Grillo Gazette

January 16, 2015

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an enjoyable winter break. Thank you all so much for your generosity!


Mathematicians practiced rounding sums and understanding situations where estimating is appropriate. We can estimate whether a product will be in the tens, hundreds or thousands. The partial products method of multiplication as well as the lattice method was introduced for both 1 and 2 digit multipliers.

Students practiced reading, writing and comparing large numbers in the base 10 place value system. Mathematicians discussed sensible ways of reporting a count when counting a large number of items. For example, Phillies home game attendance rates! We spent some time preparing for our Unit 5 assessment by taking a practice test and working in small groups to review concepts.

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Reader's distinguished facts from opinions and used facts and opinions to make inferences about text as well as pictures. 4G went on a Fact and Opinion Scavenger hunt utilizing a Times for Kids to skim article headlines in different sections and predict whether articles will contain facts or opinions.

4G couldn’t stop laughing as we practiced sequencing! To understand the importance of details, instructions and sequence words student volunteers provided me instructions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Taking the steps very literally, we discovered how to make “put the peanut butter on the bread” more specific! We visualized story events and their sequence using a hands on graphic organizer. Check out an example below!

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Students were excited to begin a new unit on immigration this week. We identified different groups who came to America and their various reasons for immigrating to the United States. 4G understands how the U.S. became a “nation of immigrants” and can appreciate how that diversity contributes to our culture. We also discussed how cultural influences impacted neighborhoods. Have you ever been to China town or Little Italy?

4th graders also used the IPads to research cities, physical features, traditions and other interesting facts about a selected country during the height of U.S. immigration.


Electricians constructed filaments, devices similar to light bulbs, to discover that electricity can be used to generate heat, light, and magnetism. We built series and parallel circuits and made predictions on which bulb would burn brightest.

Writer's Workshop

Essayists understand ways that writers commonly open and close essays. We realize strong writers try out multiple leads and conclusions before deciding which work best for their essays. We created cohesion with logically sequenced information within our essays. Students ordered mini-stories and facts within our essays chronologically, or from least to most important. Check out our "scrolls" below!

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A Pep Talk for 2015...

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!

Up and Coming

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School, January 19

Beginner's Concert, January 20