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4th Grade


Homework Expectations

Snack

The fourth grade team invites students to bring snacks to the classroom each day. Our lunchtime is 12:10. So we don't want grumbling stomachs to distract us from our hard work late morning! Students are welcome to eat their snack at any time during the day. Here are some guidelines to consider in packing a snack:

Some examples of acceptable snacks are: banana, apple slices, pretzels, crackers, carrot sticks.

How to Access Google Classroom for Daily Homework

A parent logs in as a student to see what the student sees. To log in to your student’s Google Classroom, navigate your Chrome browser to http://classroom.google.com. You can also do this on any mobile device through the Google Classroom App.

Sign in to Google Classroom using your student’s username, which is their APS Student ID Number, followed by @apsva.us. For example, if your student’s ID number was 123456, your student’s username is 123456@apsva.us. It looks like an email address, but APS does not permit or provide student email; the Gmail module is disabled in the G Suite for Education deployment in APS. Your student has a unique six-digit password. Ask your student for the password, and enter it.You can now see what your student sees in their Google Classrooms.

Discovery’s Energy Dashboard

Check it out: http://discovery.apsva.us/dashboard 

Week of June 10, 2019

General Info and Upcoming Events

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June

6/10 - Spring Choral Assembly - PM

6/11 - Arlington Public Library Visit - 10:20 am

6/12 - Early Release 1:26PM

6/14 - Field Day 12:30-3:30PM

6/17 - Dr. House & Rey Veterinary Visit

6/18 - 4th Grade Party 1-3:30PM

6/21 - Last day of school!  Morning Assembly and Early Release 1:26PM

Summer Math Review

To help your child retain the information they’ve learned this year, they can work at their own pace to complete this APS summer math review packet. https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/4th-Grade-Summer-Mathematics-Review-2019.pdf

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

Students have been working on an author study project where they’ve chosen to read a book written by their favorite author. Then, they’re working to write a summary, find themes, discuss characters, and research personal information about that author. From their findings they’ll create a google slideshow and present the information to the class. Presentations will take place on either June 19th or 20th.

Writing

Over the next several days, the 4th graders will be working on their mastery project. Our grade level theme is energy. Since Discovery does a great job with the use and consumption of electrical energy, we’re choosing to focus on sound energy instead. The students will be going through the design thinking process to solve our school wide problem of noise disturbances in our common spaces. Students have been working in groups to research materials that absorb sound the best and then designing ways to put that to use in our common areas around the school.

 

The goal is to have students build a model or prototype of their ideas and NOT a full sized version. The prototypes will be used by students to pitch their ideas to Dr. Russo so she can decide which idea would fit best in our school.

Math

Summer Math Review

To help your child retain the information they’ve learned this year, they can work at their own pace to complete this APS summer math review packet. https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/4th-Grade-Summer-Mathematics-Review-2019.pdf

Science

See writing mastery project

Virginia Studies

All finished :)

Week of May 20, 2019

General Info and Upcoming Events

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May

5/1 - Civil War Visitor

5/2 - Kindness Assembly @ 2:30 pm

5/10 - Patrol/News Team Forms Due

5/14- Virginia Studies SOL

5/22 - Reading SOL Part I

5/23- Reading SOL Part 2

5/27 - Memorial Day Holiday

5/30 - Math SOL Part 1

5/31- Math SOL Part 2

5/31 - Last day to check out library books

5/31 - Family Life Education Lesson @ 1:30 pm (FLE)

June

6/5 - Early Release 1:26PM

6/10 - Spring Choral Assembly - PM

6/11 - Arlington Public Library Visit - 10:20 am

6/12 - Early Release 1:26PM

6/14 - Field Day

6/21 - Last day of school! Early Release 1:26PM

4th Grade’s Flipped SOL schedule (ends May 31st)

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

Students continued their work on their historical fiction book clubs. Students are beginning to learn about how authors place big ideas in small objects or moments within the story. This will lead us to talk about theme within books. We’re also continuing our read aloud Number the Stars.  We plan to be finished with our book clubs on May 31st.

Writing

In writing class we started our final unit on literary essay writing. Students had to choose one short story from the pdf document on google classroom to read. From the story, they worked on choosing 1 character to analyze more deeply using a graphic organizer (in google classroom). We asked them to focus on noticing the traits, motivations, struggles, changes, and relationships of that character. From what they noticed, students were asked to write about what that makes them think about or what that shows in the character. This is our way of pushing students to think deeper about their characters.  In the end, we're asking students to come up with a theory or claim about their character and use evidence from the text to support it.

Math

This week in math students learned about line graphs. Mathematicians learned about the difference between line graphs and bar graphs and created their own. Ask your child what the different parts of the graphs are. Students learned T.A.I.L.S. to remember the different parts of the graphs. Students will review for the SOL on Tuesday and Wednesday. The math SOL will be Thursday and Friday next week.

Science

Science time has been used to teach our math measurement unit. We’re also linking in a science piece of gardening. Students measured the raised beds outside and researched different veggies we could plant.

Virginia Studies

This week, since we had our SOL, we reviewed everything we’ve learned this year and played games to help us remember the content. We also began creating board games to review all that we’ve learned. Next week, we’ll play the board games that students have worked so hard on!

Week of April 22, 2019

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May

5/1 - Civil War Visitor

5/2 - Kindness Assembly @ 2:30 pm

5/10 - Patrol/News Team Forms Due

5/14- Virginia Studies SOL

5/22 - Reading SOL Part I

5/23- Reading SOL Part 2

5/27 - Memorial Day Holiday

5/30 - Math SOL Part 1

5/31- Math SOL Part 2

5/31 - Last day to check out library books

June

6/5 - Early Release 1:26PM

6/10 - Spring Choral Assembly - PM

6/11 - Arlington Public Library Visit - 10:20 am

6/12 - Early Release 1:26PM

6/14 - Field Day

6/21 - Last day of school! Early Release 1:26PM

4th Grade’s Flipped SOL schedule (ends May 31st)

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading students started a mini-character unit. Their focus was on paying close attention to the choices and/or actions their characters make in order to create theories about the characters. They also learned that keeping track of what a character says, thinks, or the way they act can can help them draw conclusions as well.

Math

This week in math students continued working on adding and subtracting decimals. Students used a strategy called UPSC to solve single step and multi-step story problems involving adding and subtracting decimals. Students first Understand the problem by summarizing the problem, Plan for the problem, Solve the problem, then Check. Students also starting playing review games to practice for the SOL. Ask your student what they have been practicing to prepare themselves for the SOL.  

Science

In science, students continued their work in our electricity unit. We’ve begun working on a unit called “An Alarming Idea: Designing an Alarm Circuit” where they’ll get the chance to draw schematic designs and create circuits that other groups plan!

Virginia Studies

This week in Virginia Studies, we learned about the late 20th century. We focused on the economic changes that were taking place in VA (people moved to urban areas from rural areas in search of jobs since most farming jobs were replaced with machines, there was an increased number of federal government and computer technology jobs, and coal mining, roads, and railroads continued to help cities grow). We also learned about the Brown v. Board of Education court case, Harry F. Byrd Sr.’s Massive Resistance policy, segregation and integration. Next week, we will learn about political, social, and economic contributions of some very important Virginians.

Writing

Students worked on finishing up their chapter writing of their Revolutionary War books. Most students are expected to write two chapters:

Chapter 1- “All About the Revolutionary War” or “All about (their subtopic of choice)”

Chapter 2- Choice of a historical fiction story on their subtopic or an essay of subtopic

Next steps are to work on editing and revising their work and the plan is to publish and celebrate after we get back from spring break. No work needs to be done at home unless students feel they need to put more work into their writing.

Week of April 8, 2019

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April

4/12- ASPAN Walk (2:45-3:30 PM)

4/15-4/19 - Spring Break

4/22 - Earth Day - Science Night, 6-7:30PM

May

5/27 - Memorial Day Holiday

June

6/5 - Early Release 1:26PM

6/10 - Spring Choral Assembly - PM

6/12 - Early Release 1:26PM

6/21 - Early Release 1:26PM

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week students were finishing up on their Civil War Design Thinking Challenge. Students were taught the engineering process and then they navigated through it in groups. They researched what it was like to be a slave in the Underground Railroad and then thought of problems the slaves faced during their trek north to freedom. They were tasked with designing something that a slave could use on their way to freedom using only materials found in nature. This week students tested their designs, refined it, then ended the week by testing again. Next week students will begin a 2 week mini-unit on characters.

Math

This week in math students learned about decimals more in depth. Students left off learning about how to read and write decimals, as well as, comparing and ordering decimals. This unit students started to learn how to add and subtract decimals. Ask your student what steps they need to take in order to add or subtract decimals.

Science

Students started learning about electricity. In order to understand electricity, students learned about atoms. Students also learned about circuits and how they work. Circuits that they learned about include closed and open circuits and parallel and series circuits.

Virginia Studies

This week in Virginia Studies students began learning about reconstruction after the Civil War. Students read about the effects of reconstruction on life in Virginia as well as the problems our state faced during this time. Additionally, we discussed the effects of segregation and Jim Crow laws on life in Virginia for white americans and African Americans.

Writing

Students worked on finishing up their chapter writing of their Revolutionary War books. Most students are expected to write two chapters:

Chapter 1- “All About the Revolutionary War” or “All about (their subtopic of choice)”

Chapter 2- Choice of a historical fiction story on their subtopic or an essay of subtopic

Next steps are to work on editing and revising their work and the plan is to publish and celebrate after we get back from spring break. No work needs to be done at home unless students feel they need to put more work into their writing.

Week of March 25, 2019

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March

3/29 - Due date for brining in your upcycled materials for art class

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social

April

4/1- No School (End of Quarter 3)

4/2- Artist Visit

4/2 - Explorer Club morning sessions begin 8-8:45 am

4/5 - Folk Dance Night (6:30-7:30PM, Gym)

4/9 - Sarah Weeks author visit 1:15-2:15 pm

4/12- ASPAN Walk (2:45-3:30 PM)

4/15-4/19 - Spring Break

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week students were finishing up on their Civil War Design Thinking Challenge. Students were taught the engineering process and then they navigated through it in groups. They researched what it was like to be a slave in the Underground Railroad and then thought of problems the slaves faced during their trek north to freedom. They were tasked with designing something that a slave could use on their way to freedom using only materials found in nature. This week students tested their designs, refined it, then ended the week by testing again. Next week students will begin a 2 week mini-unit on characters.

Math

This week in math students continued to learn about geometry. Students learned about 2D and 3D shapes- also known as plain and solid figures. Students recalled information from third grade about solid figures characteristics such as edges, faces, and vertices. Students also learned about quadrilaterals. They determined characteristics about the quadrilaterals such as how many pairs of parallel lines, how many pairs of congruent sides, and if the quadrilateral has any right angles. With this, students created a wanted poster for a quadrilateral of their choice. Students also continued adding to their geometry glossary.

Science

Students started learning about electricity. In order to understand electricity, students learned about atoms. Students also learned about circuits and how they work. Circuits that they learned about include closed and open circuits and parallel and series circuits.

Virginia Studies

This week in Virginia Studies students began learning about reconstruction after the Civil War. Students read about the effects of reconstruction on life in Virginia as well as the problems our state faced during this time. Additionally, we discussed the effects of segregation and Jim Crow laws on life in Virginia for white americans and African Americans.

Writing

Students continued their work practicing writing their informational chapter book on their subtopics of the Revolutionary War.

Week of March 18, 2019

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March

3/29 - Due date for brining in your upcycled materials for art class

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

In reading this week, students worked on test taking strategies and proving their answers by reading a passage and and underlining evidence from the text that supports their answer choice. We also finished reading George Washington Socks, and our new read aloud will be Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks. She will be visiting Discovery on April 9th to share her experiences as a professional author.

Math

This week in math we started our Geometry unit. Students learned how to draw, label, and identify lines with their symbolic notation. Students created a geometry glossary on Google slide, including the definition to their new terms and examples for each. Some lines students learned about include: lines, line segments, rays, angles, parallel lines, intersecting, and perpendicular lines.

Science

Due to the schedule changes with Mr. Regie visiting, we took a break from science this week.

Virginia Studies

Writing

Students continued their work practicing writing their informational chapter book on their subtopics of the Revolutionary War.

Week of March 11, 2019

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March

Poetry Lesson Times

Timke

Riss

Vincent

Appaiah

10:20 - 11:15 am

11:15-12:10 pm

1:15-2:10 pm

2:15-3:10 pm

3/15 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/14 - 3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical

3/15 - Play Before Your Day

3/15 - Yearbook Meeting

3/19 - In-class Poetry Slam

3/19 - Family Fitness Night

3/20 - Final Poetry Slam in Library from 2-3:30 pm

3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting

3/21 - Civil War Test

3/21 - Eco Action Meeting

3/22 - Jamestown Field Trip - leave at 9:30 am return at 6:30 pm

3/23 - Friendship 5K

3/29 - Due date for brining in your upcycled materials for art class

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

In reading this week, students worked on test taking strategies and proving their answers by reading a passage and and underlining evidence from the text that supports their answer choice. We also finished reading George Washington Socks, and our new read aloud will be Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks. She will be visiting Discovery on April 9th to share her experiences as a professional author.

Math

This week students learned how to round decimals to the nearest whole number using a number line. Students also learned decimal and fraction equivalents using the “power of 10”. Students were able to create equivalent fractions with a denominator of 10, 100, or 1,000. With this, students were able to determine the decimal.

Science

Due to the schedule changes with Mr. Regie visiting, we took a break from science this week.

Virginia Studies

Writing

Students continued their work practicing writing their informational chapter book on their subtopics of the Revolutionary War.

Week of March 4, 2019

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March

3/5 - PTA Meeting

3/6 - Yearbook Club Meeting

3/7 - Early Release Day

3/7 & 3/8 - P/T Conferences

3/8 - No School

Poetry Lesson Times

Timke

Riss

Vincent

Appaiah

10:20 - 11:15 am

11:15-12:10 pm

1:15-2:10 pm

2:15-3:10 pm

3/11 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/12 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/13 - Early Release Day

3/14 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/14 - 3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical

3/15 - Play Before Your Day

3/15 - Yearbook Meeting

3/19 - In-class Poetry Slam

3/19 - Family Fitness Night

3/20 - Final Poetry Slam in Library from 2-3:30 pm

3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting

3/21 - Civil War Test

3/21 - Eco Action Meeting

3/22 - Jamestown Field Trip - leave at 9:30 am return at 6:30 pm

3/23 - Friendship 5K

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, students recreated the Second Continental Congress and debated the question, “Should the colonies become independent from Great Britain?” Students were taught how to find and angle evidence to help support their argument. They focused on creating a reason for their position and supported their reasons with specific evidence. Most importantly, students learned the rules of a debate:

  • Only one person speaks at a time, making certain to listen to what the other side has to say
  • Each speaker speaks in a respectful, calm tone
  • Each team member will speak at least ones
  • The rebuttal team must acknowledge what the other team stated before making their counterclaim. For example, “The patriots stated that the king taxes us too much and it’s unfair, but these taxes are helping pay for OUR protection. The king sent over 10,000 troops to protect us from enemies like France and Spain who also want land in America.”

Math

This week students learned how to represent decimals in different ways using base-10 blocks. Students also learned how to compare decimals using decimal squares. Students were introduced to new games to extend their learning. Asked your child what games they played to practice reading and comparing decimals.

Games:

  • Go Fish & Concentration (with decimal squares)
  • Place Value Yahtzee
  • Cover It! (Decimal Models)
  • Tic-Tac-Toe (Decimal Models)

Science

Students learned about the order of sizes of the planets starting from largest to smallest. They also learned about great astronomers such as Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Galileo and learned about Geocentrism vs Heliocentrism. Ask your child which model is the correct one and to explain why - Geocentric or Heliocentric.

Virginia Studies

This week, students continued learning about the events that led to secession and the Civil War. They also learned about the start of the Civil War at Fort Sumter and the first major battle of the war at Bull Rull. Additionally, students wrote a journal entry from the perspective of Robert E. Lee, considering the tough decision he was forced to make between fighting for the Union or the Confederacy.

Writing

Students started their new unit that is in sync with the reading unit of study. Students were taught that it’s hard to create what you can’t imagine. So, teachers took time to show the students what they’ll be creating this unit in writing - a history chapter book! We looked at examples of chapter books written in the past to see what sorts of things to include and to get students inspired to put similar things in their books. The 4th grade requirement is that each student will write at least 2 chapters. One chapter will be an “All About ____” chapter. In this chapter, students can choose to write about the Revolutionary War OR their subtopic. For the next chapter, they need to choose a story to write or an essay about their topic. Students will be given lessons in writing to reteach each of these modes of writing.

Week of February 25, 2019

General Info and Upcoming Events

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March

3/5 - PTA Meeting

3/6 - Yearbook Club Meeting

3/7 - Early Release Day

3/7 & 3/8 - P/T Conferences

3/8 - No School

Poetry Lesson Times

Timke

Riss

Vincent

Appaiah

10:20 - 11:15 am

11:15-12:10 pm

1:15-2:10 pm

2:15-3:10 pm

3/11 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/12 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/13 - Early Release Day

3/14 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/14 - 3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical

3/15 - Play Before Your Day

3/15 - Yearbook Meeting

3/18 - Civil War Test (tentative)

3/19 - In-class Poetry Slam

3/19 - Family Fitness Night

3/20 - Final Poetry Slam in Library from 2-3:30 pm

3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting

3/21 - Eco Action Meeting

3/22 - Jamestown Field Trip - leave at 9:30 am return at 6:30 pm

3/23 - Friendship 5K

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading students were told that we’re going to conduct at debate in class on Friday 3/1. The plan is to recreate the Second Continental Congress and debate the question, “Should the colonies become independent from Great Britain?”. Students have chosen a side to argue for - Patriots or Loyalists . Students were taught how to find and angle evidence to help support their argument. They were focused on creating a reason for their position and support it with specific evidence. To ensure all students participate during the debate, each student will either present reasons to support their position, be part of the rebuttal team by listening and sharing counterpoints, or creating opening/closing statements for their team.

Math

This week students learned how to estimate fractions by playing the game “Which is Closer”. Students had to estimate the sum of two fraction cards and then estimate if the sum was closer to 0, 1, or 2. Students also used the strategies they learned with adding fractions to start subtracting fractions. Ask your child what steps they take to add and subtract fractions.

Science

Students learned about the order of sizes of the planets starting from largest to smallest. They also learned about great astronomers such as Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Galileo and learned about Geocentrism vs Heliocentrism. Ask your child which model is the correct one and to explain why - Geocentric or Heliocentric.

Virginia Studies

This week, students learned about slavery in VA, the differences between the north and south, and the events that led to secession and the Civil War. They also learned about what happened after the election of 1860 and why it was so important. Four important abolitionists that students learned about were Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing

Students started their new unit that is in sync with the reading unit of study. Students were taught that it’s hard to create what you can’t imagine. So, teachers took time to show the students what they’ll be creating this unit in writing - a history chapter book! We looked at examples of chapter books written in the past to see what sorts of things to include and to get students inspired to put similar things in their books. The 4th grade requirement is that each student will write at least 2 chapters. One chapter will be an “All About ____” chapter. In this chapter, students can choose to write about the Revolutionary War OR their subtopic. For the next chapter, they need to choose a story to write or an essay about their topic. Students will be given lessons in writing to reteach each of these modes of writing.

Week of February 18, 2019

General Info and Upcoming Events

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February

2/21 - New Nations Test in VA Studies

2/21 - Discovery's Food Allergy Group

2/21 - World Heritage Night

2/26- Parent Teacher sign up 6 pm

March

3/5 - PTA Meeting

3/6 - Yearbook Club Meeting

3/7 - Early Release Day

3/7 & 3/8 - P/T Conferences

3/8 - No School

Poetry Lesson Times

Timke

Riss

Vincent

Appaiah

10:20 - 11:15 am

11:15-12:10 pm

1:15-2:10 pm

2:15-3:10 pm

3/11 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/12 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/13 - Early Release Day

3/14 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/14 - 3/16 - The Jungle Book Musical

3/15 - Play Before Your Day

3/15 - Yearbook Meeting

3/19 - In-class Poetry Slam

3/19 - Family Fitness Night

3/20 - Final Poetry Slam in Library from 2-3:30 pm

3/20 - Yearbook Club Meeting

3/21 - Eco Action Meeting

3/23 - Friendship 5K

3/30 - PTA Auction and Social

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading students continued to take notes on their subtopics in class. They’re reading history in various sources such as books from our library and online databases. Students are noticing the structure of the text they’re reading and then taking notes using that structure. Students have also started to synthesize what they’ve read, making sure to add only new information to their notes. They’ve also begun to visualize history texts to make stories come alive.

Math

This week students learned how to estimate fractions by playing the game “Which is Closer”. Students had to estimate the sum of two fraction cards and then estimate if the sum was closer to 0, 1, or 2. Students also used the strategies they learned with adding fractions to start subtracting fractions. Ask your child what steps they take to add and subtract fractions.

Science

After learning about the Earth’s tilt and the seasons, students learned about the order of the planets. Ask your child how they remember the order of the planets from the sun.

Virginia Studies

This week, students studied for the New Nation test by playing review games in class. On Friday, we will begin our Civil War unit.

Writing

Students started their new unit that is in sync with the reading unit of study. Students were taught that it’s hard to create what you can’t imagine. So, teachers took time to show the students what they’ll be creating this unit in writing - a history chapter book! We looked at examples of chapter books written in the past to see what sorts of things to include and to get students inspired to put similar things in their books. The 4th grade requirement is that each student will write at least 2 chapters. One chapter will be an “All About ____” chapter. In this chapter, students can choose to write about the Revolutionary War OR their subtopic. For the next chapter, they need to choose a story to write or an essay about their topic. Students will be given lessons in writing to reteach each of these modes of writing.

Week of February 11, 2019

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February

2/12- Williamsburg Choir Concert

2/13- Early Release

2/15- Sports Jersey Day

2/17- Presidents’ Day- No School

2/20 - New Nations Test in VA Studies

March

Poetry Lesson Times

Timke

Riss

Vincent

Appaiah

10:20 - 11:15 am

11:15-12:10 pm

1:15-2:10 pm

2:15-3:10 pm

3/11 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/12 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/14 - Poetry Lessons with Mr. Regie

3/19 - In-class Poetry Slam

3/20 - Final Poetry Slam in Library from 2-3:30 pm

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading students chose their subtopics and began taking notes in class. They’re reading history in various sources such as books from our library and online databases. Students are noticing the structure of the text they’re reading and then taking notes using that structure. They’ve also started to learn about synthesizing the information they’re reading about. From this, they’ll be thinking about big ideas and how they can use this information when they write their chapter book in writing.

Math

After learning how to find the LCM and GCF, students learned how to add fractions with unlike denominators and simplify. Students also learned how to add mixed numbers.

Science

This week students  learned about the the seasons of our Earth. Students also created a mini-project that showed the tilt of the earth towards the sun and labeled Earth with the correct season.

Virginia Studies

This week, students learned about why Virginians migrated after the Revolutionary War. They learned about how tobacco was hard on the soil and how new inventions that changed farming.

Writing

Students started their new unit that is in sync with the reading unit of study. Students were taught that it’s hard to create what you can’t imagine. So, teachers took time to show the students what they’ll be creating this unit in writing - a history chapter book! We looked at examples of chapter books written in the past to see what sorts of things to include and to get students inspired to put similar things in their books. The 4th grade requirement is that each student will write at least 2 chapters. One chapter will be an “All About ____” chapter. In this chapter, students can choose to write about the Revolutionary War OR their subtopic. For the next chapter, they need to choose a story to write or an essay about their topic. Students will be given lessons in writing to reteach each of these modes of writing.

Week of February 4, 2019

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February

2/12- Williamsburg Choir Concert

2/13- Early Release

2/15- Sports Jersey Day

2/17- Presidents’ Day- No School

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading students started their new unit on reading history! Their focus is on the Revolutionary War. This week they were reminded of keeping in mind the text structure of the text. They also were taught that reading history is different from reading science or other topics. It’s important to keep in mind the “Who? Where? When?”  Lastly, students will work on choosing a Rev. War sub-topic that they’ll focus on taking notes next week!

Math

This week we started our second fraction unit. We reviewed how to find multiples and Least Common Multiples (LCM) in order to find equivalent fractions. We also learned about finding factors and finding the Greatest Common Factor (GCF). Ask you child what new games they played this week to practice what they learned!

>> REFLEX math logs got sent home for some students to make sure they are practicing their multiplication facts everyday. If you believe this is not a tool appropriate for your child, please reach out to your child’s math teacher and we can formulate an alternative plan around fluency.

Science

This week students  learned about the moon and the different moon phases. Next week, we will start learning about the planets and their order in the solar system.

Virginia Studies

This week, students learned about how the United States of America was formed. We focused on four important Virginians: George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and George Mason. We also learned about important documents like the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The VA Declaration of Rights, and The VA Statute for Religious Freedom.

Writing

Students learned about different grammar skills like commas, subject-verb agreement, and capitalization. They used these writing lessons to write a letter to their parents about what they learned and enjoyed in the second quarter of fourth grade. Next week, students will use their researching and note taking strategies from reading class to start writing a “book” about the Revolutionary War.  

Week of January 28, 2019

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January

1/28 - Grade prep day, no school

1/29- Revolutionary War Test

1/31 - Williamsburg Middle School Concert  (rescheduled to Feb. 6th)

2/1 - 4th Grade Film Festival

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week students finished up their performance assessment where they had to create a brainpop video on their severe weather topic (tornado, hurricane, tsunami, flood, drought, or earthquake). They wrote scripts with their group and then filmed in front of the green screen in the library. Students imported their videos to iMovie and with the help of Mr. Rusk, they edited their videos to their final format! We’ll be having our first ever 4th Grade Discovery Film Festival to show off the videos on Friday, February 1st! Parents are welcome to come. We’ll be showing the films in either our homerooms or the library.

Math

This week we we started our patterns unit. Students worked on repeating and extending patterns. Students also looked at patterns on function tables and determined a rule for that pattern. Lastly, students took their quarterly math test. We will be starting our next fraction unit next week.

Science

This week students have been introduced to their new unit on Earth and Space. Our focus this week has only been on the difference between rotation vs revolution of objects. Next week we’ll be studying the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth!

Virginia Studies

This week in VA Studies, we wrapped up our Revolutionary War unit and listened to a lot of Hamilton. Students learned about the Lafayettes, the Battle of Yorktown (1781!), and the Treaty of Paris. They also learned about patriots and loyalists and about the roles women, African Americans, and American Indians played in the war. Our test will be on Tuesday, January 29. Study guides went home this week. Please make sure your child is studying both the study guide and the “Important Revolutionary War Facts You Need to Know” sheet to prepare for the test.

Questions to ask your child:

  • Who is James Armistead Lafayette? How did he get his name?
  • Who is Marquis de Lafayette?
  • What did women do during the Revolutionary War?
  • What side did African Americans and American Indians fight on?
  • What is the difference between a loyalist and a patriot?
  • Who are some famous VA founding fathers?

Writing

Students enjoyed their first grade level writing celebration. Students were given the opportunity to read other fourth graders writing and left a compliment about what they liked about their writing. This week, we are focusing on grammar lessons. Students will use these lessons to write a letter to their parents about what they learned and enjoyed in the second quarter of fourth grade.

Week of January 21, 2019

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January

1/25 - End of grading period

1/28 - Grade prep day, no school

1/29- Revolutionary War Test

1/31 - Williamsburg Middle School Concert @ 1 pm

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

Math

This week we finished our division unit. Students practiced division problems with a 3 digit dividend and remainder. Students also started reviewing for their Quarter 2 test. They completed practice problems and played review games. Lastly, we started our next unit consisting of patterns and functions. We will be having our quarterly test next Friday.

Science

This week students have been introduced to their new unit on Earth and Space. Our focus this week has only been on the difference between rotation vs revolution of objects. Next week we’ll be studying the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth!

Virginia Studies

This week in VA Studies, we wrapped up our Revolutionary War unit and listened to a lot of Hamilton. Students learned about the Lafayettes, the Battle of Yorktown (1781!), and the Treaty of Paris. They also learned about patriots and loyalists and about the roles women, African Americans, and American Indians played in the war. Our test will be on Tuesday, January 29. Study guides went home this week. Please make sure your child is studying both the study guide and the “Important Revolutionary War Facts You Need to Know” sheet to prepare for the test.

Questions to ask your child:

  • Who is James Armistead Lafayette? How did he get his name?
  • Who is Marquis de Lafayette?
  • What did women do during the Revolutionary War?
  • What side did African Americans and American Indians fight on?
  • What is the difference between a loyalist and a patriot?
  • Who are some famous VA founding fathers?

Writing

Students enjoyed their first grade level writing celebration. Students were given the opportunity to read other fourth graders writing and left a compliment about what they liked about their writing. This week, we are focusing on grammar lessons. Students will use these lessons to write a letter to their parents about what they learned and enjoyed in the second quarter of fourth grade.

Week of January 14, 2019

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January

1/18 - Writing Celebration in Dining Commons

1/21- No School MLK

1/24 - Instrumental concert

1/25 - End of grading period

1/28 - Grade prep day, no school

1/29- Revolutionary War Test

1/31 - Williamsburg Middle School Concert @ 1 pm

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

Math

This (short) week, students used the division strategies they have learned to solve story problems with and without remainders. Students also learned how to interpret the remainder of a problem. Next, we will get into division problems that have a 3 digit dividend. Lastly, we will be having a quarterly test on 1/31. We will be playing review games and take a short review quiz on Tuesday 1/22.

Science

This week students have been introduced to their new unit on Earth and Space. Our focus this week has only been on the difference between rotation vs revolution of objects. Next week we’ll be studying the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth!

Virginia Studies

Writing

This week students are working on finishing up typing their opinion essays and also including a introduction and a conclusion. Students were taught how to use sentence starters to come up with ways to show their reader how important their essay really is. Our plan is to have a small opinion celebration next week on Tuesday, January 15th.

Week of January 7, 2019

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January

1/9 - Vincent/Appaiah Dr. Jessup science lesson @ 1:10-3:10 pm

1/15 - Writing Celebration in Dining Commons

1/16 - Early release

1/24 - Instrumental concert

1/25 - End of grading period

1/28 - Grade prep day, no school

1/31 - Williamsburg Middle School Concert @ 1 pm

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, students were introduced to their performance assessment project to end our quarter in reading. This project is to use all the notes they’ve been taking in class to create a BrainPop video on their extreme weather topic. This week we spent writing the script, creating a quiz, writing a brainpop letter, and choosing vocabulary to use in the video. Next week we’ll be filming using the professional video camera and green screen resources that are used for the morning announcements!

Math

This week, students reviewed strategies that they learned in our first division unit such as equal groups. After reviewing, students learned how to use this strategy to divide when the dividend is larger, as to break up the number until they recognize a fact they know. Students then learned how to use the Partial Quotient strategy to divide larger dividends as well, which is similar to the traditional algorithm. Lastly, students worked on using estimation and skip counting to check their work to see if their quotients were reasonable. Students will end the week learning about remainders.

Science

This week students have been introduced to their new unit on Earth and Space. Our focus this week has only been on the difference between rotation vs revolution of objects. Next week we’ll be studying the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth!

Virginia Studies

This week, students learned about why the Revolutionary War started, including all the events that led up to the war. We learned about the French and Indian War, taxation without representation, and how the colonists and parliament had different opinions on how the colonies should be governed. We also did an activity in class today to empathize with the colonists.

Writing

This week students are working on finishing up typing their opinion essays and also including a introduction and a conclusion. Students were taught how to use sentence starters to come up with ways to show their reader how important their essay really is. Our plan is to have a small opinion celebration next week on Tuesday, January 15th.

Week of December 17, 2018

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December

12/21 - Winter party

12/22 - Beginning of Winter Break! (School reopens Jan. 7)

January

1/9 - Vincent/Appaiah Dr. Jessup science lesson @ 1:10-3:10 pm

1/16 - Early release

1/24 - Instrumental concert

1/25 - End of grading period

1/28 - Grade prep day, no school

1/31 - Williamsburg Middle School Concert @ 1 pm

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, we continued to research our extreme weather subtopics and students received grades for standard 4.9b - Collect and organize information from multiple resources. Teachers were looking for organized notes to show dates, all four note structures (chronological, cause/effect, problem/solution, compare/contrast), a vocabulary section, and illustrations. Students also took their second summary quick check. The goal is to read an article, find the main idea, and support it with details from the text.

Math

This week, students reviewed strategies that they learned in our first multiplication unit such as the area model using 2 digit by 1 digit numbers. Check out this video to learn more. After reviewing, students learned another strategy called the Partial Product that is similar to the traditional algorithm. Lastly, students worked on these models using 2 digit by 2 digits.

Science

Students have been learning about force and motion. Students in Timke/Rollheiser had our special guest Dr. Stuart Jessup, a retired propeller engineer, teach the class about the force of friction. He brought in wind tunnels and students created weighted paper cones to test inside. Their task was to place it in the wind tunnel and make it hold still in mid-air. Students were able to test and retest their structure in the wind tunnel and had lots of fun. Vincent/Appaiah classes will meet with Dr. Jessup after winter break!

Virginia Studies

This week in VA Studies, we started our unit on the Revolutionary War. Explorers are VERY excited to delve into this topic. We discussed reasons why the Revolutionary War began and events that took place during this time.

Questions to ask your child:

What colonies were represented on the “Join or Die” snake cartoon? How is this cartoon symbolic?

What is another name for the Revolutionary War?

Writing

Students are learning how to organize an essay using “boxes and bullets”. Students have chosen an opinion of their chose to write about. Ask your student what they are writing about!

Week of December 10, 2018

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December

12/12 - Early release

12/14 - Colonial Life test

12/21 - Winter party

12/22 - Beginning of Winter Break! (School reopens Jan. 7)

January

1/16 - Early release

1/24 - Instrumental concert

1/25 - End of grading period

1/28 - Grade prep day, no school

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, we continued to research our extreme weather subtopics. Students took great notes, paying close attention to text structures and key vocabulary words. They also learned how to take lengthy paragraphs and condense it into diagrams. These diagrams better showed their understanding of what they read.

Math

Students have completed their first unit of fractions. We will get back into learning fractions in the third quarter. This week we started our second unit of multiplication and division. Students reviewed the area model for multiplication from our first unit, and will be learning more strategies using larger numbers- such as partial product. Check out this video to learn more about the area model!

Science

Students have been learning about force and motion. Next week we will be having a special guest visiting to do some hands-on activities with our students during Science.

Virginia Studies

This week in VA Studies, we finished up our unit on Colonial Life, and spent time reviewing for our test on Friday, December 14th.

Questions to ask your child:

Our capital wasn’t always Richmond? What was it before? How many times did this change?

What was life like in colonial VA?

Click here to review the study guide with your Explorer!

Writing

Students are learning how to organize an essay using “boxes and bullets”. Students have chosen an opinion of their chose to write about. Ask your student what they are writing about!

Week of November 26, 2018

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November

11/26 - 11/30 - Swim Week 2: Vincent and Appaiah

11/30- Virginia Studies test for Rollheiser and Timke

December

12/12 - Early release

12/21 - Winter party

12/22 - Beginning of Winter Break! (School reopens Jan. 7)

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Math

After learning how to compare fractions, students learned how to order fractions with all the strategies they have learned. Ask your student what strategies that they have learned to compare and order fractions!

Students will have a Quick Check on comparing fractions, ordering fractions, and finding equivalent fractions.

Science

Students have been learning about force and motion. Next week we will be having a special guest visiting to do some hands-on activities with our students during Science.

Writing

Student have started their unit on opinion writing. They will learn how to write an essay and will begin the unit in “Essay Structure Boot Camp.” Students will be taught what an essay is and how to write one. They will be learning how to write a thesis (their idea or claim) and how to support their thesis with reasons and evidence. We’ll start off with an easy class example thesis of “Ice cream is the best dessert.”  From there, Students work with a partner to quickly come up with reasons and evidence to support this thesis. After this “boot camp”, students will have an idea of what is expected of them and then will be asked to develop their own thesis to write about. They will use an outline to help organize their ideas.

Week of November 26, 2018

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November

11/26 - 11/30 - Swim Week 2: Vincent and Appaiah

11/30- Virginia Studies test for Rollheiser and Timke

December

12/12 - Early release

12/21 - Winter party

12/22 - Beginning of Winter Break! (School reopens Jan. 7)

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week we worked on figuring out the meaning of unfamiliar words using context clues. We looked in and around the word to figure out its meaning, making certain to focus on affixes and root words. We also looked out for synonyms, antonyms, examples, and definitions that would help us figure out the meanings of these words.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What nonfiction are you reading?
  • What is a synonym? Antonym? Prefix? Root word?
  • How are you doing with figuring out the meaning of unfamiliar words? Can I help? Let’s practice together!

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

This week, mathematicians learned how to compare fractions with like numerators and with like denominators. Students also learned how to create equivalent fractions in order to compare fractions without like numerators  or denominators.

Ask your mathematician how to find the Least Common Multiple (LCM) to create equivalent fractions.

Science

Students in Mr. Timke’s science class have begin the motion unit. Students have been learning about the relationship between work and energy. They’ve also been introduced to Isaac Newton’s first law of motion which is inertia. Inertia is the idea that an object at rest will stay at rest, and an object in motion will stay in motion unless and force acts on it.

Ms. Vincent’s class is finishing up their weather mindmaps and will begin the motion unit soon!

Virginia Studies

In VA studies this week, we continued to learn about the Jamestown settlement and wrapped up our unit. We learned about how africans, women, and tobacco changed the colony and what indentured servants were. Our test will be tomorrow, November 30 for Ms. Rollheiser and Mr. Timke’s classes. Please make sure your child has studied their notes and study guide to help prepare for the test! This week, we also had the Jamestown foundation visit us. They helped us review the unit and gave us some additional fun facts. Students enjoyed looking at artifacts and pictures and even got to dress up as early settlers!

Writing

Student have started their unit on opinion writing. They will learn how to write an essay and will begin the unit in “Essay Structure Boot Camp.” Students will be taught what an essay is and how to write one. They will be learning how to write a thesis (their idea or claim) and how to support their thesis with reasons and evidence. We’ll start off with an easy class example thesis of “Ice cream is the best dessert.”  From there, Students work with a partner to quickly come up with reasons and evidence to support this thesis. After this “boot camp”, students will have an idea of what is expected of them and then will be asked to develop their own thesis to write about. They will use an outline to help organize their ideas.

Week of November 12, 2018

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November

11/14 - 11/20 - Swim Week 1: Timke and Rollheiser

11/19 - Jamestown test for Appaiah and Vincent’s classes

11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving break

11/26 - 11/30 - Swim Week 2: Vincent and Appaiah

December

12/12 - Early release

12/21 - Winter party

12/22 - Beginning of Winter Break! (School reopens Jan. 7)

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week we continued our nonfiction unit with work on understanding what nonfiction text structures are and how they can help us preview the text to make predictions. We also learned that nonfiction can be organized by one of four different ways:

  • Problem/Solution
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Chronological
  • Cause and Effect

Then, we learned about how to read nonfiction differently by reading a small section of text (1-2 pages), then stopping to identify how it’s organized and taking notes using the 4 text structures. Students’ reader’s notebooks are becoming more involved in their reading now that notetaking is beginning. To the right, you can see what students were given to help them take notes:

Questions to ask your child:

  • What nonfiction are you reading?
  • Have you learned anything new from a nonfiction book you’ve read in class?
  • How are you doing taking notes using the 4 nonfiction text structures? Can I help? Let’s practice together!

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

This week, students began their fraction unit. We reviewed different models that show fractions, and practiced naming them. We also started to discuss fractions greater than one whole, using improper fractions and mixed numbers. We introduced new strategies to identify these, and wrapped up the week learning about equivalent fractions.  

Ask your child what games they played to review fractions! Did they work on the brain puzzles for improper fractions and mixed numbers?

 

Science

Students in Mr. Timke’s science class have begin the motion unit. Students have been learning about the relationship between work and energy. They’ve also been introduced to Isaac Newton’s first law of motion which is inertia. Inertia is the idea that an object at rest will stay at rest, and an object in motion will stay in motion unless and force acts on it.

Ms. Vincent’s class is finishing up their weather mindmaps and will begin the motion unit soon!

Virginia Studies

In VA studies this week, we continued to learn about the Jamestown settlement and wrapped up our unit. We learned about how africans, women, and tobacco changed the colony and what indentured servants were. Our test will be on Monday, November 19 for Miss Appaiah and Miss Vincent’s classes. Please make sure your child has studied their notes and study guide to help prepare for the test!

Writing

Student have started their unit on opinion writing. They will learn how to write an essay and will begin the unit in “Essay Structure Boot Camp”. Students will be taught what an essay is and how to write one. Students will be learning how to write a thesis (their idea or claim) and how to support their thesis with reasons and evidence. We’ll start off with an easy class example thesis of “I love ice cream.”  From there, they’ll work with a partner to quickly come up with reasons and evidence to support this thesis. After this “boot camp”, students will have an idea of what is expected of them and then will be asked to develop their own thesis to write about.

Week of November 5, 2018

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November

11/12 - Veteran’s Day, no school

11/14 - 11/20 - Swim Week 1: Timke and Rollheiser

11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving break

11/26 - 11/30 - Swim Week 2: Vincent and Appaiah

December

12/12 - Early release

12/21 - Winter party

12/22 - Beginning of Winter Break! (School reopens Jan. 7)

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week we started our nonfiction unit called “Reading the Weather, Reading the World”. We practice choosing easy nonfiction books to read that have lots of titles, subtitles, and pictures to help us learn about new topics. We also worked on making a connection with the book even if we know nothing about it. Lastly, we previewed the text to help us predict what the book will teach us. Soon we’ll be having lessons on how to read more difficult nonfiction and how to take notes from them!

Questions to ask your child:

  • What nonfiction are you reading?
  • Have you learned anything new from a nonfiction book you’ve read in class?

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

This week, students played review games to prepare for their quarterly test! Ask your child what review games they played.

We also introduced our “POD” Week 1 Math homework. We reflected on how it was beneficial to start at the beginning of the week, and how working through the problems helped better prepare them for their quarterly assessment.

 

Science

Students continued working on their mind maps this week. Students included information about weather tools that they learned about. Along with, storms and clouds. A mind map is an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas to help with analysis and recall. It includes pictures and words that are associated with topics. Students can see the assignment details on google classroom and this includes links to websites for information.

Virginia Studies

In VA studies this week, we began learning about the Jamestown settlement. We focused on the reasons for coming to Jamestown, why they chose the Jamestown peninsula to settle on, and  the hardships they faced prior to the winter of 1609.

Questions to ask your child:

  • WHY did the settlers want to come to the New World? What were they looking for?
  • What are three reasons why they chose the Jamestown site? Think about the foldable you created!
  • Why were settlers dying before the winter of 1609? What struggles did they face? Think about their storehouse, mosquitoes, their water supply, and their survival  skills.

Week of October 29, 2018

General Info and Upcoming Events

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October

10/29 - CogAT Testing Day 1

10/30 - CogAT Testing Day 2

10/30 - Timke/Rollheiser to Planetarium

November

11/1 - Appaiah/Vincent to Planetarium

11/6 - Grade prep day, no school

11/12 - Veteran’s Day, no school

11/14 - 11/20 - Swim Week 1: Timke and Rollheiser

11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving break

11/26 - 11/30 - Swim Week 2: Vincent and Appaiah

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, students worked on took a look at the post-it notes they’ve been writing to make connections between them and see if they can find a deeper meaning. We collaborated together to share our thoughts to help these deeper meanings become more of a presence in the classroom. We also did an activity where we came up with a list of specific ideas or objects that are recurring in our book Tiger Rising and circulated around to write what we thought about those ideas. Lots of great ideas were shared and this activity ended the unit on character work! We’ll end the week with a post-assessment on Friday.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What sorts of things recur in your own reading book?
  • What do you think a deeper meaning could be of those ideas/objects?

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

Students built on their prior knowledge of multiplication facts and shared different strategies and models used to help in mastering their multiplication facts. Students used such examples as equal groups/set model, repeated addition, number lines, arrays, and the area model. They then used these strategies to multiply larger numbers.

Questions to ask your child:

  • How can you use the area model to multiply 2 digit by 1 digit numbers?
  • How did Circle and Stars, How Close to 100, Squares, or Kick It help you with your multiplication facts?

 

Science

We’re at the end of our unit on Weather. Students have learned about types of clouds, storms, fronts, weather tools, and how all of these help meteorologists predict the weather around the country. As an assessment students are creating a mind map (see example below). A mind map is an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas to help with analysis and recall. It includes pictures and words that are associated with topics. Students can see the assignment details on google classroom and this includes links to websites for information.

Virginia Studies

This week in VA studies, we learned how the Eastern Woodland Indians adapted to their climate and environment. After discussing these topics, students took on the role as Powhatan, and described their way of life to a European visitor through scripting! They also learned about Werowocomoco, where ancient artifacts were found to help us understand their history.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What facts did you include in your script?
  • How do you think the Eastern Woodland Indians got their food during each season? How do you think they dressed?
  • As an “archaeologist”, what did you find on your “dig” through Werowocomoco? What do you think they used these artifacts for in the past?

Week of October 22, 2018

General Info and Upcoming Events

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November

11/1 - Appaiah/Vincent to Planetarium

11/6 - Grade prep day, no school

11/12 - Veteran’s Day, no school

11/14 - 11/20 - Swim Week 1: Timke and Rollheiser

11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving break

11/26 - 11/30 - Swim Week 2: Vincent and Appaiah

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

This week, students created and solved multiplication word problems.  

 

Science

We’re at the end of our unit on Weather. Students have learned about types of clouds, storms, fronts, weather tools, and how all of these help meteorologists predict the weather around the country. As an assessment students are creating a mind map (see example below). A mind map is an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas to help with analysis and recall. It includes pictures and words that are associated with topics. Students can see the assignment details on google classroom and this includes links to websites for information.

Virginia Studies

Week of October 22, 2018

General Info and Upcoming Events

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October

10/25 - Early release for parent teacher conferences

10/26 - No school for students - parent teacher conferences

10/29 - CogAT Testing Day 1

10/30 - CogAT Testing Day 2

10/30 - Timke/Rollheiser to Planetarium

November

11/1 - Appaiah/Vincent to Planetarium

11/6 - Grade prep day, no school

11/12 - Veteran’s Day, no school

11/14 - 11/20 - Swim Week 1: Timke and Rollheiser

11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving break

11/26 - 11/30 - Swim Week 2: Vincent and Appaiah

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, students learned how to debate their ideas about characters using evidence from the text. In library, we had a debate about whether a picture book that was read aloud by Mr. Re was appropriate for kindergarteners. We respectfully shared our views and made sure to keep an open mind when listening to the other perspective. We also learned that in order to understand or interpret a story, reader’s pay attention to characters, the setting, the plot, and look at reoccurring objects. We pay attention to all of these things because it helps us figure out the theme of the book.

Questions to ask your child:

  • How was your debate in library? What did you learn?
  • What changes in your character did you notice as you were reading?
  • What’s the theme of your story? What is the author trying to teach us through this book? What life lesson did you learn?
  • What type of person is your character? Why? How do you know? What evidence from the book can you use to support your claim?

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

Students built on their prior knowledge of multiplication facts and shared different strategies and models used to help in mastering their multiplication facts. Students used such examples as equal groups/set model, repeated addition, number lines, arrays, and the area model. They then used these strategies to multiply larger numbers.

Questions to ask your child:

  • How can you use the area model to multiply 2 digit by 1 digit numbers?
  • How did Circle and Stars, How Close to 100, Squares, or Kick It help you with your multiplication facts?

 

Science

We’re at the end of our unit on Weather. Students have learned about types of clouds, storms, fronts, weather tools, and how all of these help meteorologists predict the weather around the country. As an assessment students are creating a mind map (see example below). A mind map is an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas to help with analysis and recall. It includes pictures and words that are associated with topics. Students can see the assignment details on google classroom and this includes links to websites for information.

Virginia Studies

This week in VA studies, we learned how the Eastern Woodland Indians adapted to their climate and environment. After discussing these topics, students took on the role as Powhatan, and described their way of life to a European visitor through scripting! They also learned about Werowocomoco, where ancient artifacts were found to help us understand their history.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What facts did you include in your script?
  • How do you think the Eastern Woodland Indians got their food during each season? How do you think they dressed?
  • As an “archaeologist”, what did you find on your “dig” through Werowocomoco? What do you think they used these artifacts for in the past?

Week of October 15, 2018

General Info and Upcoming Events

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October

10/21 - PumpkinFest 11:30 - 3:00pm

10/25 - Early release for parent teacher conferences

10/26 - No school for students - parent teacher conferences

10/29 - CogAT Testing Day 1

10/30 - CogAT Testing Day 2

November

11/6 - Grade prep day, no school

11/12 - Veteran’s Day, no school

11/14 - 11/20 - Swim Week 1: Timke and Rollheiser

11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving break

11/26 - 11/30 - Swim Week 2: Vincent and Appaiah

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, students learned how to develop theories about characters based on characters’ actions, thoughts, and words and used precise language to describe these characters. We also began to notice how characters can be complex; they can be one way in one setting and different in another. We even had a chance to debate different theories about characters respectfully and with an open mind. Students were able to find several examples in the book (text evidence) to show WHY a character portrayed certain traits.

Questions to ask your child:

  • How was your in class debate? What did you learn?
  • How do you know if a topic is debatable?
  • What changes in your character did you notice as you were reading?
  • What type of person is your character? Why? How do you know? What evidence from the book can you use to support your claim?

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

This week in math students learned how to estimate a difference and how to use critical thinking to solve word problems. Students used a strategy that they recalled from third grade called UPSC to solve single step and multi-step word problems. UPSC stands for- Understand, Plan, Solve, and Check. Ask your student about new games that they learned to practice what they learned these last few weeks!

Science

This week students learned about all the different tools meteorologists use to measure the weather.  

Virginia Studies

In VA Studies, we took a quick check on Virginia’s water features. Grade sheets will be going home this week. A copy of the quick check (with correct answers) will be posted to your child’s Google Classroom by Friday. This week, we also began our unit on the First Americans, or the Eastern Woodland Indians. We learned about the three major language groups and the tribes who spoke it.

Questions to ask your child:

  • Why do we call the First Americans “Indians”? How did they get that name?
  • What were Virginia’s native people called?
  • What three languages were spoken by American Indians in Virginia? What tribes spoke these languages?

Week of October 8, 2018

General Info and Upcoming Events

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October

10/8 - Columbus Day - No school for students

10/10 - Early release at 1:28pm

10/21 - PumpkinFest 11:30 - 3:00pm

10/25 - Early release for parent teacher conferences

10/26 - No school for students - parent teacher conferences

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, students learned how to develop defensible ideas about the characters they’re reading about. Students have learned to notice how seemingly unimportant parts of the book can help us to learn more about our characters. This week we’ve practiced this work together in our read aloud book Tiger Rising by choosing part of the book and asking ourselves, “So what? How does this help me to get to understand my character more deeply?”

Questions to ask your child:

  • Tell me about the main character in your book. How would you describe them? Why?
  • What type of character is the main character? Why and how do you know? (focus on character traits)
  • What does synthesizing mean?
  • How did your thinking change as you were reading today?

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

This week students learned how to add and estimate numbers within 1,000,000. Students also learned how to estimate addends in order to estimate sums in more than one way. Students were introduced to new games such as “Cover It” and “Squares”, where they practiced adding and estimating. Ask your students what strategy they’ve been using this week to add numbers that works best for them! Lastly, students have continued using the app Reflex to help become fluent in their math facts.

Science

This week students learned about the different clouds and types of weather they bring. Students also started learning about the different tools meteorologist use when measuring and predicting weather.

Virginia Studies

In VA Studies this week, students learned about the different water features of Virginia. We also learned about the four major rivers in order from north to south and what major cities are on each of these rivers. We used fun mnemonics to help us remember these cities. Also, we continued to work on our salt dough maps of VA, where we showed what the land in each region looks like. These projects should be coming home next week, so be on the lookout for them!

Questions to ask your child:

  • What major city is on each of the rivers?
  • What were the mnemonics you learned to remember these cities?
  • What is a peninsula?
  • What can you tell me about the Chesapeake Bay? Dismal Swamp? Lake Drummond? Atlantic Ocean?

Week of September 24, 2018

General Info and Upcoming Events

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September

9/27 - Bingo Night

October

10/2 - Picture Day

10:30 am

10:40 am

11:30 am

11:40 am

Rollheiser

Timke

Vincent

Appaiah

10/8 - Columbus Day - No school for students

10/10 - Early release at 1:28pm

10/21 - PumpkinFest 11:30 - 3:00pm

10/25 - Early release for parent teacher conferences

10/26 - No school for students - parent teacher conferences

Math Prep Help Needed

Parents:

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Homework:

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom each night to view homework and complete assignments. We’ve recently had several students who are forgetting to complete/ bring back their work. Please make sure your child is clicking “done” on the assignment after completing their homework for the night and packing their bags with everything they will need for the following day. To access your child’s Google Classroom and view assignments, please read the top of this learning log.

Reading

This week in reading, students learned what synthesizing means and how to include this change in thinking into our summaries. In our synthesis summaries, we made sure to only include important ideas that related to our main idea. We also synthesized as we read our new read aloud, The Tiger Rising, and our independent reading books.

Questions to ask your child:

What does synthesizing mean?

How did your thinking change as you were reading today?

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

This week students learned how to read and write numbers in the millions place. Students also learned round numbers in the thousands period and how to represent numbers in different ways using base ten blocks. Students were introduced to new games such as “Roll a Row” and “Squares”, where they practiced rounding numbers. Lastly, students began using the app Reflex to help become fluent in their math facts.

Science

This week students planned their science experiment of their choice with their group. They also began prepping their materials so that they can complete their experiments tomorrow!

Virginia Studies

In VA Studies this week, students learned about the different regions of Virginia. We learned about the Coastal Plain region, Piedmont region, Blue Ridge Mountain region, and the Valley and Ridge region. Next week, we will focus on the Appalachian Plateau region and begin creating our relief maps of the regions.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What does the land in each of the regions look like?
  • What region includes the peninsula known as the Eastern Shore?
  • What are some things people can do in each region?

Week of September 17, 2018

General Info and Upcoming Events

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September

9/26 - Gifted Services Info Night Grades 2-5 (6:30-7:30PM, Innovation Commons)

9/27 - Eco-Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, Dining Commons)

9/27 - Bingo Night

October

10/2 - Picture Day

10:30 am

10:40 am

11:30 am

11:40 am

Rollheiser

Timke

Vincent

Appaiah

10/8 - Columbus Day - No school for students

10/10 - Early release at 1:28pm

10/21 - PumpkinFest 11:30 - 3:00pm

10/25 - Early release for parent teacher conferences

10/26 - No school for students - parent teacher conferences

Math Prep Help Needed

Parents:

We are looking for volunteers, at every grade level that can come and help prep some math materials for use in your child's classroom.  You are free to stay and prep the materials at Discovery or take them home and return them to us.  Angela Torpy, Discovery's Math Coach, will be there to answer questions and explain the tasks we need done.  Please click here to volunteer.  Many thanks in advance for helping us!

Reading

This week in reading students worked on deepening their thinking. Students used the BHH (Brain, Head, Heart) framework to write about their reading. They wrote responses to their own books as well as to read alouds from our classroom in their reader’s notebooks. We are currently working on adding detail to our responses and writing in complete sentences.

This week we also conducted more reading assessments to find students’ independent reading levels. These assessments will help us teachers get to know 4th grade readers better!

Reading Logs

Click to see reading log expectations on padlet  here!

Math

This week in math students continued learning classroom guidelines, such as transitioning from different activities and how to use math materials respectfully. This week we also began our place value unit. We focused on reading and writing the ones and thousands period, as well as, writing numbers in standard, word, and expanded form. Lastly, we started comparing and ordering numbers in these periods. Ask your child about Place Value Yahtzee!

Science

This week in science we continued talking about the steps of the scientific method. We also learned the difference between independent and dependent variables. We completed an experiment as a class to prepare for an experiment of students’ choice next week!

Virginia Studies

This week in VA Studies, we created and used mnemonics to help us remember the bordering states and even played Simon Says to remember where each of the states are located. We also color coded our notes and maps to help us remember the regions of VA. We’ve been listening to the Time of Your Life song to help us remember all things relating to Virginia’s geography.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What five states border VA?
  • What are the five regions of VA?
  • What is the Fall Line?
  • How was VA Studies Simon Says played?

Week of September 10, 2018

General Info and Upcoming Events

September

9/26 - Gifted Services Information Night Grades 2-5 (6:30-7:30PM, Innovation Commons)

9/27 - Eco-Action Meeting (8:50-9:35AM, Dining Commons)

9/27 - Bingo Night

Reading

This week in reading we learned that good readers stop to think about their reading. This helps us monitor comprehension, make meaning of text, and allows us to read deeply. We also learned about and downloaded Padlet, the app we will use this year to track the books we read. Students read independently and then created their first post on Padlet.

Reading Logs

This year students will be using the app Padlet on their iPads to keep track of their reading. Students have all been taught how to use this program and are really excited to use it this year! Click to see reading log expectations here!

Math

This week, students continued to learn about our math workshop guidelines. Students learned how to talk about their math thinking and how to work collaboratively by completing math activities. Ask your child about the Animal Weights activity or working together to create math equations!

Science

This week students learned all about the steps to the scientific method and will begin using these steps while completing different science experiments.

Questions to ask:

What are the steps to the scientific method?

Why are completing these steps so important to scientists?

Virginia Studies

This week students were given an introduction to Geography. They began using their interactive journals to show what they already know about Geography, including locating where we are on different maps.

Week of September 4, 2018

General Info

Upcoming Events

September

9/6- Ice cream Social

9/12- Back to School Night 6:30-8:00

9/14 - Dot Day

9/27 - Eco Action meeting 8:50 - 9:30 am

9/27 - Bingo Night

Reading

This week in reading Mr. Timke and Miss Appaiah will be getting to know all the students and will be learning what reading workshop looks like, sounds like, and feels like. They also will be learning expectations for the school year including how to take care of our classroom library, routines of independent reading, and ways to choose just right books. We also will be beginning reading assessments to determine each students current reading levels!

Math

This week, students learned how to be an active listener and how to make connections between math and the real world.

Team Building

We’ve had a great start to the school year! We spent all week getting to know each other and playing cooperative games. We also spent a majority of the week learning about our school and classroom routines. Overall, we had a great first couple of days of school!

Things to ask your child about:

  • Cup Stacking
  • Save Fred
  • Card Stacking
  • Morning Meeting
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors challenge
  • Make 11