October 16 – 20, 2017

Another beautiful week in Michigan and a great week in our classroom. This is what we are doing:

Math – learning many methods to multiply, and two digit by two digit multiplication coming up.  Oh my!

Writing – what did we learn comparing our writing from the beginning of the year to our final personal narrative just completed? We also wrote goodbye cards to our classmate, Elliot, who is leaving us. Goodbye Elliot. We will miss you, and we wish you lots of happiness in your new school in Ohio.

Spelling – We have moved to 3 spelling lists in the classroom based on the results of spelling tests. Many are on the challenge list — great job! A few need to remember to study all week too!

Reading – book clubs continue. We are focusing on our characters, their special objects, actions, feelings, expressions, language, and how other’s treat them. What does all this reveal?

Government – test review next week based on all our notes, and what we have learned. Test is Wednesday. Remember to study notes, quizzes, and test review.

Fun Friday today with our buddies. We made a Life Cycle of a  Pumpkin book, and briefly played outside together.




This Week Reminders:

Conference slips are due tomorrow. I still need several! The time you are signed up for this Fall will also be your time in the Spring; so if you have a preference, please fill out the slip and return it to me. All teachers will schedule siblings back to back for your convenience if you can get the slips in to us.

Picture retakes are Wednesday this week.

PTC meeting tomorrow night at 7:00.

Thank you!

October 9 – 13, 2017

We had a great week, and wow did it go fast! Thinking of fast — look at these runners for walk-a-thon on Thursday. Great fun with our 2 teams, the tortoise and the hare. Congratulations to Stasha who was our top 25 money raiser in the school!

Math – We are starting unit 2 which is multiplication.  Practicing Xtra Math at home (see link on the side) or making simple flash cards to learn those multiplication facts is so important in fourth grade. We started small groups this week to sharpen our skills that need a little help.

Writing – We have completed our personal narratives, and we shared them with one another with a class celebration. Perhaps future famous writers in this class? The narratives will hang up in our room for awhile to show off.

Reading – The read aloud Tiger Rising is creating many great conversations about characters and what good readers and writers do with character development.

Government – Next week we will begin to conclude this unit with a quiz and project work to be done in class.


Walk-a-thon Reminder

  • Donations are due on Tuesday, October 10th!  All donations will go towards technology for our school to support reading, math, and writing programs at all grade levels!
  • Walk times: All families are invited to attend and participate with and/or encourage their child/ren!
    • 2nd & 3rd grades: 9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
    • K & 1st grades: 10:10 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
    • PreK: 1:00 p.m.-1:25 p.m.
    • 4th & 5th grades: 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

October 2 – 6, 2017

Happy Fall!

I hope your student talked with you about the Tuesday fire safety presentation from area fire fighters this week. Do you have a plan at home? Wednesday we had our hearing screening. If you didn’t receive a note, your student passed.

Math – We tested for our Unit 1 addition and subtraction today. Students who studied from their review tests, did very well. Final tests and grades will come home next week. Our next unit is multiplication. We will also start intensive small group instruction for those students who need extra help based on the last unit’s results.

Writing – Finalizing our personal narratives for sharing next week. Our spelling test results looked great for the majority of students this week (see your child’s test). Students should be practicing these words all week for long-term retention.

Reading – Beginning a new unit and a new read aloud, Tiger Rising –focusing on character development, empathy, and predictions.

Government – We started a new unit on why we need government, the 3 branches, and the powers.

I will not send home book order forms for October or November, because we will have our wonderful book fair here at school the week of November 6-10. Books are a great deal through the Fair. Hope you can stop by some day.


September 25 – 29, 2017

Whew! Hot indoor recesses this week.  So happy the weather has changed!

We had fun with Spirit Week! Hope to see you at the football game!

Remember to collect for Walk-a-thon. This year we are raising money that will go towards technology to support reading, writing, and math programming at all grade levels. If each student raises about $35, we will meet our goal!

Next week:

Tuesday – Fire safety presentation from area fire fighters.

Wednesday – Hearing Screening

MathTesting on Unit 1 adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. The review test coming home will show your student EXACTLY what he/she needs to work on for the final test on Friday.

Writing – Finalizing our best rough draft of our personal narratives;

Reading – Beginning a new unit and a new read aloud, Tiger Rising –focusing on character development. Congratulations to Lydia, Tristan and Olivia for meeting the home reading goal of 400 minutes for the month. Several students still owe me home reading logs for September!

Government – Beginning a new unit on why we need government, the 3 branches, and the powers.

We have completed our “Guess Who’s”.  It has been very fun!  Have a great weekend.


September 18 – 22, 2017

Another busy week in fourth grade, and wow!  It feels like summer again.  Whew!  Please provide your student with a water bottle for these hot days.

Math – Adding, estimating, and subtracting large numbers.

Writing – Beginning the rough draft of our best personal narrative

Reading – Completed the read aloud of Stone Fox and compared and contrasted it to the movie.

Economics test completed. We will start government soon.

Great job entrepreneurs for our market day! (click on pictures for a larger view)

Next week:

New spelling words, library on Tuesday, and SPIRIT WEEK:

Monday – Crazy hair day

Tuesday – 80’s day

Wednesday – Wear your favorite sports team

Thursday – Pajama Day

Friday – Hudsonville or Alward spirit day

September 11 -15, 2017

We had a great week! Students are well into their reading and filling out the reading logs.  The reading logs from home and school will be due on Friday, September 29.  The minutes read will be totalled up for the month of September and added to our classroom “thermometer”. Our goal is to have every student read 400 minutes a month at home.

This week:

Our exciting market day is Friday! I’ll post pictures of all our talented entrepreneurs.

Math – multi-digit addition & subtraction

Writing – beginning our first draft of a personal narrative.

Reading – building a reading life, book/movie comparison of our read aloud — Stone Fox on Thursday

Social Studies – Test review due tomorrow. Economics Test on Wednesday!

September 5 – 8, 2017

We had a busy week starting all our subjects and getting to know each other through our brown bag and “Guess Who” activities. What a great group of students I have this year!

Math – rounded numbers, worked with writing numbers in three different forms, and reading numbers to a million. Some students will have homework to correct this weekend or an additional worksheet if they had difficulty with math this week. Please ask your student. Homework should always be turned in the following morning for correction.

Vocabulary and Grammar – reviewed punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.

Spelling – The first test was today. Spelling words will always come home on Monday for a test on Friday.

Writing – making lists of ideas relating to special people, places, and strong emotions for beginning a personal narrative essay.

Reading – discussing when is our reading the best?  We are working on answering this big question, and developing strong reading strategies and techniques. Scholastic book orders were sent home this week, and orders are due September 29. Click the link on the side of my blog to order.

Economics – What is supply and demand? What is a free market economy? How do we develop a business plan? What is the business we want to create for our Market Day in two weeks?

Parents, be sure to ask your student about their market day project due on September 22. This is a big event in fourth grade. A letter was sent home on green paper describing the project. It is the only project during the year that may involve a little help from a parent — perhaps dropping your student off that morning or bringing them to a store to pick up a few items. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Thank you for entrusting me with your super students. I am looking forward to a great year. Let’s be thankful for our beautiful weather this weekend, and prayerful for those being hit by Hurricane Irma.