I hope you SUMMER well ;)

Welcome to Summer

I think you'll love learning in Room #509



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Classroom Resources

Check out our classroom DONORS CHOOSE project.  We would love your help in seeing this project come to light!  This project will provide materials that will allow me to create and prepare engaging learning center materials for independent OR buddy practice.  The project will also provide current mentor text as well as literature circle chapter books.  

Donors Choose

Looking for ways to keep your child academically active during the 
summer? Please visit the "Useful Links" tab to the left for a variety of online resources.  Students can also access their IXL and Education Galaxy accounts by logging in to the Office365 account, clicking on the "waffle" in the upper left hand corner, then scrolling down to the "Clever" icon.  From there, they will not need passwords to work in IXL or Education Galaxy (or a variety of other resources).  

I've added IXL logs under the MATH IXL tab for our Geometry and Place Value units.  Please visit those tabs to see current review work students can access and complete.  

Also, I have added some Education Galaxy assignments they can access by logging in to their Office365/Clever/EducationGalaxy accounts.  As communicated by PWCS, these assignments cover standards students have already received instruction on and are optional.  

Our Instructional Calendar can also be found under the Files and Documents tab.


9:00-9:15  Announcements and Morning Work

9:15-10:05 - Math CORE Extension (work on IXL, Education Galaxy, Flash Cards, Buddy Box, or Guided Math Group

10:05-10:50 - Encore (P.E., Library, STEM, Music, Art)

10:50-11:05 - Mentor Text/Read Aloud

11:05-11:25 - Reading Mini Lesson

11:25-12:10 - Guided Reading Groups, Independent Work=Spelling City, Seat Work, 
Buddy Box, Centers

12:10-12:40 - LUNCH

12:40-1:00 - Read to Self (student choice)

1:00-1:25 - Math Mini Lesson, Model

1:25-2:00 - Math Seat Work, Buddy Work, Guided Math Group

2:00-2:30 - RECESS

2:30-2:45 - Whole Class Novel Read Aloud, Cursive Handwriting, Grammar Practice

2:45 - 3:30 - Science/Social Studies


Please continue to have your child practice multiplication and division facts for fluency.  It is important for the automaticity and will be incredibly helpful in 4th grade math AND continue to log in to IXL - you can find IXL assignments under Files and Documents organized under each math and language arts unit.



All standards have been covered; however, there are two units that were not completed including place value and word problems - these are typically skills that are in rotation during our school day and regular, continued practice is recommended including addition and subtraction with and without regrouping, rounding, estimating, counting money and making change, one and two-step word problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division


All standards have been covered; the focus for the remainder of the school year is reading comprehension, fluency, and test taking strategies


Descriptive Writing


Earth's Water


Ancient Civilizations including Ancient China and Ancient Egypt

 IXL Assignments are listed under FILES AND DOCUMENTS Folder
IXL logs for Math and Language Arts for home practice are posted under the Files and Documents Tab in Math and Literacy under IXL Assignments.  Students are encouraged to practice these modules at home to reinforce classroom learning.  Students also have time during our CORE Extension to work on these modules.    

If you choose -  print out a log and initial your child's completion.  Students will earn SOAR tickets for each module completed.  Students must receive a 90% or higher to get credit for the module.  IXL logs can be turned in as students complete them, there is no specific due date.  Student progress is monitored weekly. 

Students need to be sure they are working in the correct subject and module.  Be sure to check the tab at the top of the IXL page to choose your grade level and subject.  

<  IXL LOGS WILL NOT BE SENT HOME>  ALL IXL logs can be accessed from this web page.  Click on the files and documents tab to the left to access the logs.


CONSIDER ORDERING BOOKS THROUGH SCHOLASTIC BOOKS!  Each order earns new books for our students to enjoy!
Order Due Date -  N/A

Dear Families,


This month’s Scholastic Reading Club flyers are now available! Please take a few moments to explore the selection together and let your child help choose books he or she is excited to read.


You can order online at scholastic.com/readingclub, where you’ll find a wide selection of quality children’s books that are just right for your child’s reading level and interests. Or return your paper order form to me with a check made out to “Scholastic Reading Club.”


Remember, you help our class earn FREE Books and supplies with every order. Thank you for supporting your child’s reading both at home and in the classroom!


Mrs. Dempsey


PS: Please let me know if your order includes a gift for your child, and I will contact you when it arrives!


First Time Ordering Online?
Class Code - P8NR3

Go to scholastic.com/readingclub

Enter our one-time Class Activation Code.

Shop and submit your child's book order.

Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom. 

Reading Homework

Read at least 20 minutes each evening Monday - Thursday




Ways to help at home:  Read every night for 20 minutes.  Have your child respond to his/her reading - ask your child to summarize what they read, discuss the main idea of the chapter, make connections, what the author's purpose is, and if there was a moral message the author wanted you to learn, discuss genre, new vocabulary
Reading Homework = Read 20 minutes every night 

Comprehension Checks are given every Friday on the Reading Strategy/Skill for the week and taken as a quiz grade.  Please refer to the IXL Language Arts log to see our current area of focus for the week.




Practice with restating the question
Ways to help at home:  Review the writing rubric that comes home with the final draft paper.  Review missing capital letters, punctuation, indents, use of transition words and reread the paper together to check for clarity

Student Spelling City letters were sent home with students.  We will be working with a new vocabulary list each week and students will have time to work on Spelling City in class.  If you are looking for extra practice with spelling and vocabulary building, Spelling City is a great tool to use at home when you wish!





Math Homework:  Practice math facts for a few minutes each evening for fluency (addition and subtraction now; multiplication and division soon!).  On occasion, math practice sheets will come home - this is not assigned as homework - please use these sheets as a way to support your child with extra practice at home
Math Quizzes and Quick Checks are taken every Friday and count as a quiz grade - please refer to math classwork for practice at home
Math Unit Exams will be announced at least one week in advance (when possible) and a study guide will be sent home

Math Practice = Math Practice sheets will be sent home on occasion.  This is for math practice at home and is not intended as a math homework assignment.  Students can return their math practice sheet the following day for a SOAR ticket

Online manipulatives: http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/mathematics/ebook_assets/vmf/VMF-Interface.html

SOL Review tools: IXL, 

Looking for math examples:  Check out the math anchor charts located under Files and Documents 


DAY 1:  P.E.
DAY 2:  Music
DAY 3:  Library (Week 2); STEM (Week 1)
DAY 4:  P.E.
DAY 5:  Art

12:10 - 12:40