Monday, October 9, 2017

Sept. 2017                       GO PACKERS!

Religion

We are presently learning about the Blessed Trinity.  Do you know how the Blessed Trinity and a Twix candy bar are alike?  Ask your 3rd or 4th grader.  They will be able to tell you.  Come back next month for my explanation.


Reading

     Presently I am doing Running Records to determine my Guided Reading Groups.  I will give more information about these groups next month.
     In our large reading group we are learning about the author Tomie dePaola.  We have read several of his books and are doing projects.  The students used the Chromes to research Mr. dePaola and fill in a paper about his life.  We have also used his books to work on the following skills:  fact and
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opinion, text-to-self, and the authors point of view.  I have included some pictures of the author's point of view project.  We are now working on the skill cause and effect.
     We watched a video that was an interview with Tomie dePaola.  At the end of the video he said he feels it is important for children to just spend some time reading.  He then ended by telling the student to go and spend some time reading.  The following are pictures of them doing just that.
Sharing a good book



Spelling
   
     We take a pretest on Mondays unless we don't have school on Monday for some reason.  Then we take the pretest on Tuesday.  These tests are written in their planners and will give you an idea of which words your child needs to spend more time on.  Our posttests are taken on Fridays.  If your child gets 100% on the pretest he/she does not have to take the test on Friday.

English

We are working on what is a sentence and what is a fragment.  The students are doing an interactive notebook for this skill.  When they determine that a group of words is a fragment they must tell what part is missing and how to fix it.

Reading Buddies

We are doing Reading Buddies with the Kindergarten.  Every Tuesday we  either go to their room or they come to our room.  We read books to them that are at their level.  Some times my students pick the books and some times Mrs. Lowe's students pick the books.  Both classes look forward to this time.  I have included some pictures of the buddies.

Writing

We have written a paragraph about new planet that the students discover while falling back into space.  This was a combined writing and art project.  I have included a few of the paragraphs here. We are now working on our own books based on the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk.

Library

We have library on Wednesdays.  Please remind your child to return their books to school by then.


Working on art


Monday, February 6, 2017

Feb. 6 - 10 in Grade 4

READING
Guided Reading groups are finishing up.  We will be starting new chapter books next week.
The students are working with partners to create advertisements.  We will be video taping the ads as they are finished.

MATH
We are presently working on multiplication of 2-digits times 1-digit.  Later this week we will be starting 2-digits times 2-digits.  The fourth graders need to practice their multiplication.  This is very important because our nest chapter is division.  Your child will find this next chapter much easier if they know their facts.

SPELLING
This week we are working on spelling words with the /k/ sound.  We have learned that this sound can be spelled with a k, c, or ck.  We have also learned to spell the /kw/ sound with a qu.  Our spelling test is on Friday.  Please make sure your child is practicing their spelling words.

ENGLISH
We are working on identifying verbs and the verb tense.  We also just finished writing stories about angels playing hockey in heaven.  They are displayed in the hallway by the fourth grade room.  Stop in and read them sometime.  We have some every creative writers.
Story Time!
by Randi Jo and Madison

In story time Miss Ploederl reads to our class. The first book we read was Wonder. It was about a boy that was deformed. His name was August, but everybody called him Auggie. He was ten. He was home-schooled until fifth grade. Then he went to a public school. In the end he made lots of friends and even won an award. It was a great book.
Now we are reading Mrs. Meyer is on Fire.  We are about half way through the book. It is funny.
We also do D.E.A.R. time. D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. We usually do it for fifteen minutes or less.

Reading Buddies
By Bradey and Prestynn

We do Reading Buddies with the Kindergarteners.  Braeden’s reading buddy is Levi.  He is a nice buddy.  He likes John Deere tractors.  He is an  active kid.
Prestynn’s reading buddy is Nicholas, and he likes reading I Spy books.  He likes sports.
Courtney’s reading buddy is Iley.  She is nice and sweet. She likes to listen to books.
Bradey’s reading buddy is Nick.  He likes tractors, and his favorite color is light blue. He likes the book Velcome, and he likes to read.
Jett’s reading buddy is Maximo.


What’s Happening in Our Fourth Grade Guided Reading?
By Braeden and Jett

The Amber Brown Group is reading Amber Brown You Can’t Eat Chicken Pox.  A personal rating from Bradey and Prestynn is good.The book is fiction, and it’s exciting! It’s easy to understand.

The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe group gives their book a rating of five out of five stars.  They have read through chapter eleven. They have had a couple of vocabulary worksheets. There are five kids in this group.  There are three girls and two boys.

The Winn Dixie Reading group is reading Because of Winn Dixie.  The story is about a girl who found a dog in the store, and takes the dog home with her.  She keeps the dog, but it is in rough shape.  The star rating for this book is four out of five stars.  In fact this is my, Jett’s, reading group.

Math
By Jack and Walker
          
In the first quarter we learned place value.  We learned ones, tens, hundreds and thousands.  Then we learned millions, ten millions and hundred millions.The last thing we learned was roman numerals.
This quarter we have learned how to subtract correctly, and how to check our math problems to see if we are right.  We have math class before lunch.  Math class is sometimes interrupted by play practice or Music.  Usually we have homework in math.
Now we are working on front end estimating and adding and subtracting four and five digit numbers.

Math
By Jack and Walker
          
In the first quarter we learned place value.  We learned ones, tens, hundreds and thousands.  Then we learned millions, ten millions and hundred millions.The last thing we learned was roman numerals.
This quarter we have learned how to subtract correctly, and how to check our math problems to see if we are right.  We have math class before lunch.  Math class is sometimes interrupted by play practice or Music.  Usually we have homework in math.
Now we are working on front end estimating and adding and subtracting four and five digit numbers.
English Class
By Courtney, Jade, Terese


In English class our teacher is Miss Ploederl. One of the projects we did was a Dear Deer homophone letter.  All thirteen kids had to make a paper deer to go with the project. Before we made the Dear Deer letter, we made practice homophone balls. After we finished, we started our rough draft on the Dear Deer homophone letter. Once we were done with the rough draf,t Miss Ploederl had to look over them. Then when they were done being looked over, we had to type. Then we printed them. On the other days we got different homework pages. Another project we did was a camping paragraph. For the camping paragraph first we had to list things that we heard, saw, and did while camping. After that we picked three things from our list. Then we put them into a paragraph. We drew a picture of us camping to go with it. That is what we do in English class.   

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 31st - June 2nd

Hard to believe it is the last week of school!!  Thank you for your support and help all year!  We had a wonderful, successful year!  We have enjoyed watching your child grow so much this year!  Ms. Ploederl looks forward to working with this group again.  I will truly miss this class, as I feel they are such a hard-working and caring group!

Today we are cleaning and wrapping up loose ends.  Tomorrow is graduation Mass, awards, yearbook signing, picnic, and field day in the afternoon. Thursday is our day to say good-bye and have a great summer!!

Enjoy your summer!!!

Mrs. Cowart and Ms. Ploederl

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23rd - May 27th


Hope your weekend was fantastic and you were able to get outside for some of the weekend!

The chicks are at their new homes and the room seems very empty without them.  We really enjoyed watching them hatch and grow.  They grew very fast and were so friendly.

The habitat mobiles turned out great!  The students put so much effort into their research and pictures.  I love reading about the information they find!

There will be a spelling test this Friday.  I know it is the end of the year, but please continue to study each night.

The students who passed their multiplication facts test will have their ice cream party to celebrate on Thursday.  I am so proud of how hard they worked!!

Our end of year field trip is Wednesday.  We will be seeing a movie and hopefully, if the weather cooperates, going to Memorial Park.  There will be pizza for lunch at the park.

May/June Calendar

23rd - S- Surprise Day!  Teachers will have a surprise in class today.
24th - T - Treat Day!  Bring in healthy snacks to enjoy in class today.
25th - End of year school field trip
26th - V - Victory Day!  Wear your favorite sports or team wear. Ice Cream party for students who earned it by passing their multiplication tests.
27th - Mass with Bishop Ricken
30th - No School Memorial Day
31st - X Day! - Xtra clean and fun day!
1st - Y Day!  Your last full day!  Graduation, awards, picnic and games today.
2nd - Z Day! Zip up your backpack and zoom home for the Zummer!!!
Have a wonderful week!!

Mrs. Cowart and Ms. Ploederl

Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16th - 20th

After a very cold weekend it is looking like a gorgeous week!

Our chicks are getting so big already!  We have enjoyed holding them and watching them run on the floor that is covered with newspapers.  I've attached a few pictures at the end of this blog.

In math we will continue to work on fractions.  In order to earn the ice cream party all students need to have their multiplication facts mastered by May 20th.  We are so close to having the entire class be able to come to the party.  Keep working on these at home even if they finished the tests.  Next year they need know these in order to succeed in harder multiplication and division problems.

We will have a spelling list coming home this week. 

We are still working on researching our habitats for Science and making mobiles. 

Our field trip to the Packer Stadium is tomorrow.  Students should wear Packer clothes or St. Edward clothes.  They  need a disposable lunch and can bring up to $10 to spend in the Pro Shop.  Thank you to the chaperone volunteers from our room, Mrs.  Kurey,  Mr. Biese, and Mrs. Evers.


May Calendar

16th - N - New Neighbor Day - Sit by a friend in class today.
17th - Field Trip to Packer Stadium - Wear Packer clothes or St Edward wear
18th - P - Pajama Day
19th - Q - Quiet Day - Work under your desk today.
20th - Mass with some Spanish 
           R - ready a book in class today.
23rd - S- Surprise Day!  Teachers will have a surprise in class today.
24th - T - Treat Day!  25th - End of year school field trip
26th - V - Victory Day!  Wear your favorite sports or team wear.27th - Mass with Bishop Ricken
30th - No School Memorial Day
31st - X Day! - Xtra clean and fun day!
1st - Y Day!  Your last full day!  Graduation, awards, picnic and games today.
2nd - Z Day! Zip up your backpack and zoom home for the Zummer!!!
Have a wonderful week!!

Mrs. Cowart and Ms. Ploederl








Monday, May 9, 2016

May 9th - 13th

It was great to see so many of you at Blooming Bonanza!  Thanks for making it such a great weekend and a huge success!

We have 11 new additions to our classroom.  They are so cute and fluffy!!  Eleven out of eighteen chicks is a great hatch and we are very excited!  We let them run around on newspapers today while we sat in a circle on the floor.


In math we will continue to work on fractions.  In order to earn the ice cream party all students need to have their multiplication facts mastered by May 18th.  We are so close to having the entire class be able to come to the party.  Keep working on these at home even if they finished the tests.  Next year they need know these in order to succeed in harder multiplication and division problems.

We will have a spelling list coming home this week.

We are still working on researching our habitats for Science and making mobiles.


May Calendar

9th - I- Inside out and backwards day- wear your clothes crazy today
10th - Meeting about next year for fourth and fifth grade parents at 4:30pm in the 4/5 classroom.
         J - Jogging Day!  Jog around the track today for the iRun
11th - Early Release
         K - Karaoke Day - Sing a song in class today.
12th - L - Let's Be Crazy today - Let's wear crazy hats today.
13th - Mass
          M - Marvelous Art Day - Puffy paint our socks today
16th - N - New Neighbor Day - Sit by a friend in class today.
17th - Field Trip to Packer Stadium - Wear Packer clothes or St Edward wear
18th - P - Pajama Day
19th - Q - Quiet Day - Work under your desk today.
20th - Mass
           R - ready a book in class today.
25th - End of year school field trip
27th - Mass with Bishop Ricken
30th - No School Memorial Day

Have a wonderful week!!

Mrs. Cowart and Ms. Ploederl