Blood on the River

We will be reading the book, “Blood on the River” by Elisa Carbone. This is a chapter book that I will be reading aloud to the students each day. The book focuses on the events at Jamestown through the eyes of an English boy. By reading this before our study on Jamestown, the students will be able to relate events and make connections while learning!

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Week Two (Sept. 15-20)

Hello, and welcome to our second full week in fourth grade! I hope that you have enjoyed your weekend and are geared up and ready for another exciting week!
Just a few things:
1. We will be focusing on ABC order (especially guide words) as well as using the visualizing strategy for comprehending what we are reading. During the year, we will work on numerous strategies to help us with comprehension (especially for long pieces of text). Graded assignments will be completed during reading work stations, please remind your child(ren) to have inside, workstation behaviors to help us all be successful.
2. We will be focusing on the 5 regions of Virginia this week. (Please help your child (ren) practice saying the regions in order as we do in class to help study!!) We will complete a graded assignment Monday, which will be graded and placed/glued in the interactive notebook to use as a study guide for Thursday’s quiz on the 5 regions of Virginia. It would be great if you could visit the Virginia Trekkers website to practice working with the 5 regions. Regions of VA Practice
3. Please be sure to have your child(ren) answer the VA Studies questions this week in complete sentences on the Homework Page. Last week, there were several friends that just wrote answers, and as I shared with them, complete sentences help us study in the future (instead of just seeing random words on a page). Complete credit will not be given if answers are not in complete sentences.
4. We will be taking the MAP tests (Math and Reading) September 24 and 25. These are the tests that let us know what strengths and weaknesses our students have so that we can better assist them in their academic career in the 4th grade.
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Homework Sheet for September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

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SNH – Player of the Week Terrence Lambert

Congratulations to Terrence Lambert.  He is this weeks SNH Player of the Week

read about him HERE

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September 15th – September 19th

Monday 9/15


  • Review Test
  • Two 8-mark
  • One 22-mark


  • Question 2 is due Friday
  • Please be sure to comment on it by Sunday night

Wednesday 9/17


  • Prosocial Behavior and Altruism
  • How altruistic are you?
  • Biological Altruism
  • The prisoner’s dilemma


  • Section questions
  • Question 2 due Friday

Friday 9/19


  • Psychological altruism



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September 15th – September 19th

Monday 9/15


  • Command Term Vocabulary
  • Review key points answering a SAQ on an IB Exam
  • Introduction to Psychology quiz


  • Review the study that you would like to re-create
  • Complete the worksheet

Wednesday 9/17


  • Discuss the Internal Assessment
  • Work with your groups on a procedure (Due 9/26)

Friday 9/19



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September 15th – September19th

Tuesday 9/16



  • Study for Early Humans Test: Thursday 9/18

Thursday 9/18


  • Early Humans Test
  • Introduction to the River Valley Civilizations


  • Textbook Pages:
  • Question #


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Sept. 15-18 Homework

Math- Mon.-Study Circle definitions on index cards and Textbook P.311=# 12-15

Tues.- WBP. 198

Wed.- Worksheet- Cricumference

Thurs.- Worksheet- Radius and Diameter

Science- Study notes on Sound- Quiz Thursday- Daily Review #3

Social Studies- Study 8 Regions – Quiz- Friday- Daily Rev. # 2

Reading- Reading Selection #2

Writing- Complete 3 Prompts

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Week 3

This week we will continue to study Sound and conduct scientific investigations in Science. We will have a quiz Thursday on Sound . In Social Studies we will continue to learn about the Eight Geographis Regions of the United States.  Students will have a quiz on the 8 Regions on Friday.  In Math this week we will learn the parts of the Circle.  Students will continue to express ideas and respond to prompts that are given during Language Arts.  We will continue to read and learn about the Inuit.  Students will also be involved in NWEA testing this week.

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Week three!

This week we will begin incorporating Word Work into our Daily Five section of Language Arts.  We will work with a sort, play board Boggle, and have a word hunt using dictionaries.  We will begin circles, SOL 5.9, in math, and work on geographic regions and rivers in social studies.  In science we will continue with sound and have an introduction to light with Mrs. Griffin on Thursday.

On Wednesday, we will have our first reading MAP test.  Once the RIT scores are in and analyzed, I will begin setting goals with individual students for winter and spring testing.  We will be finishing our book on the Inuit and will read selections from StoryWorks together and during Read to Someone during Daily Five.  Our focus on main idea and supporting details will continue.

On Tuesday, we will have library for the first time and students will have the opportunity to check out books to add to their reading bags.

Writing is going well, and while there are multiple students that I see will need additional assistance on composing, I am pleased to say that during our fifteen minutes, students have been very focused, and many are quite creative!

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Geometry Videos for the Week of September 16th thru 19th

No Videos for 9/16 or 9/17 due to Geometry Pre-Assessment Test

Distance Formula (9/18 and 9/19)

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Geometry and Geometry Honors Work for 9/18 and 9/19

1. Distance/Length and Distance Formula Notes

2. Exit Slip “Finding Midpoint and Distance of a Line” (+10pts)

3. Worksheet “Distance/Distance Formula”

3b. Honors “Closet Midpoint/Distance Problem” (+27pts)

4.  Short Quiz (Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4) [Next Class Block]

  –Points, Lines, and Planes

  –Midpoint and Distance Formula and Problems

  –Midpoint of Segments

(Odd Blocks Monday, September 22nd and Even Blocks Tuesday, September 23rd)

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Nansemond Parkway is involved in their annual Fall Fundraiser. It will end September 30th. Please assist us in this fundraiser because it will be very beneficial to our school.

Please be reminded that homework notebooks are due every Friday. Assignments may be completed front to back and also more than one assignment can be done on a page.

Name tags will no longer be sent home. The students will wear them to the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch. Please have your child learn his/her account number. They will be eating lunch in the cafeteria from now on without the teachers accompanying them.


Thank you,

C. Boone

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Wee of 9-15-14

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Two weeks under our belts and counting!! These next two weeks will be busy with our regular curriculum plus MAPS testing in reading and math.

It is very important that the students do the spelling homework as these words also contain reading skills for the week. Please make sure your child reads TO you every night. They can check out books on Wednesday during library. However, if they need a new one before then, they can go before school or at the end the day.

In reading this 9 weeks, we will be working on using consonants, blends, and diagraphs to decode and spell words. We also will be working on identifying multi-syllabic words. The students will read fiction and nonfiction texts and answer questions by locating information in the test.

In Math we are working on the following skills the first part of this grading period:
addition and subtraction facts
recognizing equivalent and nonequivalent quantities
ordinal positions, ie: 1st, 2nd , 3rd, etc.
skip counting both forwards and backwards
recognizing odd and even numbers

The students are learning about matter in science these next few weeks.

In Social Studies we are working on the following topics:
state and local government and diversity
simple map skills
locating continents, oceans, rivers, and mountain ranges in the US

Please consider joining the PTA. Ours is an active, awarding winning group that does so much for your students and our school.

As you can see, we have a very busy few months ahead of us. I want to thank you in advance for all your support.

C. Martie


Nansemond Parkway PTA site:



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Winters’ Words for the Week!!

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”  - Anthony J. D’ Angelo

This is a wonderful statement for everyone.  My group continues to grow each day on our journey of knowledge. They have stated “fourth grade is harder”, but they are  rising to the challenges. We have another busy week ahead of us. We will  have several quizzes and graded classwork assignments this week. It is imperative that the students complete any and all assignments. Please note homework counts as 5% of the overall grade in each subject. I will check homework daily, and put in a homework grade every two weeks.  (for each subject)  Please review all the information under each subject heading on my blog.

Please consider joining the P.T.A. This worthwhile organization needs volunteers, and any help you can give.  

If you need to talk to me please don’t hesitate to call, send in a note, e-mail, or come by. If I need to talk to my parents, I will do the same. Take care, and have a great week!!


A. Winters


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September/October Newsletter

october parent newsletter

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Table of Contents Starter

I am attaching the starter for your table of contents. You will need to write in or type in the remainder of the information as we progress through the course.  You will receive several items to place in your interactive notebook on next class.


Geometry.Table of Contents.starter.14-15

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AR Reading

Reading is very important to the whole learning process.  Students should be reading at home as well as in school.  Please see that our students read at home at least 5 times a week for at least 45 minutes and log their outside reading in their reading logs.  Parents, please initial your child’s reading log.  Thanks so much….Mr. Hollowell

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Fall Picture Day

Don’t forget-fall picture day is Tuesday, September 30th.

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Homework & Information Fri 9/12

Sign up for Remind. Check it out on Use this phone number: (757) 809-2118, and use the code for your class (see below).

1st block – Remind code: @stoneblk1  HW: Write one paragraph (five sentences minimum) explaining the importance of the control group in an experiment. You may use definitions and examples.

5th block – Remind code: @stoneblk5  none

7th block – Remind code: @stoneblk7  Homework due Tues 9/16: Write one paragraph (five sentences minimum) explaining the importance of the control group in an experiment. You may use definitions and examples.

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