I hope everybody had a wonderful break. As we enter the last months of school, we have been very busy!
Today, we took our end of module test for Module 6, which was all about decimals. Students overall have been doing well with the concept of decimals and money. We will next be going on to some geometry, as well as reviewing in preparation for the SBAC.
Science has been a busy time as we learn about Earth and rocks. In the Makerspace, we have been working on creating volcano alert systems using Lego We-do. The projects are turning out to be really cool! In class, we have studied about erosion and other land changes.
We have been studying about zoos in our writing class. We are researching and forming opinions on whether we are pro zoos or con zoos. The students have come up with a lot of interesting facts and reasons why they are on the side they have chosen.
In social studies, we have been reading about the Rancho era. Students will be doing projects where they create their own disenos(maps of their land).
Cereal box reports will be due April 30th, which the presentations being shown May 1-4. Hopefully your child has finished their books and have begun working on their cereal boxes. If students are in need of paper to cover their boxes or an actual cereal box, please let me know.
Science project papers have been sent out this week in our Wednesday envelopes. Students need to pick a topic and a question to research by Monday, April 23rd. I will be approving questions that are able to be answered using the scientific method. Students are responsible to complete this project primarily at home, and need to be filling out the steps found in their science packet. Please check the science project tab on this website for some more information, as well as copies of the packet.
We are in need of 4th grade parents to help our Home and School Club with fundraising for students 5th grade Science Camp. If you are interested, please email me and I will forward your information.
Our Gold Rush carnival is also right around the corner in June. We are in need of parents willing to volunteer for the carnival on June 5th, but we are also in need or parents to help organize this event. Again, if you are interested, please email me and I will connect you to the correct people.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Spring, Room 21!
Although it has felt more like winter recently, we are now in to spring! The year is just flying by. We have a few new updates for our class.
First, thank you to all the parents who were able to make it to spring conferences this year. It was wonderful getting to discuss the achievements and goals of your child. They have made such growth this year, it has been wonderful to watch!
In math, we are now working on decimals. This can be a tricky module for some students. Important things to practice in this module is PLACE VALUE, PLACE VALUE, PLACE VALUE!
In flex, Mrs. Grant and Miss Yoshioka's classes have been reading the novel, "A Wrinkle in Time". They have invited all fourth grade students and families to watch the first showing of the movie on April 8th at the Oakridge Mall. Please remember students will need to purchase their own tickets/snacks.
In science we are starting in with our Earth science unit. We have been researching information about volcanos. Soon, we will go to the Makerspace for our first project in this unit.
The Fun Run fundraiser is going on now. Students are encourage to gather pledges to help support our school. Fourth grade will be participating in this run next Thursday, March 29th from 8:30-9:30. In previous years, the whole school has walked together. This year, each grade has an hour for them to participate.
I hope you have a wonderful three day weekend!
Room 21 has continued to be working feverishly on fractions! Students took their Mid-Module exams, most did very well! Scores will be in Wednesday envelopes when we get back from break.
We have began to work on our Minecraft Missions. This replaces the old way of building model missions at home. All work is done in groups of 8 in our Makerspace at school. This is a great practice in communication and working together!
Conferences are quickly approaching. We begin Wednesday, March 7th. There was a slight change to conference option times. Monday, March 12th is no longer available. I am on the school's Site Council, and I am a part of our district's English Language Arts team. I have meetings all afternoons. I apologize for the inconvenience. I try my best to accommodate times and days. Many people wanted the same time/day this trimester, which has made scheduling difficult. Times will be sent out when we return from break. If you are unable to attend, please contact me and I will try to make a time and day work for you.
Our Home & School Club is asking for fourth grade parent volunteers to assist with Frozen Friday sales, as well as the organization of upcoming fourth grade fundraisers. Money from fundraisers will be going to students' 5th grade Science Camp fund.
Our fourth grade Gold Rush carnival is coming up in June. We are still in need of parent volunteers, as well as a parent/parents to help head the event. If you have any questions about this, or are interested in reading more about it please contact me, or Miss Yoshioka (email@example.com). There is a binder of all the information you will need to help put this event on. Parents are welcome to head this event together. We will need many volunteers to help run stations, gather donations, and more. Please consider volunteering. Thank you!
Have a wonderful break!
Can you believe we are already in February? Time is just flying by! Here in room 21 we have been working very hard. Here are some things that we have been doing:
In math, we have been working on fractions. Fractions is always an extremely difficult unit for fourth graders. Please encourage your child to ask for help if it is needed- something that can be difficult for the students to do at this age. Duane Habecker video's on Youtube are very helpful to review lessons. Duane has a video for every lesson.
We have continued to work on the California Missions in social studies. We will begin working on our Minecraft missions shortly.
For our writing, we have continued to work on informative writing. We are currently wrapping up our latest writing about Martin Luther King Jr. and Ruby Bridges.
This Wednesday, February 7th, is Global Play Day. For those that have been at Oster, you might remember this from previous years. Global Play Day is a day where all the classes spend an hour or two playing board games, card games, arts and crafts and more. Students are welcome to bring games to share, as long as they are not electronic(no batteries). This encourages students to work together and "unplug".
This Thursday, the 8th, we will be decorating our Art Vista masks in the Makerspace. This will be taking place from 8:30-9:10. Parent volunteers are encouraged as we will be using hot glue guns and other tricky materials. Please email me if you are able to come. Thank you!
Valentine's Day is approaching and I know parents are wondering if there is a party. For Valentine's Day, we keep it very simple. Students are allowed to bring cards, but they must bring cards for each child in the class. I will be sending home a class list this Wednesday in our Wednesday envelopes. Students may also leave the names blank and pass them out to the class. Students will be allowed to pass out cards during our SSR time. I do try to incorporate some fun Valentine's math games and things like that, but we do not have a party.
Please remind students that it is important to treat one another with kindness and respect. We have had a few minor issues in the classroom with talking nicely to one another and being kind.
Have a wonderful week!
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.
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