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,
 Jenn

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 22, 2017

     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. 

Blessings, 
Jenn Langhus

Monday, May 1, 2017

April Showers in 4th


     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!

By Annalise






     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. 

God Bless,
Jenn

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Oregon Trail Overnight



     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. 

God Bless, 
Jenn 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

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. 

Happy Spring, 
Jenn

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...