Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/3/17
Parents: We are working extremely hard to prepare for testing. We need your help with the following for the next three weeks:
Reading: We are completing our unit on the fantastic book, The City of Ember. Good news! We will not have vocabulary or spelling tests for the rest of this year! We are focusing on test prep and comprehension.
Science: Matter- Students will learn about physical changes and how heating and cooling can cause physical changes in matter.
Social Studies: MS History: Chapter 6-Students will learn about the role MS played in the Civil War, and the changes that took place after the War Between the States. Scholastic News will be read to learn about current events.
Math: Lines, Angles, and Shapes- Students will draw lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
Monday: Math workbook p16-3, Read chapters 16, discuss & answer comprehension questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy.
Tuesday: Math workbook P16-4 & 16-5, Read chapter 17, discuss & answer comprehension questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy.
Wednesday- Read chapters 18-19, discuss & answer comprehension questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy.
Thursday: Math worksheet, Read chapter 20, discuss & answer comprehension questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy.
Quizzes and Tests:
Thursday- Chapter 16 math test (Part 1: Lessons 1-6)
Friday- Week 4 Ch 16-20 Ember Vocabulary & Comprehension tests
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 3/27/17
Dates to Remember:
April 10- American Lung Assoc. (Super Kids) money is due.
April 11- Super Kids prizes will be given out.
May 17- Super Kids Field Day
Reading: We will continue reading The City of Ember Ch 11-15
Science: Matter- Students will learn how to measure mass and density.
Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place Chapter 6
Students will learn about the role MS played in the Civil War, and the changes that took place after the War Between the States. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.
Math: Solving Measurement and Data Problems, Lines/Angles/Shapes
Students will review drawing and identifying lines and angles. They will classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
Monday: Math worksheet 416-417, Read chapters 14, discuss & answer comprehension questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy.
Tuesday: Math workbook P16-4 & 16-5, Read chapters 15, discuss & answer comprehension questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy. Study Vocabulary & Spelling.
Wednesday- Study Spelling & Vocabulary. Be sure you have reread and can comprehend chapters 11-15 from City of Ember.
Thursday: Math workbook P16-7
Quizzes and Tests:
Tuesday- Math Chapter 15 test
Thursday-: Ember Week 3 spelling test & Week 3 Ch 11-15 Ember Vocabulary & Comprehension tests
City of Ember Week 3 Spelling and Vocabulary
10.heaving- lifting or carrying something heavy
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 3/6/17
Dates to Remember:
March 7 CASE 21 District Writing Assessment
Make-A-Wish Week- $1 per day (Or as much as you wish to donate)
Wednesday- Hat Day ($1 donation)
Thursday- Electronic Hour ($1 donation)
Friday- Pajama Day ($1 donation)
March 13-17 Spring Break
Reading: We will continue reading The City of Ember chap 6-10
Science: Electricity and Magnetism- Students will learn how electric charges affect objects; how electric current flows through different objects; how magnets act; and how magnets are used to generate electricity.
Social Studies: MS History- Students will learn about the importance of cotton to our state in the 1800s, the role MS played in the Civil War, and the changes that took place after the War Between the States. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.
Math: Measurement Units and Conversions- Students will estimate fluently and measure with units of weight, mass, capacity and length. Students will be able to convert between customary units and convert between metric units.
Homework: Monday: Math wb P14-9, Read chapters 6-7, discuss & answer comprehension questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy.
Tuesday: Read chapters 8-9, discuss & answer comprehension questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy. Study Vocabulary & Spelling. Math workbook P14-10
Wednesday: Read chapter 10, discuss & answer comp. questions in complete answer sentences. Check with a parent for accuracy. Study vocabulary & spelling.
Thursday – Math worksheet 394/395
Quizzes and Tests: Case Writing Essay Tuesday
Thursday: Chapters 6-10 Comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling tests, Chapter 14 Math test
Friday- Science Electricity and Magnetism test
City of Ember Spelling and Vocabulary Week 2
10.Reluctantly (Review)-to hesitate when doing something
11Vaguely- uncertain or unclear
Chapters 8 & 9:
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 2/21/17
Notes: Thank you for the Valentines, words of love, and gifts you gave Mrs. Rouser and I last week. You make us feel so loved!
Get your costumes ready! Read Across America Day is March 2nd. Students are asked to dress up like their favorite book character!
Reading: This week we are reading chapters 1-5 of an exciting book, The City of Ember. We only have one class set of this book. If you are able to purchase a copy for your child, that would be a huge help!
Science: Make Up of the Earth- Students will learn about the useful natural resources our Earth produces and how people can conserve those resources.
Social Studies: MS History: Students will learn about the importance of cotton to our state in the 1800s, the role MS played in the Civil War, and the changes that took place after the War Between the States. Scholastic News will be read to learn about current events.
Math: Lines and Angles- Students will identify, measure, also add and subtract angles.
Tuesday: Read City of Ember Chapters 1-2, Answer ch 1-2 questions in study guide, Math workbook P 16-1 and P 16-2
Wednesday/Thursday: Read Chapters 3-5 & Answer questions in study guide, Study vocab & Spelling, Math workbook P 16-6
Quizzes and Tests:
Thursday- Smith Homeroom only- Ch 5 MS History Test (Study MS History Study guide)
Friday- Science test (The Make Up of the Earth), Spelling Test, City of Ember Vocabulary & Comprehension tests Chapters 1-5
City of Ember Vocabulary Week 1
City of Ember Spelling and Vocabulary Week 1
Chapters 4 & 5:
Smith/Rouser’s Newsletter 1-31-17
Dates to Remember:
January 30- Feb. 3 - School Counselor’s Week
January 31- World’s Finest Chocolate Pep Rally
February 1- Bank Day
Monday- Math worksheet, read 50-68 and discuss/answer questions attached
Tuesday- Math worksheet, Read 68-85 & discuss/answer questions
Wednesday- Study Vocabulary and Spelling
Thursday – Math workbook P 13-1, Read 86-101 & discuss/answer questions.
Quizzes and Tests:
Tuesday- Math chapter 12 test (part 2)
Thursday- Spelling Test
Friday- Reading & Vocabulary Test on pages 51-101, figurative language test
What we are learning this week:
Writing: We are working on researching birds, animals, and plants native to the Catskills during writing workshop. We are revising, editing, and publishing material to make a class book for all to enjoy.
Science: Make Up of the Earth-Students will learn how volcanos and earthquakes change the surface of the Earth. We will review the different types of landforms on Earth’s surface.
Social Studies: MS History: Students will learn how MS went from being a territory to becoming a state. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.
Math: Fractions-Students will review adding and subtracting mixed numbers. They will multiply fractions by whole numbers.
Reading: My Side of the Mountain pgs 50-101 this week.
Skill: We are identifying figurative language found in our story. Please review the following terms and help your child identify figurative language found on each page. Test Friday
Similes -comparisons using the words “like” or “as”.
Metaphors -is a phrase of words that makes a comparison between two unlike objects without using the words “like” or “as.”
Personification- A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or an object.
Onomatopoeia - use of a word to describe/imitate a natural sound or the sound made by an object/action
Idioms -An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own. Idioms say one thing and mean another & are not meant to be taken literally.
Hyperbole -An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true. (EX:Tall tales)
My Side of the Mountain Week 2 Spelling & Vocabulary (pgs 51-101)
Chapters 9-14 Test Thursday
Berate (p. 51)- scold or criticize
Niche (p. 53)- a small suitable place
Residue (p. p. 53)- the remainder of something
Poaching (p. 56)- illegally hunting or fishing on another’s property
Harassing (p. 57)- giving aggressive pressure
Provoke (p. 55)- to cause one to act, to annoy
Hysterics (p. 64)- fit of uncontrollable laughter or crying
Lure (p. 67)- something appealing, bait
Peculiar (p. 70) odd, different
Botanical (p. 72)- having to do with plants
Talons (p. 72)- sharp claws on birds of prey
Ventilate (p. 93) to cause fresh air to circulate
Scheme (p. 94) a plan or strategy
Vague- not clear
Cascade-rushing down in large amounts
Emphatic- forceful, insisting
Cavity- an empty space within a solid object
Latin/Greek Roots: hypno- sleep phone-sound
Smith/Rouser’s First Newsletter of 2017!!!
Just a few Notes: Welcome back and Happy New Year! We missed your children’s beautiful faces and are excited to start the New Year!
Reading Fair Reminder: The Reading fair is MANDATORY for all students at MAUE. Projects are due January 9th for classroom presentations. School-wide winners will be selected from each class based on the rubric on Mrs. Berry’s website or state dept. website. Be sure to use the non-fiction rubric if your book is non-fiction and the fiction rubric for fiction projects. Please allow your student to shine and show creativity but PLEASE check the project for errors in spelling, punctuation, and content. Last minute projects teach a child to procrastinate rather than plan effectively. Props, costumes, and art are encouraged to demonstrate knowledge!
Reading: Books about dreams, goals, leadership, and how we treat others will be read in class.
NO READING OR LANGUAGE TESTS THIS WEEK! WORK ON BOOK FAIR PROJECT
Spelling test NEXT Thurs, Vocabulary test NEXT Friday (Words on back)
Writing: Point of View Narrative writing
Social Studies: Explorers and Settlers-MS History: Students will learn about the first European explorers and settlers that came to our state. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.
Science: Measuring Weather-Students will learn how the angle of sunlight on different surfaces of the Earth affects our temperature.
Students will compare and order fractions having like and unlike denominators.
ALL WEEK: FINISH BOOK FAIR PROJECT & make it AMAZING!
Tuesday- Math workbook P 11-4
Thursday – Math workbook P 11-6
MY BROTHER MARTIN
NEXT WEEK’S Spelling Words: injustice, numerous, segregation, nourishing, captured, dream, encounters, preferred, recall, example, weakness, movement, truthful, beautiful, clumsiness, peaceful, speechless, statement (Test NEXT Thursday)
Vocabulary Words: (Test NEXT Friday)
Dream-a hope for the future
Example-a model of what something should look like, or how someone should act
Segregation-keeping two groups of people apart because they are different races
Numerous-many, lots of something
Captured-caught in an exciting way
Encounters-meeting up with someone or something
Recall-remember something and tell people about it
Injustice-unfairness of laws, or how they are carried out
Preferred-liked one thing more than other things
Nourishing-good food for your body to grow
New Greek and Latin Roots:
Smith NEWS 12-06-16
We will have a school Field trip next Thursday to see Moana. $12 and permission slip must be turned in tomorrow. Mrs. Hurst has said kids will NOT be allowed to call home on Thursday for money. +
Reading: We are reading the remainder of Number the Stars this week. We have loved reading this exciting story and learning about this important time in history!
Homework: Use bookmark questions with a parent to analyze the story each night after reading. Monday night- Chapter 14, Tuesday night- chapters 15 & 16 Wednesday/Thursday-Read Chapters 17 & Afterword. Review entire book for final test.
Friday: LAST Spelling, Greek Roots, Vocabulary, & Reading Comprehension Tests of 2016
Greek Roots: Review for Test Friday
meter-measure phob-fear graph-write biblio-book sub-under
mania-crazy mar-sea pre-before vid/vis-see audi-hear
pater-father mater-mother chrono-time auto-self geo-earth
Latin Roots: Review for Test Friday
scribe-write dict-say terr-land port-carry struct-build
flora-flower sol-sun pop-people spect-see trans-though
Last Spelling and Vocabulary for 2016 !
Spelling Words: exasperated, contempt, visible, saliva, warily, concealed, courageous, anthem, executed, deprivation, heroine, permeated,, salvage, judge, package, practice, baggage, message Latin roots: bell-war, aqua-water
Number the stars week 4 vocabulary
1.exasperated pg.115- anger, annoyed, irritated
2.contempt pg.116-despise, intense hate
3.visible pg. 113- easy to be seen
4.saliva pg.116- fluid in mouth used for breakdown of food
5.warily pg.120- very cautious, be on guard
6.concealed pg.124- hidden
7.courageous pg.127- being brave, doing something even when scared.
8.anthem pg.128-a song of praise or gladness
9.executed pg.129- killed by an authority
10.deprivation pg.133- to take something away, or not allowed to have
11.heroine pg.135- a female hero
12.permeated pg.136-to pass through something that has openings, to spread throughout
Just a few notes: This is our last week before Thanksgiving! As we count our many blessings, we are so thankful to have such smart, kind, students who make learning fun! Thank you all for your kindness and support this year as well. We wish you a wonderful, safe, Thanksgiving filled with family and love.
November 16- Reading Fair information goes home.
November 16 & 17- Play practice at MCHS. A sack lunch and drink will be needed for both days.
November 17- Fourth Grade ‘MS My Home’ play (MCHS 6:00 p.m.- Students in seats by 5:45)
November 21-25 - Thanksgiving holiday
MISSISSIPPI MY HOME INFORMATION:
Reading: Instead of reading in class this week, we will be working hard on our play performance. NO HOMEWORK!
Science: Human Body: Respiratory System- Students will learn about the respiratory system. We will review the roles of the trachea and lungs. Students will also review for the test (The study guide has been completed for students to study.)
Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place Students will learn about the natural resources found in our state. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events. (The study guide has been completed for students to study.)
Math: Division having One-digit and Two-digit Quotients with and without Remainders-Students will divide two-digit and three-digit dividends by one-digit divisors resulting in quotients with remainders.
This Week’s Homework
Monday- Review basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
Math workbook P 10-3
Tuesday- Review basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
Math workbook P 10-4
Wednesday- Review basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
Thursday – Review basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
Tuesday- Science Human Body test
Thursday-Social Studies Chapter 2 test (Rouser)
Friday- Social Studies Test Chapter 2 (Smith)
Just a few notes: Please let me know tomorrow if you are going to be able to attend the AG Museum Field Trip THIS Thursday November 10th. I need time to group the children. Chaperones will meet us by the Sports Hall of Fame about 8:45. Try to go ahead and pay at the AG Museum while you are waiting for us so that the children will not have to wait on you.
Nightly Homework: Read assigned chapter EVERY night with an adult! Study over spelling/vocabulary words every single night until you know them all. Practice your multiplication facts nightly.
Monday- Read Chapter 5 pages 39-49 & answer oral & written questions with a parent, Daily Common Core Review (DCCR) and Math workbook R 10-1, study multiplication facts, spelling, & vocabulary words
Tuesday: Chapter 6 pages 50-59 & answer oral & written questions with a parent, Math workbook P 10-2, study multiplication facts, spelling, & vocabulary words
Wednesday & Thursday: Chapter 7 pages 60-66 & Chapter 8 pages 67-73 & answer oral & written questions with a parent, study multiplication facts, spelling, & vocabulary words
Reading: We will read Number the Stars chapters 5-8 this week. (pages 39-73) We will practice sequencing and analyzing events, inferencing, cause & effect, and analyzing characters motives. We will research Denmark, World War II, Germany, and additional related topics. Comprehension & Vocabulary Test Friday
Spelling: pose, tentative, exasperation, shoreline, hazy, relocate, military, imprinted, specter, hobbies, countries, laziest, families, spied, happiest, friendlier, prettiest, noisier, healthier, butterflies Test Friday
Language: Drop y to add ies
Math: Division with Two-digit Quotients and Remainders
Students will divide two-digit numbers by one-digit divisors resulting in quotients with remainders. Students will also use words and models to represent division problems.
Science: Human Body-Nervous System Students will learn about the nervous system. They will discover the role of nerve endings in the skin, find out how your eyes work, and learn how your tongue and nose gather information.
Social Studies: Students will learn about the natural resources found in our state. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.
NUMBER THE STARS Chapters 5-8 Pages 39-73
SPELLING: pose, tentative, exasperation, shoreline, hazy, relocate, military arrest, imprinted, specter, hobbies, countries, laziest, families, happiest, friendlier, prettiest, noisier, healthier
Latin/Greek Roots Pop-people spec- see
Vocabulary Week 2-NUMBER THE STARS
Smith/Rouser Monday Memos 10/31/16
Dates to Remember:
November 2- Bank Day
November 3 Order March of Dimes Milk Shake $4 or $6 . (Fill out pink form.)
November 3- Trip to see “The Little Mermaid” A sack lunch and drink are needed.
November 4- March of Dimes Milk Shake Day
November 7-11 - Scholastic Book Fair
November 9 – Veteran’s Day program
November 10- Field trip to Ag and Forestry Museum
November 11 – Thanksgiving feast at MAUE (in cafeteria)
November 14- Reading Fair information goes home
November 16 & 17- Fourth grade students have play practice at MCHS. A sack lunch and drink will be needed for both days.
November 17- Fourth Grade ‘MS My Home’ play (MCHS 6:00 p.m.)
Just a few notes: Our School field trip to see The Little Mermaid is this Thursday. Please wear an MAUE shirt and remember to send a sack lunch!
Our field trip to the Agriculture Museum is next Thursday. Parents are encouraged to join us for the AG Museum. ! Please let me know if you can join us/ lead a group! We need lots of help!
This Week’s Homework
Monday- Review multiplication facts.
Tuesday- Read chapters 1 & 2 discuss using bookmark questions, Math worksheet 222-223
Wednesday- Read Chapter 3 & discuss using bookmark, Review multiplication facts.
Thursday – Read Chapter 4 & discuss using bookmark, Math wb pages P 9-5 and P 9-6
Quizzes and Tests:
Thursday- Spelling Test
Friday- Two- digit by two-digit multiplication and division with remainders Quiz, Chapters 1-4 Number the Stars Comprehension & Vocabulary Tests
Reading: We will begin Number the Stars chapters 1-4 this week. This is a wonderful story about a young girl’s bravery and a country’s courage during World War II. We will practice sequencing and analyzing events, inferencing, cause & effect, and analyzing characters motives. We will research Denmark, World War II, Germany, and additional related topics.
Language/Writing: We are Editing our stories of survival and beginning our informative non-fiction research. This will be used to create non-fiction publications.
Math: Division with Remainders/Multiplication and Division Stories
Students will review multiplying two-digit by two-digit numbers. They will divide whole numbers by 1-digit divisors resulting in quotients with remainders. Students will also use words and models to represent multiplication and division problems.
Science: Human Body: Circulatory System
Students will name the parts of blood and what they do. They will learn about the three kinds of blood vessels and determine the blood’s path through the heart.
Social Studies: Holocaust, World War II, Mississippi History, & Scholastic News, Students will learn about the first people of Mississippi (Native Americans). Scholastic News will be used to learn about current events.
Number the Stars Week 1 Spelling & Vocabulary Definitions
Lanky p. 1- ungracefully thin or tall
Civilized p. 1- to an advanced stage of social, cultural, and moral development
Hesitate p. 1- To be slow to act, speak, or decide
Halte p. 2 -is an order a soldier gives you which means stop, (halt)
Nazi p. 6 - a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
Occupation p. 6- being occupied by military force
Resistance p. 8 refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument
Sabotage p. 8- deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct something.
Intricate p. 14- very complicated or detailed
Rationed p. 18- allow each person to have only a fixed amount of
Kroner p. 20- the basic monetary units of Denmark and Norway
Swastika p. 21- an ancient symbol in the form of an equal-armed cross with each arm continued at a clockwise right angle, used as the emblem of the German Nazi Party
Disdainfully p. 29- feeling strong dislike or disapproval for something or someone you think does not deserve respect
Submerged p. 32- cause to be under water
Synagogue p. 33- the building where a Jewish congregation meets for religious worship and instruction
Rabbi p. 35- a Jewish scholar, teacher, or leader who teaches Jewish law.
Spelling only: starry, melody, chimney, injury
Greek root: geo-earth Latin root: sol-sun