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February 19-22

I hope you all enjoyed a restful long weekend! Thank you all for the delicious Valentine treats. My chocolate cravings wiil be satisfied for a few weeks!  Looking ahead, next Saturday, March 2 is our Titan Mardi Gras fundraiser. Please be sure to check the website and your child's folder for information. Remember that there is a pizza lunch for the class with the most people in attendance! I'm sure it will be a fun filled evening!
 
Here's what we are up to this week in the classroom:
 
RELIGION: We are finishing our look at the first commandment this week and then moving into our second. We will be creating our own "stone tablets" to help us memorize each commandment and what it means to us.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS
     READING: We are still working our way through The BFG. Sophie and the Giant have traveled to England to see the Queen in the hopes of stopping the other giants from eating the children. We are working on inferencing skills as well as identifying figurative language. 
     WRITTEN EXPRESSION: With the short week last week and this week, we are in the process of finishing our WOW activity from last week. We will NOT have a new WOW this week. Spelling words this week are words with at least one suffix added. Some have two! We will be working on writing better sentences this week. They will be challenged to take a simple sentence and expand it by adding an adjective to describe a noun, tell where something happened, tell when something happened, tell how something happened and tell why something happened.
 
MATH:  We are continuing to work on our skills of angle measurements. We will also be working this week on percentages as well as how to figure and add in sales tax, and writing decimals to the thousandths. 
 
SCIENCE: We are nearing the end of our unit on matter. This week we will work on finding the volume of objects. Students will need to know the formula for finding the volume of a 3D object. We will also learn how to find the volume of liquids and irregular shaped objects. 
 

February 4-8

What a week! I hope you all were able to enjoy our extended weekend last week, and more importantly that you stayed warm! We have done our best to reschedule most of the events from Catholic Schools Week that were missed, however, it isn't possible to reschedule ALL of them. We will continue to collect canned goods for our St. Vincent dePaul Society at St. Andrew and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  All donations will be split between the two parishes.Fourth grade is collecting soup. It is time to get ourselves back on track and move forward in our studies, making up the lost time from last week. Here's what we will be working on in the classroom:
 
RELIGION- This week we will begin our indept study of each of the commandments. We are in chapter 9 which covers our 1st Commandment. We will be discussing what it mean for us. The big question: What things do we put ahead of God? 
 
LANGUAGE ARTS-
   WRITTEN EXPRESSION- Our spelling words this week are words that end in or, er, ar. Our W.O.W. for the week is anticipate. We will concentrate on developing better sentences and more descriptive paragraphs. In our grammar studies, we are working on possessive nouns.
    READING- The BFG and Sophie are becoming close friends as their adventures continue! We will be working to identify how they both are changing throughout the story as they deal with the other giants. 
 
MATH- We will continue to work toward mastery of our multiplication and division facts. The lonWe are also increasing the difficulty of our long division problems to those having quotients with a "0" in the answer. This tends to confuse some who like to rush through for quick answers. We will also do a little work with geometric transformations and measuring angles this week. 
 
SCIENCE- This week we will learn how to use a triple beam balance to find the mass of an object. We will seek to understand the difference between mass and weight. We will also begin to learn about the conservation of matter. 
 

January 14-18

It is hard to believe that at the end of the week we are not only half-way through our Second Trimester, but also, half-way through our year! Where has the time gone?! We are diligently working through our goals and objectives for the year. We are also busily preparing for our Catholic Schools Week Open house which will be on Sunday January 27, from 12:00-1:30pm.

Here is what we are working on this week:

 

RELIGION – This week we will finish our look at how God used Moses in His big plan to share his love with us. Students will be making connections to the actions and responses of Pharaoh, the Egyptians, the Israelites, and Moses to Jesus, the apostles and ourselves. Your child should begin to see that God has a plan to use each of us to further His kingdom just as he did with Moses. We will be creating posters to depict the important aspects of the life of Moses.

 LANGUAGE ARTS – We are enjoying our new novel, The BFG! Our focus during this novel will be the setting and how it affects the storyline. We will also be identifying different literary elements such as similes and how they add color to the written word.

Our WOW for the week is tedious.

The spelling words are words with ie and ei.

 MATH – This week we will be continuing to polish our division skills by working problems that have a two digit answer with a remainder. We will also be working on measuring things to the nearest millimeter. We will also be working on how to collect data and use charts and graphs to communicate our findings. Later in the week we will take our mid-year benchmark assessment.

SCIENCE- This week we will continue to look at the states of matter and how they change. There will be a short quiz on that information on Wednesday.

January 7-11

Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a blessed Christmas and a restful 2 week break! It sure did seem to fly by fast! It is always good to take a break, but there is also something good about coming back and getting back into a routine. Please keep an eye on our schedule as we have so many things coming our way as we race through the rest of the year!
As we near the halfway mark of the school year, It might be a good idea to check how your child is faring with school supplies. Many pencil bags are in need of crayons, colored pencils, regular pencils and erasers. If you are inclined to do so, the classroom is in need of paper towels, tissues, quart and gallon baggies, and Clorox wipes. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
RELIGION - We will learn about Moses and his efforts to get the Israelites to the Promised Land. We will hear Bible stories that tell of the ten plaques that haunted the Egyptians and eventually we will understand the need for the Ten Commandments.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - The newest book that we're about to read is "The BFG". The students will follow the adventures of a little girl and a giant, from the walls of an orphanage to the massive caves of Giant Land to the elequent palace of the queen in England. There will be no prompt this week, but we are working on a New Year's improvement plan project. The spelling list includes words with the different sounds of "ou".
 
MATH - We're starting to make headway with the division process. Most students are understanding the whys, but with each new added step to the process, sometimes we struggle. Those who have full understanding are actually having fun with division. This week, we will also understand the meaning of  similar and congruent and we will recognize the smallness of a millimeter.
 
SCIENCE- We will be investigating matter for the next few weeks. This week we are looking at the difference between mixtures and solutions. We will be looking to see how different substances change when combined with other substances.
 

November 26-30

Welcome back! I hope that you all enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving break surrounded by family and friends! As we return, we are gearing up for Christmas in many ways here at school. We have begun our play rehearsals! Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 13 ~ 7:00pm. By then, we will have memorized our lines, warmed up our vocal cords, and learned our entrances and places on stage. This is always a magical evening with our fourth graders helping us to step away from the busyness of the season to reflect on why we celebrate. Along the way, we will have our annual "Adopt a family" fundrasing event here at school where your child will be able to buy a handmade button to support this incredible service project. And of course, we will continue with our studies to the best of our abilities, despite schedule changes due to play practices! Here's what we hope to accomplish this week:

 

Religion- This week we are will be learning about the Liturgical Seasons of the Church year.

 

Language Arts - 

     Reading- We are beginning our next class novel. It's an entertaining story showing the growth of a family who has a bad reputation in the community, but yet they are moved by the Christmas story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We will be focusing our reading strategies on character development, cause and effect and the use of similes used throughout the novel. The students are already enjoying getting to know our crazy cast of characters ~ the Herdman's.

     Written Expression- The vocabulary word of the week is "efficient ". In the prompt, the students will attempt to invent a machine that will help them be efficient in completing a difficult task. The spelling list this week includes words that have suffixes.

 

MATH – We will be looking at several new concepts this week. The most difficult will be learning about the different concepts related to fractions; comparing fractions, ordering fractions, and changing fractions to their equivalent decimals. We will also work with rate word problems and multiplying three digit numbers

 

Science – This week we are using the knowledge we have acquired throughout our study of the earth’s surface, rocks, minerals, weathering and erosion to look at the landscape of Ohio. Students will work together in groups to gather information about different landform regions in Ohio and identify how they were formed and what kinds of natural resources are found in each.

Week of November 12-16

It is hard to believe that we are in the final week of our first trimester. Time is slipping by quickly! At this time we have routines and schedules in place to carry us through the rest of the year successfully...that is until the holidays come around and interrupt everything! We will be beginning Advent when we return from Thanksgiving break. With that comes our Fourth Grade Christmas Pageant preparations. Look for information to come home from Mr. Powers shortly after break.
In the mean time, here's what we look to accomplish in the next week:
 
Religion- We have completed our study of the Saints and have made some great observations about how they lived their lives with fortitude and faith. Such great examples for us! This week, we head back into our book and take a look at sin; venial sins, mortal sins, sins of omission,and sins of commission.
 
Language Arts- 
     Reading- We are continuing to work our way through Because of Winn Dixie. We are learning a lot about cause and effect, and theme as we get to know these characters more. We hope to finish the book by next week.
     Written expression-  Our spelling words this week are words with oi and oy. Our WOW  is diligent.  We will evaluate our own work habits and decide if we have been diligent enough this first trimester or if we need to up our game.
 
Math-  This week we find ourselves working on more word problems as well as dividing with a remainder. This will set the stage for long division which will be coming our way shortly.
 
Science- We are finishing our study of weathering and erosion. There will be a short quiz on Friday. Information can be found in Chapter 5 lesson 3. We will begin our life science unit after Thanksgiving.
 
 

October was certainly full of extra celebrations and activities outside of the classroom! We made it through with some learning along the way. A big thank you to  Lori Figart, Alma Fath and all of the wonderful parents who planned and executed a fun-filled Halloween Party for us last week. A great time was had by all! As we work our way through the activities of November and December, we will work hard with thankfulness and gratitude in mind.
 
RELIGION-  Last week we had a wonderful All Saints Day celebration. Your children did a wonderful job with their presentations of the Saint shield both in the classroom and at Mass. We have been working on our rough draft for our saint reports. We are working to complete the first writing and the revising and editing process, so we can produce the final copy.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS - Reading "Because of Winn Dixie" has been keeping us entertained. It's been an enjoyable book to read as we recognize character traits, settings, and themes. Our WOW for the week is fortitude. Our prompt this week will actually be a revised edition of the third paragraph of our saint report. The word "fortitude" will have to be infused strategically as we tell the reasons the researched saint became a saint. The spelling list this week will include many of the contractions we use in our writings.
 
MATH - The division facts are creeping into the picture. Fact fluency will increase confidence as we develop deeper math skills as we move forward. Your child should be practicing both multiplication and division facts on a regular basis.
 
SCIENCE- This week we are working with some hands on activities as we learn about forces that shape our land. We will look at the effects of weathering, different forms of erosion and depositions.  

October 29-November 2

Last week we celebrated Everybody Counts Week. Thank you to Mrs. Burkhardt and Mrs. Fath for spending time with us last week teaching us about physical adisabilities. We then had a wonderful visit from Nancy Hake, Mrs. Voto's sister. She shared with us her story of how she had to rehab after she was severely burned and how she has gone on to become a Physical Therapist. Ask your children about it ~ it was quite an ispirational story of perserverance that we all learned something from. This week will be a crazy week. In between extra activities of watching our Third Graders perform their "NUTS" show, working with our Little First Grade Buddies, the Halloween Party, All Saints Day and All Soul's Day masses, we will attempt to push on through our studies. Here's what we will be working on:

Religion-  We are working on our rough draft of the Saint report. Our hope is to have the finished product by the end of the week! Shields are due in tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 30) so that we can spend some time in class talking about them in preparation for Thursday's mass. Please try to join us for mass at 9:00. 
 
Language Arts-
      Written Expression- This week's spelling words are irregular verbs. They might need a little extra practice :). We will not have a WOW this week while we work on writing our Saint Reports. They are also working on writing a descriptive paragraph about their Art work ~ a haunted house.
      Reading- We hope to be able to sneak in a few chapters of Because of Winn Dixie this week. Our focus will continue to be on character development. 
 
Math- This week we find ourselves working on the associative property of addition,  as well as honing our skills with word problems and multiplication. 
 
Science- As time permits this week, we will be looking at how weathering and erosion affect our landscape. 

Week of October 15

What an exciting week we had! Thank you to all who helped out with our Run4Fun fundraising and all of the activities on Friday. We surpassed our classroom goal! We will keep you posted about all of fun prizes and when they will be awarded. I'm looking forward to meeting with all of you during Parent- Teacher Conferences this week. If you somehow forgot to schedule, please do not hesitate to contact me. Mrs. Fields and I still have a few open time slots that we can plug you into. Whenever possible, we have tried to consolidate our schedules so that you are able to meet with both of us at the same time. 
 
Here's a peek at what we will be up to in class this week:
 
Religion:  We are beginning our study of the Saints. Research will continue to be done here in class. Directions for the Shield project will be sent home by the end of the week.
 
Language Arts: 
       Written Expression: This week our Spelling words are words with ow and ou. Our WOW  is defiant. We have decided that this week will be our NO PROMPT award. Students will still be responsible for the word and definition and for the vocabulary quiz on Friday, but they will not have to write about it! 
       Reading: We have started our next class novel, Because of Winn Dixie. The author conveys great descriptions of character development, cause and effect and how the setting influences the events of a story.
 
Math: We are working hard at our multiplication facts as well as writing and reading numbers in the hundred thousands through the millions. 
 
Science: We should finish our study of the layers of the earth and types of rocks that make up the crust by the end of the week. We will do some hands on work with identifying types of rocks based on their characteristics: color, luster, texture and hardness. 
 

October 9-12

Thank you all for the amazing support this year's Run4Fun! I believe we have surpassed our classroom goal! Students will get to "cash in" on our class rewards starting next week.  
 
As a reminder, with our Blue Ribbon Celebration scheduled for Friday morning, students are to come to school in their best school uniform. They are to bring clothes to change into for the Run4Fun. As usual, a hot lunch will be available for purchase through Milford Nutrition Services or your child can bring their own lunch. 
 
Although it is a short week, we are squeezing in some academics!
 
In Religion we are beginning our look at the lives of the Saints. We will be assigning each child a Saint to research. They will be doing that here at school. We will send home information regarding the Saint Shield project next week. That is to be done at home and brought in by October 30. We will process in with them for our All Saints' Day Mass on November 1.
In Language Arts this week, our Spelling word list consists of 30 words that they have already had. There is no WOW word or prompt this week. We are reading short articles about famous people and identifying character traits that exhibit a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset.  We are also working on idioms and the distinguishing figurative meanings from the actual meaning. In Math we are working on mixed numbers on a number line and measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch. We are beginning to work on multiplication fact fluency and mastery. Make sure your child is practicing their facts nightly. 
In Science we are working on understanding the characteristics of different rocks and gaining an understanding of the rock cycle. We have walked through the rock cycle with starbursts ~ ask your child to explain. 
 
Have a great week!

October 1-5

Where has the time gone!  It is hard to believe that by the end of this week we are halfway through our first trimester of the year!  We have many things going on over these next few weeks. Next week we will celebrate our Blue Ribbon status with an All School mass, followed by our special program and then finish our day with our annual Run4Fun! Wednesday is another turn in day as we raise funds through pledges for this fun run! Look for more information about all of those activities in our Titan Times!
 
In the mean time, here's a peek at what we hope to accomplish in the classroom...
 
RELIGION - We've finished our study of the Beatitudes, or our "Be Happy-tudes". We have learned how Jesus wants us to be truly happy,  and how if we live by these beatitudes, we can be. We are ready to move into our study of the lives of the saints. We will start with understanding just what it takes to become one.  
LANGUAGE ARTS - We will finish Stone Fox this week and learn of the dramatic ending Willy faces. Our vocabulary word of the week is "Repulsive". Don't be alarmed if you get a letter from your son or daughter this week complaining about food that you have cooked that is just repulsive, because that's what our prompt is all about! Don't take offense, it's a teacher driven assignment.  We will be practicing our letter writing skills and learn how to address a real envelope. Spelling words this week contain words that have the "j" or "soft g" sounds.
 
MATH - Our focus this week revolves around fractions, naming fractions, drawing pictures of fractions, naming mixed numbers, and understanding that cents are a fraction of a dollar.
 
SCIENCE- We have learned about the layers of the earth and what they are made of. We will be looking at, and investigating, how the rocks that make up the earth's crust are made and how scientists identify rocks. 
 

Week of September 24

We had a wonderful, educational, and sacred experience yesterday as we took our Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Hopefully your children came home excited to share their experience and Lourdes holy water with the entire family! This Thursday is our Fall Picture Day.  Students are to come in uniform for these individual and group pictures that will be used in the yearbook.
 
Here's a peek at the rest of our week:
 
Religion: We will be wrapping up our study of the Beatitudes. We have been discussing what they really mean and what they would look like if we were living our lives by them. There will be a quiz on Friday, September 28..
 
Language Arts:
      Reading: We will be working on character point of view and sequencing of events as we continue reading our class novel Stone Fox.
     Written Expression:  Our spelling words this week is composed of words with spelling patterns for the sound. Our WOW for the week is perplexed. Your child will be challenged to explain how they solve an issue when they are perplexed.
 
Math: We are working this week at using inverse operations to find the answer for a missing number in a subtraction problem. We will also be working on finding key words in subtraction word problems. Please be sure your child is practicing their addition and subtraction facts. Multiplication and division is right around the corner!
Science: We have spent a considerable amount of time on the variables in an experiement. So, we are ready to move on into our Earth Science unit. We will be discussing the layers of the earth, and how to identify different types of rocks and minerals before we move into how our land is shaped and how it changes. 

Week of Sept 17

It was so good to see and meet many of you last week at our annual Meet the Teacher night. I feel so blessed to be working with your children each day! They are a sweet, loving and fun group of children. Thank you for sharing them with us. This week should be a relatively "normal" week as far as weeks go! We will spend a little time preparing the kids for the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage that will be at St. Andrew on Sunday evening and then here at the Seton Campus on Monday September 24 at 10:00. Check the bulliten for information about the Sunday experience as well as the Titan Times for any updated information.
 
Here's a peek at our week:
 
Religion:  We are working our way through the Beatitiudes. We are learning that these are the "rules to live by" in order to be truly happy. We will spend a little time "re-writing" them in order to understand them more fully. Ask your child to tell you about them. There will be a test next week.
 
Language Arts: 
     Reading:  We are into our second novel, Stone Fox. This is a great story about a young boy, his grandfather and his dog. In this story the young boy faces some diffficult times, but shows his determination to push through despite being told he is too young. We will be working on understanding character development and sequencing of events. 
     Written Expression:  This week's spelling words are words with the long sound. There will NOT be a spelling menu this week, but there will be different activities each night for them to complete. We will also get them on Spelling City. They will be able to access that from home as well to practice their spelling words. Our WOW for the week is rickety. We will identify what makes something rickety and write a descriptive paragraph describing a rickety object.
 
Math:  We have decided to take a slightly different approach with the math series this week. Be aware that we will NOT be doing all of the lessons in order, but will be trying to group the lessons according to topic. With that in mind we will be working with some geometry. We will be identifying shapes and using a compass to draw a circle with a given radius, finding diameters, identifying lines, line segments and rays as well as identifying parallel and intersecting lines and segments.
 
Science:  We will spend time this week doing a couple of M&M experiments so that we can identify the independent, dependent and controlled variables in our experiments.

Week of Sept 4

Welcome back! The fourth graders are off to a great start! They are readily accepting the challenges we throw their way each day. As we worked our way through some team building activities, they learned to work together to put tooth paste back into its tube, build tall towers with marshmallows and spaghetti, they created a song about a chapter in "Freckle Juice", and have warmed up their math brains with a few activities as well. The students have learned lessons, built memories, and had fun doing the activities. That tends to be our philosophy in fourth grade, to involve the students in activities that will teach them the necessary curriculum. It is our hope that the fourth graders will learn from their successes and continue to be curious and determined learners as they journey through the years of their education.
 
Her's a peek at what we are up to this week:
 
Religion: We are finishing up chapter 1 in our book. We are learning that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. This will be the foundation to understanding our role as disciples.
 
Language Arts: 
     Reading:  This week we will be finishing our look at Freckle Juice. We have introduced the students to the study of the characters and their traits. We are also working on sequencing of events and creating a story map in order to fully understand and remember tthhe story.
     Written Expression:  Last week we had our first spelling unit of the year. They accepted the challenge and did quite well with it. We will continue to build upon their knowledge of spelling patterns throughout the year. Once they have had a word in a spelling list, they will be expected to use it and spell it correctly the rest of the year. This week we are introducing our routine with the WOW words for the year. Our word is ability.  Students will use the dictionary and thesaurus to find the meaning as well as some synonmys and antonyms. We will be working through the writing process with a prompt. This work will be done in class this week to make sure they are understanding the process. After this week, they will be responsible for doing their final copy at home to be turned in on Thursdays. 
 
Math: Your children have great Math brains! We will work on speed and accuracy of their Math facts ~ the foundation needed for all other math work. There will be Math homework every night. It should take no longer than 25 minutes. Please let me know if that is not the case. This week we will work on finding the missing number in a subtraction problem; adding three digit numbers; and subracting two digit and three digit numbers. 
 
Science:  This week we will be finishing our look at the scientific method/ process that will be used throught out the rest of their science career! We will also have the opportunity to do a STEM project along the way.