Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 2018

     We have new iPads! Here we are exploring some of the new apps available to show what we know in innovative ways. The 4th graders and I are so excited to show learning in new and creative ways. Stay tuned...

       Book report oral presentations gave the students the opportunity to teach us about the person they chose to read about for the second trimester book report. Each student was prepared and passionate about the presentation. Although there was some nervous energy flowing, every 4th grader bravely stood in from of his/her peers and spoke loud and proud. Public speaking isn't easy for anyone but the more opportunities the students have the more confident and empowered they become. Thanks for practicing at home!

     Science energy labs ~ STEM in the 4th grade
     The 4th graders really enjoyed our day dedicated to building chain reaction machines during our study of energy and how it is stored and transferred. This lesson built on the previous lesson when the students built ramps. The day was full of countless attempts at problem solving with both successful and not so successful engineering design. It was a roomful of engaging discussions, sharing of ideas and encouragement. It was loud and busy. I loved it!

     In our next lesson in our study of energy, I introduced electricity as a form of energy. Students learned energy is stored in batteries, how it flows through conductive materials and then how to make a LED flashlight. More problem solving and engineering design skills were put to the test. It took many tries for some students to come up with a working flashlight as they investigated how electrical energy travels. At home, students could continue their investigation of how electrical energy works by taking apart items that use batteries to look inside at design. 4th graders could also search for devices plugged into electrical outlets. How many? Our energy studies are coming to a close at the end of this trimester as we will move onto the biological study of our human bodies. 

     Next week, students will chose a National Park to research and write an informational report about. Most of the research and writing will be done in class. Please ask your 4th grader to tell you about his/her research as a way to process the information and deepen comprehension. This coming week, I encourage you and your 4th grader to plan a trip to the public library or local book store for books on the National Parks! 

     Thank you for attending the Oregon Trail Overnight meeting on Thursday night. I still need paperwork from many families. Please send in tomorrow! The 4th grader will begin diving deep into the journey of the early pioneers of Oregon who made the incredible journey across the west on the Oregon Trail. 
For your calendar:

            April 10-11th ~ Oregon Trail Overnight. Please plan to pick up your 4th grader on                                           Wednesday, April 11th when we get back at 1:30 in the afternoon. 

            April 20th ~ Go West! musical at 1:30 pm in the Parish Hall

            April 24th ~ Field trip to Fort Vancouver. Let me know if you would like to chaperone!

            May 10th and May 24th ~ 4th grade leads all school Mass. Join us!

God Bless, 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 2018

Catholic School Week Mass

          February is here and we are moving in the 2nd part of the 4th grade year. As a class we are working on tightening up routines and pushing ourselves to full potential. We continue to meet every morning to share experiences, work through any problems and pray together. We continue to look for God in each other and lift each other up!

     It was a fun week for science in 4th grade. On this past Tuesday morning and the one coming up, Mrs. Chambers and I are collaborating with the 4th and 8th grades to create a robot with Legos integrating the technology of creating code and the science of engineering design. Last Tuesday, the students got to know each other, the computer program and materials they will be using. Next Tuesday, will be completing design ideas, testing, improving design and retesting. I love these kind of experiences for students! We also continued our study of Energy as a class. The students pondered on why the first hill on a roller coaster is the highest. Hills were added the bumper coasters teams of 3 created last week to build understanding of hills and energy. More hands on learning!

     We have wrapped up learning about the journey of Lewis and Clark this week with a gallery walk through all of the Timeline Story Maps the students made as a final project for this unit. The students walked around admiring the interpretations of this epic adventure. With Oregon's birthday coming up, the 4th graders looked at interesting facts about Oregon. Each interesting fact was added to the whiteboard. There are so many interesting facts about Oregon! These facts can be used when creating the assigned Valentine's Day Box. 

     Finally, I am so proud of the 4th graders as they continue to lead the school spiritually. This past Thursday the students focused on compassion and created an acrostic poem to express their understanding of this important word. You have amazing children!


     God Bless, Jenn

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 29, 2018

          During these soggy days of January, the 4th graders have been working hard in the classroom. Next week marks the halfway point in the year. It is hard to believe! 
          In science, the 4th graders have been learning about energy. We started the unit with a trip to the science lab a couple of weeks ago to explore and observe different kinds of energy with Ms. Yuhas. 

Since then, the students have been testing how energy is stored and released by creating rubber band racers in class. Energy transfer was explored by creating "Bumper Coasters". The students also discovered that hills store energy. We will continue to study energy in the weeks to come looking at how it connects to engineering concepts. Science is a favorite time of day!

     In Social Studies, the 4th graders have been traveling along with Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. The students are creating story maps of the timeline of this epic journey. Using books, websites and snippets of the Ken Burns documentary Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, the student have an understanding of the importance of this exploration to the history of the United States. You can watch the Ken Burns documentary through the Multnomah County Library site under resources, then hoopla to stream the movie. The websites the students used are located in Google Classroom and show the animals and plants documented on the trip. Take a moment to look!

     The 4th graders have been preparing for the All School Mass on Thursday, February 8th we will be leading. I hope you can join us at 2 pm. This coming week is Catholic School's Week and The Madeleine School will be celebrating in many ways. One special way is this Tuesday, January 30th at 9 am, Archbishop Sample will lead The Madeleine School in our All School Mass! It is a true honor to have the Archbishop join us and I hope you can too.
Here are some photos of moments from the last couple of weeks.
Closing our day with prayer.

Thoughtful Thursday

Practicing multiplication facts.

Long Hair Lovelies!

God Bless,
Jenn Langhus

March 2018

      We have new iPads! Here we are exploring some of the new apps available to show what we know in innovative ways. The 4th graders an...