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4B June Last Roundup!

Howdy Parents!

Here’s a look at what’s happening for the Last Month of School (June):

READING- continuing with our read aloud fiction book called “Hatchet” by Gary Paulson.  This a young adult realistic fiction novel and it’s the story of a young boy trying to survive in the wilderness by himself.   We will be watching a movie version of the book,  called “A Cry in the Wild” (1990)  and do a compare/contrast of both as well as other fun literature activities .

UOI – Our last unit of the year is “Sharing the Planet” (ENERGY) and our Central Idea: The need for ENERGY sparks INNOVATION, CREATIVITY and PROBLEM SOLVING. Our Lines of Inquiry: 1. Energy converted into different forms of ENERGY. 2. People’s need for energy affects the environment in different ways. 3> People must take innovation action in order to conserve the Earth’s resources.  We’ll be doing different kinds of investigations which will lead up to our summative.

WRITING- we are learning how to do Literary Responses in Literature.  It’s the understanding and knowledge gained from a specific reading.  We will be analyzing the main topics, themes and ideas presented  in the story into our own perspectives. Writing a Literary Essay about “Hatchet” using the 5 paragraph outline.  Also, we will be focusing on Genres of Poetry, a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language. Planning on having a Poetry Cafe to celebrate the student’s creativity and published poems.

MATH- Module 6 and 7 are a combination of Decimals, Fractions, Measurements and some Geometry.

FYI: of Events coming up

  • June 4- Movie Day, “A Cry in the Wild” 1990
  • June 5- PYP Exhibition Showcase
  • June 5/6-Last Swimming Days for PE
  • June 7- LAST ASSEMBLY
  • June 10- Pool Party (12:40-2:40)
  • June 11- Board Games Day
  • June 12- Poetry Cafe (8:00-9:00)
  • June 14-EOY Party/School Early Release @11:30

https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-4-mathematics

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”         T.S. Eliot

Ms. Ramos

4B June Last Roundup!

Howdy Parents!

Here’s a look at what’s happening for the Month of May:

READING- continuing with our read aloud fiction book called “Hatchet” by Gary Paulson.  This a young adult realistic fiction novel and it’s the story of a young boy trying to survive in the wilderness by himself.   Also, we are continuing with our Book Clubs and students are sharing ideas and discussions about their reading.

  • “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis
  • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’engle
  • “Go Free or Die” (A story about Harriet Tubman) by Jeri Ferris
  • “The Sign of the Beaver” by Elizabeth George Speare

UOI – Our last unit of the year is “Sharing the Planet” (ENERGY) and our Central Idea: The need for ENERGY sparks INNOVATION, CREATIVITY and PROBLEM SOLVING. Our Lines of Inquiry: 1. Energy converted into different forms of ENERGY. 2. People’s need for energy affects the environment in different ways. 3> People must take innovation action in order to conserve the Earth’s resources.  We’ll be doing different kinds of investigations which will lead up to our summative.

WRITING- we are learning how to doLiterary Responses in Literature.  It’s the understanding and knowledge gained from a specific reading.  We will be analyzing the main topics, themes and ideas presented  in the story into our own perspectives.  Also, we will be focusing on Genres of Poetry, a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language.

MATH- Module 6 and 7 are a combination of Decimals, Fractions, Measurements and some Geometry.

FYI: of Events coming up

  • May 10- Art Show
  • May 14- Teacher’s Appreciation Day        image1.jpeg
  • May 14- MAP Test (Reading)
  • May 16- MAP Test (Math)
  • May 21- MAP Test (Language)
  • May 22-ECC Mountainside Art Show
  • May 23- Student Led Conferences (NO SCHOOL) (Sign-up Genius)
  • May 27-NO SCHOOL

https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-4-mathematics

“I THINK I CAN.  I KNOW I CAN.” -everyday power

Ms. Ramos

4B April Roundup!

Howdy Parents!

Here’s a look at what’s happening for the Month of April and May:

READING-continuing with our Historical Fiction and finished our read aloud of Rosa Parks.  (The woman who stood up to racism and segregation in the 1950s) . Lots of interesting and enlightening discussions on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Civil Rights Movement.  Now, starting a new read aloud fiction book called “Hatchet” by Gary Paulson.  Also, we will be starting Book Clubs, (4 groups with 5 students in each).

  • “Holes” by Louis Sachar
  • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’engle
  • “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell
  • “The Sign of the Beaver” by Elizabeth George Speare

UOI -We are wrapping up our Unit 4, “How We Express Ourselves” this week and the Central Idea: How living thing process and respond to information in different ways for survival.  Students created a media book on their app “Book Creator” (See Rubric below) and Grade 4 are inviting parents to view and read their published works.

Our new Unit 5, “How We Organize Ourselves” and the Central Idea: ECONOMIES rely on RESOURCES and CHOICES to sustain SOCIETIES.

WRITING- we are focusing on Persuasive (Opinionated) Writing for our Literary Essays.  We will continue learning how to use research, practice note-taking skills and other educational tools to write  our essays as well as use Literary Analysis.  (See Rubric below).

MATH- We are continuing with our Module 5:  Fractions/Topic A: Decomposition and Fraction Equivalent (see Math Standards below). Soon, to start our Module 6: Addition/Multiplication on Volume and Area.

FYI: of Events coming up

  • 4/12- Assembly/Popcorn Day
  • 5/6- TenCent Field Trip

https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-4-mathematics

“Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ms. Ramos

March 1, 2019

Howdy Parents!

Here’s a look at what’s happening for the month of March.  We have a lot of interesting and fun learning headed our way.

READING-continuing with our Historical Fiction and our read aloud of Rosa Parks.  (The woman who stood up to racism and segregation in the 1950s) . Lots of interesting and enlightening discussions on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Civil Rights Movement.  Students will choose an Historical Fiction chapter book of their own and can do the following:

  1. write a book review
  2. write a synopsis/ summary of book
  3. do a timeline of events

P.S. Parents, you are more than welcome to help your child with this project.

UOI -“How We Express Ourselves” and our Central Idea: How living thing process and respond to information in different ways for survival.  Students will be creating a media book on their app “Book Creator”. (See Rubric below).

WRITING- we are focusing on Information writing and it will be a combined effort with our UOI.  We will continue learning how to use research, practice note-taking skills and other educational tools to write informative essays about our topics. (See Rubric below).

MATH- We begin our Module 5:  Fractions/Topic A: Decomposition and Fraction Equivalent (1-6) (see Math Standards below).

FYI: of Events coming up

  • Dr. Seuss Birthday, March
  • Hong Kong Trip/DragonFly Thursday, March 7 & Friday, March 8
  • SIS Field Day, March 11 (1:15-2:45pm)
  • TBA Field Trip-Zoo
  • Book Week, March 18-22

https://barrett.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/legacy_assets/barrett/5a6f681188-Information_Writing_Rubric.PDF

Science Structures Book Creator Rubric-28ydaub

https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-4-mathematics

“AND YOU WILL SUCCEED? YES YOU WILL INDEED! (98 AND 3/4 PERCENT GUARANTEED.)”-DR. SEUSS

Ms. Ramos

Ms. Ramos’s 4B Class

Howdy Parents,

I think I will be sending out a biweekly blog about things that are happening in and around our SIS classroom and school.  I feel it’s a better way of communicating as things tend to change throughout the month.  I would like for y’all to know that I really appreciate your understanding and support this school year.

4B has been sharing their knowledge and skills with Ms. Cheryl’s Pre-K class and they love it!  Its a great time for our kids to interact and support them through learning, art and crafts and playing games.

We just wrapped up our Semester 1 and heading into Semester 2.  Our reading for this Unit 4 is focused on Historical Fiction and our class is doing a read aloud of Rosa Parks.  (The woman who stood up to racism and segregation in the 1950s) . Lots of interesting and enlightening discussions on the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Civil Rights Movement.

UOI “How We Express Ourselves” and our Central Idea: How living thing process and respond to information in different ways for survival and our Writing Information Unit will be a combined effort.  We will continue learning how to use research, note-taking skills and other educational tools to write informative essays about our topics.

Math we are wrapping up Module 4: Lines and Angles, I have decided to split the quizzes into 2 parts.  The first quiz will be on A: Line and Angles, and B: Angle Measurement.

Next week we will have our second quiz, and it will be on C and D: 2 dimensional figures (triangles and quadrilaterals) and symmetry either Wednesday or Thursday.  We will begin our Module 5: Fractions on Friday, March 1.

FYI:

  • Deadline for DragonFly is Thursday, February 21
  • Mother Language Day is Thursday, February 21
  • Monday is Library Day

 

“NO ACT OF KINDNESS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IS EVER WASTED.” – AESOP

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 8!

Howdy Parents!

The Remaining Weeks of November, and December 2018

What a busy time of year this can be! Well, it’s no different in the classroom. Here’s an update into what we’re studying in the different subject areas in grade 4.

In Math, we are deep into the study of multi-digit multiplication and division. It’s all about learning multiple ways to represent our thinking and deepen our understanding of the core operations. From partial products and partial quotients to area models and the standard algorithm, our study of multiplication and division is pushing students to use all their previous math knowledge and bring it further.

In writing, we are really getting a handle on our understanding of persuasive essays and the five-paragraph essay format. Students have written multiple essays and are developing their ability to plan logical and convincing arguments. They have learned to outline thesis statements and supporting reasons. Next, they build upon their reasons with details. Recently we have been using non-fiction text to support our arguments with quotations and evidence. Students are noting page numbers and authors to legitimize their arguments and employing persuasive language to strengthen their vocabulary.

Reading non-fiction texts has supported writing and our unit of inquiry. Students are using text features like the index and table of contents to determine where the information they need is. They can then look in multiple books in the library and pick out the texts that will best support their writing plan. These types of research skills and comfort with the library and non-fiction text are the building blocks of further projects and units of inquiry.

We are starting our unit of inquiry called ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’. This UOI focus on migration from an economic, geographic, and sociological perspective. We will look into the factors that push people out of their home countries and create refugees. We will also explore the factors that pull people to new locations such as jobs, education, and religious freedom. We all have a history of migration as very few people in the modern world have lived in the same location for generations. This unit hopes to impart empathy and understanding into the students for those in difficult situations. It is also designed to help students better understand their own place in the world, where they come from and where they might go. The central idea of the unit is: Humans migrate in response to challenges, risks, and opportunities.

Thanks for checking in!

Roundup 7!

Howdy Y’All,

Weeks 5-16, 2018

FYI:

  • Picture Day, Wednesday, November 7 at 11:00, please wear your uniform with polo or PE shirt with black or grey bottoms.

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Our PYP 2nd unit is How the World Works-an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies.  Vocabulary, investigations regarding landforms and maps. And, learning about the Design Cycle, students will participate in a learning and researching exercise.
  • Literacy-our students will be continuing opinion writing and argumentation. Students will learn to use graphic organizers to plan and write five paragraph essays independently. We will start slow with a guided essay about a topic we all know. Next, students will be given creative control and develop their own ideas with well thought out reasons and details to support them. 
  • Math- our students will be learning Multi Digit Multiplication and Division

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.

All the best…

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 6!

Howdy Y’All,

Week October 15-19, 2018

Congratulations to all my students on a job well done for their hard work on “Creating Their Own Culture Presentation.”  I really enjoyed the imagination and creativity each student brought to their new found “Culture.”

Here’s what’s happening this week:

  • Our PYP 2nd unit is How the World Works-an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies. 
  • Writing-our students will be continuing opinion writing and argumentation. Students will learn to use graphic organizers to plan and write five paragraph essays independently. We will start slow with a guided essay about a topic we all know. Next, students will be given creative control and develop their own ideas with well thought out reasons and details to support them. 
  • Math- our students will be continuing about the Metric Unit Conversions in addition and subtraction word problems involving metric length, mass and capacity.
  • Reading-our students will be planning for a research project, cooperative learning research teams to organize and plan their journey. Also, tackling tricky vocabulary through reading, note-taking and conversation.

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.  All the best…

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 5!

Howdy Y’All,

Week October 8-12, 2018

I’m so happy to see each and everyone of y’all safe and back to school.  With the exception of a few of our friends still in transit or ill; 4B definitely missed y’all today.  So here’s what’s happening this week:

  • Students will be working on their UOI “Creating a Culture” presentation all week and bringing it all together for show.
  • Writing-our students will be studying opinion writing and argumentation. Students will learn to use graphic organizers to plan and write five paragraph essays independently. We will start slow with a guided essay about a topic we all know. Next, students will be given creative control and develop their own ideas with well thought out reasons and details to support them. Let’s see where this brings our group. 
  • Math- our students will be learning about Metric Unit Conversions in addition and subtraction word problems involving metric length, mass and capacity.
  • Reading-our students will be planning for a research project, cooperative learning research teams to organize and plan their journey.

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.  All the best…

Ms. Ramos

Roundup 4!

Howdy Y’All,

September 25-28, 2018

This is a really short week, and I think its important to continue with our pacing/lessons.

  • Reading-Making connections to build interpretation, finding meaning in images/objects, a literary self portrait.
  • Writing-wrapping up our non-fiction story, editing, using our grammar rules and punctuation skills for publishing.
  • Math-continuing understanding adding, subtract multi-digit whole numbers and using decomposing to apply to word problems and rounding. Assessment on Unit 1.
  • UOI-starting our “Creating a Culture”, elements of culture, types of presentations. Presentations TBA later, after the break.

For the break, students should continue reading their chapter books.

 

 

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