Friday, September 7, 2018

Welcome to 4th Grade!

    We have gotten ourselves off to a great start this year reconnecting and getting to know each other. These first days of school are all about learning routines and procedures and having fun building the community of 4th grade. I am looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night coming up this coming Thursday, September 13th at 7pm.  In the meantime, please email me or send a note if your 4th grader is going home with someone not on your release form. Please enjoy these photos from our first week together!

God Bless, 
Jenn Langhus

Friday, June 8, 2018

June 4th, 2018

    These final weeks of 4th grade have been busy with our final book study of Riding Freedom. Reading comprehension and writing skills were assessed during this study. There is nothing better than a classroom of students quietly reading!

     The 4th graders are finishing the year studying the geography of Oregon in Social Studies. Mrs. Groves and I collaborated to combine art and geography by creating salt dough maps of Oregon. Over the past couple of weeks, the students have created a topographical map showing mountain ranges and rivers as well as the elevation changes in our beautiful state. Maps will come home next week!


     We ended the week with field day! It was so much fun!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

May 2018

     What a treat to have so many Grandparents and Special Friends join us on Thursday. I hope you enjoy the slideshow of our visitors. 
     It has been very busy in Fourth Grade this month! The students have completed two major projects this past week, the Oregon Trail Journals and the National Park Research Paper. Most students finished assembling his/her journal in class on Friday. If you didn't see it come home in Friday Folders, that just means the assembly process is not quite finished. It is amazing to read through those journals and see the improvement in narrative writing and how the 4th graders found a pioneer voice to express an Oregon Trail experience. The National Park papers are located on your 4th graders Google Doc school account. I will be making my way through them over the next week with grading papers coming home in next weeks Friday Folders. The students will close out the 4th grade year learning about poems. We will be reading and writing poems. In Social Studies, the students will be learning about the Oregon's statehood and the diversity of it's geography to close out the year. 

     Our science studies have focused on exploring waves in terms of how sound travels. The students used balloons to feel vibrations and ponder how we hear things. These students are curious and love to think about how the world around us works. This group is eager to share ideas and then build on each others ideas. Collaborate thinking at it's best!

    Our school starts the last fundraiser of the year tomorrow raising money for the Heifer Project. Here is the schedule for collecting pins and supporting this important organization:
  • Monday: Pennies for Pigs
  • Tuesday: Coins for Cows
  • Wednesday: Change for Chickens
  • Thursday: Bills for Bees
  • Friday: Buttons for Heifer- we will have all the pins available to buy for 25 cents each.

God Bless, Jenn

Sunday, April 29, 2018

April 30, 2018

      It was a beautiful day as the Fourth Graders continued to learn about the journey of the Oregon Trail this week with our trip to Fort Vancouver. The students learned that the fort is a National Park and received a National Park Pass good for free admission for the whole family to any National Park in the United States. Please find your Fourth Graders pass in the Friday Folder. 

     Our religious studies centered on the Book of Matthew's version of the Beatitudes this week. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus gave us guidelines for achieving happiness ~ the Beatitudes. The Fourth Graders worked in groups to dive deeply into one of the Beatitudes reading scripture and discussing the central message. The students then created a poster to represent each Beatitude. Check out the finished product on the bulletin board outside the classroom. Our class also spent time preparing for our upcoming responsibility of leading the All School Mass on May 10th celebrating the Ascension of the Lord. Please plan on joining us to celebrate at 2 pm on May 10th!

Choir practice with Dr. Manzo

Choir practice in the choir loft in the Church

     This coming week, I will support the Fourth Graders in putting the finishing touches on his/her National Park research papers. The students have been working very hard during class time to craft detailed, complete paragraphs. Each student should be an expert on their chosen park . We will end the school year in math studying fractions and decimals. In science, we have started to explore waves with experiments involving sound waves. It was a flurry of activity in the classroom as pairs of students designed and tested out many different telephones! 

God Bless, Jenn

Welcome to 4th Grade!

    We have gotten ourselves off to a great start this year reconnecting and getting to know each other. These first days of school are ...