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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Week 15

Good of the Order:

  • Student council is selling holiday grams for $0.25/piece during lunch.  Students can bring in money Tuesday-Friday next week.
  • We are collecting items for Women’s Safe beginning on Monday.
  • December 21st is Ugly Sweater Day.
  • December 21st is our Holiday Party.
  • Congrats again to the Bombers on their victory in the State Championships!  There will be a community wide celebration Monday, December 17th at 7pm at KHS.
  • Fundraiser pick up is December 13th.
  • The quarter ends December 21st.  Report cards will be posted to Infinite Campus on January 11th.  There are no paper report cards.
  • We return from Winter Break January 7th.

Math

Students are working hard to master long division.  They have come a long way since our first day!  Please feel free to work with your child to practice at home.  They have packet(s) in their folders that can certainly be worked on over the weekend for extra practice!  Plus, we are dividing the old fashioned way!

Science

We started our new unit on Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition.  Hopefully, you were able to see the students perform their chant/dance on the remind app. We will be learning that together, weathering and erosion break down the land, while deposition builds it up.

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Week 14

Good of the Order:

  • What an exciting day this has turned out to be!  See remind for pictures of our send off to the KHS Bomber football team!  Students from all school buildings lined the roads, together with parents honking, a police escort, and lots of cheering!  Good luck Bombers!  We are proud of you!
  • Students had a lock down drill.  We had a discussion about what would be different in the event of a real emergency.  Students had lots of questions about specific scenarios and we took the time to discuss each one.  Our overarching theme was that we all feel safe in school and it is better to be overprepared than not know what to do.
  • Congrats to our class for their wonderful music concert!
  • On December 13th, those students who sold fundraiser materials will be able to pick up the items they sold.  More info to come.
  • Our Winter party will be December 21st.

Math

This week we began learning about division.  We talked about key words that help us know it is time to divide, such as sharing equally, giving out to friends, dividing, etc.  We began with mental math and estimation as we work towards standard algorithm.  Students can watch these videos to help!

If all goes smoothly, I would like to test division on December 20th.  If you child will be leaving early for break, they will need to take the test before they go.

 

Science

We just wrapped up our unit on Ecosystems and are moving into our new unit of Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition.  Here are some videos to help:

Have a great week!

 

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Week 13

Good of the Order: (a short week deserves a short post!)

  • On November 28th, we will be headed to Timmons to practice for our concert.  That day, we will switch our lunch to 12.
  • Our concert is November 28th.  Please see information from Miss Mason for details.
  • Our Winter Party will be held December 21st.

Math

We are moving on to division after the Thanksgiving break.  Today students will  bring home their math tests to be signed and corrected.

Science

Our fossils test will be next Thursday, November 29th.  It will be taken online so there will be no sign/correct opportunity.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Week 12

Good of the Order:

  • There is a district wide parent engagement series at 7 pm at KHS on November 12th.
  • We will have an assembly on November 12th in honor of Veteran’s Day.
  • There is a Board of Education meeting on November 19th at 7 pm.
  • The 4th grade music program will be November 28th.  Students need to dress nicely for the evening program.  That morning, we will head to Timmons for a morning practice.
  • The Topic 4 math test will be on November 20th.  If you are leaving early for vacation, please let me know so your child can take it before they leave.

Math

Students have learned many strategies to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.  Next week, we will begin to learn standard algorithm.

Science

We concluded our standard on the idea that there are changes to the earth’s surface that are sometimes beneficial and sometimes detrimental.  We studied the Aswan Dam to prove this point.    Here’s a videos to help:

Students are learning that there are different kinds of fossils.  We watched a presentation on fossils and created a fossil newsletter.

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Week 11

Good of the Order:

  • Book Fair week begins on Monday!
  • 4th grade Breakfast and Books will be on November 6th.
  • While Veteran’s Day is technically on November 11th, we will be having our assembly on November 12th.
  • Our 4th grade music program will be November 28th.  We will be doing Moving in the Right Direction and it is sure to be fantastic!
  • November 30th will be Tie Dye Day!  No hair or face paint, please.
  • December 10-14, student council will be selling Holiday Grams for $0.25 each.

Math

This week, students finished Topic 3, Multiplication and moved into Topic 4, which is also Multiplication.  Here, we build on what we learned in Topic 3, by doing 2 x 2 digit multiplication.  Our test for this Topic will be on Tuesday, November 20th.  If you plan to leave early for vacation, your child will need to take the test prior to leaving.

Here are some videos to help with this topic:

 

Science

In Science, we are working on a continuation of our Ecosystem unit.  We are learning about adaptations organisms have that help them survive.  Some of these include, hibernation, warning coloration, mimicry, and camouflage.  We also learned about niche, which is the animal’s role in their environment.  Here are some videos to help with these topics.

 

 

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Week 10

Good of the Order:

  • Report cards are now active on the Infinite Campus site.  If you are still not able to access IC, please call the office.
  • We are so excited to launch our virtual library!  There is a blue sheet coming home with instructions.
  • Monday will be an E day, which means both classes will have gym.
  • October 22nd is the last day to send in box tops for this competition!
  • Book fair will be November 5th.  4th grade Breakfast N Books will be on November 6th.
  • We will be having a Veteran’s Day assembly on November 12th.
  • Our 4th grade music program will be on November 28th.

Math

We are nearing the end of our unit on Multiplication.  Our Topic 3 Test will be on October 30th.  Students will need to do the following strategies:

  • bar diagrams
  • standard algorithm
  • partial products
  • distributive property
  • multiplying across zeros
  • rounding

Many of these topics are covered in the videos I posted on here throughout the Topic.  Scroll down to find them.

Science

Today we took an online test for our Ecosystems unit.  We will continue our study with looking at how the past (fossils) helps us to learn about plants and animals today.  We will also learn about various adaptations that animals have to survive.  The note cards from Chapter 5 included both Chapters 5 and 7, so keep those to study for our next test.

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Week 9

Good of the Order:

  • Friday there will be no school for Teacher Work Day.
  • Remember report cards will not be sent home.  They will be viewed electronically on Infinite Campus beginning October 19th.  If you have still not logged it, please contact the office for assistance.
  • Thank you to those who have signed up for conferences.  There is still time if you haven’t! The site is open until Wednesday.
  • Thanks to those who have sent in box tops!  Keep them coming!
  • Conference nights are Thursday, October 18th and Tuesday October 22nd from 3:30-8pm.
  • We will have our fall party at 1:45 pm on the 31st.  More info to come on costumes, party, etc.
  • Book fair begins November 5th.
  • 4th grade Breakfast and Books is November 6th.
  • Our Veteran’s Day assembly will be held on November 12th in the morning.

Math

Students are working hard learning a variety of strategies to multiply.  So far, we have learned distributive property and partial products, as well as many number properties.  Our Topic 3 Test is tentatively scheduled for October 30th.  Our next timed test will be October 19th and it will be the 5x table.

Partial Products:

Area Model

Distributive Property, Commutative Property, and Associative Property

Distributive Property

 

Science

Students are finishing up their learning on Ecosystems.  The main idea of this is that changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful.  We learned that if an organism can not meet its needs in an environment, they will

  1.  adapt
  2. leave and find an environment that is more suitable
  3. become extinct

We demonstrated this by pretending to be bears in a forest.  Please ask your children about that activity.

Here is the video I showed to help students understand the difference between populations, communities, and ecosystems:

 

 

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Week 8

What an exciting week we had!  Between the run-a-thon, the KMS play and learning the distributive property with Angry Birds, these kids have had a lot of fun!

Good of the Order:

  • The quarter ends on Thursday.  We will have no school on Friday for Records Day.  Report cards will be posted on Infinite Campus on 10/19 and will not be mailed home. If you are still not on Infinite Campus and need assistance, please contact the office.
  • Conferences will be held on 18th and 23rd.  Please sign up for conferences on the link on the KIS homepage.  A letter was sent in the Friday Folder letting you know which type of conference to choose.
  • October 19th is Picture Retake Day.

Math

Students began working on multiplication.  We began by learning how to multiply numbers with zeros.  Then we used rounding to estimate numbers so they had zeros.  Now we are going to learn several strategies on how to multiply.  These strategies may be unfamiliar to you.  We will learn the standard algorithm, as well.

Science

Students are enjoying learning about different ecosystems (living and non-living things in an environment).  We learned that biotic things are living, while abiotic things are non-living.  An organism will only stay in a place where it can meet its needs for food and shelter.  We will continue to learn more about this topic.  Students should be practicing their vocabulary words.  Having a shared vocabulary helps us to have more scientific discussions.

 

 

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Week 7

Good of the Order:

  • The Run-a-thon is Thursday, October 4th!
  • The KMS musical is on Friday, October 5th.  Our students will head over to watch them perfom.
  • The quarter end October 11th.  Grades will be posted shortly after.  Remember that report cards will not be mailed home this year due to our “Going Green” initiative.  Make sure you are checking Infinite Campus.  If you are having trouble logging in, please contact Jackie England in the main office for assistance.
  • Conferences are October 18th and 23rd.  Please select the appropriate type of conference based on the sheet in your child’s Friday Folder.  Sign up genius will be opening this afternoon on the KIS website.
  • We will have no school Friday, October 12th for Teacher Workday.

Math

Students will begin Topic 3, Multiplication.  This builds on skills they learned in 3rd grade.  We will have a timed test on the 4x table on Friday.

Science

Students began the Ecosystem unit with a lab on yeast.  Students had already done some prior research to learn that yeast is a living organism.  Through the lab, they found that sugar is the best environment for yeast to thrive.  We will be doing some guided reading and note taking this unit, as well as an activity about habitat!

Have a great week!

 

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