Happy Friday! What a great 2 days I have had with the class. I truly enjoy being with all of the students and I have missed being their teacher.
Next week we are celebrating reading using Dr. Seuss books and dressing up each day using a book by Dr. Seuss.
We will also be taking the science portion of the MontCAS next week. Each student will need to be well rested and have a good breakfast each day of the test. The students will be taking the science test on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The students were excited to start their unit 5 Central Region inquiry project today. I have given the students the option of choosing their presentation tool and their partners. I will be looking for presentations that focus on the culture, history, geography, and economy of the Central Region.
The students use their skills of finding the common denominator as a way to order multiple fractions. Students are showing that they are understanding fractions and will be ready to move onto geometry in the month to come.
Students were sent home with the new set of states and capitals to study for the Midwest region. The test for this region will be the second Friday of March. The students will be required to know the state, capital, and 2 major rivers. I will provide a word bank to help out with spelling; however, I will include states and capitals that are not in this region as to avoid getting an answer correct using the process of elimination.
Our word of the day today was distinctive. Students discussed how we distinguish ourselves from others. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify one distinctive characteristic about themselves. I hope you all have a great weekend I will see you on Monday for another great week of learning!
It is good to be back! We had a great day of learning and catching up! I am amazed with what all the students have learned and how much they have grown!
We started the day off with a presentation from Dr. Barry McKenzie o the importance of restraints when riding in the car. The students learned a lot about myths with seat belts and the why we need to wear safety belts. We will be using our knowledge we gained today to help with our final model for the first Project Lead the Way task. The students will be tasked with creating a restraint system for an egg. I look forward to seeing how each group models their restraint system.
The students continued to learn about the Central Region of the U.S. during our reading group. We will use the concepts of geography, economy, culture, and history. Students will continue to focus on using visualization and determining the main idea. It is important that students use details to create images in their minds and identify the overall idea of the text.
We will continue working with fractions this week and through next week. Students will need to identify how to order more than two fractions and add/subtract fractions. As we finish our focus on fractions, I will continue to emphasize why we use the mathematics strategies that are introduced.
The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify one fact they learned during Dr. McKenzie's presentation. I hope you all have a wonderful night and I look forward to a great day of learning tomorrow!
It’s hard to believe today was my last day – bittersweet to say the least! The classroom is where I love to be, however my kiddos are looking forward to having me home before and after school more often. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of students. They all will hold a special place in my heart, and I will miss them. Thank you to all of the 4th grade families for their help and support during my ‘stay’ in 4th grade! My hope is to continue to sub at Arrowhead so I know I will be able to see everyone soon!
Mrs. Gray will be picking up where I left off. We wrapped up our week in reading today as we started studying the Central Region of the US. Unit 5 inquiry projects are completed, too! Chapter 6 Social Studies tests were sent home today as well. in science, students finished their energy transfer activity and will begin designing their safety device next, Persuasive paragraphs have been completed, and next up will be their five paragraph essays on the topic of safe driving.
Next week starts Dr. Seuss week!
Monday, March 2 - The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Wear any kind of hat! A sombrero, baseball cap, or even a beret!
We have earned a classroom celebration for good behavior.....just in time! :) Tomorrow we will be celebrating by wearing our comfy clothes and enjoying a little 'low key' time with technology at the end of the day. Students can choose to bring a form of technology from home to play a game or two, or they can plan to use our classroom Chromebooks. Just remember that if a device is brought from home, it is your 4th grader's responsibility to keep it safe.
CODE: Baby Gray will be visiting, too!
We all remembered to wear our smiles this morning! It helped, however, to see Mrs. Gray back in the classroom! She surprised the kiddos so she could make sure to be a part of the class photo. Next Thursday she will be back in the swing of things teaching full-time. It's hard to believe how fast the time has gone! She is one lucky teacher to be returning to such a wonderful and caring group of students. I will miss seeing them every day.
Inquiry projects for Unit 4 are complete, and we will present tomorrow. We started the quarterly benchmark assessment (not exactly at quarter time, but right on for material covered!) and will plan to complete it tomorrow. We also wrapped up our lesson on speed and energy in science and will be moving forward with energy transfer in collisions. Be on the lookout tonight for a study guide as well as a set of notes from Chapter 6 for our upcoming social studies test that will be given Monday, February 23.
Code: Study for social studies!
Hopefully everyone had a nice and relaxing long weekend as well as a fun-filled Valentine's Day!
Tomorrow is PICTURE DAY! If you do not want your 4th grader to have individual pictures taken, please remember to send back the pink/red slip of paper that was sent home a couple of weeks ago in their Tuesday envelope. If you would like to order a class photo, make sure to send the envelope back tomorrow along with a check for $10 made out to Lifetouch. Get your smiles on!
We will be taking the test for Chapter 6 in social studies. Look for a study guide to be used to prepare for the test on MONDAY! Notes have been taken and should be helpful in completing the study guide as well as to study for the test.
A short, but busy and productive week in the classroom! We have moved on to fractions in math and look forward to starting our 5th unit in reading, The Heartland next week. Students also presented their biography reports this week. Everyone did a great job, and we all learned a lot! The SE continues to be our focus in social studies, and today we listened to the various music associated with this area including jazz, blues and cajun. In science we are in the midst of exploring speed and energy with PLTW.
Tomorrow we will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a classroom celebration. 4th graders should bring their decorated bag back tomorrow, and if they choose, bring Valentine wishes for the entire class as well. Tomorrow is also a HALF-DAY with dismissal at noon. No-school Friday or Monday! Enjoy the long weekend!
We have had a busy couple of days with 'extras' - Spelling Bee, speaker from YAM, NAEP testing and rearranged daily schedules to accommodate the 'extras'! Of course they were all well worth it, but getting back on track helps us all! Next week, however will throw some more changes at us as we have a shortened school week with a half-day Thursday with our Valentine's celebration and no school Friday and Monday! Guess flexibility is a good thing!
Today we took a little time to review test taking skills and strategies. Each week students will continue to take an assessment covering the comprehensions skills/strategies as well as language skills covered the previous week. Tests are set up in a similar manner each week so hopefully reviewing together will be beneficial for everyone in the weeks to come! We are adding visualizing and the importance of imagery while we read. As a reader we need to remember to focus on the words describing what is being seen, heard, touched and smelled. Recognizing this in the text will hopefully carry over into our writing as well as remember the importance of detail.
In math we looked at multiples and explored finding common multiples as well as the least common multiple of number pairs. We will continue to review division and multiplication with number talks, an opportunity for students to discuss their thinking aloud and various approaches to solve a problem.
Science has finally brought us to the point of assembling our cars. Next we will predict the distance our cars will travel at various heights of the inclined plane. Lots of science excitement still to come! Remember to be working on the Science Fair project. The way the school year is going (too fast!), the end of March will be here before we know it!
**If you do not want individual pictures taken of your 4th grader, please sign and return the slip attached to the photo envelope! If this slip is not signed and returned, photos will be taken!
**MEMORY BOOK orders due Feb. 27
CODE: Biography reports due TOMORROW!!
Tomorrow 4th graders will be taking the NAEP test. Please make sure your 4th grader gets a good night's rest, eats a well-balanced breakfast, and encourage them to do their best!! We will be testing from 830-10.
In the Tuesday envelope you will find an informational sheet regarding Big Sky Fit Kids. Our class will be taking part in this beginning now through May 1. Students will need to keep track of the amount of time they are active during the day as well as how many servings of fruit and vegetables they eat. Mrs. Gray has asked to have each student e-mail her their weekly results every Friday. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wrapped up division and will be moving on with fractions. We continue to study the SE States in social studies, and if all goes as planed we will begin building our cars in science on Thursday. Students are loving the hands-on exploration/design with PLTW! After we complete our persuasive paragraphs, we will move on to persuasive essays. Hoping to tie into our science with students writing about the importance of wearing seatbelts.
Hopefully you are in the process of deciding on a question to pursue for the upcoming Science Fair. If you have any questions or need some suggestions, make sure you check out the blog from earlier in the month containing the information along with a schedule. Otherwise, feel free to contact me, and I will do my best to answer your questions and help lead you in the right direction!
Tomorrow we are fortunate to have Trish from the Yellowstone Art Museum visit our classroom to present their Landscapes series. We will also attend the 5th grade spelling Bee.
On Wednesday morning, 4th grade students will be taking part in NAEP testing. Students were randomly chosen for this test, and as a result 4 of our class members will not be taking it. Those students have been contacted and are aware they will not be testing. Please make sure your 4th grader gets plenty of rest on Tuesday night and eats a well-balanced, nutritious breakfast on Wednesday morning to fuel their brain! We will be testing from 830-10. Our goal is to make Arrowhead and the state of Montana proud!
Please remind your 4th grader to study for the SE states and capitals test if they have not taken it. They will be tested tomorrow following the same format as the NE states.
Valentine's Day will be celebrated in our classroom next Thursday morning. If your 4th grader would like to bring cards for their classmates, please make sure they bring for EVERYONE! We have 24 students in our class.
I am a fourth grade teacher going on my seventh year of teaching. I have truly loved every year that I have taught and I look forward to sharing classroom activities we take part in during this upcoming school year!