4th Grade News

December 14th, 2015

Hour of Code

It was very exciting to be a part of a worldwide movement called "Hour of Code". Our 4th graders participated in the Hour of Code on Friday December 11th. They worked hard and had fun, all while learning all about computer programming! Each student brought home their own log in so that he or she can continue coding from home! See the link below for the website!

Spotlight on Nonfiction

We are really delving into important strategies for reading and understanding nonfiction. Last week, we examined challenging nonfiction texts to see what makes them difficult to understand, such as content specific vocabulary, fact overload, and sometimes misleading headings.

This week, we will explore the skills needed to work through the challenges of nonfiction. For example, sometimes nonfiction can read like a story or sometimes it reads like information text. We will be deciding when we need to read through a narrative lens or a expository lens.

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Drafting Our Opinions

We have been writing about so many topics that we have strong opinions about! We brainstormed people, places and things that were important to us. Then, we backed up our opinions with reasons WHY these were important! This week we are going to choose our topic to write our FINAL opinion piece about! We will be using the "OREO" writing outline to help us come up with fantastic reasons to support our opinions. Lastly, we will be giving some examples of these reasons to make our writing even better! The students are really enjoying writing about their opinions...and, boy, do they have LOTS of opinions! Please ask your child about some of the opinions that they have written about!
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Division, division and more division!

During math class, we have been focusing on many different ways to divide. Last week we created arrays and divided them up into groups. We also used the area model to hep us divide. Next, we used discs on a place value chart and divided them up.During the upcoming week and after vacation we will be dividing using the Standard algorithm for long division! Hopefully your child can impress you with all of the different ways that he or she can divide! Click the link below for some great division fact practice games.

Colonial Life

In Social Studies we have finished our unit on the explorers of New York State! Your child learned that settlers came to this New World from France, The Netherlands and England...and each group of people brought their own culture with them! Many of these things they brought with them are still found today. Please ask your child what animals the French brought with them? Ask them what junk food the Dutch brought with them? Also ask them what important things the English brought with them to the New World? Next up, we are going to focus on what life was like during the time of the 13 colonies!
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Science Test at the End of the Week!

We are putting the finishing touches on our metric length unit in science. Last week, we measured parts of the hallway in meters. This week, we will be converting between centimeters, meters and kilometers. There will be a fun, hands-on measurement test at the end of the week. Mrs. Lange's class will be on Thursday and Mrs. Pisani's class will be on Friday.

Thank you Giuliana and Mrs. Chandler!

A HUGE thank you goes out to Guiliana and Mrs. Chandler for the donation of so many wonderful books for our classroom libraries! The students were so excited about many of the books that were donated! Thank you so much!!!
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Fort Ticonderoga

Wednesday, June 15th 2016 at 8:30am-2:45pm

100 Fort Ti Road

Ticonderoga, NY

Mark your calendars ... ask for the day off! This is a field trip you can't miss! Join us for a day at Fort Ti exploring the fort and participating in an educational program.