Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alaska Gal Poems II

Tonight's Homework

Math Homework:

1.  Create a "Times Table" from 0 x 0 through 12 x 12 .

2.  Write a math word problem that can be answered with an addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division sentence.

Reading Homework:

Read your book for 20 minutes.  Write a brief summary.  Have your parents sign it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reading Homework, 09-24-12

Parent FYI, week of September 24—28

Parents F.Y.I.
Weekly Newsletter for Mr. McRae's 4th Grade & 4th Grade Reading Class
Week of September 24—28


safe    kept   gray  grown             wrote             blind
suit      crumb    wait    creak   steep    gain   still      gold      crime    few      trunk    steal   weight   meat    past    reach   coast    odd   sigh       true      tube    steel     creek    meet   


sensation          descent            its              —(r) tuNa  
turbulent         graceful            it's              niGi
precious           rigid                there            qaniq
perch                continue          they're
hindrance       remind               their

  Houghton Mifflin Reading, Theme 1 Review
            Reading Selection: 
               "Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride",  Garth Williams
               "The Parcel Post Kid" Michael O. Tunnel
            Theme:  "Journeys"
            Comprehension Strategy:  Predict/Infer
            Comprehension Skill:  Noting details, Text Organization
            Spelling:  Review Theme 1 words
            Structural Analysis:  Review:
            Grammar:  Review:  Subject / Predicate
            Writing:  Personal Narrative

              Substitutions can be made if homework is lost or forgotten:
                    Math:   a multiplication "times table"
                    Reading:  25 minutes of free reading, with a signed note from 

              Homework is not counted in grade, but it does determine
                  Class Raffle eligibility!

PTA Meeting
·      Date:  September 24, 2012
·      Time:  6:30 PM
·      Location:  Library
We are finishing Theme 1 (Journeys) in Houghton Mifflin Reading.  This is a review week.  Our plan is to review:
1.  Reading comprehension:  keyword summaries, noting details in text, & test taking skills
2.  Subject / Predicate:  writing complete sentences, identifying simple and complete subject & predicate 
3.  Alphabetization

This is Multiplication / Division week.  We are departing from the Houghton-Mifflin textbook and focussing on
 multiplication and division, with an emphasis on the language of word problems.  The goal is for each student to be able to solve AND write word problems using "times" and "divide".  Word problems are more fun when we write our own!  Help your 4th grader to "think" in multiplication and division by relating real-world situations to simple multiplication/division equations.  And of course--  it is ESSENTIAL that 4th graders memorize their multiplication facts and their corresponding fact families.  (For example:  if you know 3 x 4 =12, then you also know that 12 ÷ 3 = 4)

We have finished our "Personal Narrative" rough drafts.  In writing this week, we plan on a final phase of peer editing & teacher editing before we go to press with the narratives.  In particular, we are looking at ORGANIZATION of ideas in a story, as well the usual struggle to use correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar.

               Last week, we finally got the science ball rolling!  We studied SCIENTIFIC METHOD (hypothesis, procedure, data,  conclusion), the method by which science "proves stuff."  We did this by performing Mr. McRae's award-winning "ESP Experiment #2".   Ask your 4th Grader for details!  We are also studying classification of living things.

  EDITOR'S CHOICE sentences from last week 

The door creaked when I peeked.
There were monsters in my closet.
They're there.
I wrung SpongeBob SquarePants.
Don't wear a ring when you wring that thing.
He was slow because he had a lot of weight.
I would like to meet my meat before I eat it.
My gramma has a lot of cookware.
Beets taste gross.
I like to visit Dexter Creek.
I put the lead weights on my rod, then I led the way.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Reading & Math Homework, Thursday, 09-20-12

Tonight's Reading Homework for Thursday, 09-20-12

Use each word in a sentence
steel   steal    lead    led      wait   weight   wear   ware   creak creek   beet   beat   meet   meat   peek   peak   deer   dear  ring   wring
its    it's     they're    their     there

Tonight's Math Homework for Thursday, 09-20-12

Alaska Guy Poems I

My hat is on the North Slope.
My eye is in the Kotzebue Sound.
My nose is the Seward Peninsula.
My nostrils are at Nome.
I'm rubbing noses with Asia.
My ear is in the Interior.
The Aleutians are my long, long beard.
My smile is the Kuskokwim.
I have a Panhandle for a neck.
Who am I?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Reading & Math Homework, 09-19-12

Reading Homework for Wednesday, 09-19-12:
 Read your book for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!  Write a summary of at least one sentence.  Have parents sign and date the summary.  

 Emails are accepted.  Or, sign on to Google and post your homework in the Comments section of this blog!  Good luck with that, I don't know how it works....

Math Homework for Wednesday, Sept. 19

name ___________________ 

(Remember:  Multiplication deals with things in groups-  with an equal number of things in each group._      

1.  Devin read 12 books with 9 pages in each book.  How many    pages did Devin read?

2.  Seven kids ate two bowls of soup each.  How many bowls did the     kids eat altogether?

3.  Mr. McRae made 12 pages each night for a story he is making.  It took him 11 nights to finish.  How many pages did he make in all?

4.  Kylee read 12 books with 9 pages each in them.  How many pages did she read in all?

5.  Brianna made 6 cookies.  Nakita made 6 cookies.  How many cookies in all?

6.  Virgil went fishing, then came back with 2 bags.  Each bag had 5 fish in it.  How many fish did he get in all?

7.  Elijah did 10 problems on each page.  There were 9 pages.  How many problems did Elijah do in all?

8.    Mr McRae has 5 baskets.  Each basket has 2 apples in it.  How  many apples altogether?

9.  Sam had 5 brownies.  Each brownie was 2 inches.  How long are Sam's brownies if he lines them all up next to each other?

10. Kaylyn made 11 batches of brownies.  There were 2 in each batch.  How many brownies did she make?

11. Stephine bought 4 Labor Day Duck Race tickets.  If each ticket  cost $5.00, how many dollars did she spend.

  Melissa saw 20 dragons.  That's her first and only time seeing         dragons.  How many dragons did Melissa see in all?

For the problems below, kids wrote ADDITION problems instead of multiplication.  ANSWER WITH AN ADDITION SENTENCE. 

12.   Mr. McRae made 7 cookies, and 9 more cookies.  How many cookies did Mr. McRae make?

13.  Reese shot two brown bears.  Then he got three more.  How   many bears did Reese get?

15.  Sony made 5 cupcakes and 2 extra for her friends.  How much  do they have altogether?

16. My sister ate 5 apples.  She ate 6 more apples.  How many apples did my sister eat?

 17. Simeon has two jackets and two hats.  How many winter things has Simeon?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Math & Reading Homework, Tuesday, 09-18-12

Tonight's MATH & READING HOMEWORK, below.  Don't forget to answer with a MATH SENTENCE.

steel   steal    lead    led      wait   weight   wear   ware   creak creek   beet   beat   meet   meat peek   peak   deer   dear  ring   wring

Monday, September 17, 2012

Math & Reading Homework, Monday, Sept. 17

Here is a link to tonight's MATH HOMEWORK.

And below is tonight's READING HOMEWORK:

Parent FYI, week of September 17—21

Parents F.Y.I.
Weekly Newsletter for Mr. McRae's 4th Grade & 4th Grade Reading Class
Week of September 17—21


steel   steal    lead    led      wait   weight   wear   ware  creak creek   beet    beat    meet     meat   peek   peak   deer   dear    ring   wring


conductor      pour          its               —(r)tuNa  
depot              poor          it's              niGi—
jolting            vain           there          qiniq—
lurching         vein           they're
platform        vane          their

  Houghton Mifflin Reading, Theme 1, Lesson 3
            Reading Selection: "By The Shores of Silver Lake",  Laura Ingalls Wilder
            Theme:  "Journeys"
            Comprehension Strategy:  Question
            Comprehension Skill:  Noting details
            Spelling:  Homophones
            Structural Analysis:  Word roots tele and rupt
            Grammar:  Common Nouns
            Writing:  Prewriting a friendly letter


              Math and Reading homework on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur
              Spelling is now included as part of Reading Homework
              Substitutions can be made if homework is lost or forgotten:
                    Math:   a multiplication "times table"
                    Reading:  25 minutes of free reading, with a signed note from parent


              Homework is not counted in grade, but it does determine
                  Class Raffle eligibility!
   EDITOR'S CHOICE sentences from last week 

            I brush my hair in the bathroom.
            Naomi brushed her hair 20 or more minutes.
            My favorite juice is Kool-aid.
            I am pumped for the game.
            The wind blew me across the street.
            You can tune a piano.
            I told the truth, not a lie
            My pencil is dull.
            Business people have suitcases.
            In the pirate ship there was a trunk of treasure.
            She went down the tube.

  This week at Nome Elementary
            TB Testing (Mon, Wed, Fri)
            Vision Screening (Tu)
            Hearing Screening (Wed)
            Pictures for 4th Graders (Wed) 
            Picture make-ups on (Fri)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Math and Reading Homework for Wednesday, 09-12012

Link to tonight's MATH HOMEWORK on  "Compare and Order Money"

Below you will find tonight's READING HOMEWORK

Monday, September 10, 2012

Parent FYI for week of September 10--14

Parents F.Y.I.
Weekly Newsletter for Mr. McRae's 4th Grade & 4th Grade Reading Class
Week of September 10—14

brush              juice            fruit               tube
lunch              crumb          few              true
truth              done              suit              pump
due                 dull              tune              blew
trunk              sum              glue              threw

VOCABULARY /                   CHALLENGE /                   REVIEW   WORDS /        INUPIAQ
plaques               newscast              chew    -(r) tuNa  
survivors            commute             blue
voyage                continue              rub
shipwreck          attitude               shut
unsinkable        slumber               June

   Spelling Homework  (OPTIONAL!!)
            Monday:       Write each Spelling Word 3X
            Tuesday:      Use each Spelling Word in a sentence
            Wednesday:  Write a short definition for each Spelling Word
            Thursday:      Use each Vocabulary Word in a sentence

 Houghton Mifflin Reading, Theme 1, Lesson 3
            Reading Selection: " Finding the Titanic,"
            Theme:  "Journeys"
            Comprehension Strategy:  Monitor / Clarify
            Comprehension Skill:  Text Organization
            Spelling:  /u/,/yoo/, and /oo/
            Structural Analysis:  Syllabification
            Grammar:  Compound sentences
            Writing:  Writing Answers to Questions


            After due consideration, I have decided to streamline our Reading  Homework requirements.  From now on, only the Reading Comprehension is required.  Spelling homework is optional.  We will cover the spelling words in class.  Students can still receive an extra             raffle ticket for doing the weekly spelling homework, but it won't be strictly required.


              Homework is not part of student grades.  However, homework is
            checked  daily. Participation in class raffle each day requires homework

              Incomplete homework is accepted.

              Substitutions can be made if homework is lost or forgotten:
            Math:   a multiplication "times table"
            Reading:  25 minutes of free reading, with a signed note from parent

  Minimum Day on Wednesday, September 12.  Fourth graders are dismissed at 1:30 p.m.  We still have school lunch on minimum days.  The purpose of the minimum day is for teachers to collaborate to ensure student success.  Please make sure your child knows where to go on Wednesday for the minimum day.
   Mr. McRae's Classroom Blog
   1.  I am working on posting some student work on the blog
   2.  I will try to post homework nightl

  EDITOR'S CHOICE sentences from last week 

            When I was surrounded, I was bewildered.
            I was surrounded by dogs.
            I longed to go back to Anchorage.
            I loved those ripe kiwis.
            My baby sister grinds her teeth.
            When I feed Emma, I have to grind what I give her.
            I'm an inch taller than Colin.
            We built this city on rock and roll.
            Sheesh, is it a crime to text when you're sitting next to me?

  Math progress
            We have finished Houghton-Mifflin Chapter 1 on "Place Value."  We will go on straight on to Chapter 2, "Compare, Order, and Round Whole Numbers and Money," (omitting the lesson on counting change).  We are also concurrently studying multiplication and division each morning with a "Fact Family" lesson, as well as "speed test" to promote fluency in basic math facts.  Help your child memorize the multiplication tables by quizzing him or her whenever the opportunity arises.

Writing progress
            Students are hard at work on their "Personal Narratives."  The assignment:  Write a personal narrative about one thing you've done or that has happened to you.  We are writing the rough drafts on the computers using Apple's word processing program Text Edit.  Students are learning much about writing and editing, as well as learning how to manage, format, and send documents on the computer network.  One thing that will help your 4th grader is to have them tell you the story behind their Personal Narratives orally—  as family members, you just
might be main characters in these narratives!

Reading progress
            In reading, we pretty much follow the Houghton-Mifflin curriculum.  See above for this week's HM learning targets in reading.

   Mr. McRae's contact
home:   443 2999       classroom:   443 8968     cell:   434 0455     email: