fierce fourth graders

wisdom begins in wonder.

monday april 23, 2018

Good morning everyone,

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. This morning students wrote their vocabulary and spelling quizzes and did a wonderful job! We went over some new vocabulary for next week's quizzes and then got down to work writing out the rest of our myths.

Important Reminders:

For those of you going on the field trip, the permission form and fee are both due Wednesday April 25. Additionally, we are still waiting on many letters of intent. Please bring them in as soon as possible.

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Sign your quizzes from today.
  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Monday April 30, 2018
  • Finish the rough draft of your myth. Refer to the checklist below. Make sure you have:
  1. A clear beginning, middle, and end.
  2. That whatever you are explaining about the world is clear (how mountains were formed etc).
  3. That you have a clear problem and solution.
  4. That your solution clearly leads to number 2.

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 8 test has been moved to tomorrow. Lucky you! One more day to study.

Study Guide

Extra help doc (pages 35-42)

friday april 20, 2018

We had a great morning discussing the Cold War and debating communism and capitalism. Afterwards, in Math, we learned how to use protractors to measure and draw angles. Way to go everyone, you really impressed me!

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Monday April 23, 2018

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 8 test on Monday April 23, 2018

thursday april 19, 2018

homework:

MATH:

  • 11.2 worksheet
  • Bring in a protractor tomorrow!

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Spelling and vocabulary tests on Monday April 23, 2018
  • Preposition booklet and IXL skills due tomorrow (don't forget to write the IXL scores in your assignment book)

SCIENCE:

  • We are almost finished Unit 8 Changes in Matter so a test is coming up soon. Here are the links to the Study Guide and the extra help document (pages 35-42). Start studying early!

Extra Help

Study Guide

wednesday april 18, 2018

homework:

Important Reminder: You will need a protractor for Friday's Math class. You can buy them at 9x9. Please ask your parents to help you get one.

Homework:

Language & Reading:

* Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Monday April 23, 2018

*Preposition booklet and IXL G1-G4 (ELL: Grade 2: T1-T2) due Friday April 20th, 2018

*Tonight please fill out the myth sheet I gave you and write 1 paragraph of your myth.

tuesday april 17, 2018

Hi everyone,

Today in our grammar class we learned all about prepositions. The students caught on quickly and did a good job of identifying the prepositional phrase within a variety of sentences. Later in the morning we read Wonder aloud and discussed it. Afterwards, in the afternoon, we read another myth and this time had the students act it out, which was very funny for all of us! They then split into groups to pick out the theme of the myth before answering some comprehension questions. Lastly, we started the brainstorm process for students to begin writing their very own myths. There were a lot of great, creative ideas going around the class so I am excited to see what they can come up with.

homework:

LANGUAGE & READING:

    • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Monday April 23, 2018
    • Your preposition booklet and the IXL skills below are all due on Friday April 20th. You should try to reach at least 80% in all of the IXL skills. For ELL students, please do grade 2 Language T1-T2 skills. Everyone should write their IXL scores in their assignment book.

IXL: Language: Prepositions

  1. G.1 Identify prepositions
  2. G.2 Identify prepositions and their objects
  3. G.3 Identify prepositional phrases
  4. G.4 Prepositions: review

monday april 16, 2018

Hi everyone,

Today was a special one because we welcomed a new student to our class from Shanghai. Ayumi, we are happy to have you as part of our class!

Today we:

  • Talked about the Cold War in Social Studies
  • Related angles and circles to fractions in Math
  • Read and discussed Wonder
  • Wrote spelling and vocabulary quizzes

homework:

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Legends spelling and vocabulary test Monday April 23, 2018
  • Please do your corrections and sign today's tests
  • Write a sentence with each of your vocabulary words. This can be done in your Word Work notebook.

friday april 13, 2018

Happy Friday everyone!

We had a great today. We finished up our science investigation on the rate of evaporation, read Wonder aloud, read and analyzed a couple of myths and legends, and talked about chemical changes in Science.

homework:

LANGUAGE & WRITING:

  • Legends spelling and vocabulary test on Monday April 16, 2018
  • Hummingbird legend questions

SCIENCE:

  • Watch Unit 8 Lesson 3 online and write down three things that you learned in your Science notebook. Be clear!

THURSday april 12, 2018

Hi everyone,

Thanks for a great day. We enjoyed a few different hands on Science experiments and read another myth. The kids are doing a great job of explaining their thinking as they pull out the themes and lessons in the folktales we are reading.

homework:

LANGUAGE & WRITING:

  • Spelling and vocabulary test Monday April 16, 2018

SCIENCE:

  • Watch Unit 8 Lesson 2 online


We worked together to make a fancy new Wonder wall on the third floor!

Easter fun!

Doing an experiment today to observe the rate of evaporation of different liquids.

wednesday april 11, 2018

Students enjoyed their day of specialty classes!

Reminder: Tomorrow is picture day for the class! Come in your formal uniforms with your hair and teeth brushed and ready to SMILE!

homework:

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Legends spelling and vocabulary tests on Monday April 16, 2018
  • Choose 5 vocab words and make good, creative sentences with them in your word work notebooks. Highlight the word in each sentence.
  • ELL: Write all vocabulary words ten times
  • Journal: Write 1 page about ANYTHING you like! ELL students, you may write one page double spaced.

tuesday april 10, 2018

Good afternoon all,

Today was a busy one! We began with Easter Mass followed up with an Egg Hunt and some other fun activities to celebrate the holiday.

A special shout out to our two angels of the week, Ahmrae and Victoria, who were recognized at morning assembly yesterday for being helpful students with good attitudes! Keep up the good work girls!

homework:

MATH:

  • Page 411-413 even numbers
  • Page 414 # 18-20

monday april 9, 2018

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back! It was wonderful to see all of you today and to hear the stories of your break.

This morning was all about Math! Reviewing the homework, and doing some partner and small group hands on activities to explore symmetry. In the afternoon students wrote a properties of matter quiz in Science and then we talked about different folktale genres in Language and Reading.

homework:

SCIENCE: Do quiz corrections for extra marks.

MATH: Textbook page 405-406 even numbers only

thursday march 29, 2018

Good afternoon all,

We started off this morning with a guided meditation and followed it with a writing activity were students reflected on the meditation and shared their thoughts and feelings. Afterwards, during Science class, we talked about the changing states of matter and the law of conservation of mass. We did a couple of hands on investigations and had a pop quiz to top it all off!

Have a fantastic holiday! See you all in april!

wednesday march 28, 2018

Hi everyone,

This morning, while I read Wonder aloud, the kids made their personal Wonder astronauts which we then passed around so everyone could write a personalized compliment or wish for each other. After lunch we had a great Science class where the students split into small groups to summarize and discuss an assigned concept which they then presented to the class. We even had a couple of little teachers quiz the students at the end!

homework:

SCIENCE:

  • Please finish the activity pages 380-382
  • Glue the notes we created together in class into your Science notebooks and read them over in case of a pop quiz tomorrow! =)

Our new feel good Wonder wall!

Little teachers leading the Science discussion on changing states of water.

Important reminders for the rest of the quarter:

Thursday March 29th: Parent Teaching Meetings (beginning at 3:30 pm in the conference room)

March 30th: Good Friday (NO SCHOOL)

April 2-6th: Easter Break (NO SCHOOL)

April 10th: Easter Mass and Activities at school

April 23rd: Science Day! Fun science rotations all day long! Parents are welcome to join in the fun!

May 1-2nd: Camping Trip Overnight (If you received a Golden Ticket)

Friday, May 11th: Mother’s Day Concert at DISK 6:30pm

May 22: Closing Mass

May 24-25: Final Exams, HALF DAYS, pick-up at 11:15am!

May 29: Graduation Ceremony (Last Day of School)

tuesday march 27, 2018

Hi everyone,

Thanks for a great day! This morning we began our unit on myths and legends and after reading it together aloud, students split into partners to read and discuss a second time. Afterwards, they were challenged to boil down the true meaning of the theme into one sentence, then further into a phrase, and finally with one word. It was interesting to see that almost half the class came up with the same core word: trust. Thanks for your participation and good attitudes!

homework:

MATH:

  • IXL Y.1 (please spend about 20 minutes on this skill and write your score down in your assignment book).

SCIENCE:

  • Watch Unit 7 Lesson 3 online and on the piece of paper I handed out, please write down 3 things you learned.

https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do?orgID=88636067

Important Reminders for the rest of the quarter:

Thursday March 29th: Parent Teaching Meetings (beginning at 3:30 pm in the conference room)

March 30th: Good Friday (NO SCHOOL)

April 2-6th: Easter Break (NO SCHOOL)

April 10th: Easter Mass and Activities at school

April 23rd: Science Day! Fun science rotations all day long! Parents are welcome to join in the fun!

May 1-2nd: Camping Trip Overnight (If you received a Golden Ticket)

Friday, May 11th: Mother’s Day Concert at DISK 6:30pm

May 22: Closing Mass

May 24-25: Final Exams, HALF DAYS, pick-up at 11:15am!

May 29: Graduation Ceremony (Last Day of School)

Negotiating with each other about how to classify objects according to their properties in Science class.

Finding the volume and mass (not pictured) of various liquids in Science class.

Getting cozy in the library to read!

friday march 23, 2018

We finished up our ITBS tests and celebrated by cooking up grilled cheese sandwiches (one of my childhood favorites!) and watching a nature documentary about animals. Thanks for all the fun kiddos! Afterwards we had an extensive math lesson, reviewing what we have learned so far in chapter 10 and moving on to explore perpendicular and parallel lines. In the afternoon it was all about Sports Day! GO RED GO! =)

VID_72331122_211834_496.mp4

thursday march 22, 2018

One more day of ITBS testing! You can do it!

Remember tomorrow is Sports Day so please wear your sports day t-shirts and bring a water bottle.

Sports Day! Parents are invited to join in at 11:00 for lunch & activities afterward! Just let us know you’re coming so we can plan for food!

Schedule of Events for Sports Day

11:00 Lunch

11:45-1:15 Field Events (Students and Parents)

1:30-3:00 Track Events (Students ONLY)

3:00-3:25 Awards and dismissal

homework:

MATH: Please write the score in your assignment books.

IXL

W.5 Parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines

DISK Newsletter Q3-Q4_low res.pdf

Dominican Quarter 4 Newsletter

wednesday march 21, 2018

Another day of ITBS testing and specialty classes. Thanks for your hard work and focus everyone. Please get to bed early tonight as tomorrow will be a busy day.

Quarter 4 is really going to get off and running next week once we finish the standardized tests. Here are some important dates to keep in mind as we make our way through the last nine weeks of school.

March 23: Sports Day! Parents are invited to join in at 11:00 for lunch & activities afterward! Just let us know you’re coming so we can plan for food!

Schedule of Events for Sports Day

11:00 Lunch

11:45-1:15 Field Events (Students and Parents)

1:30-3:00 Track Events (Students ONLY)

3:00-3:25 Awards and dismissal

Thursday March 29th: Parent Teaching Meetings (beginning at 3:30 pm in the conference room)

March 30th: Good Friday (NO SCHOOL)

April 2-6th: Easter Break (NO SCHOOL)

April 10th: Easter Mass and Activities at school

April 23rd: Science Day! Fun science rotations all day long! Parents are welcome to join in the fun!

May 1-2nd: Camping Trip Overnight (If you received a Golden Ticket)

Friday, May 11th: Mother’s Day Concert at DISK 6:30pm

May 22: Closing Mass

May 24-25: Final Exams, HALF DAYS, pick-up at 11:15am!

May 29: Graduation Ceremony (Last Day of School)

homework:

10.1 and 10.2 worksheets

tuesday march 20, 2018

Please spend about 10 minutes on each skill and write your score in your assignment book.

ixl -language

Poetry

  1. BB.1 Label the rhyme scheme
  2. BB.2 Identify elements of poetry

ell- GRADE 3 -Poetry

  1. AA.1Label the rhyme scheme

Prepositions

  1. G.1 Identify prepositions

monday march 19, 2018

The students had a busy day today as we began writing the ITBS tests. These will continue throughout the rest of the week so please be sure to eat well, and get a good rest.

homework:

MATH: Please spend 15 minutes practicing each of these three skills. Write your scores in your assignment book when you finish.

IXL

W.4 Lines, line segments, and rays

X.1 Acute, obtuse, and right triangles

Z.1 Acute, right, obtuse, and straight angles

friday march 16, 2018

Happy Friday everyone!

This morning we began with the amazing planet presentations. The students acted as real estate agents, trying to "sell" their planets to their audience. I loved their enthusiasm and expression as they shared their knowledge with each other. Well done everyone!

Later we had a great class in Social Studies about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We talked a lot about both sides of the issue and students wrote responses either in support of, or opposed to FDR's decision to bomb Japan as a means to end World War 2.

In Science we did the online interactive lesson about planets. Later in Language and Reading, we wrote free verse and I am Poems. In Math, we started chapter 10 by deciphering between lines, rays, and angles.

Thanks for a great day everyone! I am really looking forward to quarter 4 and seeing what we can accomplish together.

homework:

*If you need more notebooks for quarter 4 please try to get them as soon as possible.

MATH:

  • Please watch this 4 minute video about today's math lesson. Then, if you didn't finish in class, please complete page 383 # 1-15.
  • Practice skills W4 and Z1 on IXL. Try your best to get to at least 80% in each!

READING:

  • Type up your I am Poem and Free Verse poem (remember each poem may only take up one page maximum)

SO.MUCH.ENTHUSIASM (for Venus).

What a salesman!

thursday march 15, 2018

Good afternoon all,

We had a great morning alternating between ITBS practice tests and working on our planet research projects. It's wonderful to see the students so engaged in their research and inspired by all the remarkable information they are discovering about their planets. We are all looking forward to tomorrow's mini presentations!

Tomorrow students are permitted to wear green clothing in celebration of St.Patty's Day!

HOMEWORK:

SCIENCE:

  • Practice for your planet presentations tomorrow.
  • Be sure to write the good copies of your information sheet, finish writing your speech and print it out with your title page. They should all be stapled together with the title page on the top.

wednesday march 14, 2018

*Please note that a letter went home this afternoon about next Friday's Sports Day Event. Parents are invited for lunch and to join us for the afternoon activities. There is a mistake on the letter, however, as it says the date is March 27. March 23 is the correct day.

homework:

SCIENCE:

  • Planet worksheet
  • Your planet presentations will be happening Friday March 16.

friday march 9, 2018

Hi everyone,

We started off the morning with a quick meditation to get focused and energized for the exam. Students wrote Part 1 of their Language Exams and were able to finish quite easily and quickly. Well done! Afterwards we did an investigation to understand how the moon moves around Earth. We finished up with an activity reflection before lunch. After lunch students wrote their Math exams.

homework:

*Please sign your exams from today and bring them back on Monday.

Monday you will be writing Part 2 of your Language exam and your Social Studies exam.

Tuesday: Science and Reading exams.

Remember that Monday and Tuesday are both half days.

thursday march 8, 2018

Hi everyone,

We had a great day today! This morning we talked about the different kinds of figurative language and then tried to identify which type was being used in various Disney movie clips. Later we read different types of poetry and learned how to analyze them. In Science, we used Oreo cookies to help us model the phases of the moon.

homework:

Here are a couple of songs to help you remember the phases of the moon: https://youtu.be/liETwPZ0wzg

https://youtu.be/oCH7ahBZi5o

Continue studying for exams! Tomorrow you will be writing your Math and Part 1 Language exams.

wednesday march 7, 2018

It's crunch time kiddos! Today we had a lesson on how to use the study guides as tools to help us study. Tonight, and going forward until next Tuesday, you will be expected to bring home all of your study materials each night. You do not need to study each subject every night, instead you should make a study schedule like we did together in quarter 1 and 2. If you need help with any of this, or if there is something you don't understand on the study guides, please come and see me as soon as possible.

FRIDAY MARCH 9 (REGULAR SCHOOL DAY)

Math Exam

Vocabulary Test (Part 1 of Language Exam)

MONDAY MARCH 12 (HALF DAY, STUDENTS ARE DISMISSED AT 11:15AM)

Language Part 2: Grammar & Writing Exam

Social Studies Exam

TUESDAY MARCH 13:

Science Exam

Reading Exam

tuesday march 6, 2018

Hi everyone,

This morning, after our meditation, we continued our lesson on similes and metaphors. Afterwards we read some of Wonder aloud and had a great discussion about character motives. Next, we had lesson on how to give well supported answers when responding to literature. We talked about the difference between direct and indirect citations and how to explain their meaning and significance to prove your point. Later we wrote 5 senses poems using similes. The kids really enjoyed writing a poem about me! Afterwards, in the afternoon, I made some popcorn while the kids read silently and then we finished off the day with a science model to show Earth's rotation and revolution.

homework:

*Study for exams! If you have any questions, now is the time to ask!

*If you are not finished reading Anne Frank, please finish. ELL students do not need to finish reading the book.

*Wonder Part 2-Via # 9-10 (Use the ACE method to answer these questions as clearly as possible)

*Type up 5 senses poem

Snacking on popcorn while reading books makes for a happy afternoon.

Using flashlights and balls to model Earth's rotation and revolution around the sun.

monday march 5, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! This morning we had fun writing color poems. It's great to see how enthusiastic and willing the students are to write different forms of poetry and share their poems with each other. Thank you all for being so supportive of one another and making our classroom a safe place to share. After poetry I gave students the new Wonder vocabulary words that we will be focusing on this week. In the afternoon we had a powerful Social Studies class learning about the Holocaust and Anne Frank. I love teaching about world history to this group because they are so interested and ask the most thoughtful and inquisitive questions. They were so fascinated by Anne Frank's story so we spent some time on this website http://www.annefrank.org/ taking tours of the secret annex and listening to excerpts from Anne Frank's diary.

homework:

*Study for exams!

*Check out Friday's field trip photos below as well as some snapshots from Science class and a dancing brain break!

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Anne Frank reading log
  • Friday March 9 Wonder vocabulary and spelling quizzes
  • Type up your color poem on the poetry doc
  • Check out IXL x7, x8, x9 for simile and metaphor practice.

field trip photo diary

friday march 2, 2018

thursday march 1, 2018

We had a great morning exploring such space Science concepts as day and night, seasons, and Earth's rotation and revolution.

Please remember tomorow:

  • to come in your PE uniform
  • bring a hat or sunblock for the walk to and from S Club
  • health card
  • pack a lunch or be prepared to eat the lunch packed for you by the school's catering company
  • water bottle
  • healthy snack
  • if you have a membership, make sure you bring it with you or be prepared to pay.

homework:

SCIENCE:

tuesday february 27, 2018

Good afternoon all,

We had a very busy and productive morning here in Grade 4. After our morning meditation, we had an extensive grammar lesson on adverbs. We watched a couple of videos, did some writing and speaking practice, and then played a game of Adverb Jeopardy to show what we learnt. Afterwards we took a quick trip to the computer lab to do some online IXL grammar practice and ended the morning by writing a reflection on what we had learned about adverbs, something we may still be confused about, and writing out a few sentences to show our understanding. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and participation!

In the afternoon we talked about how to compare decimals in Math. The students worked really hard throughout the lesson and so they opted to listen to me read Wonder aloud afterwards. They worked on some comprehension questions before break and then enjoyed pizza from student council!

HOMEWORK:

READING:

  • Anne Frank reading log

LANGUAGE:

  • Thursday March 1 vocabulary and spelling quiz
  • Adverb booklet due Thursday
  • Please type up your alphabet alliteration poem on our Poetry Anthology Google Doc. Make sure it fits on 1 page.

Tomorrow is a holiday so have a fabulous day off and I will see you all Thursday!

monday february 26, 2018

Hi everyone, welcome back! It was great to see all of you today and to hear about your break. It sounds like we all did a lot of sleeping and eating! =)

This morning after our guided meditation we read Wonder aloud while stopping to discuss and make comparisons in our own lives. I gave students the new vocabulary for the week and then they wrote their spelling and vocabulary quizzes. In Science we made a hands on model to demonstrate how the sun, moon and Earth interact. Afterwards, in Social Studies, we talked about the Normandy Invasion. In the afternoon, during Math, we learned how to add fractional parts of 10 and 100.

Important Reminders:

  • Quarter 3 exams for all major subjects are beginning March 9. Study guides have been handed out and are also posted on the blog.

homework:

MATH:

  • Spend 10 minutes practicing these skills on IXL R.5 and R.6

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Wonder vocab test on Thursday March 1. The google doc has been updated with teh words and definitions.
  • Sign spelling and vocabulary quizzes

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Read the article using close reading strategies and create a clear summary of it in 5 sentences or less.
  • Rubie & Ellie: Using your textbook and what we learned in class today, answer the two questions about the Normandy Invasion. Be as clear and detailed as possible.

wednesday february 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

I hope you all get a good rest and have a fantastic holiday. See you back here on the 26th!

homework:

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Monday February 26, 2018 Wonder spelling and vocabulary quizzes
  • Please write your Valentine acrostic. Make sure it is related to Valentine's Day and that you check your spelling. If it is poorly done you will have to redo it.
  • If you did not finish your Zombie's Valentine's Day Creative Writing activity, please finish it over the break. Check your spelling and grammar and write nicely!

SCIENCE:

  • Please read over the Lesson 1 notes. You may have a pop quiz on this information after the holiday!
  • Please color the sun, Earth and moon handout. We will be making a model after the break.

I hope you all have a very happy and fun Chinese New Year holiday. Happy New Year to all of you! May this be the best year yet!

tuesday february 13, 2018

Hi everyone,

This morning we enjoyed some independent silent reading and later the students rotated in pairs through different math centers where they participated in learning games that focused on a variety of mathematical skills. In the afternoon we read Wonder aloud and discussed the October Precept in the book; your deeds are your monuments. Later on we enjoyed some time in the computer lab to type up our poems and practice grammar skills on IXL.

Important Reminders:

  • Please wear your formal school uniforms to school tomorrow because we have Mass first thing in the morning. Bring your PE uniforms to change into.
  • The field trip form is due tomorrow.

homework:

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Monday February 26 Wonder vocabulary and spelling quizzes.
  • Spend some time on IXL working on the F Skills under Language.

monday february 12, 2018

Good afternoon everyone!

This morning after assembly we had a nice guided meditation followed by a poetry lesson. We learned about acrostic poems and students had a chance to write a few of their own which we then shared with the class. After break we jumped into Science and had a quick discussion about Elon Musk sending his car into space. The kids were pretty interested in the story and we watched a short news segment about it to get some more information. Afterwards we did a Science exploration activity to discuss why the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Afterwards, we read some of Wonder aloud and then I gave students new vocabulary from the novel to study over the break. In Math class we practiced relating fractions, decimals and money.

*Field trip form is due Wednesday February 14*

homework:

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Monday February 26, 2018 Wonder spelling and vocabulary quizzes.
  • Finish acrostic poem (fourth grade students)

MATH:

  • If you didn't finish page 358 in class, please do it for homework.

friday february 9, 2018

Hi everyone,

We had a fun morning rotating through some different activity centers to celebrate Chinese New Year. This afternoon our students were stars yet again as they performed a lion dance at the school-wide CNY show! Great job!

*Parents, please check your email! I have sent a request on behalf of Sister Jean.

*Field trip forms are due Wednesday February 14

homework:

READING:

  • In your Reading notebook please copy the notes on this doc. Then write a paragraph responding to this precept. Consider these questions when answering:

1. What do you think this means? Why is it important?

2. Describe a time when you may have to chose between being right and being kind.

3. What are some ways we can show this precept in our classroom?

SCIENCE:

  • Lesson 1 sorting activity

wednesday february 7, 2018

homework:

*Please bring in a box of tissues for the classroom. Thank you!

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Wonder Part 1 # 1-4
  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday January 9, 2018
  • ELL: Reading log and summary

tuesday february 6, 2018

Good morning all,

To begin, we had an extensive grammar lesson on verb tenses. After the lesson we enjoyed some time to practice with a friendly competition. In Math, we reviewed yesterday's lesson and then moved on to learning about equivalent fractions and decimals. In the afternoon the students were excited to read more of Wonder and we had some great discussions afterwards.

Wishing a very happy birthday to our precious little Rubie! And a big thank you to her mommy for the delicious treats. Enjoy the photos below!

homework:

*Please bring in a box of tissues for the classroom. Thank you!

MATH:

  • These IXL skills will help you with tomorrow's Math lesson P.8, T.5, T.8

LANGUAGE:

  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday January 9, 2018

friday february 2, 2018

Hi everyone,

It's so good to be back! I caught a nasty flu and was stuck in bed for the last couple of days recovering. I missed all of you so much and it was wonderful to see you today. Thank you for the sweet welcome back messages on the board. =)

Important reminders:

  • Mr.McKeen has asked that all students please bring a hat that they can wear for outdoor PE class. You can leave the hats in your drawers in the classroom if you like, OR bring it each Wednesday and Friday.

homework:

MATH:

  • Please get your AMAZING Chapter 8 Math tests signed and do your corrections.
  • IXL: Please practice these skills over the weekend. Your goal is to get to 80% in each skill. If you get to 80% in all of them, you can go back and master them if you like.
  1. T.1 What decimal number is illustrated?
  2. T.2 Model decimals and fractions
  3. T.3 Understanding decimals expressed in words

*Only skills 1-3 are for homework but if you finish and still have extra time, you can work ahead to these skills. This will make Math class way easier for you next week!


  1. T.4 Place values in decimal numbers
  2. T.6 Graph decimals on number lines

6. T.8 Graph fractions as decimals on number lines


LANGUAGE:

  • Please work on the Grammar booklet I handed out today. Each day you should aim to do a page or two. You only need to do the even numbers on each page. The entire package must be completed by Monday February 5.
  • Please try to reach 80% in all of the Verb skills (D1-26) on IXL by Tuesday February 6.

tuesday january 30, 2018Hi everyone,

I lost my voice this morning so I had the students work on more independent activities throughout the day. They were great allies, worked hard, supported one another, and couldn't help but whisper throughout the day too. =)

homework:

MATH:

  • The Chapter 8 Math test will be this Wednesday January 31. You may check the study guide here
  • Practice the S Skills on IXL (S1-S15) Try to get to 80% on as many skills as possible.

LANGUAGE:

  • Please work on the Grammar booklet I handed out today. Each day you should aim to do a page or two. You only need to do the even numbers on each page. The entire package must be completed by Monday February 5.
  • Please try to reach 80% in all of the Verb skills (D1-26) on IXL by Tuesday February 6.

monday january 29, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a restful and joyful weekend. This morning we had our Mass to celebrate the Feast of St.Thomas Aquinas. Afterwards, we enjoyed some silent reading before jumping into Math. We reviewed the homework and last week's lesson and then had a lot of fun practicing our skills with a variety of competitions. Later, in Social Studies we talked about Pearl Harbor and then students split into small groups and were given an article related to Pearl Harbor or life for Japanese Americans shortly after the attack. Their challenge was to read the article, discuss and analyze it, and create a short, clear summary of its main ideas which they then presented to the class.

homework:

MATH: The Chapter 8 Math test will be this Wednesday January 31. You may check the study guide here

  • Practice the S Skills on IXL

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Please read and summarize the article in 13 words or less.

friday january 26, 2018

Hi everyone,

The students accomplished a lot today! They wrote their spelling and vocabulary quizzes as well as their Science Weather tests. The scores were high and there were a lot of proud faces in our classroom this morning. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication. It makes me happy to see you reaping the benefits of hard work. Keep it up! Afterwards we went to the computer lab and students did the final edits on their essays, and then worked with partners to do a final read through of each other's papers.

Have a wonderful weekend!

homework:

LANGUAGE & SCIENCE:

  • Please sign all 3 tests and quizzes.
  • If you want to do any final edits on your essays you have until Monday morning at 8:00 am to transfer them into the Doc I shared with you today. I will be printing them Monday.

MATH:

  • Textbook page 331 # 1-13
  • Page 332 # 15, 19, 20

thursday january 25, 2018

Hi everyone,

We have been having a hard working and all around inspiring morning here in Grade 4! To begin with we had a Writer's Workshop where students worked hard at revising and editing their first drafts. We have been doing this in stages so that each step of the process is done clearly and thoroughly. By the end of the period they were well into their second drafts and refining all the way. Afterwards we moved onto Social Studies, which the kids were thrilled about. They have become such little history buffs! =) We talked about the events leading up to Pearl Harbor and some great discussions and questions ensued.

*Don't forget to bring money to buy your movie tickets tomorrow!

Get a good rest tonight and plenty of sleep because we have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow. =)

homework:

MATH:

  • 7.6 Practice: even numbers only

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 5 Weather Test TOMORROW. Please check the study guide on the blog under Quarter 3 Study Guides for more information.

LANGUAGE:

  • Spelling/vocab quiz TOMORROW

IXL

  • These are the LANGUAGE IXL skills you can practice :
  1. D.1Use action verbs
  2. D.2Identify action verbs
  3. D.3Identify main verbs and helping verbs
  • These are the IXL skills you can practice to help you with Math:
  1. S.1Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers using number lines
  2. S.2Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers using models
  3. S.3Multiples of fractions
  4. S.5Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers
  5. S.6Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers: word problems
  6. S.7 Multiply fractions by whole numbers using number lines

wednesday january 24, 2018

homework:

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 5 Weather Test Friday January 26. Please check the study guide on the blog under Quarter 3 Study Guides for more information.
  • Essential questions must be answered in detail and handed in by tomorrow.

LANGUAGE:

  • Spelling/vocab quiz on Friday January 26

MATH:

  • If you didn't finish in class, Pages 323-324 Mid Chapter Checkpoint is for homework.

IXL

  • These are the LANGUAGE IXL skills you can practice :
  1. D.1Use action verbs
  2. D.2Identify action verbs
  3. D.3Identify main verbs and helping verbs
  • These are the IXL skills you can practice to help you with Math:
  1. S.1Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers using number lines
  2. S.2Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers using models
  3. S.3Multiples of fractions
  4. S.5Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers
  5. S.6Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers: word problems
  6. S.7 Multiply fractions by whole numbers using number lines

tuesday january 23, 2018

Hi all,

This morning we spent our grammar class learning about action, linking, and helping verbs. At the end of the lesson we enjoyed a little competition for Dojo points. Next, we talked about strategies to revise and edit the first drafts of our essays. In science we talked about how meteorologists predict weather and about natural disasters.

Important Reminder:

*A notice went home today from Student Council about this Friday's Movie Activity. Please remember to show it to your parents and bring it back to school. Thank you!

homework:

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 5 Weather Test Friday January 26. Please check the study guide on the blog under Quarter 3 Study Guides for more information.
  • Answer 3 of the essential questions given to you today in class. They must be answered in detail and handed in by Thursday January 25.

LANGUAGE:

  • Spelling/vocab quiz on Friday January 26
  • These are the IXL skills you can practice to help you with today's grammar lesson.
  1. D.1Use action verbs
  2. D.2Identify action verbs
  3. D.3Identify main verbs and helping verbs

MATH:

  • These are the IXL skills you can practice to help you with Math:
  1. S.1Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers using number lines
  2. S.2Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers using models
  3. S.3Multiples of fractions
  4. S.5Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers
  5. S.6Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers: word problems

monday january 22, 2018

Hi everyone,

This morning, at assembly, the students did a short presentation on the virtue of fidelity. Afterwards, we enjoyed some silent reading time before getting to work writing the conclusions for our expository essays. Later we went up to the computer lab to type them up and then did some IXL practice in anticipation for for our next chapter in Math, multiplying fractions. During our Math class we learned about multiples of unit fractions. In Science we talked about air masses and how warm and cold fronts are formed.

*There are photos below from Friday's amazing performance! I am still smiling from it. You guys were AMAZING!

homework:

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 5 Weather Test will be on Friday January 26. You should do a little review each night. Don't forget about these helpful docs! Pages 26-29

LANGUAGE:

  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday January 26.

MATH:

  • For Chapter 8 Lesson 1 Multiples of Unit Fractions, please practice the following skills on IXL:
  1. S.1Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers using number lines
  2. S.2Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers using models
  3. S.3Multiples of fractions
  4. S.5Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers
  5. S.6Multiply unit fractions by whole numbers: word problems

friday january 19, 2018

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you so much to those of you who were able to join us for our Student Showcase! I have never been so proud of our students as I was today. Absolutely wonderful job everyone! Photos to follow on Monday.

We had a great morning practicing for our big show, releasing our inner actors and actresses and gaining confidence as we encouraged one another. Later, we worked on developing concise introductory paragraphs for our expository essays. The students are really improving so much with their writing and I was very impressed with what they were able to produce. We had a little brain break and danced to a GoNoodle video and then got back to work writing our body paragraphs. In the afternoon we played some Math games and then prepared for our assembly presentation on Monday.

homework:

*Please read over your lines for the fidelity presentation on Monday.Please be on time Monday morning because we will be presenting first thing at assembly.

SCIENCE:

  • Please watch Unit 5 Lesson 3 online. Write down two things you learned and one thing you already knew in your Science notebook.

LANGUAGE:

  • Please write the second body paragraph for your essay in your Language notebook. Follow the same pattern:

Topic sentence

transition

reason/detail 1

example/anecdote

transition

reason/detail 2

example/anecdote

transition

reason/detail 3

example/anecdote

thursday january 18, 2018

Good afternoon everyone,

This morning after our guided meditation, students wrote their Chapter 7 Math Tests. Overall, the average was quite high and I was pleased with the results. Great job! Afterwards in Science we talked about what causes wind, and went over last night's homework to create concise descriptions of how the different types of precipitation are formed. In Language we worked on more prewriting activities to organize our ideas and prepare to write the first draft of our expository essays.

Important Reminders:

  • Tomorrow is the Upper Elementary Student Showcase. It will begin at 2:30 pm sharp so please arrive on time and grab a seat in the gym. All families are welcome to join us!

homework:

*Please bring your formal uniforms to school tomorrow so you can change into them for Student Showcase.

*If you do not know your lines PLEASE study them tonight. It will be much more calming and fun for you to be on stage if you feel confident. Remember to ENUNCIATE (move your mouth) so you speak as clearly as possible.

MATH:

  • Sign test

SCIENCE:

  • Textbook page 270-271, 272 # 2, 4

LANGUAGE:

  • Prewriting-organizing your ideas

wednesday january 17, 2018

Hi everyone,

This morning students enjoyed their art and music classes. Afterwards, in Science, we had a little group competition to fill in a chart about the different types of clouds. We finished off the period by playing Weather Jeopardy! After lunch we had a showcase rehearsal.

Important Reminders:

  • Friday January 19 is the Upper Elementary Student Showcase. It will begin at 2:40 pm and families are welcome to join us!

homework:

*Please practice your speeches and lines for our upcoming Student Showcase!

MATH:

  • The Chapter 7 test is tomorrow.
  • Please take a look here for the skills you should practice to be ready for the test.

SCIENCE:

  • Please color the precipitation handout. Look in your textbook on pages 268-269 and make some point form notes in your Science notebook about each of the four types of precipitation (rain, sleet, hail, and snow).

Being honored for perfect attendance for the first 100 days of school!

tuesday january 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Dennis! We hope you have a very special day. Thank you to you and your mom for the lunch treats today!

This morning after our guided meditation we had a rehearsal for student showcase. Afterwards, the kids did some running around the track while I cheered them on. ;) In Science we continued talking about air pressure and discovered that as altitude increases, air pressure decreases. During Math we discovered how to add fractions with like denominators using the properties of addition.

Important Reminders:

  • Friday January 19 is the Upper Elementary Student Showcase. It will begin at 2:40 pm and families are welcome to join us!
  • Wednesday (tomorrow) we will be celebrating 100 Days of School!
  1. 100 Days Old/100 Years Old Costume Contest
    1. Students are encouraged to dress up as a 100 Day Old Person, or a 100 Year Old Person
    2. Prizes will be awarded to the Best 100 Year Old and the Best 100 Day Old costume
  2. Perfect Attendance
    1. Certificates and prizes will be handed out to students who haven’t missed a day of school up to the 100th Day.
  3. Fit 100 Challenge
    1. Class teams can compete to collect 100 objects and present it to the Activity Team for judging.
    2. The 100 objects must fit inside the provided container with the lid on.
    3. The container should be returned to the Music Room by the 9:30 break time on the 17th to be eligible.
    4. The winning team will be chosen by these criteria:
      1. Fill: how well the 100 objects fill the container.
      2. How accurately it follows the theme given.
      3. Variety of objects within the theme
      4. Our team is grade 3 and 4 and our theme is cubes and squares!

homework:

*Please practice your speeches and lines for our upcoming Student Showcase! Tomorrow we will not be using the scripts during our rehearsal*

MATH:

monday january 15, 2018

Hi everyone,

I am back and fully recovered from the flu. It's really going around so let's remember to wash our hands often and get enough rest. Just a reminder that if you have any flu symptoms, please stay home until you are better so we don't continue to spread it around.

=)

This morning after morning assembly we had some time to practice for our student showcase. Later, in Science, we learned about air pressure. During Social Studies we talked about fascism and began to understand what motivated the United States to enter WW2. We spent some time in the library during the afternoon, and everyone chose a new book to read.

Important Reminders:

  • Friday January 19 is the Upper Elementary Student Showcase. It will begin at 2:40 pm and families are welcome to join us!
  • Wednesday we will be celebrating 100 Days of School!
  1. 100 Days Old/100 Years Old Costume Contest
    1. Students are encouraged to dress up as a 100 Day Old Person, or a 100 Year Old Person
    2. Prizes will be awarded to the Best 100 Year Old and the Best 100 Day Old costume
  2. Perfect Attendance
    1. Certificates and prizes will be handed out to students who haven’t missed a day of school up to the 100th Day.
  3. Fit 100 Challenge
    1. Class teams can compete to collect 100 objects and present it to the Activity Team for judging.
    2. The 100 objects must fit inside the provided container with the lid on.
    3. The container should be returned to the Music Room by the 9:30 break time on the 17th to be eligible.
    4. The winning team will be chosen by these criteria:
      1. Fill: how well the 100 objects fill the container.
      2. How accurately it follows the theme given.
      3. Variety of objects within the theme
      4. Our team is grade 3 and 4 and our theme is cubes!

homework:

*Please practice your speeches and lines for our upcoming Student Showcase! Tomorrow we will not be using the scripts during our rehearsal*

*Please write your name next to the lines you would like to read at next week's assembly where we will be presenting about the virtue of fidelity. You can find the doc here.

MATH:

  • The Chapter 7 test has been moved to Thursday January 18.

LANGUAGE:

  • Please read for 15 minutes and fill out the reading log. Don't forget to get it signed by a parent!

thursday january 11, 2018

Hi everyone,

This morning we shared our expository paragraphs before moving on to the prewriting activities for the upcoming essay. In Science we talked about the factors that make up weather. During Social Studies we began to learn about WWII.

Important Reminders:

*Tomorrow is casual Friday! Come in your (appropriate) regular clothing.

*Next Friday January 19 will be the Upper Elementary Student Showcase. Parents are welcome to join us! It will run from approximately 2:40-3:30 pm in the gym. We hope you can make it!

homework:

*Please practice your speeches and lines for our upcoming Student Showcase!

LANGUAGE:

  • Type up your expository paragraph and add it to your Writing Portfolio Doc in the Language folder of your Drive.
  • These are the grammar skills you are expected to master by Monday January 15. As you master them please check the box on the table in this google doc.

F.10 Use adjectives to compare

F.11 Spell adjectives that compare

F.12 Use adjectives with more and most

MATH:

  • Tuesday January 16 Chapter 7 math test. You check the study guide here. (It is posted under Quarter 3 Study Guides on the blog.)
  • Practice fractions on IXL
100DaysPoster

wednesday january 10, 2018

Hi everyone,

Students enjoyed their specialty classes today. Please note that Mr.Sandlian sent a letter home to parents about the need for recorders. In Math we learned how to add and subtract mixed numbers. In Science, we did a water cycle lab experiment.

Important Reminders:

  • Important Reminders: Parent teacher meetings to discuss curriculum for quarter 3 will be on Thursday January 11 from 3:40-4:30.

*Next Friday January 19 will be the Upper Elementary Student Showcase. Parents are welcome to join us! It will run from approximately 2:40-3:30 pm in the gym. We hope you can make it!

homework:

*Please practice your speeches and lines for our upcoming Student Showcase!

LANGUAGE:

  • Write 1 expository paragraph in your Language notebook.
  • These are the grammar skills you are expected to master by Monday January 15. As you master them please check the box on the table in this google doc.

F.10 Use adjectives to compare

F.11 Spell adjectives that compare

F.12 Use adjectives with more and most


MATH:

  • Tuesday January 16 Chapter 7 math test. You check the study guide here. (It is posted under Quarter 3 Study Guides on the blog.)
  • Practice fractions on IXL

We love science experiments!

Sharing our observations...

tuesday january 9, 2018

Good afternoon all,

This morning we began with a writing challenge where students wrote a short piece telling about a day in their life. Afterwards, during our Grammar class, we learned about comparative and superlative adjectives. After the lesson and some practice, we played a Jeopardy style game to review! The kids loved it. In Math we learned how to rename fractions and mixed numbers. Everyone worked hard and picked up on the concept quickly, way to go!

Important Reminders: Parent teacher meetings to discuss curriculum for quarter 3 will be on Thursday January 11 from 3:40-4:30.

homework:

LANGUAGE:

  • These are the grammar skills you are expected to master by Monday January 15. As you master them please check the box on the table in this google doc.

F.10 Use adjectives to compare

F.11 Spell adjectives that compare

F.12 Use adjectives with more and most


  • Comparing adjectives handout (both sides)

MATH:

  • Tuesday January 16 Chapter 7 math test. You check the study guide here. (It is posted under Quarter 3 Study Guides on the blog.)

SCIENCE:

Jeopardy!

A beautiful collage of our class made by our very own talented Rubie. <3

MONDAY JANUARY 8, 2018

Hi everyone,

This morning at assembly Victoria and Josh were honored for their hard work and academic achievements and both were awarded honors certificates. Congratulations!

We spent the morning working on the first drafts of our expository paragraphs. Afterwards, in Math, we did some more practice on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. In Science we did an online, interactive lesson about the water cycle.

Important Reminders: Parent teacher meetings to discuss curriculum for quarter 3 will be on Thursday January 11 from 3:40-4:30.

homework:

LANGUAGE:

  • Practice IXL for 10 minutes to prepare for tomorrow's grammar lesson. Start with F10 and only move on once you have mastered the first skill.

F.10 Use adjectives to compare

F.11 Spell adjectives that compare

F.12 Use adjectives with more and most

MATH:

  • Please do any corrections from pages 284-285
  • Page 287-288 even numbers only (2, 4, 6, 8 etc...)

SCIENCE:

  • Review the water cycle for a quiz tomorrow.

The DISK Soccer Team starring Sophie!

Happy Birthday little man! Thanks for all the treats today.

friday january 5, 2018

Hi all,

Happy Friday!

This morning after our guided meditation we did a variety of hands on activities to deepen our understanding of topic sentences and how to create strong, meaningful ones. I saw a lot of improvement in the sentences the fourth graders started to create, well done everyone! In Science we continued talking about the water cycle. During Math class we learned how to use models to add and subtract fractions with like denominators.

Important Reminders & Announcements:

  • Q2 Report cards went home today. Take a look and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Please bring in your lunch money fee as soon as possible.
  • After School Program forms are also due asap.

homework:

*Do 20 minutes of IXL practice (adding and subtracting fractions)

MATH:

  • Lesson 7.3 page 277 # 2-6, 13, 15
  • Lesson 7.4 page 281 # 4-6

SCIENCE:

  • Review the water cycle for an upcoming pop quiz!

WRITING:

  • Complete topic sentences booklet

thursday january 4, 2018

Hi everyone,

We had a great day in fourth grade!

After our guided meditation, we reviewed yesterday's Math lesson and moved on to writing fractions as sums. Everyone worked hard and was successful by the end of the period, well done! During our Writing class we began learning about Expository Writing. We did some brainstorming and pre-writing activities and will continue tomorrow by practicing how to write strong, well developed topic sentences. In Science we talked about the Water Cycle. Students split into small groups to read an article and pull out the most important information. Next, we watched a short video and then using our prior knowledge and our textbooks, we worked together to write out the steps of the water cycle.

Important Reminders:

  • Please bring in your lunch money fee as soon as possible
  • After School Program forms are due tomorrow

homework:

MATH:

SCIENCE:

wednesday january 3, 2018

Welcome back everyone! It was wonderful to see all of your shining faces today. A very special welcome to our new student who is joining us for the second semester. We are so happy to meet you Ellie!

homework:

MATH:

  • Textbook page 269-270 #1-9
  • Worksheet # 1-7

*Please fill out and bring back your After School Activity form

friday december 15, 2017

Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for the incredible Christmas Show today. Enjoy the photos below. I hope you all have a restful and joyous break and I'll look forward to seeing you on Wednesday January 3.

wednesday december 13, 2017

Thanks for the fun day everyone! And a BIG thank you to all of the parents for helping make this gift exchange and class party such a success! We couldn't have done it without you.

Reminders for tomorrow:

  • We are hosting the Christmas Mass so please be sure to be on time as it will begin promptly at 8:05 am. Parents are welcome to join us.
  • It is also picture day so be sure to come in a clean uniform.
  • Bring your black pants and black shirt for the Christmas Show Rehearsal.

tuesday december 12, 2017

HI everyone,

Congratulations on completing your exams and final projects for Quarter 2! Please see below for some important reminders for tomorrow and the rest of the week.

  1. Please sign your exams and bring them back tomorrow. You can also empty your big folder and bring it back so it is ready for Quarter 3.
  2. Tomorrow is our class party so please bring the gift you bought for the exchange and any food or drinks for the party.
  3. It’s Pyjama Day! Feel free to come in your most cozy clothes and join in the fun!
  4. Tomorrow we will have a rehearsal for Thursday's Mass so please bring the paper with your reading and practice it a couple times tonight.

Thursday December 14:

  • We are hosting the Christmas Mass so please be sure to be on time as it will begin promptly at 8:05am. Parents are welcome to join us.
  • It is also picture day so be sure to come in a clean uniform.
  • Bring your black pants and black shirt for the Christmas Show Rehearsal.

December 15, 2017:

  • We will be putting on a performance as part of the annual Dominican Christmas Show.
  • Please wear your black pants and black shirt or if you left it at school you can change into it when you get here.
  • Time: 9:00am-approximately 10:30am. Students will be dismissed at the end of the show. School will resume on Wednesday January 3, 2018. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!

MONDAY DECEMBER 11, 2017

A big congratulations to our fierce soccer player Sophie who represented Dominican at our first ever tournament! We are so proud of you!

Important Reminders: Please remember to bring in your gift for our exchange, as well as any food or drinks for our class party on Wednesday December 13.

  • Your Witches Prezi project is due tomorrow. Be prepared to present it to the class.
  • Science exam tomorrow morning.

friday december 8, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful week full of fun and hard work. Today we went to see a live orchestra in the afternoon and I was beyond impressed with the student's good behavior and respectfulness. Have a great weekend!

homework:

*It's a busy time so please stay organized and on top of all your upcoming projects and exams. Come ask for extra help anytime you need it!*

*If you didn't finish in class, please put the finishing touches on your Ecosystem Research Project and hand it in Monday morning.

*Please sign your Math and Language exams.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your Writing and Grammar test, Part 2 of your Language exam is on Monday December 11.
  • You may use the yellow lined paper I gave you to write as many positive and negative awesome adjectives as you can. You will be allowed to use this paper during your exam. If the paper is not finished by Monday morning, you will not be allowed to add to it or change it in any way.
  • The Witches Prezi Project is due Tuesday December 12, 2017.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Your Social Studies exam is on Monday December 11.

thursday december 7, 2017

*Tomorrow is casual Friday so you may wear your own clothing.

*We will be going on our field trip from 12:30-3:00 pm.

*Please bring your HEALTH CARD on the field trip

homework:

*It's a busy time so please stay organized and on top of all your upcoming projects and exams. Come ask for extra help anytime you need it!*

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your Vocabulary Test, Part 1 of your Language Exam is tomorrow.
  • The Witches Prezi Project is due December 12, 2017.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Your green screen project is due tomorrow.

SCIENCE:

  • The final copy of your Ecosystem Research Project is due tomorrow.

Remember:

*Print out 4 medium sized photos. (1 plant, 1 animal, 2 of ecosystem) and include the source of the photo below it.

* It must be printed out, single spaced, in size 13 or 14 font (you can choose which font).

*Make sure you have clear, full sentences and make sure you list 3 plants and 3 animals and their adaptations and how they help the animals/plants to survive.

*The only section that is in point form is the Facts section.

*Here is an example to help guide you. Ecosystem Research Project EXAMPLE

wednesday december 6, 2017

Hi everyone,

homework:

*It's a busy time so please stay organized and on top of all your upcoming projects and exams. Come ask for extra help anytime you need it!*

MATH:

  • Your Math exam is tomorrow.
  • To prepare, please do the odd numbers in the Chapter 6 Review Test (1,3, 5, etc)

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your Vocabulary Test, Part 1 of your Language Exam is on Friday December 8, 2017
  • The Witches Prezi Project is due December 12, 2017.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Your green screen project is due Friday December 8, 2017.

SCIENCE:

  • For your Ecosystem Research Project: create a Google Doc in you Language Folder and name it Science Ecosystem Research Project. Begin to type up a first draft, separating your information by subtitles (ex: Plants in the Desert, Desert Location in the World) Share the doc with me and allow me to edit please. afisher@diskg.net
  • The typed first draft of your project is due on Thursday December 7
  • Here is an example to help guide you. Ecosystem Research Project EXAMPLE

tuesday december 5, 2017

Good afternoon all,

This morning we spent some time practicing our slam poetry performance for the Christmas Assembly. Afterwards we talked about natural resources in Science. In the afternoon we continued research for our ecosystem research project and then rotated through Science Centers to deepen our ecosystem and natural resources knowledge.

Parents, please help to check clothing for the upcoming Christmas Show:

*Please bring in black pants and a black top tomorrow, if possible, to be approved for the Christmas show.

homework:

*It's a busy time so please stay organized and on top of all your upcoming projects and exams. Come ask for extra help anytime you need it!*

MATH:

  • Your Math exam is coming up quickly, make sure you are reviewing so you're ready for it on Thursday December 7, 2017.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your Vocabulary Test, Part 1 of your Language Exam is on Friday December 8, 2017
  • The Witches Prezi Project is due December 12, 2017.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Your green screen project is due Friday December 8, 2017.

SCIENCE:

  • Here is the doc with sources for your ecosystem research. Your research (note taking pages) must be completed by tomorrow if you didn't finish in class today.
  • If you are finished your research, create a Google Doc in you Language Folder and name it Science Ecosystem Research Project. Begin to type up a first draft, separating your information by subtitles (ex: Plants in the Desert, Desert Location in the World) Share the doc with me and allow me to edit please. afisher@diskg.net
  • The typed first draft of your project is due on Thursday December 7
  • Here is an example to help guide you. Ecosystem Research Project EXAMPLE

monday december 4, 2017

Hi everyone,

After morning assembly and our meditation we practiced for our upcoming Christmas Performance. We finished our novel The Witches and all gave a review on the book. The general consensus was that it was great because it was always exciting and suspenseful and never boring! In Social Studies we went on a Google Virtual Expedition to The Great Depression. Check out the pictures with the faces of wonder below. =) After lunch we headed up to the computer lab to sign up for Prezi and get started on our Reading Summative projects, as well as finish editing their monologues for their Social Studies Green Screen Project, and begin research on their Ecosystem for their last writing assignment of the quarter!

*****Please check out this document with a lot of important information:***** Important Information & Reminders for Parents

homework:

MATH:

  • If you haven't already, please work on IXL Math P.2 and P.3 These will both help you with tomorrow's lesson on word problems.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Work on your planning guide for The Witches Prezi Project. Your project is due December 12, 2017.

SCIENCE:

  • Food Web activity due tomorrow
  • Here is the doc with sources for your ecosystem research. Your research should be completed by Wednesday at the latest. We will be going to the computer lab to work on this again tomorrow but if you have ten minutes to spare tonight to get ahead, then go for it!

friday december 1, 2017

Good morning everyone,

After our morning meditation we reviewed yesterday's Math lesson on comparing fractions and then took it one step further and ordered them after we compared them. Next, we practiced performing some slam poetry and then transitioned into some quiet reading of The Witches. In Science we talked about food chains and food webs. During Social Studies we talked about the causes of the Great Depression.

Important Announcements:

  • I handed out study guides for Quarter 2 exams yesterday and I also posted all the information on the blog under "Quarter 2 Study Guides"
  • Thanks to Mr.Sandlian, we have a wonderful opportunity to see the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra play live on Friday December 8th. The program is designed for students to teach them about the orchestra, and to teach concert etiquette. Last quarter, during Music class, Mr.Sandlian taught the students about the different parts of an orchestra. Please return the permission slip by Monday December 4.

Information: Friday December 8, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm, 100 NT for bus.

homework:

MATH:

  • Comparing and ordering fractions # 1-16

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Read The Witches chapter 18 In The Kitchen

SCIENCE:

  • Watch the rest of Unit 4 Lesson 3 online (slides 12-16)

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Finish your Great Depression script and type them up on a Google Doc in the Social Studies folder on your Drive.
  • Copy the rest of these notes into your notebook. Great Depression notes

thursday november 30, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

We have had a very busy day here in grade 4! After our morning meditation we reviewed yesterday's Math lesson and did a little more whole group and individual practice before moving on to our new lesson on comparing fractions with benchmarks. In Social Studies the students worked diligently on their scripts for their 1920's video diary entries. In Science, we watched a short video on food chains, created and filled out some interactive notebook foldables, and ended the period by playing our Eat or Be Eaten card game to further deepen our food chain knowledge. In the afternoon we read The Witches aloud and the students answered some comprehension questions. Later we started our next writing task, which will be to write a research report about an ecosystem. This writing will integrate perfectly with what we are learning about in Science. At the end of the day I introduced students to the art of slam poetry and we tried performing a Christmas poem ourselves. It was fantastic to see them loosen up and get theatrical! Way to go!

Important Announcements:

  • I handed out study guides for Quarter 2 exams yesterday and I also posted all the information on the blog under "Quarter 2 Study Guides"
  • Thanks to Mr.Sandlian, we have a wonderful opportunity to see the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra play live on Friday December 8th. The program is designed for students to teach them about the orchestra, and to teach concert etiquette. Last quarter, during Music class, Mr.Sandlian taught the students about the different parts of an orchestra. Please return the permission slip by Monday December 4.

Information: Friday December 8, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm, 100 NT for bus.

homework:

MATH:

  • Comparing fractions with benchmarks. Use the handout with the fraction circles to help you, just like we did in class this morning.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Spend 5-10 minutes studying your new vocabulary words. Your quizzes will be on Monday November 4, 2017.

SCIENCE:

  • Flow of energy puzzle. You will be graded on this so please take care and if you are not sure about an animal's diet (omnivore, herbivore, or carnivore) check Google. Write nicely!

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • If you have time left and you aren't finished your 1920's script, you should work on that.

Student teacher showing us how to generate common denominators.

Making food chains!

wednesday november 29, 2017

Good afternoon everyone and happy hump day!

Students enjoyed their Music and Art classes this morning and then in Math we reviewed last night's homework and did some more practice on generating equivalent fractions and putting fractions into their lowest form.

homework:

MATH:

  • Common Denominators #1-6
  • 10 minutes of fraction practice on IXL

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Spend 5-10 minutes studying your new vocabulary words. Your quizzes will be on Monday November 4, 2017.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Write your script for The Roaring Twenties green screen video. Make sure you place your character in the United States and follow the guidelines on the project paper.

tuesday november 28, 2017

Good afternoon all,

We had the best Tuesday! This morning after our meditation we had a close reading lesson and learned how to support our answers with evidence from the text. Afterwards we went over the new set of vocabulary words for the upcoming spelling and vocabulary quizzes. During Math we continued to explore fractions, both in the classroom and online through IXL. The students are all working hard and making impressive progress. Keep up the hard work! In Science we had an incredible time creating terrariums to help us further study ecosystems. Afterwards, in the afternoon, we played a fun hands on card game to help us understand food chains. Finally, we had our last fabulous biographical speech presentation by "Steve Jobs!"

homework:

MATH:

  • Spend 15 minutes practicing Fractions, Math on IXL
  • Page R48 Simplest Form #1-6, Reteach 19.3 #1-9

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Spend 5-10 minutes studying your new vocabulary words. Your quizzes will be on Monday November 4, 2017.

Building terrariums in Science class as a tool to help us study ecosystems!

Online fraction practice

Playing a card came called Eat or Be Eaten to practice our food chain knowledge.

Our fantastic final biographical speech presentation this afternoon! What a cute Steve Jobs! =)

We spent half of our Math time doing in class practice and the second half practicing fractions using IXL in the computer lab.

Trying on each other's posters for fun!

Honoring our star violinist at assembly yesterday morning.

monday november 27, 2017

This morning after our meditation we jumped into Science. Students worked in partners to pull out the important information from different text pieces. We then put all of the information together to form class notes for Lesson 1. Afterwards we did a fun hands on sorting activity to consolidate our understanding of producers, consumers, and decomposers. During Social Studies we talked about the costs and benefits of the Prohibition. Later in the afternoon we worked on editing and revising our biographical essays and practicing fraction skills.

homework:

MATH:

  • Spend 15 minutes practicing P.1 under Fractions, Math on IXL (if you are finished P.1 then move on to the next skill)

SCIENCE:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Sign spelling and vocabulary quizzes
  • BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY IS DUE TOMORROW:

*Please spend some time editing and revising your essay this weekend. Click here for some tips on how to do that.

*Please take a look at your Biographical Essay assignment here. I also sent you the grading rubric which you should look at to make sure you can get the highest mark possible. The final copy of your essay is due on Tuesday November 28. It must be printed out and handed in by 8:05 am.

thursday november 23, 2017

Good afternoon everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

We spent the morning in a writer's workshop, editing and revising our biographical essays. I was really impressed with the revisions the students were able to make to their work. Well done everyone!

Thank you everyone for such a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch together. We are blessed to have a school community that can celebrate together.

Remember that tomorrow is a holiday for Thanksgiving so there is no school. Enjoy the day off!

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • The Witches Read Chapter 13 Metamorphosis

For this chapter, instead of answering the comprehension questions in the booklet, I would like you to consider the following: Look at the name of this chapter and reflect, in your Reading notebook, on why Roald Dahl decided to call it Metamorphosis. Think about what you already know about metamorphosis from our Science lessons and compare and contrast it to what happens in this chapter.

  • Chapters 4-8 vocab and spelling quiz Monday November 27
  • Please spend some time editing and revising your essay this weekend. Click here for some tips on how to do that.
  • Please take a look at your Biographical Essay assignment here. I also sent you the grading rubric which you should look at to make sure you can get the highest mark possible. The final copy of your essay is due on Tuesday November 28. It must be printed out and handed in by 8:05 am.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Please read this article about Prohibition to prepare for our next class. In your notebook, write down three important things you learned about Prohibition.

wednesday november 22, 2017

Important Reminders:

  • Thursday is our Thanksgiving Lunch and Book Fair from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. We hope you can all join us! The book fair is cash only and the books begin at around 300 NT.
  • Friday is a holiday for Thanksgiving so there is no school. Enjoy the day off!

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

    • The Witches Chapters 12 questions
  • Chapters 4-8 vocab quiz Monday November 27 (*STUDY TIP* study a couple of words at at time instead of trying to do the whole list at once).
  • Please take a look at your Biographical Essay assignment here. I also sent you the grading rubric which you should look at to make sure you can get the highest mark possible.
  • Rough draft of the Biographical Essay is due TOMORROW and must be printed out and handed in.

*Please bring dark colored shirts for your Green Screen Project Filming tomorrow

tuesday november 21, 2017

Hi all,

This morning after our meditation we went up to the computer lab to begin creating biography essays on our historical figures. In Science we jumped into our next unit and began learning about ecosystems, and the interactions of living and non living things. During Reading class the students read a portion of the last chapter aloud emphasizing on fluency, expression and projecting their voice. They did a great job!

Important Reminders:

  • Thursday is our Thanksgiving Lunch and Book Fair from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. We hope you can all join us!
  • Friday is a holiday for Thanksgiving so there is no school. Enjoy the day off!

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

    • The Witches Chapters 10-11 questions
  • Chapters 4-8 vocab quiz Monday November 27 (*STUDY TIP* study a couple of words at at time instead of trying to do the whole list at once).
  • Please take a look at your Biographical Essay assignment here. I also sent you the grading rubric which you should look at to make sure you can get the highest mark possible.
  • Rough draft of the Biographical Essay is due Thursday November 23, 2017

monday november 20, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you all had a restful and fun weekend!

  • In Math we did some final factor and multiple review and practice before tonight's take home test.
  • In Science, students wrote their Unit 3 tests and the results were AMAZING! Great job everyone!
  • In Social Studies we talked about flappers and why they were important symbols of change for women.
  • In Reading the students did fantastic jobs of reading The Witches aloud with extra expression and intonation.
  • We also had our last biography speech presentation by Frida Kahlo. Well done!

Important Reminders:

  • Thursday is our Thanksgiving Lunch and Book Fair from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. We hope you can all join us!
  • Friday is a holiday for Thanksgiving so there is no school. Enjoy the day off!

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Read the chapter entitled, Bruno Jenkins Disappears.
  • Practice reading the page you have been assigned. You will need to read it with a loud voice, and plenty of intonation and expression.
  • Chapters 4-8 vocab quiz Monday November 27 (*STUDY TIP* Tonight, study the spelling and meaning of the chapter 4 words. Tomorrow, you can move on to the next two words etc.)

MATH:

  • Textbook pages 219-222 #1-23

friday november 17, 2017

Today was a special day in our classroom. After weeks of preparing and rehearsing, today was the day the students presented their biographical speeches. We had many visitors from around the school come and watch and cheer us on, which was great to see! It's great to be a part of such a supportive learning community. I am SO proud of all you for your hard work, dedication to improve, and positive attitudes throughout this process. Well done!After the presentations the students took some quiet time to reflect and write down what they thought went well and what they could have improved on throughout the process of the entire project. Later in the morning we began to use the information in our speeches to create biography essays written in the third person.

I hope you all have a great weekend and relish in your accomplishments.

homework:

READING:

  • Read the chapter entitled, Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse Maker, and answer the questions from chapters 7-8.

SCIENCE:

  • We will be having a quiz on Monday November 20. Look at the study guide for this unit here. Remember you can always look at this document for extra science help! (Pages 15-18)
  • Please complete your adaptation summative (create an animal) by Monday November 20. Print out the Google Doc paper and staple it to your beautiful drawing. Both are to be handed in Monday morning.

MATH:

  • Textbook pages 205-206

Anne Frank

King Tut

Mother Teresa

Walt Disney

Roald Dahl

Alexander Graham Bell

thursday november 16, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

This morning after our meditation students practiced their speeches while their classmates offered feedback in the form of something to improve on and something they are already doing well. Afterwards we we read a chapter of The Witches aloud, stopping to discuss and analyze throughout. During Science students were presented with their summative assessment which asks them to create their own unique animal, place it in a chosen habitat, and then design behavioral and physical adaptations to help the animal survive. They were also given a study tool activity to help them prepare for Monday's quiz. In Math students worked at their own pace through Chapter 5.

Thanks for a fun and productive day!

homework:

*Tomorrow is the big day! Your biographical speeches will begin at 10:00 am sharp. We are expecting visitors to cheer you on! Remember to practice practice practice in front of the mirror tonight. Project your voice and speak with expression and enthusiasm!

READING:

  • Read the chapter entitled, The Meeting and answer the questions from chapters 4-6.

SCIENCE:

  • We will be having a quiz on Monday November 20. Look at the study guide for this unit here. Remember you can always look at this document for extra science help! (Pages 15-18)
  • Please complete your adaptation summative (create an animal) by Monday November 20.

You priority tonight is your speech. This is your moment to shine and to show your classmates, and other teachers how well you can get into character and speak in front of others. I know you can do it!

wednesday november 15, 2017

Important School Notices: Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch

On Thursday, November 23rd, parents and family are invited to attend our Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch. Lunch will begin at 11:30 to 1:00 in the outdoor area behind the administration office. Once all students, family and faculty are assembled, we will say the Angelus and our Thanksgiving Lunch will begin. The school will supply the basic meal of Turkey, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, pasta, and a hot vegetable. As this is an event of sharing, we hope that each class can participate by adding to our menu with items that will be shared by all. We have a suggestion list for things you can bring:

Upper Elementary (Gr 4,5)

Noodle dishes, rice dishes, or bread (serving size of about 12-15 people)

If you have any questions about food items to bring to the Lunch you may contact members of the Parent Support Team (PST)

Janee Wu, Ramar Liu, Grace Tsou, Angela Yu

Afternoon classes will resume at 1:00 and will finish at our regular time, as well as the After School Program. Friday, November 24th is a school holiday which we hope all will enjoy.

There will be a Book Fair Schedule in the afternoon of the 23rd, which students will be able to attend. Parents are also welcome to attend the Book Fair on that day. For more information, check out the school website or contact Ms.Liu at jliu@diskg.net

Book Fair Schedule: Grades 4,5,6,7,8 2:45 - 3:15

Please fill out the form and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher or Ms. Lee in the administration office by Friday, November 17th ( the form is on the hard copy sent home today) Please make sure to note how many people will be attending for the lunch buffet. Friends and extended family members are welcome.We look forward to seeing you for our Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch!

homework:

*Your biography poster is due tomorrow. Please be careful with your creations while carrying them to school! Remember to plan what you want to do before you paste it. Pasting is the last step. You are always an engineer! Planning and designing before creating or building.

*Your biography speech poster presentation will be on Friday November 17

*Practice biography speech out loud in front of a family member. Practice it again in front of the mirror. Try to have the first half of your speech memorized.

*no reading log or vocab quizzes this week.

SCIENCE:

  • Watch Unit 3 Lesson 6 online Why do birds beaks differ? Take notes on the main points in your Science notebook.
  • Look at the study guide for this unit here
  • We will be having a quiz on Monday November 20.
  • Remember you can always look at this document for extra science help! (Pages 15-18)

tuesday november 14, 2017

Hi everyone,

This morning we spent some time making cue cards for our biography speeches and practicing them for one another. In Math, we learned about prime and composite numbers. Ask your children what the difference is tonight and see if they can explain it to you!

Important School Notices: Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch

On Thursday, November 23rd, parents and family are invited to attend our Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch. Lunch will begin at 11:30 to 1:00 in the outdoor area behind the administration office. Once all students, family and faculty are assembled, we will say the Angelus and our Thanksgiving Lunch will begin. The school will supply the basic meal of Turkey, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, pasta, and a hot vegetable. As this is an event of sharing, we hope that each class can participate by adding to our menu with items that will be shared by all. We have a suggestion list for things you can bring:

Upper Elementary (Gr 4,5)

Noodle dishes, rice dishes, or bread (serving size of about 12-15 people)

If you have any questions about food items to bring to the Lunch you may contact members of the Parent Support Team (PST)

Janee Wu, Ramar Liu, Grace Tsou, Angela Yu

Afternoon classes will resume at 1:00 and will finish at our regular time, as well as the After School Program. Friday, November 24th is a school holiday which we hope all will enjoy.

There will be a Book Fair Schedule in the afternoon of the 23rd, which students will be able to attend. Parents are also welcome to attend the Book Fair on that day. For more information, check out the school website or contact Ms.Liu at jliu@diskg.net

Book Fair Schedule: Grades 4,5,6,7,8 2:45 - 3:15

Please fill out the form and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher or Ms. Lee in the administration office by Friday, November 17th ( the form is on the hard copy sent home today) Please make sure to note how many people will be attending for the lunch buffet. Friends and extended family members are welcome.We look forward to seeing you for our Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch!

homework:

*Your biography poster is due Thursday November 16. Remember to plan what you want to do before you paste it. Pasting is the last step. You are always an engineer! Planning and designing before creating or building.

*Your biography speech poster presentation will be on Friday November 17

*Practice biography speech out loud in front of a family member. Practice it again in front of the mirror. Try to have the first half of your speech memorized.

*no reading log or vocab quizzes this week.

MATH:

  • Practice these IXL skills A.10, A.11 If you master either of them, let me know tomorrow morning so I can award you with some Dojo points!

friday november 10, 2017

homework:

SCIENCE:

  • Do a Science Center activity

LANGUAGE & WRITING:

  • Biography speech final copy is due Tuesday November 13. Please time yourself and make sure your speech is between 1-2 minutes.
  • Practice your speech. Remember, you will have to memorize most of it for your presentation next Friday. You should divide the speech up into paragraphs and memorize it bit by bit.

MATH:

  • Please finish your factor assignment
  • Please practice D.4 IDENTIFY FACTORS under Multiplication on IXL.
  • If you master that skill quickly you may also try playing this game:

https://www.mathplayground.com/factortrees.html

Thursday november 9, 2017

Hi everyone,

This morning after our meditation we jumped into another close reading lesson. This time we read an informational non fiction text about penguins. We read it aloud and then students read it a second time on their own, annotating the text as they went along. We will continue this tomorrow and as a culminating activity students will research and write their own informational paper on a different animal. Later, they will switch with their classmates who will annotate and pull out the main ideas from their partner's work. In Science we continued the centers and students enjoyed moving through different reading, writing, sorting, and hands on activities about adaptation. Afterwards we had an introduction to our novel study which will be on Roald Dahl's The Witches. We looked at the cover and read the synopsis on the back and then students came up to the board and made predictions, or wrote comments about what they thought the novel would be like. I then introduced them to Roald Dahl and we watched a short biographical video on his life. We are excited to dive into this wonderful novel! For Math we had half the students work online on IXL practicing a variety of division skills while the other half of the class had small group instruction on factors and worked on textbook practice. Students switched to the alternate activity halfway through the class.

Important Reminders:

  • Tomorrow is CASUAL FRIDAY. Students should come to school in OLD CLOTHES SUITABLE FOR PAINTING and bring their casual clothes to change into. They will also need to pack PE clothes for class.
  • Friday November 10 is our Community Service Activity fro 830 am -10:00 am. This Community Service Activity aims to create and develop the sense of belonging of the students, nurturing that virtue to be responsible members, and contribute in whatever way to the common good of all people.
  • Grades 4-8 will be painting a small portion of the front fence. Please wear some old comfortable long sleeved upper garment, old full length pants, and old closed shoes in the likely case that you get paint on yourself. Remember to bring your uniform with you to change into once activities are over.

homework:

SCIENCE:

  • Finish your Science center activity

LANGUAGE & WRITING:

  • The rough draft of your Biography Speech is due tomorrow on the outline provided. Make sure you time yourself reading it aloud to make sure it falls within the expected time frame for the speech. All of this information is provided on your project outline.
  • Journal due tomorrow
  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes tomorrow

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • If you haven't already, please open up a new Google Doc in the Social Studies folder on your Drive. Title it "Green Screen Project" and type up your first speech for WWI. I would suggest making the font size 72 so that it will be easy to read while your partner is holding up the cue cards for you during the filming of your video.

MATH:

  • Please practice D.4 IDENTIFY FACTORS under Multiplication on IXL.
  • If you master that skill quickly you may also try playing this game:

https://www.mathplayground.com/factortrees.html

Writing predictions for our new novel, The Witches!

Writing predictions for our new novel, The Witches.

Today we got new Math games that focus on division skills, YAY!

wednesday november 8, 2017

Important Reminders:

  • Friday November 10 is our Community Service Activity fro 830 am -10:00 am. This Community Service Activity aims to create and develop the sense of belonging of the students, nurturing that virtue to be responsible members, and contribute in whatever way to the common good of all people.

Grades 4-8 will be painting a small portion of the front fence. Please wear some old comfortable long sleeved upper garment, old full length pants, and old closed shoes in the likely case that you get paint on yourself. Remember to bring your uniform with you to change into once activities are over.

HOMEWORK:

10 minutes of IXL practice

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Your spelling and vocabulary google docs have been updated. Quizzes on Friday.
  • Journal due Friday.
  • The first draft of your biography speech is due on Friday November 10. Practice reading it aloud and time yourself. Remember, your speech must be between 1.5-2.5 minutes long. If your speech is shorter than that, you will need to write more information.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

For your Green Screen Project:

  • Please write your speech in big clear, black marker on sheets of scrap paper (or type it up and print it in a big, bold font) so a friend can hold up the papers for you to read while you make your video. Practice your speech a few times so that you have most of it memorized.
  • Bring a plain, dark shirt to wear for your video. NO PRINTS. NO BRIGHT COLORS. If you have a costume you want to wear, or props, be sure to bring them tomorrow. Even a little bit will help. Ask your parents for their help finding something around the house for you.

tuesday november 7, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

This morning after our meditation period I handed out the Biography Project Outline. We went over it together, highlighting deadlines and due dates as we went along. Any questions or concerns should be addressed with me as soon as possible please. Following, I set up Science Adaptation Centers around the classroom and students rotated through them doing different reading, writing, and hands on activities to further their understanding of animal and plant adaptations. During Math we corrected the review test for Chapter 4 and then moved at their own pace on to the next chapter while I met individually with students to check on their progress and address any concerns. Later during Language class we integrated Science and creative writing. Students brainstormed and wrote a story about an animal who moves out of its natural habitat and has to adapt to a new environment. Well done everyone!

HOMEWORK:

10 minutes of IXL practice

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Your spelling and vocabulary google docs have been updated. Quizzes on Friday.
  • Journal due Friday.
  • Reading log (read your biography books and take notes) Your book and timeline notes paper must be finished by Wednesday.

SCIENCE:

  • Type up your adaptation story. Remember, you must give your animal at least 3 new adaptations for its new environment. They can be behavioral, physical/structural, or a mix of the two.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Tomorrow we will be working on the scripts for your first green screen videos on WWI. Please come to school with your character information ready and an idea of what you want to talk about.

Brain Break to dance it out after all of their hard work this morning!

monday november 6, 2017

Hi everyone,

This morning after our school wide assembly we enjoyed a guided meditation together. We have started learning about biographies and this morning each student chose a biography to read. Reading logs this week will focus on these books and students are encouraged to take notes on the sheets provided, keeping track of the most important information. Later, we will use these notes to compose a speech written in the first person. Finally, students will create a poster with a hole cut out for their head and they will give a speech to the class as their character. We are all very excited about this project and it has been a huge hit in years past. Please remember that as with any project, it is important to stay organized and meet the deadlines so you don't get overwhelmed. Check the google doc here for more information and deadlines. I will give you a paper version of this tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:

10 minutes of IXL practice

*Finish your slide for Student Showcase

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Your spelling and vocabulary google docs have been updated. Quizzes on Friday.
  • Journal due Friday.
  • Reading log (read your biography books and take notes) Your book and timeline notes paper must be finished by Wednesday.
  • Please read the Biography Project Information and write down a question or comment about it in your Assignment Book.

friday november 3, 2017

We had the most fabulous time cleaning up and enjoying Cijin Beach! Thank you everyone for your positive attitudes, safe and responsible behavior, and commitment to cleaning up the environment. You all made today amazing!

Enjoy the weekend and I will see you Monday morning!


thursday november 2, 2017

Hello my little darlings,

Thank you for a wonderful day together. This morning after our guided meditation we collaborated on a list of things we needed to work on and the kids offered their input on which order the list should be conquered. We had spelling and vocabulary quizzes, and afterwards we learned about making SMART goals and each student worked on developing a personal goal and action plan to complete it by a certain date. Later we went over yesterday's Social Studies review package and then moved on to Math where we continued practicing multi step world problems. Thanks for your hard work and participation!

IMPORTANT FIELD TRIP NEWS FOR TOMORROW:

*Your homework is due tomorrow BEFORE we leave for the field trip.

  • Bring HEALTH CARD
  • Bring a lunch and some healthy snacks
  • A waterbottle
  • Hat/sunscreen
  • A blanket or towel to sit on
  • Extra clothes to change into in case you get wet/dirty
  • You may want to bring sandals for the beach
  • Please wear your PE uniforms
  • In the case of rain you might want to have an umbrella or rain coat
  • Bring a pencil because we will be doing some Math activities throughout the day!

HOMEWORK:

10 minutes of IXL practice

*Please finish filling out your SMART GOALS handout.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Sign your vocabulary and spelling quizzes
  • Journal due tomorrow. For this week's journal, please write a paragraph explaining what The Treaty of Versailles is. Follow the format we have learned for writing a proper paragraph.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Chapter 13 WWI and Treaty of Versailles Quiz on Monday November 6. You can find the study guide on the blog under the tab called "Quarter 2 Study Guides."

MATH: Please finish whatever you have did not finish in class:

  • Chapter 4 Review Test pages 187-188 # 1-17. If there are any questions you don't understand how to do, first go back to the lessons in the chapter to see if you can figure it out. If you are still stuck, please highlight the questions and come see me first thing tomorrow morning.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2017

Hi all,

Thanks for a wonderful day which began with a beautiful All Saints Mass. Students enjoyed their Music and Art classes and after lunch we worked hard at solving multi step word problems in Math. Great hard work everyone!

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Keep practicing PRONOUNS and DIVISION skills.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Study for spelling and vocabulary quizzes tomorrow (Friday is a a field trip!)
  • Journal due Friday. For this week's journal, please write a paragraph explaining what The Treaty of Versailles is. Follow the format we have learned for writing a proper paragraph.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Chapter 13 WWI and Treaty of Versailles Quiz on Monday November 6. You can find the study guide on the blog under the tab called "Quarter 2 Study Guides."

MATH:

  • P.185 # 1,3,4 (#2 extra credit)
  • P.186 # 5,7-10

tuesday october 31, 2017

Hi everyone,

Today we expanded on our knowledge of pronouns by learning how they must agree in gender and number with their antecedents. In Math we continued practicing long division by participating in some group and independent activities. Great hard work everyone! During Social Studies class we reviewed the article on WWI and corrected the comprehension questions.

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Keep practicing PRONOUNS and DIVISION skills.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Study for spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday
  • Journal due Thursday. For this week's journal, please write a paragraph explaining what The Treaty of Versailles is. Follow the format we have learned for writing a proper paragraph.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • By Wednesday: Please choose your character for your project and write some notes about them. Also write some ideas for your first video diary entry on WWI.
  • Close Reading Treaty Paragraph due tomorrow.
  • Chapter 13 WWI and Treaty of Versailles Quiz on Monday November 6

MATH:

  • Textbook page 181 # 2-10

monday october 30, 2017

Hi everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend. I have posted some photos from Friday's All Saints Day activities.

This morning after our meditation we shared with each other about our weekends and congratulated Josh on his amazing achievements winning first place at his violin competitions on Sunday. We are so proud of you!

I introduced students to their quarter long project they will be working on in Social Studies and Computer classes. Afterwards, we reviewed our lesson on close reading and then we talked about the Treaty of Versailles and watched a couple of short videos on it. Then I handed out a difficult text covering the same topics and students employed their newly acquired close reading strategies to decipher the text and write the main ideas from it. In Math we learned where to place the first digit while dividing. In the Library we read silently, filled out our reading logs, and did some more Math practice.

*Campus Ministry would like to ask that everyone bring one school supply to donate to the Sandimen Girls Town who are currently in need of supplies. Suggestions for donation would be a notebook, pencils, erasers, etc. Please bring in your donation by TOMORROW.

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Keep practicing PRONOUNS and DIVISION skills.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary if you didn't finish in the library
  • Study for spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday
  • Journal due Thursday. For this week's journal, please write a paragraph explaining what The Treaty of Versailles is. Follow the format we have learned for writing a proper paragraph.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • By Wednesday: Please choose your character for your project and write some notes about them. Also write some ideas for your first video diary entry on WWI.
  • Close Reading Treaty Paragraph due by Wednesday

MATH:

  • Textbook page 177 #2-15, page 178 # 19

friday october 27, 2017

What a fabulous Friday we had in Grade Four!

After our morning meditation students wrote their vocabulary and spelling quizzes. Overall, the scores are increasing so I am pleased with their hard work and dedication. After going over the new words for next week, we moved onto Math and reviewed yesterday's lesson. In Science, we did a fun hands on predator prey activity. The students had colorful scarves which modeled environments and they each had a turn acting as a predator to pick up as many multicolored "prey" stickers as they could in a short timed period. Next, they collaborated to make bar graphs to compare the colors of stickers collected. Finally, we we were able to draw conclusions that predators collected more of the colored prey that stood out from their environment. Conversely, the colors of prey that were more similar to their environment were harder to see and therefore not picked up as often. This showed us how worthwhile the physical adaptation of camouflage is in deterring predators.


Thanks for all the Halloween fun! I will post pictures on Monday!

*Campus Ministry would like to ask that everyone bring one school supply to donate to the Sandimen Girls Town who are currently in need of supplies. Suggestions for donation would be a notebook, pencils, erasers, etc. Please bring in your donation by Tuesday October 31.

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Keep practicing PRONOUNS and DIVISION skills.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Please do your corrections and sign your spelling and vocabulary quizzes.

OTHER:

  • We will be having a book fair at school and Ms.Liu would like all students to choose 3-5 books that you would like the library to get. You may choose any books and please write the title and ISBN number on the google doc here.

http://www.cavesbooks.com.tw/

thursday october 26, 2017

Hi everyone,

Thanks for a great Thursday.

After our morning meditation we read a descriptive text together and color coded it according to which sense it appealed to. Afterwards, students edited and revised their descriptive beach paragraphs and typed them up in their writing portfolios. In Math we reviewed yesterday's lesson on dividing tens, hundreds, and thousands and then moved on to estimating quotients. In Science we watched a slides presentation about animal adaptations and started classifying them into behavioral and physical adaptations.

Important Reminders:

  • Q1 Report Cards went home today. Please take a look and if you have any questions or comments feel free to email me.
  • Tomorrow we will be celebrating All Saints Day. Students are encouraged to bring a costume to change into for the afternoon activities which will begin at 1:45 pm. The theme for the costumes this year is Historical Figures. Parents are welcome to join the fun beginning at 1:45 pm. Please remember no violent or scary costumes are allowed.
  • Friday November 3 we will be going on our second field trip of the year! We will be travelling to Cijin Beach to perform a beach clean up. The cost will be 150 NT and the forms (which went home today) must be returned by tomorrow. Thank you!

HOMEWORK:

15 minutes of IXL Practice: Keep practicing PRONOUNS and DIVISION skills.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • NO Reading log and summary tonight
  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday

MATH:

  • Page 154 # 2-13, Page 155 # 17,22

SCIENCE:

  • Please watch this video and try the quiz at the end.

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/animals/animal-adaptations.htm

OTHER:

  • We will be having a book fair at school and Ms.Liu would like all students to choose 3-5 books that you would like the library to get. You may choose any books and please write the title and ISBN number on the google doc here.

http://www.cavesbooks.com.tw/

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25, 2017

Happiest hump day to all of you!

This morning in Social Studies we continued our close reading lesson and pulled out the most important parts of each paragraph of our World War One article. (See photo below!)

Important Reminders:

  • This Friday October 27 we will be celebrating All Saints Day. Students are encouraged to bring a costume to change into for the afternoon activities which will begin at 1:45 pm. The theme for the costumes this year is Historical Figures. Parents are welcome to join the fun beginning at 1:45 pm.
  • Friday November 3 we will be going on our second field trip of the year! We will be travelling to Cijin Beach to perform a beach clean up. The cost will be 150 NT and the forms (which went home today) must be returned by Friday October 27. Thank you!

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Keep practicing PRONOUNS and DIVISION skills.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Journal due Thursday. Remember to write the proper format of a paragraph (introduction, 3 middle sentences, and one concluding sentence). Also, please try to use vivid verbs and awesome adjectives as much as possible.
  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday

MATH:

  • Page 148 # 7, 10, 11

Page 150 # 6-14

Page 151 # 19-21

tuesday october 24, 2017

Hi all,

Thanks for a great and busy day!

Important Reminders:

  • This Friday October 27 we will be celebrating All Saints Day. Students are encouraged to bring a costume to change into for the afternoon activities which will begin at 1:45 pm. The theme for the costumes this year is Historical Figures. Parents are welcome to join the fun beginning at 1:45 pm.
  • Friday November 3 we will be going on our second field trip of the year! We will be travelling to Cijin Beach to perform a beach clean up. The cost will be 150 NT and the forms (which went home today) must be returned by Friday October 27. Thank you!

HOMEWORK:

I have updated your IXL docs with the pronoun skills you should practice. Tonight, please spend about 25-30 minutes working on the Pronoun skills. You can continue as far as you can go in this section during that time.

IXL Practice: Please focus on mastering the skill Division Facts up to 12. Once you have mastered it let me know so I can give you Dojo points.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Journal due Thursday. Remember to write the proper format of a paragraph (introduction, 3 middle sentences, and one concluding sentence). Also, please try to use vivid verbs and awesome adjectives as much as possible.
  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday

monday october 23, 2017

Hi everyone,

This morning after assembly we enjoyed a short guided meditation followed by a homework check and a reminder of the expectations of grade four students. In Science, we began talking about animal adaptations and got to watch a fascinating video which showed us some of the more unusual adaptations of different creatures. In Reading class we began learning about point of view. In Social Studies we talked about the three main reasons that the United States decided to enter World War 1. During Math class students worked on a hands on activity to demonstrate how they could use models to represent division problems with remainders. During our last Reading class of the day we began to learn to the strategy of close reading.

Have a great evening everyone!

Important Reminders:

  • This Friday October 27 we will be celebrating All Saints Day. Students are encouraged to bring a costume to change into for the afternoon activities which will begin at 1:45 pm. The theme for the costumes this year is Historical Figures. Parents are welcome to join the fun beginning at 1:45 pm.

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Please focus on mastering the skill Division Facts up to 12. Once you have mastered it let me know so I can give you Dojo points.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Journal due Thursday
  • Spelling and vocabulary quizzes on Friday

SCIENCE:

Lesson 5: How are living things adapted to their environment?

  • Please answer these questions in your Science notebook:

1. An arctic fox has thick white fur. How does this help it survive in its arctic environment?

2. Cat’s eyes seem to glow in the dark. Each hair on a cat’s body can sense movement. How does this help it survive?

  • Textbook pages 146-148

friday october 20, 2017

Happy Friday!

Thanks for a great first week in Quarter 2 everyone!

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Please focus on mastering the skill Division Facts up to 12. Once you have mastered it let me know so I can give you Dojo points.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Sign vocabulary and spelling quizzes
  • In your Language Writing Notebook please write a descriptive paragraph about this picture. First, watch this short video to help you.

MATH:

  • Lesson 4.2 Assignment

Please do this assignment in your Math Notebook. You should copy the three questions into your notebook, then draw a model and use the stickers I gave you to represent the problem. Finally, write the answer to each problem. (Remember, these numbers DO NOT divide evenly so you will have a remainder. Example: 5 ÷ 2 = 2 R1

You also need to write your own division problem and model it. Again, make sure you have a remainder in your problem.

thursday october 19, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

This morning after our guided meditation we practiced writing clear paragraphs that follow a sequence and are interesting for our readers. The students all shared their work and everyone did a great job! In Science we worked together to create a bulletin board that shows a plants life cycle. Next, we did a little experiment to observe the speed at which different seeds germinate. Thanks to everyone for your participation. Afterwards students split into small groups and were assigned a small section from the textbook to read together, discuss, and summarize. They then presented their summaries to the rest of the class and each group typed up their summaries in a Google Doc which compiled a nice set of notes for everyone. Great teamwork! In writing class later in the morning students transformed boring paragraphs into descriptive, stimulating pieces of writing. Excellent work! In the afternoon we had a lesson on internet safety and also did a quarter 1 reflection and set some goals for quarter 2.

Thanks for a great day!

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Please focus on mastering the skill Division Facts up to 12. Once you have mastered it let me know so I can give you Dojo points.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Vocab and spelling quizzes tomorrow
  • Please copy these sentences into your Language (Writing section) of your notebook. Then, skip a line and transform the sentences using numerous awesome adjectives and vivid verbs. Please fill in the blanks with your own ideas.

I like my classroom. It is clean. There are lots of colors. There are fun things. The best part is the __________________ because __________________________. It's a nice classroom.

SCIENCE:

I would like you to read over the notes for each page. Then, next to your name in the table, write a question you still have, something you learned, or any thoughtful and appropriate comment) about the information on that page. Make sure you comment on ALL of the tables below. This is due tomorrow Friday October 20, 2017. Thanks for working together so well!

Today we had a lesson in internet safety. At the end we made a pledge and all signed it.

Online Safety Pledge:

I promise to be responsible and as safe as possible online. I will also respect other people's privacy and not go into or use their accounts.

wednesday october 18, 2017

Happy hump day!

This morning students enjoyed their Music and Art classes. During Social Studies we began learning about the four main causes of World War 1. During Math students rotated through different learning centers. In other news, just a reminder that tomorrow there will be an open house for parents from 3:15-4:30. Please note that this will be a presentation to discuss highlights from quarter 1 and talk about the curriculum going into quarter 2. Any inquiries about individual students can be discussed through a one on one appointment. You can book an appointment with me anytime through email.

Have a great evening everyone!

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Please focus on mastering the skill Division Facts up to 12. Once you have mastered it let me know so I can give you Dojo points. We already have one student who has mastered the skill, way to go Ahmrae!

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Journal due Thursday October 19. This week for your journal I would like you to write a paragraph answering the following question: Which pet do you think is the best for a family? You must follow the correct order for proper paragraphs.

1. An opening sentence stating your opinion.

2. 3-4 sentences giving reasons about why you think that way.

3. A concluding sentence.

Example:

In my opinion, unicorns are definitely the greatest pets for a family. The reasons are numerous. Firstly, they are magical creatures that will provide endless amounts of fun for the children of the family. Secondly, they can fly the children to school so the parents don't have to drive them. Finally, unicorns are gentle, respectful and beautiful animals. For all of these reasons and more, I highly suggest you go out and get yourself a pet unicorn, if you can find one!

  • Vocab and spelling quizzes on Friday (The google docs have been updated)

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Using the paper I gave you this afternoon, please divide the paper into four equal squares. In each square draw a picture to represent each of the four main causes of WW1 (militarism, alliances, imperialism, nationalism). Please DO NOT write the words on the page. We will be doing a follow up activity with this on Friday. DON'T FORGET TO ADD COLOR!

tuesday october 17, 2017

Hi all,

WE HAD SUCH A GREAT DAY!

After our guided meditation we watched a silent short video and students worked in small groups to create sentences to describe each scene. They used the tools in their writing notebooks, their vivid verb and awesome adjectives thesaurus' as well as dictionary.com to expand their vocabulary. I was very impressed with their creativity! Take a look at some of the sentences below:

  1. The greedy wolf rapidly dashes toward the adorable girl.
  2. The despicable wolf charges toward the ancient grandmother’s house.
  3. The bloody wolf gobbles the fat, elderly grandma delightfully.
  4. The curious girl quizzed the horrible wolf, “Why are your teeth, ears, and eyes so colossal and tough?”

Later, in Science, students continued working on their life cycle posters. In Math, I introduced students to the different centers we will be rotating through weekly. This will allow students to work in small groups to complete a task or game that relates to one of the math concepts we are learning. Another center will focus on practicing math facts using IXL or other math practice websites online. A third center will find students focusing on seat work by working independently in their Go Math workbooks. Finally, all students will have a chance to meet with me one on one to go over the skills they have been practicing. This gives me a chance to offer one on one support for any students struggling and allows me to monitor their progress.

Important Reminders:

  • Tomorrow is Student Council Spirit Day. Students are encouraged to wear white, blue and red clothing because the flags of both Thailand Taiwan are those colors. In addition, we will be giving each of the Thailand students a stick-on name tag. If our students say hello, introduce themselves and then ask "What's your name?" the Thai students will give them their name tag to collect. We will count up the name tags per division and see who can collect the most!

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Please focus on mastering the skill Division Facts up to 12. Once you have mastered it let me know so I can give you Dojo points. We already have one student who has mastered the skill, way to go Ahmrae!

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Journal due Thursday October 19. This week for your journal I would like you to write a paragraph answering the following question: Which pet do you think is the best for a family? You must follow the correct order for proper paragraphs.

1. An opening sentence stating your opinion.

2. 3-4 sentences giving reasons about why you think that way.

3. A concluding sentence.

Example:

In my opinion, unicorns are definitely the greatest pets for a family. The reasons are numerous. Firstly, they are magical creatures that will provide endless amounts of fun for the children of the family. Secondly, they can fly the children to school so the parents don't have to drive them. Finally, unicorns are gentle, respectful and beautiful animals. For all of these reasons and more, I highly suggest you go out and get yourself a pet unicorn, if you can find one!

  • Vocab and spelling quizzes on Friday (The google docs have been updated)

Mastering multiplication with a quick thinking board game!

Using class resources and working together to create amazing sentences which describe scenes from a short video.

An intense game of multiplication war!

Monster math!

I love to see them working together to solve problems!

monday october 16, 2017

Hi everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed a restful weekend and took advantage of the break from studying before jumping into Quarter 2. This morning we welcomed exchange students from Bangkok, Thailand who will be visiting our school for the week. After the assembly we identified the male and female parts of flowers and talked about how they reproduce. Later I handed back the Reading exams and we talked about the new vocabulary words for Friday's spelling and vocabulary quizzes. In Social Studies we started a new chapter so we spent the first class discussing the essential question, how do people respond to good times and bad? Students will have a characterization diary to do for homework based on this idea.

HOMEWORK:

IXL Practice: Please focus on mastering the skill Division Facts up to 12. Once you have mastered it let me know so I can give you Dojo points.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Diary entry assignment

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Journal due Thursday October 19. This week for your journal I would like you to write a paragraph answering the following question: Which pet do you think is the best for a family? You must follow the correct order for proper paragraphs.

1. An opening sentence stating your opinion.

2. 3-4 sentences giving reasons about why you think that way.

3. A concluding sentence.

Example:

In my opinion, unicorns are definitely the greatest pets for a family. The reasons are numerous. Firstly, they are magical creatures that will provide endless amounts of fun for the children of the family. Secondly, they can fly the children to school so the parents don't have to drive them. Finally, unicorns are gentle, respectful and beautiful animals. For all of these reasons and more, I highly suggest you go out and get yourself a pet unicorn, if you can find one!

  • Vocab and spelling quizzes on Friday (The google docs have been updated)
  • Sign Reading exam

Celebrating successful exams!

Working on life cycle posters.

Researching the life cycles of great white sharks.


thursday october 12, 2017

Hi everyone,

Great job on your exams today! Only two left! Remember to take breaks while you're studying this afternoon and get to bed early tonight.

See you all in the morning for your final two exams; Science and Reading.

*If you haven't already please check the email I sent you about the changes to the Science Study Guide.

wednesday october 11, 2017

Hi everyone,

Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.

This morning students enjoyed their Music and Art classes. Later on they wrote the first part of their Language exam, the vocabulary portion, as well as their Math exam. Two down, four to go!

***Please remember that tomorrow and Friday are both half days. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 without lunch service. Please bring healthy snacks and plenty of water.

*Tomorrow you have your Language and Social Studies exams.

*Spend some time studying tonight but make sure to get to bed early so you're in the best shape for tomorrow.

*If you haven't already please check the email I sent you about the changes to the Science Study Guide.

Friday october 6, 2017

Hello all,

We had a very busy day today and all of the students were exceptionally hard workers! This morning, after The Living Rosary, students worked at their own pace to finish up their work for the last two lessons of chapter 3. In Reading class we finished reading Stormalong, and talked about theme. In Science we talked about plant reproduction.

Important Reminders:

  • Monday and Tuesday are holidays so there is no school. I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend.
  • Next Wednesday is a regular school day and Thursday and Friday are half days for exams.

homework:

SCIENCE:

  • When you are studying for Science, please watch Unit 3 Lesson 2 How Plants Reproduce online. This will help you prepare for the exam.
  • Please also watch this video:

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

*Your Photosynthesis Comic is due on Wednesday October 11. Please do not forget to add color, use as much science vocabulary as possible and to double check your work for proper grammar and punctuation.

*Your Math assignment is also due on Wednesday October 11.

Find the product of 57 x 43 using the following strategies:

1, Partial Products

2. Regrouping

3. Area Models and partial products

*Look at your exam study schedule and spend about 30-45 minutes on each subject. Remember, after 30 minutes of studying you should give yourself a short break (5-7 minutes) to walk around, stretch, or drink some water.

*I have updated your IXL Google Docs with all of the skills that will help you study for Language and Math. On the days that you are studying either of these subjects, please do some IXL practice on the skills in the Doc to help you study.

Yesterday's amazing sentences have made their way to a poster inside our classroom!

thursday october 5, 2017

Hi everyone, welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday yesterday.

This morning after our guided meditation we talked about different kinds of adjectives and then, using the pattern article + awesome adjective + noun + vivid verb, we created imaginative, fun sentences. Throughout the first quarter, student have been gathering numerous tools to use for their writing. I am looking forward to seeing them use these tools in their upcoming writing endeavors! During Science, we moved on to lesson 2 and talked about the life cycle of a plant. We compared it to human's life cycle, watched a short video, and then did a cut and paste matching activity which will double as a study tool. Good work everyone! In Math we compared two methods for multiplying; regrouping and partial products.

homework:

*Your Photosynthesis Comic is due on Wednesday October 11. Please do not forget to add color, use as much science vocabulary as possible and to double check your work for proper grammar and punctuation.

*If you didn't finish today in class, please add your three creative sentences to the Google Doc entitled, "AMAZING SENTENCES."

*Look at your exam study schedule and spend about 30-45 minutes on each subject. Remember, after 30 minutes of studying you should give yourself a short break (5-7 minutes) to walk around, stretch, or drink some water.

*I have updated your IXL Google Docs with all of the skills that will help you study for Language and Math. On the days that you are studying either of these subjects, please do some IXL practice on the skills in the Doc to help you study. You can make a copy of the doc so that you can check off the skills as you go.

tuesday october 3, 2017

We have been having a great morning here in grade 4! After our meditation we went through our study guides, talked about how to use them as tools to help us study, went over the exam schedule and then made a study schedule together. Tonight, students are asked to share their study schedules with their parents, and talk about their plan for being organized and well prepared for their upcoming exams. Parents, please sign anywhere on the study schedule sheet to confirm that your child has shared it with you.

Afterwards, in Science, we made a photosynthesis foldable and students continued working on their comic strips. In Math, we learned the steps for multiplying larger numbers by regrouping. During Grammar class we learned about the differences between complete sentences, fragments, and run on sentences.

homework:

*Share study schedule with your parents and have them sign it.

*Look at your exam study schedule and spend about 30-45 minutes on each subject. Remember, after 30 minutes of studying you should give yourself a short break (5-7 minutes) to walk around, stretch, or drink some water.

*I have updated your IXL Google Docs with all of the skills that will help you study for Language and Math. On the days that you are studying either of these subjects, please do some IXL practice on the skills in the Doc to help you study. You can make a copy of the doc so that you can check off the skills as you go.

IXL

monday october 2, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. This morning after assembly we did a quick guided meditation and then students wrote their spelling and vocabulary quizzes. I handed back their essays with lots of feedback so feel free to talk with your child about what they are going to focus on improving on their next writing assignment. In Science we reviewed photosynthesis in more detail and then students set out to create a comic strip outlining the process. I will post pictures once they're finished! During Social Studies I gave students a fill in the blank text about the Great Migration. They used their knowledge as well as their textbook to help them find the answers. In Math we learned how to use partial products to multiply greater numbers.

Important Announcements:

  • Please note that there will be no reading logs, weekly journals, or spelling and vocabulary quizzes this week or next to give students more time to focus on preparing for exams.
  • Reminder: Tomorrow is your HEALTH exam.
  • Wednesday is a mid-autumn holiday so there is NO school

HOMEWORK: study for exams!

*IXL is a great tool to help you study for language and math. Please continue to do 10 minutes of practice a day on skills that we have learned in class but that you have not yet mastered online.

LANGUAGE & READING:

  • Sign spelling and vocabulary quizzes and do corrections

MATH:

  • Work on your exam review booklet. Please do not go past the lesson we are currently working on (Lesson 3.4)

SCIENCE:

  • Please do about 15 minutes of work on your Photosynthesis Comic. We will continue working on it tomorrow.

*Tomorrow we will be going through your study guides so please bring all of them to school. This is important, please do not forget.*

friday september 29, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! At last, the blog is up and running again.

This morning we talked about how to use vivid verbs and awesome adjectives in our writing. The students did a great job editing boring sentences to make them not only more concise, but much more fun to read. Great job! In Science we learned about photosynthesis, the process where plants make their own food. In Social Studies we continued talking about the Great Migration. In Math, we used models to break apart factors while multiplying. At the end of the day we enjoyed Middle School's Student Showcase Performance.

I hope everyone has a restful and joyful weekend. See you on Monday! =)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Your Quarter 1 Exam Schedule and Study Guides are now available on the blog under Quarter 1 Study Guides.

*If possible, please print out one copy, double sided, of each study guide this weekend. They should be kept in your homework folder and brought to and from school each day so that we can do review activities in class the week before the exams.

homework:

IXL: Try to master these skills during your practice times this week. If you master all three language skills or all three math skills, come and see me so I can give you 5 DOJO points. If you master all six skills you will be awarded 10 DOJO points.

LANGUAGE:

  1. A.2Identify the complete subject of a sentence
  2. A.3Identify the complete predicate of a sentence
  3. A.4Identify the simple subject or predicate of a sentence

MATH:

  1. D.17Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number: complete the missing steps
  2. D.18Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number
  3. D.19Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number: word problems

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Use your Word Work notebook to study for Monday's vocabulary and spelling quizzes
  • Reading log & summary

SCIENCE:

  • Textbook pages 112-114

MATH:

  • I have handed out your Math Exam Review Booklets. This package contains a few questions from each lesson we have learned so far this year. It is a great study tool for your upcoming Math Exam. You only need to do the questions that are circled on each page. Please aim to do a page and a half each day, in order to complete it before the exam day. That's about 10 questions a day.

thursday september 28, 2017

Hello everyone!

This morning, after our guided meditation, we went over this week's cross curricular vocabulary words. In a new Word Work notebook. students wrote the words and their definitions, pulling from their Reading and Science resources. This notebook should be kept in their homework folders and brought to and from school each day. I expect that it will help raise everyone's spelling and vocabulary quiz marks!

Afterwards, in Science, we reviewed what we know about plant parts and their functions. We did a mini comprehension quiz after watching a short brainpop video. Later, in Reading class, we continued talking about types of characters and how to classify those from the stories we have read. Next, we learned some great new vocabulary words from lesson 5 and made creative sentences with them.

homework:

IXL

Try to master these skills during your practice times this week. If you master all three language skills or all three math skills, come and see me so I can give you 5 DOJO points. If you master all six skills you will be awarded 10 DOJO points.

LANGUAGE:

  1. A.2Identify the complete subject of a sentence
  2. A.3Identify the complete predicate of a sentence
  3. A.4Identify the simple subject or predicate of a sentence

MATH:

  1. D.17Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number: complete the missing steps
  2. D.18Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number
  3. D.19Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number: word problems

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Use your Word Work notebook to study for Monday's vocabulary and spelling quizzes
  • Reading log & summary

SCIENCE:

MATH:

  • I have handed out your Math Exam Review Booklets. This package contains a few questions from each lesson we have learned so far this year. It is a great study tool for your upcoming Math Exam. You only need to do the questions that are circled on each page. Please aim to do a page and a half each day, in order to complete it before the exam day. That's about 10 questions a day.

wednesday september 27, 2017

Important Announcement:

  • Thursday September 28 is Teachers Day so the school will be holding a special activity for teachers from 3:30-4:30. So, ALL After School activities for students on that day will be combined. Sister Jackie and the Parent Support Team will be taking all of the after school activity students and leading a class on how to make lemonade from scratch and creating fruit art. This will be the only after school activity on that day. If you do not wish your child to attend this activity, they must be picked up at the 3:30 dismissal time.

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your vocabulary Google Doc has been updated with this week's words. The spelling and vocabulary quizzes will be on Monday October 2, 2017. Start studying for 5-10 minutes each night and you'll ace both tests. Rubie and Jasmine, please check your Google Doc for your lists.

SCIENCE

Root

Stem

Leaf

Vascular

Nonvascular

Photosynthesis

Chlorophyll

READING

Static

Dynamic

sympathetic


  • Reading log & summary
  • Weekly Journal due Thursday

MATH:

  • Textbook, please finish page 103 and do page 104 # 17, 18, 21

IXL These are the skills to practice this week:

MATH:

  1. D.17Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number: complete the missing steps
  2. D.18Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number
  3. D.19Multiply a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number: word problems

LANGUAGE:

  1. A.2Identify the complete subject of a sentence
  2. A.3Identify the complete predicate of a sentence
  3. A.4Identify the simple subject or predicate of a sentence

tuesday september 26, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

This morning during our grammar class we learned about subjects and predicates. Please try to master the skills below this week. During Math class students wrote their Chapter 2 tests.

Important Announcement:

  • Thursday September 28 is Teachers Day so the school will be holding a special activity for teachers from 3:30-4:30. So, ALL After School activities for students on that day will be combined. Sister Jackie and the Parent Support Team will be taking all of the after school activity students and leading a class on how to make lemonade from scratch and creating fruit art. This will be the only after school activity on that day. If you do not wish your child to attend this activity, they must be picked up at the 3:30 dismissal time.

homework:

IXL Try to master these skills during your practice times this week:

  1. A.2Identify the complete subject of a sentence
  2. A.3Identify the complete predicate of a sentence
  3. A.4Identify the simple subject or predicate of a sentence

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your vocabulary Google Doc has been updated with this week's words. Since I am giving them to you a day late, the spelling and vocabulary quizzes will be on Monday October 2, 2017. Start studying for 5-10 minutes each night and you'll ace both tests.
  • Reading log & summary
  • Weekly Journal due Thursday

SCIENCE:

  • Please watch Unit 3 Lesson 1 online and write down two things you learned and one question you still have. Use the piece of paper I gave you and don't forget to write your name.

thursday september 21, 2017

Hi everyone,

This morning we changed up the schedule a bit to allow for extra math time since the last lesson has been challenging for some students. It turned out to be a great decision because we all figured it out and were able to move forward! Thanks for your hard work Grade 4's. The students reminded me that we forgot to meditate after morning prayers so we did a relaxing guided meditation after Math class to prep them for their Unit 2 Science tests. They were feeling very confident and ready to conquer the assessment!

Important Reminders:

  • Please wear your PE uniforms to school tomorrow for the field trip. You may want to bring sunglasses, or a hat and wear sunscreen. You must bring your HEALTH CARD. Please bring a water bottle and some healthy snacks, lunch will be served.
  • Your essay is due tomorrow morning BEFORE we leave for the field trip. If you hand it in late, you will lose late marks. Don't forget to staple the rubric to the back of your assignment.

homework:

MATH:

  • Your Chapter 2 Test has been moved to Tuesday September 26. Your study guide has been posted on the blog under "Quarter 1 Study Guides."
  • Please practice this skill tonight:

IXL MATH F.10 Perform multiple operations with whole numbers

  • This weekend, please work on pages 94-97 (#1-18) in the textbook. This well help you to prepare for the test. These pages are due on Monday September 25.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Your writing assignment is due tomorrow morning by 8:05 am. Please remember to staple your rubric to the back. Please use the tips in the videos from yesterday to edit and revise your introductions and conclusions and make them as good as possible. I am excited to read everything!

SCIENCE:

  • Sign test

wednesday september 20, 2017

Look at all of these fabulous fourth graders presenting their 1892 steel workers strike depictions. Great job everyone!

This morning students got the chance to experience some different drills and do activities set up for them by the local fire department. First they tried to beat Mr.Hilden's time of 1 minute and 8 seconds to dress in the firefighter uniform. Next, they learned some basic CPR training, and lastly they used fire extinguishers to try and put out a flame target. Thanks for your great behavior and participation today!

In Social Studies students presented their 1892 steel worker strike drawings and explained their depictions to the class. See the photos above! Afterwards we used Venn diagrams to compare and contrast the union strategies of boycotting and striking. We had a great discussion In Math, we reviewed the order of operations and wrote equations for word problems and then solved them using the order of operations.

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading log & summary
  • Weekly Journal due tomorrow
  • The final copy of your writing assignment is due by 8:00 am on Friday September 22 before we leave for the camping trip. You must print out the writing assignment and staple the rubric to the back. We will spend some time tomorrow editing and revising but please watch the videos tonight in preparation for tomorrow's class.

If you need help with your writing, here are some great videos:

help for paragraph writing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_pZWdF7ujA

***Everyone must watch these two videos please:***

tips for writing introductions: https://youtu.be/JmEWpwB85E0

tips for writing conclusions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xo9C8BxgWE


SCIENCE:

  • Unit 2 Test is tomorrow. Your study guide is here. You may also want to get extra help from this document. Remember, the best way to do well is to spend some time each night reviewing your notes. Don't wait until the last night and expect your brain to remember everything!


MATH:

  • Your Chapter 2 Test has been moved to Monday September 25. Your study guide has been posted on the blog under "Quarter 1 Study Guides."
  • Please practice this skill tonight:

IXL MATH F.10 Perform multiple operations with whole numbers

tuesday september 19, 2017

Hi all,

Reminder for tomorrow:

  • Wednesday we will have a visit from the local fire department. It is also Student Council Spirit Day so students are permitted to wear red, orange, or yellow clothing with their P.E. pants. (Please bring a P.E. shirt for class with Mr.Mckeen. The rest of the day you may wear your fire colored clothing). The class with the best fire inspired clothing will win a prize from student council!

This morning during our Grammar class we learned about different types of sentences. In Science, we reviewed for the upcoming test and then started Unit 3 on Plants and Animals and began by comparing and contrasting vascular and non vascular plants. In Math we learned about the order of operations and in Language we worked on finishing up our essays.

homework:

Please do 10 minutes of IXL practice. This is the skill I would like you to focus on mastering:

Grade 4 Language: Sentence Structure

  1. A.1Is the sentence declarative, interrogative, imperative, or exclamatory?

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading log & summary
  • Weekly Journal due on Thursday September 21.
  • Tonight, please share your Google doc with a partner and allow them to edit. Under "suggesting" your partner will read your essay, and suggest edits. Later, you can choose to accept these edits, or decide you don't want to change anything, it is up to you. Finish editing and proofreading your work (First go through and make sure everything is organized. See if you want to choose better words or move sentences into a different order. You can use a thesaurus to find more creative synonyms for words. Next, look for any grammar, spelling, or punctuation mistakes.) Then when you are happy with your final copy, you can print it out, staple your rubric to the back, and hand it in. It is due by 8:00 am on Friday September 22 before we leave for the camping trip.

If you need help with your writing, here are some great videos:

help for paragraph writing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_pZWdF7ujA

tips for writing introductions: https://youtu.be/JmEWpwB85E0

tips for writing conclusions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xo9C8BxgWE

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 2 Test on Thursday September 21. Your study guide is here. You may also want to get extra help from this document. Remember, the best way to do well is to spend some time each night reviewing your notes. Don't wait until the last night and expect your brain to remember everything!

Monday september 18, 2017

Hi everyone,

A couple of announcements:

  • There will be no weekly vocabulary or spelling quizzes this week because Friday is our first field trip of the year! Take this extra time to prepare for your Science and Math assessments.
  • Wednesday we will have a visit from the local fire department. It is also Student Council Spirit Day so students are permitted to wear red, orange, or yellow clothing with their P.E. pants. (Please bring a P.E. shirt for class with Mr.Mckeen. The rest of the day you may wear your fire colored clothing).

A big congratulations to all of my fierce fourth graders for a great presentation at this morning's assembly. Enjoy the photos below. Later in the morning we talked about meditation and had our first short guided meditation session followed by a reflection period. It was so interesting to hear all of your thoughts and observations on the experience. Thank you for being so open and sharing, we can all learn so much from each other! We will begin doing a short meditation each morning after prayers.

In Science we did the online interactive lesson to investigate how we can use technology to solve problems. In Reading, we started a new story which is written in the form of a play, so students were assigned roles and read aloud in turn. Great job! In Social Studies we talked about the different strategies that unions use to achieve their goals, namely boycotting and strikes. For homework, students will be recreating what we learned about the 1892 steel workers strike in the form of a drawing which they will present to the class. I look forward to seeing your representations!

In the afternoon we learned about different types of characters in literature during our Reading class, continued multiplying large numbers with regrouping in Math, and started working on our introductions and conclusions for our writing assignments.

homework:

Please do 10 minutes of IXL practice. These are the skills I would like you to focus on:

Grade 4 Language: Sentence Structure

  1. A.1Is the sentence declarative, interrogative, imperative, or exclamatory?
  2. A.2Identify the complete subject of a sentence
  3. A.3Identify the complete predicate of a sentence
  4. A.4Identify the simple subject or predicate of a sentence
  5. A.5Is it a complete sentence or a fragment?
  6. A.6Is it a complete sentence or a run-on?
  7. A.7Is it a complete sentence, a fragment, or a run-on?

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading log & summary

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 2 Test on Thursday September 21. Your study guide is here. You may also want to get extra help from this document.
  • Copy lesson 3 notes here

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Using the information in the last paragraph on page 422 of your textbook, draw a picture to recreate what happened in 1892 when the steel workers went on strike. You will be presenting your picture to the class and explaining your drawing. Please use color and try to use as much of the page as possible. Be creative, and use your imagination!

Presenting a recipe for friendship at this morning's assembly.

Dancing it out between classes!

Thanks Josh. =)

Notes left on the board at break. <3

friday september 15, 2017

Hi everyone,

This morning students wrote their weekly vocabulary and spelling quizzes. This was the highest average we have had so far so I am very happy to see that everyone is putting in the time required to yield successful results! Great job kiddos! Afterwards we worked together to add new vocabulary to our word wall. We then practiced for Monday's Virtue Presentation. During Social Studies we talked about why people were wanting change in the 1900's and that led us into a lesson on the Labor Movement. After the lesson we used the information we gained to create a timeline of the labor movement. During Math class we talked about different ways of multiplying two digit numbers. One way was by regrouping and the other way was by using partial products.

homework:

*Please do ten minutes of IXL practice from one of the approved skills on the Google Doc I shared with you. Try to choose skills that you need practice with, not skills that are already easy for you!

SCIENCE:

  • Please watch the online lesson for Unit 2 Lesson 3 What is Technology?

https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do?orgID=88636067

Be ready to give your ideas and comments on what technology is on Monday.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Sign your spelling and vocabulary quizzes and do your corrections.
  • Reading log & summary
  • Finish typing up your writing assignment. Only the 3 middle paragraphs need to be typed up this weekend. We will be working on the introduction and conclusions together next week. These are your guidelines (unless you have been told otherwise):

*Please open up a new Google Doc on your Drive. Save the Doc as "Name Number Writing Assignment" For example, I would save mine as "Fisher 1 Writing Assignment"

*5 paragraphs, each with a topic and a concluding sentence.

*size 12 font

* Times New Roman

* double spaced

* You need to have a title (try to be creative!) that you can put in size 14 Times New Roman font and underline it

*At the top left hand corner, above the title, write your name and number

Here is my yoga essay that you can use as an example.


We have been talking a lot about time management and how to do well in Grade 4. So, looking ahead at what's coming up next week:

  • Science Unit 2 Test coming up on Thursday September 21.

Think: There are 3 lessons to study. You have 6 nights before the test. So, (6 divided by 2 = 3) if you study each lesson for two nights then you will be good and ready for the test. Here is a suggested study schedule to follow: Friday-Saturday Lesson 1, Sunday-Monday Lesson 2, Tuesday-Wednesday Lesson 3

  • You will be getting a Chapter 2 Math take home test on Friday September 22. There are eleven lessons in this chapter. What is the best way you can be ready for this test? Remember, it will be up to you to complete the test at home for homework, so if there is anything you don't understand in the chapter, you need to ask me before Friday.


Parents, you can now order Scholastic books online. For more information look at the document below:

How to Order Scholastic Online.pdf

thursday september 14, 2017

Hi all,

This morning we had a beautiful Mass with two baptisms. Thanks to everyone for their good behavior and a special mention to Ahmrae for her excellent altar serving, and to Jasmine, for her wonderful singing in the choir.

Afterwards we practiced for our upcoming presentation on the virtue of Friendship which will be happening at Monday's assembly. During Reading class we drew a plot elements chart on the board, reviewed each of its parts, and then went through our Journeys story, How Tia Lola Came to Stay, and plotted each element. There was some great participation which was great to see!

I would like to remind everyone that if you do do not stay organized and up to date in your homework, assignments and classwork, there will be consequences. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, please come to talk to me so we can make a plan together for you to be successful. Exams are quickly approaching and it is important that you practice time management so that you are prepared for all tests and quizzes and able to hand in all homework on time.

homework:

*Reminder, tomorrow is casual dress day!

*Please do ten minutes of IXL practice from one of the approved skills on the Google Doc I shared with you. Try to choose skills that you need practice with, not skills that are already easy for you!

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your Google Doc (Weekly Cross Curricular Vocab) has been updated with this week's vocabulary words. Your spelling and vocab quizzes will be tomorrow.
  • Reading log & summary
  • Story vocabulary worksheet due Monday September 18

MATH:

  • Page 83-84 of Math textbook due tomorrow

wednesday september 13, 2017

Hi everyone,

Students enjoyed their Music and Art classes this morning and then we had a great Social Studies class together. We spoke about the working conditions during the Industrial Revolution and focused on the child labor issues at that time. We were able to compare the lives of children in the 1900s with the lives that our students in Taiwan lead. We worked hard at challenging multi step word problems in Math. I would like to see everyone do their best on tonight's homework! Remember, there will be more than one step to solving the problem.

We will have Mass tomorrow morning beginning at 8:05 am so please be on time and in your clean, pressed uniforms.

homework:

*Please do ten minutes of IXL practice from one of the approved skills on the Google Doc I shared with you. Try to choose skills that you need practice with, not skills that are already easy for you!

*Please bring in your field trip forms and 300 NT by this Friday September 15. Also, I have just been informed that lunchboxes will be provided for the students for lunch on the trip so they do not need to bring lunch with them. They should still bring a healthy snack or two, though, as it will be a long day.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your Google Doc (Weekly Cross Curricular Vocab) has been updated with this week's vocabulary words. Your spelling and vocab quizzes will be on Friday September 15.
  • Reading log & summary
  • Your weekly journal is due on Thursday September 14.
  • The 3 middle paragraphs of your writing project are due by Thursday

MATH:

  • Page 81 of Math textbook

tuesday september 12, 2017

homework:

*Please do ten minutes of IXL practice from one of the approved skills on the Google Doc I shared with you. Try to choose skills that you need practice with, not skills that are already easy for you!

*Please bring in your field trip forms and 300 NT by this Friday September 15.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your Google Doc has been updated with this week's vocabulary words. Your spelling and vocab quizzes will be on Friday September 15.
  • Reading log & summary
  • Your weekly journal is due on Thursday September 14.
  • The 3 middle paragraphs of your writing project are due by Thursday

MATH:

It's a great site to practice different math skills!

monday september 11, 2017

Hi everyone and welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.

This morning we went over the Social Studies tests, started to talk about our new chapter on the Progressive Era, figured out different ways to design a solution to a problem in Science, and worked on the next parts of our first drafts in Writing class.

homework:

*Please do ten minutes of IXL practice from one of the approved skills on the Google Doc I shared with you. Try to choose skills that you need practice with, not skills that are already easy for you!

*Please bring in your field trip forms and 300 NT by this Friday September 15.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Your Google Doc has been updated with this week's vocabulary words. Your spelling and vocab quizzes will be on Friday September 15.
  • Reading log & summary
  • Your weekly journal is due on Thursday September 14.
  • Finish paragraph 2

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Get your test signed and do your corrections

MATH:

  • If you didn't finish in class, please finish page 71 #5-14.

This morning during assembly we split off into our Houses for a Cross Making Competition.

This girl was so brave this morning and sang with the choir in front of the whole school. Way to go, we are so proud of you!

thursday september 7, 2017

What a great day to end a fantastic week!

This morning students wrote their weekly vocabulary and spelling quizzes. Afterwards, during Science we got some hands on experience acting as engineers as students participated in an engineer design challenge. They had to build the strongest bridge using only two pieces of paper and no tape . It was wonderful to see them working together, testing and improving their plans, and redesigning until they built their final result for the judging portion of the competition. Two of the bridges were strong enough to withhold all of the paper clips in the class while one collapsed after over 100 paper clips were placed upon it. At the end each student voted for the winning bridge and gave a reason explaining the rationale of their vote. The majority of students voted for Dennis and Ahmrae's creation! Check out their excited victory photos below.

In Math, all of our little superstars worked excellently at using the expanded form to solve multiplication problems. Way to go!

Thanks for such a fun day kiddos. Enjoy the long weekend and see you bright and early Monday morning.

homework:

*Please do 10 minutes of IXL practice tonight and tomorrow and choose from the skills listed in the blog post below.

*Remember, there is no school tomorrow!

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading log and summary for today and tomorrow
  • Sign vocabulary and spelling quizzes and do corrections

MATH:

  • Finish page 67
  • If you choose to do the extra page for bonus marks , you may do it in your math notebook.

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 2 Lesson 1 and 2 questions

Planning and building!

Brainstorming solutions

Testing and redesigning

Grand Winners!

Such supportive classmates!

The moment it collapsed!

Caution: Serious Engineers at Work!

Happiest when building and redesigning and building again!

wednesday september 6, 2017

Hello everyone,

This morning students enjoyed their double Music and Art blocks. In Social Studies they wrote their Chapter 11 test and in Math we reviewed yesterday's lesson and moved on to using the expanded form to solve multiplication problems with large numbers.

important reminders:

  • A friendly reminder that tomorrow is the last day of school for the week as Friday marks our Fall Holiday, so there are no classes. Enjoy the long weekend!
  • Dominican encourages students to be healthy in body and mind and so no unhealthy snacks are allowed at school. Do not bring cookies, crackers, or any sweets to school or they will be taken away. Please only bring healthy snacks, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, cheese etc.

homework:

10 minutes of IXL practice. Scroll down to yesterday's blog post for the choice of skills to work on.

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Tomorrow your weekly Journal is due
  • Tomorrow you will also have your spelling and vocabulary quizzes for the review words from the past two weeks
  • Reading log and summary

MATH:

  • Textbook page 63. Please show your work nicely on the graph paper I handed out. Ensure you have a title, name, and date. Give some color to your array models and do neat work. You will be graded on this assignment.


tuesday september 5, 2017

Hi all,

Today we learned about plural nouns in Grammar class, continued talking about the engineering design process in Science, and learned how to use distributive properties to model multiplication in Math.

IXL SKILLS TO BE PRACTICED: Each day, please choose a skill that you need practice with and spend 10 minutes on it. You may choose from any of the following skills. You should spend 10 minutes every day (Monday-Friday) practicing an IXL.

LANGUAGE:

  1. B.1Which word is a noun?
  2. B.2Identify nouns
  3. B.3Identify nouns – with abstract nouns
  4. B.4Identify common and proper nouns
  5. B.5Form regular plurals with -s, -es, and -ies
  6. B.6Use regular plurals with -s, -es, and -ies
  7. B.7Form regular plurals with -s, -es, -ies, and -ves
  8. B.8Use regular plurals with -s, -es, -ies, and -ves
  9. B.9Is the noun singular or plural?
  10. B.10Form and use irregular plurals

MATH:

Number Sense:

  1. A.1Value of a digit
  2. A.2Convert between standard and expanded form
  3. A.3Place value names
  4. A.4Convert between place values
  5. A.5Choose word names for numbers up to one thousand
  6. A.6Write word names for numbers up to one thousand
  7. A.7Choose word names for numbers up to one hundred million
  8. A.8Write word names for numbers up to one hundred million
  9. A.12Rounding
  10. A.15Compare numbers up to one billion

Addition:

B.8 Estimate sums

Subtraction:

C.6Estimate differences

Multiplication:

C.6Estimate differences

homework:

LANGUAGE AND READING:

  • Reading log and summary
  • Thursday September 7 review vocab and spelling quizzes
  • Thursday your weekly journal is due

MATH:

  • Textbook page 63. Please make your work as neat as possible!

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Chapter 11 test tomorrow. The study guide is on the blog under Quarter 1 Study Guides.

Enjoy the photos below of these wild fourth graders shaking out some dance moves during a quick brain break in Science. I love those smiling faces!

monday september 4, 2017

Hello all,

We had a very busy day today. After the Science retest we jumped into Reading and learned about internal and external conflict in literature. In Social Studies we reviewed for Wednesday's test and in Math we had a lot of fun strengthening our estimation and rounding skills.

We have planned our first field trip of the year with the grade 5 and middle school classes. I sent a form home today explaining the adventure. Please take a look and send the form back with the fee of 300 NT by Friday September 15, 2017. The excursion will take place on Friday September 22, 2017.

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Journal due Thursday
  • Thursday September 7 review vocabulary and spelling quizzes

MATH:

  • Math handout. Please show all of your work!
  • Please check your email for your IXL username and password. Go to www.ixl.com and find Grade 4, Math Skills,Multiplication D.12 Estimate Products. Spend about 10 minutes trying to master the skill.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Chapter 11 Test Wednesday September 6


DISK Q1 Field Trip Form

friday september 1, 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

We had a great week, thanks for all of your hard work and participation!

This morning we began with some silent reading and then students wrote their spelling and vocabulary quizzes. Those need to be signed and corrected this weekend please. Afterwards we jumped into Science and continued talking about the Engineering Design Process steps. We're looking forward to doing a STEM activity next week to demonstrate how this actually works! In Reading we learned vocabulary from our new story and realized that we actually already knew a lot of the words. We read the first half of the story, stopping to discuss the character's points of view throughout. In Social Studies we talked about the contributions immigrants made to America and learned how to pull out the most important parts of a text. In Math, we continued practicing how to make models for word problems. Later, we moved on to a lesson where we estimated products to determine if exact answers were reasonable.

homework:

*Please get some scotch tape and bring it to school asap.*

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading Log summary
  • Sign quizzes and do corrections
  • Thursday September 7 review vocabulary/spelling quiz (You will be tested on the words from the past two weeks)

MATH:

  • Page 59 #4-8

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 1 Retest Monday September 4

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Chapter 11 Industry and Immigration Test on Wednesday September 6. Look in the Quarter 1 Study Guides section for the study guide for this chapter.

This little guy was awarded 5 Dojo points for offering the most comprehensive answer (how Jacob Riis contributed to bettering life for immigrants) in Social Studies class. Way to go!

thursday august 31, 2017

Hello everyone,

We had a busy morning as students wrote their Unit 1 Test in Science and then we had a Writer's Workshop where we broke down the steps of the Writing Process and started our own first drafts. In Math we reviewed the homework and did a little more practice to consolidate our understanding.

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading Log and summary
  • Vocab and spelling quiz tomorrow
  • First draft of writing due Wednesday September 6

MATH:

  • Math worksheet. Please show your work and write a clear conclusion like we practiced in class.

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 1 Retest Monday September 4
  • Please check your email, I shared an important document with you. It is extra help for all Science units. Please take a look at pages 8-13 before the retest on Monday. I also posted the doc here.


wednesday august 30, 2017

Hello,

We had a productive day in grade 4. This morning students enjoyed their Art and Music classes and then we had Social Studies together where we reviewed reasons for immigration and talked about what life was like for many immigrants upon arriving in America. After lunch we had a tough lesson in Math but the students put forth their best focus and effort and we ended up moving successfully through it together. Thanks for your hard work!

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading Log and summary
  • Vocabulary and spelling quiz on Friday September 1
  • Journal due tomorrow

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 1 test tomorrow

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Immigration questions #1-3

Please fix these questions up if you didn't finish in class. Make sure you have added as many details as possible.

MATH:

  • Page 51 # 4-7

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Good afternoon all,

This morning we had a grammar class and learned about common and proper nouns. Afterwards, in Science, we did some review in preparation for Thursday's Unit 1 test, and then we moved on to Unit 2 and began exploring what engineers are and what they do. In Math, we moved on to Chapter 2 and I gave students a quick pre-assessment to see what they already knew about multiplying and what we need to spend more time focusing on.

homework:

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading Log and summary
  • Thursday August 31 journal due
  • Friday September 1 vocabulary and spelling quiz
  • Please finish the nouns worksheet if you weren't able to complete it in class.

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 1 Studying Science Test on Thursday August 31. You can find the study guide here.

Cozy readers.

Wild things.


monday august 28, 2017


Happy Monday!

We had an exciting assembly to start the day as our Student Council members were announced after elections and voting last week. Our class has elected Victoria to be our leader and representative for Student Council this year. Congratulations Victoria!

During Science class we did an online interactive lesson to talk more about how scientists use models and then students worked on some review pages for the lesson. In Reading class we used our plot elements to analyze the story, My Brother Martin, discussing the rising action, climax, and resolution. Afterwards we watched a short biographical video to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and the students wrote a short set of comprehension questions from the film. Afterwards in Social Studies we talked about the reasons for immigration. During Math they wrote their first test of the year. In the afternoon I read them a story about Martin Luther King Jr.

homework:

*Please bring a food label with the nutritional information for Health class*

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading log 15 minutes and summary
  • Thursday August 31 weekly Journal due
  • Friday September 1 vocab/spelling quiz

MATH:

  • Sign test and do corrections

SCIENCE:

  • Unit 1 test on Thursday August 31

FRIDAY AUGUST 25, 2017

Happy Friday everyone!

What a great day we had. This morning students wrote their second weekly spelling and vocabulary quiz. In Science, we talked about how scientists used models and I took the kids on a virtual 3D adventure using Google expeditions. They loved it! Afterwards, in Reading, we talked about Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggles he faced in pursuing his dreams. We enjoyed reading the next story in our Journeys text. After some vocabulary review, we moved on to Social Studies and began talking about immigration and Ellis Island. In Math it was all about review and catching up on corrections in preparation for Monday's Chapter 1 test.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and I look forward to seeing all of your shining faces on Monday morning!

HOMEWORK:

READING:

  • Reading Log and summary

LANGUAGE:

  • Sign spelling and vocabulary quiz and do any corrections.

MATH:

  • Chapter 1 math test Monday August 29 (Please check the Quarter 1 Study Guides section for the chapter study guide).
  • Please do your corrections from this chapter, Lesson 1.8 pages 35-37 (you do not need to do page 38) and the practice test on pages 39-42.

thursday august 24, 2017

homework:

*Please return the student handbook and IXL forms by tomorrow. Thank you!

SCIENCE:

  • Please check your email and open the Google Doc I shared with you called Lesson 3. Please copy those notes into your Science Notebook. I will be checking the notes tomorrow.

READING:

  • Reading Log
  • Read the Martin Luther King Jr Article and answer the questions. Be prepared to talk about it tomorrow during Reading class. This activity is an opener for our second Journeys story, My Brother Martin.

LANGUAGE:

  • Vocab/Spelling quiz tomorrow

MATH:

  • Chapter 1 Test Monday August 29

Please enjoy the photos below of the students working together to create a word wall for the vocabulary words learned so far, students reading their own novels and our Journeys book together, and doing an online investigation to understand why scientists compare results.

Wednesday august 23, 2017

Hi everyone,

Students had a great day enjoying their specialty classes. During our Social Studies class we continued to analyze the cost and benefits of the industrial revolution. In Math we learned how to subtract numbers up to six digits while regrouping. We enjoyed some learning competitions before students sat down to do individual practice.

homework:

*Student handbook and IXL letter due Friday*

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • If you didn't finish in class, please complete the Industrial Revolution article questions. You do NOT need to do #7.

READING:

  • Reading log and summary

LANGUAGE:

  • Vocab/spelling quiz on Friday August 25

MATH:

  • Textbook page 33-34

tuesday august 22, 2017

Hola,

We had a great morning coming up with an essential agreement for our classroom. The students worked in small groups to talk about the kind of classroom that would allow them to feel safe, free to make mistakes and learn from them, supported, and that would foster fun and creativity. They came up with some fantastic suggestions which we turned into our class agreement. The kids made a poster displaying all of the ideas and then each signed it to make it official.

During Math today we learned how to add six digit numbers while regrouping and also how to estimate the sums to tell us if our answers are reasonable. The students picked up on the concept quickly so we were able to play a few interactive learning games before settling into individual practice. In Language, we read a challenging article about the costs and benefits of the Industrial Revolution, which connects to our Social Studies curriculum. We learned how to break down a challenging piece of text by reading each paragraph, stopping to check for comprehension and then writing a brief summary of the main points as we go. Afterwards students worked in partners to create a cost and benefit chart as well as a concise summary of the article as a whole before moving on to comprehension questions.

homework:

*Please remember to bring back the IXL letter and the last page of the Student Handbook by Friday August 25!

READING & LANGUAGE:

  • Reading Log: Read your approved book for at least 15 minutes and fill out your new Reading Log paper which includes a brief summary of what you read tonight. Don't forget to have a parent sign it.
  • Vocab and spelling quiz on Friday August 25

MATH:

  • Textbook pages 29-30


Please enjoy the photos below of the students working together to come up with an incredible Essential Class Agreements Poster, our interactive math lesson, partner work in Language Arts and Social Studies, and a brain break with some dancing to re-energize!

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Monday august 21, 2017

Hi everyone, welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend. For those of you who were able to make it to the Open House on Saturday, thank you for your time and it was wonderful to speak with you.

This morning our students presented for the first time at morning assembly. As I mentioned last week, they worked together to create a Google Slides presentation about our Class Patron Saint, St. Margaret of Castello. They did an excellent job and spoke clearly and with expression. Congratulations grade four's, I am very proud of you!

During Science class we did the online interactive lesson to learn about which tools scientists use to collect data. In Reading, we reviewed plot elements and went over homework from last week. Students then worked on an independent activity to show their understanding of what we have been learning about story elements thus far. During Social Studies we talked about the cost and benefits of growing industries. Later in the afternoon we went to the library and choose appropriate leveled readers and began what will become daily reading for our Class Reading Logs.

homework:

*Please sign and return the last page of the student handbook by this Friday August 25, 2017.

SCIENCE:

  • LESSON 3 TEXT SUMMARIES

Everyone must read pages 29-30 and highlight whatever you think is most important. Then do the summary for the pages you were assigned. Afterwards, do the activity pages 38-40. You can use your textbook and these notes to help you. **Don’t forget to put the first letter of your name before each point you write. Only write what you think is most important. Remember to put everything into your own words. Do not copy from the book.

pages 30-31 Dennis & Jasmine

Pages 32-33 Rei & Sophie

Pages 34-35 Josh

Pages 36-37 Victoria & Ahmrae


Please enjoy the photos below of our fierce fourth graders doing an amazing presentation on Saint Margaret of Castello at this morning's assembly!

Friday august 18, 2017


Hi everyone, happy Friday!

We had a busy and productive day today. This morning during Language students wrote their first spelling and vocabulary quiz. Afterwards, during Science class, we learned more about the skills Scientists use and realized that we also use them in our lives every day. In Social Studies we talked about how the growth of big businesses changed the lives of Americans. We talked a lot about urbanization and made connections between new inventions and the growth of cities. In Math we continued learning how to round numbers. We played a few games to consolidate our understanding and then students did some independent practice.

homework:

LANGUAGE:

*Please sign your vocabulary quiz.

*Please go to readtheory.org and do 2 quizzes.

*I have shared the next set of vocabulary words with you. Please start practicing the spelling and we will continue to learn the meanings next week.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

*If you didn't finish in class, please answer the question from today's lesson:

How did new inventions lead to urbanization? Be specific in your answer and offer as many details as possible.

MATH:

*Math textbook mid chapter check up pages 21-22

OTHER:

*Monday we are presenting at morning assembly about St.Margaret of Castello so please be on time for school and don't forget your papers with the print out of what you need to say.

*Please bring a box of tissues to school.


Have a wonderful weekend with your families and I will see you all bright and early Monday morning for our first presentation as a class!

**Please enjoy the photos below from our interactive lesson in Math class. There is also a sweet photo of the girls reading and doing language practice online this morning.

thursday august 17, 2017


Hi everyone,

This morning we worked on how to round numbers in Math class. Afterwards we had the chance to go up to the computer lab and work together on a Google Slideshow about our class saint, St. Margaret of Castello. All of the students picked a topic to do with our class saint and got to work on making a slide for the presentation we will be doing at Monday's assembly. Great teamwork grade 4! During Reading class we learned about story vocabulary and the different plot elements. We watched a short video and the students helped figure out what the plot, the setting, the conflict were from the story. Afterwards they did a short independent practice. During Science we had a great lesson on what inference means and how we use it everyday in our lives.

We are continuing to have issues with students coming to work without having done their homework. This is unacceptable in grade 4 and without a signed note from a parent you will lose homework points. Please be sure to check the blog everyday after school and make sure you check your school bag before you leave in the morning to make sure you have everything you need.

homework:

*Tomorrow you will have your first vocabulary quiz. The first part of the quiz will be spelling and the second part will focus on the meaning of the words. You may be asked to match or write their definitions, to use them in sentences, fill in the blanks, or answer true of false questions. Please make sure you understand what the word means and how to use it in a sentence as well as know how to spell the word.

MATH:

  • Here are some great videos to help you understand what we have been learning in chapter 1. Please take a look to help you with any of the skills that you have found difficult.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fourth-grade-math/cc-4th-place-value-rounding

These videos are specifically on rounding and there are practice questions at the end. Please watch the first three videos on rounding to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, and word problems. All of these videos are short and it will only take 10 minutes to watch all of them. It is your homework to watch them and do the 7 practice questions.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fourth-grade-math/cc-4th-place-value-rounding#cc-4th-rounding

Afterwards, please click on the Round Whole Numbers Practice and do the 7 practice questions.

READING:

  • If you didn't finish in class please finish writing the antagonist, protagonist, conflict, setting, and plot for Jack and the Beanstalk. For the plot, please write:

In the beginning, ..........

In the middle, ..............

In the end, ...............


Thanks for such a great day everyone!

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wednesday august 16, 2017

Hi everyone,

Happy Hump Day! Students enjoyed almost a full day of specialty classes, including Art, Chinese, Music, and P.E.

homework:

OTHER: Study for week 1 cross curricular vocabulary quiz on Friday August 18

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Please fix the corrections for last time's homework. Do not erase, just redo the questions on the following page. Next, do the last question:

5. How do inventions shrink distances? Explain clearly using at least one example.

We have talked a lot about this in class but you may also want to review pages 394-395 of the textbook for extra help.

LANGUAGE/READING:

  • Sign onto readtheory.org using your username and password. Do two quizzes and answer the questions. It will send your score to me when you finish!


Have a great evening everyone. Get a good rest and come to school with healthy snacks tomorrow!

friday february 2, 2018

Hi everyone,

It's so good to be back! I caught a nasty flu and was stuck in bed for the last couple of days recovering. I missed all of you so much and it was wonderful to see you today. Thank you for the sweet welcome back messages on the board. =)

Important reminders:

  • Mr.McKeen has asked that all students please bring a hat that they can wear for outdoor PE class. You can leave the hats in your drawers in the classroom if you like, OR bring it each Wednesday and Friday.

homework:

MATH:

  • Please get your AMAZING Chapter 8 Math tests signed and do your corrections.
  • IXL: Please practice these skills over the weekend. Your goal is to get to 80% in each skill. If you get to 80% in all of them, you can go back and master them if you like.
  1. T.1 What decimal number is illustrated?
  2. T.2 Model decimals and fractions
  3. T.3 Understanding decimals expressed in words

*Only skills 1-3 are for homework but if you finish and still have extra time, you can work ahead to these skills. This will make Math class way easier for you next week!


  1. T.4 Place values in decimal numbers
  2. T.6 Graph decimals on number lines

6. T.8 Graph fractions as decimals on number lines


LANGUAGE:

  • Please work on the Grammar booklet I handed out today. Each day you should aim to do a page or two. You only need to do the even numbers on each page. The entire package must be completed by Monday February 5.
  • Please try to reach 80% in all of the Verb skills (D1-26) on IXL by Tuesday February 6.