Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Value of Play

Children learn though play.

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 319-320
     3.  Describe your ideal playground.  Use as much detail as possible.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Drawing Skills

Drawing is a skill that can be learned and developed like any other skill.

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 317-318.
     3.  What is your favorite thing to draw?  Why?  Draw a picture.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Winter Program Great Success!

Our students did a wonderful job singing last night.  Thank you to all the parents for coming out and supporting our program.

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 315-316.
     3.  What’s the nicest compliment you’ve ever gotten? Explain.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Show Tonight

Don't forget!  The Annual Rio Vista 4th-5th grade Winter Program, featuring the second year band students and singing by all fourth and fifth graders, is tonight.  The performance starts at 5:30.  Students who are performing should be here by 5:15.

Today's homework:
     1.  Come to the Winter Program.  Dress nicely.  Be ready to sing!  Families are invited.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Queen Emma's Bridge in Curaçao

The novel we are reading in fourth grade, The Cay, begins on the small island of Curaçao, a Dutch colony in the Caribbean.  There is a famous floating pontoon bridge there called Queen Emma's Bridge.

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 309-310.
     3.  What is the most difficult thing you have ever done?  Explain.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Show This Week

Parents, please make time in your schedule this week to attend the annual Rio Vista Winter Program.  Fourth and fifth graders and second year band will perform this Wednesday starting at 5:30.

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 303-304.
     3.  What is your favorite Christmas (or other holiday) song.  Why do you like it?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Cay

Fourth graders our beginning to read our next novel for the year, The Cay.  Written in 1969 by Theodore Taylor, it is considered a classic of children's literature.  It is an exciting tale of adventure, survival and friendship.

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 297-298.
     3. If you could keep only one thing, out of everything you have, what would it be?  Explain.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

What to Do with Remainders

When you you divide numbers you often get a remainder .  But what should you do with the remainder?  Here are some ideas:

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 291-292..
     3. What is your favorite thing to study at school?  Explain.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Organization Is the Key to Writing

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 289-290.
     3.  Describe your favorite video or computer game.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Finished at Last!

We have finally finished reading our fourth grade novel, Wringer.  Our next book is called The Cay.

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 283-284.
     3.  What is the most important thing you learned from Wringer?  Explain.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mathematical Practices

Fourth graders are supposed to be learning mathematical practices as well as specific skills.  Students, for example, should develop the habit of working carefully and checking their work.

Today's homework:
     1.  Read for half an hour.
     2.  Math p. 267-268.
     3.  What is your favorite zoo animal?  Explain.