Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Some updates!

Hi all,

Here are a few updates and some information you might be interested in:

  • It is Socktober! If you would like to, we are accepting donations of NEW socks for the homeless. We have quite a few pairs so far, but we could always use some more.
  • This Friday is our first field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium! We have five drivers who have volunteered to drive and we are all set. It should be a lot of fun and I hope to share some pictures in the future.
  • The kids have finished writing personal narratives and they should be coming home this Thursday. Please read them with your kids and take a look at the rough drafts and yellow note I attached to get a better idea of the process kids went through to complete the project. Feel free to take a look at the digital versions and make any adjustments, if you like.
  • There has been a lot of interest in science of late and I encourage you all to take a look at the lessons, as I have posted them on the Google Classroom. The links will run out soon so let me know if they are no longer active.
  • Speaking of science, kids will have a science quiz on Thursday of this week, due to the field trip on Friday.
  • We have begin to talk about text structures this week as we begin a non-fiction unit. Take a look at this fun video to review/preview the five different text structures we are studying.
  • The big math skill we are working on right now is double-digit multiplication. Check out the "multiplication and division" section of my math videos for some cool strategies and explanations.
  • Halloween Parade will be 8:30 next Wednesday. You are welcome to attend!

Hope all is well!

Mr. Mc

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hi families - Mr. Mc is revealed!

Dear families,

Thanks to all who were able to make it last night to Back to School Night. It was great seeing you all and it was nice to chat (even if briefly) with many of you.

Here is the presentation for those who missed it or would like to see it again.

For those who came you had a chance to earn some money for your child by correctly identifying me as a fourth grader. I decided to give every child $1 if their child played and $2 to those whose parents guessed correctly!

Here is the answer!

Mr. Mc

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Multiplication Help!

Hi families,

I just want to make sure you are all aware that I have made several math videos through the years and they are on the blog. If you look to the right you will see a link that says "math videos". It will take you to a new page and you can scroll to look for the topic you are interested in.

We are currently studying multiplication so I would focus on those vides. Here is the link  - check them out!

Mr. Mc

Monday, August 27, 2018

Back to School Night!

Hi families,

Just a reminder that Back to School Night is coming! Here is some info:

Hope to see you all there!
Mr. Mc

Monday, August 20, 2018

Hello parents! Are you up for the challenge?

Hello all,

We talked about multiple perspectives today and I shared this challenging math problem. The kids wanted to see if you could all do it! So...good luck!

Here is a fun video that also addresses the fact that kids and adults sometimes look at the world differently...

Brian Regan - Balloons and Wallets

Mr. Mc

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

First week homework for kids AND PARENTS!

Room 10 families,

Welcome to a brand new school year! I hope it is an amazing year for everyone. Please read the following to learn about first week homework for both kids and parents.

I have sent the kids home with a fun first week homework. I want them to create a "record collage". We have a working record player in class and they will be listening to a ton of music this year - so it seems appropriate. Here are the basic guidelines:

1. Trace a circle (using the template) on the black paper and cut it out.
2. Glue the black paper to one side. This is the side that should look like a record.
3. On the black side I want them to include a photo of themselves and their name. Get creative! They can use magazine clippings, puff paint, markers, pastels, etc.
3. On the other side I want them to make a collage of photos. The photos can be of friends, family, athletes, actors, pets, singers, etc. Anything that they like.

Here is my example:

Other than the record collage here are a few things I am looking for:

For parents:

1. E-mail from parents (so I have your address).
2. Office paperwork completed.
3. Contact office about volunteering  requirements to see if you are eligible.
4. Look through your kids' backpacks for the following:
- Office paperwork
- Homework description (like you see above)
- After school sign up forms - one for after school program and the other for drama program
- Yellow emergency cards (super important!)
5. Take a tour of the blog (upper right hand corner).

For the kids:

1. 4 x 6 photo printed out to have in class.
2. Sticker for podium (optional).


Mr. Mc

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Welcome to Room 10!

Dear families,

Welcome back! I am very excited for the new school year and I hope you and your kids are ready for a great fourth grade experience. If you are reading this then you understand the value of the blog! I believe it is a powerful communication tool and I will do my best to keep it updated. There are a couple of things I would like to point out that I hope will make your navigation a little easier!

Quick Links: You will see them to the right of the screen. For example, there is the link entitled "Fourth Grade Extension Activities". It has valuable resources for all subjects including videos, printable worksheets, etc. These might be of interest to you if you are looking to extend your learning at home.

Another one that I strongly encourage you to visit is the link entitled "Math Videos". I have made teaching videos to help understand the material taught in class. I have received a lot of positive feedback and feel that many students will benefit from these videos. I will be adding to them throughout the year and will also add links to them in future posts.

I also encourage you to take a look at the "Supplies List" and "Wish List" as they will help prepare your student and class for the year.

Fun Links (below the music playlist): These are links to various web pages that I find useful. Some are general (ex: social studies website) and others are specific (ex: California Missions). Many of them will be used by the students during the school day, but several will also be helpful to refer to at home.

Songbook Playlist: I have added a jukebox that features many of the songs we will sing in class together. Former students have played these at home while doing homework or just for enjoyment. I think parents will find many of them enjoyable as well! I think the website that hosts this playlist now  directs you to their site, but it is still easy to access and a lot of fun. Pictures of the artists and video links can also be found under the "Songbook" link in "Fun Links".

I look forward to communicating easily and often with you this year. I have learned from past parents that the easiest way to make sure you all see the blog is to send you an occasional e-mail when it has been updated. I have also been told to include a link to make it even easier to get there. There is also an option to Subscribe to e-mail updates. Signing up for this will ensure that you get an e-mail notifying you that the blog has been updated.

Please take the time to send me a quick e-mail (patrick_mcmillan@pvusd.net) so I can start making a list of all your e-mailsPlease include your child's name as well as yours.

I look forward to meeting all of my new students and their wonderful families! See you soon.

Mr. Mc