Week of February 4th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 2/6 – Fab Vocab Quiz

Wednesday 2/6 – Fractions Test

Thursday 2/7 – Greek/Latin stems quiz

Thursday 2/7 – Conferences

Friday 2/8 – Young Scientist visit

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Fractions – This unit will conclude next with with a Fractions test on Wednesday 2/6.   This unit includes equivalent fractions, simplifying using GCF, comparing, ordering, and using the LCM to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, including mixed numbers.
  • For enrichment we will be multiplying and dividing fractions and relating them to decimals and percentages

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use disheveled in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  quiz on words 1-41 on Thursday
    •  Fab Five words – quiz on week 10 on Wednesday.
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 12 with a quiz on Friday 2/08
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Author’s Purpose in fiction and poetry
    • Figurative Language
  • Writing –
    • Color Poem
    • Pen Pal letters

SCIENCE: 4.2 Force and Motion

May the Force be With You!!  This unit is a continuation of third grade Simple Machines.   Students will explore force, motion, and energy.  We will be layering these familiar concepts with potential and kinetic energy, inertia, and unseen forces such as gravity.  We will also learn about Sir Issac Newton’s three laws of energy.

This unit includes a lesson with the Young Scientist

Week of January 19th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 1/30 – Math Benchmark Part 1

Wednesday 1/30 – Wordly Wise Lesson 11 Test

Thursday 1/31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thursday 1/31 – International Festival – see details below

Friday 2/1 – World Read Aloud Day – read below for important information from Mrs. Patterson

Friday 2/1 – Social Studies Test units VS5 & VS6

Tuesday 2/5 – Fractions Test

Thursday 2/7 – Conferences

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Benchmark Test
  • Fractions – This unit will conclude next with with a Fractions test on Tuesday 2/5.   This unit includes equivalent fractions, simplifying using GCF, comparing, ordering, and using the LCM to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, including mixed numbers.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use Motive  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  pono (put, place) and figo (attach) cum (with)
    •  Fab Five words – new list this week: commute, ruthless, remote, sturdy, frail
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 11 with a quiz on Wednesday 1/30
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Author’s Purpose in fiction and poetry
    • Reader’s Theater
  • Writing –
    • Daily Dazzle and writing prompt

VIRGINIA STUDIES – VS6 – Documents

This unit covers important documents and authors including George Mason (Virginia Declaration of Rights), Thomas Jefferson (Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom), James Madison (The Constitution).  During this study, we will also discuss the westward expansion through the Cumberland Gap.

Unit Test on Friday 2/1.   This test includes

  • VS5 Revolutionary War –
    • Battles of Lexington and Concord and Battle/surrender at Yorktown
    • Roles of Virginians by group (women, African Americans, American Indians)
    • Roles of Prominent Virginians: G. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Armistead Lafayette
  • VS6 Documents
    • George Mason and Virginia Statute of Rights
    • Thomas Jefferson and Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom as well as the Declaration of Independence
    • James Madison the Father of the Constitution
    • Three Branches of Government were created with George Washington as first president
    • expanding westward through the Cumberland Gap

SCIENCE:

Force and Motion begins next week

Items of Interest

World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1st.  KES coyotes will be making Global Connections Through Reading during an assembly on that day and then in their classrooms throughout the month of February.  To prepare for our assembly, I am asking each and every KES family to share ONE picture of your family reading together and send that picture to your child(ren)’s teacher.  The pictures will be used in a slide show that will be shared during our assembly. Our goal is to have every child in every classroom represented in the slide show.  Please help us showcase how much we love reading, and especially reading aloud, at KES!

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival 
We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sanduramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com

 

 

Week of January 22

Calendar Events

Wednesday 1/23 – Reading Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/24 – Reading Benchmark Part 2

Wednesday 1/30 – Math Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thursday 1/31 – International Festival – see details below

Friday 2/1 – World Read Aloud Day – read below for important information from Mrs. Patterson

Thursday 2/7 – Conferences

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Fractions – Students will be adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators this week.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use motive  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  bracchium (arms)  and digitus (fingers)
    •  Fab Five words – quiz on week 8 words tomorrow 1/23. superior, inferior, retrieve, scamper, douse
    • No Wordly Wise this week
    • In class group Novel study presentations are due Friday
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Comprehension Strategies Review
  • Writing
    • Students will write responses to our read aloud novel:  My Brother Sam is Dead
    • Daily Dazzle

VIRGINIA STUDIES – VS6 – Documents

This week we will focus on four important documents and their authors: The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, The Virginia Declaration of Rights, The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

 

Items of Interest

*****Please send a picture of your family reading for World Read Aloud Day***  see details below.  Thank you

World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1st.  KES coyotes will be making Global Connections Through Reading during an assembly on that day and then in their classrooms throughout the month of February.  To prepare for our assembly, I am asking each and every KES family to share ONE picture of your family reading together and send that picture to your child(ren)’s teacher.  The pictures will be used in a slide show that will be shared during our assembly. Our goal is to have every child in every classroom represented in the slide show.  Please help us showcase how much we love reading, and especially reading aloud, at KES!

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival 
We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sanduramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com

 

Week of January 15th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 1/23 – Reading Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/24 – Reading Benchmark Part 2

Wednesday 1/30 – Math Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thursday 1/31 – International Festival – see details below

Friday 2/1 – World Read Aloud Day – read below for important information from Mrs. Patterson

Thursday 2/7 – Conferences

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Fractions – Students will be learning about equivalent fractions this week.  They will learn to simplify fractions using GCF or greatest common factor.   They will also be comparing fractions and ordering them on a number line.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use fabricate  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  manus(hands) digitus (fingers) and pedis (feet)
    •  Fab Five words – quiz on week 8 words tomorrow. superior, inferior, retrieve, scamper, douse
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 1-10 Review – test Friday
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Comprehension Strategies Review
  • Writing –
    • Mentor Sentences

VIRGINIA STUDIES – VS5 – Revolutionary War

This week we will focus on Virginia’s Role in the American Revolution.  We will be learning about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James  Armistead Lafayette as well as general groups of Virginians.  We will also learn about important battles fought in Virginia.

 

Items of Interest

World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1st.  KES coyotes will be making Global Connections Through Reading during an assembly on that day and then in their classrooms throughout the month of February.  To prepare for our assembly, I am asking each and every KES family to share ONE picture of your family reading together and send that picture to your child(ren)’s teacher.  The pictures will be used in a slide show that will be shared during our assembly. Our goal is to have every child in every classroom represented in the slide show.  Please help us showcase how much we love reading, and especially reading aloud, at KES!

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival 
We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sanduramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com

 

Week of January 7th

Wednesday 1/23 – Reading Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/24 – Reading Benchmark Part 2

Wednesday 1/30 – Math Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thursday 1/31 – International Festival – see details below

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Fractions – Students will be learning about equivalent fractions this week.  They will learn to simplify fractions using GCF or greatest common factor.   They will also be comparing fractions and ordering them on a number line.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use fabricate  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  corpus (body) caput (head) and dens (teeth)
    •  Fab Five words – quiz on week 8 words tomorrow.  inaccurate, meticulous, gorge, hover, scarce
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 10 – quiz on Friday
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Cause and Effect
    • Comprehension strategies – Cause and Effect using scholastic narrative non-fiction article about the Revolutionary War

VIRGINIA STUDIES – VS5 – Revolutionary War

This week we are learning about the causes of the Revolutionary War.  Students learned about the French  & Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, and taxes imposed to help pay for the war.  Later this week we will be discussing protests such as Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre.   By the end of the week, we will be discussing Virginia’s role in the Revolutionary War with contributions from Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

 

Items of Interest

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival 
We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sanduramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com

 

Week of December 3rd

Thursday 12/6 – 4.4 Computation Unit Test

Thursday 12/13 – KES Music Fest at 6:30

Tuesday 12/18 – Winter Party

Wednesday 12/19 – Last Day of School before Winter Break

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  We will be reviewing this week.  A unit test will be administered Thursday.
    • addition and subtraction of numbers to the millions place,
    • multiplying 3 digit x 2 digit numbers,
    • long division with 3 digit dividends and quotients with remainders (not decimals),
    • estimation
    • word problems
  • Enrichment – Order of Operations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use infinitesimal  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  astron and stella (star),  terra and geo (earth)
    •  Fab Five words – arduous, effortless, exhilarated, orderly, parched.  (words are received on Wednesday and quizzed the following Wednesday)
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 9.  Quiz on Friday 12/7
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Making Inferences
    • Comprehension strategies – Compare/Contrast and Inference
  • Writing –
    • Friendly Letters
    • Editing

SCIENCE – 4.7  Solar System and 4.8 Earth/Sun/Moon

We will finish our Solar System unit on Tuesday.   On Wednesday we will begin SOL 4.8 the Earth, Sun, and Moon relationships.  This unit studies the cause and effect relationships between the three .    During this unit the students will understand what causes night/day, the 4 seasons, the phases of the moon, and eclipses.   The students will also learn about 4 famous astronomers who studied these relationships.  A combined 4.7 and 4.8 test will be given Tuesday 12/18.

FIRE SAFETY –

Fires Safety Quiz on Wednesday 12/5.    On Friday December 7,  students will practice escaping from the “Safety House”.

 

Items of Interest

Celebrate the holidays and upcoming winter break by attending the KES Winter Music Fest, Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30pm in our gym! Enjoy an evening of song and merriment as our talented musicians, singers and dancers perform songs from the great American holiday songs collection, which you can be certain will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. That’s Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30pm in our gym and dress for the party!

 

Week of November 26th

Calendar Events

Thursday 11/29 – Reading MAPS test

Friday 11/30 – Math MAPS test

Thursday 12/6 – 4.4 Computation Unit Test

Monday 12/3 – PTA fundraiser at Ashland Skateland

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  We have mastered long division.  We will spend the beginning of next week reviewing all computation  in preparation for the Computation unit test the following week.  The students will be testing on
    • addition and subtraction of numbers to the millions place,
    • multiplying 3 digit x 2 digit numbers,
    • long division with 3 digit dividends and quotients with remainders (not decimals),
    • estimation
    • word problems
  • Enrichment – Order of Operations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use infinitesimal  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  sol and helios (sun); and luna (moon)
    •  Fab Five words – arduous, effortless, exhilarated, orderly, parched.  (words are received on Wednesday and quizzed the following Wednesday)
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 8.  Quiz on Friday 11/30
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Making Inferences
    • Comprehension strategies – Cause and Effect
  • Writing –
    • Alien Stories
    • Editing

SCIENCE – 4.7  Solar System

We began our unit on the Solar System on Monday.  Students are required to know the planets in order of the distance from the sun (My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos) as well the the order of planets in size.  They will need to identify the 4 Terrestrial Planets, the 4 Giant Gas Planets and the asteroid belts that separates them.   This unit will last 1 week.  Next week we will begin SOL 4.8 the Earth, Sun, and Moon relationships.  A combined 4.7 and 4.8 test will be given in mid-December

FIRE SAFETY –

We have finished the in-class lessons.   Next week, on Tuesday 12/4, there will be a quiz on the information learned in class.  On Friday December 7,  students will practice escaping from the “Safety House”.

 

Week of November 12th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 11/14 – VS3 Jamestown Unit Test

Friday 11/16 – Computation Quiz including long division

Thursday 11/20 – Greek/Latin stems quiz (1-20)

Tuesday 11/20 – SCA Spirit Day – wear your favorite team jersey

– Report Cards go home

Wednesday 11/21 – Thanksgiving Break Begin

Monday 12/3 – PTA fundraiser at Ashland Skateland

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  Does McDonald’s Serve Cheese Burgers??  We have started long division with remainders.  Ask your child to explain this mnemonic to you.   Please review long division with your child.
  • In addition we will learn about the Order of Operations
  • Enrichment – pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use zany  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:
    •  Fab Five words
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 7.  Quiz on Friday 11/16
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Making Inferences
    • Comprehension strategies (highlighting answers within the passage)
  • Writing –
    • Mentor Sentences
    • Editing

SOCIAL STUDIES –

VS3 Jamestown – This unit will conclude with a test Wednesday 11/14/18

VS4 Colonial Life – This 4 day unit begins this week and will be finished before Thanksgiving Holiday.  It covers life in the colonial between 1643 and 1776.  Virginia became dependent on agriculture and slave labor.  Vocabulary words such as barter, credit, capital, capitol, consumer, producer, enslaved, etc.   During this time period, the capital of Virginia changed from Jamestown to Williamsburg.

FIRE SAFETY –

We will have our 2nd and 3rd lessons with Firefighter Roger this week.  Students are to discuss a family meeting place in the event of a fire and to create an escape plan from each floor of your house.  In December they will practice escaping from the “Safety House”.

Week of November 5th

Calendar Events

Friday 11/9 – Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9:00 am.  Remember to wear Red, White and Blue

Wednesday 11/14 – VS3 Jamestown Unit Test

Tuesday 11/20 – Report Cards go home

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  This week will review division facts and how they relate to multiplication.  Next week we will begin long division with remainders.
  • In addition we will do several extensions including Pascal’s Triangle and Order of Operations
  • Enrichment – pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use Congregate and industrious  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems: ad (toward) as in advance; prae/pro (before)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: luminous, murky, peruse, congregate, dread.  Quiz on Friday 11/9
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 6.  Quiz on Thursday 11/8
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Making Inferences
    • Comprehension strategies (highlighting answers within the passage)
  • Writing –
    • Friendly letters to a Veteran
    • Pen Pals from Tuckahoe
    • Finish writing our own Harris Burdick story
    • Editing

SOCIAL STUDIES –

VS3 Jamestown – This 2 week unit covers Royal Charters, the reasons for settling in the New World, reasons for choosing Jamestown site, hardships & successes and how the American Indians helped the colony to survive.  This week we will learn about government which includes the official Charters from King James and  the first democratic government in the United States.  We will finish this Friday 11/9 and review for a few minutes each day next week.  This unit concludes with a test on Wednesday 11/14.

VS4 Colonial Life – This 4 day unit begins next Tuesday and will be finished before Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

Week of October 22

Calendar Events

Friday  10/26 – Weather Unit Test

Tuesday 10/30 – Weather Project Due

Friday 10/26 – Technology Lesson with Mr. C on chromebooks

Friday 11/9 – Veteran’s Day Assembly

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –This week we begin multiplication. After reviewing basic strategies students will learn to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers and 3 digit by 2 digit numbers.
  • Enrichment – Pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use lollygag  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems: Phone and Sonus
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: impede, advance, perilous, divulge, glisten   Quiz on Wednesday 10/34
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 5.  Quiz on Friday 10/26
  • Reading – Author’s Purpose
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Main Idea/Detail and Sequence
    • Understanding unfamiliar words by using the clues withing the passage
  • Writing –
    • Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • Daily Dazzle
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

SCIENCE –

4.6. WEATHER – During this unit, students will learn about conditions that affect temperature; air mass; front systems, weather instruments (including reading a weather map), and storms.  We had a great visit with the Young Scientists today.  This unit will conclude with unit test on 10/26.