This has past week was such a fun spirit/ Spring Fling week! Each day the 4th Graders showed their school spirit and creativity dressing up in some great costumes. Thank you so very much for sending Grandparents and Special Friends to school last Thursday. It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces from a few years ago and to meet Grandparents I hadn't met yet. It was wonderful to chat about the wonderful 4th Graders with them! I made a little slideshow of our Thursday guests.
It is amazing how quickly this year has gone by! We are coming into the home stretch of 4th grade with the end of the year nearing. In Social Studies, we will finish this year with each student will choose a group to work with in researching a region of Oregon. The students have been reviewing what they know about poetry and learning some new terms as well as diving deep into the meaning and purpose of poems. In Math, the 4th graders will continue working with fractions and be introduced to decimals as we close the year. Our religion studies have concentrated on the Gifts of the Holy spirit with a visit from Father Mike this past week to deepen understanding of this important mystery of our faith. The 4th graders have been getting ready in music class for our big show on Tuesday, Go West! at 2:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Monday, May 1, 2017
This week was a very fun week. On Wednesday, we wrote our last journal entry from the perspective of a person on the Oregon Trail. Then, we finished our persuasive essays on our National Parks. We are making them into videos. Also on Thursday, we had extra time in art to make paper mache pieces of cake. They are inspired by pop artist Wayne Thiebaud Finally on Friday, we had a popcorn and movie party! We won it at the auction. This week was lots of fun!
This week was busy wrapping up our Oregon Trail adventures! We have moved on in Social Studies to how Oregon becomes a state. The students worked in groups to read and discuss the challenges the early setters of Oregon faced. I heard some great discussions and ideas floating around.
We got a treat on Monday as the students in band showed us their amazing talent!
Onward to May and then we will slide into June. Unbelievable this year is winding down! We will be packing in some awesome learning in these last weeks of school. Thank you for your continued support.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Thank you to all who helped us get on the trail!! Thank you to Amanda Power and Steve Sherlag for making our hobo stoves. Thanks to Kate Harpster and Jake Johnson for transporting all of our gear over to catch the bus. Extra thank you to the parent chaperones, Heather Harvey, Amanda Power, Kate Woicke, Libby North, Wick Ashley, Terry Miller, Steve Sherlag and Tim Slaughter, for loading and unloading gear, working in the kitchen, participating in field studies, getting minimal sleep and everything else you were asked to help with! It was an amazing trip!
There will be an opportunity for 4th graders to retake the Chapter 9 math test on Tuesday this coming week. Math books will go home on Monday.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
This week back from spring break has been packed with activities! Before break, we visited Fort Vancouver on a cold day in March. The experience brought to life what we have been learning about in such a fun way! Here are some photos..
This week we have been exploring sound waves with a couple of experiments. The 4th graders showed collaboration, perseverance, creativity and problem solving throughout the whole process.
The National Park research papers are coming along nicely. Some 4th graders are done and many are working on their closing paragraph. Please take a moment over this weekend if you can to read and edit your 4th graders paper. Final papers are due next Friday. I am so proud of this group's effort.
We have moved into geometry during our math time and it seems to be going very well. Next week, we will be looking closely at triangles and quadrilaterals. We will end the year with studies into fractions and measurement.
The 4th graders are reading Bound for Oregon in book groups as we prepare for our Oregon Trail overnight coming up in a couple of weeks. Please send in your little jar sometime this week. We currently have 14 and need 30 so if you have an extra please send it in. The jar needs to be small, like a mustard jar, baby food jar or the smallest Ball jar. Thanks.
This coming week, we enter Holy week. There are many school-wide celebrations planned as well as many ways for your family to participate in liturgies here at The Madeleine. The 4th graders have been reviewing the Triduum during our religion time and the many liturgical services coming up.
I will be writing again with more information about the Oregon Trail as we get closer. I think we are all getting excited about our trip! Let me know if you have any questions.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
|St. Patrick's Day All School Dance Party|
This week in 4th grade at The Madeleine School, we worked more on our National Park Reports. We wrote our 1st and 2nd paragraphs. We also started a new book club book called Bound for Oregon. It is told from the point of view of the main character, Mary Ellen. They finally decided to go to Oregon so they are just starting out. We worked on many things this week!
This week we started to move along the trail with our wagon trains. There are 4 groups or wagon trains, each person in each wagon train picks a family from a list and packs 1,000 lbs of supplies. Then a wagon master is elected and they do all the paper work and keep track of everyone's points. Points get your wagon train farther along the trail. We also do wagon journal entries from the perspective of someone in your family. But this journey isn't all easy, you see the wagon masters have to draw Fate Cards with problems your wagon train face. We also have been cruising through Stout-Hearted Seven which is about seven kids who go to live with the Whitman's on the Oregon trail after their parents die. This week has been lots of fun!
|National Park Research|
|Mrs. Harmon came in to help.|
|Working together at math time.|
|Discussing long division.|
|Long division bingo|
|Wagon train discussing fate card.|
This Tuesday, March 21st, the 4th graders will be traveling to Fort Vancouver for a tour of this important landmark supporting our Oregon Trail studies. The 4th graders will have free dress and should dress for the weather. We will be eating our lunch at the Fort so please pack a cold lunch Tuesday ( I let Nora know we will be gone for lunch). The students are looking forward to seeing an authentic Fort after our studies!
Our class is leading Mass for the school this Thursday at 2:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, March 12, 2017
|Mardi Gras Masks|
March has been a very busy month so far in Fourth Grade. The students have joined one of four wagon trains and are traveling the Oregon Trail. This simulation is packed with authentic adventure and gripped our classroom. The 4th graders have worked with maps, made some hard choices as to what to bring on their wagon, wrote and gave speeches to be the Wagon Master and listen to a true story of a real pioneer family in Stout-Hearted Seven by Neta Lohnes Frazier. We will continue this journey for a couple more weeks.
Each 4th grader has chosen, researched, taken notes and now written the introductory paragraph of their National Park research paper. Thank you for your support by checking out books and sending them to class. The class headed to the computer lab on Friday afternoon to type rough drafts into Google Docs. The process is taking a bit longer so I have moved the due date to after spring break.
In math, the 4th graders will continue to tackle long division. We will be practicing this skill for the next couple of weeks. The students quickly learned why they need to know their multiplication facts so well! Playing some games in class has made it a bit more fun to practice.
As we journey through Lent this year, the 4th graders have a Lenten book they are working through. Each day has a bible verse so the students have been practicing finding and reading the verse in the Bible. Our daily prayers reflect the season by focusing on fasting, giving and prayer. Tomorrow morning, we will be participating in our first Stations of the Cross activity as a school.
These last couple of weeks before spring break will be busy as we continue to work on the research papers. Feel free to log in to Google Docs at home and proof read the work done so far. On Tuesday, March 21st, the 4th graders will travel to Fort Vancouver for the morning and will eat lunch there. On Thursday, March 23rd, the 4th graders will lead the All School Mass. We have had some bad luck with snow days cancelling our last Mass so we are excited to lead! Please join us if you can.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
This week in Fourth Grade we celebrated Valentine's Day. We made Valentine's boxes with Oregon as a theme. We had a very fun Valentine's Day party on Tuesday. We played many games such as cupids arrows and drawing pictures without seeing it. We all had lots of fun playing games and seeing each others Valentines boxes.
This week in Fourth Grade we made iMovie trailers for our book club books. There were 5 groups with 6 students in each. First to plan our trailers, we made a story board on paper. Then we could start filming! Some students brought props to make their movie better. Everyone had an amazing time!
By Finn Wow! I am so impressed by the Fourth Graders dedication and creativity during this iMovie project. It is not easy working in a group and producing quality work. These students did just that!
This week, the Fourth Graders will be selecting a National Park to write a research paper. We will be doing most of the research and writing in class with minimal homework. Feel free to research, discuss and ask questions at home regarding your Fourth Graders park! I will be posting the assignment in Google Classrooms and will share the information with you this week.
Mark your calendars! I will be having a brief Oregon Trail Overnight meeting before Science Night (starts at 6:30 pm) on Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 pm. I will give you an overview of the trip along with the packet of information and forms to fill our for our trip on April 20-21st. If you are unable to make that date, information and forms will go home in Friday Folders.