Wednesday, October 18, 2017



Here's What's Happening in Mrs. McBrady's Classroom


October 23, 2017

Literacy


Interactive Reading –  Shiloh (Theme)

Reading - Plot and the Story Mountain

Writing Workshop – Kate DiCamillo's Writer's Workshop and opinion writing

Independent Reading – AR goal for October 5 points to meet their goal
Please remind your child to read at home. 4th graders should read at least 20 minutes per evening.
If you want to check if a book you have at home has a test or see the reading level or point value, you can visit this web site:

http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp

You are invited to download 3 eBooks (2 with audio), sponsored by Pizza Hut and the Book-

It Program. See more information about downloading here:

https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=17202659011



Spelling

Pretest - Monday
Final Test - Friday

Math

Unit 2 - 
I can solve number stories involving multiplicative comparisons
I can classify triangles by angle properties
I can classify quadrilaterals by their properties
I can explore symmetry in nature, objects, and shapes
I can solve "What's My Rule" problems and analyze patterns

Social Studies

The United States and Its Regions
               A Nation is Born
               A Nation at Last 
               The Nation Grows
               War and Changes


October Birthdays

October 20 - Cailin
October 23 - Ashleigh

Coming Up!

October 25 - 4th grade is not checked except by parent request
October 31 - Classroom Fall Party
October 31 - Students should have at least 5 AR points

Friday, October 13, 2017



Here's What's Happening in Mrs. McBrady's Classroom


October 16, 2017


From the picture it either looks like Fall in Minnesota or Camouflage Day at Parkers Prairie Elementary!



Literacy


Interactive Reading –  Shiloh

Reading - Plot and the Story Mountain

Writing Workshop – share personal narratives and begin opinion writing

Independent Reading – AR goal for October 5 points to meet their goal
Please remind your child to read at home. 4th graders should read at least 20 minutes per evening.
If you want to check if a book you have at home has a test or see the reading level or point value, you can visit this web site:

http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp

You are invited to download 3 eBooks (2 with audio), sponsored by Pizza Hut and the Book-

It Program. See more information about downloading here:

https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=17202659011



Spelling

No spelling words this week.

Math

Unit 2 - 
I can convert units of time to smaller units of time and solve number stories involving time
I can identify place value through the hundred-thousands
I can create and interpret statements and equations for multiplicative comparisons

Social Studies

The United States and Its Regions

Book Orders

If you are interested in purchasing books for your student, please consider the Scholastic Book Clubs.  I will send home book order offers monthly.  I will have a deadline for the order to be submitted.  However, you may order at any time.  I will simply submit your order with the next time I order.

Purchases are entirely up to you.  If you decide to order, you can send the order to school with a check made out to Scholastic Book Club or I will accept cash and write the check myself.  

You may also order online at scholalstic.com/bookclubs  Please use my classroom code:
H948H so the books are delivered here.  If you order online, you have access to all the books Scholastic sells.  They have a search tool that is really easy to use to find the book that you want.


October Birthdays

October 20 - Cailin
October 23 - Ashleigh


Coming Up!

October 17 - Picture Retakes
October 19 and 20 - No School
October 25 - 4th grade is not checked except by parent request
October 31 - Classroom Fall Party
October 31 - Students should have at least 5 AR points

Friday, October 6, 2017





Here's What's Happening in Mrs. McBrady's Classroom


October 9, 2017


See our Homecoming Poster!  It was truly a team effort.  Each student participated and worked together to create our masterpiece.  It may not have won the prize, but the students are definitely winners!




Snacks! I encourage your child to bring a healthy snack to tide him or her over until lunch time. I would like to ask that you send snacks in plastic bags that can easily be sealed, plastic containers that can easily be opened and closed, or individual packaging. While it may be convenient to purchase a box of crackers and eat them all week, an open package of food is an invitation to pests. Thanks!!


Literacy


Interactive Reading –  Shiloh

Reading - Theme

Writing Workshop – Personal Narrative, brainstorming, organizing ideas, and writing an essay. We will continue with the writing process with revising, editing, and final copies.

Independent Reading – AR goal for October 5 points to meet their goal
Please remind your child to read at home. 4th graders should read at least 20 minutes per evening.
If you want to check if a book you have at home has a test or see the reading level or point value, you can visit this web site:

http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp

You are invited to download 3 eBooks (2 with audio), sponsored by Pizza Hut and the Book-It Program.  See more information about downloading here:

https://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=17202659011

Spelling

Pretest – Monday
Final Test – Friday
Students who score 100% on their pretest will not need to take the final test on Friday. Students should score 80% or higher on the final tests to master their spelling words. You can check your child’s progress on Spelling City.

Math

Unit 2 - 
I can use a formula to figure the area of a rectangle
I can work with factor pairs, arrays, and corresponding equations
I can learn that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors
I can classify numbers as prime or composite

Social Studies

The United States and Its Regions
Why Study History?
The First Americans
First Europeans Come To America
A Nation Is Born

Vision and Hearing

Vision and hearing screenings will be conducted October 25. Fourth grade is not a part of the routine screening process. If you would like your child’s vision or hearing checked, please contact the office and they will schedule your child to be screened.

Art

Grandma Cookie will be coming into our classroom once a month this year with an art lesson. We will see her on Monday for the first time.

Every Kid in a Park

Fourth graders and their family are admitted FREE to any National Park from September 2017 until the end of August 2018. Feel free to check it out!

Coming Up!
October 9 - Art with Grandma Cookie
October 17 - Picture Retakes
October 19 and 20 - No School
October 31 - Classroom Fall Party

Thursday, September 28, 2017



Here's What's Happening in Mrs. McBrady's Classroom


October 2, 2017


Snacks! I encourage your child to bring a healthy snack to tide him or her over until lunch time. I would like to ask that you send snacks in plastic bags that can easily be sealed, plastic containers that can easily be opened and closed, or individual packaging. While it may be convenient to purchase a box of crackers and eat them all week, an open package of food is an invitation to pests. Thanks!!


Literacy


Interactive Reading – Bullying Curriculum Books and discussion. Shiloh

Reading - Genre Study: Realistic Fiction, Historic Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery Informational, and Poetry.

Writing Workshop – Personal Narrative, brainstorming, organizing ideas, and writing an essay. We will continue with the writing process with revising, editing, and final copies.

Independent Reading – AR goal for October 5 points to meet their goal
Please remind your child to read at home. 4th graders should read at least 20 minutes per evening.
If you want to check if a book you have at home has a test or see the reading level or point value, you can visit this web site:

http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp


Spelling

Pretest – Monday
Final Test – Friday
Students who score 100% on their pretest will not need to take the final test on Friday. Students should score 80% or higher on the final tests to master their spelling words. You can check your child’s progress on Spelling City.


Math

Unit 1 Review
Test Unit 1
I can measure to the nearest centimeter.
I can organize, display and analyze data on scaled bar graphs.



Social Studies

The United States and Its Regions
Why Study History?
The First Americans
First Europeans Come To America
A Nation Is Born


Vision and Hearing

Vision and hearing screenings will be conducted October 25. Fourth grade is not a part of the routine screening process. If you would like your child’s vision or hearing checked, please contact the office and they will schedule your child to be screened.


Coming Up!

October 6 - Homecoming - Dress Up Days - Monday PJs, Tuesday - Wear Orange, Wednesday - Hat  Day, Thursday - Camo, Friday - Spirit Day (Maroon and Gold)
October 6 - Pepfest 12:40 and Parade 2:30
October 17 - Picture Retakes
October 19 and 20 - No School
October 31 - Classroom Fall Party

Friday, September 22, 2017



Here's What's Happening in Mrs. McBrady's Classroom

October 2, 2017


Snacks!  I encourage your child to bring a healthy snack to tide him or her over until lunch time.  I would like to ask that you send snacks in plastic bags that can easily be sealed, plastic containers that can easily be opened and closed, or individual packaging.  While it may be convenient to purchase a box of crackers and eat  them all week, an open package of food is an invitation to pests. Thanks!!




Literacy

Interactive Reading – Bullying Curriculum Books and discussion. Shiloh

Reading -   Genre Study:  Realistic Fiction, Historic Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery Informational, and Poetry.


Writing Workshop – Personal Narrative, brainstorming, organizing ideas, and writing an essay.  We will continue with the writing process with revising, editing, and final copies.


Independent Reading – AR goal for October 5 points to meet their goal
Please remind your child to read at home. 4th graders should read at least 20 minutes per evening.
If you want to check if a book you have at home has a test or see the reading level or point value, you can visit this web site: 

    http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp


Spelling
Pretest – Monday
Final Test – Friday
Students who score 100% on their pretest will not need to take the final test on Friday. Students should score 80% or higher on the final tests to master their spelling words. You can check your child’s progress on Spelling City. 


Math
Unit 1 Review

          Test Unit 1
I can measure to the nearest centimeter.
I can organize, display and analyze data on scaled bar graphs.



Social Studies
The United States and Its Regions
Why Study History?
The First Americans
The First Europeans Come To America
A Nation Is Born

Vision and Hearing
Vision and hearing screenings will be conducted October 25. Fourth grade is not a part of the routine screening process. If you would like your child’s vision or hearing checked, please contact the office and they will schedule your child to be screened.

Coming Up!
October 6 - Homecoming - Dress Up  Days - Monday PJs, Tuesday - Wear Orange, Wednesday - Hat Day, Thursday - Camo, Friday - Spirit Day (Maroon and Gold)


October 6 - Pepfest 12:40 and Parade 2:30
October 17 - Picture Retakes
October 19 and 20 - No School
October 31 - Classroom Fall Party

Friday, September 15, 2017



Here's What's Happening in Mrs. McBrady's Classroom

September 18, 2017



Literacy

Interactive Reading – Bullying Curriculum Books and discussion.

Reading Workshop, building stamina, and establishing routines. I am listening to each child read in order to establish reading groups.

Writing Workshop – Personal Narrative, gathering ideas, establishing routines, and launching Writing Workshop.

Independent Reading – All students are expected to achieve the AR goal. Every student should have a minimum of 5 AR points by Friday, September 29. I send an AR report home every week (usually Thursday or Friday) for you to monitor your child’s reading progress. Students have also been introduced to the 40 Book Requirement. Please see the Independent Reading tab on my blog for more information.

AR goal for September 
5 points to meet their goal

Please remind your child to read at home. 4th graders should read at least 20 minutes per evening.

If you want to check if a book you have at home has a test or see the reading level or point value, you can visit this web site: 

                                            http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home.asp


Spelling


Pretest – Monday


Final Test – Friday


Students who score 100% on their pretest will not need to take the final test on Friday. Students should score 80% or higher on the final tests to master their spelling words. You can check your child’s progress on Spelling City. Your child has practiced going to “my records” to see a copy of their test and the record of their activity.


Math

Here are our I can statements for this week:

I can solve addition problems using the traditional method.
I can solve subtraction problems using the traditional method.
I can convert between yards, feet, and inches.
I can explain properties of points, line segments, lines, and rays.
I can explain properties of angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals.




Grading
My grading is as follows:
94 - 100% = G (Good)
88 - 93% - S+ (Above Satisfactory)
80 - 87% - S (Satisfactory)
70 - 79% - S- (Below Satisfactory)
69% and Below - N (Needs to Improve)

Social Studies
Scholastic News


Vision and Hearing

Vision and hearing screenings will be conducted October 25. Fourth grade is not a part of the routine screening process. If you would like your child’s vision or hearing checked, please contact the office and they will schedule your child to be screened.


Friday, September 8, 2017


We have had a great beginning this past week.  The students adjusted to being back in the classroom with routines and procedures very well.  Here is some information you might be looking for:

Snack

We will have a morning snack at 9:30 each day. Please encourage your child to bring a nutritious snack (apple, muffin, crackers and peanut butter, graham crackers, banana, etc.). It helps to have apples cut and cored and oranges peeled with the sections in a bag.

Milk is optional and must be paid for in advance through the office.  Only skim and 1% milk are available during morning break.

Birthdays

Birthdays are special days! Your child may wish to bring a birthday treat for the class on his/her birthday. We have 26 students in our class.  Treats need to be store-bought and individually wrapped or bakery made. Summer birthdays will be celebrated at the 6-month increment. For example, June birthdays will be acknowledged in December, July in January, and August in February.




Class Schedule
8:25-8:35Pledge, Attendance,  Morning Meeting, 
8:35-9:30Reader's Workshop
9:30 - 9:40Snack and CNN Student News
9:40 - 10:50Math
10:50 - 10:55Bathroom Break/Transition
10:55 - 11:20Gym
11:20  - 11:45Read Aloud 
11:45 - 12:10Recess
12:10 - 12:35Come in / Wash hands / Lunch
12:40 - 1:00Spelling/IXL
1:00 - 1:25Library (Day 1), Music (Day 2)
1:25 - 2:10 Writer's Workshop
2:10 - 2:45 Science                                            Social Studies
2:45-2:56Announcements, Agendas, and Mailboxes






Spelling



Students have taken a spelling leveling test and are given spelling words specifically selected for him/her. Your child has a list of  25 words. Spelling words will be handed out on Fridays. Pretests will be taken on Monday and final tests will be taken on Friday. Changes to this schedule will be announced.



Tests will be taken on the computer using Spelling City. Each student has his/her own user name and password. Students may practice at home using Spelling City. There are activities and practice tests. You can also view their test results on the site. Your student has practiced going to "My Records" to show you a copy of his/her test.

If you don’t have internet access at home, words can be studied with the list I send home.




Water Bottles

If you would like your child to have a water bottle at school there are a few guidelines that I ask to be followed.  Water bottles must be taken home each evening to be cleaned and refilled at home.  Water bottles must be on the counter in the back of the room and be accessed only during appropriate non-teaching times.  Be aware that we do take bathroom and drink breaks.  With the weather being cool I have noticed this week that many water bottles have been going back home full of water.  This is going to be a family decision if it is worth your time.  We do have a water fountain in school with filtered water.   




If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. I am available at the school between 8:00-8:20 a.m. and 3:00-3:30 p.m. I will answer email as soon as I can. You can email me at kmcbrady@pp.k12.mn.us