Welcome to the Fourth Grade!
Class website: https://sites.google.com/site/smveg421/home
Class blog: http://smv421.edublogs.org/
Class art site: http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=122280
Class weather wikipage: http://weirdandwondrousweather.wikispaces.com/Ms.+Daemmrich
Ms Benson's Classpage for Parent Technology Information
SMV membership to Encyclopedia Britannica's Image Quest photo library - username and password are smveg
Follow SMV on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/smvgradeschool
***Any students to show me their library card for any library will receive a bookmark and bracelet for Book Week***
Monday, 5/20 - I will be at a data retreat with Mrs Tretow, Mr Falk, and Mrs Klein working with our ITBS data so Ms Kannell will be a guest teacher for our class; lesson 22 r/la and spelling test and spelling activities due
Wednesday, 5/22 - 5:11 assembly in the gym at 2:00PM (wear uniforms)
Thursday, 5/23 - chapter 23 math test
Friday, 5/24 -
Our theme for this school year is Encourage one another and build each other up - Thessalonians 5:11.
Please send a water bottle (or two) labeled with your child's name so they can stay hydrated during the day. Also, please send a HEALTHY snack (popcorn, crackers, fruit, vegetables, breakfast bar, granola bar, pretzels, cheese, etc but NO candy please) for morning snack time.
Joe celebrates his birthday on the 23rd.
Additional information and resources can be found on the art page of our class website. Our art projects are available to be viewed on our Artsonia website. If I can get an app installed on the iPads during the week, we'll use that as a springboard for an art project.
I am reading Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink aloud to the students while they complete their projects. Our finished art projects can be viewed electronically on our school's Artsonia site.
Additional information and resources can be found on the computer page of our class website. This week we'll visit keyboarding sites Ms Benson suggests as being good for students to practice keyboarding over the summer.
Together we do math, letter, and art activities. Our K4 Buddies will sit with us for Tuesday masses beginning second semester.
This year's buddies in Mrs Pawlak's class are: Sam and Brady and Charlotte, Joe and Mitchell and Aiden, Josh and Catherine, Sarah and Max M and Max, Ayden and Jack, Michael and Ava, Jacob and Eddie and Ryan, Nick and Grant and Leo, Will and Elise, Molly and Tessa, Max Mc and Jack and Arturo, Marta and Emma, Sonali and Isabelle, Anthony and Madilyn, Tim and Elizabeth, Samantha and Ana Maria, Luke and Beia, John-John and William and Michael, Amelia and Anna and Nolan.
This year's buddies in Mrs Guerino's class are: Sam and Michael and Eli, Joe and Cole, Josh and Austin, Sarah and Anna and Katelyn, Ayden and Brandon, Jacob and Ava, Nick and William and Liam, Will and Max M and Luke, Molly and Teresa, Brady and Mitchell and Bradyn, Max Mc and Eddie and Andrew, Marta and Carter, Sonali and Hayden, Anthony and Tim and Sarah, Samantha and Elise, Luke and Natalie, John-John and Grant and Leo, Amelia and Allie, Jack and Alaina.
The chapter 23 math test is Thursday, 5/23. Four XtraMath progress quizzes are due by Saturday. Additional information and resources can be found on the math page of our class website and on the math masters page of our class website. This week we'll find probability then make an organized list to solve a problem before taking the chapter 23 test. Friday we'll begin plotting points on a grid.
I can't stress enough the importance of practicing math facts daily!! To be fluent in math, addition and multiplication math facts must be automatic so students are able to focus on the concepts we'll be learning rather than spend energy translating math facts found inside these concepts. Students have been enrolled in XtraMath, an internet based math fact practice site that individualizes practice work for each child. Students are asked to log on and practice their math facts via the progress quiz at least four times per week. XtraMath sends me weekly notification of student participation and progress. Our classroom code for XtraMath is XCK3MF.
READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS AND WORD STUDY
The lesson 22 r/la test is on Monday, 5/20. The May book report, on any classic or award winning book, is due by 5/31. Additional information and resources can be found on the reading / language arts page of our class website, the monthly book report page of our class website, and the weekly spelling activities page of our class website. The spelling words can also be found on our spelling city site. In lesson 23, we'll work with prefixes pre-, inter-, and ex-, use text and graphic features, explore difficult VCCV patters, and use quotation marks in sentences. The lesson 23 spelling activities are: poster, secret, whether, author, rocket, bushel, agree, bucket, ticket, declare, chicken, clothing, apron, whiskers, degree, gather, achieve, rather, bracket, machine, regret, nephew, method, decline, vibrate. Each child is asked to read for at least twenty minutes each day and can log their progress on their reading calendars, which are due the second school day of the following month.
There is NO religion test this week. The May prayer, the Spiritual Works of Mercy, is due by May 31st. Additional information and resources can be found on the religion page of our class website and the monthly prayers page of our class website. This week we'll take a look at holy days and holy people.
Students will discuss and memorize fifteen prayers this year. Links for words to these prayers can be found on our website. In September: the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, Grace Before Meals, and the Guardian Angel prayer. In October: the Act of Contrition and the Fatima prayer. In November: the Hail Holy Queen prayer. In December: the Come Holy Spirit prayer. In January: the Prayer of St Francis. In February: the Apostles' Creed. In March: the Corporal Works of Mercy. In April: the Ten Commandments. In May: the Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Our class will host the all-school mass on May 7th - Sonali will do the reading, Ayden will do the petitions, Sam and Nick will carry up the gifts, and Tim, Mitchell, Amelia, and Grant are our greeters.
There is NO science test this week. Additional information and resources can be found on the science page of our class website. This week we'll focus on social studies.
There is NO social studies test this week. Additional information and resources can be found on the social studies page of our class website. This week we'll finish social studies for the year by discussing World War II and civil rights.
Our students now have access to Encyclopedia Britannica Image Quest, a database of over two million images for use in assignments, projects, and presentations. These images are "rights-cleared" and students are expected to use this as their main source for pictures. Image Quest provides a ready-made citation for students to copy and paste onto the bibliography or works sited page of their project. Our user name and password are smveg.