Ms. Kane

October 28, 2012

October 29 – November 2

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The Field Trip to Symphony Center on Friday was FABULOUS! Ray’s 3rd and 4th graders enjoyed a concert with full orchestra and their behavior made us proud.

There is another Field Trip this Wednesday just to see a movie – part of the Chicago International Film Festival. We’ll walk over to the brand new Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago so please dress for the weather that day.  No costumes – even though it’s Halloween.

In MATH, we continue with division and reviewing multiplication. In addition to the simple computation, students will be thinking – What is the correct operation for a word problem.

Research projects about the presidential candidates have to take shape this week. We need the student’s list of questions. Then we’ll research. Then we’ll write. Then we’ll rewrite and see the final product on Wednesday, November 6.

October 22, 2012

October 22 – 26

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The presidential election is TWO weeks away. 210 students are researching their own questions about one of the candiates. The educational objective is to learn both basic research skills and Microsoft WORD technique.  I’d appreciate your help explaining the two party system in the United States.  Good luck!

FIELD TRIP this Friday. Bring a lunch from home please.  We will be leaving promptly at 9:00 and will return by 11:45.  Lunch will be in the classroom with the teacher.  If you would like to wear a Halloween costume, it can be carried to school in a bag.  Nothing that makes noise or lights up allowed.  No masks.

Math continues with DIVISION!

Report Card Pick up is November 13. Already!!!

Thanks for all your support.

October 14, 2012


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Dear Parents,
Ask your child what these words mean in math: SUM, DIFFERENCE, PRODUCT, QUOTIENT, MULTIPLE, FACTOR.

Math work means diving deeper into time and money. If you play store with your child, he or she would have to multiply, divide, add, and subtract. How much change would you receive if you bought 2 pencils that are 3/$1.00 and paid with 3 quarters???

We will have a walking FIELD TRIP on October 31 to see a film as part of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Homework should take ONE hour. Please let me know if you are spending significantly more or less time on what I send. READ PLEASE, READ, READ, READ.

And ask your child what he or she wrote at school. We write every day.

Thanks for your support.

October 7, 2012

Week of October 8.

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This week includes PICTURE DAYThursday, October 11. Please send the payment with the envelope that shows the package you chose.

ATTENTION!  –  Half day of school on WEDNESDAY this week.  Dismissal at 12:15

First FIELD TRIP coming up on Friday, October 26.  $11 for the CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA!

We will continue to rev up our math vocabulary as well as review and add to our knowledge of time and money.
With the upcoming election we are going to study the topic of PRESIDENTS. This will be the first time this school year for a research project. I want to emphasize that the internet can be wonderful for research, however, BE WARY – students must learn which websites are completely trustworthy. More details coming.
This year I had the idea to alternate reading aloud a fiction book one week and a non-fiction book the next week. Everyone loves read alouds! We discuss vocabulary, main ideas, styles of writing. We make connections to the text – from personal experience, from other texts we’ve read, and from knowledge we have about the world.  We support our opinions with evidence from the text.
It’s been really hard to find enough time to finish the books we start. We are already behind almost two weeks! PLEASE, read with your children at home. I told my students they can borrow books from my room if someone will read with them. Twenty minutes is the minimum – 30 minutes is better. Read, read, read. If my students are not reading independently at or above their grade level, they doesn’t mean they can’t comprehend at or above their grade level. They need that exposure to literature – ANYTHING they like, and whatever nonfiction interests them. ENJOY!

October 2, 2012


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This week’s title is the first line of an old poem. Some things, you never forget!
Room 210 students are working hard to stay focused. We have to finish some beginning-of-the-year testing so that we make sure everyone makes good (or great) progress. We expect more of students at each new grade level. I am pushing them to push themselves. I would like to see the best EFFORT they can possible give. Thanks for the reinforcement at home.

HEAD’S UP on a FIELD TRIP – 4th graders are going to the Chicago Symphony on Friday October 26. The cost will be $11.

Topics this week:
Math – Problem solving, thinking about how to solve problems different ways. Vocabulary! If we know the “in” words, we’re in the know!           Radius? Diameter? Sum? Product?

Writer’s workshop –  Students listed 10 personal goals for the school year.  Then they had to choose one and write a paragraph.  I hope they are learning to “talk” to themselves, ask themselves questions as they write.  “Why did I choose this goal?”  “How would I achieve this goal?” Then, answer the questions in writing.  REMEMBER, writing is all about REVISING.  It can’t come out perfect at first.  We get our thoughts together, get our thoughts down on paper, and go back over to edit, add details, keep improving.

I have been pleased with the HOMEWORK that comes back.  Thanks always for your help.  NOTE: If there is any time your child can’t get the homework done on a school night, I would understand but I ask that a parent or guardian write me a note.  I don’t want the student to tell me.  Also, let me know if you think your child needs MORE homework (or more difficult homework)!!!?!?!??

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