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  Communication is the key to all successful relationships.
Review SOL Pass Virginia Studies.  Virginia Studies test is Wednesday, May 27th
Please return whisper phones:  1, 2, 3,9,11, 15,19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28  Thank you! 
 Dr. Robinson - 4th Grade  -
In our classroom, we will utilize 21st century skills daily.  Your child will share daily what they learn through technology any time, any-where.Hopefully your child has worked in dream box all summer as this is a program we will utilize a great deal. They will show you how to go on virtual field trips learning about Virginia history.  Most evenings your child will need to complete an assignment on the computer.  They will electronically forward that assignment to me.  This helps them embrace digital communication in a safe, flexible, effective environment. All students are assigned a number in class.  The assigned number will be used for these submissions.  They never need to put their names on any of these assignments. 

The students will create presentations with animation and sound. Please encourage them to use excel and word as this continues to afford students with opportunities in and out of class to apply technology to develop skills, design and facilitate meaningful learning experiences, thereby encouraging students to create, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and use real-world skills. 

The goal in our classroom is for each student to become a confident, life-long, independent learner, growing to his or her fullest potential. 

Rosa Lee Carter School is a Positive Behavior Intervention School.  We support the three paws of respecting self, property and others at all time. As a school, we have many initiatives that recognize students who are modeling this behavior. 

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.  The success of our classroom comes from open communication and modeling the skills we want students to embrace. I believe it will be a great year and I look forward to working with each of you! 
Monday = PE
Tuesday = Music, Library
Wednesday = Computer Lab, Music
Thursday = Art
Friday = PE
SS song  all songs should be memorized
Virginia Studies Refrigerator cards - all pages should be memorized, understood and explained by students.

Homework routine:
20 minutes reading - for every book read in Raz-kids you need to complete a quiz
10 minutes math - Dream box, Jefferson Labs, math vocabulary, math facts, Khan Academy
20 minutes Virginia studies- SOL pass, vocabulary, refrigerator cards
10 minutes science - SOL pass, Jefferson Labs, refrigerator cards
Missing books.  Please have your student return the following text books.  Thank you
Math  5, 11, 24, 25
SS      7, 8, 11, 15
Reading 15, 19
PARENTS:  Please make sure your student is reviewing the science and social studies refrigerator cards and the interactive notebook.  We test this information every Friday.  Reviewing this information does show in their weekly quizzes. 
 Please remind students to do 90 minutes a week of dream box.  Thank you.
READ ALOUD 20 MINUTES EXTRA EACH EVENING TO ANOTHER PERSON.  Please remind your student to read to another person from now until winter break every evening.  Initial in the agenda if they have completed this each night.  There will be prizes for the students who do this challenge every evening.  Prizes will be given the day before winter break.  Thank you for your support.
WHISPER PHONES WENT HOME OCTOBER 21ST.  Please have your student practice reading aloud into the whisper phone.  These do need to be returned at the end of the school year as this is a teacher provided item provided by this specific teacher!  Have fun take a turn reading into the phone with your student.  When your student practices reading aloud, they are practicing fluency, rate, tone and voice.  These are important skills as research shows understanding increases as vocabulary increases.  Whisper phones can start being returned after spring break if students are not using them at home.  These will be collected at the end of the year.
Please remember for students brains to grow, they need non-electronic tools (paper and pencil) as well as electronic tools.  Reading and writing, with paper and pencil, helps brain dendrites grow firm, technology supports this growth.  Students need a balanced plate of learning.
Students should know: 

Reading: context clues, root words, prefix, suffix, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, glossary, dictionary, thesaurus, fiction and non fiction reading, authors purpose, identify the main idea, language, setting, characters, problems, solutions, sensory words, inferences, visualize information, make predictions,  confirm predictions, revise predictions, cause, effect, fact, opinion, and summary.


Electronic learning:  Raz Kids

Manually learning:  read a book, use paper and pencil to answer above questions 

Math:  place value to the millions, orders of operations, properties of numbers, elapsed time, probability, multiplication 2 X 2, multiplication example 25 X 64, division 1 into 3, (in division I try for 2X2 if we can get it), division example 6 divided into 139,   fractions - unlike and like denominators -  adding and subtracting, mixed numbers, simplify, equivalent, improper, and simplest form, adding and subtracting decimals, measurement, length, width, capacity, weight, metric and customary, geometry. In the vocabulary packet I sent there are examples of this information.  

Sample LCM  of  6 and 10   is 30 you write out all the sums up to 12 for both 6 and 10 and circle the lowest one in common. Sample 6x1, 6x2, .....
Sample of common factors of 8 and 24 is 1,2, 4, 8 You need to write out all the factors in both numbers and circle the common ones.  For GCF it is 8 as this is in both numbers and is the largest number. Students should be able to compare, order, simplify, add and subtract like and unlike denominators of fractions.  Please continue to work on this skill at home.

Electronic Learning:  Dream Box, Jefferson Labs, Khan Academy

Manual Learning:  Vocabulary cards, math text book-use index to find topics we have studied in class, packets for practice, and create flash cards


Virginia studies:  geography (regions... through water information), indians, Jamestown, colonial life, American revolution, new nation and the civil war.  We have not started the 21st century but we will complete that in the next two weeks. 

Electronic Learning:  SOL pass

Manual Learning:  Virginia studies cards, green notebook, text book, write a story from geography to the civil war
Science:  scientific method, watershed, natural resources, solar system, moon phases, clouds, weather, force, motion, inertia, potential energy, kinetic energy, electricity and magnetism.  
Electronic Learning:  SOL pass, Jefferson Labs
Manual Learning:  science refrigerator cards, orange Harcourt science text book, orange notebook, create a poster by hand, create study guides, create a handwritten story and create comic strips.
Please contact me if you have any questions. 

Sol’s begin 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  Reading SOL
Wednesday, May 27, 2015  Virginia Studies SOL
Monday, Tuesday, June 1, June 2 Math SOL 

May 29th reading - write what you liked about this year

May 29th – create a review study guide for math

May 29th – professional day

June 16th – twin day LAST day of school

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