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Ms. Ramos’s 4B Class

Howdy Parents,

I think I will be sending out a biweekly blog about things that are happening in and around our SIS classroom and school.  I feel it’s a better way of communicating as things tend to change throughout the month.  I would like for y’all to know that I really appreciate your understanding and support this school year.

4B has been sharing their knowledge and skills with Ms. Cheryl’s Pre-K class and they love it!  Its a great time for our kids to interact and support them through learning, art and crafts and playing games.

We just wrapped up our Semester 1 and heading into Semester 2.  Our reading for this Unit 4 is focused on Historical Fiction and our class is doing a read aloud of Rosa Parks.  (The woman who stood up to racism and segregation in the 1950s) . Lots of interesting and enlightening discussions on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Civil Rights Movement.

UOI “How We Express Ourselves” and our Central Idea: How living thing process and respond to information in different ways for survival and our Writing Information Unit will be a combined effort.  We will continue learning how to use research, note-taking skills and other educational tools to write informative essays about our topics.

Math we are wrapping up Module 4: Lines and Angles, I have decided to split the quizzes into 2 parts.  The first quiz will be on A: Line and Angles, and B: Angle Measurement.

Next week we will have our second quiz, and it will be on C and D: 2 dimensional figures (triangles and quadrilaterals) and symmetry either Wednesday or Thursday.  We will begin our Module 5: Fractions on Friday, March 1.

FYI:

  • Deadline for DragonFly is Thursday, February 21
  • Mother Language Day is Thursday, February 21
  • Monday is Library Day

 

“NO ACT OF KINDNESS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IS EVER WASTED.” – AESOP

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 8!

Howdy Parents!

The Remaining Weeks of November, and December 2018

What a busy time of year this can be! Well, it’s no different in the classroom. Here’s an update into what we’re studying in the different subject areas in grade 4.

In Math, we are deep into the study of multi-digit multiplication and division. It’s all about learning multiple ways to represent our thinking and deepen our understanding of the core operations. From partial products and partial quotients to area models and the standard algorithm, our study of multiplication and division is pushing students to use all their previous math knowledge and bring it further.

In writing, we are really getting a handle on our understanding of persuasive essays and the five-paragraph essay format. Students have written multiple essays and are developing their ability to plan logical and convincing arguments. They have learned to outline thesis statements and supporting reasons. Next, they build upon their reasons with details. Recently we have been using non-fiction text to support our arguments with quotations and evidence. Students are noting page numbers and authors to legitimize their arguments and employing persuasive language to strengthen their vocabulary.

Reading non-fiction texts has supported writing and our unit of inquiry. Students are using text features like the index and table of contents to determine where the information they need is. They can then look in multiple books in the library and pick out the texts that will best support their writing plan. These types of research skills and comfort with the library and non-fiction text are the building blocks of further projects and units of inquiry.

We are starting our unit of inquiry called ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’. This UOI focus on migration from an economic, geographic, and sociological perspective. We will look into the factors that push people out of their home countries and create refugees. We will also explore the factors that pull people to new locations such as jobs, education, and religious freedom. We all have a history of migration as very few people in the modern world have lived in the same location for generations. This unit hopes to impart empathy and understanding into the students for those in difficult situations. It is also designed to help students better understand their own place in the world, where they come from and where they might go. The central idea of the unit is: Humans migrate in response to challenges, risks, and opportunities.

Thanks for checking in!

Roundup 7!

Howdy Y’All,

Weeks 5-16, 2018

FYI:

  • Picture Day, Wednesday, November 7 at 11:00, please wear your uniform with polo or PE shirt with black or grey bottoms.

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Our PYP 2nd unit is How the World Works-an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies.  Vocabulary, investigations regarding landforms and maps. And, learning about the Design Cycle, students will participate in a learning and researching exercise.
  • Literacy-our students will be continuing opinion writing and argumentation. Students will learn to use graphic organizers to plan and write five paragraph essays independently. We will start slow with a guided essay about a topic we all know. Next, students will be given creative control and develop their own ideas with well thought out reasons and details to support them. 
  • Math- our students will be learning Multi Digit Multiplication and Division

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.

All the best…

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 6!

Howdy Y’All,

Week October 15-19, 2018

Congratulations to all my students on a job well done for their hard work on “Creating Their Own Culture Presentation.”  I really enjoyed the imagination and creativity each student brought to their new found “Culture.”

Here’s what’s happening this week:

  • Our PYP 2nd unit is How the World Works-an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies. 
  • Writing-our students will be continuing opinion writing and argumentation. Students will learn to use graphic organizers to plan and write five paragraph essays independently. We will start slow with a guided essay about a topic we all know. Next, students will be given creative control and develop their own ideas with well thought out reasons and details to support them. 
  • Math- our students will be continuing about the Metric Unit Conversions in addition and subtraction word problems involving metric length, mass and capacity.
  • Reading-our students will be planning for a research project, cooperative learning research teams to organize and plan their journey. Also, tackling tricky vocabulary through reading, note-taking and conversation.

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.  All the best…

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 5!

Howdy Y’All,

Week October 8-12, 2018

I’m so happy to see each and everyone of y’all safe and back to school.  With the exception of a few of our friends still in transit or ill; 4B definitely missed y’all today.  So here’s what’s happening this week:

  • Students will be working on their UOI “Creating a Culture” presentation all week and bringing it all together for show.
  • Writing-our students will be studying opinion writing and argumentation. Students will learn to use graphic organizers to plan and write five paragraph essays independently. We will start slow with a guided essay about a topic we all know. Next, students will be given creative control and develop their own ideas with well thought out reasons and details to support them. Let’s see where this brings our group. 
  • Math- our students will be learning about Metric Unit Conversions in addition and subtraction word problems involving metric length, mass and capacity.
  • Reading-our students will be planning for a research project, cooperative learning research teams to organize and plan their journey.

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.  All the best…

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 4!

Howdy Y’All,

September 25-28, 2018

This is a really short week, and I think its important to continue with our pacing/lessons.

  • Reading-Making connections to build interpretation, finding meaning in images/objects, a literary self portrait.
  • Writing-wrapping up our non-fiction story, editing, using our grammar rules and punctuation skills for publishing.
  • Math-continuing understanding adding, subtract multi-digit whole numbers and using decomposing to apply to word problems and rounding. Assessment on Unit 1.
  • UOI-starting our “Creating a Culture”, elements of culture, types of presentations. Presentations TBA later, after the break.

For the break, students should continue reading their chapter books.

 

 

Roundup 3!

Howdy Y’All,

September 10-14, 2018

We wrapped up our week with the last of our DRAs and MAP assessments! Hooray! We are finally done!  What we were able to cover:

  • Math-we wrapped up the first half of their Unit 1 Module. They have gained a deeper understanding of place value, the Base-10 system, inequalities, and rounding using number lines. 
  • Writing-This week we focused on planning and writing our drafts. It was great to see the students put the characters they’ve been working on into stories and watch the stories come to life. 
  • PYP-students created mini presentation on a culture they wanted to research from our Gallery Walk, continuing with our unit
  • Reading-This week in reading students have been focusing on studying characters in their story books and using academic language to describe  what they see and hear. This is linking in with their own story writing that they are working towards.  Soon 4B will be learning with Mr. Ryan’s Pre-K class as Reading Buddies.

September 17-21, 2018

This is a really short week as we have two days off due to Parent/Teacher Conferences and SIS Staff Day.

  • Reading-Through this week students are using the language of debate to prompt rich discussions about what different elements of the text can teach us about the story.  
  • PYP-We are continuing our unit, Who We Are and focusing on our Central Idea: Our Cultural backgrounds shape our beliefs, values and actions.  We will be sharing our “home” culture with others and creating a New Culture of our own. 
  • Math-We will now move on fluently adding and subtracting whole numbers using tape diagrams as well as the standard algorithm
  • Writing-We will continue on writing our drafts, editing, proof-reading and publishing as this is a short week.

Thanks for your continued support and understanding.

All the best…

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 3!

Howdy All,

Week September 3-7,

  • wrapping up DRAs
  • finished two of our MAP Assessments, (Reading and Language).  Don’t forget on Monday, September 10 is our final Map Assessment on Math
  • Library on Mondays, so please remind your child to bring their books back
  • Cultural Gallery of different cultures for open-ended questions and discussions

Week September 10-14,

  • Comparing and Rounding Multi-Digit Whole Numbers, Lessons 6-8
  • PYP-Vocabulary for elements of Culture, Study home cultures and research question sheet.  Developing interview questions to explore self identity and culture in own families.  Interview the idea of making your own culture, explore assignment requirements.
  • Creating small reading and writing groups for collaborative learning.

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.

All the best…

Ms. Ramos

 

 

Roundup 2!

Howdy Everyone!

We are wrapping up our 2nd official week of school, and here is what we have accomplished as a group.

  • getting iPads…Yippee!
  • applying teacher approved apps (work in progress)
  • DRAs assessments (almost done)
  • Our MAP assessment will be rescheduled,  due to inclement weather and TBA later.
  • Readers/Writers Workshop, continuing the first 20 days
  • Math L1-4, the mastery of place value of multi-digit whole numbers
  • routines and procedures for the class and school
  • SIS Assembly, congrats to our 4A class for winning the Golden Sneaker Award for Best Sportsmanship and a free P.E. Day and Ms. Terrell’s 5th grade class for their version of The Wizard of Oz.

Next Week, September 3-7, 2018

  • Monday, math quiz on L1-4 (Review sheet going home), also starting L5-8
  • FYI: Our library time has changed from Tuesdays to Mondays, so please be sure to remind your child to bring their books on Mondays.
  • MAP Assessments for Reading (Tuesday) and Language (Thursday)
  • Readers/Writers Workshop, continuing the first 20 days
  • Continuing DRAs
  • routines and procedures for the class and school

Thanks to all parents for your continued support and cooperation.

All the best…

Ms. Ramos

Round 1

Howdy Y’all,

This was a BUSY WEEK, August 20-24, we did the following:

  • met with Mrs. Livingston  (Librarian), learned about the rules/expectations of  the library and checked out books
  • the next two weeks,  DRAs will be administered for reading
  • had an end of the year (3rd grade) math assessment, to identify challenges
  • started our swimming rotation with Mr. Barwicki, on Wednesday, August 22
  • not to mention Parents sessions for Curriculum and iPads
  • and rounding out (ha-ha) get it, students receiving their iPads on TODAY!

Whew! What a week!

Next week seems to pretty busy too, as we head into our 2nd week of school, August 27-31:

  • 4B continuing with routines, procedures of the classroom /school and learning about the PYP (Daily 5)
  • MAP Testing is starting this week for SIS, and our first session is on Thursday, August 30th at 10:00-11:30 am (Math)
  • DRAs will be implemented all this week for reading
  • Beginning Common Core Math (Module 1)A: Place Value of Multi-Digit Whole Numbers L1-4

Thanks to y’all for your continued support!

All the best…

Ms. Ramos

 

 

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