Friday, April 12, 2019

Language Arts:

-This past week, students continued to practice writing, test taking strategies and tools, and text structure as they rotated through activities in small groups each day.

-We also started reading our next class read aloud, The Trail, which leads to great discussion and opportunity for making predictions!

-Historical fiction story wheel projects are due Thursday. Please ask your child about their progress on the project.

-Next week, students will be making selections on their next book to read! We will also be taking the ELA AIR test on Monday and Tuesday.

Social Studies:

-We have finished our short unit on the regions of the U.S. during the 1800s. Students will be finishing their in class project comparing and contrasting two of the three regions that we studied.

-We will be moving to our unit about transportation next week! In this unit, we will learn about how Ohio’s location and its transportation systems continue to influence the movement of people, products and ideas in the United States.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Reminder-282x300.png
  • AIR testing Monday and Tuesday morning for ELA. Encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast, and simply do their best on the test!
  • Please send in $3.00 for your child’s field day shirt if you have not done so already.
  • Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out for recess.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is upcoming-events-300x113.png

April 15-16: ELA AIR Testing

April 19 & April 22: No School

April 29-30: District Art Show

Friday, April 5, 2019

Language Arts:

-This week, students were given information for their next book project, a story wheel for a historical fiction book of their choice. Please discuss the project with your child to help with time management. The project is due Thursday, April 18.

-We also spent time working in small groups focusing on a variety of activities. Students rotated through three different stations. One station provided students an opportunity to work on the chrome books to access a practice AIR test and become familiar with the tools available to them. At a second station, students read two articles, and composed a piece of writing incorporating information from both texts. The third station provided students with the opportunity to practice the skills of main idea and theme.

-This coming week, students will rotate through three new stations, practicing more writing, allowing for more exposure to the practice AIR tests and skill building.

Social Studies:

-We spent some time learning about the War of 1812. Through our reading, we discussed who was involved, causes of the war, and we read about some different battles-particularly the Battle of Lake Erie.

-Our next unit is on the regions of the US in the 1800s. We have read about the states that made up the North region and characteristics of the region. Next week we will continue to work in our foldables as we learn about the West and South.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Reminder-282x300.png
  • Please send in $3.00 for your child’s field day shirt if you have not done so already.
  • Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out for recess.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is upcoming-events-300x113.png

April 15-16: ELA AIR Testing

April 19 & April 22: No School

April 29-30: District Art Show

Friday, March 22, 2019

Wishing everyone a relaxing and safe
Spring Break!


Language Arts:

-This week, students finished reading their assigned historical fiction book. Students read independently and in small groups, focusing on the skills of point of view and cause and effect.

-After the break, students will be introduced to their next book project. We will also start a new class read aloud!

Social Studies:

-Students took their test on our Road To Statehood unit. Tests were sent home in Friday folders and corrections with a parent signature are due the Monday we come back from break.

-After break we will learn about the War of 1812 and then move to learn about the regions of the U.S.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Reminder-282x300.png
  • Please send in $3.00 for your child’s field day shirt if you have not done so already.
  • Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out for recess.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is upcoming-events-300x113.png

April 1: School Resumes

April 9: Talent Show Parent Meeting

April 17-18: ELA AIR Testing

April 29-30: District Art Show

Friday, March 1, 2019

Language Arts:

*Students continue to enjoy out read aloud, A Night Divided, and look forward each day to hear what will happen next!

*As a whole group, we continue to read Guns for General Washington. As we read, the information we learned in Social Studies helps us to understand the setting, the characters and their actions.

*Students will practice the skills of point of view and cause and effect throughout the week.

Social Studies:

*We have learned what the Northwest Territory is and the states that made up the territory. On Wednesday, students will have a quiz on the states that make up the area. We will practice this throughout the week.

*On Thursday, students will have a vocabulary quiz on their new words. Students have flashcards in their folders to review, or they can use the quizlet that will be added to the KIS Student Resource page.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Reminder-282x300.png
  • Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out for recess.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is upcoming-events-300x113.png

March 13: PTO Meeting @ 9:30

March 15: KIS Family Fun Night

March 15: Report Cards posted

Friday, February 22

Language Arts:

-This week students finished working on their compare and contrast papers. After reading a book on a famous inventor, students also read an article and watched videos on another famous individual. The information gathered was recorded on their graphic organizer and used in their paper. While working on their paper, students had two previous examples of compare and contrast writing to refer to .

-This week, we will begin our historical fiction unit as we read Guns for General Washington as a class. The book fits perfectly into the end of our previous Social Studies unit, providing students with a better understanding of the setting, characters, and events in the story.

-As we read our new book and continue with poetry, we will focus on the skills of point of view and cause and effect.

Social Studies:

-To review for the unit test, students had a lot of fun solving clues to get a 4 digit combination to unlock the box! Pictures were shared on the Remind app. Students took their test on the Early Settlers unit Thursday.

-This week we will begin our next unit, The Road to Statehood. In this unit, we will explore the United States in the early 1800s and how Ohio became a state.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Reminder-282x300.png
  • Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out for recess.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is upcoming-events-300x113.png

February 26-28: IOWA testing

March 13: PTO Meeting @ 9:30

March 15: KIS Family Fun Night

March 15: Report Cards posted

Friday, February 8

Language Arts:

-This week students spent more time reading to finish their Who Was book on their inventor. Groups met together to practice main idea and supporting details. Students will take a quiz on the book Monday. Students will have the book available to them while they take their quiz; they are encouraged to look back into their book for support.

-Next week, students will read an article about another famous inventor. The information from the article will be used in a multi paragraph paper students will write comparing and contrasting their inventor with the inventor from the article assigned. Once again, students will use the Chromebooks to write their papers.

Social Studies:

-This week we watched a Liberty’s Kids video on the Intolerable Acts to help better understand causes of the Revolutionary War. We spent time reviewing the causes of the war and the effects.

-Students took their quiz on the 13 colonies today. It is obvious that many practiced using the song shared in class! Great job!

-Next week we will learn more about the Declaration of Independence as we wrap up our unit. Our test will be the following week. Students will receive a study guide, and we will organize papers helpful for review.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Reminder-282x300.png
  • Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out for recess.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is upcoming-events-300x113.png

-February 13:  PTO meeting @9:30

-February 14:  Valentine Parties

-February 15 and 18:  No School for Students

-February 21:  Conferences (teacher requested)

-February 26-28:  IOWA testing

 

Friday, February 1

Language Arts:

*This week students were introduced to their new book. Each student is reading a book about an inventor from the Who Was series. As students read independently, or with me, the focus will be on the skills of main idea/supporting details and comparing/contrasting.

*Students will practice the skills with the text as well as with task cards that encourage conversation with a partner. Students will use graphic organizers that we have used together to help them develop these skills.

*Biography projects are due Thursday, February 7.

Social Studies:

*We have begun to learn about the Revolutionary War. From our reading, we have learned who was involved and causes leading to the war. Next week, we will continue to learn about causes of the revolution and results of the war. This week, students enjoyed a Liberty’s Kids video on the Boston Tea Party.

*Students will take a quiz on the 13 colonies Friday, February 8. Students can use the map in their SS folder or this song to help review. (song starts around 35 seconds into video)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Reminder-282x300.png
  • Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out for recess.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is upcoming-events-300x113.png
  • February 5, 6, 7: CogAT Testing

Friday, January 18

Enjoy the long weekend! Stay warm!

Language Arts:

*This week we spent time working on the skill of comparing and contrasting. We read an article and watched a video on John Glenn to gather information. Information was added to our graphic organizer. On this graphic organizer, we included similarities and differences between Neil Armstrong and John Glenn. We began writing our paragraphs today using the chromebooks and will continue next week. As we write, we are learning to organize our information into several paragraphs and also use key words to make the similarities and differences clear to the reader.

*Next week we will be working on writing our own poems! As we write these poems, we will focus using figurative language, specifically metaphors, to make our writing more interesting.

*Next week we will also begin our inventors unit which will accompany the Invention Convention nicely.

*Be sure to check in with your child about their biography project. All students have selected books and have received project requirements and booklets. The completed biography project is due February 7.

Social Studies:

*We spent time reading from our textbook this week learning about the French and Indian War. Ask your child to tell you what groups of people were involved, some causes of the war, and results of the war.

*Students took a vocabulary quiz today on words related to the war. Next week, we will begin talking about the 13 colonies and the Revolutionary War.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Reminder-282x300.png
  • Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to go out for recess.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is upcoming-events-300x113.png
  • January 23: PTO Meeting
  • February 5, 6, 7: CogAT Testing

Start writing or type / to choose a block

Friday, January 11, 2019

Language Arts:

  • This week we began with a new poem to add to our binder; a poem to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. With this week’s poem, we practiced our fluency, worked with words that have long vowel sounds, and also reviewed figurative language-particularly similes.
  • We have started to work on a new piece of writing. To go along with our study of text structure, we are writing a multi-paragraph essay to compare and contrast Neil Armstrong and Chuck Yeager. This week we read about Chuck Yeager, completed a graphic organizer to include similarities and differences between the two men, and finally wrote our paper together. Next week, students will follow the same process to write to compare and contrast Neil Armstrong and John Glenn.
  • Students were presented with their biography book project this week. Please review the project guidelines with your child. Book selections are due Monday, January 14. Students have been encouraged to take notes as they read, or add sticky notes to their book as they read to help keep track of facts that may be added to their project. The final project is due Thursday, February 21. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Social Studies:

  • Why did Europeans travel to North America? Ask your child to tell you about the reasons for the Europeans exploring the Americas. Over the next few days we will be learning about the explorers and the fur trade, and conflict between the Europeans and Native Americans.
  • We also introduced our vocabulary for our study of the French and Indian War. Students can use their vocabulary cards to help them prepare for a quiz Friday.
  • Please be sure to review your child’s report card. Take time to discuss successes as well as areas of improvement for the 3rd quarter.
  • Please review papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage
  • January 14: Report Cars posted (no printed copies)
  • January 16: 4th Grade Spelling Bee
  • January 23: PTO Meeting
  • February 5, 6, 7: CogAT Testing

Thursday, October 11


No School for Students Friday…enjoy the day off!

Language Arts:

  • Our read aloud, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane leaves us wondering how Edward/Susanna will be saved from the garbage dump?!
  • We had a great week of working in pairs and small groups to practice the skills of theme and character traits.  Students spent time identifying character traits with evidence from the text, sorting character traits into categories, and identifying character traits based actions and words.  As we continue to work in small groups, students are reminded of the importance of being responsible and remaining on task.
  • Next week, students will begin reading new books in pairs.  The books students will be given to read fit our theme, “It’s Tough Being a Kid!”
  • Newbery projects are due October 22.  Please talk with your child to develop a plan for completing the project in a timely manner that allows for quality work.  All students have been given a sample paragraph to use as they write their theme paragraph for the Newbery book they selected.  Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Social Studies:

  • What is the difference between a right and a responsibility?  This question guided our discussions this week.  As a class we learned the difference between the two.  We also had great discussions about rights and responsibilities here at school.
  • Next week, we will begin to learn about the three branches of government; legislative, executive, and judicial.  We will discuss who makes up each branch as well as the responsibilities of each.

  • Please be sure to sign up for a conference.
  • If you did not return your Run-a-Thon envelope, please do so.
  • Remember to look through and empty the papers in the Friday folder before sending it back to school.
  • For Math and Science information, please visit Mrs. Beynenson’s webpage

  • October 11:  End of 1st Quarter
  • October 12:  No School for Students (Teacher Workday)
  • October 17:  PTO Meeting @ 9:30
  • October 18:  Conferences (3:30-8:00)
  • October 19:  Picture Retakes
  • October 23:  Conferences (3:30-8:00)