Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015

Hello Everyone!!

These are pictures of our class Investigating Rocks!!  Your child has become a Rock Hound!!  They checked their rocks for size, color, shape, luster, scratch ability, what happens when adding water, and vinegar!
Checking for luster!! Oh how they shine!!

Doing the vinegar test!  Did we see bubbles?  Did our chalk dissolve?


Writing down data!!




Checking for luster!  Are there any sparkles!!

Writing down data!

Doing the water test!!

Our Elf on a Shelf brought us Taffy today!!  We used pressure and heat to make Metamorphic Rocks!! 
Science:  We will be finished with our Rock unit this week!!



 




Math: We will finish chapter 6
Monday: 6.5 Problem Solving*Find Equivalent Fractions
Tuesday: Midchapter Checkpoint and 6.6 Compare Fractions Using Benchmarks
Wednesday : 6.7 Compare Fractions
Thursday: 6.8 Compare and Order Fractions
Friday: Chapter 6 Math Test 

Math Homework:  Correlates with each day's lesson!

 Sing Around the Tree:  Everyday this week, we gather in the gym and sing Christmas Songs!!  It's always a fun and exciting time of year!!

On Friday, December 18, we will have "Pajama Day" and a Read-A-Thon!  No need to bring treats!  I will provide them!  In the afternoon we will watch "The Grinch" and have our 
Christmas Party!!   Your child will sign you up to bring some kind of treat!  If you are unable to do so, please let me know.

I sure enjoy your child in my class!!  They are a delight!!!  Have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year too!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 7, 2015

Hello Everyone!

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts visited our 4th grade classes.  They brought wonderful pieces of Native American Artwork with them.  We put on white gloves, so that we could handle the pieces without depositing oils from our hands on them.
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Native American Woven Horse Blanket

Native American Straw Basket


Native American Coil Pot


Native American Shoulder Bag


Native American Beaded Necklace



I hope you're enjoying your Christmas Presents!!

I think these turned out beautiful!!
Your child spent a lot of time an effort in making these Rag Trees for you!!
Our class Christmas Tree sporting an Elf on a Shelf!!  He brought us Cookies and Cuties to help us learn about fractions!!

A Native American "God's Eye" is topping our tree!

Math:  Chapter 6 Fractions and Decimals
Monday: 6.0 & 6.1 Introduction * Investigate* Equivalent Fractions
Tuesday: 6.2 Generate Equivalent Fractions
Wednesday: 6.3 Simplest Form
Thursday: Common Denominators
Friday:Problem Solving * Find Equivalent Fractions
 
Math Homework:  Correlates with the lesson taught each day. 

Reading:  There has been some miscommunication on the amount of time spent of reading each month.  Your child needs to read a total of 900 minutes to get full credit, and a personal sized pizza from Pizza Hut.  30 min. each day is required. Your child should have checked out a Battle of The Books book from the library this week.  They have been invited to a Read-A-Thon with Mr. Oldroyd in the gym, Monday 14th.

Science: Finishing up Rocks and Minerals

Language Arts:  Unit 3 Poetry

Social Studies: Finishing up In Tribes of Utah!
Have a great week!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Reynolds' Raptor's News December 1

Hello Everyone!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!  We have been busy researching information about The Five Indian Tribes of Utah, and have written reports on each! We also made Indian Villages for each tribe!  We had a lot of fun!  This group of 4th graders are so creative!
                            UTES                                              

                                                               PAIUTES
GOSHIUTES
                                                         SHOSHONE
NAVAJO
Happy Birthdays:
December 6 Madelyn
December 8 McKinley

Calendar:
December 1 November Reading Logs are Due!
December 1 SUU Women's Basketball Game!
December 3 Iron County Museum of Art will teach us about The Five Indian Tribes of Utah!

Math: Chapter 5 Factors, Multiples, Prime Numbers and Composite Numbers.
Monday 5.0 & 5.1
Tuesday 5.2
Wednesday 5.3
Thursday 5.4
Friday 5.5
Math Homework correlates with the lesson taught that day!

Language Arts Unit 3 Chapter 2 Poetry

Science: Rocks and Minerals

Have a great week!!!



Monday, November 16, 2015

Reynolds' Raptor's News Nov. 16

Calendar
Nov. 12 Field Trip to Frontier Homestead
Nov. 23 Book Report Due Indian legend
Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 26 Happy Thanksgiving!!
Nov. 30 School Resumes 

Birthdays!
Nov. 5  Happy Birthday Alexandrya!
Nov. 18 Happy Birthday Eric!
Nov. 22 Happy Birthday Zach!

Thanks to all of our parent helpers at Frontier Homestead State Park!  Lisa Blodgett, Skye Longhurst,  Karen Myers, Michelle Lambert!!  We had a blast, "Washing and Spinning  Wool," "Dressing up in Pioneer Clothing," "Packing a Covered Wagon," "Making Quilt Blocks," "Playing Checkers," "Playing a Stick and Hoop Game," "Making Quilt Stories," "Building a City," and "Telegraphing!" Our class had so much fun!!  it was a great learning experience!


Math: 
Monday 4.8 Dividing using partial Quotients.
Tuesday 4.9 Model Division with Regrouping Wednesday 4.10 Place The First Digit
Thursday 4.11 Divide By One Digit Numbers
Friday 4.12 Problem Solving . Multistep Division Problems
Monday Chapter 4 Review/Test 

 Homework:  Corrolates with the Math assignment done in class each day.  Plus, Reading for 30 minutes.  Please practice "Times Tables" with your child each night! Thank You!!
Here's a pic of our crystals on day 1

Some of the crystals we grew!!






Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hello Everyone!!

Our class is divided into the 5 tribes of Utah. This is our Navajo Chief, Lilly, in her authentic outfit.

     Science:  Museum On The Move came to our class last week, and taught us about Fossils!!  It was a great learning experience!!   We are studying Rocks and Minerals.  We will grow some popcorn crystals!

     Book Reports: Our next Book Report will be in the form of an Indian legend! Students will use the internet, books, or other resources to find an Indian legend.  They will print it out, then write a report on an Indian Tepee which I will provide!  This will tie in with our Social Studies Unit, The Five Indian Tribes of Utah.  It will be due Monday, November 23.




     Language Arts:  We are still working on unit 2, of our Amplify Language Arts Program.  Learning about the Middle Ages has been quite interesting, for me, at least!!  We will start unit 3, towards the end of the week!  It will focus on Poetry!   We've very excited about this unit!!

     Spelling:  We have taken one spelling test, in which most students did very well.  Our next spelling words are words with prefixes, and are as follows: Enclose, entrust, enjoy, ensure, nonfiction, nonissue, nonsense, nonstop, nonverbal, unable, unlikely, unrest, unsettle, unsuccessful, and unusual.

     Math:  We just took our Chapter 3 Test, and most did very well!!  We had 14 get in the 80% range, and two pulled off 100%.  We are on Chapter 4 and will do 4.5 on Monday. Estimate Quotients Using Compatible Numbers. 4.6 Investigate Division and the Distributive Property Mid-Chapter Checkpoint,
4.7 Divide Using Repeated Subtraction. 4.8 Divide Using Partial Quotients.

     Social Studies:  Indians Tribes of Utah!!  We are weaving belts and making Shrunkin' Apple Head "Indian Dolls!"  We are loving this fun unit!!!
     November 12, our 4th grade classes will be going to The Frontier Homestead Museum! We will go by bus, then walk back to school!!  I need 3 parent helpers, that are willing to help teach some of the fun activities that we'll be doing there!!  If you are able to volunteer, please email, call, or send a not with your child letting me know! 

Calendar
Nov. 12 Field Trip to Frontier Homestead
Nov. 23 Book Report Due Indian legend
Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 26 Happy Thanksgiving!!
Nov. 30 School Resumes 

Birthdays!
Nov. 5  Happy Birthday Alexandrya!
Nov. 18 Happy Birthday Eric!
Nov. 22 Happy Birthday Zach!

Thanks to all of our parent helpers at Frontier Homestead State Park!  Lisa Blodgett, Skye Longhurst,  Karen Myers, Michelle Lambert!!  We had a blast, "Washing and Spinning  Wool," "Dressing up in Pioneer Clothing," "Packing a Covered Wagon," "Making Quilt Blocks," "Playing Checkers," "Playing a Stick and Hoop Game," "Making Quilt Stories," "Building a City," and "Telegraphing!"




Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 26 - 30, 2015

Note: I want to publicly apologize to my wonderful peer teacher, Mrs. Komarek, for using most of her blog information last week!!  I was sick for three days, had  court on one day, was in an automobile accident, and had no time to prepare my own blog!!  It will never happen again, Mrs. Komarek!! This is my book report that I created, and a picture of me and 6 of the children from our 4th grade classes.   Again, I am sorry! 

Dear Parents,
Today is the first day a new quarter!  Progress Reports for first term will be coming home this week.
Our first Battle of the Books book report is due this week.  Here is how the report will be graded:



Red Ribbon this week!  Here is the low down:
 Wednesday the 28th - Assembly with the police dogs
 Thursday the 29th - "My Future is Bright", wear a bright color shirt or school shirt
 Friday the 30th - "Your choices are the key to your dreams"  wear pajamas and/or crazy hair for "Hairs to a Drug free life"

Curriculum News:

  • Literacy - We are in Unit 2 lesson 8-12.  This unit is on the Middle Ages and has been very interesting to read.  This week students will be reading about the Battle of Hastings and Henry II and Law and Order.  Grammar focus is on adverbs, adjectives, subject and predicates.  Morphology focus: prefix "en", root word arch.  Spelling test will be on Tuesday and new words on Thursday.  I have the students do a lot of practice with spelling words in class, this next series of words I will send home a copy for you all.
  • Math - Chapter 3 has been on 2-digit multiplication.  As you know there are many steps involved in this.  The GoMath program has three methods to this concept.  I am okay with my students doing what ever method works for them as long as they get the correct answer.  What I am seeing in their work is multiplying wrong or adding wrong.  Please work on these basic math facts at home.  Knowing these math facts is so so important!  This week in Math:  Lesson 3.7 on Monday, problem solving with multiple steps.  Tuesday - Chapter 3 review.  Thursday - Chapter 3 Test, each problem will be worth 3 points - 1 point for underlining information and bracketing the question, 1 point for showing work, and 1 point for the correct answer.  75 points total. Friday - graphing math scores and introducing Chapter 4
  • Special Classes - In Art students will be finishing up their Reflections project, I love seeing their creativity, it amazes me.  In Social Studies we are learning about the Five Indian Tribes that lived in Utah.
Important Dates:

  • October 26, First day of 2nd term
  • October 27, Spelling Test
  • October 28, Guest Speakers, Museum On the Move
  • October 29, Book Report due, I have brads for the wheel
  • October 30 Homework Club Lunch meets
  • October 31, Halloween!
  • November 5, October Reading Calendar due
  • November 12, Frontier Homestead State Park visit.  We will need 8 parent volunteers for our three classes.  Email me if you are interested.
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  • Happy Birthday
  • Oct. 21 Happy Birthday Caleb!
  • Oct. 25 happy Birthday Derek!
  • Oct. 29 Happy Birthday Brandon!

Marvin and Jesse Plays are back!!  Positive Thinking was the theme for this month.  Two of the actors were from our class :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reynolds' Raptor's News #4





Hello Everyone!!

We had a wonderful field trip to Zion National Park!!  Thank you Lisa Blodgett for coming along and helping us!!  We came back to school, and made lists of things we saw, heard, and felt!  What a great group of students!!  I love them already!!




Language Arts Amplify:  As you may have gathered, our Language Arts Program has not incorporated spelling words yet, but will be doing so soon.  We are studying Unit 2 The Middle Ages!!  Pretty interesting stuff!!  We are implementing are worksheets and activity pages into our classroom studies.  I hope this helps with you not having to do homework in this area!  We have covered Nouns, both common and proper, prefixes.

Math: Tuesday lesson 3.3 Area Models and Partial Products. Wednesday will be 3.4 Multiplying Using Partial Products, Thursday Mid-chapter Checkpoint, and 3.5 Multiply With Regrouping, and Friday 3.6 Choose A Multiplication Method and Test Prep.
Math Homework:  Please note, the lesson taught each day, correlates with the homework to be done that night. Please help your child understand the homework.  I always teach the traditional way first, then we work out the problems the way the book shows us how to figure them out.

Science:  Minerals and Rocks!!
Important Dates:
  • October 12, Zion Field Trip
  • October 19, Harvest Holiday
  • October 20-21, No school, Teacher Professional Development
  • October 22, all late work due
  • October 23, end of 1st term
  • October 28, Guest Speakers, Museum On the Move
  • October 29, Book Report Due
  • October 30, Homework Club Lunch
  • October 31, Happy Halloween!

Have a great week!