Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Math Manipulatives

Here you can see some of our Fourth Grade Falcons using unifix cubes to discover the multiples of a specific number. Ask your child to tell you what factors and multiples are!

September 23 Newsletter

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 8 Newsletter

Please note there is a typo on the time for the first testing session on Friday. It is from 8-9:30. We will need a full 1.5 hours for the testing slot.

Oops! Sorry you are all upside down, girls!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What we learned from THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS.

Remember… BIG SCIENCE IDEAS are the ones you will want to remember 40 years from now.

Some of the BIG SCIENCE IDEAS from the Magic School Bus Rocks and Rolls:

• Sometimes the water freezes and cracks rock.- Hannah
• Water and erosion carves and breaks rocks by the cracks so when rocks have cracks water gets inside. When it gets cold it chops and breaks the rock. -Matthew
• Water can carve rock like water carved the Grand Canyon. -Aden
• Water makes boulders smooth and break.- Leandra
• Water breaks rock because water wears out the rock and the rock breaks apart.- Justin
• Water can move big boulders but the water has to be strong enough to move the boulder.- Rubin
• The water and rocks cracked the statue and made the statue fall down the mountain to the stream. – Dalisha
• The erosion is caused by the water that is from the winding river. -Micheala
• Water can take rocks and cut in a lot of little pieces of rocks.- Vangie
• If water goes fast enough it can break down the boulders. –Ethan
• When water goes into a crack, and it freezes, the rocks break apart. – CC
• Snow and water can break big rocks. –Julian
• It can’t happen instantly it could take over 15 million years to carve out stuff like the Grand Canyon.- Jonathan

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sandblasters in Science

Sandblasters model weathering, erosion, and deposition.

When we blew with different strengths of "wind" the pattern of sand on the cards was different. The heavier sand stuck lower on the paper. Finer sand was higher on the card because it was lighter.

The sandblaster transformed tasty looking sugar cubes to dirty, chipped, and tumbled lumps.

Coming next week: More weathering, eroding, and depositing of earth materials.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

August 26 Newsletter

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Welcome back!

It was wonderful meeting many of you during our "Meet and Greet" on Friday evening. I very much look forward to spending an excellent year with you!

Do you know what the word MASTER means? MASTER is a term that indicates a high level of skill or proficiency.

At Fitzmorris Elementary we value your education so much that we set MASTERY as the end goal for each and every student. Jefferson County School District has spent a lot of time and research to clarifying what students need to MASTER in grades Kindergarten through high school senior.

During this next year you will be mastering 1/13 of your entire K-12 education!

On your mark.... Get set.... GO!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What are you doing this summer? READING!

Children who read 4 or more books over the summer fare better on fall reading comprehension tests than peers who read 1 or no books over the summer.

Older (middle grade students) who read 4 or 5 books over the summer eliminated the summer reading set-back.

Your child can become a better reader and a more informed person over the summer. Please enjoy the summer reading packets and remember to return your sheets to be entered for prizes when you return as 5th graders in the fall!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Owl Pellets!

We are dissecting owl pellets as part of our ecosystem unit. Here are some links you can visit to get more information about this fascinating project!

The World Owl Fund has great information about owls and their pellets.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great web site that lets you search for information about almost any bird you can think of. Check out the sound and video that lets you hear the bird call and see it fly.

Want to dissect your own owl pellet at home without actually having to touch one? You can do it virtually, here.

This is a fun, short video that shows what a bird skeleton from an owl pellet looks like.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nigeria, Kenya, or Egypt?

What African country are you studying?

Remember, your mini-book needs to have these parts:
Table of Contents
A Chapter/Page for each of these categories:
1. Location (map, capital city, bordering countries)
2. Land Features (altitude, region, landforms)
3. Climate (seasons, weather, temperature, rainfall)
4. Daily Life (where people live, typical jobs, pets, education, sports)
5. Food (most common, special dishes, a recipe...)
6. All about an Aminal
Reference Page

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spelling sentences for the week.

Remember how you had to correct all of the mistakes you made on last week's spelling sentences? Try to write ten perfect, interesting sentences using this week's spelling words.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spelling Sentences!

Hello! Our spelling words for the week are ones that have the letters kn, gn, wr, mb. I would like you to type me some sentences using your spelling words. Under this post, click "comment." Write your sentences and sign your post with your name. Don't forget to spell everything correctly and to use proper punctuation!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Our Fabulous Math Masters!

We are very proud of our nine Math Masters! Please keep studying your facts at home so you can be a member of this intelligent group of students.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Friday!

It has been so wonderful seeing the students after the winter break. We have spent the last few days getting back into the swing of things.

A homework packet went home in today’s Friday Folder. This packet (and the book log and spelling test) will be due on Friday, January 14. On Thursday, January 13, I will stay after school from 2:30-3:15 to help anyone who needs it on their homework packet. I want to have everyone turn everything in this week!

If everyone does turn in their completed homework packet by Friday, the entire class will earn a Bear. A. Cuda Buck. Ask your child what this means.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break.

I did not give a Friday note or assign homework over the vacation, so don't worry about digging through your backpacks trying to find something that doesn't exist.

Spend these few days before the weekend getting your habits and brain cells back into school mode. Homework (including spelling) will go home on Friday.

Starting on Thursday, January 13, I will be staying after school from 2:30-3:15 to help students with their homework packet. If you leave your packet at home you will NOT be given a replacement one, so please plan ahead if you would like to take advantage of this work time.

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