Welcome to Marquette (4th Grade)
Weekly Update 1/13January 13, 2020I hope you all stayed warm during the snowy weekend. This morning scholars had the opportunity to share any prayer intentions they had. Seve ...
I hope you all stayed warm during the snowy weekend. This morning scholars had the opportunity to share any prayer intentions they had. Several scholars prayed for Puerto Rico and the recent earthquakes that have happened there. I know a few families have family members that are there, please know that we are thinking of them praying for their safety.
This week we have a fairly normal schedule. The only “special” day is Wednesday when we have MAPS testing. I made a typo on the weekly homework sheet and said that MAPS was Tuesday and not Wednesday, I apologize for that. With MAP testing there is a possibility that we may not get to our Math lesson that day so there may not be homework, otherwise all the other homework that is listed on there will be correct.
Please make sure on Tuesday night scholars are getting plenty of sleep and that they eat a good breakfast Wednesday morning. Our testing time starts right away Wednesday so it will be really important that scholars are on time, so they are not disrupting others who are testing, and so that they themselves do not feel rushed.
Have a great week!
Weekly Update 1/6January 5, 2020Good Evening 4th Grade Families, I hope you all enjoyed your break and were able to spend time with friends and families. Here is what is ...
Good Evening 4th Grade Families,
I hope you all enjoyed your break and were able to spend time with friends and families. Here is what is planned for this week:
Monday: Regular schedule, spelling worksheet due Tuesday, Reading Log due Friday, Math worksheet due Tuesday
Tuesday: Seton All Network Mass If your scholar has not returned their permission slip please check backpacks and folders. Scholars who do not return the slip will not be allowed to attend. Homework will be a reading log due on Friday, spelling Tic Tac Toe due on Friday, and a math worksheet due on Wednesday.
Wednesday: Regular schedule, Spelling Tic Tac Toe due Friday, Reading Log due on Friday, and Math worksheet due Thursday.
Thursday: Early Release at 1:15. Reading Log due Friday and Tic Tac Toe due Friday.
Friday: Spirit Wear Day.
Weekly Update 12/16December 16, 2019Good Afternoon 4th Grade Families, It is hard to believe that we are in the final countdown to Christmas Break. These last few weeks have ...
Good Afternoon 4th Grade Families,
It is hard to believe that we are in the final countdown to Christmas Break. These last few weeks have flown by. I wanted to send out a quick schedule for this week and a little blurb about what we've been up to.
Tuesday: Regularly Scheduled Programming: Uniform Day
Wednesday: Snowman Village 9:30-10:00, Uniform Day
The Catholic East PTO is hosting a Snowman Village Holiday Store. During this program, your scholar will have the opportunity to shop for their very own inexpensive, high quality gifts for family and friends during school hours. All items are priced from 25 cents to $10.00 with most ranging between $2.00 and $6.00. Gifts will be wrapped in "peek-proof" bags so that no surprises are spoiled. Please send money with your child in an envelope the day of the event.
Thursday: Concert Night: Scholars may come to school in their Christmas Concert outfit or their uniform. If they are dressed down, a violation will be written, and they will need to change.
Friday: Christmas Party at the end of the day:
2nd-8th Grade will be allowed to wear their favorite ugly sweater or appropriate Christmas attire:
“Ugly” Christmas Sweater
Christmas colors (green, red, white)
Jeans are okay if you are wearing Christmas colors with them
Any scholar who does not follow through with these rules will be issued a uniform violation, parents will be contacted, and the scholar will need to change before returning to class.
ELA: We are cruising through our unit on Storytelling. We have read a story from Indigenous People from the Pacific Northwest. This week we read two stories from the American Frontier. Next week we will be looking at another story from Indigenous People and a couple stories from Africa. The goal of this unit is to explain how storytelling and folktales are used to persevere cultures.
Math: We are continuing to work on division using different strategies. Keep practicing the multiplication facts at home!
Science: We started a new unit on energy. This introductory energy unit will encourage students to think about the energy that things need to move. Students will explore how energy makes things go, from powering vehicles to moving one’s body. Students will experiment with rubber bands to discover the relationship between how much energy is stored in a material and how much is released. They will investigate the role that hills play in making roller coasters move and the energy transfer that happens when two objects collide. Students will realize that thinking about the world in terms of energy helps them make sense of how and why things speed up and slow down. Hands-on activities focus on engineering, testing hypotheses and using results to develop their ideas.
Social Studies: This week we are starting Chapter 5 which focuses on the Lead Rush, The Black Hawk War, and the process Wisconsin went through to become a state.
Religion: We will continue to decorate our Jesse tree and share the story of Christmas.
I know that this is a busy time for everyone and the sickness is going around. If your child is going to be missing school, please let me or the school know as soon as possible!
Have a great week!
Weekly Update 10/11October 11, 2019Good Afternoon 4th Grade Families, We had another fantastic week in 4th grade. Here is what we've been up to! ...
Good Afternoon 4th Grade Families,
We had another fantastic week in 4th grade. Here is what we've been up to!
ELA: We have read the first 7 chapters of the Percy Jackson book and have been working on describing characters, summarizing chapters, and identifying heroes. We also learned about note taking strategies to get us ready for the end of the unit project.
Math: We are quickly coming up to the end of our first mission. The mission ends with multi-step word problems. Scholars will receive a review sheet on Monday and will have the test on Wednesday.
Social Studies: We are almost done with the project presentations. Next week we will start on Chapter 3 which is all about the first people to live in Wisconsin.
Science: We will be wrapping up our lesson on how our eyes work in the dark and then will be moving on to a lesson on how our brain controls our bodies.
Religion: Mrs. Dahlgren and I have been working on going through the vocations and what each one of them means.
Please see the attachments below for the Yo-Yo sales as well as the information for Battle of the Books.
Weekly Update 8/26August 30, 2019Happy Friday Fourth Grade Families! It has been an amazing week here in the 4th grade. I feel so blessed and honored to be teaching all o ...
Happy Friday Fourth Grade Families!
It has been an amazing week here in the 4th grade. I feel so blessed and honored to be teaching all of these incredible kiddos. We have spent the week getting back into the swing of things and practicing our rules, routines, and procedures. We've also spent a lot of time learning about each other. I will be sending home a letter introducing myself this weekend so you can get to know me better as your child's teacher.
On Tuesday I sent home several surveys about your scholars. Thank you so much to those of you who sent them back right away. I know the beginning of the year can be overwhelming with all the paper work that is being sent home and needing to be returned.
Each Friday I will send home a weekly update with things that we worked on in class that week. I will also put any reminders in for the upcoming week. I try to put the weekly newsletter on my classroom page as well in case you missed it.
This weekend I will also send out a copy of our classroom expectations, routines, and procedures, behavior system, and uniform expectations.
Reminders for Next Week:
Monday: No School
Friday: Spirit Wear Day- refer to the handbook for rules
Snack: This year scholars will have the opportunity to have a morning snack during their morning lessons. Feel free to send your scholar with a snack. Hand-held snacks, or snacks in bags are ideal since they will be working and eating. We ask that you consider sending healthy snacks like fruit, granola bars, yogurt etc. Please shy away from sending things like chips, cookies, or candy. Scholars will not be allowed to eat candy as a snack. Please do not send juice or soda with snack. Scholars will be allowed to get a drink from the water fountain if they are thirsty. There is a nut allergy in our class, so we ask that you do not send snacks with nuts in them. **While I do have extra snacks for scholars who forget snacks every once in a while, I do not have snacks for scholars who do not have snack every day. If you are able to donate snacks to our classroom for our friends who forget from time to time please let me know, and make sure that they are individually wrapped.**
Water Bottles: Scholars may bring a water bottle to school to keep in their classroom to drink from throughout the day. The bottle may only have water in it, no Gatorade, juice, soda, etc. This year we are asking that for safety no glass water bottles are sent, and to send water bottles that are reusable, plastic, and clear.
Weekly Update 3/29March 29, 2019This week 4A finished up their Math Forward exam. Next week we will be taking the Science portions. We will continue with a normal homework ...
This week 4A finished up their Math Forward exam. Next week we will be taking the Science portions. We will continue with a normal homework schedule from here until the end of the year, unless I email stating otherwise.
Tuesday- Testing from 8:30-9:30
Wednesday- Honor Roll Breakfast at 7:15 am for 3rd-5th grade. Testing from 9:30-10:30
Thursday- Lenten Reconciliation Prayer Service from 9:30-10:30
Friday- Spirit Wear Day. In-class poetry slams.
Weekly Update 3/22March 22, 2019Good Morning 4A Parents, We finally made it to Friday and finished our first week of Forward testing! Thank you so much for helping your ...
Good Morning 4A Parents,
We finally made it to Friday and finished our first week of Forward testing! Thank you so much for helping your scholars get to school on time and be prepared for the testing. Here is what is happening next week in 4A.
Monday- We will be finishing up the ELA portion of the Forward exam starting at 8:30. This is our make-up day from Tuesday when we weren't able to test due to server problems. This is the listening portion of the ELA test so please remind your scholars to have headphones for this section.
Tuesday- Math session 1 Forward testing starting at 8:30.
Wednesday- Math session 2 Forward testing starting at 9:30. After school will be the informational meeting for Girls Running Club 3:30-approx 3:50.
Thursday- All School Mass at Holy Rosary with Saints for Success. Choir scholars are Lauren and Kayleigh.
Friday- Fish Fry
Here is the link for Gala donations if you need it: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2XI74PWLDTJ0Z/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist
Have a great weekend!
Weekly Update 3/15March 15, 2019Good afternoon 4A Families, Today 4th grade spent all morning preparing for the Forward Exam next week. We test Monday, Tuesday, and Wedn ...
Good afternoon 4A Families,
Today 4th grade spent all morning preparing for the Forward Exam next week. We test Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We will be taking the ELA sessions (written language, listening, reading, and writing). The scholars are bringing home the examples we worked through today, and can continue to practice at home. Here is the link for the practice questions: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/WI/portals/wi all of the login information is right on the screen, they don't need any other credentials.
Next week there will not be spelling or reading homework so that scholars can come home, relax, and get a good night's sleep. Our testing sessions start right away at 8:30 sharp. Please make sure scholars are on time to school on testing days, and have eaten a good breakfast. We will be providing a healthy snack for all scholars Monday-Wednesday so please do not send any snacks on those days. Scholars will need headphones for the test on Tuesday. Please check with your scholars that their headphones are working and if they need a new pair. If you have any questions about testing please contact Mrs. Starr, Miss Jones, or myself.
Our cantor singers next week for Mass are: Khamiah and Evelyn.
Weekly Update 3/11March 11, 2019Good afternoon 4A Families, Here are some updates for this week. In ELA scholars are in their second week of our new unit. In this uni ...
Good afternoon 4A Families,
Here are some updates for this week.
In ELA scholars are in their second week of our new unit. In this unit we are reading Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. This unit is all about poetry and each week scholars will be writing at least one poem in their poetry journals.
In Social Studies we are taking our Chapter 5 test tomorrow. Scholars received their review last week Wednesday and have had plenty of class time to complete it. The test is very short and I anticipate scholars to do well.
Our Cantor scholars this week are Logan and Stormy.
We have Wisconsin Forward Testing coming up in the next couple of weeks. We will be taking the ELA sections on March 18th, 19th, and 20th and the math sections on March 26th and 27th. Some of the days we will be testing right away in the morning so it is very important that scholars are coming to school on time. We will be practicing for the test and doing some sample tests next week in class. Here is a link to the practice website so that scholars can take practice tests and learn about the test online https://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward/sample-items
Weekly Update 2/22February 22, 2019This week in ELA we continued our unit on biographies. The scholars wrote their rough draft of their bio paragraphs and continued their rese ...
This week in ELA we continued our unit on biographies. The scholars wrote their rough draft of their bio paragraphs and continued their research. In Social Studies we started Chapter 5 which talks about Wisconsin becoming a state and the branches of government.
The permission slip for skating is due next Friday.
Trimester 2 ends on Wednesday, March 5th. This means that all late work must be turned into me by next Friday, March 1st. This weekend would be a good time for scholars to check PowerSchool and make a list of their missing assignments. If they give me the list I can gather the work for them to do. I have been entering grades throughout the day and will continue to do so over the weekend.
Next Friday is Dress Like a Book Character Day
Weekly Update 2/15February 15, 2019Thank you so much for coming out to conferences this week, it was great to see all of you! I will be updating my grade book over the weekend ...
Thank you so much for coming out to conferences this week, it was great to see all of you! I will be updating my grade book over the weekend and entering in any missing work that was turned in this week. By Monday night everything should be in. Here are some reminders for next week:
-No school on Monday.
-4A will have their Social Studies test on Tuesday when we return. We spent a lot of time reviewing for this test and scholars completed a review sheet in class this week. I also checked a majority of their reviews to ensure they had correct answers. Here is the link for the Kahoot! online study game that they can play to prepare over the weekend: https://create.kahoot.it/share/4th-grade-social-studies-chapter-4/a95b20df-6fc2-4c8c-b4c7-ecb43870bab1
-Friday is Twins/Triplets/Multiples Day
Important UpdatesFebruary 1, 2019Hi Everyone, 4A is going to be very busy next week so I wanted to send out the schedule now so that you can look for these permission sli ...
4A is going to be very busy next week so I wanted to send out the schedule now so that you can look for these permission slips in your scholar's backpacks. If scholars could bring back both permission slips on Monday that would be fantastic so we don't have to chase people down the mornings of the trips.
Wednesday- Field trip to Urban Ecology. This will be from 12-2. Scholars may dress down for this trip and should be in weather appropriate clothing. Unless it is raining or dangerously cold we will be outside for the entirety of the trip. With the rain in the forecast over the next few days I would highly recommend scholars wear boots that can get dirty. The trails can get pretty muddy.
Thursday- Field trip to see the play Hundred Dresses. One of CEE's own, Elliott Bleything, is in the play, and this is also a BOB book for those who are competing. Scholars must be in uniform for this trip.
Friday- Athletic Wear/Spirit Wear Day. This is the make up dress up day from earlier this week. Since it is Athletic wear scholars may wear sweatpants.
If scholars would like to donate to our dress for the cause foundation I will accept money until Friday. Regular homework schedule will start up again next week.
Have a great weekend!
Catholic Schools WeekJanuary 27, 2019Hi Everyone, I hope you are all staying warm in this frigid weather! I wanted to send out a reminder of the dress up days this week. M ...
I hope you are all staying warm in this frigid weather! I wanted to send out a reminder of the dress up days this week.
Monday: Crazy Hair/Mismatch Day
Tuesday: Dress as a book character day and bring a book for reading. **Weather permitting we will be walking over to Holy Rosary for Living Rosary.** Please be sure your scholar has appropriate cold weather gear.
Wednesday: Athletic Wear Day
Thursday: Twin/Triplet/Multiples Day **Weather permitting we will be walking over to Holy Rosary for All School Mass.** Please be sure your scholar has appropriate cold weather gear.
Friday: Color for a Cause Day, an email will be sent out by Tuesday with the cause our class has chosen. We will be doing bowling in the morning with the Talent Show in the gym at 1:30.
Have a great week!
Kick Off to Catholic Schools Week!January 26, 2019This Sunday, January 27, we will begin our week-long celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2019! We are so excited to join together for our 9 ...
This Sunday, January 27, we will begin our week-long celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2019! We are so excited to join together for our 9:00 mass at the St. John’s Cathedral followed by an Open House from 11:00-12:30 at both HR and SSPP.
Please join us as we celebrate our faith, our school, and especially our scholars. We look forward to you stopping by our classroom to see samples of the scholars’ work while learning about the many engaging activities that happen every day. In addition, this is a great opportunity to visit the 5th grade classroom, meet the teachers, and learn about what your scholar will experience next year!
We are very proud of CEE and look forward to seeing you this Sunday.
Weekly Update 1/20January 20, 2019We had another great week here in the 4th grade. We are in full swing of our new ELA unit on Biographies. The scholars seem to be loving it ...
We had another great week here in the 4th grade. We are in full swing of our new ELA unit on Biographies. The scholars seem to be loving it which is awesome. In this unit so far, we have covered what a biography is, what the difference is between an autobiography and biography, and the work that goes into writing biographies. We have also talked briefly about author bias and point of view. The scholars have had many writing opportunities as well. They interviewed a scholar in their class and then wrote a biographical paragraph using the information from the interview. They also wrote a true story from their lives in first person point of view and then switched it to third person the next day.
I am excited to continue the unit this week focusing on non-fiction text features. This week there will be no spelling or reading homework.
In Social Studies we are quickly wrapping up our chapter on the Fur Trade Era here in Wisconsin, and will be preparing for a test in the next week or so.
We will be finishing up our MAP testing on Thursday and Friday morning. We will be completing the Math portion of the test on Thursday and Friday morning. Scholars have spent several weeks preparing for the test, and I am confident they will do well. The best way to help your child prepare for the test is to have them practice at home using the links on the school website, ensure that they are getting plenty of sleep the nights before the test, and eating a filling breakfast the morning of. Please look out for an email towards the end of the week that will detail the information for Catholic Schools Week.
Weekly PreviewDecember 14, 2018Hi Everyone, It's hard to believe that we are heading into our final week before Christmas break. I wanted to send out an email layin ...
It's hard to believe that we are heading into our final week before Christmas break. I wanted to send out an email laying out the schedule for next week and what to expect. Next week Friday the whole school will be participating in Christmas rotations, similar to the ones we did for Halloween. For the activities the school is looking for some supply donations so that we will have enough. We are looking for the following: toothpicks, bags of small marshmallows, bags of large marshmallows, and any items you would use for crafting (yarn, sequins, pon poms, etc.) If you have any of these items lying around your house we would love to take them off your hands! Thank you in advance.
Monday: Scholars will have a "dress rehearsal" for the Christmas concert in the morning. Scholars will be in uniform. This will be a regular school day for the late morning and afternoon.
Tuesday: Regular school day.
Wednesday: Morning Christmas concert at the SSPP church. Scholars may dress up according to the dress code that Mrs. Parlier sent out. There will be no afternoon Kids Campus this day.
Thursday: VIP Day in the morning. I need all rsvps by Monday. Scholars will be allowed to Dress Up this day as well. There will be a regular schedule in the afternoon.
Friday: Holiday party and rotations in the afternoon. Scholars have a Christmas Spirit Wear day. Please see a future email about Christmas party details.
Scholars will be receiving reading logs and spelling homework next week as well.
Weekly Update 12/3December 3, 2018There's a couple of things that I wanted to bring to your attention as we get another week started here in 4A. VIP Day: Today yo ...
There's a couple of things that I wanted to bring to your attention as we get another week started here in 4A.
VIP Day: Today your scholar will be coming home with a blue and white striped invitation for VIP Day on Dec. 20. Miss Villareal and Mrs. Kopplin came up with this idea and the kids are very excited about it. Scholars are allowed to invite 1 important person in their life to come to school with them in the morning. We will be walking to Holy Rosary for an all school mass and then coming back to our classroom for a fun activity. The VIPs are invited to stay for lunch (brunch lunch) if they would like. VIP day will run from 7:55-12:30 at the SSPP campus (HR is doing the same thing but their schedule may look different than ours). VIPs have the choice of walking with us or they can drive to HR and meet us there. VIPs not required to stay the whole time if it doesn't work with their schedules. I need to know if your child is bringing a VIP and if the VIP is taking hot lunch (it will be a cost of $3) by Monday Dec. 17. This way I can make sure I have enough materials for our activity and I can get the lunch count in to the correct people. You can send your child's RSVP on sheet of paper or on the back of the VIP invitation. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Rosary Club will be held this Wednesday right after school.
Thursday All School Mass: 4th grade has mass parts on Thursday. The parts are as follows: Xavier- server, Roman and Josniel- petition readers, Kayleigh, Lauren, Josalyn- Gift bearers.
Buddy Project- On Thursday 4A will also be doing a buddy project with their buddy class in the afternoon. Please make sure your scholar has winter gear (coat, gloves, hat, scarf) for this day since we will be walking to the other campus.
Friday Spirit Wear- Scholars may be dressed in spirit wear on Friday. No ripped jeans or leggings as pants. Please refer to the handbook for dress expectations.
I believe this covers everything. Again if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask!
Welcome Back!November 26, 2018Hello 4th grade families and welcome back from Thanksgiving break! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and was able to spend quality ...
Hello 4th grade families and welcome back from Thanksgiving break!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and was able to spend quality time with their families.
This week 4th grade resumes back to their regular ELA homework schedule. Today both classes received a spelling worksheet. This is the worksheet that is given out every Monday and is due on Tuesday. Scholars are expected to sort their words 2 different ways, examples of sorts are listed on the bottom. Scholars may also sort their words by their patterns if they would like. Scholars need to sort a total of 10 words to receive full credit (this is a 10 point assignment).
Scholars were assigned their reading log today as well. The reading log is located in their assignment notebook. They are required to write down how many pages they read, how long they read for (should be 20 min), they need an adult's signature, and then they sign their own reading log. This is worth 4 points and it is due every Friday.
Tomorrow they will receive their Tic Tac Toe spelling sheets. This is to be completed in their spelling notebooks and turned in on Friday.
Scholars are expected to write their spelling words into their assignment notebooks every Monday (it is part of our morning routine) so that they have a copy in case they left them at school.
In Social Studies 4th grade will continue learning about the early native settlers here in Wisconsin.
Weekly Update 11/6November 6, 2018It was great meeting with all of you last week to talk about your scholars. We have an amazing class this year and I feel so bless ...
It was great meeting with all of you last week to talk about your scholars. We have an amazing class this year and I feel so blessed to be able to teach these scholars this year. As I said in conferences, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to email and ask! This week we go back to our regular homework schedule. We had a spelling sheet due today, the spelling tic tac toe sheet due on Friday, and a reading log due on Friday as well. 4A will not have Math today because of our field trip so there will most likely not be math homework until tomorrow.
In ELA, 4A has started our novel, Percy Jackson Lightening Thief, and they are loving it! As we are reading the book we are working on describing the characters in the story and understanding the different figurative language (similes and metaphors), and prepositional phrases that we find in the book.
We have a Social Studies test tomorrow. Scholars received their review sheets last week and we will be reviewing in class today. Next week we will start our next chapter in our Social Studies books which is on early settlers in WI.
On Thursday the following scholars will be in choir: Khamiah and Evelyn.
A Night with BangoOctober 18, 2018A couple weeks ago Xavier, Stormy, and Roman had the opportunity to represent CEE at an event with SHARP Literacy at Discovery World. These ...
A couple weeks ago Xavier, Stormy, and Roman had the opportunity to represent CEE at an event with SHARP Literacy at Discovery World. These scholars greeted guests as they arrived at the venue and then had the opportunity to ask questions the Milwaukee Bucks basketball players that were there! Great job Roman, Stormy, and Xavier! #allin #service #community
ELA and Social Studies Update 10/8October 8, 2018I hope you all had a relaxing long weekend. I wanted to send out a weekly update letting you know what the 4th grade scholars have been work ...
I hope you all had a relaxing long weekend. I wanted to send out a weekly update letting you know what the 4th grade scholars have been working on in ELA and Social Studies.
Attached to this email is a parent letter that was sent home last week letting you know about of first novel based unit in ELA. I wanted to give you an electronic version just in case the paper copy did not come home.
Both classes will be beginning their 5 regions project in class this week. 4B parents you should have received an email from me last week with all of the info in it. 4A parents, I will be sending you a separate email with all the details (4A is about one day behind 4B). I am going to change the due date of the project for both classes to be Thursday Oct. 18. This way each class will get an even amount of time in class to work on the projects and they will all be coming in on the same day. This is predominately an in class project so the posters should not be traveling to and from school.
**Please check Powerschool to make sure your child is not missing anything. I will be entering in grades for assignments I received last Thursday and this morning throughout the day and tonight. All missing and late work from the month of September was due today per my email last week.**
Weekly Update 9/28September 28, 2018In ELA we wrapped up the First 20 Days and are well prepared to start our first novel based unit on Monday. We are starting off the year wit ...
In ELA we wrapped up the First 20 Days and are well prepared to start our first novel based unit on Monday. We are starting off the year with Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson: Lightening Thief. There will be a parent letter going home on Monday letting you know what we will be covering in this unit so stay tuned for that!
In Social Studies we learned about the Ice Age and the effects it had here in Wisconsin. We talked about the many land forms and features found here and why they are special. Next week we will be jumping into our first big project of the year!
In Religion the scholars have continued to learn about the Catholic Social Teaching Principles and will be wrapping up our unit next week.
In Science, we have been learning about physical and behavioral adaptations. We are getting close to wrapping up our Life Science unit which will end with a final project. More info about that will take place next week!
In Math, scholars have been reviewing everything they have learned about place value and rounding in preparation for their quiz on Monday!
**Parents please check Powerschool to ensure that your scholar has been turning in their work. Several scholars are missing reading logs and spelling homework. I will accept late work until Monday Oct. 8. After Oct. 8 whatever is not turned in cannot be made up.**
Coming up next week:
-Tues. Oct. 2: All school prayer service at Holy Rosary
-Tues. Oct. 2: Field Trip to Urban Ecology (4A only!) please see separate email for all the info.
-Wed. Oct. 3: Picture Day Scholars may dress up or in uniform. Please reference the handbook for dress up questions.
-Wed. Oct. 3: Home and School Meeting at 6:00
-Thurs. Oct. 4: Mass at SSPP, see below for scholar parts
-Fri. Oct. 5: No School
The following scholars have Mass parts this upcoming week:
Gift Bearers: Lucy, Josalyn
Ushers: Lauren, Logan
The Final Countdown!June 1, 2018Hello All, I can't believe that we have entered into our final week of school! It feels like we just started yesterday. This past yea ...
I can't believe that we have entered into our final week of school! It feels like we just started yesterday. This past year has been amazing getting to know these scholars and seeing them grow. I know that all of these amazing scholars will do great things next year in the 5th grade and even greater things in middle school.
Here is what our FINAL week of the 2017-2018 school year will look like:
Monday: Visit Day: Scholars will visit the next grade up to get a sneak peek at what their next year will look like.
Tuesday: Field Day: Please see the email I sent out with colors and group assignments.
Wednesday: Extra Recess Day: We will be spending some extra time outside with recess and planting in our victory gardens.
Thursday: Clean Up and ALL DAY 4 Square Day: We will be having a pizza party this day as well as cleaning out and up our classroom.
Friday: End of the Year Mass: Please see the information that was sent home for logistics.
Weekly UpdateMay 14, 2018I just wanted to send out an update on what has been going on in the 4th grade. ELA: We are nearing the end of our Storytelling Uni ...
I just wanted to send out an update on what has been going on in the 4th grade.
ELA: We are nearing the end of our Storytelling Unit and will be embarking on our final "big writing piece this week." The scholars have really enjoyed this unit and are excited to do their final writing piece.
Math: You probably have noticed that there has been fewer pieces of Math homework over the last week. That is simply do to the end of the year testing and the time we have been taking to do our Career Fair project. After the Career Fair this week Math will be back on our normal schedule and you will see more homework coming home. In Math we jumped into a unit on Geometry and scholars will be learning how to use a protractor this week, and will learn how to measure angles.
Social Studies: We are wrapping up the Career Fair this week. The scholars have loved this project and can't wait to share their jobs with you on Wednesday. When we aren't working on the project we have been busy reading different stories of immigrants who came to Wisconsin long ago and helped shape our great state's history.
Religion: Scholars have been learning about community and how to work and live in a community with the common good in mind. They have also been busy selling candy bars before school to raise money for CRS. We have sold so much already that we have had to restock our candy! Thank you to those who sent money with their scholars to buy candy!
MAPS and Forward testing is finally over for the 4th grade! I am so incredibly proud of how the scholars did on their final MAPS test this year. Look for the scores to be coming home in a week or so.
Wednesday: Career Fair in SSPP gym at 1:45. Scholars may dress up or dress as their career. No jeans or sweatpants.
Friday: SSPP Spring Concert in the church at 2:30. Scholars may dress up; no jeans or sweatpants.
April/May UpdateMay 1, 2018Hi All, I know it's been a while since I have posted; Spring time is a busy time for the 4th grade. We just wrapped up our Wisconsin ...
I know it's been a while since I have posted; Spring time is a busy time for the 4th grade. We just wrapped up our Wisconsin Forward testing and we are now jumping into the Spring MAPS testing. 4th grade also finished up their Fountas and Pinell testing and I am happy to say that everyone moved up at least 1 level! I am so proud of the scholars and they are so excited to pick new books. Check out the video above to see the awesome Earth Day Activity the scholars participated in. Here is an update on what we have been doing in each subject:
ELA: We have read a variety of folktales from different cultures and have been practicing summarizing and comparing them. We are now starting the writing projects where we will be changing the ending of one folktale as well as writing our own.
Math: We just finished up Mission 3 and have started Mission 4. Mission 4 is all on Geography. Look for the parent tip emails to be sent home.
Social Studies: We have started Chapter 6 which is on immigrants and migrants. We are looking at the push and pull factors of many different families and identifying what drew so many people to Wisconsin. This week we also started research for our Career Fair. The fair will be held on Thursday May 17 in the gym.
Religion: We wrapped up Chatper 4 with a lesson on venil and mortal sin and we have now stared Chapter 5 on living in a community and the common good. Today 4th and 5th grade started their service project of selling candy bars before school. Their goal is to sell enough candy bars to buy a cow to send to a family in Africa through Catholic Relief Services.
Important Dates for May:
Wed. May 2 MAP Testing
Thurs. May 3 Gala
Fri. May 4 Dress down day and Early Release at 1:00
Wed. May 9 MAP Testing
Thurs. May 17 Career Fair 1:15
Fri. May 18 Spring Concert 2:15
Mon. May 28 No School
Thurs. May 31 All School Mass
Happy MarchMarch 7, 2018Check out the video above for the happenings in 4th grade! Important Dates: 3/8 Rice Bowl Presentations and Reconciliation Mass 3/9 ...
Check out the video above for the happenings in 4th grade!
3/8 Rice Bowl Presentations and Reconciliation Mass
3/9 Fish Fry and Report Cards go home
3/11 Day Light Savings Time
All For Books $1 or more donations due Mon. 3/12
3/13 Book Fair starts and Dress Down Day for scholars who brought in a dollar for All For Books
3/16 Fish Fry, no Book Fair
February Check InFebruary 21, 2018Hi Everyone, It's been a very busy month here in the 4th grade. If you check out the video above, Sara, Katelyn, and Amani will tell ...
It's been a very busy month here in the 4th grade. If you check out the video above, Sara, Katelyn, and Amani will tell you all about our last week. It does get hard to hear at some points because recess was occurring just outside the doors! I have the video summed up below:
In ELA we have finished up the Greek Mythology unit and have now started a unit on storytelling. Next week we will read through the play "Pushing Up the Sky." This week we took a deep look at what storytelling is and wrote an informative essay on storytelling.
In Social Studies we have taken a break from out text book and have been working on 2 research projects. The first project was on an Olympic athlete. The scholars needed to choose an Olympic athlete current, or past who openly talked about, or practiced their faith/religious views. The scholars had to find out if the athletes received any negative responses about their openness with their views. The second project we are currently in the middle of and it revolves around Black History Month. Scholars had to pick a famous or not so famous African American who impacted America's history. The catch was that they could not pick a popular sports player or muscian like LeBron James or Beyonce. The scholars are currently in the research process and will start writing their bios on this person in the next week
In Math we are working on division and will be moving into prime and composite numbers as well as factors.
In Religion we just started chapter 4 which focuses on human dignity. This chapter matches up perfectly with our Social Studies activities.
The scholars have also been doing a side project of keeping track of all the medals won in the Olympics. We set up a working bulletin board down stairs and are updating it daily.
First Post of the New Year!January 12, 2018Happy New Year from the 4th grade! Check out the video above for what we have been up to since the start of 2018. Important Dates: ...
Happy New Year from the 4th grade!
Check out the video above for what we have been up to since the start of 2018.
No School Monday and Tuesday
Science Fair Wednesday
Last Post of the Year!December 22, 2017Hi Everyone, Here is our on the spot blog for this week! The 4th grade would like to wish all of their families and friends a very merry ...
Here is our on the spot blog for this week! The 4th grade would like to wish all of their families and friends a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
See you in 2018!
Blog Dec. 15December 15, 2017Hi Everyone! Check out the video above for what we have been up to this week. Keep an eye on your email this weekend for informatio ...
Check out the video above for what we have been up to this week. Keep an eye on your email this weekend for information about the little Christmas celebration I would like to have next week Friday!
Have a great week!
Weekly Update- Dec. 8December 8, 2017Hi All! Check out the video above for what 4th grade has been up to. Important Dates: Thurs. Dec. 14: Mass at SSPP, Hon ...
Check out the video above for what 4th grade has been up to.
Thurs. Dec. 14: Mass at SSPP, Honor Roll annoucements to follow.
Have a great week everyone!
Dec. 1 UpdateDecember 3, 2017Check out the video above to see what we've been up to! Check below for the important dates this week: Monday: Math Test Wednesday ...
Check out the video above to see what we've been up to! Check below for the important dates this week:
Monday: Math Test
Wednesday: Dominican High School Christmas Concert 2pm
Thursday: Early Dismissal 1pm
Friday: All School Mass 8:30 at Holy Rosary, Choir Scholars: Emma, Kate, Chelsey, Itzel, Juan, and Amelie
November UpdateNovember 29, 2017Hi Everyone, Sorry for the delay in updates; we've been very busy! Check out the video blog above to see what we've bee ...
Sorry for the delay in updates; we've been very busy! Check out the video blog above to see what we've been working on. Also check out the video links below for a look at our class in action! I will also be uploading new pictures from field trips and other activites later this week!
Some of our 4th graders came up with an eagle chant to use at assemblies!
Blended Learning in Math:
Week of Oct. 23October 29, 2017Check out the video blog above! Important Upcoming Dates: Tues. Oct. 31: Field Trip to Urban Ecology and Halloween Party Wed. Nov. ...
Check out the video blog above!
Important Upcoming Dates:
Tues. Oct. 31: Field Trip to Urban Ecology and Halloween Party
Wed. Nov. 1: All School Mass at Holy Rosary
Thurs. Nov. 2: Early Release with conferences starting at 1:30
Fri. Nov. 3: No School, Conferences
Week of Oct. 16October 20, 2017Check out the video above to hear about all the fun we had this week. Important Reminders: Soles Walk for Education at Mt. Mary on Sat ...
Check out the video above to hear about all the fun we had this week.
Soles Walk for Education at Mt. Mary on Sat. Oct. 21
Social Studies project due Tues. (for real this time!)
Urban Ecology Field Trip Permission Slips due Thurs. Oct. 26
All School Mass with Saints for Success Thurs. Oct. 26
Have a great weekend!
Week of Oct. 9October 15, 2017Check out the video above for what we did this week in 4th grade! Please check your scholar's folder for a letter that went home about t ...
Check out the video above for what we did this week in 4th grade! Please check your scholar's folder for a letter that went home about the Halloween parties from Mrs. Starr. If you need a new copy please let me know!
Shout out to the following scholars who had perfect attendance for the month of September:
Michael, Amelia, Sara, Madyson, Ethan, Juan-Pablo, Itzel, Jasmine, Alayna-Marie, Amani, and Katelyn.
Important Dates This Week:
Saturday 10/21: Soles Walk for Education
Have a great week everyone!
Week of Oct. 2October 6, 2017Fall is finally here! Check out the blog above for what we did in 4th grade this week. Please check your email this weekend for information ...
Fall is finally here! Check out the blog above for what we did in 4th grade this week. Please check your email this weekend for information going home about the 5 Regions Project we started in Social Studies this week. Please check your scholar's folder for MAP scores and information on Rosary Club. Progress reports go out next week Thursday. Any scholar who has missing work on Monday will recieve a print out of any missing work to complete by Wednesday.
Important Dates Next Week:
Tues. Oct. 10: 4th grade will have a visit from a Sister from Uganda
Wed. Oct. 11: 4th grade will have a visit from Father Mike
Thurs. Oct. 12: Progress Reports go home
Week of Sept. 25October 1, 2017We hope you enjoyed another weekly video update from the 4th grade! Here are some important dates to remember this week: Tuesday ...
We hope you enjoyed another weekly video update from the 4th grade!
Here are some important dates to remember this week:
Tuesday Oct. 3: All School Prayer Service at Holy Rosary. Please remind your scholars to dress for the weather. Father Jeff will do a blessing of the animals. Please help you scholar remember to bring in a photo of a beloved pet or animal.
Wedneday Oct. 4: Picture Day, scholars may dress up and be out of uniform.
Thursday Oct. 5: Early Dismissal 1:00
Friday Oct. 6: Spirit Wear Day
Check out our video below from Math Centers on Friday!
Weekly Update- Sept. 18September 22, 2017Check out our video above to find out what we did this week. Jasmine would like everyone to know that she is a bit camera shy, but she promi ...
Check out our video above to find out what we did this week. Jasmine would like everyone to know that she is a bit camera shy, but she promises she will be perkier next time!
Important Dates Next Week:
Wed. 9/27: Safeguarding Course at SSPP 12-3 (only if you need the course)
Thurs. 9/28: All School Mass, Tablesetters 3:30-4:15
Mrs. OpgenorthSeptember 19, 2017Check out our new video blog above! Important Dates This Week: Mon. 9/18- Final day of MAPS testing Wed. 9/20- Back to School Night ...
Check out our new video blog above!
Important Dates This Week:
Mon. 9/18- Final day of MAPS testing
Wed. 9/20- Back to School Night 6:00-7:30
Fri. 9/23- Spelling Test
All In in the First 2 WeeksSeptember 9, 2017Hello Everyone, The 4th grade scholars have had a fantastic first 2 weeks of school. They have been all in as they learned the ...
The 4th grade scholars have had a fantastic first 2 weeks of school. They have been all in as they learned the classroom rules, routines, and procedures. Check out our weekly video blog above to hear the highlights of the first 2 weeks. Below, check out the video of our class reading to their K5 buddies. Also be sure to swing over to the photo albums to check out some pictures from the first few weeks.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Reading to K5 buddies: https://youtu.be/ymY4s0DsOc8
Welcome Back!August 31, 2017Welcome back to school everyone! I hope this week has been going well for everyone. We are having so much fun this year already. Check out o ...
Welcome back to school everyone! I hope this week has been going well for everyone. We are having so much fun this year already. Check out our video above!
Poetry SlamMay 8, 2017This year Catholic East hosted their 2nd Annual Poetry Slam. All of our scholars participated in an in-class poetry slam. The top 2 scholars ...
This year Catholic East hosted their 2nd Annual Poetry Slam. All of our scholars participated in an in-class poetry slam. The top 2 scholars from grades 1st-4 joined the top 3 scholars from 5th-8th grades to participate in the all school slam.
Here are vidoes of our top 2 in the all school competition.
First up is Taisean presenting Messy Room by Shel Silverstein:
Next we had Hugh present a poem entitled Dragons by an unknown author:
These 2 scholars did a fantastic job and we were proud to have them represent the 4th grade!
A Sneak Peek into Next WeekApril 28, 2017Hi Everyone, I hope you all had a relaxing Spring break. I was able to talk to each scholar about their spring break and it sounds like e ...
I hope you all had a relaxing Spring break. I was able to talk to each scholar about their spring break and it sounds like everyone had a wonderful week off. This week we jumped back into our routines and hit the ground running to finish the year off strong. Here is a look at what is happening next week:
Monday: May crowning ceremony at Holy Rosary at 2:00. We will be walking over to Holy Rosary about 1:45, please make sure scholars are dressed appropriately for the ever changing weather! Scholars may bring a flower to place in the crown. The flower does not have to be anything elaborate, just a simple flower from a garden or a carnation from the store.
Thursday: Thursday is an Early Release day.
Friday: No school!
Next week I will be sitting down with each scholar during ELA to conference and review their MAP test goals for Spring. During this time scholars will be working on some independent ELA activities. One of the activities will be becoming an expert on an assigned colonial trade. Scholars will be reading articles on their trades and keeping their notes organized with a graphic organizer. I will also have some Newsela articles for them to complete as well.
We will do Spelling as well next week; look for the homework packet to come home on Monday.
In Grammar we will continue working on verbs. Our main focus will be on past and future tense verbs.
In Math we will be working on 2 digit by 2 digit division problems and 3 digit by 3 digit multiplication problems. We started working on the division problems yesterday and will continue our practice on Monday. I plan on starting the multiplication on Tuesday and finishing it on Wednesday.
In Social Studies we have been cruising through Chapter 5. Next week we will look at how Wisconsin became the 30th state.
In Science we will be working on wrapping up Chapter 3 on plant and animal adaptations.
Have a great weekend everyone!
News Blast! April 7April 7, 2017The scholars have had a very long week of WI Forward testing, and they have done an amazing job! We appreciate all the support and encourage ...The scholars have had a very long week of WI Forward testing, and they have done an amazing job! We appreciate all the support and encouragement you have given your scholar this week. Next week will be another crazy week schedule wise as well.**We will have Spelling words even though we have a short week. Scholars have been doing an incredible job on their spelling tests so I am confident they will do just as well with a short week.**Monday: We will be wrapping up Forward testing in the morning. In the afternoon we will have our regular schedule with Math and Science. Homework will be Day 1 and 2 activities for Spelling, Social Studies Review sheet, and maybe a math sheet.Tuesday: We will be walking over to Holy Rosary in the morning for our Stations of the Cross dress rehearsal. **Please remember scholars must have their costumes for the play at school on Tuesday. This is part of their grade. Please see Mrs. Dahlgren's email for information. Homework will be Day 3 Spelling activities, Social Studies Review sheet, and maybe a Math sheet.Wednesday: We will have our Chapter 4 Social Studies test in the morning. We will have our regular schedule for specials as well. Homework will be Spelling Day 4 Activities.Thursday: No morning Mass because of Stations of the Cross. We will take our Spelling test. At 1:00 we will walk over to Holy Rosary to get ready for the play. Play begins at 2:00.**There will be no homework for Spring Break. I encourage all scholars to read their independent reading book over break. There is a possibility that a redo or missing work packet may go home. It will all depend on if I can get them together in time because they are quite time consuming.*A redo packet went home last night and is due on Monday. Please check Powerschool for missing assignments. I would be more than happy to run off extra copies for scholars who need them.
News Blast!March 7, 2017ELA: Last week we finished our final drafts of our essays. This week Wednesday and Thursday the scholars will be sharing their essays a ...
ELA: Last week we finished our final drafts of our essays. This week Wednesday and Thursday the scholars will be sharing their essays and poems with the class. We are practicing in class today with partners. At the end of the week we will be starting a new Unit. Our focus will be on making inferences to questions we have while we read.Grammar: This week our focus is still on nouns. We are looking at the differences between common and proper nouns. We will take a 2 part quiz on Thursday and Friday. If scholars do well on this quiz we will move on to singular and plural nouns next week.Math: On Friday scholars completed their Orlando vacation planning project. We will be going over these this week and making any corrections to them as needed. We will also continue our work on measuring items. This week we will be focused on inches and feet and showing how those measurements relate to each other.Science: Our focus this week is on parts of a flower. We will look at the different parts and talk about what they do and how they help a flower survive. Next week I hope to do a flower dissection lab.Social Studies: Scholars should have brought home a review sheet on Friday with a note sheet stapled to that. We are reviewing in class today and will take the vocab test tomorrow. I will be going over everything that will be on this test and giving scholars time to quiz each other. Starting next week we will start our chapter on the fur trade in Wisconsin.
What 4th Grade Has Been Up ToJanuary 26, 2017Hello from a very busy 4th grade! These last few weeks have been busy and just flown by. Last week we took our Winter MAPS test. The scho ...
Hello from a very busy 4th grade!
These last few weeks have been busy and just flown by. Last week we took our Winter MAPS test. The scholars worked really hard and made great gains from their Fall tests. Last week we also took a field trip to the Wisconsin Art Museum out in West Bend. The scholars loved walking around and learning about each exhibit. At the end of the trip the scholars were able to create their own still life drawing inspired by one of the artists. Be sure to stop by at Open House and check them out! Last week we also had a presenter from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board come in and teach us all about the food Wisconsin produces. The presentation was super engaging and we even got to try some cheese at the end! Be sure to check out the pictures from both events in the albums.
This week the scholars had a Sharp Literacy presentation on Wednesday where they learned about immigrants, emmigrants, abolishonists, and many other cool topics. We had Fountas and Pinell testing this week as well where the scholars made more gains. Tomorrow we will be wrapping up the week with a Math art project involving ice cream sundaes! Stay tuned for the pictures.
Happy New Year from the 4th Grade!January 11, 2017Hello everyone and Happy New Year from Mrs. Opgenorth's 4th graders! This year seems to be flying by as we looked back to see w ...
Hello everyone and Happy New Year from Mrs. Opgenorth's 4th graders!
This year seems to be flying by as we looked back to see what we learned in 2016. We wanted to share with you some of the highlights.
-We finished our first novel, Love That Dog. Although it had quiet a sad ending (as most dog books do) we really enjoyed gettting to know the main character Jack, and following his journey through poetry.
-We participated in a "Socratic Seminar," and boy were we excited to participate in a "very middle school" activity! In our Socratic Seminar we had to prepare notes and talking points for the discussion.
-We've been rocking the Newsela this year and love competing for the weekly and monthly awards. We made a lot of progress towards the end of 2016. Five of us moved up a reading level, and one of us even moved up two! We can't wait to see what 2017 brings!
-We are not afraid to admit that Math become a struggle for us by Thanksgiving break, when the terrifying, gut wrenching, long division problems made their debut in our books. Although it took us some time to fully understand and remember all the steps, we made it through and are becoming better and better each day.
-We had a lot of fun with our Friday Math projects as well. Some of our favorites included, Indian Corn Decimals, Fractions, and Percentages and Gingerbread Glyphs. We just started our Geometry Dream House Project so stay tuned for an update on that!
-After Thanksgiving break we were introduced to our new iReady math program. This program is awesome! At first we had to take a test to see what areas we needed help in. Once the test was complete the program took our results and set up a curriculum just for us! While we are on iReady we get to learn Math through games and real life scenarios. Every time we pass a lesson we earn these gold coins that we can use to "buy" things in the arcade like games and wallpapers.
-We learned a lot of new things in writiing towards the end of the year. We learned how to plan and write quality paragraphs, topic sentences, conclusion sentences, and various types of poetry.
-Our favorite writing project was creating our concrete poems. Our class had so many different topics, it was crazy! We had everything from sushi, houses, tiered cakes, to PS4s, and animals.
-In Science we learned about making the perfect paper airplane, how wing shapes affect how a plane flys, the scientific method, and how technology has improved our world.
-We did a lot of cool experiments and took a trip to Urban Ecology to learn about animal adaptations.
-We have been very busy learning about the history of this wonderful state we call home. We learned that WI is just a small place compared to the bigger world we belong to. We also learned about how the landforms in our state were formed and why they are so important.
-Our favorite activity was our 5 Region presentations. We each picked a region and were able to create a poster all about that region and then present it to the class.
We can't wait to see what 2017 has in store and all of the cool new things we will learn! Stay tuned!
What's Been Happening in 4th Grade!October 4, 2016These last 2 weeks have been flying by! In ELA we've been busy reading Love That Dog and creating our own poems. Math has become more ch ...
These last 2 weeks have been flying by! In ELA we've been busy reading Love That Dog and creating our own poems. Math has become more challenging as we move into multiplication and soon enough division! In Social Studies we have begun talking about the glaciers that once moved through Wisconsin and how they shaped the state into what it is today. We are thinking like scientists in Science as we explore the things around us and are practicing recording observations.
Here are a few photos from the last few weeks:
Practicing our songs for mass last week!
We had some free time to play some games last week.
Thanks for the yummy treats Cecilia!
A Sneak Peek into this WeekSeptember 13, 2016Hello All! Welcome to the 4th Grade weekly blog. I will do my best to update this blog weekly and let you know what we've b ...
Welcome to the 4th Grade weekly blog. I will do my best to update this blog weekly and let you know what we've been up to.
*Unfortunately Mrs. Opgenorth was out sick on Monday but the scholars contintued to work hard with the sub. The highlight of Monday was playing around on the chromebooks with Newsela. Newsela is a program we will be using weekly as part of our ELA blended learning classroom. Newsela takes newspaper articles from places like The Washington Post and rewrites them in kid friendly language and are at your scholar's reading level. Each week I will assign a Newsela article and the scholar will be responsible for reading the article and making annotations. After they make their annotations they will take a 3-4 question quiz about what they just read. Newsela will keep track of their scores and send them to me so I can conference with your scholar and support them better. Check out the article we read this week!
*On Tuesday the scholars participated in their first chalk talk in Social Studies. A chalk talk is where the scholars have a conversation with a partner or group of 3 but they can only talk through writing; they can't use their voices. The scholars did an amazing job with this and really impressed me. During their chalk talks they were shown pictures of the Capitol building in Madison from the 1900s and they had to try and figure out what was going on in the pictures.
*On Wednesday in ELA the scholars had the opportunity to analyze a few pages of the novel we are reading. We practiced our Close Reading skills by rereading certain sections of the book and summarizing them in our own words. Then the scholars had to go back into the book and act like a detective and find evidence to support their summary. Although it was challenging at times, they perservered and did a great job!
*On Thursday the scholars wrote their first poem in our poetry unit. It was a free verse poem that was only one sentence long! They started out by brainstorming a list of things they depend on in their lives. Then they had to pick their favorite topic and write a sentence about it using vivid description words. After that they were able to break their sentence up into lines and stanzas and publish their poems. It was amazing to see the care, effort, and time the scholars took to make their poems perfect!
*The highlight of Friday was the Battle of the Books Bake Sale at lunch. The scholars worked so hard Thursday night baking away and had a lot of fun selling their items. Final numbers are not in yet but after the first lunch period we could tell the sale was a success.
Birthday Shout-outs of the Week: