Paul Lopez

Parents,

It’s a great time of the year. The mountains are glistening with snow-capped
peaks. The weather reminds us we still have a few days left of autumn.

Upcoming Events
November 12, 2019              Veteran’s Day Breakfast
November 25-29, 2019     Thanksgiving Break

We want to honor our veterans all around the world. We appreciate those who 
came before us and made the ultimate sacrifice of defending and preserving
our freedoms. 

 

 

 Homework

 Reading: Fourth graders are encouraged to read outside of school daily. Our present guideline is 30 minutes each day.

Math: In our differentiated math groups we assign homework each day, Monday through Thursday. Typically this is a skill practice sheet, fact practice, iReady Math, or "Choice" of strategy and logic games.

We are striving to spend 45 minutes each week between home and school on iReady Reading and iReady Math lessons. Students check and monitor their amount of time in the "My Progress" tab.

 

Subject Areas/Content Focus

Subject Areas

 

English - Language Arts

Writing

The religion and beliefs of the Arapaho tribe were based on Animism. It encompassed the spiritual or religious idea that the universe and all-natural objects, animals, plants, trees, rivers, mountains, rocks have souls or spirits. The students are writing about the contributions the Arapaho had on the social fabric of present-day Colorado.

 

Reading

We continue to learn about different people around the world who made vast contributions to different regions. The eclectic range of interests and talents helped change our cultural perspectives on human rights to social issues confronting different generational attitudes and beliefs.

 

Math - Lopez

The students are learning how to recompose and decompose numbers. For example, they are working with counting numbers to create patterns predicated on a base 10 system. the Base-10 number system is known as the decimal system and has 10 digits to show all numbers zero through nine using place value and a decimal point to separate whole numbers from decimal fractions.

 

Science

We are in our second week of studying energy. The students have learned the differences between kinetic and potential energy. Kinetic is the energy an object or body carries when in motion. On the other hand, potential energy is the energy possessed by a body by its position relative to others. For example, a ball at the top of a hill has a higher gravitational potential than a ball sitting on the table.

 

Social Studies

We continue to learn about the three main Indian groups who inhabited Colorado during pioneer times. The students are investigating how the Cheyenne Indians interacted with the Earth, people, animals, and plants of the High Plains of Colorado.

 

Second Step

The students are learning the importance of being grateful for different things in their life. According to Harvard Health, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. It helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deals with adversity, and build strong relationships. People feel and express the quality of being thankful in multiple ways.

 

Extensions or Tutoring - Every other Week

If your child wants to boost their math knowledge or gain insight on specific reading or writing strategies, please encourage them to meet after school every other Tuesday at 4:00 PM. The session will end promptly at 4:40 PM. 

 

Homework

Kids have homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It's 40 minutes per evening. The students write their assigned work in their planners. Once they complete all assigned tasks, please sign to confirm your child completed the homework with their best quality.

 

 

Reading Resources

As a parent, I’m always looking for reading resources. When your nights are busy, it’s a great time to view a story online. An actor from the actor’s guild reads a story out loud.  

 

After your child has finished reading a fantastic book, please encourage them to write a summary and review. They can read other students who wrote about their favorite novels.

 

Spaghetti Book Club - Writing Summaries of favorite books

Stories on Line

 

Technology Apps

Dogo News

Kahn Academy

Learn zillion

National Geographic for Kids

Read Works

Wonderopolis

 

Mental Health

It’s a great time to be a student at Sand Creek Elementary. A smile a day contributes to good mental health.