Monday, December 12, 2016

December Updates!

As we move toward our winter break, here are some updates on our work the past month.

We completed our study of the Lewis and Clark expedition.  We used Kidblog to manage our study.  I recorded each chapter of the book and included it in each of the 14 blog posts. The students then listened to the chapter while following along.  They were often asked a question or two that required a comment on the blog post.  While they were reading, I expected them to mark in their books when they came across an interesting vocabulary word or could make a connection with the text.
Finally, they completed an extensive Study Guide that broke down each chapter.  Your students can show you the blog posts and their Study Guides after break.

We also completed a thorough study of the West Region.  This fit perfectly with our Lewis and Clark study.  After completing the Study Guide, the students wrote essays about this amazing region.  We are teaching a three paragraph format with topic sentences for each.  I require two of the three paragraphs to cover the geography and history of the region.  We also had a states and capitals test for this region.

Our class loves to read! Thank you so much for your commitment to our Book Bingo program.  Two of our students are working on their third Book Bingo Chart!

In math, we have just completed our fourth chapter in our new Math in Focus series.  To review, the four topics covered so far have been:
1. Place Value
2. Estimation and Number Sense
3. Multi-digit multiplication and Division
4. Data Tables and Graphs
After break, we will begin an extensive Fractions unit.

As you read the comment cards, please note the following comment from Mrs. Bailey about the math markers:

Dear Parents:
At the end of this week, your child's first-semester progress report will arrive in your homes.  It's always a great time to reflect on all that our students have accomplished . . . both as learners, friends, and classroom citizens.  You may notice that there are several markers in the Mathematics section of the report that are marked as "not introduced".  As you know, we've shifted our curriculum to Math In Focus (MIF), which has a different emphasis in content and sequence.  We will be revising the math section of our progress report for next year, giving us this year to implement MIF and identify our priority learning objectives in the curriculum.  Please refer to the narrative comments to gauge your child's progress in math this year.

We have completed 10 Spelling Lessons and the students are doing very well on the tests.
In writing, we continue to craft weekly letters as part of the V.I.P. project.  The students are also working on writing personal stories based on our work with the Lucy Calkins writing program.
We took our first WordMasters test last week and our scores were across the board   Although I believe the students knew the meanings of the words backward and forward, the challenge of using those words in analogies is a very difficult task.  We are committed to working harder in class to practice analogies and really examining those "bridging" relationships.  The students have received the second list of words and the test will be at the end of February.

Have a wonderful winter break!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fourth Grade Math Update

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In earlier grades, students learned the multiplication tables up to
10 × 10, and the related and division facts. Now, in Chapter 3, they will advance to multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers. Hence, it is a good idea to revisit multiplication and division facts so that students recall them easily. Place-value concepts are used in multiplication and division. When students multiply or divide numbers with or without regrouping, a place-value chart is used to facilitate understanding in the beginning. Students should be able to multiply and divide using the vertical form by the end of the lesson.

Having mastered the skills in multiplication and division, students will apply what they have learned to solve real-world problems. They are also required to apply addition and subtraction strategies. Again, estimation (which students learned in Chapter 2) may be used to check that the answers are reasonable.
*From  the Math in Focus Teacher’s Guide

Friday, October 7, 2016

October News

Here are some important dates to remember:

*Math Night is Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30pm in the Chapel. For parents who
are unable to attend, the presentation will be videotaped and posted on the parent
page of our website.

*Picture retakes are Monday, October 17.

*Stand up Against Bullying on Wednesday, October 19!  It is “Wear Orange”
casual day for all.

*No school on October 20-21  (Faculty Workshop)

*Halloween is Monday, October 31!  We will have our annual parade of costumes
beginning at 8:40am.  Parents are invited to the Anderson Gym for the festivities.
Costumes should be school-appropriate (no weapons, scary objects, or face paint)

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Have you heard?  Our C.A.R.E. focus for the year is Citizenship!  Each month we will discuss one of the important aspects of Citizenship.  To celebrate this, we are providing Citizenship shirts for all students and faculty.  These are to be worn for each Community Meeting.

Tuesday, Oct. 11th. is the first day to wear our shirts!!  Our Community Meeting will be the first thing that morning.  

Saturday, September 24, 2016

We are immersed in our first STEAM project!  Our first three sessions have the following challenge:

Each team is to design, create, and test a model of a wind turbine.
The challenge:  Which model can generate enough power to lift a cup of weights? 

Choosing from a variety of materials, groups began to create their models.  Our first session began with a safety demonstration and a description of the challenge. 

 The photos below show some early designs and a few tests of our wind turbines.  
 Stay tuned for our final tests.


We were filled with Mustang Pride!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ms. Pape's Fourth Grade

As Back to School Night approaches, it's time to welcome you to our 4th grade class and our new class blog.  We are off to a great start with seventeen eager learners!  We have spent the first few weeks together sharing our hopes and dreams for fourth grade. I have been excited to see how much this group loves to read!  We have started our reading logs for the year and will soon embark on our exciting Book Bingo Project (stay tuned!)
I hope you notice our detailed U.S. maps hanging in the classroom.  It has been a great kick-start to our study of the U.S. regions.  As you will soon learn, we have a new and exciting project to enhance our study.  We are sending out U.S. travel diaries with the hope of hearing back from all 50 states. Our travel diaries even have their own blog!! You will find a link to it on the blog sidebar. 
How do you like the new blog format?  Hopefully you will find all the important information you need about our class within this site.  
Thank you for all the support you give your students every day, from providing supplies to coaching through homework challenges.  Here's to a great year together!