Happy Friday everyone!
I'm adding a copy of the Spelling Bee word list just in case it gets misplaced! Classroom spelling bees will be held during the reading block on December 16th. More information will come home as we get closer to the date.
Be sure to visit Chipotle and Yolo for our Spirit Night! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Northwoods!
Yolo- 3:45-9:00 pm
Spelling Words for the week of September 19th
This will also be added to the Parent Resources page so that it doesn't get lost as more posts are added to our news page!
New spelling words were given out today. Please be sure that your student is completing the nightly spelling homework.
This week's spelling words:
blink swallow frown faint sniff twitch hunger thirst sweat fever swelling kneecap secede blockade amendment sharecropper
The probe is a monthly special project that allows our students to learn more about a topic that they choose (as long as it's related to the assigned theme). This month's theme is North Carolina so students can choose a region (Coastal Plain, Mountain, or Piedmont), a landmark, or a state symbol to research for their first probe. The probe explanation letter and rubric were stapled to the front of their probe notebooks and should be brought home today. When a probe is assigned, the expectation is that it will take the place of the 20 minutes of reading homework (they should work on it bit by bit each night; we don't want to overwhelm anyone). The first probe is not due until September 30th. An example and the explanation letter are below.
A Note About Homework:
In ELA, students took their first spelling test of the year!! All of that homework practice really paid off for most of our students.
Some of our students reported today that they lost their spelling words and could not do the homework to prepare for the today's spelling test. From now on, the spelling words for the week will be posted on the 4th grade website to help with that.
There were also reports that homework could not be completed because they didn't know we had homework, they had an extracurricular activity, or they just didn't do it. If you find that your student is not doing homework at night, please ask them to see it just to verify that it has been completed. Passing tests could prove to be difficult if they haven't practiced the skills by completing the homework. Thank you so much for your help with this!
Have a great weekend!
There is a spelling test tomorrow!! Be sure to practice those words tonight!
Also, don't forget to submit picture money prior to picture day!
In Social Studies this morning, our lesson taught us about how our location can influence the way we live. We talked about different industries (lumber, farming, etc.) and about how tourism plays a part in our economy. Be sure to ask your scholar if they remember some of the most important livestock and crops that are raised and grown here in North Carolina! *DID YOU KNOW that one out of five Christmas trees in the U.S. come from North Carolina? Farmers in the Mountain region grow Fraser fir trees to be sold during the Christmas season.
In Reading, we cracked open our very first Scholastic Weekly Reader!! Today's cover story was titled, "Who Will Win?" and it gave us some information about the two major party candidates. Be sure to ask your student what they learned about the presidential candidates today! Students have the opportunity to participate in a kids' only election through Scholastic. Paper ballots were sent home today. This activity is optional. If you would like for your student to participate, please allow them to complete the ballot on paper or online. If they fill out the paper ballot, then you will need to mail it to the address listed on the ballot.
In Math, scholars worked on rounding and watched a few videos on rounding to help them practice the skill. Be sure to ask them what they did in class today! If your student seems to be struggling with the math content, be sure to let his/her teacher know so that we can help.
Students received their spelling words today. There are 16 words this week. Scholars may choose to complete the Monday OR the Tuesday spelling words homework activity. They are not required to do both.