Sunday, August 29, 2010

Parts of Electric Circuit

Here is a link to an interesting video on someone who work with electricity every day.

1. Energy source - battery
2. CoWnductor - allows electricity to flow easily
3. Resistor - slows down the electric current
4. Insulator - stops the electric current
5. Switch - closes or opens the loop

Monday, August 23, 2010

Facts of the Week

We are trying something new to get those multiplication facts memorized quickly.
Each week we have 4 facts to practice.
Practice them everyday
...while eating breakfast, lunch and dinner the car
...before video games a tree
...on the way to soccer practice

you get the idea!

Say the facts + the answer 5 - 10 times each.

this week's facts are:

4 x 9 = 36
8 x 7 = 56
6 x 7 = 42
9 x 8 = 72

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Planning our Writing - Power Outlines

4th grade is a big year for writing

We use graphic organizers for all of our pre-writing steps.

These graphic organizers help us to organize our thoughts so we are ready to write. We start out with the basics, a power outline, which is a twist on the traditional outlining process. Below is an explanation and an example of how it is used.

Power Outlines (from Step-Up to Writing)

Organize your ideas for writing

T = Topic (What is the main idea)

RDF (Reasons, Details or Facts about your topic)

E – explain more

E- explain more

RDF (Another Reason, Detail or Fact)

E- explain more

E-explain more

RDF (Another Reason, Detail or Fact)

E- explain more

E- explain more

CS – Concluding sentence (restate the topic)


T = McDonald’s

D – Milkshakes

E – creamy

E – chocolatey

D- Cheeseburger

E- juicy

E- mouth-watering good

D- French Fries

E-soft in the middle

E –crispy on the outside

E-salty goodness

Thursday, August 12, 2010

An Exciting Year Ahead

Welcome to the 2010 - 2011 School Year!!

It is going to be an absolutely awesome year! Mark Twain teachers have spent some extra days this summer learning a lot of amazing ways to improve our teaching. I can't wait to try them out!

Also, thanks to a grant, we were able to purchase new Promethian Boards, which I am diligently trying to master so we have much more interactive learning going on in class.

We will also be receiving IPod touches. Each teacher will eventually have a class set. I am looking forward to finding many new and interesting ways to use them to improve student learning!!

School starts Monday, August 16th for all the schools in the district.

Back to School Night is that evening at 5:15 or 6:00.
I can't wait to meet all of my new students and their parents!

Some important information:
School starts at 8:03 a.m.
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:30 - 8:00.
Lunch from 11:45 - 12:25.
School ends at 2:55 p.m. except on Wednesdays, it ends at 1:30 p.m.

Monday - Thursday
about 1 hour a night
all review of materials covered in class

Weekly Reports and Parent Letters
Look for them!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Back To School

August 16th - First day of School