Happy Father's Day...tomorrow! A huge shout out of thanks to all the parents who helped make our trip to the Flume and Cannon so successful...our weather was picture perfect and the kids had a blast! As the teacher, my favorite part was listening to them rave about root and ice wedging!!
Our STEM activity went superbly well on Friday. Each group created a 2-story structure out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows that was placed into a pan of jell-o. The design had to withstand an earthquake, or the vigorous push and pull I created with each pan. (Plus our jell-o had issues setting correctly so we needed to freeze it to get it into a solid form) All 5 structures survived! It was awesome listening to groups share what they would do to enhance their structures...unfortunately our jell-o was pretty runny and we weren't able to try out any new designs.
Monday will be dedicated to some final activities in reading and a general clean out of desks. All remaining NH Challenge projects will go home on Monday or Tuesday. Students are making NH license plate displays in celebration of their hard work.
Please feel free to join us for a small end-of-the-year celebration on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. We will have some snacks and lunch and reminisce about the year! We will also celebrate our summer birthdays!
Thank you for sharing your children with me...it has been a fantastic year!
Sunday, June 9, 2019
What amazing weather...hope everyone had some "float" time this weekend! Looking forward to our field trip on Wednesday (the weather looks promising!)...I will send home a reminder notice on Tuesday. Thank you to all of the chaperones who volunteered to join us...please come into school Wednesday morning to get assigned student lists and directions to both venues. Feel free to carpool with parents in any 4th grade class!
A busy and fun week ahead: Monday - regular schedule Tuesday - regular schedule Wednesday - field trip Thursday - field day Friday - regular schedule Our "regular" days will be filled with review in math - fractions, word problems, liquid capacity, multiplication, and division. Our reading genres are realistic fiction and poetry. We will continue with the skills of main idea/ supporting details and theme. In science, we will prepare for our STEM activity on Friday.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Happy June! I can't believe there are only a few weeks left...your children have worked very hard this year and it showed on the end-of-year Aimsweb assessing we did 2 weeks ago! Ask them to share the growth they made in both math and reading...I actually got a bit teary looking at the gains they made! We surpassed our reading goal for the school challenge completing more than the 1, 500,000 words...we will be celebrating with a school-wide DEAR this week.(Drop Everything And Read)
We are continuing review in math this week - calculating area with both fractions and decimals, as well as making real-world connections with capacity.
Reading reviews expository text with a theme of money and basic economics. There will be NO spelling lists for the remainder of the year!! Grammar lessons will continue with adverbs, double negatives, and prepositions.
We will wrap up our final science mystery this week. In this performance task, students will analyze four rocks and the maps and photos from different locations to determine where each rock was found.
Monday, May 27, 2019
Happy Monday...what a beautiful weekend! Hope everyone had a successful weekend with all the sporting events on the agenda! Concord Crew had another successful weekend...next Sunday is our final weekend on the water in Hanover! Thursday is the annual Memorial Day celebration beginning at 9:00 a.m. Students are asked to dress in red, white, and/or blue...they should also be practicing "America" on the recorder.
A short but busy week ahead! In math we will continue to review perimeter, area, and fraction and decimal number stories.
Reading continues with historical fiction and a skill review of theme. Our spelling list is by far the most difficult of the year...homophones - words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings!! Grammar lessons continue with adverbs that compare.
In science we will tackle the types, causes, and dangers of landslides. This will include an engineering activity with jell-o! (invented in my hometown of LeRoy, NY!!)
Permission slips for our June 12th field trip to the Flume/Cannon went home last week and are due back by June 7th! (Fingerprinting is required to attend!)
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Another beautiful Saturday along the banks of the Merrimack and some impressive finishes for Concord Crew! Hopefully everyone had the chance to be outside too! A bit cloudier today, but the warmer temperatures are nice! Many thanks to all of you who completed the survey on report cards...your feedback is valuable as we continue to revise and improve the current standards based report cards!
NH Challenge #3 projects are amazing! We were able to display them in the showcase across from Mr. Bridle's office...check them out if you get the chance!
Math continues with fractions, line plots, and multi-step word problems. It's hard to believe that we're on the final unit!!!
In reading we will begin unit 6...again our final unit! Historical fiction with a skill review of theme begins our first week. Grammar lessons introduce adverbs, and our writing will wrap up expository letters based on absurd inventions. Ask your child to share some of the actual patented inventions we've read about!
Science lessons will focus on weathering, including root and ice-wedging.
Don't forget our field trip to the Flume and Cannon on June 12th...we will leave New Boston at 8:15 a.m. and return by 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 12. 2019
Happy Mother's Day!! Hope everyone had a chance to be outside this weekend...especially Saturday! I spent many hours on the banks of the Merrimack in Lowell for crew on Saturday...my daughter's boat came in an impressive 5th place finish!!
Tomorrow is our final day of testing...the writing section. Many thanks for all the healthy snacks!!
We are wrapping up unit 7 in math with an assessment this Friday, May 10th. Study guides will go home tomorrow!
In reading we will look at informational articles with a skill focus on summarizing and sequencing. Spelling lists review consonant + le words. In writing, we will begin expository letters based on absurd inventions. Narrative poetry is displayed on our hallway bulletin board...check it out if you get a chance!
We've started our final unit in science - the rock cycle. Currently, students are plotting the location of volcanoes around the world to answer the question, "Could a volcano pop up where you live?"
The final NH Challenge is due Friday, May 17th...let me know if you have any questions!
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing vacation...mine has been filled with yard work and cleaning a mud room...both look pretty great! Heading to Saratoga for another regatta this coming weekend...hoping for a little sun!!!
Our week ahead includes 4 days of SAS testing beginning on Tuesday morning. Thanks to all of you who have signed up for snacks...the children look forward to a healthy snack each day!
Our reading genre will include expository text with a skill review of summarizing and sequencing events. Spelling lists will continue with r-controlled vowels.
In math, we will review number stories with money and measuring to the nearest eighth of an inch.
In science, students will be working on an engineering activity in small groups. They are required to create an instrument that creates a minimum of three pitches. They must use at least one string, and it can't be larger than 3 feet in any direction. Looking forward to some creative thinking!!
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Spring is officially here..spent our first Saturday on the Merrimack watching Sawyer cox her 8-man and 4-man boats. The 8 came in first...WOOT! WOOT! Hope all of your sporting events were successful too!
Math continues with multi-step fraction word problems. We will also spend our afternoons, beginning on Wednesday, reviewing the State Assessment. Students will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the set-up, as well as practice similar questions for reading, math, and writing.
In reading, we will review biographies and revisit summarizing and problem/solution. Spelling focuses on vowel pairs and grammar continues with adjectives.
We will wrap up our final assessment in science, and students will begin an engineering activity which will continue after our April break.
The 3rd and final NH Challenge will go home on Monday! We are having a blast playing all of the games from the last challenge. I also sent the maple syrup projects to Dale Smith for the contest. All projects will be returned before the end of the school year.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Hope everyone had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather! I have a good dent into my spring yard clean-up....won't be long and everything will be green again!
Our week ahead in math includes multiplying whole numbers by fractions and division number stories. It's not too late to practice math facts...
We will be reading tall tales this week with a review of cause and effect. Spelling will introduce open syllables and grammar lessons focus on articles and demonstrative adjectives.
In science, students will learn the relationship between a sound's wavelength and its pitch.
NH Challenge #2 rubrics will go home on Monday. We've had a blast playing the first group of games. Hoping to play all of them in the next 2 weeks!
The final NH Challenge will go home on Monday, April 15th!
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Very impressed with the second batch of NH projects...can't wait to play all of the games! I am always amazed at how many new things I learn each year...Kudos to the children and their amazing creativity!!
The unit 6 math assessment went home on Wednesday...you should be very pleased with your child's performance! The cumulative part will be sent home on Monday. This section reviews concepts covered since September. This is an important piece of data used for assessing performance standards on the new report card. We will start off unit 7 with a review of measuring capacity and return to fractions with a focus on multiplication.
In reading we are also beginning a new unit with review of realistic fiction and the skill of problem and solution. This week's lesson also touches on similes and metaphors. Spelling will continue with closed vowels and grammar lessons will introduce adjectives.
Science continues with sound and vibrations where we'll answer the question, "What would happen if you screamed in outer space?" Our previous activity explored making paper cup and string telephones. We tested out a variety of string options and will continue with different sized cups made of varying materials.
Please check out the upcoming state assessment dates on my upcoming events page!!
Saturday, March 23, 2019
We had a blast at the Currier and Millyard Museums yesterday! A huge thank you to Melissa Ayotte, Angie's mom, for joining us at the Currier! The classes loved seeing the paperweight collection, especially the piece crafted by Angie's grandpa, Rick Ayotte! Check out both websites for upcoming events and free admission days!
Our 6th math assessment is on Tuesday....the best practice will be to review traditional division and measuring angles. Results will arrive home on Wednesday!
This is the 6th week for Wonders, which translates to catching up on writing and an end of unit reading assessment. The class will be typing fictional narratives and writing narrative poems.
Jumping back into science this week!!! Our first few lessons will introduce "seeing sound" and vibrations!
NH Challenge #2 projects are due this Friday! Feel free to stop in at arrival to check out the amazing creativity!!
Our field trip the the Flume Gorge and Cannon Tram is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12th! (8:15-4:30) Everyone is welcome to attend!
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Our field trip to the Currier/Millyard Museums is this Friday, March 22nd. Please remember to pack a cold lunch, snacks and drinks (NO glass please!). Children should dress appropriately as ambassadors of NBCS!
We will wrap up the sixth unit in math this week. Our test is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th. Study guides will go home on Wednesday.
In reading we are reviewing realistic fiction and poetry. Our skill focus reviews theme with an in-depth study of connotation, denotation, stanzas, and repetition. Spelling lists will introduce variant vowel /o/. Grammar will resume with pronouns and homophones. We will also wrap up our fictional narratives and begin narrative poetry.
This is our final week in social studies with lessons related to the industrial revolution in NH. Next week, we will swing back to science and sound communication.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Hoping this will be the final day of shoveling!!! The upcoming week looks like some warmer temperatures...FINALLY!!!! Please check out the state assessment dates on the "Upcoming Events" tab. We begin the Tuesday after April vacation!
We will be continuing with division and measuring/creating angles using full and half-circle protractors. A test is tentatively planned for the week of March 25th.
We will review expository text with a skill focus on cause and effect. Spelling lists include /oi/ and /ou/ words, and grammar introduces possessive pronouns. Writing will continue with fictional narratives.
We are wrapping up colonial NH and starting into the industrial revolution. Please remember to return permission slips for the Currier/Millyard Museums. Our field trip is scheduled on Friday, March 22nd!
Open House/Recorder Concert begins at 6:00 p.m. this Thursday, March 14th!
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing vacation...I had the opportunity to spend the week in Clearwater, FL with my mom. Nothing better than good company, lots of sun, the beach, and a little gardening to round out the week!
We will review the traditional division algorithm this week including interpreting remainders. Measuring angles with both full-circle and half-circle protractor will be introduced later in the week.
We will be reading historical fiction with a review of making predictions and point of view. Our next piece of writing will be a fictional narrative.
The read-a-thon is scheduled for Friday, March 8th...we will be reading at the end of the day!
Saturday, February 23, 2019
The NAEP Assessment has been postponed until Friday, March 8, 2019. Students were randomly chosen so this announcement does not affect the entire class...just wanted those who are taking it to know of the change...thanks!
Have a relaxing week off...safe travels!!
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Many thanks for all of the donations for our Valentine's Day Celebration...the sundaes were a huge success...and thank you for all the additional sweets sent my way...I am sharing everything with the class....there aren't enough exercise classes available to eat all that chocolate by myself!! Speaking of exercise, the class is participating in a "plank for a minute" each day. I recently read about the benefits of stronger core strength for children and how it helps them sustain sitting upright and attending in class...and it only takes a minute!!
Fantastic results on the unit 5 math assessment...encourage your child to share his or her results! We are heading into long division in unit 6...automaticity of basic multiplication facts is key to keeping up with the pace of this unit!
In reading we will review fantasy and the skills of making predictions and point of view. Spelling will continue with inflectional endings of changing y to i. We will continue with pronouns and review idioms , in addition to writing thank you notes to the STEMbassadors from UNH. We had an extremely successful morning creating a safe and fun "ride"...ask your children to share the experience.
We wrapped up our science unit on Friday and will head back into social studies, specifically NH Native Americans. The 2nd NH Challenge will arrive home on Monday, February 18, 2019! Look for a copy in your child's backpack!
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Could the weather report actually be true? It would be SO nice for some real snow to play in...I don't think we've had more than a day or two at most to sled on the back hill!
Our math test is still scheduled for this Wednesday. Study guides were sent home on Wednesday...practicing addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers will be an excellent review.
In reading we begin unit 4 in Wonders. Our first week will review narrative nonfiction and the skill of cause and effect. Spelling lists introduce inflectional endings and grammar lessons focus on pronouns.
We will wrap up our science unit this week. Students are currently researching how specific animals receive and process information. They will be creating group posters to share with the class. On Friday, UNH STEMbassadors will be visiting the school and assisting the class with a performance task. Students will be creating an amusement park ride that must be SAFE and FUN! Be sure to ask them how it plays out!!
Our JUMP for HEART activity will be this Thursday the 14th at 9:50 a.m. Our ice cream sundae party will begin at 1:00 p.m. after recess. Please feel free to join us!
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Your children outdid themselves with the first NH Challenge...such an assortment of one-of-a-kind creative ideas! Students will be earning individual "charms" for each project that meets at least a 3 on the rubric. The second challenge will begin later this month with a due date in March!
In math, we will continue with subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers and begin line plots and angle measures and rotations.
This is the final week of unit 3 in Wonders. We will be wrapping up book reviews and assessing on author's point of view. There will be NO spelling list this week!
In science, we will wrap up learning how the brain controls the body and working on a performance task that describes how animal bodies are like a machine.
Finally, we will get back to NH History...specifically Native Americans and their way of life.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
The first NH Challenge activities are due this Friday...looking forward to some "out of the box" creativity!! Feel free to hang around Friday morning as we share activities!
In math, the week continues with addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers. Students are practicing how to decompose fractions and reduce them to lowest terms.
In reading , we are finishing up biographies and looking at persuasive articles. This is helpful as we craft our opinion essays. These will be finished and displayed by the end of the week. Our spelling lesson reviews compound words and grammar will look at irregular verbs.
Mystery Science lessons continue to look at vision and how some animals can see in the dark.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Thank you so much for the amazing donations for our theme basket...it was overflowing with fabulous college care package treasures! Hope everyone can stay inside today...the roads aren't great here in Concord (according to the city plow workers who travel down our curvy hill)!
Into the 5th math unit with a review of decomposing fractions and mixed numbers and an introduction to addition and subtraction with like and unlike denominators.
We continue with biographies this week and a review of rereading and author's point of view. We will also reinforce main idea and key details and summarizing. Students are currently wrapping up books for a book review...books need to be finished by 1/28/19. We are also working on opinion essays this week.
In science we will continue with the human body, specifically looking at the question, What do people who are blind see? Last week we built a model of a finger and a hand...it could actually pick up paper and catch it! Loving Mystery Science!!
Sunday, January 13, 2019
A chilly Sunday...happy to be watching the Pats from my cozy living room! Don't forget tomorrow is our field trip to Concord...students need to dress appropriately as they are representing NBCS...remember to pack snacks and a lunch! This is the final week to send in items for our theme basket...college care package...snacks, school supplies, dorm decorations, laundry supplies, air fresheners, etc. Everything will be placed in a large laundry basket...many thanks!
Great results on the math assessments...tests and performance indicators will be sent home on Tuesday. Our next unit will head back into fractions.
Our reading genre is biographies with a review of author's point of view. Spelling lists will focus on soft C and G and grammar continues with verb tenses. Our next 2 pieces of writing will be a book review and an opinion essay. Students will be given a 2-week period to read books prior to working on the review. During that time we will complete opinion essays and then return to writing reviews.
We will begin science on Tuesday!!!! Can't wait to get back into our Mystery Doug Videos and activities!
NH Challenge activities are due on Friday, February 1st!
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Don't forget our class theme basket - "College Care Package"! Looking for ideas of what to send in? These are the most common items that my college student needs on a regular basis- snacks, mac & cheese, peanut butter, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, stain stick, Clorox wipes, mints, gum, more snacks, etc. Hope this helps! I will purchase a laundry basket to put all of the items in to be wrapped on the 18th. Thanks so much!
We are wrapping up our unit on multi-digit multiplication with an assessment this Friday, 1/11/19. Study guides went home this past Friday, 1/4/19.
In reading we will review realistic fiction while emphasizing point of view and visualizing text. Spelling lists will review silent letters and grammar continues with verb tenses. We completed how-to essays this past week. They will be showcased in the hallway next to our animals essays. In social studies, we are completing ski NH posters and will move into NH government in preparation for our field trip on Monday, January 14th. Please return permission slips by this Friday, 1/11/19.
Your children are very excited about the first NH Challenge. Please make sure to have them ask for materials...I have a lot of supplies at school and at home!
We will also begin our next unit in science...the human body...our first lesson will focus on our muscles and skeleton.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Happy New Year! Hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing vacation with family and friends...I sure did! We were able to celebrate my mom's 90th birthday, enjoy Christmas with extended family, and find time to visit with friends from high school!
We will spend the next 3 days reviewing multiplication algorithms and applying the knowledge to number stories.
In reading, we will review point of view and main idea and key details. There will be NO spelling list this week! We will also revise, edit and type our how-to essays.
In social studies we will finish up our research of the history of skiing in NH.
Our first field trip is scheduled for Monday, January 14th...we are heading to Concord to tour the State House and Supreme Court...permission slips will be sent home on Wednesday.
Students will also receive the first challenge for the "New and Improved New Hampshire Project"...information will arrive home on Thursday!!!
Saturday, December 15, 2018
What a beautiful Saturday morning...after 5 degrees, 40 feels like a heat wave! Heading to Boston to pick up my son from college...he already shared that he has A LOT of laundry!!
Hopefully you've all had a chance to review your child's new report card...there is a lot of information to read, but it truly communicates your child's strengths and areas to put more effort into during the second trimester. I apologize that there are some spelling errors in the power standards...Power School was "glitchy" and we weren't able to make the necessary changes...trust me...we tried, and tried, and tried!
Our classroom secret Santa begins Monday. Students will be sneaking clues to each other Monday through Thursday. On Friday, we will try to guess our Santa and exchange gifts-SCHOOL SUPPLIES ONLY! ($5. limit)
Our class theme basket is "College Care Package"! We will be collecting until January 17th.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at our NH animal presentations on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
In math, we will continue with multiplication algorithms...please continue working with basic facts...3-5 minutes a day makes a HUGE difference!
Reading brings us to the 3rd unit and a review of visualizing text and author's point of view. In spelling, we will review r-controlled vowels (er, ir, ur) and grammar lessons will introduce verbs. We are wrapping up NH animal essays, power points, and haiku poetry and will begin how-to essays this week.
In social studies, we will begin learning about the history of our state sport, skiing. If your family enjoys skiing at a variety of mountains, you might be interested in purchasing a ski pass for your child. Check out the following website for more information. https://www.skinh.com/passport
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Hope everyone enjoyed the three-day weekend! A busy and fun couple of weeks ahead...report cards will arrive home this Friday...you will definitely have a very clear understanding of your child's strengths and areas to work on in the upcoming trimester!
On Thursday, December 20, 2018, we will be showcasing our study of NH animals. There will be presentations from 8-9 a.m. and again from 1-2 p.m. Please let your child know which time works best for you. If you aren't able to attend, your child will be able to share with you at home since they can access Google Docs anywhere!
Also, we will be having a school supply gift swap at our party on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. The students will be choosing whether they want to do a secret Santa or regular swap...I will send home a notice this Thursday with all of the information! Mrs. LeClair will send out a sign-up for healthy snacks, drinks, and paper supplies...thank you in advance!
On an academic note, we are starting unit 4 in math, and learning multiplication algorithms...your child will be introduced to the traditional method which is typically what most students prefer. Please continue to practice basic facts...basic automaticity is key in this unit!
We are wrapping up the second unit in Wonders this week. Students will be writing How-to pieces, assessing on informational text, and finishing up NH animal research and power points. There will be NO spelling list this week!
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Happy December! Looking for donations of tissues and disinfecting wipes...trying to keep our germ spreading to a minimum! Thank you!
Our math test is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4th. The first review packet was completed yesterday and our second will be finished on Monday.
In reading, we will dive into poetry this week with a skill emphasis on author's/poet's point of view and figurative language. Our spelling list will review suffixes and grammar lessons will introduce combining subject and predicate nouns. Our spelling assessment will be on Thursday!
We are almost finished with our first science unit on energy. We will wrap everything up by Tuesday. Our next goal is to finish our NH animal research, essays, and power points, including presentations, before the Christmas holiday. Stay tuned for presentation dates and times!
The first trimester ends on Monday and new report cards will go out on December 14th!
Friday, November 23, 2018
Happy Black Friday...hopefully everyone enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving with family and friends! As a family we made the decision to change our dog's name to Mookie Malibu McNish...Xia just wasn't a good fit! She is a gift we are so grateful for finding!
Next week we will wrap up the third unit in math. Our focus will center on metric measurement, specifically measuring to tenths and hundredths. A study guide will be sent home on Tuesday. The assessment will be given on Tuesday, December 4th.
In reading we will tackle expository text centering on animal adaptations with a skill emphasis on main idea and key details. Our spelling lists will review r-controlled vowels and grammar lessons will introduce possessive nouns. We are making excellent progress researching our NH animals. The next step is to introduce writing topic sentences to create our research reports.
In science, we will wrap up the unit on energy by week's end. We will then focus our attention on NH animal reports.
On Thursday, NBCS will celebrate the first community meeting of the school year. All are welcome to attend!
Enjoy the long weekend...I will be in touch regarding conferences over the next few days!
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Exciting news for my family this weekend...we adopted a rescue dog from Texas who arrived in VT Saturday night...Xia McNish is a 15 lb. terrier mix and an absolute love! She is napping on her special cushion next to the wood stove as I write....it truly doesn't get any better than this!
A busy, short week ahead...we will continue ordering fractions and connecting them to decimals this week. Keep up the basic fact practice!!
In reading, we will continue with narrative nonfiction and identifying the main idea and key details. There will be NO new spelling words this week!
We will continue researching facts for our NH animal reports and presentations this week...I am excited at the unique choices your children have made...I LOVE learning new facts from my students...even if there are a few new snakes in the mix!!
Due to our delayed opening on Friday, the UNH Stembassadors were not able to visit New Boston. We are hoping to work with them later in the year! Our goal is to finish the last 2 lessons in our first science unit by the end of November. Last week, we created flashlights using button batteries, LED lights and some aluminum foil. Many groups were able to turn them on and off like a real flashlight! Such creativity!!!
I will be setting up parent conferences beginning the week after vacation. Please return the paper that went home on Thursday. I look forward to sharing your child's progress!
Sunday, November 11, 2018
A windy day, but at least the sun is out! Another busy 4-day week ahead...it's amazing how much we can accomplish!
In math, we are continuing to explore equivalent fractions, as well as comparing them and ordering from smallest to greatest. Keep practicing basic facts...automaticity has been key as we address common denominators and equivalency.
In reading we are heading into narrative nonfiction with a review of theme, summarizing, and main idea and key details. Our spelling lesson will review 3-letter blends, and grammar continues with irregular plurals. We will begin researching NH animals this week...stay tuned for upcoming presentations in December!
In science, our goal is to wrap up our unit on energy before Thanksgiving break. We are looking forward to a visit from UNH this Friday to design and plan an amusement park ride that is both safe and fun! This ties into our energy unit perfectly!!
I will be sending home information this Thursday about setting up conferences!
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Thank you for all the delicious treats and party supplies...our Halloween celebration was a real blast! A huge "shout out" to Mrs. LeClair for coordinating our event!!!
I hope your children shared the results of the second math assessment...they certainly earned their bragging rights!!! We have started the third unit with a focus on fractions and later decimals. Knowing basic facts is critical to success in all of our upcoming units...please continue the 3 -5 minute review each day!
I mailed out the majority of our friendly letters on Friday. We are hoping to receive some responses in the next few weeks!! If you haven't sent an address in (or by email), please do, so I can get them in the mail!
We will be reading dramas this week with a skill focus on theme and antonyms. Spelling lists will review digraphs. Our next piece of writing will be a research report on a NH animal.
In science, we will continue to build chain reactions and begin learning about electrical energy.
Don't forget there is no school for children on Tuesday!!
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Our final regatta of the season in Saratoga, NY...it was our typical, cold, rainy, snowy, and very muddy event...but Concord continued to row well!
A busy and fun week ahead! We will celebrate Halloween with the annual school parade and party beginning at 1:00 p.m. Please feel free to join us for both events!
We will take our second math assessment on Tuesday. We have completed 3 review packets and will wrap up the fourth tomorrow. Please continue practicing basic facts...your children are making great gains!
Unit 1 Wonders spelling, grammar, and writing papers were sent home on Friday. Please take the opportunity to look through everything your child accomplished. Please return the folder for future units! We will start the second unit with a review of folktales, prefixes, and proper and common nouns. Our skill focus will introduce author's point of view. We will wrap up friendly letters and mail them this week. Please send in addresses or email me...thanks!
Our science lessons will continue to build on the concepts of force and energy. We had some pretty spectacular results building and testing our bumper coasters. More exciting lessons to come!
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Heading to Head of the Charles Regatta tomorrow...will definitely be a chilly day! Good luck to everyone who is participating in some kind of event this weekend! We are scheduled to attend fire safety activities on Tuesday. Picture retakes will take place on Wednesday.
We are wrapping up the second unit in math this week. Study guides will go home on Tuesday. Our final skill is a review of symmetry. The test is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30th. Keep practicing facts...the class is making some nice progress on the "Mad Minute" timings!
There will be NO spelling list this week...week 6 of the Wonders Program is a writing/assessment week. We will review all of the skills from the first unit with an emphasis on main idea and key details. Our writing will focus on friendly letters.
We built bumper coasters in science this week, looking at the concepts of force, gravity, energy, and friction. We had some excellent discussions as we compared data results. We will continue with these concepts again this week!
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Disappointing start to the Red Sox vs. Astros series...I don't think I've ever seen so many walks! My Sunday was spent watching my daughter race in the NE Champs Regatta in Pembroke...some impressive rowing by Concord Crew!! Hope your weekends were spent watching some exciting soccer, baseball, cross country, gymnastics, etc.
A busy week ahead in all academic areas...math will review triangles, quadrilaterals, and symmetry. We will also spend time with multiplicative comparison number stories. Keep practicing basic facts...we will start mad minute timings this week. Students are responsible for facts through their twelves.
In reading, we will be reading persuasive articles with a skill focus on main idea and key details. Our spelling lists will review long o and grammar lessons will introduce run-on sentences. Most of our personal narratives are finished and displayed on our bulletin board inside the building. Feel free to check them out! Our next piece will review writing a friendly letter.
In science, we created rubber band racers and tested them out Friday afternoon. Reaching the "sweet spot" proved to be more difficult than anticipated. This week will continue with kinetic and potential energy with bumper coasters. Be sure to ask your children to share their new knowledge!
Reading counts/book summary tallies were sent home on Friday...hopefully your children read for the 60+ minutes assigned over the weekend. I will continue to keep you updated each month.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Another Saturday on the banks of the Merrimack...hope everyone else had a chance to be outdoors too! Guessing there will only be a few more weekends left of mowing too!
Awesome results on the first math assessment! I love the power standards format for assessing...I believe it gives a much clearer picture of what is secure and what still needs reinforcement. We have begun the second unit, multiplication, with a review of factors, products, arrays, and square numbers. This week will address prime and composite numbers, and multiplicative comparisons. Please continue to have your children review multiplication/division fact families...they made purple fact triangles to use independently.
Our genre in reading is narrative nonfiction with a focus on the skills of rereading and cause and effect. Spelling will review long i, and grammar will expand to complex sentences. We will wrap up the typing of our personal narratives this week!
US Region power points were fabulous...your children will come home on Monday with scored power standards.
In science, we will begin our first unit on energy, speed, and electrical energy. The program we use, Mystery Science, is a engaging, hands-on approach with a variety of lessons to meet all learning styles. Our first activity will include building rubber band racers!
We are a full month into school and everyone should have completed reading a book by now. This also includes taking and passing a reading counts quiz or writing a summary of the book. I will be sending home an update this week to show your child's progress in this area.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Where did September go? Hope everyone was able to get outside this weekend...I spent Sunday morning on the banks of the Merrimack in Lowell, MA and took in the final Red Sox game of the season...a nice 10-2 win!!
Our first math assessment is this Tuesday...we will spend Monday reviewing...a packet will come home Monday evening for students to look over in preparation for the test.
Our genre in reading is expository text with a skill review of compare and contrast. Our spelling list will focus on long e, and grammar will continue with more lessons on subjects and predicates. We will wrap up personal narratives and begin typing final drafts this week.
In social studies, every group has finished researching US regions and many are wrapping up power point slides. The plan is to present to each other by the end of the week. Next week, we will begin science!!
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Happy Fall! I started the weekend bright and early on the Merrimack River watching my daughter's crew team at their first regatta of the season...I absolutely LOVE watching the technique and stamina of the athletes...the ultimate team sport!
Looking forward to meeting everyone at Back to School Night this Tuesday, 9/25, at 6:30 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to hear about a typical day in 4th grade, learn about curriculum, and view our new standards based report cards. I will also provide you with login information for math and reading, and reading lexiles.
We are wrapping up the first unit in math this week with a review of lines, line segments, rays, angles, triangles and quadrilaterals. Study guides will arrive home on Tuesday, 9/25, with a test scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd.
Realistic fiction is our genre of the week with a skill review of making predictions and problem and solution. Our spelling list will review long a, and subjects and predicates will be introduced in grammar. We are also developing our first pieces of writing, personal narratives.
In social studies. we are midway through our study of US Regions. Groups are wrapping up research, and will begin creating power point presentations by the end of the week.
Enjoy the fall weather...see everyone on Tuesday!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
It sure turned out to be a beautiful Saturday...hope you all had a chance to be outside and enjoy the sunshine! We completed our Aimsweb benchmark assessments in reading and math on Friday. The data is helpful as I create leveled reading groups, help your children find "just right" books for independent reading, and plan our WIN (What I Need) activities. I will have your child's lexile information at back to school night on September 25th. Our mock interviews went fabulously well....all of the questions and answers were well constructed...Mrs. Howe and I were very impressed at the quality of each presentation!
A full and busy week ahead...don't forget Tuesday is picture day!!!
In math, we will continue with estimation, and a review of addition and subtraction. Please continue to practice basic multiplication/division facts...we are working on 2's, 3's and 4's.
In reading, we will begin unit 1, week 1 of the Wonders Program. Our genre study is fairy tales with a focus on the skills of sequencing and making predictions. Our first spelling lesson will review short vowel sounds. I will begin challenge spelling groups in a few weeks. I am using daily writing and the first 2 weeks in the program to determine more individualized groups.
We finished our 5 themes of geography (place, location, region, movement, and human-environmental interaction) flip books on Friday. This will bring us into our next study of the regions of the US. Students will research one of the five US Regions in a small group with students from Mrs. Howe's class. Each group will create a power point presentation to share their research. These will be done on Google Docs, so you will be able to enjoy the finished product at home with your child.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
An impressive start to the school year...we are already in "cruise" mode after only 4 days! Thank you so much for sharing your children with me!
In math, we are reviewing place value, estimation strategies, and basic addition and subtraction. Students are asked to spend 5 minutes each day reviewing basic multiplication/division fact families. Automaticity is essential as we tackle more difficult concepts in the upcoming months!
In reading, we reviewed how to be a "deep" reader and established routines for the remainder of the year. We are currently reading a variety of informational articles related to the disappearance of the honeybee. We are collaborating with Mrs. Howe's class as we research facts about honeybees and beekeeping to prepare for mock interviews scheduled for Friday, September 14th. "Bee" sure to ask your child to share the interesting facts they learn throughout the week!
Social Studies begins with an introduction to the 5 Themes of Geography. Students will be creating a flip book of information throughout this week.
Students will take the Aimsweb reading and math assessments this Thursday and Friday morning. Both assessments are completed on the computer, and take approximately 45 minutes. The data is used to establish leveled reading groups and to plan for WIN (What I Need) interventions. I will share your child's lexile levels and explain more about them at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
One more week! Can't wait to meet everyone next Tuesday! Don't forget to pack a water bottle as we don't have a fountain in the portable. We do have AC so a sweatshirt or light jacket is a good idea too! Enjoy the hot weather...hopefully it will be a little cooler next week!
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Welcome to fourth grade! I hope everyone is gearing up for a terrific year...I know I am! Hopefully, you've all been reading and filling up the bingo boards you received on the last day of school. If you've misplaced yours, no worries, just make a list of what you've read and bring it to school on the first day! Looking forward to meeting everyone and getting to know you!
Below you will find a school supply list: ~1-inch 3 ring binder ~pocket folder ~#2 pencils
Wish List: ~sanitizing wipes ~soft tissues
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer...see you soon!