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!
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