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    Ronald Reagan
    Name: Mr. Aldo Cordura
     
    Subjects: Fourth Grade, A Track
     
    Email Address: acordura@cnusd.k12.ca.us
    Phone number: 951-736-7737

     

    Monday September 25, 2017
     
    This is our last week of school before tracking off!!! There is no homework for the week as we continue to have Parent/Teacher conferences, but here are some notes as to what we are still working on for the week.
     
     
    ELA: Acrostic Poetry: Figurative Language (ie: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Onomatopoeia) and Poetic Devices ((ie: Repetition, Rhyme, Alliteration).
     
     
    Math: Topic 5 "Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers". We will test on Topic 5 on our last day of school.
     
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Thursday September 28: Track Off Day
    • Friday October 13: Fall Festival
    • Monday October 30: A Track Returns to School (Room 202)
    • 100 Mile Club Shirts are in! Students must earn 25 miles to receive their shirts.
     
    • Monday 100 Mile Monday
    • Tuesday (odd weeks) Library (Return books)
    • Wednesday College Wear
    • Friday Spirit Wear
     
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura

     

    PS. Parents, it has been a pleasure meeting with you at conferences. Thank you for showing such vested interests in your child's education. Enjoy your vacations and see you at the end of October!

     


     

    Monday September 18, 2017
     
    Parent Teacher conferences begin on Thursday this week. If you have not signed up for a conference time, please click on the link below! 
     
    ELA: Unit 1 for Benchmark Advance: Main Idea & Key Details; Summarizing; Drawing Inferences; Context Clues; Interpreting Graphic Features; Analyzing Author's Evidence; Long a and Short a; Correct Capitalization
     
    Read for 20 minutes & Reading Log using a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate).
    Students should write down 1 - 2 DETAILED sentences describing the strategy they used in the homework planner.
    Also, if students have a  Raz Kids account, they can do their daily reading on the website. 
     
    Math: Topic 5 "Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers"
     
    Social Studies: Ch. 1 California's Geography, Lesson 4 "Where Californians Live"
     
    Science: Ch. 1 Living Things Need Energy, Lesson 3 "What Is A Food Web?"
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday 9/21 - Wednesday 9/27. These are minimum days for A Track only & dismissal is at 11:40 while ALL other tracks dismiss at 2:10. If you have a conference scheduled around regular dismissal time, BE SURE TO ARRIVE EARLY!
    • Wednesday September 20: A Track end of Trimester 1 Awards Assembly 8:15 am - 9:00 am
    • Friday September 22: Mother/Son Dance (MPR)
    • Thursday September 28: Track Off Day
    • Monday September 25: PTA memberships $8. We willl earn a class party (ie: pizza or ice cream party) for 100% participation. We can do it!
    • Monday October 30: A Track Returns to School (Room 202)
    • 100 Mile Club Shirts are in! Students must earn 25 miles to receive their shirts.
     
    • Monday 100 Mile Monday
    • Tuesday (odd weeks) Library (Return books)
    • Wednesday College Wear
    • Friday Spirit Wear
     
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura

    Monday 9/11/2017

    Here are notes/homework for this week:
     
    If you have not signed up for a conference time, please do so here! 
    Parent Teacher/Conference Online Sign-Ups:
     
    ELA: Unit 1 for Benchmark Advance. Main Idea & Key Details; Summarizing; Drawing Inferences; Context Clues; Interpreting Graphic Features; Analyzing Author's Evidence; Long a and Short a; Correct Capitalization
     
    Read for 20 minutes & Reading Log using a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate).
    Students should write down 1 - 2 DETAILED sentences describing the strategy they used in the homework planner.
    Also, if students have a  Raz Kids account, they can do their daily reading on the website. 
     
    Math: We tested on Topic 2 today and will begin Topic 5 "Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers"
     
    Social Studies: Ch. 1 California's Geography, Lesson 4 "Where Californians Live"
     
    Science: Ch. 1 Living Things Need Energy, Lesson 3 "What Is A Food Web?"
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Book Fair this week (Library)
    • Friday September 15: Patriot Day Celebration (Wear red, white & blue)
    • Conference Week Thursday 9/21 - Wednesday 9/27
    • Friday September 22: Mother/Son Dance (MPR)
    • Thursday September 28: Track Off Day
    • Monday Septemer 25: $8 memberships. We will earn a party (ie: pizza or ice cream party) for 100% participation.
    • Monday October 30: A Track Returns to School (Room 202)
    • 100 Mile Club Shirts are in! Students must earn 25 miles to receive their shirts.

     

    • Monday 100 Mile Monday
    • Tuesday (odd weeks) Library (Return books)
    • Wednesday College Wear
    • Friday Spirit Wear
     
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura

     Tuesday September 5, 2017
     
     Here are notes/homework for this week:
     
     
    Parent Teacher/Conference Online Sign-Ups:
     
    ELA: Unit 1 for Benchmark Advance. Main Idea & Key Details; Summarizing; Drawing Inferences; Context Clues; Interpreting Graphic Features; Analyzing Author's Evidence; Long a and Short a; Correct Capitalization
     
    Read for 20 minutes & Reading Log using a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate).
    Students should write down 1 - 2 DETAILED sentences describing the strategy they used in the homework planner.
    Also, if students have a  Raz Kids account, they can do their daily reading on the website. 
     
    Math: Topic 2 Generate & Analyze Patterns. We will test by early next week. 
     
    Social Studies: Ch. 1 California's Geography, Lesson 2 "The Regions of California"
     
     
    Science: Ch. 1 Living Things Need Energy, "What Is A Food Chain?" We will have a quiz this week. Have your child practice the skill of studying their 2 column notes from their packet.
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Monday 100 Mile Monday
    • Tuesday (odd weeks) Library (Return books)
    • Wednesday College Wear
    • Friday Spirit Wear
     
    • 100 Mile Club Shirts are in! Students must earn 25 miles to receive their shirts.
    • Please support PTA by signing up Aug 15 - Sept 25. $8 memberships. I have offered a class incentive (ie: pizza or ice cream party) for 100% participation.
    • Friday September 15: Patriot Day Celebration Here is the attached flier: Patriot Day Flier
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura

    Monday August 14, 2017
     
    Here are notes/homework for this week 
     
    ELA: Unit 1 for Benchmark Advance. Summary writing.
     
    Read for 20 minutes & Reading Log using a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate).
    Students should write down 1 - 2 DETAILED sentences describing the strategy they used in the homework planner.
    Also, if students have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website. 
     
    Math: Topic 1 Multiplication & Division: Meanings and Facts
    Social Studies: Ch. 1 California's Geography, Lesson 2 "The Regions of California"
     
    Science: Ch. 1 Living Things Need Energy, "What Is A Food Chain?"
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Monday Aug 17 Topic 3 Re-Test for some students
    • Monday 100 Mile Monday
    • Wednesday College Wear
    • Friday Spirit Wear
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday August 7, 2017
     
    Here are notes/homework for this week 
     
    ELA: Review and Routines for Benchmark Advance. Coming up with HOT Questions (see the HOT Questions link). Practicing making predictions in our reading.
     
    Read for 20 minutes & Reading Log using a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate).
    Students should write down 1 - 2 DETAILED sentences describing the strategy they used in the homework planner.
    Also, if students have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website. 
     
    Math: Topic 4 Addition & Subtraction of Greater Numbers. We will test by Thursday, August 10 this week
    Here is access to images of the Topic 4 Test Review pages 110 - 111 Page 110 Page 111
    Social Studies: Ch. 1 California's Geography, Lesson 2 "The Regions of California"
     
    Science: Ch. 1 Living Things Need Energy, "How Do Plants Get Energy?" assignment
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Monday 100 Mile Monday
    • Wednesday College Wear
    • Friday Spirit Wear
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     
     

    Monday May 22, 2017
     
    Here we are! The last week of school!
     
    The link lists the schedule for this week...
     
     
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday May 14, 2017
     
    Happy Mother's Day to all out there! 
     
    We are coming to the final 2 week stretch (We can do it. We can do it). There will not be much homework from here on out! YEEHAWWWWW!
     
    Here are a handful of notes/homework for this week 
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students should write down 1 - 2 DETAILED sentences describing the strategy they used in the homework planner. Also, if students have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website. 
    Math: Topic 16 Lines, Angles, and Shapes
    Social Studies: Novel "Island of the Blue Dolphins".
     
    Science: Ch. 5 "Fast Changes On Earth: Landslides, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes" continued
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • May 15 - 19 Book Fair: 7:30 - 3:00 everyday
    • Wednesday May 17 100 Mile Club Medal Assembly: Family members are cordially invited. Assembly starts at 8:00 am.
    • Friday May 19 Western Festival: 5 - 8 pm.
    • May 22 - May 26 End of Year Activities. A different theme will be celebrated each day of the week.
    • Wednesday May 24 End of Year Awards Assembly/Teachers vs. 6 Graders Softball Game
    • Thursday May 25 End of the Year Party: Will begin approximately at lunchtime 11:30.
    • Thursday May 25 A Track Field Day: 8:30 - 9:30
    • Friday May 26 Last Day of School: Minimum Day schedule/Report Cards handed out.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday May 8, 2017 
     
    Howdy Wranglers,
     
    This week's homework is as follows:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students should write down 1 - 2 DETAILED sentences describing the strategy they used in the homework planner. Also, if students have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We are looking at informational reading from here until the end of the school year. We will most likely not be working on a new story from our HM ELA textbook. We will be covering social studies lessons on the state of California out of our Reflections textbook. 
     
    Math: We are continuing Topic 12 "Adding & Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers with Like Denominators". Please reinforce these skills:
    • Finding an equivalent fraction using multiplication &/or division AND being able to simplify a fraction (simplest form). 
    • Converting a mixed number into an improper fraction and vice versa.
    • We will have a Topic 12 Test by the end of the week.
    Social Studies: Novel "Island of the Blue Dolphins".
     
    Science: Ch. 5 "Fast Changes On Earth: Landslides, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes" 
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Wednesday May 10 McTeacher Night: See your favorite teachers serve you a Big Mac or Happy Meal!
    • Wednesday May 17 100 Mile Club Medal Assembly: (Final miles need to be tabulated by the official deadline: May 10). This is also the last day to get in extra credit from recently passed back assignments and tests.
    • Friday May 19 Western Festival: 5 - 8 pm.
    • May 22 - May 26 End of Year Activities. A different theme will be celebrated each day of the week.
    • Wednesday May 24 End of Year Awards Assembly/Teachers vs. 6 Graders Softball Game
    • Thursday May 25 A Track Field Day: 8:30 - 9:30
    • Friday May 26 Last Day of School: Minimum Day schedule/Report Cards handed out.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     
    PS. I will send out an email blast, but we are also looking to coordinate an End Of The Year class party (tentatively on Thursday May 25 starting at lunch, 11:30) and are looking for parent volunteers again. More information soon to come....
     

     
    May 1, 2017
     
    Howdy Wranglers,
     
    We are now officially in May and in the home stretch...YEEHAW!
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students should write down 1 - 2 DETAILED sentences describing the strategy they used in the homework planner. Also, if students have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We are continuing with the same story this week: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. We will address skills and standards such as: reading comprehension, character traits, citing evidence, vocabulary/spelling words, decoding, VCV patterns, word histories, & possessive pronouns.
     
    Here are the 10 vocabulary/spelling words for the story: consecutive, (to) honor, modest, sportsmanship, immigrants, specialists, character, array, visibly, and apparent. Students should continue to use their Lou Gehrig vocabulary frayer model to study their words for a test by the end of the week.
     
    Math: We are continuing Topic 12 "Adding & Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers with Like Denominators". Please reinforce these skills:
    • Finding an equivalent fraction using multiplication &/or division AND being able to simplify a fraction (simplest form). 
    • Converting a mixed number into an improper fraction and vice versa.
    Social Studies: Novel "Island of the Blue Dolphins".
     
    Science: Ch. 5 "Fast Changes On Earth: Landslides, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes" 
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Friday May 5 Twins Day: A chance for you and your BFFs to dress alike for spirit wear.
    • Wednesday May 10 McDonalds Night: See your favorite teachers serve you a Big Mac or Happy Meal!
    • Wednesday May 17 100 Mile Club Medal Assembly: (Final miles need to be tabulated by the official deadline: May 10)
    • Friday May 19 Western Festival: 5 - 8 pm.
    • May 22 thru May 26: End of Year activities week. A different theme will be celebrated each day of the week.
    • Wednesday May 24 End of Year Awards Assembly/Teachers vs. 6 Graders Softball Game
    • Thursday May 25 A Track Field Day: 8:30 - 9:30
    • Friday May 26 Last Day of School: Minimum Day schedule/Report Cards handed out.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     
     
     

     
    April 25, 2017
     
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We are starting on a new story this week: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. We will address skills and standards such as: reading comprehension, character traits, citing evidence, vocabulary/spelling words, decoding, VCV patterns, word histories, & possessive nouns.
     
    Here are the 10 vocabulary/spelling words for the story: consecutive, (to) honor, modest, sportsmanship, immigrants, specialists, character, array, visibly, and apparent. Students should use their Lou Gehrig vocabulary frayer model to study their words.
     
    Math: We are starting Topic 12 "Adding & Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers with Like Denominators". Please reinforce these skills: Finding an equivalent fraction using multiplication &/or division AND being able to simplify a fraction (simplest form). 
     
    Science/Social Studies: Earth Day. We are working on opinion writing, Earth Day sculptures made from found and recyclable objects, and oral presentations.
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • No additional notes this week
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    April 17, 2017,
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We are wrapping up Marven of the Great North Woods with a test on our essentials questions (identifying sensory details & problem/solution in a story) and vocabulary/spelling words from the story. Test on Tuesday.
     
    Here are the 10 vocabulary/spelling words for the story: challenge, overcome, immense, glowered, frantic, dismay, landscape, timber, devastated, squint. Students should use their Marven vocabulary frayer model to study their words.
     
    Math: We are reviewing for Topic 11 "Fraction Equivalence & Ordering". Please reinforce the skill to find an equivalent fraction using multiplication &/or division. This skill will be imperative to compare and order fractions with like and unlike denominators for the exam. Test on Tuesday.
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Open House Thank you parents for an amazing turnout! It was great to see families! Congratulations to Colin Capito on an accurate estimation of the Jolly Rancher Guess Jar, the exact answer was 134 and a guess of 126 won the jar!
    • 6th Grade Dickies BBQ Fundraiser Thursday April 20
    • Color-A-Thon Friday April 21. Our class plans to participate so please make sure your children wear comfortable clothes to get messy in! All color dust is non-toxic, 100% safe, and bio-degradable. A change of clothes is also fine. If your child turned in donations of over $30, they should be receiving their packets by Thursday. Please let me know if your child will opt out of the event. If you are coming to volunteer and planning to pull your your child early, you will need to sign them out through their teacher. Also, please plan to have towels in your car (your child will be messy and wet) if picking up your child.
    • CAASPP State Testing is done....YEA!!! *Some students will need to be pulled from class this week to make-up portions of the test*
    • Earth Day Saturday April 22
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura 
     

     
    April 3, 2017
     
    We have begun testing this week so this week's homework/notes is modified:
       
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    Most skills from last week can be continued to this week for ELA. Without completely burning out students, we might have some form of assessment by the end of the week for ELA.
     
    Math: We are finishing up Topic 11 "Fraction Equivalence & Ordering" this week. Please reinforce the skill to find an equivalent fraction using multiplication &/or division. This skill will be imperative to compare and order fractions with like and unlike denominators for the exam. Again, without completely burning out students, we might have some form of assessment by the end of the week for ELA
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Color-A-Thon Fundraiser. A packet went home this week. 
    • CAASPP State Testing Monday April 3 - April 14. To best be prepared, students have been taking the practice tests on the CAASPP website: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
    • Open House Thursday April 13.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura 
     

     March 27, 2017
     
     Here are this week's homework/notes:
      
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We are continuing with the realistic fictional story Marven of the Great North Woods this week. Some standards and story skills we will focus on are finding support with textual evidence, sensory details, and vocabulary. We might possibly test by the end of this week/beginning of next week.
     
    Here are the 10 vocabulary words for the story: challenge, overcome, immense, glowered, frantic, dismay, landscape, timber, devastated, squint. 
     
    We are also working on practice book page skills that coincide with the story. They are: problem/solution, prefixes, final /e/ sound (long vowel e), word families, and irregular verbs. 
     
    Math: We are continuing Topic 11 "Fraction Equivalence & Ordering" this week. Please reinforce the skill to find an equivalent fraction using multiplication &/or division. This skill will be imperative this week when they will need to compare and order fractions with like and unlike denominators. We might possibly test by the end of this week/beginning of next week.
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Color-A-Thon Fundraiser. A packet went home this week. 
    • Field Trip to Disney California Adventure Thursday March 30.
    • CAASPP State Testing Monday April 3. A letter went home this week. I apologize for the typo here last week (it had said "April 30"); The date April 3 was correct in the testing letter. To best be prepared, students have been taking the practice tests on the CAASPP website: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
    • Open House Thursday April 13.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura 
     

     
    March 20, 2017
     
     Here are this week's homework/notes:
      
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    After spending the last 2 weeks working on an informational essay, we are now beginning a new unit on a realistic fictional story, Marven of the Great North Woods, a story about a boy who leaves his family to spend time living at a logging camp among woodsmen. Some standards and skills we will focus on are finding support with textual evidence, sensory details, and vocabulary.
     
    Here are the 10 vocabulary words for the story: challenge, overcome, immense, glowered, frantic, dismay, landscape, timber, devastated, squint. 
     
    Math: We have wrapped up Topic 10 with a test this past week. We are starting up Topic 11 "Fraction Equivalence & Ordering" this week. 
     
    Additional information/Important dates: 
    • Run 4 Kids 100 Mile Club event @ Auburndale Intermediate Saturday March 25.
    • Color-A-Thon Fundraiser. A packet went home this week. 
    • Field Trip to Disney California Adventure Thursday March 30.
    • CAASPP State Testing Monday April 30. A letter went home this week.
    • Open House Thursday April 13.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura

    January 23, 2017
     
    We are at the home stretch! 
     
    Here are this week's homework/notes:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We are continuing Cendrillon this week and could quite possibly test by the end of the week. We have been looking at story elements comparisons (theme, events, details, characters, etc) of the 2 stories as well as helping verbs, pronunciation key, and suffix -able. Attached is a YouTube read-aloud of the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJS-HArWsGY
     
    Math: We have wrapped up Topic 9 with a test this past Friday. We are starting up Topic 10 "Developing Fluency: Dividing By 1-Digit Divisors" this week. We probably will not finish by the time we track off. This Topic focuses more in depth where Topic 9 left off, looking at the logistics of the division algorithm.
     
    Social Studies: Explorers and Newcomers in California/Science: Rocks 
     
    Additional information/Important dates:
    • Disneyland field payments: Deadline for payments is Friday January 27!!!!
              We are planning to have a Eastvale Chipotle night on Tuesday January 31 from 5 to 9pm to assist in fundraising.
    • Winter Benchmarks are complete, YEAH!!
    • A Track Awards Assembly: Wednesday January 25 @ 8 am. Please ask your child if they received an awards letter....
    • Last day of Trimester 2 for A Track: Friday January 27 (It is a minimum day). Students will also receive T2 report cards.
    • Graded work is going home with your students in their AVID binder.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    January 9, 2017
     
    "Rainy days and Mondays ALWAYS gets me down!"
     
    Here are this week's homework/notes:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We will be starting a new story this week called Cendrillon, a French Martinique version of Cinderella. We will focus on comparisons of the 2 stories as well as helping verbs, pronunciation key, and suffix -able. Attached is a YouTube read-aloud of the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJS-HArWsGY
     
    Math: We are starting up Topic 9 "Number Sense: Dividing By 1-Digit Divisors" this week. We will test next week.
     
    Social Studies: Explorers and Newcomers in California/Science: Rocks 
     
    Additional information/Important dates:
    • Disneyland field payments: An updated flier was sent home Friday. We are planning to have a Chipotle night in the near future to help fundraise.
    • We will Winter Benchmark test starting Thursday this week. These are assessments taken on the computer given by CNUSD at the close of every trimester. There is no preparation necessary unless you would like your student to practice typing skills.
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed: Monday January 16. NO SCHOOL!
    • Inauguration Day: Friday January 20, noon eastern time. Irregardless of our opinions, we will try to stream live in the classroom so students can witness the historical event. https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/presidential-inauguration-washington-dc
    • A Track Awards Assembly: Wednesday January 25 @ 8 am.
    • Last day of Trimester 2 for A Track: Friday January 27 (It is a minimum day).
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     
     

     
    Tuesday January 3, 2017
     
    Happy 2017 Reagan Families!
     
    Hope your holiday time with your families and friends was filled with joy, rest, and good times! We have less than 4 more weeks until trimester 2 comes to a close and we go off-track for the month of February!
     
    Here are this week's homework/notes:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We are tying up loose ends with the story, standards and skills for Boss of the Plains this week. Students are presenting their Boss of the Plains Hat Project this week, starting today and they have been AMAZING! This is a digital copy of the oral language rubric that I have been using to assess their presentations. Please help your child finish their project if they have not done so. 
     
    Math: We are wrapping up Topic 8 "Developing Fluency: Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers" this week. Please continue to assist your children on solving a 2-digit multiplication problem using an area model (it is essentially looking at an expanded algorithm as an array), expanded algorithm, and standard algorithm. Students should be able to work in either strategies and here is an example: Area Model, Expanded Algorithm, & Standard AlgorithmWe will test this week.
     
    Social Studies: Immigration & Migration in California/Science: Rocks 
     
    Additional information/Important dates:
    • Disneyland field payments: Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing full payments by early February in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland.
    • We will Winter Benchmark test as early as next week. These are assessments taken on the computer given by CNUSD at the close of every trimester.
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed: Monday January 16. NO SCHOOL!
    • Inauguration Day: Friday January 20, noon eastern time. Irregardless of our opinions, we will try to stream live in the classroom so students can witness the historical event. https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/presidential-inauguration-washington-dc
    • A Track Awards Assembly: Wednesday January 25 @ 8 am.
    • Last day of Trimester 2 for A Track: Friday January 27 (It is a minimum day).
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     
     

     
    Monday December 12, 2016
     
    This week's homework is as follows:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Also, if student have a https://www.raz-kids.com/ account, they can do their daily reading on the website.
     
    We are finishing the story and skills for Boss of the Plains, a biography on the creator of the infamous stetson hat, John Stetson. We will test by the end of this week. We also have a project due when we return Tuesday January 3. Students are being given the Boss of the Plains Hat Project today. 
     
    Math: We are starting Topic 8 "Developing Fluency: Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers" this week. Please continue to assist your children on solving a 2-digit multiplication problem using an Area Model; it is essentially looking at an expanded algorithm as an array.  It is a short topic, however, we will not test this week due to other plans set for this week and we will review and test when we return from break.
     
    Social Studies: Chapter 2 California's Indians, Lesson 1 The First Californians. We are continuing the assessment/project this week, AVID One Pager, based on the information and skills in this lesson.
     
     Additional information:
    • No Homework Zone: The school days in between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are dedicated "No Homework Zone" days by our administration. However, any classwork not completed still goes home to finish and routine practices (eg: multiplication facts & daily reading) can still be given.
    • Disneyland payments: As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount is difficult to cover. Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing partial to full payments by November in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland. A flier with updated information and payment breakdown went home last week.
    • STEM Week: A week-long Science Technology Engineering & Math project based on buoyancy will be assigned  for our entire grade level.
    • Winter Boutique next week: This will give your children the opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts ($5 and under) for family and friends at this PTA school-sponsored store for students.
    • Winter Class Party Thursday Dec. 15: Starts at 11:30 during our regular lunch time. One of our fantastic parents, Mrs. Kroeker is organizing the party and events and I will forward info through her if you are interested on helping. Please let me know if you can donate and/or volunteer for our party and activities. We are accepting $5 donations up until Wednesday Dec. 14
    • Winter Gift Exchange Friday Dec. 16: We are having an inexpensive gift exchange ($5 or less). Please let me know if you can donate a gender neutral gift (or more). Please let me know by Wednesday Dec. 14 so that I can account for extra gifts for students who might not be able to donate.
    • Last day before Winter Break Friday Dec. 16: It is a regular schedule day. We will return Tuesday January 3.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday December 5, 2016
     
    This week's homework is as follows:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner.
     
    We are reading the story Boss of the Plains, a biography on the creator of the infamous stetson hat, John Stetson. We will spend an additional week on the story and skills for this story. We will test next week.
     
    Math: We are finishing Topic 7 "Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers" this week. Please assist your children on solving a 2-digit multiplication problem using an Area Model; it is essentially looking at an expanded algorithm as an array. We will not go in depth with the standard algorithm just yet in this topic, rather the concepts, strategies, and estimation of these types of problems. It is a short topic, we are testing Wednesday this week.
     
    Social Studies: Chapter 2 California's Indians, Lesson 1 The First Californians. We will have an assessment this week called an AVID One Pager, based on the information and skills in this lesson.
     
    Science: Chapter 2 Living Things and Their Environment, Lesson 1 Ecosystems. We have finally finished the open book test this week. Your child may have had to take it home over the weekend.
     
    Additional information:
    • No Homework Zone: The school days in between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are dedicated "No Homework Zone" days by our administration. However, any classwork not completed still goes home to finish and routine practices (eg: multiplication facts & daily reading) can still be given.
    • Disneyland payments: As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount is difficult to cover. Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing partial to full payments by November in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland. A flier with updated information and payment breakdown went home last week.
    • STEM Week next week: A week-long Science Technology Engineering & Math project will be assigned next week for our entire grade level.
    • Winter Boutique next week: This will give your children the opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts ($5 and under) for family and friends at this PTA school-sponsored store for students.
    • Winter Class Party Thursday Dec. 15: Please let me know if you can donate and/or volunteer for our party and activities.
    • Winter Gift Exchange Friday Dec. 16: We are trying to have an inexpensive gift exchange ($5 or less). Please let me know if you can donate a gift (or more) for boy or girl. Please let me know by Wednesday Dec. 14 so that I can account for extra gifts for students who might not be able to donate.
    • Last day before Winter Break Friday Dec. 16: It is a regular schedule day. We will return Tuesday January 3.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     
     

     
    Monday November 21, 2016
     
    This week's homework is as follows:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner.
     
    We are not starting a new story this week. It is a short week and a lesson on poetry, poetic devices, and figurative language will be covered. We will work on a project with an acrostic poem with an autumnal/Thanksgiving theme.
     
    Students are also asked to work on their "Death Valley" narrative essay. We have looked at several videos & articles to cite as well as planned out our narrative using a  Plot Diagram. All of our work is in our blue ELD folder in our binder.
     
    Math: We are starting Topic 7 "Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers" this week. Please assist your children on solving a 2-digit multiplication problem using an Area Model; it is essentially looking at an expanded algorithm as an array. We will not go in depth with the standard algorithm just yet in this topic, rather the concepts, strategies, and estimation of these types of problems. It is a short topic, we will test by next week.
     
    Social Studies: Chapter 2 California's Indians, Lesson 1 The First Californians.
     
    Science: Chapter 2 Living Things and Their Environment, Lesson 1 Ecosystems. 
     
    Additional information:
    • PTA pizza party and ice cream party Tuesday November 22.
    • Disneyland payments: As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount is difficult to cover. Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing partial to full payments by November in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland. A flier with updated information and payment breakdown went home last week.
    • Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday November 24: Happy Turkey Day. Enjoy these valuable times with your loved ones!
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday November 14, 2016
     
    This week's homework is as follows:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner.
     
    We have reread Tomas & the Library Lady, a biographical narrative on the childhood of author/poet Tomas Rivera. A Vocabulary Frayer Model should have been completed by this week to review the 10 vocabulary/spelling words for the story: thorny, iron, rusty, chattered, package, borrow, eager, lap, curled, tired, glaring. We are also working on standards RL 4.2 and RL 4.3, focusing on determining the theme to a story as well as describing a character using specific details from the text (Monday night's homework: Character Traits Bubble Map). We will test by this week.
     
    Math: We will wrap up Topic 6 "Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers" this week. Please assist your children on the steps of the Standard Algorithm as we will cover 3 & 4 digit by 1 digit multiplication. We will test by this week.
     
    Social Studies: Chapter 2 California's Indians, Lesson 1 The First Californians.
     
    Science: Chapter 2 Living Things and Their Environment, Lesson 1 Ecosystems. 
     
    Additional information:
    • "What If" Week: Various themes have been designed for every day of the week inspired by making the world a better place. A flier went home with your child last week with more details
    • Sees Candy Fundraiser: Collection of money will be due this Friday November 18th.
    • Canned Food Drive: We are taking donations up through this week. 
    • Disneyland payments: As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount is difficult to cover. Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing partial to full payments by November in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland. A flier with updated information and payment breakdown went home last week.
    • Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday November 24: Please note that we are in session Monday through Wednesday that week.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday November 7, 2016
     
    This week's homework is as follows:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes & use a Reading Strategy (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner.
     
    We have wrapped up the story The Stranger with an assessment last Friday. We have also begun exploring Tomas & the Library Lady, a biographical narrative on the childhood of author/poet Tomas Rivera. A Vocabulary Frayer Model should be completed by this week to review the 10 vocabulary/spelling words for the story: thorny, iron, rusty, chattered, package, borrow, eager, lap, curled, tired, glaring. We will test by next week.
     
    Math: We wrapped up Topic 5 with an assessment last week on "Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers" and will continue with the same standard for Topic 6. We will test by next week.
     
    Social Studies: Chapter 2 California's Indians, Lesson 1 The First Californians.
     
    Science: Chapter 2 Living Things and Their Environment, Lesson 1 Ecosystems. 
     
    Additional information:
    • Election Day Tuesday November 8.
    • Disneyland payments: As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount is difficult to cover. Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing partial to full payments by November in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland. A flier with updated information and payment breakdown went home last week.
    • Sees Candy Fundraiser: Collection of money will be due next week.
    • Canned Food Drive: We are taking donations up through this week. 
    • Veteran's Day Friday November 11: NO SCHOOL.
    • Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday November 24: Please note that we are in session Monday through Wednesday that week.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     
     

    Wednesday September 14, 2016
     
    Reagan Families, 
     
    We have 1 1/2 more weeks and winding down. You will notice that I have not been posting as frequently to the homework page. We will be spending our remaining schedule wrapping up & reviewing the standards from trimester 1. As a result, there won't be as much consistent homework.
     
    This week's homework is as follows:
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes. Write down some reading strategies you used while reading (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner.
     
    We have also begun exploring "Finding the Titanic", a nonfictional piece about Dr. Robert Ballard's experience with the "unsinkable" ship. A Vocabulary Frayer Model should be completed by this week to review the 10 vocabulary/spelling words for the story: shipwreck, wreckage, loomed, drenched, survivors, iceberg, unsinkable, voyage, distress, obstacle. 
     
    Math: We are wrapping up Topic 2 Generate and Analyze Patterns. A strong foundation in math facts will be needed to dissect data seen in tables, graphs, and charts. We will be testing by next week.
     
    Social Studies: We are in the process of wrapping up our regions of California projects including a map of California dissecting the 4 main regions, as well as a typed paragraph differentiating the regions of California by major physical land features. We hope you will get a chance to see them at conferences.
     
    Additional information:
    • Conference Week Friday 9/16 - Thursday 9/22. There will be a minimum day schedule for every day of conference week for A track and we will dismiss at 11:40. Please make sure to adjust accommodations for your child's pick up procedure. I look forward to meeting with you!
    • 100 Mile Club: Shirts are in if you purchased a membership for your child. Students won't receive their shirt until their first 25 miles are reached. 
    • Disneyland payments: As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount is difficult to cover. Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing partial to full payments by October in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland. Be on the look out for a follow up letter...
    • Movie Night: This Friday Sept. 16 from 6 - 8. Cost is $10 that will include hotdog, snack and drink. We will be playing the Gene Wilder original classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". 
     Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
     Wednesday September 7, 2016
     
    Hello Reagan Families, 
      
    This week's homework is as follows...
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes. Write down some reading strategies you used while reading (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). Students have been instructed to no longer need to write their reading strategies down on a Post It and should instead write them down in the homework planner. Coming soon, The website known as RAZ Kids will be an available option for your child's 20 minutes of nightly reading coming in the next few weeks. Additionally, students can access a digital library at www. gofollett.com and read online books! This is a convenient resource for students who don't want to carry books back and forth from school who like to use the computer to read. Username: student ID#   Password: first letter of first name in CAPS; lowercase letter of last name initial; birthdate with no leading zero's
     
    Example:
    Username: 123456
     Password: Ms1152005
     
     ELA: We are at the final step in the writing process and will type our final drafts for our compare/contrast essays!
     
    Math: We have begun Topic 2 Generate and Analyze Patterns. A strong foundation in math facts will be needed to dissect data seen in tables, graphs, and charts. Topic 1 Test has not been graded yet and will NOT be included in this trimester's grades.
     
    Social Studies: We have completed typed paragraph rough drafts of the regions of California and are in the process of creating maps similar to the attached drawings: CA Regions MapCA Regions Map 2; CA Regions Map 3
     
    Additional information:
    • Conference Week Friday 9/16 - Thursday 9/22. Letters went home this week. Please respond ASAP
    • 100 Mile Club: Shirts are in if you purchased a membership for your child. Students won't receive their shirt until their first 25 miles are reached. 
    • PTA memberships: Please be encouraged to sign up and support our school's programs through PTA and there is no volunteer obligations to adults other than the support. We are the top 4th grade class at 77% and are really trying to reach 100% to win the classroom incentives!
    • Disneyland payments: As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount is difficult to cover. Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing partial to full payments by October in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland
    • Field Trip Fundraising: We are also accepting donations to sell Otter Pops to help fund raise for our trip. Sales are taking place after school in the atrium as well as at the kinder gate.
    • Movie Night: A flier went home for a 4th grade sponsored movie night on Friday Sept 16 from 6 - 8 for our field trip. Cost is $10 and more info is available on the flier. 
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday August 29, 2016
     
    Hello Reagan Wranglers,
     
    This week's homework is as follows...
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes. Write down some reading strategies you used while reading (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate) on a Post It note and keep it in your homework planner. Coming soon, The website known as RAZ Kids will be an available option for your child's 20 minutes of nightly reading coming in the next few weeks.
     
    We are continuing to work on the rough draft of the writing process for our expository essay comparing and contrasting story elements from Akiak and Grandfather's Journey. Students will need to bring work home for what is not completed in class. They have all the resources and notes to start writing an introduction paragraph (a topic sentence and plan sentence) behind their Written Language divider in their binder for their rough drafts. Please encourage your child to express themselves in their writing in clear, detailed complete sentences and paragraphs. We will also look at the revision and editing process to improve our essays for final drafts by this week.
     
     Math: We are closing Topic 1 on multiplication and division concepts and strategies this week. Please reinforce the memorization of multiplication facts 0 - 10's as it is a critical foundation for success in grade 4 mathematics. We will test by Wednesday or Thursday this week.
     
    Social Studies: We will begin to cover  the history of California by looking at the different geographical regions in the state followed by a project and potential essay.
     
    Additional information:
    • 100 Mile Club: Shirts are in if you purchased a membership for your child. Students won't receive their shirt until their first 25 miles are reached. 
    • PTA memberships: Please be encouraged to sign up and support our school's programs through PTA and there is no volunteer obligations to adults other than the support. We are the top 4th grade class at 61% and are really trying to reach 100% to win the classroom incentives!
    • Disneyland payments: As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount is difficult to cover. Please don't wait till the last minute to make payments! That could cost a cancellation of our trip! We will need to start seeing partial to full payments by October in order for us to process paperwork with Disneyland. 
    • Field Trip Fundraising: We are also accepting donations to sell Otter Pops to help fund raise for our trip. Sales are taking place after school in the atrium as well as at the kinder gate. Movie Night: A flier went home for a 4th grade sponsored movie night on Friday Sept 16 from 6 - 8 for our field trip. Cost is $10 and more info is available on the flier. 
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

    Monday August 22, 2016
     
    Hello Reagan Wranglers,
     
    This week's homework is as follows...
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes. Write down some reading strategies you used while reading (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate) on a Post It note and keep it in your homework planner. Coming soon, The website known as RAZ Kids will be an available option for your child's 20 minutes of nightly reading coming in the next few weeks.
     
    We are continuing to work on the middle stages of the writing process for our expository essay comparing and contrasting story elements from Akiak and Grandfather's Journey. Right now, we have already done the readings, discussions, brainstorming and note-taking on a T chart (or informal outline), and are beginning our rough drafts or "sloppy copies". Please encourage your child to express themselves in their writing in clear, detailed complete sentences and paragraphs.
     
     Math: We are continuing Topic 1 on multiplication and division concepts and strategies that were introduced in grade 3. Please reinforce the memorization of multiplication facts 0 - 10's as it is a critical foundation for success in grade 4 mathematics. We will either test by Friday of this week or early next week.
     
    Social Studies: We will begin to cover  the history of California by looking at the different geographical regions in the state. 
     
    Additional information:
    • 100 Mile Club: Shirts are in if you purchased a membership for your child. Students won't receive their shirt until their first 25 miles are reached. 
    • PTA memberships: Please be encouraged to sign up and support our school's programs through PTA and there is no volunteer obligations to adults other than the support. We are the top 4th grade class at 50% and are really trying to reach 100% to win the classroom incentives!
    • Disneyland payments: Our first payments have come in, YEAH! As a reminder, we are taking payments knowing the full amount would be difficult to cover. We are also accepting donations to sell Otter Pops to help fund raise for the buses. Sales are taking place after school.
    • Movie Night: A flier went home for a 4th grade sponsored movie night on Friday Sept 16 from 6 - 8 for our field trip. Cost is $10 and more info is available on the flier. 
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday August 15, 2016
     
    Happy Monday Reagan Families,
     
    This week's homework is as follows...
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes. Write down some reading strategies you used while reading (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate) on a Post It note and keep it in your homework planner.
     
    We will not start on a new story this week. We will focus on an expository essay writing assignment taking many of the standards from our recent story Grandfather's Journey and applying them in a multi-paragraph essay. Expository, or informational, writing is one of 3 standards of writing for 4th grade (Opinion and Narrative are the other 2). Please encourage your child to express themselves in their writing in clear, detailed complete sentences and paragraphs. We will be comparing and contrasting two narrative stories in our writing, comparing things like author's viewpoint, point of view, genre, character traits and more.
     
    Math: We have begun Topic 1 (Yes, we are skipping around in our book) on multiplication and division concepts and strategies that were introduced in grade 3. Please reinforce the memorization of multiplication facts 0 - 10's as it is a critical foundation for success in grade 4 mathematics. 
     
    Science/Social Studies: We have finished Plants and Sunlight in Science. The test results will be returned by next week. We will begin to cover Social Studies and begin the history of California by covering the different geographical regions in the state.
     
    Additional information:
    • 100 Mile Club shirts are in if you purchased a membership for your child. Students won't receive their shirt until their first 25 miles are reached. 
    • PTA memberships were sent home today. Please be encouraged to sign up and support our school's programs through PTA and there is no volunteer obligations to adults other than the support. Please take a look at the flier for class incentives for reaching 100% participation.
    • Disney California Adventure field trip information went home today. Please look it over and return with your reply by Friday.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns and/or questions. 
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday August 1, 2016
     
    Dear Reagan Families,
     
    I will unexpectedly be out Tuesday August 2. In the meantime, focus on nightly reading and writing down reading strategies. We will start a new ELA unit for the story Grandfather's Journey this week and you will see vocabulary/spelling words coming home tonight. We will also have a Topic 4 Adding and Subtracting Greater Numbers test this week. We are also working on Photosynthesis in Science this week. More to come shortly....
     
    Mr. Cordura
     
    PS. We've made it past the first month of 4th grade! Yeehaw! 

     
    Monday July 25, 2016
     
    Hello Reagan Families,
     
    This week's homework is as follows...
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes. Write down some reading strategies you used while reading (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate) on a Post It note and keep it in your homework planner.
     
    We have read and will reread the story Akiak this week. Monday's homework requires them to reread the story and complete the Akiak Character Traits Circle Map. Students must cite specific evidence and pages from the text explaining each trait.
     
    Akiak will include skills and standards such as answering TDQ's (text dependent questions) based on the theme and character traits within the story; story structure; compare and contrast; and story vocabulary. You will notice in your child's homework planner that the story vocabulary words were written for the story unit last week. In class, we will go more in depth with these words and also use them as spelling words. We will have a test on Akiak by this Friday July 29.
     
    Math: This week we have begun Topic 4 Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers. No math homework for Monday as we continue taking notes on the mental math strategies for addition and subtraction (ie: Breaking Apart, Compensation, Counting Up); Ask your child if they have mastered any of the strategies. We will test on the standards for Topic 4 by next week.
     
    Science/Social Studies; We are reviewing the Close Reading Strategy that practices the skill of reading short passages more than once, giving a different purpose for each reading of the text in order to gain true understanding of the text. We are working in our Interactive Text Science practice book for Monday and throughout the week using this reading strategy. Please look over the skill and guide your child as necessary at home. Good luck!
     
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Monday July 18, 2016
     
    Howdy Reagan Families,
     
    Reminder that Picture Day is tomorrow!
     
    Thank you for all the generous class supplies that have been flowing in. It's like Christmas in July! We greatly appreciate everything!
     
    This week's homework is as follows...
     
     ELA: Read for 20 minutes. Write down some reading strategies you used while reading (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate) on a Post It note and keep it in your homework planner. We will also begin the story Akiak, a realistic fictional story about the obstacles an Iditerod sled dog must face. Akiak will include skills and standards such as text dependent questions (TDQ's) based on the theme and character traits within the story; story structure; compare and contrast; and story vocabulary. You will notice in your child's homework planner that the story vocabulary words were written for the week. In class, we will go more in depth with these words and also use them as spelling words. We will test on many of these standards by next week.
     
    Math: Please review Topic 3 Place Value skills with your child tonight. We will have a Topic 3 test tomorrow!  Students brought home their text books (sorry for the heavy backpacks tonight!) to finish the practice test tonight. We are using a 3-column note AVID strategy to complete the homework. They will also need to turn in their Topic 3 packet tomorrow for classwork credit!
     
     Additional Information: If your child has had an extended absence, they will need to complete a number of the following tasks that are in their navy blue Ronald Reagan communication folder.
    • All "Bring Back To School" paperwork
    • Have their  AVID binder organized (Please remind your child to organize their binders daily. It is part of their academic grade)
    • Complete their "What's Your Bag?" oral presentation
    • AVID "All About Me" 1-Pager
    • lavender "Student Information Worksheet"
    Thanks and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 

    Monday July 11, 2016
     
    Welcome Reagan Parents!
     
    This is the second week/first installment of Mr. Cordura's homework page; The page is still under construction, but you will receive information pertaining to the week's homework, curriculum, current info, important dates, etc. I hope that you will find the information useful. Good luck and I look forward to a successful and exciting year!
     
    ELA: Read for 20 minutes. Write down some reading strategies you used while reading (ie: summarize, predict, question, evaluate). We will also begin the story Akiak, which will include skills and standards such as story and academic vocabulary, character traits, story structure, compare and contrast.
     
    Math: Topic 3 Place Value (skills will include comparing, ordering and rounding numbers in greater value).
     
    Additional Information: If your child has been absent or new, they will need to complete a number of the following tasks that are in their navy blue Ronald Reagan communication folder.
    • All "Bring Back To School" paperwork
    • Have their  AVID binder supplies ready
    • Complete their "What's Your Bag?" oral presentation
    • AVID "All About Me" 1-Pager
    • lavender "Student Information Worksheet"
    Thanks and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 
     

     
    Monday May 9, 2016
     
    Hello Wranglers,
     
    Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. We hope you enjoyed the cards we made for you.
     
    We are at the home stretch! We have just 2 1/2 weeks left of school. Here is what we will be working on for this week of instruction: 
     
    •  ELA: Marven of the Great North Woods A great realistic fictional read on lumberjacks in Minnesota and on the challenges a young boy of Russian Hebrew background must face living in a new environment away from his family in the city: vocabulary, character analysis, comprehension, and story details. We will test on the skills by the end of the week. 
    • This is an example of their homework for the story that we worked on in class. Marven's Challenges 3 column notes
    • Math: Topic 12 Addition and Subtraction of Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions. We will test on Topic 12 by Wednesday.
    • Science: Chapter 6 Electricity we will assess by the end of the week.
     
    Important Dates:
    • Friday May 13 Color-a-Thon Color Run. Only students with registered donations will participate.
    • Thursday May 19 EOY Party More information will come. Myself, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Fontelera will get in touch with you if you plan to help and/or donate. 
    • Friday May 20 Travelling Space Museum This will be an all day event w/ several hands-on activities sponsored by NASA.
    • Monday May 23 A Track Field Day from 8:30 - 9:30.
             Movies & Popcorn Day After an hour in the hot sun, what better way to cool down than our favorite movies with popcorn!
    • Tuesday May 24 A Track EOY Awards Assembly from 8:00 - 9:00 teachers will send notices home to inform you if your child will be receiving an award
             A Track 6th Grade vs. Staff Softball Game from 9:00 - 10:00. You're welcome to come root for your favorite A track teacher or 6th grader!
             Electronics Day Students will be allowed to bring one electronic device to school per parents' permission (ie: game boy, ipod, tablets, smart phone, etc) to enjoy          with their friends. 
    • Wednesday May 25 A Track Last Day of School/6th Grade Promotion  It will be a minimum day schedule. Report cards will be handed out. I will also send students from my class to the promotion at 9:00 to the cafeteria to see their siblings promote.
     
    Students are still being held accountable for their actions prior to these planned events; These privileges need to be earned. I will send out more information as we get closer to those dates.
     
    Thanks and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 


    Monday May 2, 2016
     
     
    Happy May Monday Wranglers,
     
     
    My apologies for no posts last week. I had been sick all week, and was lucky to partially make it into the classroom. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
     
     
    We are back into more of a regular routine with just 3 1/2 weeks left of school.  Here is what we are working on for the next couple of weeks:
     
    • ELA: Marven of the Great North Woods vocabulary, character analysis, comprehension, and story details.
    • Math: Topic 12 Addition and Subtraction of Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions.
    • Science: Chapter 6 Electricity
    Important Dates:
    • Saturday May 7 CNUSD Junior Olympic Track Meet at  Eleanor Roosevelt HS 8 - 1:30.
             Come support our upper grade track team compete against other district schools...especially Clara Barton!
    • Sunday May 8 Mother's Day. Love you mom!
    • Friday May 13 Color-a-Thon Color Run. Only students with registered donations will participate. 
    • Monday May 23 A Track Field Day  from 8:30 - 9:30.
    • Tuesday May 24 A Track EOY Awards Assembly.
    • Tuesday May 24 A Track 6th grade vs. staff softball game.
    • Wednesday May 25 A Track Last Day of School.  It will be a minimum day schedule.  
    We will also have additional end-of-the-year classroom activities towards the last full week of school (different themed days) including a class party. Students are still being held accountable for all actions prior to these planned events and are not guaranteed privileges until earned. I will send out more information as we get closer to those dates.
    Thanks and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 
     
     

     
    Monday April 18, 2016
     
    Howdy Reagan Wranglers!
     
    Phew! What a busy, crazy last 2 weeks! Now that state testing, Open House, Western Festival, and now including field trip to the mission at San Juan Capistrano in the books, we are at the home stretch! This week we will attempt to go back to our normal class schedule although the rest of the school and tracks will begin to test as well.
     
    A big "thank you" to parents who were able to chaperone and attend the field trip today! Amazing job! The kids made us proud representing Ronald Reagan Elementary and a fun, educational time was had by all (Not growing up in California, I think I learned the most out of everyone). I am grateful that we are fortunate enough to budget a field trip to such a historical part of our state where students get to "hands on" learn beyond the books and classroom. Parents, thank you for helping make this happen with your time, efforts, and contributions (including snacks for testing)!!!
     
    There will of course be no homework for tonight. Please check AVID planners/binders for further homework this week. 
     
    Important Dates:
    • CAASPP state testing makeups will be this Tuesday and Thursday if your child did not complete a session of the test or was absent.
    • $30 donations for the Color-a-Thon are due by Thursday April 28.
    • District Junior Olympic Track Meet Saturday May 7 from 8 - 1:30 at Eleanor Roosevelt HS. Come support our upper grade track team compete against other district schools...especially Clara Barton!
    • Mother's Day Sunday May 8. Love you mom!
    • A Track Field Day Monday May 23 from 8:30 - 9:30.
    • A Track EOY Awards Assembly Tuesday May 24.
    • A Track 6th grade vs. staff softball game Tuesday May 24.
    • 5 1/2 weeks left of school. We will end on Wednesday May 25. It will be a minimum day schedule.  
    Am I really discussing end of the year activities? Is the end of the year seriously here? Time really does fly...
    Thanks and here's to a strong finish to the end of the year, take care!
    Mr. Cordura 
     

     
    Monday April 4, 2016
     
    Happy Monday Reagan Families,
     
    This week we are starting the ELA portion of state testing with CAASPP. The students put in a lot of hard work and effort as the first portion of the test took easily a few hours today. We will continue with the ELA Performance Task on Wednesday. Please reiterate with your child of the importance of using strategies like using their scratch paper to close read, take notes, pre-write, organize their thoughts, etc.to assist them in producing their best work on the test. Next week we will test on fourth grade math standards. There will be no major homework for this week and next.
     
    Important Dates: 
    • Color-a-Thon Donations need to be collected and turned in if your child is participating in this fundraiser.
    • Thursday April 14 Open House from 6 - 7:00. 
    • Friday April 15 Western/Spring Festival Friday from 5 - 8:00.
    • Monday April 18 A & D Track field trip to the Mission at San Juan de Capistrano.
    Have a great week and remember to have your children get plenty of sleep and eat healthy breakfasts for testing. We are still taking donations for post-test snacks!
    Mr. Cordura 
     
    PS. Thank you to the Parada, Drymon, and Cantuba families for the snacks! 

     
    Monday March 28, 2016
     
    Happy Easter Reagan Families!
     
    This week we will continue to work on...
    • ELA: Happy Birthday Dr. King! and its concepts: comprehension, text dependent questions, cause & effect, theme, story details, vocabulary/spelling words.
    • Math:  Topic 11 Equivalent Fractions. Parents, it is imperative with fourth grade concepts such as this that students have multiplication facts mastered. Students having much more difficulties with the lessons, by pattern, also do not have their facts mastered (it is a third grade standard) and are using other methods for assistance: times tables, multiplication charts, manipulatives. Although they are allowed to use these during lessons, they will not be available to them for state testing. 5 to 10 minutes of nightly flashcards goes a long way!
    • Social Studies: California missions continued.
    • State practice test: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
    Additional Notes:
    • Spring Pictures that were sent home last week are due, payment or not, by this Friday April 1st...NO JOKE... :) 
    • Field Trip Consent Forms are due ASAP if your child has not yet returned it to school (see last week's post for more information).
     Important Dates:
    • State testing will begin Monday April 4 through Friday April 15.
              There will be no nightly homework for those weeks.
    • Thursday April 14 Open House from 6 - 7:00. 
    • Friday April 15 Western/Spring Festival Friday from 5 - 8:00.
    • Monday April 18 A & D Track field trip to the Mission at San Juan de Capistrano.
    Have a great week and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 

    Thursday March 24, 2016
     
    Sorry for the hiatus from this week. Here is some important information for the weeks coming up...
      

    Additional Information:

     

    • Spring Pictures are in. To ease the efficiency, please email me if you would like to look at your child's prints before purchasing pictures. Several of your students have already taken home their pictures by request. I normally don't send them home unless a request is made. Please understand that keeping track of 29 pictures can be daunting and time-consuming. We would much rather focus our energies to your children. Thank you for understanding 😊
    • Field Trip. I have received most consent forms and donations. Please talk to your child if I have not yet received your paperwork. I understand asking for donations towards the end of the month can be difficult. Please at least try to submit your consent form ASAP and donations may always be turned in later. As a reminder, chaperones must be fingerprinted through the district and our office must have the updated list of fingerprinted chaperones by that date. We are also asking for chaperones to carpool as space is limited on the buses.
     Important Date:
    • State testing will begin Monday April 4 through Friday April 15. There will be no nightly homework for those weeks, BUT.....
             I highly advise taking a look at the 4th grade practice tests for the next few weeks here: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
    • Thursday April 14 Open House from 6 - 7:00. 
    • Friday April 15 Western/Spring Festival Friday from 5 - 8:00.
    • Monday April 18 A & D Track field trip to the Mission at San Juan de Capistrano.

    Monday March 14, 2016
     
    Howdy Wranglers,
     
    Tonight's Homework:
     For ELA, students will have to complete an AVID 1-Page poster design using the standards we focused on in class. These are the directions/tasks to the assignment: 1 Pager Poster Assignment. They will have to complete the poster by Friday March 18 and we will test on Wednesday March 16. Most of the standards being tested are on the poster: character and story details and attributes, vocabulary, comprehension, and compare/contrast.
     
    For Math, we are continuing to use the Division Algorithm, otherwise known as the phrase "Does McDonalds Sell Cheese Burger Recipes" strategy to assist students in remembering the steps in the pattern. Tonight's homework is to finish PB 10-5 "Deciding Where to Start Dividing". We will test on Topic 10 Division by Friday March 18. 
     
    Here are some additional important upcoming dates and info: 
    • If you're child participated in the fundraiser, payments were due TODAY! Please turn them in asap as we will still accept them.
    • Thursday March 17 Wear green in spirit of Saint Patrick's Day.
    • Friday March 18 Movie Night from 6 - 8:00. Drop your Wrangler off for an adult night out!
    • Saturday March 19 Run4Kids @ Auburndale from 8:00 - 5:00. A $10 registration is required and laps go towards 100 Mile Club.
    • State testing will begin Monday April 4 through Friday April 15. I highly advise taking a look at the 4th grade practice tests for the next few weeks here: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
    • Thursday April 14 Open House from 6 - 7:00. 
    Have a great week and see you soon!
    Mr. Cordura 

     
    Monday March 7, 2016
     
    Happy Month of March Wranglers! 
     
    Tonight's homework:
    For Language Arts, we are writing an opinion letter/essay about whether students should have homework or not. We have watched 2 videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFp9Ll11vSg http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/46915830#46915830 that we have taken notes on already and are taking 2 articles: 5 Reasons Kids Need Homework and Should Students Have Homework? home tonight to "close read".  We have practiced the skill of close reading in class and I have attached a slide of the basic skills to close read an article/short passage: Close Reading Definition for your reference. We have already begun to close read the first article together AND tonight's Language Arts can replace the 20 minutes (or more) of required reading for tonight. It is essential that students have notes taken from the videos and articles so that in class they must reference sources in their opinion letter/essay.
     
    For Math, we have started Topic 10 Division (with 1 digit divisor). The Topic 9 test has not been graded as of yet. We will focus on the long division algorithm during this topic and your help will be invaluable at home as we try to master the steps of long division. Students who have mastered their basic multiplication facts have a great advantage over those who have not. Tonight's math is working with repeated subtraction as division to develop more the concepts of division; It is a review from the 3rd grade division standard and probably not the strategy you or I were taught "in our day". Good luck!
     
    Additional Information/Dates:
    • Thursday March 10 we will have a 9:00 assembly for the Mobile Dairy teaching the functions of dairies and how we get milk from dairy cows.
    • Monday March 14 Fundraiser paperwork and payments are due.
    • Friday March 18 Movie Night from 6 - 8:00. Drop your Wrangler off for an adult night out!
    • Saturday March 19 Run4Kids @ Auburndale from 8:00 - 5:00. A $10 registration is required and laps go towards 100 Mile Club.
    • State testing will begin Monday April 4 through Friday April 15. I highly advise taking a look at the 4th grade practice tests for the next few weeks here: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/
    • Thursday April 14 Open House from 6 - 7:00. 
    WHEW!!! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Take care!

     
    Monday February 29, 2016
     
    Happy Leap Year Day and welcome back A Track families! 
     
    I hope you all had a restful month off with your students. Trimester 3 brings new challenges and it is a straight 12 weeks through to the end with no holidays or breaks...which means if you have older siblings at a T track school, you will need to consider a plan for the week long Spring Break at the end of March/beginning of April.
     
    Here are a couple of notes for this week:
    • For ELA, will be reading a French version of Cinderella titled Cendrillon, focusing on skills such as identifying a story's point of view, theme, character and story details, and take a look at overcoming adversity.
    • For Math, we will be finishing up Topic 6 on Division and can potentially test as early as Wednesday. Monday's homework is to finish up what was worked on in class which was odds or evens for textbook page 212 & 213: Division With Remainders. Students had to show work using an 3 column note-taking: Problem, Work, and Answer columns.
    • For Social Studies, we are going over California missions. There will ultimately be a project coming within the month and more details will be sent home in the near future.
    • We also have a writing standard focus on Opinion Writing for the next week as it is one of the 3 fourth grade writing standards: Opinion, Informative/Explanatory, and Narrative essays. 
    Additionally, in place of Literacy Wednesdays at Ronald Reagan, we will be honoring Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday at 8:00 this Wednesday with guest speakers coming to read their favorite books to our classrooms. You have probably already received an email, voicemail, and or text message recently regarding this event. Students can come dressed with crazy hats and/or "Seussian" inspired outfits! 
     
    Thanks and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 

     
    January 25, 2016
     
    Hello Ronald Reagan Families,
     
    We finally made it! Our last week of Trimester 2 has arrived! Here are a couple of notes before we track off...
    • No homework this week: No major homework this week other than 20 minute nightly reading, ZAP work, and their Boss of the Plains Hat project.
    • Hat Project: The Hat project was assigned last week and is due Thursday January 28th. The assignment is attached and we will work on some of it in class (other than the designed hat itself).
    • Awards Assembly: There is an A Track Trimester 2 awards assembly for upper grades on Wednesday January 27 at 8:45 am to 9:30 am. Please ask your child if they've received an awards letter today in their binder. 
    • Last Day & Report Cards: Friday January 29 is our last day. It is a minimum day and we will dismiss at 11:39 am. Students will receive their Trimester 2 report cards at this time. 
    • Track On: We will come back to school for Trimester 3 on Monday February 29.
    If you have any questions do not hesitate to correspond. Take care.

     

     
     
     
     

    Tuesday Jan. 12, 2015
     
    Howdy Wranglers,
     
    Just to briefly touch base, there will be no homework this week other than documenting nightly reading and strategies. Winter Benchmarks in ELA and Math should be finished by this week. If your child should be out, they will have opportunities to make up the test. The test for Math Topic 8 on 2 digit multiplication is being postponed until Benchmarks are finished. 
     
    We are also continuing to sell Gatorade at recesses for our field trip fundraiser now that the weather has lightened up. We are still looking for donations as Gatorade has been a popular commodity for thirsty lil' cowboys! Thank you for all your support! 
     
    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
    Thanks and take care.
     
    Mr. Cordura 

    Tuesday 1/5/16
     
    Happy New Year Wranglers!
     
    Welcome Back! It's a busy 4 weeks left until we are on vacation for February. Here are some important notes to be aware of for the next few weeks: 
    • Next week Jan 11 - Jan 15 we will start to administer the Winter Benchmark Assessment in ELA and Math on laptop computers. This is a district test administered at the end of every trimester. To better prepare your children, have them practice using a computer or laptop and/or using a word processing (like Microsoft Word) software to practice typing an ACE strategy answer to a question or writing prompt. We've been practicing here at school and it's been making a big difference. If you would like to practice a similar test at home you can go to https://login3.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V135/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=California_PT, which is the SBAC practice test for the end-of-year state test.
    • Monday Jan 18 is a no school holiday in honor of Martin Luther King's birthday.
    • Friday Jan 29 is the last day for A Track when your child will receive their report cards for trimester 2. It is a minimum day and we will dismiss at 11:39 am. We will return on Mon Feb 29 (wow, it's a leap year).
    Now, for this week's homework....In ELA we have started on a new story called Boss of the Plains.  For the next 2 weeks we will focus on skills such as story vocabulary/spelling words (pioneers, adventurers, determined, opportunity, frontier, settlers, gear, tanned, wranglers), summarizing, guide words, formal/informal English, context, and suffixes.
     
    In math, we are working on Topic 8, which focuses on different strategies to multiply a 2 digit by 2 digit factor. Attached is an example of how we've used 3 column notes to show the 3 strategies of an array/area model, expanded algorithm, standard algorithm to multiply: Multiplying using 3 strategies . If you were taught like me many moons ago, you will be familiar with the standard algorithm to multiply and students will need the most additional help with this strategy.
     
    For Science/Social Studies, we are in the process of writing a narrative about an experience in Death Valley and are in the process at analyzing video and article sources to guide our narratives. For future reference, we will plan, organize and guide our narratives with what's called a Plot Diagram
     
     

     
    Monday 12/14/15
     
    Hello Wranglers,
     
    Just some important dates for the rest of the week:
     
    Monday 12/14 through Friday 12/18 Winter Boutique
    Students will be able to purchase small inexpensive gifts for friends or family. All items are $5 or less and the Boutique is open from 7am to 2pm. I've advised students not to use their designated lunch money and to talk to parents first about bringing money to spend. Also, that if they are to go at recess to know when to come back to class and not miss instructional time.
     
    Thursday 12/17 Class Party & Cookies With Santa
    Our party will begin at our regular lunch time at 11:30. Parents are welcome to volunteer. We will send students out to lunch recess when they are done eating. Activities will continue following lunch at 12:15 until approximately dismissal at 2:10. You are welcome to take your child home early as long as they are signed out through the front office.
     
    Cookies With Santa will be held after school from 4:00 to 6:00 in the MPR. Join us in making holiday ornaments, meet Santa, and enjoy some cookies!
     
    Friday 12/18 Polar Express
    This week in ELA, we have been analyzing 1 of the 3 main writing standards for 4th grade, narrative essay writing (informative/expository and opinion essay writing are the other two). We have been using a Plot Diagram to deconstruct/construct a narrative (story). Once students can analyze how a narrative is put together, we can begin the process of practicing how to write a narrative essay. Friday, we will use Chris Van Allsburg's popular Polar Express movie adaptation to practice the skill of deconstructing a narrative using the Plot Diagram.
     
    Saturday 12/19 through Sunday 1/3 Winter Break
    We will resume school on Monday January 4, 2016. Have a safe and happy holidays!
     
    Mr. Cordura 
     

    Monday 12/7/15
     
    Happy Monday Wranglers,
     
    Just a reminder that there is no additional homework this week other than the 20 minutes of reading with a purpose (using the reading strategies we went over in class). Our work is being completed in class, however, if students are not completing there tasks on time (including recesses), they will have to complete tasks at home. 
     
    This week in ELA we will continue reading Tomas and the Library Lady. Other skills we will work on will be drawing conclusions, correct capitalization, sentence combining and antonyms.
     
    This week in Math we will continue Topic 7 Number Sense: Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers and will most likely test by this Wednesday December 9. With no homework, this is a good time to continue to practice basic multiplication math facts your child. 
     
    Today is the second day for students to continue sketching ideas for the STEM egg-drop competition (which we also did in class) as well as building and testing their designs/devices. Tomorrow in class we will continue to build and test our devices so please have students bring materials. Students are also encouraged to bring additional materials to "play" with as well as share with classmates. 
     
    Good luck and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 

     
    Friday 12/4/2015
     
    Parents,
     
    As mentioned earlier this week, attached is a digital copy of the STEM Egg Drop Challenge letter that your students have also brought home today. The packet has a little bit more information than the letter attached. You  should be able to click on the YouTube links to see some videos and there are a plethora of other videos for kids to get ideas from. Here is an additional link to the STEM website: http://www.cslnet.org/our-agenda/what-is-stem/ Please remember that this is a student-guided project though you may offer suggestions. Good luck over the weekend finding materials, doing research and sketching out your device! Take care!
     
     Mr. Cordura
     

    Tuesday December 1, 2015
     
    December Days are here!
     
    I hope you all had a pleasant restful Thanksgiving break. We will have a busy next few weeks prior to the Winter Break. Per school protocol, we will not be having homework throughout this 3 week period, other than the nightly reading. Winter break will be starting on Monday Dec. 21 and running until Sunday Jan. 3, which means we will return on Monday Jan. 4. More information on the next few weeks is soon to come!
     
    This week in ELA we are working on the first story of the theme "American Stories", called Tomas & the Library Lady.  This week's vocabulary/spelling words are thorny, iron, rusty, chattered, package, borrow, eager, lap, curled, tired, and glaring. Other skills we will work on will be drawing conclusions, correct capitalization, sentence combining and antonyms.
     
    This week in Math we are starting on Topic 7 Number Sense: Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers. It is a short topic and we are estimating a test date by early next week. With no homework, this is a good time to continue to practice basic multiplication math facts your child. 
     
    This week in Social Studies/Science we are studying native Americans of the Northern Coastal region of California and the resources that were available to them. The entire school is planning a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Challenge project for next week and parents will be invited to attend on Wednesday morning. 4th grade's challenge will be an egg-drop. Be on the look out for more information shortly, including supplies needed for the project.
     
    Lastly, please ask your child about making donations to the Corona Settlement House for gently used warm pajamas. We are also asking for continued donations for our grade level Gatorade fundraiser (to fund grade level field trip and supplies). We are also in need of pencils and tissue! All and any donations are appreciated!
     
    Thank you and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 

     
    Friday November 20
     
    Happy Thanksgiving families!
     
    Enjoy all of next week with your families as we have the entire week off. If you are planning to shop, please be careful out there as you brave the craziness that is Black Friday! We will return on Monday November 30.
     
    If you are inquiring about what your child can work on with the week off----besides screen time on the xbox or iphone of course :)---your child can always always work on:  reading strategy skills, writing to explain, and/or multiplication facts as we will continue to do multiplication and division when we return.
     
    Take care and don't eat too much turkey...and if you do, don't forget to wear your loose fitting pants!
    Mr. Cordura 
     

    Monday November 16,
     
    Howdy Wranglers,
     
    This week in language arts we are working on the comprehension of the story The Stranger. There are several sources online (and even youtube read alouds and a video interpretation of the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7NSj--t_UQ ) if you plan to review the story with your child. The rest of the week we will review the 10 vocabulary/spelling words (draft, fantasy, peculiar, thermometer, etched, Autumn, mercury, mystery, theory, frost), review word roots (tele-, -rupt, -sign, -spect), homophones, and cause and effect. We will have a test on the unit by Friday November 20. 
     
    This week in math we will finish the Topic 6 Developing Multiplication of 1 Digit Numbers by Wednesday November 18. Tonight will be to finish today's lesson of PB 6-5. You can use your child's Pearson Realize online account to review any of the skills: https://www.pearsonrealize.com/#/. Please note that if your child does not have their 0 - 10s multiplication facts mastered, they will struggle with this topic and future topics, please review their facts 5-10 minutes per night!
     
    This week for science/social studies we will work on additional assignments for The Stranger (with the fall theme) as well for Thanksgiving and the Autumnal season. 
     
    Please note that money for the Sees Candy fundraiser will be due on Wednesday November 18. So far, I have 4-5 children confirmed that they have sold candy for the fundraiser. Anything you can do to contribute greatly helps out our school :) 
     
    Thank you and take care,
    Mr. Cordura 

     
    Tuesday November 10 
     
    Dear Cordura parents,

     

    Students are to use their erosion packets (including the modeled erosion essay) as a step by step guide to aide them in their process to write the energy essay. Both packets should include 1) multiple article sources 2) Notes taken by students (in the form of circle maps or 2 column notes) 3) an informal outline to use as a plan/map for the essay and 4) a completed draft of the essay by the student.

     

    Students will need to read the energy articles, take notes, come up with a plan for their essay using the informal outline, and have an essay written by this Friday, November 13. Please have your child budget their time wisely. They should have read through some of the articles already and have watched (and taken notes on) a video on energy. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

     

    Enjoy your Veteran's Day holiday, good luck and take care!

    Mr. Cordura 

     
    Monday November 9, 2015
     
    Happy Monday Wranglers, 
     
    This week will be a choppy week as we will honor the Veteran's Day holiday on Wednesday November 11 with no school. We have started a new story out of our Houghton Mifflin  ELA anthology called The Stranger, by well known children's author Chris Van Allsburg. Van Allsburg is best known for his books adapted to movies like The Polar Express, Zathura, and Jumanji. Some skills we will focus on are: story vocabulary and spelling, reading comprehension, homophones, word roots (like last week's tele- & -rupt), cause and effect, connecting text and visual images to narrate a story, and character analysis. Tonight students had to finish their vocabulary frayer model for the 10 vocabulary words for the story. 
     
    We have also started Topic 6 for math, continuing to focus on single/double digit multiplication. We will be breaking apart multiplication algorithms (think math problems with multiple steps) into parts so that students can conceptually see how we multiply greater numbers....you might not get it, but your students do and are making great progress! Tonight, students had to finish PB 6-1 where on their 2 column notes have to show how to solve a problem using 1) an array to show partial products and 2) an expanded algorithm. Their notes should guide them as we did several together in class and their is also a model on the reteaching side of the lesson.
     
    Students have also brought home a science energy packet that they are supposed to start looking at tonight. They will need to read the energy writing prompt and have an informative essay written by this Friday November 13, 2015. They will and should use their erosion essay packet as a model to write their energy essay. An email will be sent out to inform parents. If you have any questions please contact me.
     
    Sincerely,
    Mr. Cordura 
     

    Tuesday November 3, 2015
     
    Families welcome back! 
     
    My apologies for the week long delay. I will attempt to use the page to keep you updated at least once to twice a week. Everyday is unfortunately very difficult to maintain so if there are ever any extenuating circumstances, please feel free to email/contact me right away regarding homework.
     
    If you have followed along with your child's Homework Planner, we are having tests this week. The language arts test will be this Friday and test many skills/standards from the anthology story from the last two weeks, By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author more known for the Little House on the Prairie (think the 80's show with Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert...if you are as old as I am). If you plan to review with them, be sure to go over the following: sensory details, story comprehension, story vocabulary (this will count as a spelling grade as well), homophones, and roots: tele- and -rupt.
     
     
    We will have a math test for Topic 5: Multiplying by 1-digit numbers tomorrow. They brought home their textbooks to review skills for Topic 5 on page 132 and 133. The rest of the week we will continue right away with Topic 6.
     
    In science, we are looking at multiple sources about weathering and erosion and will use information from these texts to write a teacher-guided informational essay that will explain: 1) what erosion is and 2) how water, ice and wind can cause erosion. Immediately following this lesson will be a lesson on energy and an independently written essay on energy.
     
    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks and take care,
    Mr. Cordura 
     

     
     Monday September 21, 2015
     
    Hello Families,
     
    T-minus 4 more days until we are off-track! Not much will be posted here for the week. We are not issuing homework to students during the last week of a trimester (AVID binders will stay at school and we will empty them out) although their planners will still come home with them with various notes to talk about at home. If you have any questions, please let me know.
     
    Conferences continue for the week and we dismiss at 11:39 all week. Please make sure your child has a suitable ride home and picked up on time.
     
    As a friendly reminder, please collect Box Tops from your pantries as we are fundraising for our school and grade. Additionally, we are also doing a Gatorade fundraiser for 4th grade, so please also talk to your child regarding the Gatorade Fundraiser Flier that went home today about 4th grade's fundraiser for supplies and field trips. Thanks and take care!
     
    Mr. Cordura 

     
    Thursday September 17, 2015
     
     Howdy Wranglers,
     
    Homework is to study for both ELA and Math tests tomorrow! Please have your child study the comprehension questions they worked on in groups today to be prepared to answer them independently tomorrow for the Finding the Titanic test. We also have our Topic 2 Generate and Analyze Patterns test. Make sure your children finish and study the questions of the practice test they worked on today to be prepared for the test. Also, they are turning in their Topic 2 PB packets so please make sure those are complete as well.
     
    Conferences begin tomorrow starting as early as 12 noon. Please be on time and prepare to come without your students. Beginning tomorrow we are also on minimum day schedule through Friday September 25, and will dismiss at 11:39 am.
     
    Please note that there will be NO homework for the last week of school! Yeehaw!!!!!
     
    Thanks and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 

    Tuesday September 15, 2015
     
    Happy Tuesday Wrangler Families,
     
    ELA homework is to finish PB 49 and 50, Compound Sentences. Many students came today without it complete. Today we worked on forming opinions about the Titanic. Ask your child about their opinions about leaving the Titanic shipwreck in the ocean OR bringing up artifacts to place into a museum. We had a thought-provoking  AVID activity called "Philosophical Chairs" where two separate sides of the classroom had to defend their opinions about the Titanic. A lot of fun and learning going on!
     
    Math homework was to finish PB 2-5 Geometric Patterns. They are still using the same skills of finding a table's patterns and rules, but also how it relates to patterns in geometric shapes.
     
    Tomorrow is library. This is our last week to check out books before we have to return them before we go off-track.  
     
    Thanks and take care,
    Mr. Cordura
     
    PS. We will have tests on "Finding the Titanic" and Math Topic 2 at the end of the week. 

     
     Monday 9/14/2015
     
    Just another manic Monday :)
     
    Homework for ELA was to finish PB page 49 and 50. We practiced the skill of identifying the usefulness of compound sentences in writing and the usage of conjunctions (and, or, but) to create compound sentences. We noted that using a conjunction in a sentence does not always reflect a compound sentence, it could be used to identify a list instead. We will have a test on the skills and comprehension for Finding the Titanic by this week's end. 
     
    Math homework is to finish Writing Rules for Situations PB 2-4, focusing on finding a rule to complete and extend a table. Students also had to finish PB 2-3 Extending Tables from Friday's classwork as it was not homework over the weekend. We will also have a test on Topic 2 by week's end.
     
    Just a reminder that Friday is a minimum day schedule and we will dismiss at 11:39 am. Conferences will begin immediately after at 12:00 noon. The following week will be minimum day schedule all week as well for conferences. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. Take care and I look forward to meeting with you in the near future.
     
     Mr. Cordura
     
     
     

     
    Thursday 9/10/2015
     
    Hello Wrangler families,
     
    Just a reminder that it is Patriot Day tomorrow and that we are having a brief ceremony at 9:00 am to honor any family members who are military, law enforcement, or  fire service. Please let us know if you have a family member who can attend. It is also spirit wear tomorrow. 
     
    Thank you to all of you who've been able to expediently return your conference letter to confirm our meeting times. I look forward to meeting with all families. in less than a week. If you have not been able to return your letter, please do so ASAP and you may also email me your times if that is more convenient.
     
    Also, please have your students return their library books every week. It is imperative that our librarian, Mrs. Tran, receive books and students can lose their privileges to check out books if not regularly returned.  
     
    Now, for homework tonight! We reviewed the skill of using a Thesaurus to look up a word's synonym or antonym. For ELA homework, students have to create a circle map using a word of their choice to come up with synonyms for the word (and antonyms if they are planning to challenge themselves). Here is a model:  Synonym Antonym Circle Map. Not every single word can work. I have suggested to the students to use an adjective or a verb. Additionally, several students came to school today not having last night's homework completed, the flash cards. The need to finish that tonight and return tomorrow.
     
    Math homework is to finish PB 2-2 Number Sequences. Please make sure students are showing work to find the missing numbers in the sequences, or patterns, and understand that they need to find and show the rule for every pattern.
     
    Thanks and take care.
    Mr. Cordura 

    Wednesday September 9, 2015
     
    What a wacky Wednesday,
     
    First inclement weather for heat, then an afternoon down pour of rain as I type this! Thank you to those that came out for our first official Literacy Wednesday! An email/text/voicemail blast went out yesterday evening regarding the visit. It was short and sweet and hopefully families can not only see what we work on in the classrooms with your children, but also take home some really great literacy (reading and writing) strategies to help your students make academic growth and progress. Today we worked on our Titanic Frayer page 1  and Titanic Frayer page 2 for the 10 Finding the Titanic vocabulary words. Parents got a look as to how we use them to quiz each other for mastery of any vocabulary word.
     
    In addition, we also made flash cards out of all 10 words which was to be completed for homework. This may seem redundant, but it is a useful skill to continually see and use academic language to expand our vocabulary. Also the flash cards help in aiding with the CCSS skill to cite textual evidence and also to provide the word in meaningful, contextual sentences (example: The word is "shipwreck". Peter Pan came across a shipwreck of Captain Hook's ship along the Neverland shore.)
     
    There was no additional homework for Math and tomorrow's lesson will be PB 2-2 on Number Sequences. 
     
    If you have not had your child turn in their conference letter, please remind them to do so ASAP. I received most of our class letters today, thank you! Also, please let me know if there are any family members able to attend our Patriot Day ceremony on Friday.
     
    Thanks and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 

     
     Tuesday September 8, 2015
     
    Reagan Wranglers,
     
    It is good to finally be back after a week hiatus. I hope you were able to spend some valuable time with your families for the 3 day weekend.  Last week was hectic as all of 4th grade was away from their classrooms at an AVID training for half of the week. I'm sorry for not notifying families of my absence and not having anytime after school to post to the website was a challenge...but now I'm back!
     
    Please ask your child today for your Parent/Teacher Conference Letter scheduling our time to discuss your child's progress for Trimester 1. Please send me an email if there are any changes we need to make or to confirm your time ASAP. There is also a blue half sheet flier going home today regarding a Patriot Day ceremony this Friday at 9:00 am inviting any family members who have served as military, law enforcement, or fire service. Please let us know if any members can attend.
     
    For homework, there is no additional ELA homework except for to read and practice reading strategies. We will look to have a test for our new story Finding the Titanic by early next week.  We finished our Multiplication and Division Concepts Topic 1 test on Friday and began on Patterns Topic 2 today. Their homework is to finish PB 2-1. Some students brought home the 2-1 Enrichment page to challenge themselves.
     
    Good luck families and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
    Mr. Cordura 
     
     
     

     
    Monday August 31, 2015
     
    Happy Monday families,
     
    Friday's ceremony for Ronald Reagan Elementary School's ribbon cutting ceremony was amazing! Though it was unbearably hot, the students stuck with it till the end. A truly once in a lifetime experience for all! Thanks to all for making it a tremendous event.
     
    If you've noticed, the students are writing in a "real" planner instead of on the Daily Homework Planner. It is a great resource of information and it will take a while for all of us to get used to it, but this will be the format for writing down homework for the rest of the year. As you can see, students are still required to read for 20 minutes as well as use the 6 Reading Strategies of Good Readers. The planner is a work in progress so please let me know if you have any questions.
     
    Math homework is to finish PB 1-9 Using Multiplication Facts to Find Division Facts. They need to show work by providing an additional math sentence from the fact family (example: 2x7=14, 7x2=14, 14/7=2, 14/2=7....sorry....couldn't find the division symbol). We will have a Topic 1 test by the end of the week.
     
    Finally and equally important are Progress Reports and graded work. Please take a look at the graded packet of classwork and tests in your child's AVID binder. This is a window to your child's progress so far. The tests do weigh more than the classwork assignments and many assignments in the packet are used for more than 1 subject. Please also understand that not everything has been entered into the grade book if there is a subject area you are concerned about on your child's Progress Report and grades can fluctuate. These are grades you have access to through Q Parent Connect., the online database you can view your child's district and school profile, including grades and assignments. If you need access to this website (ie: username & password), please contact our Ronald Reagan front office.
     
    Lastly, parent/teacher conferences will be Friday Sept. 18 through Friday Sept. 25, though most conferences are scheduled earlier in the week. You may have already received a letter from one of your children's teachers if there are siblings that attend Ronald Reagan. Conference letters will go home by week's end. A Track will be on minimum day schedule (11:40 dismissal) the entire week and conferences will generally last 20 - 30 minutes long.
     
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Take care Wranglers!
     Mr. Cordura

     
    Thursday 8/27/15
     
    Howdy Wranglers,
     
    Today was a busy day! We practiced school wide our ribbon cutting ceremony for tomorrow @ 10 am. If you could remember to have your children dress patriotic, but cool at the same time would be great as we are outdoors for the ceremony. I suggested to the children to wear a hat, sunscreen & sunglasses as we will be sitting out there for a good 15 to 20 minutes in the sunshine.
     
    We also took a good portion of the day in the computer lab taking our online benchmark assessment for 4th grade ELA, therefore there was no major ELA  (nor math) homework for tonight. We will continue taking the benchmark assessment tomorrow through next week to Wednesday if need be. We will have an ELA quiz tomorrow in class, not lab,  for their vocabulary (hence the flashcard practice for homework) as well as for subject and predicate review.
     
    There is no homework for math other than reviewing the previous lessons in multiplication and division. We will have a Topic 1 test sometime in the middle of next week as we will wrap up Topic 1 by Tuesday/Wednesday. 
     
     Good luck and take care!
     Mr. Cordura 
     

    Wednesday 8/26/15
     
    Happy Hump Day,
     
    Please have students continue to practice "America the Beautiful" as we will have a school wide practice tomorrow.
     
    There is no additional ELA homework tonight. We reviewed subject and predicate again today and will have a quiz on the skill by Friday.
     
    Math homework is to finish PB 1-8 Special Quotients. 
     
    Starting tomorrow Thursday August 26 through September 2, the district is asking us to administer the 4th grade ELA and Math Fall Benchmark Assessment. It will be an online assessment using a data-driven online source called Illuminate. 4th grade A track will begin administering  the ELA portion tomorrow. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact me. 
     
    Take care,
    Mr. Cordura 

    Tuesday August 25, 2015
     
    Howdy families,
     
    Just a reminder that registrations are due for 100 Mile Club tomorrow, Wednesday.  Some of you showed concern about turning forms in by a sibling. That is okay to do, just please make sure to note all sibling registrations on the form.
     
    Our performance of "America the Beautiful" is this Friday at our ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am. Please have your student take 5 minutes to practice. The link can be found by title on School Tube or clicking here https://www.schooltube.com/video/5dad974cde283c41135c/America,%20the%20Beautiful. The ceremony will be outside, "standing room only" and you are welcome to attend.
     
    Tomorrow is also library so please make sure your child brings their library books back to school.
     
    There is no additional homework for ELA. We worked on reviewing the 10 vocabulary words for Grandfather's Journey as well as the skill of identifying the Subject and Predicate of a sentence if you wanted to practice at home.
     
    Math was to finish PB 1-7 Multiplication and Division Comparison Problems.
     
    There was no additional Social Studies unless your child had to finish the work from Monday.
     
    If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, take care!
    Mr. Cordura 

    Monday August 24, 2015
     
    Happy Monday Wranglers, 
     
    You are right if you noticed no posts for last Thursday and Friday. I was out of state through the weekend, but the class and substitute teacher were aware of their homework responsibilities.
     
    Please note that registrations are due for 100 Mile Club this Wednesday.  Some of you showed concern about turning forms in by a sibling. That is okay to do, just please make sure to note all sibling registrations on the form.
     
     
    Our performance of "America the Beautiful" is this Friday at our ribbon cutting ceremony. Please have your student take 5 minutes to practice. The link can be found by title on School Tube or clicking here https://www.schooltube.com/video/5dad974cde283c41135c/America,%20the%20Beautiful
     
    There is no additional homework for ELA although the Social Studies homework has ties/skills based on ELA. We are continuing to address comprehension for Grandfather's Journey as well as vocabulary words from the story.
     
    Math is to finish PB 1-6 Meanings of Division. Be aware that students have to show evidence of their answer by using diagrams, drawings, and multiplication equations (basically a multiplication number sentence). Students have been making great progress on Topic 1 and much of it is review for from 3rd grade.
     
    A handful of students have to finish Social Studies out of their textbooks page 24 questions #1 - 8 regarding the regions of California. We've spent two additional days working to get them done.  
     
    Thanks and take care,
    Mr. Cordura 
     

    Tuesday August 18, 2015
     
    Hello Wrangler Families,
     
    Sorry for no post yesterday. I had been out due to a bug that had bed-ridden me all weekend.
     
    Tomorrow is our library day so please have your children remember to bring their books back to school to either renew them or return them. Also, please be on the look out for 100 Mile Club membership information; should be going home with them tomorrow. It is also an early release day.
     
    For ELA students have to finish their Frayer Model for Grandfather's Journey vocabulary, which is a graphic organizer we use to practice our vocabulary that coincides with the story. We spent ample time in class using glossaries and dictionaries to complete our Frayers. Please check to make sure both sides are done and that students are returning my class set of dictionaries that they took home. 
     
    We also reworked on our "Think About the Selection" questions from last night's homework as many did not meet the expectations of the assignment. We will finish this activity in class and it is not homework. My apologies if there was confusion to the "ACE" strategy for ELA; students had not been given instruction on how I modified my directions for meeting this strategy.
     
    For math students have to finish PB 1-2 Patterns for Facts. If you feel your child needs to be more challenged, they may opt to do the Enrichment page as opposed to the Practice page of any given math lesson as long as they can print it up at home and attach it to their Topic packet.  
     
    Good luck and take care!
    Mr. Cordura 
     
    PS. As we move into our seventh week of school and halfway through Trimester 1, I will be issuing out progress reports by next week. Please be on the lookout... 

     
    Thursday August 13, 2015
     
    Howdy Wranglers,
     
    Tomorrow's theme is "What If Your Dreams Came True?" The prompt I will ask the students is What would you be if you could be anything at all? We are either wearing blue tomorrow OR dressing up as our dream career. Here's a video link to what we will be seeing in class https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIUOdrWl-ts.  
     
    There is no additional language arts or math homework tonight. We analyzed comparing and contrasting again using a double bubble thinking map today comparing the life in California and life in Japan among students. We also read and discussed an introduction to Grandfather's Journey; all of which help to preface the skills and story as we begin to read it. We took a Topic 4 test today and some students will have to finish it up tomorrow in class as they ran out of time. Please do not assist your child if they have it in their binders to finish tomorrow as it is an assessment for what they have learned.
     
    Thanks for all you do, take care!
     Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Wednesday August 12, 2015 
     
     Happy "Hump" Day!
     
     Thank you for having your children participate for today in "What if we unplugged (technology) for the day?"...although we broke a couple of rules for computer lab! We had a great time at lunch playing board games and me particularly showing card tricks! Tomorrow's theme is "What if my teacher knew?" and we are wearing green. Here is a YouTube video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgmZ45HZPss. Remember, Friday is either wear blue OR dress up as your dream job. I'm looking forward to our class spirit Friday!
     
    There is no additional language arts homework. We worked on identifying 2 skills today: Author's Viewpoint/Purpose and Comparing and Contrasting using a double bubble thinking map, which you can take a look at your child's sample that we did in class on a piece of construction paper. 
     
    We lost some instructional minutes today due to a 4th grade level team meeting and so the Topic 4 math test was pushed back until tomorrow, so there is no additional math homework as well, other than studying/reviewing for the test.
     
     Good luck and take care,
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Tuesday August 11, 2015
     
    Hi Families!
     
    "What If" Week has been going great. The students are excited and motivated and we had close to 100% participation wearing yellow today! Tomorrow is wearing black and deals with the question "What if we unplugged (technology) for the day?" We will have lunch time board games in the cafeteria in support of Wednesday's theme.
     
    We have a  Story Pyramid to be finished for a read aloud "Across the World in 20 Days". Here is a short video clip relating to the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaHQaziqyXYn. 
     
    We have a Topic 4 Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers test tomorrow. Students had to finish their Topic 4 practice test for homework that we worked on in class: Textbook page 110 and 111 on lined paper. 
     
    Additionally, students had to finish their science Photosynthesis diagram that we've worked on for the past few days. As of tomorrow the assignment is tardy. We have attached an Assignment Rubric to 1) assist me in grading the assignment and 2) assist students in determining the quality and care of their work. 
     
     If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Take care!
    Mr. Cordura
     

    Thursday August 6, 2015 
     
     Happy Thursday!
     
     Please continue to get your emergency cards and internet use forms back ASAP. Also, tomorrow is Spirit Wear.
     
     We are continuing to finish our informal outline, edited and revised rough draft, and typed final draft of our Akiak themes essay. Included is our step by step writing process: Intro ParagraphBody ParagraphsConclusion Paragraph. Students had to take the assignment home if they fell behind. After Monday, the assignment will be considered late.
     
    Math tonight is to finish PB 4-4.  Students were given a choice to complete either all odd or even problems and were given ample time in the classroom to finish. They will need to show work on lined paper (turning it sideways to make columns) making sure the numbers are lined up correctly by place value. We will have a Topic 4 test by next week.
     
     We took a short quiz on Plants and Sunlight today for science. Some students had to take it home to complete it. Please ask your child if they will need to finish.
     
    Thank you and take care
    Mr. Cordura 

     
     Wednesday August 5, 2015
     
     Hello Wranglers,
     
    Please continue to get your emergency cards and internet use forms back ASAP.
     
    Parents, please ask your children if they have been "zapped" for the week ("Zeroes Aren't Permitted").  "Zapped", as I had addressed it on PIN night, refers to holding students accountable for missing or late assignments. They have lost their recesses to make up the work and, in fact, still were supposed to take the work home to finish. Some students are not turning in work or are turning it in late. A zero for a missing assignment is not acceptable and must be completed, receiving a reduced grade. Please emphasize the importance of turning in work on time, completed, and to the best of their ability as it translates to an imperative life skill.
     
    We are continuing to finish our informal outline, edited and revised rough draft, and typed final draft of our Akiak themes essay. Included is our step by step writing process: Intro ParagraphBody ParagraphsConclusion Paragraph. Your child will need to take the assignment home if they fall behind.
     
     Math tonight is to finish PB 4-3.  Students were given a choice to complete either all odd or even problems and were given ample time in the classroom to finish. They will need to show work on lined paper (turning it sideways to make columns) making sure the numbers are lined up correctly by place value. 
     
     We will have a science quiz tomorrow on the Plants and Sunlight lesson. Please have your students study their vocabulary/outline worksheet. Some students still came to school today with their worksheet incomplete putting them at a disadvantage to study in class today.
     
    Good luck!
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
     Tuesday August 4, 2015
     
     Hello families,
     
    Thank you for getting in all your emergency cards and internet use forms back quickly! If you have not done so, please have it filled out ASAP; your child's safety and success are priority for us.  Please also remember it is early release tomorrow @ 1:10.
     
    We are continuing to finish our informal outline for our Akiak theme essay. Included is our step by step writing process: Intro ParagraphBody ParagraphsConclusion Paragraph
     
    Math tonight is to finish PB 4-2.  Students will need to show exact and estimated work for each problem on lined paper. 
     
    We will have a science quiz tomorrow on the Plants and Sunlight lesson. Please have your students study their vocabulary/outline worksheet. Many students came to school today with their worksheet incomplete putting them at a disadvantage to study in class today.
     
    Good luck and take care. 
     Mr. Cordura

    Monday August 3, 2015
     
    Happy Monday Wranglers,
     
    Please check your children's binders for a yellow emergency form and an internet form. We know that some of this information might seem redundant to fill out, but please understand that 1 copy is for the office and 1 copy is for the classroom emergency backpack should their be an evacuation. The internet form allows your child permission to use certain online resources (such as the CAASPP or online state test) here at school.
     
    There is no additional ELA homework today as we've been working on an essay for the themes in the story Akiak this week. We will also be starting the next unit, Grandfather's Journey, this week.  Students do however have to finish a Plants & Sunlight worksheet for science and must document the page in which they are citing the source of evidence, hence the science text book going home today. The lesson begins on textbook page 24 - 32.
     
    For math students must finish PB 4-1 Practice side. We focused on the subtraction strategies (compensation and counting up) of mental math and students can just use 1 of the 2 strategies to complete the math tonight.
     
    Thanks and take care,
    Mr. Cordura 
     
     

    Hello families,
     
     It is good to be back!
     
    Tonight, please look over your child's Suffixes Tree Map. The Tree Map is used to categorize and classify the topic listed at the top. In this case, we looked at the "comparative" and "superlative" forms of adjectives (eg: fast, faster, and fastest) by adding -er and -est, but also recognizing the rules for certain adjectives and their endings (eg: adjectives ending with -y, adjectives ending with -e). Students had a difficult time placing adjectives into the right categories and had to list an example word for each category...Please double check and review this skill.
     
    Topic 3 has FINALLY been collected. It will be graded by next week. **In the future, PLEASE do not throw away ANY of your child's work or math packets** They are considered part of their homework and math grades. We already started on Topic 4: Addition & Subtraction of Whole Numbers.  Lesson 4-1 is a challenging lesson on mental math strategies referred to as "compensation, breaking apart, and/or counting up". Today we worked on JUST the addition strategies, so no additional math homework was assigned. You may want to look over these strategies on PB 4-1 or visit the Pearson Realize website. We will continue the lesson tomorrow.
     
    Mr. Cordura 

    Monday July 27 through Wednesday July 29, 2015
     
     Dear families,
     
     I will be at a district conference from today through Wednesday. Please refer to your child's Daily Homework Planner in their AVID binder for more information regarding their homework for the night. Much of it is extension skills from the Akiak story they may work on in class with the substitute while I am away as well as prepare them for the next topic in math, Topic 4 Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers. Really any homework with the substitute is what they do not finish in class.
     
    I have not received all Topic 3 tests back from Friday as the day was cut short and the test taking longer than anticipated. Also, I gave them a quiz on Akiak on Friday as well as a quiz this Friday on other skills from the Akiak story. Thank you for continuing to check the site. Take care! Please email me if you have any questions...
     
    Mr. Cordura 

     Thursday July 23, 2015
     
     Howdy Wranglers!
     
     Today we discussed further the themes of Akiak in class. We used our circle maps (see Wednesday's link) as a pre-writing guide to start organizing our informal outline to create our first big writing assignment, an essay discussing the theme of Akiak. I have collected their circle maps to check so that they can properly use the data to begin writing their outlines. Tomorrow we will work more on writing as well as quiz them on the comprehension of the story now that we have read it several times. I will also quiz them on the various causes and effects (see Tuesday's map) discussed in the story. Again, if you'd like, your child may log in online tonight to reread and analyze the text to be better prepared for the quiz (see yesterday's "logging onto websites"). 
     
     Tomorrow is the test for Topic 3 Place Value. We reviewed in class a practice test and they had to bring it home to review with you and/or finish. The students had ample time to complete it in class and opportunities to work with me on any difficult problems. A copy of the test may be found on Pearson Realize, and again they can log on to retrieve it. They also had to finish PB 3-6 Practice side, which only had a few problems. Please make sure their Topic 3 packet is complete as I will collect it tomorrow.
     
    Again, it is Spirit Day tomorrow as well as Principal's Recess in the afternoon. Good night and take care!
     

    Wednesday July 22, 2015
     
     Happy Hump Day!
     
     We are half-way thru the week! Here's a breakdown of the homework:
     Thank you for returning the Reagan Elementary folder information promptly. If you have not done so, please have them returned by Monday July 27. Also, we are still looking for Scholastic News donations are looking to purchase our grade level subscriptions in the near future, possibly after B track returns.
     
    We reread Akiak for ELA to 1) finish up our cause and effect maps (see Tuesday's homework) and 2) complete a circle map addressing what each student determined what the theme of the story is Akiak's Theme Circle Map. We will take this information to use it as a pre-writing organizational tool to write an informational writing assignment.  Some students had to bring home their books to reread the story and find evidence for their maps so please look over the map the best you can.
     
    Just as a reminder, for math, there will be a Topic 3 Place Value test on Friday. Tonight's homework was to do PB 3-6 Reteaching side only 3-6 Reteaching. Instructional time was cut short today due to an assembly and we will finish the Practice side of the lesson in class as well as review Topic 3. 
     
    **Lastly, please take a look in your child's binder about important log-in information to access the ELA and Math curriculum at home logging onto websites. These are great online resources that have the materials we use in class as digital files if you frequently use the internet as a resource. They are especially useful if assignments get misplaced or as an option if your child does not bring their textbook or practice book home. Tonight's homework would be a perfect example to log on to their personal accounts to read the Akiak story or print out an extra copy of the math assignment. They will just need to remember their birthdays and student id numbers. Good luck and I hope you find this a very useful tool.**
     
     Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Tuesday July 21, 2015
     
     Howdy Parents,
     
    We worked on a Thinking Map called a Multi-Flow map cause & effect map in class today which focuses on causes and effects in a story. I am not asking students to bring it home as it is a new skill and I'd like to monitor them in class. We also reread the story, Akiak,  and discussed its themes. I will assess their knowledge of themes in the near future with a writing assignment of the themes in Akiak. Their ELA homework will be to continue practicing the Close Reading Symbols in their nightly reading/writing. We practiced in class and they did an excellent job.
     
    For math, we finished lesson 3-5 on rounding and have to finish at home. We tried another strategy, "The Rounding Bully" Rounding Bully that seems to have created a break through in understanding the rounding of greater numbers. Please double check their work! 
     
    Lastly, it is an Early Dismissal tomorrow @ 1:10 pm. They also took home a Ronald Reagan Elementary folder that has important information to return to school (ie: PTA, emergency cards, library permissions, etc.). They get class tickets if they can have this returned by the deadline of Monday July 27. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great night!
     
     Mr. Cordura

     
     
    Monday July 20, 2015
     
    Happy Monday Reagan families,
     
    Tonight's homework: Students are still practicing the 7 reading strategies Reading Strategies poster modeled in class for their nightly 20 minute reading. I modeled on Friday how the Daily Homework Planner should be filled out correctly. Our Friday binder check revealed a bit of inconsistency and students are being challenged to be more thorough and detailed in their explanations. Please push for the Daily Homework Planner to be filled out correctly because it will effect if they will receive Principal's Recess on Fridays. Writing "I evaluated what I read" just isn't enough. Writing "I used the evaluate strategy because I thought the main character used a lot of humor to explain himself. I found that to be entertaining and humorous" is a more appropriate response.
     
    I also modeled the use of Close Reading symbols to supplement the reading strategies Close Reading Poster . Students have this in their "Reading" tab in their binders. They've been instructed to practice using 2 or 3 symbols (with explanations) on a Post It note. These are strategies that can help all students progress in reading.
     
    There was no math lesson for homework, but students can still write down the learning goal in their Homework Planner. Students can also practice multiplication and division facts for 5 - 10 minutes when there is no additional math to take home. I also suggest using http://www.multiplication.com or downloading any math facts app if you have a smartphone or tablet.
     
    Lastly, Fall Pictures are tomorrow; Information went home in their binders last week. Payments can be made online as well.  
     
    Take care and good night!
     
    Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Thursday July 16, 2015 
     
     Hello Wranglers,
     
     Tonight's additional ELA (English Language Arts) homework was to finish their Frayer Model template for 6 framed Frayer Model, which is what we will use when we work with vocabulary words across the curriculums. Here would be an example of a vocabulary word "success""Success" Frayer  We worked on 3 of the words together in class. They were given the definition prior to every word. They have to finish the other boxes. 
     
     For tonight's Math, we worked on comparing larger numbers. We took notes in our binders for 2 strategies: using a number line to compare numbers & using place value to "stack" numbers and slowly compare them. Please encourage your student to show their work using these strategies. If they are familiar with the ACE strategy, they should continue to practice that skill.
     
     Please continue to ask your children about Scholastic News donations if you have not done so. Several of them received copies today, & I have included a digital copy here: Scholastic News Letter. It is also Spirit Wear tomorrow so please encourage your children to wear red, white, and blue!
     
     Take care,
     Mr. Cordura
     

     
    Wednesday July 15, 2015
     
    Happy Wednesday! 
     
     Tonight's homework is to do the regular reading/writing practice as well as for any students who did not correctly do their circle map for the character traits. Many students were handed back their work to fix. They had to list 5 - 6 character traits of a successful sled dog & list evidence for each trait along the outside of the circle map. 
     
     Math was to finish PB page 3-3 which focused on the learning objective of comparing numbers. Please review these skills with your child.
     
     Additionally, we are still collecting donations of $5.44 for Scholastic News. If you did not receive your information at PIN night, please send me a note, phone call, or email.
     
    Thank you and good night
    Mr. Cordura 
     

     
    Tuesday July 14, 2015
     
     Afternoon Parents,
     
     Today's homework was to finish a Circle MapCircle Map we worked on in class. Character Traits will be one of our focuses for this unit. Students had to come up with 3 - 5 character traits that would make a successful sled dog in an Iditarod race. We watched a short video to preface our HM story Akiakhttp://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/iditarod-race-2013-missing-sled-dog-found-18744782. Students must accompany a character trait with evidence/proof from the video on the outside of the circle.
     
     Math was to complete PB page 3-2 Place Value Relationships. We worked on the lesson in class. 
     
    Please note that some students still have some additional work to be made up (Story Pyramid for "The Pumpkin Runner"), is now considered late and points will be taken off. It is also an Early Dismissal tomorrow, 1:10 pm.
     
    Take care and have a good night,
    Mr. Cordura 
     

     
    Monday July 13, 2015
     
    Hello Parents!
     
    Students put their AVID binders together today and look eager to start organizing all their work!
    Additionally, they received their first Daily Homework Planner:"Homework With a Purpose" page where they will write down the day's homework.
    Please familiarize yourself with the format. Some students had additional work to get caught up on, namely a Story Pyramid & "Let Me Introduce Myself".
    I have attached a copy of the Daily Homework Planner below.
     
     
    Take care,
    Mr. Cordura