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    Mrs. Hoffman's Classroom

    lbhoffman@d47.org

    School Number 815-788-5500

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  • Weekly News 5-17-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 5/17/2019 3:50:00 PM

     

    Field Day Message

    Parents please note that lunches delivered to parents and students from restaurants will not be allowed on field day.  Our office staff cannot accept deliveries with all the check-ins and other tasks required on that day. Thanks for your help!

     

    Math

    The class continues to work on our last math unit for the year, geometry. We practice naming triangles by angles and sides. The students will be using a protractor to measure angles. I also introduced complementary and supplementary angles. We worked on triangles.  The students reviewed acute and obtuse and they also learned about equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles. We will continue working on geometry next week.



    Language Arts

    This week we have thought about our year in fourth grade and we have written a letter to the future fourth graders. Next year will be an adventure but this advice will their fourth grade year great.We read a story and learned about service dogs.  The students loved making text-to-self connections about their own experiences with dogs and whether their pets would make good service animals or not.

     

    Science

    Did you see the terrariums? They are really thriving. We will continue to make growth observations next week. Check out SeeSaw and see the growth our terrariums have made. The live bugs are here. We have so many more experiments to complete before fourth grade is over. We started reading about the southwest region of the United States. We will be testing on the states and capitals next Thursday.  We also observed isopods and darkling beetles.




    Pizza Party Next Week

    Look for the permission slip.

     

    Important Dates

    May

    24 Field Day

    27 No School

    29 Field Day Rain Date

    30 Last PBIS Assembly

    31 5th Grade Celebration 3:30-5

    June

    4 Last Day for Kindy

    5 Last Day 1-5 2pm Dismissal

    Incoming Kindy Screening

    Grades Posted on ParentVue




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  • Weekly News 4-26-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 4/26/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Teacher Notes

    Thanks for buying books at the bookfair!

     

    We have one more field trip next week and we are headed to Hannah to see the middle school bands on Friday.

     

    We had so much fun on our field trip to Marengo Ridge. We studied rocks and minerals and went on a mile hike. I hope your child was protected from the insects. It might not be bad to have them check themselves for ticks as a precaution.

     

    Math

          a        Our Unit 7 math test will be next Wednesday. We will review on Monday and Tuesday. The test will cover fractions and decimals. Some skills to practice are comparing fractions and decimals, changing a fraction to a decimal, making a line plot, and solving fraction story problems.

     

    Language Arts

    This week we read a realistic fiction story called, Romie and Me. The story was about a collage artist. After reading the story, the kids starting creating their own collage about themselves on Google Drawings.

     

    Science

    We started learning about habitats. We read Box Turtle at Long Pond. Please ask your child the four components an animal needs for survival. Next week we start dissecting owl pellets. Yippee!

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  • Weekly News 4-18-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 4/18/2019 12:00:00 PM

     

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    Book Fair Next week.  

    Copley’s class will be shopping on Friday.

    Hoffman’s class will be shopping on Wednesday afternoon.

    REMINDER:

    f Our next field trip is on Thursday April 25th.  We will be going to Marengo Ridge Outdoor Center.  Dress for a busy day outside. Remember to wear long pants and covered shoes. NO SANDALS! Please wear a jacket if it fits the weather. Your child will also need to bring a sack lunch. They can also purchase a lunch to go through the cafeteria.

     

    Language Arts  

    This week we have been busy working on “What does our Name Mean?” We have learned the story of our name and how it came to be.   On Monday, we finished the IAR testing and they did a FANTASTIC job!!! Great job boys and girls.

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    Math

    We continued to practice the vocabulary terms compare, equivalent, and simplify. I am hoping your child is becoming more comfortable working with fractions. We often say, “FRACTIONS ARE FUN!”

     

    Social Studies

    This week we took the test for the midwest region. We are starting our science unit,  habitats next week. The kids are going to love dissecting owl pellets.

    Important Dates

    April

    19 No School

    22-26 Book Fair

    24 Early Release Day

    May

    3 District ART Show

    15 Early Release Day

    24 Field Day

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    27 No School

    29 Field Day Rain Date

    31 5th Grade Celebration 3:30-5

     

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  • Weekly News 4-11-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 4/11/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Teacher Message

    The owl presentation was wonderful The class is looking forward to dissecting owl pellets.

     

    We went to the High School Musical Jr. at Hannah. The performance was fantastic and the classes were great audiences.

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    It was great to see families at Culver’s. Thanks for supporting Coventry.



    Math

    The class focused on finding equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and simplifying fractions.

     

    Language Arts

    The class is finishing up the brochures of the west. They are turning out great. You’ll have to see them at Open House. We also worked on identifying text structures for informational text. These would be description, cause/effect, problem/solution, and sequencing.

     

    Social Studies

    Please remind your child to STUDY, STUDY, STUDY for the upcoming states and capitals test on Wednesday. Don’t forget to use the flashcards!















    Important Dates

    April

    15 Board Meeting - 4th grade student Gabby will be featured for Future Chefs

    16 PTA Assembly 9:05 Bubble Show

    19 No School

    22-26 Book Fair

    24 Early Release Day

     

    May

    3 District ART Show

    15 Early Release Day

    24 Field Day

    27 No School

    29 Field Day Rain Date

    31 5th Grade Celebration 3:30-5

     

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  • Weekly News 4-5-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 4/5/2019 3:00:00 PM

     

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    IAR Testing (Illinois Assessment of Readiness)

    We have two state language arts assessments next week. They will be in the afternoon on Monday and Wednesday of next week. Your child is doing a great job of being ready to test after lunch.

     

    Math

    Unit 7 also focuses on fractions. We continue to practice comparing fractions using a number line. I have taught the class what we call the “butterfly method” or “cross multiplying” as well. The following video helps explain comparing fractions too. If you have a moment, please watch the video to find out what your child is studying in class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNdUJQ_qd4U

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    Language Arts

    The class began a research project on state from the west region. Your child will publish their research as an opinion piece on a brochure trying to convince a traveler to visit their state of choice. We are following the writer’s workshop process from draft to publish. You will have a chance to see your child’s work at Open House.

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    Social Studies

    We are studying the midwest. We made several stops on our tour visiting the St. Louis arch, the Soo Locks, Mall of America, Wrigley field, and much more. I have sent home flashcards so that your child can practice matching the states and capitals. Our quiz on the midwest will be on April 17, 2019


     

    Important Dates

    April

    10 Culver’s Night

    11 Musical Performance

    12 Inservice Day

    16 PTA Assembly Bubble Show

    19 No School

    22-26 Book Fair

    24 Early Release Day

    May

    3 District ART Show

    15 Early Release Day

    24 Field Day

    27 No School

    29 Field Day Rain Date

    31 5th Grade Celebration 3:30-5

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  • Weekly News 3-22-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 3/22/2019 2:00:00 PM
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  • Weekly News 3-15-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 3/15/2019 3:00:00 PM

    a Book Orders are Due on:

                        Monday March 18th

    z Get a free book with any order $25 or more, use code: READS

     

    Teacher Message

    Now is a good time to ask your child if they have working headphones. Being a one-to-one classroom with chromebooks means we use headphones quite frequently. Sometimes they break. Thanks for checking in with them.

     

    Language Arts

    This week we finished researching Antarctica. We learned about Adelie penguins building rock nests, fractured ice, Palmer Station, “the green flash”, and about krill. Many students had different opinions on if they would visit Antarctica. We studied first and secondhand accounts. We also began learning about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. We will continue to work on this topic with writing interview questions.

     

    Math

    We took the unit 6 math test today. Unit 7 also focuses on fractions, but we are going to use next week before spring break to review skills before state testing.

     

    Social Studies

    The students are learning about the west region of the United States. We have been learning about tourist stops in California, Colorado, and Hawaii. I have passed out practice cards for your child to practice matching up the states with a picture.

    We will have a states and capitals quiz on Thursday, the 21st

    Important Datesq

    March

    15 Progress Reports Available on ParentVue

    19 Parent Meetings for construction updates 5:30 and 7.

    22 PBIS Assembly

    25-31 Spring Break

    April

    11 Musical Performance

    16 PTA Assembly Bubble Show

    19 No School

    22-26 Book Fair

    24 Early Release Day

    May

    24 Field Day

    27 No School

    29 Field Day Rain Date

     

     

     

     

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  • Weekly News 3-8-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 3/8/2019 2:00:00 PM

     

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    BINGO NIGHT IS TONIGHT!

    Doors will open at 6:00 PM

    Bingo starts at 6:30 PM

    COST

    $5/5 game cards (sold as a set)
    $1/1 raffle ticket

    FOOD

    Pizza, drinks, and other concessions are available for purchase!

     

    Math

    We have learned many fraction skills. Your child should be starting to understand how to:

    Add and subtract mixed numbers

    Change improper fractions to mixed numbers

    Multiply a whole number by a fraction

     

    Language Arts

    We finished our study on the bombing of Pearl Harbor. We learned many new vocabulary words. Please ask your child if they can tell what rationing means. Next, we are studying a journal from Antarctica. We continue to study first and secondhand accounts. We look forward to watching interviews from people who have traveled there.

     

    Science

    We have discussed energy sources and receivers. Your child has been working with electricity components to light bulbs and run motors. They are having so much fun with this unit. We have learned what a circuit is and what an open and a closed circuit do.

     

     

    Important Dates

    March

    8 Bingo/Loteria Night 6:30-9

    15 Progress Reports Available on ParentVue

    19 Parent Meetings for construction updates 5:30 and 7.

    22 PBIS Assembly

    25-31 Spring Break

    April

    11 Musical Performance

    16 PTA Assembly Bubble Show

    19 No School

    22-26 Book Fair

    24 Early Release Day

    May

    24 Field Day

    27 No School

    29 Field Day Rain Date

     

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  • Weekly News 3-1-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 3/1/2019 11:35:00 AM

     

     

    BINGO NIGHT IS MARCH 8TH!

    c Doors will open at 6:00 PM

    Bingo starts at 6:30 PM

    COST

    $5/5 game cards (sold as a set)
    $1/1 raffle ticket

    FOOD

    Pizza, drinks, and other concessions are available for purchase!

     

    Language Arts

    This week we began studying primary and secondary accounts. We are learning about the bombing of pearl harbor. Students are practicing note taking and comparing and contrasting the differences between primary and secondary sources. Please ask your child to tell you some Pearl Harbor facts and opinions.

     

    Math

    We are busy learning about fractions. FRACTIONS ARE FUN! So far we have learned how to compare unit fractions, change improper fractions into mixed numbers, and add and subtract fractions with like denominators.

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    Here are some helpful links:

     

    Fractions are parts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA9XLJpQp3c

     

    Change an Improper Fraction into a Mixed Number https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpumUOiGS6Q

     

    Science

    We finished the week studying science vocabulary and detecting hidden magnets. Next week, we move on to studying electricity and will be building circuits.
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  • Weekly News 2-22-19

    Posted by Lori Hoffman on 2/22/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Read Across America starts next week!  We have many fun activities planned. Here’s our schedule:

     

    Monday, February 25 - Fox in Socks Day - wear crazy socks!

     

    Tuesday, February 26 - Oh the Places You’ll Go - dress as your future career!

     

    Wednesday,February 27  - Green Eggs & Ham - wear green!

     

    Thursday, February 28 - I Can Read With My Eyes Shut - Wear a shirt with words!   

                     

    Friday, March 1 - Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!  - Dress as your favorite Seuss character!      

    Don’t forget to have your child send in their reading program sheets (Six Flags Read to Succeed and  Kane County Cougars Reading Club) on Thursday, the 28th.

     

    BINGO NIGHT

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Coventry's PTA is collecting donations for our BINGO/Loteria Night raffle baskets.  Donations will be due Thursday, February 28th. Thank you so much for your support!

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    Kindergarten is collecting- Superheroes/Princesses or Fun with Science

    First grade is collecting- Outdoor/summertime Fun, Lego, or Barbies

    Second grade is collecting: Cooking/Baking or Mother's Day/Spa/Gardening

    Third grade is collecting- Family Fun Night (Games and Movies) or Father’s Day/BBQ

    Fourth grade is collecting- Beach/Pool Fun or Gift Cards

     

    Fifth grade is collecting- Sports or Crafts/ Art Supplies

     

    Math

    We finished our measurement and conversions unit. I have already passed back your child’s assessment and you should find it in their home folder. Next week we start fractions and discussing mixed numbers, improper fractions, and equivalent fractions. We will continue to work on fractions for unit 6.

     

    Language Arts

    This week we read two Storyworks articles. We focused on how authors write ledes. We discussed author’s purpose for writing. The class is really doing a great job using context clues to figure out word meanings.

     

    Science

    The class completed the science investigation, Breaking the Force. The kids used balances, weights, and magnets to measure the force between two magnets. After we collected the data we graphed our results. We determined that as space increases between two magnets, the force weakens.

     

    Headphones

    s Please check with your child to make sure they have working headphones at school. I have been sending home headphones that are not working. We are a one-to-one chromebook classroom, so we do use the headphones almost daily to work on programs. Thanks for your help.

     

     Check with your child to see if the need new glue sticks. We find this time of year we run low.s

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