Sunday, October 4, 2015

Additional homefun resources...

More Options for Help With Math Homework

Check out the new tab, "More Homefun Help" above.  You will find additional resources to help with math homefun and support for understanding the concepts.

Have a wonderful Fall Break!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fourth Grade Updates/Expectations (for Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science)
  • Look at your child's planner each week to see upcoming due dates.
  • Review the blogs.
These are two methods of communication between what we are learning in class and home assignments. Please thoroughly check these two resources prior to emailing the teacher with questions.
  • If you are going out of town, you must get approval for an excused absence from Dr. Copeland before the trip. Otherwise, this is an unexcused absence.
  • ​After feedback from you, we have updated how the averages are calculated for all subjects for the reminder of the school year.
​Tests/Summative Assessments 50%
Classwork 20%
Quizzes/Formative Assessments 20%
Homefun 10%

  • Quizzes/Formative Assessments' purpose are to monitor student learning to make instructional adjustments. This can be a quiz, teacher observation, or any quick method. You may not get much or any notice as the nature of these types of assessments is to see where the students are at that moment. 
  • For end of a unit/book/chapter tests or summative assessments, you will receive adequate notice, and students should prepare/study. 
  • Please send an email or call to make a scheduled appointment if you would like to meet with one of us. The morning or in the middle of the day does not allow us to give you the time that you deserve to discuss your concerns/questions.
  • Your child has a couple of usernames and passwords in the front of their planner. The one for iReady and ThinkCentral is the same. Typing Club does not require a password. 
  • Typing Club is optional at this time. Some parents inquired about ways to help their child to improve their typing skills for the TNReady test. This is a good resource for your child to be familiar with the keyboard. 
Language Arts/Social Studies
  • ​ Classwork/Journal Grades will be taken throughout the year. If a student does not turn in their classwork or journal they will earn a 0. If they are able to turn it in on a later date, 20% will be deducted for each day it is late. For example, if a journal grade is worth 5 points, and the student can't find it or doesn't present it to the teacher until the 3rd day after it was due, they will only receive 2 points out of 5 for the grade. It will be the child's responsibility to bring the work directly to the teacher. 
  • Please keep an eye out on Mrs. Cassidy's blog for resources under the Practice Skills tab as they will be updated as the students begin a new skill.
  • ThinkCentral is a new program online we will be using for writing to get ready for the TNReady writing assessment. Instructions have been sent home and are found on the blog. The username and password are in the front of your child's planner. 
  • ​ Classwork/Journal Grades will be taken throughout the year. If a student does not turn in their classwork or journal they will earn a 0. If they are able to turn it in on a later date,  20% will be deducted for each day it is late. For example, if a journal grade is worth 10 points, and the student can't find it or doesn't present it to the teacher until the 3rd day after it was due, they will only receive 4 points out of 10 for the grade. It will be the child's responsibility to bring the work directly to the teacher. 
  • Reminder: There are resources on the blog for each concept in math. Please check for regular updates. As new skills are learned, new material is posted to the blog on the Skills Review and Practice page.  Additionally, there are links for multiplication practice, including printable resources, for home practice within the "helpful links" section. Please check out the PowerPoint, "One Month to Change a Lifetime" at the bottom of the math blog homepage.  It contains information on an alternative method for learning multiplication facts.
Science Update

  • There will be a new tic tac toe board for the second nine weeks. (This will happen every nine weeks.) 
  • Your child must do the middle square EVERY time.
  • Then, they will pick two other squares that connect with the middle square to make tic tac toe.
  • An adult MUST sign for the family game activity (and it be turned in on the assigned due date). Your child will not get credit if the adult does not sign.
  • Do not sign on the tic tac toe board. Sign in the journal.
  • If you cannot find something on the blog, find where the months are listed (on the right hand side) and expand the month. This will list the headers for each post and make the information easier to find.
Thank you for a successful first nine weeks!
L. Caldwell, L. Faulkner, & E. Sublette

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Place Value Rap!

The digits, the digits, they each have a name
Memorize ‘em, Understand ‘em is the game
We start at the decimal, to the left we move
Each place is 10 times bigger, multiply ‘em and we prove
The digits, the digits, they fit in so tight
Greater to the left and lesser to the right
Starting at the decimal, sandwiched in between
Zeroes hold the empty places, haven’t you seen?
The digits, the digits, each one means a lot
You can’t leave ‘em out of the place value spot
Reading big numbers each comma’s a word
“Thousand, Million, Billion,” commas, haven’t you heard? Word!
Ones, Tens, Hundreds, Comma
Thousands, Ten Thousands, Hundred Thousands, Comma
Millions, Ten Millions, Hundred Millions, Comma
Billions, Ten Billions, Hundred Billions, Comma
Let’s take it to the right of the decimal point
We’ve got tenths, hundredths, thousandths, ten thousandths

Smaller than a 1 with a T H

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It is both an honor and a privilege to be part of the Campus school family. I have earned my Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Memphis am super excited to be teaching 4th grade math this year. I received the News Channel 3 WREG Educator of the Week award in 2007, and have been recognized among the top 5% of teachers in Tennessee as an “Irreplaceable” (most highly effective teacher), based on the Tennessee Teacher Effectiveness Measurement initiative. I enjoy teaching, reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband Shun and our children Shane and Shelby.