Sunday, October 29, 2006

Waterloo Village - What to Bring - How to Get There

Waterloo Village Field Trip
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
8:30 – 4:00pm

Directions to Waterloo:
http://waterloovillage.org/contact/directions.aspx?sub=directions

*Be at school on time! We will be leaving at 8:30 am sharp! The busses will not wait for you!

*Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 4:00pm, as we will be missing dismissal. We plan to leave Waterloo no later than 2:00. You may call the school to find out if we’ll be back any earlier than 4:00 at 718.330.9275.

*Please do not come to school in a Halloween costume!

*Please bring a labeled, disposable bag (plastic or brown paper) lunch. NO glass bottles! No Tupperware. Everything should be disposable so that kids don’t have to carry anything around after lunch.

*Wear comfortable shoes – we will be doing A LOT of walking

*Wear many layers of clothes. Be prepared for any kind of weather.

*We will go rain or shine. Although the weather forcast says sunny and in the 60's

*As Ms. Mills discussed, kids may NOT bring toys on our Waterloo field trip. You don’t need to bring anything except your lunch on this field trip. That means NO BACKPACKS! No Pokemon cards. No Heelies! We will provide entertainment on the bus!

*Thank you for helping us make this a safe, successful
trip.

*The 4th Grade Team

Homework - Week of 10/30/06

Reading - 20 minutes
*Read 20 Minutes (or more) each night
*Fill out Reading Log
Reading Log is due on FRIDAY

Writing – 10-15 minutes - Due DAILY
4 Small Moment entries this week - each entry should be at least 1 page

*Children should set a timer and just write for 10-15 minutes with no break (they can do more if they want – this is to build writing stamina)

Math - 10-15 minutes - Due THURDSAY
Problem of the Week
*Tuesday - Do page 1
*Wednesday – Do page 2
*Thursday – Do pages 3 & 4

Memorize 1-5 times tables
*We will have Mad Math minute timed test this week

Social Studies - 10-15 minutes - Due FRIDAY
Lenape Diary - To write after our trip to Waterloo Village

Imagine you are a Lenape child. Write about 1 day in your life, from waking up to going to sleep. Include details from what you learned on our field trip to Waterloo Village. If you didn’t attend the field trip, find out what you missed from a friend, and do some research so that you are able to complete this assignment. You may use lined paper or get more creative and make your own diary!

Great Lenape/Algonquin Websites
http://ryecityschools.lhric.org/webquest/milton/Indians/Algonquin%20Iroquois.htm
http://www.mce.k12tn.net/indians/reports1/algonquian.htm

WOW – Words of the Week - 5 minutes
WOW Packet

Content Vocabulary


1. incentive
2. Mohawk
3. Oneida - has long o sound
4. Onondaga – has a long o and a short o sound
5. Cayuga
6. Seneca

Spelling Patterns – Word Study – Short and Long “O” spelling patterns

7. knock (CVC) (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant)
8. chose (CVC e) (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant, silent e)
9. float (CVVC) (Consonant, Vowel, Vowel, Consonant)
10. love (oddball – has an “o” in the spelling but NOT a short o or a long o sound)

*WOW Quiz on FRIDAY

Thursday, October 26, 2006

What is this Big Orange Thing?



The Big Orange Thing landed yesterday to the student's surprise and they had MANY questions about it! So we decided to do what some writer's do when they have lots of questions or "wonder" about something. We took a new page in our Writer's Notebook and jotted down our "Fierce Wonderings" of the Big Orange Thing.


(The Big Orange Thing is also known as "Finger Land," "Magic Fingers," "Handy," and "Bridget")



Go to the comments to read some student wonderings...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Friday, October 27th – Fourth grade Harvest & Treat Bake Sale


Funds from this sale will pay the final balance on bussing expenses for the Waterloo Village trip. Donations & participations are still needed. Please contact Ramona (4th Grade Rep) or Schanequa (408 Class Parent) to find out how you can help.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Waterloo Village Here we Come!


A HUGE thank you to everyone who has generously donated time and money in helping us achieve our goal of having the entire 4th grade get to Waterloo Village. We did it - we have raised enough money to fund the coach buses and received an generous donation for the park entrance fee!

I want to especially thank all the parent volunteers who have been meeting and organizing our fund rasing - the direct appeals, bake sales, and fall festival. Thank you Shanequa, Ramona, Trey, Scott, and Susan!

We are organizing a meeting about our field trip to Waterloo for all 4th graders & parents this THURSDAY, October 26, at 8:30 am. Please mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more info. Check out Waterloo Village to learn more!

PS: The kids are SUPER excited!

4th Grade Parent and Student Assembly - This Thursday 10/26

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

We will be holding an important meeting this Thursday Oct 26th

Who
: All fourth graders and their families
When: 8:30 am Thursday, October 26
Where: In the auditorium
With: Ms. Mills, Ms. Barbera, and the fourth grade teachers
Why: To discuss the October 31st trip to Waterloo Village and to review PS 261’s behavior expectations for the fourth grade

Please make every effort to attend this meeting. We will be going over the upcoming field trip to Waterloo Village, and will have a much-needed discussion about fourth grade behavior. All fourth grade students will be in attendance, and we hope to have strong support from families as well.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s teacher or call the school at (718) 330-9275.

Thank you for your continued support.


Sincerely,

The Fourth Grade Teachers

Friday, October 20, 2006

Ballet Tech

On October 4th, 3rd and 4th graders from P.S. 261 auditioned to dance with Ballet Tech. After two rounds of auditions, five 3rd graders and three fourth graders were selected by Ballet Tech to take 7 weeks of classes, beginning in December.

Two of the students from class 4-408 were called back for 2nd auditions. One of those students was selected by Ballet Tech to dance with them! Zuri Woodruff will start taking classes in Ballet Tech's Soho studio beginning in December. Veronika Collins should also be applauded for being called back for a 2nd audition. Congratulations to Zuri and Veronika! For more information about Ballet Tech, you can visit their website at http://www.ballettech.org/index.html.








Thursday, October 19, 2006

Homework - Week of 10/23/06

Reading - 20 minutes
*Read 20 Minutes (or more) each night
*Fill out Reading Log
Reading Log is due on FRIDAY

Writing – 10-15 minutes - Due DAILY
4 Small Moment entries this week - each entry should be at least 1 page

*Children should set a timer and just write for 10-15 minutes with no break (they can do more if they want – this is to build writing stamina)

Math - 10-15 minutes - Due THURDSAY
Problem of the Week
*Tuesday - Do page 1
*Wednesday – Do page 2
*Thursday – Do pages 3 & 4

Memorize 1-6 times tables
*We will have Mad Math minute timed tests all week


Social Studies - 10-15 minutes
Iroquois Handout to be given out on Wednesday


WOW – Words of the Week - 5 minutes
*Quiz on FRIDAY

Packet to go home on Monday

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Question of the Week 10/16/06

What did you learn this week about the Algonquin/Lenni Lenape Peoples? What interested or surprised you?


An Algonquin Wigwam


Babies (Papoose) in cradleboards



An Algonquin Famility inside a Wigwam

Great Algonquin Webquest:
http://ryecityschools.lhric.org/webquest/milton/Indians/Algonquin%20Iroquois.htm

Homework for Week of 10/16/06

Reading - 20 minutes
*Read 20 Minutes (or more) each night
*Fill out Reading Log
Reading Log is due on FRIDAY

Writing – 10-15 minutes - Due DAILY
4 Small Moment entries this week - each entry should be at least 1 page

*Children should set a timer and just write for 10-15 minutes with no break (they can do more if they want – this is to build writing stamina)

Math - 10-15 minutes - Due THURDSAY
Problem of the Week
*Tuesday - Do page 1
*Wednesday – Do page 2
*Thursday – Do pages 3 & 4

Memorize 1-5 times tables
*First Mad Math minute timed test will be on FRIDAY
1-5 Times Tables

Social Studies - 10-15 minutes - Due FRIDAY
The Algonquins of New York
*This online handout is only the QUESTIONS. Your child is bringing home a reading packet to read and then they are to answer these questions. Your child will be asked to read 2 pages (about 4 paragraphs) a night. It is best to follow the homework schedule given and do a little each night so there is not an overwheleming amount of reading, vocabulary, and content to absorb.

Social Studies HW Schedule
*Monday - Read pages 1 and 2 - Answer questions on page 1 (5 questions)
*Tuesday - Read pages 3 and 4 - Answer questions on page 2 (5 questions)
*Wednesday - Read pages 5 and 6 - Answer questions on page 3 (5 questions)
*Thursday - Read pages 7 and 8 - Answer questions on page 4 (3 questions)

WOW – Words of the Week - 5 minutes
*Quiz on FRIDAY

Content Vocabulary
1. Algonquin
2. Lenni Lenape
3. Sachem
4. Shaman
5. environment
6. wampum
Spelling Patterns – Word Study – Long e vowel pairs: ea, ie, ee
7. seam
8. seem
9. piece
10. peace

Spelling Bonus: Can you find any other words that have the long e sound but a different spelling pattern than ea, ie, and ee? What types of words are seam, seem, piece, and peace?

*Do the Bonus on a separate piece of paper

*This week there is a packet to help students study their words
WOW Homework

*There is also a separate Word Study Packet to help reinforce word pattern study
Word Study Packet

Monday, October 09, 2006

Question of the Week - 10/10/06

Class 408! Answer this question on the blog. Use complete sentences and watch your spelling and punctuation.

Why should we learn about Native Americans and the Hudson River?


Painting of the Hudson River Valley in New York in the Early 19th Century


Painting of Native Americans Fishing with Nets

Homework for Week of 10/10/06

Reading - 20 minutes
*Read 20 Minutes (or more) each night
*Fill out Reading Log
Reading Log is due on FRIDAY

Writing – 10-15 minutes - Due DAILY
*Writer’s Notebook assignments will be assigned each night by Maureen
*Writing assignments will be written in the Homework Notebook

*Children should set a timer and just write for 10-15 minutes with no break (they can do more if they want – this is to build writing stamina)

Charlotte’s Web Reading Response - 5-10 minutes - AS ASSIGNED
*A written response to what we read in Charlotte’s Web in class will be given out 1-2 nights this week. The response should be written in the Reading Response Notebook - The Charlotte's Web assignments will be written in the Homework Notebook.

Math - Problem of the Week - Due FRIDAY
*Tuesday - Do Page 1
*Wednesday – Do page 2
*Thursday – Do pages 3 & 4

Social Studies - Due FRIDAY
How am I Doing?
*This handout asks students to continue to reflect on how they are doing to help our classroom community. It also asks them to track the time it takes for them to do each piece of homework. The questions this week are DIFFERENT from last week

WOW – Words of the Week
*Quiz on FRIDAY

1. Christopher Columbus
2. Taino
3. capture
4. conqueror
5. integrity
6. there
7. their
8. they’re
9. whole
10. hole

Spelling Bonus: Can you find any other words that sound the same but have different meanings? They are called homonyms

*Do the Bonus on a separate piece of paper

*This week there is a packet to help students study their words
10 WORDS this week

WOW Homework

Monday, October 02, 2006

Homework for Week of 10/3/06

Reading - 20 minutes
*Read 20 Minutes (or more) each night
*Fill out Reading Log
Reading Log is due on FRIDAY

Writing – 10-15 minutes - Due DAILY
*Writer’s Notebook assignments will be assigned each night by Maureen
*Writing assignments will be written in the Homework Notebook

*Children should set a timer and just write for 10-15 minutes with no break (they can do more if they want – this is to build writing stamina)

Charlotte’s Web Reading Response - 5-10 minutes - Due DAILY
*A written response to what we read in Charlotte’s Web in class will be given each night Monday – Thursday. The response should be written in the Reading Response Notebook - The Charlotte's Web assignments will be written in the Homework Notebook.

Math - Due FRIDAY
Problem of the Week for Oct 3rd
*Tuesday - Do Page 1
*Wednesday – Do page 2
*Thursday – Do pages 3 & 4

Special Math Homework for Tuesday 10/3 - Due TUESDAY 10/5
*This homework reviews geometry vocabulary and measurement

Social Studies - Due FRIDAY
How am I Doing?
*This handout asks students to reflect on how they are doing to help our classroom community. It also asks them to track the time it takes for them to do each piece of homework.

WOW – Words of the Week
*Quiz on FRIDAY

1. triangle - Did you know that the ROOT “tri” means “3”
2. quadrilateral - Did you know that the ROOT “quad” means “4”
3. pentagon - Did you know that the ROOT “pent” means “5”
4. hexagon - Did you know that the ROOT “hex” means “6”
5. octagon - Did you know that the ROOT “oct” means “8”
6. polygon - Did you know that the ROOT “poly” means “many”
7. circle
8. parallel
9. rhombus
10. trapezoid

*This week there is a packet to help students study their words
10 WORDS this week – all related to Math

WOW Homework