Homework Assignments due On:

Students should be studying their multiplication facts everyday. Fact quizzes that aren't passed are due back the next day, with fact worksheet completed. Multiplication facts are a 3rd grade standard, so every day and week that goes by of your student not knowing them sets them further and further behind.

Homework is due on these days:
Tuesday (6/2): Any unfinished in-class work
Wednesday (6/3): Any unfinished in-class work
Thursday (6/4): Any unfinished in-class work
Friday (6/5): Any unfinished in-class work
Monday (6/8): Nothing

Monday, February 23, 2015

Welcome Back!

     I hope you all had an enjoyable vacation with your children and that you were able to get outside and enjoy this wonderful winter weather. Despite the cold, there is still plenty to do outside, like snowshoeing, skiing or just playing in the snow. There are several things this week you should know about; NAEP testing will happen on February 25th after lunch. This is a national test that fourth graders take every two years. There is no preparation for this test other than for your child to be well rested and fed, so please make sure they get a good night's sleep this Tuesday. The other event this week is a trip to Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park on Friday, February 27th. We will be doing animal tracking with Ranger Ed Sharron, as well as a few other animal based activities. Please let me know if you would like to join us for the trip - we will be leaving OQS at 8:30am and returning around 12:30pm.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fractions and Animals!

    We have moved from division into fractions in math. We are using egg cartons to help us model different fractions, as well as number line model and set model. Fractions are always a challenge for fourth graders, as they are a tricky concept to understand. Please talk with your student about fractions whenever they come up at home, especially in the kitchen! In science, we finished our States of Matter unit at the beginning of last month and have segued into a study of native Vermont animals. Student first learned about habitats, adaptations, ecosystems and food chains and are now focusing in on one particular Vermont animal that they will do an in-depth study of. They will do research on the internet and with various other resources we have here at school, such as books and magazines. This will culminate in students creating an information page about their animal that will be placed in a book binder and left on the Appalachian Trail in a shelter for hikers to peruse during the summer hiking season. Students will also enter their information into a website which they will be able to share with family and friends at home! Students who finish both of those tasks early will also be asked to create a poster about their animal to help them when they present their work to other classes.