Smith News 8/18/14
Remember to join us for Parent Open House night next Monday night August 25th. 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!
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: Student survey & complete questions, Read, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss) Study vocab & spelling
Tuesday: Read, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss) Study vocab & spelling
Wednesday: Read, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss), Study vocab & spelling, correct signed papers in complete sentences.
Thursday: Read, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss) Study vocab, finish correcting signed papers
Spelling tests are always on Thursdays Vocabulary and comprehension tests are on Friday each week.
Chapters 4-8 Vocabulary Frindle
1. Abrupt p 47- sudden
2. Absorb p 35 - to take in or hold
3. Badge p. 43 - a mark or sign to show that a person belongs to a group
4. Blurt p. 39- to say suddenly without thinking
5. Clatter p. 35-to make or cause a rattling sound
6. Concentration p25, 33- to focus thoughts and attention on something
7. Crumple p 23 - to crush out of shape
8. disrupt p. 44-to cause disorder or confusion, disturb
9..embodies p. 27- brings together to form a body or system
10.emphasize p. 40 -to stress as being important
11.furious p. 43- very angry
12.gulp p. 40- large swallow
13.harsh p. 22- causing discomfort, severe
14.imaginative p. 27- creative
15.maximum p. 22- highest amount, most
16.oath p. 38- a solemn promise
17.Quill p. 45- a stout feather
18.stoop p. 35- to bend over
We are so excited to begin a new year together. We enjoyed meeting each of you and cannot wait to see you on Open House night on August 25th.
Reminder! Summer reading Swindle test THIS Friday! If you are NEW to MAUE, we will give the test 8/29 ONLY.
OOPS! We were told AFTER Meet the Teacher Night that our supply fee has changed to $35 instead of $30. Please send $5 cash/check in a labeled envelope with your child. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Frindle Spelling & Vocabulary
We will have a spelling test on the below words on Thursday August 14th. Our vocabulary test on these words will be on Friday August 15th.
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
19. graph- write
20. biblio- book
Welcome to Fourth Grade!
I am so excited to begin a new school year at MAUE!
Mrs. Rouser and I will be team teaching to help your child have the best year EVER!
If I have your child first block, I will teach reading, spelling, writing, and grammar until 10:30 each day. Then we will switch classes and go to recess and lunch together.
If your child is in block two, I will teach reading, spelling, writing, grammar, & social studies, in addition to taking your child to lunch, recess, and all specials.
Mrs. Rouser and I are looking forward to working with each of you to make this year a success!
·Please pay $30 supply fee on Meet the teacher night
·Please be sure your child has read the summer reading book Swindle by Gordon Korman. A test on Swindle will be given the first Friday when school begins.
·Please bring ALL supplies on Meet the Teacher night August 5th from 4-6. If you can, go ahead and put lined paper in each of the folders.
Reading/Language Arts:This week and next we are reading the remaining chapters ofThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) THIS WEEK-Monday night- chapters 28-29,Tuesdaynight –Ch 30-31, Wednesday chapter 32-33. (out for Good Friday)
NEXT WEEK 4/22- 4/25 (Out for Easter Monday) Tuesday night –Ch 34-35 , Wednesday chapter 36, Civil War Facts, & After Words. 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 for both weeks is NEXT Thursday (A Day Early!)
Spelling & Vocabulary Words- Spelling only: explosion, conclusion, invasion. Occasion, partition
Chapters 28-end pages 155-end
Addle- confuse(ch 28) Carnage- the brutal deaths of a great number of people, as in a battle
Staunch- loyal or steadfast (ch 28) Pommel- a knob at the front top of a saddle
Advocate- supporter ( ch 28) Confined- imprisoned, locked in an area or room
Rakish- dashing Keen- extremely sensitive
Burly- large in body size (ch 33) Sham- a fraud or a hoax
Spindly- tall or thin (ch 35) Intercepted- stopped someone from reading their intended destination
Barnacles- shelled marine animals that attach themselves to rocks, the bottoms of ships, etc.
Chicory- A plant, the root was roasted and used in place of coffee during times of coffee shortage (ch 28)
Correspondent- a journalist whose job is to gather information and write articles
Math: Chapter 16- measuring and converting: metric length, capacity, and weight; elapsed time; measuring temperature
Homework: April 14- Workbook pg. 107-109 (selected problems); April 15- Workbook pg. 110; April 22-23- Metric Review Handout Test: Metric Unit test NEXT Thursday, April 24, 2014
Science: Chapter 7- human body systems
Homework: No HomeworkTest: No Test
Social Studies:Chapter 6- students will be working on a Civil War packet for the next several weeks
Homework: Weekly Reader (Students are given every morning from 7:30-8:00 to complete their weekly reader. Please check over them at home.) Test: Civil War
Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 4/7/14
Notes: Jag Store for 4thgraders is THIS WEDNESDAY! Please send money with your child. Mrs. Hurst will not allow the children to call home for money.
o Please send your Super Kids permission slip ASAP.
o Let us know if you can help proctor during MCT testing.
Reading/Language Arts:This week we are reading chapters 19-27 ofThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class)Mondaynight- chapters 19-21,Tuesdaynight –Ch 22-24,Wednesday& Thursdaynight chapters 25-27. 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. TestFriday
Spelling & 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: Chapter 16- measuring and converting: customary length, capacity, and weight
Homework:Workbook pages: Monday-Wednesday: Review handout
Test: Customary Units Test Thursday, April 10, 2014
Science: Chapter 3- reviewing electricity and magnetism
Homework:Monday-Tuesday: Study chapter 3 study guide
Test: Chapter 3 Test Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Social Studies:Chapter 6- students will be working on a Civil War packet for the next 3 weeks
Homework: Weekly Reader (Students are given every morning from 7:30-8:00 to complete their weekly reader. Please check over them at home for an easy 100!)Test: Civil War Packet due May 5, 2014
Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 3/31/14
Notes: Reminder! We need everyone to each send a box of pencils to help make it through testing and the end of the year! Thank you to those who have sent a box or two of pencils. Mrs. Smith’s room also needs a playground ball and a football if either class could donate!
Jubulee Jam is this Saturday from 9:30-11:30. Please send your two bottles of two-lioter drinks ASAP.
Reading/Language Arts:This week we are reading chapters 10-18 ofThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. This story tells the adventures of a young boy who is trying to save his brother during the Civil War. He gets into all sorts of trouble along the way. We are researching the Underground Railroad, slavery then and in the world today, important abolitionists/leaders during the Civil War, and life in the 1860’s. We are examining figurative language in the story. We are examining our writing and expanding character details.
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Mondaynight- chapters 10-11,Tuesdaynight –Ch 12-13,Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 15-18. 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
Spelling only: government, refrigerate, geography, altitude, political, category, magnificent, punctuation
Spelling & Vocabulary Words
Slather- spread or smear thickly haste-urgency of movement, hurry
Burble- continuous murmuring noise ruse- a trick
Indisposed- unwell, reluctant prosperous- successful financially
Meek- quiet, gentle, submissive comply- obey a rule, wish, or command
Promenade-a sidewalk on the waterfront defraud-illegally obtain by deception
Admonish- firmly warn or reprimand lurch- abrupt movement forward
Math: Chapter 15-16- reviewing knowledge of solids and volume; beginning measurement unit: customary length, capacity, and weight
Homework: Workbook pages: Monday-98, Tuesday-103, Wednesday-104, Thursday-105
No tests this week
Science: Chapter 3- reviewing electricity and magnetism
Homework: Tuesday-Thursday: Begin studying chapter 3 study guide
Social Studies:Chapter 5- assessing knowledge of Mississippi becoming a state
Homework: No Weekly Reader this week. Test: Chapter 5 Test Tuesday, 4/1/14
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? -Abraham Lincoln
Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 3/24/14
Notes: We are completely out of pencils! Please buy a box or two of pencils and send to school this week. If every child buys a box or two, it will hopefully help us make it to the end of the year! Mrs. Smith’s room also needs a playground ball and a football if either class could donate!
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
Spelling & 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 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
Math: Chapter 14- determining area of rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle Homework :Monday-Area of rectangle/triangle handout; Tuesday-Wednesday Ch. 14 review handout Test: Chapter 14 Test, Thursday 3/27/14
Science: Chapter 3- studying, observing, and creating electric flow; introducing magnetism No hw
Social Studies:Chapter 5- Reviewing Chapter 5 Homework: Weekly Reader due Friday (They are given 7:30-8:00 every morning to work on their weekly readers, but we encourage them to take them home to have a parent check over their work.) Test: Chapter 5, Test NEXT Tuesday, 4/1/14
Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 3/17/14
Notes: We hope your Spring Break was wonderful! Let’s begin this last nine weeks ready to learn! Report cards will go home Thursday of this week. Please sign and return on Friday.
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 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
Spelling Words (Test Thursday)-crabby, deceive, grieving, pierce, seize, either, weigh, chiefly, receive, reindeer
Spelling & Vocabulary Words-
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
Please study nightly! Do not count on the “Luck of the Irish” to help you on the tests!
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.
Language:We will be using adjectives and adverbs to make our writing stand out!
Math: Chapter 13 and 14- assessing knowledge of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals; determining area of a rectangle and perimeter of a given shape
Homework:Daily Spiral Review: Monday-Ch. 13 Review Handout, Tuesday-Wednesday- finish workbook pages 90 and 94, Test: Chapter 13 Test, Tuesday 3/18/14
Science: Chapter 3- beginning our unit on magnetism and electricity
Homework: No Homework
Social Studies:Chapter 5- reading/discussing how Mississippi became a state
Homework: Weekly Reader due Friday (They are given 7:30-8:00 every morning to work on their weekly readers, but we encourage them to take them home to have a parent
Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 2-10-14
It’s the week of LOVE! This week we are sharing our favorite quotes about love. Send your favorite to school. My favorite is1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Notes: Wednesday will be the 4thgraders turn at the Valentine Jag Store.
Our Valentine’s Day party is Friday afternoon from 1:15-2:00. Mrs. Ambriz will be contacting you about how to help! Be sure to have your child’s LABELED valentines ready to pass out on Friday Morning. We will not have time to address Valentines in class. Send a decorated Valentines Box Friday for the contest or something for your child to put valentines in.
Reading:We are completing our literature unit on Little House in the Big Woodsby Laura Ingalls Wilder this week. Homework: Read assigned chapter (even if read aloud in class with the teacher) then complete nightly assignment. Book in a bag & reading should be done every single night. Read & complete assignment for Monday-Ch 10, Tuesday- Ch 11, Wednesday- Ch 12, & Thurs-Ch 13. (Not just once the day before it is due) I will check tonight’s assignment tomorrow, Tuesday’s assignment Wed, etc…
Spelling & Vocabulary (on website)Spelling test Thursday & vocabulary test on Friday:
rind (pg. 190) -tough, outer surface of some foods
appearances (pg. 191)- the way that someone or something looks
deceiving (pg. 191) - to make (someone) believe something that is not true
heaping (pg. 195) - holding a large pile of something
racket (pg. 197) - a loud, unpleasant noise
stoop (pg. 202) - to bend down or over
horrified (pg. 210) - to cause one to feel horror or shock:to greatly upset or shock someone
scarlet (pg. 215)- a bright red color
pry (pg. 216) - to raise, move, or open (something) with a tool
pared (pg. 217) - to carefully cut off the outside or the ends of (something)
Spelling only-pioneers, bleachers, disagreement, aroma, Olympics, roasting, approachable, boating, snowboarding, champions
Writing:We have many ongoing projects in class. Please be diligent in checking your child’s work. We must have high expectations for writing and NOT accept errors. Allowing errors reinforces bad habits that are hard to break.
Math: Chapter 11 and 12: Reviewing/Testing adding and subtracting fractions; Begin chapter 12-decimals: Chapter 11 TestTuesday, February 11th
Homework: Monday-Thursday: Chapter 11 Review handout, Daily Spiral Reviews 12.1 and 12.2, number line handout
Science: Chapter 1: Reviewing/Testing Chapter 1, TestThursday, February 13th
Social Studies: Chapter 4: Reviewing chapter; Discussing articles in weekly reader
No Tests this week
Homework:Weekly Reader, Due Friday 2/14/14 *Please help your child check over their weekly reader at home.
Nightly Reading HomeworK
Monday: Read Chapter 10Summertime. Laura and Mary had a cookie problem. How would you solve this problem? Write a paragraph describing how you would solve the problem so that everyone would be happy.
Tuesday: Read Chapter 11 Harvest. Pretend you are Laura. Write a journal entry describing how you feel about your cousin Charley and the trouble he causes during the harvest.
Wednesday:Read Chapter 12The Wonderful Machine.Think of all of the skills Ma has in this book. Write a paragraph describing Ma’s many talents.
Thursday: Read Chapter 13Deer in the Wood. Create a poem with 3 stanzas or more OR create a song with 3 verses or more describing the setting, characters, and some of the events from Little House in the Big Woods.
Smith/Lanford’s Monday Memos 2-03-14
Reading:We are still reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Homework: Read assigned chapter (even if read aloud in class with the teacher) then complete nightly assignment. Book in a bag & reading should be done every single night. Read & complete assignment for Monday-Ch 7, Tuesday- Ch 8, Wed/Thurs-Ch 9. (Not just once the day before it is due) I will check tonight’s assignment tomorrow, Tuesday’s assignment Wed, etc…
Spelling & Vocabulary (on website) Spelling test Thursday & vocabulary test on Friday:
Yoke-p. 136 a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the cart they are to pull
Swagger- walk in a very confident and arrogant way
Corset- a tight, stiff, piece of clothing worn under clothing to make a waist appear smaller
Flounces- strip of decorative material gathered or pleated & attached to an edge of a garment
Cameo- an oval piece of jewelry with a profile carved portrait
Wisps- a small or thin piece or amount of something such as straw, hair or grass
Astonished-to fill with wonder or amazement
Sulked- to be silent, morose, and bad tempered, to pout
Heifers- a young female cow that has not had a calf
Curd-a soft, white substance formed when milk sours, used for the basis for cheese
Spelling only-manners, apologies, studious, business, sloppiness, trickiest, happiness, batteries, dutiful, satisfied
Writing:We have many ongoing projects in class. I do need all of you to be diligent in checking your child’s work. We must have high expectations for writing and NOT accept errors. These kids can do it!
Math: Chapter 11- adding and subtracting fractions with and without like denominators
Homework:Daily Spiral Review: Monday-Thursday, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 and 11.4
Test: Chapter 11 Test, Thursday 2/6/14 (subject to change depending on progress of students)
Science: Chapter 1- Reviewing chemical changes and introducing/practicing measuring matter
Homework:Begin studying Chapter 1 Study Guide (I will pass out on Wednesday)
Test:No test this week
Social Studies:Chapter 4. We will continue discussing the first European explorers in Mississippi.
Homework: Weekly Reader due Friday (Go over with a parent!)