Friday, May 31st, 2019
On Monday morning, the kids will take the written portion. It's not timed and is a paper pencil test! Kids should come prepared with gum and full belly from a hearty breakfast!
Things I've loved from this week and last week.....
- kids said goodbye to me and told me to enjoy my afternoon.
- I saw kids smiling and enjoying their time at Genesee Country Museum.
- kids chose to eat lunch together on the field trip.
- when students were looking forward to the writing benchmark!
- kids helping other kids clean up messes.
Ms. Gleason's Class ~ This week we began module 6 which is our decimal module. The class learned about the relationship between fractions and decimals. They also learned how to write numbers to the tenth place. Next week the class will be working with hundredths. The lessons then move on to decimal comparisons and adding and subtracting decimal numbers. We will only be working with tenths and hundredths. This is our last module of 4th grade!
Mr. Hart's Class ~ We continue to move through module 5. The kids are working hard to stay focused, as this is a very long module, not to mention we have had a few interruptions due to state testing. We have been working on comparing and ordering mixed numbers, converting mixed numbers to fractions greater than one, converting fractions greater than one to mixed numbers, and yesterday we used data tables to create line plots using mixed numbers and fractions greater than one. My hope is that by the end of next week we will be finishing up the module and test at the beginning of the following week. We will then move on to a module on decimals which should take us to the end of the year.
ELA & Social Studies
PAWS ~ We're still working, just at a slower pace. I think the kids really like the new "grading" procedure. Many are very motivated to make it to the advanced column.
Read Aloud ~ I can't believe it has taken me this many years to read Holes. It has been a great book. We are all busy making connections and trying to put the pieces together. The kids have loved some of the decisions that some characters have made and also been disappointed. We should finish up really soon. Then, we'll have to watch the movie!
Erie Canal Trip ~ Tuesday, June 11th
The buses will arrive at Aqueduct Park (555 West Main St., Palmyra) around 9:30. We'll unload the buses and watch how the lock works. The guide will then lead us through a path. It's about a 2 mile walk, so kids should be prepared with sneakers. The path will take us all the way to Market Street. At that point, we'll probably have lunch at the pavilion. The kids will be thirsty and need bathroom breaks. Then, we'll tour the museums. We're lucky to be going alone without another class. We'll have more space in the small buildings.
We'll load buses between 1:15 and 1:30 to head back to school. This is where things get a little tricky for our parent chaperones. They have three options.....they can walk back to their vehicles at Aqueduct Park, communicate with another parent who is going and drop one vehicle off at Market Street before beginning the trip at Aqueduct Park, or Bonnie Hayes, the director of the museums, will give rides back to the park.
Here are some expectations that I will review with the kids prior to the trip. It would be great if you could also give reminders at home.
- We always stay behind the guides on the trail. We need to be prepared to listen along the way too.
- Always stay on the trail. There is poison ivy off the trail.
- There won't be an opportunity to run during this trip.
- Please don't ask the museum docents for a drink.
Onanda Park Trip
June 3 - Written Portion of the Science Test
June 11 - Erie Canal Trip
June 24 - Onanda Trip - more details coming as we get closer
June 25 - Half-Day for Kids
June 26 - Half-Day for Kids & Last Day of School