Week 11 11/12-11/16

Happy Thursday!

As per usual, we had a great and very busy week in the classroom. Monday was PAW Achievement, where we went to Hermitage High School and saw a play; Tuesday we had a Veteran’s Day performance and on Wednesday we took a Reading Powertest. Finally, Thursday and Friday are days that we are spending in the classroom.

This week in reading, we have continued to learn about inferring in a fiction story. Students infer when they are not given all the information from the author, and by looking at the story clues and background knowledge students are able to infer. Next week, we will continue to work on making inferences in nonfiction stories.

In math this week, we continued to practice multi-digit multiplication. As of now, students have learned all of the strategies to solve these problems. In fourth grade we teach three different ways: the box method, partial products, and the standard version. Students are expected to master one way and use that to solve these problems. Next week, we will begin to talk about multiplication word problems, and how to solve them. Ms. Bauer has created a Youtube channel that shows the methods that we have been teaching in class, let me know if you have any questions! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn_KEZ3AUvYJ_lC5bEQWRlg?view_as=subscriber

We took a break from Social Studies this week and learned about the solar system! We talked about all of the planets, their sizes, and other characteristics. Students learned acronyms to help them remember the order of planets and their distance from the sun (My Very Excellent Mother Just Made Us Nachos). And the order of planets from greatest-smallest in size (Joe’s Silly Unicorn Never Eats Very Moldy Meat). Next week, we will be working on both Science and Social Studies. In Science, we are going to continue to learn about the solar system; and in Social Studies we are going to take all that we have learned about Jamestown and talk about the First Thanksgiving!

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • *VOCAB Test has been moved to MONDAY*
  • 11/19- Picture Day- packets went home with students last week. If you would like to purchase pictures of your child, please turn in the forms!
  • 11/20- Classroom Awards Assembly from 1:30-2:00
  • 11/20- Report Cards sent home
  • 11/21-11/23- NO SCHOOL! HAPPY THANKSGIVING 🙂
  • 11/27- PTO Meeting and Veterans Day Performance by the 4th Grade
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Week 10 11/5-11/9

Happy Thursday!

We have officially made it through the first quarter of fourth grade! The students worked so hard and I am so proud of them, with that being said I am also expecting great things in the second quarter!

In reading this week, we have continued to learn about finding and creating inferences in fiction stories. Students learned that if we look at what the character says/feels and our own background knowledge then we can find out what the character may do next. We will be continuing this skill into next week.

In math this week, we began to learn and review multiplication. In fourth grade, students learn to multiply a double digit by single digit, double digit by double digit, and triple digit by single digit number. We began learning how to complete these problems by using the box method. I have linked two great videos below that show you how we taught this method. Box Method #1  and Box Method #2. Students will learn two more strategies for solving these multiplication facts, and then they will be able to pick the one that they understand the most to use to solve these problems.

In Social Studies, we spent the week reviewing everything that we have learned so far this year about Jamestown. We have our Jamestown Unit Test this Friday. Next week, we will be moving into Science and learning about the solar system and planets!

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

 

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

11/12: PAW Achievement @ Hermitage High School- Students went home with permission slips for PAW Achievement this past Wednesday. Please turn these into me before Monday!

11/13: Veterans Day Assembly

11/14: READING IA

11/16: Vocabulary Test

11/19: Picture Day

11/20: Report Cards sent home

11/21-11/23: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

  • Please make sure that you are looking at your child’s Take Home Folder every night. During the week, papers for upcoming events and reminders are sent home. On Friday’s graded work and behavior charts are sent home as well! If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please let me know!
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Week 9 10/29-11/2

Happy Thursday!

We had a busy week this week in fourth grade, but it was a great one!

This week in reading, we learned about how we can use background knowledge while reading a book to help us understand more! We used a K-W-L chart (Know, Want to Know, Learn) while reading to understand the story more. Next week, we will be talking about how to draw conclusions/make inferences based on a text. We will begin by using fiction stories, and then the following week we will use nonfiction!

In math, we had a review week. We connected decimals to real life by completing a Chick-Fil-A math activity where the students had a menu and had to order/answer questions based on the menu! They really enjoyed it, and realized that they actually use math strategies that they are learning in the classroom in real life 🙂 We also reviewed estimation, rounding decimals, and fractions. Next week, we are going to begin multiplication. In third grade, the students learned one digit multiplied by one digit multiplication. In fourth grade, we will be teaching two digit x one digit, two digit x two digit, and three digit x one digit. We will be working on this concept for several weeks. If you have a chance, the most helpful thing to do at home will be to work on their basic multiplication facts. I have linked some great websites/games that students can access at home:

  1. https://www.multiplication.com/games/play/quick-flash-ii
  2. https://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games
  3. http://www.abcya.com/clear_it_multiplication.htm

In Social Studies this week, we continued to learn about Jamestown. This week, we focused more on the government that the settlers formed as well as the impact that the African Americans and women had on the settlement. In school, students are given packets with notes to fill out, which we go through as a class. They should be bringing these home with them to study! On Friday (11/9) we will be having a unit test on Jamestown, which is everything that we have learned about Jamestown so far. I have included the link to the website where you can find completed study guides to look at. Next week, we will be reviewing for the test in class!

Looking forward to another great week! 🙂

-Ms. Cockrum

 

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

11/5- Social Studies Quiz on VS.3 d-g

11/5- Beginning of the second 9 Weeks

11/6- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

11/9- Vocabulary Test

11/19- Picture Day

 

 

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Week 8- 10/22-10/25

Happy Thursday!

I’m happy that the fall weather is finally here- now we can get back to full weeks of school! We had another great week in the classroom! Below are some topics that we learned about..

In Reading this week, we continued to talk about author’s purpose. We read a story called the Two Bad Ants which the students enjoyed! We talked about how the author’s purpose can sometimes be found in the beginning of a story if we look at the pictures, title, and other aspects of the book.

In math, we continued working on estimation of addition and subtraction problems. We have also been reviewing our math facts. Here is a great game for students to play to work on math facts at home. This week, we also began adding and subtracting decimals. We started this by using lined notebook paper, as well as grid paper. This helps line up the numbers to make sure that everything is in the correct place!

In Social Studies this week, we finally started to learn about Jamestown! The field trip on Friday was a great way to have the students excited for what we are learning this week. To begin to learn about this settlement, we watched a Virginia Trekkers video. We also talked about how the Europeans were able to come to Jamestown, and what struggles they faced once they reached the new land!

Looking forward to another great week!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders

10/30- Big Blast Fundraiser Party! If your child has raised money for this year’s school fundraiser, they will be allowed to participate in this year’s fundraiser party. If they attend, they are encouraged to wear a costume!

10/31- Reading IA Test

11/2- Vocabulary Test, Social Studies Test

11/6- Student Holiday- NO SCHOOL

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Week 7 10/15-10/19

Happy Thursday!

Another wonderful week in the classroom! The students took a Reading Power Test this week and did a wonderful job. In reading this week, we have been learning about author’s purpose in fiction texts. We read a story called “Looking Like Me” and talked about whether the author wrote this story to persuade, inform, or entertain. We can find the author’s purpose by looking at the theme of the book. This can be found by looking at the characters, setting, problem, etc. in the story. Next week, we will be continuing learning about authors purpose in a story.

In math this week, we began talking about how to estimate in word problems. One of the most important things that we talked about with this was that the students always have to make sure to round before they solve the problem. If they round the answer after solving, they may get the incorrect answer. When estimating, students are to look at the farthest number to the left, and round that number as well as any other numbers in the problem. After they round then they solve. I have attached a great resource below to help explain the process.

In science this week, we learned about how water is a resource for everything around us. We also talked about how we see it in our environment every day, and the different ways that it helps the world around us. We also learned about domestic and wild plants and animals. Students made a four square chart to show the differences between all of them!

Thanks for all you do. Please contact me with any questions or concerns!

-Ms. Cockrum

 

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 10/19- JAMESTOWN FIELD TRIP TOMORROW!
  • Next Week is College & Career Awareness Week
    • 10/22- Future Career Day- dress like what you want to be when you grow up
    • 10/23- College Hat Day
    • 10/24- Unity Day- Wear orange to show you’re committed to ending bullying
    • 10/25- Dress to Impress Day- Bring out your very best for school today.
    • 10/26- College Sweatshirt Day
  • 10/23- International Night @ 6- We are asking ALL families to bring various items like photos, maps, stamps, crafts, and even food dishes to create a display table for our multicultural fair. And don’t’ forget to wear your native attire! There will also be live entertainment including an Arabic, Spanish, and Nepali speaking interpreters. You don’t want to miss this exciting event! Return the RSVP form saying YES, you want to represent your culture!
  • 10/24- Math IA Test
  • Please make sure that you are going through your child’s Blue Trevvett folder. This is where I send home all school papers, graded papers, as well as fill out the weekly behavior log. If you have any questions regarding anything that is sent home, please let me know!

 

***Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 to October 26, 2018. As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 26.  Subject line of email should state GiftedReferral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

 

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Week 6: 10/8/18- 10/12/18

Happy Thursday!

We had another great week in the classroom. The students worked hard on the Math IA test and vocabulary test- they did a great job! This week we continued to focus on rounding decimals into whole numbers, as well as changing decimals into fractions, using base 10 and 100’s charts, and ordering numbers from least to greatest. Below is a picture of an anchor chart that we made in the classroom that includes how we taught decimals this week.

We also began talking about how we can convert fractions that are in the tenths into the hundredths. We can do this buy multiplying the numerator and denominator by 10. Next week we will be work on our multiplication facts as well as word problems. To have your child practice multiplication facts for the upcoming week and throughout the year, you can access several websites online. One great one is linked here .

In reading this week, we focused on context clues and figuring out the meanings of unknown words in nonfiction texts. We used the term I.D.E.A.S which stands for Inference, Definition, Example, Synonym, and Antonym. We talked about how by finding different I.D.E.A.S in the story we are able to find the meaning of an unknown word! Next week, we will be learning about author’s purpose in a nonfiction text.

In Social Studies this week, we mainly reviewed everything that we have learned so far this year regarding the regions of Virginia, Indians, artifacts, etc. We took a practice test with a partner, finished our salt dough maps, and used several review games for practice for the unit test which is this Friday, October 12. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • *10/12- PLEASE TURN IN JAMESTOWN MONEY THIS FRIDAY* Cost is $33 for a student. If you would like to chaperone, please let me know ASAP!
  • 10/16- Vocabulary Test on current words
  • 10/17- Reading IA Test
  • 10/19- JAMESTOWN FIELD TRIP!
  • Please make sure that you are going through your child’s Blue Trevvett folder. This is where I send home all school papers, graded papers, as well as fill out the weekly behavior log. If you have any questions regarding anything that is sent home, please let me know!
  • The Jamestown Field Trip will be on Friday, October 19th. Students will report to school their normal way in the morning and leave from Trevvett Elementary School. We will tour Jamestown and Yorktown and return back to school around 5:30 PM that evening. More details will be coming out soon.
  • We are still collecting the $5 donation for Story Works, please consider donating if you haven’t already done so.

***Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 to October 26, 2018. As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 26.  Subject line of email should state GiftedReferral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

 

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Week 5 10/1/18- 10/5/18

Happy Thursday!

We had another great week in the classroom! This week in reading we worked on asking and answering questions in a nonfiction story. We read about Mr. Potato Head, blizzards, and gorillas that live in a mall! We learned about how there are two types of questions: red and green. Red questions make us think outside of the box while green questions are typically ones that we can find by going back and looking in the story. We practiced questioning using books, passages, and task cards.

In math this week, we continued to work with decimals. We continued to learn about the place value of decimals but we also began comparing them and listing them from least to greatest and greatest to least. One method that we learned was to stack the decimals and find what numbers are greatest/least, then order them! I have attached a picture below of how we learned this.

Image result for stacking and ordering decimals from least to greatestIn social studies this week, we moved away from regions of Virginia and talked more about the Indian groups that resided in the state. (Ask the students about MS.P AND PAT worked at CIA). We learned about how the Indians got their food, where they lived, and the different languages and different groups of Indians and where they lived. Next week, we will have a unit test on Friday, October 12th on everything we have done in Social Studies so far!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 10/9: Vocabulary Test on current words
  • 10/11: Math Assessment on Place Value of Whole Numbers & Decimals with a focus on comparing, ordering, and rounding.
  • 10/12: Unit Test on VA Studies VS 2a through 2g
  • Reminder: Monday, October 8th is a school holiday for all students.
  • Please make sure that you are going through your child’s Blue Trevvett folder. That is where all papers are sent home as well as the weekly behavior chart!
  • We are still collecting the $5 donation for Story Works, please consider donating if you haven’t already done so.
  • Jamestown Field Trip Permission slips were sent home. Please take a look at the form, if your child would like to go please turn in the money to me as soon as possible. Let me know if you have any questions. All money is due Friday, October 12.
  • The Jamestown Field Trip will be on Friday, October 19th. Students will report to school their normal way in the morning and leave from Trevvett Elementary School. We will tour Jamestown and Yorktown and return back to school around 5:30 PM that evening. More details will be coming out soon.

***Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 to October 26, 2018. As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 26.  Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

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Week 4 9/24/18-9/28/18

Happy Thursday!

We have almost made it through the first month of school. I cannot believe that October is already here! This week, similar to every other week, has been filled with amazing learning and hard work from the students. This week in reading, we talked about the main idea in nonfiction texts. We read stories about sharks, snowflakes, soil, and trees in the rain forest that help cure fevers and malaria! The students also worked in groups this week learning about text features in nonfiction books- they worked so well together!

For further practice at home, here is a great link for students to work on. In math, we wrapped up place value and rounding. This week, we started decimals! This is a great website to use with your child! We introduced decimals by talking about the place value of the numbers and how they are different than the normal place value of a whole number. In social studies, we began talking about the history of the people in Virginia as well as 4 of the important rivers. (Ask your child what Please Remember Your Jacket means!) 🙂

Next week, we are continuing decimals in math. In reading, we will be learning about questioning in fiction and nonfiction texts. In social studies, we will be reviewing Native Americans as well as connecting the lives of groups of people in the past and present. Next week, we will also be making salt dough maps in Social Studies. I will send out another email about this as the day approaches!

Thank you for all you do! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

  • 10/2- Vocabulary Test
  • 10/4- American Indians Test
  • We will be starting IA Power Tests this week. These are weekly tests that rotate between reading and math. We will take our first reading test this Wednesday, 10/3.
  • Please make sure that your child is bringing home their Blue Trevvett folders. This is one way for important papers to be sent home!
  • We are still collecting money for StoryWorks. This is a great addition of informative magazines that will be accessible to the children. For a class set, please consider donating $5!
  • Jamestown Field Trip Permission slips and money are due by 10/12.
  • After School enrichment classes will be offered beginning from Oct 3-Nov 7. Registration Information is located on the Trevvett blog. http://trevvett.henricoschools.us/

 

 

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Week 3 9/17/18-9/21/18

Happy Thursday and Happy First Full Week of School!

The weeks are already starting to fly by and we are already finished with our third week!

In reading this week, we have been talking about main idea and supporting details. We have read several fiction books, which have all been great. Next week, we are going to be moving into nonfiction text features. We will talk about the importance of titles, captions, subheadings, pictures, maps, etc. In math this week, we worked on place value as well as comparing numbers. While for some this was a review from third grade, the students exceeded my expectations. Next week, we are working on rounding numbers through the millions and rounding them to the nearest thousand, ten thousand, and hundred thousand. We will also be introducing decimals. We began social studies this week by talking about the different regions of Virginia. We used this website several times and it was very helpful! Next week, are continuing social studies but we will be learning more about the water features of Virginia as well as the people groups.

In addition to all of the amazing learning that happened this week, I think the highlight for the students was STEAM day. We have been learning about weather instruments in science so for STEAM day we separated into groups, each group got a mysterious shoe box, and then they had to create a weather tool!

We had so much fun! Thank you to all of the parents who donated materials, it would not have been a success without you 🙂

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

  • 9/21- Math MAPS Testing
  • Please make sure that your child is bringing home their Blue Trevvett folders. This is one way for important papers to be sent home!
  • We are still collecting money for StoryWorks. This is a great addition of informative magazines that will be accessible to the children. For a class set, please consider donating $5!
  • Jamestown Field Trip Permission slips were sent home this week. Please take a look at the form, if your child would like to go please turn in the money to me as soon as possible. Let me know if you have any questions!
  • After School enrichment classes will be offered beginning from Oct 3-Nov 7. Registration Information is located on the Trevvett blog. http://trevvett.henricoschools.us/
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Week 2 9/10/18-9/14/18

Happy Thursday!

Due to the impending hurricane weather this weekend, Henrico has cancelled schools for all students and staff tomorrow, September 14th. 

We have had a great, and short, second week of school! In math, we continued to learn about bar graphs and line graphs. Next week, we will be focusing on place value and rounding. If you want to have your child practice ahead of time, this is a great link! In reading, we have taught summarizing and problem and solution. When summarizing a story, students are encouraged to use a format that is Somebody…Wanted…But…So…Then. This helps them understand the characters, problem, and solution in a story! In science this week, we have mainly focused on weather. We have talked about clouds, storms, warm fronts, cold fronts, air pressure, and the different kinds of tools that are used to measure weather. Little did we know that Hurricane Florence would be included in the conversation! Next week, we will be beginning Social Studies!! The students seem very excited for it! We are going to be learning about the different regions of Virginia. You can learn more about these here.

Next week, we will also be taking the Reading and Math MAPS testing on Monday and Friday. These are two tests that will test the students knowledge at the beginning of the year. Then we will take the same test at the end of the year and hopefully see tremendous growth! The students do not have to study for this test!

I am looking forward to a great week next week, and hopefully our first full one!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns 🙂

-Ms. Cockrum

Weekly Reminders

  • We are still collecting money for StoryWorks. This is a great addition of informative magazines that will be accessible to the children. For a class set, please consider donating $5!
  • Please send in beginning of the year paperwork as soon as possible!
  • Graded papers will go home on Friday’s in the students Blue Trevvett folder. Please check this in case there is anything that needs to be signed!
  • 9/19- HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS
  • After School enrichment classes will be offered beginning from Oct 3-Nov 7. Registration Information is located on the Trevvett blog. http://trevvett.henricoschools.us/

 

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