June 12, 2020
Welcome to Fourth Grade!
We look forward to an exciting year ahead! We hope you will enjoy some summer reading and don’t forget you can take reading counts quizzes on your stories. Also, take some time to practice your multiplication/division facts too, as this will prepare you for the upcoming fourth grade math curriculum.
As you probably already know you will be learning all about our great state of New Hampshire. If you do any traveling in NH throughout the rest of the summer, don’t forget to take pictures and be ready to share your knowledge with your classmates.
In addition, you will be expected to have these supplies when you come to school in September:
One 1” 3 ring binder
1 Pocket Folder with 3 holes to go inside your 1” binder
#2 pencils and erasers
1 60 page spiral notebook
We hope you enjoy your summer and we can’t wait to get to know you better in September!
The Fourth Grade Team:
And a soon-to-be new 4th grade teacher!
A mid-week update!
Our class video was just accepted into tomorrow morning's community meeting! The movie is only 4 1/2 minutes long (with each student in the class acting out a 10 second clip). We are presenting this year's reading challenge.... I dream, I wish, I believe, I am New Boston! Ask your child to tell you about our poems and the video! We are the last presentation of the meeting tomorrow (probably after 9:00), so IF you have time and would like to come to the community meeting, feel free to join us.
The students did an outstanding job with the math portion of the AIMSWEB testing this morning. We earned 5 rocks in the process; hard work earns rewards and we are looking forward to having another class party in the near future!
Tomorrow is the unit 4 math test as well as the cumulative test. Previously, the students had completed 4 (yes 4!) study guides that covered the skills found on the test tomorrow. I think we are ready!
Monday's field trip was a success. The filmmaker followed us through the state house and at the end of our tour a News 9 anchorwoman approached Mrs. McNish and myself and raved about how respectful the students were. We gleamed with pride! Kudos to you, the parents, for raising such responsible, respectful children!
Have a Great Evening!
I can't believe we have a snow day :( As I sit here correcting reading responses at my dining room table, I thought I would send out a reminder for the kiddos to read and answer the questions from the Move Your Muscles article today. Also, they could go onto the Wonders/Everyday Math Website and study for the Unit 4 test by navigating their way through some unit 4 activities in Everyday Math! They should have their username and password at home. If any of them need them again, just send me an e-mail and I can re-send them! Enjoy your snow day!
I wanted to send out my weekend letter a little early this week due to a couple of important events we have in the making.
First, our class is going to be presenting a school wide reading challenge and I need to video tape our "movie". I have asked the students to decide which character they would like to be (FROM ANY BOOK THEY HAVE READ). Once they decide on the character, please have them put together a costume from items/clothing that you ALREADY have at home. This project shouldn't cost any money or force you to go looking for last minute expensive props! Some students are dressing up as school age kids (for example: Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid), so we will just create name tags for these characters. The goal for this weekend is for your child to decide on a character and BRING the costume in on Tuesday! If you have any questions please send me an e-mail.
We are preparing for our unit 4 AND cumulative math tests. Yesterday we completed the cumulative study guide together in class and today we corrected and completed the first version of the unit 4 study guide. Both of these study guides should be in your child's binder and both include examples of questions your son/daughter will see on both tests. We will still be completing Unit 4 next week, so I don't foresee giving the test until Tuesday, January 23rd. Next week look for more versions of study guides to come home. I will notify you on each day they are completed and placed in binders. Ask your child to review these problems with you and have him/her highlight any problems that are hard to explain or "show how they know". In this way, we are asking our children to be responsible for their learning and recognizing what skills they need more practice with.
We have just begun our book reviews in writing. Next week the How-To literary works of art will be hanging outside of Ms. Brown's room on our "bulletin board". I hope you enjoy them! Also, if you are in the school anytime soon be sure to look in the long hallway (by Mrs. Grenier's room) for our ski N.H. posters AND look in the glass case for our creative animals. Not all of the animals are displayed in the glass case. I told the students that if they created a powerpoint and wanted their picture to be displayed they needed to come see me so we could print it up together. This opportunity is available for the next week or so.
We have almost all the field trip notices signed and passed in for our field trip on January 22nd. Thank you! Next week will be yet another busy one as it is another shortened week. Don't forget, no school on Monday :(
Enjoy your holiday weekend and GO PATRIOTS!!!
Make sure you read the previous mid-week post (simply scroll down) to find out about the field trip and our up to date school activities.
This week we will be completing our "How-to" writing pieces and sharing our New Hampshire animal powerpoint presentations. In addition, we will continue to discover the human body in science by building a robotic hand. Ask your child to show you his/her robotic finger that was created on Friday!
In reading, we will be learning about ways we can help our communities. After wrapping up our story, "The Cricket in Times Square," we will jump right into true life events such as hurricane Katrina and learn about ways people helped others in their community.
Our class is still looking for NEW HAMPSHIRE made/themed items to put in our basket for raffle at the lip sync in a few weeks. You should have received the sign-up genius from Jane Byam (thank you, Jane). Thank you for any and all donated items for our theme basket!
Have A Great Week!
I hope you all stayed safe and warm today. I just received word that the skiing program is canceling tomorrow's ski date. This will extend the date of the program to February 9th.
Also, if you have any items for our theme basket of New Hampshire items, please feel free to send them in. The lip sync contest will be here before we know it and it will be time to wrap the baskets to raffle.
Hope to see the kiddos tomorrow!
The following is a mid-week update you on our upcoming field trip and other news.
1. I sent home our field trip notice today that needs to be signed and returned with $4.00 by January 16th. We are not in need of chaperones for this particular field trip, but save a personal day for our early June field trip to the Flume and Cannon Mountain! In fact, I wanted to let you know that if you plan on chaperoning for this field trip, you need to be fingerprinted through the SAU office. Please go to the New Boston Central School home website page and scroll to the very bottom for more information on volunteer fingerprinting.
I have some great news (and not so great news). Our fourth grade Reading Red Sox won the reading competition for the month of December against a sixth grade class! We read 1,127,536 words and surpassed their word count by over 300,000 words. That is the good news. The not so good news is some members of our class did not contribute to this total - which means that some of us may not be reading for 20 minutes a night at home. I discussed our goals with the class today and we talked about making sure we are reading EVERY night. We will set our new goal for January AND challenge another class for this coming month. Congratulations Reading Red Sox!
Now that we have completed our New Hampshire animal projects and our New Hampshire ski posters, we are moving back into science. Today marked the beginning of our unit on the human machine. We will be learning about our senses and how the information we process helps us understand and react to our environment.
In reading, we have begun a new unit with our big idea, "How can we show our community spirit?" This week's essential question is, "How can we make new friends feel welcome?" We are reading fantasy selections that revolve around this theme and working on point of view once again. The students will love reading the abridged version of the classic, "A Cricket in Times Square!"
We are well underway in math learning different ways to multiply and converting milliliters to liters. The children did a great job today working in pairs trying to figure out if they could walk away with A MILLION DOLLARS. Ask your child to tell you about this activity.
Friday is the first ski day for participants of the Pats Peak Ski Program. If your child is in the ski program, please make sure to review your plans with him/her.
Thank you to all who could make the presentations today; the children are so creative and were so excited to "unmask" their animal.
I thought I would send an updated plan IN CASE we get called for early release tomorrow (at 12:00).
If there is an early release we will hold our class party from 10:45 - 12:00. We will be exchanging gifts, guessing our who our secret santa is, playing Kahoot, and watching a slide show of pictures from the beginning of our school year. I hope many of you can attend the holiday celebration.
Thanks for your support and HOPEFULLY we will have school tomorrow!
Just a friendly reminder that the students will be presenting their animal projects tomorrow from 1:00 - 2:00. If they decided to use google powerpoint and need to send me the power point or anything through google, my address is email@example.com
If you prefer to send it to my regular e-mail it is firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember: the students DO NOT need to use google.docs or a power point. Some of the most creative animals can be handmade or drawn!
Also, I promised the children that I wouldn't have them present until you arrive, so if you are running late ... no worries.
I cannot believe only 1 more week until the holiday vacation break! I have some great news for you all.
1. The students ROCKED the unit 3 math test on Thursday. The average score was a 95, and many of the students received a good score on both the challenge and open response portion of the test. We reviewed our answers on Friday and I told the kiddos to bring their tests home and show YOU their work. They should be able to show you where their mistakes were made and how they fixed them. The challenge and open response portion of the test are graded separately. Your child should be able to explain the grades on these portions of the test as well. I was VERY pleased to see the number of attempts at these difficult problems - Go Reading Red Sox!
We will be starting our next unit in math on Monday. Prepare yourself for the "crazy" new ways to multiply! The students will be learning how to multiply in a variety of ways (partial products, lattice, and YES, of course, traditional). Although I teach the three approaches to multiplication, I tell the students to use the approach they are most comfortable with. You will be seeing some practice problems coming home in this unit. Multiplication of double to single digit numbers should be mastered by the end of unit 4. On Friday, I sent home the unit 4 family letter with the tests. Please keep these letters for reference, and always remember you can log onto the everyday math website with your child's ID and password. There are some great games on the EM website that will help them to practice their multiplication skill.
We have completed our New Hampshire animal research projects. The finished product is hanging on our wall outside of Ms. Brown's office. In addition, the students created their animal powerpoint. If there is enough time, they will have an opportunity to present them on Thursday. They WILL be presenting their CREATE YOUR OWN ANIMAL project on Thursday from 1:00 - 2:00! I am looking forward to seeing these and you are all welcome to join us for the viewing!
This week we will be finishing up our N.H. ski posters. Each student chose a ski mountain and is creating a poster based on the facts they found about that mountain. The more cotton balls we get in, the fluffier our mountains can be!! Through this project, we are learning about counties of New Hampshire, elevations, annual snowfall (weather and climate), acreage, and more... Ski season is upon us!
This week we will be starting our science unit on "The Human Machine." We will begin by reading about animal senses from our new readers in science. This topic ties in directly to our adaptation project. The students will be excited to jump back into our science lab work!
I am hoping you have all had a chance to see the Sign-Up genius for our holiday class party on Friday, December 22 from 1:00 - 2:00. The students chose Secret Santas and they all brought home a 3x5 card with "ideas" on it. Please don't feel like you need to search to find anything; these ideas are helpful for those of you who don't have time to "guess"! Please feel free to join us for the party. There will be a slide show for your viewing pleasure which includes some great pictures of our trip to the library last week! A big thank you to Mrs. Schoenfield for picking up the pizza for us and bringing it to the community center AND bringing all of the trash home!
I couldn't have been happier witnessing so many students EXCITED to go to the library - this is a dream come true!! I am sure we will make the trip again before our 4th grade year is over. I could go on and on (mainly because your children bring me so much energy and joy) and tell you how proud you should be of them, but I must prepare for the Patriots game! I hope to see some of you on Thursday OR Friday OR both days! Looking forward to a festive fun-filled week with The Reading Red Sox!!