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  • Homer week 3

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 5/4/2015

    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.

    ScienceMatter-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.

     

     

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  • Homer Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/13/2015

    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

    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

     

    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

     

     

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  • CHarlie Week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/7/2015

    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

    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!
     
    Please send a bag of your child’s favorite chocolate or candy, we are going to have a taste of each this Friday! (No Nuts due to allergies) Next week, we will begin Homer P. Figg.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class)
     Tuesday night- chapters 22-24 pages 102-117,
    Wednesday night –Ch 25-27 pages 117-141, &
    Thursday
    night chapters 28-30 pages 142-155. Comprehension and Vocabulary Test Friday

    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

    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

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  • Charlie Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/16/2015

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos

    3-16-15

    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.

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  • Charlie Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/2/2015

    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.

    Science: Animals

    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

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  • My Side of the Mountain Week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/17/2015

    Smith/Rousers 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

     

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  • My Side Week 3

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/11/2015

    Smith/Rousers Newsletter 2-9-15

    Dates to Remember:

    Feb. 11- Jag Store for 4th grade

    Feb. 13- Valentine’s Day Party 1:00-2:00 p.m.

    Feb. 16- Professional Development Day- No School

    Feb. 25- Fun Run

    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 enjoying My Side of the Mountain.. This adventure is about a boy who runs away to live off the land. We will enjoy “running away in a good book.” Test on pages 102-149 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) a

    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 12: Students will review chapter 12 skills prior to the test. They will also use unit fractions and multiplication to describe fractions that are multiples of the unit. Wednesday- Chapter 12 math test Homework: Monday- Math review sheet,Tuesday- Math chapter 12 skill sheet (pgs. 322-323), Thursday- Math workbook page P 13-1

    Science: Animals: Students will learn which characteristics fish and amphibians have the same, compare the life cycles of different reptiles, and learn how mammals’ characteristics and life cycles are similar. Students will complete research on an animal over the next couple of weeks.

    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. Thursday- Chapter 4 social studies test (Offense)

     

     

     

    My Side of the Mountain Vocabulary & Spelling

    Week 3 pgs. 101-149

     

    Plumage-the entire clothing of feathers on a bird

    conspicuous (pg. 111)- very easy to see or notice

    cache (pg. 118)- a group of things that have been hidden in a secret place

    ingenious (pg 120)- very smart or clever

    abandoned (pg. 121)- left by the owner

    barometer (pg. 133)- an instrument that is used to measure air     pressure and predict changes in the weather

    treacherous (pg. 138)- very dangerous and difficult to deal with

    resilient (pg. 140)- able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens

    ventilate- to expose to a current of fresh air

    cavort- to leap or dance about in a lively manner

    portico- columns supporting the entrance of a building

    avalanche- large mass of snow & ice or rock & earth sliding down a mountain

    concede- to admit the truth or existence of something

    sensationalism- arousing a strong shallow interest or emotional reaction

    forum- a means of open discussion or expression of ideas.

    Ferocious-fierce, savage, very great

    Devoured- to eat up greedily or hungrily

    fatigue (pg. 132)- the state of being very tired


    Latin Roots: ego-self     flesh-meat

     

    barometer

     

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  • My Side of the Mountain Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/2/2015
     

    Dates to Remember:

    Feb. 2-6 – School Counselor’s Week

    Feb. 4- Bank Day

    Feb. 6- Magnolia Book Awards Breakfast 7:30 a.m.

    Feb. 11- Jag Store for 4th grade

    Feb. 13- Valentine’s Day Party 1:00-2:00 p.m.

    Feb. 16- Professional Development Day- No School

    Feb. 25- Fun Run

    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 beginning our new book, My Side of the Mountain.. This adventure is about a boy who runs away to live off the land. We will enjoy “running away in a good book.Test on pages 51-101 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 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) a

    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 12: Students will add and subtract mixed numbers, decompose and compose fractions, and draw pictures/write equations.

    Homework: Monday- skill sheet, Tuesday- Workbook page P 12-7, Thursday- Math workbook page P 12-10

    Science: Animals: Students will explore ways animals are similar and different, learn how vertebrates vary, and find out how insects compare to other animals with jointed legs.

    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.

    My Side of the Mountain Week 2 Spelling & Vocabulary (pgs 51-101)

    Chapters 9-14

    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

    Awkward-clumsy, unbalanced

    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

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  • My Side of the MOuntain wk 1 cont...

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 1/26/2015

    Smith/Rousers Newsletter 1-26-15

    Just a few Notes:

    January 28 and 29- Bring a snack for Madison Central to practice and a sack lunch and drink for later.

    PLEASE LABEL
    with your child
    s name- NO LUNCHBOXES (Throw away only)

    Jan. 29- Fourth grade MS My Home play at MCHS

    What we are learning this week:

    Reading: We are reading through page 50 of, My Side of the Mountain..

    Test on pages 1-50 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 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)
     

    Math: Topic or Chapter 12- Fractions Topic or Chapter 12: Students will identify and write mixed numbers as improper fractions and improper fractions as mixed numbers.

    Homework: Tuesday- Math skill sheet, Thursday- Math workbook page P 12-6
     
    Science: PLANTS Plants Review- test on Wednesday.
     

    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. *(Play practice will take up the majority of our social studies time.)

    My Side of the Mountain Vocabulary & Spelling-Week 1

    Pgs. 1-50 TEST FRIDAY

    1. diameter(pg. 3)-a straight line passing through the center of a circle
    2. boulder (pg.4)-a very large stone or rounded piece of rock
    3. trousers (pg. 4)-pants
    4. gorge (pg. 6) - a deep, narrow area between hills or mountains
    5. tethers (pg. 7)-a rope or chain
    6. tinder (pg. 10)-dry material (such as wood or grass) that burns easily and can be used to start a fire
    7. whittle (pg.11)- to cut or shape a piece of wood by cutting small pieces from it
    8. congregate(pg. 13)-to come together in a group or crowd
    9. frantic(pg. 15)-having a lot of wild and hurried activity
    10. combustible- (pg. 24)-able to be burned easily
    11. dense(pg. 28)- having parts that are close together
    12. remote(pg. 28)- far away from everything
    13. edible(pg. 25)- safe to eat
    14. primitive(pg. 30)- made or done in a way that is not modern
    15. escort(pg. 39)- to go with
    16. strike(pg. 44)- to attack someone or something suddenly
    17. savory(p. 47)- having a good taste or smell
    18. thirst (spelling only)

    latin roots- narr-tell fract-break

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  • Chavez

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 1/12/2015

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 1-12-15

    Just a few Notes: The children are enjoying sharing their reading fair projects. I appreciate your guidance in helping them express their creativity and love for reading!

    Dates to Remember:

    Jan. 12- Return report cards, permission slips for 4th grade play practice at MCHS, and/or DVD order forms (if not done so already).

    Jan. 12- Reading Fair projects due

    Jan. 15- Reading Fair boards sent home

    Jan. 29- Fourth grade MS My Home play at MCHS

    Reading: We are reading a short biography Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez this week. Our next literature unit; My Side of the Mountain will begin on January 20th. The students will not be able to take home the readers this week because we only have one set.

    Homework: We are discussing commonalities among great leaders and successful people. Please share with your child what character traits you think are necessary to become successful in life. Comprehension test Friday

    Spelling Words: Spelling test Thurs, Vocabulary test Friday (Vocabulary words are highlighted below in bold)

    Overcome, association, dedicate, publicity, violence, capitol, drought, conflicts, horizon, brilliant, lumber, borrow, support, perfect, canton, fortune, soccer, engine, survive, traffic

    Writing: We will be writing autobiographies this week. We will also be writing informational paragraphs about famous people.

    Math: Division Topic or Chapter 11- Students will divide 4-digit by 1-digit numbers (with and without remainders). Multi-step word problems will be practiced.

    Fri- Chapter 11 math test

    Homework: Ongoing- Review math facts. Read at least 15 minutes each day.

    Monday- Math workbook page P 10-5, Tuesday- Math workbook page P 10-6

    Thursday- Chapter 11 review sheet (pgs. 250-251)

    Science: PLANTS-Students will learn the function of the four parts of a flower and explore how flowers with fewer than four parts produce seeds.

    Social Studies: Chapter 4 European Explorers-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.

    Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

    Vocabulary Words & Definitions

    1. Overcome- to solve or conquer difficulty

    2. Association- a group of people officially organized for a

    certain purpose

    3. Dedicate- to devote something to a special purpose

    4. Publicity- information given out to get the public’s attention

    5. Violence- use of physical force to cause harm

    6. Capitol- a building where the government meets to create

    certain laws

    7. Drought- little or no rain

    8. Conflicts- problems or disagreements

    9. Horizon- the place where the earth meets the sky

    10.brilliant-Very bright

    Latin/Greek Roots: stell-star, herbi-grass, liber-free

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