Smith/Rouser’s NEWS 10-5-15
Reading: We are beginning Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Homework: Read assigned chapter (even if read aloud in class with the teacher) Book in a bag should be done every single night. Read & complete assignment for Tues-Wed Ch 1 & 2, Thurs-Ch 3. (Not just once the day before it is due)
Writing: We are working on our narrative writing pieces using information from two or more sources. Your children are growing so much as writers!
Science: Electricity and Magnetism
Students will learn how magnets can make electricity and how electromagnets are useful.
Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place
Students will learn what’s special about the ten regions of the Mississippi. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events. Test Thurs (Study guide has been given)
Math: Developing Multiplication Fluency/ Multiplying by 1-digit Numbers
Topics or Chapters 5 & 6 In chapter 5, students will break apart two- and three- digit numbers in order to multiply. In chapter 6, arrays and expanded algorithms will be used. Students will also make the connection between expanded and standard algorithms.
NO HOMEWORK FOR MRS. Rouser! Free Homework Week FROM Mrs. Rouser!
HOMEWORK: This is our "No written homework" week. Please study for tests.
Quizzes and Tests:
Tuesday- Chapter/Topic 4 math test
Wednesday- Electricity/Magnetism science test
Thursday-Chapter 2 history test (Radiators), Chapter 1 History Test (Smith’s Superkids),
Friday- Reading and Vocabulary test
-->Per MAUE and the district handbooks, short and skirts are to be fingertip length or longer. Mrs. Hurst has instructed teachers to write up any student who does not follow the dress code.
Little House in the Big Woods
Ch. 1-3 Week 1
Spelling Only: churn, ramrod, avoid, disappoint, poison, broil
Spelling & Vocabulary
Vocabulary/Spelling/Greek-Latin Roots NEW- pater-father mater-mother
Dates to Remember:
October 5-9 Canned food drive
October 6 – Bank Day also Deadline for Boosterthon money
October 9 – MAUE Night at Madison Central’s football game
October 7- Jag Store 4th Grade
October 12- Fall Holiday (No School)
What we are learning this week:
Reading: Escaping the Giant Wave: Cause/effect, sequence events, analyzing characters motives, Making reading resolutions -Test Friday
Writing: Developing believable characters, common writing mistakes- Test Friday
Spelling & Vocabulary (underlined): evacuate, throb, guffaw, panic, ignite, sue, horizon, logic, hysterical, foolhardy, consume, theory, skirted, reassure, argue, truth, crew, amuse, rude, rescue Test Schedule: Thursday (Spelling) Friday (Vocabulary)
Social Studies: “The Geography of MS “ MS History: Landscapes
Reading: Read Ch 4 Escaping the Giant Wave, share/prove using text evidence, discuss vocabulary, make flash cards
Spelling: Study new words & give practice test on words tonight
Reading: Read Ch 5 Escaping the Giant Wave, share/prove using text evidence, study vocabulary flash cards
Spelling: Study words missed on last night’s practice test
Reading- Read chapter 6, Review chapters 4-6, Study Vocabulary
meter-measure phob-fear graph-write biblio-book
sub-under mania-crazy botan- plants brev- brief
scribe-write dict-say rupt-burst
Spelling-Escaping the Giant Wave-Week 2
Spelling & Vocabulary: evacuate, throb, guffaw, panic, ignite, sue, horizon, logic, hysterical, foolhardy, consume, theory, skirted, reassure
Spelling ONLY argue, truth, amuse, rescue
Vocabulary-Escaping the Giant Wave-Week 2 Chapters 4-6
Skirted-to go around an issue or object
Logic-careful, reasonable way of thinking
Throb-to beat rapidly or strongly
Foolhardy-recklessly irresponsible, foolishly daring
Guffaw-a loud burst of laughter
Theory-a group of ideas used to explain how or why something happens
Ignite-to set or catch on fire
Sue-to legally ask a court of law to solve a problem
Evacuate-to move people from a place of danger
Panic-of great terror or frightened, often affecting many people at once
Horizon-a line where the earth or sea seem to meet the sky
Hysterical-the person laughs or cries a lot because he or she is excited, frightened or angry
Consume-to destroy, as if by fire/to use up quickly
Reassure- to give fresh confidence to be free from fear
Smith/Rouser News 9/8 -9/12
Read Escaping the Giant Wave nightly & discuss! We will cover chapters 1-3 this week.
Study spelling and know the meanings of the 14 vocabulary words. Your child is using the context of the way the word is used in the story to know which definition to use.
Short week- Spelling test Friday this week!
What we are learning this week:
Reading: Escaping the Giant Wave: Cause/effect, sequence events, analyzing characters motives, Making reading resolutions Test Schedule: Every Friday
Writing: Developing believable characters, writing informative paragraphs
Language: compound subjects,
Spelling: tsunami, mischief, devious, ambition, brochure, frugal, accumulate, obnoxious, indent, confront, coast, locate, remote, boast, known, slope, shown, fellow, solve, shock
Greek Root: phob-fear
Latin Root: décor-ornament
Social Studies: Chapter 1- “The Geography of MS “ MS History- Chapter 1
We will read about and discuss the different types of landscape in our state.
Tuesday- Take a practice spelling test. Read Chapter 1 of Escaping the Giant Wave & discuss. Research Tsunamis and bring 5 facts to school to share with your classmates,
Wednesday-. Read chapter 2 of Escaping the Giant Wave & discuss. Study words missed on your practice spelling test.
Thursday- Read Chapter 3 of Escaping the Giant Wave and review, Discuss vocabulary and meanings with an adult. Correct signed papers in complete answer sentences following directions in folder
Escaping the Giant Wave Vocabulary
“I think Mrs. Hoke’s goal was to keep the class out of mischief without having a bunch of papers to grade.”
“He never hurt me enough that I had to go to the school nurse- he was much too devious for that.”
His punches stung but didn’t bruise me; his pokes left an indentation but never broke the skin.”
“I dislike confrontations of any kind and avoid physical conflict most of all.”
“When I’m dealing with reasonable people I can settle any discussion with discussion and compromise.”
“I used to tell myself that brains are more important than brawn and that avoiding a fight I was outsmarting Daren.”
“Good luck with achieving your ambitions.”
“That afternoon I took home an accumulation of items from my locker.”
“I had been contributing my major babysitting skills to the good of the family for about a month when dad brought home a handful of travel brochures.”
“I appreciate your frugality in wanting to save money.”
” I tried to look nonchalant at the airport, as if I flew somewhere every week.”
I should be able to talk back to Daren without getting maimed.
A few get obnoxious and insist that they are going to stay at the new hotel whether rooms are ready or not.”
Smith/Rouser News 8/31/15
What we are learning this week:
Reading: We are excited to be finishing the book Frindle this week. Frindle was a fun, easy book to start the year! Our omprehension test on the book will be Friday. Next week, we will begin a fabulous story, Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret.
Language: Writing narratives
Chapters 13-15 FRINDLE Vocabulary
1. down-feeling sad or depressed
2. consumers-someone who buys and uses a product or service
3. leafed-to turn pages and glance at them
4. legally-lawful or allowed by law
5. imported-to bring into a place or country from somewhere else
6. commotion-a lot of noisy, excited activity
GREEk Root Word- botan-plant
Latin Root Word- brev-brief, short time
Spelling: down, consumer, leafed, legally, imported, commotion, advice, rigid, ignorant, recognize, remind, witness, tonight, decide, crime, flight, district, build, fright, blind
Social Studies: Globes & Maps will be used to locate places on Earth. Different types of maps will be discussed- climate, landform, transportation, physical, political, and historical.
Homework; Read at least 30 minutes each day.(Not optional!)
Monday: Read Frindle chapter 13 & discuss
Tuesday- Read chapter 14 Frindle and discuss.
Wednesday- Read chapter 15 of Frindle and discuss. review spelling
Thursday- Review story for test, review vocabulary words
If you have not had a chance to sign up for remind101, please do so.
You only need to be on your homeroom site unless you have twins/siblings in the switch class.
Smith/Rouser News 8/24/15
Happy Monday! We are looking forward to seeing all of you tonight for 4thGrade open house at 6:00. There will be a 5 minute meeting in the gym then you will come to both classes for about 15 minutes each as we see your children equally. We will keep it brief but very informative.
It is MANDATORY for all parents to attend. (Sports/soccer is NOT an excuse) Homework passes will be given to all parents who attend both classes.
Thank you for assisting your child with homework and helping him/her review multiplication facts. Please sign homework each evening.
Homework; Ongoing- Review math facts. Read at least 15 minutes each day. Study vocabulary and spelling for mastery nightly.
Monday- chapter 9 Frindle, Discuss Points of view
Tuesday- Read chapters 10-11 Frindle, Discuss
Wednesday- Study vocab and spelling
Thursday- Frindle review 9-12 for test, Signed papers sent home for correction
Friday- Corrected signed papers due
Quizzes and Tests:
Thursday: Spelling Test
Friday: 9-12 Frindle Comprehension & vocabulary tests
What we’re doing in school this week:
Reading: We are enjoying reading Frindle chapters 9-12. We are learning about the consequences of Nick’s “Big idea.” We are setting a stage for becoming excellent readers who enjoy reading and value spending time enjoying books. We are discussing characters’ point of view and comparing these views to our own.
Writing: We are imagining stories from ordinary events.
Social Studies: Globes and Maps maps will be used to reinforce latitude and longitude. Different types of maps will be discussed- climate, landform, transportation, physical, political, and historical.
Remember to join us for Parent Open House night next Monday night August 24th. Every parent MUST attend. We will review all important information about our class and our year together. Homework passes will be given to each child who has a parent attend both Rouser and Smith meetings!
We are reviewing how to write complete answer sentences. For example: “How are Nick and Griffin alike?” would be answered… “Nick and Griffin are alike because both of them like to make plans.” Notice that I used a capital letter to begin the sentence and wrote both of the characters names in my answer instead of “They.” Please also notice that the underlined portion of the question is used in the answer to make in complete and detailed. Please review this orally with your child by asking questions aloud and having him/her answer in complete answer sentences.
Reading/Language Homework: Please study nightly by reading each chapter assigned, “Catching & throwing reading ideas” from the story, and using vocabulary words in context nightly. Study spelling & vocabulary until you can’t get them wrong!
Monday: Read chapter 4, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss) Study vocab & spelling, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)
Tuesday: Read chapters 5 & 6, & discuss, Study vocab & spelling, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)
Wednesday: Read chapter 7 & discuss, Study vocab & spelling, correct signed papers in complete sentences. Read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)
Thursday: Read, & catch and throw ideas, discuss, Study vocab, finish correcting signed papers, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)
Spelling tests are always on Thursdays Vocabulary and comprehension tests are on Friday each week.
Chapters 4-8 Vocabulary Frindle
Abrupt p 47- sudden
Absorb p 35 - to take in or hold
Badge p. 43 - a mark or sign to show that a person belongs to a group
Blurt p. 39- to say suddenly without thinking
Clatter p. 35-to make or cause a rattling sound
Concentration p25, 33- to focus thoughts and attention on something
Crumple p 23 - to crush out of shape
disrupt p. 44-to cause disorder or confusion, disturb
embodies p. 27- brings together to form a body or system
emphasize p. 40 -to stress as being important
furious p. 43- very angry
gulp p. 40- large swallow
harsh p. 22- causing discomfort, severe
imaginative p. 27- creative
maximum p. 22- highest amount, most
oath p. 38- a solemn promise
Quill p. 45- a stout feather
stoop p. 35- to bend over
Latin Roots: Dict-say Scribe-write
We are learning about each other this week. We are working on creating a loving, safe environment where our children can come home everyday saying, “Today I had a great day with all of my best friends.”
We will begin reading the book Frindle this week. Frindle is an awesome story about the power of words and the power we have to change our world. We will be reading the book in class. The students will be asked to reread assigned chapters at home. Please discuss the story with your child nightly. I love this story and I hope you do too!
Our spelling and vocabulary words are located on the back of this newsletter and on our website each week. The words are taken from the story Frindle. Encourage your child to look for these words while reading Frindle and discuss their meanings in context.
Monday: Read chapter 1 Frindle & discuss with an adult
Tuesday: Read chapter 2 Frindle and compare Mrs. Granger and Mrs. Smith using a venn diagram
Wednesday: Read chapter 3 Frindle, Study for spelling Test
Thursday: Review chapters 1-3 for Friday’s comprehension test.
Weekly Testing schedule: Thursdays-Spelling test, Fridays- Reading and vocabulary tests
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 5/5/15
Notes: We only have 11 ½ days left of Fourth Grade. We are so proud of our smart, creative, beautiful students this year. We have learned so much. The children have each touched our hearts in different ways. We are looking forward to our last days of learning together and will be focused on learning as much as possible in these last days so that our students will be the most prepared for 5th. Thank you for all of your support this year!
Reading: Homer Chapters 19-27
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Tuesday night- chapters 19-23, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 24-27. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday
Homer Vocabulary Words Chapters 19-27 pages 104-154
Doffs-to tip a hat (Ch 19) Grudgingly-unwillingly, reluctantly (Ch 20)
Proximity-nearness in location, nearness in place (Ch 20) Endeavor-to make an effort; to strive (Ch 20)
Pungent-unpleasantly strong in smell (Ch 20) Exudes-radiates; obviously projects (Ch 20)
Abide-put up with, endure (Ch 21) Odiferous-strong smelling (Ch 22)
Parasols-a lightweight umbrella used for sunshade (Ch 22) Aeronautics-the science of flight (Ch 27)
Dandified-excessively concerned about appearance (Ch27) Suffice-enough (Ch 26)
Indignity-disgraceful condition or action (Ch24) Tethered-to fasten or confine (Ch27)
Emanations-feelings that are sent forth from a person (Ch 24)Dexterity-skill (Ch 24)
Forbade-to command a person not to do something (Ch 25) Fetid –stinky, bad smelling, stinking (Ch24)
Trundles-moves in a wheeled vehicle such as a cart or wagon (Ch26)
skeptics-people who doubt something or do not believe in it (Ch24)
Discretion-careful in behavior, in a way that is not showy (Ch 23)
Math: Geometry/ Cumulative Review- Chapter 16, Geometry, will be reviewed. Skills taught during the year will be reviewed and practiced.
Science: Matter-Students will learn how heating and cooling cause physical changes and how rusting, tarnishing and burning are chemical changes. Friday- Science Matter Test
Social Studies: Chapter 6- Civil War Unit -Students will learn why the Civil War started, how it ended, and how MS rejoined the United States. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be discussed.
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/13/15
Reading: This week we are reading chapters 1-9 of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- chapters 1-2, Tuesday night –Ch 3-6, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 7-9. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday
scalawag- (page 1) rascal
perish-to die or be destroyed
inflicted- (page 4) to cause suffering
abide-(page 4) put up with, endure, stand, tolerate
magistrate- officer of the state or judge ch2
prodigious- (page 8) an extraordinary amount, much of something, extremely large or great in size, amount, strength, extent, or the like; enormous
conscription-(page 10) enrollment of person into the military
superiors- higher in rank
valise-traveling bag ch3
spindle-(page 17) a long stick that is tapered at the ends
oblige-(page 21, 44) to be accommodating , to do something out of kindness, to do a favor for
boughs-branches of trees ch5
trussed-secured tightly ch 6
amply-(page 27) greatly; a lot; fully; generous in size
bounty-a reward, ch7
ails-to be unwell, ch 8
subtle-difficult to understand; mysterious, ch8
fugitive-a run away, ch9
elixir- a magical liquid medicine
Science: MATTER Students will learn what matter is and how it can be measured. Tuesday- Science Test-Ecosystems
Social Studies: From Territory to Statehood Students will learn about MS statehood. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.
Math: Solving Measurement and Data Problems Topic or Chapter 16
Wednesday- Math Test- Chapter 15
Lines, angles and shapes will be explored. Homework: Monday- Math review sheet, Tuesday- Math Chapter 15 review sheet, Thursday- Math workbook pages P16-1 and P 16-2
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/7/15
Notes: We hope your Easter Break was wonderful! Let’s stay focused! We have a lot to learn this last nine weeks!
Dates to Remember:
April 8- Class pictures
April 8- March of Dimes T-shirt order form and money are due.
April 10- Spring Games at MAUE (5-7pm)
April 16- Progress reports go home.
April 17-Offense only Electronic Party
April 23- Earth Day activities for Fourth grade
April 24- Silly Socks!
April 28-30 - Fourth grade End of Year PARCC tests
Spelling & Vocabulary Words-
Writing: We will be writing descriptive writing pieces including fiction and non-fiction. We will be analyzing our writing and look for ways to improve our writing and make it more descriptive.
Science: Ecosystems- Students will learn what food chains and food webs are. They will discuss some causes of change in food webs.
Social Studies: From Territory to Statehood
Students will study the events that lead to Mississippi becoming a state. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.
Math: Solving Measurement and Data Problems
Topic or Chapter 15- Students will solve problems involving line plots, perimeter and area. Problems involving measurement and money will also be solved. Homework: Tuesday- Math workbook page P15-3, Thursday- Math workbook page P15-5