Smith/Rouser News 8/31/15
What we are learning this week:
Reading: We are excited to be finishing the book Frindle this week. Frindle was a fun, easy book to start the year! Our omprehension test on the book will be Friday. Next week, we will begin a fabulous story, Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret.
Language: Writing narratives
Chapters 13-15 FRINDLE Vocabulary
1. down-feeling sad or depressed
2. consumers-someone who buys and uses a product or service
3. leafed-to turn pages and glance at them
4. legally-lawful or allowed by law
5. imported-to bring into a place or country from somewhere else
6. commotion-a lot of noisy, excited activity
GREEk Root Word- botan-plant
Latin Root Word- brev-brief, short time
Spelling: down, consumer, leafed, legally, imported, commotion, advice, rigid, ignorant, recognize, remind, witness, tonight, decide, crime, flight, district, build, fright, blind
Social Studies: Globes & Maps will be used to locate places on Earth. Different types of maps will be discussed- climate, landform, transportation, physical, political, and historical.
Homework; Read at least 30 minutes each day.(Not optional!)
Monday: Read Frindle chapter 13 & discuss
Tuesday- Read chapter 14 Frindle and discuss.
Wednesday- Read chapter 15 of Frindle and discuss. review spelling
Thursday- Review story for test, review vocabulary words
If you have not had a chance to sign up for remind101, please do so.
You only need to be on your homeroom site unless you have twins/siblings in the switch class.
Smith/Rouser News 8/24/15
Happy Monday! We are looking forward to seeing all of you tonight for 4thGrade open house at 6:00. There will be a 5 minute meeting in the gym then you will come to both classes for about 15 minutes each as we see your children equally. We will keep it brief but very informative.
It is MANDATORY for all parents to attend. (Sports/soccer is NOT an excuse) Homework passes will be given to all parents who attend both classes.
Thank you for assisting your child with homework and helping him/her review multiplication facts. Please sign homework each evening.
Homework; Ongoing- Review math facts. Read at least 15 minutes each day. Study vocabulary and spelling for mastery nightly.
Monday- chapter 9 Frindle, Discuss Points of view
Tuesday- Read chapters 10-11 Frindle, Discuss
Wednesday- Study vocab and spelling
Thursday- Frindle review 9-12 for test, Signed papers sent home for correction
Friday- Corrected signed papers due
Quizzes and Tests:
Thursday: Spelling Test
Friday: 9-12 Frindle Comprehension & vocabulary tests
What we’re doing in school this week:
Reading: We are enjoying reading Frindle chapters 9-12. We are learning about the consequences of Nick’s “Big idea.” We are setting a stage for becoming excellent readers who enjoy reading and value spending time enjoying books. We are discussing characters’ point of view and comparing these views to our own.
Writing: We are imagining stories from ordinary events.
Social Studies: Globes and Maps maps will be used to reinforce latitude and longitude. Different types of maps will be discussed- climate, landform, transportation, physical, political, and historical.
Remember to join us for Parent Open House night next Monday night August 24th. Every parent MUST attend. We will review all important information about our class and our year together. Homework passes will be given to each child who has a parent attend both Rouser and Smith meetings!
We are reviewing how to write complete answer sentences. For example: “How are Nick and Griffin alike?” would be answered… “Nick and Griffin are alike because both of them like to make plans.” Notice that I used a capital letter to begin the sentence and wrote both of the characters names in my answer instead of “They.” Please also notice that the underlined portion of the question is used in the answer to make in complete and detailed. Please review this orally with your child by asking questions aloud and having him/her answer in complete answer sentences.
Reading/Language Homework: Please study nightly by reading each chapter assigned, “Catching & throwing reading ideas” from the story, and using vocabulary words in context nightly. Study spelling & vocabulary until you can’t get them wrong!
Monday: Read chapter 4, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss) Study vocab & spelling, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)
Tuesday: Read chapters 5 & 6, & discuss, Study vocab & spelling, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)
Wednesday: Read chapter 7 & discuss, Study vocab & spelling, correct signed papers in complete sentences. Read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)
Thursday: Read, & catch and throw ideas, discuss, Study vocab, finish correcting signed papers, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)
Spelling tests are always on Thursdays Vocabulary and comprehension tests are on Friday each week.
Chapters 4-8 Vocabulary Frindle
Abrupt p 47- sudden
Absorb p 35 - to take in or hold
Badge p. 43 - a mark or sign to show that a person belongs to a group
Blurt p. 39- to say suddenly without thinking
Clatter p. 35-to make or cause a rattling sound
Concentration p25, 33- to focus thoughts and attention on something
Crumple p 23 - to crush out of shape
disrupt p. 44-to cause disorder or confusion, disturb
embodies p. 27- brings together to form a body or system
emphasize p. 40 -to stress as being important
furious p. 43- very angry
gulp p. 40- large swallow
harsh p. 22- causing discomfort, severe
imaginative p. 27- creative
maximum p. 22- highest amount, most
oath p. 38- a solemn promise
Quill p. 45- a stout feather
stoop p. 35- to bend over
Latin Roots: Dict-say Scribe-write
We are learning about each other this week. We are working on creating a loving, safe environment where our children can come home everyday saying, “Today I had a great day with all of my best friends.”
We will begin reading the book Frindle this week. Frindle is an awesome story about the power of words and the power we have to change our world. We will be reading the book in class. The students will be asked to reread assigned chapters at home. Please discuss the story with your child nightly. I love this story and I hope you do too!
Our spelling and vocabulary words are located on the back of this newsletter and on our website each week. The words are taken from the story Frindle. Encourage your child to look for these words while reading Frindle and discuss their meanings in context.
Monday: Read chapter 1 Frindle & discuss with an adult
Tuesday: Read chapter 2 Frindle and compare Mrs. Granger and Mrs. Smith using a venn diagram
Wednesday: Read chapter 3 Frindle, Study for spelling Test
Thursday: Review chapters 1-3 for Friday’s comprehension test.
Weekly Testing schedule: Thursdays-Spelling test, Fridays- Reading and vocabulary tests
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 5/5/15
Notes: We only have 11 ½ days left of Fourth Grade. We are so proud of our smart, creative, beautiful students this year. We have learned so much. The children have each touched our hearts in different ways. We are looking forward to our last days of learning together and will be focused on learning as much as possible in these last days so that our students will be the most prepared for 5th. Thank you for all of your support this year!
Reading: Homer Chapters 19-27
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Tuesday night- chapters 19-23, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 24-27. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday
Homer Vocabulary Words Chapters 19-27 pages 104-154
Doffs-to tip a hat (Ch 19) Grudgingly-unwillingly, reluctantly (Ch 20)
Proximity-nearness in location, nearness in place (Ch 20) Endeavor-to make an effort; to strive (Ch 20)
Pungent-unpleasantly strong in smell (Ch 20) Exudes-radiates; obviously projects (Ch 20)
Abide-put up with, endure (Ch 21) Odiferous-strong smelling (Ch 22)
Parasols-a lightweight umbrella used for sunshade (Ch 22) Aeronautics-the science of flight (Ch 27)
Dandified-excessively concerned about appearance (Ch27) Suffice-enough (Ch 26)
Indignity-disgraceful condition or action (Ch24) Tethered-to fasten or confine (Ch27)
Emanations-feelings that are sent forth from a person (Ch 24)Dexterity-skill (Ch 24)
Forbade-to command a person not to do something (Ch 25) Fetid –stinky, bad smelling, stinking (Ch24)
Trundles-moves in a wheeled vehicle such as a cart or wagon (Ch26)
skeptics-people who doubt something or do not believe in it (Ch24)
Discretion-careful in behavior, in a way that is not showy (Ch 23)
Math: Geometry/ Cumulative Review- Chapter 16, Geometry, will be reviewed. Skills taught during the year will be reviewed and practiced.
Science: Matter-Students will learn how heating and cooling cause physical changes and how rusting, tarnishing and burning are chemical changes. Friday- Science Matter Test
Social Studies: Chapter 6- Civil War Unit -Students will learn why the Civil War started, how it ended, and how MS rejoined the United States. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be discussed.
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/13/15
Reading: This week we are reading chapters 1-9 of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- chapters 1-2, Tuesday night –Ch 3-6, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 7-9. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday
scalawag- (page 1) rascal
perish-to die or be destroyed
inflicted- (page 4) to cause suffering
abide-(page 4) put up with, endure, stand, tolerate
magistrate- officer of the state or judge ch2
prodigious- (page 8) an extraordinary amount, much of something, extremely large or great in size, amount, strength, extent, or the like; enormous
conscription-(page 10) enrollment of person into the military
superiors- higher in rank
valise-traveling bag ch3
spindle-(page 17) a long stick that is tapered at the ends
oblige-(page 21, 44) to be accommodating , to do something out of kindness, to do a favor for
boughs-branches of trees ch5
trussed-secured tightly ch 6
amply-(page 27) greatly; a lot; fully; generous in size
bounty-a reward, ch7
ails-to be unwell, ch 8
subtle-difficult to understand; mysterious, ch8
fugitive-a run away, ch9
elixir- a magical liquid medicine
Science: MATTER Students will learn what matter is and how it can be measured. Tuesday- Science Test-Ecosystems
Social Studies: From Territory to Statehood Students will learn about MS statehood. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.
Math: Solving Measurement and Data Problems Topic or Chapter 16
Wednesday- Math Test- Chapter 15
Lines, angles and shapes will be explored. Homework: Monday- Math review sheet, Tuesday- Math Chapter 15 review sheet, Thursday- Math workbook pages P16-1 and P 16-2
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/7/15
Notes: We hope your Easter Break was wonderful! Let’s stay focused! We have a lot to learn this last nine weeks!
Dates to Remember:
April 8- Class pictures
April 8- March of Dimes T-shirt order form and money are due.
April 10- Spring Games at MAUE (5-7pm)
April 16- Progress reports go home.
April 17-Offense only Electronic Party
April 23- Earth Day activities for Fourth grade
April 24- Silly Socks!
April 28-30 - Fourth grade End of Year PARCC tests
Spelling & Vocabulary Words-
Writing: We will be writing descriptive writing pieces including fiction and non-fiction. We will be analyzing our writing and look for ways to improve our writing and make it more descriptive.
Science: Ecosystems- Students will learn what food chains and food webs are. They will discuss some causes of change in food webs.
Social Studies: From Territory to Statehood
Students will study the events that lead to Mississippi becoming a state. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.
Math: Solving Measurement and Data Problems
Topic or Chapter 15- Students will solve problems involving line plots, perimeter and area. Problems involving measurement and money will also be solved. Homework: Tuesday- Math workbook page P15-3, Thursday- Math workbook page P15-5
Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos
Notes: PARCC Tests for 4th grade will be THIS Thursday & Friday and next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. PLEASE please please have your child go to bed early, eat a protein/low sugar breakfast, and encourage him/her to do his/her very best!
Each child needs A MIDMORNING SNACK ON MARCH 19TH & 20TH of this week -OUR LUNCH TIME WILL BE DELAYED DUE TO TESTING.
Reading: For the next two weeks we are reading chapters 8-14 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night-ch 8-10,Tuesday night –Ch 11-12 Wednesday & Thursday night GO TO BED EARLY!
Vocabulary Only -We are NOT giving Spelling Tests until further notice due to testing. We will practice spelling in the context of our writing. Vocabulary test NEXT Friday 3/27
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
Math: Measurement Units and Conversions Topic or Chapter 14
Students will use and convert customary and metric units of length, capacity, and weight/mass.
Homework: Monday- Math workbook page P14-1
Tuesday- Math workbook pages P14-2 and P14-3
Wednesday- Math workbook page P14-4 (odd problems)
Social Studies: Students will learn what life was like in the MS Territory. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.
Science: Ecosystems Students will learn what living and nonliving parts make up an ecosystem. They will discover how plants get sunlight, water, and air; and how plants produce sugar.
Smith/Rouser NEWS 3-2-15
Thank you for helping with our fundraiser! Please return all pledge money by Wednesday. Also thank you to all of you who sent venison, fruit, or supplies for our Mountain party. We had a wonderful time celebrating the completion of My Side of the Mountain!
Dates to Remember
March 4- Bank Day
March 5- Super Kids kick-off
March 9-13 - Spring Break
March 19- Report Cards go home.
March 24- Super Kids money is due.
April 1- Jag Store for 4th grade (Easter items)
April 3- Good Friday (No school)
Reading: We are enjoying our new book; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are reading the first 7 chapters this week. Our spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension tests will be on THURSDAY this week.
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. One thing we are working on is writing using detailed text evidence and avoiding vague writing or opinions.
Students will engage in critical thinking activities related to the animals unit.
Social Studies: From Territory to Statehood MS History
Students will learn what life was like in the MS Territory. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.
Math: Fractions and Decimals Topic or Chapter 13
Students will review skills in their Common Core Standards Practice workbook.
Tuesday- Chapter 13 math test
Homework: Monday- Math review pages 358-359, Tuesday- Common Core Standards wb pages 38-39
Thursday- Common Core Standards Practice wb pages 19-20
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Vocabulary and Spelling Chapters 1-7 Test March 5th
1. Draft-a current of air (p. 5)
2. Absurd-completely unreasonable or untrue (p. 10)
3. Ridiculous-extremely silly or unreasonable (p. 27)
4. Greedily-trying to grab more than one needs or more that one’s share (p. 6)
5. Furnace-an enclosed structure in which heat is produced (p. 16)
6. Revolting-disgusting, highly offensive(p.27)
7. Nibble-a very small amount (p. 6)
8. Colossal-very large (p. 12)
9. Inventor-someone who creates products for the first time(p.9)
10. Glisten-to shine with a soft reflected light (p. 21)
11 Possession-the condition of having or owning something(p.31)
12. Stammer-to speak with involuntary stops and much repeating (p. 18)
13 Murmur-a low sound made when many people are speaking(p.26)
14 Hooligan-a noisy, violent person who makes trouble (p. 22, 27)
15. Scrumptious- very appetizing or delicious (p. 26)
16. Repulsive-disgusting, causing strong distaste (p. 23)
17 Anxious-afraid or nervous especially about what may happen(p.27)
Latin Roots-Luna-moon Arbor-tree
Smith/Rouser’s Newsletter 2-16-15
Dates to Remember:
February 16th Boosterthon Kickoff for Technology!! Get Pledges!
Feb. 25- Fun Run for Technology!
March 2- Read Across America Day (Dress as your favorite book character.)
March 4- Bank Day
March 9-13 Spring Break
What we are learning this week:
Reading: We are finishing My Side of the Mountain. We will have a cumulative test this Friday 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.
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/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)
Writing: We are working on our autobiographies, research, & short stories during writing workshop. We are revising, editing, and publishing our stories for all to enjoy.
Math: Fractions Topic or Chapter 13 Students will compare and write fractions as decimals, locate fractions and decimals on a number line, make equivalent fractions to convert to decimals, and use place value to represent decimals. Homework: Monday- Math review sheet,Tuesday- Tuesday- Math workbook P 13-4, Thursday- Math workbook page P 13-6 Wednesday- Chapter 13 math quiz (13.1-13.5)
Science: Animals Students will learn which behaviors animals inherit from their parents and which behaviors are learned. Students will complete research on a chosen animal.
Social Studies: 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. DEFENSE ONLY Chapter 4 Mississippi History Test Friday- Study Guide attached
Side of the Mountain Vocabulary & Spelling Week 4
1. hover -(pg. 150) to float in the air
2. astonished- (pg. 150) surprised
3. citizen - (pg. 150) a person who legally belongs to a country
4. damp- (pg. 151) slightly wet
5. amateur- (pg. 152) a person who does something (such as a sport or hobby) for pleasure and not as a job
6. sociable- (pg. 152) liking to be with and talk to other people
7. dwelling -(pg. 156) a place where a person lives
8. obtainable- (pg. 157) able to get
9. concede-(pg. 159) to admit that you have been defeated and stop trying to win
10. forum- (pg. 159) a meeting at which a subject can be discussed
11. plunge- (pg 161) to fall or jump suddenly from a high place
12. festivities- (pg. 162) enjoyable activities at the time of a holiday or other special occasion
13. drowsy (pg. 163) tired and ready to fall asleep
14. portable (pg. 163) easy to carry or move around
15. brief- (pg. 165) lasting only a short amount of time
16. dependent- (pg. 165) needing someone or something else for support, help, etc.
17. accomplish- (pg. 166) to succeed in doing something
18. permanent – (pg. 175) lasting for a very long time or forever : not temporary or changing
19. decent- (pg. 176) good enough but not the best : adequate or acceptable
20.neglect- (pg. 176) to fail to take care of or to give attention to (someone or something)
Latin Roots-circum-around Tri-three