Thursday, May 17, 2018

Amelia & Eleanor, Wax Museum, and Young Authors' Conference

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will be starting the Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride unit and finishing preparations for the Wax Museum.

Reading 
Students are finishing the story Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride (found on pages 564-576 of their Reading Street textbooks).

Wax Museum Projects
This week, students are to finish preparing for their Wax Musem presentations. Students need all materials for their costumes and props ready to go for Monday and Tuesday, when they will present.

Young Authors' Conference 
The Young Authors' Conference will be this Wednesday, May 16th, 2018. Students who are attending will need to have their permission slips signed and turned in by Tuesday and will need a sac lunch to take with them to the conference (everything must be able to be thrown away).

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday:                    Practice for the Wax Museum;             Finish Biopoems (see template below)
Tuesday:                    Practice for the Wax Museum
Wednesday:               Practice for the Wax Museum
Thursday:                  Practice for the Wax Museum / get all materials together
Friday:                       Practice for the Wax Museum / get all materials together



Name ________________________________________________________________ Core ________


Bio Poem for Martin Luther King
Directions: After reading our story, My Brother Martin, you should have learned more about Martin Luther King, Jr.  Use what you learned to fill out each space below to complete the bio poem. When you make your final draft, remember to include the bolded words at the beginning of each line (but do not copy the words that are italicized and in parenthesis).  An example is shown below.


(First Name)

Is
(4 adjective about)

Sibling of
(or other family relationship)

Lover of

Who feels

Who fears

Who gives

Who would like to see

Born in/ Lived in

(Last Name)



Example for Rosa Parks (adapted from ReadWriteThink)
Rosa
Determined, brave, strong, loving
Wife of Raymond Parks, mother of all children
Lover equality, freedom, and the benefits of a good education
Who feels hated for discrimination, loved to stand up for her beliefs, and loved to help others
Who feared that racism would continue, feared losing the opportunity to make a difference, and feared that young people might lose opportunities to develop strength and courage
Who changed history as she accomplished great strides for equality and encouraged excellence for all
Who wanted to see love triumph and see an end to all bias and discrimination in a world in which respect is freely given to all
Born in Alabama and living in Detroit

Parks

Monday, May 7, 2018

My Brother Martin and Young Authors' Projects

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will be finishing the My Brother Martin unit over Martin Luther King, Jr. and finishing their Young Authors' Projects.

Reading 
Students are finishing the story My Brother Martin (found on pages 642-655 of their Reading Street textbooks). In this unit, we will focus on cause and effect relationships (which events cause other events to happen) . We will also revisit some prefixes and suffixes (word beginnings and word endings) and how they change the base word's meaning.

*The link to the Jeopardy practice games are as follows: https://jeopardylabs.com/play/my-brother-martin; https://jeopardylabs.com/play/my-brother-martin7; and https://jeopardylabs.com/play/my-brother-martin-logan.

Young Authors' Projects
This week for the Young Authors' Projects, students will finish their illustrations for their printed Young Authors' stories. If students have not yet gotten a picture for their "About the Author' pages, they need to do so by this Friday, when they are due! The following document may be used to help guide students through the process, including some suggestions for binding the projects:  (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19BeG9ZYzN4IauSbOqfQc57N5jr8OOi6MAey8Ho-ZjRM/edit?usp=sharing). *Please note that this PowerPoint presentation will continue to be changed with each new step in the process of writing our story.


Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday:                    Work on Illustrations
Tuesday:                    Work on Illustrations;       Study for My Brother Martin Final Assessment       
Wednesday:               Work on Illustrations;        My Brother Martin Final Assessment TODAY!
Thursday:                  Work on Illustrations
Friday:                       Books and Illustrations DUE Today! Students need to bind their own projects,
                                   using one of the methods discussed in class (and the PowerPoint above).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Antarctic Journal & SLO tests

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will be reading a portion of Antarctic Journal and taking their year end Literary and Nonfiction SLO tests.

Reading 
Students started the unit on Antarctic Journal: Four Months at the Bottom of the World (found on pages 586-602 of their Reading Street textbooks) after the AIR test last week. Students will begin reading the selection on Monday in class. In this unit, we will focus on prefixes (word parts that are added to the beginning of the word that change the meaning) and suffixes (word parts that are added to the end of the word that change the meaning). We will also revisit Main Idea and Supporting Details (what the main thing the author wants the reader to get from a paragraph or heading and the details that support that idea) and strengthen using evidence to answer questions (taking pieces or events from the text and using them to support students' responses to questions).

SLO Tests
On Thursday and Friday students will be taking their Language Arts SLO tests on Literary Text (Fiction) and Nonfiction, consecutively. These tests are to gauge student growth over the year. Students' scores are not used for grading purposes, but it is important that students do their best on the test so that I (and the administration) can accurately see how much students have grown over the course of the school year. One test will be given on each day.

Young Authors' Projects
This week for the Young Authors' Projects, students will relax as I continue grading the online portion of the essays that were turned into me.  The next step will be to have students' printed copies illustrated when I have looked over and made suggestions for changes and edited them. The following document may be used to help guide students through the process:  (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19BeG9ZYzN4IauSbOqfQc57N5jr8OOi6MAey8Ho-ZjRM/edit?usp=sharing). *Please note that this PowerPoint presentation will continue to be changed with each new step in the process of writing our story.

AIR Math Resources

*In homeroom, students will be looking at several tutorials over the next couple of weeks to help prepare for the Math AIR test. The tutorials and other helpful resources can be found at the following link: http://oh.portal.airast.org/resources/student-tutorials-and-tools-spr/. Additionally, the practice test login tutorial and practice test links can be found at the following link: http://oh.portal.airast.org/users/students-and-families.stml

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: Vocab & Prefixes WS pg. 235
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Main Idea & Supporting Details WS pg. 238
Thursday: N/A            Literary SLO Test #1 TODAY
Friday: N/A                 Nonfiction SLO Test #2 TODAY

Monday, April 2, 2018

AIR Test Preparation

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will be working on some AIR test preparation.

AIR
For the remainder of this week and into next week students will continue to work through some AIR prep materials in Language Arts class. This will conclude mid-week next week, as next Thursday and Friday students will be taking the AIR test. This Monday through Wednesday, students will be completing new lessons from the same program we've been working through. Please review these lessons and materials with your child(ren) at home in preparation for next week's test. On Thursday, students will complete a second writing passage that will simulate the multi-paragraph essay response that they will have to write on the AIR test. On Friday, students will practice navigating through the practice AIR test.

*Additionally, in homeroom, students will be looking at several tutorials over the next couple of weeks to help prepare for the AIR test. The tutorials and other helpful resources can be found at the following link: http://oh.portal.airast.org/resources/student-tutorials-and-tools-spr/. Additionally, the practice test login tutorial and practice test links can be found at the following link: http://oh.portal.airast.org/users/students-and-families.stml.

Young Authors' Projects
This week for the Young Authors' Projects, students will finish their typing, which is due by this Friday, April 6th. There will be limited access to computer carts after this point, as they will be needed elsewhere for the next month. The following document may be used to help guide students through the process:  (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19BeG9ZYzN4IauSbOqfQc57N5jr8OOi6MAey8Ho-ZjRM/edit?usp=sharing). *Please note that this PowerPoint presentation will continue to be changed with each new step in the process of writing our story.



Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: Bring in March Book-It sheets
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: Finish typing Young Authors' Project and "Turn In" on GoogleClassroom - Do not share with Miss Brandenburg, nor turn in a hard paper copy. Corrections will be made through GoogleClassroom before printing and illustrations.
Friday: Review materials for the AIR test

Monday, March 19, 2018

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will be working on several different assignments: their Young Authors' Project, performing their magic tricks to go along with The Houdini Box, and finally, some AIR test preparation.

Presentations
This week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, students will be performing a magic trick in front of the class. This will be a speaking and listening grade. Students should practice at home and bring all materials with them so that they can perform their magic tricks when called upon.

Young Authors' Projects
This week for the Young Authors' Projects, students will begin formatting their Young Authors' Stories and write their About the Author pages. Students should finish this and their typing by Friday, April 6th, the Friday after Spring Break. There will be limited access to computer carts after this point, as they will be needed elsewhere for the next month. The following document may be used to help guide students through the process:  (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19BeG9ZYzN4IauSbOqfQc57N5jr8OOi6MAey8Ho-ZjRM/edit?usp=sharing). *Please note that this PowerPoint presentation will continue to be changed with each new step in the process of writing our story.

AIR
Lastly, every week students will continue to work through some AIR prep materials in Language Arts class.  This Thursday and Friday, we will begin practicing writing multi-paragraph essays like there will be on the AIR test.

*Additionally, in homeroom, students will be looking at several tutorials over the next couple of weeks to help prepare for the AIR test. The tutorials and other helpful resources can be found at the following link: http://oh.portal.airast.org/resources/student-tutorials-and-tools-spr/. Additionally, the practice test login tutorial and practice test links can be found at the following link: http://oh.portal.airast.org/users/students-and-families.stml

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: Bring Materials for Magic Trick to school tomorrow
Tuesday: Bring Materials for Magic Trick to school tomorrow
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Complete 2nd 1/2 of typing for Young Authors' by Monday 4/6 & turn into Google Classroom

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Houdini Box

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will be working on several different assignments: their Young Authors' Project, reading The Houdini Box, and finally, some AIR test preparation.

Reading
We will finish our unit on The Houdini Box (which is found on pages 396-410 of their Reading Street textbooks). Students should cut out their vocabulary cards and practice them throughout the unit. Students can study for the test by using the following link to play the Jeopardy game: https://jeopardylabs.com/play/the-houdini-box

Presentations
Next week, students will be performing a magic trick in front of the class. This will be a speaking and listening grade.

Young Authors' Projects
This week for the Young Authors' Projects, students will decide where to split up their rough drafts into the pages they will use for their final drafts. Students will begin typing. Half of their story should be typed by next Monday, March 19th. The following document may be used to help guide students through the process:  (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19BeG9ZYzN4IauSbOqfQc57N5jr8OOi6MAey8Ho-ZjRM/edit?usp=sharing). *Please note that this PowerPoint presentation will continue to be changed with each new step in the process of writing our story.

AIR
Lastly, every week students will continue to work through some AIR prep materials in Language Arts class.  This Friday, we will start our first nonfiction lesson, Lesson 8: Main Ideas & Supporting Details. Please look over these papers as they come in.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: WB pg 155
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Study for the The Houdini Box Final Assessment
Thursday: The Houdini Box Final Assessment TODAY
Friday: Complete 1st 1/2 of typing for Young Authors' by Monday 3/19

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Animal Research, AIR Test Prep, and The Houdini Box

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will be working on several different assignments: their Young Authors' Project, finishing their Animal Research papers, some AIR test preparation, and finally, beginning our new unit, The Houdini Box.

Reading
On Wednesday, we will begin our unit on The Houdini Box (which is found on pages 396-410 of their Reading Street textbooks). Students should cut out their vocabulary cards and practice them throughout the unit.

Writing
The beginning of the week will allow the students some time to finish typing their animal research papers, multi-paragraph essays about the animal they researched. After finishing typing, students will conference with their peers and then turn in their writing online using Google Classroom. This week in Art, the students are beginning a project where they create their rain forest animal out of clay.

Young Authors' Projects
This week for the Young Authors' Projects, students will conference with a peer to better their drafts.  Students who are not finished with their drafts will continue during lunch and recess until they have completed the rough drafts of their assignments. Students were assigned to conference with a parent, guardian, or other adult, and this will be due next Monday, March 12th. If you would like more information on this topic, you can use the following link to view a PowerPoint that will continue to be revised and updated with each new step of the writing process (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19BeG9ZYzN4IauSbOqfQc57N5jr8OOi6MAey8Ho-ZjRM/edit?usp=sharing). *Please note that this PowerPoint presentation will continue to be changed with each new step in the process of writing our story.

AIR
Lastly, every week students will continue to work through some AIR prep materials in Language Arts class.  This Friday, we will start our first nonfiction lesson, Lesson 7: Text Details.   Please look over these papers as they come in.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday: Complete Young Authors' Revisions with a Parent or Guardian by Monday 3/12