Ms. Poirier's Class

Norman E. Day School

Research Activity

October4

Halloween (Ducksters)

Math Today

October4

Click on these and follow the directions on your record sheet.

Inches to Feet

Yards to Feet

Home Link 1-12

October2

If you need help with some of the vocabulary on Home Link 1-12, check out these!

Home Link 1-11

October1

Just a helpful reminder about the differences between lines, line segments, and rays: Geometry Notes

October!

October1

What a crazy few weeks it has been!  Our class has been the brunt of the last few weeks learning routines and getting used to the structure of 4th grade. On top of that, we covered a full social studies unit (map skills review), jumped into science, established our reading schedule, and nearly completed 1 unit of math.  Here are a few updates and reminders…

Homework = By now, homework is in full swing!  Your child will complete a Math worksheet, read, and occasionally study their spelling words.  Your student should be logging what they read on their online reading log at Bookopolis, and completing their math facts at Math Facts Pro.  I would be grateful if you would check in with your son or daughter to make sure these are getting done.  Though they complete their spelling activities in class, they should still practice their words at home. (Last week’s spelling quiz was given back this morning and should’ve come home today.)

Party Funds – Because of the food allergies and restrictions in class, students are invited to bring in their own special treat for our class parties.  At each party, however, we’d like to have a craft and/or activity.  To help fund this cost, we are asking for a donation of $10 per family.  This will cover supplies for the 3 parties; any leftover will be put toward an end of year celebration.  Thanks for your help!

Math – We are wrapping up Unit 1 this week and are headed for an assessment on 10/10. Rather than spend a day reviewing, I am attempting to give the students a bit at a time to review.  Please see the Math Corner for more extensive information on the review and what your child should do to “study” for our first math assessment.

I do still have the names of all you lovely folks who volunteered to come into math class! Don’t think I have forgotten about you.  Believe it or not, we are still messing with schedules.  As soon as I can plan out the guided math days, I will be in touch!

Science – We are working on our Earth’s Changing Surface unit where we covere slow earth changes (weathering and erosion) and rapid earth changes (volcanoes and earthquake.) I bet you can guess what is more fun to teach and learn about ;). Ask your children to explain weathering, erosion, and deposition to you; they have “moves” and everything! Riveting stuff!

Social Studies – Our next unit, which we will begin this week, is The Peopling of The U.S.  It’s our immigration unit and a fascinating one for the students!  Sometime next week, they will be coming home to ask you what you know about your families immigration story.

Language Arts – Both our reading and writing units have kicked off.  We will be dissecting non fiction materials and writing them as well.  We will begin with nonfiction features and reading strategies but will move quickly to note taking  and developing a cohesive paragraph with topic sentence and supporting details.  Our Literacy blocks are structured so that every student has a schedule and items to complete within their Literacy blocks.  These activities can be: Meet with Ms. Poirier, Word Work, Work on Writing, Audio Station time, or meet with another reading teacher.  We have just begun these independent rotations and are working out the kinks to make the literacy time as efficient as we can!

 

Reading Class 9/25

September25

Get your headphones/earbuds and go to Storyline Online.

  1. Choose a book.  Listen to the whole book.
  2. Make a GREAT connection to the feelings or emotions of the character, an event that happens. Record on your record sheet.
  3. Choose another book and repeat the process.

When you are finished, you may work on Typing Club.

The CUBES Strategy

September19

Today in math class we solved story problems using the CUBES strategy. On your homework tonight, you have to use the CUBES strategy yourself.  I will be looking for the circles, underlines, and boxes! To help you remember, here are the Math Action Words Sheet and the  CUBES poster.

Online Account Information

September17

This year, students will be using a great deal of technology in the classroom and with their homework assignments.  A “Password Key” was added to each student’s binder this afternoon.  This key with have the website, username, and password associated with just a few of the sites we will be using this year.  The links for every site we use will be to the right in the Important Links list.

Usernames are mostly the year-of-graduation (2027!), a first initial, and a last name.  Passwords are initials and student IDs or just the student IDs.  The students will know this number as they use it as their lunch code. An example “password key” can be found below, using the name Jane Smith with a student ID of 01234.

My Password Key Example

This week begins both math and reading log work and students are highly encouraged to use the online sites.  If a problem occurs during sign in, etc., please email me: bpoirier@westfordk12.us

Bookopolis

September12

As always, each student is required to keep a reading log of their weekly reading.  It is the expectation that all 4th graders are reading 15 minutes per night, at least 5 nights per week.  Each Friday a reading log reporting everything you read in the week before will de due.  You may complete your reading log on paper (printable copy here) available in class OR you may choose to log into Bookopolis to complete your online reading log.

To log into Bookopolis, click here or the link under the “Important Links” column, to the right.

Click Log in.  The username is the same as the beginning of your Google sign in (27 followed by first initial and last name: 27jsmith).  Your password is your initials followed by your lunch sign in: js8674  This sign in information will also be kept in your binder. Click on Reading Log at the top then choose the green bar that says, “Add an Entry.”  Enter your title, the date, and minutes read.  You do not have to leave comments, but may if you’d like.  You must have a minimum of 75 minutes each week…and it shouldn’t be completed all at once!

 

 

Curriculum Night!

September11

Here we are in our first full week of school and we are getting down to the business of school.  We have spent a lot of time over the last 9 days getting to know each other and building, what I hope to be, a tight knit community in 118.  This week and for the remainder of the month, we really do a lot of work securing routines, defining expectations, and rolling out each of our academic subjects. It is a lot for the students to process; there is so much new information.  Your son or daughter may be coming home mentally exhausted; I know I am!

As you also may know, the student’s started receiving homework yesterday. No doubt they were thrilled about this! We are beginning with math homework only and as I see how our daily math class progresses, I am adjusting homework as needed. Tonight for instance, various versions of the same concept went home to address students at their level (or perhaps even easier.). I am finding that some serious review is in order for a brunt of the class to be ready for the 4th grade concepts.  In addition to the daily sheet, the students are expected to complete a multiplication facts log.  This can be done on paper (they get it in class) or online.  Online is highly recommended and directions can be found here.  I do expect the students to begin their reading logs on Friday and studying for spelling tests next week.

Mr. Sardella’s weekly updates have included an invitation to our Curriculum Night this coming Thursday evening, 9/13.  Mr. Sardella and our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Shediac will meet with the parents at 5:45. At 6:15, I will have a short presentation for all of you to go over some fourth grade stuff.  I will also answer any general questions you may have.  Please note, parking for this evening is notoriously difficult; you may want to allow yourself a bit of extra time.  Also, our class is the absolute farthest from the main entrance; in fact, if you find yourself parking passed the gym and near the playground construction (or further) I will leave the exterior door to our classroom open for you sneak in! I am looking forward to putting faces to the stories I have already heard about all of you!  See you Thursday!

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