Week 8

Math – We had a lot of fun learning all about multiplication last week. We represented multiplication using equal groups, repeated addition, and arrays. We will take our Chapter 4 test on Wednesday.

ELA – Last week our focus was spiders! We learned a lot about different kinds of spiders in our story, Spiders and Their Webs. We also learned that in order to make an inference, you have to combine text evidence and your schema. I was so impressed with how well the kids did with this tricky skill!

Content – Information about our Map Skills Unit came home last week. We will take several quizzes throughout the unit and it will benefit your child to study for these quizzes at home. Our first quiz (continents and oceans) will be this coming Friday.

Spelling – Lesson 6 lists were sent home on Friday. If your child earned a 90% or higher on the first 5 tests, he/she received a challenge list. If at any time it looks like the challenge list is too difficult for your child, I am happy to switch back to the regular spelling list. I never want spelling to be a source of stress for your child.

Homework – Thank you for your continued support with making sure that homework calendars are signed and returned each week.

Friday was Pink Out Day!

Enrichment/Intervention

Beginning this week, third and fourth graders will begin participating in an enrichment and intervention time daily to meet each child’s needs in the area of reading.  Teachers reviewed beginning of the year data on each student and established groups for instruction based on reading needs and/or strengths identified through this data.  In order to maximize our resources, some groups may be a combination of third and fourth grade students.  These groups are flexible and may change based on the progress of the students.  
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher, Mrs. Yoder, or Mrs. McPherson.

Week 7

Math – We completed Chapter 3: Subtraction. Most students brought home math tests in their Friday folders. There are still a few students working on test corrections. Next week we finally start multiplication! Keep practicing those facts at home!

ELA – Our focus last week was main idea. The students worked on identifying the main idea of a passage and finding details to support it. We read a story called Bat Loves the Night. We wrapped up our week by reading about different species of bats and then creating posters to present to the class.

Content – As we get ready to start our first Social Studies Unit: Map Skills, look for information to come home on how you can help your child prepare for quizzes during the unit. Your child will need to know their global address (continent, country, state, county, home address) and be able to identify the 7 continents and 5 oceans on a map.

Spelling – We took our Lesson 4 test on Friday. If your child earned a 100% on the first 4 tests, he/she will not have to take our Lesson 5 review test next Friday.

Homework – Thank you so much for signing your child’s homework calendar. Your support at home is really appreciated!

If you have not done so already, please return your child’s parent-teacher conference form. Also, please make sure to sign and return your child’s Unit 1 Reading Test, which was sent home on Monday.

Friday was our very first Binkley Bucks Store. The kids had so much fun spending their hard earned BB on pencils, bookmarks, erasers, candy, coupons, and even raffle tickets!

PM Elementary Fun Run

Don’t forget to come out to the Penn Manor Elementary Fun Run today! I will be there cheering students on as they run.

When: TODAY — The races will begin promptly at 2:00pm, starting with kindergarten.

Location: The running trail behind Manor Middle School

Registration: FREE!! Register between 1:30-2:00pm.

Help LeTort bring home the Traveling Trophy!!

Hope to see you there!!

Week 6

Math – We are working hard on subtraction. Make sure to practice basic subtraction facts at home, as this will be a big help when we are subtracting 4-digit numbers. We will wrap up Chapter 3 this coming week.

ELA – We took our first ELA Unit test. Graded tests and a letter explaining more about our unit tests will come home on Monday. Next week will will start a new Storytown story and a new vocabulary list will be sent home.

Content – We are learning about the water cycle right now. We will continue this into next week and then get ready to start our first Social Studies Unit: Map Skills.

Spelling – The Lesson 4 list was sent home on Friday and will be tested this coming Friday.

Homework – Homework calendars will be collected on MONDAY. October homework calendars were sent home on Friday.

Congratulations to Darris, our first Student of the Month!

We earned an extra recess this week!

Week 5

Math – We completed Chapter 2: Addition. Tests should have come home in Friday Folders. Next up is subtraction!

ELA – We read a story called Lon Po Po. We had fun creating story maps to show the characters, setting, and plot of the story. We also continued to learn how to identify character traits by using text evidence.

Content – This week was all about physical and chemical changes. We did several experiments to help us learn the difference between the two.

Spelling – Lesson 2 was tested on Friday and the list for Lesson 3 was sent home.

Homework – Homework calendars will be collected on MONDAY.

We enjoyed an extra recess with our kindergarten buddies!

Week 4

Math – This week was all about addition. We reviewed the properties of addition, learned how to identify addition patterns, and put our rounding skills to work when we estimated sums. Next week we will complete Chapter 2.

ELA – The kids had so much fun applying their knowledge of character traits in our character outline project. We also took our first reading test. I was really impressed with how hard they worked to support their answers!

Content – It was messy, but SO much fun trying to discover if Oobleck was a solid or a liquid…or something else!

Spelling – We took our first spelling test this week and our new list was sent home in Home & Back Folders.

Homework – Homework calendars will be collected on Monday. As a reminder, students should read for 20 minutes per night and complete 5 minutes of math fact practice 4 nights a week.

Week 3

Math – We completed Chapter 1 this week. Graded tests came home in Friday Folders. In your child’s Home & Back Folder, you should have found information about math test corrections. Next week we begin Chapter 2: Addition. Please make sure that you are practicing math facts at home!

ELA – This week we learned about pronouns and point of view. We also read a story called The Babe and I. Our vocabulary list for this story was sent home on Thursday. After reading a book called The Word Collector, the students worked in groups to make their own word collections. We also discussed and wrote about the power of words.

Content – We continued our study of matter and how to differentiate between the three states.

Spelling – Our first list was sent home yesterday. In your child’s Home & Back Folder you should have found a yellow paper that explains how I will run spelling this year. Our first spelling test will be next Friday.

Homework – Homework calendars will be collected on Monday. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Planners – Please remember to check and initial your child’s planner every night.

This week we took advantage of the wonderful weather.

Have an amazing weekend! – Mrs. Binkley

Math Extra Credit

Hi Parents,

Tomorrow is our first math test of the year. The students will need to put numbers in standard form, word form, and expanded form. They will also be asked to compare and order numbers. Additionally, they will be rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.

Today I sent home an extra credit worksheet. It is completely optional, but would be a good way to practice rounding, which is typically the most difficult part of the Chapter 1 test. If your child completes both sides, he/she will earn extra credit points for the first marking period. Again, this is not required at all.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you for your support at home!

Mrs. Binkley