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May
03
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News from Mrs. Moder

Thursday, May 3, 2018

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

May 5

Mother/Son game night

 

May 14

Common Assessment - English/Language Arts & Social Studies

PTO Meeting - 3:30

May 8

Biographiy Reports due

 

May 9

Biography Projects due

 

May 15

Common Assessment Math

Biography Presentations 10 am

 

May 16

My surgery.  I will be out 8 days.  

May 10

Biography Presentations 1 pm

 

All Library books due

 

Art Show Gr 3-5  6pm

 

May 21

AR points due

May 11

I’m out - VA Beach

 

May 24

Rain date for Field Day

Last day to check out library books

 

May 25

LAST DAY/Field Day

 

Reading

Mars

 

MATH

Patterns & Sequences

Spelling

Unit 25

 

SCIENCE

Life Science Chpt. 3

Grammar

Writing

Review

Report

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Chpt 6 - Indiana Today, includes government

 

My Absences and Update

I finally have a surgery date: Wednesday, May 16th.  I had the clip procedure today, so hopefully no more surprise days out.  I will be out 8 days for the lumpectomy and node biopsy and hlaf days the last 2 days of school.  I don’t want to end the year without spending some time with the class.

I will also be out on May 11th.  I have not taken any personal days this year, and this will be the one I take. It is our grandson’s 3rd birthday.  We bought airplane tickets before all this “craziness” happened.



Math

We have been doing Hands on Equations for Math.  It is a Hands on Approach to doing Algebra, It teaches the basics of “whatever you do to one side, you have to do to the other.”  SO if you take 3x away from one side, you must do the same on the other. The difference is we use chess pawns to represent x. When you take them away from both sides, you physically remove them.  You do the same witht the numbers. Today we learned how to show this using a drawing, so they don’t have to have the pieces to do their work. I am scanning an example for you to see.

Next week we will return to the book: Patterns and Sequences.  I just wanted to be here to teach this short unit, because I am one of the few who teach this.  It is too hard for a sub to do.

 

Reading

Next week we will be reading a book on Mars.The following week I will allow the class to choose the story that they want to read from the Reading Adventures.

The last week they will be doing Poetry Ringo.  They will be reading a variety of peoms by different poets and filling in a chart. They will also be making their poetry book from the poems that they have written all year.  Yes, I have kept them!



Hoosier Biography

Continue to help your child research their Hoosier, if needed  They have information about the project they do as part of their presentation..  I put it on Google Classroom. The project and Slides will be Social Studies grades.  The report is a Writing grade. The presentation will be a Language Arts grade. The presentation is them presenting their slides and their projects.

Since I did not get a preference from anyone else, here are the assigned dates for presentations.

Hoosier Biography Presentations



Wednesday, May 9th

Starting at 10 am

 

Thursday, May 10

Starting at 1 pm

Maddie R

Heidi B

Logan C

Evan D

Alyssa F

Carlos H

Paige H

Lila L

Elly N

Audrey R

Bryson T

Skylar W

Brooke W

Ava W

 

Hank T

Aiden B

Shelby D

Nyden E

Brilynn F

Chloe H

Aubryanna H

Madison J

Madelyn M

Candace N

Taylor S

Jesse W

Aidan W

Peter W

Jonathan W




 

Apr
26
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News from Mrs. ModerThursday, April 26 2018

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

 

May 8

Biographiy Reports due

 

May 9

Biography Projects due

 

Biography Presentations 10 am

 

May 10

Biography Presentations 1 pm

 

May 11

I’m out - VA Beach

Tues 01

Field trip to Krohn Conservatory/Observatory

Bring a sack lunch including a drink.

 

May 14

Common Assessment - English/Language Arts & Social Studies

 

May 15

Common Assessment Math

Wed 02

Grammar Test

 

May 16

My surgery.  I will be out 8 days.  

Thurs 03

   

May 21

AR points due

Fri 04

Spelling Test

 

May 24

Rain date for Field Day

     

May 25

LAST DAY/Field Day

 

Reading

Junior Great Books - “All Summer in a Day”

 

MATH

Patterns & Sequences

Spelling

Unit 24

 

SCIENCE

Life Science Chpt. 3

Grammar

Writing

Capitalization & Punctuation

Report

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Chpt 6 - Indiana Today, includes government

 

My Absences and Update

I finally have a surgery date: Wednesday, May 16th.  I don’t know the date(s) of the clip procedure. I will be out 8 days for the lumpectomy and node biopsy.

I will also be out on May 11th.  I have not taken any personal days this year, and this will be the one I take. It is our grandson’s 3rd birthday.  We got airplane tickets before all this “craziness” happened.



Math

We will be doing Hands on Equations as an introduction to Algebra.  Please don’t work ahead or do it the “normal” way. This is meant to be Hands On to give a concrete method to do an abstract activity.  Please be patient and have your child show you how WE’RE doing Algebra. I have had so many students tell me that they love Algebra. I have also had students come in and tell me they hate it and are very confused, becasue their older sibling or parent was helping them.  Give me a week with this method, please. I think you will like the results. I still vividly remember one of my struggling math students being so proud of herself, because she was consistently getting 100% on her papers.

 

Reading

Next week we will be reading “All Summer in a Day.”.  This is a Science Fiction story by Ray Bradbury.  The setting is Venus.



Hoosier Biography

Continue to help your child research their Hoosier.  I will have information about the project they do as part of their presentation on Monday.  I will put it on Google Classroom. The project and Slides will be Social Studies grades. The report is a Writing grade.  The presentation will be a Language Arts grade.

 

Apr
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News from Mrs. ModerFriday, April 13, 2018



The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

Tues 17

ISTEP MAth 1 & 2: 10-noon

 

Apr 23

ISTEP Science 1 & 2: 10-11


Wed 18

ISTEP Math 3 & ELA 1: 10-2

 

I’m out all day

Book Fair during Library

 

Apr 25

Economics Fair projects due

I’m out morning only

 

Apr 27

½ AR Goal


Thurs 19

Extra time for Book Fair

 

May 1

Field trip to Krohn Conservatory/Observatory

I’m out all day

 

Fri 20

ISTEP ELA 2: 10-10:52/ELA 3 1-1:45

 

May 21

AR points due

AR - ½ way goal

 

May 25

LAST DAY

Book Orders due

     

I’m out afternoon only

     

 

Reading

Mystery at Reed’s Pond; A Big Python Problem

 

MATH

Metric Measurement

Spelling

No unit this week - due to ISTEP

 

SCIENCE

Life Science Chpt. 3

Grammar

Writing

Cpaitalization & Punctuation

Report

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Chpt 6 - INdiana Today, includes government

 

My Absences ???

My absences this next week will be to have additional tests and meet with doctors.  After that I should know what my treatment will be. Once I know, I will tell you when I will expect to be out.  As I said before, I will try to be as open as I can be, because I know this affects your child.

Thank you for all the encouraging words that I have gotten.  You don’t know how much I appreciate it! Other than being a little more distracted, I don’t believe students have noticed a difference.

I try to do a lot to help keep students organized each day, check in work, check planner, etc.  A substitute will have difficulty doing this. Students are going to have to be more responsible for themselves.  Some are still clipping down for not singing in each morning. These are things that we have been doing for 150 days. It should be a habit!

 

Book Fair

Our class will be going to Book Fair on Wednesday.  There will be extra time to go on Thursday at 11, but students will miss class work time.  Students can go to Book Fair before announcements, but they will have to make up any work that they miss.  Mornings are a chaotic time, so the lines are somethimes long.



Field Trip

Permission Slips have been sent home.  They were due on Friday. I will be putting forms in planners for students who have not yet turned theirs in.

 

Reading

I am letting the class choose the next 2 stories that we will do. They chose Mystery at Reed’s Pond  and Museums: World of Wonder.  They are part of our reading series, but are not in the hardback book.

 

Social Studies - Economics Fair - Products due April 25th

Be sure your child is keeping track of the cost of any items they purchase or estimating the cost of items they use from home.  Things that aren’t consumable like scissors, tape, glue used in the construction of the product don’t count. However if you are using glue as an ingredient, then it should be recorded.

Your child will be writing a “How to” on making their product.  This will be a Writing grade.

 

Hoosier Biography

Once students know who their Hoosier will be, they may start doing research at school and at home.  I have a specific format for this project for notes, citing references and the report. They will not be allowed to write this report at home.  You can help them with their research as much as you like.

 

Math -

We finished Geometry and are working on metric measurement.   We will have a test the week of April 23rd. I will be giviving a retake Geometry test.  I will be returning the tests on Monday.

 

Mar
22
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News from Mrs. Moder                   Friday, March 23, 2018

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

Mon 2

   

Mar 26-30

Spring Break

       

Tues 3

   

Apr 12

Spring Concert 3rd-4th Grades

Wed 4

Early Dismissal

 

Apr 13

James Whitcomb Riley speaker

Thurs 5

Science Quiz - Chapter 2

 

PTO Spring Carnival

Fri 6

JGB - Fresh - reading quiz

 

Apr 25

Economics Fair projects due

Spelling Test 21

 

May 1

Field trip to Krohn Conservatory/Observatory

     

May 25

LAST DAY



Reading

“Fresh” Junior Great Books

 

MATH

Geometry

Spelling

Lesson 21 - adding suffixes

 

SCIENCE

Car Trials & Follow up

Chpt 2 - Design Process

Grammar

Writing

Mechanics

How to Writing

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Economics - Variety of “stories”  on economics

 

Field Trip

Yes, our field trip is on May 1.  Due to space, we can only have 3 chaperones per class.  You must have an extended background check on file to be considered.

 

Social Studies - Economics Fair - Products due April 25th

We, 4th grade teachers and Mr. Bond, have decided that due to allergies and the Wellness policy, it would be better if no food products are made. Yes, you can still use corn starch, if you are making Slime.  Products cannot be made to be eaten.

Be sure your child is keeping track of the cost of any items they purchase or estimating the cost of items they use from home.  Things that aren’t consumable like scissors, tape, glue used in the construction of the product don’t count. However if you are using glue as an ingredient, then it should be recorded.

Your child will be writing a “How to” on making their product.  This will be a Writing grade.

 

Carnival Donations & Volunteers

4th grade items are pop for the ring toss prizes and office supplies for the grade level basket.  Any items or Staples, etc gift cards are appreciated. I note for volunteers will go home soon. The NDES PTO could not have carnival without your donations and time.  Part of field trip costs will be paid by the PTO. Thank you in advance.



Math -

We will finish geometry.  Test the following week.



Science - Technology & Design

With the Snow Day and my 1½ day absence, we did not get to make our “runs”. We will do those after Spring Break.  Then we will move on to Life Science.

 

Extra Credit Opportunities: Try! Pg. 46; Explore It! Pg. 54; Go Green pg. 60



 

Mar
18
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News from Mrs. Moder                 Sunday, March 18, 2018

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

Mon 12

Mrs. Moder is out for day

 

Mar 26-30

Spring Break

   

Apr 4

Early Dismissal

Tues 13

Spelling Achievement test

 

Apr 12

Spring Concert 3rd-4th Grades

     

Apr 13

James Whitcomb Riley speaker

Wed 14

Math quiz

 

PTO Spring Carnival

Thurs 15

   

Apr 25

Economics Fair projects due

     

May 1 ?

Field trip to Krohn Conservatory/Observatory

Fri 16

Math quiz - Geometry ??

     
       



Reading

No “story” this week.  The reading will be in Social Studies and Science. Reviewing 3rd Qtr Skills

 

MATH

Measurement- customary & metric/Geometry

Spelling

Achievement test to determine Challenge Spellers

 

SCIENCE

STEM - Car design project & Chpt 2 - Technology & Design

Grammar

Writing

Mechanics

Free writing

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Economics - not in the book

 

Field Trip

We, 4th grade teachers and Mr. Bond, felt it was prudent to cancel our field trip to Fernald Preserve witht he recent concern over radioactive safety.   We heard there were parent concerns posted on Facebook and other social media. Hopefully the naturalist, KAren Cody, will be able to come in and do a program for us.

We will be going to the Krohn Conservatory and the Observatory in Ault Park.  We are limited on the number of chaperones we can take due to the space at both venues.  I will be asking for volunteers, when we get the details ironed out. Anyone who doesn’t have an extended background check on file will automatically be pulled from teh potential chaperone list.  If I have too many volunteers, I will draw names. Unlike Governor Bebb, we cannot have extras tag along. Tickets for the Butterfly Exhibit will be limited.



Social Studies - Economics Fair - Products due April 25th

We, 4th grade teachers and Mr. Bond, have decided that due to allergies and the Wellness policy, it would be better if no food products are made. Yes, you can still use corn starch, if you are making Slime.  Products cannot be made to be eaten.

Be sure your child is keeping track of the cost of any items they purchase or estimating the cost of items they use from home.  Things that aren’t consumable like scissors, tape, glue used in the construction of the product don’t count. However if you are using glue as an ingredient, then it should be recorded.

 

Carnival Donations & Volunteers

4th grade items are pop for the ring toss prizes and office supplies for the grade level basket.  Any items or Staples, etc gift cards are appreciated. I note for volunteers will go home soon. The NDES PTO could not have carnival without your donations and time.  Part of field trip costs will be paid by the PTO. Thank you in advance.



Math -

We have finished Customary Measurement. There will be a quiz on Wednesday.  We will finish Geometry. There may be a quiz on Friday.



Reading -

Most students have made their AR goals this quarter.  I think doing the 2 class novels helped.

 

Spelling -

We will take the Acheivement test to determine challenge spellers.  I will also look at past Skill tests and Proof Its from the workbook to determine who will be on the challenge list when we return from Spring Break.



Science - Technology & Design

We are starting our unit on technology and design, chapter 2.  Part of our unit will be the car design project.

Students will get a small grade, 3  points, on their particpation as a group member.  They should be bringing home their grade from the airplane project.  The highest scores in the class are the team spokespeople for the car project.

 

Extra Credit Opportunities: Try! Pg. 46; Explore It! Pg. 54; Go Green pg. 60



 
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