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Posted on March 12, 2017

News for March 13, 2017

Hello everyone!  I hope we all adjust to turning the clocks back.  The good news is that light is coming back into our lives!  Here is our news for this week.

Math:  Students will finish corrections on their basic fraction test and Mrs. Downing and I will work to help students clear up any misunderstandings.  We will begin our next unit, which works with fractions with uncommon denominators.

Science:  We will have a heavy emphasis on science this week.  First, all 4th grade students will be taking the state science CRT this week. It will take 3 sessions that take 45 minutes.  Additionally, we will be working on a science animal and plant adaptation unit.  Finally, I will begin the conversation about possible science fair topics.  Before I do this, I will have a lesson on a “testable” question so they can begin to understand the scientific process.

Spelling and Reading:  We aren’t having a reading and spelling lesson this week due to science CRT testing.

Music:  We will be attending the Helena symphony this week.  It will be Wednesday the 15th in the afternoon.  Two thousand students from the Helena area are introduced to the symphony.  No money or special lunches are required.

Posted on February 20, 2017

News for February 20, 2017

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying the weekend.  Here is our news.  No pdf is attached since we won’t have spelling this week.

Remember that we will be going to Great Falls this Wednesday.  The bus will leave at 8:40, so students need to be to school on time.  We will return in time to catch the buses home.  The cost of the trip is $2.oo.  Students can either get a sack lunch from the school or bring one from home.  Please leave electronics at home.  If there are any parents who would like to come, the price of admission is $10.00 for adults.

Science:  We will research our Adopt-a-Species animal, the osprey.  Students will design a poster highlighting osprey in their habitat.  Instead of a reading lesson this week, we will spend that time beginning a science unit on plant and animal adaptations.

Math:  We will continue to work with fractions.  It will begin to get a little harder this week because we will add and subtract with regrouping.

Spelling:  No spelling list this week.


Posted on February 5, 2017

News for February 6 2017

Hi everyone,

Happy February!  Here is our news for this week.

Math:  We are continuing our work with algebra and problem-solving.  We will probably take the test at the end of this week.  Everyone is working very hard!

Reading:  Our reading skill this week is comparing characters and inferring character traits from their actions.

Spelling:  Spelling is focused on k, ng, and kw.

Writing:  This week, we will continue working on 2 column notes and how to use them for reading comprehension as well as writing.

Social Studies:  We will be learning about Lewis and Clark this week.  This is preparation for a field trip to the Great Falls Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.


Posted on January 29, 2017

January 30, 2017

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the last week of January!
Math: We continue to work on problem-solving and algebra. Students mostly did very well on the latest quiz understanding what operation to use. Most found it difficult to write and equation with a variable, so we will keep working on that.
Reading: Lesson 15 focuses on main idea and details. The story is Ecology for Kids and it is information text.
Spelling: The spelling skill is dropping the y and adding the ending (er, est, or es)
Science: We will finish up a chapter assignment of energy (the paper and pen-cil part of what we have been studying). We have had lots of investigations with this energy unit too. Ask your child why density make a straw look broken when you look through the glass.
Upcoming Events: This week is parent teacher conferences. I have heard back from a lot of you, so I am looking forward to visiting. I will give out 2nd quarter report cards at this time.
Field Trip: We will be seeing a live performance at HMS this Friday afternoon.

Posted on January 22, 2017

News for January 23 2017

Hi everyone,

I am looking forward to a fairly normal week.  Here are our plans.

Math:  This unit is focused on problem-solving.  We are using algebra and all 4 operations.  We are also focusing on making sense of the problem.

Reading:  The skill is working on reading diagrams, pictures, and informational text.  The lesson is 14, the Life and Times of Ant, focused on scientific ideas.

Science:  We are finishing up our energy unit

Spelling:  The skill is having the long e sound on the end of words (y, ey,).

Writing:  We will continue working on writing solid sentences.  I have found that even when copying a sentence from the board, some students are still neglecting capitals and periods.  Middle school teachers really want every student to be able to write a basic sentence independently as a requirement.  Of course, many students are also beyond this.



Posted on December 3, 2016

December 5, 2016

Hi everyone,

The weather is going to get cold!  Are you all ready?  🙂

Math:  Long Division is coming along.  If you have access to a computer, I have found Snork’s Long Division, which is on several different websites, helpful in the early stages.  One way to support your child is to talk about division real  life situations and what you do with remainders.

Reading:  This week we will begin Naya Nuki, which is a novel about a Shoshone girl who is kidnapped, taken to North Dakota, and makes here way back to her tribe in Montana.

Social Studies:  Students are to design an island,  include a key, compass, rose, 4 land forms and 4 man-made objects.  Then they are to write a 3 paragraph description of the island.  I would like this done by Thursday, so if it’s not done, you may see it come home as homework.

Spelling:  I made my own list of commonly misspelled words for this week.  There is just a basic list, but I included some challenge words for students who aren’t having trouble spelling the basic list.

Winter Program:  December 16th at 1:00.  All students will return to school on the bus and parents may check them out at Central


Posted on November 27, 2016

News for November 28

Hi everyone!  Where is our snow?  We are moving into December this week!  Here is what is planned for this week.

Math:  We will be learning long division this week.  We will be focusing on the meaning of division and starting right away with remainders.

Reading:  We will be reading non-fiction this week and focusing on the skill of text structure by using graphics and headings to find information.

Writing:  This week we have quite a few writing assignments.  We will write a short story or play for the Grandstreet program “Words by Kids”.  We will also be writing a description of our imaginary island.  Finally, we will continue to write short answers daily, citing text evidence.

Social Studies:  Students created an imaginary island and included landforms, man-made structures, a key and compass rose.  The written description will focus on using good word choice.

Spelling:  Only one list choice this week.  I think these are easily confused words and I would like all of the students to focus on them.  The skill is compound words, hyphenated words and words used together that are actually 2 words.



Posted on November 13, 2016

News for November 14, 2016

Hi everyone!  It’s going to get colder this week.  Please make sure your child dresses appropriately.

Math:  We have been working on multiplication.  The 4th grade standards are 4 digits multiplied by 1 digit and 2 digits multiplied by 2 digits.  I am thinking we will test on Thursday, but will postpone to the following short week if we need more practice.  By Wednesday, I should know how they are doing.  To support your child, ask them to do one of each of the problems listed above.

Reading:  Our genre this week is biography.  We will be working on the comprehension skills of author’s purpose and figurative language.

Writing:  Last quarter our emphasis was on personal narratives.  This quarter our emphasis will be writing short answers, in complete sentences, using text evidence.



Posted on November 5, 2016

November 7, 2016 News

Hi everyone,

Last week was busy with Halloween.  Phew!  Looking forward to a nice, normal week.

Math:  Two digit multiplication was introduced last week.  This week we will continue with this idea.  It is not unusual for students to think this is pretty hard at first.  Everything is hard until you know how to do it!

Reading:  Our reading skill this week will be drawing conclusions, as well as understanding characters and humor.

Science:  Last week, we worked with building a model that could withstand shaking.  This week, in writing, we will focus on writing about this experience and working on solid short answers.

Parent-Teacher Conferences:  I will be sending home conference slips on Monday.  All the teachers get together to coordinate sibling conferences, but other than that, I just schedule them.  If your time doesn’t work for you, please let me know, and I will do my best to find a time that does.

Upcoming events:  Parent-teacher conferences on November 15, 16, and 17.

Thanksgiving break:  November 23, 24, and 25.

Posted on October 29, 2016

October 31st, 2016

Hello everyone,

We are looking forward to a good week.  Here is our news.

Fundraiser:  An original works packet came home on Friday.  If you are interested in ordering your child’s art work, there are lots of products to choose from.  Please return the order form by Friday.  Proceeds will go to our parent council.

Math:  We will begin learning double digit multiplication this week.  Most students are doing well with multiplying 2 digits by 1 digit.

Reading:  We will be reading the genre of realistic fiction, focusing the skill of understanding the theme, understanding characters and point of view.

Science:  We will continue to read about earthquakes, and will plan different structures that can withstand shaking.