Week 27 3/18-3/22

Good Morning and Happy Thursday!

We have had another great and busy week in the classroom. Next week, we have lots of fun activities planned, so this week we really tried to finish some units to prepare for spring break!

In reading this week, we worked on finding inferences in nonfiction and fiction texts. We mainly used the StoryWorks passages, which is a bi-monthly magazine. We read about fires in factories in the early 1900’s and the about the galaxy. Next week, we will continue to work on finding inferences! This Friday, we will be taking our reading summative test.

In math this week, we have been working on measurement and capacity. We started capacity by talking about Gallon Land, which was taught in third grade. This is a creative/story-telling way of helping the students understand cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. We also learned about measurement this week. In fourth grade, students need to be able to measure to the nearest 1/4, 1/2, and 1/8th of an inch on the ruler. We began by labeling a big ruler with all of the important units. When we are using a ruler, we count by starting with the 1/8. Next week, and at the end of this week, we are going to start working with weight and mass.

In Social Studies this week, we finished up VS.9 which was all about the Reconstruction after the Civil War. The students were tested on this unit on Wednesday and they did a great job! This Thursday and Friday, and then next week, we will be moving into science and learning about force and motion.

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 3/22- Reading Summative
  • 3/22- Math Homework Due
  • 3/25- JA in a Day
  • 3/26- Jamestown Field Trip (PLEASE BE HERE AT 5 TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD)
  • 3/27- Career Day (Students are encouraged to dress professional)
  • 3/28- PAW Acheivement
  • 3/29- STEAM Day & HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS
  • 4/1-4/5- SPRING BREAK!!
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Week 26 3/11- 3/15

Happy Thursday!

Another week that flew by, and another week closer to spring break! Only 11 more days!

This week in reading, we continued working on cause and effect in fiction and nonfiction texts. Two of the stories we read this week had to do with pollution, specifically the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Henderson Island. The students were very interested in these articles and asked a lot of great questions. When we read the articles, we found examples of cause and effect in them and talked about what the cause and effect was. Next week, we will be working on how to find inferring in a story!

In math this week, we finished up learning about area and perimeter of polygons. We went over how to find perimeter (adding up all of the sides together), and area (counting the blocks, or length multiplied by width). We worked through several stand alone problems with shapes and finding the area and perimeter but we also worked through word problems that have to do with real life scenarios and finding the area and perimeter (ex. building a fence or garden, filling a swimming pool). The students did a great job! Next week, we are going to be working on measurement. We will be working on this until spring break!

In VA Studies this week, we began VS.8, which is all about reconstruction after the Civil War. We talked about Jim Crow Laws, the Freedman’s Bureau, and many other things that happened to rebuild the country after the Civil War. To work with your students at home with VA Studies this is one of the best websites to use. There is tons of review games for the students to work on! Next week, we will finish up VS.8 and then move into force and motion in science!

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 3/20- JAMES RIVER TRIP MONEY DUE
  • 3/21- Spaghetti Dinner @ Trevvett- 5pm
  • 3/22- Reading Powertest
  • 3/25- JA in a day
  • 3/26- James River Watershed Field Trip
  • 3/26- Career Day
  • 3/28- PAW Achievement
  • 3/29- HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS, End of 9 weeks

 

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Week 25 3/4-3/8

Happy Thursday!

We have had a great week in the classroom. I cannot believe that is it already March- time is flying! The students have done a great job at getting their work finished this week and staying focused, we have had a number of things to do and they have done at great job during all of them.

In reading this week, we continued to work through cause and effect in nonfiction and fiction stories. This week, we focused on shorter stories and identifying cause and effect using task cards; students also created their own cause and effect scenarios by making comics on their computers. Next week, we are going to finish up cause and effect and then move into inferencing in a story.

In math this week, we continued to work on quadrilaterals (square, rectangles, trapezoid, parallelogram, and rhombus). We went over how each quadrilateral is different by looking at the sides, angles, and opposite sides. Students have made index cards with several key vocabulary words regarding shapes and lines. At the end of this week, we started reviewing area and perimeter. Next week, we are going to continue area and perimeter and move into measurement. We will continue to teach measurement until spring break!

In social studies this week, we learned about the Civil War! One of the neatest things to see was on Friday when we went to the history museum. The students were able to follow along with the speaker and knew so many answers and information about the exhibits. We are going to finish this unit tomorrow with a unit test. Next week, we are going to move into VS 8, which is all about the reconstruction after the Civil War.

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

  • 3/14- Math Summative Test
  • 3/19- JAMES RIVER FIELD TRIP FORMS DUE

 

 

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Week 24 2/25 3/1

Happy Thursday!

This week has flown by in the classroom. I cannot believe that March is only a day away, which means (hopefully) some warmer weather and less rain! I know the students were excited to have some outdoor recess again!

This week in reading, we continued to work on cause and effect in fiction and nonfiction texts. We identified the cause (the reason something happens) and the effect (the result) in stories and passages. Next week, we will be continuing to work on cause and effect!

In math this week, we focused on polygons, shapes (2d and 3d), lines, angles, and the key terms that go along with each of them.  We used different tools to help understand these shapes as well! We made marshmallow and toothpick shapes, numerous matching activities, and also made index cards to help with the vocabulary words. In the beginning of next week, we are going to finish up our polygon unit. We are then going to move into measurements by starting with area and perimeter. We will be in the measurement unit from now until spring break!

In Social Studies this week, we learned about the Civil War that occurred in the United States. We talked about events that lead up to this war as well as the effect that it had on the country, slavery, people, jobs, government, etc. We also used key words to define each part of the country- the north being “industrial” and the south being “agricultural”. Next week, we are continuing to move through our civil war unit. For more activities and information regarding this unit you can click on this link!

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders

3/7- Reading Formative Assessment

3/8- VS 7 Unit Test

3/11- Vocabulary Test

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Week 23 2/18-2/22

Good Morning and Happy Thursday!

We had a great week in the classroom and worked really hard! This week the students turned in their famous African American projects and presented them to the class- the did an amazing job!

In reading this week, we began talking about cause and effect in nonfiction texts. We talked about how the cause is the reason for something happening, then the effect is the result of the cause. We used passages, task cards, and other articles to answer these cause and effect questions! Next week, we will continue using nonfiction texts to identify cause and effect in a passage.

In math this week, we began introducing one of the areas of geometry that we will study this year. We learned about lines, line segments, rays, and points; as well as acute, obtuse, straight, right, perpendicular, and parallel lines. Students this week created flash cards to help them with the terms, which seem to be helping quite a bit! At the end of this week at beginning next week, we will move into shapes and characteristics of different kinds of shapes. Then we will begin our unit on measurement!

This week we switched from Social Studies to Science. We spent the week talking about the Earth, moon, and sun as well as different facts about each one. Students also learned about a few scientists that made significant research gains into what we know about the moon and space today. We also learned about and reviewed the phases of the moon by a moon rap, linked here. Next week, we are going to go back to Social Studies and begin VS.7, which is all about the Civil War!

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

2/25-2/29: Read Across America Week

2/26- WAX MUSEUM @6 at Trevvett Elementary *STUDENTS WILL DRESS IN CHARACTER*

2/28- WAX MUSEUM from 8-10 *STUDENTS WILL DRESS IN CHARACTER*

2/28- Math PowerTest

2/29- Field Trip to Virginia Museum of History

3/23- Panther Prawl: a 5k Race/Fun Run at Hermitage High School @ 8am. Please register by Feb. 28th!

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Week 22 2/11-2/15

Happy Thursday!

We have had another busy week in the classroom! We have not had testing this week which has been a different change of pace but we have been doing a lot of learning!!!!

In math this week, we talked about least common denominator (LCM) and greatest common factor (GCF). We use LCM when we are adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and we use GCF when we are simplifying fractions. This week, we have done a mix of all of these. We ended this week with taking fractions and using them in real life word problems. Next week, we are moving on to geometry by introducing sides, vertices, angles, etc.

In reading this week, we talking about inferenceing in nonfiction. We used a magazine called Storyworks to guide reading instruction this week. I have attached an anchor chart that we are using in the classroom. Next week in reading, we are continuing inferenceing but using fiction texts.

In Social Studies this week, we learned about George Washington, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and why Virginians decided to move west and how they moved from place to place. The students had several activities that we did in the class that gave them an opportunity to get creative! Next week, we are going to move into science and learn about space, force, and motion!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

  • 2/18- Vocabulary Test
  • 2/18- President’s Day- FULL DAY FOR STUDENTS
  • 2/19- WAX MUSEUM WRITING AND POSTER ARE DUE
  • 2/22- Math Powertest
  • 2/26- Wax Museum @ PTO meeting at 6pm (Please dress up!)
  • 2/28- Wax Museum @ Trevvett from 8-10
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Week 21 2/4-2/8

Happy Thursday!

We have had a busy week in the classroom with testing. I cannot believe that we are over halfway finished with the school year!

This week, in reading we have spent focused on word analysis strategies and vocabulary. Typically when testing, students will see questions that have to do with synonyms, antonyms, root words, verb endings, etc. So this week we spent working through passages and task cards that have to do with questions that include grammar and vocabulary. Next week, we are going to learn about how the characters, setting, problem, and solution all connect to the authors purpose. We will also use author’s purpose to learn about inferencing in nonfiction and fiction texts!

In math this week, we took our math benchmark. The students worked so hard and did a great job! With that being said, we began learning about greatest common factor (GCF) and least common multiple (LCM) towards the end of the week. We are going to be using LCM and GCF next week when we begin adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.

We also took our social studies benchmark this week, which was a review of what we learned so far this year, and the kids did great! This week, we began VS 6 which has to do with famous Virginians. We have learned about George Washington, George Mason, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson. Next week, we will continue to learn about more famous Virginians as well as the role of Virginia geography.

Looking forward to another great week. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 2/11- Young Scientist
  • 2/11- Awards Assembly in the Classroom, Report Cards sent home
  • 2/14- Valentine’s Party in the Classroom
  • 2/19- Wax Museum Project Due
  • 2/28- Living Wax Museum at School- Please dress up as your famous person!

*Please continue to look in your child Blue Trevvett folders for completed work and important school forms.*

 

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Week 20 1/28-2/1

Good Morning and Happy Thursday!

We have had a busy week of testing and review in the classroom. This week, we took our reading benchmarks on Wednesday and Thursday. Then, we are taking our VA Studies test on Friday.

In reading this week, we have mainly been reviewing our reading strategies with passages that are fiction and nonfiction, as well as poetry. We also took our reading benchmark Next week, we will be focusing on word analysis strategies, prefixes, suffixes, homophones, and how to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words.

In math, we have still continued to learn about probability but have also moved into adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators. We will be continuing to learn about this next week as well! We will begin introducing this topic by first talking about least common multiple (LCM) and then moving into greatest common factor (GCF). This link is a great game to play! We also are taking our math benchmark test next Thursday and Friday.

In Social Studies, we have been reviewing VS.2- VS.5 in class, which have been all of the social studies standards that we have covered so far this year. Tomorrow, February 1st, we will take our VA Studies benchmark test. This week, students have also presented their bottle biography projects to the class. It has been great to see everything that they have learned and all of the creative ways that they made their projects! Next week, we will continue to learn about significant people and their impact on the United States.

**We are beginning to start working on our biography projects for the wax museum. Please turn in a signed copy of the permission slip as soon as possible**

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

  • 1/31- Spirit Night at Zaxby’s
  • 2/7- Family Life Lesson
  • 2/7- Parent Teacher Conferences after school
  • 2/7-2/8- Math Benchmark
  • 2/11- Young Scientist
  • 2/11- Awards Assembly in the Classroom, Report Cards sent Home

*Please continue to check your child’s Blue Trevvett folders. This is where they bring their behavior charts home as well as other graded papers and school fliers.

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Week 19 1/21-1/25

Happy Thursday!

We have had another busy but great week in fourth grade! We are learning some new material but we are also beginning to review for the upcoming benchmarks!

In reading this week, we continued to work on fiction and nonfiction passages. We reviewed the strategies that we use to annotate and answer questions. When students first get a passage, they should circle the title and number the paragraphs, read while stopping and jotting, and then answer the questions. Next week, we will be taking our reading benchmark on Wednesday and Thursday.

In math this week, we continued to work on fractions but we also began probability. Probability was introduced using a number line and we began talking about how probability and fractions are very similar. We talked about how the fraction for probability is the favorable outcome over the total number of options possible. We will continue probability as well as math review next week.

In Social Studies, we are getting ready for our benchmark test, which we will take next Friday. Each day, we have been making review notes as well as taking a quiz on each standard. If the students get a 70% or above on every quiz, there will be a prize at the end. Students have created folders that they have been gathering all of their previous notes to study. They are encouraged to take these home to study and bring them back to school every day!

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

  • 1/25: End of 9 weeks
  • 1/25: Young Scientist Forms sent home
  • 1/28: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • 1/30-1/31: Reading Benchmark (split into 2 days)
  • 1/31: Coupon for Wax Museum Due
  • 2/1: Social Studies Benchmark
  • 2/7: Family Life
  • 2/7: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 2/7-2/8: Math Benchmark (split into 2 days)
  • 2/11: Young Scientist

*Please continue to check your students Blue Trevvett folder. This is where they bring home graded papers, fliers from school, as well as their behavior chart every Friday. Please sign the behavior chart each week!*

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Week 18 1/14-1/18

Happy Thursday!

We had another busy, and short week in 4th grade. I am beginning to wonder when we are going to have our next full week of school! The students have been doing a great job in the classroom.

In reading this week, we are continuing to practice annotating and reviewing passages that are fiction and nonfiction. This week we read about Hawaii and the volcanoes, China and the dark side of the moon, and the sun! Students are taught how to go through a story and circle the title, number the paragraphs, etc. to be able to understand what they are reading but also to be able to answer questions!

In math this week, we continued teaching fractions. We went over comparing fractions as well as ordering and placing the numbers correctly on a number line. Next week, we will continue with fractions and begin reviewing for benchmarks! We will also be having a math test on fractions on Tuesday.

In VA studies this week, we finished learning about the Revolutionary War and began reviewing for the benchmark! Next week, we will be reviewing VS 1 through VS 5 to get ready for our benchmarks. A great resource to have the students use at home is SOL pass . The password to access the games and information is tigers.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

-Ms. Cockrum

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 1/21- NO SCHOOL- MLK Holiday
  • 1/22- Math Test on Fractions
  • 1/24- Biography Bottle Project Due
  • 1/25- Vocabulary Test
  • 1/25- PAW Achievement
  • 1/25- End of 9 weeks
  • 1/28- NO SCHOOL

*Please continue to check your students Blue Trevvett folder. This is where they bring home graded papers, fliers from school, as well as their behavior chart every Friday. Please sign the behavior chart each week!*

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