2017-2018 Here We Come!

I am so excited to start another school year at Ascent Academies of Utah, West Jordan. I look forward to meeting you and your kiddo at Back to School night on Monday, August 21st  from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Please click HERE for a copy of the 4th grade supply list. I know that back to school shopping can add up very quickly, so the 4th grade team has listed materials based on what students will NEED that first week. While lined notebook paper is listed under needed, we do not need any right now for our classroom. 

Other supplies that will be used throughout the school year are listed as wish list items. These wishlist items are NOT needed the first week, and can be donated any time throughout the year.  Please make sure your child puts their name on the composition notebooks ONLY. All other supplies will be shared, so individual pencil boxes will not be used. 

Students in my classroom will need to bring in a set of headphones for their personal use. They will be labeled for each student, kept in the classroom during the school year, and sent back home at the end of the year. For storage purposes we are asking for earbud type headphones that fit into the ear, instead of the kind that fit over the ear. 

 

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4th Grade Weekly Updates 8/29/2016

Happy Monday!
I hope your student enjoyed their first week in 4th grade, and you had a wonderful weekend.
Every Monday I will be sending out a Weekly Update email that will have classroom and school wide announcements. You can also find this information on my classroom blog. Please see updates for this week below, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
– Homework has started this week:
1. A daily Math Exit Ticket (half a page) due back the next day. ( This is to help check for understanding for the lesson in class)
2. 60 minutes of Mobymax Math due every Friday, but checked on Monday morning. Go to www.mobymax.com to log in. Your student knows their log in info.
3. 20 minutes of reading, 4 night a week due Friday but also checked on Monday to allow for any “extra” reading time for the week
4. 20 points worth of spelling choices due by Friday. (Please the Lang Arts Tab under subjects to access the Spelling Choices handout for this month, or click HERE.)
Some students may have classwork to finish at home, if they do not finish it in class. This is a case by case basis, please check your students planner that is located in their HW folder. This planner is meant to STAY in  their docket because we write in it daily. 
– Parent Volunteering
I will be sending out the google doc to sign up for volunteer opportunities this Friday. We will start volunteering next week.
– Calling Home
There has been a lot of traffic in the office after school, with students calling home. So, there is a new phone policy. If your student needs to call home for any reason they are to call from the classroom phone until 3:10   when the office phone opens up. I have also reminded students to leave parent(s) messages if they do not answer. : )
– Homework Club
After school HW club has started this week, in the Library. This is a great time for students to work on any HW, especially Mobymax if access to a computer at home is frustrating. HW club is from 3-3:30 Mon-Thurs.  Students are expected to come and work, or they will be sent to the office.
-Math HW helpers and Parent Tips
I understand that sometimes helping with math can be frustrating. I have attached Math HW Helpers and a Parent Tips page to help with the half pg Math Exit ticket each night. You will also find math video clips by going to Math under subjects, then Math Videos and HW help. You an also click HERE)
– Math Journals/Notes
Students have a math journal in their docket that they are using to take notes/examples from each lesson, this can also help them on their half pg Math Exit Ticket. This journal needs to stay in their docket, and not be  left at home. Students will be using it daily in class.
Thank you for all of your support at home as we get HW started. My goal with HW is that it is NOT parent work, but a way for students to practice skills they are learning in class. I understand that students should be able to have time for extra-curricular and family time each night, which is why all of the HW ( but 1 assignment) are due at the end of the week. Our school does not assign HW over the weekends or holidays, but I have allowed wiggle room for MobyMax Math minutes and reading minutes, by checking these two items on Mondays. 
Your child should NOT be staying up all hours of the night working on HW, or getting frustrated. If this is happening please encourage them to put it away, and then send me a note or email me letting me know. HW should take no more than 45 minutes a night, not including the 20 minutes of reading. This is in accordance with our network’s policies regarding HW. 
Thank you again for all that you do to help your kiddo succeed, 
Have a wonderful week,
Miss Cerny
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Back to School Supplies

Can you believe the summer is winding down already? As I am getting ready for the year to start, I find myself getting more and more excited to meet my new group of 4th graders. As your family prepares for the new school year, please reference the supply list below for classroom supplies. Please note, that your student only needs 5 items. : ) Unknown

 

4th Grade Supply List

The 4th grade team has compromised a short list of Needed Supplies for your child to use this year. Please DO NOT go off of the lists you see at various stores, they will not need all those items. We have also provided a Wish List of items for projects throughout the year. Students will have access to all classroom supplies regardless of donations made.

Supplies needed for School

  • 1 pack of wide ruled line paper
  • 5 non-spiral composition books with your students name (line paper)
  • 1 pack of #2 Pencils
  • 1 ream of white copy paper
  • 1 package of Dry Erase Markers

 

Wish List (Not needed, but can be donated any time throughout the year)

  • 1 package of pencil top erasers or pink erasers
  • 1 set of colored markers
  • colored pencils
  • 2 glue sticks or Bottle of glue
  • 1 box of tissues or 1 container of clorox wipes
  • 1 ream of colored paper (construction paper and/or cardstock)
  • A pack of post-its

Please Note:

Please DO NOT write your name on any of the supplies except for the notebooks, these supplies will be shared with everyone in the room.

 

IN 4th grade, we are transitioning into learning how to be independent and share classroom supplies. Their will be supply baskets at each table, so we will NOT be using pencil boxes or bags in 4th grade. If students bring these in, they will be sent home.

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Utah Deserts: Journal Time

As an early finisher, click on the picture below and and answer the writing prompt given.

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Deserts: Plants, Animals, and Adaptions

Table captain please click on the picture to get to the Google Form for Science. Do not answer any of the questions yet. : )

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Utah Deserts

Table captains click on the maps below to access the Google Form we will be using throughout Science today:

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Weather Learning Links

The First half of this term, students will be exploring weather. They will be learning about the different cloud types, the 4 basic components of weather, and the different types of weather instruments.

Students will also be using weather maps and learning how to record and graph data about weather patterns to help make predictions about what the weather will be like in the future.

This week we will be focusing on Wind and clouds. Next week, students will be learning about a few types of weather instruments. We will be making thermometers and anemometers in class. They will need to bring in a small empty plastic or glass soda bottle by Monday, Nov 2. They can bring it in anytime from now until then. 

Click on each picture to visit different learning links on Weather.

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30 questions to ask your child after a long school day!

I found this fun article and thought I would share it with you. Sometimes it can be hard to get kiddos to share something meaningful about their day, other than recess and lunch. :  )

If you would like to see the entrée article please click on the link. I have a copied and pasted some of it for you.

http://parent.co/30-questions-to-ask-your-kid-instead-of-how-was-your-day/

Questions a kid will answer at the end of a long school day:

  1. What did you eat for lunch?
  2. Did you catch anyone picking their nose?
  3. What games did you play at recess?
  4. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  5. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  6. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  7. Who made you smile today?
  8. Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
  9. What new fact did you learn today?
  10. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
  11. What challenged you today?
  12. If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
  13. What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
  14. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
  15. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
  16. Did anyone push your buttons today?
  17. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
  18. What is your teacher’s most important rule?
  19. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
  20. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
  21. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
  22. If aliens came to school and beamed up 3 kids, who do you wish they would take? Why?
  23. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
  24. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
  25. What rule was the hardest to follow today?
  26. What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?
  27. Which person in your class is your exact opposite?
  28. Which area of your school is the most fun?
  29. Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?
  30. Does anyone in your class have a hard time following the rules?
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Water Links

The last month, students have been exploring the Water cycle. Below are a few links to help explore the Water Cycle, and the importance of Water.

 

http://www.discoverwater.org/use-water-wisely/

 

http://nd.water.usgs.gov/index/quiz.html

 

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/embedded-water

 

http://www.ci.west-jordan.ut.us/PW.aspx?pgID=3.14.7.3

 

http://www.water.utah.gov/brochures/uws_broc.htm

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What is a Sprint

Curious to see what your child is doing in math? One of the techniques we use in our Math curriculum is called a Sprint. Please Click on the links below to see what a Sprint is, and what it looks like.

Introduction to a Sprint: http://greatminds.net/maps/math/video-gallery/introduction-to-sprints

How to Implement a Sprint: http://greatminds.net/maps/math/video-gallery/implementing-a-sprint-in-a-classroom

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