Week 26

Good of the Order:

  • AIR testing will be on April 15-16. Please have your child eat a healthy breakfast and get a good night’s sleep.
  • The District Art Show will be held on April 28-30th.
  • The BOGO book fair will begin the week of the 30th.

Math:

Students are working on Geometry. Next week, we will be constructing extreme playgrounds using our new geometry terms and they will be going on a building-wide scavenger hunt to find geometry terms around our building!

Science:

Students are learning our unit on matter. We learned that matter is anything that has mass and takes up shape. There are 3 common types of matter: solids, liquids, and gasses. Solids have particles that are tightly packed, while liquids are less packed and gases expand in the amount of space they have. We also learned that mass cannot change unless more matter is added or matter is taken away.

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Week 25

Good of the Order:

  • Monday begins Eat the Rainbow week. Students are encouraged to dress and bring food for lunch in the following colors:
    • Monday: red
    • Tuesday: orange
    • Wednesday: yellow
    • Thursday: green
    • Friday: blue/purple
  • April 26th is Twins Day! Kids can dress like friends. We use the word “Twins” lightly; larger groups welcome.
  • April 9th is the parent meeting for the Talent Show. If you attend, your child is not obligated to participate if you attend, but can not participate if you don’t.
  • District art show is April 28-30th.
  • BOGO Book Fair begins April 29th.

Math:

Students finished their board games this week. Next we move into Geometry. Our Geometry test will be on April 18th.

Science:

We finished up our research papers today and will work on constructing our landforms early next week. Then, we will move into our unit on Matter.

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Week 24

Good of the Order:

  • Invention Convention was a great success. I hope you got to stop by and look at all of the creative inventions!
  • Thank you to those families who attended Family Fun Night! I hope you had a wonderful time.
  • Spring break begins Monday.
  • The Talent Show Parent Meeting is April 9th. You must attend for your child to participate.
  • April 29-30 will be the district Art Show. More information to come in the Friday Folder in the coming weeks.

Math:

Students finished up Topic 10. We have been doing a lot of creative thinking in math. As you can see from the pictures on remind, the quality of their problem solving is increasing. We will see how Topic 10 tests go and proceed from there.

After break, students will be using their creativity and knowledge about fractions from topics 8, 9, and 10 to create their own board games using our maker’s space!

Science:

Students have finished their landform folddables. Next up, we will be doing our landform research papers, creations, and presentations! A paper about this will be in their Science folders today.

Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

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Week 23

Good of the Order:

  • Family night is tonight. You can come even without an RSVP. 6:00-8-30 p.m.
  • Eat the rainbow week will be the week of April 8th.
  • Wednesday, March 20th will be a statewide tornado drill. We reviewed procedures today to prepare.
  • Next week is drop everything and read (DEAR) in honor of Right to Read Week. Students must have a silent reading book ready.
  • Report cards will be posted today.
  • Invention convention is on March 20th.
  • Spring Break is March 25th.
  • ELA AIR testing is April 17 and 18th.

Math:

Hopefully you have seen some fun changes in math learning. We have been focused on number talks, mini-lessons, and rich tasks to learn our latest standard 4.NF.4, multiplying fractions by whole numbers. Our test will be on March 22nd. Pearson Practice Buddy has been assigned to help review at home.

Science:

We are completing our science foldable next week. After break, we will begin our research papers and accompanying project/presentation. These two items will count as our assessment on landforms. There will not be a formal test.

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Week 22

Good of the Order:

  • March 15th is Family Night! I will be there and encourage you to join me!
  • March 15th, report cards will be posted in Infinite Campus. We will not print report cards this year.
  • KIS Invention Convention is March 20th.
  • Spring Break begins on March 25th.
  • Calling all cooks! March 15, recipe entry forms are due for the Kenston’s Cooks Competition.

Math:

This week, students have completed our unit on addition and subtraction of fractions. (4.NF.3). We completed a lot of rich tasks, number talks, and used manipulatives. Next up, multiplication of fractions!

Science:

In science, we are creating landform foldables. That will take us to the break. Upon our return, we will complete our landform research papers. More info to follow.

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Week 21

I apologize for the numerous absences; I hope your child is seeing a positive improvement in Math as a result of all of the professional development.

Good of the Order:

  • We will be having a tornado drill in March. Our class will be reviewing procedures as we approach tornado season.
  • We have completed both the CogATs and the IOWA testing. Results will be mailed home as soon as they are available. Please remember that this is just one data point of many about your child and will not prevent them from anything.
  • Did you know about PEAK time? PEAK time occurs every day at lunch when teachers, specialists, and other employees go to the cafeteria to get to know students even better!
  • We will have no school March 8th due to Teacher Workday/Professional Development.
  • March 15th, the PTO will be having a Family Night. There is information about it in your child’s Friday Folder. Please send the permission slip back ASAP. For added incentive to attend, I will be there! =)
  • Report cards will be posted to Infinite Campus on March 15th. Paper report cards will not be mailed. If you need help logging in, please contact Mrs. England in the office.
  • KIS Invention Convention will be March 20th. Ask your child about their class invention.

Math:

As you may have noticed, I have been trying some new strategies in Math that have taken us out of the book. I have posted pictures of our number talks, which are used to help students think both mentally and flexibly about numbers. I have also posted pictures of students working with their partners to solve problems that involve more than one correct answer or more than one strategy to solve them. The students are loving the new format and have been very engaged in learning. We will have our Topic 9 test on Thursday, March 7th. This test will be on Edulastic, our online testing system. Therefore, we will not have a sign/correct option for this test.

Science:

We are finishing up our unit on Volcanoes and Earthquakes today with a video on the best place to stand during an earthquake. Ask your child where to be if such an emergency should occur!

Next, we will move into landforms. Students will be creating their own foldable text book, writing a research paper, creating an artistic representation, and presenting their knowledge. The foldable will take until spring break and the paper will commence upon return. The paper will be written in school. More information to follow.

Have a wonderful week.

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Week 19

Good of the Order:

  • We kicked off Invention Convention this week! Each class has chosen an invention. We will continue to work on this over the course of the next month or two.
  • Good luck to Jacob and Jetta who will both be spelling at the district Bee.
  • We will have CogAT testing on February 5, 6, and 7th.
  • Girls and Women in Sports Night will be February 6th.
  • Valentine’s parties are on February 14th.
  • We will have no school on February 15th, as this is a Professional Development Day for teachers.
  • Cold weather is expected next week and it is possible we may have snow/cold days.

Math:

Students are finishing up factors, multiples, prime and composite today. We will then move forward to fractions next week!

Science:

We are moving into Landforms and our exciting unit on Volcanoes and Earthquakes. This is always a fan favorite!

Here is a link to a water site we talked about in class yesterday: https://water.usgs.gov/education.html

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Week 18

Good of the Order:

  • Invention Convention is here! Students watched some inspiring videos about kid inventors. We discussed as a class that when inventing, it is necessary to start by coming up with a problem. The students should post in our group google doc that was sent to you via remind. If you are not on remind, please email me for access. Students should post by Tuesday.
  • Congrats to Jacob and Jetta who are moving on to the district Spelling Bee! Way to represent our homeroom!
  • All students will have CogAT testing February 5, 6, & 7th. This is a cognitive test that the district uses as one marker in determining giftedness. There is no way to study, just ensure that your child has a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast!
  • We will have Valentine’s parties on February 14th.
  • We will have no school on February 15th and 18th.

Math:

Students are working on Topic 7, factors and mulitples. We will have our quiz on January 25th. To study, give your child a number and ask them to find all the factors and the first five multiples. Then determine if it is prime or composite!

Simultaneously, students are working on their math comic books. Those are due January 31st.

We will have our 8’s time test on Friday, January 25th as well.

Science:

Our next unit will be on landforms. Students have already learned that their are slow and quick changes to change the earth’s landscape. We will learn about some specific landforms, how they are formed, and what their features are. Our text book for this unit must remain in school and cannot come home.

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Week 17

Good of the Order:

  • Report cards will be posted on Infinite Campus tomorrow (1/11/19). Report cards are not being mailed. If you are unable to access the report card, please call Jackie England in the office at 440-543-9722.
  • The 4th grade spelling bee will be an assembly on January 16th. Top spellers will go on to compete in the district spelling bee on January 25th.
  • Women’s Safe was overjoyed by our school’s generous donations! Thanks to all who sent in donations.
  • Our Maker’s Space has been an absolute hit with the students. I hope you are receiving the pictures on the remind app. If you are not signed up, please email me so I can help you get on the app.

Math

Students are working on Topic 6, solving multi-step word problems. Rather than have a test for Topic 6, they will be graded on their Math comic book. Students were presented with the rubric in class today. While they will have time to work on this project in school, they may also need to complete some at home. Please do NOT assist them. I am only interested in their work, as this is for a grade. It is due January 31st.

Science

We are wrapping up our Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition unit with the creation of our products that prove their understanding. The quality and creativity has been incredible and I cannot wait to hear the presentations on Tuesday. Mrs. Ventimiglia will be joining us for the presentations so the students can see all of the projects. Mrs. Ventimiglia will be giving them a possible 5 points for Speaking and Listening, while I will be giving them a possible 20 points for content, using time wisely, and creativity.

Thank you for your continued support! I am attaching a link to the google doc of items needed for the Maker’s Space. Thanks in advance!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IF12jRJ-zlY7fWgGT7zmKMlhuxc_xcTjtEthVj8HXwM/edit?usp=sharing

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Week 16

Good of the Order

  • Congratulations to our top spellers, Jetta and Jacob, as well as our alternate Jodi, who will represent our homeroom in the school Spelling Bee on January 16th.
  • This week and next, plan to pick up our fundraising materials (if needed).  Large orders will not be able to go on the bus.  Please see Mr. Fender’s email for more information.
  • The quarter ends next Friday.  Grades will be posted in Infinite Campus on January 11th.  Paper report cards will not be available.  If you need help getting on Infinite Campus, please call the office and ask for Jackie England.
  • Our winter party is on December 21st.

Math

Students are finishing up their division packets and will move into problem solving by creating a movie theater!  Our test will be on Thursday.  If your child is leaving early, please make a plan to have them take their test early.  Upon return, we will work on problem solving and factors/multiples.

Science

Students are continuing their Weathering, Erosion and Deposition study with a sort.  These came home yesterday.  They will be good practice.  I would recommend beginning to learn the vocab cards that came home at the beginning of the unit.  Upon return from break, we will finish our unit and take a test, before moving on to our unit on Landforms.

Have a wonderful, safe break full of family and fun!

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