What a busy time it has been in Room 21! This week was especially chaotic as I caught the flu over the weekend and was out on Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday, the kids had 6 different teachers covering the class. The kids handled it very well! I was happy to hear they were mostly cooperative and helpful to the sub!
On Thursday, we had a wonderful opportunity to go on a virtual field trip to the Kelp Forest. Ranger Daniel took us on an adventure in his canoe to show us kelp, jelly fish, otters and more! The kids also got to ask him questions. They had such a great time.
Friday, we wrapped up our Dash Robot Regions project in the Makerspace. Students had the opportunity to present their maps to their classmates. It was very cool to watch all their hard work pay off.
We started our next Mystery Science lesson which was on comparing thick lava to runny lava. To show this, we used flour and water for the thick lava and regular water for the runny lava. The kids had the best time exploring through this experiment.
On Saturday, the 21st, Oster is having their annual Harvest Festival at school from 5:00-7:00 pm. There will be a lot of food, fun, and candy! There will be a Haunted House, gift baskets being raffled off, and a photo booth. I hope you can stop by.
Conferences are right around the corner, and students were sent home conference sign up sheets in their Wednesday envelopes. If you haven't already, please fill it out and return it to school ASAP so I can begin making the schedule. Please let me know if you need a new form.
Next week is going to be Pink Week. Students are encouraged to dress in Pink in support of breast cancer survivors. Each day is a different pink themed spirit day. The schedule will be posted on the home page of this site.
Halloween is quickly approaching, and we will be having a party. I will be sending out a link via Remind to have parents sign up to bring in treats, help decorate beforehand, and to stay and help during the party. We have a few games planned, as well as watching A Charlie Brown Halloween. Once I have completed the sign up, I will add the link in [here].
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Room 21 Families,
Hello! Long time no talk. I apologize for the delay in the blog posts. The afterschool Robotics Club I help run has begun and it is on Thurs/Fri. It has caused me to get behind on updates.
In Math, we are getting reading to review for our Module 2 End of Module Test. This module was so short (only 5 lessons), so we did not have any Mid-Module Test. This module has been on the Metric System.
In Writing, we have been wrapping up our Magic Rug writing. Students were to decide three places that a "magic rug" would take them to, then they had to describe what they did there. This is a part of our Narrative Writing unit.
We have been very busy in the Makerspace this year. Students have been working on programming Dash Robots to be tour guides for their CA region. Students have been working in small groups. They have been practicing giving jobs, communicating, and learning from one another.
We had our first Art Vista and Project Cornerstone this week. The kids loved them! Thank you to all the parents that volunteered their time to help us learn something new.
Just another short reminder for you to talk to your students about following directions and instructions in class. Many students are doing a fabulous job of this- thank you! We are still having some issues with chattiness and attitude overall throughout the classroom. This includes attitudes with both adults on campus, as well as students. Having a positive, happy attitude will always be more helpful than a negative, disrespectful attitude. Students are now sitting in pairs, and I hope we will be moving back into groups shortly!
Looking over our Haunted House book reports, they look awesome! I cannot wait to hang them up in the class. Halloween is coming up shortly. We will be having a Halloween Parade after lunch, at around 1:15. Parents are welcome to come and watch the parade. After, we will be having a party. More details are to follow. If you prefer your student does not participate in these activities, please let me know. Alternative activities will be going on in the Makerspace.
Have a great weekend!
Good afternoon Room 21 families!
Wow! I cannot believe that we've had our first few weeks of school already fly by!
We have been very, very busy!
This week, we started our Flex Reading program. Students are placed in groups, with either their homeroom teacher or another fourth grade teacher. All teachers are working on the same skill sets, but are presenting the work differently to reach the needs of all children.
In math, we are approaching our first mid-module test. This will take place on Tuesday, September 12th. Please help your students by reminding them to practice their math facts and place values at home.
We have been focusing on the 8 parts of speech during grammar. We have covered nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. It is important students understand the fundamentals of each part of speech so that they can utilize them correctly in their writing.
Today, we have our first visit to the Oster Maker Space lab! We are working on group collaboration superhero badges. We will be creating badges and then adding music and sound to them.
Next week, we will have our first PAC class with Coach Nyguyen. If students were chosen to participate in the Recess Leading program, they will have their first training after school on Wednesday, September 13th after school. We will also have our first Sign Language class with Mrs. Blake from DHOH.
Students are able to check out classroom library books. They must first check it out by writing in our Check In/Out Binder, and then bring it to my attention to sign off on. Students are responsible for taking care of their books. If they are damaged, they are to replace them as soon as possible. They are also responsible for remembering to check the library book back in, again using the Check In/Out Binder.
As I have gotten to know this class, I have learned that they all really enjoy each other's company. While that makes it nice for things such as group projects, it has really caused a chatting problem in class. Please talk to your child about the appropriate times they should or should not be talking. It has been causing major disruptions in class which is not respectful the other students and myself.
Following directions has been another difficult point in this classroom. Please remind your child that when directions are given, they should be followed quickly, quietly, and respectfully. This means there should not be any arguments.
Lastly, we are still very much in need of a volunteer to cut boards for our California Salt Dough map. Our project will also need volunteers to help in class on September 22nd at about 1:15. Please let me know if you are interested in cutting boards, or volunteering in class.
Have a wonderful weekend!
The SBAC has finally arrived! We will begin testing tomorrow morning (5/2). Itis very important that you child arrives to school on time, with a full belly. The brain needs food to think properly, so please encourage your child to eat something.
This week we will be focusing on ELA during testing. Next Tuesday-Thursday we will focus on Math. Our testing will begin at 8:15 and continue until 10:00.
There will be no homework during the next two testing weeks.
How can I help my child do better on tests?
Wow! What a crazy few weeks Room 21 has had. I hope everyone had a restful Spring Break.
To start out with, we are entering the last few weeks of school! I can hardly believe how fast this year and flown by. With this being said, we still have A LOT to do between now and the last day of school.
We are in need of parent volunteers to help either head the Gold Rush carnival on June 2nd, or to volunteer their time at boths. We will also need parents to help set up the stations, as well as break them down in the afternoon. This carnival starts in the morning and ends with a fun traditional western lunch. Please contact me ASAP if you are available to help with ANYTHING.
Next, the lovely students of Room 21 have earned their THIRD class prize...and ice cream party! This is a short, class only, end of day party. We do however need a few things to make this party a little extra. If you are able to donate:
-32 small bowls
or any other ice cream related add-on, please email me and let me know at your earliest convenience. Your donations are always appreciated!
As you all should know by now, we have our upcoming science projects. Students should get their topic approved no later than Tuesday of next week. This has been extended from today's due date. By next Friday, the 21st, students need to turn in their registration form. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help make this assignment as painless as possible.
Today, we took our Module 4 Mid-Module Test. We have been focusing on angles and measuring using protractors. Some students have had difficulty with using protractors. To help them improve at home, I suggest going on to Zearn to review, and even printing out angles and then practicing measuring them with protractors.
We are currently starting our Poetry unit. We have quickly learned that poetry extends further than just rhyming words together. I look forward to the word the students will soon be creating!
If you haven't already, I encourage you to follow my twitter, as I post often about what is going on through the day.
Lastly, be sure to ask your students about the super cool skateboarding assembly we had yesterday! Two young men came to school and taught us all about science using skateboarding as the topic. It was awesome!
Reminder: Next Friday, the 21st will be our Walk-A-Thon at 1:00, we do need volunteers to help at the snack stations. Please let me know if you are available.
I apologize for the long hiatus from posting updates, it has been a very busy time here in 4th grade!
As you all know, we have wrapped up our conferences. I hope you were able to hear both positive points related to your child's learning, as well as some areas they can continue to grow in. I am very proud of all the students in Room 21, they have been working very hard. Please keep reminding your student to read at least 20 minutes each night. It would also be beneficial if students practiced their multiplication math facts. Having these facts down is the foundation to solving more difficult math.
We are now beginning to work on opinion writing. Students tend to enjoy this type of writing most, as they always have an opinion about everything!
We are wrapping up our module on decimals. Students will have a end of module test this Friday, the 24th. After this module, we will be working on Geometry.
Beginning next Monday, we will have art docent from San Jose Museum of Art. He will be coming in to each fourth grade class and teaching students math through art and STEAM. He will be coming for 6 sessions. We are very excited for this opportunity.
We are beginning to prep for our annual Gold Rush Carnival. This carnival will be held June 2nd from the morning time until lunch. During this event, we have many different stations that the kids cycle through. This is a great opportunity for parents to volunteer to either help or lead a station. This carnival is ran by our wonderful parent volunteers. It would be great if we could get a few parents willing to help put on and organize this carnival, as well as parents will to set up and clean up. This is a fabulous memory for the students, and a great experience for parent volunteers. Please email me if you are interested in helping!
This Friday, the 23rd is International Night from 5:30-7:30. Stop by to get a bite of some yummy food!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the lovely Valentine's treats and cards! You all sure know how to make this teacher feel loved, thank you!
This week we have started working on our next science unit, environments. We went over to the science lab for the first time and began to learn about meal worms. If you were lucky enough, your child may have chosen to bring home their group's meal worms(lucky you!). We will be observing and caring for them over the next few weeks as we observe their life cycle.
In math, we are wrapping up our fractions unit. This week we took the end of module test, and it was tricky! I am always impressed with how hard the kids try on these exams. I know they are long, but they always give it their all.
We are continuing to work on our Minecraft Missions, they are coming along quite nicely!
As you may have seen in the Wednesday Envelopes, we are starting our first at-home project. It is our Cereal Box Report! The kids will be choosing a fiction book and then will use a cereal box to create their report. I will be posting the deadlines and requirements online shortly, in case your child has misplaced theirs. This project is meant to be fun and not stressful! As a final project, students will get the choice of creating a commercial presentation in front of their classmates, or they may create a commercial to be filmed and then shown to the class. It is completely up to them, but I have found students are usually more successful recording their commercials rather than presenting in front of the class.
Your child may have mentioned some seating changes going on inside the classroom. I have always been interested in flexible seating, and studies have shown that flexible seating helps students learn better. I have been giving students the choice of where to sit during work time, but I would like to eventually allow them to choose where they would like to sit during instruction time as well. For seating choices I have added: seat cushions, low sitting tables, beach chairs, stools, square seats, and a bean bag chair. I will also be adding some lap desks, desk bouncy bands, and standing desks. I have found that giving the students more choices than a traditional desk has allowed them to really be a part of their learning. Some students still prefer standard desks, which is fine, but a lot of students enjoy learning on the floor or while standing. We will keep our traditional desks for a while, but I would like to eventually get rid of some of them to open up the space for more seating options. Letting students choose where to sit also allows them to focus on learning rather than their friends. They know that if they choose to sit in an area near their friends, that they need to be responsible otherwise I have the right to move them. So far, this has not been much of an issue!
If you have any gently used seat cushions/clip boards/lap desks/beach chairs/alternative seating choices, we will gladly accept donations to the classroom.
Lastly, I let my students know that my family was a part of the area that needed to be evacuated due to the Oroville Dam emergency spillway. My parents live in Live Oak and I have family in Marysville. Luckily, they were all able to retreat to safe places, but it was definitely a scare. They are not out of the woods yet, but we are crossing our fingers that the upcoming storms are not too bad. The kids were very kind asking if my parents were okay, and they were very understanding that I was a little frazzled at the beginning of the week. I really do have the kindest class ever!
I hope you all have a wonderful break!
Wow! What a week! This week was definitely not your usual week in fourth grade! We started out the week by taking a field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista. It was a great bus ride! The students were able to travel the grounds with the help of our lovely chaperones. WE looked at the beautiful church, stables, and housing areas. The kids were blown away at how different life was back then. They had a wonderful time. A big thank you to our chaperones!
Wednesday we had Global Play Day. GPD is a day where we encourage students to put down the electronics and play board games, draw, or even make up their own games. The kids loved it! I saw chess games going on, Uno games and even the card version of Oregon Trail(Now that was a blast from the past for me!). The kids played together very well and really enjoyed their time.
We have continued to work on building our Minecraft Missions. Students are building the fictitious 22nd mission with a group of six. We are also working on Mission Trading Cards where students draw the mission on one side and list facts about it on the other. They will be laminated.
In math, we have continued to go forward with fractions. Though it has been a bit of a struggle, students have been catching on. As a reminder, please go to my links page if you need any help with the math. Youtube is also a great resource for assistance when necessary.
As February is Black History Month, we have been reading about important civil rights leaders of the past. While doing this, we have been practicing our summarizing skills as well by writing short summaries on the articles that were read.
I apologize that the math tests have not been returned, I'm crossing my fingers for next Wednesday. They really do take a long time to grade!
I have had a few students ask about Valentine's Day. We do not do a part for Valentine's Day, but students are welcome to exchange Valentine's. Next week, I will be sending home a reminder of the rules for Valentine's Day. I ask that students bring a card(if they choose to bring cards) for every student in the class. We have 31 students. Please do not put names on the cards, as it causes the passing out process to be quite slow. Students will be able to pass them on during our silent reading time.
Next week, we will be beginning to work on Science. This will be a time where Social Studies and Science do end up overlapping. Speaking of science, I apologize for misplacing the permission slips from the first round of science club. We went to pick students for the second round of science club, but they seem to have been misplaced. I will be sending them out again, please return them if your child is interested in joing the second round.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Have a great weekend!
Hello Room 21 Families,
I apologize for the delayed biweekly update!
This past week we had a lot going on. In Technology with Miss Klein, we have been wrapping up our Adobe Spark projects. Adobe Spark is an awesome program/application that allows students to make short videos while displaying information. For this first project, we worked on making videos about the first explorers that came to America. The kids had a lot of fun working on these videos, and I can't wait to see them all.
This week we also took our Module 5 mid module test. It was quite difficult and long. I am so proud of how my students stay focus and try their best when faced with these difficult exams. Not all students finished, so we will be continuing to finish them on Monday. It will most likely be another week before I have them all graded and returned. As I mentioned, it was a long test.
This week we also began to work on summarizing texts. We read about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will be summarizing his life and accomplishments.
I would like to remind everyone that we do have our field trip to Mission San Juan Bautisa on Tuesday, January 31st. Please remember to send a jacket and lunch to school with your child, unless you have already signed up to receive a school lunch.
If you are sending a lunch from home please put it in a brown paper bag and write their name on it. This makes lunchtime much easier.
I would also like to welcome our newest student, Ariana, to our classroom. Ari is joining us from the Cambrian School District, and will be a wonderful addition to our classroom. Welcome!
As always after a break, even a short one, I like to remind students of classroom rules and procedures. This week we were particularly working on focusing during lessons and not chatting. Please help me by reminding your child to try their very best to stay focused during class. I always give students opportunities to talk and chat with their neighbors, which is why I am very strict when it comes to talking/blurting while I am teaching.
Lastly, a reminder that Spell-A-Thon money is due this Friday, January 27th.