Saturday, March 18, 2017

March in 4th

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!
By Zoe

     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!
By Annalise
National Park Research

Mrs. Harmon came in to help. 

Working together at math time. 

Math time

Discussing long division.

Math Game

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!

God Bless,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Marching into March with 4th Grade

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. 

God Bless,

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February in Fourth

     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. 
By Jacob

     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. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February in Fourth

     This Week's Activites

     This week we began working on research on fact about Oregon to create our Valentine Boxes. We used the iPads and had fun learning about the state mushroom and song! Then on Wednesday we had a religion test on the Beatitudes. Then on Thursday we had a special Mass that started with a peaceful walk around the school as we held signs and reflected on immigrants and refugees. We also had our book clubs this week. We are almost finished! I hope you enjoyed my review of the week!
by Felix

     We learned a lot this week. Learning about energy was amazing. We learned that there is energy in food. There is an actual truck powered by cheese! You can make energy with a rubber band. We made cars that when you twist a straw that is attached to a rubber band it collects energy to move. We raced our rubber band cars. To race, you had to try to make it to a place called "the sweet spot" in order to win. We had to try a lot of times. Energy is awesome! This week Mr. Grant had a guest from the city of Portland come speak to us about the importance to keep our water clean. She was great!
By Daphne

video video video

     The Fourth Graders are in charge of leading the school for our Monday Morning prayer service the rest of February. We are ready for tomorrow morning so join us if you can!
     I hope your Fourth Grader is having fun creating an Oregon themed Valentine Box! Please send in on Tuesday along with a Valentine for each member of the class. I sent home a class list on the back of the Valentine Box instructions for easy addressing of cards. This Tuesday will be a Free Dress fundraiser for Catholic Relief Services Refugee Resettlement so bring in $2 to wear pink, red, white or purple!
    Looking forward to another full week ahead!

God Bless,