Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6th, 2017

     It is hard to believe it's October already! We are off to such a great start in 4th grade!

     The students have been learning about and researching the Native American tribes of Oregon these past couple of weeks. There are 6 regions divided by geography with over 200 tribes documented to have lived in Oregon. Each 4th grader has chosen a tribe to write a narrative about. In class we have read mentor texts modeling personal narrative with our book study of Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and the classic Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Students are currently working on their first draft. This morning, some students met with Ms. Savery, Mrs. Stephens or I to start first edits for revisions. Next week, I will meet with the students and their writing will go through a peer editing process as well. Then on to final draft and illustrations. I am impressed with the effort I have seen so far! The assignment is posted on Google Classroom and can be accessed at home with your child's login and password. Please take a look if you get the chance and ask your 4th grader to share his/her story with you. 

     Our math review continues in Chapter 2 with addition and subtraction strategies including the importance of estimating to check to see if your answer could be right. Thank you for your support of math homework! In the Friday Folder you will find the first math test of the year. This is always a tough test being the first of the year. Students who scored lower than 70% have the opportunity to retake the test to improve his/her grade. The retest will be next Thursday. Please encourage your 4th grader to find a moment to let me know he/she would like to take the test. This is the year to start planting the seed of advocating for themselves with me, their teacher. It is such an important skill and takes practice!

     In Science, the 4th graders are exploring the world of volcanoes. This coming week, we will research and experiment with the rock cycle. We have been lucky enough to have been invited to the science lab with Ms. Yuhas twice in the last couple of weeks. So much hands on fun going on in the science lab!

    Our class has joined over 2 million students around the world in the Global Read Aloud 2017. Read about it here. This week we started The Wild Robot by Peter Brown and we love it! Today we connected with a 4th grade class in Lincoln, MA (Google Hangout) and one in North Carolina (Skype). The students asked yes or no questions to determine what city and state our respective classes were in. Saint Isidore (patron saint of technology) was looking over us as we had no tech problems! This week we also connected with Professor Lisa Ortmann's class of student teachers at the University of South Dakota via Edmodo. Each 4th grader is in a book study group with a student teacher who will weekly post an assignment based on the week's reading of The Wild Robot. You could have heard a pin drop in here as the students worked on their iPads with their Edmodo group. I told them they are helping to make the teachers of the future awesome! Please check my email for how to check out the Edmodo groups.

     In Religion, we have been talking about the first of the Catholic Social Teachings, The life and dignity of the human person. This idea spills into our studies of the Native tribes of Oregon and the Global Read Aloud. Over the course of this school year, as we strive to fulfill our commitment to The Madeleine theme of Living as Missionary Disciples, the 4th graders will be exploring the Catholic Social Teachings with a focus on service. Please keep the folks who are served by St. Stephens this weekend by planning to bring a few extra lunches on Tuesday, October 10th. 4th grade is in charge of St. Stephens lunches Tuesday morning. Thanks!
    The Blessing of the Animals had a great turn out. Thanks for coming!

 Happy Weekend and God Bless,
Jenn Langhus

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September 22, 2017

          Each day in 4th grade, we are adding a new layer to our learning. Homework started last week with students writing in his/her planner each afternoon the homework for that evening. A quick reminder that homework will be give Monday-Thursday nights with the weekends off. Math homework should be completed the night it is assigned and ready to review the following morning. Please help your 4th grader develop a system of both completing homework and making sure the homework and planner gets packed up to bring back to class the next day. This is an important skill for academic success moving forward. Please initial or sign your 4th graders planner each night as a way to communicate to me that you have seen the current skills we are working on in class. I will be looking for your initials starting this week. 

     The 4th graders have begun our first book study this week with Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. We will be reading this book in class, discussing and dissecting the text practicing the ways 4th graders need to comprehend text. One main focus this year will be finding the author's purpose through out the book and supporting our thoughts with evidence from the text. I love hearing each student's idea and interpretation of stories. Together we practice this skill a lot. If you are reading aloud at home with your 4th grader, please take time to discuss your ideas modeling how you support your opinion with examples from the text. 

     The 4th graders practiced for their first spelling test this week online at Spelling City. They can practice this way at home. You can access the site by clicking the link to the right of this screen! 

     Each morning the 4th graders have been practicing cursive handwriting for a few minutes to get back into using those small motor skills of neat and correct writing. It is amazing how good their writing looks in just 2 weeks!

     With each chapter in our Religion curriculum, there is a take home sheet so that you will be able to support what we are talking about at Religion time here at school. Chapter 2 take home sheet went home in Friday Folders. This coming week, the Madeleine School will be collecting non-perishable and canned foods for St. Vincent de Paul to be brought to the Thursday afternoon all school Mass. Please send in your donations to the classroom. Thank you for your generosity!

God Bless, 
Jenn Langhus

Friday, September 8, 2017

Welcome Back to School!

We are off to a great start in Fourth Grade despite the heat, smoke and ash that accompanied our first days together. This first week of school the Fourth Graders have had time to explore their new classroom and practice some procedures that will help to make our year run smoothly. This includes helping around the classroom by putting up the American and State flags outside our classroom each day. It has been fun chatting with each student about what he/she is interested in and what he/she would like to read. We will be doing a lot of reading in Fourth Grade! We took some time to share 5 things about each student which was very fun and informative. There was even time for some fun, like Head's Up 7 Up. This is going to be a great year!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

June 4th 2017

     The Fourth Graders are finishing this year strong! The students are busy finishing their last project in English creating a book of poems showcasing their knowledge of the many forms of poetry. This process digs deep into word choice, figurative speech and sentence variety all important writing skills. In Social Studies, the Fourth Graders are also working hard on a brochure highlighting one of the 6 regions of Oregon. Our Science studies will conclude diving into the life science of adaptation both in plants and animals with an inquiry project including input from Ms. Yuhas. What a great way to end the year! 

     Here are some shots from the fabulous Go West! show last week.

 God Bless,

October 6th, 2017

                It is hard to believe it's October already! We are off to such a great start in 4th grade!      The students have b...