lives, immigration trends in the present and the past and their causes.

All the best,

Ms.K

October 8-12

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed the  holiday week.  This will be a normal week in grade four at Discovery school.

This Week’s Activities

MATH IXL:  G.1 & G.5    LANGUAGE IXL: DD.13

Math:  In math, we’ll be introducing some pre-algebra skills; students will be learning about “variables” and how they work in mathematical expressions, so that they will be able to write expressions to represent a problem.

Reading: We’ll be finishing our novel Stone Fox this week, and will be preparing for our final project.

Writing: In writing workshop, our students will continue working on drafting, editing, and publishing their narratives.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from the upcoming Spelling bee competition list.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY.

Grammar:  In grammar this week the students will be able to use the correct form of possessive nouns in a sentence.

Science: We had an interesting and engaging start to our study on weathering and erosion on the earth’s surface. We will continue this week by modeling Plate tectonics and Fossils.

All the best,

Ms. K

 

September 24-28

Hello everybody!  Thanks for checking in.  Here’s to another fun-filled week at Discovery School!

MAP TESTING – Our fourth graders will be taking the Reading  test this week,  on Tuesday, September 25 at 11:40–12:55. Please try to not to miss school on the days that MAP testing is scheduled. 

WEEKLY IXL SKILLS:  Math – M.4 / Language – H.H.9

Math: In math class starting the week, we will focus on “Looking for a Pattern” a new strategy for problem solving. On Tuesday we will have a review on estimation in addition and subtraction of whole numbers and money, column addition of three or more numbers etc. before we have our Math quiz on Thursday, September 27th.

Reading:  In reading our students will draft a comic book script based on the novel’s plot, referring to the most important events with the purpose of evaluating students’ comprehension on the book.

Writing:  In writing this week the students will present working their Stone Fox narratives along with their personal narratives.

Grammar: We will review the  correct usage of different verbs, including action, linking and helping verbs.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from our class novel Stone Fox and vocabulary from our Science unit.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY.

Science: This week we are going to start our first science unit and the students will be engaged learning exploring the effects of weathering and erosion on the earth’s surface.

Thanks!

Ms.K

September 18-21

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend! We’re ready for lots of learning this week.

I want to thank all of our parents for helping us have a wonderful “Desayuno Catracho” on Thursday!  I greatly appreciate your support in our school activities, and our celebration of Honduras’s “cultura típica” would not have been complete without you!  Muchísimas Gracias!

I also want to remind you to please sign and return the midterm progress reports that were sent with the kids the past Thursday.

MAP TESTING – Place take note of the MAP testing Fall Schedule which will begin this Tuesday, September 18. The students will take their MAP Math  test  (Thursday) at 11:40 am.

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES:

IXL: Math C.1 and C.3 . Language : F.F. 1 skills will be .

All IXL exercises for the week should be completed by Sunday, September 23th.

Math:  We will begin this week studying the standard algorithms for adding and subtracting large numbers and money.

Reading: We’ll be finishing our novel Stone Fox this week, and will be preparing for our final project.

Writing: In writing this week the students will be studying transition words.

Grammar: We will learn to demonstrate correct usage of different verbs, including action, linking and helping verbs.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from our class novel Stone Fox.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY.

Social Studies: In social studies, we will finish wrapping up our geography unit, focusing on important features of different continents (North America, South America, and Europe). Each group will be presenting their continent .

All the best,

Ms. K

September 10-13

                              FELIZ DIA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA                         

Hello everyone!  Thanks for checking in with us at our Grade 4 BlogSpot!

Honduran Independence Day Celebration. This Thursday will be our Honduran breakfast and Independence Day Celebration here at Discovery.  We will be having a Pot Luck Style “Desayuno Catracho” in our classroom from 8:00-8:50.  The celebration will start with student and teacher parade from 9:-9:30 followed by cultural events and games at the gym. Students will be released at 11:45.  All parents are welcome to join us for breakfast and the celebration.

According to a group of moms that gently had organized this “Desayuno Catracho” for all of us, parents have signed up to bring a breakfast item as follows:

Elizabeth   Baleadas
Naoimi       Platos de cartón y vasos
Mari Fher   Panes con frijoles
Emma        Enchiladitas
Vilma         Tamalitos de elote
Isa Mare    Tamalitos de frijol
Mia             Horchata
Jack           Servilletas y tenedores
Lucas         Dulces de plátano
Felipe        Tabletas de coco
Sebastián  Tortillas con quesillo
Alejandro   Jugo de naranja
Diego         Dulces de leche
Mateo        Catrachitas
Rodrigo     Pastelitos de perro
Emilio        Leche con chocolate
Jose André  Espumillas

Midterm progress reports go home this day.  Thursday and Friday school will not be in session.  We will return to school on the 18th.  Midterm progress reports go home this day.

This Week’s Activities

IXL: Math : B.4 &B.7               Language:           D.D.9        All IXL exercises for the week should be completed by Sunday, September 17th.

Math:  This week students will practice the skills of estimating in addition and subtraction. We will also learn  some  Mental Math strategies for subtracting.

Reading: We’ll be finishing our novel Stone Fox this week, and will be preparing for our final project.

Writing: For writing, students will be using a TYPICAL/UNUSUAL chart to brainstorm ideas start writing a personal narrative.

Grammar: The focus for this week will be define a common noun as a general person, place, or thing, and a proper noun as a special or particular person, place, or thing.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from our class novel Stone Fox.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling city, https://www.spellingcity.com/Log-yourself-in.html which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY.

Social Studies: In social studies, we will continue our geography unit, focusing on important features of different continents  in which each kid will be assigned to work in small groups and research about the continent using their electronics. Then by the end of the week, they will be required to present their information to the rest of the class.

Have a restful and relaxing four day long weekend!

Cheers,

Ms.K

September

Hello everyone! Thanks for checking in with us at our Grade 4 blog!

**Please be sure to check your child’s learning log every night and sign next to each day.  We want to be sure your child is keeping you informed of his/her daily responsibilities!!

IXL: Math : B.1 &B.3 Language: D.D.4 and D.D.6  All IXL exercises for the week should be completed by Sunday, September 9.

Math: In our Math we will be finishing Chapter 1 by reviewing the concepts we have learned so far, including place value of large numbers, rounding, decimals, and problem solving.  We will spend the week reviewing with a chapter test on TUESDAY. Then we will finish the week learning different strategies to compute sums of numbers mentally.

Reading: We will continue analyzing the characters in our class novel Stone Fox, and will begin to practice making “Text-to-World” connections in what we read.  Students will be encouraged to transfer these skills to their self-selected reading books as well, focusing on what connections they might have found with other texts.  Just a reminder that students should be bringing their Self-Selected-Reading books to school every day.

Writing: For writing, students  will continue on their descriptive writing about something they love or can’t stand. We will be emphasizing on the trait of ” Organization”.  By the end of the week the students will brainstorm ideas to start writing a personal narrative.

Grammar: This week the students will be able to identify nouns in a sentence.

Spelling:  The focus of this week’s words will be important vocabulary words from our class novel Stone Fox.  Each week the students will receive their words and phonics lesson on MONDAY, they then have the rest of the week to complete their homework, which will be due Friday morning.  This week we will introduce students to the “Spelling Menu,” a list of practice activities from which they choose 2 to complete throughout the week.  Students must have one assignment completed on Wednesday to show to the teacher, but the rest of the activities are due Friday morning. Students may continue using the website Spelling City, http://www.spellingcity.com/kraudales, which includes several free games students can use to practice their spelling words (or even take a practice test!). This can be accessed from home, and is completely free! Feel free to check it out! their spelling homework and prepare for their quiz on FRIDAY.

Social Studies: The students will continuing be working on  investigation geography centers and find facts and main features of each continent of the world.

All the best,

Ms.K