Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ladies Night Out!

This is a friendly reminder that Ladies Night Out is Saturday. You can still by tickets. Unfortunately I won't be modeling because my husband has a business function in Daytona that he wanted me to attend with the kids. I'm so disappointed that I'll miss my one and only opportunity to model. I know plenty of other teachers who will be there all dressed up to entertain. I hope you have a chance to attend.

Friday, January 18, 2013

This week in photos!

Jack was awarded the cheese hat for writing a cheesy ending in his story. I wonder who the next student will be?

Sasha and Amadeus made it to division in Rocket Math!

 Jack and Cassie won the class SPELLING BEE! Congratulations! Way to Go!

Mrs. D trying to dress cute like Maddie.

Photos from our Winter Party!

In Our Class This Week!

I apologize but Blogger is having issues and the photos I took this week will not upload.

Just a few reminders:
Writing Prompts are due each FRIDAY. The list of prompts were sent home last week and students will be given essay paper each Monday inside the Monday folder.

I've looked over the amazing prompts from this week. One thing to keep in mind. They should write for 1 hour. If they are still writing at 1 hour, have them make a line at 60 minutes in the margin and have them finish.

They should fill up the front and most of the back of the page. This is the same amount of space they will get on test day.

Ten Mark's Math
Don't forget that Ten Marks is due each Monday. Students will be given 3-4 assignments each week to complete.

Oreo's are needed for a lunar cycle model in Science this coming week if you wouldn't mind donating a pack. Thank you for supporting our class.

Math books should remain at home for homework.

Have a great weekend and don't forget the reading logs on Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Digital Readers Yes or No?

Digital Reading on the Rise for Children (With a Qualifier)

David Maxwell for The New York Times Alexis White, 7, a second grader in Green, Ohio, using an iPad during class. The iPad is gaining popularity as a reading device.David Maxwell for The New York Times David Maxwell for The New York Times Alexis White, 7, a second grader in Green, Ohio, using an iPad during class. The iPad is gaining popularity as a reading device.
Digital reading is rising fast among children ages 6 to 17, but this is not necessarily translating into a greater desire to read, according to a report released on Monday by Scholastic Inc.
Every other year since 2006, Scholastic, a publisher and distributor of children’s books, has surveyed American families about their attitudes toward reading and literacy.
The latest study, the Kids and Family Reading Report, conducted with Harrison Group, showed both the advantages and the drawbacks of the digital age when it comes to encouraging reading among young people.
For example, the percentage of children who have read an e-book has almost doubled since 2010, to 46 percent. Yet, during the same period, the number of girls who reported being frequent readers declined to 36 percent from 42 percent.
The survey, conducted from Aug. 29 to Sept. 10, 2012, was based on a sample of 1,074 children and their parents: 2,148 respondents in total.
The change seems to have been brought on by a shift in the kind of digital devices that children, like adults, are using to read, said Francine Alexander, Scholastic’s chief academic officer. They are increasingly using tablets, like iPads, which allow for more activities than just reading. In fact, slightly more children reported having read a book on a tablet than on a plain e-reader device.
“When kids are using the digital devices, the girls were social networking more,” Ms. Alexander said. Many parents, she added, complained that their children spent too much time playing video games.
“Managing screen time is the challenge of parenting today,” she said.
Still, the technology is here to stay, and the study revealed ways in which it could increase reading among children. For example, about one-fourth of the boys who had read an e-book said they were reading more books for fun. Boys have traditionally lagged behind girls in reading.
Also, half of those in an older age range, from 9 to 17, said they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to e-books.
Children said e-books were particularly good when they wanted to be secretive about reading. But at night in bed, most children said they still liked to read books in print.
A version of this article appeared in print on 01/14/2013, on page B4 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Digital Reading on the Rise For Children (With a Qualifier).

Monday, January 14, 2013

Literacy Week Fun!

Jan. 14
  “Chalk it Up Day” students and teachers may use colored chalk on draw book jackets of their favorite books on the sidewalk. Students will participate in the Million Minute Marathon.
Jan. 15
 “Reading is Cool Day” students may wear their sunglasses and bring a small blanket or towel to have a BOOKNIC with their class.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
“Slip Into a Good Book Day” students may wear slippers. Students will also design a bookmark with the logo “Take the Lead and Read!”
Jan. 17
“Tackle a New Book Day” students may wear a football or sports jersey.
Jan. 18
Do Monday activity

Writing Homework Due Each Friday!

4th Grade Homework Writing Assignments 2013

You will be receiving one writing assignment each week for the next five weeks. It will be assigned on Monday and due that same week on Friday. Don’t forget to read the TWEETS below.
 Be sure to spend the full 60 minutes on each assignment. You should work on the plan for 10 minutes and spend the remaining time writing, revising, and editing.
 Do all of your work during one sitting-do not work on the planning writing, writing, editing and revising on different days. This way you will have a better idea of what the time period for writing feels like as you do these practices.
 This is the only copy of the assignments you will receive. Please keep it in a safe place so you have it for reference through February. You will receive paper each Monday to write your essay on. Essays MUST be written on the paper provided. The plan can be done on notebook paper and MUST be attached to the essay when it’s turned in each Friday.

 Assignment #1-Due January 18
You have been asked to write an article for the Third Grade Reporter titled “How to Survive Fourth Grade.”
Now explain to the readers how to survive fourth grade.

 Assignment #2-Due January 25
Many children think about what it would be like if a famous person visited them.
Think about what would happen if a famous person visited you.
Now write a story about what happened when you had a visit from a famous person.

 Assignment #3-Due February 1
There are many new exciting places in the world to travel to.
Think of a place that you‘ve always wanted to go.
Now explain why you would like to the visit this place.

 Assignment #4-Due February 8
Lots of children enjoy making or building things.
Think about a time that you had fun making or building something.
Now write a story about a time that you had fun making or building something.

 Assignment #5-Due February 15
Flashback to a time when you were asked to do something you did not think you could do, but found out that you could.
Write a story about your experience.
Be sure to share the details about why you didn’t think you could do it and why you tried anyway.

Friday, January 11, 2013

PTSO News and Events

Please go to the school site to see the info for the Eagles 5K Fun Run. I plan to run as long as my kiddos don’t laugh at me. I’ve managed to run this past week and my own children think I can walk faster. They are probably right! I thought it would be fun for the kids to join me. I will be offering up the challenge to have lunch with any student that beats me. Mr. Dunkel has offered up the same challenge as well. This is a perfect time for everyone to begin training. Good Luck and don’t forget to register.

Ladies Night Out is on January 26th the information is coming home today. I’ve been asked to model this should be funny too so don’t miss it.

Indialantic Elementary PTO Presents:
Saturday, January 26, 2013 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Eau Gallie Yacht Club

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Winter Spelling Homework

January Spelling Choice Menu
Donovan & Whitner
Directions for spelling this month: Complete four different activities a week for the month of January in order to prepare for Friday spelling tests. Write your name at the top of the page(s), and clip turn it in by Friday Morning.

1. Hidden Words: Draw a winter picture and HIDE your spelling words within it.
2. Practice Test: Have an adult quiz you on your spelling words.
3. Advertisement: Create an advertisement for a real or imaginary product using at least 10 of your spelling words.
4. Poem: Write a poem (or poems) of your choice using at least 10 of your spelling words. Some choices are haiku, concrete, two voice, free verse, limerick, rhyming, or letter poem. You can look these up online.
5. Pronoun Sentences: Write a sentence for each of your spelling words. Include and underline a pronoun for each sentence.
6. Tech Spelling: Use word, Google docs, Educreations, or another program to write/type your spelling words using a variety of fonts and colors.
7. Spelling Stairs:  Write all of your words in stair format. Add one letter each time until you get to the end of the word.
8. Snapshot!: Find a picture in a magazine to write about. Write a paragraph describing this picture in detail using at least 10 of your spelling words. Include your five senses when writing this descriptive paragraph! I should be able to make a mental picture from your words!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ten Marks Education Review Article

Ten Marks New Homework Information

News for the NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone had a restful break! I know I will miss sleeping in and drinking my coffee while sitting on my couch. I will however be happy to see the smiling faces waiting for me at the door on Tuesday.

New class supplies are needed. I asked the kids to bring home a list inside their planners of the things they are running low on. They will probably need a few new composition books, crayons, gel pens, glue sticks, and pencils. Our classroom is in need of Expo Markers for the whiteboards, glue sticks, and pencils if you would like to donate to our supplies. I would really appreciate it!

I will be changing up the math homework. We will be completing our math workbook pages in class and students will complete work from the text book at home. This will begin the week of January 14th. I will allow students to check out their math books and leave them at home for now. A sign out sheet will be sent home on Tuesday in the work folders. If the books are lost or damaged you will be responsible for replacing them and the replacement cost is around $60.00. Please keep them in a safe spot. Homework will be done on notebook paper daily with the heading at the top and the assignment page and problem numbers as part of the heading. Work must be neat and the problems must be written out and solved so I can see if any mistakes are made. Please initial the paper at the top after you have looked at it.

Please work with your child on their multiplication facts. We will be going into 3 digit multiplication soon and they will only continue to fall behind if they don't have the confidence of knowing the facts quickly. This can simply be done using flash cards. We'll continue on with Rocket Math facts in class daily to help them.

In addition to the math textbook homework we will begin a new FREE online program. This link is above so you can take a peek. I have signed the students up and they will be given user names and passwords. I can track how they are doing and so can you by making a parent account. Details can be found on the informational page I'm sending home. I'll set a goal with your child for the amount of online work I expect. This will be written in the planner. I won't begin this until January 14th so we can practice in class.

In writing we will be kicking it up a notch and moving on from expository writing to narrative writing. FCAT Writes is the end of February and we have a ton of work to do.  The new spelling words are posted on Spelling City as Forney Words. These are the words that will count against students if they are misspelled on in their writing. They are simple but really important for the writing score. I will continue to send the list home each week.

Reading logs will continue with 100 minutes of reading required each week.

Don't forget to check EDLINE for weekly grade updates. A reminder that NTI means the assignment was never turned in.

Volunteers needed for projects. Mrs. Whitner and I have a some things we could use help with if you would like to volunteer please email me.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the school year with your child!