The Magnificent McMurrys 4th Grade in Room 403

For the Week of September 25 - 29, 2017
Please feel free to contact me anytime you have questions and concerns. 
The best way to reach me is via email at, or call the school office at 360-501-2910.

Here is a quick overview of a few of the things we are working on this week...

: Number sense - As we continue to work with place value, number forms, digit values, odd and even numbers, we have begun working on rounding numbers up to one million. We will also be looking at values such as 50 tens = 5 hundreds. 

Science: We will be starting to do some experiments in science
with earth materials by looking at the different types of earth materials that make up soil: rocks, pebbles, sand, clay, and humus. We'll be looking at what types of soil would be found in different locations depending on the type of erosion that is present. We will then move on to running erosion experiments by running stream tables to see what happens in various environments with water erosion.

Social and Emotional Well-being:
We have been discussing the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. With a growth mindset, we don't give up, we keep on trying, even if we don't have it quite perfect. A growth mindset includes perseverance and problem-solving. A fixed mindset is when people give up and quit because a task seems too difficult. We will be sharing our experiences of when we tried something that was difficult, like learning how to ride a bike, but after working at it, it eventually became easy.

Reading, Writing, and Social Studies: To see what the students are doing in reading, writing, and social studies, please visit Mrs. Smith's web page.
Daily Schedule - M, Tu, Th, & F:
8:00 - Check-in, morning work
8:15 - Math and Science in Homeroom
9:40 - Specialist (M=music, Tu=art, Th=PE, F=CLC)
10:20 - Recess
10:35 - ELA and Social Studies in Mrs. Smith's Classroom
12:00 - Lunch
12:40 - Reading Intervention
1:20 - Math Intervention
1:55 - Class Meeting/Read aloud/Art (Fridays)
2:40 - Dismissal

Schedule for Wednesday Early Release Days:
8:00 - Check-in, morning work
8:15 - ELA and Social Studies in Mrs. Smith's Classroom
9:30 - Specialist - PE
10:10 - Math and Science in Homeroom
10:40 - Recess
10:55 - Math and Science in Homeroom
11:40 - Lunch
12:00 - Recess 
12:25 - Intervention/Class Meeting/Read Aloud
1:40 - Dismissal

Reading Log: Students are to read a minimum of 30 minutes each night, five days per week, record what they've read in their planner and have a parent/guardian sign that they agree with what was recorded. This will be checked each Friday. 

On occasion, other homework will be assigned if work is not completed in class or for special assignments.

If you wonder why we don't assign more homework, here's a good article that explains our perspective: "31 Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework"

~ EXTRAS ~ Students will be introduced to the computer science field of coding. 
My homeroom will log into our classroom site at
Mrs. Smith's class will log in at this site:

Each student has a password that they have saved in their planner for this website. As students figure out the steps for passing each level, the levels progressively become more challenging.

Math and ELA Practice on Front Row: - students use their first and last name as well as class code: mcmur5 for my homeroom and mcmure for Mrs. Smith's class to log in.

Math - - students will have login information written in their planners. This game is full of math questions similar to what we will be studying in class. Practice on this site will help increase confidence in solving different types of problems.
Class code for my homeroom class: 345E17
Class code for Mrs. Smith's class: 290606
Heidi McMurry,
Sep 9, 2017, 4:20 PM