Posts

Week of April 12th

Dear Fourth Grade Families, A big thank you  to the Kulina family  for donating baby wipes and paper towels to our classroom! Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 9 Operations with Fractions In math, students reviewed the conversion from mixed numbers to improper fractions before taking their chapter 8 math test on Wednesday. We continued on to chapter 9 on Thursday and Friday where students added like fractions and decomposed fractions into unit fraction equations. Writer's Workshop: Spring Challenge Letters Students have been preparing all year for our 4th-grade Spring Challenge letters which are required to be in cursive. We will finish up our letters the week after Spring Break and finish our final poem of rhyming. After this week, there will no longer be our 10 cursive sentences in our spelling packets, but a free choice board for the rest of the year. Read Aloud:  We are reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Daily 5 We used this time to finish our learning of t

Week of April 5th

Image
Dear Fourth Grade Families, Highlights: Our silent auction with raffles was a success. Students received the items that they most wanted and voted on doing it again for the month of April. Pictures of our auction are below. Our class appreciates all donations made to our auction. Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 8 Fractions In math, students worked on solving fraction word problems with logical reasoning, identified whole numbers and fractions in mixed numbers, and converted mixed numbers into improper fractions. We have also been reviewing simplifying and comparing fractions in the morning to keep these types of problems fresh in our minds. We will test out of this chapter next Tuesday and move on to adding, subtracting, and touch on multiplying fractions for chapter 9.  Science: Magnetism and Electricity This week, our class finished our Magnetism and Electricity Unit by taking our Electrical Energy test.  Writer's Workshop: Poems Students created Diamante, Haiku, and Limer

Week of March 15th

Dear Fourth Grade Families, Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 8 Fractions In math, students worked on equivalent fractions, reducing fractions to the simplest form (using Greatest Common Factor), and comparing and ordering fractions (using Least Common Multiple).  Science: Magnetism and Electricity This week, our class experimented with two labs. Our first lab, On or Off?, had students making a circuit that would light a bulb with a switch. The objective was to see how electricity flows in circuits. Our second lab, Stop or Go?, had students investigate which materials were conductors and which were insulators. Writer's Workshop: State Hero We wrapped up researching our state hero, compiling facts, and composing our research paper this week.  Read Aloud:  We are reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Daily 5:  We started our second Literature Circle and our theme is Prejudice. The four books that the class is reading are  Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan, Sounder by

Week of March 8th

Dear Fourth Grade Families, Highlights: Our class celebrated the completion of our Sweet Facts with a Sundae Party and watching the end of The One and Only Ivan on Friday. Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 8 Fractions We started this week reviewing chapter 7 and taking our Chapter 7 test on Tuesday. On Wednesday - Friday, we started our fractions unit by reviewing factors and multiples and learning about prime and composite numbers.  Science: Magnetism and Electricity We reviewed our Magnetism chapter and took a short quiz on Tuesday. On Wednesday we started our Electrical Energy chapter with a lab called Charge! In this lab, students predicted and tested the effects of static electricity. We ended our science week learning what is static electricity and how do objects become charged with static electricity.  Writer's Workshop: State Hero We continued researching our state hero, compiling facts, and composing our research paper.  Read Aloud:  We are reading A Wrinkle in Time b

Week of March 1st

Image
Dear Fourth Grade Families, Highlights: Our class celebrated Girl's Day on Wednesday! We did a read-aloud on Tuesday explaining the holiday that is celebrated in Hawaii (Boy's day is May 5th).  4th-grade did a fantastic job bringing in canned goods and shelf-safe items for Monsignor's Stuff the Van food drive. Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 7 Patterns and Sequences We started this week learning about generating a number pattern that follows a given rule using multiplication and division. Students also learned about the order of operation (PEMDAS) and used that acronym to solve equations with multiple operations. We'll be ending our Sweet Facts next week and will have a sundae party on Friday. Please email me if you're able to donate sundae toppings for our sundae celebration of completing our Sweet Facts!  Science: Magnetism and Electricity We had 1.5 labs this week and 3 days of theory. Our lab, Getting Direction, had students making a temporary magnet and

Week of February 15th

Dear Fourth Grade Families, Hightlights: Students enjoyed sledding at Calahan at Friday's recess! Here is what we learned: Math: Chapter 7 Patterns and Sequences We started this week learning about sequences, terms, and rules that analyze patterns and focus on algebraic thinking. We concentrated on addition and subtraction rules that were presented in tables with inputs and outputs and created equations to identify rules in our tables. Science: Magnetism and Electricity We had two labs and one day of theory this week. In our first lab, Make a Magnet, students made a temporary magnet and were able to predict and identify items that were attracted to it. In our second lab, A Magnet's Ends, students were able to identify the two parts of a magnet and how they attracted or repelled each other.  Social Studies: Vermont On Friday, students were able to go on a virtual tour of Shelburne Museum. They had the option of 6 different tours with a variety of videos to watch, hotspots and pi

Week of February 8th

Dear Fourth Grade Families,  A big thank you to Liz Hamilton for setting up our Valentine's Sundae Party! Thank you also to all the families that brought in toppings and paper goods.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed their Valentine's exchange and sundaes. From nurse Hamilton: Hello CKS Families! In an effort to help everyone understand and follow the guidelines put forth by the Vermont Department of Health, we are asking that you inform your child's teacher, and the school nurse, if you plan to travel outside the state of Vermont for the upcoming school break. Please include the date you plan to arrive back from your trip, and whether or not you plan to get a COVID-19 PCR test on day 7 following your return. As a reminder, if you plan to be tested 7 days after you return to Vermont, you must remain in quarantine until you receive your results. If you choose not to be tested, you must quarantine for 14 days after returning to Vermont from out of state. Providing us with your tra