Sunday, September 17, 2017

Curriculum Update

"He's got the whole world in his hands."

This week we learned to cast our burdens on Jesus. I read a passage called: The Blue Marble. This passage was a great reminder that we are not and our world is not a perfect place, but God is all knowing and the creator and designer of everything!! He has us held in His hands when we worry or think something is difficult. So when we hold the blue marble, it represents the World in His hands. Reminding us to always seek His face because the Lord has it all figured out.

  • This week's Bible stories include: Cain and Able, The flood, Abraham's Journey
  • New Bible Memory: Old Testament books due this Friday, September 22.
  • PROJECT ALERT!!!There is a note coming home about our upcoming Nomad Project. Plan to bring a bag with objects for your child to create their nomadic scene.

Examples of the Nomad Project


Demonstrate what to do before, during, and after reading
Choose when to abandon and when not to abandon a book.
Making a mental movie in their minds.
Knowing what to do when the movie gets blurry
Figuring out unknown words

Our writing workshop we are learning how to develop our stories through rehearsing and planning this week.

In word work/spelling, we are reviewing our core words together and practicing short vowel sounds. We will have our Unit 2 spelling assignment on Friday this week. Core Words: below, saw, something, thought, both

Skill: reviewing the h- brothers (e.g. Ch, Wh, Th, Sh) and double vowel rules with long O (e.g. ow, oa, o_e)

Homework: A “Dear Parent” letter will be in your child’s folder Wednesday, however, this is optional to practice for the assessment. You may also choose to review the core words together.


Take a quiz on multiplication and division of 5’s and 2’s. This will include story problems, solving for unknown numbers, the communitive property. I will review and have students retake as needed. Then we will move onto Multiplying and dividing by 10 and 9 the rest of the week.

Homework: 1.4/1.5 comes home Monday, due back Friday

Social Studies
  • Michigan Review Game
  • Michigan Test- Tuesday
  • Describe 3 things about the Hopewell Indians Culture
  • Name 2 things learned about Native American Culture
  • Explain how the Native Americans used Nature to get what they needed. 

Specials for the week
Monday-#1: Library and P.E.
Wednesday-#3: Spanish
Thursday-#4 Art
Friday-#1: P.E.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Curriculum Update

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. ~ Psalm 119:103

As we dive into God’s word this week, I want your child to know that God’s word is sweet. We will taste some honey and begin to understand what David meant when he wrote this verse in Psalms.

This week our stories come from Genesis: creation, fall of sin, the flood.

Language Arts

During reading workshop, we have been building reading stamina. We made it to 24 minutes 51 seconds. This week student’s will receive their reader’s notebooks. In this notebook, they will reflect and record a majority of their reading work. Our goals for the week include:

·      Pick up or reading pace
·      Creating a realistic reading goal
·      Picturing the story in our minds

Our writing workshop the routines of writing workshop are happening! This week we will be selecting a small moment, using ipads to retell our small moments, and planning out our moments. 

In word work/spelling, we are walking slowly through the routines of the first unit. This week students will be taking unit 1 test. I will see how everyone does without the spelling list first. I do not grade this first one. I just want to see how it goes. In fourth grade, students will not get a list and this curriculum discourages it.  

Core Words: along, while, might, next, sound.
Skill: Short vowel words

Homework: A “Dear Parent” letter will be in your child’s folder Monday, however, this is optional to practice for the assessment. You may also choose to review the core words together.


We will continue multiplication and we will relate division to multiplication with an unknown factor. Learning multiplication and division facts should become practice at home. You will see that in this week’s homework assignment.

For example: 15/5= ? or ?x5= 15.

Homework: One of our focus points is on practicing the 5’s in multiplication. Use the homework sheet, apps, or flashcards to get to know these multiplication facts.

MATH DUEL (Mrs. Koetje’s Favorite arithmetic app link) That’s right it is my favorite link for arithmetic. This is because it allows you to differentiate. Each partner is racing time, but can work on different arithmetic levels or types. Check out the link to learn more!!!

Social Studies- We have reviewed globe, continent, and North America and zoomed into what makes Michigan unique. This week we will continue learning more about Michigan including it’s symbols, the water around our state, and more map skills. A review sheet will come home on Tuesday as we will be taking a test the following Tuesday. When you receive the review sheet, know that we will still be practicing a few more mapping skills so your child won’t be well practiced until the end of the week on this. Remember, we review a lot together in class!

September 11 is Monday
It is the 16th anniversary of 9/11 which has now been named Patriot Day.  September 11 is a tough topic in an elementary classroom, but I have always felt that it is important to discuss it with students. I know that some teachers feel that it is too negative or will scare the kids. I agree that this is a possibility. However, students will hear about September 11th one way or another. They might hear about it from a friend on the playground, from a sibling who is older.
What they hear may or may not even be accurate. What they hear may scare or confuse them. So I think that teachers have the important responsibility of making sure their students hear accurate facts. I also think that, if done correctly, we can send our students home with a sense of hope and pride. So if they ask questions know that we will cover these ideas…

  •   What a first responder is
  •   How dogs were helpers
  •  What Ground Zero is and what can be found there
  •   What is special about the survivor tree.
  •    God is always there and as Christians we help in times of need whether we are big or small.

Book “The Little Chapel that Stood” by A.B. Curtiss does a great job of explaining this tragic day.

Specials for the week
Monday-#4: P.E. and Library
Tuesday-#1: Music
Wednesday-#2: Spanish
Thursday-#3: Art

Friday-#4: No Specials due to early release.
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