October 8, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 08-10-2018

Heads Up:

Conferences are coming up! October 15-17. If you have a preference for time, get on the portal and schedule it, otherwise, the computer will generate your appointment.
I have several openings for Monday and Tuesday, but Wednesday is filled.

No school – October 18, 19, & 26.

Halloween parade & activities – October 31. It is an early out, so parties will be held in the morning.

Info for the week:

Info Graphic – Story Works

Reading Strategy: Main Idea & Details

Reading Skill: Present information in a concise form.

Spelling: Scores have been dropping. Students need to practice their words!

4th – bloom, cookbook, tool, shampoo, put, wool, stool, proof, prove, group, brook, foolish, bush, crooked, booth, raccoon, hook, groom, roof, soup, stood, shook, balloon, tooth

5th – earth, peer, twirl, burnt, smear, further, appear, worthwhile, nerve, pier, squirm, weary, alert, murmur, thirsty, reverse, worship, career, research, volunteer, early, world, rear, current, cheer

Grammar: Types of sentences

• A statement is a sentence that tells something. It ends with a period. .
• A question is a sentence that asks something. It ends with a question mark. ?
• A command tells or asks someone to do something. It ends with a period. .
• An exclamation shows strong feeling. It ends with an exclamation mark. !

Math:

4th – Starting multi-digit multiplication
5th – Multi-digit multiplication using place value understanding.

Science:
4th – Weather instruments and how they help us predict the weather.
5th – Earth Structures

Social Studies:
4th – Utah counties.
5th – National Symbols

Thanks for your support and all the supplies.
Connie Johnson

October 1, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 01-10-2018

Heads Up:

October 1 is PTA Fun Day, 9:00-11:00.

Planning Meeting for 5th Halloween activity this Wednesday, 2:00, my room. This is only for 5th graders in my class.

Conferences are coming up! October 15-17. If you have a preference for time, get on the portal and schedule it, otherwise, the computer will generate your appointment.

No school – October 18, 19, & 26.

Halloween parade & activities – October 31. It is an early out, so parties will be held in the morning.

Info for the week:

Let Them Play! – Story Works We will start our new story later in the week.

Reading Strategy: Identify the theme.

Reading Skill: Making inferences

Spelling: Scores have been dropping. Students need to practice their words!

4th – bunch, fruit, argue, crumb, crew, tune, juice, refuse, truth, young, clue, trunk, amuse, suit, rude, trust, dew, struck, rescue, brush, computer, mustard, tissue, customer, attitude

5th – glory, aware, cartoon, adore, aboard, dairy, ordeal, pardon, warn, vary, barely, torch, barge, soar, beware, absorb, armor, stairway, perform, former, discard, forfeit, repair, square, compare

Grammar: Types of sentences – Test this week.

• A statement is a sentence that tells something. It ends with a period. .
• A question is a sentence that asks something. It ends with a question mark. ?
• A command tells or asks someone to do something. It ends with a period. .
• An exclamation shows strong feeling. It ends with an exclamation mark. !

Math:

4th – Working on the metric system. Students are finding it not as hard as they expected. Let’s hope their test scores reflect that.

5th – Multi-digit multiplication using place value understanding.

Science:

4th – Weather instruments and how they help us predict the weather.

5th – Test

Social Studies:

4th – Utah counties.

5th – National Symbols – quiz

Thanks for your support and all the supplies.
Connie Johnson

September 25

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 25-09-2018

Module Test today, no homework other than what didn’t get finished in class.

September 24, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 24-09-2018

Heads Up:

September 25 is Reading with a Hero Night, 6:00-7:00.

October 1 is PTA Fun Day, 9:00-11:00.

Tuesday, September 25 is PLC rotation this week.

5th grade parents, I would like to plan a Halloween activity for 5th since 4th will be having a party that day. If interested in helping, let me know.

Info for the week:

Let Them Play! – Story Works

Reading Strategy: Identify the theme.

Reading Skill: Making inferences

Spelling: Scores have been dropping. Students need to practice their words!

4th – block, shown, oatmeal, wrote, fellow, scold, coast, odd, locate, slope, throat, host, online, shock, solve, known, remote, stock, boast, globe, foam, approach, motion, continent, accomplish

5th – ounce, sprawl, launch, loyal, avoid, basketball, moist, haunt, scowl, naughty, destroy, saucer, pounce, poison, August, auction, royal, coward, awkward, encounter, cause, faucet, tower, false, amount

Grammar: Types of sentences

• A statement is a sentence that tells something. It ends with a period. .
• A question is a sentence that asks something. It ends with a question mark. ?
• A command tells or asks someone to do something. It ends with a period. .
• An exclamation shows strong feeling. It ends with an exclamation mark. !

Math:

4th – Wrapping up place value and beginning a short unit on the metric system.

5th – Wrapping up decimals, beginning multi-digit whole number multiplication.

Science:

4th – Weather instruments and how they help us predict the weather.

5th – Heredity

Social Studies:

4th – Utah Symbols and counties.

5th – National Symbols

Thanks for your support and all the supplies.
Connie Johnson

September 17, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 14-09-2018

Sorry about last week’s blog.

Heads Up:

Water Van from the Living Planet Aquarium will be visiting the 4th grade on Monday. FUN!!!!

September 21, School Pictures.

September 25, Read with a Hero Night. Watch for more information.

Info for the week:

Dog People – Story Works

Reading Strategy: Analyzing characters

Reading Skill: Finding the problem and solution

Spelling:

4th – wait, weight, heard, herd, days, daze, heel, heal, peak, peek, sent, scent, feet, feat, vain, vane, miner, minor, it’s, its, their, there, they’re, raise, raze, rays, principal, principle

4th grade will be hard because they are homophones. The students need to learn the meaning of each word so they can identify the correct spelling when used in a sentence. Don’t just memorize the list!!!

5th – glue, flute, youth, accuse, bruise, stew, choose, loose, lose, view, confuse, cruise, jewel, execute, route, cartoon, avenue, include, assume, souvenir, fruit, group, refuse, argue, foolish, conclude, pursuit, intrude, subdue, presume

Grammar: Types of sentences

• A statement is a sentence that tells something. It ends with a period. .

• A question is a sentence that asks something. It ends with a question mark. ?

• A command tells or asks someone to do something. It ends with a period. .

• An exclamation shows strong feeling. It ends with an exclamation mark. !

Math:

4th – We are continuing to work on place value and will begin a short unit on the metric system.

5th – We are working on decimals. Will begin to learn how to multiply and divide them.

Science:

4th – Weather instruments and how they help us predict the weather.
5th – Heredity

Social Studies:

4th – Utah Symbols and counties.

5th – National Symbols

Thanks for your support and all the supplies.
Connie Johnson

September 4, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 04-09-2018

Heads Up:

Room Parent Tea is Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 1:30.

Early out Sept. 14.

September 21, School Pictures.

Info for the week:

Story: The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile

Vocabulary: abandon, cleft, flinched, glumly, misshapen, poverty, scarce, superstitions, suspicion

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing Information/Inferences

Reading Skill: Main Idea and Detail

Spelling:

4th – short e, long e

west, steep, member, gleam, fresh, freedom, speed, steam, beast, believe, speck, kept, cheap, pretend, greed, shelf, least, eager, reason, chief, sweet, smell, spent, treat, leave, echo, menu, creature, reveal, restaurant

5th – long a, long e

awake, feast, stray, greet, praise, disease, repeat, display, braces, thief, ashamed, sleeve, waist, beneath, sheepish, release, remain, sway, training, niece, stale, afraid, freedom, eager, explain, terrain, succeed, betray, motivate, upheaval

Grammar: Subjects and Predicates

Did not do well on this, will continue it this week.
 The subject of a sentence is the person place or thing the sentence tells about.
 The complete subject includes all the words in the subject.
 The simple subject is usually a noun or a pronoun – the main word in the complete subject.
 A compound subject has two or more nouns that make up the subject.
 The predicate tells what the subject does or did.
 The complete predicate includes all the words or linking verbs in the complete predicate.
 The simple predicate is the verb – the action word or words or linking verb in the complete predicate.
 A compound predicate has two or more verbs.

Math:
4th
We are working on place value, expanded form, and rounding. These are tough skills for the students.

5th
We are working on exponents, powers of ten, and decimals.

Science: 4th Weather instruments and how they help us predict the weather.
5th Heredity

History: 4th Utah land formations.
5th National symbols

Thanks for your support and all the supplies.

Connie Johnson

August 27, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 27-08-2018

We are off to a great start!!!!!

Summer Reading Lists are due by Wednesday. If they are sent in after that, certificates will not be given.
We have an assembly Friday afternoon. The PTA is sponsoring a fund raising drive, and students will be given information at that time.

Info for the week:

Reading:

Story Works: America’s Deadliest Disaster

Story: The Story of the Great Galveston Hurricane or 1900

Vocabulary: absurd, churning, debris, devouring,, immigrants,, predictions, prone, reclaim,, surge, transforming

Reading Strategy: Text Structure

Reading Skill: Author’s Craft

Spelling: Students are to practice spelling words with the sound pattern for the week. I will pull 10 words from the list to use on the end of week spelling test.

4th Grade: Words with long ‘a’ and short ‘a’ sounds. Being able to tell the difference.

blade, gray, past, afraid, magic, delay, amaze, drain, maybe, break, sale, hang, stain, glass, raft, jail, crayon, fact, stale, steak, fraction, trait, champion, activity, graceful

5th Grade: Words with challenging short vowel patterns.

breath, wobble, blister, crush, direct, promise, grasp, numb, hymn, shovel, gravity, frantic, swift, feather, comic, bundle, solid, weather, energy, stingy, instruct, distress, summit, massive, physical

Grammar: Parts of Speech: Noun/Verb
Parts of a sentence: Subject/Predicate
Identifying types of sentences.

Math: 4th & 5th will be working on understanding place value. We are reviewing subtraction of large
numbers.

The following are helpful to go over with your student. Knowing these properties will help them understand how to make math easier when solving problems.

Associative Property of Addition and Multiplication: You can change the grouping without changing the answer. This only works if all the operation signs are the same. (All addition or all multiplication) It does not work if the signs are mixed, and it does not work for subtraction and division. We change the groupings by moving the parentheses.

Commutative Property of Addition and Multiplication: You can change the order of the numbers without changing the answer. This only works if all the operation signs are the same. (All addition or all multiplication) It does not work if the signs are mixed, and it does not work for subtraction and division.

Order of Operations: Work what is in the parentheses first, then work left to right, work multiplication and division first, then add or subtract. Exponents are not in the 4th grade core. Later in the year, if the students have mastered the core I will introduce them.

(17 + 15) – 4 x 6 = 17 + 15 first because it is in parentheses, then multiply 4 x 6, last you subtract the sum of 17 + 15 from the product of 4 x 6.

Science:
4th Grade – Learning to track and predict the weather. We are using Weather Bug for our
information.
5th Grade – Learning about heredity.

Social Studies: 4th Grade Utah Counties
5th Grade Names of the 50 states

Thanks for your support and all the supplies.
Connie Johnson

May 7, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 07-05-2018

Heads Up:

SAGE Testing Dates: May 15 – Science May 16 – Science

The Living Planet Aquarium water van is visiting us today.

May 10 we will be going to “This is the Place State Park.” Several students have not turned in their permission slips. No Slip, no go!

Our end of year rocket activity will be May 18. We could use help with the ice cream party we have along with it, plus a few people to help run the air compressors.

Info for the week:

Reading:

Our story is “Meet a Bone-ified Explorer.”

Reading Skill – Make Generalizations

A generalization is a broad statement or conclusion. Students should look for statements in which the author makes a general point based on specific facts or evidence.

Reading Strategy – Monitor Comprehension

When a good reader is unsure of something, they use strategies they have learned to make sense out of what they have read, or answer questions they may have.

Vocabulary Words – fossil, stumbled upon, paleontologist, inspected

Spelling Words – Words with prefixes.

discourage, disappoint, disbelief, distrust, disloyal, misplace, mislabel, mislead, misstep, misnumber, nonfat, nonfiction, nonsense, nonstop, unable, unplug, uncertain, uncomfortable, uncover, unclean,

Review Words – prince, weighed, bolder

Challenge Words – mishap, unravel

Grammar – Negatives

• A negative is a word that means “no,” such as not, never, nobody, nowhere, and contractions with n’t.
• Do not use two negatives in the same sentence.
• You can fix a sentence with two negatives by removing one.
• You can correct a sentence with two negatives by changing one negative to a positive word.
no—any nothing—anything no one—anyone never—ever nobody—anybody nowhere—anywhere

Math:

Learning to use a protractor to measure angles.

Social Studies: Historical figures in Utah.

Science: Review for SAGE and learning about soil. Soilnet.com is a great website!

As always thanks for your support. I know it seems crazy, but the end of the year is fast approaching!

Connie Johnson

April 30, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 30-04-2018

Heads Up:

SAGE Testing Dates: May 1 – Reading May 2 – Math May 4 – Math
May 15 – Science May 16 – Science

May 7 The Living Planet Aquarium water van is visiting us.

May 10 we will be going to “This is the Place State Park.”

Our end of year rocket activity will be either May 11 or May 18. As we get a better idea of what the weather will be like, we will set a definite date.

Info for the week:

Reading:

Our story is “A Cricket in Time Square.”

Reading Skill – Identify the theme of a passage.

The theme is the overall message or idea that the author wants readers to understand. The theme may be stated directly, but many times must be inferred.

Readers should go about identifying the theme of a story by thinking carefully about the characters’ actions. For example, they can ask themselves how the plot of a story is affected by what the characters say and do. They should then consider what message the author is trying to get across. Once a story’s theme is understood, readers can decide how the author used the story to express a meaningful and important idea.

Reading Strategy – Analyze the Structure of a story.

Story structure refers to the way an author organizes the plot or information. How does the author use story elements, characters, and setting to guide the reader? Looking at the story structure can help readers better understand the author’s purpose and the story’s theme.

Vocabulary Words – wistfully, eavesdropping, scuffling, acquaintance, jumble, scornfully, logical

Spelling Words – Our words this week are particularly challenging because they are homophones (words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and mean completely different things.)

root, tale, wade, tail, prince, dough, moose, prints, we’ve, weave, whose, route, who’s, boulder, weighed, patience, boulder, doe, mousse, patients (Mousse is a creamy pudding like dessert.)

Review Words – cotton, muffin, eleven

Challenge Words – straight, strait

Grammar – Adverbs

• An adverb can compare two or more actions.
• Add -er to short adverbs to compare two actions.
• Add -est to short adverbs to compare more than two actions.
• Use more or most to form comparisons with adverbs that end in -ly or with longer adverbs.
• Use more to compare two actions.
• Use most to compare more than two actions.
• When you use more or most, do not use the ending -er or -est.

Math:
Learning to use a protractor to measure angles.

Social Studies: Historical figures in Utah.

Science: Review for SAGE and learning about soil. Soilnet.com is a great website!

As always thanks for your support. I know it seems crazy, but the end of the year is fast approaching!

Thank you for your patience as I was out. Still having a few challenges with post-surgery, but every day is better, and it is good to be back!

Connie Johnson

March 19, 2018

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Posted by cdjohnson | Posted in A little about me... | Posted on 19-03-2018

Heads Up:

I will be out of the classroom March 26 – April 17. Mrs. Allen is scheduled to be my sub. I will miss the students and worry about them, but hopefully this will put me on the road to good health again!

4th Quarter begins today.

March 23 our food drive collection begins.

Spring Break March 30 – April 6. School resumes April 9. Be safe!

Cookie dough is expected to be delivered April 10.

Spring Party is April 12. Watch for more info as we get closer.

April 16 last book fair of the school year begins.

April 19 The Museum of Natural History is coming to our 4th grade!

April 25 is PTA Break the Rules Day, more info coming.

May 7 The Living Planet Aquarium water van is visiting us.

May 10 we will be going to “This is the Place State Park.”

Info for the week:

Reading:

Our story is “Wild Horses.”

Reading Skill – Cause and Effect

When an author’s purpose is to explain how or why something happens, he describes causes and their effects. As you read a story, look for events that caused actions to happen. Look for words and phrases that signal cause and effect. Such words and phrases include, but are not limited to, are: because, since, due to, as a result, and therefore.

While thinking about cause and effect, it is sometimes easier to look for something that happened and ask “Why did that happen?” The why is the cause.

Reading Strategy – Monitor Comprehension (Do I understand?)

We should ask ourselves questions about the text as we read. If we make a mistake, go back and reread the passage, or read ahead to fix any mistakes in our understanding. We can also create pictures in our minds to help us ‘see’ what the author is saying. We can slow our reading down if we need to, or speed it up. We can stop, think, and paraphrase (put it in our own words) to make sure we understand something.

Vocabulary Words – descendants, sanctuary, glistening, threatened, coaxing, fragile, habitat

Spelling Words – Words with ‘el’ ending sounds.

uncle, turtle, total, pencil, oral, pebble, channel, local, paddle, pupil, symbol, medal, bubble, settle, vessel, bugle, pedal, special, ankle, docile

Review Words – barber, anchor, cheddar

Challenge Words – animal, snorkel

Grammar – Adjectives

• Use better to compare two people, places, or things.
• Use best to compare more than two.
• Use worse to compare two people, places, or things.
• Use worst to compare more than two.
• Do not use more, most, -er, or -est with better, best, worse, or worst.
• Add -er to most adjectives to compare two people, places, or things. COMPARATIVE
• Add -est to most adjectives to compare more than two. SUPERLATIVE

Math:

The majority of students did not do well on the end of fraction unit test. We will be redoing that this week. Those who did well will move on to Geometry.

Social Studies: Historical figures in Utah.

Science: Review for SAGE and learning about soil. soilnet.com is a great website!

As always thanks for your support. I know it seems crazy, but the end of the year is fast approaching!

Connie Johnson