Students have vocabulary words from the book they had defined. Students write words on the outside, definitions on the inside.
Students need to have dates in order, they need complete sentences and pertinent information.
Students needed an overall main idea and four supporting details. Each detail should have an illustration and a bold heading before writing a complete sentence or two about each fact.
Students have a diamond shaped form with four facts. Each fact should have a heading and an illustration.
Students have a list of character traits for their biography person with examples in the biography person's life.
Students write a list of facts and information with bullet points.
Charts or graphs need to have numbers and factual information in an organized manner.
Diagrams should have clear labels pointing to specific items. Map should have locations clearly labeled.
The picture is on the outside of the foldable, the caption about the picture is on the inside.
Our trimester project is based on a nonfiction biography study of a famous person. Students have researched a subject person of their choosing and organized that information into a lapbook that will be completed in class. If students are unable to complete the lapbook in class, they will need to complete the project at home. The students will use the information from their chapter books and their lapbook to create a presentation for the class. Along with this presentation the students will also turn a water bottle into a “bottle buddy” that accurately resembles their biography subject. THIS PROJECT WILL BE DUE ON NOVEMBER 5, 2018. Presentations will also be this week!
Bottle Buddy Bottle buddies are made from basic plastic water bottles, emptied out and cleaned. Please note that sand, small beads or rocks on the bottom of the bottle will help them stand up since they fall over easily. Please make sure the bottles are completely dry before using them because I have had bottles grow mold inside them in the past. The bottles should be decorated to look like your child’s biography person. Bottles must be completely covered and decorated with items that the biography person used during their lifetime. (For example a small kite with Benjamin Franklin or a small model light bulb with Thomas Edison). The bottle should be recognizable.
Here are some suggested items you may want to use to help you: water bottles, Styrofoam ball (for head), scissors, glue, felt, paint, yarn, cloth, construction paper etc.
I usually buy Styrofoam balls in bulk for the heads since they are rarely sold individually. I ask students to bring in $1.50 to cover the cost of the Styrofoam ball if they would like one. This is voluntary and up to each individual student.
To see some examples of past student work please visit the webpage at http://mrsnunez.weebly.com/social-studies.html
Students can use the chart on the back of this page to choose their preferred method to present their biographies. My hope is that this project enables your child to find a fun and engaging way to share their knowledge with their peers. If your child wants to “think outside the box” and come up with another innovative way to share their knowledge, please let me know. The choices on the chart below are based on Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. Stated simply, your child may have a preferred “intelligence” in one of 8 areas.
1. Verbal linguistic- loving to read, write and tell stories.
2. Math/Logical- strong problem-solving and reasoning skills.
3. Spatial- the ability to create visual-spatial representations (a builder or creator).
4. Musical- have a sensitivity to rhythm and sound.
5. Kinesthetic (body)- gravitate towards athletics and tactile learning.
6. Interpersonal- love cooperative group situations and are skilled at communicating.
7. Intrapersonal- understand one’s emotions, goals and motivation.
8. Naturalist- students who love all things nature (plants & animals).
I tried my best to develop a project that would be conducive across the various multiple intelligences listed above in order to appeal to the different types of intelligences in the classroom. Your child needs to pick only one of the methods listed to present their information.
Just be creative and have fun!
Biography Presentation Ideas- Choose one of the boxes below or come up with a different idea!
1. Choose a major event in your biography person’s life. Choose another person in the class and role play that event using props and dialogue.
2. Use your computer to summarize your person’s life on your computer at home. Type out your own article and print enough copies for the class. You can include a quiz or worksheet to go with it.
3. Create a poster board or comic strip that highlights 3 important life events of your biography person. Make sure the pictures are labeled and detailed with facts or dialogue.
4. Design a campaign ad for your biography person and present the campaign as a commercial. Try to convince others what a great person you researched.
5. Create song lyrics to a music track to tell about your person. Make copies of the lyrics and teach the class your song.
6. Create a shoebox diorama of a specific setting or location in your biography person’s life. Be sure to include real items from outside. Make sure you create a presentation that explains why this setting was important.
7. Write a letter to your biography person. Make sure to summarize the person’s life. Also be sure to include any questions you would have asked that person if you could send them the letter. Include enough copies to share with the class.
8. Make a visual time-line sequencing 10 important events that happened to your biography person. Make sure to add details so others can learn as much about your person as possible. The timeline can be on poster board or digitally on the computer.
9. Create a 3-5 minute video of an event in your biography person’s life. Record the video and bring it in to show the rest of the class.
The chart above has some examples of ways your child can present their biography projects that are categorized based on multiple intelligences. Students can be as creative as they like and present their information in another way if they wish. Here is a list of some additional ways students have presented in the past:
English Language Arts
SPELLING- Homework for spelling is given out every Monday. It is due every Friday, unless otherwise noted. Students need to categorize spelling words by phonetic sounds and spelling patterns. I ask the students not only study the words, but also study the patterns as well. At the beginning of the week the class completes a spelling activity tied into the phonetic sound pattern. Students keep their spelling page for the entire week to study the words.
READING- I use the Treasures reading basals, along with several novels to practice the Common Core reading standards. I start the beginning of each reading unit introducing and then discussing a variety of academic vocabulary and literary devices the students will use for that unit. Students have the opportunity for individual and group practice of these concepts with short passages as well as video and media clips. Students will then progress to larger basal stories or full novel studies applying these strategies individually.
I want everyone of my students to be a ravenous reader, as well as reading for deeper meaning. Many of these concepts are new to the students, since they have progressed from learning to read, and they are now reading to learn new concepts. Nightly reading for at least 20 minutes is very important to build fluent reading, as well as increasing student vocabulary. I understand if students have a prior commitment such as soccer, dance lessons etc. I do not assign homework over the weekends, so students have the opportunity to catch up on novels if they were unable to read during the week.
There will be trimester projects. This trimester students will read a biography novel and completing a bottle project. The second trimester students will complete a book buffet project where they will read an award winning novel that will be chosen from a list of options. The last trimester is a research project that will be a prezi presentation.
WRITING- Students will be expected to write a full narrative, as well as a 5 paragraph essay by the end of 4th grade. We will focus on expository, narrative and persuasive writing. Students will brainstorm and build on each type of writing every trimester. Students will be expected to edit and continually add details to their writing. They will also be expected to use technology with writing. Students will be writing a lot in response to text as well. We will be used the RACE text structure. Students restate, answer, cite and expand.
MATH- Most of the concepts in 4th grade in math are centered around multiplication. How frustrated and demanding math is this year, depends on the students automatic recall of multiplication facts. We will continue to review the multiplication tables in class. However, students are also learning new concepts that involve place value, fractions and geometry. The 4th grade curriculum moves very quickly throughout the year. Students start with single digit multiplication, but are expected to multiply 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers as well as 2 digit by 2 digit numbers by the end of the year. The best help you can offer your child for the year is finding a way to practice their math facts at home together. Students will not have math homework this year from the math books. They are to sign into Xtramath.org or to Math Prodigy games each night if possible. Some students who are struggling with particular math concepts and receive interventions with me will get a separate math worksheet occasionally as homework.
Science & Social Studies
Please note I have converted all of my science and social studies assessments to google forms so they are all digitally answered and graded. If you would like to look at the forms please see the science and social studies tabs of the classroom website. If you want to know grades for individual assessments I can email those to you.
SCIENCE- Students will be learning about life science, physical science and Earth and space science. I teach science by introducing the concepts, key vocabulary words and content for each unit for one week. The students are expected to take class notes, make predictions and have science discussions about the different concepts. Students will then apply that knowledge to different science experiments we will perform this year.
SOCIAL STUDIES- Students will focus mostly on New Mexico history this year. The beginning of the year focuses on Native American tribes and the different regions and land forms that are in New Mexico. Students will then learn about different Pueblos that were involved in the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico. Students will then learn about Spanish explorers and Spanish settlers of the New Mexico area. We will then learn about the different regions of the United States, NM government and the historical timeline of New Mexico.
Welcome- Keep up to date
I would like to formally welcome both you and your child to my classroom for the 2018-19 school year at Seven Bar Elementary School. Your child's education is of the utmost importance to me, as I know it is to you. In order to keep you informed of what is happening in the classroom and to also provide further resources and reminders that can be used at home; I have developed a classroom website. The website is located at mrsnunez.weebly.com (If you are already here, welcome). I will be using the website throughout the school year to post on-going information about classroom and school events, information pertaining to lessons and classroom content, as well as links to helpful websites and additional resources that will help to reinforce the content we will cover in the classroom. I will also contact parents through the online App Class Dojo.
The HOMEPAGE will have school-wide events and classroom information including the classroom discipline policy and links. The links include the scholastic book orders, Typing Web and Class Dojo. Parent teacher conferences will be set up on Sign-Up genius. On Class Dojo parents can instant message me, receive reminders for events and check student behaviors.
Teacher Contact- One of the best ways to contact me is via email. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you forget my email or if you are unable to log into outlook there is a contact section on the homepage that links directly to my email. Please also consider getting class Dojo app with instant messaging capabilities.
Class Schedule – The class schedule is on the homepage with "Pull-Outs" (PE, Art, Library) and with subject times if you are ever wondering what your student will miss if they have to leave class early.
Classroom Newsletter/Information- There is a tab on my webpage labeled NEWS/BLOG which will be set up in a blog comment/response fashion. I will try to update the newsletter every other week, depending on lesson changes. The Math, Reading, Grammar and Social Studies/Science links will be updated when classroom content and lessons change. These tabs will have student links and information. If a research project is assigned I try to describe the project on the webpage with visual examples and pictures. I try to send out copies of the news blog in an email format, as well as on the Class Dojo webpage.
Class Dojo and Classroom Discipline- Students have their names written down on cards. All students start their name on green everyday. Green is for students who are on task and working well in teams. This system is based on the 1, 2, 3 magic system. When a student is off task for any inappropriate behaviors (excessive talking, disrespectful attitude etc.) he or she needs to move their name down to the next color. Each color has a specific consequence.
BLUE- is a warning. The consequence is just a reminder to behave.
YELLOW- The student receives a warning and the behavior is documented in my notes and on the Class Dojo Site.
ORANGE- Student needs to sit out for 5 minutes and write down their behavior to be signed in their student agendas by parents and on Dojo and may miss part of Friday Fun on Friday.
RED- Student is sent to another teacher or to the office depending on severity of the action. Parents are called, student loses 2 behavior points and will sit out all of Friday Fun on Friday. Administration may be calling parents.
Keeping Track of Behaviors- I keep track of student behaviors in teams and individually using the program Bloomz. To log into bloomz, please use the classroom code. Students receive 1 individual point for every 5 team points they earn in class. These points are accrued by each student and can be used by students for Friday Fun activities. Students can also lose points for behavioral issues and missing homework assignments including agendas, reading homework, spelling and math. I keep a written log of all the times a student has moved to blue, yellow, orange or red. I have students graph their behaviors daily by coloring in the month section of their student agendas.
Popcorn and a Movie Parties- Along with the individual points, I award team points in the class for cooperative learning skills. Each time every team receives 25 points at the end of the day, they receive a letter until it spells out popcorn and a movie. The entire class then gets to watch a movie. I try to watch movies that are based on books I am reading aloud to the class. Most parents have already signed a preliminary permission slip to watch PG movies and I will be sending home an individual slip each time we earn a movie.
Classwork & Homework
GRADED CLASSROOM ASSESSMENTS-
Student Data Binders- Most of the graded pages in the classroom are kept in a data binder by the students and are graphed on charts that match the different sections of the student Report Card which include Reading, Writing, Study Skills, Social Studies, Science, and Math. At the end of the trimester students fill out a goal sheet for the next trimester. As a class we analyze their data from the trimester and look for weaknesses and strengths, and use that information to create new goals for the next trimester. The format of the data binders is designed so students can show parents their growth quickly over time and also share their assessments. Students are able to explain what areas they need to work on the most and how people at home can help them. I use these data binders at parent teacher conferences, but students can take home their data binders to show parents at any time. This allows students to better understand that their work is a direct reflection of their report card. This also allows students to see progress throughout the year. Please make sure the student brings the binder back PROMPTLY so we can continue to add work.
Agendas- This year each child should have already received an agenda as part of his or her fourth grade supplies. It is your child's responsibility to write down his/her assignments. I usually have students fill out any important information for the week on Monday. Each day, students take the agenda home, and then bring it back signed by a parent or guardian. The agendas are routinely used to help students prepare for middle school. Help your child develop an independent and responsible attitude toward homework by providing a set time and a quiet place for students to complete homework.
Homework- Please help monitor your child's homework assignments by making sure they are completed neatly and turned in on time.
Reading Homework- Students should be reading every night Monday through Thursday night. In their agendas students need to write the TITLE, AUTHOR and NUMBER OF PAGES READ. Please try to focus on grade-level chapter books. If a student consistently misses reading homework I may require a summary written nightly until they develop the habit of reading each night.
Math Homework - This year APS has purchased the math program called Stepping Homework will be assigned depending on the completion of math lessons during the day. There are no tear out book pages in the math booklets this year, so if students do not finish in class they will need to take home their entire math book and return it finished the very next day.
Math Facts should also be practiced often. Students need to memorize them and be able to recite them quickly. They should no longer be counting on their fingers by the middle of the year!
There are 2 websites for student math homework, in lieu of written pages.
Social Studies Homework- Students will be memorizing the 50 states and capitals using a song that is available on the Social Studies section of the website. Students only need to practice 1 line per week. They only need to know the states and their capitals, not the locations.
Social Studies Homework- The Spelling list for the week will be handed out on Mondays. The page is due back on Friday and the spelling test will also take place on Fridays.
Special Projects- Each trimester I try to give the students a larger research project that needs to be presented to the class. These projects help teach the students how to research and how to manage time for larger projects. These qualities are very important in order to prepare students for the 5th grade and middle school. The main purpose of the projects are to teach students to talk in front of others and to balance their time wisely instead of waiting until the last minute.
Parent Volunteers & Ways you can help
Scholastic Book Orders- Orders are placed every two weeks.
Classroom Wishlist- There are some items that I am asking for parents to donate to the classroom.
1. Small Prizes for our prize box. Party favors that are found in the Walmart aisle are good for our prize box.
2. Black Expo Dry Erase Markers! Each students has an individual dry erase board. The workroom markers last only about 2-3 weeks at the most. If your child wants their own set of dry erase markers I would suggest getting 1 or 2. Some students choose to get a package of dry erase markers and share them throughout the year in their groups.
4. Old Board Games- We use old board games with different centers in class.
· Class Field Trip Chaperones- please make sure you have a current background check on file with the school office. If you are interested please go to www.aps.edu or the link on the homepage of the class website to get your volunteer background check.
· Classroom parties- I will email the date of each party and I would appreciate parent help in organizing the party supplies. Last year a parent created a “sign-up genius” account for party supply sign-up.
· Fluency Assessments- a parent volunteer on Wednesdays is always helpful to give fluency assessments to students. Each child reads the same passage for 1 minute and the words said correctly in 1 minute are recorded. This would be every other Wednesday. If Wednesdays do not work for you I can work with you for different days/times.
· Occasional Classroom Copies- If you can commit to coming on day during the week throughout the year to help make copies, please let me know. I usually complete most of the years copies in the first couple months of school so no further copies need to be made.
You are always welcome to email me or give me a call if you have any questions. There is also a contact form on the home page of the website.
Thanks again and I look forward to a great school year!