06-09-17 Final Blog

We made it! ūüôā

I cannot believe the year has gone by so quickly! I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your child this year. They have all grown so much!  Thank you for sharing them with me.  I wish them all the best in 5th grade!

Thank you for the raffle donations this time and all year! ¬†Everyone took something home Thursday.¬†Here are a few pictures from our week. ¬†We gave each other “turtle compliments,” we had the annual staff vs student dodge ball game, and we had a “book tasting” to see what we would like to read this summer!

Here is our 3 Words Video from the 4th Grade Celebration Night.

Happy summer!!

06-02-17

What a week we have had! ¬† Thank you to all the parent volunteers that made this week successful and fun! ¬†We had a great time in Chicago, as I am sure your child has told you! ¬†The weather was great, and we saw and did so many things! ¬†Find out your child’s favorite part.

The weather was also beautiful for a day filled with Bocce Ball and rockets on Friday!

Check out the pictures of the day in the Grand Haven Tribune!

http://www.grandhaventribune.com/gallery/Rocket-and-bocce-ball-fun?ci=stream&lp=2&p=

We visited the 7th grade band and members of the 5th grade band spoke to us about joining band next year.  Nothing has to be done until fall, but think about joining band next year!

We took some assessments this week, and we have a couple more during the last week, along with some wrap up activities. ¬†Don’t forget to come to our 4th Grade Celebration on Wednesday! ¬†It begins at 6:30 PM at the Middle School Auditorium! ¬†You won’t want to miss this special good bye to our Holmes 4th graders.

Important Dates

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM SLMS auditorium (students line up by 6:25)

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days and last days!

Tuesday, August 29 – School begins again!

05-26-17

I think the 4th graders definitely won the colors wars!  We were all decked out it black today.  Check out our class!

We completed a lot of testing this week! ¬†I am proud of everyone and their perseverance! ¬†We did two math MSTEP tests and the Discovery Reading test. ¬†We only have one Discovery math test and a couple of smaller math tests to go. ūüôā

In reading this week we discussed irony and symbolism.  We found examples in books we have read together.  I am impressed with how everyone has tackled these difficult concepts like pros!

In math this week we are looking at patterns and trying to analyze them.  Ask your child how they can find the 37th number in this pattern very quickly!  3, 2, 5, 3, 2,5

In social studies we are learning about the 5 Themes of Geography. ¬†Your child can probably sing this to you! ūüôā ¬†We are looking at each one closely and have so far completed Location and Place.

There are a lot of busy, fun things happening between now and June 9!  Look below for more details.

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 30 – Discovery Math test, ALL classroom books due back and ALL iPads and original charging cords due back to school

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day (wear sunscreen, bring water and whatever else for snacks, books, cards but no electronics)

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM SLMS auditorium (students line up by 6:25)

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

05-19-17

People always ask me if the school year is winding down.  I answer that quite the opposite is the case.  While it is true there are fewer days left in the school year, it seems that they year ramps up instead of winds down.  We are very busy every day in the month of May and the beginning of June! Be sure to check the Important Dates at the end of this blog.  Let me know if you have any questions.

I am finishing the end of year individual reading testing and am happy to say that everyone has made amazing growth this year. ¬†I am so pleased to see the fluency and comprehension improvements from the beginning of the year. ¬†Ask your child about their reading accomplishments. ¬†We are learning about more “author tricks” too. This week we discussed poetic justice. ¬†Ask your child to tell you about Hooway For Wodney Wat,¬†The Widow’s Broom and The Sweetest Fig.

We wrote a literary essay “on demand” this week. ¬†We reread The Bad Case of Stripes and decided on a thesis about the theme or character in the story and supported our ideas with the story. ¬†They wrote these essays using Google Docs and shared them with me.

In math we finished the unit on geometry by learning about acute, obtuse, right, scalene, isosceles, and equilateral triangles.  We also talked about different quadrilaterals.  We took the practice test today, and the final test will be Monday.

We wrapped up the Market Day by figuring out our profits, analyzing our businesses, and donating $410 as a grade level to “Save the Catwalk!” ¬†I am proud of their business skills and generosity.

The SLHS 2017 graduates walked through our halls today.  We made posters congratulating them on their accomplishment. Even though this is not the same school they went to, it was great to see how these once 4th graders have grown, and that we can some day accomplish this goal too!

Important Dates

Tuesday and Wednesday May 23-24 MSTEP Testing – Math

Thursday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 30 – Discovery testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

05-12-17

Happy Mother’s Day! ¬†I hope you enjoy this wonderful sunny day with your child! ūüôā

We had a busy Friday!  We visited the Intermediate School in the morning.  5th grade students guided us around to the different areas and introduced us to the teachers.  We took a brief look at our Jeffers counterparts.  In the afternoon we had a very successful Market Day!  Every classroom in the building came to shop.  The Grand Haven Tribune stopped by and took some photos, too!  On Monday we will count our revenue, subtract our expenses, analyze our business, and contribute to our chosen charity: Save the Catwalk!  Thank you, parents, for all your help with products and commercials!  The students are learning a lot!

Here we are in the Grand Haven Tribune!

http://www.grandhaventribune.com/gallery/Market-Day-2017?ci=stream&lp=3&p=

This week we wrapped up our unit on lines, rays, and angles in math. ¬†Next week we will begin the unit on geometric shapes and polygons. ¬†This week we finished our literary essays, and next week we will write a literary essay “on demand” as an assessment. ¬†We are learning about different literary elements and devices, or “author tricks,” as we call them. ¬†Ask your child about personification, allusion, similes, and metaphors. I am administering the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment over the next few weeks to document the amazing growth in reading fluency and comprehension that your child has made this year! On¬†Tuesday we begin the MSTEP testing. ¬†Please be sure your child has a good breakfast and is at school these days. ¬†We will continue MSTEP testing through the 24th.

Important Dates

Tuesday through Thursday May 16-18 AND May 23-24 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 30 – Discovery testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

 

05-05-17

It was Crazy Hair Day!  For $1 that will go to support LLS, we came in with crazy hair today!

We had an amazing field trip on Monday to the GVSU Water Resources Institute in Muskegon.  In the classroom we learned about invasive species and made out own plankton our of scraps to try to see if it would float.  On board the boat, the WG Jackson, we were aquatic scientists on Muskegon Lake.  We were collecting water samples and testing for PH level, conductivity, turbidity, and more!

This week we learned to look for some “author tricks” while reading. ¬†Recognizing craft in text is an important skill for 4th graders. We discussed and found examples of flashbacks, foreshadowing, and personification.

In writing we worked on our introductions and the conclusions to our literary essays.

In math we began our unit on geometry by reviewing lines, points, line segments, and angles. We are measuring angles with protractors and figuring out problems with angles.  Next week we will have a few more lessons and then the tests.

In social studies we talked about positive and negative incentives that are used in the world as well as earnings/revenue/expenses, and profit.  We are getting ready for Market Day!

Here are our commercials for our products on Market Day! Everyone did a great job! Enjoy!

 

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 9 – Front Porch “Cool School” Night for Holmes

Friday, May 12 – Visit SL Intermediate School and Market Day

Tuesday through Thursday May 16-18 AND May 23-24 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 30 – Discovery testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

04-28-17

 

We had another busy week! ¬†I think that between now and the end of the school year, every week will be busy! ¬†We have a lot to do before June 9. Be sure to read the “Important Dates” section below.

In reading this week we finished our unit on Historical Fiction and took the final test.  Students had to listen/read a short story about a boy who has hobos visit his house during the Great Depression and answer questions about character, technique, and theme.  For the next couple of weeks before the MSTEP test we will be learning about different literary elements and devices such as irony, foreshadowing, and allusion.

In writing we are working on revising our literary essays by adding direct quotes from the stories we read, and using the technique of parallel lists in our paragraphs.

In math this week we finished our unit on measurement by converting metric units of capacity (L, mL) and weight (g, kg), and using our knowledge of multiplying whole numbers and fractions to find area and perimeter.  We took the test on the unit and a cumulative test on these past 12 units.  Next week we will begin our unit on angles.

In social studies we studied last year’s commercials to see what we would like to do for our product commercials that are due next week. ¬†We began making our product posters and then discussed the concepts of supply and demand and what those ideas do to the price of an object. ¬†We then talked about how a dollar travels from businesses to people and back to businesses. ¬†Don’t forget to remind your student to be making their product. ¬†The market will be on Friday, May 12. ¬†Once you have made the 12-15 items, be sure of the cost per item that is was to make and then determine a price to charge. ¬†Keep track of what was spent on those 12-15 items for our expense sheets.

Important Dates

Monday, May 1 – GVSU Science field trip (cold lunch and warm clothes needed)

Friday, May 5 – Crazy Hair Day for $1

Friday, May 12 – Visit SL Intermediate School and Market Day

Tuesday through Thursday May 16-18 AND May 23-25 MSTEP Testing

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30 and 31 – Discovery testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

04-14-17

Happy Easter! We are hoping the Easter Bunny visits our classroom this weekend! ūüôā

We had a wonderful time at the Frauenthal Theater this week with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra.  We learned about how music moves, and we were able to listen to, sing with, and play recorders with the orchestra.  The seats were filled with 4th graders on their recorders!

We swam at the Aquatic Center today!  We will swim again two more times in the coming weeks.  Look in the important dates section below.

In reading this week we worked on revising any thinking and interpreting we did as we read to be sure that we thought of the theme in terms of the entire text and the choices the author made.  We practiced with poetry first and are working on our historical fiction novels we are reading.  We also looked up some images from the era that our books were written about in order to help us envision what is happening.  Having background knowledge about a particular era is important when reading historical fiction.

In writing we are beginning our unit on literary essays. ¬†We began by “reading with a pencil.” ¬†We have three different short stories we are reading very closely to analyze each and every word.

In math we compared decimals, worked on money word problems, and added and subtracting tenths and hudredths.  We took the online test, and the final test will be Monday.

Hopefully your child has talked about Market Day with you and has discussed what he or she would like to make. ¬†As each situation is different, I really need parental help with this project at this point. ¬†By Monday your child should know what to make. ¬†Please keep within the guidelines of spending no more than $8 on supplies and make no more that 12 -15 items. ¬†The difficult part for them to understand is cost per item and that nothing is free! ¬†(Just because Mom had flour in the house already, doesn’t mean it’s free ūüôā ) ¬†We will talk more about specifics and changes can be made as the month goes on, but your child should have an idea of what to make by Monday. ¬†Save your receipts or write the amounts on the sheet provided.

 

Reminder:  Whenever we have a filed trip or a half day, you can order a Lunch To Go from food service.  The student will be charged from their account.  The form is available from the office, by emailing me, or online, but it must be turned in at least one day before the event.  The Lunch to Go includes:  EZ-Jammer (soy), cheese stick, bagged carrots, muffin, and juice.  We have a few trips between now and the end of the year that require a cold lunch, so remember that you have this option.

Important Dates

I have put a lot of the dates for the rest of the year on this calendar, but keep checking for changes! ūüôā

Monday, April 17 – Orange Out – wear orange to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Tuesday, April 18 – Talent Show 7PM at the Middle School auditorium

Wednesday, April 19 – Swimming

Friday, April 21 – “Born in China” movie field trip (cold lunch needed) more info to come on 4/17

Friday, April 28 – Swimming and Hawaiian Day

Monday, May 1 – GVSU Science field trip (cold lunch needed) more info to come

Friday, May 5 – Crazy Hair Day for $1

Friday, May 12 – Visit SL Intermediate School and Market Day

Tuesday through Thursday May 16-18 AND May 23-25 MSTEP Testing

Thursday, June 1 – Chicago Trip 6:45 AM-9:00 PM

Friday, June 2 – Bocce Ball Day

Wednesday, June 7 – 4th Grade Celebration Night – 6:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 – 1/2 Days

03-30-17

Happy Spring Break! ¬†I hope you enjoy your time together whether you are travelling far away or having a “staycation.” ¬†Don’t forget to have your child read and maybe practice a little math too! ūüôā

This week in reading we are in the middle of our historical fiction unit and learning how to look for significant passages that will help us build our interpretations.  Some passages just seem like they should be in bold.  We also are being alert to small objects that may have symbolism.  All this work helps us develop an idea about theme that we use as a lens to read the rest of the book.  We talked about thinking about the perspectives of minor characters to help us build theme, and we use our conversations with our book club members to change and adapt our thinking.

In writing we have completed our informational books about the Revolutionary War.  This was a big undertaking! The books will come home after break after we have had a chance to share them with each other.

In math we finished the units on fractions and began studying decimals.  Many students were introduced to this new concept for the first time.  If you have an opportunity to point out decimals in real life situations, please do!  We will wrap up that unit after break.

In social studies we are creating projects that show off our knowledge of the Bill of Rights.  We will finish these projects after break.

We have a few events coming right after break – be sure to check out the Important Dates below.

Important Dates

Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 9 ‚Äď Spring Break

Wednesday, April 12 – Link Up Concert – dress nicely – hot lunch IS available that day, even though we leave early

Friday, April 14 – Swimming at SLFAC – need suit and towel

Tuesday, April 18 – Talent Show 7PM

03-17-17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ¬†There was a lot of green around here, and I think I saw a few leprechauns today too! ūüôā ¬†We followed the leprechauns through a scavenger hunt of information using our iPads and a QR Reader. ¬†Ask you child what they learned about the holiday.

In reading this week we began our historical fiction book clubs. ¬†Each group of 3 -5 students ¬†is reading a book set with an era of U.S. history. ¬†We discussed how the beginning of a historical fiction book is so important for gathering the who, what, when, where,etc. as well as getting a feel for the mood. ¬†Very soon in the book they will sense that “trouble is brewing,” and we looked for hints from the author. ¬†We also created timelines for our characters and looked to see how the historical timelines intertwined.

In writing we are finishing the final copies of our American Revolution books. This project will take some time, as we are creating text features to go along with our chapters.

In math we learned how to multiply fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by mixed numbers.  We actually learned a couple of ways to do complete this, and gave them nicknames.  We then looked briefly at adding and subtracting time where we had to regroup hours into minutes, or days into weeks.  We took the practice test and reviewed today for the final test on Monday.

In social studies we discussed the characteristics of a Republic and a constitutional government.  The class did a great job with these difficult concepts.

 

 

Important Dates

Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 9 ‚Äď Spring Break

Wednesday, April 12 – Link Up Concert

Tuesday, April 18 – Talent Show