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Read Across America + DonorsChoose

Beginning Monday, March 2nd, we will be celebrating Read Across America! This a national reading day designed to coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. At Wilson Elementary, it will become Read Across America WEEK! This week will include spirit days (see our Twitter page for more info), a booknik, a visit from Cat in the Hat, and more! In honor of this special occasion, I have posted a DonorsChoose proposal to help our classroom acquire more of Dr. Seuss’s stories. DonorsChoose has been a tremendous help to our classroom, and I would very much appreciate your help in spreading Spring into Reading with Dr. Seuss to others you feel can contribute, or of course, contribute yourself! Happy Reading!

Wilson School S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Bee!

Congratulations to our classroom spelling champions Vanesa and Austin as well as our alternate Mia! Good luck! Parents, if you’d like to attend this year’s bee, please meet us in the multipurpose room tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th at 9:00 AM!

If you’d like to see this year’s word list, please click here! Study time!

Sumdog: Butte County Math Contest

Sumdog ChampionSumdog’s Butte County Math Contest is almost here! It starts tomorrow at 8:00 AM, and finishes at 8:00 PM on February 26th! Remember, every student is limited to 1,000 contest questions. The final student score is based on the total number of correct answers. Student scores count from any computer, at any time, as long as the student is logged in to their personal account. Every student who answers at least 100 questions in the contest will receive a Myths and Legends outfit. There are also subscriptions for the winning class, and certificates of merit for leading students and daily winners. Are you ready, Room 36? Let’s make this happen!

Genius Hour!

Genius Hour has officially begun! Student proposals have been submitted, question stars have been added to our board, and research has begun! Remember, Genius Hour projects are also called “Passion Projects” for a reason. They should be something you’re passionate about! Feel free to research and create while at home, in addition to our “hour” at school. Do you need to go to the Gridley library? Call an expert? E-mail someone for further information (with the help of a parent)?

Remember the project guidelines and have fun!
1) Your project must be guided by a question. (What do you want to learn? Why?)
2) Your project needs to be researched. (How can you look deeply into your topic?)
3) Your project must be shared. (Will you present to your class? The school? The world?)


Van de Graaff Generator

Friday afternoon was simply “shocking”! :) We had a blast with the Van de Graaff generator, some simple balloons, and a lot of enthusiasm! On Monday, we’ll continue our static electricity experiments by testing out our theories regarding repelling and attracting charges.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

MLK_JrJust a reminder that Wilson Elementary will be closed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
(National Geographic Kids)

The King Holiday: A Day to…

Activities for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Based on a true story, Island of the Blue Dolphins is a time-honored tale that shares the life of Karana, a young Native American girl stranded alone on an island for 18 years. It is written in a poetic, narrative style and is centered around the events that took place on a real island off the coast of California first settled by Native Americans in ~2,000 B.C. As with many great stories, we will also have the chance to view the movie to compare and contrast different versions of Karana’s tale. For more information about Scott O’Dell or the story itself, please visit the following links!

Island of the Blue Dolphins (Common Sense Media)

Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scholastic)

Scott O’Dell

EngageNY: Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

engage_nyFourth grade mathematics studies will be largely centered around the materials found at EngageNY, a website developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department. The curriculum found there is based on Common Core instruction and follows a very sequential pattern to guide students through mathematic mastery. Although the material may seem difficult as first (the word “first” meaning different timeframes for different students), it helps students understand the deep concepts necessary for future success. Standard algorithms may provide a quick answer, but our goal is true understanding and a varied application of skills.

If you are in need of resources to help your child at these beginning stages, I highly recommend the following links. And, of course, please don’t hesitate to ask for further guidance!

Parent Handbook: Grade 4, Module 3 (our first full module this year)

Parent Guides to the Common Core Standards (EngageNY)

4th Grade Math Parent Resources (Livebinder from Floyd County Schools)

Winter Homework

SnowmanCan you believe it’s almost a new year?! I hope everyone is enjoying their time away from school! As your children are aware, we have a few items of homework during these two weeks. All are simple, but essential! Here’s a reminder:

* Read two AR chapter books and be ready for quizzes on Monday morning (1/5/15). All students already chose and wrote down their books on their homework sheet last Wednesday. 

* Practice cursive handwriting. Some future assignments will be required in cursive, a fourth grade essential standard.

* Fully master multiplication and division facts! Nearly all of January will be spent practicing double-digit multiplication and long division.