1/15/2018 No School - PIR Day for Teachers
1/16/2018 Math NWEA 9:30 - 11:30
1/19/2018 Classroom Lincoln Movie - Discussion starting at 4:30 with the movie starting at 4:45
2/9-2/12 No School
2/14/2018 Valentine's Day Party starting around 1:00
Welcome Ms. Bauch!
We have sure enjoyed our time we have spent this week with Ms. Bauch! Ms. Bauch enjoys adventures and is an avid reader. We look forward to the upcoming months and growing in learning with her!
Zones of Regulation
We started discussing the importance of regulating our actions in order to make positive choices to allow learning for all. We discussed the importance of staying in the "Green Zone" and begin our discussions on choices we have make if we find ourselves in other zones. Below this post is a picture of the Zones as well as a clip from the Inside Out movie that explains our emotions.
WOW! The depth of conversations continues to grow deeper as we really analyze the author's perspective of a text. In the upcoming week, students will look at some persuasive articles with the central topic of genetically modified vs non-genetically modified foods. The students will look at how the details from a given text help you to understand the author's perspective and how form an informed opinion based on the perspectives from all sides.
Students will begin their journey with fractions in fourth-grade as we look at equivalent fractions. Students will use models as well as generate formulas to determine if any given fractions are equivalent.
We will continue looking at forms of energy as we take an in depth look at chemical, mechanical, nuclear, thermal, electrical, and light energy. Students will research one of the forms of energy with a partner and create a quick presentation on their assigned form of energy.
1. Discuss the information gained during the forms of energy research from lessons on Tuesday and Friday.
2. Discuss the opinions presented regarding GMO vs. Non-GMO foods.
I look forward to another week full of learning adventures!
1/8/2018 Miss. Bauch's first day student teaching
1/9/2018 GeoBee at 8:30
1/10/2018 SRI Winter Assessment
1/15/2018 PIR Day - No School for students
1/16/2018 Math NWEA from 9:30 - 11:30
I want to start off this blog thanking each of your families for the your generous Christmas Gifts. I am so very blessed to be able to work with this group of kiddos. It was so delightful to be given all of the wonderful home made gifts that I will cherish as well as the thoughtful gift cards. Mr. Gray and I will surely have many date nights to come. Your kindness is overwhelming and I am thankful for all of you!
Our classroom is full of rich dialogue as we are discussing the Civil Rights Movement this week and will discuss the Civil War next week. Students are looking at how our words and actions impact our community. We are discussing this question as we read biographies about people who have chosen to become leaders in fighting for the rights of others. If you would like, I am looking at having a movie night the week of January 16th. The movie I would like to watch with the students is the movie Lincoln. This would be the first time I would offer this to students and their families. The reason I would like to offer this is for students to be able to see the multiple perspectives of the Civil War and take place in dialogue with their classmates and parents in an informal school setting. If you are interested in watching this movie with your child at school, please complete this quick survey to determine a day and time. If you would like to watch the trailer or look at the IMDb Description, click this link.
We are continuing our research on uncommon animals. Students are excited about the diorama component of the project as they get to show case their animal's habitat and their research. There will be a letter coming home in the Tuesday folders describing the project and my expectations. In addition to the diorama, students will write a report and create a presentation here at school.
Divide an concur has been our theme for math the past 4 weeks. Students are well on their way to mastering the long-division algorithm. We will continue working with dividing the remainder of this week and the first part of next week with the test being Friday, January 12th.
1. Students need to show you how to solve the problem: 3,456 / 5.
2. Discuss what students have learned about the Civil Rights movement and have a dialogue regarding the different perspectives involved in the movement.
12/7 - Barnes & Noble Night
12/8 - Happy Belated Birthday MT Cookie Decoration
12/20 - ANTS classroom visit from 9:30 - 10:30
12/25-1/2 - Winter Break
Students who have chosen to take part in the first project of kindness will be working throughout the month of December on 2 kindness trees. The videos above were shown during our lunch work time to discuss the idea of generosity. We discussed the importance of being generous and not expecting anything back in return as a way to make our community a better place. The students will spend the rest of this week writing inspiration quotes and/or phrases on sticky notes. We will then use these sticky notes to make 2 Kindness Trees in our school. The hope is for students who are needing a little pick me up to take one of the sticky notes as a way to help have a better day.
This week we begin unit 3 with a focus on how our actions and choices impact our community. The focus question for this week is: How can you make new friends feel welcome? Students will analyze and evaluate this question as we read 3 fantasy pieces about how others are welcomed into a new community.
LONG DIVISION TIME!!!! I have had students asking me for months when they get the chance to start long division. Today was the first day we were able to start on that adventure together. The lessons this week will look at how we can use multiples to help make an estimate, gain a deeper understanding of remainders, and divide multiples of ten. If students are not fluent in their multiplication facts, they will struggle with long division. Please, help students mastering their facts by practicing nightly.
Lions, tigers, and bears, OH MY! Okay, we really will not be researching these common animals; however, the students will choose an uncommon animal to research for our animal reports. Students will spend at least 2 weeks researching their animal based on a set of given questions. After students research their animals, students will spend time writing a 5 paragraph report that includes at least 2 different types of text features. Students will also be responsible for collaborating with another partner to create a presentation for the class.
Our first PLTW energy unit will come to a screeching halt on Tuesday after. Students will present their presentations on their test as well as spend time review all of the information we have learned in class regarding energy collisions. Students will show their understanding of energy collisions in a quick check in assessment on Tuesday. We will then begin learning about types of energy and how energy converts from one form to another.
1. Review kinetic energy, potential energy, inelastic collisions, and elastic collisions.
2. After Wednesday, students need to share their animal and one fact they learned from their research.
I look forward to the many learning adventures we get to go on this week in our classroom.
12/1 - report cards go home
12/7 - Barnes & Noble Night
12/8 - Happy Belated Birthday MT Cookie Decoration
12/20 - ANTS classroom visit from 9:30 - 10:30
12/25-1/2 - Winter Break
Kindness Club and Gratitude Journal
At Arrowhead, we our mission is to create in each child character, the understanding of our greater community, and life long-learners. The first part of the year, we focused on building our classroom community and establishing my expectations for each student as a learner. As we begin the second trimester, I will continue to focus on giving each child a rigorous education. Additionally, I will make sure each student has the opportunity to develop their skills as a leader in order to positively impact our community. Students will take 5 minutes to journal in their gratitude notebook regarding what they are grateful for and how they have been generous. It has been shown that people who practice the art of reflecting on their gratitude tend to live a richer life. The second opportunity students will have is the "Kindness Club." Every Monday, students will have the chance to come in during their lunch and lunch recess to work on how we can spread kindness in our community. The first project will focus on the simple act of spreading words of wisdom in our school. The Kindness Club is not a requirement of students, this is simply a choice students make to be a leader of kindness. Once students begin a project, I do want them to follow through with the project by attending each Monday. If a student wants to choose the months they attend "Kindness Club," I will encourage this as well. The purpose of this is to give students to opportunity to gain leadership skills and use these skills to make our world a better place.
This week's essential question is: What can animals teach us? Students will analyze this question as we review lyric poems, folktales, expository texts, and non-fiction narratives. This is also SHARK WEEK as we will research a shark's habitat, its hunting habits, as well as threats to a shark. Students will use the skills they acquire during the shark inquiry to help them in researching another animal as a means to write an expository text. Students will begin their own research next week.
We continue learning about factors and multiples this week as we will wrap up our GoMath chapter 5. The students will review factors and multiples before they learn about the Sieve of Eratosthenes as a way to understand prime and composite numbers. If students want to gain of glimpse of this sieve, they can click on this link to see what we will be learning in math Tuesday.
We will finish our evaluation of the vehicle restraint models this week as well as explain the results of our testing. Students will then get an opportunity to share their results as well as review the types of energy for the test next week. Our next unit will cover energy conversions. Students will look at how energy is converted from fossil fuels to electricity to light energy and so on.
1. Students need to read their independent reading book. After reading, they are to discuss the main idea of what they read as well as the theme.
Main Idea = what the text was about
Theme = the lesson or message the author intended for the reader to understand
2. Students are to explain the Sieve of Eratosthenes and how it is used to determine prime and composite numbers from 1 to 100.
I look forward to all of the learning adventures our class gets to take this week!
What a wonderful week we have a head for us. The students will continue sharing their Veteran's Day Tour on Monday. I look forward to seeing the students brighten the day for many Veterans. As we enter the holiday season, be on the look out for opportunities to spread kindness and generosity. I will be challenging students to take part in an act of kindness each day.
Our essential question this week is: What helps an animal survive? Students will read expository, or informational, texts with the intent of learning about how different animals have adapted to their environment. We will begin with animals that have lived in colder weathers, we will gain an in depth understanding of spiders, and many more crazy adaptations will be discussed during class. The focus for this week is telling the main idea and details in a summarizing statement. The students will continue their reading log at home and journal at school during independent reading time.
We will shift our focus this week from multiplication strategies to understanding multiples and factors. The students will finish their chapter 3 test on double-digit by double-digit multiplication. Students will then learn about factors and multiples in order to begin building a foundation for learning long-division. It is crucial for students to continue their practice of multiplication facts at home in order to mast the next 2 concepts covered in math.
We are coming to a close with our PLTW unit on energy: collisions. Students will brainstorm and build a model as a group with the purpose of saving an egg from cracking in a collision.
1. Students will need to identify one important detail we learned through the week regarding an animal's adaptation.
2. Students will need to summarize the model their group is building for our vehicle restraint system in science.
I look forward to another wonderful week of many learning adventures!
Where has this month gone! I apologize for my absence on my blog as I have neglected to post from all of the exciting happenings going on at Arrowhead.
Students will review determining main idea this week during our reading instruction. Additionally, students will focus on the question: How are living things connected? We ill read about the importance of animals compared to their surroundings. Students started their Reading Logs this week. Each night, students should read 20 minutes and record what they read in their reading log. While at school, students will practice journaling after reading their chosen independent reader.
Students are doing an amazing job with multiplying. We will have a chapter 3 test on Friday. It will be important for students to review their understandings before our test on Friday. We will spend our day on Wednesday reviewing multiplying a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number.
This week students are wrapping up their exploration with energy and collisions as we test cars colliding into each other. Students will also review the engineer design process in order to begin planning our vehicle restraint system.
Students are to identify the importance of bison and how they almost became extinct.
Additionally, students should show how to solve 23 x 45 using their method of choice.
This week is going to be another wonderful week of learning!
What a wonderful couple of weeks of school. Between being sick and getting caught up with meetings, I was not able to write a post for last week. The students have been busy with learning and checking to make sure they accomplish their goals
Up Coming Events
NILE Field Trip will be next Monday, October 16th. Students will be gone from 10:30 to 2:30. Please make sure they pack a sack lunch as we will be eating at the Metra.
ANTS Field Trip October 31st - please look in Tuesday folders next week for details
This week students will be reviewing the reading skills/strategies: predicting, rereading, sequencing, determining the main idea, as well as cause and effect. Students will also have a reader's theater to present in front of the class at the end of the week. The purpose of this is for students to practice their presentation skills as well as perfect their fluency skills. Finally, students will take part in the first "Snack and Chat." During this 30 minute discussion, students will discuss points from different article related to the questions covered during our unit 1 Wonders instruction.
We are well on our way to becoming masters at multiplying one-digit numbers by multi-digit numbers. The students have been introduced to the area model and partial products. I have linked each method to a video so you are able to see what we are learning in school and how it relates to the traditional algorithm. Students learn this method because they are able to understand the number sense as it relates to the process of multiplying with regrouping. Fourth grade students are not expected to master the standard algorithm; however, I do strive for proficiency in using the standard algorithm as the students will need to have it mastered in fifth grade.
Students continue to research the effects of kinetic and potential energy as they work in their assigned groups building VEX models. The first model students built was a pendulum. Students used this pendulum to see that the distance of the pendulum arm had a direct impact on the amount of kinetic energy an object has. The second experiment students are currently working on is building their car. The students will then use the car to experiment on how distance and weight impact kinetic energy.
Dr. Barry McKenzie, dad to Easton, came in today to discuss the importance of wearing seat belts. The students learned a lot about why seat belts are essential and how they keep us protected. Students are to tell you one fact they learned during the presentation.
The second code for tonight is for students to show how they would solve 3 x 567. Please have students complete this task after Tuesday.
I hope you all have a great week and I look forward the the learning adventures that await.
We have a wonderful week planned with many. All students continue to amaze me as they perform random acts of kindness without seeking to have recognition. We are all loving the treats and kind acts making our lives even better.
Family Fun Night Basket
Our classes Family Fun Night Basket themes are: Montana Made and Adventure. We will have 2 baskets for students to choose which theme they support. Please send items that can be added to either basket. Also, if you are able to seeking donations, please send the donations to school.
I sent home letters today informing you of how you can access PowerSchool. Please know, I will only enter assessments and identify when an assignment is collected.
Ms. Waddell and the 4th graders will present a Veteran's Day program on Friday, November 10th at 8:45 AM for all parents.
The essential question this week in reading is: How can science help you understand how things work? Students will learn about forces in motion as they read narrative nonfiction texts. Students are able to easily engage in the topic as they learn about foces in motion in a story format.
Students will take the chapter 1 knowledge demonstration to show proficiency with place-value, addition, and subtraction. As we complete chapter 1, students will begin learning about multiplication. Students will look at how we can use multiplicative comparison in solving problems.
Our journey with energy continues as students apply their understanding of kinetic and potential energy. Students begin building their first model with their groups to demonstrate how a pendulum can show potential and kinetic energy.
Students will need to explain their understanding of forces and motion as read in our weekly readers.
After Wednesday, students are to tell the multiplication equation for the multiplicative comparison statement: 4 times as many as 7 is _____.
I look forward to another wonder week of learning adventures!
Random Acts of Kindness
Last week the students read many texts regarding how our actions affect others. In reading Miss. Rumphius, the students discussed how we can make our world a better place. I introduced the students to the Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.O.K) calendar. It is our goal to have one R.A.O.K. every day of the month. Students had many great ideas and we are off to a great start to making our world a better place.
We continue our journey in place-value as we build a strong foundation in addition and subtraction. Students have identified they are struggling with regrouping, especially in subtraction. We will continue building upon our addition and subtraction skills this week in order to take the place-value chapter knowledge demonstration towards the end of the week.
The focus this week in reading is looking at how people can overcome natural disasters. Students will look at the text structure compare and contrast as we look at how natural disasters change our landscapes. Additionally, students will review the importance of rereading a text to find text evidence to answer a question.
Students continue gathering information regarding energy in order to solve the problem of designing a car seatbelt system that will safely protect an egg. This week students will gain a deeper understanding of kinetic and potential energy. Students have discussed potential energy as stored energy that gives an object the potential to move. Furthermore, kinetic energy is an object in motion.
Students are to choose either the Skatepark Simulation or the Rollercoaster Simulation. As they show either simulation, students are to explain how potential and kinetic energy are shown during the simulation.
The second piece of this week's code is for the students to compare the slow process and fast process of how landscapes change. Students should mention a slow changing landscape occurs through erosion and a fast changing landscape happens mostly through natural disasters.
We have had a wonderful start to our week with many more learning adventures to come!
This year, fourth grade students have the opportunity to compete in the school Geography Bee. National Geography provides 2 sources for students to use to prepare for the Geography Bee: National Geographic Study Corner and National Geographic Daily Quiz Questions. I encourage students to also become aware of major land marks in each country as well as to know facts relating to history.