# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of December 10, 2018

Important Dates:
December 20th:  Early Release

December 21st:  Early Release

Christmas Break:  December 22nd – January 6th

School resumes:  Monday, January 7th

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

DeBusschere/ James:  Dry Erase Markers

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math– This week we will focus on dividing large numbers.  Fourth graders are expected to divide 4 digit by 1 digit numbers using the partial quotient strategy.  The standard algorithm for division is NOT taught in fourth grade.   See an example below of partial quotient division.

Source:  https://jenniferfindley.com/easy-breezy-division-lots-of-freebies/

Source: https://mattcoaty.com/tag/partial-quotients/

Students will continue to practice how to multiply large numbers using the partial products and area model strategies.  See the chart below for examples of each method.

Science: We will continue our unit on ECOSYSTEMS.  This week we will focus on food chains.  The following are great videos for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/ecosystems.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-chains.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-webs.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:

https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week we will begin learning about the constitution.

ELA/Writing– This week in Writing we will be finishing typing our informational writing papers.   The students are doing a great job!    In grammar we will be focusing on comparative adjectives.

Reading- This week in Reading we will be continuing to focus on main idea/details/summary of nonfiction texts.

Things to remember:
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes (Monday – Thursday) and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs and Thursday folders every Friday morning.
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of November 26, 2018

Important Dates:
December 20th:  Early Release

December 21st:  Early Release

Christmas Break:  December 22nd – January 6th

School resumes:  Monday, January 7th

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

DeBusschere/ James:  Dry Erase Markers

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math– This week we will focus on multiplying large numbers.  Fourth graders are expected to multiply 4 digit by 1 digit numbers and 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.  Students will learn how to multiply large numbers using the partial products and area model strategies.  See the chart below for examples of each method.

Science: We will continue our unit on ECOSYSTEMS.  This week we will focus on food chains.  The following are great videos for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/ecosystems.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-chains.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-webs.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:

https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week we will begin learning about our country as a “New Nation”.

ELA/Writing– This week in Writing we will be continuing to work on our informational writing paper on our animal.    We will be finishing up our first draft and begin the editing process.

Reading- This week in Reading we will be continuing to learn about text structure.  The five different text structures are:  problem and solution, description, sequence, cause and effect and compare and contrast.

Things to remember:
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes (Monday – Thursday) and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs and Thursday folders every Friday morning.
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of November 12, 2018

Important Dates:
Holiday Craft Night:  November 13th (5:30 – 7:30)

Progress Reports go home:  November 16th

Thanksgiving Break:  November 19th – 23rd (no school)

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

DeBusschere/ James:  Dry Erase Markers

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math– This week we will focus on multiplying large numbers.  Fourth graders are expected to multiply 4 digit by 1 digit numbers and 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.  Students will learn how to multiply large numbers using the partial products and area model strategies.  See the chart below for examples of each method.

Science: We will continue our unit on ECOSYSTEMS.  This week we will focus on food chains.  The following are great videos for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/ecosystems.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-chains.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-webs.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:

https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: Last week we finished learned about the Declaration of Independence and why this document is so important to our country’s history.  When we return from Thanksgiving break, we begin to learn about our country as a “New Nation”.

ELA/Writing– This week in Writing we will be continuing to work on our informational writing paper on our animal.    We will be finishing up our graphic organizer and begin writing our paragraphs.   Our grammar focus this week is a review of vivid verbs.

Reading- This week in Reading we will be continuing to  learn about text structure.  The five different text structures are:  problem and solution, description, sequence, cause and effect and compare and contrast.

Things to remember:
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes (Monday – Thursday) and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs and Thursday folders every Friday morning.
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of November 5, 2018

Important Dates:
No School: November 6th (teacher work day)

Holiday Craft Night:  November 13th (5:30 – 7:30)

Progress Reports go home:  November 16th

Thanksgiving Break:  November 19th – 23rd (no school)

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

DeBusschere/ James:  Dry Erase Markers

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math– This week we will focus on multiplying large numbers.  Fourth graders are expected to multiply 4 digit by 1 digit numbers and 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.  Students will learn how to multiply large numbers using the partial products and area model strategies.  See the chart below for examples of each method.

Alternate Strategies for Multi-Digit Multiplication

Science: We will continue our unit on ECOSYSTEMS.  This week we will focus on food chains.  The following are great videos for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/ecosystems.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-chains.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-webs.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:

https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies, we will continue to learn about the battles of the American Revolution.  We will learning about the Battle of Yorktown and the Battle of Saratoga.

ELA/Writing– This week in Writing we will be continuing to work on our informational writing paper on our animal.    Students will be researching about the habitat of their animal.  Our grammar focus this week is subject and predicates.

Reading- This week in Reading we will begin learning about text structure.  The five different text structures are:  problem and solution, description, sequence, cause and effect and compare and contrast.

Things to remember:
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes (Monday – Thursday) and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs and Thursday folders every Friday morning.
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of October 29, 2018

Important Dates:
No School: November 6th (teacher work day)

Holiday Craft Night:  November 13th (5:30 – 7:30)

Progress Reports go home:  November 16th

Thanksgiving Break:  November 19th – 23rd (no school)

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

DeBusschere/ James:  Dry Erase Markers

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math– This week we will focus on factors and multiples as well as prime and composite numbers.  The following games are excellent for practicing these skills.:

http://www.abcya.com/number_ninja_factors.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/numbers/fruit_shoot_prime.htm

https://www.mathnook.com/math/skill/factorgames.php

Science: We will continue our unit on ECOSYSTEMS.  This week we will focus on producers, consumers, and decomposers.  The following are great videos for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/ecosystems.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-chains.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-webs.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:

https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies, we will begin learning about the battles of the American Revolution.  We will begin with the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

ELA/Writing– This week in Writing we will working on our second unit on informational writing.  Students will be choosing their animal that they would like to research.  We will also begin writing our rough draft while conducting our research.  Our grammar focus this week is quotation marks and vivid verbs.

Reading- This week in Reading we will be continuing to focus on nonfiction text features.  Students will be interpreting information presented and explaining how the information contributes to an understanding of the text.

Things to remember:
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of October 22, 2018

Important Dates:
Thursday, Oct. 25th: School Dance (2:30 – 4:30)
No School: November 6th (teacher work day)

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

DeBusschere/ James:  Dry Erase Markers

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math This week we will focus on factors and multiples as well as prime and composite numbers.  The following games are excellent for practicing these skills.:

http://www.abcya.com/number_ninja_factors.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/numbers/fruit_shoot_prime.htm

https://www.mathnook.com/math/skill/factorgames.php

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-chains.htm

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/ecosystems/food-webs.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:

https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies, we will be learning about some of the famous people of the American Revolution.  We will be learning about George Washington, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Benedict Arnold.

ELA/Writing– This week in Writing we will begin our second unit on informational writing.  Our grammar focus this week is quotation marks and how to use them appropriately in dialogue.

Reading- This week in Reading we will begin our second unit on nonfiction text.  We will be focusing on text features.  Students will be interpreting information presented and explaining how the information contributes to an understanding of the text.

Things to remember:
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of October 15 – 19, 2018

Important Dates:

October 15th – 19th:  Conference Week (Early Release)   The Book Fair will be open during the week of conference week.  If your child brings money in, they will be able to shop.

Thursday, Oct. 25th:  School Dance (2:30 – 4:30)

No School:  November 6th (teacher work day)

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math- This week we will find the perimeter of rectangles and squares.  The following video is a great video for you and your child to watch on perimeter:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/perimeter .    We will also review subtraction with regrouping.  Students in fourth grade need to be able to use the traditional algorithm to  subtract large numbers that require regrouping. The following is a great video for you and your child to watch on subtracting multi-digit numbers:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/multi-digit-subtraction

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies, we will continue to learn about causes of the American Revolution.  We will be learning about “No Taxation Without Representation”.
ELA/Writing-  This week in Writing we will be working on poetry.  Students will be explaining the major differences between poems, drama, and prose.  They will also be referring to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Reading-  This week in Reading we will be working on poetry.  Students will be explaining the major differences between poems, drama, and prose.  They will also be referring to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

Things to remember:
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of October 1, 2018

Important Dates:

Wednesday, October 11th:  Early Release

October 15th – 19th:  Conference Week (Early Release)

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math- This week we will find the perimeter of rectangles and squares.  The following video is a great video for you and your child to watch on perimeter:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/perimeter .    We will also review subtraction with regrouping.  Students in fourth grade need to be able to use the traditional algorithm to  subtract large numbers that require regrouping. The following is a great video for you and your child to watch on subtracting multi-digit numbers:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/multi-digit-subtraction

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies, we will continue to learn about causes of the American Revolution.  We will be learning about “No Taxation Without Representation”.
ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, student will be completing their final copy of their Realistic Fiction pieces.  We will begin focusing on the “C” (Citing text Evidence) of the R.A.C.E. strategy.
Reading- This week during Reading. we will be continuing to read our mentor text Tiger Rising.  We will be focusing on analyzing parts of a story in relation to the whole.

Things to remember:
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of September 17, 2018

Important Dates:

Fall Break:  September 24th – 28th

Wednesday, October 11th:  Early Release

October 15th – 19th:  Conference Week (Early Release)

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math- This week we will continue to subtract large numbers. Students in fourth grade need to be able to use the traditional algorithm to  subtract large numbers that require regrouping. The following is a great video for you and your child to watch on subtracting multi-digit numbers:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/multi-digit-subtraction

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies, we will continue to learn about causes of the American Revolution.  We will be learning about “No Taxation Without Representation”.
ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, student will be working on completing their first draft of their Realistic Fiction pieces.  They will then begin the revision and editing stages.  Our grammar focus will be personification.
Reading- This week during Reading. we will be continuing to read our mentor text Tiger Rising.  We will also be continuing to focus on theme,as well

Things to remember:
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning
During our Reading time on Mondays, we will be going to the Learning Commons for check-out. Your child will be checking out two books on their independent reading level.

# The “Bee Hive Buzz” for the Week of September 10, 2018

Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 11th:  Patriots Day (1:00)  Popsicles will be sold for \$1.00.

Friday, September 14th:  Back to School Jamboree  (6:00 – 8:00)

Fall Break:  September 24th – 28th

PARENTVUE Accounts– ParentVUE is a website the offers secure, private access to school and student information, including grades and attendance. If you currently do NOT have a ParentVUE account for your 4th or 5th grader, please stop by the office to create an account and receive the activation key. ASK FOR LAURA ALVES.

Items Needed:
Weidner/Wilder: Recess equipment for the blacktop

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math- This week we will subtract large numbers. Students in fourth grade need to be able to use the traditional algorithm to  subtract large numbers that require regrouping. The following is a great video for you and your child to watch on subtracting multi-digit numbers:  http://www.mathantics.com/section/lesson-video/multi-digit-subtraction

Science: We will continue our unit on SPACE this week. We will continue to learn about the inner and outer planets of our solar system. The following slideshows are great for you and your child to watch together to learn more about this topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-inner.htm  and  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-outer.htm

Online Science Textbook and Resources for Students:https://www.hmhco.com/api/external-sso/access?sp=ed&connection=GA-Cobb-00209531

Social Studies: This week in Social Studies we will begin learning about the American Revolution.  We will begin with the events that caused the American Revolution.
ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, student will be completing their Story Arc and begin writing their narrative stories.  We will also be continuing to work on our R.A.C.E. constructed responses.  Our grammar focus will be vivid verbs.
Reading- This week during Reading. we will be continuing to read our mentor text Tiger Rising.  We will also be focusing theme.

Things to remember: