I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! The weather could not have been nicer. As for myself, I ran my 17th marathon (10th Chicago Marathon). Even though my feet hurt and my legs are sore, it was well worth all the hard work and determination. I have used my running experiences to both motivate my students to work hard towards their own personal goals ,as well as, in persevering through adversity to achieve them.
On Tuesday, we have our first field trip to Naper Settlement in Naperville. This is an extension of our Illinois history social studies unit. We will examine how early settlers lived and how they utilized the prairies that are so prevalent in Illinois. PLEASE make sure that your child has a bag/sack lunch for this trip.
This week we will continue our novel study on the book- Frindle. Each night your child should reread the chapter we worked on for that day. This is done for fluency practice and to build comprehension of the text. Additionally, students are assigned specific questions that night to reinforce these skills. This Friday the children will be assessed over chapters 1-5.
In the first quarter we are concentrating on our narrative writing unit. This week we will focus on the use of transition words to link paragraphs, as well as sentences within them. Also this week, we will practice using editing and revision marks (carrots, cut & pastes).
Your child has a Spellingcity account. Please have them use this resource to practice his or her spelling words. The lists are provided and posted on the first day of the week and then tested on the last. Due to our shortened week and our field trip, we will not have the spelling test this week. It will occur on October 20th.
Every math group is working on adding and subtracting larger numbers. In 210 math, we are focusing on subtracting numbers with regrouping. Many of the problems will regroup over zeros. Our students spend at least 10 minutes per day on their IXL accounts to reinforce the concepts we are working on in their journals. This week students should work towards completing the 4th grade B topics.
Additional information to share-
Please sign and return your child's progress reports.
Media consent forms (for children who did not turn them in yet) were sent home with your child. Please indicate your choice and return it to school with your child.
Conference scheduling information will be sent home next week so that you will be able to plan according. First quarter conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th.
As always, please feel to contact me with any questions or concerns. My email is email@example.com.
Have a wonderful week- Mr. Rosenstiel
Tuesday- Music with Ms. White
Wednesday- Art With Ms. Rock
Thursday- Lit. Lab with Mrs. Habetler
Friday- PE with Mr. Moran
Greetings 210 Families!
I hope you are enjoying our warm fall weather! As for our 210 classroom, we have quickly gotten to work and just got warmed up! We are excited and ready to learn.
Our first quarter reading unit concentrates on Perspectives. This concentrates on the perspectives of the characters in the texts we read as well as the perspectives we develop and we read our picture books, short stories and chapter books. Last week we read the myth Daedalus & Icarus which examined two different viewpoints of the main characters. This week we will begin our novel study of Frindle. During this unit we will be examine challenging vocabulary words, examine character development, analyze the main characters' points-of-view, and strengthen our comprehension skills.
This year your child has a Spellingcity.com account. Your child can access this at home, school or library. Each student is asked to complete 3-4 activities per week in order to practice his/her spelling words. This week we will look at commonly misspelled 4th grade words.
We will begin our narrative writing unit, each student will select a "seed" moment that they will develop into a complete essay. They will be evaluated on the organization, word choice, conventions and editing from their first draft. Our class will also continue mastering the parts of speech. We have already reviewed nouns and this week we will begin a more in-depth study of verbs.
In science we are investigating chemical properties of five unknown substances. These substances share similar attributes but will react differently when mixed with several different liquids. The students will be completing investigation logs and exit slips to demonstrate their understanding of these chemical or physical reactions.
In preparation for our field trip to Naper Settlement on October 10th, we are reading about the history of Illinois and what life was like during the 1800's. We have read about how the glaciers have created fertile farmland, Native American tribes (especially the Illinois Confederacy), and early French settlements. Additionally, we have completed several Illinois map activities.
The second unit in math focuses on adding and subtracting numbers (mentally and computationally) as well as rounding numbers in order to assist with in mental math. All three math classrooms have set up Pearsonrealize.com accounts. These accounts provide access for your child with electronic journal pages and homework assignments. In 210 math, we are working on mastery of addition and subtraction facts. Each week we will track progress using the mathquiz.biz site.
Our specials for the week-
Wednesday- Lit. Lab
Continue to sign your child's reading logs and Friday Folders. Please email me if you have any additional questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week- Mr. Rosenstiel
Welcome to our 210 Dever Blog! There are so many things to share about the newest, latest and greatest information about our 4th grade class!
It was so nice seeing so many familiar faces, as well as many new ones at our Curriculum Night on Tuesday. If you were not able to make it, all the information I presented was sent home with your child in his or her Nightly Homework folder.
Additionally, media content sheets and lunch form information (if needed by the school) were also sent home with your child. Please sign and return those important forms with your child. If you are not interested in completing the lunch forms please write "Not Interested" across the sheet. These are extremely important because our school funding is directly proportional to the number of forms completed.
Please turn in all field trip forms as soon as possible. I would like to thank all of our parents who volunteered to chaperone. Due to space limitations at Naper Settlement we can only take a limited number of additional chaperones. At this time all of the chaperones have been selected and we don't need any additional volunteers. If you were not selected at this time, please be assured more opportunities will be available for future trips. The cost of the trip is $15.00.
Your child was given a Friday Folder. This folder will be sent home every Friday. Please examine all of your child's work from the week and sign the attached sheet. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to write me a note or send an email at email@example.com.
On Tuesday I will be sending home an informational sign-up sheet for Remind.com. The sheet will provide my classroom code, as well as directions on how to sign up for this program. Remind.com is a form of electronic communication which I can friendly reminders for classroom activities or school programs. Parents have the option to select either text or email communications. In the past I have used it to send reminders to parents about field trips, conferences, important projects, assemblies or music programs.
Quarterly reading logs were given to each child. They are being asked complete the number of minutes read per day and the title of the book, magazine or article that was read. These will be due a week before the end of each quarter.
This year I have set up each child with a Spellingcity account. Your child's words can be found on this site. He or she is required to complete 3-4 additional activities on line. This can be done both in and out of school. If internet access is an issue outside of school, your child should make a point of completing these activities in school during our reading center activities throughout the week. Your child could also be writing down the words as additional practice in preparation for their Friday spelling tests.
More information will be coming in the weeks ahead. I am so excited to have your child in Room 210 this year! I look forward to all the great learning opportunities and adventures that await!
Have a wonderful week- Mr.Rosenstiel
Monday- Literature Lab with Mrs. Habetler
Tuesday- PE with Mr. Kosek
Wednesday- PE with Mr. Moran
Thursday- Dance with Mrs. Nickel
Friday- Music with Mrs. White
Blast off! We our learning all about the moon this week. Our next reading story, Journey to the Moon, concentrates on finding text evidence to support answers, using captions to find information and identifying facts and opinions.
We are in our third week of our novel study units. There are four books currently being read, your child is responsible for one of the four. The books are Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Magic, The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Freckle Juice & How to Eat Fried Worms. Each week your child will be assigned a set of comprehension questions to check for his/her understanding of the text.
Our spelling pattern of the week focuses on the following suffixes; -ity, -sion, -less & -ness.
Please check to make sure your child is completing the required weekly Tic-Tac-Spell.
In social studies we will learn about the landmarks, events and artifacts that have made a significant impact on the development and history of the United States. This week we will continue to look at Yellowstone & other National Parks, as well as, the Veteran's Day.
We will also discuss the properties and qualities of each planet during our science instruction. We will make a diagram of the solar system, create bar graphs and Venn Diagrams comparing the planets' qualities and read expository texts about the solar system. Additionally, our Bess Beetles should arrive this week. Your child will get to observe Bess Beetles' structures and behaviors. He or she will be able to interact with them and see how they interact in different environments and situations.
In other news, I have posted very important information about our upcoming NWEA spring testing. Our reading assessment is May 24th & math will be on May 30. See my previous posts for additional details.
The Wax Museum Project is due on May 25th! Please make sure your child completes all the necessary components that should appear on their display board. All sheets were given out during parent-teacher conferences.
To help boost our monthly attendance rate, we are having a weekly raffle for Chicago White Sox tickets. If your child is at school all five days of the week, he or she is automatically enrolled in the raffle. Winners are announced each Monday. Last week, our school had two of the school's four winners!!!
Field day is quickly approaching, we are looking forward to our walking field trip to Hiawatha Park on June 7th for fun activities and lunch!
In closing, I would just like to thank you all for the cards, treats, and special gifts that I received during Teacher Appreciation Week. I truly appreciate the kind words and generosity that was shared. It has been such a pleasure having your kids in Room 210 this year!
Have a wonderful week! Mr. Rosenstiel
Our Spring NWEA testing will occur on...
May 24th - Reading
May 30th- Math
This is a very important component of our Third Grade Benchmark criteria.
Please have your child review his/her multiplication facts, read nightly, and get a great night's sleep prior to all testing sessions.
Children in 210 have IXL accounts to practice both mathematics and literature questions, Frontrowed Accounts, as well as Read Theory.
210 Math- IXL for mastery of math concepts & Xtramath accounts have been set up to practice computation.
With thanks- Mr.Rosenstiel
Monday- PE with Mr. Kosek
Tuesday- Dance with Ms. Nickel
Wednesday- Music with Ms. Farrell
Thursday- Art with Ms. Rock
Friday- Literature Lab with Ms. Habetler
This week we are reading a Cherokee folktale- Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun. This folktale gives an entertaining explanation on why we have daytime and nighttime. We will examine the character traits of the main character- Grandmother Spider. Throughout the year, your child has analyzed various characters and was then ask to identify his/her character traits. Your child has had to support his or her reasoning by citing text evidence. It also is a wonderful example of the literary technique of personification.
We are also beginning our persuasive/opinion essay writing unit. On Monday and Tuesday we will examine various persuasive essays written by third grade students. As a group, we will then evaluate what components are included or missing in the essays. Additionally, in cooperative groups we will create a class anchor chart for the students to use for their first essay. During our weekly grammar lessons the students will be introduced to prepositions. They will understand what they are and how they are used. Our spelling pattern of the week is suffixes- ful & able.
On Monday, your child took their Structures of Life unit assessment. They took notes last Monday and Tuesday and had a week to study them. Starting this week, we are blasting off to space! Our last science unit of the year is entitled- Sun, Moon & Stars! We will examine the importance of the sun, characteristics of the planets, & properties of stars. This unit is unique because it provides learning opportunities both inside and outside of our classrooms.
In social studies we will examine various artifacts, events and landmarks from our nation's past and present. We will analyze their importance in our nation's history and development. Specifically this week we will discuss the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park and Armistice Day.
Last week we used our writing instruction time to research our Wax Museum person. This week I will send home two sheets that could be included on your child's board- Why I Chose This Person & Three Important Facts sheets. Our due date for this project is May 25th. Our open house will be during the first week of June and your will get a formal invitation.
Even though we only have 30 school days left for this school year, we have SO MANY new things to learn and explore! Please continue to check your child's assignment notebook and make sure your child is completing his or her reading log.
Our spring NWEA assessment is quickly approaching. Once our class has our assigned time I will post those very important dates on this blog. This assessment is a very important component of CPS's third grade promotion policy.
Have a wonderful week! Mr. Rosenstiel
Monday- Dance with Mrs. Nickel
Tuesday- Music with Mrs. Farrell
Wednesday- Art with Mrs. Rock
Thursday- Literature lab with Mrs. Habetler
Friday- PE with Mr. Moran