Friday, November 22, 2013

Class 402

We are working on opinion essays in writing.
Students are continuing to write more elaborate essays with evidence to support their opinion. They are also learning the Greek mythology gods are not always acting like a good person.
Every Thursday, students are given a math fluency test. They are to complete 100 basic math problems in 5 minutes.
The Current Event article will be due on December 2, 2013 instead of November 30th.
The Discovery Quest is due on December 12, 2013. Students can find the directions and rubric on this blog if they lost the sheet with the directions.

Social Studies Current Events

Current Events
You will read the local newspaper or watch the local news to explain a current event. You will summarize the article or news story. Write each question and then your response. No sport stories. The assignment is due the 15th and 30th of every month.
1.    Who or what is the story about?
2.    What happened?
3.    When and where did it happen?
4.    What are the important details?
5.    What is your opinion of the event?

Rubric: Each question is worth 5 points. The work is neat and handed in one time is worth 5 points each. Total points =40 points.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Attendance and Uniform

Attendance -  Please remember that school starts at 7:45 a.m.

On rainy or cold mornings,students are to report to the main building and wait in the cafeteria for a 4th grade teacher. Students are marked tardy after 7:52 a.m. 

Uniform- The school uniform policy is strictly enforced in 4th grade. The policy is a solid white or blue collared shirt. Blue pants or skirt. JEANS are NOT acceptable. An undershirt is NOT a school shirt.
A solid white or blue sweater is allowed. 

4th Grade Discovery Quest due December 12, 2013

Discovery Quest      December 2013
Discovery Quest is an oral question-of-the-month activity that allows students to learn public speaking skills and independent research skills.

Each student should use books, magazines, reference books, family member interviews, or research tools such as the Internet to learn about the topic.
Students will present their report to the class in order to receive a speaking and research score.  
Acceptable participation means that they DO NOT read their information, but they TELL us what they have learned.  Students may use note cards, notes, bring pictures, posters they’ve made, or visual aid items.
1.    Research an attraction in Illinois you have visited.
Suggested attractions below
Navy Pier, Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo
Mexican Fine Arts Museum,
Alder Planetarium
Shedd Aquarium
OR you can checkout the website:
Questions to answer in your pamphlet or brochure:
a.     When was the attraction established?
b.    What is the focus of the attraction
(educational or recreational)?
c.     Why did you choose this attraction?

2.    Create a pamphlet or brochure to attract visitors!
Include pictures of your attraction

3.    Make sure you read the rubric in the back.

Deadline: December 12, 2013

Pamphlet or Brochure
Graphics- Relevance
Pictures are related to topic and information is included.
Pictures are related to the topic and easy to understand.
All graphics relate to topic, but provide little information.
Graphics do not relate to topic.
The pamphlet or brochure is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.
The pamphlet or brochure is attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.
The pamphlet or brochure is acceptable though it may be a little messy.
The pamphlet or brochure is messy and is not attractive.
Required elements
3 Questions answered
The pamphlet or brochure answers all 3 questions.
The pamphlet or brochure answers 2 questions.
The pamphlet or brochure answers 1 questions.
The pamphlet or brochure does not answer any of the questions.
Content Accuracy
3 facts are displayed and accurate.
2 Facts are displayed on the pamphlet or brochure are accurate.
Some facts (1) are displayed on the pamphlet or brochure are accurate.
No facts are displayed in  pamphlet or brochure.
Sources of Research
Three sources of information are listed as books, magazine or reference material.
Two sources were listed.
One source of information was listed.
No sources were listed for research.
Student is completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed.
Student seems pretty prepared but might have needed a couple more rehearsals.
The student is somewhat prepared, but it is clear that rehearsal was lacking.
Student does not seem at all prepared to present.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Class 403

Discover Quest - Illinois Shape Book is Due  for students in Room 403

Late homework is not accepted.

Currently, in reading 403 we are reading Myths and identifying elements of a story.

Students have active reading as homework on daily basis.

In Science, we are starting a new unit on Magnetism and Electricity.

In math, students must practice their math for thirty minutes.

Class 404

Discovery Quest is due on Friday.  No late work will be accepted.

We are reading Greek Myths in Reading.

Read everynight for 30 minutes and complete ARQ questions.

In Science we will be learning about magnets.

Look for an article for the next Current Event it is due on the 15th.

Practice multiplication facts