December 10, 2018

I hope everyone is safe and cozy during our time away from school!

Hello Happy Camper Families!  I just wanted to touch base with you to make sure you have all of the information you need for the rest of this month.

On Tuesday, December 18th, due to the Jack Frost Jam and Winter party schedule, the fourth grade students will eat lunch in their classrooms from 11:45-12:15.  If at all possible, please send your child to school with a lunch on this day.  Of course, the children will have the option to go down to the cafeteria to purchase a lunch, if you are not able to provide one ahead of time.

 

IT’S A DATE!

DECEMBER

4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

6 Math computation test

10-14-Collection for Henrico Christmas Mother

13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym

17 Monday, 12/17- Tacky Sweater Day- wear your tackiest sweater or tackiest
holiday outfit-(SCA Spirit Day)

18 Jack Frost Jam !2:15 (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5 and Winter parties 12:45

Wear Blue and White Day- (SCA Spirit Day)

19 Pajama Day (SCA Spirit Day)

20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

 

JANUARY 2019

3 Return to school after Winter Break

21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School

28 Student Holiday- End of Second Quarter

31- International Night (This is a date change)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 We have started on working on probability…but chances are, all of our plans will be thrown off track by the snow!  See what I did there?

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: TBD-once we get back to school!
  • Writing: We will work on a parody of the Night Before Christmas as a class
  • Grammar:  We will begin exploring adjectives
  • Reading – Focus skill-Cause and effect

SCIENCE –

We have begun to learn about Sun, Earth, and Moon relationships. The children will learn 8 phases of the moon this year.  New moon, crescent moon, first quarter moon, (this looks like a half moon with the lit half on the right), waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, and waning crescent.

If you can, start talking about, and looking at the moon with your child.  Learning the phases and why and how they happen is a difficult concept for them to grasp.

Soon, we will learn about famous astronomers; Ptolemy, Aristotle, Copernicus, and Gallileo

Here’s the link to our beloved Mr. Demaio, and his video on the planets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEXWxNbpTzU

 

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

.studiesweekly.com/

Issue 15 this week-the online assessment is open to anyone who wants to take this prior to our return to school.

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December 3, 2018

 

Good luck Luke B.! He will represent our class tomorrow in the school-wide spelling bee. Misha is serving as our alternate. Way to go Coyotes!

IT’S A DATE!

DECEMBER

4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

6 Math computation test

10-14-Collection for Henrico Christmas Mother

13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym

18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5

20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

 

JANUARY 2019

3 Return to school after Winter Break

21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School

28 Student Holiday- End of Second Quarter

31- International Night (This is a date change)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation-  Our computation assessment is scheduled for December 6th.  We’ve been working hard on mastering multi-step word problems.  For my students who are still struggling with facts, please keep practicing!  Most students in the class are comfortable with larger digit multiplication and division, and I’m proud of each students hard work.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: frugal, generous, perturbed, envision, forbid

 

  • Writing: The children wrote me a friendly letter while they were with their substitute, and they did a wonderful job!
  • Grammar:  We will begin exploring adjectives
  • Reading – We will finish up inferencing and begin working on Cause and Effect this week

 

  • Read aloudI Survived the Revolutionary War

SCIENCE –

We continue to learn about the solar system and planets.  Later in the week, we will study Earth, moon, and sun. The children will learn 8 phases of the moon this year.  New moon, crescent moon, first quarter moon, (this looks like a half moon with the lit half on the right), waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, and waning crescent.

If you can, start talking about, and looking at the moon with your child.  Learning the phases and why and how they happen is a difficult concept for them to grasp.

Here’s the link to our beloved Mr. Demaio, and his video on the planets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEXWxNbpTzU

 

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

.studiesweekly.com/

Issue 14 this week-online assessment due by Friday, please!

 

 

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November 27, 2018

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families and friends.  We have already hit the ground running here in room 214!

That day we made anemometers with Young Scientists!

IT’S A DATE!

NOVEMBER

29-30-Winter MAPS testing

 

DECEMBER

3 Make up pictures (individual)

3 PTA Spirit Night at Ashland Skateland; 5:30-7:30 PM

4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym

18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5

20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation-  Our computation assessment is scheduled for December 6th.  We’ve been working hard on mastering multi-step word problems.  For my students who are still struggling with facts, please keep practicing!  Most students in the class are comfortable with larger digit multiplication and division, and I’m proud of each students hard work.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: no new words this week

 

  • Writing: We had a group lesson on “stoplight” writing on Monday, and now my students are using this to create, “Inside My Snowglobe” stories.

 

  • Grammar:  Possessive nouns

 

  • Reading – We are reviewing a variety of comprehension focus skills this week.

 

  • Read aloudBlood on the River, a historical fiction novel about the settlement of Jamestown.

SCIENCE –

We are learning about our solar system this week.  The students really enjoyed this video clip that we watched today, and I promised them that I would include the link here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEXWxNbpTzU

 

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

.studiesweekly.com/

Issue 13 this week-online assessment due by Friday, please!

 

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Attitude of Gratitude

Wishing all of my Happy Camper Families a wonderful Thanksgiving, I am grateful for all of you!

Well, I am need of this break that is finally upon us!  I am sending home report cards, MAPS reports, and behavior sheets today.  I will grade the papers that I have collected over this past week once we return to school, and get those back to you as soon as I can. Thanks so much!

 

IT’S A DATE!

NOVEMBER

21-23 Thanksgiving Day Holiday

29-30-Winter MAPS testing

 

DECEMBER

3 Make up pictures (individual)

3 PTA Spirit Night at Ashland Skateland; 5:30-7:30 PM

4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym

18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5

20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

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November 13, 2018

Ask your child about Jamestown and the Mysterious 3! My Happy Campers did a fantastic job with this classroom challenge!

IT’S A DATE!

NOVEMBER

13-KES Spirit Night at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

21-23 Thanksgiving Day Holiday

 

DECEMBER

3 Make up pictures (individual)

3 PTA Spirit Night at Ashland Skateland; 5:30-7:30 PM

4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym

18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5

20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation-  Our computation assessment is scheduled for December 6th.  So, we have plenty of time to keep working on larger digit multiplication and long division! If the “move over method” of long division is easier for your child, I have no problems with them using it. I have shown this to all of my students, and leave it up to them as to which works better for them. However, there are a few students that I have actively encouraged to use it. This is when you simply move over the remainder of the partial quotients within the dividend of the problem, as you divide the digits within the number. Most of the steps of the division problem are just done in your head, and a lot of children have more success with this method of solving, rather than writing down all of the steps under the dividend.  The second quarter will be a challenging one in math!  I have begun formally assessing larger digit multiplication and we have started to learn division.  Please continue to review facts and steps of these two computation skills with your child.  I promise we will be working very hard here at school to make sure our skills are top notch!

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: luminious, murky, peruse, dread, congregate- Quiz Friday

 

  • Writing: We are finishing up our gratitude poems

 

  • Grammar:  Irregular plurals this week and next

 

  • Reading – My students will be having some fun with inferencing this week, and next.

 

  • Read aloudBlood on the River, a historical fiction novel about the settlement of Jamestown.

SCIENCE –

Our next unit will be the Solar System…but first, Jamestown!

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

.studiesweekly.com/

Our Jamestown assessment is Friday.  In the meantime we will begin to look at pre-revolutionary war VA.

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Second Quarter Here We Come!

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!

Okay, a word about nightly reading.  I heard from many of you that a number of my students are resisting  their 20 minutes of personal reading time at home.  It is absolutely my expectation that this done faithfully, and is, in my mind, the most important part of their homework.  I am going to hold a classroom meeting, and speak to my students about this.  Additionally, It is my plan to create a reading contract, wherein your student will make a promise to me, and you, that they will do this faithfully.  I do keep a reading challenge chart in the classroom, but the stickers they earn for completing a book don’t seem to be serving as enough motivation at the moment.  So, I am thinking about how to make personal reading time a “big deal” and how to celebrate our efforts here in the classroom.

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!

NOVEMBER

7-Family Life

9-Veteran’s Day Assembly 

13-KES Spirit Night at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

21-23 Thanksgiving Day Holiday

 

DECEMBER

3 Make up pictures (individual)

3 PTA Spirit Night at Ashland Skateland; 5:30-7:30 PM

4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym

18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5

20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation- The second quarter will be a challenging one in math!  I will begin formally assessing larger digit multiplication and we have started to learn division.  Please continue to review facts and steps of these two computation skills with your child.  I promise we will be working very hard here at school to make sure our skills are top notch!

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: We are exploring the prefixes “fore” “pre”, and “post” this week.

 

  • Writing: We will be reflecting and writing about gratitude this week

 

  • Grammar: More nouns!  Plural and irregular plurals this week and next

 

  • Reading – My students will be having some fun with inferencing this week, and next.

 

  • Read aloudBlood on the River, a historical fiction novel about the settlement of Jamestown.

SCIENCE –

Our next unit will be the Solar System…but first, Jamestown!

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

The children are loving our Jamestown unit!  I am now officially using Studies Weekly as part of our Social Studies and Reading curriculum.  Your child has their login information on an index card in their orange communicaton folder.  The website is https://www.studiesweekly.com/  .  We will spend time with these newspapers and online articles here at school, but please feel free to allow your child to explore them at home as well.  The children are responsible for taking the online assessment that goes along with Week 7 by this Friday.  They may take it at home, or at school, and they may use their newspapers while doing so.  I will “unlock” assessments for each issue by the end of the day every Tuesday for whatever assessment is due that same Friday.  It is my expectation that the children read all of the articles in each issue before attempting the test.  Thank you for your support!

 

 

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NO TRICKS, JUST TREATS

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYBODY! HAVE TONS OF FUN. LOVE, MRS. B.

IT’S A DATE!

NOVEMBER

2-Guest authors Mr. and Mrs. Verlander to visit Kaechele, and the class will have its first Fire Safety Lesson of 4

5-Evening Conferences

6-Student Holiday/Parent Conferences AM

9-Veteran’s Day Assembly (Please see this week’s Coyote Courier from Mrs. Patterson about how KES is working to help soldiers and veterans, and how you may help!)

21-23 Thanksgiving Day Holiday

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation- The children are doing very well with their larger digit multiplication, we really challenged our brains today by completing a Halloween themed pyramid puzzle, which required us to multiply some very big numbers! All of my students know the steps of larger number multiplication, however, a few still need to practice for accuracy and fact recall.  Long division will be coming up next week, so those facts remain very important to success within our math curriculum!

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: We are exploring the prefix “re” this week

 

  • Writing: This week, we are composing letters to veterans, and soldiers overseas

 

  • Grammar: We are working on understanding the difference between common and proper nouns

 

  • Reading – Finishing up Author’s Purpose, and working on Inference next

 

  • Read aloudBlood on the River, a historical fiction novel about the settlement of Jamestown.

SCIENCE –

Our next unit will be the Solar System…but first, Jamestown!

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

We will begin our new SS unit tomorrow by looking at Primary and Secondary sources, then on to the exploration and settlement of the New World in Jamestown.

 

 

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It’s Conference Time, Oh My!

The students were so excited to work on Chromebooks for the first time! We will get to do it again on Friday. Yay!

Hello Happy Camper Families!  There’s a lot happening in Room 214 these days, so hang on to your hats!  I will always do my best to keep you up to date on everything happening in our classroom by way of this blog, so thank you to everyone who tunes in each week to read up on the latest news!

I’m really looking forward to conferencing with my Coyote Parents, so be sure to sign up via the SignUp Genius link sent out by Mrs. Patterson tomorrow!  Fall conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 5th from 2:30-6:00 PM, and Tuesday, November 6th from 7:30-11:00AM.

We have become a Virginia Studies Weekly classroom!  I went ahead and obtained this program for my students, and I really believe it will help to bring Virginia history to life for my Happy Campers.  The newspapers will be delivered in the next week or so, but your child already has online access to this amazing resource.  On Monday, I introduced the online reading, and associated activities to the class, and got all of them registered into the program.  Please check it out!  The articles have a read-along, voice feature, the graphics are wonderful, and the children really do love the games they are able to play as they progress through the program.  The first 6 issues of VA Studies Weekly are open and available to my students as of now, and I will open up the rest as we begin those units of study.  I will let you know the specifics of how I will use this program, in terms of assignments and grades very soon.  Thank you!

www.studiesweekly.com 

I assigned the weather projects today at school, if you wish to send in some magazines for the children who have chosen to work on a collage, we will gladly take them off your hands.  Please talk to your your child about what he, or she, has selected. These will be worked on here at school, and they are due next Tuesday. I will try to remember to send home a copy of the project menu and rubric tomorrow. The children received their menus here at school today.

IT’S A DATE!

OCTOBER

23-Spirit Night at Chipotle and Mix It Up Day at school

25-First meeting of the 24 Math Club from 2:15-3:15 after school 

30- Weather Test

NOVEMBER

5-Evening Conferences

6-Student Holiday/Parent Conferences AM

9-Veteran’s Day Assembly

21-23 Thanksgiving Day Holiday

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation- We will begin learning how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit and 2 digit by three digit numbers this week, and learn about the properties of multiplication. Keep practicing those facts! I plan to create some instructional videos for my students via PowToon, so that they may practice harder computation skills at home, as needed.
  • Language Arts 
  • Vocabulary words- week 4:
    1.colossal
    2.minute
    3.notion
    4.strut
    5.concoct

 

  • Writing: The children are working on their expository weather writings here at school and are doing a terrific job!
  • Grammar:We will begin our study of Nouns this week, and have some fun with subjects and predicates.

 

  • Reading – Finishing up Context Clues and beginning Author’s Purpose
  • Read aloudBlood on the River, a historical fiction novel about the settlement of Jamestown.

SCIENCE –

4.6. WEATHER- For the next week. This week, we will take a closer look at fronts, storms, and weather maps.  My students will also work on their self-selected in class projects this week.  We will finish the unit with a Weather Test next Tuesday, October 30th.  The students have a study guide for this in their science notebooks.

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

We will begin our new SS unit on Thursday, by looking at Primary and Secondary sources, then on to the exploration and settlement of the New World in Jamestown. On a side note, the fourth grade will not be travelling to Jamestown this year for a field trip, so if that’s something you are able to do with your child, it is well worth it!

 

 

 

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Hard Work Pays Off!

Hello!  I hope this blog post finds you all well after another unexpected three day weekend.  We are running on all cylinders here in room 214, and I have to say, I am very proud of my students. Many of them are really starting to hold themselves accountable for their own learning and are, rightfully, proud of their hard work and progress. Way to go, Happy Campers!

Today was a jam packed day!  We had Young Scientists conduct a lesson on weather, and a technology lesson with Mr. C.. Your child can access the materials used todayduring our technology lesson inside of their Schoology folders at home, check it out! It was a “flipped” classroom lesson, all about multi-step and real world math problems.   

We managed to work in our vocabulary quiz today, but did not have time for the oral weather tools quiz, so we will have that tomorrow.  Thanks for being adaptable!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Our classroom library got such a nice boost because of your generosity and kindness.  We love all of the new books purchased for our classroom from the Book Fair.  Thanks again, it means a lot to all of us!

IT’S A DATE!

OCTOBER

19-Fall Pictures-individual and class pictures

NOVEMBER

5-Evening Conferences

6-Student Holiday/Parent Conferences

9-Veteran’s Day Assembly

21-23 Thanksgiving Day Holiday

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation-We are still working with adding and subtracting large numbers this week, and focusing on regrouping across zeroes.  Our flipped classroom lesson with Mr. C. was a huge hit, and my Coyotes did a terrific job with this lesson format.  Please ask your child about their math adventures today!  Next week, we will begin learning how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit and 2 digit by three digit numbers.  Keep practicing those facts!
  • Language Arts – 
  • We have no new Word Work words this week, since we were bumped off course last week!
  • Wrting: The children are working on their expository weather writings here at school and are doing a terrific job!
  • My Coyotes will spend time in the LLC this week to complete their second Research Ninja activity

 

  • Reading – Context Clues, continued
  • Read aloud-Blood on the River, a historical fiction novel about the settlement of Jamestown.

SCIENCE –

4.6. WEATHER- For the next two weeks. Our Young Scientists lesson was so much fun!  We will also be headed outside again this week to gaze at the clouds, as we learn to identify 4 types of clouds and the weather associated with each.  We will culminate the unit with self-selected projects, to be completed at school.

 

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Fall Festival Time!

Woohoo!  I hope you can make it to the KES Fall Festival on Friday, I will be there ready to have some fun, and I’d love to see all of you!

Okay…Change in plans..as of today, I am giving your children a pre-filled out homework sheet for the week, each week.  I do like the idea of children being responsible for this, however, I have decided to pick my battles, so to speak. This is meant to be helpful to you and your child.  Just please continue to emphasize how important home learning is with your child.  I am really working with them here to become good and curious questioners, and trying to light that, “I wonder…” fire under them.

For the parents with children on the “Multiplication Facts in Seven Days” program, thank you for your diligence in reviewing the necessary  facts each night with your student, and sending back the signed letter.  This program seems to work, if it is done faithfully.

IT’S A DATE!

OCTOBER

9-12 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00

12-Fall Festival

19-Fall Pictures

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation-We will add and subtract some really big numbers!  Next week, we have a “flipped” classroom lesson with Mr. C. to work on some real world math multi-step word problems. I can’t wait!

 

  • Language Arts – 
  • Vocabulary – This week’s words are impede, advance, perilous, glisten, and divulge-Quiz Friday 10/12
  • Wrting The children are working on their expository weather writings here at school

 

  • Reading – Context Clues-today, we had some fun with Old English words
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Main Idea/Detail
    • Understanding unfamiliar words by using the clues withing the passage

SCIENCE –

4.6. WEATHER- For the next three weeks. We had fun spending our science time out in the Coyote Courtyard!  The children have a study guide in their science spirals for the unit.  On Friday, we will have our first Young Scientist lesson on weather. My students will also keep track of the weather each day, which should be exciting, with Hurricane Michael on the way.  We will culminate the unit with self-selected projects, to be completed at school.

 

 

 

 

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