The Ritenour Review

2017 - 2018 Fourth Grade Weekly News

ISTEP Week is OVER!

Four days of testing down! We made it! I know you all felt the energy draining at home and noticed some nerves, too. Each day as they walked through the doors, we talked about throwing our worries away and starting each day fresh. Singing "Let It Go" from Frozen seemed fitting. The



This past week:

In math, we played around with a 3 Act Math problem. This style of problem allows all learners to process a problem at an entry level and from their they can grow with their curiosity. Act One is when the kids look at a video or picture and process the scene and the initial question. Ultimately, they learn what they are trying to solve. This week, we were trying to figure out how many seconds it would take a cute little dog to pop 100 balloons. During this first act, each student creates an estimate that would be too high and too low. This allows them to start thinking about options. Also, before we ever solve, they start listing questions they would like to know more about that may help them solve the problem. A few of our questions:


  • What was the previous World Record time?
  • Is a human timing the event? (Looking for human error)
  • What is the rate of speed?
  • Does the dog get distracted

As you can see, this allows our brains to thinking about the entirety of the situation and not just attempting to solve quickly. After we have filtered through all of our questions, we try to answer as many as possible. After the new information, several wanted to change their estimates (yay!).

The second act in this problem allows them to solve the problem. They can use any method they choose, they just need to be able to justify their reasoning. In the third and final act, they will prove why they solved it in the way they did and FINALLY see the answer. Ask your child about THEIR steps! They had a lot of fun!



In reading, we read a bit further in our class read aloud and dabbled with a bit of Novel Engineering. This is a fun connections to bring engineering into literacy. We played around with a picture book today and thought about engineering solutions that could solve the problems in the book. The class identified the client, the characters, and worked with constraints, time and materials. At the end of the time limit, I was blown away by their solutions, creativity and usage of time and the given materials. An added bonus (which I cannot wait to share with everyone on Monday), the author of the book we used LIKED our twitter picture! Share with the world and you will surely be amazed!


In science, we moved our soil and earth conversations toward natural resources. We looked at those that are considered renewable and non-renewable and we added a third category: inexhaustible. Not only was this an important conversation about protection those precious resources, it turned into a great vocabulary lesson, too. in + exhaust + ible/able. The phonemic awareness was strong!


Coming up next!

  • Math: We will move into Unit 7: multiplying whole numbers with fractions and multi-step word problems. Look out for Unit 6 assessments coming home this week.

  • Reading: We will continue reading Number the Stars and look at minor characters and how they play a role in the big picture. We will work towards reading more in the novel, and hopefully get a chance to do Novel Engineering again this week or next.

  • Science: We will revisit all of our conversations throughout our Landform, Soil and Earth Unit. We will assess on Friday.

  • Writing: We will build our thesis for our essays and look for supporting details from the stories.

Jump Rope for Heart


For the month of March, Boone Meadow Wellness classes will be participating in the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart fundraiser! Students will be learning about heart health, jump roping skills, and hula hoop activities. Students also have the opportunity to help the American Heart Association and raise money that goes towards new Wellness equipment!

Each student received a take-home letter and donation envelope from their homeroom teacher that informs them about the fundraising process. It is completely voluntary. Students can earn prizes based on the money they raise, and any donations are due by Friday March 23rd. There will be a concluding jump rope and hula hoop station, as well as a heart obstacle course at Boone Meadow’s Wellness night on Thurs. March 22nd to end the event.

BME Online Donation Link: http://www2.heart.org/goto/boonemeadow

Questions or concerns:

Garrett Stephens – Wellness Teacher

gstephens@zcs.k12.in.us

Special's Schedule

  • Monday: STEM
  • Tuesday: Music
  • Wednesday: Art
  • Thursday: Wellness **bring/wear tennis shoes
  • Friday: Library

Upcoming Dates!

February 26th - March 3rd - ISTEP+ Testing window (Part 1) - 3rd/4th grades

March 8th - PTO Meeting 6:00pm

March 14th - Quarter 3 Ends

March 15th - 4th/5th Transition Day to ZWEST

March 16th - Spirit Day: Wear your Pajama's

March 19th-23rd - Scholastic Book Fair

March 22nd - Wellness Night 6:00-7:30pm

March 26th - Bus Evacuation Drill

March 28th - Kindergarten Round-Up @ BME (More information will be shared in coming weeks)

March 30th - April 6th - Spring Break (No school)

April 16th - May 4th - ISTEP+ Testing window (Part 2) - 3rd/4th grades


PLEASE mark your calendars for May 25th as our make-up day due to the 1/12/18 inclement weather cancellation.