March 10, 2020

MSTEP Vocabulary

On Friday, fourth graders will bring home 12 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

Please have your child log onto spelling city each day to help practice their MSTEP words. I have created lists to help them study independently.

 


English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. There is no spelling test this week!


Weekly Reading Homework

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable

 

March is Reading Month

We kicked off March is Reading Month. One Book-One School is this year‘s theme. Our whole school is reading the book, Spring According to Humphrey. This book is just one book in a series about Humphrey, who is the class hamster at Longfellow School. Each student received a copy of the book. We encourage you to follow along and read this book at home as a family.
Please see the link below for all of the details and activities planned for this exciting month. Happy reading!

 


Meet the Author!

Today, we had a presentation with Lynee Smyles, the writer of Michigan History Nightmares! She has offered her books to be purchased by the students at Arno Elementary. Please see the link to the attached flyer for more information. Orders are due by March 17, 2020.

Math in Focus Chapter 10: Parallel and Perpendicular Line Segments

This week we began Chapter 10. In this chapter, students extend their knowledge of line segments and continue to explore parallel and perpendicular line segments. This chapter extends the use of the protractor to not only measure angles, but also draw perpendicular line segments when a grid is not provided. A drawing triangle is another tool that will be used this chapter.

Here is the Chapter 10 Parent Letter and Chapter 10 Chapter Wrap Up to help at home.


January Super Cougar

Congratulations to Alyssa Bommarito! She is Super Cougar for February. She is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. She goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Alyssa! Keep up the great work!

 

 


March 3, 2020

MSTEP Vocabulary

On Friday, fourth graders will bring home 12 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

Please have your child log onto spelling city each day to help practice their MSTEP words. I have created lists to help them study independently.

MSTEP Week #5

 


English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will be assessed on Fridays.


Weekly Reading Homework

Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.

Readworks: Happy Trails Week of 03/02

Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:

  1. Read the article noting any unknown words.
  2. Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
  3. Read through the questions.
  4. Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
  5. Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
  6. Reread until all other questions are answered.
  7. Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable

March is Reading Month

We kicked off March is Reading Month. One Book-One School is this year‘s theme. Our whole school is reading the book, Spring According to Humphrey. This book is just one book in a series about Humphrey, who is the class hamster at Longfellow School. Each student received a copy of the book. We encourage you to follow along and read this book at home as a family.
Please see the link below for all of the details and activities planned for this exciting month. Happy reading!

Math in Focus Chapter 9: Angles

This week, we began Chapter 9: Angles. In this chapter, students learn that angles can be seen everywhere around them. Angles are formed when two rays or sides of a figure meet. In this chapter, students learn how to measure angles with a protractor and estimate angle measures. Students will also be introduced to the degree symbol  and what degree measure represents. They will learn to draw angles to 180 degrees using a protractor.

Another important concept in this chapter is turns and their relation to angle measure. A 1-degree angle is introduced as 1/360 turn about the center of a circle. Students relate right angles to fractions of a turn: a 1/4 turn is the same as a right angle (or 90 degrees), a 1/2 turn is the same as two right angles (or 180 degrees), and so on.

These angle concepts culminate in students applying the angle addition property to solve problems. Students use the part-whole concept to solve equations of the forms a+b=? and a+?=b, where a and b (or “?”) are the measure of adjacent angles.

Here is the Chapter 9 parent letter and instructional videos to help at home.

Chapter 9: Parent Letter

 

 

 

February 8, 2020

 

MSTEP Vocabulary 

On Friday, fourth graders will bring home 12 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.

 

Please have your child log onto spelling city each day to help practice their MSTEP words. I have created lists to help them study independently.


 

Math in Focus: Chapter 8 Adding & Subtracting Decimals

Now that the students have been using place value to understand decimal concepts, we will be adding and subtracting them. Please see the parent letter and video below to brush up on your own understanding of this concept:

This chapter will be quite brief due to the fact that students already have the foundation of adding and subtracting whole numbers. However, now the students will have to recognize to line up place value positions by using the decimal point. Placing zeros within the problems will also be practiced.


Valentine’s Day Celebration

Throughout the week  our class will be having little celebrations. Students may bring in valentine cards for the entire class. We have 29 students. It is best to just have your child write his/her name on each card instead of including who the card is for. This makes for a speedier delivery in class.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E49ACAD23A1F94-valentines

On Friday, we will complete our festivities by passing out our cards, spreading kindness, and having a snack. Please see the sign up genius below to contribute snack items to our “lovely” celebration. Please make note that Valentine’s Day is a half day, and the students will be dismissed at 11:30.


Valentine’s Day Skate Party

💕 Family Valentine Skate Party is right around the corner!

Join us February 12 from 6-8pm at the Lincoln Park skate rink. 💘

💕 Avoid standing in line and prepay for the event today! 💘

💕 Deadline to signup online is February 10.

Loooking forward to seeing all the loving families!! 💘

NWEA Award Ceremony

On Thursday, students who reached their personal growth goal, or students who are at/or above grade level on their Winter Reading NWEA assessment, celebrated during an assembly and earned an extra recess, a certificate, and a foot charm for their necklaces. In addition, the Top 10 students in 4th grade also received a gold certificate and a movie with Mr. Zielinski. We look forward to celebrating student progress again at the end of the year!


Preheat your oven, we’re selling cookies!

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Arno will be once again doing the Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough fundraiser starting  Feb. 3 to help supplement the many requests we get from staff during the school year such as Spelling City, research-based activities, special project supplies, literacy materials, tech, etc.  Last year’s fundraiser helped us purchase many extra classroom supply requests, Playworks training for teachers and lunch staff, Zoo Phonics materials for kindergarten, Super Cougar pizza lunch supplies, an ipad for our Broadcast team, and professional development for teachers.

The PTA has been a tremendous resource for our building with all they have given, however, the many teacher requests received throughout the school year to give our students the very best experiences create a need to seek additional support.  Therefore, we have partnered with this company to offer you a choice of items should you choose to purchase any, that would support providing more resources for our teachers. The large envelope coming home on Feb. 3 and will contain all of the information needed (and there is an online order method).


January PBIS Reward

I am proud to announce that all 28 students were able to participate in the PBIS reward for this month. We participated in a half hour session of ZUMBA! Way to go students in room 123!


Thank you Dr. Hall!

Another great visit from our guest reader Dr. Hall!


WE CAN DO THIS!

We have made it to 100 days of school, and we are not stopping now! Remember to remind your child to keep working hard each day. This is the point in the school year where it is especially hard to keep pushing forward. Continue to check in with your child to make sure they are doing their very best everyday.

 

Reminders:

-Continue to practice math facts each day.

-Complete and check for homework each day.

-Read 20 minutes every night.

-Study MSTEP vocabulary (Spelling City) and complete crossword puzzle for extra credit.

-Practice math facts each day.

-Over the break would also be a great time to wash coats and clean backpacks!

 

November 11, 2019

Conferences

Conferences will be on Wednesday, November 20th (5:00-7:30p.m.) and Thursday, November 21st (12:45-3:15 p.m. & 5:00-7:30 p.m.). Please sign up for a conference time. Because conferences are scheduled in 15 minute increments, please be respectful of others and arrive on time. In order for me to accommodate all parents, please schedule just one time slot per child.

If you are unable to attend conferences, please send me a note or email.

Please click on the link to sign up for conferences:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E49ACAD23A1F94-johnson1


English Language Arts

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will also be assessed on Fridays.

Here is our Focus Wall for the week of November 11th:

 


Math

In math, we are continuing to review the concepts from Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Some of these concepts acknowledge:

-More than.

-Less than.

-Estimation.

-Finding products (multiplication).

-Finding quotients (long division).

-Multiples

-Factors

In order to to master these concepts, continue to practice math facts at home and problems at home. Feel free to contact me for extra practice pages if desired.


Math Buddies!

We have been teaming up with Mrs. Mercer’s kindergarten class for math buddies. Take a look at our pumpkin exploration (we used all our senses to count the seeds and measure our pumpkins) and our tree building activity (we built trees and counted the leaves we put on them).

We are learning to love math for the littles!


Halloween Celebration

Thank you all who helped celebrate Halloween with us. I appreciate all of your help in donations, taking the time to prepare goodies, and the volunteers who took the time to celebrate our “spook”tacular day .

 


Super Cougar for October

Lillian was our super cougar for the month of October. Lillian is always being respectful, responsible, and safe in the classroom. Lillian has also been working hard to persevere through her challenges.

Way to go Lilly!


Mad Minute Candy Winners

Zachary, Charles, Isabella, Abigail, and Nolan are our mad minute winners. They successfully completed all 100 multiplication facts in 4 minutes, 3 days in a row! This accomplishment deserves a giant candy of their choice.

What an accomplishment! Great job!


Reminders:

-Sign up for conference.

-Remember to pack a snack each day.

-Planner must be signed each day.

-Parade company field trip on November 20th (lunch is still at Arno.) Bus will depart around 9:45 and return by 12 for lunch.

-Thursday, November 21st is a half day, dismissal at 11:30.

-Read 30 minutes every night.

-Practice math facts.

-Log onto Xtra Math each day.

-Practice Spelling Words each night .

-Play in the snow this week before it melts.

October 14, 2019

DTE’s Think Energy Assembly

On Thursday, DTE Energy visited our fourth graders to reinforce various concepts of energy. The students received their Take Action Kits to complete at home. Please complete the activities and submit your information online or return the completed paper portion of the kit to school by Monday, October 14th. More detailed instructions will be provided when the kits are distributed. These are a FREE way to make your home more energy efficient and save money!

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Math in Focus Chapter 3: Whole Number Multiplication and Division

Chapter 3 explores whole number multiplication and division. As you may have already noticed in previous years, math lessons are progressive and build upon one another. Our Math in Focus multiplication and division lessons require students to understand place value concepts in order to demonstrate their knowledge of multiplication and division using different methods.

If you would like to get a better understanding of these concepts to help your child at home, click below for the Chapter 3 Home Connections Letter.

In an effort to assist the students in mastering their multiplication facts at a faster rate, I strongly encourage them to access XtraMath 4-6 times a week even if not written in the planner each day.

Here are a few helpful tips to help students improve on XtraMath:

  • Stay focused on the computer screen.
  • Don’t go to the bathroom, get a drink, get your snack, etc. during your XtraMath session.
  • Do not talk while doing XtraMath.
  • Never guess!
  • Try to correctly answer as quickly as you can.
  • Do your best

 


Reading

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will also be assessed on Fridays.

Here is our Focus Wall for next week:

 


“Spook”tacular Halloween fun!

We will be having a Spooktacular Halloween Celebration on Wednesday, October 30th in the afternoon. We will be having lunch in the classroom, then continuing the fun with crafts and games. Review the links below to be involved in our spooky celebration! Feel free to check out the sign up below, as well as keep an eye out for a note to come home closer to the date.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e49acad23a1f94-spooktacular

On Thursday, October 31st students should wear costumes to school. (Please no weapons.) Our costume parade will take place outside (pending weather) at 10:00. Please be ready with your cameras during the parade and after school. Parents will not be entering the fourth grade classrooms throughout the day as we have a very busy day. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

 

 


PTA Round-Up!

The PTA is a very important aspect of Arno Elementary School. They help fund and contribute to different aspects of the classroom; as well as, provide Arno Elementary with many of the extra events throughout the school year. It is important that each of you sign up to be a member of the PTA. It is okay if you cannot attend all events, but it allows you to stay in the loop of the exciting and fun opportunities happening here at Arno Elementary! You may also visit the link below to sign up or print the form below and return it to me!

https://arnopta.memberhub.store/

PTA membership form

If you have already signed up for a PTA Membership, please write PTA Member 🙂 in your child’s planner and they will get a special prize for you signing up!

 


 

October 7, 2019

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Reading

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will also be assessed on Fridays.

Here is our Focus Wall for next week:

 

 


DTE’s Think Energy Assembly

On Thursday, DTE Energy visited our fourth graders to reinforce various concepts of energy. The students received their Take Action Kits to complete at home. Please complete the activities and submit your information online or return the completed paper portion of the kit to school by Monday, October 14th. More detailed instructions will be provided when the kits are distributed. These are a FREE way to make your home more energy efficient and save money!

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Math (Chapter 2: Estimation and Number Theories)

We will continue to review Estimation, Multiples, and Factors this week. We will be having our Chapter 2 Test on these concepts Thursday.


Parent Connect & Missing Assignments

Please continue to check Parent Connect for student scores. Also remember that all green missing assignment stickers need to be initialed and the completed work should accompany the student to school the next day for partial credit. If both sticker and assignment are not completed, the child will have a color change.

 


Super Cougar Shoutout!

Congratulations to Jacob B. for being our Super Cougar for the month of September! Jacob is always safe, respectful, and responsible in the classroom. He is always being a role model to others of what is expected at Arno Elementary. Great Job Jacob! Keep up the hard work!


“Spook”tacular Halloween fun!

We will be having a Spooktacular Halloween Celebration on Wednesday, October 30th in the afternoon. We will be having lunch in the classroom, then continuing the fun with crafts and games. Review the links below to be involved in our spooky celebration! Feel free to check out the sign up below, as well as keep an eye out for a note to come home closer to the date.

Halloween Fun Sign Up!

 


PTA Reminders:

  • Halloween skate party is coming up on October 24th from 6-8 p.m. Have your kiddos put on their costumes and come skate with us!!! There will be a Halloween costume contest too!
  • Reflections kickoff is September 30th! The theme this year is Look within. Encourage your child to show their special talent in Art with the rest of the school!
  • Last but definitely not least is our Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser on October 16th! Come visit and support Arno’s PTA! A portion of your meals profits come to our PTA to help out our amazing caring cougars!

Reminders:

  • Practice math facts everyday.
  • Story Comprehension & Vocab Quiz every Friday.
  • Spelling Test every Friday.
  • Monday Folders go home on Mondays and are to be returned by Thursday the following week.
  • Continue to check your child’s planner for missing assignment stickers or behavior color changes. Signatures are required on the green stickers along with the completed work to be turned in.

September 30, 2019

Welcome to Ms. Johnson’s 4th Grade Blog!

Hello and welcome to fourth grade! My name is Megan Johnson, and I am absolutely thrilled to be your child’s teacher! Your child’s education is a partnership between home and school, and I look forward to working with you. If you ever have a question or a comment for me, please send me an email or text (via Dojo), write me a note, talk with me at dismissal, or call the school. The best way to get ahold of me is by email. My email address is johnsonm@appublicschools.com and the school’s phone number is 313-827 -1050.

Be sure to also check out my weekly blog so that you can stay apprised of the happenings in our fourth grade classroom. My goal is to update on a weekly basis posting on Fridays or Mondays. I will send out an email with the link to the updated blog so you are reminded and can easily take a look. This blog also allows me to post helpful links, videos, and pictures.

I look forward to meeting each parent and getting to know every child! We are going to have a wonderful year together!


Reading

Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.

Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. Assigned spelling words will also be assessed on Fridays.

Here is our Focus Wall for next week:

 


 

Math in Focus: Chapter 2 (Estimation & Number Theory)

 

MIF Chapter 2- Parent Letter

 


Fun Run

Thank you to all who donated to the fun run! We had a blast! Remember to always work as a team because…

T.E.A.M. = Together Everyone Achieves More!

 


Summer Reading Superstars!

Congrats to our summer reading program participants: Alyssa  and Zach!