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.

October 24th

October 24th
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 introduce the properties of multiplication (identity, commutative, associative).  We will also be working on 2 x 2 and 3 x 3 digit multiplication.
For extension: Students will be introduced to PEMDAS, or the correct order of operations.
Language Arts – 
  • Vocabulary – This week’s words are colossal, minute, strut, notion, and concoct
  • Reading –  Identifying author’s purpose
  • Writing – We are working on identifying the four types of sentences and writing stories from a visual prompt.
Social Studies – VS2 and 10 – We are finishing up our studies of the Virginia Regions and Indians. We will have a classroom competition for our final assessment on Thursday 10/24. They are ready, and it will be fun! Our next unit will be a VS1 primary/secondary sources.

 

The FUN Stuff!

1. Jamestown Field Trip – the permission form is coming home this week in the orange folder.  Please complete the form and return to school.  You can send a check in with the form or you can follow the directions below for online payment:

Dear Fourth Grade families,

This school year Kaechele families will have the option to pay online for field trips.   The fourth grade class is our first grade level to use this option in paying for the Jamestown field trip.    It is not a requirement that you pay online.   Cash and check will continue to be collected at the school; however, if you are interested in paying online, then please refer to the steps below.  For your reference, a 4% convenience fee is added to the total to pay the vendor for this service.  Please keep in mind in order for your child to attend the field trip, the field trip permission form must be completed and returned to your child’s teacher regardless of the payment method.

  1. A parent account and a student profile must be created before any online payments occur.   You will need your child’s Student ID # in order to create the student profile.  You may find the student number in ZipSlipp and/ or PowerSchool Parent Portal.
  2. To begin, go to the KES website, http://kaechele.henricoschools.us
  3. On the main page menu bar to the right, click on OnLine Forms/Payments and go to OnLine School Payments. 
  4. Read all the directions on this page and click on the online link to begin.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Buffkin, KES’s field trip coordinator

Super Sleuth News

Super Sleuth News

I can’t thank everyone enough for all of the Book Fair Books that were donated to our classroom library!  Your generosity is truly a blessing, and I am grateful to work with such kind and thoughtful families.  Spending time with your children is my favorite part of my “work” days, and that is the truth.

DON’T FORGET TO CLICK ON THE “COYOTE COURIER” LINK ON THE RIGHT FOR THE LATEST IN SCHOOL NEWS AND UPDATES FROM MRS. PATTERSON. 

CURRICULUM:

Math – 4.4. Computation – This week we will finish with Adding and Subtracting large numbers.  This includes estimating to compute using mental math and word problems.   Multiplying 3 digits by 2 digits will begin next week.

Language Arts –

  • Vocabulary – This week’s words are-impede, advance, perilous, glisten, and divulge. There will be a quiz on Friday

  • Reading –  Identifying main idea and supporting details in non-fiction texts

  • Writing – We will begin working on a visual writing prompt piece. This writing will be scored in conjunction with the HCPS writing rubric for fourth and fifth graders, FOUND HERE. My students will become well acquainted with this rubric over the course of this year.

Social Studies – VS2 and 10 –  On Tuesday we will finish learning about the 5 regions of Virginia and the products/industries from each region.  There will be a quiz on Friday that will cover the border states, major waterways, 5 regions, products/industries.  On Wednesday we will begin learning about the history of Virginia and the native American Indians who lived here.

Science- The children are gearing up to present their weather forecast projects, from what I have seen, they will be terrific!  I will videotape these and send them out over Class Dojo.

Information on our Jamestown field trip is coming home in the orange folder this week.

 

Fire Safety – An Henrico County Firefighter will deliver 4 lessons on fire safety during the next 4 weeks. Students will have to complete a workbook after each session with you to develop a family safety plan.

 

The FUN Stuff!

1. Jamestown Field Trip – the permission form is coming home this week in the orange folder.  Please complete the form and return to school.  You can send a check in with the form or you can follow the directions below for online payment:

Dear Fourth Grade families,

This school year Kaechele families will have the option to pay online for field trips.   The fourth grade class is our first grade level to use this option in paying for the Jamestown field trip.    It is not a requirement that you pay online.   Cash and check will continue to be collected at the school; however, if you are interested in paying online, then please refer to the steps below.  For your reference, a 4% convenience fee is added to the total to pay the vendor for this service.  Please keep in mind in order for your child to attend the field trip, the field trip permission form must be completed and returned to your child’s teacher regardless of the payment method.

  1. A parent account and a student profile must be created before any online payments occur.   You will need your child’s Student ID # in order to create the student profile.  You may find the student number in ZipSlipp and/ or PowerSchool Parent Portal.
  2. To begin, go to the KES website, http://kaechele.henricoschools.us
  3. On the main page menu bar to the right, click on OnLine Forms/Payments and go to OnLine School Payments. 
  4. Read all the directions on this page and click on the online link to begin.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Buffkin, KES’s field trip coordinator.

 

 

Rolling in October!

Rolling in October!

It is really hard to believe that we are already halfway into the first quarter!  My Super Sleuths are getting more and more comfortable within their roles as fourth graders. While I am so happy that my class is becoming more at ease with routines, and with each other, this has also meant some slips in behavior.  Today, I spoke with the class about investing in, and caring about their learning and schoolwork, and how those things are affected if there is constant chatter in the classroom, or even disruptions when someone’s feelings have been hurt over thoughtless and unkind words.  We need to “live” together, as a class until June, so respecting one another is paramount. I am lucky to have such a wonderful group of students, and I know they can rise up to your expectations when it comes to school conduct, as well as mine!  Please know, that if I have a specific concern about your child’s behavior, I will note it on their weekly green tally sheet.  Thank you for all of your support at home, we are in this together, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Curriculum:

Math – 4.4.Computation – During this unit, students will add and subtract large numbers to the millions place.  In addition they will learn to multiply 3 digit by 2 digit number and divide using long division.
 Language Arts – 
  • Vocabulary and Word Work-Quiz Fridays
    • This week’s words-blissful, melancholy, bewildered, demolish, and preposterous
  • Reading –  learning about a variety of reference materials and using text features to facilitate comprehension and summarizing nonfiction.
  • Writing – pre-writing strategies
Science – 4.6 Weather –  The students have been engaged in researching extreme weather conditions while creating their weather forecasts for presentation next week.
Social Studies – VS2 and 10 – Our first unit on Virginia Studies will begin this week.  During this unit students will be able to identify and describe the 5 regions of Virginia and the products/industries from each region. Next week, will begin learning about the Eastern Woodland Indians of Virginia.

October 3, 2017

October 3, 2017

Be sure to check out the Coyote Courier link on the left side of the page!  This is updated each Friday, thanks!

Wow, I can NOT believe it is October!  We are busy, busy, busy, here in Room 214.  The class is off to a solid start with our new vocabulary program.  I’m sending home an informational letter today about our vocabulary program, along with what our weekly quizzes will look like.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions. Additionally, my students will begin Word Study next week, we will work with a new list of word study words every other week, whereas vocabulary will be renewed weekly. This is a change from what I said at Back to School Night, but after getting to know my students better, and monitoring their work, I feel they will benefit tremendously from a differentiated spelling program.

In other news, we are going to UP our Class Dojo Game!  We have had a couple of classroom meetings about what we want our accountability plan to look like in our classroom, and have voted on different behavior categories we want to include in Class Dojo, within which, the students may earn points. These categories will always include our Habitude of the Month, (October is Self-Awareness), along with things like, being a hard worker, a great helper, and teammate.  Once a certain milestone of points is earned, the children will get to choose from a menu of privileges they would like to have as a reward.  Again, this list of privileges was generated by the children and me. Every Friday, I will reserve the last fifteen minutes of our day for a DOJO JAM, we will have some high energy music playing, and just celebrate our successes and “wins” for the week. I’m also hoping to use this time for some team building games and activities.

Curriculum:

Math – 4.4.Computation – During this unit, students will add and subtract large numbers to the millions place.  In addition they will learn to multiply 3 digit by 2 digit number and divide using long division.

 

Language Arts – 
  • Vocabulary and Word Work-Quiz Friday
  • Reading –  learning about a variety of reference materials and using text features to facilitate comprehension
  • Writing – pre-writing strategies

 

Science – 4.6 Weather –  The students will understand a variety of meteorology terms including high/low pressure systems, warm/cold fronts, and how different storms occur.  They will be able to identify various clouds and meteorology tools.  My students have become members of extreme weather teams and will work in groups to research, and present weather and safety reports on the storms they choose to research. We will conclude the weather unit with a test next Wednesday, October 11.

 

Social Studies – VS2 and 10 – Our first unit on Virginia Studies will begin this week.  During this unit students will be able to identify and describe the 5 regions of Virginia and the products/industries from each region.  We will begin with learning about  relative location and the bordering states of VA.

 

 

 

 

Super Sleuth News

Super Sleuth News

Hello, Super Sleuth Families, and Happy Autumn!  We’ve had another good week in room 214, and my students are getting the hang of being fourth graders.  We continue to practice routines and discuss expectations, and with each day, things run more and more smoothly.  Right about now, we are turning the corner and easing into the heart of our curriculum, which is chock full in fourth grade.  The Super Sleuths are up for the challenge, we really will learn a bunch of cool stuff this year.

PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE REMINDERS PAGE ON THIS BLOG FOR SOME IMPORTANT INFO AND DATES, THANKS!

Curriculum:

Math: We are currently working on Place Value, Number Forms, Rounding, and Comparing and Ordering Numbers.  We will move on to adding and subtracting some big numbers next week.  We will have our Place Value Assessment on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Reading and Language Arts: A word about Reader’s Response Journals and Our Reading/LA Block- Each student is expected to complete one reader’s response  a week here at school in their reading journals. The children are given 20 minutes of reading time during our 90 minute Reading/LA Block each day.  They should also read for at least 20 minutes each night at home, as part of their nightly homework. On Mondays, I collect students with numbers 1-5’s journals, on Tuesdays, I collect numbers 6-10, on Wednesdays 11-15, Thursdays 16-21.  This Monday was the first day that I checked reader responses, but I did let my students know last Monday, that we would begin this schedule this week.  My students have menus for fiction and nonfiction in their reading binders from which they choose which response they would like to complete.  If a child is reading the same book from one week to the next, they simply choose a different response activity.  It is not my expectation that all of my students will be able to read a book a week. Overall, my students are easing into our Reading/LA block format very well.  We have whole group instruction for 20-30 minutes, then over the next 60 minutes, we rotate through small group guided reading lessons, and independent literacy station work.  There will usually be two or three graded assignments due by the end of each week, and the children are told each day which ones they are.  Daily Dazzle will always be graded, as will vocabulary quizzes, once we get that program up and running. For the most part, my class is doing a great job with the independent work. While I am working with small groups, students must develop the skills and stamina to complete work quietly and independently in 20 minute segments.  The literacy stations they have to choose from may be found on Reading Contracts, which they receive at the beginning of each week, additionally, I verbally review expectations for a work session, and post them on the front board in our room. Please encourage your child to use time wisely during this segment of the day.  I am trying my best from here, and my students are given help in prioritizing work, when it comes down to the “must do’s”.  We are just a few weeks in, and I really am proud of how well my class has adapted, overall, and I have no doubt that every one of my Super Sleuths will succeed! Thank you for your ongoing support.

Reading Skill this week: Context clues, and identifying synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms

Writing: Pre-Writing strategies

Science: Weather!  We will write and produce our own weather forecasts as a culminating project for this unit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Sleuth News

Super Sleuth News

I am so proud of how well my students are settling into Fourth Grade, thank you for sharing your wonderful children day after day with me, I truly look forward to seeing them each morning. Thank you to each of you that made it to Back to School Night, it was so great to see everyone, and I am so grateful for your kind words and support.

Curriculum:
Math – 4.1 Number Sense – students will be able to read and write numbers to the millions place in multiple forms (standard, word, expanded, picture). In addition they will compare/order and round numbers to the millions place. Your kiddos read number into the 100 Billions today, just for fun!

Language Arts – The children have done a terrific job completing their first assignment from our L.A. Daily Dazzle program.

Vocabulary – I will introduce my students to our vocabulary program this week.

Reading – Summarize using the main idea and supporting details in a passage, using the “Someone Wanted, But, Then, So” strategy.

Writing – pre-writing strategies

Science – 4.1 Scientific Investigation – The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.
The students will take a quiz on this unit on Thursday, 9/21. Next up, our weather unit!

This and That
There is a NEW county required Change of Transportation form that has specific verbiage. You can find it on the KES website. Please use only this form when your child has a change of transportation, thank you!

We are so proud of our classroom Library Assistants, Maddie and Carter!