November 18 Library Visit
November 20 Picture Retakes
November 21 O&A to UCC for cooking projects - Chaperones Needed!
November 22 Lunch Orders Due
November 25-29 No School
December 4 Night of Traditions
Homework Due Thursday, November 21 - More details posted on the Homework Page
1. If you haven't, please turn in $8 for Oregon's Children Theater O&A to Laura
2. Read for at least 30 minutes per day.
3. Complete your Reading Response Letter to Laura
4. 3rd Graders complete pages 10, 11 & 12 in Math Practice Book
4th Graders complete pages 9, 10 & 11 in Math Practice Book.
Upcoming Out and Abouts
We will use the kitchen at the UCC - the church across the street from Maggie's Buns - to do some cooking projects this week. In small groups, the students will prepare either muffins for our Community Breakfast on Friday or Gumbo (inspired by the Magic Tree House play)! I will need some parent volunteers to help with the cooking projects; please see below for more details.
Volunteer Opportunities - Sign up on our VolunteerSpot page: http://vols.pt/drMimF
Volunteers are needed to help with our cooking projects on Thursday from 12:15 - 3:15. Students will be responsible for following the recipe and preparing all the ingredients, which includes all measuring and cutting, but chaperones can support and supervise (especially around the stove). Students will also help wash the dishes, but some chaperones may need to stay behind and make sure the kitchen is in good shape after we leave.
In 3rd Grade Math, each student designed their own survey and collected data from their classmates. They came up with questions like, "What is your favorite season?" "What kind of sandwich do you like best?" and "What is your favorite animal?" They began to compile their results into charts and bar graphs. This week, they will learn how to create a bar graph on the computer so that they can publish their survey results. Students also continued to practice addition fact fluency with Rocket Math and strategies for multi-digit addition and subtraction in their math journals. Please continue practicing addition facts at home. You can find free printable worksheets and flashcards at http://www.dadsworksheets.com/
Last week in 4th Grade Math, students began their study of area and perimeter and will conclude our first unit of study this week. Students also expanded their understanding of multiplication by memorizing with flashcards, and by applying their knowledge using Rocket Math. I am happy to report that all students continue to make progress in their multiplication fluency! Thank you for your continued support at home.
Before seeing the Magic Tree House play last week, we did some research about the setting of A Good Night For Ghosts. This story from the Magic Tree House series takes place in New Orleans during the year 1915. In the book and the play, Jack and Annie meet a young Louis Armstrong. We spent a couple days listening to some of his music and learning more about jazz. While listening to the examples of Armstrong's music, students drew pictures and wrote reflections. Some students were able to recognize individual instruments and many students made connections to different kinds of music and movies. With the help of a few YouTube videos, we further explored some examples of scat singing and even beat boxing! Check out the videos we saw here: http://not-pop.squidoo.com/nonsense-songs.
The Plovers received a letter last week from a 3rd Grader in Iowa inviting us to participate in The Great Mail Race! Our first job is to reply to the questionnaire sent from his classroom. The questions they asked are about our school and state. Then, our next job would be to write a letter to a classroom in each of the 50 states! Each Plover would have to write about 2 letters, which would explain The Great Mail Race and tell a little bit about our state. The classrooms that receive our letters would return a short questionnaire to us so we can learn more about their school and state. Since we already have a United States map on the front bulletin board from our study of Lewis & Clark, the class was excited about the idea of being able to color in the states that we receive notes back from. We may have to hold off on writing our letters until after the holiday break, but it sounds like a fun project!
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Parents and students can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a voice message on the class phone, come into the classroom before or after school, or call me before 8PM at home.