Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reynolds' Raptor's News #8

Hello Everyone!

     I hope all of you had a great, fall break!!  I know I did!  The end of the quarter was Wednesday, October 15.  Your child's "Progress Report" should come home with them today! 

     Our field trip to Zion National Park was amazing!!  We now know where all of the bucks are hiding out, during the deer hunt!  We saw five huge bucks, eight or so does, and a fawn!  Other animals seen were: A Blue Heron,  a group of turkeys,  a squirrel,  and a Big Horn Sheep!  I personally felt like our class was on their best behavior, following all of the rules and regulations in a National Park!!  Thank you for teaching your child respect and obedience!!  The trip was very enjoyable, as well as educational!  Thank you Lynnette Roundy for helping us on this field trip!!

     The Frontier Homestead will be our next field trip!  It will be on Friday, October 31! (Halloween) We can use your help with the centers that will be taught there!  If you are able, and would like to participate, please let me know!  We will leave by bus at 9:00.  At noon we'll walk to the city park and eat lunch!  After lunch we will walk back to the school, and share our "Mystery Book Reports!"  It should be a great day!!

     Spelling:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, January, February, July, August, September, November, month, year, holiday, autumn, season, calendar, second, minute, multiplication, division.

     Math:  4.4 Divide Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands.  4.5  Estimate Quotients Using Compatible Numbers.
     Math Homework:  Correlates with the lesson taught each day.

     Science:  Rocks and Minerals We will discover the properties  different objects possess.  We will also, do scratch, luster, and chemical tests on rocks brought into the classroom!

     Social Studies:   We have divided into the five Indian tribes of Utah!!  They are:  Utes, Paiutes, Goshiute, Shoshone, and Navajo!  We will be weaving belts to wear, and making Indian dolls.  Please send a skein of yarn, wound into a ball, in a gallon-sized zip lock bag. Please make sure your child's name on it!  Your child will also need a large sized apple for the Indian doll head!!  Also, two pieces of felt!  Thank you for your support!!

     Thank you to our reading helpers!!!  I couldn't do it without your help!!   It takes a village, to raise a child!!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Reynolds' Raptor's News #7

Hello Everyone,

Our field trip up The Canyon Park, was fun!!  Your child learned about indigenous plants of Utah.  They also were exposed to different rock forms and the process of erosion and weathering!

SEPs:  It sure was nice getting to visit with each of you during SEPs!  You have great kids!!  I absolutely love each and every one of them!  I thought each of them did a great job, presenting their data folders and portfolios to you!

Book Reports:  The book reports were awesome!! Thank you for your help with them!!  Your child should now be reading a "Mystery Book."  The book report for the mystery book is due, Friday, October 31.  I have already shown our students how to present them, but won't send home a rubric, until a week before the report it due!

Reading Logs:  Thanks to those of you who remembered to send the reading calendars back to school!  Remember that 900 minutes of reading is due, in order to earn the "Pizza Hut" award! 

Field Trips:  Next Monday, October 6, we will be walking to The Braithwaite Fine Arts Museum.
Monday, October 13, the 4th grade classes will be taking a trip by bus to Zion National Park! 

Spelling:  Follow, matter, summer, million, dollar, scissors, cattle, address, office, suppertime, blizzard, penny, wrapper, wallet, occurrence, village, collide, battle, deciduous, coniferous.

Math:  Chapter 3 Review Test, Chapter 4 Divide by 1-Digit Numbers, 4.1Estimate Quotients Using Multiples, 4.2 Remainders, 4.3 Interpret the Remainder.
Math Homework:  Correlates with the math lesson taught each day. 

Science:  It's pretty evident that most of my class, love science!!!  Maybe that's because I do too!!
We have been studying Rocks and Minerals.  We will learn about Fossils and soil!! Quiz your child about what they've been learning! I think you might be surprised at what they know;)

Picture Retakes:  Thursday, October 9 is picture re-take day!!

Reflections:  This years theme is:  The World Would Be A Better Place If...........................They are due Wednesday, October 29. 

Have a great week!!

Here's a way to look at the new Utah Common Core for Math: There's more than one way, to cook an eggSo I woke up this morning and got ready to go to work, and decided to make myself some eggs for breakfast since my wife was still asleep. My mom taught me how to cook eggs, but it had been so long since I've done it, that I decided to pull out a recipe book to get some help. Finding "egg recipes" in the index, I was blown away! There was a list of over one hundred different ways to cook an egg!! I found that to be absolutely absurd! WHY would someone go through all the work and trouble to learn how to cook eggs all these fancy and complicated ways, when there's one basic way to do it! What a waste of time and energy. Besides, there were all these fancy words like poached, boiled, coddled, omelette, creamed, Benedict, scalloped, scotch..... frittatta??.... I don't even know what these mean! Guess I better go ask my wife for help. On second thought, nah..... Well, this is just way too much... someone needs to do away with all this new-fangled fancy confusing stuff. Just stick with scrambled. A cooked egg is a cooked egg, right?