Saturday, December 16, 2017

Our Week In Review

Fourth Graders lined up silently by height
We had a great week in room 24!  In math, we completed our division unit, and the test was a big success!  Everyone has been working hard at mastering their math facts.  Keep up this practice!  Next week we will continue to work on some math projects, and review first term math skills.

To celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, we read The Story of Hanukkah with the fourth grade,and made stained glass menorahs.   

During Social Studies we have been learning all about Canada.  The students are enjoying learning about this culture.  We will be making travel brochures sharing reasons to visit Canada in class next week.  

Sharing what we already know about Canada

 Our fiction stories are coming along, and will be published and will be finalized next week.  We are writing memory poems in poetry workshop and Mrs. Williams tells me they are AWESOME!!! I can't wait to share them with all of you.  
Discussing the theme of our story

During  reader's workshop, we finished reading Little Dog, Lost, and almost everyone rated it a 10!  Next week we will be  working on building stamina during independent reading, adding details to journal entries and on presenting book talks.  

During Technology  on Friday, fourth graders had the opportunity to work on the Hour of Code. Everyone enjoyed this!  You can check out the available projects on the website

 The cold weather has kept us indoors for recess a few times this week.  Hopefully this won't be a pattern!  One week of school left in 2017, it will be a great one!

Spotlight On...

Check out this amazing picture with Santa!  This was taken at East Coast Divers.  What a fun experience!  I can't wait to hear more about it!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

SciShow Kids

Spotlilght On Graphic Novels

Check out this video staring Jarrett Krosoczka, best known in our class as the author of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series. He has also written other books, including some of the Jedi Academy Series.  It is a great 3 minute video about reading graphic novels.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Our Week In Review

Though our week seemed short, we have been working really hard!  On Tuesday we were treated to another presentation by the Haffenreffer Museum at Brown University. Mrs. Silvia came and talked with us about the Native Americans who lived in the Arctic region.  We learned so much about their homes, food, clothing and entertainment! We were able to touch artifacts and wear real clothing from that region. We are grateful to our Kennedy PCC for funding this amazing opportunity.

Book Talks continue to be a wonderful way to celebrate our reading!

Our weather stations sustained a bit of damage with the stormy weather this week.  We are busily collecting data about their effectiveness.

Way to go - Dancers of the Day!

Looking Ahead
  • We will continue learning strategies for division, and will have our assessment on Thursday.
  • We will begin our study of Canada!
  • We will wrap up our Interactive Read Aloud, Little Dog, Lost.
  • We will continue to work on writing our fiction stories.

From the Teacher's Desk

Thank you for coming to JFK to meet with me this week!  I enjoyed talking with you about your child's successes and sharing his/her work with you.  I am grateful for your continued partnership, and the open communication we have.  This is the best way to ensure all children's success!

 HOMEWORK REMINDER:  If your child has been productively working on his/her math homework for 20 minutes, and is unable to complete the assignment, please sign the top corner of the math HW.  This communicates that your child has put effort into his/her assignment, but something has been challenging.  In these instances, Mrs. Merten will check in with your child quickly, knowing that there were challenges.  Of course, always email Mrs. Merten with any questions/concerns about specifics. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pet Parade

Check out this pup, Ellie and her girl!  So sweet!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pet Parade

Here is Benjamin Charles, "Benny", a very spoiled bunny!  You can tell how much he is loved!

Pet Parade

Here's our first pup, Franny ~ check her out!  Can you feel the happiness she brings to her boy?

Friday, December 1, 2017

Way to Go!

Our Week In Review

We jumped right back into learning after the long vacation!  We began learning the "low stress" division algorithm in math.  The children did an excellent job persevering through this new and challenging material.  We will continue to practice over the next few weeks.  Students should continue to practice their multiplication and division facts, in order to make this process easier for them.

Thank you to Mrs. Rontiris, who came to school this week to teach us all about Name Day!  We all learned how to write our names in Greek!

We were lucky enough to have a visit from WBZ channel 4 meteorologist, Pamela Gardner this week.  We learned a LOT about weather, especially storms.  Did you see us on TV this week?

Here we are researching different storms.

The children are really enjoying our fiction writing unit.  We are still in the planning stages, but we have talked a lot about ideas.  Check in with your child about his/her topic ideas.

We began reading our newest Interactive Read Aloud, Little Dog, Lost, by Marion Dane Bauer.  We are talking a lot about the writing style in this book, as we "read like writers and write like readers".  This is a story about a dog named Buddy and a boy named Mark.

Did you see the sky tonight?  I wonder what these clouds say about the weather!