Friday, November 16

Happy Thanksgiving Break!

This quarter is going by so quickly, we’re already over halfway through it. Please note the yellow paper coming home with students that will explain the difference in progress reports for the remainder of the year.

For the next few weeks we’re going to focus on multiplication and division in math, with a 2×2 digit multiplication quiz the Friday we get back. The students took a spelling test today, so there will not be any new lists going out until we return.

Text structures will be our focus in reading; compare/contrast, cause/effect, sequence (chronological), problem/solution, description. We’ll have a short quiz on what each of these mean at the end of the week back. In science we are continuing with Ecosystem and the students have their projects to work on. Remember these are due December 7! In social studies we are looking at how America looked as a new nation and then we will move into westward expansion.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week of break!

 

Friday, November 9

Good afternoon Bells Ferry Families!

It’s been a busy week, especially since we missed Tuesday in school. We have finished working on text features and will start on text structures in reading. In math we are continuing to work on patterns and will have a quiz on Tuesday. We will then move into multiplying numbers 2×2, which students have already started working on. In writing we are still working on opinion pieces and the students will be looking into how to strengthen arguments.

In science we are learning about ecosystems and the students have a project for this. The students are going to be working on exploring an ecosystem -both the living and nonliving organisms in it- and looking into how these have changed over time. The students will have a month to work on this project. The rubric for the project cannot be attached, but one has been sent home with every student. They need to create a model or the system and a report. The report does not need to be an essay, it can also be a PowerPoint or presented on a poster board.

Next week our students are having their Thanksgiving Feast meal on Wednesday at 11:53-12:28. This will be a deviation from our normal lunch schedule. If you would like to join your students you can. The cost for a guest meal is $3.75 and can be cash/check only.

Have a great weekend, only one more week until Thanksgiving break!

Friday, November 2

Happy Friday Bells Ferry Families! I can’t believe it’s already November.

This week we finished up learning about the American Revolution and have started talking about the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. We’ve had some great conversations about the issues the states first faced when they gained freedom from Great Britain. We will be continuing to look into this but will shift our focus to Science next week. We will research and learn about ecosystems. The students will have a short quiz on Friday following a week of work. They will get a study guide Wednesday for this.

New spelling words go home Monday too. We are continuing with opinion writing, but are starting text features instead of main idea in reading. I am going to work on factors and multiples a bit longer with the students and then we will look into patterns. They are making so much progress!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 29

Good afternoon!

This week we will be covering factors and multiples in math. There will be a short quiz on it Friday morning. For the standards the students are expected to know the factors of numbers 1-100. In reading we are continuing with main idea and details and will start identifying text features.

We are finishing the American Revolution this week and will have quiz Friday on the different battles and important people during this time. A study guide will go home Wednesday. In writing we are continuing opinion pieces.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

Friday, October 19

Happy Friday Bells Ferry Families!

What a great week of conferences! It was good to see everyone and remember that even though conference week is over, anytime you would like to talk or discuss your students progress, we can schedule a meeting.

This coming week we’re back to our normal schedule. We are still working on multiplication in math and opinion writing. In reading we are focusing on informational texts and we’ve started the American Revolution in Social Studies. There will be a math assessment on Wednesday based on comparative multiplication and some work to practice will be sent home on Monday. On Friday we will have a Social Studies quiz and a short reading assessment.

Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 12

Happy Friday!

It was another great week of learning. We had our first STEM day and our students attempted to build rollercoasters using a limited number of supplies. It was great to see them putting their critical thinking and problem solving skills into action!

Next week is Conference Week, which means early release Monday-Friday. If you forgot your conference time, you can email me at [email protected] or send a ClassDojo message to ask for the date and time.

While the days are short, we still have a lot to focus on. We are going to go over multiplication again and really try to understand multi-digit multiplication. We are also switching from poetry to informational texts. There are so many possibilities to explore! In writing we are going to start on opinion pieces and persuasive essays.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 5th

Good afternoon Bells Ferry families!

Today has been the end of another hard week at work.

We looked into the history of different poetry styles and look forward researching different poets next week. We are also going to continue working on perimeter and will have a test Tuesday to finish out the quarter. Also on Tuesday we will be testing on the solar system and planets. A study guide for this has been sent home. Writing has come a long way since the start of the quarter and I look forward to seeing their final narrative pieces next week!

Next Thursday, October 11, will be an early release day. On this day we are going to be focusing on STEM. If your student has a STEM shirt, they are encouraged to wear it that day!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, September 14

Hello 4th Grade Families!

It’s been another great week at Bells Ferry. Right now we are focusing on our measurement and looking at the metric system for the first time! One important skill students should know is how to multiply and divide by 10s, 100s, and 1000s. We’ve been working on this all week and will continue into next week.

We’re also almost done with poetry! Students have worked hard to know the different types of figurative languages and the elements of poetry. We’re going to look at specific poetry styles next week and learn more about famous poets. In science we’re taking a break next week, but when we come back to it we’ll be looking at our solar system and the planets in it. We are starting the Revolutionary War in social studies and will be looking into the Declaration of Independence.

Don’t forget next week is our last week before Fall Break, so let’s make it a good one!

Friday, August 24

Good afternoon 4th Grade families!

It’s been another great week in 4th grade. The students have worked on learning about and reading poetry as well as literary devices. In math we wrapped up our unit on writing in expanded form, word form, and standard form. This next week we are going to focus on rounding numbers with up to six digits!

In writing we are working on narratives and the students finished their first writing final draft today. I am excited to read them all. We are continuing to work on narratives next week and will also continue with the same spelling words. The spelling test will be on Friday, August 31.

As a reminder: August 29th, is early dismissal and students will leave at 12:30.

Have a great weekend!