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  • Frindle week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/29/2016

    Smith/Rouser News 8/29/16

    If you did not sign up for remind101 at open house, please do so tonight.

    1. Enter the following number in your phone: 81010
    2. Smith’s homeroom text: @799cg
    3. Rouser’s homeroom text @mrsrouser

     

    You only need to be on your homeroom site unless you have twins/siblings in the switch class.

     

    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 comprehension test on the book will be Friday. Next week, we will begin a fabulous story, Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret.

     

    Science:  Plants- Students will learn the four basic parts of a flower, the function of each part, and how flowers with fewer than four parts produce seeds.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place-Students will demonstrate their understanding and use of maps.

     

    Math: Generate and Analyze Patterns/Place Value

    Students will generate and analyze patterns, recognize place value relationships, and compare multi-digit numbers.

     

    This Week’s Homework:

    Monday: Math wb R2-3 & P2-3, Read Frindle chapter 13 & have a parent ask questions using bookmark

    Tuesday- Math worksheet pg. 60/61, Read chapter 14 Frindle and discuss.

    Wednesday/Thursday- Read chapter 15 of Frindle and discuss. Review 13-15

    Math workbook P 3-1

     

    Tests: 

    Thursday- Chapter 2 math test, Spelling Test

    Friday- Comprehension & Vocabulary Test   

     

    Frindle Vocabulary/Spelling Words Chapters 13-15

     

    down- feeling sad or depressed

    consumer- someone who buys/uses a product or service

    leafed-to turn pages & glance at them

    legally- lawful, allowed by law

    imported- to bring into a place or country from another

    commotion- a lot of noisy activity

    exported-to take a product out of the country to sell or use

    generous-to offer freely of money, things, or time

    engraved- writing carved into an object

    chuckled- a quiet, small laugh

    oblong- a long, oval shape

    congratulate- to give well wishes for something completed or given

    donation-to give an object or money to one who needs it

    adventure- an exciting trip above the ordinary

    remarkable- unusual and unexpected

    successful- completing a job over and above the usual

    curiosity- an interest in someone or something that is new or different

    original-the first of it’s kind

     

     

    GREEk Root Wordbotan-plant 

    Latin Root Word-  brev-brief, short time

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  • Frindle Week 3

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/22/2016

     Smith/Rouser News 8/22/16

    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- Math Workbook page 1-9, Read chapter 9 Frindle, Discuss the chess players

    Tuesday- Math skill sheet 34-35, Read chapters 10  Frindle, Write a 1 paragraph summary

    Wednesday/Thursday- Math workbook page P2-2, Read chapters 11- 12 Frindle & review chapters 9-12 for test, Use bookmark as a guide to ask questions to your child.

    Friday- Corrected signed papers due

     

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Thursday: Topic 1 Math Test, Spelling Test

    Friday: 9-12 Frindle Comprehension & vocabulary tests

     

     What we’re doing in school this week:

     

    ReadingWe 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. We will be discussing the THEME in a story, chapter, poem, movie, or song.

     

    Writing: We are going to be learning how to describe the theme of a story and prove it using text evidence.

    Language:  Reviewing Prepositions

     

    Science: Life Science/Inquiry Students will learn about the two major groups into which plants are grouped and how they reproduce.

    Social Studies:   Globes and Maps will be used to reinforce latitude and longitude. Different types of maps will be discussed- climate, landform, transportation, physical, political, and historical.

     

    Math: Multiplication and Division Students will use multiplication to find division facts. They will also learn about repeating patterns, number sequences,  extending tables and  rules for those tables.

     


     

     

    Frindle Vocabulary 9-12

    Champion p. 67- winner

    Controversial p. 76- causes arguments

    Encourage p. 51- to cause one to feel hope of spirit

    Fad p. 61- the “in” thing, temporarily popular

    Investment p. 71- money used to create a source of income or profit

    Local p. 70- relating to a certain community

    Mastermind p. 68- an intelligent person who is a natural planner and leader

    Phony p. 59- not genuine or real, fake

    Preliminary p. 72- coming before the main part

    Rebellion p. 51- open opposition to authority

    Rowdy p. 57- rough or loud behavior

    Stumped p. 53- to confuse or perplex

    Trademark p. 71- a symbol put on a product to show who made it

    Subscribe p 73-to enter one’s name for a publication or service

    Envelope p 65 – a flat usually paper container (as for a letter)

    Particular p 67-a very small detail; careful attention to detail

    Embarrassed p 52 -to cause to feel confused or distressed

    Advertisement p 57-a public notice

    Standards p 53-something set up by authority or by general consent as a rule for measuring or as a model

    Committee p 49-a group of persons appointed or elected to consider or to take action on some matter

    Occasional p 57-happening, appearing or met with now and then

     

    Greek Roots  

     

    sub-under   mania-crazy

     

     

     

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  • Frindle Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/8/2016

    Smith Notes:

         We are learning about each other this week. We are working on creating a loving, safe environment where our children can come home every day saying, “Today I had a great day with all of my best friends.”

    Reading: 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 but 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! Chapters 1-3 Test this Friday

     

         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.

     

     Social Studies: MS History: Students will be introduced to the MS History text by engaging in a scavenger hunt. Discussions will take place and activities will be done related to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

     

    ONGOING 4th Grade Homework: Read for thirty minutes Nightly & review vocabulary & spelling

    Monday:  Read chapter 1 Frindle & discuss with an adult.

    Tuesday- Math workbook P 1-2, Read chapter 2 Frindle and compare Mrs. Granger and Mrs. Smith using a venn diagram

    Thursday –  Read chapter 3 Frindle and review chapters 1-3 for Friday’s comprehension test.

     

    **When Scholastic News arrives, it will be assigned each Monday and due every Friday morning.

     

    Please note-homework assignments are subject to change according to the lessons completed in class. It is the student’s responsibility to copy the homework, along with its specific instructions, from the front board on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

     

    Frindle Spelling & Vocabulary

    Thursday SPELLING test

    Friday Vocabulary & Comprehension Test

    Week 1 Chapters 1-3

    1. Crimson p. 4- deep red in color
    2. hesitate p. 15- to pause
    3. procedure p. 13- a method of doing something
    4. essential p.11- necessary or fundamental
    5. acquire p. 11- to gain or get as one’s own
    6. delight p. 2- to be highly pleased, rejoice
    7. liven p. 3- cheer
    8. jumble p.- mix of jump & tumble, to mix in a confused heap
    9. frantically p. 12-wild with excitement
    10. Glance p. 3, 15 – to take a quick look
    11. profound - deeply felt
    12. complex - two or more parts, complicated
    13. innocently (back)- knowing no evil, not guilty
    14. properly p11- in the appropriate or correct manner
    15. unfortunate p. 15- unlucky
    16. monopoly. 6- exclusive control
    17. acquainted p. 13-to make familiar
    18. promptly p 4- punctual, on time

    Greek Roots

    1. graph- write
    2. biblio- book 

     

     

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  • Last Week of Homer

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 5/9/2016

    Smith & Rouser’s Monday Memo                         May 9, 2016

    Notes:  Thank you so much for the handmade cards, flowers, gift cards, sweet treats, and the love each of you showered us with during Teacher Appreciation Week. You made us feel so very loved. Thank you for a wonderful year! Your children have put their mark on our hearts and we will never be the same.

    Dates to Remember:

     

    May 16- Yearbook signing, Talent show (Only students can attend.)

    May 17 Field Day ( A labeled lunch, drink, towel, & hat are needed. ) Please apply sunscreen before school.

    May 18- Mr. Hunter Day-Send a few dollars & wear a hat & sunglasses to support our janitor who works so hard for us all!

    Technology Day (Students may bring electronic games if you think they are responsible for keeping up with them.)

    May 19 -Clean the classroom. Last day of school-60% Day

     

    Reading/Language:  We are finishing up our final literature book of the year, The Adventures of Homer P. Figg. We will not have a vocabulary or comprehension test this week. We will use that time to review skills and enjoy the story in class.

    Science: Our Solar System- Students will learn about phases of the moon, also solar and lunar eclipses. They will learn about the similarities and differences between the planets and about other objects in the solar system. (Needed by Tues.- Empty and clean tall Pringles cans for a science activity)

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place- Mississippi Government: Students will learn what role local government plays in our lives, what are the jobs of the three branches of government, and what rights and responsibilities we have as U.S. citizens.

     

    Math: Geometry-  Students will learn to identify quadrilaterals and identify the lines of symmetry of certain plane figures. HOMEWORK:  Monday- Math workbook P 16-9 and P 16-10

    Tuesday- Math review pages 416/417 and 448/449

      

    TEST Schedule: Tuesday- Ch.11 social studies test, Wednesday- Ch.15/16 math test

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  • Week 3 Homer

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 5/2/2016

    Smith's Monday Memos 5/2/16

     

    Notes: It is a wonderful feeling to be finished with testing! Now we can just enjoy learning!

     

    Reading: Homer Chapters 19-27

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday- Review 17-18 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

     

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place , Mississippi Government: Students will learn what role local government plays in our lives, what are the jobs of the three branches of government, and what rights and responsibilities we have as U.S. citizens. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

      

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Friday-   Homer P. Figg Vocabulary & Comprehension Test  

     

    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.-Abraham Lincoln

      

    This Week’s Vocabulary Words        

      Chapters 19-27 pages 104-154 Test Friday

     

    Doffs-to tip a hat (Ch 19)                                                 

    Proximity-nearness in location, nearness in place (Ch 20)                         

    Abide-put up with, endure (Ch 21)                                        

    Parasols-a lightweight umbrella used for sunshade (Ch 22)        

    Dandified-excessively concerned about appearance (Ch27)  

    Indignity-disgraceful condition or action (Ch24)               

    Emanations-feelings that are sent forth from a person (Ch 24)

    Forbade-to command a person not to do something (Ch 25)  

    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)

    Fetid –stinky, bad smelling, stinking (Ch24)

    Dexterity-skill (Ch 24)

    Tethered-to fasten or confine (Ch27)

    Suffice-enough (Ch 26)

    Aeronautics-the science of flight (Ch 27)

    Odiferous-strong smelling (Ch 22)

    Exudes-radiates; obviously projects (Ch 20)

    Endeavor-to make an effort; to strive (Ch 20)

    Pungent-unpleasantly strong in smell (Ch 20)

    Grudgingly-unwillingly, reluctantly (Ch 20)

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  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/11/2016

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/11/16

     

     MONDAY NIGHT READING HOMEWORK POSTPONED until Tuesday!

     

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 1-9 of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.  This is our last Chapter book of the year!

    Homework:  Read assigned chapters NIGHTLY. Let’s FINISH this year STRONG!  (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

    Vocabulary Words

    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 a 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: Animal Structure and Function

    Students will learn about the characteristics of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: New Challenges: Students will review the challenges MS faced in the new century. Chapter 7 Soc. studies test (Radiators only) Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

    Math: Measurement Units and Conversions

    Students will use and convert metric units of length, capacity, and weight. Time, line plots, area and perimeter will be discussed. HOMEWORK: Review customary and metrics study guide daily. Mon-Review sheet, Tues- Metrics review sheet, Thurs-Time and line plot review sheet

    Test Schedule: Wed- Customary math quiz, Thursday- Metrics math quiz

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  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/4/2016

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4-4-16

    Dates to Remember:

     April 8- Spring Games (5-7 pm)

    April 11- MS Braves game

    April 22- Fourth grade Earth Day activities

    April 26-28 - Fourth grade Questar testing

     

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 22- 30 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are excited to complete our literature journey with Charlie & the Chocolate Factory this week! Next week, we will begin The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- chapters 22-25 pages 102-124, Tuesday night –Ch 26-27 pages 124-141, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 28-30 pages 142-155. Comprehension and Vocabulary Test Friday

    Vocabulary Words- Please study nightly

    gallantly- brave, spirited, or noble-minded                     rubbish- trash

    intently- showing great determination or attention       staggered- to move unsteadily

    tantrum-an outburst of bad temper                                  violently- showing very strong force

    disturb- to interfere with                                                     hovering- to hang fluttering in the air

    hollow- having space inside                                            petrified- to frighten or scare

     

    Writing: We will be writing descriptive fiction and non-fiction writing pieces. We will be analyzing our writing and look for ways to improve our writing and make it more descriptive.

     

    Language: We will be using adjectives and adverbs to make our writing stand out!

    Science: Animal Structure and Function- Students will review the Plant Structure unit to prepare for evaluation. Students will also explore ways animals are similar and different. They will find out how insects compare to other animals.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: New Challenges: Students will learn about the challenges our state faced after the Civil War - World War I, The Great Depression, and World War II.

    Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

    Math: Measurement Units and Conversions

    Students will use and convert customary units of length, capacity, and weight.

    PLEASE PRACTICE MULTIPLICATION FACTS DAILY.

    HOMEWORK: Mon- wb P 14-1, Tues-wb P 14-2 and P14-3, Thurs – Math wb P 14-4

     

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Tuesday- Chapter 13 Math test

    Wednesday- Science Plant Structure test (All)

                         MS History Test (Smith’s Homeroom only)

    Friday-Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension Tests

      

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  • Charlie Week 3 Part 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/29/2016

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 3/29/16 

    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 11: Braves Game Field Trip

     

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 19 through 21 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We will be finishing up this literature unit next week!

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Tuesday night- chapter 19 pages 87-91, Wednesday night –chapter 20 pages 91-94, & Thursday night chapter 21 pages 94-102. Comprehension and Vocabulary Test Friday

    Vocabulary Words-

    Abide p. 63- Endure                                                               

    intense-p.84-having very strong feelings

    Astonish-p.83- to strike with sudden wonder or surprise            

    rumble-p.92-a low, heavy rolling sound 

    Mist-p. 81- particles of water floating in the air as fine rain          

    shriek-p. 108- to utter a sharp shrill cry

    Furious-p.85- very angry                                                           

    journey-p. 81- traveling from one place to another         

    Yacht-p. 81- pleasure ship used for cruising or racing                 

    basin-p.92-a wide shallow round dish or bowl that holds liquid

    Mass- p. 81-a large quantity or number                                                                               

    Writing: We will be revising and editing our personal narratives. We will be using different techniques to enhance our writing by using more descriptive words and analyzing the characters of our stories.

     

    Science: Plant Structure and Function

    Students will learn about the life cycle of a flowering plant from its beginning as a seed through maturity.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place  

    New Challenges: Students will learn about the challenges our state faced after the Civil War - World War I, The Great Depression, and World War II.

    Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

    Math: Extending Fraction Concepts

    Students will compare, order, and use money to understand decimals.

    Tuesday- Math workbook P 13-8

    Thursday- Math worksheet pgs. 358-359

     

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  • Charlie Wk 3 Part 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/21/2016

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 3/21/16

    Important Dates:

    Jag Store- Wednesday

    March 25th- No School Good Friday

    March 28th- No School Easter Monday

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 15-18 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- Ch 15-16, Tuesday night -Ch 17, Wednesday night- Ch 18

    Due Wednesday: Create your own candy concoction for a special class project. Recipe and prototype due WEDNESDAY. Bring samples to share if you can!

    Vocabulary (No Spelling until further notice)

    Abide p. 63- Endure

    Intense p.84-having very strong feelings

    Astonish p.83- to strike with sudden wonder or surprise

    Rumble p.92-a low, heavy rolling sound

    Mist p. 81- particles of water floating in the air as fine rain

    Shriek p. 108- to utter a sharp shrill cry

    Furious p.85- very angry

    Journey p. 81- traveling from one place to another

    Yacht p. 81- pleasure ship used for cruising or racing

    Basin p.92-a wide shallow round dish or bowl that holds liquid

    Mass p. 81-a large quantity or number

    Science: Plant Structure and Function

    Students will learn how pollination and fertilization occur in flowering plants and how seeds and fruits form as a result.

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place New Challenges

    Students will learn about the challenges our state faced after the Civil War. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

    Math: Extending Fraction Concepts Students will locate fractions and decimals on a number line, understand how to make equivalent fractions to write fractions as decimals, and read/write decimals to hundredths.

    HOMEWORK: Monday- CC Standards Practice Wkbk pgs. CC38, CC39, and CC43 Tuesday- Math workbook P 13-6 Thursday – Math workbook R 13-7 and P 13-7 CC 39 is optional. (“See me” point given if correct) Students know what this means.

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  • Charlie Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/14/2016

    Smith’s Monday Memos

    3-14-16

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 8-14 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

     

    Reading Homework: Read assigned chapters & discuss using question card prompts on the bookmark (even if read aloud in class)

    Monday -ch 8-10

    Tuesday –Ch 11-12

    Wednesday- 13-14

    Thursday - Review and discuss chapters 8-14 for Friday’s test

     

    Vocabulary Only – 4th graders will not have spelling tests 4th 9 weeks. We will practice spelling in the context of our writing. Vocabulary test Friday.

     

    ferociously p. 31-fierce                                      

    pandemonium p. 53- wild uproar

    criticize p. 31- to find fault with                        

    peculiar p 45-strange/different                  

    despicable p. 32- deserving to be despised             

    procession p. 50- continuous forward movement

    stilettos p. 34- a slender pointed dagger         

    clustered p. 44- grouped closely together

    precious p. 44- very valuable                      

     envious p. 45- feeling jealous, showing envy

    sensation p 45 an indefinite bodily feeling

    corridor p. 60-a passage or hallway into which rooms open

     

    Social Studies: MS History New Challenges: Students will learn about the challenges our state faced after the Civil War. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events. As always, Scholastic News is due on Friday.

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