The Kaubin Chronicle

Elizabeth Haddon School - Haddonfield, NJ

Reader's Workshop

Book Clubs dove head-first into first-class novels! Readers studied the development of a character through a very sophisticated character study. Students chose a character whom they felt was integral to the plot and studied that character's thoughts, feelings and actions. We put our R.A.C.E acronym to the test as we developed a five-paragraph essay (that's 3 R.A.C.E's in all) to convey our observations. Students knocked my socks off as they proved their maturity as readers. I am loving the effort!


Book Clubs met weekly with Mrs. Kaubin and Miss Weber to share our thoughts, ask questions of our group members, and to monitor our comprehension. We learned a plethora of new vocabulary words and even acted out a few of our favorite scenes! Your child is encouraged to finish their Book Club novel over the break. Merry Reading!

Writer's Workshop

Students worked hard to prepare for their Student-Led Conference. Thank you for your attendance and we hope you enjoyed seeing many snapshots of our day in 4K!


Writers returned to the college-level skill that is "essay writing". We practiced coming up with "big ideas" and we enjoyed many days of free writing about those big ideas. We especially like that free writing has no set standard or form... you can write anything you want for as long as you want. Though, many of us found writing about one thing for a long time to be challenging, so we investigated sentence stems to push our thinking. Ask your child about some ways to push your thinking! Once we pushed our thoughts to the limit, we became coal miners as we "mined" our free writing entries for a constant theme. We chose one theme and with the help of our peers, created a big, bold, impressive thesis statement. We are ready to embark on our own personal essays! Stay tuned!


In the spirit of the holiday Mrs. Kaubin read aloud her favorite holiday book entitled, The Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco:


When a leak ruins a wall in his father’s church, Jonathan Jefferson Weeks thinks Christmas Eve service will be ruined. Luckily he and his father find a beautiful tapestry, perfect for covering the damaged wall and giving the church a festive look! But then, an elderly Jewish woman recognizes the beautiful cloth. Her discovery leads to a real miracle on Christmas Eve.


This story inspired us to brainstorm gifts that can't be bought. We discussed various gifts we would give to the world this holiday season. Examples included joy, spirit, memories, love, hope and passion. Our hearts were exploding in 4K! We wish you all a merry, happy, wonderful holiday!

Math

Mathletes entered the itty-bitty-teeny-tiny world on the right side of the decimal point. We learned how to read a decimal through identifying the place values. We used familiar base-10 blocks to show a decimal's worth. We practiced comparing decimals using greater than, less than, or equal to symbols and we learned to let our ear tell us how to write a decimal as a fraction and a fraction as a decimal. Students also recognized that a decimal in the hundredths looks like cents, so learning to estimate decimals was a breeze. Lastly, we learned that when adding and subtracting decimals, our only rule is to "Line up the dot, and give it all ya' got" (said in a rapper's voice, of course!).


Check out our review of decimal place value as we played a whole-class round of Kahoot!, an interactive Jeopardy-like game using iPads.

Kahoot!

Kahoot!

Science

Scientists investigated how water gets from the sky to your tap! We reviewed the water cycle, and asked the question, "Once it rains, what happens next?" Students conducted an experiment to answer that question. We crumbled up thick pieces of white card stock, then gently pulled them open again. The bumps and grooves in the paper represented a topographical map. Students used washable markers to highlight the mountain peaks and valleys. Then, we saturated each land to simulate a storm. Don't cha' know, the marker started to run down, down, down, to the lowest levels of each mountain. Thus, the knowledge of watersheds was understood effortlessly. We know that our watershed is called the Lower Delaware Water Basin and it serves areas of South Jersey and Pennsylvania. We interacted with Fairfax Water resources to identify where our tap water comes from, whether or not water can be ‘dirty’, how it gets cleaned, and where it goes after we use it. We also investigated ways to decrease water use, save our water supply, and to help prevent water pollution. Students were surprised to learn how much water they use on a daily basis. I am impressed by their stern intent to control their water usage. Let me know how that goes at home! As a final project, students completed their Endangered Species reports where they synthesized their knowledge of how ecosystems work together to promote life. Next up, Rocks and Minerals!

Social Studies

Citizens understand that the Constitution is an ever-changing document that sets up the rules for our democratic government. We can identify the three branches of government including the who, the what, and the where. We investigated the Bill of Rights and analyzed situations in which the rights of the American citizen were respected or not respected. We determined the difference between a right and a responsibility in our country. We also began our fourth grade government role-play in which a president, vice president, representatives, and senators will be elected and Mrs. Kaubin will appoint three Supreme Court justices. Stay tuned to see who gets elected and what new laws are sent to Congress!

Ms. Weber's Corner

Learning decimals can be hard, but as we know the more we practice, the easier it will be! This website below provides a ton of fun games to practice your decimal skills! Have fun learning.

http://mrnussbaum.com/decimals_games/


Love,

Miss Weber

Things to Note

Geography Bee

4K participated in the National Geographic Bee's preliminary competition this week. After a super-duper impressive job by all of our students, Ryan Foley and Terry Lytle will be moving on to our school's Geography Bee on January 8th. Congratulations and good luck, boys! :)

Hour of Code!

What is the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. To learn more visit: http://hourofcode.com/us
Hour of Code 1
Hour of Code 2

Winter Cookie Exchange

Our cookie exchange was a HUGE success! Thank you to every family that participated. It was evident that each cookie was made with love and care, and they tasted so yummy, too! It is my hope that your family will cherish your cookbook for years to come. Cheers!

Next Week's Highlights

Monday, 1/5/15 - Half Day

  • Day 6: Chorus, Art

Tuesday, 1/6

  • Day 1: Health, PE

Wednesday, 1/7

  • Day 2: Library, *Orchestra*

Thursday, 1/8

  • Day 3: Spanish, PE, *Band*

Friday, 1/9

  • Day 4: Music, Computer Lab

Coming Soon

Winter Break - No School, December 24 to January 2

Geography Bee, January 8

Winter Concert, January 13

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

Beginner's Concert, January 20

Mrs. Kaubin's Birthday, January 25

"This is my wish for you; peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, and joy to fill your holiday!"