Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 10/24/16
Red Ribbon Week This Week! October 24- 28
Monday- Wear silly socks.
Tuesday- Wear red, white, and blue.
Wednesday- Wear sunglasses.
Thursday- Wear camouflage.
Friday- Wear Jag colors.
Please send a bag of your child’s favorite chocolate or candy, we are going to have a tasting party this Friday! (No Tree Nuts due to allergies)
Dates to Remember:
October 27- Mystery Night
November 3- School field Trip to MCHS to view The Little Mermaid play-Send Sack Lunch
November 7-11 Scholastic Book Fair
November 9- Veteran’s Day program
November 11- Thanksgiving feast
November 21-25 Thanksgiving break
Nightly Homework- Review multiplication facts. Read/discuss Charlie using bookmark questions
Monday- Math workbook P 8-5 and multiplication sheet, Read Charlie chapters 22-24 pages 102-117 & discuss in detail using bookmark questions
Tuesday- Math worksheet 200-201, Read & discuss Charlie chapters 25-27 pages 117-141. Focus on comprehension skills by using bookmark questions with a parent.
Wednesday- Read & discuss chapters 28-30 pages 142-155 using bookmark. Review important details throughout story such as overall problem/solution, theme, cause/effect, etc…Review basic multiplication facts.
Thursday – Review basic multiplication facts. Come to Mystery night at 5:25
Quizzes and Tests:
Wednesday- Chapter 7/8 math test
Thursday- Spelling Test
Friday- Comprehension & Vocabulary Tests
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 Number the Stars.
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: Human Body: Digestive System
Students will learn what the digestive system does and identify the steps in digestion.
Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place
Students will learn about the five regions of the U.S. and the ten regions of MS.
Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.
Math: Multiplying by Two-digit and Two-digit Numbers/Division
Students will review multiplying two-digit by two-digit numbers. They will use mental math to divide and estimate quotients.
intently- showing great determination or attention
tantrum-an outburst of bad temper
staggered- to move unsteadily
petrified- to frighten or scare
hovering- to hang fluttering in the air
hollow- having space inside
violently- showing very strong force
disturb- to interfere with
gallantly- brave, spirited, or noble-minded
Spelling only- deceive, grieving, pierce, seize, either, weight, chiefly, belief
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 10-17-16
October 18- Guest author Trenton Lee Stewart November 7-11 Scholastic Book Fair
October 24- 28 - Red Ribbon week November 3- The Little Mermaid play at MCHS
October 27- Mystery Night November 9- Veteran’s Day program
November 2- Bank day November 11- Thanksgiving feast
November 21-25 Thanksgiving break
Quizzes and Tests:
Thursday- Chapter 1 History test (Rouser), Spelling Test (All)
Friday- Skeletal System Quiz (All), Ch 1 History test (Smith), Reading & Vocab test (All)
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class, Study Math Facts Nightly
Monday- Math workbook P 7-3, Read & Discuss chapters 15-16 using bookmark questions or complete individual assignments, Practice spelling test
Tuesday- Math workbook P 8-, Read & Discuss chapters 17-18 using bookmark questions or complete individual assignments, Make Vocabulary flash cards
Wednesday- Math workbook P 8-2
Thursday- Math workbook P 8-4, Read & Discuss chapters 19-21 using bookmark questions or complete individual assignments
Reading/Language Arts: This week we are reading chapters 15-21 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are writing personal narratives this week. Ask your child about his/her story!
Vocabulary & Spelling:
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
Mass- p. 81-a large quantity or number holds liquid
Spelling Only: daughter, sprawled, brawl, yawning, autograph, automatic, lawyer
Latin/Greek Roots: ject-throw brev-short
Math: Multiplying by Two-digit and Two-digit Numbers
Students will review multiplying four-digit numbers by a one-digit number. Students will use arrays, area models, and expanded algorithm to multiply two-digit by two-digit numbers.
Science: Human Body: Skeletal System-Students will identify and locate the major bones in the human body.
Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place- Students will learn about our state’s climate. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.
Smith/Rouser’s Weekly News
Dates to Remember:
October 11- The Food for Families Challenge- Send Cans
Geography Bee permission form & The Little Mermaid permission form have been sent home (Please send $6 w/form by this Friday if possible)
October 13- Report cards go home.
October 18- Guest author Trenton Lee Stewart
October 24- 28 - Red Ribbon week
October 27- Mystery Night
November 2- Bank day
November 3- School Wide Field Trip MCHS to the Little Mermaid
*Students should have information coming home in the near future concerning our Fourth Grade field trip to the Ag Museum.
Reading/Language Arts: This week we are reading chapters 8-14 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are analyzing characters, discussing important events in the story, and reading examples of descriptive writing. We are writing personal narrative fictional stories.
Science: Animal Structure and Function
Students will learn about ecosystems, habitats, food chains, and food webs.
Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place
Students will learn how waterways are important to Mississippi. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.
Math: Multiplying by One-digit and Two-digit Numbers
Students will multiply four-digit numbers by a one-digit number. Arrays and mental math will be used to multiply by two-digit numbers.
HOMEWORK: Read assigned chapters & discuss using question prompts on the bookmark (even if read aloud in class) Memorize math facts.
Tuesday – Math worksheet page 160/161, Read & discuss Chapters 8-11 of Charlie using bookmark, Take practice spelling test, look over vocabulary words and definitions, make flash cards with the definitions for vocabulary words you do not know.
Wednesday/Thursday – Math worksheet page 163, Read & discuss Chapters 12-14 of Charlie using bookmark. Study spelling. Read and discuss chapters & review flashcards for Friday’s test.
Wednesday- Animal Structure and Function test ( Rouser’s Homeroom)
Thursday- Math chapters 5-6 test (ALL) , Animal Structure & Function test( Smith’s Homeroom)
Friday- Spelling, Vocabulary, and Comprehension Tests
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Week 2
Vocabulary & Spelling List
(Both Spelling and Vocabulary)
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
clatter- to make a loud, rattling sound or to cause something to make a rattling sound
[pppiLatin/Greek Roots: alti-height, junc-join
SPELLING only- celebrity, recipe, bounce, juice, advice, bicycle
Smith/Rouser News Week of 9-19-16
Boosterthon Time! PLEASE register Tonight if you haven't already! We are excited to raise money for much needed updated technology for our school! Please help!
Reading: We are regulating our reading pace and practicing fluency. Our skills include analyzing characters, sequencing events, cause/effect, reviewing figurative language, and picturing details in a descriptive text. Test Friday
Research- We are reading for information using multiple sources including technology.
Writing: We are writing a descriptive story about a disaster. We are learning to use descriptive words and learning to choose our words carefully for greatest impact.
Math: Place value/Addition & Subtraction of Whole Numbers/Multiplying by one-digit numbers- Students will subtract across zeroes. They will also multiply by using arrays, mental math, and breaking apart.
Science: Animal Structure and Function- Students will explore ways animals are similar and different, how animals with backbones vary, and how insects compare to other animals with jointed legs.
Social Studies: MS History- Students will learn about our national government. Scholastic News will be used to learn about current events.
Homework: Read and discuss chapters 7-9 this week. Study math facts nightly.
Monday- Math review pg. 4/5 (Even problems, Front and back), Read chapter 7 & discuss using bookmark questions, take practice spelling test
Tuesday- Math sheet pages 110-111, Read chapter 8 & discuss with an adult using bookmark questions , & study words missed in practice spelling test.
Wednesday- Take a Sp. Practice test until make 100.
Thursday- Math workbook P 5-2, study vocabulary , Read ch 9 & discuss with an adult using bookmark questions.
Spelling & Vocabulary- SEE BACK Spelling test Thursday, Vocabulary test Friday
Escaping the Giant Wave Chapters 7-9 Spelling AND Vocabulary
Trudge (p. 73) walk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions
Incline (p. 74 ) ramped surface or plane; a slope
Barrier (p. 74) a fence, roadblock, or other obstacle that prevents movement or access
Nervous (p.75) easily agitated; tending to be anxious; highly strung
Disaster (p. 75) a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of life.
Emergency (p. 77) a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action
Motto (p. 80) a saying or expression that summarizes ones beliefs
Capsize (p. 81) overturn in the water.
Interrupt (p. 83) stop the progress of (an activity or process).
Unfortunate (p. 101) unlucky
Plunge (p. 104) jump, push, or dive quickly and energetically
Cocky (p. 104) conceited or arrogant, being too sure of oneself in a rude way
Vulnerable (p. 108) susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm
Monitor (p. 108) to watch or observe for a special purpose
Spelling only: premonition, remorse, optimistic, fretted
New Greek Roots: Mar-sea pre-before
Smith/Rouser News 8/29/16
If you did not sign up for remind101 at open house, please do so tonight.
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
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 Word- botan-plant
Latin Root Word- brev-brief, short time
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:
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. 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
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
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
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
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)
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
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