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Newsletter for Mrs. Ladd’s 4th Grade Classroom

Week of May 21, 2012



Dear Parents,

Are you ready for year-end testing? The testing windows for many subjects are now open so students will be reviewing and taking tests in the next couple of weeks. For this reason, please make every effort to keep doctor & dentist appointments before or after school. It will be a busy time bringing to a close all the final 4th grade curriculum. Remember, the final Progress report will be out on Friday.

With all this beautiful weather, please remember our school dress code- shorts that measure to the bottom of your longest finger in length, no spaghetti strap shirts for girls or tank tops for boys, and no shirts with inappropriate slogans.

Can you believe it in less than four weeks the school year will be over? I will be sending home a reading list of books that your child might like to read over the summer with their report card. Remember to keep reading during the summer!


LINK OF THE WEEK:This week’s link is MI KIDS . com


A site that has info on holidays and special days as well as games and puzzles. Lots of research links for kids K-6, and for teachers and parents too.

Link of the Week: MI KIDS: http://www.mikids.com/


Reading Logs:


Please make sure your child is reading a minimum of 100 minutes each week and that the reading log is filled in nightly after each reading session. Many students are falling behind on logging in their reading. This is effecting the student’s reading grades. Visit http://ladd11.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Students%27+Reading+Log+Calendar to see if your child is keeping up with her/his reading log. Please encourage your child to log their minutes nightly or by Sunday evening @ 6:00. One of the weekly reading grades comes from their reading log minutes.


Planners: As we get ready to move to 5th grade, it is now your child’s responsibility to copy his/her assignment book info without an adult checking to make sure everything is written correctly. If there is a question about what needs to be done, you may also visit the homework page on the wiki at - http://ladd11.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Homework+Page


Curriculum:

Math-We have finished units 10 & 11 in preparation for the year-end test which will be on Thursday & Friday this week. Your child received a rather lengthy review which we will go over tomorrow in class. If your child has trouble completing it, just have him/her bring it to class tomorrow so that we can go over all the information & review before the test. Our Year-End test again will be Thursday & Friday this week. Unit test for 10 & 11 will be given at a later date.


Reading- Our Skill/Strategy again for this week is Non Fiction or Informational Reading as the students refer to it. Right now , we are concentrating on looking for facts and opinions in articles that they read.


The students will also be reading Non-Fiction during this time as it is also the piece they will be working on in writing when we finish the poetry unit.


Please also check with your child to make sure she/he has completed the activities for their guided reading book this week, filled out the weekly reading assignments and finish up their Animoto Story Elements Project.


Word Study- Words Their Way- Word Study continues this week. Please encourage them to complete their work thoroughly at home with correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation and proper usage.


Writing- We have just about finished refining our topic for research and most of us have begun the research process. Students in “Boy Writers” will have until the end of the week to finish researching their own selected topic. Some of the boys have really deep thinking questions and might need some guidance from you to find the answers to these questions.


Science - Students will be complete their study of Land & Water and the effects of these elements on each other on Thursday. This unit helps us to discover the depth to which land can be changed- by water, weathering and erosion. It also shows how these changes can affect the nearby water sources as well.


Social Studies- Students have just about finished their tour of the Midwest Region of the U.S. The rest of the year will be spent studying the regions of the U.S., their economic resources, natural resources, climate, and why they are categorized into the groups that they are put into.


Important Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday & Friday, May 24 & 25- Year End Math Test
  • Friday, May 25th- Last Progress Report in 4th Grade
  • Monday, May 28th- Memorial Day- no school
  • Friday, June 1st, Permission Slips & Money for End of Year Party @ Bonaventure due
  • Friday, June 1st- Flip Flop Day
  • Wednesday, June 6h Health Presentation
  • Wednesday, June 6th Field Day-pm- Rain Date Friday, June 8th
  • Monday, June 11th Move up Day
  • Thursday, June 14th Year End Skating Part @ Bonaventure Skating Rink
  • Friday, June 15 5th Grade Graduation & Last Day of School- 12:05 dismissal