Dear Moms & Dads

Hi everyone. I’ve had some issues with my blog. I tried to send this to you a while back, but it didn’t get through cyberspace. If you have a moment, please send a quick message to tell me you got this. If you got it twice, let me know…

Conferences:  Monday, October 5th.

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This one is just for adults. I look forward to seeing you all.

 

At this point I have three math groups going. Kids who have memorized their multiplication facts have moved into an independent math group. They are working on solving multi-step problems using bigger numbers and applying concepts.  Memorization isn’t much fun, but knowing the basic facts will help the kids in a big way. Anything you can do to help your child get there would be greatly appreciated. I tell them not to spend a lot of time. Five to ten minutes a day will help.

 

You may have noticed that some nights reading is the only homework I send. For example, tonight I asked them to read 45 minutes. I know that some kids can’t focus for 45 minutes, not yet. So, I tell them to go home and read for 20 minutes then to go outside and play. Before bed they can read again.  I do not mean to torture your kids. If 30 to 40 minutes is all they can do for now then I am okay with that. I do want them to build stamina though. That will only come with practice. If they read 30 minutes and are unable to continue, encourage them to come tell me. I will adjust the homework to fit your child, but that requires that they advocate for themselves. I think that this is important for two reasons. It requires them to take personal responsibility. It also teaches them to be self aware.

 

Extra credit Homework: Some kids are ready for more. I will encourage them to do a variety of things, like solve math problems or practice their times tables (whatever is appropriate for them). They can also do research on the things we are doing in class. Today I told them that they can research Helen Keller, biomes, or Charlotte from Riding Freedom.

 

Thank you for the support you give your children.

Daniel (Mr. Sloan)

Nouns

Below you will find a link to a list of verbs. Search through the list find between ten and twenty good verbs. Add the verbs to your journal. Spell every word corerctly. I’m expecting to see these words in your writing in the weeks ahead. Good verbs are the key to writing a great sentence.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/wordlist/verbs.shtml

 

 

Here is a link to the list of nouns we were using in class. Please add to your list. Spell every word correctly.Add 10 to 20 new nouns to your list.

http://www.free-teacher-worksheets.com/support-files/list-of-nouns.pdf

Plants: Structure and Function

 Dear All of You,

Below are some links to web pages that focus on plants. In particular, these sites discuss the structures and functions of plants. Structures are the parts of the plant. Functions are what they do, or their job. Go to the sites. Read. Study the diagrams (pictures). In your rough draft writing journals make a list of the main parts of a plant and describe their function/job.

 http://www.thunderboltkids.co.za/Grade4/01-life-and-living/chapter2.html

http://kidsgrowingstrong.org/PlantParts

http://www.tutorvista.com/biology/parts-of-a-plant-for-kids

Advanced

http://www.biology4kids.com/files/plants_structure.html

 

Energy Transfer

Please answer the following questions in your writing journal. Use complete sentences. Be specific. Use good language.

  1. What does energy transfer mean?
  2. What was the simile that some scientists use to describe heat flow or energy transfer?
  3. Does energy move in a direction, or is it random. Please explain.
  4. Give 2 or 3 examples of energy transfer. Be specific.

Build a Circuit Baby

http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc Check out this link. It’s fun. Start by opening the link. You will see a diagram of an electrical circuit. Click on “run now.” Then start building. All you have to do is click and drag. Please build the following: 1) A simple circuit. Use one switch, One light, and wire to build a circuit. 2) Now try with two switches, two lights, and wire. When you’re done try the grab bag. Which of the objects are conductors and which are insulators?