On Tuesday, May 14th is the first day of the Math PARCC assessment. Please have your child come to school on time because the testing will begin promptly at 9:30 am. Math will take place on the 14th-16th. We have been preparing for the PARCC type questions by reviewing practice tests and discussing the wording and the way to attempt a task. They shouldn't feel stressed because I KNOW your child is ready because of all the hard work they did all year long!
If you would like to see what the questions look like, go on the NJ PARCC Practice Math site and click 4th grade, any units. We've been practicing using the math tools and questions at school.
If your child has earphones/earbuds, it would be helpful if they can bring it to school on the days of the Math PARCC. advance.
I just found out the date for the 4th Grade Field Day is June 13th. All parent are welcomed to be spectators.
Make sure to check out the upcoming events.
Mrs. Rudenjak :)
Upcoming Events:.....Plan ahead :
- Multicultural Night at Elms: Tues., May 21st at 6-8pm
Come to see what the students have been learning about and learn about another culture from our Elms Community.
- 4th Grade Field Day: June 13th
- End of Year Party- TBA soon :)
Words Their Way Word Work: Suspended until PARCC is over
The students practice their spelling words/sort throughout the week in class. The words are always written in their planner, even if you have to go back a week or two to find it. Remember, even though there isn't nightly HW in Spelling, the online site Spelling City will soon be available(check the planner for updates) and is a great way for your child to practice their spelling words. It's always recommended to do Blind Sort as a way to prepare for their test.
STEM/Science/Social Studies: Animal and Plant Structures (Science)-Bird Beak Challenge
S.T.E.M is a part of our curriculum here at Elms. For those who are unfamiliar with STEM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We tackle problem-solving through hands-on cooperative groups. The Science and Social Studies curriculum will revolve around project-based learning.
Literacy: Reading with a Lens of Perspective/ Writing About Reading
Reading and Writing Workshop is something the students are familiar with from previous years. The curriculum builds upon the units from the previous school year, so it's a comfortable transition for the students.
Math: Topic 16 Measurement
T. 16: Geometry concepts; polygons, types of triangles, parallel lines, measuring for area & perimeter
**Remember, if your child isn't understanding the concepts, they should look in their Math notebook, go online and watch the lesson video or do the Math Buddy. There is also a site online called Khan Academy that goes over various math skills step by step. I did show this free online site to the children.
-The math curriculum has a wealth of new vocabulary and strategies. Please encourage your child to utilize the online site to help troubleshoot questionable concepts or to just simply help support the topics learned in school. Also, if they forget their book in school, they should go to the online student book and do the HW on a piece of paper.
-Once on Pearson Realize, choose "programs" and then the topic and lesson. I may assign the Practice Buddy if a child needs extra help with a lesson. This will help your child if they're having questions about the lesson. Your child's sign-on information will be in their planner under the 'Notes' section.
****Please encourage your child to continue to study their basic multiplication facts. A majority of the skills and concepts throughout the year require mastery of single-digit multiplication facts up to 12.
***Order the Yearbook.....go online to yearbookforever.com and enter our school name.
WEEKLY SPECIALS SCHEDULE: 12:15-12:55pm daily
Monday: Music w/ Ms. O'Keefe
Tuesday: Computers w/ Ms. Sendecki
Wednesday: Physical Education w/ Mr. D.
Thursday: World Language(Spanish)
Friday: Art w/ Mr. Bryan
Lunch: M-F 10:50-11:20
NOTE: Shortened Schedule: the day ends at 1:35pm
Please support your child at home to help them problem solve when doing homework or if your child lets you know they're struggling with a concept. Utilizing the online sites is a great way to reinforce skills learned in school.
Also, it is imperative that your child is fluent with Multiplication facts up to 12 times tables. The topics moving forward, such as Fractions and Division, requires the students to have mastery of their facts. Utilizing online sites or just plain old-fashion flash cards are great resources for your child to practice daily.
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please feel free to email me or contact me by phone. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to a wonderful and rewarding year!
- Homework is usually assigned M-Th, unless otherwise noted.
- (abbreviations to know: worksheet: WS, homework: HW, Words Their Way: WTW)
- Planner: please check and have a parent sign the planner daily
- Your child should read 20 minutes each day. Encourage them to continue to read their current book until they finish it.
- Test Folder: A folder will come home with graded work a few times a month. Please review the work, sign the cover sheet after reviewing the work and then return all the work on the "Return" side.
- Toys are not encouraged to be brought to school, unless otherwise directed. This can distract the students from learning.
- Any Online Site that we use in class, the username and password information will be written in your child's Planner in the "notes" section.
The students will have recess everyday. Recess may be outside, so appropriate outerwear and shoes are recommended.
Parents, when the students are off from school, there are many things your child could do to help them progress and learn. Some great activities would be playing math games on the computer such as Prodigy, play Multiplication War, go on Spelling City to work on the current word list, and of course, read a good book. Story writing or taking notes on their favorite topic in a nonfiction book or article is another way to keep them learning at home. I certainly appreciate all the support you do at home.
If you forgot your Math book or need additional help with your Math HW, please use the online resources. Pearson Realize will give you examples of your math lessons in addition to math videos that will reteach the lesson.
If you forgot your HW in school, please work on the last Math lesson online and email me to let me know that you did an online assignment.
Classroom Rules & Behaviors That Support Learning:
School needs to be a safe and happy place to come to everyday.
- Show respect towards each other
- Interact appropriately with classmates
- Use good word choice & actions when disagreeing with someone(self-control)
- Put forth good effort consistently
- Stay on task and focused to learn, consistently
- Follow directions, consistently