Team O'Connell/Chaffins 4th grade

Flames of Frey, AIM HIGH!

For the week of August 13th

What a busy first week!  We spent time each day discussing what it means to AIM HIGH as fourth graders; the discussion and activities included our whole class (homerooms combined) as we are working to establish consistent expectations and routines!  We are very impressed with the deep thinking and strong connections that are taking place 🙂

This week we will continue working to establish strong routines as we begin our grammar work learning how to identify parts of speech and how to revise a sentence to improve word choice so that we can apply these skills in our own writing.  In reading we will focus on making connections to what we are reading as we begin to learn how to take notes and connect our previous learning.

ELA homework will begin this week:  Homework will be given on Mondays and will be due on Friday each week.  This week students will have one passage to read and answer various questions throughout the week as well as a spelling list with the test on Friday.

In math students will continue to share their math thinking and demonstrate their problem solving strategies, we will begin to focus on number sense as we begin our work on Quarter 1 standards.

Please be sure to check agendas daily for important information and/or homework.  As always, thank you for your continued support 🙂

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Our First full week…

What a great start to the #bestyearyet !

We are so excited to get to know our students better as we begin our academic focus this week!  Our theme will center around the idea that we are all connected: How do I become a strong reader, writer, and mathematician within a supportive and connected community?

In Ms. Chaffins’ classroom we will be setting the stage for our Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops.  We will explore what it means to be an engaged learner in our classroom, how to contribute to discussions, and how to take responsibility for our own learning.  The lessons this week will establish the behavior and work expectations for our entire year as we strive to develop independent learning and foster those leadership skills in our students!

In Ms. O’Connell’s classroom we will continue the focus on developing a community of collaborative learning, we will begin to establish strong partnership skills as we work on developing problem solving strategies and how to have a growth mindset!

We hope that you will connect with our classroom through our blog, Twitter, ClassDojo (info coming home soon!), and email 🙂

Thank you in advance for your support, we are thankful for the opportunity to work with you and  your children this year!

Ms. O’Connell & Ms. Chaffins

Email:  kelli.o’[email protected]

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On Twitter:  @4thTeamOC  and @PamChaffins

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Welcome to Our Blog!

We want to welcome you, fourth grade students and parents, to the Team O’Connell/Chaffins blog! Our hope is that our blog will keep you informed of school and grade level news and happenings throughout the school year.   We look forward to partnering with all of you for a successful year!

Flames of Frey . . . AIM HIGH!

~Ms. O’Connell and Ms. Chaffins

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