• 4S update

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 10/28/2020
    Hello families!
     
    It was wonderful to see the book reports and show-n-tell presentations, so far.  They were all confident and well-spoken.  Also, it was fun to have our Halloween celebration today - they are becoming a tight-knit group.
     
    A quick update:  
     
    1.    4th Grade Remote Learning Packet due on Tuesday, November 3rd or Thursday, November 5th:
    • Mystery Book - Today students chose a mystery book, as we will look at the genre. There are a few questions to be answered, and they will discuss the book with a group when they come back to school.
    • Reading Log:  This can include free-read and their mystery book.
    • Writing - Students are practicing dialogue, and how to punctuate it.
    • Math - Complete the pages of math.   PLEASE Continue to work on multiplication facts - having those memorized is very important.  Logging onto MyPath, through Clever, for lessons is also good extra practice.
     
    Have a safe and fun Halloween!
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.   I love hearing from you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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  • 4S Update

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 10/22/2020
    A quick update for next week:
     
    Halloween (repeat of info): 4S celebration will be in the afternoon of  Wednesday, October 28th or Friday, October 30th. The PTA is providing snack bags, with appropriate (health and Covid) goodies, so please do not send in any food.   Students are able to wear costumes, with some parameters.  They need to be worn all day, to avoid clustering in the bathrooms to change into costumes.   Also, not overly gory, no weapons, no face coverings (except covid masks).   Costumes are optional - students can wear pjs or black/orange or their regular attire.
     
     
    1.    4th Grade Remote Learning Packet due on Tuesday October 27th or Thursday, October 29th:
    • Book Report - Book reports are due next week. The schedule of show-n-tell presentations has been set and shared with you/your child. If you child is done, please have them free read this week.
    • No Reading Log:  It will start again next week, after the book reports.
    • Writing - Students are creating an info-graphic.  (Visual way of presenting information.)  We went over some examples in class, and I hope this can be a way to work on reading comprehension/factual writing while being visual and creative.    They were offered books about animals, but research can be done on-line as well.  See assignment for details.
    • Math - Complete the pages of math.   Continue to work on multiplication facts - having those memorized is very important.  Logging onto MyPath, through Clever, for lessons is also good extra practice.
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.   I love hearing from you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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  • 4s Update, One Day Next Week

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 10/7/2020

    Good afternoon families!

     
    I continue to enjoy every minute I have with your child.  This week we finished up some fossil artwork, which will hang in the visitors center of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.  It is a combination of collaboration, art, science and reading. 
     
    NOTE:   Because of the MEA Conference schedule, there is no school on Thursday and Friday of next week. That means that  your child will attend ONE DAY of school next week.  As the 'A' Group, you will be coming on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13  ONLY.  (the 'B' group will come on Wednesday).
     
    1.    4th Grade Remote Learning Packet due on Tuesday, October 13th or Wednesday, October 14th:
    • Book Report - Students have a book report to complete, and instructions on their fun project. It is a 'Main Character Show and Tell'.  It is due on October 28th or October 29th Some students are fast readers. If that is the case, they can always turn it in early and then free read.
    • No Reading Log:  They should be reading their book-report book.
    • Writing - Students are continuing with organized paragraphs, using specific details.  They are bringing home their Mary Anning book to help find details and refer back to the text as needed.  
    • Math - Complete the pages of math.  
     
    If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.   I love hearing from you,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406.728.2400 ext 4704
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  • 4S update, book choice, iReady

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 9/30/2020

    Good afternoon families!

     

    A few new things are included in the list below.  

     

    1.   4th Grade Remote Learning Packet due onTuesday, October 6th pr Thursday, October 8th:
    • Book Choice - I am asking students to choose a book for a book report. No reading of it yet, just some time to find a good book. One that fits their reading habits - not too hard, not too easy, not too long, not too short. Details about the book report and project will come next week. Let me know if you need help getting a copy of the book.
    • Free Reading:  Free-Read for 30 minutes each day and record it on the reading log.
    • Assigned Reading - Finish Books:  Students are finishing their chapter book and have two notecards.  One for a summary, another for examining the author's purpose.  
    • Writing - Students are practicing an organized paragraph.  They have a short reading and a main idea paragraph.
    • Math - Complete the white pages of math.  (review of large number and related concepts like rounding, adding, subtracting, place value, etc)
    1. Log on to Clever-  The students took an iReady Math diagnostic.  This created and individualized 'My Plan' for each student to work on any skills that were lacking.   We started it today in class, and it is an ideal way to practice math that is tailored to your child.   There are also games on this site.  Students brought home the log-in instructions on a fancy piece of paper - to make it stand out.    Let me know if you need help with their passwords and logins.  (copy at the bottom of the email)

     

    Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  I am grateful for each day with your kiddos!

     

    My best,

    Carrie Sweatland

     

    LOGIN to CLEVER

     

    Go to:    https://www.mcpsmt.org/

    Choose ‘Web Connect’ at the bottom row of tabs.

    Under Students Column choose CLEVER tab

    Choose LOG IN WITH GOOGLE

     

    Email:                                     @student.mcpsmt.org

    Password: 

    Click on the iReady Cube and go to My Path Lessons    

     

     

     

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  • 4S Update and Google Classroom Login

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 9/22/2020
    Hello Families,
     
    Once again, the two days flew by!   I wish I had them for another day of math to practice rounding of large numbers. If you could, please double check their rounding homework.  They need to pay close attention to the place value of the rounding.   For example,  rounding 345,783  to the thousands place.
     
    Also, I am adding an assignment that I did not mention to the kids.  This is simply to log into the Google Classroom and leave me a message.  I want to be sure they are able to do so, in case we need to reach kids at home.  If they have trouble, I can address it next week.   Hopefully the instructions are clear.
     
    1.    4th Grade Remote Learning Packet.  All material will be due on Tuesday, September 29 or Thursday, October 1st:
    • Free Reading:  Free-Read for 30 minutes each day and record it on the reading log.
    • Assigned Reading:  Students are continuing with their chapter book and have two notecards.  One for a summary, another for making a sequence of events in their reading.  Any five events, using transition words like first, second, next, then, finally.
    • Writing - Students have a page of spelling practice for verb tenses (present and past).  This is practice only.  Then they are writing a story of a fossil, using past  tense (the creature's life) and the story of it being found in the present.  This is modeled after our reading about Mary Anning and of a science/art project around fossils.  The artwork will be sent to John Day Fossil Beds National Park for the visitors center.
    • Math - Complete the green packet (rounding of large numbers, adding of large numbers)
     
    2.  Google Classroom Log-in.   (if you need passwords/logins, let me know!  I am happy to send to you.)
               There are two different ways to log into Google Classroom:
                 2.  Go to students links -  choose first box    CLEVER
                 3.  Log in with Google
                 4.   Their email address is     29(first three letters of last name)(first three letters of first name)@ student.mcpsmt.org
                        Students are familiar with the first part, but likely not the   @student.mcpsmt.org  
                5.  They should know their passwords.   
                6.  From this page, choose the Google Classroom.  
                7.   Leave me a message on Google Classroom saying hello.
     
    Second Way:   
               1.    Go to www.google.com   
                2.  Hit the blue sign-in button in the upper right corner. 
                3.  Log in with Google
                 4.   Their email address is     29(first three letters of last name)(first three letters of first name)@ student.mcpsmt.org
                        Students are familiar with the first part, but likely not the   @student.mcpsmt.org  
                5.  They should know their passwords.   
                6.  Click on the dot array in the upper right hand corner and choose the Google Classroom.  
                7.   Leave me a message on Google Classroom saying hello.
               
    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I love hearing from you.
    My best,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406/728.2400 ext 4704
     
     
     
     
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  • Virtual Open House

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 9/17/2020

     

    I wish we could invite you into the classroom in person.   Let's hope for sometime in the near future.
     
    Until then:   Virtual Open House Link
    Be sure to hit the PRESENT button in the top right corner.
     
     
    Enjoy!
    Carrie Sweatland
     
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  • National Park Passes

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 9/16/2020

    This week your kids are researching a national park, but did you know that all fourth graders get a free pass to the parks?

     
    Yep, every fourth grader (and their families) get free admission to any national park in the USA.  It is just the national parks.
     
    I will print out a pass to send home.  You can also get one on-line:  https://everykidoutdoors.gov/pass.htm
     
    It is very much the honor system, and way to promote visiting our natural and historic treasures.
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  • 4S Update

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 9/16/2020

    Hello Families,

     
    We are chugging right along.  The two days seem to fly by!  Thank you, I continue to be impressed with the remote-learning, so thank you for your part in that.
     
    1.    There will be a virtual open house, so look for an email on Thursday evening with a link.
     
    2.   4th Grade Remote Learning Packet.  All material will be due on Tuesday, September 22:
    • Free Reading:  Free-Read for 30 minutes each day and record it on the reading log.
    • Assigned Reading:  Students are continuing with their chapter book and have two notecards.  One for a summary, another for making a prediction of what will happen.
    • Writing - Students are researching a national park.   They have questions to answer and a postcard to make.   This web-site has good information: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/nature/national-parks/    Also, https://www.nps.gov/index.htm   A print out for Acadia National Park was also made available.
    • Math - Complete the green packet (place value, comparing numbers, and multiplication practice)
    • Extra Math -  if you want, there are games loaded onto my Computer Math Page.  They are a great way to practice place value.  (Some start easy, but they build.  Also, avoid decimals, as we are in whole numbers, for now)  https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/10261
    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I love hearing from you.
    My best,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406/728.2400 ext 4704
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  • 4S Update

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 9/9/2020

    Hello Families,

     
    Everything is settling into place!  Thank you for your behind-the-scenes work in getting remote learning finished well and turned in!
     
    --   4th Grade Remote Learning Packet.  All material will be due on Tuesday, September 15  or Thursday, September 17:
    • Free Reading:  Free-Read for 30 minutes each day and record it on the reading log.
    • Assigned Reading:  Each student has been given a chapter book to read. They have written down the pages they need to read and they have two notecards to fill out.  One for a quick summary and the other is for a character description.
    • Writing - We are reading a fictional story of scientists who are trying to help porpoises.  Our writing this week will be research writing about an ocean/sea animal.  Students will look up information and draw pictures with labels.  Students were given the option of taking home a Zoobook or using their computer at home to look up information:  https://a-z-animals.com/animals/location/ocean/
    • Math - Complete the two double-sided green pages (3-digit subtraction, and large numbers in word, standard and expanded form.)
     
    I post these emails on my web-site, in case you need to track something down: https://www.mcpsmt.org/Domain/2440
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I love hearing from you.
    My best,
    Carrie Sweatland
    406/728.2400 ext 4704
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  • 4S Update & Remote Learning

    Posted by Carrie Sweatland on 9/2/2020

    Hello Families,

     
    First I would love to say what a wonderful few days it has been.  I am delighted to be in-person with small groups.   A few updates for you:
     
    1.  The kids are doing fantastically well with their masks, hand washing and staying safe. Bravo!
     
    2.  This week is an introduction to our new math program and practicing addition, subtraction and rounding for smaller numbers.  We will start new material  next week with numbers into the millions.   The math program is a little different, but know that if the students can solve a problem and explain how and why they did  it - we are happy to accept it!
     
    3.    4th Grade Remote Learning Packet.  All material will be due on Tuesday, September 8   OR   Thursday, September 10:
    • Free Reading:  Free-Read for 30 minutes each day and record it on the reading log.
    • Assigned Reading:  Each student has been given a chapter book to read. They have written down the pages they need to read, and each student has 3 notecards. One for a summary, another for creating 3 interesting questions to ask their group, and one for drawing a scene from the book.     
    • Writing - We read a story with the Amazon Rainforest as our setting, and we learned a lot about the rainforest. Students should use a habitat to be the setting of a new creative story. I would like details about the setting to be a part of their story. The story can be handwritten or typed. If typed, either print a copy or email/share with me. They can research the habitats here, if they'd like: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/nature/habitats/
    • Math - Complete the green packet (rounding to nearest 100, using place value to add, extended form, 3-digit addition)
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I love hearing from you.
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