## Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Graduation day is quickly approaching!! :( The time has gone WAY too quickly for me!!! I would LOVE to keep your kiddos longer!

I just want to give you all a heads up as to what the last day of school will look like so that you can plan accordingly.

June 5th Schedule:

7:30-8:15 Class awards (Ms. C and Mrs. M) in Mrs. Milot's room
8:30-9:30 Graduation ceremony in cafeteria
9:30-10:30 Grade level yearbook signing party
10:30-12:20 Pizza and ice cream party on the playground
12:30 Dismissal :(

A PACK time may be thrown into this schedule, but WILL not impact the graduation ceremony time. I will be sure to let you know when I am informed of the time for our PACK rotation.

Over the next two weeks, your kiddo will be bringing home items from the classroom. Our Science and Math textbooks are consumables and therefore will be going home with your kiddo. These are GREAT resources to use over the summer to keep all the content fresh. Please let me know if you have any questions about these. I will be checking email over the summer and will get back to you as soon as I can.

## Monday, May 18, 2015

### Fractions on a Number Line and Board Game Project

This week will be our last week covering fractions.

Look at the number line below. The green fractions (1/2) are shown by the whole (1) being broken into two pieces, the purple (1/4) is shown by the whole being broken into four pieces and the red (1/8) is shown by the whole being broken into eight pieces.

Homework will have your kiddo looking at number lines and determining the fraction based upon how many pieces each whole is broken into. They will also be practicing counting by quarters to help cement their knowledge of this benchmark fraction.

We will begin a project starting next week where kiddos will create a math board game. There has been wonderful success with this in past years, especially when parents point out the importance of producing work that the students are proud of. Your kiddo will work in partners and be given four class periods to complete the assignment. They will draw on Monday to determine what concept their math game will cover. Most supplies (construction paper, glue, tape, etc.) will be provided, but some students may want to furnish other supplies from home to the game. Games will be due on Monday, June 1. I think your kids will really enjoy doing this project, but may need some parental assistance to get their thoughts and supplies organized. The project guidelines are listed below.

Project guidelines:
• Game must revolve around the math concept given.
• Game must include directions and all needed supplies.
• Game must be neat
• Game must be playable; students will “test” their game before the final due date to work out any issues.
• Game must be turned in by Monday, June 1st.
• Students will write critiques of other students’ games, using constructive criticism.
Here are some examples of previous years projects:

Please let me know if you have any questions!

## Monday, May 11, 2015

### Subtracting Fractions

This week we are focusing on subtracting fractions with like denominators. It is similar to adding fractions in many ways. However, just like in subtraction of whole numbers, regrouping is sometimes needed.

Here are some non-regrouping examples:

Here are some subtracting fractions with regrouping examples:

Homework this week will have your kiddo practicing both of these skills. Please let me know if you have any questions.

## Thursday, May 7, 2015

### What a Whirlwind!

While many events are behind us, several more are just around the corner! Our trip to Fort Worth yesterday was enjoyed by all and will be a lasting memory. Thank you to all who made this day happen for us, your hard work is greatly appreciated!

Please make note of the following dates:

Thursday, May 14th-  Progress Reports
Science Fair (evening)

Friday, May 15th- Career Day

Friday, May 22nd- Field Day (Shirt orders are due no later than Friday 5/8,  \$5 - checks to Cox Elm.)

Wednesday, June 3rd- Talent Show

End of Year Celebration
**Early Dismissal

Our final units in Language Arts will be combined to allow for exciting projects to occur. Our Research and Media Literacy units will address the features of each, yet activities that will incorporate both skills. Hint- ask your child about his/her commercial. I am excited to see their creativity!

## Monday, May 4, 2015

### Week of 5/4/15

We have another busy week this week!

Monday we have our EOY (end of year) Science test.

Tuesday is our Harrison field trip. We will leave campus around 9 am and return around 11 am. Ice cream can be purchased at Harrison for \$0.50. If you would like for your kiddo to have ice cream while we are there, please be sure to send them with money.

Wednesday is our Fort Worth field trip. Please be sure to have your kiddo at school by 6:30am in comfy clothes with two drinks for the day. We will arrive back to school around 6:30pm. I will post on the Cox Elementary Facebook page when we arrive and when we leave Fort Worth.

Thursday and Friday are normal days! :) We will continue our deeper exploration into fractions in Math, Science has us looking into more adaptations, and Social Studies has us striking oil!

Homework this week will have your kiddo looking at fractions on a number line and adding fractions with like denominators. Please check out the "Adding Fractions" post from December if you need a reminder.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!

## Tuesday, April 28, 2015

### Week of 4/27/15

Homework this week will have us continuing to practice our work with fractions. Your kiddo will work on comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions. Look back to my "Fraction Fun" post from November and my "Comparing Fractions" post from December if you need some reminders of what to do to solve these problems.

Track meet is rescheduled for Thursday this week (4/30/15). Please be sure that your kiddo wears their track meet shirt, tennis shoes, has a lunch, and brings a water bottle. Hopefully we will have a rain free day on Thursday!

Please be sure to remind your kiddo that they still have lots of learning to do this year. Some kiddos were shocked to learn that we still have multiple unit tests to take. :) On Monday (5/4/15), your kiddos will take an end of year science test. The data from this test will be given to Harrison to use in many different ways. I know we are doing MANY fun activities that get us off our routine, but it is important that your kiddo does their best throughout the rest of the year.

As always, thank you so much for your support and let me know if you have any questions.

## Friday, April 17, 2015

### Week of 4/20/15 - 4/24/15

This week is going to be CRAZY!!!!!

Monday we are doing our final review for the STAAR test. We will be playing "Who Wants to be a Millionaire and will have a campus pep rally to show our support to our kiddos.. :) WE ARE READY!!!

Tuesday will be the Math STAAR and Wednesday will be the Reading STAAR. Please remember to send a sack lunch with your kiddo if you did not send in the form to order one from the cafeteria. Kiddos can bring a snack and a water bottle if they want. They will need books to read when they are finished with the test, but they do NOT need to bring their backpack those two days (if they don't want to). Please be sure they get plenty of sleep AND KNOW THAT WE ALL BELIEVE IN THEM!

Thursday we are planning a fun celebration stations day to reward everyone for all their hard work thus far.

Friday is 4th Grade Track Meet. Please be sure to send a sack lunch with your kiddo (unless you ordered one from the cafeteria) and have your kiddo dress in tennis shoes and comfy pants/shorts. A matching shirt will be provided for them that morning.

Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!