My Last Post. :(

My Last Post. :(

So, this is weird, my last post to my Super Sleuth Families…well, I may throw a mushy post your way next week about how much I will miss your children, for real!

Below are the happenings scheduled for next week.  Your child will bring home a flier on Friday to remind them of the special fourth grade days listed below, which are separate from the SCA spirit days! Whew, we are in for some FUN next week!

 

IT’S A DATE!

Thursday 6/7 – Outdoor Classroom Dedication Ceremony and Book Fair

Monday 6/11 – Neon Day and Game Board Day-(students may bring a game from home!)

Tuesday 6/12 – Tie Die Day and Beach Day (towels, shades, beach balls, and popsicles!)

Wednesday 6/13 – Hat Day and Electronics Day (permission slip will be sent on Monday)…PLUS STAFF vs. 5th grade kickball game at 12:45, yours truly will be playing, so my Super Sleuths will on the track to cheer me on…er, I hope.

Thursday 6/14 – Patriotic Day and Movie Day

Friday 6/15 – KES Pride and 1/2 Day of  School (11:10 dismissal)

 

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

 

Curriculum:  

Math – Enrichment including logic puzzles, multi-step word problems

Language Arts – 

  • Writing –  practice, practice, practice! The children had fun today comparing their first week of school writings to what they are able to do now.

Final Countdown

Final Countdown

Hello, Super Sleuth Families!

 

So sorry for the delay in posting, I apparently didn’t have it all the way in my brain that yesterday was Tuesday!  I hope all of you had a great Memorial Day weekend.  The fourth graders here at KES really enjoyed their morning time during the month of May with Mrs. Robson, as she told the students a different story each day about our military heroes.

Yesterday, the children attended the informational session about this year’s HCPS summer reading program. Additionally, information was sent home in the weekly folders.  For more information, please check out this link. https://sites.google.com/site/kaechelelibrary/literacy/summer-reading

IT’S A DATE!

Thursday 6/7-Outdoor Classroom Dedication and Book Fair event

Friday 6/15-Last Day of School, half day

* I will post blog updates as I receive information about end of school year activities and events. The fourth grade will have some special theme days during the last week of school.

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

 

Curriculum:  

Math– We will have tons of fun applying newly learned math concepts to real life scenarios, and even begin chipping away at the 5th grade curriculum.

Language Arts – This is the last week for vocabulary, the quiz will be Monday 6/4

petrified, courageous, parallel, overbearing, gloat

  • The children will take a released SOL that they took at the beginning of the year, once again and compare their scores!

Science- 4.9- My students are working hard on their Animal Family Photo Albums.  We have had about four solid hours of research time this week.  My hope is that they can pull everything together here at school. However, printing pictures at home for these projects may be helpful, as my classroom printer can’t handle the demands of 22 Super Sleuths! Please send in any materials your child may need as soon as you can. The final project is due Monday. Most students have already completed their research and filled out their research organizers, and are now working on drawings, and planning the organization of their books. If you’d like to check out the project and it’s components, please visit this link: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/creating-wild-family-album/  Report cards are due Tuesday morning, so I don’t have any flexibility regarding the due date.  Thanks for your help!

Send me positive vibes to make it through to the 15th!  I will miss your children terribly, but the last few weeks can be…interesting. 🙂

 

Fifth Grade ROCKS!

Fifth Grade ROCKS!

 

CALLING ALL RISING 5TH GRADERS:

The online application for all leadership positions is available for all KES rising 5th graders. 5th Grade jobs include: Pup Pack, Safety Patrol, AwesomeBox Crew, Morning News Crew, and iTeam.

Please complete the Google form with your choices for leadership positions for the first semester of fifth grade.  All students will have the opportunity to apply, but not all students will have a leadership position due to the number of positions available. Students will have the opportunity to apply for new jobs second semester of 5th grade.

All applications will be completed and submitted through the Google form starting May 25th.  All applications must be submitted by 2pm on June 1st.   No late applications will be accepted.   Students will be notified by June 8th as to the assigned leadership position. Use the link below!

 

https://tinyurl.com/KESjobs5

KES Lego Robotics!

KES Lego Robotics!

A few of my Super Sleuths have asked about joining the KES Robotics Team, here is all of the information you need, hot off the press!

Attention:

Lego loving Coyotes!  We are organizing the 2018-19 Lego Robotics team.  Any rising 4th and 5th grader may sign up. Any questions, please contact kaechelepta@gmail.com

Use the link below to fill out an interest form.

https://tinyurl.com/yavb73bq

Sweet Virginia Breeze, Tomorrow is our LAST SOL TEST!

Sweet Virginia Breeze, Tomorrow is our LAST SOL TEST!

Can you believe it? Our LAST SOL test of the year!  We will all be very relieved and happy here in Room 214.  I can’t wait to have some fun learning, for the sake of learning, during these last few weeks!

IT’S A DATE!

 Wednesday 5/23-Social Studies SOL

Monday 5/28- Memorial Day, no school

Wednesday, 5/30-Plant Test

Thursday 6/7-Outdoor Classroom Dedication

Friday 6/15-Last Day of School, half day

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

 

Curriculum:  

Math– We will have tons of fun applying newly learned math concepts to real life scenarios, and even begin chipping away at the 5th grade curriculum.

Language Arts – We will have vocabulary words NEXT week, and the week after. 

  • Reading -Next up, we will have some fun with Reader’s Theater and Poetry

  • Writing – Working on our three paragraph essays, through peer editing.

Science- 4.9-The children are having fun tending to their lima bean plants.  We will have our unit test next Wednesday.  After that, we will have a short animal unit.  In lieu of a test for the animal unit, the children will complete an in-school project.  They may choose between a research tri-fold, or an animal family photo album.  Details will be sent home soon!

May Madness is Here!

May Madness is Here!

Hi!  I hope all of you had a relaxing weekend, and a nice Mother’s Day, to my Super Sleuth moms.  Thanks again for such a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week, I feel very much appreciated!

Just a heads up…it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that behavior begins to slip this time of year.  I’m finding that my students are pretty talkative these days, (even when I am speaking, or teaching), and they are not remembering a number of school and classroom rules, like to remain silent in the hallway, to follow the rules of the library, and to pick up after themselves in the classroom. While I understand that the children are very excited about the fun things that take place in the spring, and the fact that summer is right around the corner, we still have five weeks to go here in room 214.  That being said, please be understanding if you see more tallies than usual on behavior sheets.  I tend to be pretty lenient when it comes to behavior, so if your child receives a tally, it is usually because of multiple infractions, not just one.  Speaking with your child about following the rules at school on a regular basis will definitely help.  I know a lot of you do this anyway, but I’m sending up an S.O.S so that we can all make it to June 15th!  Thanks very much!

 

IT’S A DATE!

Tuesday 5/15 – Math I SOL

Wednesday 5/16 – Math II SOL

Wednesday 5/23-Social Studies SOL

Monday 5/28- Memorial Day, no school

Thursday 6/7-Outdoor Classroom Dedication

Friday 6/15-Last Day of School, half day

 

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

 

Curriculum:  

MATH – SOL tomorrow, and Wednesday!

Language Arts – NO VOCABULARY THIS WEEK, OR NEXT WEEK.

  • Reading -Next up, we will have some fun with Reader’s Theater and Poetry

  • Writing – Working on our three paragraph essays, through peer editing.

Social Studies – We are in review mode for next Wednesday’s SOL

Science- 4.9 We started our unit on plants today!  During this unit, the children will learn about seed vs. seedless plants, the parts of a flower, and all about photosynthesis.

Showing Off our Learning…SOL!

Showing Off our Learning…SOL!

Hello!  I hope you are all well.  This is a very busy time of year for everyone, so I’m streamlining homework a bit.  There will be no vocabulary words for at least the next two weeks.  Additionally, when the children are asked to review for social studies, in their blue workbooks, I have told them that it if fine with me if that counts as their 20 minutes of reading.  If you have different rules in place about this, than by all means, family rules first! The children will continue to have some review math problems here an there in the next couple of weeks.  Thanks so much for all of your support and understanding!

IT’S A DATE!

Monday 5/7 – Reading I SOL

Tuesday 5/8 – Reading II SOL

Wednesday 5/9 – Science Test 4.9 Resources

Tuesday 5/15 – Math I SOL

Wednesday 5/16 – Math II SOL

Wednesday 5/23-Social Studies SOL

 

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

 

Curriculum:  

MATH – Reviewing fourth grade math concepts and extending our knowledge through some fun math games!

Language Arts – NO VOCABULARY THIS WEEK, OR NEXT WEEK.

  • Reading – Reading strategies for comprehension and SOL Review-Next up, we will have some fun with Reader’s Theater and Poetry

  • Read Aloud –  The Surprise Attack of Jabba the puppet

  • Writing –  The children have begun brainstorming and researching in preparation for a three paragraph essay on the environment.  My students were given the opportunity to choose from several topics, or propose one of their own.  Some children will debate whether or not smoking should be banned entirely in restaurants, some will discuss the importance of trees, and others will try to explain Earth’s pollution problem to an alien! We will take our time in crafting and finalizing these masterpieces.

Social Studies –  This week we are reviewing The 3 Language Groups, VS3 Jamestown, VS4 Colonial Life and VS5 Revolutionary War

Science- 4.9 Resources – Last week we learned that Virginia has 9 different watersheds.  We learned that our watershed address is Tuckahoe Creek, James River, Chesapeake Bay.   We understand the importance of conservation for the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  We also learned about other important resources found in Virginia that we have a responsibility to protect. (trees, soil, minerals, coal, etc).  This unit concludes with an assessment on Wednesday, then on to plants and animals!  The children will create an Animal Family Photo Album during our science unit, more information to come!

My, My, It’s May!

My, My, It’s May!

We had tons of fun on Field Day!

 

JUMP!

IT’S A DATE!

May 4th-Watershed Lesson by Watershed Education Specialist, Lindy Durham from Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District

May 9th-Natural Resources Test

HEADS UP!

SOL Testing Grade 4
Monday, May 7- Reading Part 1
Tuesday, May 8- Reading Part 2
Tuesday, May 15- Math Part 1
Wednesday, May 16- Math Part 2
Wednesday, May 23- VA Studies

 

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

 

Curriculum:  

MATH – Reviewing fourth grade math concepts and extending our knowledge through some fun math games!

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary- week 18: Quiz Friday
    1.robust
    2.delicate
    3.mend
    4.reveal
    5.chaos

  • Reading – Reading Stratgies for comprehension and SOL Review

  • Read Aloud –  The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett

  • Writing –  The children have begun brainstorming and researching in preparation for a three paragraph essay on the environment.  My students were given the opportunity to choose from several topics, or propose one of their own.  Some children will debate whether or not smoking should be banned entirely in restaurants, some will discuss the importance of trees, and others will try to explain Earth’s pollution problem to an alien! We will take our time in crafting and finalizing these masterpieces.

Social Studies –  Revisiting some old stomping grounds as we review the 5 geographic regions of Virginia.  We will also review Primary and Secondary sources this week.

Science-We began our study of Virginia’s natural resources, including the Chesapeake Bay Watershed today.  The fourth grade will also have lots of fun learning more about plants and animals, to finish up our science curriculum for the year!

A FUN AND BUSY WEEK

A FUN AND BUSY WEEK

We are in for a whirlwind week this week with MAPs testing, a field trip and field day!  Whew, I have no doubt it will fly by, but there will be plenty of learning and fun in the meantime. Thank you so much to our chaperones for our upcoming trip to Virginia’s State Capitol building, Mr. Shah, Dr. Perkins, I look forward to spending this special day with each of you and my Super Sleuths!

IMPORTANT! Please be aware that on Field Day lunch procedures are a little different.  I will submit a lunch count in the morning for each child that wishes to purchase a bagged lunch on that day. The choices are :

Turkey and Cheese cold sandwich

Mini Burger

Healthy Day Meal

Each entree will be served with carroteenies, apple, chips, and choice of milk

An adult volunteer will go to the cafeteria to pick up the lunches purchased from our class, and bring them back to the classroom.  The children will NOT have the opportunity to buy any snacks or extras on this day. It may be a great idea to send anything you wish for your child to have from home, and to make sure that you discuss with them whether or not they will purchase a bagged lunch from the cafeteria ahead of time.  Thanks!

IT’S A DATE!

Tuesday 4/24 Math MAPs

Wednesday 4/25- SS 20th C. Test

Thursday 4/26 Capitol Tour Field Trip

Friday 4/27 Field Day!

Monday 4/30 Report Cards sent home

 

HEADS UP!


SOL Testing Grade 4
Monday, May 7- Reading Part 1
Tuesday, May 8- Reading Part 2
Tuesday, May 15- Math Part 1
Wednesday, May 16- Math Part 2
Wednesday, May 23- VA Studies

 

 

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

 

Curriculum:  

MATH – Finishing up measurment and then we will be in review mode until our end of year tests!  Can you believe it?  The strides my class has made in math this year is really quite remarkable, and I am so proud of them.  They never back down from a good math challenge!

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary- No vocabulary this week!

  • Reading – Reading Stratgies for comprehension

  • Read Aloud – Maniac Magee

  • Writing –  Editing- We will begin a springtime writing prompt this week, that correlates with our upcoming science unit.

Social Studies –  VS9 20th Century Virginia test on Wednesday.  My class will spend a lot of time preparing for this on Monday and Tuesday, as there a number of important Virginians included on this assessment.  The children have a study guide and copious notes from this unit in their S.S. notebooks. Our visit to Virginia’s Capitol building on Thursday, will be the perfect way to cap off our 20th Century studies!

Science-We will begin our exploration of Virginia’s natural resources, including the Chesapeake Bay Watershed next week.  The fourth grade will also have lots of fun learning more about plants and animals, to finish up our science curriculum for the year!

Please Bring on the Heat

Please Bring on the Heat

CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE THE WARM WEATHER IS? ANYONE?

 

Career Day was so much fun!  Thank you to our Super Sleuth parents, Dr. Perkins, and Ms. Sangha for presenting during this special time.  The students were so excited about their stethoscopes!

 

 

IT’S A DATE!

Thursday 4/12-SCA Spirit Day- Wear Camouflage

Friday 4/13- End of 3rd nine weeks

Monday 4/16-Career Day AM/PM Student Half Day

Friday 4/20 Reading MAPs

Monday 4/23 Measurement Test

Tuesday 4/24 Math MAPs

Wednesday 4/25- SS 20th C. Test

Thursday 4/26 Capitol Tour Field Trip

Friday 4/27 Field Day!

Monday 4/30 Report Cards sent home

 

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

 

Curriculum:  

MATH – Measurement – This unit continues this week with capacity (volume) and weight (mass) measurements.  We will finish up with a test next Monday 4/23/18.   This unit includes linear, capacity, weight, and elapsed time.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – plead, dilapidated, urgent, cease, persevere -Quiz Friday

  • Reading – Reading Stratgies for comprehension

  • Read Aloud – Maniac Magee

  • Writing –  Editing

Social Studies –  VS9 20th Century Virginia – this unit includes advances in technology that lead to the development of cities, moving Virginia from rural to more urban lifestyles.  We will also learn about many prominent Virginians, including Woodrow Wilson, Maggie Walker, Oliver Hill, Arthur Ashe, Linwood Holton and Douglas Wilder.  This unit will conclude with a test on Wednesday 4/25.