Classroom Updates

Welcome to our classroom! We are so excited to spend the 2019-2020 school year with you! 

***For the most up to date announcements, events, and daily happenings, please check SeeSaw. This is the BEST way to stay updated on what your student is learning in the classroom.

May 16, 2020

Hello Everyone!
We are officially done with our informational writing unit! If they haven’t already done so, please have your student share their writing with me (Mrs. Pierce). I will also be sending reminders to kids on SeeSaw this evening if they haven’t shared their writing yet. If you’d like to see how they scored, you’ll be able to view their informational writing rubric and comments in the writing section of their OneNote under a page called ‘Informational Writing Rubric.’ We will be moving onto a mini-poetry unit next week. It’s always fun to see the creative poems the kids write, so I encourage you to follow along with their writing work over the next couple of weeks J
Math lessons will continue on Zearn next week. We are curious to know how you and the students prefer the math lessons to be delivered, so there will be a two-question survey included on the OneNote page for next Tuesday’s lesson. Please be sure that your student takes the survey, as we will be using the results to help guide as we plan the final math module.
Our Office Hours will remain the same this week- we’re available for immediate email or SeeSaw response on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30-2:00 (though we will be checking throughout the day and will get back to you as soon as possible during the workday). Our Zoom meetings will still be at 1:30 on Tuesday and 12:30 on Thursday. The codes remain the same. This will be Mrs. Luke’s last week before her maternity leave starts, so there will be some small updates to our Zoom meetings, but I will send that information out separately next week.  

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or to let us know how we can help support you and your kids as we continue this process!

We hope you all have a great weekend! 

Jennifer Pierce and Lindsey Luke

May 4, 2020

Hello 4th Grade Families,
 
Another week of remote learning is in the books! I’ve attached the plans for next week. Just a few updates/ reminders for next week:

·         Please remind your student to check their SeeSaw account every day. We are sending feedback notes about math and writing and also sharing other updates that come from specialists or admin staff through SeeSaw. They can also use SeeSaw if they’d like to send us any updates or questions.

·         Also, remind your student to glance back at their previous reading assignments in OneNote, as I am adding feedback for them after they complete assignments.

·         Some parents have asked about when the final informational writing piece will be due. We will continue having mini-lessons over the next two weeks about different components their writing should have, plus revising and editing with the final due on May 15. In the meantime, please remind the kids to share their work with me on days that the OneNote assignment tells them to do so. If they need help sharing, having them check out the FAQ tab in their OneNote for a how-to video.

Our Office Hours will remain the same this week- we’re available for immediate email or SeeSaw response on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30-2:00 (though we will be checking throughout the day and will get back to you as soon as possible during the workday). Our Zoom meetings will still be at 1:30 on Tuesday and 12:30 on Thursday. The codes remain the same. 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or to let us know how we can help support you and your kids during this process!

Jennifer Pierce and Lindsey Luke

April 20, 2020

Welcome to our first day of online learning! Mrs. Pierce and I have been working hard to get everything set up in your student's OneNote for this week's lessons in reading, writing and math. We sent out an informational email on Friday, April 17th and posted the "How To" video on SeeSaw on Sunday, April 19th. The "How To" video explains where to find all the lesson, how to turn work in and how to login to their office 365 accounts and OneNote. 

Here is a quick layout where to find their lessons in OneNote:

Reading-

In student's folder labeled- 1-Reading Remote Learning

  • Some work can be done right there on the assignment page
  • Will have to use their Content Library to find poster and other resources for reading at different times.
  • Video lessons are included for further explanation if needed.

Writing-

In student's folder labeled- 2- Writing Remote Learning

  • Some work can be done right there on the assignment page
  • Will have to use their Content Library to find poster and other resources for reading at different times.
  • Video lessons are included for further explanation if needed.
  • Student's will use Word in their Office 365 account to turn writing pieces in as needed. They will just "share" their work with Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Luke.

Math-

Daily lessons found in the Content Library- 3-Math Remote Learning

  • Video links to lessons and exit tickets are found here

Lesson Problem Set and Sprints found in Content Library-Math Problem Set and Sprints (located right under 3-Math Remote Learning folder) 

  • You can print their math material from this folder OR they can go to their Problem Set folder under their student folder to work on the work sheets online. All of this is shown in the "How To" video.

We have also uploaded our lesson plans for this week under the document section at the top of this site. 

All work is due by 4 p.m. each Friday, unless otherwise posted on the assignment.

If you have any question, please let us know. We appreciate your patience as we navigate through this new journey of teaching and learning. 

 

April 10, 2020

Hello 4th Grade Families,
As you have heard by now, the distance learning model will remain until the end of the school year. Mrs. Luke and I were both really hoping that we’d be able to get back in the classroom and finish the school year with our students face-to-face, so we are disappointed, though we do agree that everyone’s health must take the priority. Please make sure your kids know how much we love working with them and that we are missing them as we all get used to teaching and learning from afar. We are here for them via email and SeeSaw anytime they would like to get in touch with us J
Next week is Spring Break, so we do not have a newsletter with optional activities for that week. Although it’s a bit different than the break most of us were planning on, we hope that you’ll all still be able to relax and recharge a bit. After Spring Break, we will be transitioning to the distance learning model that will continue through the end of the school year. Every Friday, we will email a weekly schedule for the following week with required daily activities in the subject areas of reading, writing, and math. There will be a variety of activities- some self-guided and some involving watching teaching videos that we will upload and direct you to- that need to be completed every day. We will request that certain assignments be turned in for us to grade and provide feedback on. We’ll send you the first assignment schedule at the end of next week. In the meantime, if your child has not done so already, please have them try logging into Clever. Once they are in Clever, have them practice getting on OneNote. This will be the primary tool used for our videos and instruction after break, so if there are any issues accessing these platforms please let us know. Mrs. Luke will be posting a video on SeeSaw at the end of next week to remind the kids how to use OneNote and how they’ll use it for remote learning.
We will continue our class Zoom meetings twice a week- plan for Tuesdays at 1:30 pm with Mrs. Luke and Thursdays at 12:30 with Mrs. Pierce. We’ll both be setting up recurring meeting codes, so that you will not need to wait for a new link every time we host a meeting. Those links will be sent out after the break. We’ll also be setting up “office hours” in which we guarantee we will be immediately responsive to questions sent via email or SeeSaw messages during those times. We’ll share the specific times for Office Hours next week when we share the first lessons. As always though, we will be checking our emails and SeeSaw throughout the day, and will remain available for questions, providing feedback, or any other concerns.  
We really appreciate your patience as we all get used to this new remote learning routine. Enjoy your Spring Break and please let your students know how much we miss them!
Jennifer Pierce and Lindsey Luke

Week of April 6th to 10th

The weekly newsletter was sent out on Friday, April 3rd. If you did not receive it, or would like another copy, you can download it under the documents tab. You will also find other resources for your student under the document tab that will align with this weeks suggested activities. 

We will have a weekly zoom meetings:

Tuesday @ 1:30 with Mrs. Luke

Thursday @ 12:30 with Mrs. Pierce

Have a wonderful week!

Week of March 30th to April 3rd

We have emailed and uploaded our weekly Newsletter for you to view. Please check the document section for any resources needed to complete the suggested activities in our newsletter. 

We will be hosting a classroom zoom meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. (Mrs. Luke) and on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (Mrs. Pierce). We will send you an invite the day of the meeting. We look forward to seeing the students who can attend. 

Update Week of March 23rd to March 27th

Please check your email for our weekly newsletters that were sent out today, Monday, March 23rd. We have also uploaded them to our document section, located at the top of the page. Under the document section you will find this week's newsletters, along with other resources your student can access during the school closure. Please remember these are all just suggestions and no work will be graded or turned in. However, we enjoy seeing the student's work, so they can share it with us through Seesaw and office 365. 

We sent out Epic (a reading resource) invites for all families last week. If you did not receive one or can't seem to find it, please let us know and we can resend it. It's a great reading resource for your child to use during the school closure. 

We miss our students and hope they are all doing well during this time. They are always welcome to send us a message on Seesaw or write us an email to say "hi". 

 

We will be sending out our weekly newsletters for March 30th to April 3rd this coming Friday.

Wishing you a healthy and safe week!

Resources for Students to Access During School Closure:

Math:

Zearn- Available through their clever account 

Prodigy- https://play.prodigygame.com/

Social Studies:

TrueFlix-Access through the Sunset Library (We will send login and password info through SeeSaw)

Brainpop- Access through their clever accounts 

Topics we've covered along with the essential questions students will want to be able to answer:

Physical Science-Matter

  • What are the states of matter?
  • What happens to matter when it undergoes a physical change?
  • What are properties of matter?

Life Science-Why are relationships in an ecosystem important?

  • How do the components of an ecosystem depend on each other?
  • How does the transfer of energy relate to a food web?
  • How can change impact an ecosystem?
  • What affects do you have on an ecosystem?

Writing-informative writing and narrative writing

  • create stories and writing pieces on their office 365 account and share with Mrs.Luke & Mrs. Pierce
  • Create a PowerPoint teaching about a topic of their choice

Reading-

Focuses:

  • Identifying the plot elements of a story
    • Exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
  • Making inferences 
    • Using what they know + text evidence= inference 
    • Text structures
      • Description-the author describes a topic, idea or person by listing its features, characteristics, or examples
      • Compare/Contrast-the author shows how 2 or more things are alike and/or how they are different
      • Cause/Effect-the author explains why/how something happened, and the results (effects)
      • Problem/Solution-the author tells about a problem and gives one or more possible solutions
      • Chronology-the author describes events in time order (first, next, then , last, finally)

    Raz Kids

    Teacher: lluke1

    Username: Student's first name

    Password: Student ID #

    Epic-

    Check your email for an invite that was sent on Monday, March 16th. Please let us know if you need us to resend it. 

    Actively Learn-access through their clever accounts