Monday, April 2, 2018

Weather Reports

See some of our weather reports on natural processes below! We've been studying natural processes, and then were prompted to study one specific natural process in a certain location. After studying the causes and effects of this process, students created an outline for a weather report, practiced, and performed! The results are wonderful! Now, this is some news I'd like to watch!



Monday, March 12, 2018

Beach Day!

Beach day right after a snow day? OF COURSE! We brought the sunshine to Maine last Friday by dressing in our beach clothes, basking in the sun while laying on our beach towels, and enjoying some brain freezing, cold Italian Ice.

Check out some of the "fun in the sun" below!





Monday, January 29, 2018

We are family!

Our breakfast celebration was a success, thanks to all of you, and thanks to this group of hard working, great listeners! We have come to be a school family and truly look forward to each and every day of learning and making memories together!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Breakfast Celebration

Breakfast Celebration

Dear parents,

We did it! We’ve earned 10,000 total Class Dojo points by working hard, listening well, and showing kindness to others! In honor of this, we would like to have a class breakfast on Friday, December 22nd. This breakfast will be to celebrate our hard work and to enjoy a special time together before the holidays and upcoming vacation.

In order to make this special morning happen, I am asking for class donations.

Possible ideas for donations:
  • Cups
  • Plates/Bowls
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Juice
  • Muffins
  • Mini Bagels
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Any other ideas you may have!

I know this time of the year is extremely expensive, so please do not feel obligated to donate to our class celebration.

If you ARE able and willing, please either comment below with what you’re sending in, so that others can see what’s already being donated OR if you would like it to be private: Send me a private message and I will anonymously comment what items are already being donated.

Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to all of you!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Math Basketball

Yesterday afternoon we played a scrimmage of "math basketball".

Four teams: "Eastport Eagles" "Lucky Celtics" "Portland Pigs" and "Broncos" worked together on multi-digit multiplication, long division, and word problems (all worth different point values).

The more points the team earned from math problems, before the buzzer went off, the more shots their team could take at the foul line.

Winning team: Broncos...BUT it went into a three round knock out to decide this!

The kids worked so well together and did an incredible job. No one "fouled" out from poor sportsmanship, in fact they amazed their Coach (yours truly!) with their positive teamwork and applauding of teammates.

I love fourth grade.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wonder Field Trip

Dear Parents,

During the month of November, fourth grade will be reading aloud the novel, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. We will use this read aloud as a center focus of our characterization unit. The book is absolutely WONDERful in modeling acceptance, empathy, and individuality.

To celebrate our learning, when we finish reading aloud Wonder, we plan to take a class field trip to see Wonder in theaters. (As it was just made into a movie!) Wonder is being released on Saturday, November 17th, but our hope is that students will wait in anticipation to see the film until our class field trip on Monday, November 20th.

When we return from seeing the movie, we will compare and contrast the movie to the book. As we all know, the book is pretty much ALWAYS better than the movie and it will be interesting to see what students take away from this themselves. This learning experience connects to the Common Core Standard RL.4.7.

Since we are unable to preview this movie before the field trip, we have copied and pasted the online information on why this movie is rated PG. We will then leave it to your discretion as to whether or not your child will be permitted to join us on the class field trip.

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.”
Rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language” - IMDB.com

Admission will be paid for (for the students and volunteers). As for concessions, we will again leave it to your discretion whether or not you would like your child to bring in money for snacks at the theater. We cannot be held responsible for this money and ask that you have your child put the money in a baggy of some sort with their name on it. In addition, money cannot be shared between students.

We are unsure of the time we will be attending the theater, as movie times are not yet released. We will send home this information as soon as we are aware. That being said, we ask that you PACK A LUNCH for your child on this day in case we need to eat earlier in the day inside of our classrooms. If you are unable to pack a lunch, please note below and we will have the school pack a lunch.


Thank you!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Camping Day

For our camping day, our room was transformed! Students brought sleeping bags, lanterns or flashlights, and sported their finest pajamas. We had a campfire set up on the rug, stars flickering on the whiteboard, and a tent set up in our classroom library. With the blinds closed and the lights off, you could have fooled me that we weren't outside (besides the lack of mosquitoes!).

First, we wrote spooky stories and read them to each other around the campfire. We also played math card games in our tents, like a math version of the game "spoons" and another game involving "s'mores".

Throughout the day we enjoyed many different activities, but one of the simplest and one of the favorites was simply relaxing on our campsite, with a good book in a hand, and a flashlight in the other.

We finished our day by "roasting" marshmallows (fluff) and making s'mores and enjoying another treat made by a student. We certainly didn't go hungry on camping day!

I'm looking forward to more days where we can transform our classroom and take learning on a field trip right inside our own room!