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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Reader's Theater

Today Mrs. Kenney’s Reading class worked on a readers theater tied to our Greek Hero unit. They students had a chance to practice reading skills as well as their speaking and listening skills as they synergized to complete the Reader’s Theater!

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As many of you know we talk with the kids about pluses (things that were great) and deltas (things to improve on). Well I have a HUGE plus that I want to share with all of you. In December we took a common assessment in Language Arts and the results were less than awesome. We all had some major areas to improve in, and one of them was writing multiple paragraph writing pieces. Well, we took another common assessment last week and I was anxious to compare the results, so I spent most of today grading them (I know…my life is thrilling). 

Well the results are in…and they are amazing! EVERY SINGLE STUDENT made growth on the writing piece. EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!!! I was floored by the quality, content and structure of the writing pieces! Don’t get me wrong, the reading pieces were great too, but the writing was such a huge improvement that I want to shout it from the rooftops! Your kids rocked this assessment and I could not be more proud! I found myself taking pictures of the different writing pieces and texting them to my friends and family…totally bragging that my fourth graders are amazing. Please Please Please give your child an extra big hug from me this weekend and let them know how proud of them I am!

One of the biggest reasons that they showed improvement is thanks to Mrs. Kenney and a great tool that she shared with us this week during E and I. She shared a four square organizer that helps the kids to organize their topic sentence and paragraph, their detail paragraphs and their conclusion. Almost all of my students drew the organizer on the test and used it to organize their thoughts. The organizer is great because it is super easy for the kids to recreate, so they aren’t trying to use some complicated outline or graphic organizer. Thanks Mrs. Kenney!

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 


Today we had fun exploring with states of matter. The kids worked in pairs to try and melt an ice cube faster than their classmates. They worked at applying different forces to the cube (heat, pressure, friction, breaking apart) to get it to melt. We then discussed the ways that helped the most to melt the ice… It seemed that direct heat and patience worked better than other methods, although we had some creative kids trying different methods! Once we finished our melting we discussed what kind of change (Physical or Chemical) a change of state was. It was a fun way to experiment with States of Matter!

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Tomorrow night is STEM night and it is going to be a ton of fun! Be sure to stop by Heritage from 6-8 to participate with your child in lots of fun, hands on, math and science activities. We have some new stations planned this year and it is sure to be a great time! We hope to see you there!


that Mrs. Kenney has a donors choose project up right now to get supplies for our next STEM project here at school? We are trying to get supplies to do an AWESOME electricity unit and the supplies cost over $800. We have had several donations to the project so far and would love some more help. 

The SUPER cool thing is that right now Donors Choose is running a challenge to encourage donations to teachers. Every time 3 people give $20 or more to a teacher, Donors Choose will give that teacher a gift card towards a project, and the more donations a teacher gets the higher the amount of the gift card. 

The link to Mrs. Kenney’s project is below, please consider donating or sharing this link with friends and family. We would LOVE to do this project with the students as soon as possible! 

Here is the link to Mrs. Kenney’s project:

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/stem-an-alarming-idea/1190467/