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

Friday, May 29, 2015

Appalachian Trail Hike

     We had a fantastic hike this morning, with lots of sunshine, smiles and screams of laughter. We journeyed about 1.2 miles from Joe Ranger Road to the Thistle Hill Shelter where we ran into an AT thru-hiker named Paul. He was a little startled by the flood of kids, but was very kind and spoke with the students about his trek, where he had started (Mahoosic Notch, NH/ME border) and where he was hoping to end up (Springer Mountain, Georgia). It was a great experience for the students to meet someone who was tackling this challenging hike. After a successful firewood hunt, we got a fire going and were able to roast hot dogs and make s'mores. The students also left some reading materials for any hikers who may stop in at the shelter over the summer months. Two books of animal narratives were left, along with the animal information book. When we returned to school, the students watched a documentary about the AT produced by National Geographic. All in all, a wonderful day.

Monday, May 18, 2015

One Testing Down, Another One Up

   We have finished (for the most part) the new SBAC testing that has replaced the NECAPs. This was a learning period for both student and teacher. The SBACs have proven to be difficult for students as well as for test administrators, but almost all of our fourth graders have finished. That being said, we are beginning a new week of testing, this time for the fourth grade science NECAPs. This is similar to the old NECAP tests, except that on the third and final day the students will conduct an in-class experiment and then they do a write-up/analysis of their data. I've always found the science NECAPs to be interesting and engaging for the students. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and lots of healthy food this week. We will be testing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
   We are also planning a field trip hike along the Appalachian Trail for the Friday, 5/29. We would love to have some parent volunteers join us. Look for a letter home in the next few days with more information.
   And on the topic of field trips, we have our yearly trip to Montpelier scheduled for June 9th. This is an all day trip and includes a tour of the State House, a trip through the Historical Society and a mock trial in the Supreme Court! This is always a great trip and we would love parents to accompany us. This year also marks a special event on our trip, as 4M won the Secretary of State's Vermont History contest. Jim Condos, the Secretary of State, is going to try and meet with us and present us with some sort of award! Should be a fun and educational trip. Look for more information about the trip to come along in the next week or two.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The End is Drawing Near...

  We are entering our final full month of this school year! The month of May should possibly be re-named Testing Month for fourth graders, as they will be taking the SBAC and Science NECAP tests all during this month. The SBAC tests will be taking place from May 4-7, and the NECAP will happen on the week of May 18. Please make sure your child has lots of rest and is well fed on these weeks. As for academics, we are completing our multiplication unit today and will begin our last unit on fractions and decimals next week. Fourth graders are expected to know and understand fractions with denominators of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 50, 100 and decimals to the hundredths place value. I am very pleased with the progress most students have made with their multiplication strategies. They should be comfortable with multiplying a one-digit number by a four-digit number as well as two-digit by two-digit using the standard algorithm. Some are still working on their understanding of the algorithm and are still using an area model to ensure accuracy. Hopefully with more practice they will become fluent in the algorithm by the end of the year. We have also just started our final science/social studies unit on Ancient Egypt, which the students always find very interesting and exciting. We will be learning about the pyramid complex at Giza, the Valley of the Kings, Thebes and the Temple of Karnak and mummification.