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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It’s October!

Where did September go?  We are definitely up to full speed here in fourth grade, and we’re all looking forward to some of the fun things happening this month, like the Book Fair and KES Fall Festival!

A Word About Homework:

For the most part, fourth grade homework will be: reading for twenty minutes each night, review of Social Studies or Science notes, (kept in the five subject spirals for these classes), word work or review, and math practice (facts), and some times new skill practice, especially once we start computation.  Your child should be writing down their homework assignments on their homework sheet each morning.  I try to make sure everyone has done this successfully.  Also, homework is usually up to date here on the Homework Page of this blog.  I do want my students to be responsible for writing down their homework assignments, however, so please let me know if there is any confusion over homework expectations.  Thanks so much, I really appreciate all of your support and words of encouragement!

READING CHALLENGES ACCEPTED!

Each of my students has the opportunity to complete the Virginia Reader’s Choice book challenge.  We have one set of these books in our classroom, thanks to our very generous PTA!  There are ten books on this list and, and if students read, and provide a reader’s response to at least eight of them by March, they may attend a celebration in the LLC!  Each student has the list of books, and a completion chart in their reading notebook. The list of these books may be found HERE,in case you would like to purchase them for your child, or donate some to our classroom!

Additionally, we are participating in the 40 Book Challenge, and we now have a place to record those books as well, also in reading journals.  My students may use up to five titles that they read over the summer toward this challenge.  So, please discuss your child’s reading with them to help generate excitement about these opportunities.  We have a class chart in our room displaying our reading accomplishments, and I LOVE adding stickers next to your children’s names to celebrate their commitment to becoming Happy READING Campers! Thank you!

IT’S A DATE!

OCTOBER

PTA Board Meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

Math Assessment-Number Sense

5 Mr. Kaechele Day!

8 Student Holiday

9-12 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00

12-Fall Festival

19-Fall Pictures

WHAT WE ARE LEARNING

  • Math 4.16 Equality and Properties of Addition – Students will learn about equality and inequalities.  They will understand an equal sign is like a balance scale and both sides of an equation have to be equal.  example: 5+15 = 5×4.  In addition they will review commutative property and learn associative properties of addition.  (25 + 55) + 33 = 25 + (55 + 33)
  • Word Work – Your child has selected five “tele” words to learn this week. Your child has word lists and definitions in their word work notebook.  We will work with this words each day at school this week.  On Friday, my students will be responsible for writing each word in a sentence.
  • Reading – Non-Fiction
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Non-fiction Text Features
    • Non-Fiction features
  • Writing –
    • Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • My students have started an expository writing on extreme weather conditions.

Virginia Studies –

4.2 Regions – We finished this unit with the adaptations of American Indians to Virginia regions.  This unit concludes on Friday 10/5  with a unit test.

During this unit students will locate on a map the following: border states, major waterways, the 5 Regions of Virginia and the products/industries in each region.  Students will learn mnemonic devices to help:

Borders: Never Trust Kangaroos With Mac And Cheese

Rivers: Please Remember Your Jacket

Cities on the fall line: Alex likes Potatoes; Fred likes to Rap; King James was Rich

Regions: Always Vacuum Before People Find Crumbs

Indian Laguage Groups and Tribes- I See Ants Climbing My Pants

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Fourth Week of Fourth Grade!

It’s kind of hard to believe that we are already almost halfway through the first quarter!  We are already into the thick of the curriculum, but I know my Happy Campers are up for the challenge!

Your child was sent home today with a copy of the beautiful photo below.  Mrs. Patterson has assigned all of her Kaechele Coyotes, (teachers included), homework.  Please help your child think of a way to spread peace throughout our community. They may choose to post this photo somewhere, (like AwShucks, Publix, a gym), or they may keep the photo as a reminder to bring peace with them into school each day, and instead draw a picture that they may then share with the Far West End of Henrico, or anywhere they choose!

 

KES students and staff stand up for peace together, to celebrate International Peace Day!

IT’S A DATE!

SEPTEMBER

25 Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 5:00-7:00 PM

26 Reading MAPS

27 Math MAPS

OCTOBER

2 PTA Board Meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

Math Assessment-Number Sense

8 Student Holiday

9-11 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00

12-Fall Festival

19-Fall Pictures

Reading:

This week, will be exploring non-fiction text to determine main idea and supporting details.  Today we read an article that compares hurricanes and tornadoes, how timely! The students then had a “turn and talk” discussion with a buddy about the article using the following questions. “Can you name a person, place, idea, event, or thing the article focuses on?”, “What words, or ideas are really stressed?”, “Overall, what did you learn while reading the passage?”, “How would you tell a friend about the passage in one sentence?” Asking your child questions like this when reading age-appropriate informational articles and passages together would be a great way to reinforce this skill!

Language Arts:

Word work: This week’s Greek root is “mis”.  Your child has word lists and definitions in their word work notebook.  We will work with this words each day at school this week.  On Friday, my students will be responsible for providing definitions for five of the words.  The students will not need to know the spelling of the words. In grammar this week, we will begin exploring nouns.

Math:

Today, my students had a rowdy time as they lined themselves up in order, by age!  Each student was given a “secret code.” They were then asked to put themselves in order from least to greatest. Once they had done that, I revealed to them that their secret code was actually the number of days old they are!  We then talked about how they had to use place value in order to correctly place the numbers.

Social Studies:

We took a virtual trip to the Coastal Plain region of VA today, courtesy of the Virginia Trekkers!  This week we will look a bit more in depth to each of Virginia’s five regions.  The Virginia Trekker podcasts are a wonderful tool for reinforcing our VA studies!  Here is their website: http://virginiatrekkers.com/VirginiaTrekkers/VirginiaTrekkers.html

Do you know about the “Every Kid in a Park” program?  Fourth graders are admitted free to parks within this program.  Please check out the website! https://www.everykidinapark.gov/

Visiting Virginia’s parks with your child would be a fantastic way to support their learning, thank you

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What a Week!

Oh my goodness, hurricanes and subsequent tornadoes have sure put an interesting twist on things here at school!  My Happy Campers are getting better and better at fourth grade each and every day, despite altered schedules and extreme weather.

Thank you to those of you who have joined ClassDojo!  I will start adding to our class story this week.  No worries, if you choose not to join ClassDojo, I will only utilize this blog, or school email for important school information. ClassDojo will be used mostly for sharing what is going on in our classroom.  I will answer any questions you have about this during Back to School Night.

IT’S A DATE!

SEPTEMBER

19 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

20- BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 6:30-8:00 (New Date)

25 Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 5:00-7:00 PM

26 Reading MAPS

27 Math MAPS

OCTOBER

2 PTA Board Meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM  

8 Student Holiday

9-11 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00

12-Fall Festival

19-Fall Pictures

 

What We Are Learning:

Reading:

Identifying the main idea and supporting details when we read.  This week, we have practiced finding the V.I.P. (very important part), when we read. My students are also learning to distinguish between the main idea and suppporting details. This week’s vocabulary words, blissful, melancholy, demolish, preposterous, bewilder, quiz on Friday.

Language Arts:

We are wrapping up the four types of sentences this week. Our class will have a group lesson in the LLC on Thursday morning in order to begin our Research Ninja program.  This is a fun way for students to learn how to use the dictionary, encyclopedias, atlases, and almanacs.  For writing, we have started the Mentor Sentences program.

Math:

We are working on place value, number forms and reading really big numbers up to the hundred millions!  Quiz your Coyote and see how they do.

Social Studies:

We have started studying the geography of Virginia.  Today, we learned about the bordering states, the Chesapeake Bay, and Atlantic Ocean.  Soon, we will explore the five geographic regions within our beautiful state.

Do you know about the “Every Kid in a Park” program?  Fourth graders are admitted free to parks within this program.  Please check out the website! https://www.everykidinapark.gov/

Visiting Virginia’s parks with your child would be a fantastic way to support their learning, thank you!

 

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We Are Cooking at Camp!

Cooking, as in….we’re on FIRE here in Room 214!  Phew, the first week and the last two days have kept us busy, but your children are doing a phenomenal job learning the ropes, and about all things related to fourth grade!  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work with your sons and daughters each day, I can assure you, they are always the very best part of my job.

Congratulations!

To Mallory and Tristan who have been elected our classroom SCA representatives. I know they will both do a wonderful job! I am proud of all of my Coyotes who gave speeches and ran in this election, they all did terrifically well with their speeches and sportsmanship.

It’s a Date!

SEPTEMBER

13 Vocabulary Quiz and 6:30-8:00 PM PTA Back to School Night

14 Math Quiz-Bar Graphs and Line Graphs and Science Quiz Scientific Method  

19 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

25 Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 5:00-7:00 PM

OCTOBER

2 PTA Board Meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM  

8 Student Holiday

9-11 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00

 

What We Are Learning:

Reading:

Read Aloud: “There’s a Girl in the Boys Bathroom”

This week, we are learning about and utilizing different strategies in order to accurately summarize what we have read.  The children are practicing with the STP (stop, think, paraphrase) strategy, and the Five Sentence (or Five Finger) Retell Strategy. We have used and excerpt from “Island of the Blue Dolphin” this week to complet 5 sentence summary frames.

Vocabulary words this week: sassy, brace, meek, rapid, sluggish- Quiz Thursday- (I know the program letter says Friday, but I may have to quiz on Thursdays from time to time, so that the children arnen’t overwhelmed with assessments on Fridays!

Writing/Grammar:

We are workiing with the four types of sentences: imperative, declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory this week

Math:

Bar graphs and Line graphs- we are learning how to read these, when it is appropriate to use which,  and how to construct them. Quiz Friday

Science:

The Scientific Method- we have learned the steps and put them to the test today in our Gummy Bear experiment.  We had a great lesson today on the variables within an experiment, learning about the constants, and the independent and dependent variables.  We will have more fun this week with some dried pasta and pennies…

Quiz Friday

 

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Dear Mom and Dad…Camp Day One.

It’s a Date!

Friday 9/7-SCA speeches in our classroom (details below)

Thursday 9/13-Back to School Night

Wednesday 9/19-Half Day for Students

Tuesday 9/25 WATCH D.O.G Kick Off Event

Whew! Today was a whirlwind of fun, and I have to say, I am already so proud of my Happy Campers! They did a wonderful job in conquering all of the “newness” of the first day. Learning brand new classroom procedures, working on our reading stamina, getting to know each other, and organizing supplies, made for a jam packed day. During our Morning Meeting, we read through some quotes from “365 Days of Wonder”, and discussed how each of us interpreted them.  I then asked my Happy Campers to write down an inspirational, or “life advice” quote for a fourth grade alien classmate, brand new to Earth, and to KES!  We have a lot of wise fourth graders in 214! It was really interesting to me to see what they wrote, and to learn what quotes they most liked from the book. A little later in the day, we talked about what characteristics may define a hero, and the different situations you may find one. Ask your child what happened at the end of the marathon race we learned about today.

As the week goes on, we will continue to practice and learn new routines, review our Habitudes, and will begin working into the fourth grade curriculum by the end of the week.

 

FROM THE SCA:

I will be going over the responsibilities of SCA class representatives tomorrow with the children.  Each classroom may elect two representatives.  Any child interested in running for this position will take home a permission slip tomorrow that must be signed and returned before our classroom speeches are given this Friday. While I will review expectations and responsibilities with the class, please review these with your child as well.  The SCA meets once a month after school, and transportation home from the meeting will need to be arranged.   Thank you!

Below is a reminder from the SCA regarding the speeches:

“Each child that wants to run for class rep needs to give a speech to the class.  Remember that they may not “Promise” things that they cannot do; for example- more recess time for each class.”

 

 

 

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To Mrs. B.’s Happy Camper Families!

Welcome to a new school year, Happy Campers! We are going to have an incredibly exciting year in Room 214, and I can hardly wait to see all of you on Tuesday, so that we may have some wild adventures together. For real, there are a multitude of Fourth Grade learning adventures ahead, and lots of questions to be answered.  Like, who was the man responsible for the survival of the colony at Jamestown? How did he succeed, against all odds? Or, how do we determine an animal’s job, or niche, within its living environment? And finally, just what in the world is a common denominator, and how do they help in solving math problems? Wow, we have lots to do, but I know my Campers are up for the challenge! We will work hard to become excellent campers by working on our reading stamina, brushing up on our research skills through Research Ninja, working cooperatively, learning how to ask the right questions, and striving to become stellar thinkers and problem solvers. Are you up for the challenge? I believe in YOU! I’m so excited to get to know all of you and build our classroom family together. See you soon, Happy Campers!

With Love,
Mrs. B.

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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.

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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. 🙂

 

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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

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