The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of November 13, 2017

Important Dates:

Thursday, November 16- Debusschere/James’ Homeroom Thanksgiving Lunch at 12:07 PM

Thursday, November 16 – Weidner/Allen’s Homeroom  Thanksgiving Lunch at 12:03 PM

Thursday, November 16- Progress Reports Go Home
November 20-24:  NO SCHOOL!  Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Items Needed:
Post-Its (Weidner/Allen)

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

Math–  This week we will continue our unit on multiplication strategies. Students will learn how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers using the partial product strategy and the area model strategy.  Please watch the following video for more information on this topic:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Area+Model+Multiplication+for++2+digit+by+2+digit+multiplication&&view=detail&mid=D135B6B72C62AF1113F9D135B6B72C62AF1113F9&&FORM=VDRVRV .   Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.  Students also have access to “Conceptua Math”, a wonderful on-line math program that is aligned with our math standards.  Students can access this program at home as well as at school.

Social Studies/Science– We will continue a unit on the Thirteen Colonies.  Students will learn about the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies.  The following video provides more information on this topic:   https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ushistory/thirteencolonies/ (login:  bigshanty, password: read)

ELA/Writing–  This week during our Writing Workshop, we will be practicing using the R.A.C.E. strategy to answer constructed responses.   In grammar, we will be focusing on visualization.
Reading–  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on nonfiction text structures.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.

The Bee Hive Buzz for the Week of November 6, 2017

Important Dates:

No School:  Tuesday, November 6th (Teacher Work Day)
Canned Food Drive:  Last day to bring in cans is Wednesday, Nov. 8th
Join us for Big Shanty’s STEM NIGHT Thursday, November 9th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Items Needed:
Post-Its (Weidner/Allen)

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math–  This week we will continue our unit on multiplication strategies. Students will learn how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers using the partial product strategy and the area model strategy.  Please watch the following video for more information on this topic:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Area+Model+Multiplication+for++2+digit+by+2+digit+multiplication&&view=detail&mid=D135B6B72C62AF1113F9D135B6B72C62AF1113F9&&FORM=VDRVRV .   Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.  Students also have access to “Conceptua Math”, a wonderful on-line math program that is aligned with our math standards.  Students can access this program at home as well as at school.
Social Studies/Science– We will begin a unit on the Thirteen Colonies.  Students will learn about the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies.  The following video provides more information on this topic:   https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ushistory/thirteencolonies/ (login:  bigshanty, password: read)
ELA/Writing–  This week during our Writing Workshop, students will be publishing their opinion writing pieces.  We will be going to the computer lab to type our papers.   In grammar, we will be focusing on quotation marks.
Reading–  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on previewing nonfiction texts, paying close attention to specific nonfiction text features.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of October 30, 2017

Important Dates:

Red Ribbon Week:  Oct. 30th – Nov 3rd

Fundraiser:  Last day to bring in your fundraiser packet is Friday, Nov. 3rd
Canned Food Drive:  Last day to bring in cans is Wednesday, Nov. 8th

Join us for Big Shanty’s STEM NIGHT Thursday, November 9th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Items Needed:

Post-Its (Weidner/Allen)

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math–  This week we will continue our unit on multiplication strategies. Students will learn how to multiply large numbers using the partial product strategy and the area model strategy.  Please watch the following videos for more information on these topics:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=videos+on+partial+product+multiplicaiton&view=detail&mid=ADCB08B60EB062F066CAADCB08B60EB062F066CA&FORM=VIRE and  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Area+Model+Multiplication+3-Digit+by+1+Digit&&view=detail&mid=C6B02CB64319889E42B4C6B02CB64319889E42B4&&FORM=VDRVRV  .   Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.  Students also have access to “Conceptua Math”, a wonderful on-line math program that is aligned with our math standards.  Students can access this program at home as well as at school.
Social Studies/Science– We will finish our in-class science fair projects on friction this week.  Students will work in groups to create their display boards.  The following videos provide more information on these topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/scientific-inquiry/scientific-methods.htm and http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/force-and-motion.htm 
ELA/Writing–  This week during our Writing Workshop, we will be finishing our drafts on our special person and begin publishing them!   In grammar, we will be focusing on quotation marks.
Reading–  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be beginning our new unit on nonfiction!  Students will be finishing their fiction books and will start choosing nonfiction texts.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of October 23, 2017

Important Dates:

October 27th:  Field Trip (Fire Safety Village)
Oct. 27th:  4th grade Blue/Gold Eagle Awards:  8:00

Items Needed:

Post-Its (Weidner/Allen)

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math–  This week we will begin a unit on multiplication strategies. Students will learn how to multiply large numbers using the partial product strategy and the area model strategy.  Please watch the following videos for more information on these topics:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=videos+on+partial+product+multiplicaiton&view=detail&mid=ADCB08B60EB062F066CAADCB08B60EB062F066CA&FORM=VIRE and  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Area+Model+Multiplication+3-Digit+by+1+Digit&&view=detail&mid=C6B02CB64319889E42B4C6B02CB64319889E42B4&&FORM=VDRVRV  .   Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.  Students also have access to “Conceptua Math”, a wonderful on-line math program that is aligned with our math standards.  Students can access this program at home as well as at school.
Social Studies/Science– We will continue to work on our class science fair project.  Students will use the scientific method to explore concepts related to forces and motion.  The following videos provide more information on these topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/scientific-inquiry/scientific-methods.htm and http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/force-and-motion.htm 
ELA/Writing–  This week during our Writing Workshop, we will be continuing to learn strategies to build our own personal essays.   In grammar, we will be focusing on apostrophes (for contractions and possessives).
Reading–  This week in Reader’s Workshop we will be completing our end of the unit assessments on  Tiger Rising.   Next week, we will begin our next unit on nonfiction reading.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of October 16, 2017

Important Dates:
October 16th – 20th:  Conference Week (Early Release-Students will be dismissed at 12:15 each day this week.) The Book Fair will be going on all week long!

October 27th:  Field Trip (Fire Safety Village)

Oct. 27th:  4th grade Blue/Gold Eagle Awards:  8:00

Items Needed:

 

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

Math–  This week will be a review week.  We will review skills taught the past nine weeks.  Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.
Social Studies/Science- We will work on our class science fair project.  Students will use the scientific method to explore concepts related to forces and motion.  The following videos provide more information on these topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/scientific-inquiry/scientific-methods.htm and http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/force-and-motion.htm 
ELA/Writing–  This week during our Writing Workshop, we will be continuing our unit on Personal and Persuasive Essays.  In grammar we will be focusing on apostrophes (for contractions and possessives).
Reading-  This week in Reader’s Workshop we will be finishing our unit on Tiger Rising.  We will continue to discuss symbolism and finding meaning in recurring images, objects, and details.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of October 9, 2017

Important Dates:
Thursday, October 12th:  Early Release

October 16th – 20th:  Conference Week (Early Release)

October 27th:  Field Trip (Fire Safety Village)

Items Needed:

Headphones:  Mrs. Weidner & Mrs. Allen’s Class

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

Math–  We will continue our unit on perimeter this week.  Please watch the following Math Antics video for more information on perimeter:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=math+antics+perimeter&view=detail&mid=4DABE5B828B74968202E4DABE5B828B74968202E&FORM=VIRE  .   We will have a multiplication test (0-8’s).  Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.
Social Studies/Science- Students will work in groups on their “BEE” search projects at school (our yearlong STEM project).  Also, we will work on our class science fair project.  Students will use the scientific method to explore concepts related to forces and motion.  The following videos provide more information on these topic:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/scientific-inquiry/scientific-methods.htm and http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/forces-and-motion/force-and-motion.htm 
ELA/Writing– Last week we finished our unit on Realistic Fiction!  The students all worked so hard on publishing their writing piece.  We are so proud of them!  This week during our Writing Workshop, we will be starting a new unit:  Personal and Persuasive Essays.  In grammar we will be focusing on adjectives.
Reading-  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on building interpretations.  Students will examine key elements, such as characters, relationships, settings, and important objects.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of October 2, 2017

Important Dates:
Please remember to turn in BOTH of your child’ Fire Safety Village Permission slips this week.
Patriot’s Day (rescheduled):  Tuesday, October 3rd (1:00)

Items Needed:

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

Math–  We will begin a unit on perimeter this week.  Please watch the following Math Antics video for more information on perimeter:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=math+antics+perimeter&view=detail&mid=4DABE5B828B74968202E4DABE5B828B74968202E&FORM=VIRE  .   We will have a multiplication test (0-7’s), a word problem test, and a math skills tests this Friday.  Students will also continue to practice subtraction with regrouping.  Please watch the following video for more information on subtraction with regrouping: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=videos+on+subtraction+with+regrouping+for+fourth+grade&&view=detail&mid=99565D30771D6732E3D199565D30771D6732E3D1&&FORM=VDRVRV  (very basic)  and https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=math+antics+subtraction+with+regrouping&&view=detail&mid=D6A7E21F9F73BB048DC6D6A7E21F9F73BB048DC6&FORM=VRDGAR    Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.
Social Studies/Science- We will continue our unit on WEATHER.   In addition, we will begin discussing our science fair projects.
ELA/Writing– This week during our Writing Workshop, students will be working on their final Realistic Fiction piece.  They will be using their Story Arc to guide them in their writing.
Reading-  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on using precise language and text evidence to describe characters.  We will also be continuing to work on our R.A.C.E. strategy.

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of September 18, 2017

Important Dates:

Please remember to turn in BOTH of your child’ Fire Safety Village Permission slips this week.

Fall Break (No school):  September 25th – 29th

Patriot’s Day (rescheduled):  Tuesday, October 3rd (1:00)

Items Needed:
Debusschere/James: We need 16 Tri-fold Project Presentation Boards for our upcoming science fair projects.  Please click on the link provided.   https://www.walmart.com/ip/Elmer-s-Tri-fold-Project-Presentation-Display-Board-36-x-48-in/36796118

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math–  We will begin a unit on addition and subtraction with regrouping this week.  We will have a multiplication test (0-5’s), a word problem test, and a math skills tests this week on addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Students need to learn the standard algorithm for subtraction with regrouping in fourth grade.  Please watch the following video for more information: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=videos+on+subtraction+with+regrouping+for+fourth+grade&&view=detail&mid=99565D30771D6732E3D199565D30771D6732E3D1&&FORM=VDRVRV  (very basic)  and https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=math+antics+subtraction+with+regrouping&&view=detail&mid=D6A7E21F9F73BB048DC6D6A7E21F9F73BB048DC6&FORM=VRDGAR     Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.
Social Studies/Science- We will begin our unit on WEATHER. Please watch the following videos for more information:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/air-masses-and-fronts.htm   and https://www.brainpop.com/science/weather/weather/  Login information for BRAINPOP-  Username: bigshanty, Password: read
ELA/Writing– This week during our Writing Workshop, we will be continuing to focus on our Story Arc.  The students will work on the Rising Action, Falling Action and Resolution.   Our grammar focus this week will be conjunctions.
Reading-  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on using a Story Arc to notice important details about characters  We will also be continuing to work on our R.A.C.E. strategy: we will begin to focus on the “C” (citing text evidence).

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning

Important Dates:
Friday, September 11st (1:00):  Patriot Day Celebration. (Ice Pops will be sold for $1.00)

Fall Break (No school):  September 25th – 29th

Items Needed:
Debusschere/James: We need 16 Tri-fold Project Presentation Boards for our upcoming science fair projects.  Please click on the link provided.   https://www.walmart.com/ip/Elmer-s-Tri-fold-Project-Presentation-Display-Board-36-x-48-in/36796118

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:
Math–  We will begin a unit on addition and subtraction with regrouping this week.  We will have a multiplication test (0-5’s), a word problem test, and a math skills tests this week on addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Students need to learn the standard algorithm for subtraction with regrouping in fourth grade.  Please watch the following video for more information: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=videos+on+subtraction+with+regrouping+for+fourth+grade&&view=detail&mid=99565D30771D6732E3D199565D30771D6732E3D1&&FORM=VDRVRV  (very basic)  and https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=math+antics+subtraction+with+regrouping&&view=detail&mid=D6A7E21F9F73BB048DC6D6A7E21F9F73BB048DC6&FORM=VRDGAR     Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.
Social Studies/Science- We will continue our unit on Native Americans. Please watch the following video for more information:  https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ushistory/americanindians/ .  Login information for BRAINPOP-  Username: bigshanty, Password: read
ELA/Writing– This week during our Writing Workshop, we will be focusing on giving characters struggles and motivations.  We will also be introducing a story arc and how to use it to sketch out possible plotlines.  Due to the shortened week, we will not have a grammar focus this week.
Reading-  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on envisionment (making movies in our mind).   We will also be continuing to work on our R.A.C.E. strategy.  We will begin to focus on the “C” (citing text evidence).

Things to remember:
Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning

 

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of September 4, 2017

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Important Dates:

  • Monday, September 4th- Labor Day, No School
  • Friday, September 11st (1:00):  Patriot Day Celebration. (Ice Pops will be sold for $1.00)

Items Needed:

  • We have several items on our wish list.  We appreciate any donations. 

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

  • Math-  We will continue our unit on place value this week.  Students will learn how to compare large numbers. We will have a multiplication test (0-4’s), a word problem test, and a math skills tests this week.  Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.
  • Social Studies/Science:  We will begin our unit on Native Americans. Please watch the following video for more information:  https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ushistory/americanindians/ .  Login information for BRAINPOP-  Username: bigshanty, Password: read
  • ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing Workshop, we will be focusing on imagining stories from ordinary moments.  We will be working on imagining stories we wished existed in the world, as well as developing believable characters.   In grammar, we will be focusing on subjects and predicates.
  • Reading-  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on reading intensely.   We will also be working on taking responsibility for reading lots of within reach books.  Please help your child remember to bring their library books on Monday.  Every Monday we will go to the Learning Commons for check-out.

Things to remember:

  • Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
  • Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
  • We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning

The B-Hive Buzz for the Week of August 28, 2017

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Important Dates:

  • Monday, August, 28th:  School Pictures
  • Wednesday, August 30th:  Early Release
  • Friday, September 1st (1:00):  Patriot Day Celebration. (Ice Pops will be sold for $1.00)

Items Needed:

  • We have several items on our wish list.  We appreciate any donations. 

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

  • Math-  We will continue our unit on place value this week.  Students will learn how to compare large numbers. We will NOT have any skills tests this week.  Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.
  • Social Studies/Science:  We will continue our unit on the water cycle this week.  Students will complete a water cycle project in class. Please watch the following video for more information:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/water-cycle.htm
  • ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, we will be continuing to focus on strategies to help us generate ideas for personal narratives.  Please help your child remember to bring in a personal item that “sparks” memories.  A note about this went home in Thursday Folders last week.  In grammar, we will continue working on our Mentor Sentences.  Our focus this week will be Proper Nouns.
  • Reading-  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on character traits.  Please help your child remember to bring their library books on Monday.  Every Monday we will go to the Learning Commons for check-out.

Things to remember:

  • Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
  • Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
  • We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.

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Important Dates:

  • Monday, August, 28th:  School Pictures
  • Wednesday, August 30th:  Early Release
  • Friday, September 1st (1:00):  Patriot Day Celebration. (Ice Pops will be sold for $1.00)

Items Needed:

  • We have several items on our wish list.  We appreciate any donations. 

Check out what we are learning in the B-Hive:

  • Math-  We will continue our unit on place value this week.  Students will learn how to compare large numbers. We will NOT have any skills tests this week.  Students are to complete 30 minutes of First In Math for homework Monday through Thursday evenings. Login information is located inside the front cover of their agendas.
  • Social Studies/Science:  We will continue our unit on the water cycle this week.  Students will complete a water cycle project in class. Please watch the following video for more information:  http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/weather-and-climate/water-cycle.htm
  • ELA/Writing- This week during our Writing block, we will be continuing to focus on strategies to help us generate ideas for personal narratives.  Please help your child remember to bring in a personal item that “sparks” memories.  A note about this went home in Thursday Folders last week.  In grammar, we will continue working on our Mentor Sentences.  Our focus this week will be Proper Nouns.
  • Reading-  This week in Reader’s Workshop, we will be focusing on character traits.  Please help your child remember to bring their library books on Monday.  Every Monday we will go to the Learning Commons for check-out.

Things to remember:

  • Please check your child’s agenda for daily updates such as homework, study guides, and quizzes.
  • Please sign your child’s Thursday folder and your child’s agenda every single Thursday evening.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night and indicate this in their reading log folders.
  • We will check reading logs, agendas, and Thursday folders every Friday morning.