Friday, Jan. 18th All School Meeting & Spirit Day: Bowties and Suspenders
Monday, Jan. 21st NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, Jan. 28thPuffins to Forest Grove Public Library 2pm-3pm
Students should bring their library books to return, library card and a tote bag.
Tuesday, Jan. 29th Scholastic Book Orders Due
Scholastic Book Club flyers were sent home 1/17. You can view this month's selections and submit your order online at https://orders.scholastic.com/L79X9. When you place your order online, you'll help earn FREE books for our class!
To Order Online:
- Go to scholastic.com/bookclubs
- Enter our one-time Class Activation Code: L79X9
- Shop and submit your child's book order.
- As soon as your order is delivered to our classroom, it will be sent home with your child.
Wednesday, Jan. 30th 12:55-1:45pm O&A to Top Golf
We will be touring the facility, taking photos and learning about a golfing business in action. Chaperones needed!
Please contact Ginny if you are available: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Jan 31st& Friday, Feb 1st NO SCHOOL for students
End of 1st Semester
Monday, Feb. 11th NAEP Testing for 4th graders
Monday, Feb 18th NO SCHOOL President's Day
Thursday, Feb. 21st Celebrations of Learning!
Our School-wide Open House from 5-6:30pm
Level 2 students will be presenting their class business and their Mini-Golf course will be open for business!
Community School Calendar 2018-2019
Forest Grove Public Library November Calendar of Events
A little note about comfort: Winter is here! Please make sure that your kiddo is properly outfitted with warm (waterproof) layers and appropriate footwear on Monday and Wednesdays when they will be outside for at least part of their day.
What's Happening in the Puffin Nest...
On Wednesday, Level 2 students had a visit from the creator of Twin Pine Country Club - a free neighborhood mini golf course in Portland. Students learned about the steps involved in building a small mini golf course. This included: a community vision, planning, design process, materials acquisition, costs, maintenance and challenges.
Students continued their “force and motion” investigations, as they learned how friction, gravity, incline and mass affect the speed of a moving object.
Next week, we will have a visit from SCRAP - a creative reuse store in Portland. They will share some ideas for working with recycled materials and lead a craft project to help us get ready for building our mini golf course! On January 30th, we will have our Out & About in the morning to Top Golf in Hillsboro, where students will investigate new ideas for their own business.
CURRENT PROJECT: THE CLASS BUSINESS
This week, the Puffins developed a business model and considered the following:
- Value proposition:
- Business partners:
How's your homework routine going?
Suggested Weekly Homework:
Spend at least 20 minutes reading (outside of school) every day.
Reading is on the "honor system" and we ask that you help your kiddo to develop a daily reading routine with good-fit books and a well-lit, comfy reading spot away from distractions. At fall conferences, your kiddo brought home the Tower of Books wall poster, which is a fun (and optional) reading genre challenge.
Level 2 students have typing homework to develop and support important keyboarding skills. Please practice at least 20 minutes per week on: Typing.com
Passwords were sent home at family visits. Please email Ginny if you need help getting into your child's account.
It is strongly recommended that your student practice math skills at least 30 minutes (or more) per week.
Our Dreambox math program for homework has started. Passwords and account information were sent home with your kiddo this week.
If you are interested in exploring other ways to practice math at home, take a look at these ideas:
Ideas for math practice:
- 4th graders can get valuable math practice with Khan Academy. Current 4th grade math topics are listed below.
- Online Math Game Sites: ZapZap Math or Prodigy- create your own account!
- Multiplication Facts Practice with a simple dice game. How to Play: Each player takes turns rolling 3 dice. First to break 200 (or 500, etc.) wins. On your turn, you get to choose two dice to add together, then you multiply the sum by the final die. That’s your score for that turn.
- Facts Practice with Free Math Apps: Sushi Monster & Math Hero
- Facts Practice with Purchased Math Apps: Operation Math & Math Vs. Zombies
- Place Value and Rounding
- Multi-digit Adding and Subtracting
- Factors & Multiples
- Prime and Composite Numbers
- Multi-digit Multiplication
- Division with Remainder
Our fraction unit was developed with Dr. Gowri Meda. For information about how we approach instruction during this unit, or to get information about how to review concepts at home with your child, visit Dr. Meda's website of math videos: Math Precisely.
Prefer a paper copy of math homework?
All 4th grade math students should be practicing their multiples DAILY.