Between the Snowflakes

Between the Snowflakes

We had so much fun this past Friday with our STEM Lego Challenge.  Above are the children’s masterpieces from top left, moving clockwise are depicted; the Boston Massacre, Patrick Henry’s speech, the writing of the Declaration of Independence, The Battle of Lexington, and the Boston Tea Party. The students worked in groups of four in order to build, and write about, their assigned historical event within 30 minutes.

 

Be sure to click on the link to the right that says, “Coyote Courier”, the school newsletter from Mrs. Patterson, which includes lots of important information and dates pertinent to KES!

 

It’s a Date!

Friday 1/19-International Night- 4-6:30 PM

1/22 and 1/23 Reading Benchmark

1/29-Student Holiday-End of 2nd Quarter

1/31- Social Studies Research Projects Due

1/31 and 2/1 Math Benchmark

 

Here’s what’s happening in the classroom:

Math- My students did a wonderful job on the probability test, and now we our ready to tackle fractions!  I love teaching fractions, seriously.  If you can, let your children help out when cooking, or measuring something, and let it be an opportunity to talk about them.  Continued reinforcement of multiplication facts, factor pairs, and multiples will help your child during this unit. 

Reading/LA- We continue our focus on comprehension strategies, in preparation for our upcoming benchmark exam.

Social Studies-We are still learning about the American Revolution. This week, we are looking more intently at three specific battles, Lexington and Concord, Great Bridge, and Yorktown, as well as the roles of African Americans, and women during this time. 

Wowza…alrighty then.

Wowza…alrighty then.

Okay, our SECOND first day back was a great one, however, we…I mean I am now in scramble mode to make sure we cover all of our bases before the end of the month, which brings with it, the end of the first semester.  Can you believe it?

I do hope all of you had a nice snowcation, and were able to at least relax a bit by the fire.  It sounds like our families have tons of exciting things happening from athletic successes to new puppies!

Be sure to click on the link to the right that says, “Coyote Courier”, the school newsletter from Mrs. Patterson, which includes lots of important information and dates pertinent to KES!

It’s a Date!

Thursday 1/11 – Yorktown Outreach will teach a lesson titled From Rebel to Patriot

Monday 1/15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. – No School

Friday 1/19-International Night

1/22 and 1/23 Reading Benchmark

1/29-Student Holiday-End of 2nd Quarter

1/31 and 2/1 Math Benchmark

 

Here’s what’s happening in the classroom:

Math- The students will take their patterns test tomorrow, and the probability test next Tuesday.  I will conduct a Google slide review for patterns tomorrow before the test, as we are all clearing the cobwebs from our brains after so much time off! We had a lot of fun today playing “PIG” in math today to reinforce probability concepts.  It is a dice game that the children can probably teach you at home!  Let me know if you’d like the rules, and I will send them.  I plan on giving a number of “mini” assessments in math over the next few weeks, most of which will be review.  

Reading/LA- We continue our focus on comprehension strategies.  My students paired up today to take a practice Reading Benchmark.  I wanted them to have the opportunity to discuss the questions and talk about the strategies with one another.  We will be going over this practice assessement in class tomorrow, in preparation for the real thing in a couple of weeks.

Social Studies-We watched and had discussions about clips from “John Adams” today to learn about the Boston Massacre and the 1st Continental Congress.  Next we will learn about the Battle of Lexington and Concord and the Declaration of Independence. The students were given the last portion of Patrick Henry’s famous speech today, and they will recite this in front of the class for a grade by next Friday, 1/19.  Additonally, I am assigning a research project tomorrow that is due the 31st.  It’s not terribily extensive, and will be able to complete most of it at school.  However, any support you can provide your child at home with this is most welcome.  I wll send home the criteria for the project, along with the rubric tomorrow.  

 

Hitting 2018 Running!

Hitting 2018 Running!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We had a fun first day back!  The children were a little tired, but in great spirits, overall.  Today, we reviewed patterns, and began our unit on probability in math.  The children took home some sheets today to begin preparing for Friday’s test, and of course will do plenty of reinforcement activities here at school, between now and then. Also, we had a blast exploring Virginia Weekly online!  The website is terrific, with lots of cool interactive games, and videos.  Right now, I am using this tool on a free trial basis, but I am hopeful that I may be able to procure it for us to use the rest of the year.

Please click on the Coyote Courier link to the right for other important dates and information from Mrs. Patterson.

Curriculum:

Math – This week we will have some fun with probability. We will have a patterns and probability test this Friday

 

Language Arts – 

  • Reading-we are having a three week workshop on utilizing specific comprehension strategies.

  • We will have our first vocabulary list of 2018, beginning next week

  • The children will work on mixed skill set activities that incorporate grammar, figurative language, sequencing, compare and contrast and other reading skills.

 

  • Virginia Studies VS5 Revolutionary War- 

  • This week we will focus on the causes leading up to Revolutionary War.  Next week the focus will be Virginia’s role in the war.  This will include prominent Virginians like G. Washington, T. Jefferson, P. Henry, J. Layfayette, and J. Jouette.  In addition, we will learn about important battles fought in Virginia.

     

Winding Down to Winter Break!

Winding Down to Winter Break!

Wow, I just can’t believe we have made it to this week already.  It is my holiday wish that each of my students, along with their families, are able to make some spectacular and special memories over the upcoming break.  I feel like one lucky lady to work with such wonderful children and families, and I will remember you with much fondness as I enjoy the time off with my family and friends. Thank you for your constant support and encouragement.  I love what I do because of your children, they are the best gift of all to me!   

Calendar Events

 Thursday 12/14 – 4.7/4.8 Solar System Test

Friday 12/15 – Last Day of School before Winter Break

 

 

Please click on the Coyote Courier link to the right for other important dates and information from Mrs. Patterson.

Curriculum:

Math – 4.4.Computation –  4. 15 Patterns – .  This unit includes geometric patterns, number patterns, and function tables.  4.17 Equalities (Associative Property)

 

Language Arts – 

  • Reading – Author’s Purpose: Theme (fiction) and Bias (non-fiction) and specific word choice.

  • Writing –  “Inside My Snow Globe” stories.  We are using the county rubric for this assignment, focusing on Written Expression, Usage and Mechanics, and Composition.  We are working hard on our editing skills!

 

Science – 4.8 – Earth, Moon, Sun Relationships – this one-week unit requires students to understand the relationships between Earth and Sun.  They will understand rotation vs revolution.  In addition, we will review phases of the moon, and learn about famous astronomers.  An assessment on 4.7 (Solar System) and 4.8 will be administered on Thursday 12/14.

 

10 Days and Counting

10 Days and Counting

We’ve had a fun time in our room this week, and I am proud of all of the learning my students are doing, inspite of the fact that we are staring down winter break.  Please don’t be discouraged by the occasional low grade that may make its way home.  The second quarter is much tougher than the first, and it is an adjustment.  Please know that I will always do everything in my power to support your children, in order to give them every opportunity to meet with sucess!

 

BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE COYOTE COURIER LINK TO THE RIGHT TO READ UP ON ALL OF THE LATEST NEWS AND HAPPENINGS AT KES!
Reminder from the office: please remember that all transportation changes must be made in writing, and turned into the office. This is HCPS policy in place in order to ensure the safety of all of our Coyotes.  Thank you!

It’s a Date
Thursday 12/7 – Computation Test (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division)
Friday 12/8 – Reading MAPS
Monday 12/11 – Math MAPS
Wednesday 12/13-Solar System Test
Thursday 12/14-Jack Frost Jam and Winter Parties

 

Math –Patterns – We will spend the next week exploring numeric and geographic patterns. Quiz on Wednesday December 13th

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – No new words until 2018!
  • Reading – Using schema to infer a deeper meaning, next week, we will delve deeper to explore theme and bias
  • Writing- “Inside My Snowglobe” stories
Science- Solar System, we have learned all about the eight planets of our solar system, and are currently learing about Earth, Moon, and Sun. We wil have a unit test next Thursday, December 14th. We have had a ton of fun with this unit, and I have no doubt that my students will be well prepared.

 

Heading into December!

Heading into December!

Wow, it’s so hard to believe that we are just a few weeks away from Winter Break.  We must be having lots of fun in room 214, because time is most definitely flying!  I was very proud of my students today, and their exemplary behavior as they participated in the Henrico Fire House drill. Thank you for your support in emphasizing the importance of this particular activity, it was smooth sailing, or flying, as evidenced below.

 

It’s a Date

Thursday 12/7 – Computation Test (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division)

Friday 12/8 – Reading MAPS

Monday 12/11 – Math MAPS

Wednesday 12/13-Solar System Test

Thursday 12/14-Jack Frost Jam and Winter Parties

 

BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE COYOTE COURIER LINK TO THE RIGHT TO READ UP ON ALL OF THE LATEST NEWS AND HAPPENINGS AT KES!

 

Curriculum

Math – 4.4. Computation –We continue to work on division, and will throughout the week.  I’m proud of the progress my students have made with this challenging skill!  They are working hard, and always maintain a wonderful attitude! We will have a quiz this Friday.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary –This week’s words are frugal, generous, perturbed, envision, forbid- quiz Friday
  • Reading – This week, we are exploring sensory words, fact and opinion and author’s bias within nonfiction.
  • Writing- “Inside my Snowglobe” writings.

Social Studies/Science –VS4. Colonial Life-Economics, Cultural Influence and The Colonial Capitol of Williamsburg.  We have started our study of the Solar System in science, mind blowing to say the least!

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Wishing all of my Super Sleuth Families a wonderful Thanksgiving, I am grateful for all of you!

 

It’s a Date

Tuesday 11/21- Report Cards sent home
Wednesday 11/22- Friday 11/24- Thanksgiving Holiday
Tuesday 11/28- Fire Safety Smoke House visits 4th grade

 

BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE COYOTE COURIER LINK TO THE RIGHT TO READ UP ON ALL OF THE LATEST NEWS AND HAPPENINGS AT KES!

 

Curriculum

My Super Sleuths finished up the Internet Safety modules designed for fourth graders.  The children learned about many aspects of internet safety and best use practices. The lessons covered internet ettiquette and safety, protecting personal information, evaluating websites, and plagiarism.

 

Math – 4.4. Computation –We continue to work on division, and will throughout next week.  Please continue to work toward multiplicaton fact mastery, as having that skill is important in order to succeed with larger digit division.

 

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – Next week’s words are frugal, generous, perturbed, envision, forbid
  • Reading – Using schema to infer a deeper meaning, next week, we will delve deeper to explore theme and bias
  • Writing- Well, I’m sorry to say that we didn’t get to our “How to Catch a Turkey” paragraphs.  But, I can say that the children did a spectacular job during our Author’s Visit with Steve Smith and the follow up writer’s workshop!  I think he was impressed with the students knowledge of figurative language and their ability to construct engaging and detailed sentences. (Yes, I am one proud teacher.)

 

Social Studies/ScienceVS4. Colonial Life-Economics, Cultural Influence and The Colonial Capitol of Williamsburg. We will continue with this for the first week after the break, as we begin our Science unit on the Solar System!

 

 

 

Fall Fun

Fall Fun

We had so much fun in Jamestown!  Thank you to our wonderful chaperones, Mrs. Stutman, Mrs. Coates, Dr. Galichon, and Mrs. Kyriakakis!

It’s a Date!

Friday 11/17 – Wear college colors day!

Author Steve Smith visits 4th grade

  • Jamestown Test

Tuesday 11/21- Report Cards sent home

Wednesday 11/22- Friday 11/24- Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday 11/28- Fire Safety Smoke House visits 4th grade

 

  • BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE COYOTE COURIER LINK TO THE RIGHT TO READ UP ON ALL OF THE LATEST NEWS AND HAPPENINGS AT KES!

 

Curriculum:

Math – 4.4. Computation – We have started our work on division! Please continue to work toward multiplicaton fact mastery, as having that skill is important in order to succeed with larger digit division.
Language Arts – 
  • Vocabulary – This week’s words are arduous, effortless, orderly, parched, and exhilarated
  • Reading – Using schema to infer a deeper meaning
  • Writing – “How to Catch a Turkey” paragraphs
Social Studies –VS4. Colonial Life-Economics, Cultural Influence and The Colonial Capitol of Williamsburg

November 7th

November 7th

Room 214 is a NO slothing zone!

 

Dear Parents,

It was so wonderful to meet up with all of you during our conference times.  Your children mean the world to me, and I love sharing their successes with you.  I can’t tell you how much your kind words, support encouragement and warm hugs mean to me. Thank you so much!

 

Please remember our veterans!  The school is currently collecting personal items, such as toiletries, toothbrushes, and travel size soaps and shampoo for our troops serving overseas.  Healthy snacks, or puzzle books are appreciated as well!  The collection will end this Friday.  Thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

 

It’s a Date!

 

Thursday 11/9 – Jamestown Field Trip-Plan to drive your child to school and pick them up when we return, please! Buses depart at 7:15 AM from KES and we will return around 4:00 PM .  Detailed information was sent home on Monday, 11/5.

(see information under “The FUN Stuff”)

Friday 11/10 – Veteran’s Day Assembly 8:30-9:30-Wear Red, White, and Blue!

Monday 11/13-Fire Safety Lesson #3

Wednesday 11/14/17-Jamestown Test

Thursday 11/16-Social Studies Break Out Sessions with Mr. C.

Friday 11/17 – Author Steve Smith Visits 4th grade

 

BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE COYOTE COURIER LINK TO THE RIGHT TO READ UP ON ALL OF THE LATEST NEWS AND HAPPENINGS AT KES!

 

Curriculum:

Math – 4.4. Computation – This week will finish up our work with computation of larger digit numbers using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and word problems.  We will begin exploring division!
Language Arts – 
  • Vocabulary – Due to our abbreviated week, there are NO vocabulary words this week!
  • Reading –  Inferencing and Drawing Conclusions
  • Writing – We are going to write some fun expository paragraphs called “How to Catch a Turkey”
Social Studies –We are studying the hardships and successes of the Jamestown Colony and will learn about the three royal charters

November 2

November 2

It’s a Date!

 Wenesday 11/1 – Jamestown Field Trip payment due

Thursday 11/2 – 2nd Fire Safety Lesson

Monday 11/6 – Evening Conferences

Tuesday 11/7 – Morning Conferences

Thursday 11/9 – Jamestown Field Trip-Plan to drive your child to school and pick them up when we return, please! Buses depart at 7:15 AM from KES and we will return around 4:00 PM .  More info to come!

(see information under “The FUN Stuff”)

Friday 11/10 – Veteran’s Day Assembly 8:30-9:30

Friday 11/17 – Author Steve Smith Visits 4th grade

Hello, Super Sleuth Families!  I hope this finds you well, and that you have had a chance to enjoy some of the wonderful weather we have been having.  It’s so hard to believe that the first quarter will be over as of next week.  I’m very proud of my students, and all of their hard work.  I am the first to admit that fourth grade is tough!  We’ve had some nice discussions in the classroom about ways to improve the quality of our work, and we are working, as a team, to make it happen.

 

BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE COYOTE COURIER LINK TO THE RIGHT TO READ UP ON ALL OF THE LATEST NEWS AND HAPPENINGS AT KES!

 

Curriculum:

Math – 4.4. Computation – This week will continue our work with larger digit multiplication by learning how to estimate products and solve word problems.
Language Arts – 
  • Vocabulary – This week’s words are luminous, murky, congregate, dread, and peruse
  • Reading –  Identifying author’s purpose
  • Writing – We will take a look at illustrations from “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” The children will publish writing about the illustration they choose.
Social Studies – We will learn about The Lost Colony of Roanoke and the reasons for colonization at Jamestownl.